Friday, April 20, 2018

Back Into The Backyard Workshop.

Some three decades ago I was finishing up a ten year stint at a large valve manufacturer and my employer made a gift to me of a surplus 8" x 16" sch. 80 pipe reducer along with an 8" sch. 80 pipe end cap. My intent at the time was to weld them together and make a large bell. This was something I had done a few times before on a smaller scale.

4" x 8" hanging on  simple angle bracket.
This 4" x 8" sch. 80 bell presently hangs on the side of my work shop. It is in need of some sanding and a new coat of paint but that will have to wait until other things are finished.

I also did a larger 6" x 12" sch. 40 that was donated to the church I was attending at the time and is used as the call to service bell. But as the old saying goes, life is what happens when you're planning to do other things and these parts languished in my storage building until last year when this project finally began.

The first step of course was to sit down at the computer and come up with a working design that I fully expected to refine as the job progressed. I decided early on that this was going to be a highly finished piece with pivot arms and a counterweight as is often seen with steeple bells.

One thing I do not have in my shop is a welder. Otherwise I would have done the welding myself. Fortunately I have a neighbor down the block who is a welding instructor at the local community college and I was able to persuade him to do the welding for me.

The tedious grinding and polishing begins.
The first step after I got the weldment back was to begin the grinding and polishing of the raw and welded forgings to a smooth clean finish. I started with an 80 grit hard disk and a soft touch to blend in the weld and remove all the remaining mill coating and scale. This alone was a two day process. I then progressed to an 80 grit soft disk to get down to where the smaller in perfections and pits in the surface were revealed.

Lots of fine detail work.
These places and the surface scratches left by the grinding wheels were then chased out with both a random orbit and a vibrating hand sander. I had to take special care to also remove the areas surrounding these pits at the same time so as not to create flat spots that would stand out on the finished surface.

The finished
polished surface.
This became an almost never-ending process of chasing smaller and smaller imperfections and scratches. I finally opted with mounting the bell onto a 4" x 4" post attached to my work bench. This made manipulating the bell much easier and allowed me to reflect light off of it from different directions making seeing where more work was needed easier as well.

It was now time to move on to what I call the counterweight pivot block assembly.

Counterweight assembly
before attaching pivot arms.
This was made from 4" x 4" fence post timbers with 1/4" steel plates sandwiched between them.  These plates provide added weight and stiffness to the assembly.

Sandwich plates with several
coats of self-etching primer paint.
There are two 3/8-16 x 5-1/2" long hex head bolts holding the long top plate to the long timber. Six long pieces of 3/8-16 all thread were then used to hold the completed sub-assembly together.

This assembly will be revisited after other other structures are completed.

This final assembly required careful fitting and
squaring up using half a dozen clamps.
Next came the mounting frame assembly. This consists of two A-frame sub assemblies, two runner sub assemblies that tie them together and an X-frame sub assembly. This X-frame will minimize any racking caused by the 110+ pounds of bell and counterweight swinging back and forth.

This assembly was made from standard 2" x 4"s, 1" boards cut to various widths along with two pieces of 3/8" plywood cut into matching octagons holding the X-frame together. All these pieces were assembled with wood glue and deck screws. All the openings and gaps were filled with plastic wood. The finished sub-assemblies and final assembly were sanded smooth with 80 grit then 100 and finally 120 grit sandpaper.

Aluminum pillow blocks
with bronze sleeves.
1" spherical bearings are used to mount the bell/counterweight assembly. This eliminates any minor misalignment issues with the pivot shafts.

Clapper ball with loop and
Bell mounting 3/4" eye bolt.
The clapper for ringing the bell is made from a 1-7/8" forged steel ball bearing. This is welded to a piece of 3/8" round bar that hooks through an eye bolt inside the top of the bell. The small eye welded to the bottom end is so the bell can be rung softly without rocking the whole assembly.

Initial fit up for alignment and balance checking.
Initial fit up was completed to check alignment and balance before staining, applying multiple coats of Spar Varnish to the frame and counterweight and clear enamel to the bell.



























The as designed center of gravity came in right on target at just under one inch below the centerline of the pivot shafts. The bell swings with ease and very little effort.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is Social Justice Begining To Contaminate Tech And Engineering Schools?

The was an interesting rant today on the Ace of Spades website ace.mu. The question was, were major universities going to have to become split between the "liberal arts" departments and the math, science and engineering schools. It was Ace's position that he was more concerned that so called Social Justice was going contaminate the hard science fields.

I felt compelled to comment that I thought it had already happened and with frightening consequences. Namely this brand new, "revolutionary design" pedestrian bridge in Miami Florida that collapsed killing six innocent people.

Bridge failure do happen. Usually they come about because of
accumulated stress and corrosion over extended periods of time.
Failures coming even before completion however are very rare.
The investigation will no doubt be on going but two salient facts have come out. Firstly that this bridge was designed by an "all female," team of engineers. I have not the slightest doubt that at some point this bunch allowed "estetic appearance" to take precedence over sound engineering practice, design standards and margins of safety.

I'm sure that FEA analysis was done but I'm also sure that there was some critical element that was designed to the bottom end of required safety margins which was then exaserbated by a manufacturing error or an "as built" condition being at the very bottom end or below the design tolerances that some "engineer" signed off on as an "exceptable variance" or both.

Secondly it has now become noted that someone reportedrepor there were already cracks in the structure before it was moved into position over this six lane highway. The obvious question is, was this defect reported to Quality Control and documented? If no, whose decision was it ignore the verbal report? If yes, where is the report? Who signed off on the reported defects again as an "acceptable variance"? If it was excepted, was quality control pressured to do so by either the engineering manager, the erection manager or the city's or university's civil engineer in order to maintain schedule and budget? Additionally were their bonuses involved for anyone for maintaining schedule and budget?

Sister Jane or Sister Joan screwed up, badly.
Was it the lack of adult, read male supervision?
Bottom line is that in the end this disaster will be revealed as multiple engineering minimums, design tolerance stack-up failures and minor deviations combining to equal more than the sum of their parts. I also think that it's very possible that this group of all female engineers became something of a coffee clatch and BFFs that allowed personal relationships to out consider critical and dispassionate analysis of the work as it is being performed.

Heaven forbid that "Sister Joan" might hurt "Sister Jane's" feeling by criticising her work as sub-standard or unnecessarily minimalist.

But hey what do I know? I'm just a retired design engineer. When working in teams tearing each other's work apart is an important part of the process. It wasn't personal. It was just the best way to produce the best product. Why was this designed as a long single span made from reinforced concrete? Was single span a design requirement? Was fabricated steal beam design considered? If it is was why was it rejected? Was dual beam with central support considered? Was it rejected? If so why?
If the answers to any of this is visual estetics or "that's what the "art director" wanted, this is going to be ugly. I'm sure the wrongful death or injury lawyers are lining up, calling the victims and their families.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Just When you Thought They Couldn't Go Any Lower

How long until the screams for
summary justice become manifest
as real executions?
Do you want to see the very real and frightining
evidence of just how far the left has sunk the nation into moral depravity and blood lust? Just look at the video of the way members of the audience shouted "Murderer!" and "Burn her!" at the NRA's Dana Loesch during CNN's town hall meeting yesterday. What made it even more repugnant was that the so called moderator, Jake Tapper, sat there in silence and let it continue.

Why don't we just go ahead and revert to the 15th century and the kind of mass hysteria that drove the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials? Because if we don't want to debate issues and have rational discussions that's the direction we're headed. We have the righteous indignation. All that's missing are the scarlet robes of the Grand Inquisitor and the charges of heresy.

Jake Tapper takes on his new role
as judge, jury and executioner.
It's not Christianity or conservativism or nationalism or American traditionalism or even the 2nd Amendment that has brought us to these depths. It's the left's moral relativism and consistent and constant dismissing and disparaging of those very values that has done it. It They increasingly put on the robes of moral superiority and hold themselves in judgement over any and all who would dare disagree with them. And these people have the gaul to call themselves progressives.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Exploitation Goes Big Budget.

What, did Cat Woman have a sex change operation? If Hollywierd and the MSM were portraying "Black Panther" as just another semi-benign super hero movie nobody would really care how it does at the box office or be searching for some important inner meaning. Except they're not and the same old crowd of manipulators are playing it up as something truly new and special. Groundbreaking as a buzzword is getting worn out at breakneck speed.

So right on cue the SJW crowd and accompanying "woke" idiots are buying into this latest con game hook, line and sinker. I can think of no better example of what happens when an entire  generation is deliberately brought up without any critical thinking skills or sense of historical precedents.

Quite simply if one were to change the characters to Europeans and the name to "White Panther", the political left, the SJWs and the news media would all be tripping over themselves trying to invent new synonyms for Nazis, the Klan, xenophobia and anything or anyone that they could remotely conflate as racist. Beyond that anyone questioning the greatness or wisdom of this movie can only possibly be motivated in doing so by their inherent racism,

But meanwhile the white and Jew producers etc. will pocket millions of dollars from the urban ghetto crowd selling their food stamps to buy tickets. (Will anyone be keeping stats on any increase in the numbers of counterfeit tickets or muggings in the vicinity of theaters showing the movie?)

There will soon of course be a whole series of follow ups, Black Panther II, Black Panther III etc. and loads of low budget knock offs intended to do nothing but siphon even more money out of the black population. As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute." The Democrats core demographic base.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Do We Have A Brutus?

I've been stealing again. This time from the zman.com.  What can I say I'm a sucker for a well constructed historical parallel.

For most people, the name “Brutus” brings to mind the Roman politician, who took a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Because the winners write the history books, he is also remembered as a villain, the guy who murdered the great man and sent the Roman Republic careening toward authoritarian rule. That’s probably not fair to Brutus or the other members of the Optimate faction. Julius Caesar was no friend of the Republic, despite being the leader of the Populis faction, but that’s how it goes with history.
There is another Brutus, one who is relevant to our age. Lucius Junius Brutus is remembered as the founder of the Roman Republic. Until the fifth century BC, Rome was ruled by a series of kings. According to Livy, The son of Tarquinius Superbus raped a noblewoman named Lucretia, who was a relation to Brutus. There was already great discontent with the behavior of the king and Brutus had many other grievances, but this was the tipping point. Brutus led the revolt against the king and established the Republic.
The story itself is worth relating. After she had been raped, Lucretia summoned Brutus, her father, Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus and Publius Valerius Poplicola, whose name the Founders would use when promoting the Constitution. After she told them what had happened and how she had been dishonored, she committed suicide by stabbing herself with a dagger. Brutus pulled the dagger from her chest, held it up and immediately shouted for the overthrow of the Tarquins. The revolution started at that moment.
Hidden in that story, which is most likely apocryphal, is the logic of republican virtue and republican morality. Free men fight and die for their honor, for their liberty and for their posterity. It is a form of rule based on a set of ideals, rather than a practical arrangement among men. A king is a pragmatic compromise that works now. A dictatorial committee is just the best way to establish order in the moment. A republic assumes men are not angels, but it assumes each generation will generate enough virtuous men to maintain it.
Our first Brutus is remember as an example of that republican virtue, not because he established it, but because he sacrificed for it. Brutus became the first consul of Rome. During his consulship the royal family tried to subvert the republic in order to regain the throne. This is remembered as the Tarquinian conspiracy. Among the conspirators were two of Brutus’ sons, who were sentenced to death. Brutus gained great respect among his peers for stoically watching as the sentence was carried out.
We are a long way from those times, but we have similar challenges. The emerging conspiracy among career political appointees and intelligence officials, a conspiracy to overthrow the orderly functioning of the republic, is not a lot different from what the Romans faced 25 centuries ago. It’s not very different from what faced them five centuries after the founding of the Republic. In the former case, a Brutus was able to rise to the challenge. In the latter, another Brutus was not able to answer the call.
In the current crisis, there are some similarities to both events. Those plotting against republican order are doing so claiming Trump is an authoritarian. They see his very existence as proof of some hidden conspiracy to overthrow democracy and install Trump as the 12th invisible Hitler, returned to usher in the Fourth Reich. That sounds ridiculous, but not unlike the plotters against Caesar, the people scheming to get Trump, justify their actions, not on merit, but against what they imagine Trump is secretly plotting.
Those defending the plotters believe it too. Like the conspirators, they have no choice but to believe it. They are calling the release of the memo a constitutional crisis, implying a grab for power by Trump. They have to go down this path, turning everything on its head, otherwise they are the villains. They need to see themselves as the white hats and they need the public to see them as that too. The men who assassinated Julius Caesar justified murder, by imagining themselves as the defenders of Rome for the same reason.
On the other hand, we have Trump, maybe the last man in the Imperial Capital, who still believes in the old ideal of America. Trump is a true civic nationalist. He is the first president in many generations to truly sacrifice in order to serve in office. He’s a man of old weird America. He even sounds like where he comes from, which is no longer typical of a member of the political class. He came into office believing that his victory would be enough to convince the political class to go along with his reform program.
On the other other hand, Trump is the guy tasked by history to impose order on a chaotic American political world. Much in the same way Julius Caesar was faced with a choice between obeying the rules and permitting chaos, Trump is faced with the choice of letting things go on as usual or imposing the rule of law. If he yields to the will of the Senate, so to speak, he risks undermining the constitutional order. If he goes against the political class and business as usual, he risks war with the old guard and all that comes with it.
Trump is both the tribune of the people and the defender of the prevailing order. He is in a strange position, in that he is pushing for the sorts of reforms popular with the Populis faction and tasked with defending the order that makes it possible for the Optimate faction to exist. He is Lucius Junius Brutus, overthrowing the current order, but he is also Marcus Junius Brutus, motivated by a desire to defend the old order. It’s like the confluence of two rivers of Western history. Time will tell if we have the Brutus to save the republic.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Secret Dreams of DACA

A picture tells a thousand words.
Send them back, send them all back.

Friday, February 2, 2018

And Now it Begins In Earnest.

Comey and the Democrats apparently would have us forget that the FISA court requires the presentation of exculpatory evidence as well as evidence of probable cause when seeking a warrant. The FBI and DOJ clearly had exculpatory material that would raise serious questions about credibility of the sources of the material being presented. The deliberate exclusion from the  FBI/DOJ affidavits represents perpetrating a fraud on the court and is a serious felony. This is precisely what the Democrat have been trying to hide from the American public. More importantly the publication of this memo is only going to be the first of many revelations to come. It is impossible to minimize the seriousness of these abuses.

Nancy Pelosi's inner self will
be on full display for all to see.
While the apoplectic rage of the left will no doubt erupt anew, not that it ever stops, The President and his lawyers are laying their plans as we speak.

At soonest he is going to make his move after the Superbowl. You can bet that his lawyers are going to make sure they have their evidence and legal precedents lined up before they present their case to the public, the Congress and the courts. They probably have been working on the briefs for some time already.

Given the near parallel natures between the FISA court and the Supreme Court, I would not be surprised if the Administration takes it's case directly to the Supreme Court citing both the need to curtail the politicization of government agencies and to re-establish the public's confidence in how our investigative and judicial processes work.

We all have to hope that the Supreme Court sides with the rule of law over political agendas. If they don't we can either lower the curtain on our 400 year experiment in self governance and or prepare for another civil war.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How Is It Possible That The Democrats are This Stupid?

I just can't understand it. The Democrats aren't really this stupid are they? The do know that teleVISION is a visual medium right? I mean good grief every political consultant in the country and beyond knows that people key on visual perceptions much more strongly than verbal ones. Just dig up Richard Nixon and ask him how that televised debate worked out.

Seriously did nobody tell Nancy beforehand that looking like you were choking on her own bile was not a good image? Could they not figure out, especially after this year's NFL season, that sitting on their hands while the President talks about respecting our nation's flag is a visual that will be used against them? It was like the entire broadcast was a custom made opportunity for Republican video tape editors.

If all those optics weren't bad enough we then got the spectacle of the newest Kennedy iconography presenting the so-called "Democratic Response". Firstly nobody in their right mind thinks Droolin' Joe Kennedy wrote that awful speech.

Maybe Droolin' Joe Kennedy has his own
special kind of substance abuse problem.
Seriously at first look all I could think of was Bevis getting wasted on paint thinner. Beyond that, after lecturing us for a year or more about "toxic, white male privilege" I don't think they could picked anyone who is more of an elite, toxic, white privileged male. Just what is it about being a Kennedy that entitles you to a seat in Congress from Massachusetts or Rhode Island? Who's brilliant idea was it to pose a Kennedy in front of an apparently non functioning automobile? Beyond the hood being up the only thing missing was an empty liquor bottle, a dead body and a discarded neck brace. I'm sure I could find a rusted out old Buick for the next go round.

I can only conclude at this point that either the Democrats have gone completely brain dead or the Republicans have a mole deeply embedded on the DNC strategic planning group. Either way, it's working out brilliantly...for the Republicans.


And Yes It Still Stinks.

Nobody really expects the political operative careerists at the FBI or the DOJ to just give up and go away without a very nasty fight. As the scandle gets deeper and deeper it's now looking like Andrew McCabe is being set up as the fall guy, or more like the public is being set  up to accept him as the fall guy so that the rest of the bad actors can escape with their positions, power and pensions intact so as to continue to wage behind the scenes warfare against the President.

Andy McCabe performs his
 expected duty.
I have no doubt that McCabe has been told to fall on his sword in exchange for escaping prosecution and a fat numbered bank account somewhere untraceable.
I also don't doubt that he sat in the back of the car somewhere mumbling like Marlon Brando about "I could'a been a contender. I could'a been somebody!" But then they handed him a bank pass book and a picture of his family. As a Mexican drug Lord would put it, he has a choice"La plata or la plomo". Silver or lead?

But we can dream can't we?







Evidence that yesterday two separate highly placed individuals at the FBI were quoted as saying they had found "no factual inaccuracies" in the House Intelligence Committee memo. Today we get a report that the Director is taking the exact opposite position. What must be understood is not that one or the other is lying of telling the truth but that probably both are engaged in a deliberate attempt to create confusion in order slow any further investigation and hide the real truth, whatever it may be.

Never underestimate the bureaucracy's capacity for duplicity.  This ugliness and crisis is far from over.

Out Maneuvering The Enemy.

President Trump's State of the Union address last night showed that in but a single year he has transitioned from a brilliant tactician on the campaign trail to a thorough master of Presidential politics. Throughout his speech he had the Democrats, particularly Nancy Pelosi looking like they were choking on their own bile as bit by bit he out flanked them.

Other than his single thrust through the heart mention of eliminating the hated Obamacare mandate, his tone was conciliatory, positive, forward looking and addressed directly to the pubic.

He wove the experiences of his gallery guests masterfully into his narrative of telling the American people this is what we have done so far and how, and this is what we're going to do going forward and why.

As the speech, admittedly long, ended the Democrats rushed out of the chamber like scalded dogs or were their diapers so full they couldn't get to the cloke room fast enough?

The next few days are going to be amazing to watch as the President's various spokesman continue to strike a positive and conciliatory tone while the Democrats and the media ratchet up the personal assaults and hatred. The political arena is supposed to be a contest of ideas that address the needs of the people and the nation as a whole not endlessly repeated mantras of hatred and contempt.  One can only wonder how quickly the public in general are going to reach a state of negativity overload and just tune out the constant stream of hatred.

Nobody likes to be around people who are constantly bitter and angry, not in their personal lives (ask any divorce lawyer) and not on their television screens. Maybe there is a certain amount of shallowness involved but people tune in to be entertained and amused, not to be lectured to by rich privileged people telling them how stupid they are if they don't agree with them. Just look at the decline in ratings for the NFL and Hollywood's endless stream of self congratulatory award shows that have devolved into political hate fests. It's kind of like watching an exercise in self deception and self defenestration. The President opens the widow to a vision of a better future and the Democrats can't help but throw themselves out.

Democrats deciding how to best show their commitment to hating Trump.


And then there is this memo thing........




Sunday, January 28, 2018

Trump Trolls The Fools For Fools Once Again

Recall if you will the psychic meltdown in the conservative blogosphere when the President said he would sign a bi-partisan immigration bill during the White House meeting with staff and Congressional leaders. The screams of "betrayal" were all but deafening. Recall also how those concerns disappeared in the wake of little Dickey Durbin's "shithole countries" accusations.

If Trump did say it or something like it, it was a rhetorical move that was played perfectly. Twits like Durbin and the talking head fools were guaranteed to jump on it and totally miss that their phony outrage exposed their total lack of interest in finding any real solution to the immigration problem. In short Trump trolled them.

Subsequently there was of course no actual bi-partisan proposal to come out of Congress. The extremest elements would never have allowed one to come to a vote never mind pass. The President cast out the bait.

Then came the whole phony "government shutdown" charade. "No wall, no deal" became the President's announced position on immigration. The Republicans proposal for a Continuing Resolution basically gave the Democrats everything they wanted except anything to deal with DACA or immigration. Democrats being what they are, are incapable of taking yes for an answer, so they forced the issue, refused to except the proposed CR and shut down funding. The Democrats of course could  not see up front that they had overplay their hand and were left then once again looking like fools putting the interests of a small majority of illegals over and above everyone and everything else. Even with all the usual suspects in the media carrying their water the optics and no doubt their own internal polling were so bad they caved in three days. The President set the hook.

This opened the door for Trump to put forth his own proposal addressing very specific elements of the problem and solutions along the lines that he ran his campaign on and which the voters supported by electing him President. This sent some in the conservative blogosphere of the rails once again. (Are you hearing me Ann Coulter?) The President will ignore them as he continues playing his game by his rules.

The Democrats, being what they are, immediately continued their pandering to their hoped for future voting base and condemned the proposal in the vilest of terms. So short sighted and entrenched as their leadership is, they completely miss the fact that they have once again been trolled by the President into exposing that one, the race card is the only one they have and two, that they have no real interest in solving the problem on anything but their own terms. Terms and positions even they can't define. The President has begun to real them into the net.

All of this is of course happening concurrently with the continuing and unfolding scandal at the FBI and Justice Department. Given the way that virtually the entire media and political establishment has and continues to underestimate how skillful a player the President is, I have no doubt that he is somehow planning to merge these two elements together at a soon to arrive moment and in such a way as to both inflict serious political damage on the Democrats and get all the funding and logistics needed to build the wall. At this point the Democrats will have nothing left to do but flop about in the bottom of the boat.



Tump continues to play three dimensional chess while the Democrats are still fiddling with their checkers. He's been doing it since that day he came down the escalator to announce his candidacy. Trump has completely change the political paradigm and the fools still haven't figured it out. The shame is on them as the old saying would go. Good. It's called winning and I'm far from tired of it!

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Pernicious Evil And Tactics of the Social Justice Warrior Movement.

I have to admit that I stole this from Ace over at ace.mu.nu. The post title is mine but the exposure of the subject is his.

It is the common practice of Social Justice Warriors to infiltrate organizations and hobbies in which they have little to no interest -- videogames, comic books, sports, science-fiction awards organizations, all academic fields, etc. -- for the sole purpose of seizing "key nodes and critical infrastructure," as Diversity and Comics notes (echoing US military doctrine), in order to turn non-political pastimes into never-ending propaganda echo chambers -- or destroy them outright, if they cannot be made to serve the regressive left's propaganda mission.

They're deadly parasites for any organization that allows them to crawl inside their bodies.
But these organizations let them in -- hell, they actively seek them out -- just so that social justice blogs and websites like The Mary Sue or Buzzfeed will give them the Social Justice Warrior Stamp of Approval.
Trouble is, as Marvel Comics is finding out, Social Justice Warriors are not consumers of any of these products, and will not buy them even if they have been converted into full Social Justice Warrior propaganda outfits.

These organizations are being infiltrated by Social Justice Warriors not because Social Justice Warriors like them or the cultural products they produce, but because Social Justice Warriors know that non- Social Justice Warriors enjoy these products, and thus these cultural artifacts must be seized and repurposed to serve leftist indoctrination ends or simply destroyed.

If they cannot be remade to be useful indoctrination centers, then they must be destroyed, so that, at least, non-Social Justice Warriors will have one less enjoyable thing in their lives, and may be forced to seek Social Justice Warrior-controlled entertainments as an alternative.

But do tell me how afraid I should be that Donald Trump keeps whining, ineffectually, that he might have to "open libel laws" for reexamination.

Let's keep laser-focused on that while ignoring the widespread subversion of cherished relics of traditional Americana to either serve the left's propaganda efforts or be destroyed from within.

Have you heard of a genre of movie called the "Beautiful Loser" movie? It was late-sixties thing about so-called "beautiful losers," people who just didn't fit into Society, and, of course, who were therefore losers, but were "beautiful" in their loserdom. They felt so much, and had such Integrity in their Losing.
They were beautiful precisely because they were losers, and ineffectual in changing their fates in a Society rigged against them.

I've never seen one of these movies, by the way. I just hear of this genre on occasion.
As I have no interest in Beautiful Loser movies, I also have no interest in Beautiful Loser "Conservatism."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Digging Their Own Grave, One Shithole At A Time.

What fools the leftists are. As usual they are incapable of considering even the possibility of unintended consequences. Good. By latching onto an unverified, second hand source remark, the media minions think they have found their "gotcha" of the week or perhaps month.

What it is turning into however is the new meme of the right that they are going to get pilloried with endlessly. It's going to be hilarious.

Socialism, making the shitholes of tomorrow today.

Haiti, the Caribbean shithole where slavery is a growth industry.

Haiti, incubating AIDS and tuberculosis and exporting shitholeism to the world.

Liberia, a West African shithole exporting Ebola to the world.

Detroit, showing American solidarity to the shitholes of the world.

CNN, shitholyer than tho.

BBC, Doing our part to make Britain a Muslim shithole so you don't have to.

The meme possibilities are endless.

A Stable Genius Indeed.

A day after volumes of angst spilled out onto conservative websites, blogs and twitter feeds over the DACA/immigration meeting in the White House, Trump played a master stroke that worked at at least three different levels.

The left and the RINOs, which just yesterday thought they had maneuvered Trump into a deal they could use to their advantage, today were left with the taste of ashes and infuriation. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" was probable themost brilliant, succinct question ever openly and publicly asked in the course of the entire immigration debate.

This instantly became the question that every honest conservative citizen and voter had been asking themselves for years but no damn politician had ever dared to express before. In the midst of all the left's anger and screeching about racism they were left with the problem that they couldn't dare actually answer the questions. So they can only screech platitudes about being a nation on immigrants.

Wednesday's conservative angst quickly became Thursdays cheers of jubilation that Trump had executed a brilliant trap once again. It won't be the end of the immigration debate but it set the left and the RINOs back and placed a big rhetorical obstacle in their path going forward.

A stable and brilliant genius. The talking heads of the Pu dit class have underestimated the President's once again.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Trudging Down The Path To Insanity.

It's an old an often-repeated adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. As such it becomes fully understandable if we were to see the American left and the news media reaching the final stages of a psychosis.

We can recall one Dan Rather of CBS News who invented a narrative concerning George W Bush, that when exposed as false, put forth the claim that the forged document was "false but true". We also recall that Mr. Rather was left without a job and on the outside looking in.

For months the media and establishment elites of both parties all said with absolute certainty that Donald Trump had no chance in the primaries against the vaunted Bush machine or up-and-comers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. When that great vision failed their hopes and dreams fell back to a narrative of calling for a brokered convention and a dark horse Mitt Romney riding in to save the day for the establishment pols and media.

This fantasy of course went up in smoke with the results of the Indiana primary and the next day's satirical and mocking headline, "Hoosier Daddy?" This was the moment that created the psycological tipping point where sanctimony and condescension became blind hatred and visceral contempt. Unable as they were to except or even comprehend this new reality, this paradigm shift, they instead doubled down on their insistence that they and only they could possibly know or communicate the direction the nation needed to move. And that direction of course was Hillary Clinton. Hillary the qualified, Hillary the inevitable, Hillary the exalted, mellenial destiny of America was constantly juxtaposed against Donald the incompetent, Donald the dangerous, Donald the incomprehensible, Donald the mad.

I needn't go into the details of their behiviour during the general election campaign, except to say that like so many deluded, egomaniacal fools they became convinced of their own propaganda and couldn't see that it wasn't helping but rather hurting their cause. Between Hillary's arrogant labeling of Trump supporters as irredeemable, deplorable racists, the growing questions about the content of her unsecured email server and her constant hacking and her televised physical collapse on September 11th, her fate was all but sealed.

Watching reruns on YouTube of the election night emotional meltdowns on CNN and The Young Turks is still some of the greatest entertainment around. Once again rather than excepting that Donald Trump is the new political paradigm and that he had won the election in accordance with the long established Constitutional requirements, they all doubled down once again.

Never mind Hillary's laughable hypocrisy challenging the out come of the election that she had decried against Trump. The goal now became not to just oppose his policy initiatives but to promulgate any narrative, any lie, any deception, any fraud, no matter how how absurd or provably untrue in order to try and drive him from office. The preservation of Obama's dubious legacy has taken precedence over any Constitutional procedure or the desires of the voters.

First of course came the "Russian collusion" narrative and Fusion GPS's Hillary Campaign bought and paid for dossier. As the examination of this alleged scenario goes deeper it is being revealed as laughably absurd and has raised serious questions about who was really in bed with Russian operatives in its production. Both the collusion and obstruction of justice stories have unraveled faster than a ball of yarn in a box full of kittens as more and more evidence of the politicization of the FBI and Justice Department come out.

As the corruption within the Obama administration becomes more exposed and new investigations into the Clinton Foundation are opened the desperation has gotten deeper and more unhinged the left and the media have been reduced to the tactic of questioning the President's mental stability and even his sanity. This latest tactic of course is being being based on the contention that the President's continued use of and arguably bombastic rhetoric on Twitter is some sort of prima facie evidence. Never mind that it was this very method that propelled him into the White House and that no matter how hard they try to adapt his methods themselves, he remains a step if not more ahead of them and continues to out maneuver them. Their hopes that if they could keep him so busy defending himself that he would not have the time to launch attacks of his own have so far come to naught.

Clearly logic and reason have not just taken flight on the left but have completely flown the coop. If anyone one wants prima facie evidence of this, look no farther than this book "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff. A book that even the author admits he doesn't know what in its contents is untrue and what is true, while at the same time making the self aggrandizing claim that it will "finally...end this Presidency." Conjunctively we hear the likes of MSNBC talking head Stephanie Rhule doing her best Dan Rather impersonation by stating, "Even if not all of it is true, the spirit of the book is..."

The definition of insanity is ...


Read And Learn. Why did the head of the DOJ-National Security Division, John P Carlin resigns?

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/05/operation-condor-how-nsa-director-mike-rogers-saved-the-u-s-from-a-massive-constitutional-crisis/

Take the time to read the article. It progresses from deliberate obfuscation buy the State Dept, Fusion GPS and others at DoJ conducting illegal surveillance against private Trump associates both before the election was over and during the Transition  period.

More to come.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Another Bad Week For The Democrats.

1. The FBI's chief FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) officer has stated that the memo that Comey leaked and all the memos he wrote were classified when they were written and are still classified today. So where are the charges?

2. The FBI's Little Rock Arkansas office is launching a new investigation into pay-to-play at the Clinton Foundation. And what was destroyed in that fire at Chappaqua?

3. A Federal Judge has ordered that all of the Fusion GPS bank records must be released to Congressional investigators. Why did the previous Obama appointed judge recuse themselves?

4 . The DOJ has agreed to release all records and emails relating to the termination of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Peter Strzok and his illicit lover FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

5. Congressional panels are now officially requesting the FBI open an investigation of the author of the now infamous Trump Dossier.

Not to quote Sean Hannity but tick tock, tick tock.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Martial Law or Frontier Justice. The Choice Is Coming Like It Or Not.

I fear that the problem of Baltimore or Detroit or south Chicago cannot and will not be solved until we have a straight up race war. Unfortunately that means a lot of innocent people will die both white and black. But until the black population is effectively culled of it's feral animals and the rest understand that going forward they are going have to become civilized members of society, work and behave or die by starvation or swift justice, nothing will change.

We have spent decades subsidising both criminality and stupidity. Why is anyone surprised then that our cities are flooded with more and more stupid, violent criminals? 

As American settlers spread across the continent building farms and towns, industry and cities, one of the first things they did was kill off the predators, both two legged and four, or drive their numbers down to the point where they were no longer a threat to people, property or livestock. Why then as a civilized society should we treat these predators any differently? Not doing so has turned our inner cities into their hunting grounds. Time has come once again for "frontier justice" and for the predators to become the prey. Sadly it's a choice THEY are forcing upon us.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Swamp Is Being Revealed As An Open Cesspool

The Rolling Stone has just ran a story purporting to debunk the "Pizzagate" story. I find both the timing of the release of the story and the fervor with which it stakes out a position of righteousness in their claims as highly suspicious.

Firstly, this story hasn't been anywhere near even the back burner of public interest in months. Given that and the daily deluge of revelations coming out of Sodom and Gomorrah (Hollywood and Washington DC) one has to wonder if Rolling Stone knows more than they are telling and is this a preemptive cover story.

I posted the following comment directly on the Rolling Stone story:

Let's look at the givens.
1. Hollywood has now been exposed to be filled with every variety of sexual and perverts. Straight, gay and pedophiles.
2. The Halls of Congress are now exposed as being filled with the same sorts of entitled, self-absorbed, predators. So badly so that over $15 million in tax payer money has been shelled out in hush money to cover it up and PROTECT the perpetrators.
3. Historically there is nothing new about sexual predation, the sexual exploitation of children or beastiality.
4. Judge Moore may not be exactly the exception to the rule but so far the vast majority of these so far exposed pervs have been reliable Democrat donors and water carriers.

Given the above facts why would anyone be surprised by accusations that the rich and powerful would operate an underground (literally and figuratively) network to both feed and hide their disgusting sexual appetites?

Questions then arise that demand answers:

1. How bad is the Capitol Hill situation that newly elected members will have to take mandatory sensitivity classes on not harassing Congressional staffers.
2. Why did the recent story on Capitol Hill predators stop short of naming names, especially as the Hollywood revelations have been filled with the names of both the perps and the accusers.
3. Why is Rolling Stone so engaged in trying to discredit the Pizzagate story rather than assigning staff to dig into both the story AND more importantly its implications.
4. Could it be that the majority of Capitol Hill predators are well know and highly placed Democrats? (Just look at all the available videos of creepy Joe Biden engaged in publicly touching young girls in highly inappropriate ways.)
5. Could it be that Rolling Stone and other reliable left-wing media outlets are puting a political agenda over and above the welfare of children?
6. How long will this post remain up before it gets removed? Or will it simply go into the "awaiting moderation" pile and never see the light of day?

(To their credit RS has at this point not censored my post.)

I further noted that people generally collect art and or objects that reflect their interests and tastes. NASCAR fans often collect die cast models of their favorite drivers cars. Many sports fans collect and frame autographed jerseys of famous players. I then invited the defenders of the article to Google "John Podesta's art" and assured them they would find disturbing images of cannibalism and child bondage and torture.

I would invite any of my readers to do the same.

When asked about this image depicting cannibalism John Podesta
remarked, "It's better to be the man with the guy with the fork
than the guy on the table."


Torture sculpture displayed prominently
in Tony Podesta's home.
Jeffery Dahmer posted his victims in death and
kept Polaroid photos. Look familiar to you?
Speaking of monstrosities.
Have we found the DNC's 2020 ticket?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Another Final Solution? Be Careful What You Wish For.


Here is a little story from personal experience for all those people so anxious to see the next "final solution".

In the 1980s I worked as a quality control engineer in a branch operation of a major control valve manufacturer. The main facility of this company was "N" stamp certified and built both commercial and military nuclear systems. Our branch operation was not. All of our manufacturing orders were forwarded to us by the main plant.

We were given a VERY large order for valves. The statement of work required that all equipment was to be "manufactured in accordance with but not certified to ASME SEC. III". The main plant also assigned additional QC staff to assist us in meeting these requirements as the amount of additional paperwork for material certification, welding certification, manufacturing, assembly and testing procedures was exponentially greater than that required for your typical commercial coal fired power plant. 

The reason for all this additional work became abundently clear when when the job was completed, boxed up and ready to go. It was not until then that were finally received the final shipping instruction, and US Customs officials arrived to lock and secure the shipping containers. From there everything had to be sent via a customer contracted trucking company to a specific port and specific vessel. The ship to address on all crates and containers was "Demona Israel via Tel Aviv". The "manufacture in accordance with but not certified to" instruction was simply a means of circumventing prohibitions on the exportation of nuclear technology.

My point being is not that this order was large enough to outfit two nuclear reactors plus spares but that the State of Israel was founded on one simple principle, "Never Again". A concept repeated by every Israeli government from 1947 to the present day. The Israelis did not build the Negev Nuclear Research Center to keep the lights on in Tel Aviv and Haifa. If another war comes and it approaches a point where the Isralis are facing destruction IT A SURE BET THAT THEY WILL OBLITERATE THEIR ENEMIES ONCE AND FOR ALL. Nuclear fallout across the Middle East will be the last of their concerns. 

The Israelis have been preparing for this possibility for at least half a century. They will not be subjected to another annialation alone. I would venture to guess that the Israelis have told the House of Saud that they will not be exempt from their wrath and crackdown on the extremist Wahabbi elements and a backdoor alliance is as much about self preservation as it is about economic restructuring, or political and/or religious reform.

The hatreds in the Arab and Muslim world are manifold. Centuries old  tribalism is rife across the region. The hatred between Arab and Persian  predates even that between the Sunni and Shia divide in Islam and is as much if not more virulent than either of thems hatred of Israel.

I sincerely doubt that the new Crown Prince is great visionary or a Muslim Martin Luther. He has been tasked to make sure the House of Saud remains in control and he's setting about doing that with ruthless efficiency so far. Any deal making between SA and Israel must been seen in that light. And if that undermines Iran and their Shia allies in Lebanon all the better for them.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

To All The Petulant Children Of The NFL Players Association:

Is it the NFL the (former) fans are angry with, or is it you, a bunch of overpaid, self-absorbed, athletes that they have simply had enough of? Or perhaps both? Face it, you characters have been pampered, catered to and all but worshiped since at least high school.

Many of you apparently think that the whole world needs to accede to your political will. Guess what ass holes, we don't and we won't. The reaction to your childishness has been the essence of capitalism and democracy. Voting with our feet, our wallets and turning off the TV! Ha ha ha!

I can't wait for the product endorsement and merchandising contracts start drying up as the (again former) fans start boycotting those products that continue to feature you overgrown ignorant children. The leftists pulling the stings you dance to have said since before the election that they are "at war" with America and what it stands for. Well boys, you may all be rich but we of the (former) fan base wield far more cumulative economic power than the whole bunch of you spoiled brats. Just where do you think the money comes from that pays your over inflated salaries?

As the TV ratings continue to decline, so will the ad revenue and the network payments to the league. Same with the big tax breaks and sweetheart real estate deals (i.e. bribes) that cities give the owners to locate their teams and build their stadiums.

Apparently there aren't a whole lot of you players who never took or paid much if any attention in economics classes. Football is a business like any other. And when a business starts losing money they either cut expenses or close their doors. So just where do you think the owners are going to go to make up for that lost revenue? STRAIGHT TO YOUR SALARIES AND BONUSES THAT'S WHERE.

It may be late but it's about time you self-important children learned some hard lessons in life. Namely that actions have consequences and that they are usually the unintended kind. Basically it comes down to the fact that you need us, the former fans, a lot more than we need you. I hate to say it but maybe it's time for soccer or rugby to become a major sport and we leave football to the past.

Oh and one more thing.

To Cam Newton specifically:

Maybe the press made a big deal about you saying that you "find it funny" when a woman asks you about passing routes but what they were really doing is making cover for your completely callus, insensitive and profoundly ignorant remark about Colin Kapernick having made "the ultimate sacrifice". 

Are you really so stupid as to think that the relatives and friends of all those servicemen and women who have actually died or been wounded and maimed for life, made the real ultimate sacrifice, would just let that just slide? You owe our veterans and their families a sincere and very public apology. Otherwise we will gladly sit back and watch your career and sport wither and die.


Cam, this is what the ultimate sacrifice looks like.
For many of them this is what marks their graves.
GROW UP YOU SPOILED BRAT! THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU AND YOUR STUPID GAME.

Sincerely,

A very, very angry FORMER fan.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Breaking My Silence.

I have been deliberately silent of late. Not for lack of opinion but out of pure disgust. As my son told me quite some time ago "You might still love your country but your country no longer loves you.

That said this whole NFL business has driven me out of my self imposed exile, at least for a brief moment. It's not just disgusting, it's revolting. What we are being forced to deal with is a group of people, 99.9% of whom have been spoiled and pampered and catered to since they were in high school if not sooner, simply because they had a talent of throwing or catching a football or running around hitting people. Ask yourself what do they really contribute to society as a whole? Watching them celebrate making a touchdown or a tackle like they had just singlehandedly cured a disease or saved the world from some impending disaster makes me want to puke.

Add in the fact that the great many of them can't speak proper English even after 16 or more years of school and you have a picture of what is wrong with American culture. Any businessman who walked into his customer's store and told them he didn't like his country, his culture or his flag would not be in business for long. And then they wonder why when they come to the field they look up to see a half empty stadium and hear fans of the game booing them personally. I guess it's true. Steroids make you deaf and stupid.

Just because someone has paid you millions of dollars because you have a talent limited to a very narrow field doesn't make you intelligent, knowledgeable or your opinion worth anything or even worthy of being listened to.

I don't ask my mechanic what his opinion is on this, that or anything other than can he fix my damn car. Same with my Dr. or my accountant or the guys who mow my lawn. In fact if I walked in their office or business and the first thing they did was to start lecturing me on something unrelated to why I hired them I would leave and find a new Dr. or accountant or landscaper immediately.

That these bone heads can't seem to grasp that simple reality just goes to show what a bunch mental defectives they are. Same thing goes for the leftist assholes in the media and the public who defend them. If your life revolves around how this, that or the other sports team is doing then I find it highly questionable that your opinion on police violence or anything else is worth much more than a piss hole in the snow.

President Trump was right. If the owners had told these children in adult bodies right up front that when they put on the uniform they were representing their companies and their public image and that they would be suspended for repeating their bad behiviour this crap would have died quickly.

For me the straw that broke the camel's back was the comment by Cam Newton of the Charlotte Panthers that Colin Kapernick had made "the ultimate sacrifice". This was not just stupid and insensitive but deliberately insulting to the families and friends of those who have died defending the flag and the nation that has given him the opportunity to be a very rich and self indulgent asshole. Watch him or any one of the dozens of others who when in public at anything but a staged event and they have on their $1000 headphones so they don't have to interact with the fans, without whom most of them would be just another ghetto boy and you have all you need to know about how out of touch with reality these petulant children really are.

Needless to say the NFL is banned in my house and will remain so for the foreseeable future. I dare say that nary a one of them, living in their million dollar mansions, in predominately white gated communities really gives a shit about "racial solidarity". What they care about is seeing their names in the paper or their picture on the TV and what that will add to any future contract negotiations.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Manufacturing A Crisis To Create Political Chaos.

All of the clamoring on the left is being manufactured to create chaos and destabilize the government. Let's be honest here. All of these Confederate statues and memorials have been standing for well over a hundred years, some for nearly a hundred and fifty.

Other than for maybe once a year, when the Daughters of Confederate Veterans lay a wreath at a few selected memorials, they go completely ignored. Countless millions drive or walk past them everyday and don't give them a first thought or glance  never mind a second one.

Don't kid yourself. None of this is about tearing down Confederate statues. It's about tearing down the very structures of and foundations of liberty and freedom themselves. The worst and most violent, hate filled aspects of Communism didn't die with the fall of the Soviet Union. They just went underground for a while, only to emerge again like a cancer coming out of remission, with renewed and increased destructive intent.

There is no possible doubt that it is this revived communism that is behind the vast majority of violence we are experiencing. Confederate statues are just a convenient instrument. If they weren't openly clamoring about these all but forgotten statues the neo Nazis and Klan would have largely stayed under their rocks and this young lady in Charlottesville would still be alive.

It is the violent and vocal left that has repeatedly shut down the freedom of speech of those they disagree with. In the face of this tyranny the media stands complicit in their silence and complacency, refusing to acknowledge the most basic truth that without freedom of speech for all there is freedom for no one.

The goals of the left are not destroying statues or Christian bakers and florists or demanding transgendered bathrooms. Their goals are the destruction of the west, individual liberty and personal responsibility. Their interest is not in removing "white supremacy" but replacing it with their own supremacy. Such is as it is in any Communist tyranny. Given the opportunity they would replace these statues with a pantheon of murderous icons of the left.

They would have us all become Winston Smith, shut up and obey. For them Orwell's 1984 is not a warning but an instruction manual. SCRATCH A COMMUNIST AND YOU WILL FIND A FASCIST EVERY TIME.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Wonderful Dose Of Irony.

It has been reported on several occasions that Canada has been facing a large influx of illegal aliens fleeing possible deportation from the US as part of ICE doing its job. It seems however, contrary to many years of Canada lecturing Americans about our being intolerant and unwelcoming, that these holier than tho Canadians are finding that the unrestricted flow of largely uneducated, low IQ and often disease infested aliens has a large negative economic impact.

Some how I doubt they a ready for a Canadian
winter. Come November they will be begging to
 be sent back to Florida. Hey Justin, they're yours.
It also seems that these sanctimonious Canadians are particularly uncomfortable with the large numbers of Haitians that have been crossing at an obscure crossing point at Champlain NY. Now you would think Canadians, especially French Canadians would be welcoming to "refugees" from the only other French speaking nation in the western hemisphere.

Apparently not, as military troops have been brought in to help confine the influx to tent cities. Tent cities that one might honestly expect will eventually turn in to refugee camps whose underlying purpose will be to prevent them from spreading into the cities and creating scenes of chaos as are now being created I'm Paris and elsewhere in France where Africans are living on the streets and turning them into garbage strewn open sewers.

As far as I'm concerned the Canadians should keep them and do what they want with them beyond that, except of course send them back here. I also have no doubt that as far as them being granted refugee status by the Canadian government the Haitians will be low priority and that actual French fleeing the chaos in Europe will be at the top of the list, if not given expedited status. The Haitians will be largely kept confined to refugee centers, out of sight is out of mind after all.

Could it be that someone in the Trudeau government has realized that these people cannot and will not ever assimilate into western culture? After all just how many domestics do the elite of Montreal and Quebec City really need?

Pass the escargot, frog legs and horse meat steaks please!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Just How Ignorant Can Leftists Get?

I recently had occasion to engage a young lady of the "liberal" persuasion in a political discussion. A typical leftist, she soon displayed her complete ignorance of history. She had not the slightest clue of the intersection between Islam and the Nazis.

So ignorant was she that she actually posited to me that that Muhammad and the establishment of Islam was historically concurrent with St. Peter and the foundation of the Catholic Church in Rome. She further claimed that North Africa had always been Muslim. Seriously this young lady actually believed these absurdities.

Rather than asking her how stupid she really was, I asked her if she knew the difference was between 64 and 635. Realising at that point that she had painted herself into a corner, rather than answering the question, she responded that "I hate Socratic arguments,"  I.e. "I hate reason and logic." If ever there was an admission that not only had she lost the argument but that she really had no argument to begin with, that was it. She then retreated and left before she could further embarrass herself.

That was to bad because I only had one more question for her. Namely, "How can you expect to form cognizant opinions about a question of present circumstances when you are admittedly ignorant of the established events of the past from which they originate?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

One Final Betrayal.

Hopefully for the last time John McCain has betrayed the American people in the name of making sure that he is the center of attention.

Last week he returned to the Senate floor to make a speech excoriating the Senate itself for "not getting anything done". Then he turn right around and voted to make sure nothing will get done.

The old saying is that one shouldn't speak ill of the dead. Well this miserable old bastard isn't dead yet and deserves all the possible scorn that can be thrown his way. I don't buy for one minute that being diagnosed with a fatal disease suddenly imparts either wisdom of character, especially where none has previously existed.

A one way ticket through
the Plutonian Gates await
John McStain with the jaws
of Cerberus close on his heels.
McStain (and no that is not a typo) has never done anything that didn't put the focus on himself first and foremost. Rather than resigning and going to spend his final moments with family contemplating his mortality I'm sure he would rather croak on the Senate floor clamoring for yet another war and bellowing "Look at me, look at me!" one last time.

I have not the slightest doubt that Charon is anxious to load his sorry carcass on the Stygian ferry and Cerberus is salivating at the prospect of chewing on his ass and chasing him through the Plutonian gates. If only that vision could be played into the heads of Washington politician every night as they go to bed.