Never Forgive. Never Forget.

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the infamous Siege At Ruby Ridge, Idaho, where Federal agents shot and killed Sammy Weaver, a guiltless 14-yer-old boy and later on, his mother Vicky by shooting her in the face as she was standing in a doorway, holding her baby daughter in her arms.

Even though the shootings were classed as “constitutional” (!!!) by the FBI, the agency nevertheless paid husband Randy Weaver — the original target of the siege — $3 million after a civil lawsuit.

As this article in American Greatness points out:

[FBI agent Lon Horiuchi] shot and killed Vicki Weaver, who was unarmed, and neither accused nor guilty of any crime. For embattled Americans in 2022, it would be a mistake to regard this assault as a one-off.

“Desire to wage war on ordinary Americans—to disadvantage them and even to kill them—had long been bubbling in the ruling class’s basements,” wrote Angelo Codevilla, citing documents such as Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1979-2008. This Department of Homeland Security study classified persons judged “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right wing terrorists.”

As the man said, it’s not really paranoia when they really are out to get you.



So I’m reading through this post about how your favorite band describes you at Middle Finger, and I’m chuckling at some of the funny ones, e.g.

Jimi Hendrix: You are under 20 or over 65
Chicago: You are incapable of talking about Chicago without mentioning their horn section
Van Halen: You have a Peeing Calvin bumper sticker on your Ford F100
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: You have an actual urine stain on your Ford F100
— and —
AC/DC: You are the cause of the urine stain

All funny stuff, until you see this one:

Joe Walsh: You have fired a gun while in your underwear

Has somebody been spying on me?


In talking about some government nonsense that purports to help airline travelers, Insty opines:

Of course, airlines often seem to fudge the reasons for delays or cancellations.

Being a gentleman, he’s giving them too much credit.  “Always” more than “often”, in other words.

Back when I were a leech consultant, I remember having to catch the last flight out of Nashville to Chicago one night.  There were just four of us passengers in the waiting area:  all wearing suits, all carrying briefcases, and all obviously frequent fliers.

One of the guys said, “Anyone want to give odds on whether this flight’s gong to be canceled for a ‘technical problem’?”  Nobody was interested — we were all gloomily certain of that eventuality.  Then I said, “Why don’t we run a book on how long from now before the flight’s canceled?  Five minutes, ten minutes… what am I offered?  Who’s in, for a dollar?”

Needless to say, that got everyone’s attention, and after each of us had picked a time (we were about 20 minutes from the scheduled takeoff), we waited expectantly.

When the announcement finally came, I bet it was the first time that the gate staff had ever had that announcement greeted with whoops and hollers, and money changing hands.

We were told that they’d made arrangements to put us up at the airport hotel overnight, so all four of us met up in one guy’s room and played poker till we had to catch the dawn flight the following day, emptying all four rooms’ courtesy bars in the process.  Must have cost the airline a fortune.

FYI, it was an American Airlines flight, but it could have been any of them, the lousy bastards.

Classic Beauty: Gina Lollobrigida

I don’t know if there was ever a more beautiful woman in the world than Gina Lollobrigida.  This was her, at age 50:

Granted, it’s a studio shot, but still…

So here are some more “natural” shots of her:

And then there are the more well-known pics:

I have so MANY more pics of Gina, but I’d better stop or else we’ll still be here in a week’s time.

Si bella.