Your Friend The Handgun

Number 188, no surprise


Without protection, your children will not be safe in you home. Be prepared for the danger that lurks in the streets outside.

Gun deaths of St. Louis children rise to 22 as 3-year-old shoots self in head

Yes, Dude, keep ’em loaded and keep your family safe.

Abusing Science

Number 42 of a series

Discovery Institute to the rescue again. Here is something recent from their Evolution News site:

Walnuts: Intelligent Design in a Nutshell — Literally

Evolution News @DiscoveryCSC

September 19, 2019, 4:46 AM

Thank you to Paul Nelson who points out a paper in Advanced Science that is both nutty and not nutty at the same time — nutty, because it concerns walnuts; not nutty, because there is nothing silly or unintelligent about the way walnut shells are designed.

“The outer protective shells of nuts can have remarkable toughness and strength,” say Sebastian Antreich and six others in the paper. Considering that walnuts are widespread and commercially important, they decided to look at the nuts in detail. They found a unique architecture in the shell called “interlocked packing” that resembles a 3-D puzzle.

Follow the link. Read the entire post, which concludes with:

The stately English walnut trees with their thick, white trunks provide another unusual benefit to man: furniture and fine art. Some walnut trees respond to mold or insect infestations at ground level by growing thick, dark “burls” around the site of injury, surrounded by tough bark. Walnut burl wood, with its deep red color and complex swirled grain, is highly prized for making coffee tables, guitar inlays, gun stocks, jewelry and other artistic creations. Some burl items can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Walnut trees are good for the economy!

So what’s not to love about walnut trees? They provide nutrition, art, exercise, shade, lumber, and now another benefit: a biomimetic model for materials science. Like the Moringa tree discussed in an earlier post, some plants seem to give much more than they take to for mere survival. It fits with the ID view that a designer had the Foresight to equip the world with good resources that would be needed and appreciated by the most exceptional beings of all: humans. A friend of Evolution News grew up on a ranch with a walnut grove and supplied the wonderful accompanying photos. Enjoy!

I may be wrong, but I suspect the conclusion the writer wishes to leave is there is a benevolent, transcendental being who loves us and wants us to be happy. For some people, this is science.

Quiz Question

Number 228 of a series

Shown here is a cube that fits snugly inside a sphere. It may not appear so from this diagram, but all eight corners of the cube touch the surface of the sphere. The length of each edge of the cube is 8. What is the diameter of the sphere?

It may not appear so, but the solution is ridiculously easy. Post your solution in the comments section below.

Update and Solution

This looks hard until you remember the Pythagorean Theorem applies to spaces of all dimensions. I came upon this when a problem at work required computing the distance between two points in a 10-dimensional space.

The diagonal of a rectangle is the square root of the sum of the squares of the two sides. The diagonal of a prism is the square root of the sum of the squares of the three dimensions.

Since the diagonal of the cube is the diameter of the circle, the diameter is 8√3.

This is your president speaking.

Number 228 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump <>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 17 at 5:14 PM


Nancy Pelosi needs help fast!

There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country.

She had a total meltdown during a very important meeting yesterday regarding our great troops. It was very sad to watch and totally uncalled for.

Nancy is unwilling to work with me and my administration to Keep America Great, and yesterday’s incident proves she cares more about politics and IMPEACHING ME than this Nation.

But, that’s why she’s a third-rate politician and the leader of the Do Nothing Democrats.

For the record; following the meeting Speaker Pelosi came out and explained what went on. She also noted a correction. She said President Trump called her a “third grade” politician, not a “third rate” politician. I hope everybody is clear on that now.

Anyhow, Donald Trump has carried the meme forward onto his Twitter offerings:

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump“I thought a very revealing poll was done by The New York Times. By about a 10 point margin, those in battleground states polled are against impeaching the President, and if Nancy Pelosi doesn’t take note of that, maybe she is the third rate politician.”@kilmeade @foxandfriends

6:21 AM · Oct 22, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Allow me to summarize.

People Unclear

This is number 85 of a series

Some people still have not gotten the message. One of those would be White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham:

White House Press Sec. Claims Republican Critics ‘Deserve’ Trump’s ‘Human Scum’ Insult

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday that President Trump does not regret using the term “human scum” to describe Republicans who criticize him, saying they are “just that.”

“The people who are against him and have been against him and working against him since the day he took office are just that,” Grisham said on Fox News. “They deserve strong language like that.”

Trump lashed out Wednesday at “Never Trumper Republicans,” calling them more “dangerous” to the country than Democrats.

Speaking of human scum, we saw human scum two years ago in Charlottesville. Take special note—these human scum were then and still are supporters of President Trump. Just like you are, Ms. Grisham. May I suggest you get a clue and get off the train while there is still time.

Nobel Nobel

Eye on the Prize, Number 9

Next year for sure, Sweet Cheeks.

North Korea says it’s running out of patience with US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it’s running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn’t be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from derailing.

In a statement published by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said there has been no substantial progress in relations despite warm ties between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. He said the persisting hostility means “there can be the exchange of fire at any moment.”

I’m already making my reservations for Oslo. See you there, Mr. President. Or else in jail.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a Continuing Series

Discovered on my Facebook feed from a friend

I was having breakfast with my 10-year-old granddaughter when I asked her, “What day is tomorrow?”

Without skipping a beat she replied, “It’s Presidents Day.”

She’s so smart, so I asked her, “What does President’s Day mean?” I was expecting her to mention Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or some famous president.

She responded, “President’s Day is when the President steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow it means we’re going to have six more weeks of bull shit.”

I’m setting aside a fund for her college education.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 13 of the series

I don’t have to make this shit up, because there is always somebody to do it for me. Who am I leaning on today for deep doodoo? How about Mike Adams, otherwise known as Health Ranger. Adams runs the Natural News site. I had previously thought this was out of Cedar Springs, Texas, but now I have no idea where I got that.

Anyhow, this is some crazy shit, and I will share a few headlines, from which you can let your imagination roam.

Everything about to change as DOJ investigation goes into criminal phase, indictments imminent

The deep state coup against America has been uncovered and criminal indictments are imminent. This is all confirmed by the DOJ itself, as one of its top investigators, John Durham, has shifted into a “criminal” phase where criminal indictments where soon be leveled against deep state traitors.

FBI uncovers real-like “Frankenstein” body parts racket in the USA

Yes, human body parts are harvested, bought and sold in America. In fact, the FBI recently uncovered a huge racket of human body parts trafficking, involving doctors, hospitals and “researchers” who engage in grotesque, illegal organ trading.

Big Pharma merges with Big Brother, rolling out biometric harvesting with vaccines

The vaccine agenda is now being used to harvest biometric data from humans all around the world, including homeless people in U.S. cities.

It’s all part of a global agenda to track vaccine compliance and enforce mandatory injections with toxic, deadly substances that are routinely formulated into vaccines.

Imminent mass false flag event will target Antifa protesters to blame “patriots”

Analysis: An imminent false flag event will be staged to have “patriots” slaughter Antifa protesters.

This is part of the accelerating schedule to unleash mass chaos across America and carry out a violent coup against Trump and his supporters.

Thousands of 5G satellites to carpet bomb the entire planet with radiation

In case you thought 5G cell towers in your local city were a problem, imagine thousands of 5G satellites being launched into orbit, raining down radiation across the entire planet.

It’s not a nightmare, it’s reality. The satellites are being launched now.

Bombshell as NASA caught covering up truth about life on other planets

A NASA experiment proved the existence of microbial life on Mars in the 1970s, and now the scientist who designed that experiment (Frank Levin) is speaking out.

The truth is that NASA has known about life on other planets for at least four decades, but they covered it up and hid the truth from humanity.

Tech giants Google, Vimeo, Facebook all complicit in massive polio outbreaks

The tech giants are conspiring to bury the truth about polio outbreaks being caused by the polio vaccine itself. By de-platforming all voices that report the truth about dangerous vaccines, these evil tech monopolists sacrifice the lives of human beings to maintain their sinister narrative.

The tech industry is now fully in bed with the vaccine deep state, and they will ban anyone who questions the fake science behind vaccines and polio.

And that’s all I’m going serve up for now, because any more, and you’re going to confuse it with a Trump Twitter rant. There are two things to digest here:

  • There is a wack job out there making this stuff up.
  • There are wack jobs out there who read it.

Are you worried now?

How I Spent My Birthday

Yeah, this was going to be a big day. And It was, but not the way I wished.

So, we have not had cable TV for over three years, and we get our entertainment by way of streaming video (and audio) over the Internet. Especially streaming video tends to put a strain on your home network, and Barbara Jean was complaining. But this was something we could fix. Best Buy to the rescue. See the above.

The image is from Amazon. We purchased the Linksys Velop home network, and it works like this. You plug one of the systems into your cable modem, or into your Google fiber optic outlet. The other unit will connect wirelessly to the first, and the idea is you place that unit in your house where you are getting poor connectivity.

Here is what we noticed after we got the system up and running. We do get better connectivity down stairs. Improvement is measurable by running an Internet speed test from near the remote unit.

Another thing we noticed quickly is several times a day Internet connectivity goes away completely for about a minute. Then everything comes up, and life goes on. This is annoying, and a Google search indicates others believe it is a firmware glitch that Linksys needs to address.

A few things:

  • If your house is single story of the kind in Prue Bend, you do not need the second unit.
  • The units are identical.
  • Each unit has an Ethernet jack for connecting to your cable modem (Google fiber port), and it has a single jack to connect to all your other Ethernet wired devices. If you have multiple printers and home security devices not having Wi-Fi connectivity, you will need to purchase an Ethernet switch.
  • Linksys has an app for your smart phone or pad. The app is a must for setting up the system. Once you get everything going, the app is most handy for managing the network.
  • A look at the network by way of the app shows that stuff downstairs sometimes uses the upstairs router, and vice versa. Yes, that is strange.

I already had an Ethernet switch with five ports, and I was about to go with that. However, Barbara reminded me that without the extra Ethernet ports on our old router we were going to need a bigger switch. So we got one with eight ports. Be advised, one of the switch ports needs to connect to your router, so you will have only seven left over for your devices. Hint: you can get Ethernet switches with bunches of ports.


Do not get a hub. An Ethernet hub costs less than a switch, but it does not prevent packet collisions. When the switch receives packets simultaneously from two or more ports, it absorbs and stores them all and sends them out to where they are needed. Bottom line: no dropped packets, and faster throughput.

But back to the problem of dropping Internet connectivity. On Monday before my birthday I got up early and watched ABC News on TV while I ate breakfast. Then I logged off to do other things. Truth is, I took a nap.

Up from my nap, and we were disconnected. I waited for the connection to come back. It never did. I tried my usual stuff, recycling power to the modem and the network devices. No good. The light on top of the Velop router went red and stayed there. Barbara made the decision. Box up this piece of shit and ship it back. I needed to phone Linksys and make use of the supposed warranty. This I did around noon on Wednesday. They were very helpful. Linksys did not want to take back a system that still worked.

So for two hours and 55 minutes I walked through an extensive analysis of the system with the nice and very knowledgeable Linksys support lady. It got to the point she needed a wired Ethernet (not Wi-Fi) connection to the modem. For this I had to turn my chair around and access Barbara’s Dell Vostro, which does not employ Wi-Fi. Eventually I set up a dummy MAC address so she could run tests on Barbara’s computer.

Long story short, after two hours and 55 minutes we got the Velop network up and running again. I took the remote router down stairs so the support gal could run a connectivity test. She ran it. Everything looked fine. Then the light on the remote unit turned red. She agreed she could see this from her desk at Linksys.

The analysis, and we both agreed, is this. When I put the pieces back together again for the trouble shooting, I switched the two units. They are identical in appearance, differing only in a built-in password. The one that was now the remote was previously the main unit—the one that connected directly to the modem. When it went down it took Internet connectivity down. Not only did Wi-Fi go away, but Barbara’s Vostro, connected to the main unit by wire, lost connectivity, as well.

We parted ways. I mentioned I would run the Velop system for a few more days, and if the problem showed up again I should be getting an exchange or a refund. And this was the morning and the evening of my birthday.

People Unclear

This is number 84 of a series

Not news: I’m on Ben Shapiro’s news feed. See the following:

Ben Shapiro <>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 24 at 8:53 AM

Hey gang,

I don’t know about you, but I encounter leftist tears almost every day—my show seems to trigger a lot of them.

And he goes on to tell of how “leftists” are crying tears, and he will give me a free Leftist Tears Tumbler, presumably to catch these tears and drink them.

A big oops! Ben, listen up. I am what you may be calling a leftist, and I’m not crying. I and others like me are laughing. Our tears are ones of laughter, and you are cordially invited to capture them and to drink them. And you don’t need a special tumbler. A gallon bucket will do.

The truth is, the Trump opposition is currently in the throes of jubilation. We are watching this criminal fumble monkey in the process of taking himself down by thunderous measure, and we see American conservatism following him straight into history’s dustbin.

You want to see me cry? You will see me cry when I no longer receive priceless gifts such as yours in my mailbox.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 187, no surprise

Apparently no sporting event will be completely safe as long as citizens refuse to arm themselves.

Parent dispute leads to gunfire at youth football game in Texas

A girl was grazed and a woman shot in a leg Saturday when a parent dispute led to gunfire at a youth football game in Fort Worth, Texas, police said.

This incident started as a parent dispute at a “pee wee football game,” Officer J. Pollozani of the Fort Worth Police Department said by email.

“It is believed, the son of one of the parents arrived at the location armed with a handgun and began discharging the firearm,” he said.

Properly used, a handgun will serve to keep your family safe during one of these unforeseen eventualities.

Abusing Science

Number 41 of a series

Once again I have the Discovery Institute to thank. They are a source that never falters. Here is the latest from their Evolution News site:

Physics Nobel Prize Invites Snark from the Anti-ID Peanut Gallery

David Klinghoffer | @d_klinghoffer

October 9, 2019, 5:00 AM

Congratulations to Princeton cosmologist James Peebles, who shares the Nobel Prize this year for physics. His work, as the Wall Street Journal summarizes, “developed precise models of cosmic creation, transforming cosmology ‘from speculation to science,’ the [Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences] said.” A frequent if not obsessive ID antagonist, Kevin Williamson, seizes upon this as an occasion for a swipe at intelligent design and a put-down directed at all those rubes (presumably including subscribers and readers of the magazine where he writes, National Review) who would seriously entertain the idea.

I will leave it to readers to decipher that passage, and I will get to the meat.

The Irony, Please?

Yet, insofar as Peebles’s work helped to strengthen the evidence for a cosmic beginning, it is actually part of the argument for intelligent design made by, among others, philosopher of science Stephen Meyer in his next book, The Return of the God Hypothesis. As Meyer and fellow ID proponents have shown, a starting point to physical existence, which is what the Big Bang represents, is among the most persuasive evidences against a materialist perspective on reality. Taken together with the remarkable fine-tuning data, it suggests a purposeful cause operating intelligently outside nature, responsible for creation. That is why materialists resisted it until the gathering evidence, developed in Peebles’s field, made it impossible for them to do so any longer.

I have no idea what view Professor Peebles takes on these grander ramifications. But as another Nobel Prize-winning physicist, the late Charles Townes, put it, “Intelligent design, as one sees it from a scientific point of view, seems to be quite real.” Nor is he alone. Physicist Brian Josephson, another Nobelist, says he is “80 percent” confident that intelligent design is correct. As the odds go, that’s not bad. How about giving the snark a little rest, Williamson?

For more on intelligent design and the arguments from cosmology, see Episode 4 of Science Uprising:

What I find most stunning is this snippet of text: “Yet, insofar as Peebles’s work helped to strengthen the evidence for a cosmic beginning, it is actually part of the argument for intelligent design made by, among others, philosopher of science Stephen Meyer in his next book, The Return of the God Hypothesis.” The awful truth is any notion that the output of Stephen Meyer is in the same league with that of James Peebles is pure fantasy. While Peebles spent decades observing the cosmos and applying mathematical analysis and reasoned insight, Meyer has dedicated the past two decades to convincing others the universe and all life resulted from the musings of a transcendental being. The ultimate insult is having somebody such as Stephen Meyer attempt to hitchhike on the work of real scientists.

If the term “peanut gallery” puzzles you, then Google is your answer.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 24 of a continuing series

These posts need titles, so I select titles to band collections together into series. The title Breathtaking Inanity could apply to any number of situations, but I generally associate it with those bizarrely akilter with any sense. That definition applies to the following letter I received from the Donald Trump campaign. <>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 18 at 11:14 AM


President Trump is working hard to Keep America Great, and people are taking notice.

Despite the non-stop LIES from the Democrats and their Fake News friends, the President is fighting for every day Patriots, LIKE YOU, and his approval ratings only continue to skyrocket among the American People.

In only two and a half years, he’s achieved more than any other President:

  • President Trump has appointed two conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 150 judges total have been confirmed to federal courts.
  • The United States is now the #1 producer of oil and natural gas.
  • Over 6 MILLION jobs have been added under President Trump’s leadership.
  • And federal taxes have been LOWERED for millions of Americans.

Unfortunately, the Left is so blinded by their hatred for President Trump, that they use their only airtime to ATTACK his Administration instead of telling the TRUTH.The President knows that the mainstream media will never be honest about his accomplishments, but he’s more interested in what YOU think. That’s why he has personally asked for YOUR input on some key issuess.

Please take the Official Issue Approval Poll before 11:59 PM TONIGHT to share your thoughts with President Trump on some key issues. >>

Hey! Call me a bleeding-heart liberal if you want, but President Trump (with the aid of a Republican Congress) did lower taxes and did appoint all those judges. And the United States did become the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, although it was heading straight toward that status before the 2016 elections. What I find bizarre is the part that says, “Despite the non-stop LIES from the Democrats and their Fake News friends, the President is fighting for every day Patriots, LIKE YOU, and his approval ratings only continue to skyrocket among the American People.”

Mr. President, I hope my numbers never get as high as yours.

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 17 in a Series


The world is going bat shit crazy. I received another of these:

John Jackson <>


Oct 19 at 12:01 PM

I’ll make this quick John,

Liberals are banning plastic straws all over the country forcing hard-working Americans to drink from paper straws… and they don’t even work!

To stick it to the out-of-touch left, President Trump and Senator Cornyn are teaming up to sell their own plastic straws! The straws are made in the U.S. of A, reusable, and recyclable! Real solutions from real leaders!

Senator, are you out of your mind? Your party is on fire, and a bunch of you are about to go to jail. And all you can do in response is to chide liberals for obsessing over plastic straws? Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of insanity. I am beyond response.

Except that I grew up in Texas, and for most of my time I did quite well with paper straws. Check with me if you need additional help, mental or otherwise.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a Continuing Series

Not a joke this time, rather a collection from a pamphlet titled Atheists Say the Darndest Things.

  1. A belief is not true because it is useful: Amiel Journal
  2. A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows faith does not prove anything: Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. Ignorance is the mother of true piety: Henry Cole, Dean of St. Paul’s 1559
  4. When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us it’s schizophrenic: Lily Tomlin
  5. To all things clergic, I am allergic: Alexander Woolcott
  6. “God” is a three-letter word meaning “I don’t know:” anonymous
  7. Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens: Montaigne
  8. Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the Unknowable: Ambrose Bierce

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 16 in a Series

People, this stuff really is bat shit crazy.

The Democrats were wrong AGAIN.

Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES to SILENCE YOUR VOICE and IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, that they didn’t even bother waiting for the FACTS.

When will it end?

Please take the Official Impeachment Poll TODAY to let President Trump, know what you think of this phony Witch Hunt.

The part I really like about this is the part where it says, “Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES…” Putting LIES in all caps. Call me a hick from the sticks back in Hood County, Texas, but anytime somebody puts something in ALL CAPS he’s telling me, “You’re not going to believe this shit.”

And this is the Vice President of the United States saying this stuff. Dude, many of those associated with the scandal monkey you’re carrying water for are eventually going to jail. And you can be one of them. Do you want to hit pause for a moment and rethink any of this?