The Art of Chainsaw Carving

Chainsaw carving began in the U.S. in the 1950s. Ben Murphy and Ken Kaiser pioneered the craft and began distributing their pieces. Interest in chainsaw carving grew slowly until the 1980s. Then the craft jumped in popularity thanks to the publication of a handful of books about chainsaw carving and the creation of several chainsaw carving festivals and competitions. Men and women from all walks of life entered the contests, and the number of chainsaw carvers multiplied.

The development of the Internet also aided the growth of the craft. Chainsaw carvers posted “how-to” articles, recorded videos while they carved a piece, and sold their items in online stores.

As chainsaw carving gained popularity, it spread from America to Japan and Europe. Now, chainsaw artists participate in dozens of annual chainsaw carving festivals and competitions around the world. According to the United Chainsaw Carving Guild (UCCG), there are now chainsaw sculptors in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Like most chainsaw carvers, you will likely start with a single saw and add more as you learn the craft and increase the realism and detail of your projects. Standard chainsaw models from well-known tool manufacturers like Dewalt, Stihl, Husqvarna, Black+Decker, Worx, and Makita often make annual lists of “Best Chainsaws for Chainsaw Carvers”. Very popular models frequently feature guide bars (blades) with small noses that allow the artist to create realistic detail.

As you master the craft and increase the size, variety, and complexity of your pieces, you’ll probably add “specialty” saws with unusually long (or short) guide bars or custom noses that allow you to sculpt a piece exactly as you’d like it.

Safety gear

Obviously, chainsaw carving is dangerous. A careless mistake can result in serious injury or death. Therefore, the wise chainsaw carver “gears up” with at least goggles, ear protection, gloves, and steel-toed boots. Some carvers also wear a helmet with a face shield and Kevlar pants.

One of the benefits of chainsaw carving is that you can use wood that isn’t pristine enough for other woodcarvers to use. For example, irregular grain or knots that derail a chip carving or relief carving add character to a chainsaw carving. Some sculptors utilize fallen logs; others get scrap logs or end pieces from sawmills. (If you’re planning to use fallen logs, but don’t have any on your own property, be sure to get permission from the landowner beforehand.)

Commissioned pieces or extensive works can be the exception to this rule. In these cases, the carver may have to scour several sources before locating a log with the correct dimensions and character.

Another factor you’ll need to consider is the variety of wood you want to carve. Softwoods are easier to carve, offer less kick-back when you carve them, and are, therefore, less dangerous to carve. These reasons make softwoods much more popular for chainsaw carving than hardwoods are. Favorite woods for carving include:

  • Pine–It’s plentiful, inexpensive, and reliable to cut. White pine and ponderosa pine are particularly popular.
  • Red cedar–It’s not quite as easy to carve or as inexpensive as pine is, but the color is marvelous.
  • Basswood–which is a hardwood–is also popular because it’s relatively soft, fairly easy to use, and attractive. It’s also inexpensive and plentiful.

Impressive pieces

160 thoughts on “The Art of Chainsaw Carving

  1. Morning All!
    when we first moved here, I had dreams of filling the woods around us with some chainsaw carvings. we bought a few books, and I talked to the local Stihl dealer about carving chain saws and tools. We talked to our old neighbor and he wanted to look at the books, so I gave them to him one weekend. He passed away about a month or two later and when i went to retrieve my books, they were gone. (so was the dinner plate I always gave him leftovers on…)

    I have carved a wooden spoon BY HAND out of a pine log though…

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  3. show of hands…who here thinks the fib spent those 9 hours photographing EVERYTHING they found either while they were still “searching” or immediately after they got it back to HQ. they’ve got copies already…

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      1. fetterman wants to legalize heroin, fentanyl, cocaine…institute a no bail policy for crimes and has 2 convicted murderers working on his campaign…
        and he is recovering from a stroke. he should drop out and run again later–after his recovery.
        I am no fan of oz…but this guy would be worse
        and he is hiding behind his recovery as an excuse not to debate.
        if he can’t debate, what makes him think he can legislate?

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  9. again…it’s their pattern! fib covers for dems
    entire article
    month before the 2020 election, the FBI sat on “first-hand eyewitness testimony” by Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski that Democratic nominee Joe Biden himself was involved in his son’s dealings with Chinese energy company CEFC, according to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

    The former Senate Homeland Security Committee chair told the New York Post that the “suppression and censoring of his testimony and Hunter’s influence peddling impacted the 2020 election to a far greater extent than anything Russia or China could have ever achieved.”

    FBI agent Timothy Thibault, who retired last week, didn’t follow up with Bobulinski when the partner claimed to have spoken directly to the elder Biden about the Chinese government-linked CEFC deal and that the future president, referred to as the “big guy,” was due a 10% cut in a new corporate entity, the Post reported.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) previously said whistleblowers told him that Thibault and fellow FBI employee Brian Auten tried to bury “derogatory information” about Hunter Biden by falsely portraying it as “disinformation.” Thibault closed another investigation of the younger Biden in October 2020 “without providing a valid reason as required by FBI guidelines,” Grassley wrote.

    Thibault was recently revealed to have made anti-Donald Trump social media comments similar to those made by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.

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  10. Entire Article: “You’d imagine that a change in leadership in what remains one of the most influential offices in the world would be somewhat related to a change in policy – any policy – or else what would have been the point?

    Unless Boris Johnson had waltzed out of 10 Downing Street, cudgel in hand, and began swiping mercilessly at disabled, transgender, Muslims, his ouster should surely have marked a philosophy change at the heart of the British government. But it hasn’t, and it won’t.

    Liz Truss is very much just Boris Johnson in drag.

    “Oh, give her a chance!” bleats the bleeding heart, Shires Tory voter from the window of their Volvo. Such misplaced trust is also commonplace amongst working class voters so offended by the opposition Labour Party they once supported that literally any Conservative Party candidate will do. Just don’t let the party of Blair and Brown back in. A generation of strategic or protest voters created by the Iraq War, the destruction of traditional education, the financial crisis and ensuing bank bailouts, recently topped up by the left’s awkward, anti-worker aversion to Brexit.

    It’s how actual conservatives felt about David Cameron’s ramming through of the Same Sex Marriage legislation in 2013. Those people mostly vote UKIP, another right-leaning party, or not at all, now. Some reluctantly went back to the Conservative Party. Then along came Prime Minister Carrie Symonds with her husband Boris Johnson in tow, committing Britain to “net zero” climate change targets, a poxy proxy war in Ukraine, and continuing porous borders. Not to mention a pandemic response equalled only in its stupidity, totalitarianism, and bureaucratic empowerment by the United States’s own.

    Hey, at least Americans weren’t publicly shamed into standing in the street banging pots and pans in some kind of rudimentary social credit mind fuck to shore up the declining popularity of the so-called “envy of the world,” – Britain’s socialized healthcare system, the NHS.

    But there’s good news this week if you liked Boris Johnson: a prime minister with a record of irreligion and adultery, who used the British public purse to support nonsensical foreign wars, domestic degeneracy, and whose corruption scandals rival those of his own bête noire, Vladimir Putin.

    You see, in case I forgot to mention it, Liz Truss is very much just Boris Johnson in drag.

    Born to far-left parents – one of whom refuses to campaign for her – Truss dabbled in anti-West protests during the Cold War, vegetarianism and monarchy abolition in her late teens, corporate profiteering in her early career, and perhaps most recently notable: opposing Brexit.

    In other words, her wild inconsistencies have one consistency of their own: Truss is always on the wrong side of what is best for the ordinary Briton. It is no wonder she saw fit to once brand her fellow countrymen as “among the worst idlers in the world.”

    Her premiership looks likely to be driven by the same corporate perspectives, with her stance on Boris’s “net zero” climate change targets pushing up UK energy prices unlikely to alter from her predecessors’. And if you’re one of the insufferable people who calls it “Putin’s price hike” or similar, she also intends to continue fueling Klaus Schwab’s war. So she’s left with this appalling position of “freezing energy prices” while doing nothing to alleviate the actual causes of rising energy prices: climate change policies and foreign wars.

    And despite baring no philosophically conservative credentials, the UK media has sought to portray some of Truss’s more establishment alliances as “hard right”. Because if they didn’t, they’d have to report on the real right in British politics. And you aren’t allowed to learn about them, because you might end up liking them. Better to frame a former Liberal Democrat vegetarian whose only jobs were for big, corporate interests as “far right.”

    Take, for instance, the “scandal” over her meetings with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation in 2018. In modern American political parlance, these entities are better described as pro-immigration, centrist, neoliberal, or corporatist. Which is precisely where Truss falls, especially on immigration, which her and her leadership opponent Rishi Sunak avoided besides to say they would try and stop the hundreds of people coming to the UK illegally, rather than bringing down a gross migration number that was over a million last year.

    This, I would suggest, is a bigger problem than her meeting with anyone “hard right” (by which they mean nationalist/populist). And no, she didn’t. For shame. She might have had some morality rub off on her, instead of her mentor.

    Yes, Truss – like her political big brother Boris – was found to be having an affair with then Member of Parliament for Westminster, Mark Fields. It seems to be a requirement for one of the high offices of state nowadays. Not that Truss has much experience there, either. Prior to assuming the role as Boris’s Foreign Secretary under a year ago, Truss served as “Minister for Women and Equalities.”

    In that role, the comically left-wing British press sought to portray her as “anti-trans” because she opposed self-identification “without medical checks.”

    Read that again if you need to. She didn’t oppose transgenderism or the politics surrounding it. She never said, “If you’re born a boy, you’re a boy.” The commonsense position is “sorry, but you can’t self identify.” But Liz Truss’s position appears to be, “You can identify as whatever you want, I just need to have a look at that new cock of yours, first.” Perhaps there’s something Mark Fields MP wasn’t telling us.

    Flatly, across the board, Truss looks to be a worse answer to Conservative governance in the United Kingdom than Boris Johnson himself. She got her start as a result of an “all female” parliamentary candidate shortlist; rated David Cameron over Margaret Thatcher during a Times interview; maintains a coterie of neoliberal advisors who make Boris’s team look positively competent; recently praised the Islamist dictatorship in Turkey (as well as in Saudi Arabia); oh, and she took the world to the brink of nuclear war a few months ago by suggesting Britons go to fight in Ukraine. Her own government had to distance itself from her comments, as Foreign Secretary, less than 24 hours later.

    You see, in case I forgot to mention it, Liz Truss is very much just Boris Johnson in drag: an Oxford-educated, wet, opportunistic, World Economic Forum-type with a predilection for moral turpitude.

    That’s how the Conservative Party works now. Someone obviously worse than the last pops up, claims to be conservative, gets into office, then governs to the left of Blair’s Labour Party. A few years in, everyone accepts they’ve been terrible, but refuses to accept that the next one isn’t the “genuine conservative” the last few promised to be. It’s been “rinse and repeat” like this for over a decade now.”

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  11. CA is going to allow minimum wage to rise to $22 AN HOUR…what frickin’ morons!!!
    In the meantime, fast food outlets will quickly discover that they must raise prices or fire workers to stay in business. If they raise prices, they lose customers who go to fast food outlets for cheap food. If they fire workers, they lose customers who go to fast food outlets for fast food. Franchises and franchisees will soon have no alternative but to pull out of California, taking their entry-level jobs with them.

    California proves that the road to hell is paved with manifestly stupid intentions masquerading as good ones.

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  12. Exclusive: Peter Navarro Exposes the China Apologists Inside The Trump Administration –
    Navarro explains how Jared Kushner & Steven Mnuchin went soft on China

    Note: Peter Navarro served as the Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy in the Trump White House. This article is adapted from his new book Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back (Bombardier).

    It is not like Jared Kushner is hiding what he did. He openly boasts about how he — and a coterie of unregistered foreign lobbyists from Wall Street — effectively scuttled successful trade negotiations with Communist China.

    In Kushner’s view, the compromise “Phase One” trade deal signed by President Trump with Communist China in January 2020 in the East Wing of the White House was a “massive victory” for America. In fact, this deal — which very quickly and derisively became known as the “Skinny Deal” — was a pale shadow of the one the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and I had worked so hard on. And, as I sternly warned at that time, even with this Skinny Deal, the Communist Chinese would never meet their obligations — and they never did.

    The problem that Lighthizer and I always faced in the West Wing trying to take a tough trade position — whether on China or NAFTA or whatever — was the back channeling of both Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Kushner-Mnuchin backchanneling was (in part) with their Wall Street handlers like Steve Schwarzman and John Thornton. And with Communist China, both Kushner and Mnuchin would directly contact the Chinese negotiators themselves, often without disclosing their communications in a timely way to Lighthizer, myself, or the other member of the West Wing’s trade team, Wilbur Ross.

    The practical result of this Kushner-Mnuchin backchanneling was to severely weaken our negotiating positions. This was true whether it was with the Chinese on tariffs, or with the Mexicans or Canadians on NAFTA or steel tariffs.

    To be clear here, the Trump White House had only one Trade Representative confirmed by the Senate — and only one Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy in the White House. Trade was our turf, and Lighthizer should have been both the unquestioned czar and quarterback leading the Trump show. Yet Mnuchin and Kushner not only constantly intruded on the trade issue — they both thought they had more authority on this issue than either Lighthizer or myself, as well as Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

    Just think about such Kushner-Mnuchin backchanneling for a minute: a rug merchant like BlackRock’s Steve Schwarzman (who they regularly used as an intermediary) stood to gain tens of billions of dollars with his company’s investments in Communist China if he could simply stop Donald Trump from imposing tough tariffs on the Chinese.

    Yet, this is one of the main guys that Kushner and Mnuchin relied on.

    In fact, such backchanneling is obscene on his face. What these Wall Street “go-betweens” did seems to be the very definition of foreign lobbying. Yet I have never seen people like Steve Schwartzman or Larry Fink or John Thorton register as foreign lobbyists as the law would seemingly dictate.

    Just why were Mnuchin and Kushner so adamant about blocking a tough China policy? After battling these two Wall Street Transactionalists for four full years in the White House, and then seeing each of them cash in on their connections after their government service (and I use the term “service” loosely) it is pretty damn clear these New York liberals were simply building their own networks of potential foreign investors for the next stages of their entrepreneurial lives — and doing so by selling out American jobs.

    The other thing that was so unsettling about Kushner was his naïve bromance with Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State for Richard Nixon. Kushner openly confesses that he “leaned on [the] wisdom, knowledge, and graciousness” of Kissinger who was, in truth, a senile old man who long ago sold his soul to the Chinese Communist devil — and who sold out American workers and American national security interests in the process.

    History needs to be clear about this: after helping Nixon open Communist China during the Nixon years (while abandoning South Vietnam), Kissinger proceeded to make a large fortune helping the Communists gain footholds and inroads into the US economy and political system. Perhaps that is the most important lesson Kushner took away from Kissinger — how to successfully grift after government life.

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  13. Just saw on Fox – flash flooding in the NE – Greenville, RI got over 7 inches within hours. Low pressure sitting across the region, will continue into Wednesday in your neck of the woods, Pat!

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    1. we are within inches of the pipes being underwater–where they should be!
      but the waterfall is still not working–that means water is rerouted and that could spell trouble down the road.
      when it stops raining we need to investigate…

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  14. over the weekend, I warned my granddaughter about the snake that lives under the rock by the bench. She wanted to see it. So periodically we would look out the back room window which overlooks that area. Lo and behold, he eventually poked his head out. she decided WE should kill it and make the world safe again…LOL.
    her plan? to throw rocks at it…and i thought she meant ROCKS…what she picked up were pebbles. However, she did proceed to bonk it directly on its head twice!
    I guess the snake then decided its fallback position…under the rock… was not secure, and it wanted to escape–across the path behind the house and into the tall grass going up towards the grapevines.
    So GD got bigger rocks and proceeded to throw them and miss–and still the snake slithered across the path. so she went under the deck to get “big stuff” to kill it…and I heard her yell–there’s an orange snake under here…
    she ran up on the deck and grabbed the shovel and came back and handed it to me.
    here, she said…kill them both!
    Not me! I said…YOU do it–it was your idea!
    the snake was busy crossing the path and was successfully getting into the tall grass by this time
    PULL IT’S TAIL she screamed at me…
    I shook my head and so she decided we should just go back in the house…and ignore them…

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  15. doj finally released 2019 memo absolving REALPOTUS of any charges in the Mueller investigation…but only after a FOIA request and subsequent court battle…
    “While cataloguing actions that the president took, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constituted obstructive acts, done with a nexus to a pending proceeding, with the corrupt intent necessary to warrant prosecution under the obstruction-of-justice statutes.”

    Mueller’s “thorough investigation did not establish that the President committed any underlying crime related to Russian interference,” the memo said, noting that “it would be rare for federal prosecutors to bring an obstruction prosecution that did not itself arise out of a proceeding related to a separate crime.”
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    “Having reviewed the Report in light of the governing legal principles, and the Principles of Federal Prosecution, we conclude that none of these instances would warrant a prosecution for obstruction of justice, without regard to the constitutional constraint on bringing such an action against a sitting president,” the memo said.

    “In addition, we believe that certain of the conduct examined by the Special Counsel could not, as a matter of law, support an obstruction charge under the circumstances.”

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    1. We’ve got at least a couple more days of the 90’s yet…..then the temp drops dramatically into the low 80’s, with predictions of the high 40’s at night. I haven’t seen any Orioles for several days now but my one female hummer is still hanging out. Just refilled her feeder with fresh nectar.

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              1. we were out on the deck watching hubby and her parents take down some dead trees…and the hummers were flying right in our faces and chattering because we were right next to their feeders…she was laughing…don’t they ever shut up she asked…

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              2. Nope, they never do! I can always hear the female chattering and hear her wings when she approaches the feeder. She has come over to the screen where I sit and checked me out, darting back and forth, trying to see me…..she did the same with Jake thru the screen door.

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              3. no they try to come up every fall to help take down trees for us for the woodshed pile…
                daughter worries about her dad using the chain saw, but he uses it a lot when she’s not here…lol
                they usually cut them down, and chunk them up. hubby drives the tractor and mostly daughter, GD and I load up the tractor bucket and hubby makes a pile or two. then he spends the next few weekends with me splitting and stacking the wood so it can season for next year…
                they’re going after the dead ash now so it doesn’t fall across the driveway or hit the house or anything like that…
                there’s plenty of dead ash here to go after still
                but they never take wood out of the county–that’s a no no

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              4. it’s also around hubby’s birthday–so they do try every year to come up…but not a word this year till the last minute–not sure why…sigh…
                it was unusual…but at least they came up.

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  16. No sign of Little Man this morning. I saw him go into my neighbor’s garage to the south of me last evening so he doesn’t need me to feed him. He must have “made peace” with the large gray/white male but I never see them around each other, either.

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      1. I thought about trying to wrap a towel around him but I really need another set of hands to help with that one…..his claws are sharp! And the radical way he reacted when I tried to put the flea collar on tells me someone has tried before! He really flipped out! But no doubt he will keep digging at that ear and the sore will never heal…..

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        1. that reminds me…
          at the restaurant over the weekend–there were several pick up trucks in the parking lot with TRUMP 2024 and FJB flags mounted in the pick up beds…LOL

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              1. they are trying to talk him into a DONKEY to go with their goat herd. SIL is NOT happy about it. he’s a farmer–the goats they can sell–and they have muslims who buy them a dozen at a time for holiday meals…they can sell the males as breeders–and they keep the females to replenish the herd–so yes they feed them and care for them, but they do get some money out of it.
                a donkey? there is no reason to have it other than they want one. and he can’t see feeding something that big as a pet without a purpose…
                we were discussing a smaller one–those are fierce protectors–but they don’t want one of those–they want a regular one–and daughter INTENDS to get one…

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              2. who knows? she already picked out a name for it–so it goes with their family Christmas photo.
                SIL says NO worthless dem eaters on our farm–then he looked at me and said, there’s a reason the jackass is their symbol! (totally pissing her off in the process)

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      1. IKR? Gotta wonder……EXCERPT: “Seedless watermelons require specific temperature and moisture conditions to ensure proper germination. Some seeds may develop under stressful conditions. Seedless watermelons require a pollinator watermelon or normal-seeded watermelon to set fruits. Seeds of a pollinator and complete growing instructions are included with each seedless watermelon order.”

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  17. Entire Article @ FreeBeacon: “Senate hopeful John Fetterman appointed a self-described “friend” of cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to serve on the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, placing a supporter of the former Black Panther at an office Fetterman has called his “bully pulpit for criminal justice reform.”

    Fetterman in January tapped Celeste Trusty to serve as secretary of the board, which Fetterman oversees as Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. Trusty, who served as Fetterman’s campaign political director, is a longtime prison reform activist who has called to “disarm the police.” She is also an avowed supporter of Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Trusty referred to Abu-Jamal as a “friend” and “my buddy,” and has said she frequently corresponds with him. Abu-Jamal’s case has become a cause celebre for left-wing activists who want him released from prison for what they claim is a wrongful conviction.

    Fetterman has put his Board of Pardons tenure front-and-center in his campaign against Republican Mehmet Oz, bragging that he “transformed” the lieutenant governor position by leading “the fight to free the wrongfully convicted and give second chances to deserving longtime inmates.” But Fetterman has also faced scrutiny for his board record. He voted to free numerous murderers, often over the wishes of families of victims. He was the only member of the five-person board to vote last year to pardon Wayne Covington, who was convicted of first-degree murder after killing a man to steal money to buy heroin. Covington struck a plea deal in his case in order to avoid the death penalty, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

    Fetterman, who has said his main reason for running for lieutenant governor was to oversee the Board of Pardons, has worked closely with Trusty over the years. Both have pushed for an end to mandatory life sentences for people convicted of second-degree murder. They took part in a “Power of a Pardon” event last year, when Trusty served on Fetterman’s campaign. Trusty worked on the campaign from March 2021 until January 2022, according to Federal Election Commission records.

    While Trusty does not vote on individual pardon applications, she oversees the board’s daily operations, moderates its hearings and advises board members. Fetterman’s office has declined the Free Beacon’s requests for video or transcripts of board hearings.

    It is unclear whether Fetterman shares Trusty’s views of Abu-Jamal, who had his death penalty sentence overturned in 2011. Fetterman’s campaign and the lieutenant governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.”

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        1. i think it’s a win/win for the dems.
          if fetterman gets in, he quits for health reasons and they get to have a special election to fill that spot with someone even worse easily. or oz gets in and he’s a dem in disguise

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  18. Entire Article @ FB: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her multimillionaire husband, Paul Pelosi, saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling their shares in Nvidia about one month before the U.S. government placed restrictions on the tech company, causing its stock price to plummet.

    In July, the Pelosis sold all 25,000 of their shares in Nvidia. On Aug. 26, the government ordered Nvidia to stop selling microchips in China and Russia without authorization, which could cost the company up to $400 million, CNBC reported on Wednesday. The day after CNBC’s report, Nvidia’s stock price was down nearly 12 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    By selling the shares before the news broke, the speaker and her husband saved around $600,000, according to multiple Twitter accounts that track the Pelosis’ controversial stock trades.

    Paul Pelosi has a long history of making “timely” purchases in companies that his wife has worked to subsidize, the Washington Free Beacon has reported. He purchased the Nvidia stock in June as the speaker oversaw a bill that would grant billions of dollars in subsidies that could benefit the company.

    Internet stock traders often follow Nancy Pelosi’s purchases and selloffs for investing tips, Business Insider reported, with some suggesting “she’s making the big bucks off of insider information.” A Nancy Pelosi spokesman told Fox Business that Paul Pelosi does not speak to his wife about his stock trades until after he makes the trades.

    While the speaker in February implied that she wouldn’t oppose a congressional stock-trading ban, she appears “content to let” a ban “die behind the scenes,” the Daily Beast reported. “The people who control the calendar don’t want to bring it to the floor,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.) said.”

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  19. Today @ FB: “VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters)—Russia’s biggest natural gas pipeline to Europe will not resume pumping until Siemens Energy repairs faulty equipment, Gazprom’s Deputy Chief Executive Vitaly Markelov told Reuters on Tuesday.

    Europe is facing its worst gas supply crisis ever, with energy prices soaring and German importers even discussing possible rationing in the European Union’s biggest economy after Russia reduced flows westwards. Gazprom on Friday said the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Europe’s major supply route, would remain shut as a turbine at a compressor station had an engine oil leak, sending wholesale gas prices soaring.

    When asked when Nord Stream 1 would start pumping gas again, Markelov told Reuters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok: “You should ask Siemens. They have to repair equipment first.”

    Siemens Energy said it was not currently commissioned by Gazprom to do maintenance work on the turbine with the suspected engine oil leak, but was on standby. The company, headquartered in Munich, Germany, said on Tuesday that it did not comprehend Gazprom’s presentation of the situation. It said an engine oil leak at the last remaining turbine in operation at the Portovaya compressor station did not constitute a reason to keep the pipeline closed.

    “We cannot comprehend this new representation based on the information provided to us over the weekend,” Siemens Energy said in a written statement. “Our assessment is that the finding communicated to us does not represent a technical reason for stopping operation. Such leaks do not normally affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed on site,” it added.


    The Kremlin blames the energy crisis on sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over what President Vladimir Putin calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine. European leaders say Moscow is using energy to blackmail the EU.

    Nord Stream 1, which runs under the Baltic Sea to Germany, is by far the biggest Russian gas pipeline to Europe, carrying up to 59.2 billion cubic metres of gas per year. Once considered a symbol of the cooperation between one of the world’s biggest energy powers and the world’s fourth largest economy, Nord Stream has now become the subject of recriminations between Berlin and Moscow.

    Germany, the biggest European purchaser of Russian energy, says Russia is no longer a reliable supplier. EU politicians say Putin is using his clout as the head of one of the world’s biggest energy powers to stoke discord in Europe over the conflict in Ukraine. Germany dismisses Gazprom’s explanations about turbine issues as a pretext.

    But the Kremlin says that the West triggered the energy crisis by imposing the most severe sanctions in modern history, a step Putin says is akin to a declaration of economic war. The Kremlin also warned that Russia would retaliate over a G7 proposal to impose a price cap on Russian oil, a step that is unlikely to hurt Russia unless China and India were to follow suit.

    Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said on Tuesday in Vladivostok that Russia will respond to the price cap by shipping more oil to Asia. He said Russia and its partners were considering setting up an insurer to facilitate the oil trade.”

    (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Jan Harvey)

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    1. Ah, yes, that company….Siemens….

      EXCERPT: “Siemens (at the time: Siemens-Schuckert) exploited the forced labour of deported people in extermination camps. The company owned a plant in Auschwitz concentration camp.[21][22]

      Siemens exploited the forced labour of women in the concentration camp of Ravensbrück. The factory was located in front of the camp.[23]

      During the final years of World War II, numerous plants and factories in Berlin and other major cities were destroyed by Allied air raids. To prevent further losses, manufacturing was therefore moved to alternative places and regions not affected by the air war. The goal was to secure continued production of important war-related and everyday goods. According to records, Siemens was operating almost 400 alternative or relocated manufacturing plants at the end of 1944 and in early 1945.

      In 1972, Siemens sued German satirist F.C. Delius for his satirical history of the company, Unsere Siemen swelt, and it was determined much of the book contained false claims although the trial itself publicized Siemens’ history in Nazi Germany.[24] The company supplied electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. The factories had poor working conditions, where malnutrition and death were common. Also, the scholarship has shown that the camp factories were created, run, and supplied by the SS, in conjunction with company officials, sometimes high-level officials.[25][26][27][28]

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  20. Who wants to bet this is yet another lie?!?! I think the NY Slimes screwed the pooch many years ago!!!

    Entire Article @ FB: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. intelligence has assessed that Moscow is buying millions of artillery shells and rockets from North Korea, the New York Times reported, on the heels of reports that the Russian military has begun using Iranian-made drones. U.S. officials said they could confirm that the New York Times reporting was accurate and that additional Russian purchases of North Korean military equipment were expected.

    “The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use on the battlefield in Ukraine,” an official said by email when asked about the paper’s report.

    The official said the purchases indicated that the Russian military “continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine, due in part to export controls and sanctions.” “We expect Russia could try to purchase additional North Korean military equipment going forward,” said the official, who did not want to be identified by name.

    The Times quoted U.S. government officials as saying that the purchases showed U.S.-led sanctions had begun to bite and to reduce Russia‘s ability to sustain its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow has called a “special military operation”. The paper’s report on Monday said the recently declassified intelligence provided no details about what was purchased, beyond saying that the items included artillery shells and rockets.

    Last month, a U.S. official told Reuters that Russia‘s Iranian-made drones had suffered “numerous failures”. The official said Russia most likely planned to acquire hundreds of Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    Ukraine recently launched counteroffensives in several locations, including around Kherson, which Russia has occupied since early in the invasion. In preparation for those attacks, Ukrainian forces struck Russian supply areas, including those containing artillery and ammunition.

    Officials have said Western sanctions are limiting Russia‘s ability to replace vehicles and weapons destroyed in Ukraine.

    (Reporting and writing by Gerry Doyle and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Stephen Coates and Michael Perry)

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  21. i can totally see her scheming to do this….
    entire article
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning her next move after an expected Republican victory in November.

    Sources tell FOX Business that Pelosi wants President Biden to nominate her to become the next U.S. ambassador to Italy if the GOP takes the House majority in the midterm elections.

    Biden is holding the spot for the speaker, sources say, which is one reason he has yet to fill the position since taking office. Speculation earlier this year that a Pelosi ally and former Wall Street executive wanted the job has shifted with the increasing likelihood that the GOP takes the majority.

    There was no clarity yet on how a new Senate will react to a Pelosi nomination, but there was a mixed reaction to her in the role from sources this week.

    So far, 101 Biden ambassador nominees have been confirmed by the Senate, but Biden has been slow to name ambassadors to several countries, including Italy.

    About a quarter (27%) of the 194 ambassador positions are currently without a Senate-confirmed official.

    Presidents typically reserve ambassador posts in the most desirable locations for the people who have helped propel them to the White House, such as political operatives and donors.

    The ambassador’s residence, Villa Taverna, boasts a pool, private gardens and a three-story wine cellar, in Rome.

    Pelosi’s office did not return FOX Business’ request for comment at the time of publication.


  22. this article gives the perspective that the classified docs were shipped by THEN PRESIDENT Trump (2 days before ultra maggot was installed) to Mar-a-lago, and ultimately if he had intentions to store the, there, declassify or whatever, he was still the president at that time and within his lawful power. the fib has no power to overrule that…
    So how did Trump obtain these documents? Did he sneak back into the White House after Biden took the oath of office? Did disgruntled Biden employees smuggle the documents down to Mar-a-Lago? The affidavit indicates that, “Boxes Containing Documents Were Transported from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.” The affidavit fixes this date at January 18, 2021 when, “at least two moving trucks were observed at the PREMISES,” presumably delivering the “classified documents.”

    There’s just one giant problem for the FBI. Biden did not assume office until two days later. When those trucks arrived at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump was still president. The decision to repose classified documents in Mar-a-Lago was a presidential decision. Joe Biden might not have agreed with Trump’s decision keep these records after leaving office. But this situation is no different than Trump’s decision to share intelligence with the Russians. He made an executive decision to repose classified documents in his personal residence.

    Like the Russians, Trump received the documents from a president—himself. He did not break the law by receiving them. He does not break the law by continuing to possess them. As the Wall Street Journal has noted, the president’s constitutional authority over classified documents trumps any statute purporting to make his continued possession of these documents illegal. All Trump needs to argue is that when he shipped the documents to Mar-a-Lago, he intended to modify the classifications so he could keep them after he left office. Does anyone think he shipped them to Mar-a-Lago without the intention of keeping them? No, of course not.

    The get-Trump figures have argued that Trump lacked the authority to convert these documents into his own property because they were the property of the U.S. government. But that is a matter of civil adjudication, not a crime. And it has nothing to do with Trump’s power to modify the classified nature of these documents consistent with his post-presidency status. If Trump took the documents with the intent to keep them, it’s absurd to argue that, while still president, he did not intend to modify the classified nature of the documents consistent with that intent.

    Now the FBI and the Justice Department want to overrule that presidential decision to move the documents to Mar-a-Lago and criminalize their political opponent, the former president. By removing the documents from Mar-a-Lago without presidential approval, the FBI seized executive power away from the elected leadership of this country.

    The FBI would do well to remember that it has no constitutional authority except what it borrows from the elected president. It must not be allowed to act as a super branch of government with the authority to nullify the decisions of an elected president made while he continued to hold office.

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  23. TGP

    Fauci Is Still Spouting Off — Says Americans Will Likely Require Yearly Updated COVID Shot—- Anyone still believing him?

    Nancy Pelosi Already Planning For GOP Retaking The House — Wants To Be An Ambassador In Europe—– Mom yes do it. Now nutty says its not true

    Parents Resist: COVID Vaccination Rates For Young Kids Very Low— YEAH

    California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Fast-Food Worker Bill, Paving the Path to $22 an Hour Minimum Wage—- So more places will close and robots will take over.

    Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Staghouwer Abruptly Resigns After Protests—- Pitchforks work. LOL

    OPEC Cuts Oil Production Just Weeks After Biden Fist Bumped Saudi Crown Prince and Begged for Gas—- FJB

    Amazon Quietly Took All Their Rooftop Solar Panels Offline After Series of Fires and Explosions—– You can’t make this shit up

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        1. we’re good…our pond is refiling with all the rain we’ve had…
          the snake survived the murder attempts by my granddaughter (throwing rocks at it)
          and the deer are eating the smaller tree tops that the larger trees brought down when they fell…

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  24. Get this one of the sites I get free books from had a complaint against my review. They then lecture me on how to write a review and then say I can’t get any more books from there site.
    Its not my main one where I get books from anyway.

    I might have emailed back telling them to forgo the BS lecture its because Karen didn’t like a negative review and I might have told them to shove it up their ass.

    The books they give out are all aimed at LGBTQ stuff now anyways.

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        1. I remember when i first got my kindle, I purchased a lot of different authors trying to find some that i liked. this one? her MAIN character’s name changed twice in the first 3 chapters—my review was not kind…LOL
          it was just a kindle thing–to rate the book…never read ANYTHING else she wrote…

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          1. Oh my.

            A lot of times they send advanced reader copies that are just unedited books that you can’t sell and your not suppose to quote from….so whats the point?

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  25. I’m feelin’ so great …

    G’day y’all …

    ground report … remember I described yesterday how the Sultan’s property is to mine? Besides the B&B being adjacent, the best BBQ in the whole Country is located PAST his fences, in a country store that’s been on the map for 50 years … retired Pop devoted the entire corner of his large piece of property to a huge sign for Trump in 2020. I made a run to pick up BBQ, hash, etc

    When I pulled onto the highway, and back onto the farm-to-mkt road, a car pulled in behind me …
    traveling a wee bit to close to my car’s rear … in fact so close that I had to pump my brakes when the car in front of me turned into his drive. She was clearly following too close so I hit the pedal to move on ahead of her … by which time I was upon the long stretch of Sultan’s property … slowed down to 55 and in a few mins she was back on my bumper… no one else on the road, we were approaching the B&B and the main hwy and a stop sign. Well I pulled up to the sign, cut the engine, opened the door and marched up to her window… there was a car behind her, so she had nowhere to go and rolled down her window. I reamed her out, no profanity but I askek her why she was riding my butt when I was not poking along. Should have seen her face… young girl, early 20s, she was terrified. said “I’m sorry” … hah… I said no you’re not. You almost rear-ended me when the car in front turned right into his drive… and then you almost hit me twice again. You’re not going to live very long if you don’t leave some space, esp. when you’re driving fast. Then I walked off, got in and turned my car onto the highway. She went the other direction.

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        1. the pond is almost back to normal, deer are laying in front of it–looking relaxed and happy…hubby’s working…it’s peaceful.
          cloudy and looks like more rain coming, but I’m not complaining!

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      1. That’s why I did it !

        I did the same thing about 25+ years ago when I had all 3 grands (little fellas) in the car and same thing happened… that time I was angry, wrt children. It was aa girl that time too. Back then I put her on a real guilt trip about the children in the car … I had hopes it would make her stop and think.

        Kids today depend too much on “great brakes” and stopping when they will, like their video games. I’ve experienced brakes taking too long, hydroplaning, etc.

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  26. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


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