December 26th, 2020

#7444: Oh, that's rich, coming from you guys

The Washington Post compares Trump's justifiable fight against election fraud to denying the Holocaust. You shitheads don't give a rat's ass about Holocaust denial. You support it--at least, you support ideologies that support it--and you wholeheartedly support politicians who are anti-Semitic enough to support Holocaust denial, or even to actively cheer on the project as a good start.

This is the same newspaper that gravely intoned, in 2017, "Democracy dies in darkness." You assholes sure as hell ain't shedding any light on the actual attempted murder of it! Mainly because that slogan was nothing but hype, and you knew even at the time you extruded it that you didn't give a wet fart for democracy, mainly because democracy had elected someone you hated with visceral loathing to the highest office in the land.

The press is desperately promulgating this lie that the election was utterly free and fair, but I don't know how well that bullshit is resonating with the American people. The fact that 30% of Democrats think the election was stolen suggests this attempt at propagandizing a legitimate Biden win into existence is, after all, failing.

I sure as hell hope so. Just remember the words of the tyrant Lincoln: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

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You think I'm lying or exaggerating about the American left supporting anti-semitism, but I am not the only one who thinks so. "Feminists will back this to the hilt."

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Karl Denninger explains what happened when the Nashville bomb went off.
There's something very odd about this attack. It was clearly not intended to kill lots of people, because the bomber gave warning to run first. Therefore it was intended to destroy material. It was quite precisely placed to destroy specific material, not at random, because just blowing up an RV in the middle of butt**** nowhere doesn't do anything, and yet where it was placed wasn't where you'd think someone would make a political statement (e.g. in front of a courthouse, the State Legislature, etc.) Nor was it driven into a chemical plant, oil refinery or similar.

This looked like an ordinary commercial street except..... it isn't quite that.

There's a communications center there. ...

You're supposed to, for critical infrastructure like 911, have redundancy in that regard too. More than one path for fiber over redundant entries and exits so a single break does not hose you, more than one means of power and more than one switch each of which are geographically diverse and can cover the requirements if one of them goes down for some reason -- like a fire, natural disaster -- or bomb.

...

That work clearly wasn't done here or someone just didn't give a crap. Cell service, which these days is considered more reliable and essential than landlines apparently all ran through or were dependent on something that got cut off in that building. 911 for the area, similar. And the impacts weren't just downtown; they extended 100 miles to the south into Alabama, another 100 north into Kentucky and all the way east into Knoxville!

All this out of one little bomb, which leads to an immediate presumption that ought to raise your eyebrows: Whoever set it off knew that in advance which is why they set it off where they did.
As usual, his excessive typographic emphasis has been removed.

So: someone set off a truck bomb on a commercial street in Nashville. It was done on a day when there'd be a minimum of people around--a major, major holiday, one of the biggest of the year (if not the biggest). The vehicle was equipped with a PA system that played a warning that it was a bomb and that it would explode soon. The police were sent to the area after a call was received reporting "shots fired", and so they were there to hear the warning and had enough time to call in the bomb squad and evacuate the area, but not enough time for the bomb squad to do anything other than watch the bomb blow up. The bomb, when it went off, took out a critical communications nexus but only two people were injured in the blast.

One suggestion is that it was someone who was a disgruntled former worker, and wanted to hit back at his employer for firing him or whatever. But that rings hollow to me; whoever did this, he took great pains--successful ones!--to keep human casualties to an absolute bare minimum, and normally when someone is "disgruntled" he wants to make his prior employer feel specific pain and to know who it was who inflicted it. "This is what you get for firing me." Someone who is intelligent and sane enough to pull off this kind of thing--especially in this fashion--is highly probably not nuts enough to think setting off a car bomb is an appropriate response to being fired.

No, this was one of two things. It was either a warning--"This is what we can do to you"--or it was the first attack in a war against...whoever they're fighting against. A fiver says "feds" if it came from the direction from which I think it did.

--and you can rely on the press not reporting who it actually came from, even if they find out, because it's too good a stick with which to hit at "right-wing militias". It may actually be a right-wing militia that did this, but if so, it's not one the press is even aware of, and I'd suspect the FBI would be greatly surprised to learn of its existence, too.

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Hearing that the street was in one of the city's hospitality districts, though, is what made me twig to the morning of Christmas Day as a deliberate choice, to eliminate all possible casualties. What bar is going to be open at 6:30 AM on Christmas Day? (After presumably closing at 2 AM?) You wouldn't have any customers, at least none worth speaking of, not on that day at that time. Maybe people come in after five or six for a few drinks, but that early in the morning? Even if you have to be open by 11 because of local laws, how much clientele would you have on Christmas? Better just to be closed all day, or maybe open after six or something. (Those laws, I believe ex posteriori, only apply to regular hours, not holidays.)

So having eliminated customers/shoppers from the picture, you still have people living there (in apartments above the street-level businesses) and you may have people at their businesses doing the things they do when they're closed. So you, the guy who set the bomb, place a call to 911 saying that you heard gunshots. The police come. Then you trigger the PA system: "I'm a thirty second bomb! I'm a thirty second bomb!..." or whatever, and have it tell people to evacuate because it's going to blow up soon. When the evacuation is complete, *BOOM*.

...whoever set the bomb, I'm thinking they had someone on-site watching, with the trigger in his pocket.

I do not believe it was the "deep state" that did this. If you look at the theories from some sectors, that some of the worst school shootings were "false flag operations" meant to enable restrictive gun control measures, you see a casual disregard for the lives of average people. That fits with what I know about leftists, and the "deep state" is nothing if not leftist. No, an attack that is purposely configured to spare the lives of ordinary working people doesn't fit with their MO.

After all, the "deep state" is comprised of the elites, and if a few proles are expended to further their glorious aims, well, omelettes, eggs, you know?

I am not the only one who realizes this does not fit any recognizable pattern but that's not a big leap to make, at least if you're not one of those idiots who only gets his information from the mainstream media.

That post points out that this was not a basic ANFO bomb, and further that it seems to have been directional because the damage is such that it appears the blast was carefully confined to hit the AT&T datacenter--the aforementioned communications nexus--while minimizing damage elsewhere.
...that bothers me
On a very significant level
Cause I'm the best planner and out-of-the-box wargamer/planner I know... there's a couple others, whom I'ma gonna hit up in a day or two for consult. Dis shit is unpresented. A very specific target, the AT&T Comms relay point. A very polite bomber who kindly warns everyone to GTFO now before the bomb goes off.
Things that make you go Hmmmn indeed.
...typography removed.

And, by the way, I wasn't the only one to refer to Heinlein's "thirty second bomb" thing.

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Second City Cop thinks first responders were the target but I'd expect that, given that he's a "first responder" in a city that's actively hostile to him and his. If you want to get first responders, though, you don't warn people. You just park the truck outside a police station or firehouse or-or-or.

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Fourth link down: "Practical fusion power is now only 19 years away." Because with each new advance in fusion--for the past sixty years--we've been told that "practical fusion power is now only 20 years away." Is joke.

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Biden is reportedly upset that Twiable won't transfer President Trump's 33 million followers to him. It's fine, Joe--they'd just unfollow you and re-follow Trump, even if Tweetle did what you ask, and everyone knows it.

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I guess it's all relative.



...I had to think about it for a minute, too. Don't feel bad.

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Okay, got today's blog post over with. Now I'm going to go lay down again, as I would on any ordinary Saturday. Ha!

...I've been given explicit permission to take the weekend off from everything because of all the baking and decorating and cooking I did. So, off I go!

#7445: Genius at work!!

FBI thinks MAYBE that human lives weren't a target "...as the explosion occurred on a Christmas morning." Nothing about the PA blaring a freaking warning that it was a bomb, for fifteen minutes before the thing blew up.

Fuckin' FBI. Man.

Meanwhile, of course the FIB has it all figured out and is pushing their usual narrative. Gee, older white male, self-employed; mysteriously enough he's lived in his neighborhood for a quarter-century but--how verey strange!--no one in it knows his last name.

I mean, c'mon. There are people in this neighborhood I don't know, but I'm not the most gregarious person, either. I do know that one or two of my neighbors will know who everyone is. Joe, across the street, for example; he's the guy who drinks beer with everyone, so he'd be a natural go-to guy for info like that.

That last post I linked to suggests it to be a false flag, but if that's the case, why the warnings? Why no body count? The complete lack of dead bodies suggests to me that this wasn't a "deep state" op, because they don't care about dead proles, and "so-and-so had a wife and kids and his life was cut short by this evil right-wing hillbilly nut" makes for good sound bites. Tugs at the heartstrings and all that. Dead bodies make for good excuses to curtail civil rights, because it's "all to keep us safe!"

I don't know anything about this, only what my instincts say given the information I have. Outside of thinking it's some kind of warning, I can ascribe no motive to this attack, and certainly I can't ascribe any reasonable "deep state" motive or benefit to it. But I do know that we absolutely will not get the real story from the FBI or the mainstream media, either.

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I didn't think this was even a question. Of course the Democrats are going to cheat. Why wouldn't they? So far, they've gotten away with cheating in the presidential election.

This is what Clarence Thomas meant when he allegedly said, "This is the end of democracy." If no one is going to stop the Democrats from obviously cheating on high-profile elections, and if there are no consequences for them when they do it, then they will cheat everywhere and every time.

So, yeah--absent anything being done, the Democrat candidates will win both Senate seats for Georgia. As I said, I didn't think there was any question about this.

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Had open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy. Oh, delicious.

...used low-sodium chicken broth to make the gravy instead of the regular kind, and it wasn't nearly as salty, so I'll have to keep that in mind for the future.

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Well, this is Saturday, and tomorrow is Sunday, which means at this moment I have 29 hours remaining in my holiday weekend. No, wait--if I go with my usual rule that the holiday isn't over until I get up for work, then I have...36 hours remaining.

Of course I have a four-day week, followed by a three-day weekend, and that will also be nice. After that? Five day weeks with no extra days off until Easter. *sigh*

That's okay, though. I'll manage.

#7446: I don't know if this is crazy or sensible

Some people think it was a missile strike. That doesn't jibe with the eyewitness accounts about the RV etc, but let's look a little closer.

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you're some kind of insurgent who wants to take out sensitive targets. You're not a half-ass insurgent; you have a large cadre of intelligent, dedicated, skilled people working for you. The best way to hit any target is from a long way away, so you have your guys develop missiles.

The big problem you have is one of accuracy. You see, it's very difficult for a missile to know where it is, even if you give it accelerometers and a good idea of where it started from. But if you can mark your target, then it can home in on that mark, or beacon, and hit it accurately.

So you put a little radio transmitter in a van or a car and park it very close to your target, and that missile will hit it. Alternately, you have a laser in the van that projects a spot on the target, and the missile looks for that.

The US military does exactly that kind of thing with precision munitions. "Laser guided bombs", they call them. The laser target designator can be man-portable, so you can have a guy sneak into enemy territory, light up the target with a laser that's invisible to the naked eye, and the flyboys can drop a bomb on that target. But of course the target designator can be carried by the airplane dropping the bombs, too.

The RV may have just been there to act as a disposable target designator. I mean, it fits what we know. I just don't know if it's true. Certainly the story given to us by the FBI will have only glancing contact with the truth--I trust the FIB as far as I can piss a Greyhound AmeriCruiser--and so far this attack does not fit with any known terrorist or political groups.

And then there's this: why declare the area a no-fly zone with use of deadly force authorized? Let's face it: if you want to keep the newscopters away, the mere threat of the pilots losing their tickets is more than enough incentive. Nobody who flies for a living is going to violate a NOTAM declaring a certain airspace off-limits when his ticket is on the line. Why add that people violating it might be shot down? This reaction seems rather hyperbolic if the attack was carried out with a truck bomb. Sure, keep the newscopters away from an active investigation, but threatening to shoot them down? That's not a civilian thing, that's military. (And the FAA is a civilian agency, to boot.) Police forces do not have air-to-air armaments. Who wants to be allowed to shoot down airspace violators, and why?

On the other hand, it could easily be government overreaction.

All those links came from here, and that link came from Cold Fury.

Look: there's going to be an official narrative for this one, and the press is going to ignore any evidence that what happened was anything other than what the official narrative says it was. But on the face of it, given what we've been shown, this is not some lunatic doing something because he had a bad time and wanted to get revenge in a big way. The hit was too precise, and had too big of an effect, and when it comes to shit like this I do not believe in coincidences. Whoever is responsible for this wanted to hit a specific communications nexus, for some very specific reasons, and I am not going to believe any government agency saying it was just this one guy who had a beef with so-and-so. Crazy guys who want to go out in a blaze of glory go for a body count.

Besides that, consider this: the destruction affected communications in a hundred mile radius from the point of explosion. Was there something within that area which unknown malefactors wanted to be unable to call home for however long it took for the network to route around the damage? A big explosion in downtown Nashville would have a wonderful focusing effect; law enforcement apparatus at all levels would immediately look there, taking their eyes off other locations for a little bit.

So here we are. It hasn't even been 48 hours yet, and we're not going to know anything concrete before three days have elapsed at least. But as I said, I'm disinclined to believe the official explanation because the story that the FIB is preparing to tell us does not fit.

(Note: in several spots I accidentally inverted the letters for "Federal Bureau of Investigation". If I were to let a post go up with all my typing mistakes left intact, I don't know if you could read them. But in this case, "FIB" seems at least as accurate as "FBI"--given their history over the past five years or so--so I left 'em in.)