Wednesday’s Notes

The news is filled with the riots, looting and arson occurring in and around Ferguson, Missouri. Rioters claim the police target blacks and that’s the reason for all the trouble. They claim blacks are arrested 34% more often than whites. The mainstream media and a state politician spread that bit of misinformation.

The truth is that the population of Ferguson and the surrounding area is 65% black. That means that it is a higher statical probability that more blacks will be meeting with police than whites. According to census data, the mean age of Ferguson is 33 years and the average income is $36,000 compared to Missouri’s state-wide average of $45,000. With that information, we can assume that the population of Ferguson, MO is mostly young, black and has lower incomes that the state’s average.

According to that same census bureau website, Ferguson’s crime rate is approximately 25% higher than the rest of the state. I’m not surprised more blacks are arrested in Ferguson than whites. The answer is that there are more blacks in Ferguson than other ethnic and racial groups.

I suppose that little bit of research is too difficult for the mainstream media to uncover.


If you weren’t aware, America’s manned space program is effectively grounded. The US has had no manned launch vehicles since the end of the shuttle program. NASA has to hitch a ride to the International Space Station from the Russians and with the current exchange of sanctions over Crimea and the Ukraine, that access will likely end…soon.

With that, what do we see in the news this morning? If Russia is the 1st in space, it now appears that communist China is second.

China To Send Orbiter To The Moon As U.S. Watches

Posted 08/12/2014 06:36 PM ETVisitors to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum view a depiction of space exploration on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar...

Leadership: As our space program, once an example of American exceptionalism, now sits mainly in museums, Beijing’s ambitious program takes another leap forward toward an eventual return of man to the moon.

As the world unravels, efforts to leave it don’t seem very newsworthy, and efforts by our strategic rivals to do what we did decades before seem redundant and almost irrelevant to more immediate concerns. Yet China’s space program does matter, as it’s part of that country’s dream of world leadership and, yes, domination.

It represents a commitment to world leadership that we have lost under this administration.

Beijing sees its multibillion-dollar space program as a symbol of its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise as it builds a military with global reach and flexes its strategic muscle.

Its moon orbiter has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern province of Sichuan for launch later this year, according to a statement Sunday by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

The orbiter will test technology for China’s ambitious Chang’e-5 mission, which aims to gather samples from the moon’s surface and return them to earth.

It will follow a free-trajectory path, circling behind the moon and then using its gravity to whiplash the orbiter back to earth, as our Apollo 13 did on its ill-fated moon mission.

It’s one more small step in China’s long march to the moon, which late last year saw China land a lunar rover.

The saddest part of all this is that when Obama is gone, the nation will be in such sad economic state that it will take decades to recover…and we’ll still be behind the others who will not stand still waiting for us to catch up.


Did you know that if you are conservative, a church-goer, an advocate for Right-to-Work and Voter-ID, own guns and believe in the Constitution that you are a “Neo-Confederate?” Yep, that’s right! It’s the new liberal name for us.

Liberals Urge Southern Secession on Gamechanger Salon

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The nation would be better off if Southern states seceded from the union, and Republicans pushing for right-to-work, voter ID laws and other reforms are “neo-Confederates” according to a candid exchange between a major Democratic donor and liberal organizers on Gamechanger Salon. The forum, a secretive and exclusive digital gathering of over 1,000 leftwing leaders, activists and journalists, was recently made public by Media Trackers, and email exchanges between members offer fascinating insights into the group’s inner deliberations.

Gamechanger Salon participant Jon Stahl sparked a conversation last October about the role of the South in American politics when he posted a link to Michael Lind’s piece for Salon magazine entitled The South is Holding America Hostage. “I thought this was an impressive (if tough) piece of big-picture political strategy and prescription,” Stahl explained before remarking, “Would be interested to hear others’ opinions of whether he is on target or way off…and if so what that might imply.”

First to respond was Guy Saperstein, a wealthy California mega-donor to Democratic candidates and leftwing causes. “In the alternative, could we just let the South secede?” the part owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team queried.

He was serious.

“My comment was not made in jest at all,” Saperstein wrote in a follow-up explanation. He expanded on his theory:

“For more than 100 years, the South has been dumbing down national politics, tilting the country in a conservative direction, supporting militarism, all while demanding huge financial subsidies from blue states. It would be 100% fine with me if the South was a separate nation, pursuing its own priorities and destiny. And if people like you succeed in blunting the conservatism of the South, more power to you.”

Saperstein is not a fringe activist hiding out on the far reaches of the left. He’s a well-heeled funder of Democratic campaigns, a former president of the Sierra Club Foundation, and founder of The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of self-conscious millionaires begging the government to raise their taxes.

Reached via email by Media Trackers, Saperstein doubled-down on his theory. Asked about the consequences for African Americans if secession became a reality, he said “secession would be a gradual process, giving any blacks who felt threatened time to relocate.”

According to Saperstein, civil rights victories “would not be lost for any blacks willing to relocate and the ones who relocated would do much better in their new environments.”

I’ve written about a possible future civil war before. Most, maybe all of my readers thought I was being facetious. I wasn’t. The column above proves that I’m not the only one who thinks about a breakup of the country. The difference is that I fear a civil war and will do my best to prevent one. On the other hand, liberals and democrats would welcome civil war believing they would come out on top.

If such a civil war occurs, the libs will be surprised that the ‘south’ is larger than they thought.


It’s always three…James Garner, Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall. Rest in peace.

Friday Follies for April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday and many across the country stop, reflect and pray in gratitude for the events that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago. This will be a busy weekend for many of us, Mrs. Crucis and I included. We wish you all a great Good Friday and Easter.


The US is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to Russia’s military expansion in Eastern Europe. Putin all but admitted the recent events in the Crimea was conceived and led by Russia and manned by Russian troops. That placed Obama in a quandary. How can he oppose his buddy, Vlad?

International Space Station (ISS).

Sanctions? Not a good idea. Why? Russia is our only means of access to the International Space Station. We must use Russia because Obama has defunded NASA and the United States no longer has manned space flight capability. The Shuttles are gone to museums or scrapped and NASA has no plans for replacements. How can we have sanctions when we must pay Vlad half-a-Billion dollars for access to the ISS?

[Spacing out on sanctions – WaPo: “NASA recently renewed a contract that allows Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The U.S. is, essentially, cutting Russia a $457.9 million check for its services — six seats on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, training and launch prep, landing and crew rescue and limited cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station. This contract also adds additional support at the Russian launch site.”]—FOXNewsletter, April 18, 2014.

Way to go, Obama!


When you want to know who is behind some act, watch and see who squeals the loudest. In the Bundy v. BLM controversy, it appears to be Harry Reid. Interviewed about the issue, Harry Reid called the Bundys and others, “Domestic Terrorists.” Seems to me, the act of the BLM and the Feds fit that description more than the Bundys and their supporters.

Reid called the Bundys lawbreakers. It appears hypocritical to me for Harry Reid to protest others for ignoring federal law when he has and does the same. Regardless, the controversy continues and no one believes it is over.

‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch, Reid deems them ‘domestic terrorists’

By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, Updated: 10:21 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation.

“Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.”

Mr. Bundy stopped paying to graze his cattle on federal property 21 years ago after the land was declared habitat for the desert tortoise and he was ordered to reduce his herd from roughly 900 to 150 head of cattle.

In August, however, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center announced that it would begin euthanizing half of the 1,400 tortoises at its facility as a result of federal budget cuts. BLM officials have emphasized that healthy tortoises will be relocated and not euthanized.


In my digital travels this morning, I found this piece that best describes the GOP establishment in Washington, DC, specifically Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and many others.

The Parable of the Pharisee Conservative

By on 4.17.14 | 11:58AM

I thank thee Lord that I am not like those other conservatives. 

Those xenophobes, nativists, obsessives about border security, drinkers of tea, and other bitter enders.

For I support comprehensive immigration reform.

I sup with the lords of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chiefs of the AFL-CIO, and the titans of Silicon Valley.

I am welcomed at the editorial houses of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

I receiveith gold from George Soros, Bill Marriott and Mark Zuckerberg, and praise from the mainstream media, the Gang of Eight, and the princes of tourism.  

Although my labors would enrich the treasuries of Corporate Mammon at the expense of the “least among us” of my fellow Americans of all races and ethnicities by lowering their wages and increasing their unemployment—I trust in my own righteousness.

For I am the Pharisee conservative.


In closing, I’m providing a link to a column in the National Review Online by John Fund, titled, The United States of SWAT. It’s an interesting, although long, read on the militarization of local and state police as well as the militarization of federal agencies—like the Department of Education.

Y’all have a great weekend, I’ll be back on Monday.

Friday Follies for August, 19, 2011

The libs and state media are up in arms over Rick Perry’s “almost treason” comment the other day.  They claim that Perry was threatening Bernake.  In his speech, Perry was about to say, “treachery,” but in mid-word changed it to “almost treasonous.”

To those who’ve never traveled outside the BosWash corridor,  that “almost treasonous” term is common usage. It portrays the feeling that Washington is out-of-touch and is actively working against the welfare of most of the country.  Some, including myself, would have preferred Perry continued and used “treachery.”  It was more appropriate to the conditions we see in Washington—a betrayal of trust.

It got the libs so upset they are soliciting prostitutes, “exotic” dancers, and gays to claim Perry visited strip joints, spent time with prostitutes and was gay.

This ad appeared in a sleazy little “alternative” paper in Austin, TX.  Ads for “personal services” and solicitiation of prostitution are its normal fare.

We really shouldn’t be surprised something like this has appeared. It a common lib/dem tactic.


It’s a sad sign of the politicization of NASA.  The Obama administration ordered NASA to verify that human caused global warming was true.  Instead, NASA discovered that the original data used to justify the myth had been falsified.  

That could not happen.  So the overseers of NASA came up with this idea. 

Aliens Could Attack Earth to End Global Warming, NASA Frets

Published August 19, 2011

We’ve all heard of the ravaged rain forests and the plight of the polar bear. But as far as reasons for saving the planet go, the one offered by scientists Thursday is truly out of this world.
A team of American researchers have produced a range of scenarios in which aliens could attack the earth, and curiously, one revolves around climate change.
They speculate that extraterrestrial environmentalists could be so appalled by our planet-polluting ways that they view us as a threat to the intergalactic ecosystem and decide to destroy us.
The thought-provoking scenario is one of many envisaged in a joint study by Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division, entitled “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis.”
It divides projected close encounters into “neutral,” those that cause mankind “unintentional harm” and, more worryingly, those in which aliens do us “intentional harm.”
Extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) “could attack and kill us, enslave us, or potentially even eat us. ETI could attack us out of selfishness or out of a more altruistic desire to protect the galaxy from us. We might be a threat to the galaxy just as we are a threat to our home planet,” it warns.


When Obama stopped in rural Illinois for a meet ‘n greet, a farmer complained about the massive federal paperwork he had to produce.  Obama told him to call Washington.

A reporter did just that to see if anything could be done.  This is what happened.

Obama’s unhelpful advice

At Wednesday’s town hall in Atkinson, Ill., a local farmer who said he grows corn and soybeans expressed his concerns to President Obama about “more rules and regulations” – including those concerning dust, noise and water runoff — that he heard would negatively affect his business.

The president, on day three of his Midwest bus tour, replied: “If you hear something is happening, but it hasn’t happened, don’t always believe what you hear.”

When the room broke into soft laughter, the president added, “No — and I’m serious about that.”

When this POLITICO reporter decided to take the president’s advice and call USDA for an answer to the Atkinson town hall attendee’s question, I found myself in a bureaucratic equivalent of hot potato — getting bounced from the feds to Illinois state agriculture officials to the state farm bureau.

Here’s a rundown of what happened when I started by calling USDA’s general hotline to inquire about information related to the effects of noise and dust pollution rules on Illinois farmers:

Wednesday, 2:40 p.m. ET: After calling the USDA’s main line, I am told to call the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Here, I am patched through to a man who is identified as being in charge of “support services.” I leave a message.

3:53 p.m.: The man calls me back and recommends in a voicemail message that I call the Illinois Farm Bureau — a non-governmental organization.

4:02 p.m.: A woman at the Illinois Farm Bureau connects me to someone in the organization’s government affairs department. That person tells me they “don’t quite know who to refer you to.”

4:06 p.m.: I call the Illinois Department of Agriculture again, letting the person I spoke with earlier know that calling the Illinois Farm Bureau had not been fruitful. He says “those are the kinds of groups that are kind of on top of this or kind of follow things like this. We deal with pesticide here in our bureau.”

“You only deal with pesticides?” I ask.

“We deal with other things … but we mainly deal with pesticides here,” he said, and gives me the phone number for the office of the department’s director, where he says there are “policy people” as well as the director’s staff.

4:10 p.m.: Someone at the director’s office transfers me to the agriculture products inspection department, where a woman says their branch deals with things like animal feed, seed and fertilizer.

“I’m going to transfer you to one of the guys at environmental programs.”

4:15 p.m.: I reach the answering machine at the environmental programs department, and leave a message.

4:57 p.m.: A man from the environmental programs department gets back to me: “I hate to be the regular state worker that’s always accused of passing the buck, but noise and dust regulation would be under our environmental protection agency, rather than the Agriculture Department,” he says, adding that he has forwarded my name and number to the agriculture adviser at IEPA. (The Illinois EPA.)

Well, you get the idea. It was a complete runaround.  It’s obvious that Obama has never had to deal with his own bureaucracy.  There is much more about the reporter’s efforts at the Politico Website.  Go there and read it all.


On a final note, here’s something to chuckle over during the weekend.

Friday Follies for July 22, 2011

I’ve posted the Friday Follies so often that I’m considering making it a regular feature.  Let me know your thoughts, please?


I took the Tahoe in yesterday for its quarterly oil change and yearly inspection.  Afterwards, I stopped at one of my favorite greasy spoons, “TJ’s”, for lunch.  TJ’s is a typical working class diner. Yesterday the clientele included some elderly ladies out for a group lunch, a couple of cops from the city PD across the street, and a number of construction/maintenance/lawn care workers who’d dropped in for lunch.  In other words, a typical crowd.

At the table next to me were three men, Grandpa, Son and Grandson as I discovered.  Apparently they were a small family business, roofers, I believe.  Grandpa and Grandson were arguing.  Grandpa was cutting back on health coverage keeping only liability and Workman’s Comp insurance. (Apparently they had a number of crews working with a couple of dozen employees.)

The Kid didn’t understand why it was necessary.  Grandpa said they had to do it, next year would be too late.  The Kid brought up something he’d seen on MSNBC. The conversation went on like this.

Kid: **mumble, mumble** MSNBC, ** mumble, mumble **.
Grandpa: “You mean MFNBC.”
Kid: “No, M. S. N. B. C.”
Grandpa: “Bull s—, it’s MFNBC and I don’t mean Mighty Fine, either!”

The table with the three elderly ladies cracked up.


The debt limit impasse continues.  Good.  I’ve noticed that in all the rhetoric, the cuts being mentioned are cuts in the rate of increased spending
I sincerely hope Mitch McConnell has won his last election. He’s unfit to hold office.  
Boehner appears to have grown some spine.  I remember his cave on the last Continuing Resolution and I said he was unfit then.  That’s still my opinion but maybe, just maybe, he’s grown some spine.

I’ll not hold my breath.

The Shuttle Atlantis returned yesterday from the International Space Station.  With that return ended NASA’s manned space program.  Michael Ramirez had this to say.

Glenn McCoy joined in.


The libs and dems continue to say that businesses are hoarding their cash.  All that is needed for recovery is for them to release some of that cash and add new employees.  They ignore the fact that it just isn’t that easy.

From Lisa Benson.

With the completion of the Census, states are reviewing their Congressional district boundaries.  Missouri lost a seat and our ‘Pub legislature redrew the House boundaries.  Whatta ya know!  Dem Russ Carnahan (D-MO-3) lost his district.  His home now resides in the district currently held by Democrat Lacy Clay.  Clay is black and his district includes St. Louis.  Bye, bye, Carnahan!

North Carolina is doing the same.  In 2000, the democrat state legislature created the infamous string districts—districts that ran along Interstate Highways and other heavily black areas to insure elections of black democrats.

North Carolina is doing like Missouri—merging the “safe” democrat districts.  They are keeping the Gerrymandering from 2000 to block any federal interference.  But the new dem/’pub ratio will be towards the ‘pubs.

Ahhh, what goes around, comes around.  Karma at its best.


Y’all have a cool and safe weekend!

One small cut.

The national American manned space program will cease to exist with the return of the Shuttle Atlantis.
 Now it is in the hands of the private sector—if NASA will stop throwing road-blocks in the way. It appears NASA would prefer hitch-hiking with the Russians than have a domestic private-sector space program.


The United States will soon no longer have a manned space program.  The Shuttle Endeavor, completed its last flight this week.  After almost three decades in space with the Shuttle, we will no longer have a method to launch a man into space after the coming flight of Atlantis. We will have to hitch-hike with the Russians. 

I was in the Air Force at Keesler AFB, MS, when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969.  I watched more Apollo fights and later shuttle flights.  Yes, people died along the way. First with the Apollo capsule fire the killed Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.  Then came the Shuttle disasters, first with Challenger on takeoff and later Columbia on re-entry. We don’t really know how many the Russians lost—four is thought to be the minimum number of Russian Cosmonauts lost.

We, as a nation, have invested our treasure, lives and time to escape this planet and move outward.  We were following the path started by our ancestors to explore new territory, to move and settle there.  After Atlantis’ last flight, that dream will have to be assumed by the private sector.  NASA started on the next generation of spacecraft with their aerospace plane and SSTO projects.  Both have been killed.

Perhaps, that’s a good thing for the long run.  Burt Rutan’s design for Space Ship One would have never been accepted by NASA.  It doesn’t take billions of dollars to move outward. It can be done by business who, with a profit motive, will find a better, cheaper method of lifting cargo, whether live or inert, into orbit and further.

Here’s a visual comment by Michael Rameriz.

Museum Piece

The democrats and liberals want to kill this dream.  It doesn’t give them more power over the rest of us but it provides a means to escape tyranny.  That they cannot allow.  They hope that cutting NASA’s budget will suffice.  I hope not.  We’ll have to wait and see.

I had once hoped to live long enough to see men walk on Mars. I’ve not yet given up that hope.

So much for Carbon Dioxide being a pollutant

Just found this article from NASA. (H/t to Speaker to Lab Animals.) This could be the last nail in the coffin of carbon dioxide being a pollutant and a contributor to non-Global Warming.


MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — While world organizations struggle to find a benchmark and tracking standards for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, NASA has been supporting California’s new carbon emissions inventory report, using its satellite imaging data and computer models of the state’s natural ecosystems.

Researchers report that in 2004, the state’s natural ecosystems absorbed as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as fossil fuel carbons emitted into the atmosphere. (Emphasis mine: Crucis) They also discovered that during periods of above normal rainfall, ecosystems trapped significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in forests and soils.

The whole release is at: