Coping:: With the NY Times

Is the NY Times turning over a new leaf?

I was surprised this morning to see the headline “G.O.P. Health Plan would sub Mandate for Incentives” in the left column.  What’s this?  No slam in the headline?  What’s going on here?

In the middle column, even more surprising:  Some much so I dropped my ViseGrips.   “Rumblings of a ‘Deep State’ Undermining Trump? It Was Once a Foreign Concept.”

Oh, sure, there was the usual hand-wringing about how “immigrants” (really illegal aliens under 18 U.S. Code) have been streaming through an upstate NY town on their way to Canada.

Canada is welcome to them.  As we have said (seems like thousands of times) we have no quarrel with LEGAL immigration.  But illegal aliens?  Unvetted leftovers from the Clinton/Obama wars?  Er…no, thank you.

Back to point: The NY Times mention of the “deep state” which we’ve been ranting about for months, also calling it the ‘shadow government’ comes at a time when – as we suggested earlier – the Trump White House may be considering a head-on legal attack if they are as smart as I think they are.

The gathering together of Obamalutionaries at Obama’s new D.C. digs is unheard of  among previous presidential departures.  Neither of the Bushes, not even Slick Willie, Jimmy Carter, or…well, you know the list – stayed in town.  They all went home and bit their tongues.  Gracious and stylish to a man. 

Until now.

Where stories like this “Deep State” discussion capture my fancy is when we ponder where so many of the Trump LEAKS have come from.  Hmmm…which papers have received secret documents, do you think?

America has four “papers of record.”  NY Times, the WaPo, the Chicago Trib, and the LaLa Times.

As I pointed out in the column Monday, leaking federal documents – and surveillance of Trump by the Obama regime – is not the American version of “fair play.”  Some of it is likely felonious,, to boot.

While the NY Times isn’t yet going after Obama (or any of those “arm’s length operatives), we know that other media ran with stories like this one from back in October where an alleged  Ob-perative was cast in a planning violence role as…

“The political consulting firm Democracy Partners is at the center of the Project Veritas investigation exposing Democrat operatives instigating violence at Trump rallies and plotting potential voter fraud.”

Where’s the grand jury? Is inciting and trampling free speech OK now?  I missed that memo. 

Given that Obama’s seemingly orchestrating things as he plays his pronunciamiento role, the Times discussing “Deep State” even as a ‘theory’ becomes very interesting to watch.

Could it be that if there’s a whiff of smoke in the Times, there’s a building on fire somewhere?

Especially, as the Trump administration begins to clean out Obama holdovers, with the always present possibility of legal action aimed squarely at the would-be revolutionary government.  That would be in addition to the pending  congressional probe gearing up.  Bet me Obamas abuse of the FISA Court isn’t alleged.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, optimist that I am, but major media becoming more centrist in their coverage is long overdue.  And it’s nice to see something other that pro-Clinton, pro-Obama, anti-Trump news drifting into the Times left-hand column again.

Maybe they watched the Mark Levin video, no telling.

Or could it be the water level in the swamp has just come down the tiniest little  a bit?

Around the Ranch

Enough of all this seriousness for a moment. We need to keep up our friendly demeanor and have coffee and learn not to get distracted by the disaster in process called “filling up the news.”

All that excess channel capacity and too many trees has watered down the stuff that matters to the point where you really have to look for Truth these days.

As I’ve explained before, there is not really that much that goes on that is genuinely “news.” We know the FISA Court was asked twice to spy on Trump, so no, he didn’t lie.

And we know the Left is going through histrionics because Trump has not sprouted horns yet…but you just wait..  Uh-huh.  But Life goes on.

Signs of Spring

Out here in the East Texas Outback, we can tell that Spring is almost here.

One of my best indicators is how often Elaine changes clothes.

You see if it’s going to be cold (we got down to 14F one night this winter) Elaine will crawl grudgingly out of her flannels and into several layers and a jacket – even though the house is warmed to a toasty 75, or so.

When Spring shows up, though, she’s good for three or four fashion shows per day.

Monday was cool enough for flannels. By breakfast we was into fuzzy pants and a sweatshirt. A top change before lunch…

Then – as the thermometer swung through 80 – on its was to 82, she took it to shorts and a lightweight top.You can, I trust, understand why – at this rate – I pray for days over 100.

Pain in the Back

Speaking of 100, I feel about that old this morning. No problems with the back until about four weeks ago. Then, while I was bush hogging the south 16, I took some pretty solid hits that jarred the back pretty good.

Then, I maybe should have accepted my neighbor Coy’s offer of help because getting the old water-heater down the stairs.  Back didn’t like that, but I figured Coy didn’t deserve a back ache, so his generous offer of help was declined.  No point of having two players injured, know what I mean?

I may be one of the few men in East Texas (besides Coy & Billy) who’s got a water heater that weighs more than his wife.

Museum Plans Announced

Now that we have collected two water heaters waiting for a trip to the dump, I spent some time Monday penciling out designs for the East Texas Water Heater Museum.

While two water heaters isn’t much, we’ve been thinking about another wing for the museum where we could display broken refrigerators and maybe a third could house rusty remains of broken pickup trucks.  Out back a collection of abandoned deer stands might be interesting, too.

The appeal of the museum is deliberately limited. We would never be bothered by pushy northerners, I reckon. The “Open Carry is Fine” signs would put most of them off, anyway. Appreciation of our museum would likely be a regional thing.

Texas Mister Gardener Program

That water heater drip pan, that ended up not fitting, was placed in service in the greenhouse as a seed bed.

I’d found a few dozen packages of seeds so I just threw ’em in and I’ve been watering regularly.

The one thing I didn’t do was label what went where.

This troubled me greatly for a couple of days until it dawned on me that it doesn’t really matter.

You don’t REALLY need to know what the plants are until they are transplanted and grow up.  When they eventually get big enough to eat, even Mister Gardener and generally tell a cauliflower from a cabbage..

This being the case, a laughed for a good half=hour about the joke on lesser farmers and in-city wannabes.  Understand there is a whole CULT of plant labelers out there.  They even has special markers and such.

When the laughter died down, I wiped the tears from my eyes sobered by the fact that Western Reductionism has invented a crazy industry like this Plant Markers vertical.

Elaine smiled and muttered something about “See how this kind of robo-behavior led to social media?”

On the other hand, if the crop of unknowns die enroute to transplanting (some day) I won’t be emotionally attached to, oh, a carefully labeled broccoli plant for example.

That gardeners have been so hoaxed really began to bother me.  If I could psych myself into a teary-eyed state about this, maybe I could land an anchor slot on MSNBC.

Another hour passed with me in this vegetative state. I need to keep working on my addiction to Reductionist thought.

Elaine’s Health Note

Here’s something I never considered before E brought it up over breakfast.

She was watching a documentary about the stomach-brain connection (gut feelings and what-not) and it seems science is beginning to wonder about all these probiotics people are taking.

I tried them for a while, didn’t see any change (my IQ remained right around Monday’s high temp) so I saved the money and gave it to my favorite charity (me).

Elaine says that science isn’t sure what all the effects of probiotics will be over time. She still manages to look like a million bucks, but she’d going to do some experimenting with de-probioticing (if that’s a word) anyway.

I’m told her that my idea of probiotics is to drink at least six different brands of beer each day. Each from a different country would offer a different yeast.

I had previously established that if I toss down an occasional Corona, it helps my Spanish lessons, too.

E points out there is a link between probiotics and how people think. Does this have something to do with why so many people are crazy?


My money is still on cell phones. I can’t imagine microwaving your brain can be good, but that’s just too damn obvious.

It was said (years back) that some of the longest-living people in the world were from Ukraine and points east. High fiber diets with lots of yogurt and sour cream. But they didn’t take pills…so Elaine’s no doubt onto something with the the natural approach.

And thus ends this morning’s report from West of the Mississippi.

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23 thoughts on “Coping:: With the NY Times”

  1. I have relatives from Ukraine and Belarus. One of the first things they mentioned when they arrived here was that they don’t cook with aluminum and they don’t use microwaves. They also grow much of their own food in backyard gardens. Sunshine and exercise are also a by-product of the garden.

    Along with that, they do “cleanses” by eating only certain foods at times and by fasting. I didn’t get into the nitty gritty of all that, but I’m beginning to think that fasting has some real benefits. They are healthy and long lived, as all their relatives in the old country.

  2. George in Jan 2017, ‘I give Melania credit for staying in NYC until Barron finishes school.’

    George in Mar 2017, ‘that good for nothing Obama and his shadow government how come they don’t leave D.C.?’

    Because Sasha has a few more years until she finishes school.

    • It’s fine for a mother to let a girl stay in the same school for the rest of the year, and possibly longer, but there’s no excuse for our ex-president to engage in rabble-rousing and fomenting discontent throughout our nation when we really need to come together and rebuild our great nation.

      BTW, I moved many times and went to several schools growing up. I don’t see it as making any difference at all in my life.

  3. It makes me wonder how many readers still ‘think’ that Obama is a foreign born Muslim and why?

  4. The NY Times is experiencing pre-trial anxiety that results in exemplary behavior in hopes of leniency as they are fully exposed by the congressional investigation. The hysteria of Mika McSoros on MSNBC yesterday was an indication of how close President Trumps accusations were to the truth. It was great watching Trump slow play his hand as the deep state operatives ratcheted up their bets, exposing ‘tells’, getting bolder and bolder with their bets only to fall off their stools when the Pres. pushed his whole stack into the pot and said “I’ll call”. Obummer’s retreat in Hawaii may have seemed like a good safe haven but it’s still in the states; he should have looked at a country without extradition.
    On another note, I think Elaine is right about the probiotics although it’s hard to find and solid data as to effects. A varied blend of fermented products is the best approach!

  5. Incredulous. The incompetency of this goon is unprecedented.

    So, when will YOU run for office?

  6. I developed a back problem after Christmas that I had for about three weeks. I started adding a half teaspoon of Tumeric to my large cup of coffee (usually 2 cups in the morning) with a little sweetener. Within three days I noticed a considerable difference and within five days it was totally gone. Just say’in.

  7. Fasting has great benefits including a reset on the sugar/grain addiction, but also to repair the gut.

    The best probiotics are home made sauer kraut and yogurt. Store sauer kraut has had the beneficial bacteria killed (per govt. regulation) but is great stuff as is home made bone broth. The gut/brain connection is one of those things that we will look at in 10 years and wonder how we could have been so blind. The ancient Hebrews believed that the gut was the seat of emotion……… And in many ways were right.

  8. US gummint intel agencies contracted storage with Amazon cloud.
    Jeff Bezos own Amazon.

    WaPo publishes ‘leaks’
    Jeff Bezos owns WaPo.

    Just sayin’…

  9. Take the metal tanks apart and cut them in half, weld a couple pieces of scrap metal across the Bottom and use them for Waters or feeders, we use them for cattle Feeders and also raise a couple of Pigs for t
    he locker using them as feeders.

  10. I believe on the video yesterday they showed the copy’s of the 2 FISA Warrants – the one that was rejected in June and the other that was approved in October which have to be obtained by the FBI but after having the AG sign off on them. If memory serves me they were acquired from the Guardian a liberal British rag.

  11. The New York Times CHANGE?

    “The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important than ever,” reads a television ad for The New York Times. What the paper fails to add is that the hardest place to find the truth about the forces affecting the life of the average American and the truth about empire is in The New York Times itself.
    ~Chris Hedges 3/5/17

  12. Bachelor of Science degree in ECONOMICS – yeah, a real goon! /sarc off. Yep, a real BILLIONAIRE ‘goon’! No proof your buddy ‘O’ ever attended Columbia! :-))))

    • Also, Trump graduated the Wharton School of Business Economics, class of 1968.
      Must be a real goon!

  13. I’ve had back issues the past several years, hurt it a few times, developing spine arthritis, so I have to be careful and not overdo it.

    The best solution has been good ole Epsom Salt. 1/2-1 cup in a very hot bath for 15-20 min three nights in a row almost always fixes me.

    And I’m clearing the living room out for a yoga area, finally found a good reason to do yoga!

  14. Jon,
    It kind of saddens me that you aren’t willing to consider the possibility that Trump isn’t a madman. I know his public persona is off-putting to say the least but inarticulate does not equal incompetent. I find it very difficult to listen to his speeches and his outlining of policies but the empirical data suggests his strategy is going to advance our economy. The man is a gamer, outrageous statements are part of his reconditioning process and compromise is his expectation. None of the inflammatory concepts of his platform will be implemented in the form depicted but the media, but all will move the needle in a new direction. Most of the Republican candidates that ran against Trump would have done nothing to alter that trajectory. If you can’t agree that we have been on a terminal path for the last eight years then the interests of our sovereign nation aren’t yours and you are a globalist at heart. I can understand that mindset but cannot find a working example of it that makes me want to be part of it; it always degenerates into an oligarchy with miserable little serfs enslaved by the state. Whether you prefer the state as your slavemaster or the corporation (very hard to discern the difference) it’s the same with the global model; I prefer to maintain the illusion that we can still have some degree of self determination and individuality.
    As far as President Trumps’ planks go…,
    Allowing unfettered access for military age males of anti-American mindset via our southern border might not be a healthy concept.
    Allowing manufacturing to migrate offshore might temporarily give us better consumer pricing but if no one has employment to pay for stuff, what’s the point?
    A reciprocal tax policy with our foreign suppliers might ignite a trade war and cause a temporary disruption in the supply chain but an equilibrium will be reached as they need markets as badly as we need goods.
    The one area I am concerned with under Pruitt is our environment. I am very concerned that environmental damage may occur under this administration but using the EPA as a social engineering tool has created imbalances that make it a target. Air, water and ocean health are legacy issues that we need to respect, close monitoring of those areas will be needed.
    Jon, if you are as intelligent as I believe, you will turn your anger towards good change and stop screaming every time the T word shows up.

  15. Count down Vault 7
    And Vault 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and number 1 on the chart is. The suspense of what is in the other Vaults is driving me crazy.

  16. Ok.. here is a link.. take if for what it is worth..
    My story on it.. is way back in the early 80’s one of my many hat’s was making pesticides and cleaning chemicals.. well one day we had an order for a fungicide and went to by some hydrogen peroxide for it.. only to find out that the local companies didn’t have any.. some buy in a nearby state had bought all they had because the order was a rush order we decided to run over to see if he would sell us a barrel ..
    when we got there I asked him.. what in the world do you need so much of it for.. then he told his story..
    he had been given 3 weeks to live an incurable cancer.. so the clinic he was going to was doing a trial where terminal patients would add a few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide to a glass of water three times a day the theory was that it oxygenated the body and cancer can’t live in an alkaline or oxygen environment.. .. it started out with one drop then worked its way up. he was at twelve drops.. he also added it to his cattle water tanks.. a quarter cup a week..
    then we asked. so how is it working.. and he said oh that was over twenty years ago…
    doing research there are some products that are shelf stable and the way they make them shelf stable is by using the food grade hydrogen peroxide.. Now take it for what it is worth.. believe it or not..
    you tube is chock full of testimonials.. all similar to the guy I had met..

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