A Music Project!!!!!!

I haven’t written a post on music for some time.  But, this is what is prevailing in my mind, of late.  So ……. well, I’m sharing.

Recently, a country singer named Chris Stapleton released a song called Tennessee Whiskey.  It was a cover of a song George Jones made famous.  It was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove.  David Allen Coe originally sang it.

But, that’s not what really happened.

Here’s George singing ……….

Grumble!!!!  Why is this so hard?  So, there’s a bit more to my post, I’ll try to correct this stuff ……….

I love that song!

But, now here’s Chris Stapleton’s version!

Fantastic!!!!  It’s a great song ……..  but, …..  well, that’s Etta James’ song!!!!  The provenance of Etta’s song is ….. well, complicated …… here’s how Wiki put it …. Etta James wrote in her autobiography Rage To Survive that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington “Fugi” Jordan when she visited him in prison.[3] She then wrote the rest of the song with Jordan, but for tax reasons gave her songwriting credit to her partner at the time, Billy Foster, singer with doo-wop group The Medallions

Anyway, here’s the song …..

So, anyway …….. that’s what I’m up to.  I think I can play these songs.  I can sing them, too.  But, I’ve also got a granddaughter who has the potential to sing like Ms. Etta.  So, I’m going to try to cultivate that.  Anyway, I’m gonna get intimate with my guitar right now. …….

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Tony Abbott Nails It At The GWPF!!!!!!

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Okay, so, I don’t entirely agree with everything Mr. Abbott had to say, but, most of it.  His speech, (which you can read here) details things in a uniquely Australian viewpoint … sort of.  What I was very pleased about was his warnings about Western Civilization, echoing in a very similar manner of what I have tried to do in my various posts, here.  His notions that our decline in Western Civilization is tied to our decline in Christianity is also something I’ve tried to communicate. 

We’ve replaced belief in God with belief in man’s machinations.  Delingpole at Breitbart gives the highlights.

Climate change is a product of ignorance and an anti-Christian society

Only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia – that have forgotten the scriptures about man created “in the image and likeness of God” and charged with “subduing the earth and all its creatures” – could have made such a religion out of it.

The Inquisition

Beware the pronouncement, “the science is settled”. It’s the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages.  Almost as bad is the claim that “99 per cent of scientists believe” as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.

If science was all about “consensus” we’d still be living in caves

The modern world, after all, is not the product of a successful search for consensus. It’s what’s emerged from centuries of critical enquiry and hard clash.  Without the constant curiosity and endless questioning that has driven our scientists and engineers, and the constant striving for improvement that’s long guided our planners and policy makers, there’d be no cures for disease, no labour-saving appliances, no sanitation, no urban improvement, no votes for women, no respect for minorities; in other words, no modern world.

Greens want to make life nasty, brutish and short

That may not actually bother some green activists whose ideal is an Amish existence, only without reference to God. But it should bother anyone and everyone who wants longer, safer, more comfortable and more prosperous lives.

Consensus is not science: it’s enforced ignorance

There are laws of physics; there are objective facts; there are moral and ethical truths. But there is almost nothing important where no further enquiry is needed. What the “science is settled” brigade want is to close down investigation by equating questioning with superstition. It’s an aspect of the wider weakening of the Western mind which poses such dangers to the world’s future.

Where’s the evidence for climate catastrophe? There’s none in Australia, that’s for sure…

Contrary to the breathless assertions that climate change is behind every weather event, in Australia, the floods are not bigger, the bushfires are not worse, the droughts are not deeper or longer, and the cyclones are not more severe than they were in the 1800s. Sometimes, they do more damage but that’s because there’s more to destroy, not because their intensity has increased. More than 100 years of photography at Manly Beach in my electorate does not suggest that sea levels have risen despite frequent reports from climate alarmists that this is imminent.

…But there’s plenty of evidence that green lunacy is killing the Australian economy

Australia, for instance, has the world’s largest readily available supplies of coal, gas and uranium, yet thanks to a decade of policy based more on green ideology than common sense, we can’t be sure of keeping the lights on this summer; and, in the policy-induced shift from having the world’s lowest power prices to amongst the highest, our manufacturing industry has lost its one, big comparative economic advantage.

Renewables have more to do with virtue-signalling than with useful energy

Throughout last summer, there were further blackouts and brownouts across eastern Australia requiring hundreds of millions in repairs to the plant of energy-intensive industries. Despite this, in a display of virtue signalling, to flaunt its environmental credentials (and to boost prices for its other coal-fired plants), last March the French-government part-owned multinational, Engie, closed down the giant Hazelwood coal-fired station that had supplied a quarter of Victoria’s power.

There’s a reason renewable energy is crap and it’s so simple even lefties and greens should be able to understand it

Hydro aside, renewable energy should properly be referred to as intermittent and unreliable power. When the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, the power doesn’t flow. Wind and solar power are like sailing ships; cheaper than powered boats, to be sure, but we’ve stopped using sail for transport because it couldn’t be trusted to turn up on time.

Because the weather is unpredictable, you never really know when renewable power is going to work. Its marginal cost is low but so is its reliability, so in the absence of industrial scale batteries, it always needs matching capacity from dependable coal, gas, hydro, or nuclear energy. This should always have been obvious.

We think we’re rational but where green policy is concerned we’re little better than the Aztecs

There’s a veneer of rational calculation to emissions reduction but underneath it’s about “doing the right thing”. Environmentalism has managed to combine a post-socialist instinct for big government with a post-Christian nostalgia for making sacrifices in a good cause. Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods. We’re more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect.

Global green policy in a nutshell

I’m reminded of the story of a man randomly throwing pieces of paper from the window of a train. Eventually his companion asked him why he did it. It keeps the elephants down, he said. “But there are no elephants here”, his companion replied. “Precisely; it’s a very successful method”.

Oh and by the way, the way we’re carrying on Western Civilization is on its way out…

Just a few years ago, history was supposed to have ended in the triumph of the Western liberal order. Yet far from becoming universal, Western values are less and less accepted even in the West itself. We still more or less accept that every human being is born with innate dignity; with rights, certainly, but we’re less sure about the corresponding duties.

We still accept the golden rule of human conduct: to treat others as we would have them treat us – or to use the Gospel formula to “love your neighbour as you love yourself” – but we’re running on empty.

In Britain and Australia, scarcely 50 per cent describe themselves as Christian, down from 90 per cent a generation back. For decades, we’ve been losing our religious faith but we’re fast losing our religious knowledge too. We’re less a post-Christian society than a non-Christian, or even an anti-Christian one. It hasn’t left us less susceptible to dogma, though, because we still need things to believe in and causes to fight for; it’s just that believers can now be found for almost anything and everything.

Of course, these are things we’ve all stated, for years!  But, it is remarkable that a politician, former world leader, would make these statements.

Here’s the video ….. it’s about 40 minutes, but, worthwhile.

A final thought …….. from the speech he gave, it doesn’t sound to me like he’s going away anytime soon in the politics of Australia.

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How Do I Show Support For The Cowboys While Still Boycotting The NFL????? Potpourri. And, Happy Columbus Day!!!!

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So, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones(pictured left), had this to say, yesterday …….

“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. Period,” Jones said.

I support such a sentiment, and, wish to show such support.  So, how do I do such while still boycotting the NFL for their anti-American support?  I don’t know.  I probably wouldn’t even be considering this were it not for the reaction of noted leftard, Jemele Hill (pictured center).  I suppose many would know her from her work at ESPN.  I don’t.  I haven’t watched ESPN for years.  I identified them as leftards years ago and just couldn’t bring myself to watch their drivel and advocacy towards leftarding uniquely American sports.  I’m familiar with Jemele Hill by her social media idiocy.  (Being eye candy only gets you so far with me, girls!)  Mzzzz Hill has been suspended for only 2 weeks.  Consider that.  ESPN was awful quick to fire people, in the past, who said things which offended the left.

This is how I know I’m on the right side of an issue, all the right people are screaming!  If a leftard is demanding a boycott, be it of the Cowboys or Chick-fil-A, then, I know opposing the call for a boycott is right and proper.  If people must boycott things, then, I would suggest a thing called ESPN.

You see, our left hate our God, despise our country, and, detest our notion of family.  It is, only these classical notions of God, Family, and country which allow this nation to exist as it is.

Speaking of knowing things “years ago”, for all of us who knew the green energy scam was just that, a scam, take a bow.  I think all of the commentators I’ve left on this blog knew this more than a decade ago.  We all did, expressed it as many ways as we possibly could, and, the world still had to dip their toes in the water —–  costing $trillions, destroying lives and livelyhoods.  While the effects were still devastating, it could have been much worse.  But, for the US, anyway, we’re no longer pursuing that nightmare.  Again, take a bow!

But, Trump!!!!!!!  This is most fascinating for me.  So, a Hollywood mogul, noted leftard, money bundler, Harvey Weinstein has been exposed to be a sexual predator/harasser.  The world is outraged.  Disappointed smile   I’m sorry …..  uhmm ….. the infamous “casting couch” was a secret?  FFS!!!!!!  Movies, books, stories have been written about this!  It’s something everyone in this nation knew about, but, didn’t want to talk about, because it was the wrong people perpertrating the crime!  It was the Hollywood left and their supporters!  The very ones who supposedly opposed such behavior!  The reaction from the left has only been, “but, Trump!!!”  But, you leftards knew about this behavior from your idols decades ago!  Your projection has gone full circle.  Rob Schneider says, not only does it still exist, but, it also swings both ways.  (Or, however it should be termed.)  I’m told the Dims are giving the money Weinstein donated to Dim causes, so as to wash themselves of any incriminations about accepting that dirty money.

Speaking of leftards, it turns out, Austria has fell victim to a famous leftard tactic, the “false flag”.  In days past, these ‘false flag’ tactics were easy to spot.  When there are only two or three political choices, one could easily detect a caricature of what the opposition thought of you.  But, when the opposition is universially despised, it’s hard to tell the real fascists from the other real fascists.

Here’s an example of why it’s more difficult to tell the difference, today ……..

Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California

Apparently, this even goes beyond sexual activity, but, to also, include lying about one’s HIV status when giving blood. ——–  Let me guess, your right to give blood and not feel like “the other” should supercede the rights of people to be free of a life threatening disease or some such rot.

I don’t know.  I was going to wish everyone a Happy Columbus day.  I shudder to think of a world which never had the US.  Or, even Canada, or even our Latin American friends.  To be certain, none of us have been perfect.  But, the advancements, not just to the land and the people of this land, but, to the rest of the world, by the entire Western Hemisphere is undeniable.  As to those who may wish to invoke the plight of many of the indigenous people who were here already.  I can say with most certainty, the ones who are here now, their lives are infinitely better than what they would have been had Columbus not discovered the Western Hemisphere.  OTOH, I’m also certain no other civilization could possibly spawn such a horrid notion that knowingly infecting others with a life-altering/life-threatening disease should be any less than life imprisonment.  I am aghast, appalled, horrified, and very, very angry.

I’ve more, but, I think I’ll end there. 

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Blatent And Horrid Hypocrisy On Display In Seattle

Well, I’ve had this for a couple of days, but, haven’t been feeling well enough to write about.  I can’t remember how I came across this, so I apologize if I miss giving proper acknowledgment.  I see Brietbart has finally got a hold of this, as well. 

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HOMOSEXUAL COFFEE SHOP OWNER EVICTS PEACEFUL CHRISTIANS

SEATTLE, Wa. — A homosexual coffee shop owner refused service to a group of peaceful Christian abolitionists Sunday and evicted them from his shop.

The abolitionists had been actively engaging people in the city for several days, sharing the gospel, holding signs exposing the abortion holocaust, and handing out literature to people of the streets. According to abolitionist Caytie Davis, the group entered Bedlam Coffee to rest and have a drink but did not engage anyone there.

“We had nothing on us, we weren’t distributing anything,” Davis said. “We bought coffee and went upstairs.” Within minutes of their arrival, the barista ran up the stairs and into the back room to alert the owner of their presence.

A moment later, the owner burst in, shouting, “You have to leave.”

“We were all taken aback because we had no idea what he was talking about,” Davis said. The owner then showed them a pamphlet he had found and demanded to know if it belonged to them. The pamphlet featured an image of an aborted child, as well as rainbow colored imagery along with an explanation of what the rainbow means according to scripture; a symbol of God’s longsuffering mercy toward sinners.

“None of us had dropped anything in the store,” Davis said. “But we told him yes, it was one that we had been handing out in the city, and asked where he’d found it. He told us he found it outside.”

When the abolitionists asked why they had to leave, the owner told them, “This offends me.”

Abolitionist Jonathan Sutherland pointed out that the literature had been found on public property, but the owner repeatedly cut him off, saying “Shut up! Shut up!”

“We tried to talk to him and he wanted nothing to do with it,” Davis added.

“So you’re not willing to tolerate our presence?” Sutherland asked.

“Will you tolerate my presence?” the man responded. Sutherland assured him they would. “We’re actually in your coffee shop,” he said.

“Really?” the owner demanded. “If I go get my boyfriend and f*ck him in the a** right here you’re going to tolerate that?”

“That would be your choice,” Sutherland answered. But the owner would not be persuaded. “Are you going to tolerate it?” he asked again. “Answer my f***ing question! No, you’re going to sit right here and f***ing watch it!”

“Well, we don’t want to watch that,” said Caleb Head, another abolitionist.

“Well than I don’t have to f*cking tolerate this!” the man said. “Leave! All of you. Tell all your f*cking friends, don’t f*cking come here.”

The abolitionists agreed to leave, but Davis took the opportunity as they left to share the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. “Just know that Christ can save you from that lifestyle,” she said.

“Yeah, I like a**,” the owner responded. “I’m not going to be saved by anything. I’d f*ck Christ in the a**. Ok? He’s hot.”

As they exited, abolitionist Jes Sutherland commented, “Seattle has proved itself to not be tolerant.”

“Don’t act so f***ing shocked b**ch,” the owner said. “Get the f*ck out.”

“They had good coffee,” Davis said. “It’s just too bad the service sucked.”

The abolitionists say the treatment they received is hypocritical, in light of recent public discrimination cases involving Christian business owners who have had to fight lawsuits over their refusal to provide services to homosexual weddings on the grounds that to do so violates their faith.

Still, they said they do not wish any harm to come to the coffee shop owners and do not want to see them unfairly treated as many Christian business owners have been.

“On the contrary,” Davis said. “My whole thought, even after, was that I hope that they continue to think about the literature, and it convicts them to the point of repentance.”

There is a video of the encouter at the link above.  WARNING!!!!  The language is foul and graphic!

Now, while this does demonstrate a stunning display of hypocrisy, there are differences between the instances of this vs, say, trying to force a baker to bake a cake for an occassion the baker disagrees with.

The bakers were not forcing anyone out of their establishment, nor, were they refusing to serve anyone.  The Christians seen in the video were not forcing or even coercing anyone in the establishment. 

As stated, I’m not feeling well.  So, I’d rather not engage in a back and forth with anyone at this time.  But, it does bring up some interesting questions. 

Would it be better to simply let the markets sort this out?  Or, is this beyond the pale of the market place?

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We Don’t Know All Of What Happened In Vegas ….. It’s Imbecility To Discuss Possible Solutions

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Well, I for one, will wait for all the facts to come in before comming to conclusions as to what happened and how to try and prevent such things from occurring again.  I do believe no one can ever go wrong with teaching and extolling the virtues of respect for life.  But, beyond that, there isn’t much to say, at this time.

In the meantime, here’s an interesting article from 538.  It actually discusses facts, rather than engage in exploitive hyperbole. 

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A Comment About Our Flag ……

I thought I’d share this.  I hope it expresses my thoughts towards our flag appropriately enough for people to understand.

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I recently made a comment to a FB friend.  Like many others, she seems confused as to why people stand for our flag.  Now, much of the comment was responding to comments she made.  So, it may be less clear than I wish it to be.  But, let me be clear about this, she’s a friend.

XXX     I’m a veteran. I can tell you unequivocally our flag is not about our servicemen. It’s certainly not why I stand for our flag. Indeed, the people in our military are taught to respect our flag in various ways, but, it is never to simply show respect for our fellow defenders. Our flag, that is, yours and mine, is NOT emblematic of our military. It is emblematic of our nation.

So, this begs the question of what is “our nation”? It is, in part, our military, our guardians. But, that’s just a small part. It’s our people, it is our land, but, mostly, it is the idea of this nation. Sure, pay respects to the people who have offered to die for this nation, if need be, and the many who have. That’s part of respect for the flag. It is also, respect for our fellow citizens, our commonality and pursuit towards a common cause.

But, what is our “idea”, our common cause? The 2nd paragraph of our Declaration of Independence is the start of our common cause …… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ……. I would note, the thoughts expressed here were a near echo of other thoughts already expressed, but, they omitted the reference to the rights “endowed by their Creator”. Our founders had purposely inserted this notion, which, entirely changes the meaning.

That this nation has no king is also, not by happenstance, but, rather derived directly from the Bible. Our Constitution is derived from the notions expressed in the Bible. Indeed, one of our founders, John Adams, had this to say about our Constitution ….. ” Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, • would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” .

The foundation and the idea of this nation is centered entirely on God’s Word. I suppose the central notion is freedom. As you well know, God is the Father of freedom. No legitimate government can be founded otherwise. As far as I know, no other government has been. This is our notion, our idea, for our people, for our land, one nation, under God, indivisible. <—— This is our flag!!!!

I yearn for this nation to be a moral and religious nation. I desire that the people of this nation understand our rights, our freedoms are endowed by our Creator. I pray that we may once again be one nation under God. I respect our guardians who gave so much for this idea. This is why I stand for our (yours and mine) flag. I’ve never once tried to compel people to do so, nor, do I advocate doing such. But, then, if they don’t, then, they’ve lost all of my respect.

BTW, it isn’t idolatry to do so. Standing, rather than kneeling, is intentional. Standing means you are a part of whatever you are standing for, kneeling means you are subservient to whatever you are kneeling for. I don’t want anyone to kneel for our flag. Then, it does become idolatry.

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The NFL Broke My Heart, But, Not My Spirit!

After yesterday’s NFL display of “unity”, I’m heartbroken.

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As I was growing up, I kept hearing baseball as being referred to as “America’s game”.  But, even then, I knew better.  Sure, baseball is a fine game, but, it wasn’t/isn’t football.  Football, by far, embodied Americanism. 

You see, America is a collective of rugged individuals, all come together for a common cause …… the notion that all men were created equal and all that flows from such notion.  And, football embodies such a notion.  Eleven rugged individuals on the field at the same, with different talents, each of equal importance, comming together for a common cause. 

Yesterday’s exibition was an exihibition of team or league over country.  It was in response to a statement Trump made ….. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!“

And, yes, I’d love to see exactly that. It is what should have happened the first time some SOB disrespected our nation. 

Our national anthem and our flag are symbolic of our nation.  Indeed, our national anthem was wrote because of the great and ultimate sacrifices given by unnamed men, ensuring our flag remain flying through a most horrific bombardment.  You should watch this video (the account is slightly disupted), but, it’s sentiment is entirely and exactly correct.

The video talks about the bodies which held up the flag …….. over the course of the years of this nation’s existence, that’s exactly what has happened. 

But, that isn’t all that our flag, our anthem, represents.  It is not only the sacrifices (many the ultimate sacrifice) and service our people gave, but, also the notion of this nation.  That all men were created equal, and that we can and should govern ourselves, and the feality to such notion by most Americans throughout our history.

So, we stand for our flag, and we stand for our national anthem, not only for the brave men and women to serve our nation now, but, who also served our nation in the past, we stand for the notion of this nation, and we stand for the people of this nation ………  IN DISPLAY OF OUR UNITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION!

In many responses from teams of the NFL to the league, the word “divisive” was used in response to Trump’s statements.  I can think of nothing more divisive in the US than to show disrespect to our Flag and our Anthem and all that it stands for.

Also, I’d like to address some of more simple minds who may read this …….. No one, and I’ll repeat, NO ONE is trying to take a first admendment right from anyone else.  Not Trump, not me, not anyone.  Yes, everyone in this land has a right to protest as they see fit (with the exception of causeing harm or damage to people and property), but, you don’t have a right to do it on my dime, or anyone else’. 

Your NFL team, or your league unity is not more important than national unity, as this man so demonstrates. (And, the hundreds of other American citizens are demonstrating in the pic)

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I was an NFL fan since my earliest memories.  It is a part of me.  The first Super Bowl I remember watching my Dolphins lose to my Cowboys.  (My first peewee league team was the Dolphins, my second, the Cowboys.)  I’ve been a diehard fan ever since.  But, it strikes me …….  I was raised on Army bases.  When the flag was raised and lowered, when the horn played, everyone stopped and saluted (or stood at attention with your hand over your heart) the flag or from the direction of the music if you couldn’t see the flag.  It didn’t matter if you were driving or not.  Cars stopped, soldiers and people got out!

Growing up, I distinguished no difference between football and America, or our Flag.  I guess I’m not done growing up.  The day any team I’m on or I support has decided that it should take precidence over my flag, my anthem, my country, is the day I quit that team.  It is, after all, only a game.  A game which holds little resemblemce to the game I played, and the game I once loved so dearly. 

God, family, country.  In that order!

Join with me, if you will, in unity with our fellow Americans to send a strong message to the NFL that we won’t tolerate disrespecting our Flag, our Anthem, our Nation.  I’ll have no part of it.

Addendum …….. as I don’t have cable and cannot watch, nor would if I could, ESPN, could someone let me know if the Cowboys in any manner sat or kneeled when our Anthem is played?

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Week 3 NFL Picks!!!

Running late, so the picks will be quick!

 (2-0-0) Ravens 0

 (1-1-0) Jaguars 13   This game is already underway.  I probably wouldn’t have picked it like this, but, getting spotted 13 pts throws me to the Jags.


(2-0-0) Steelers   I think the Steeler D will be all over this game.

(0-2-0) Bears


(0-2-0) Browns

(0-2-0) Colts  Uhmm ……. I don’t really know which of these teams are the least worst …… the Colts, …… maybe?


(0-2-0) Giants

(1-1-0) Eagles  I see a long day for Eli …….


(1-0-0) Dolphins  My fish seemed a little rusty last week, but, this week they get the Jets!

(0-2-0) Jets


(2-0-0) Broncos  This will be a good test of an away-game for the Broncs.

(1-1-0) Bills


(0-2-0) Saints

(2-0-0) Panthers   ……… What’s there to say?


(2-0-0) Falcons

(2-0-0) Lions …..  The Lions play very well at home.


(1-0-0) Buccaneers

(1-1-0) Vikings  I just don’t know for sure on this one, so I’m going with the home team.


(1-1-0) Texans

(1-1-0) Patriots  Pats take this one.


(1-1-0) Seahawks  Going out on a limb, here.

(1-1-0) Titans


(0-2-0) Bengals

(1-1-0) Packers  The Pack has this one.


(2-0-0) Chiefs  Chiefs are hitting on all 8 right now!

(0-2-0) Chargers


(2-0-0) Raiders  Should be an easy win for the Raiders.

(1-1-0) Redskins


(1-1-0) Cowboys  Well …… maybe?

(1-1-0) Cardinals

 (2-1-0) Rams 41 9ers are playing, they’re just not getting it done.

 (0-3-0) 49ers 39

That’s all I got, what do you think?

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Week Two NFL Picks!!!!

Last week, I went 9-5 in the picking …… really for the first week of the season, I’d say it wasn’t bad.  But, I do hope to improve.  Let’s see what on schedule for today …..

(0-1-0) Browns

(1-0-0) Ravens  Ahh, yes!  The old Browns vs the newer Browns.  Cleveland looks like they finally started to improve, at least, they did last week.  The Ravens OTOH, looked like they were ready to be a good football team, this year. 

(0-1-0) Bears

(0-0-0) Buccaneers  I’ve no idea what the Buccs are like, this year.  The Bears were surprisingly competitive against the Falcons, last week, so I may have this pick wrong.  But, I’m going with the home team.


(1-0-0) Vikings 

(1-0-0) Steelers  The Vikings looked good last week ……. against the Saints.  The Steelers did not look all that sharp.  But, they’re back at home.  I’m going with the Steelers.


(0-1-0) Patriots  This ought to be an interesting game.  It also figures to probably break records in the amount of passes thrown.  It’s a hard pick considering both teams starts.  I just can’t see the Pats losing two in a row.

(0-1-0) Saints


(1-0-0) Eagles

(1-0-0) Chiefs  I love these sorts of matchups!  Already separating the prentenders from the contenders!  We’ll see if the lose of Berry will be significant or not to the Chiefs D.  But, the Chiefs really looked good last week.


(0-1-0) Titans

(1-0-0) Jaguars  This is another hard one to pick, but, I like the fact that the Jags discovered that you can run and be successful in this league.  I don’t know where the Titans are.  They didn’t look very good against the Raiders, but, then, they were playing the Raiders ……. so, today will tell us more about both teams.


(0-1-0) Cardinals  This game is the opposite of separating pretenders/contenders.  This game will let us know which team is really terrible.  The Cards lost their stud RB last week.  I had thought Palmer could still throw …… after last week, I’m less sure.  Today, we get to see.

(0-1-0) Colts


(1-0-0) Bills

(1-0-0) Panthers  Another hard call …… but, the Panthers at home is usually a good bet.

(0-1-0) Jets

(1-0-0) Raiders  I think the Raiders will be too much for the Jets.


(0-0-0) Dolphins  Well, I’m probably just picking with my heart, here.  But, Miami is supposed to be significantly improved this year.  We’ll see.

(0-1-0) Chargers


(0-1-0) 49ers

(0-1-0) Seahawks  I saw nothing from SF to think they’re going to be competitive this year.  Should be an easy win for the ‘hawks.


(0-1-0) Redskins

(1-0-0) Rams  The Rams looked good against the Colts, but, it was just the Colts.  We’ll see how they do against the Redskins.


(1-0-0) Cowboys  This should be a very good game!  It’s always hard to play at Mile High …  Siemian looked okay last week, but, that was against the Chargers.  And, the Broncs running game looked good.  But, I think the Cowboys are going to be too much for the Broncs.

(1-0-0) Broncos


(1-0-0) Packers

(1-0-0) Falcons  This should also be a great game to watch!  And, I’m not sure how it will go, so, I’m going with the home team.


(1-0-0) Lions

(0-1-0) Giants  Historically, the Lions aren’t very good away from home, and I think the Giants are a better team than what they showed last week. 

 (1-1-0) Texans 13  Uhmm …… what in the world is wrong with Dalton?  Cincy has a lot to figure out and quickly. 

 (0-2-0) Bengals 9

Well, that’s how I picked ‘em!  What do you think?

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The Dire Effect Global Warming Has Had On Coffee Production Demostrated!!!!!!!

So, the warmists are up to their idiocy, again.  As I was reading about one of their latest scares, I thought, well, I haven’t done this in a while ….. this could be fun!  And, it was.

We’ve been told, over,  and over, and over again, that it has never been hotter than our recent years.  That global warming has kicked into over-drive over the past couple of decades or so.  Now, we also have this ……..

Coupling of pollination services and coffee suitability under climate change

Abstract

Climate change will cause geographic range shifts for pollinators and major crops, with global implications for food security and rural livelihoods. However, little is known about the potential for coupled impacts of climate change on pollinators and crops. Coffee production exemplifies this issue, because large losses in areas suitable for coffee production have been projected due to climate change and because coffee production is dependent on bee pollination. We modeled the potential distributions of coffee and coffee pollinators under current and future climates in Latin America to understand whether future coffee-suitable areas will also be suitable for pollinators. Our results suggest that coffee-suitable areas will be reduced 73–88% by 2050 across warming scenarios, a decline 46–76% greater than estimated by global assessments. Mean bee richness will decline 8–18% within future coffee-suitable areas, but all are predicted to contain at least 5 bee species, and 46–59% of future coffee-suitable areas will contain 10 or more species. In our models, coffee suitability and bee richness each increase (i.e., positive coupling) in 10–22% of future coffee-suitable areas. Diminished coffee suitability and bee richness (i.e., negative coupling), however, occur in 34–51% of other areas. Finally, in 31–33% of the future coffee distribution areas, bee richness decreases and coffee suitability increases. Assessing coupled effects of climate change on crop suitability and pollination can help target appropriate management practices, including forest conservation, shade adjustment, crop rotation, or status quo, in different regions.

My bold.

Well, that’s interesting.  Assuming we’ve already have years and years of “climate change” (the evil sort), we should be able to discern what dire effects this will have on our coffee production based on the very near past experience of coffee production while the evil “climate change” was happening.  Let’s look …………

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Imma just going to go out on a limb here, and say, I don’t believe there’s much to worry about.  It seems, regardless of what’s happening to the land and the bees (they’re both fine) our coffee production is going to be okay.

Sigh, they haven’t gotten any smarter since the last time I did this stuff. 

At some point, some of these dolts have to come to the realization that the earth’s plants love CO2!  And, by giving them what they love, they reward us with not only their fruits, but, also some wonderfully pure oxygen!

Increased atmospheric CO2 (evidence of man’s advancement) does nothing, but, green the planet, increase crop production, and cleans the air.  Any suggestion of anything else is simply sophistry and stupidity.

h/t Breitbart

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