Vignettes from Wichita Falls this morning

I drove into our nearby “big city”, Wichita Falls, this morning to do some shopping and fill my vehicle with gasoline.  I took the opportunity to speak with folks I know there.  This is what they told me. Sams Club has been overrun with anxious shoppers buying everything they can get their hands on.  This morning, the queue of full carts and shoppers waiting to pay for their purchases stretched from the tills all the way to the back of the store.  It was taking up to an hour to pay and get out.  I didn’t want to wait that

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Saturday snippet: Doses of economic reality

Instead of putting up my usual Saturday snippet of an excerpt from a book, today, in the light of the coronavirus situation, I’d like to post snippets from three articles that summarize where we are today, and show a trend that’s certain to continue for at least a few months, if not considerably longer. The reason I’m doing so is that, almost unbelievably, there are still those who maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is “all in the mind”, that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and that this whole affair is overblown fear-mongering by those seeking to manufacture a non-existent “crisis”

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For all the coronavirus doubting Thomases out there .

those who still maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, that it’s no worse than the flu, that the authorities are overreacting and using the pandemic as an excuse to take away our civil liberties . . . sorry, but you’re wrong. This is the reality of the coronavirus in full swing, in Bergamo in Italy.  Watch for yourselves. Coming soon to a hospital near you – perhaps with you and your family in starring roles – if we don’t shut down social contact and halt the spread of this disease. As John Mauldin points out: Here in the US there’s

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B-2’s and U-2’s at play in England

The USAF has sent three B-2 stealth bombers to England for exercises, along with a U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.  Courtesy of The Aviationist and photographer Daffyd Phillips, here’s a high-resolution video clip of the aircraft taking off and landing over there.  It includes some of the closest, clearest shots of the B-2 I’ve yet seen. Note the U-2 “chase car” that follows the aircraft during takeoff and landing.  It’s a vital part of the support crew.  Details at the link. Peter

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The pandemic leads to an explosion in firearms and ammunition sales

I’m frankly astonished at the sudden, huge increase in demand for firearms and ammunition as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Gun shops are reporting land-office business, and ammunition vendors – even the largest online-only operations – are so swamped by sudden, massive orders that they’re running out of stock.  Some sample headlines: Fears Over Coronavirus Pandemic Driving Up Gun Sales It’s not just toilet paper: People line up to buy guns, ammo over coronavirus concerns Coronavirus triggers massive spike in firearms and ammunition sales Crime Craze: People are Buying Guns in Preparation for Coronavirus Violence It’s not just in

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An exercise in futility and political stupidity

Many of our large inner-city metropolitan areas are effectively out of control when it comes to crime and violence.  Some are more visibly so than others;  in this case, Baltimore, where the mayor has made a public appeal that’s infuriating in its futility and blatantly obvious lack of truth. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and heed orders to stay home after multiple people were shot Tuesday night amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence. Seven people were shot Tuesday night in the Madison

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Will the pandemic pop the higher education bubble?

College Fix thinks it may. … when large universities shift their course offerings online during a global pandemic, it might get students wondering – why would they continue to pay exorbitant fees for dorms, meal plans, and parking, when they can get the same instruction sitting at home in front of their computers? Once a large university proves it can provide a reasonable facsimile of its course offerings without the enormous expense, students may start to demand they do so. College affordability and student debt are two of the most pressing issues to young Americans today – they would no

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COVID-19: What can I, personally, do to help?

I think we’ve all read enough about the coronavirus pandemic to take it seriously.  We have no idea what the infection rate, survival rate, etc. are going to be, apart from broad parameters;  we can only go by the information available to us, and much of that information is suspect.  However, the trend is ominous.  (The statistics at the link will update daily;  the graphic below was accurate at the time of writing.) The powers that be are taking a pessimistic view, and implementing increasingly draconian measures to slow down the spread of the virus – no matter how disruptive those

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Fascinating background information on the Bin Laden attack in 2011

The “flight lead” of the helicopters on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, recently retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen, has provided more information about that mission, with encouragement from his superior officers. It was just 30 seconds into the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011 when special operations Chinook pilot Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen heard the call of “Black Hawk down” come over his radio. Black Hawk 2′s pilot alerted Englen — the pilot in charge of the air operation that night — that Black Hawk-1 had just crashed inside the 9/11 mastermind’s

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