Sunday, May 16, 2021

Beach Report 5/16/21

Some unknown weed, common in the lawn lining the marina. It has pretty blue flowers in an interesting floret. Leaf Snap says Lyre-Leaf Sage (Salvia lyrata).
A Barn Swallow, resting on a dock line.
A clump of Blue-eyed Grass also beside the marina.

The clouds moved in as we got the to beach. We were expecting some rain.
Between Georgia and I we managed about 20 teeth. And the rain never arrived.

‘They’re Not Journalists. They’re Political Assassins’

 Lara Logan recounts her journey to the 'dark side.'

Election 2020: She's Gone!

Blessedly little coverage yesterday. Maybe the Washington media was off enjoying the lovely weather. 

On the ongoing Maricopa County audit, from PM, Arizona Senate president claims entire database deleted from election system, but I'm sure it was an accident, like Rose Mary Woods six minutes of tape. Nothing at all suspicious. From Sundance at CTH, President Trump Remarks on The Maricopa County Voting Result Database Being Deleted, Or Was It Always Assembled Off-site

PRESIDENT TRUMP – “The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms. Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime. Many Radical Left Democrats and weak Republicans are very worried about the fact that this has been exposed.

The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow. The Mainstream Media and Radical Left Democrats want to stay as far away as possible from the Presidential Election Fraud, which should be one of the biggest stories of our time. Fox News is afraid to cover it—there is rarely a mention. Likewise, Newsmax has been virtually silent on this subject because they are intimidated by threats of lawsuits. One America News (OAN), one of the fastest growing networks on television, and the “hottest”, is doing a magnificent job of exposing the massive fraud that took place. The story is only getting bigger and at some point it will be impossible for the weak and/or corrupt media not to cover. Thank you to OAN and other brave American Patriots. It is all happening quickly!”

Stu Cvrk at Red State asks the entirely rhetorical question What Will It Take for the Legacy Media to Honestly Cover the Arizona Audit? There is nothing that can make them cover it honestly. Sundance provides the usual Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward Provides an Update on Maricopa County Ballot and Election Audit

Sophie Mann at JTN recount how an Election audit in small New Hampshire town could have implications for 2020 results statewide "In tiny Windham, a November hand recount in a state legislative race revealed vote count discrepancies up and down the ballot — all benefiting Democrats."  But WaPoo has found voter fraud worthy of national coverage, Man charged with wife’s murder illegally cast her ballot for Trump, officials say: ‘I just thought, give him another vote’

On Wednesday, a freshman Republican used a House hearing investigating the attacks as a platform to compare the insurrection — which left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and at least 140 officers injured — to tourists going through the building.

Later that evening, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) — whom some Democrats have accused of implicitly supporting the Jan. 6 rioters — stomped out of the House chamber and down the steps screaming at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) about why she wouldn’t debate her on policy.

That prompted the young liberal star to raise the matter with security officials.

The incidents came as Democrats refuse to let Republicans who did not vote to certify President Biden’s election sign on to their bills. On Tuesday, Republicans took down a noncontroversial measure designed to fight opioid abuse because the lead Democrat refused to allow the previous GOP co-author a prominent slot on the legislation.

Way to Democrats, that'll show em! WaPoo also has a big article on the Jan. 6 incursionists,  A sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspects. I love this one: "Member of Super Happy Fun America, a Massachusetts based right-wing group" Sounds like a dangerous lot! At JTN, DHS offers $500k for public-private data sweep targeting 'violent extremists' in law enforcement. Meaning you know who. Anyone who disagrees with Democrats. 

As reported by Just the News this week, the DHS and the Department of Defense have announced internal investigations of "extremism" within their departments, raising alarms among conservative civil liberties watchdogs, as the agencies' notions of "extremism" were vague and appeared to omit from scrutiny far-left extremist groups implicated in widespread political violence in 2020.

Homeland Security to share harvested data with "peers, teachers, community leaders, and law enforcement" in "whole-of-society prevention" network.

Jon Solomon from JTN, FBI reclassifies 2017 Congressional baseball shooter as ‘domestic violent extremist’ From Da Blaze, after considerable brow beating from the right, FBI admits GOP baseball shooting was domestic terrorism after previously deeming it 'suicide by cop'

The FBI has "quietly" admitted that the 2017 shooting by a far-left radical who tried to murder several GOP members of Congress at a baseball field was, indeed, domestic terrorism, The Washington Examiner reported.

Last month, current FBI chief Christopher Wray was confronted by Republican lawmakers over the agency classifying the shooting as "suicide by cop" under a previous director.
What are the details?

The Examiner found in an FBI-DHS report released Friday detailing 85 "FBI-Designated Significant Domestic Terrorism Incidents in the United States from 2015 through 2019" classified the shooting at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field by a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as "domestic violent extremism."

She's gone, but the story drags on and on:

Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading the Discredited CIA "Russian Bounty" Story - Glenn Greenwald
In Wyoming, Trump endorsement will reshape race against Liz Cheney - Washington Examiner
Stefanik replacing Cheney and McCarthy's handling of the situation raises questions - The Washington Post
Stefanik is the wrong answer to Cheney's anti-Trump stand - HotAir
As Stefanik replaces Cheney, Democrats want to keep spotlight on Trump - Washington Examiner
Trump on GOP: 'I'm not looking to have it be party of Trump, I'm looking to have a great country' - Just The News

That deserves a great hair band video:

Palm Sunday Sunrise

 or sunset:

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Fishing Report 5/15/21

Colonel Dziengeleski (aka Andy or Ski) had invited Tom and I on a fishing trip with two of his fellow officers with Walleye Pete. I heard that Tom and I were replacements for a 3 star who had better, or at least more important, things to do, and a best friend. If your going to be second choice, be second choice to the best.

The day started off cool, clear and calm on the other side of the world (the Eastern Shore). This is the CBF conference Center at Bishops Head, on of many places we stopped.
Fishing wasn't hot, but it wasn't exactly, cold either. We managed to extract a few Striped Bass ranging from tiny to mid 20 inch at nearly every point we checked, but never found a big slug of fish. It's the final day of "trophy season", and Striped Bass need to be 35 inches or longer to keep and we weren't expecting to find any.

Ski himself with a fine one.

But Tom took home the prize, the only keeper fish of the day, this 20 inch Speckled Trout.

Gone Fishin'

 But not like this:

Chasing around the islands for Specks and Rockfish with Pete, Tom, Ski, and a couple guys I don't know.

Rule 5 Saturday - From the Lipstick Jungle - Lindsay Price

For this weeks Rule 5 post, one of those faces that you've seen but can't put a name to, if you're like me. 

Lindsay Jaylyn Price (born December 6, 1976)  is an American television actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Janet Sosna on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Victory Ford on Lipstick Jungle. She is also known for her work on soap operas such as All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Price was born in Arcadia, California to William Price, an American of German and Irish descent, and Haeja Diane Price, who was born in Korea. Price's parents were raised together as siblings, as the Price family had adopted the orphaned Haeja from Korea after the Korean War. Kim Hae Ja and her biological brother were abandoned by their mother, who remarried after Hae Ja's father was killed in the war.

Weird, but not incest in any biological sense.  

In 2006, she co-starred on The WB television show Pepper Dennis, opposite Rebecca Romijn, in the role of Kimmy Kim. She appeared in the short-lived American remake of the British series, Coupling, in addition to singing the show's theme song, a cover of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps".  She guest starred in NCIS for two episodes as a neurotic fling of main character, Anthony DiNozzo. From 2008–09, she starred in the NBC drama Lipstick Jungle as Victory Ford, an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York City. She guest-starred in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and played Joanna Frankel in ABC's Eastwick, where she once again starred opposite Rebecca Romijn.

Price has also had a career in music. Price wrote and performed on a five-song EP entitled Someone Like Me, which was released in 2007


Election 2020: Insomnia Edition

Well, I'm up early before a fishing trip. Might as well do this. Toysmatrix: Dominion, Maricopa County Rebuff Arizona Senate’s Attempt to Get Election Machine Passwords

Dominion Voting Systems and Maricopa County officials are refusing to hand over passwords for election machines to auditors in Arizona.

Dominion said in a statement to news outlets on Thursday that it would comply with the audit, but Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct it along with three other companies, is not accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

“Releasing Dominion’s intellectual property to an unaccredited, biased, and plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election security interests of the country,” Dominion said. “No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible act.”

Cyber Ninjas did not respond to a request for comment.
The Cyber Ninjas

Maricopa County officials previously said that they did not have passwords to access administrative functions on Dominion Voting Systems machines that were used to scan ballots during the election, according to the Senate’s audit liaison, former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

“They’ve told us that they don’t have that second password, or that they’ve given us all the passwords they have,” Bennett told One America News at the site of the audit in Phoenix last week.

The county is also withholding routers from auditors, claiming security concerns.

Both routers or router images and access to election machines were part of the materials the state Senate subpoenaed late last year. A judge in February ruled that the subpoenas were valid and should be obeyed.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, recently threatened to subpoena county officials if they didn’t stop their noncompliance with the subpoenas, but backed off the threat in a letter on May 12.

Instead, she asked Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, also a Republican, to cooperate voluntarily by attending an upcoming meeting at the state Capitol to go over the audit issues.

Fann said auditors have found discrepancies in the ballot count, including one batch that was supposed to be 200 but only numbered 165. She also said the audit teams found an entire database directory from an election machine had been deleted, and that the main database for the election management system software was not located anywhere on the machine, suggesting that the main database for all data related to the 2020 election had been removed.

 Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.14.21, Vox Popoli: Fake Election, Fake President

The Arizona audit has uncovered more evidence of fraud, sufficient to prove the statistical evidence that has clearly demonstrated how the 2020 election was faked:
According to the Maricopa Arizona Audit account, they are finding “significant discrepancies between the number of ballots therein and the batch reports included in the boxes”.
We already know exactly how the election results were faked due to the algorithm that was reverse engineered. The same ratio of nonexistent votes were injected everywhere, which is why the number of ballots in Maricopa, or anywhere, will not match the number of recorded votes.

And that's why there were 159,633,396 votes reported cast, compared to the 128,838,342 in 2016, 126,849,299 in 2012, and 129,446,839 in 2008. Occam's Razor indicates there were at least 30 million fake digital votes for which there are no ballots to be found.

When calling the other side racist isn't working anymore, AP, Democrats search for a strategy to combat GOP voting laws

They finally found the clear and present danger of right-wing extremism in the military, Am Mil News,  Marine officer is first active-duty military member charged in Jan. 6 Capitol storming. That was stupid. There goes his career. 

USA Today reported that the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Warnagiris is on active duty, saying, “The Marine Corps is clear on this: There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps. Our strength is derived from the individual excellence of every Marine regardless of background. Bigotry and racial extremism run contrary to our core values.”
And just what do "Bigotry and racial extremism" have to do with this? Twitchy, Keep your hands AWAY from his mouth! Matt Negrin LOSES IT babbling about House Republicans trying to murder Dems and GET THE NET. Reminder, the only person killed on Jan. 6 was a woman Trump supporter. Who killed Ashli Babbitt? Sundance at CTH, Anticipate Alinsky-styled Language “Insurrection Deniers” to be Main Element of Current Democrat Narrative
Promoting the January 6th protest in Washington DC as a “domestic terrorist” event; and promoting the protest as an “armed insurrection” against the U.S. government; is the cornerstone of the Democrat’s 2022 election effort. If we watch carefully now we will see an increased emphasis on attacking anyone who might downplay the Democrat narrative.

With their back against the wall on failing and catastrophic policy outcomes; with gas prices skyrocketing; and with the economy stalled due to inflation (ie. stagflation), the democrats are all-in with this “insurrection” narrative as a political tool to distract the voting population from merging crisis of bad policy.
. . .
The Democrats are counting on exploiting the false storyline around the Jan.6th protest. They will work overdrive in the next few days to attack anyone who puts that narrative at risk. Cue the example:
(The Hill) Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) on Friday began asking Democratic colleagues to sign on to a resolution to censure three House Republicans who tried this week to minimize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection. . . 

And for those still following the Liz Cheney saga (I confess, I never really thought about or cared who the third in charge of House Republicans was before this):

Fait accompli: House GOP elects Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney in leadership – HotAir
Ace of Spades HQ - Elise Stefanik Defeats Chip Roy to Replace Liz Cheney as #3 in Republican Congressional Leadership
House Republicans Vote for Elise Stefanik to Replace Liz Cheney - Dan Bongino
Meghan McCain Blasts Republicans For Ousting Liz Cheney – ‘Just Doing It For Power’
Proof the Liz Cheney Ouster Is Not a Big Deal Is Found Looking at Who’s Making It a Big Deal by Brad Slager
Ace of Spades HQ - The Group of NeverTrumpers Trying to Form a Third Party...? One of Their Key Signatories is a Former Republican Turned Democrat Turned... Holocaust Denier
The Truth Behind the Cheney Story, by Erick Erickson | Creators Syndicate

Friday, May 14, 2021

No Mas(k)!

What with the CDC's new guidance:

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Both (and in fact, everyone in the house except Gabi) being fully vaccinated, it looks like we're nearly done with, although, Georgia had to wear one to go the the grocery. But masks won't go quietly. Jazz Shaw at Hot Hair, Some people "may elect to wear masks" after mandates end. Let them

This is most likely a question that depends heavily on where you live, your age, and what social circles you tend to run in. When are we taking off all of these face masks, with or without Big Brother’s permission? I’ve been hearing from plenty of people who have already largely ditched their masks or are growing impatient with the government’s hesitancy to do away with these mandates. But I know plenty of other people (including some relatives) who are not only still wearing them whenever they leave the house but bristle at the sight of others going maskless. As CBS Baltimore points out this week, not everyone finds the idea of wearing masks tiresome. In fact, some are saying that they plan to continue wearing them long after the mandates are lifted, at least into next year. This is more than a personal choice, however, and there may be legal implications involved.

B'more Sun: Maryland lifts COVID mask mandate after new CDC guidance

According to Infectious Disease experts, the United States has had a non-existent flu season because of the precautions taken to combat Covid-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested wearing a mask may become a seasonal practice.

“People might actually elect to wear a mask to diminish the likelihood of spreading these respiratory diseases,” said Dr. Fauci.

We posed the question to the public, when it comes to ultimately easing the mask requirement indoors, how are you feeling? We got a range of responses including “relieved,” “uncomfortable,” and “anxious.”

“I think we’re headed in the right direction, but it’s a little bit too early to take the masks off inside,” said Mark Jensen from Baltimore.

OK, so wear one or two if you like
I won't object
 WaEx, The pandemic is over

For some of us (including yours truly), that time has already come. I’ve never worn a mask outside and now I will only put one on if I have to go into a store that requires them. Even then, I’m keeping my eye open for businesses that don’t require them and will patronize them whenever possible.

But that’s not an opinion that’s anywhere near universal. My social media timeline is littered with memes urging people to shun the maskless, even mockingly threatening violence against those who fail to comply. In general, those opposed to these mandates tend to come from conservative circles, particularly among younger folks who aren’t as worried about contracting the novel coronavirus. Liberals tend to fall in line far more quickly, and the elderly (who are at the greatest risk of a bad COVID outcome) also seem to be more inclined to mask up.

Calvert County Makes National News!

Even international! UK Independent: Explicit billboard attacking Biden and Harris causes controversy in Maryland. Also, NYPo, Controversial billboard calls Biden, Harris ‘s–theads’ in Maryland and Fox 5 in NY, Controversial billboard in Calvert County causing stir 

Located near the intersection of Route 4 and Bowie Shop Road in Huntingtown, it depicts President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in cartoon feces. The sign then says, "DON’T BLAME TRUMP! YOU ARE STUCK WITH THESE TWO (expletive) HEADS!!!"

"It’s just vulgar," said Jeanette Flaim, who is the chair of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee. "Kids are going to school, and they’re going by it every day, and parents are driving their kids. We just don’t think kids should have to see that or parents should have to explain that."

Theo's hosts an unbowdlerized picture:

I haven't been that far up county since I got the second shot of the Trump vaccine. I might need to make a trip.  

A little about Calvert County for those not familiar. We're location on the Western Shore of Chesapeake Bay, anywhere from 20-50 miles SE of Washington DC. Many people who live here commute to DC and have the typical deep blue DC politics. At the same time, we are the site of a large nuclear power plant, and a natural gas export facility, industries Democrats would desperately like to kill. We are also just across the river from Patuxent River Naval Air station, and many county residents work there. The county has voted R in every presidential election since Carter; in the last election 52 - 46%.

Election 2020: That Muddle in Maricopa

It looks like we're starting to see what the Democrats were trying to hide in the Maricopa County, Arizona election. Matt Margolis at PJMedia VIP (paywalled), BOMBSHELL: Maricopa County Election Audit Uncovers 'Significant Discrepancies'. But if you want to see it for free, Sundance at CTH goes into exquisite (or is it painful) detail in Interesting Developments in Maricopa, Arizona, Ballot Audit – State Senate Asks County Officials to Testify About Deleted Files, Significant Irregularities and Tabulation Machine Manipulation and hosts Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward Provides Update on Maricopa County Ballot Audit.  Breitbart, AZ State Senate President Asks Maricopa County to Address Deleted Data Bases, Chain of Custody, Non-Compliance with Subpoenas. And from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.13.21 (Evening Edition), Nice Deb at Am Great, AZ Election Auditors Claim Maricopa County Officials Deleted Databases from Voting Machines Before Handing Them Over. It appears somebody has been playing around with the voting data base post election. Also, there appear to be significant chain of custody issues and more votes that ballots in some batches of ballots. Now, mistakes do happen, but it's funny how they tend to go one way. You might not need your shocked face when you find out how Trump Responds to Latest Maricopa County Election Audit Bombshells (Matt Margolis).

“The Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story,” Trump said. “They just refuse to talk or report about it. They don’t want the United States or World to see what is going on with our corrupt, third world election.”

Regarding Georgia (the state), Bryan Preston at PJ asks  Could This Obscure Legal Case Change Control of the Senate?. Strikes me as unlikely, but then, I'm no expert. 

“The case does not rely solely on the anecdotal evidence of ballot harvesting, dead citizens voting, or stuffed ballot boxes to seek to overturn an election. This case is different because it involves a solid, objective examination of whether the voting machines used in the election meet the required GA statutory standards. From what I have seen, the answer is — they do not. If so, the election should be invalidated,” declared Daugherty.

It looks like Joe Manchin has put the kibosh on the Senate's version of the "Let Democrats steal all future elections bill." Capt. Ed at Hot Hair, quotes Joe Manchin: I'll kill the Democrats' voting-reform bill. Breitbart, Joe Manchin Reiterates Opposition to Annulling Filibuster, Federalizing Elections After Meeting with President. Jordan Davidson at Da Fed, Democrats Scramble To Find Support For Partisan ‘Power-Grab’ Election Bill and HE, Senate Panel Deadlocks on Bill to Nationalize Elections, Nullify Voter ID: Here are the Main Takeaways.

Julie Kelly at Am Great writes, House Republicans Defy the January 6 Narrative "The script about that day might have been concocted by Democrats and the media but the true account of what happened before, during, and after is still being written." Karen Townsend at Hot Hair reports that Meghan McCain tells 'The View' panel: Move on from January 6 already. I distrust Meghan (hell, I distrust most people) and suspect she might want to get it done before it turns against them. JD Davidson at Da Fed says  The Washington Post’s Hit Piece On Josh Hawley Is Really A Hit Piece On All Conservatives. Just an every day occurrence at WaPoo.

Robert Spencer at PJ Media The Big Lie Again: Attorney General Garland Says White Supremacists Top Terror Threat.  Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.13.21 (Evening Edition),, Legal Insurrection, AG Merrick Garland Claims White Supremacists Are “The Most Dangerous Threat To Our Democracy”, Am  Think, Are Retired Generals In France & The U.S. Standing Up Against Tyranny?  The Lid: 124 Retired Military Officers Slam Biden For “Full-Blown Assault On Our Constitutional Rights In A Dictatorial Manner” , This Ain’t Hell with Retired Flag Officers Sign Letter Questioning 2020 Election, Biden’s Mental Health and The Fed McCarthy Leads House GOP In Honoring Fallen Police Officers After Democrats Spurred Riots & Defunding In 2020. Robert Maginnis at Am Think wonders Is Silence Falling in the Mineshaft?

Well, somebody had to say it, Karen Townsend at Hot Hair, Marjorie Taylor Greene demands of AOC, "Why do you support terrorists?" prompting Pelosi to call Rep. Greene’s actions ‘beyond pale’ Pelosi backs AOC after ‘verbal assault.

And, of course, there's plenty of noise about Liz Cheney, if you still care:

What Liz Cheney Said Last Night Is Why She's No Longer in GOP Leadership by Matt Vespa
Ace of Spades HQ - Nasty Toadlike Griftess Liz Cheney Says She Might Run for President Donation Money in 2024
GOP Isn't In Turmoil, It's Growing the Hell Up – PJ Media
Ousting Liz Cheney doesn’t end the GOP’s 2022 election problems – HotAir
Clean up, aisle 5! Brit Hume uses the PERFECT quote to DROP the media and sum up the REAL issue Republicans have with Liz Cheney –
Liz Cheney Goes on Fox News, Loses Her Ever-Loving Mind – RedState
Bret Baier, Liz Cheney Go At It Over Russian Bounty Story - The Daily Caller
Liz Cheney clashes with Bret Baier: Fox News has a special duty to tell the truth about the election – HotAir
Trump Rains Down Hellfire on Liz Cheney After Her Ousting by Matt Vespa
Challengers Rush to Primary Liz Cheney After House GOP Ouster - Breitbart
The Real Reason Liz Cheney Had to Go - Da Beast
The GOP has lost its way. Fellow Americans, join our new alliance. - The Washington Post
100 Former GOP Officials: Dump Trump Or We’ll Start A New Republican Party - The Daily Caller
Populists, Revolutionaries, and Conservatism, Inc. - American Mindset
In The Mailbox: 05.13.21 : The Other McCain with Liz Be Gone, Go Join Your Friends On The Left - Victory Girls Blog

Fish Pic Friday - Islandshae23

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Land Use Blamed for Transsexual Smallmouth Bass

Happy Payne with a fine Smallmouth
 Land use tied to ‘intersex’ smallmouth bass in Bay rivers

Prompted initially by disturbing fish kills in the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers, researchers have been on a quest for nearly 20 years to understand what’s impacting the health of smallmouth bass, a popular freshwater recreational catch throughout the Bay watershed.

While studying die-offs, skin lesions and infections seen in both adult and juvenile bass, scientists began noting “intersex” conditions in Potomac and Susquehanna fish. They’ve found cells in the sex organs of males that are usually found only in females, as well as a protein that’s produced by females to form the yolk around an egg.

Extensive water sampling in Bay rivers has also documented the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals, which have been linked to the development of intersex traits in bass.


There appears to be no one source of those chemicals in Bay tributaries, but a pair of new research papers suggest that efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution also could help reduce chemical contaminants — and possibly the intersex abnormalities.

After conducting a statistical analysis of water and fish samples collected at multiple sites over several years, a team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that land use nearby or upstream was linked to the levels of hormone-disrupting contaminants measured in the water.

Higher levels generally were found in waters that drained farmland, the USGS team reported in the March issue of the journal Chemosphere. But the levels could also be affected by the extent of crop cultivation, and the type of crop being grown. Soybeans, for instance, generate natural estrogens. Levels were even higher near fields where hormone-disrupting herbicides such as atrazine and metolachlor had been applied, the study found.

And horse urine used to be the source for the hormones in birth control pills. Think that might have contributed? 

The USGS team also found elevated estrogenic or hormone-disrupting substances in waters draining some more urban settings, especially those with a lot of pavement or high numbers of septic systems treating wastewater.

“We did find … that scale matters,” said Vicki Blazer, the study’s lead author. In the immediate catchment basin being studied, they saw impacts associated with pesticide applications, percent of land cultivated, and the presence of septic tanks. But some impacts could also be connected to factors farther upstream such as runoff and the extent of pavement and buildings. They also sampled early and late in the year to see if the effects varied by season.

Previous studies have linked feminization of male bass with exposure to effluent from municipal wastewater treatment plants, but sampling in the Potomac River near sewage plants found no such pattern. Still, Blazer indicated she isn’t ready to rule out wastewater plants as sources, saying there hasn’t been enough sampling to do that.

Another clear message from the data: Levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals tend to be lower in stretches of river lined with trees, or even bushes.

 Less is better? Whoda guessed?

That's One Expensive Manatee

Palm Beach Post: Tale of Chessie the traveling manatee nearly ends in death, but there's more to his story

The manatee arrived in the triage unit at SeaWorld Orlando like so many this year, emaciated, its skin clinging too tightly to its skull, ribs showing.

It had a brand telling of a previous rescue and release, but no tracking chip.

Still, the scars on the 1,100-pound male — like fingerprints — quickly identified his celebrity.

Chessie the manatee, whose nickname stuck after a 1994 rescue from the Chesapeake Bay, is a star of children’s books for his journeys as far north as Rhode Island. He is notorious for ditching tracking devices, made headlines in 2001 and 2011 when he reappeared in Mid-Atlantic waters, and flew on a C-130 Hercules on an escorted trip back to Florida.

Chessie the manatee made his name in Baltimore waters in the 1990s.

I wonder what a fair bill would have been for the return trip on a C-130 would be.

“There was a little added pressure,” said Senior SeaWorld Veterinarian Dr. Lydia Staggs about treating the ailing luminary.

Chessie went to SeaWorld after a Feb. 5 rescue in Riviera Beach by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers who saw him floating on his side — an obvious sign of distress.

On Tuesday, a nearly 1,500-pound Chessie was released at Anchorage Park in North Palm Beach.

He is wizened — possibly upwards of 40 years old — but still the same scamp who evaded rescuers for eight days in October 1994 after being spotted in a sewage outfall near Queenstown, Md., in the Chesapeake Bay.

I missed Chessie when he visited our harbor in 2011

Best of luck, Chessie. I suggest moving no farther north than the Carolinas in the future. 

Beach Report 5/13/21

An absolutely great day, just a hair cool when Skye and I left for the beach, so I made the mistake of wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

The tide was pretty low, and Skye and I got around the slides up above above Matoaka. I found this lovely Snaggletooth in the same streambed I found the Megalodon in back in March. At 1 1/2 inches on the slant (the standard tooth measurement technique) it's a mere 1/8ths smaller than the largest of the year so far. I may leave it on the kitchen window sill for a while anyway.
Some interesting fossil traces in the boulders left by some of the recent slides.

Election 2020: Antrim County back in Focus

From Sundance at CTH, Antrim County Audit Attorney Finds Audit Trail Logs Intentionally Scrubbed to Eliminate Evidence of Fraudulent Electronic Manipulation of Election Outcome. A long, but useful video at link.

A very interesting article and interview appears today that warrants everyone’s attention. In Michigan the lawsuit against Antrim County election officials continues. The lead attorney Matthew DePerno continues putting the evidence into the public and court record.

What the evidence shows is an intentional manipulation of the ballot counting systems that shifted votes from Trump to Biden, then the system was scrubbed of log-in details so the people who did the shifts would not be identified.

JD Rucker – “DePerno claims they found MySQL database management software on the tabulation machines in Antrim County. This is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it’s not supposed to be there, which means someone intentionally put it there. Second, it can be used to manipulate the database and make changes to results.”

 Also, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward Provides an Update on the Maricopa Ballot Audit

Chuck DeVore at Da Fed on Democrats attempts to make the Texas new anti-fraud law racist, No, ‘Purity Of The Ballot Box’ Is Not Racist Election Law Terminology. It’s Historically Accurate, "As the Texas legislature works to strengthen its election laws against voter fraud, leftists are fighting the bill with revisionist history and cries of 'racism.'" Natalie Winters at TNP, CNN Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Think Voter ID Laws Make Elections ‘More Fair.’ It's just common sense. Democrats don't have any. Babylon Bee, White Liberals Watch In Amazement As Black Man Acquires ID

Jazz Shaw at Hot Hair, Narrative busting: Guess who comprised a majority of Trump's 2020 voters

It takes a while to parse through that much data, particularly given how long some of the states were counting and recounting everything, but now a progressive analytics firm has finished an in-depth audit of the numbers and those reliable white males didn’t perform nearly as well for Trump as had been projected. In reality, the majority of overall Trump voters came from a combination of women and minorities. And the percentage of his voters grew in every category except white males, which actually dropped. What are we to make of this? (The Federalist)

Gateway Pundit, Dem Rep. and Former Defense Secretary Get Into Shouting Match About Trump’s Role in Jan. 6 Protest

WaPoo publishes a hit piece on Josh Hawley, Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley’s path to the insurrection "Insurrection"? In my world that's ground for a slander suit. Liam Brooks at Am Think thinks AG Garland spews more lies about white supremacy
The latest salvo of lies came from Attorney General Merrick Garland, who testified Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the January 6 "riot" at the U.S. Capitol. The alleged "riot" — that featured no firearms, no arson, and no looting — "was conducted by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and incited by white supremacist groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys," according to Yahoo News. "Five people died as a result of the attack," they added.

First of all, there is no evidence whatsoever that the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys are "white supremacist groups." But they support both the Constitution and Donald Trump, either of which, in the current leftist mindset, makes you a white supremacist...even if you're not white! (Just ask Candace Owens.) Second, the inference that "five people died as a result of the attack" is intentionally misleading, as three died from natural causes and one from an apparent drug overdose. The only violent death occurred when an unarmed female Trump-supporter was shot dead by a still unnamed Capitol Police officer.

Did "white supremacists" suddenly take to the streets and destroy American cities from coast to coast? No. I guess they're waiting for something more sinister to happen than a dead Trump-supporter, a Marxist revolution, and a stolen presidential election.

Back to A.G. Garland: "In my career as a judge and in law enforcement, I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the Capitol," he said, adding that violence incited by white supremacists poses "the most dangerous threat to our democracy." Apparently, Garland didn't notice the billions of dollars in property damage and dozens of murders perpetrated over the past year by Marxist revolutionaries. Perhaps he was still pouting over his lost seat on the Supreme Court.

At Da Blaze, 124 retired generals and admirals say US in 'deep peril' under Biden, warn of his 'mental' condition. Natalie Winters at TNP again, U.S. Army Generals Warn Of Biden’s “Tremendous Marxist Assault” On America.

“Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” the letter opens.

The retired military officers criticized the 2020 election, noting Democrat House bill H.R. would solidify these problems.

The letter also slams the Biden White House, noting that the Mental and physical condition of the Commander-in-Chief “cannot be ignored.” “He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night,” they said while slamming the regime for passing executive orders in a “dictatorial manner.”

They also called the Chinese Communist Party “the greatest external threat to America,” advocating for more sanctions and restrictions to impede their world domination goal and protect America’s interests.”

The letter also argues the military shouldn’t be used as “political pawns” to protect the Capitol against a “non-existent threat,” in addition to voicing opposition to the spread of critical race theory. “We must support our Military and Vets; focus on war fighting, eliminate the corrosive infusion of Political Correctness into our military which damages morale and war fighting cohesion,” they wrote.

The Garland DOJ's attempts to get Rudy continue. Da Beast, The Feds Are Now Probing Rudy’s Dodgy Ukraine-Biden Dossier. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming and hiding stuff to look at Hillarie's Steele Dossier. WaPoo, Garland, Mayorkas highlight work to fight rise of domestic terrorism, as Democrats, GOP spar over who’s to blame.

And in the unlikely event you care about Liz Cheney's ouster from GOP leadership, I have a ton of links:

Kevin McCarthy: Liz Cheney ouster to White House in a day - The Washington PostBreaking: House GOP votes to remove Cheney from leadership – HotAir
Liz Cheney ousted from leadership post by House Republicans - The Washington Post
Why Republicans believe they're right to oust Liz Cheney - Washington Examiner
Poll: GOP voters largely back Cheney's ouster from leadership – HotAir
Ace of Spades - HQ Neocon Liz Cheney Ousted From Leadership; Vows That She Will Use All Of Her Remaining Power, Which Is Very Very Little, to Insure Trump Never Wins the Presidency for a Third Time
Liz Cheney plans travel and media appearances to confront Trump. - The Washington Post
Liz Cheney plans to run for re-election after leadership ouster - Axios
Journalist Drops an Inconvenient Truth on the Liz Cheney Concern Trolls – RedState
Elise Stefanik set to replace Cheney with support from Trump - The Washington Post
Ace of Spades HQ - 100 "Republicans" -- Most of Whom are Retired and Left the Party to Join the Democrats Years or Decades Ago -- Threaten to Leave the Republican Party Again Unless It Adopts Their Trump Derangement Agenda
‘Let’s move on’: Congress’ other pro-impeachment Republicans stay quiet - POLITICO
Althouse: "Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party."
'She's a hero': Liz Cheney down but not out in Wyoming after crossing Trump
Drama: Chip Roy may challenge Elise Stefanik for Cheney's vacant leadership seat – HotAir
Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP - TheHill
Liz Cheney Should Run for President - The Bulwark
Pelosi Launches Attack On GOP For Removing Liz Cheney – ‘Republicans Must Take Back The Party’
Trump Rains Down Hellfire on Liz Cheney After Her Ousting by Matt Vespa
Matt Gaetz Discusses What Happened in The Room When the GOP Conference Voted to Remove Liz Cheney - The Last Refuge
MSM Meltdown Over Cheney Proves GOP Did the Right Thing – PJ Media

Thursday Tune - Avalanche


Kendra Erika is a spicy, bold, artist with a touch of vintage Hollywood complemented by the desire to help others. It’s fitting that Hollywood Life dubbed her “the queen of hearts,” and that she has attracted musical collaborations with the creme de la crème in the industry. She has worked with a bevy of Grammy winning producers such as Charlie Midnight; Jan Fairchild (Elton John, Mary J Blige); John DeNicola (Hungry Eyes and Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing); Damon Sharpe (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez); Ned Cameron (Kid Ink, Lil Wayne); Mark Mangold (Cher, Michael Bolton); Luigie “LUGO” Gonzalez (Janet Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand); and Ronnie “CHICO” DeCicco (JLo, Kistine W, Rihanna, Britney Spears)”


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Maryland, My Maryland

Red State, Maryland Judge Tells Employees Across the State: No More 'Thin Blue Line' Masks

If you enjoy wearing support for police on your sleeve — or anywhere else on your person — employment at a Maryland district court isn’t for you.

On Wednesday, a judge in the state laid down the law for workers: No apparel of the “thin blue line” sort will be tolerated.

As reported by CBS Baltimore, Chief Judge John P. Morrissey’s email banned masks and other clothing bearing the pro-cop reference.

Such order applies to bailiffs, constables, clerks, commissioners, staff, and judges across 34 district courthouses.

As for visitors, they’re exempt.

Actually, I don't have much problem with this. The courts should be neutral since they are the buffer between the prosecution and the defense in criminal cases. There's no point in demonstrating further that the system is stacked against defendants.  

Beach Report 5/12/21

A bit cooler than yesterday, in the low to mid 50's with a slight NW wind, 5 kts or so, and partly cloudy skies. Skye and I were on our own again, because Georgia was Gabi sitting. A low, low tide.
I found this little tooth high and dry within a few minutes of looking.

Way up the beach, at the big slides, which we didn't get around I found this whale/dolphin vertebra still embedded in a lump of clay.
Not too many teeth, only ten in all, of which the best was this Snaggletooth, with, alas, a broken tip. I'll pretend this is bite damage; other than that the tooth was in great shape. 
It clouded over for our return walk.

Election 2020: A Nice Mess You Gotten Us Into

And some other random related topics. Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.11.21, from the unsinkable Mollie Hemingway at Da Fed, Mollie Hemingway Is Writing The 2020 Election Book The Media Don’t Want You To Read. If this doesn't get you to buy it, nothing will:

If questioning the results of a presidential election were a crime, as many have asserted in the wake of the controversial 2020 election and its aftermath, nearly the entire Democratic Party and media establishment would have been incarcerated for their rhetoric following the 2016 election. In fact, the last time they accepted the legitimacy of a presidential election they lost was in 1988.

After the 2000 election, which hinged on the results of a recount in Florida, Democrats smeared President George W. Bush as “selected, not elected.” When Bush won re-election against then-Sen. John Kerry in 2004, many on the left claimed that voting machines in Ohio had been rigged to deliver fraudulent votes to Bush. HBO even produced and aired “Hacking Democracy,” a documentary that added fuel to the conspiracy theory fire of conversations about the 2004 results. But nothing holds a candle to what happened in 2016 after Donald Trump’s surprising defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Rather than accept that Trump won and Clinton lost, the political and media establishments desperately sought to explain away Trump’s victory. What they settled on was a destructive conspiracy theory that crippled the government, empowered America’s adversaries, and illegally targeted innocent private citizens whose only crime was not supporting Hillary Clinton.

With baseless claims of hacked voting totals, illegal voter suppression, and extensive media manipulation, the Russian collusion hoax had it all. But more than anything, the belief that Trump stole the 2016 election had the support of the most powerful institutions, individuals, and even government agencies in the country.

“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” Clinton told her followers in 2019.

“I know he’s an illegitimate president,” Clinton claimed of Trump a few months later. She even claimed during an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” that “voter suppression and voter purging and hacking” were why she lost.

Former President Jimmy Carter agreed.

“[Trump] lost the election and was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf,” he told NPR in 2019. “Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016.”

Their view was widely shared by most prominent Democrats in Congress. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, for example, said he was skipping Trump’s inauguration in 2016 because he believed Trump was illegitimate, and that “the Russians participated in helping this man get elected.” Lewis also skipped the inauguration of President George W. Bush, claiming that Bush, too, was an illegitimate president.

A few members of Congress joined him in 2001. In 2017, one out of every three Democrats in the U.S. House boycotted Trump’s inauguration. Many said they refused to take part in the installation of an illegitimate president.

Not only did corporate media not condemn leading Democrats’ refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election, the media were also super spreaders of wild conspiracy theories about how Trump and Russia colluded to steal the election from Clinton. They dutifully regurgitated false leaks from corrupt intelligence officials suggesting that Trump and his staff had committed treason. They ran stories suggesting that Republicans who didn’t support their conspiracy theory were insufficiently loyal to the country.

Some even suggested Russia may have hacked voting machines and vote totals in a bid to steal the election from Clinton. It was all nonsense. Even Robert Mueller, who ran a multi-year and multi-million-dollar government investigation into claims that Trump personally colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the election from Clinton, found there was no evidence to support the claim.

Rather than being shunned by their peers for peddling leaks and lies that had no basis in reality, the reporters who pushed this conspiracy theory were lauded by their peers, received raises and promotions, and were given Pulitzers for “reporting” that turned out to be detached from reality.

From 2016 through 2020, the easiest way to achieve stardom on the political left was to loudly proclaim your belief that 2016 was an illegitimate election stolen by the Russians on behalf of a corrupt traitor. Dissent, up to and including the assertion that the President of the United States was a secret Russian spy, was the highest form of patriotism.

And then 2020 happened. . . .

Insty, FROM BACK WHEN IT WAS PATRIOTIC TO QUESTION ELECTION RESULTS: Liberal Media Scream: Six more years of ‘Stacey Abrams for president.’. Breitbart, Black Georgia Leaders: Stacey Abrams ‘Doesn’t Speak for the Black Community’

ET tells us 13 Percent of Maricopa County Ballots Counted in Audit So Far: Official. Relax, it will be a while before we know anything.

Da Caller, House Republicans File Ethics Complaint Against Democrats Who Made Unsubstantiated Claims That GOP Led ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours Before Capitol Riot. Liars, liars, pants on fires. 

Ed Driscoll at Insty, BYRON YORK: Republicans push FBI over ‘suicide by cop’ outrage. Of course, this was long before the election, but the difference in FBI handling the Jan 6 incursionists and the actually Democrat who shot Republican Congress members is astonishing. As Ed says "No enemies to the left."

Selwyn Duke at Am Think considers How the Left Plans To Put Boots on the Ground to Subdue Middle America while Jared Peterson ponders on Dislodging the Dems. Two of his four point plan might be possible.

Fox Reports, Democrats' HR1 election bill boosted by liberal dark money group financed by foreign national "Sixteen Thirty Fund has spent nearly $2M to lobby on issues, from HR1 to DC statehood" And here I thought it was illegal for a foreign national to interfere in our elections. Silly me!

At Red State 'Bonchie' claims We Don't Have a President. Sadly, we do. 

And on the tiresome yet topical topic of Liz Cheney:

HOT TAKES: Glenn Greenwald Shows No Mercy After Joe Scarborough Beclowns Himself in Heated Exchange – RedState
The Real Steal Is Coming - The Bulwark
POLITICO Playbook: Could McCarthy face a Cheney backlash? - POLITICO
Leadership fight? Chip Roy says Stefanik's not conservative enough to lead caucus in memo to House GOP – HotAir
Sen. Bill Cassidy Backs Liz Cheney to Remain in GOP Leadership Post
Bring on the Liz Cheney death match – HotAir
McCarthy tells House Republicans to expect vote to remove Cheney, says GOP must stop 'relitigating the past' - Fox News
Excellent News, On Eve of Liz Cheney Ouster 100 DeceptiCons Proclaim Threat to Create a Third Party - The Last Refuge
Graham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' - TheHill
Life after leadership: Liz Cheney plots her long game against Donald Trump – HotAir
Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from GOP – HotAir
Althouse: Cheney defiant.
The House GOP’s Trump trap - POLITICO

With several more at the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.11.21