I spent 12 years in a fighter cockpit when I was 25 to 37. I'm nearing 70 now and have a spine that is pretty much fucked. It comes with the territory - most of the guys I flew with have some problems from years of pulling Gs. Thankfully I managed to retire so I have some pretty good health care, but there is not much they can do for arthritis of the spine. One of my buds flew F-15s back in the day and he can barely walk.

It was fun while it lasted...

Expand full comment

This afternoon's symphony concert will feature the music of Gary Fry, Vaughan Williams. Anton Bruckner and Robert Schumman. Can't believe we've missed out on so many opportunities for high quality live music at dirt cheap prices, but we're taking full advantage now!

Expand full comment

Is your car safe from super-maneuverable air defense fighter aircraft?

"This is the Audi RS6 Avant. It's powered by a 4-liter twin turbo V8 producing 591 horsepower, and with a top speed of one hundred and ninety miles per hour, it can do naught to sixty in three point five seconds. What we have here is the perfect car for inexperienced learners in driver's education."


Expand full comment

Republ8cans I would just love if they weren't ultimately against my liberty: Chris Christie (I'm petty, too), Schwarzenegger, OK AG Drummond

Expand full comment

Funny story at work on Friday, talking with a newer staff person. She is younger, makes a comment about "being a hippie" goes on to say she grew up in Santa Cruz - ok that's a point....and then she asks if I know who Ken Kesey is...and tells me he's her mom's cousin. That's potential pedigree.

Expand full comment

Falling prices may sound good, but deflation can be dangerous. Here’s why


Expand full comment

I love those montages that have sentences that show why people like/dislike a politician. The one for why the youths hate Biden, the biggest darkest line is: "Biden didn't get rid of my student loans." The second biggest line was "Israel / Gaza war."

That makes me realize three things:

1) Young people have zero clue that the Supreme Court (the one that Trump fixed to be fascist for the next 40 years) nixed that proposal, and

2) It was highly unpopular with the majority of the country.

3) They are also clueless that Trump will just give Gaza to Bibi, and let him do whatever he wants to Palestinians. Sure, Trump will get rid of all news organizations that don't lick his taint, so you won't actually know what's going on, so that should make you feel better, and let you get back to trying to be a Tik Tok influencer. Also, too, Vlad Putin will be given Ukraine on a platter.

Expand full comment

Worthwhile reading from American Scientist:

𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐆𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧


𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟-𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑝𝑦, 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑦, 𝑜𝑟 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑦, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑖𝑒𝑙𝑑 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑃𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝐴𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ (𝑊𝑃𝐴𝑇𝐻) 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐶𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟-𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 (𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑑𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑒, 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑒) 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑖𝑎𝑔𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑎 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡’𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝐴𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑃𝐴𝑇𝐻 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐶𝑎𝑟𝑒, 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑒’𝑠 “𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑒” 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟, 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 “𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑑” 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠. 𝐴𝑙𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐶𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑀𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝐴𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ. 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑑, 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑠𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟-𝑛𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒, 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ.

Expand full comment

So after years of articles saying that high inflation is a major threat to Biden, CNN literally just published one that said why low inflation may cause problems for Biden in 2024.

God I hate the MSM.

Expand full comment

Just in case anyone else here hasn't been paying attention to news since late Friday afternoon, a state court judge here in lolorado ruled that PAB can appear on the 2024 ballot. The argument from the plaintiffs in the lawsuit was that PAB engaged in an insurrection and is therefore disqualified from holding federal office per Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

The judge's opinion and order, all 102 pages of it, is available in the CBS article linked below. The meat and potatoes of the holding begins on page 95. Ultimately, the judge determined that POTUS is not an "office . . . under the United States" to which the disqualification was intended to apply. The scant historical evidence suggests that the catchall disqualification applies only to unelected positions, and in the absence of any definitive authority that POTUS was supposed to be included (the amendment expressly mentions senators, reps and the electoral college, but not POTUS), the judge was unwilling to construe the catchall as including POTUS.

The judge provided a lengthy factual and legal analysis supporting her conclusion that PAB did in fact engage in "insurrection" for purposes of the 14th. That's interesting. If you're going to rule that the disqualification doesn't apply in any event, why bother addressing the insurrection issue at all? My guess is that the judge wanted the issue decided in the event that the plaintiffs appeal and our court of appeals or state supreme court reverses and finds that POTUS is an "office" for Section 3 purposes.

Naturally, Captain Incontinent is blabbering about a "radical Democrat judge" who "saw the light."


Expand full comment

Russia Parallels US Republicans By Announcing Chilling Move to Label 'International Public LGBT Movement' as 'Extremist'

Expand full comment

Trump engaged in insurrection but should remain on the ballot, Judge says.

But Joe Biden is old and must not run again.

Logics and reasons.

Expand full comment

What a journalist! Hoft can see conspiracies that eluded even Tucker Carlson. If only some of those crisis actors had a ballot made of bamboo paper on them, it would blow the whole case wide open.

Expand full comment