It’s a self-correcting problem

I note that the use of illegal drugs has become more hazardous with the addition of elephant tranquilizer. A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic. The exotic and toxic sedative named carfentanil has been linked in recent weeks to fatal overdoses in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota. . . . The difficult-to-detect substance is so powerful that an amount equivalent to a few grains of salt can be deadly. It requires more aggressive treatment than a typical

Continue reading

A big “Thumbs Up” for a useful range of tools

I don’t often recommend particular manufacturers, or brands, or models of tools, equipment, etc.  When I do, it’s never because I’ve been asked to do so, but because I’ve tried them myself, and found them worth having.  I do so because I reckon my friends and readers would like to know about something that can be honestly recommended, without bias or ulterior motive. In that light, I think it’s time to give a big shout-out to Black & Decker’s 20V range of handyman’s tools and hand-held appliances.  I’ve been undertaking a fair amount of work in our Texas home, into

Continue reading

Doofus Of The Day #957

Today’s award goes to a hapless addict in Ohio. Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him. . . . When the call operator asks why the caller needs a police dog, he replies that a female stole heroin from him. Bath Police Chief Mike McNeely says it’s among the most bizarre things he’s heard in four decades of policing. There’s more at the link. The same individual is accused of peeing on a police officer at Disney World in Florida last January.  I guess it goes

Continue reading

Blunt truths about the border wall

Ann Coulter brings the smackdown. No politician wants to have to explain a vote against the wall. What the Democrats want is for Trump to be stuck explaining why he didn’t build the wall. Then it will be a bloodbath. Not only Trump, but also the entire GOP, is dead if he doesn’t build a wall. Republicans will be wiped out in the midterms, Democrats will have a 300-seat House majority, and Trump will have to come up with an excuse for why he’s not running for re-election. The New York Times and MSNBC are not going to say, “We

Continue reading

Echoes of the 2007-08 financial crisis?

Remember the subprime mortgage bubble in the US in the early years of this century?  It led directly to the 2007-08 financial crisis, the echoes of which are still with us today.  It looks as if one of Canada’s major mortgage lenders is rediscovering the implications of that bubble. Home Capital Group Inc.’s shares plunged more than 60 percent after the mortgage lender disclosed a costly new loan to tide it over as its deposits dwindle, intensifying a spiral of bad news for the company. . . . “They did what appears to be to us a very expensive deal,”

Continue reading

A builder’s boo-boo turns into a great opportunity

A couple of weeks ago we hired a local builder to improve the drainage on our property.  He extended the gutters on each side of the house, dug a trench for a drainage pipe to the bottom of our property, and set a grate up at the start of the trench to capture drainage from downpipes.  It’s worked pretty well, so far. On Monday I was surprised when our doorbell rang.  It turned out to be the owner of the property behind ours, which is part of an empty stretch of land running behind four houses on our street, with

Continue reading

Doofus Of The Day #956

Today’s award goes to two idiotic turkey hunters in Kansas. A hunter who believed he had taken down a pair of turkeys set out to find the birds, only to discover his brother and friend wounded on the ground. Kenneth Dienst, who was out hunting with the victims on the opening day of turkey season in Kansas, accidentally shot the pair after mistaking their disguises for real birds. The victims, identified as Gary Dienst and Justin Wiles, had been hiding behind preserved turkey tail fans, meant to act as a decoy to attract other birds … the two victims returned

Continue reading

Political correctness might get you killed

I note with displeasure that a very accurate study of radical Islamic influence in the USA – specifically, in New York City – has become yet another victim of political correctness. The NYPD has … censored an anti-terror handbook to appease offended Muslims, even though it has accurately predicted radicalization patterns in recent “homegrown” terror cases. Rank-and-file NYPD officers, detectives and even intelligence and counterterrorism units are officially barred now from referring to the handbook or the scientific study on which it was based. Former law-enforcement officials fear its removal as a training tool may be hurting efforts to prevent

Continue reading

Donors supporting Antifa?

A tweet from Jack Posobiec provides this list of donors allegedly supporting UEAA (United for Equality and Affirmative Action) and the Antifa-supporting group BAMN (By Any Means Necessary).  Click the image for a larger view. Obviously, this is from a partisan source;  and clearly, I’m not in a position to confirm that the names on the list are actually supporters of the causes and groups named above.  If anyone can do the latter in Comments, providing sources, please do so. Nevertheless, the names of a lot of the ‘usual suspects’ appear on the list.  I suggest that those of us with

Continue reading