September 30, 2010
There are more potential Midland Tea Party leaders out there than we thought:
"I am a 9/11 truther," she says. "I do believe it was an inside job. ... I'm sure Dick Cheney had something to do with it."
Yes, it's our old friend Cindy Sheehan. Who publicly declares a belief that puts her way off the Democrat reservation:
"Of course I feel for Cindy Sheehan over the loss of her son. But to accuse US officials of allowing mass murder on 9/11 is beyond the pale."
says none other than Howard Kurtz. But said belief would put her in good company in the Tea Party here.
There's more here on Cindy. (h/t Powerline)
There is more on Midland's Weak Tea Party from Our Walser here.
Just to be clear here: we/I love The Tea Party, nationally and in Texas. Our local branch just needs to give itself some new, credible leadership if they are to have any effect whatsoever: if they wish to be taken even semi-seriously.
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area--crime, education, housing, race relations--the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.Ah. Engineers. When I was in college I took electrical-engineering courses for grins. I knew the math from the math courses and wanted to find how how the stuff that I learned in junior and high school really worked. That was engineering. If I was wrong, the circuit didn't perform right.
If an aeronautical engineer makes a mistake, the plane won't get off the ground or will fall from the sky. That's because the feedback is instantaneous, or nearly so.
The feedback with social engineering takes decades and by the time the results are in, the social engineers are in even tighter, and always have reasons to explain their failures. Also they are, or are in cahoots with, embedded wannabe totalitarians in government, who find nothing wrong with a worsening human condition because will allow them undeserved power.
Sowell has a variation of this about socialism too. My favorite excuse of socialists is that socialism would work if it was tried right. The immiseration of socialist societies should give evidence against that hare-brained idea, and the more socialist, the more the misery.
Socialists are like the blind men with the elephant. The first socialist says, "I understand the economy. We created 400,000 more jobs." But they were government jobs, and so are a net drain.
The second socialist says, "I understand the economy. There is no reason to duplicate research. We need industrial policy." Which ignores the abysmal record of such institutions. Japan's refused to let Sony license the semiconductor, thinking it had no future.
The third socialist says, "I understand the economy. Medicine is inefficient. We can nationalize it to make it more efficient." No comment needed.
Socialists and social scientists are very like blind men, except that they can ruin your life. I'll tell you what. Let's let the blind men sit in the socialists' offices with nothing to do, and let the socialists sell brooms. An infinitely more honorable occupation. And I wouldn't be ashamed to introduce a broom salesman to my parents, but a socialist?
Ann Coulter is at it again and this time she calls Senator Patty Murray "The Stupidest Person in America."
Ann, normally you're faster on the draw. I recall seeing that woman campaigning eighteen years ago and the look of concentrated cluelessness--think on that one for a while--on her face sucked at least one year's worth of calculus right out of my brain, and I was in Texas and she in Washington State. What took you so long, Ann? If you're taking aim at elected morons there are so many bases on the way to a home run that it's tempting to get in the boot at Edwards, Biden, Rockefeller (a true dunce), Waters, Jackson Lee and others, but, Ann, never lose sight of Home Plate, the Big Enchilada, the sine qua non of stupidity, which is Senator Patty Murray.
I don't call her stupid in the sense that we call people we disagree with stupid; we're being lazy often to use such a scattershot insult. With Murray I mean stupid in the concrete sense. In the most real sense possible. I mean bag-of-hammers thick. Idiotic. Brain-dead. Clueless. I'd call her half-witted but don't want to defend myself from a defamation suit from the true half-wits of America.
Here is some research from Ann's column which gratifyingly confirms my original opinion:
[Osama bin Laden's] been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. He's made their lives better."Only a liberal Democrat senator could say that, and only the stupidest of the stupid wouldn't be embarrassed.
This is not confirmation bias. This is merely an observation that anyone not in Washington State ought to know osmotically.
September 27, 2010
I have a friend who was a neurologist at Yale before he left to go into Big Pharma. to get drugs developed. He is I believe the one who got Neurotonin approved, and he can talk about literature, electronics, history and nearly anything else. I'm friends with him and his wife--both 70 now--and the joke is no can decide who is dating whom.
J. was asked by his wife why he so loathed Nancy Pelosi, and she asked me why everyone she knew loathed Nancy Pelosi. I started trying to give a reasoned answer. She's a progressive, which is a closeted slave-trader. She's a rich woman who looks at the masses as her peons, and I doubt that any other person has quite had her view of people since the Russian nobles in the 19th century. They considered that the serfs belonged to the land, and were traded with it.
Pelosi feels this entitled. She feels there is nothing wrong for her to have complete sway over others' lives without even bothering to learn what she's taking a nation into. "Pass the bill and you can learn what's in it." This is textbook arrogance.
Consider her demand for a 757. No, it's not a real 757 but it has a media room, a bedroom and lots of business-class seats. It is not a Piper Cub. Her cutting an exception for raising the minimum wage in an island where her husband has investments in tuna canning.
But still, those explanations of her awfulness are not satisfying. True, and teeth-gnashing they may be, still they don't get to the root of this gut loathing for Nancy Pelosi. And after thinking on it, I believe that she taps into something very primitive and visceral.
I believe that my loathing for Speaker Pelosi dates back to my toilet training. When I was told never to handle a turd, to wipe it up and flush it away as soon as possible.
She's a revenant turd.
September 21, 2010
OK, so it isn't exactly new, but I have noticed the new site eats news. More to the point, several front page stories never make it onto the "Top News" part of the website, and some stories never make it onto the site at all.
Such is the fate of the Front Page article on EZ Rider from 9/16/2010..."Bus board cuts routes." Days of searching for a link have produced nothing.
More often than not, the stories that don't seem to make the site are Economic Development and City News items. Sometimes these stories don't wind up in the article search.
I don't really like to comment on subjects that I can't link back to a source article, because sometimes folks just need to read stuff for themselves. There were a few interesting quotes in that missing EZ Rider column, but I want to do a little more research on the whole thing.
Ridership is up, but I think that is a function of the $2 all day pass replacing the dismal $1.25/ride increase that decimated ridership a couple of years ago. I also think we will see a big end of summer dip as kids are in school and not taking all-day rides on EZ Rider all around town. My bet is revenues are flat compared to ridership gains, but it will take almost a year for that data to trickle out of the federal government, and I haven't seen monthly farebox receipts published alongside ridership in a long time.
Get ready for big local share increases in EZ Rider next year, because the State of Texas has been chipping in about 25% of the costs for EZ Rider and the legislature is staring at an $18 Billion dollar shortfall for the next biennium, you can bet EZ Rider is going to get a cut to their State Formula income...and from the article I can't link, I don't think anyone in management is thinking about that, not with 3% raises having to be quashed by Midland Council Members and deficet budgets having to be vetoed by Citizen Board Members.
Maybe the TEA Party ought to camp out at the multi-million dollar EZ Rider compound being built at the Airport. Cutting that matching expense for the City of Midland would have negated a rise in property taxes.
September 18, 2010
As tidy a summation of our government and the funding taxation as I have heard. But it was not government being described but Fearless Leader.
Read the whole thing here.
Who's excited to hear about the next plan to convert taxpayer dollars into Democrat campaign funds? Who's hungry for another hour of tedious excuses about permanently broken markets and the titanic dead hand of George W. Bush? Who wants a lecture on ethical business practices from the titular head of the party that gave us Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters?
Really. Read. The. Whole. Thing. It's outstanding. h/t Instapundit.
September 17, 2010
My brother sent me this quotation from a Tea Partier:
If we are going to defeat the Democrats, we have to replace the Republicans.
But let's be careful about the timing. If a Republican can be useful in stopping this insane government, co-opt him. But as soon as he feels safe he will, generally speaking, decided to "grow" back to true Washingtonian status, which is an arrogant, know-it-all, money-gouging bastard.
Then throw him out, along with all his sisters and his cousins and his aunts.
If I could have one wish, it would be for term limits for everyone sucking off government. Every single person. Hire out clerking jobs to private enterprise. They would be done much more cheaply. Even career attorneys with the government in Washington need to know that they will eventually have to get a real job.
That would clarify the mind. Knowing that they will be forced to live under the regulations that they egest with such snorts of swinish contentment.
September 16, 2010
Ann Coulter is throwing bombs here. It's delightful. She calls Alvin Greene, the Democrat candidate for Senate in South Carolina, the most qualified Democrat she's ever seen. This is after she calls him mildly retarded. I do not think that the entire Democrat party is retarded, or anything near to it. I think that there are some very smart Democrats who are not in the slightest bound by any sort of ethics to get the power which they want. But they're not stupid.
They think everyone else is, though, and there is much evidence that they may be right.
The moonbats are accusing the Republicans of dirty tricks, in making sure that Alvin Greene won. He got 60% of the vote over a veteran politician. Of course the Republicans couldn't arrange that--they couldn't arrange a tea dance, and as far as Republicans stealing an election?
Republicans have for decades been watching Democrats steal elections, in Chicago, New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, Duval County (Landslide Lyndon), and they really tried in Florida and they're still sore that they didn't manage to steal that election, and the presidency.
I learned something very important from Hillary Clinton: when she started accusing people of something, she had either done it or was going to do it. Without exception. The politics of personal destruction was her complaint just before she rolled up her sleeves and laid to the politics of personal destruction with all the glee of a five-hundred-pound sow rolling and snorting in warm mud and feces.
So be prepared for massive attempts at voter fraud and stealing elections. Remember: the moonbats always accuse you of what they're doing first.
September 15, 2010
Senator John Cornyn
Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee
Dear Mr. Cornyn:
In regards to the money that you will soon be calling the house and sending mail asking for on behalf of the RNC for use in the midterm elections of 2010....don't bother.
It has been sent directly to Marco Rubio, and now to Christine O'Donnell.
Feel free to try again in the future. But not before 2014.
Please give my best to Arlen Specter the next time you see him.
A Former Donor
UPDATE: Credit where credit is due. The NRSC to give the maximum amount allowed to the O'Donnell campaign.
September 13, 2010
Yeah, that Justin Bieber.
Sure, he is Canadian and his fans are all twelve years old. But, hey, when was the Democrat party ever a stickler for actual eligibility to vote?
And at least they are all alive and breathing which is better than what they usually flesh out their voter rolls with.
September 11, 2010
I'm flying on a plane today,
Nine years ago today four flights changed our American way.
My trip today is somewhat mundane,
Nine years ago today four flights ended in horror and pain.
Once my boarding pass is surrendered
Nine years ago today I will remember.
On September 10, 2010, last night, I boarded the last evening Southwest flight out of Midland for a weekend trip. I hassled with the TSA, remembered to leave my pocket knife at home, pulled my laptop out of my bag, emptied my pockets of all metal, tolerated being looked square in the eye by the guy determining if my drivers license was counterfeit and held my pants up as I walked through the metal detector, having placed my belt in the bin to be x-rayed. All in the interest of not my safety so much as the safety of my fellow passengers and the plane's crew..
On September 10, 2001, I was also at MAF in the evening, meeting my wife who was returning from a trip on Southwest to visit relatives. Security was cursory and I stood at the gate to welcome her home. She arrived safely and all was right with the world.
The next morning around dawn, I left for a several day trip to New Mexico, driving. Two hours or so into the drive, I turned off the disc player and turned on the news. I think it was a Lubbock news station, I don't remember that detail. I listened live as the reporter on the air described the second aircraft's impact into the second tower. The reports were coming in in a very haphazard fashion. The Capitol was going to be hit, then it was the Empire State Building, then the Pentagon, then the White House. Major buildings in DC were being evacuated. Manhattan was locked down yet thousands were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to get off that island which had been clearly singled out for attack.
I had been listening for several minutes; it could have been five, it could have been twenty: another detail I have forgotten. The engine in my vehicle started missing and got my attention. I kind of came to; awakening out of a daze. I was on one of the many two lane roads that criss-cross southeastern New Mexico. I was still an hour away from my destination. I realized that my right leg was cramping because I had my right foot shoved down as hard on the accelerator as possible, totally unconsciously. Most newer cars have a "rev limiter" that kicks in at a set speed for safety reasons, usually related to the strengh of the vehicle's tires. I had just discovered that my Suburban's rev limiter was set at about 110. I slowed down immediately and then remembered, though vaguely, several oil field trucks that I had passed over the previous few minutes. It is unlikely that their drivers have seen a Suburban moving as fast since.
I grabbed my phone and began calling relatives. My parents were watching the news. My wife and my 2 kids away at school were blissfully unaware until I called. I later hated myself in retrospect for not allowing them a couple more minutes of normalcy in their lives before they, too, had to move into a new age.
When I got to where I was going, in one piece, about half of the folks in the building were gathered around a TV watching the live feed from New York. All I could think of was Pearl Harbor and, being familiar with the World Trade Center, the 10,000 or more casualties that must have resulted as both towers collapsed.
It has been nine years. We have done much good in the name of battling this evil in those intervening years. Yet we have embarked on much useless silliness as well.
Make no mistake: no matter your age, you will be in this war the rest of your life. And, among many important things, September 11, 2001 revealed that we had been in a war for quite some time, but we had not acknowledged it nor had we fought back.
September 10, 2010
For my money the best aphorist in America is Thomas Sowell. Some follow.
"One of the consequences of such notions as 'entitlements' is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence."
Things really are getting Randian--the workers apologize to the slackers. And for what?
"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
Sheila Jackson Lee, anyone? Jay Rockefeller?
"The two pillars of 'political correctness' are:
"a) Willful ignorance
"b) A steadfast refusal to face the truth."
This is why progressives get so very angry when anyone disagrees with them: cognitive dissonance.
But the very best is, "No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?"
Bravo, Dr. Sowell. Now let me finish the book of yours that I bought on my Kindle.
September 9, 2010
Rasmussen today reports that the percentage of people who cannot abide Obama is 24% bigger than the percentage of people who love him. This is the biggest deficit since I've been watching and I've been watching for a while.
Governor Brewer of Arizona has 60%; her Democrat rival 38%. And brother Mark has seen her interviewed on a national program and says that although she has good senses, she's an utter idiot.
Boxer is one point behind Fiorina in California; this isn't supposed to happen.
Harry Reid is even with his challenger. Also not supposed to happen.
Generic ballot: Republicans 48%, Democrats 36%. This matches the biggest lead that Republicans have ever had in this poll since it was started.
This morning I was listening to Fox News on the radio and someone talked about "Incoming Speaker John Boehner has said that he would repeal Obamacare or refuse to fund it." Now I admit that it's nice to anticipate but for God's sake don't let the Republicans think that it's going to be a walk because then someone will do something incredibly stupid and we'll have two more years of Pelosi et al.
Sure as hell the progressives will find some right-wing nutjob talking about burning school books which have a witch in them, and that will be boomed up until it seems as though the entire civil liberties of America are going to be burnt on a pile along with the book, and then the progressives would whip it up into a full-scale panic and chase the independents, on whom this election hangs.
For a graph showing how the Senate is trending Republican, see this.
Is no one else going to post here? Something to interlard my rubbish.
I've a friend, Oleg, who is slightly younger than I. He was born in the Soviet Union, and educated as a communist. He was a believer in the Big Lie, then a doubter, then a skeptic, and now he's an enemy. He moved to America to write without government control; he found here that most of the press was just as left-wing as the Soviets. So he, like other people, has taken to the web.
This from a sidebar, News from 2100:
Dan Brown publishes new installment of The Obama Code , in which Tom Hanks discovers that Barack Obama's mother was African-American and her alleged 'whiteness' was a ploy concocted later by Fox News revisionists
Bethesda, Maryland community welcomes new 100-acre palatial complex to house the 89 czars and their 800,000 staff members
It's Ramadan time and British Prime Minister Jacqui Smith* once again prepares to be raped in the House of Lords by Muslim peers as a manifestation of their grievances
Iceland declared pariah nation for failure to live up to UN racial diversity standards
As Iran resumes missile bombardment of European cities, EU intensifies pressure on Israel to dismantle settlements
White House: Air Force prepared to nuke random American city to show Iran we're serious about peace
Airlines show profit as crashes with affirmative-action pilots down 20% from last decade
Native population of Paris grows from 8 to 9 percent; chief imam of France warns of Muslim backlash
Junior school teacher found guilty of abuse for failing to educate students on dangers posed by heterosexual relations between consenting adults
Code Pink denounces Stalin as 'insufficiently progressive' due to 'lack of interest in the plight of the transgendered'
Court faces hate-crime quandary as Hispanic teen attacks gay man protesting construction of mosque
Former CEOs of tobacco companies executed; hunt is on for mayonnaise manufacturers
Chicago Olympics threatened by advancing glaciers; police rounds up local global-warming deniers as a preventive measure
60-member Congressional Muslim Caucus sets new time record of 'uninterrupted seething' by remaining in this state for a period of three months
Court rules to dismantle US beef industry, convert barns and pens into rest homes for elderly cows, bulls, and the transbovined
Northern Minnesota community refuses to accept Maoist history textbook; National Security battalion moves in to "restore tolerance"
* She is the British Labour Loon who agreed, when pressed by the Muslims, not to use the words "Muslim extremists" or "terrorists" but "anti-Islamic activity," on the basis that Islam was a religion of peace and that anything which said otherwise, even if done by a Muslim wanting to cash in on his virgins, is anti-Islamic.
Yes, she really is that stupid.
September 8, 2010
Roger Kimball wrote a bit on the Chosen One's Iraq-Iran-Economy speech, calling it dreadful. An erudite writer sent him a clipping from H. L. Mencken on a speech by President Warren G. Harding:
"of a string of wet sponges, it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of a dark abysm (I was about to write abcess!) of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble, it is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."
My brother gave me a signed first edition of a Mencken book. It's with my signed Buckley and O'Rourke, I had a signed copy of the Starr Report, signed by the author and by Ken Starr but it grew legs and walked away.
When I was in college I took a course, an introduction to probability and statistics, and it was the hardest one I ever had. The professor said that of the two major polling services, Gallup was better than Harris, and the implication was that Harris was liberal and that Harris polled for the paid result. Dr. Thompson was the only Republican professor I knew at Rice so he ought to have known.
Recently Gallup has found, no doubt on the dark side of the moon, evidence that the Democrats and Republicans are even on the generic ballot. No one else believes that.
Indeed Gallup has recently been so unreliable that they are doing themselves in.
Chuck Todd, of NBC, tweeted, "We specifically advise our colleagues to be leery of Gallup. Most, if not all, NBC news shows avoid."
Fancy that. NBC finding Gallup too biased.
September 7, 2010
I'm not the world's biggest rock fan; it always sounded like sound and fury signifying nothing. So I don't keep up in general with the rock world.
This is not to say that I don't know and like Ted Nugent. He moved to a ranch around Waco , where he preserves game and hunts, and often has wounded soldiers from the Middle East over for a barbecue. Good man.
This may be an urban legend but having seen him interviewed, I believe it has the ring of truth to it.
Nugent was being interviewed by a liberal journalist, an animal rights activist. The discussion came around to deer hunting.
The journalist asked, "What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it, 'Are you my friend?' or is it 'Are you the one who killed my brother?'"
Nugent replied, "Deer aren't capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, 'What am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away.' They are very much like the Democrats in Congress."
The only thing that I can disagree with is the running away bit. Some of them are running away from Obama but I have yet to see a mass defection from their statist policies, and this is not something that I expect to see, for their essential nature is that of interfering bossiness.
It is a major character flaw but they don't see it that way. And any who are retired will be in denial of the reasons.
September 6, 2010
I very seldom get to hear Rush; work interferes. Today though I did get to hear a bit and nearly drove off the road in delight.
Last year when Mr. Obama vacationed in Martha's Vineyard, a hot-selling item was a tee-shirt saying, "I vacationed with Obama." One store owner last year sold over 4,000.
This year his biggest seller is a tee-shirt with a picture of George W. Bush saying, "Miss me yet?"
Ohio, which is hardly a typical red state, was polled and that state would prefer Bush to be president over Obama 50 to 42%.
Even Democrat pollsters are bracing for a bad November. But they ought not worry yet. There's still time for the Republicans to screw it up.
September 3, 2010
OK, then, here is an easier one. Can you say "irony"?
(Jesse) Jackson's Caddy SUV was stripped while he was in town promoting green jobs.
Read the whole thing here.
This may be the smile of the weekend. And on the Labor Day holiday, for us to celebrate the joys of Organized Labor. More irony. h/t Drudge
Polling is interesting, but I tend to think that the real mood of the nation is now best captured by comedians, normally left-wing people, making Obama jokes. And here are some of them:
The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree . . .
And I think 25 to life would be appropriate.
America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs
a Halloween mask.
Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser.
Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats
to society. The other is for housing prisoners.
Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle
of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers.
Q: What was the most positive result of the "Cash for Clunkers" program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
And I heard Letterman crack a joke about this being Obama's last term. Yes indeed. Let's hope it is.
The Senate is trending Republican. I heard Dick Morris think that it might be a shift of 80 seats in the house but he's seldom right in his projections. Most interesting is Krauthammer's observation that the generic gap of 10% favors Republicans more than it ever has before.
Juan Williams is nearly incoherent these days, trying to defend the indefensible, and he's not quite the liar of Rubin who will brazenly tell one whopper after the other and refuse to back down. Now Williams is saying that the country is tired of Obama, not the Democrats.
In the last week or so the mood seems to have shifted from anti-incumbent to being more strongly anti-Democrat. I'd take either but prefer the latter.
Let's hope that Nancy et al keep marching off that cliff. And where are the hearings for Charlie Rangel? It's time for some Democrat sleaze to be aired. There's plenty of it.
September 2, 2010
I started my blogging career as a contributor to one of the early conservative blogs that wound up being an original Pajamas Media site (it isn't anymore). I was a pretty minor contributor and the blog didn't lend itself to local issues or personal blogging (which I never really got into). So, I decided to buy my own domain and write a local/personal blog.
As a contributor all I had to do was opine. Running my own domain and local/personal blog required me to make MoveableType play nice and write every couple of days! Regardless of my interest in the news of the day.
Needless to say, running my own personal blog wasn't for me, so I started commenting on a certain local blog and expounding on certain comments on my own blog when I thought the reply needed more background.
Then on August 11, 2006, I was asked to join the contributors of said local blog, and it truly was the beginning of the end of my personal blog. Today it is official. I've totally wiped the site, and in a couple of months when the domain and hosting contracts are up I will not renew.
Jessica's Well has been my home for over 4 years, I don't need another.
September 1, 2010
Yesterday in a lightning, unforeseen trip, I traveled to Midland to buy a copy of Windows 7. I've never used Windows and wouldn't now except that I have an application which must have Windows. I admit that some of it is snobbery but in this town if it were known that I knew something about Windows, I'd be expected to fix Windows machines. This is not being in control of your life.
I wanted to put Windows 7 on my 17" MacBook Pro, which has all the connections that I need, but couldn't find a copy of Windows 7. Only upgrades.
This means of course that no one in Midland would be silly enough to buy a new copy of Windows 7.
So last night I bit the bullet and for the sake of convenience, ordered my very first Windows machine, an HP notebook. Which will serve.
But I'm going to have to isolate it at night in a safe lest all the Macs in the office suddenly start displaying the Blue Screen of Death.
I'll hunker in my foxhole to avoid the incoming.