Frans Hals, Laughing Cavalier, 1624
The title "Laughing Cavalier" is a Victorian Era invention, he's neither laughing nor a cavalier. Research has determined he was a wealthy cloth merchant named Tieleman Roosterman—and if yer going to have an odd name, "Roosterman" is the one to have. The inscription in the upper right hand corner, "Aetatis suae 26, Anno 1624", means the sitter was 26 years old when painted in 1624. "Cavalier" changed hands at curio prices until it was recognized in the mid-1800s as a key piece from the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Okay, what do we have going on this week?
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FBI Director James Comey held a news conference Tuesday morning, after Woodpile Report had been posted, during which Director Comey declined to recommend prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "First responder" Michael Walsh of PJ Media offered these comments:
The Day the Rule of Law Died
PJ Media, Michael Walsh - And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of "insufficient evidence," and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness...
In other words, it was a judgment call by James Comey. After laying out clear proof that Mrs. Clinton violated both the letter and the spirit of the law, he essentially punted by saying this is not the kind of case a reasonable prosecutor would make. Of course it isn't -- not if that prosecutor wants to both keep his job and stay above ground...
Hence the setup campaign we all just witnessed. The "accidental" meeting on a Phoenix tarmac last week between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton -- an outrageous moral violation of the legal system. Lynch's bold words that she would "accept" the FBI's recommendations. The FBI's sudden "invitation" on Saturday to Mrs. Clinton to "voluntarily" submit to examination. Hillary and Obama, all smiles, out campaigning together this very day. The events of the past week would give any rational person sufficient grounds to believe that the fix was in, and has been all along.
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Brexit Fatigue has struck here at Woodpile Report. Articles about Brexit come in two flavors, predictions and "how we got here". Predictions are a mule name Brexit burdened with retread screeds. The "how we got here" articles start with the Battle of Hastings and rehash every moldering grievance since then. Wake me when something actually happens.
Attorney General Loretta
"Odd Job" Lynch met with as-yet unindicted Bill Clinton for about a half hour at the
Phoenix airport. Lynch and Clinton claim it was an
‘unplanned encounter'. Right. All meet-'n-greets warrant an FBI Cone Of Silence dontcha know. Small talk, says she. Urgent small talk, apparently. Half an hour of urgent small talk. Daniel Greenfield has some thoughts on this:
When you have the FBI running around warning, no photos and no cell phones, those are specific instructions. That means that they had orders to prevent any evidence of the chat from coming forward and those orders would have come from Lynch.
Every fix has its awkward moment. This one blew up in their faces when a local reporter got wind of the meeting and put it on the air. Lynch says she dindu nuffin but she's sorry she did. Comedy gold.
“I certainly wouldn't do it again, because I think it has cast this shadow over what it should not, over what it will not touch,” she said, almost as if hindsight were a rare and admired skill.
Z Man sees it this way:
My guess is Lynch was flattered to be invited to meet with her old boss and foolishly took the meeting. Clinton knows she is not terribly bright so he played on her vanity and used her to remind Team Obama of their exposure.
Makes sense. John Keiler takes the opposite view:
It is likely that the popular narrative that the Attorney General was ambushed is false. In all likelihood, General Lynch had an important agenda that needed to be communicated immediately to Team Hillary.
Also makes sense. But James Kunstler wins the Over The Top Cup with this:
Bill does not want Hillary to win because he doesn’t want to live in the White House again. For sure he does not want to live with The Flying Reptile, but he especially doesn’t want to be on display in that fishbowl where folks pretty much can see what you’re up to 24/7.
Lynch is B-Team. She's the patsy either way, now irretrievably compromised. Bill not so much. Hillary not at all. Yes, Bill is under investigation, but this isn't a Bill thing, he's not the nominee. It isn't even a Bill and Hillary thing. It's a "Hillary—oh, and Bill too" thing.
Whatever was said on the plane, there's almost no chance we'll see a Hillary indictment, not on the email debacle, not on the Clinton Foundation. There's certainly no way we'll see a Hillary trial. Not in two lifetimes. The discovery phase alone would bring down this and several other governments. We'd see state funerals every other day before a trial is allowed to happen.
Next item please.
Raccoons been getting at the chicken feed cans at night, and we suspect stealing eggs by day, so I've been sitting in the dark the last few nights watching barely lit bait. Comfy warm air, fireflies blinking, inner monologue spooling along nicely, inky black sky with twinkling stars, nice 'n quiet. There's one. Blam! Reminded me of when I was a lad at sea in combat blackout conditions. No one told me there'd be a night firing exercise. I was standing maybe thirty feet away from a twin 3-inch gun mount . Suh-prahz, suh-prahz.
We were getting nearly a dozen eggs a day from our little flock, then a quick decline. One hen got hit by a car. Some are molting, there are feathers all over the floor of the coop. And we had just given two hens to a neighbor—we had too many by two, she had too few by two—when a hen came up missing. A couple days later we found a bunch of feathers outten the woods behind the house. Last time one of our hens was killed in view of the others, couple years ago by a dog from down the hollow, the rest all but stopped laying for quite a while. But in the last few days production has recovered to where we'll put the sign back up out by the road.
We're finishing up this season's vacuum packing. One flat of Mason jars is Jolly Rancher hard candy, the self-selected standard for troops in Afghanistan and environs. And some salt, sugar, cocoa mix, other dry stuff. Our FoodSaver machine has a "slow" setting so we've had no problem with powdery stuff getting vacuumed into the works.
Those Bearcat-style armored vehicles with UN markings seen on flatbeds rolling through Virginia? DC says they're UN stuff. WND says the UN denies ownership, Alpineco says they didn't make 'em, and BAE Systems denies knowing anything about 'em. Daily Caller says Alpine—meaning Alpineco of
Herndon Virginia, presumably—made 'em at their
plant, confirmed UN ownership, and said they're on their way to a seaport. So everything's okay.
Oleg Volk asks , "should California conservatives and libertarians move? I think, yes. The state is beyond electoral salvation, and moving out would deprive California government of tax revenues and would, after the next Census, reduce the electoral weight of the state relative to others. Further, continued exposure to CA laws would increase the probability of being charged and convicted of some crime with lifetime prohibition on voting, gun ownership and other civil rights. The same applies to non-leftist residents of New Jersey and New York." Let's think about this for a minute.
There's a theory held by some in West Virginia that an effort to depopulate the state has been going on since the FDR era, thus the decades of aggressive attacks on its independent "borderlands" character, the promotion of insults and smears, the economic destabilization—most recently by using the EPA to destroy the coal industry , all calculated to prompt population outflow.
They say, with considerable merit, West Virginia has been treated shabbily compared to Virginia, the former heart of the Confederacy, from which they seceded to gain statehood in 1863. One goal of depopulation is to transform prime areas of West Virginia into an parkland for regime loyalists, with garrisoned retreats for the top dogs. That's the theory.
Extract the underlying concept of induced outmigration and entertain this thought: is it possible the ruling classes of California, New Jersey and New York, perhaps others, are intent on driving traditional Americans out of "their" states? They seem to compete for the most blatant flouting of law, the most offensive transgression of inalienable rights or the most novel assault on sanity itself , all targeting the same part of the citizenry.
Is it also possible there exists a coordinated effort, each state's initiative being a pathfinder for the others? Could the outflow of businesses and traditional Americans be their measure of success, after all, when "money" is created from nothing it's a 'no cost option' is it not? Every day it gets a little less crazy to think this way. Sigh.
This was posted at Freedom Outpost on Monday the 27th of June, about the mass killing at the Pulse gay nightclub. The FBI investigative transcript is included, as is the Fox News video 4m 13s, but here's the main idea of it:
Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building... this makes one question why the 911 call transcripts are being redacted and why the people are not being told the truth across the media about what really took place.
Additional information provided by WFAA News is consistent with Judge Napolitano's statement::
Monday, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other law enforcement officers offered new details about the shooting, including the possibility that some victims may have been killed by officers trying to save them...
Dozens of bullet holes dotted the exterior concrete wall, evidence of the shootout that included dozens of rounds fired by officers.
If these reports are substantially correct the conclusion is dark indeed. But it doesn't end here. A coverup has been announced. Yes dear heart, the terms and conditions of coverups are now announced by the press, to wit:
Orlando Sentinel - The FBI has asked law enforcement agencies who responded to Pulse nightclub to withhold records from the public... The letter requests that agencies deny inquiries and directs departments to "immediately notify the FBI of any requests your agency received" so "the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels, as necessary."
In case you're among the dozen or so who didn't know it, there are appropriate channels to prevent disclosure of public information—the news media.
Well, that was fun. If you haven't noticed, it's not the corruption, it isn't even the lies, it's the in-your-face arrogance of the ruling class that's brassing people off. It's almost too easy to do Woodpile Report, quote them and link the source, done and done. They've wandered so far into the tall grass they have no idea. No idea. So, let's get to it, here's yer brand new ol' Woodpile Report.
American Mirror - PA lawmaker: Ban Confederate flag from Gettysburg battle reenactment... Last summer, the Gettysburg National Military Park bookstore stopped selling “items with the Confederate flag” upon the request of the National Park Service.
Free Beacon - June 2016 saw the most FBI gun background checks of any June since the current system went into effect ... 14th month in a row to see a new background check record
Survival Blog - Coping With California’s Six New Gun and Magazine Ban Laws
Daily Courier - Prescott mobile shooting gallery rejected from Phoenix event due to gun ‘climate’
DC Clothesline - Disbarment Charges Filed Against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby
Seeker - Totally Bonkers Laser Bazooka Made from Scrap.
200-watt homemade beam weapon instantly ignites wood and plastic
Independent - Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country's Muslims.
Contra Corner - Revenge Of The Rubes——Why The Days Of The Financial Elite’s Rule Are Numbered
Newser - 'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found. A 'globally significant' find that could boost world supply of precious gas
Coyote Blog - Amazon's Shipping Estimates Are Becoming Fraudulent
Shenandoah - America’s Beloved USMC Goes 100% PC with Gender Neutral Terminology
Sons of Liberty - Obama’s Muslim Homeland Security Adviser Demands National Gun Registry
Zero Hedge - Defending your liberty with a rifle.
Judicial Watch - Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix
Law Newz - Judge Gets Journalist Indicted For Literally Doing His Job and Seeking Public Records
SHTF Plan - This U.N. Official Accidentally Crushed His Own Throat Right Before He Was Set To Testify Against Hillary Clinton
Federal safety regulators warned owners of more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras to immediately stop driving their cars until their Takata airbags are replaced.
Phys Org - Possible evidence of human ability to detect Earth's magnetic field found
YouTube - June 29: Coalition strikes Da’esh fighters fleeing in a convoy near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Video 1m 05s
CNBC - 'The end is coming,' says Ron Paul. Includes video 5m 37s
Ancient Origins - Expert in Chinese Petroglyphs Supports Theory Ancient Chinese Made It to America
Cracked - Here's Why Credit Cards Are Different For Rich People
Daily Caller - TSA Agents Beat and Jail Disabled Teen With Brain Cancer. [She confuses easily and didn't immediately comply]
Military Factory - Index to pages, World War 2 Weapons, 1939-1945
Roll Call - House Plans Vote on Guns Next Week.
Ryan said it was common sense that suspects on terror watch lists should not be able to buy guns.
World War III
The run up
Defense News - Russia ordered its military on Saturday to draw up measures to increase the safety of the airspace over the Baltic Sea, after a string of incidents and near-misses that has ratcheted up tensions between NATO and Moscow.
RT - US destroyer gets dangerously close to Russian patrol boat in Mediterranean – Moscow
War Is Boring - China's New Submarine Might Match America's ‘Los Angeles' Class
Next Big Future - China wants to be a Maritime Superpower with a big and modern Navy, coast guard and merchant fleets
ABC News - A Russian ship again made a close approach to a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an encounter that American officials are labeling "unprofessional."
National Interest - The U.S. and Japan May Literally Start a War over Rocks in the South China Sea
Wall Street Journal - China to Hold Military Exercises in South China Sea, Raising Tensions
Sun - Vladimir Putin to send Russia’s largest warship to Syria to destroy ISIS once and for all
Washington Post - Near Russia’s border with the Baltics, soldiers on both sides are practicing for war
Jamestown Foundation - The Black Sea Region: NATO’s Exposed Sector on the Eastern Flank (Part One)
1949. Plymouth magazine ad
Plymouth was one of the "low price three", the other two being Ford and Chevrolet. At this distance in time, the '49 Plymouth is generally thought to have been the better of the three. It's faint praise, none of 'em were all that good.
Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links
Armed and Dangerous - The Washington Post is running a story alleging that surveys show gun ownership in the U.S,. is at a 40-year low. I won’t link to it. This is at the same time gun sales are at record highs. The WaPo’s explanation, is, basically, that all these guns are being bought by the same fourteen survivalists in Idaho. Mine is that the number of gun owners with a justified fear that “surveys” are a data-gathering tool for confiscations is also at a record high, and therefore that the number lying to nosy strangers about having no guns is at a record high. I think there’s a way to discriminate between these cases on the evidence.
Rutherford Institute - With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, “we the people”—the prisoners of the American police state—are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall. This concept of a carceral state in which we possess no rights except for that which the government grants on an as-needed basis is the only way I can begin to comprehend, let alone articulate, the irrational, surreal, topsy-turvy, through-the-looking-glass state of affairs that is being imposed upon us in America today.
Boston Globe - Brexit is part of a deep trend in the United States and Europe: a rejection by roughly half of the population of globalization as currently implemented. Almost every country in Europe now has a rising populist, anti-immigrant party, while the United States has Donald Trump. Yes, there are differences in the various movements, parties, and personalities, but the similarities are also unmistakable.
American Thinker - We see the killer thugs of the Washington Post and New York Times hiring a decorative conservative like George Will for "balance." Balance, my foot. George Will is protective coloration for the WaPo's inner mafia. The WaPo doesn't play by any rules except its own. You may not see the glint of the daggers they all carry into the fight, but come election time, every honest conservative gets the shaft. The convenient back-scratching game between the GOP-e and Marxist-e has been exposed, and no sane American will ever believe them again. They are the enemy.
Z Man - In a land of no borders, there can be no social contract. What would be the point? If anyone can wander in and get the benefits of the contract, without first consenting to the terms of the contract and gaining the agreement of the counter party, what value can there be in citizenship? Citizenship becomes a suckers deal, just as it was in the Roman Empire when citizenship simply meant you paid taxes and had to provide men to the military. In the world of open borders, citizenship is all obligation and no benefit.
Aeon - In earlier films, Bond (meaning Sean Connery) was conspicuously served by human servants. That’s what Moneypenny and ‘Q’ were. To British viewers, it was obvious that Commander Bond outranked them, socially and professionally. They toiled behind the scenes so he could show up in some glittering locale, encumbered at most by an attaché case and concealed weapon, hands free to adjust his tie, hoist a martini glass, grope the girl. Now he has his hands full with his bloody phone. After all, if you have to carry its dead weight around, maybe you are your device’s servant. The powerful would never hold anything useful. No, they have people to do that for them.
Pan Am's Clippers of the 1930s and '40s
Overseas flights as your grandparents knew them
Pan American Airways inaugurated commercial flights across the Pacific in late 1935 with a flight from Alemeda California to Manila, with stops at Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam. The plane was a Martin M-130 flying boat named "The China Clipper", the first of three put in service. Today's eyes see it as small, slow and low-flying but in 1935 it made a splash as a giant of the skies with Olympian abilities.
In 1939, Pan Am began service with the first Boeing 314 , the "Honolulu Clipper", a much bigger and somewhat faster airplane. The "sleeper" passenger load was thirty-six, twice that of the Martin. Pan Am took delivery of eight more Boeing 314s.
The top cut-away is the Martin M-130, the Boeing 314 drawing's below it. Notice the crew member performing maintenance from inside the nacelle just behind the outboard engine. There's the "wow" factor. "Hey Ed, look. This plane's so big they can fix the engine in flight." Wow.
More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links
Amerika - This sniveling scribe of Cuckservatism leaving the GOP is a positive sign for the GOP. George Will going away is like having a case of colon cancer go into remission. George Will supporting Gary Johnson is essentially what Gary Johnson deserves for being Gary Johnson. Trump should take pride in having George Will show his campaign the well-rounded pair of heels bought off and paid for by The Washington Post. Again Trump has flushed an enemy of Conservative America out into the open. George Will’s will to pettiness is revealed before all in its repulsive, Cuckservative glory.
Alt-Market - I would remind readers that it was actually "pro-EU" globalist puppet David Cameron himself that presented the prospect of a referendum to exit the EU. Cameron does what he is told like every other elitist owned politician. Globalist financiers like George Soros jumped into the markets and bet in favor of stocks going negative, indicating prior knowledge. The Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen used the Brexit as the primary reason for the latest rate hike delay. EU officials only continue to strengthen my predictions by calling for an EU superstate in response to the Brexit; in other words, a completely centralized Europe. I do not believe the Brexit alone is enough to cause the kind of economic crisis the elites are seeking. There needs to be a one-two punch combo here, and the second punch has not arrived yet.
Rural Pioneers - The reset will come. It has to because the system is so complex and convoluted that it takes teams of specialists to decipher the laws today. The lobbyists adding more laws into the stacks outstrip those deciphering teams. Uniform enforcement is impossible, making selective enforcement the only option. And that opens the door to an enforcement selection process, within the legal system, being very actively, well … traded. I think our best outcome might be had by actively ignoring ridiculous laws and edicts. We have been doing that unconsciously all our lives, self evident by the amount of rules that have been written, of which we know nothing about. Maybe it's time for some conscious and planned irrelevancy?
Also see “They” are Not Coming to Take Our Guns
Hendon Publishing  - The majority of the documented [police] sniper shootings were done with .308 Win caliber weapons. Where the ammunition is listed, the overwhelming choice has been the 168 grain MatchKing bullet, also known as the HollowPoint Boat Tail. Contrary to common beliefs, just half of the persons shot were struck in the head. Of all these shots, 80% were fatal. The average police sniper distance was 51 yards. Of all the sniper shots, 95% took place between zero and 100 yards. The rest were equally divided between the 100 to 150 yard bracket and the 150 to 250 yard bracket.
The civilian transition from battle rifles to carbines happened quickly. For most of the last half of the twentieth century the country was awash with Garands and '03 Springfields, Lee Enfields and Mausers. Bringing up the rear were the M1 carbine and the oddballs, the Ag-m/42 via Hakim say. The M16 came as a surprise, a dainty-looking carbine shooting what was then purely a varmint round. It seemed the kind of gun we'd pass out to "our little friends" in guerilla outfits, or for pulling guard duty in Omaha. Bottom line, I remain unconvinced the AR platform is, long term, the best choice for interesting times.
Sultan Knish, about Venezuela - Teachers sell passing grades to students in exchange for milk and flour. Lines at government stores are endless and an entire economy has been built on buying and trades spots on food lines. Fingerprint scanners are used to enforce milk rations. And a heavy military police and military presence is required to stop mobs of starving people from grabbing the food as soon as it arrives. While the socialists route food through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s CLAP committees to their own supporters, ordinary Venezuelans are hunting pigeons, and even dogs and cats in the capital. And that is why the media has minimized its coverage of a horrific crisis. The people chanting that they want food are not rebelling against unfeeling corporations, but a government whose economic policies many on the left had viewed as a model.
1937. Finlay Texas business district
Finlay, in the south west corner of Texas, had a population of 100 sometime around 1940, say unofficial records. It's now a ghost town. But there was a time when it supported a coffee shop, a post office and a grocery store, as shown below.
Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links
National Interest - By the 1980s NATO was prepared to use nuclear weapons, but would seek to win the war conventionally. This is in stark contrast to the Warsaw Pact, which saw their use as inevitable and planned to use them from the outset. NATO’s assumption that the war would gradually escalate to nuclear weapons would have been fatal against an adversary that planned to use them on Day One. While the World War III scenario in Europe was always unlikely, it was also the most dangerous. We now know that, instead of an escalation to nuclear war being a possibility, it was virtually guaranteed.
Ars Technica - Theoreticians have been furiously speculating about what we might learn from our gravitational wave observatories. Now that we have a couple of observed black hole collisions under our belt, it is time to consider what we might study. There's some speculation that, depending on the sort of physics at play, the event horizon of a black hole might be studied through gravitational waves. Even for the events detected so far, we cannot conclusively state from the gravitational wave signature that the objects involved had event horizons. On the other hand, the signals observed so far do contain strong evidence for light rings—the name given to the destabilization of trajectories—which is itself quite interesting.
Motherboard - Releasing nearly as much energy as a nuclear bomb, it was the largest rocket explosion in history. It must have been horribly demoralizing for Soviet space officials, who had pinned all their Moon landing hopes on the N1, to see the vehicle literally blow up in their faces mere weeks before the United States celebrated the Eagle’s landing. “Today...I saw without exaggeration the end of the world, and not in a nightmare but while fully awake and standing right next to it,” said eyewitness Lieutenant Colonel Semen Komarovsky. [includes videos]
American Thinker - When America was created, government was not there to tell men what to do, or how to live their lives, or to take by force what each man has earned by his own efforts to give to another. Initiation of force was banned from human relationships. The only proper use of force was in retaliation against those who had initiated force or fraud against another. Force was only used as a means of defending rights through three branches of government: the police, the military and the courts. And that’s it. The purpose of government was to only do that one thing and nothing else. It was to protect individual rights.
PJ Media, Richard Fernandez, on AI - The actual bedrock of reality may not only be stranger than the Narrative supposes, but stranger than it can suppose. Roger Penrose thinks a "master algorithm" capable of true consciousness cannot exist in our classical corporal bodies. Starting from the idea that "Godel-unprovable results are provable by human mathematicians. He takes this disparity to mean that human mathematicians are not describable as formal proof systems, and are therefore running a non-computable algorithm." This noncomputable algorithm could reside in the boundary between the quantum and classical worlds.
1918. World War I
The Royal Air Force dates to April 1918 when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service were combined into what was then the largest air force in the world. During World War II the RAF peaked at 1,100,000 members.