Friday, January 31, 2020

Drinks all around!

Congratulations to the Brexiteers, who saw their dream of a newly-sovereign UK come true today, and to Donald Trump whose impeachment trial appears to be coming to an end with a decision in his favor.

Elsewhere, Barbra Streisand seems to have mistaken Adam Schiff for Abe Lincoln, or perhaps King Hammurabi: "Adam Schiff is so impressive. His knowledge of the law... his passion... his articulateness. His sincerity!".


And I do mean, truly fascinating: "The Vindman Twins Are Creatures of John Bolton".

H/T: Ace of Spades.

LOL! Elsewhere, Hillary keeps dodging process servers.


What is it with Sen. Susan Collins and Chief Justice Roberts? Are they truly just progs in disguise? Are they genuinely afraid of the propaganda organs of the Democrat Party, and thus easy to manipulate? Do they imagine that "opinion makers" at the Washington Post and the New York Times really are elite?

So what is it? Leftist true believers, corrupt time servers, cowards? BTW, check out the photo of Roberts at the linked article above - he even looks frightened.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

Something with a typically exotic opening from Duke Ellington called “Conga Brava” (another tune from that especially magical recording year for Ellington, 1940).

Ummm, no, I'm pretty sure it's just you

"Hillary: People Don't Hate Me, They Hate Women".

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Bravo, General!

Update and bumped: "The Department of Justice has dropped its demand for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to serve time under his plea agreement." Good news. But I'd like to see him cleared altogether, although such an undertaking could result in even more ruinous legal fees (Department of "Justice", indeed).

"General Flynn Files Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea and Dismiss Case Against Him for Egregious Government Misconduct".

I wish him well, for his sake and for ours, because if the government can do this to someone like General Flynn, imagine what it would be capable of doing to the rest of us.

Nigel Farage's "kiss off" speech to the European Parliament

Stout fellow!

H/T: Friend and commenter JeffS.


Trump: "[I]f I listened to [Bolton], we would be in World War Six by now".

Let's see how Virginia Governor Ralph "Coonman" Northam's plan to reduce the number of guns on the street is working out

"VA started pushing crazy gun laws, so residents just bought 74,000 more firearms - in one month".

Well, alright, then! Looks like that gun control plan is coming along fine.

Well, take a swig of Jack Daniels and lie down 'til the feeling goes away

"Hillary Clinton 'Feels the Urge' to Run Against Trump Again".

Wait, let me back up. Hmmm. On second thought...go for it.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Uh oh

Looks like someone hasn't been eating her carrots.


"Republican West Virginia Governor Invites Virginia Gun Sanctuaries to Secede and Join His State".

Maybe if enough counties join, West Virginia can change its name to Virginia, and the leftist rump commonwealth can call itself...I dunno, The People's Democratic Republic of East Virginia.

Won't work

Donald Trump laid out a proposed peace plan for a Palestinian state, and the Palestinians are overjoyed.

Nah, just kidding. "Palestinian Authority Boss Rejects Trump Peace Plan, Vows To Die As Martyr Or Take Jerusalem".

Palestinians always reject peace deals, even deals that give them almost everything they want. You see, peace is bad for business if you're a terrorist or a corrupt politician who has built a career off of whipping up resentment and rage.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Yeah, I can see the resemblance

Man! That Adam Schiff sure is a hyperpartisan radical liar; and he talked for hours on end, as if he were in love with the music of his own voice. I wonder who his public speaking mentor was?

"You go, Adam! Hah! That's m'boy!"

Looks like Adam is getting tips on fighting from Bill Kristol.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Gratifying, and disappointing, at the same time

I think it's wonderful that President Trump is attending the March for Life, but I was surprised (and somewhat disappointed) to learn that he's the first president ever to speak at the event.

Really? Reagan, the two Bushes, none of them made a personal appearance? Maybe they spoke over a live feed from the White House or something, I don't know. But it is interesting to see how Trump is truly accumulating conservative bona fides, which is the one nagging thing that initially bothered me about when he was running for office (whether he would default to his Big City liberal origins). And based on some clips I've heard, his comments represented an impassioned call for a renewed respect for life and for a more robust defense of the freedom of religion.

Can't have that

"Democrats Warn That American People May Tamper With Next Election".

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Australia's fires are still taking a toll

"Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans".

Happy Feet Friday

Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker join up for a performance of “Dizzy Atmosphere”. Note, especially, Dizzy's historic trumpet lick at about the 1:30 mark. Crazy, man!

The video includes photos taken (presumably) at Bop City, a famous jazz club established in San Francisco in 1949.

"Governor Jolson Klanrobe"

Kurt Schlichter's gift for combining comic metaphors with genuine political analysis is rare, indeed.
Leftists decided to put all their efforts into grabbing the reins of government in that formerly not-terrible state, dumping tons of money into it and counting on the incompetence of the Virginia Republican Party plus the lassitude of many Virginians. See, a lot of people stayed home in 2018, and this is what you get. Remember, Hitler got into power following an election.

No, I’m not saying that your governor is Hitler, only that Hitler would dig his fashion sense.
Update: And when it comes to serving as the Rock of Gibraltar of sanity, few can compare with Mark Steyn.
Readers ask for my view of the impeachment trial. I had a very good view of the last impeachment trial - from a largely empty Senate press gallery, the US media collectively agreeing from about Day Three or Four that the whole thing was a crashing bore, notwithstanding the oral sex and cigars and "distinguishing characteristics". Not like a phone call to Kiev, is it?

Nevertheless, this time I'm the one disinclined to follow along. The left, being not terribly imaginative, always accuse you of what they're doing themselves. So, in this case, President Trump is charged with interfering with the 2020 election by men who have been interfering with the 2016 and 2020 elections for over three-and-a-half years now. Which is why we have the preposterous spectacle of four Democrat presidential candidates preparing to vote to remove from office the guy they're running against.

The trouble with Lindsey Graham

He's like a semi-automatic pistol that jams at the most inopportune times: "Lindsey Graham Congratulates Adam Schiff: 'Good Job, You’re Very Well Spoken'”.

Update: You're being watched, Schiff-Head!

National Review is on its deathbed

Via Ace's sidebar, Jonah Goldberg persists in his "A plague on both houses, but mostly Trump's" approach to the impeachment. When one compares the earlier contributors to National Review (many of genuine historical significance) with the majority of the current crop, one can only shake one's head in regret at the precipitous decline of a once-valuable conservative magazine.

People, institutions, civilizations are born, they live, struggle and adapt, and they ultimately deteriorate and perish, because man is imperfect, weak and self-destructive. These cycles of birth and death can offer us valuable lessons if we use our thought-boxes appropriately. Goldberg's increasing irrelevance is not, in and of itself, really very important, but the decline of such reputation as he once possessed is a good object lesson for the rest of us to constantly be on the lookout for the intellectual fraudulence that so frequently lurks beneath the veneer of unexamined "expertise" in the world of the talking heads and the inveterate scribblers of political and cultural pronunciamentos.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jerry the Hut

Jerry "The Nadless" Nadler apparently let his hackery carry him so far out of bounds that Adam Schiff-Head deprived him of any further Q&A time.

Elsewhere, President Trump weighed in with the (accurate) observation that Nadler is a "sleazebag". So refreshing, incidentally. George W. Bush would have suffered himself to be dragged out of the White House and burned at the stake on the south lawn rather than uttering such an uncollegial remark.

Another Jihadist creep harvested

"Masked gunmen kill local commander of Iran's security forces".

Keep whittlin' 'em down (until the day they can be eliminated wholesale).

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

So I guess we can start calling Rep. Hakeem Jeffries the Louis Farrakhan of the House?

Tit for tat: "Democrat Hakeem Jeffries Called President Trump the 'Grand Wizard' of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Numerous Times".

Detestable little man

Adam Schiff is such a reprehensible, dishonest, arrogant fellow that words fail me in attempting to describe this obscene caricature of a crooked politician. By all means, give it a go in the comments section if you like.

I guess anything's possible

"Hard to Believe, but AOC Is Getting Even Dumber".

Here's the latest smoky emission of cognitive backfiring from her overtaxed brain stem: "'We don't have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party,' she said, receiving applause from the audience. 'The Democratic Party is a center or a center-conservative party.'”

As an utterance presumably purporting to represent an empirical observation, this is too stupid to require analysis. On a psychological level, maybe she harbors dreams of becoming an American version of the bloodthirsty old Spanish Communist Dolores Ibárruri (a/k/a "La Pasionaria").

Like trying to ignore a migraine headache

Hillary Clinton, the biggest political failure of the age, is still out there raving. Jonathan Turley:
One of the most curious things to watch after the 2016 election was the unrelenting reclamation project called Hillary Clinton. It seems the unending work of powerful figures in the Washington and Hollywood establishment. The project now has a name: “Hillary.” It is the latest documentary on Hulu that seeks to show how Hillary was a victim of sexism but remains the oracle of our age. The work was the brainchild of producer Howard T. Owens and Washington power broker Robert Barnett who represents Clinton. Barnett offered undisclosed footage as an enticement for another effort to repackage Clinton’s historic loss to Trump. The film by Nanette Burstein apparently will be largely devoid of critical voices, except Hillary’s of course. Lashing out at her critics, she takes particular aim at Bernie Sanders who she seems to blame for ruining her coronation but making the 2016 Democratic primary competitive. In an ironic projection, she declares that “no one likes Bernie” — a curious view since it took the help of the DNC to rig the primary against his surging support in 2016.

Important update

Frightening information, via friend and commenter JeffS:

"IKEA confesses that their meatballs are made out of people that didn't find the exit".

Sunday, January 19, 2020


"Make Iran Great Again!" President Trump takes on Ayatollah Khamenei in a Twitter match up.

Ghosts of U.S. Hwy 58

Highway 58 runs from Northeastern Tennessee all along the southern border of Virginia to the coast. We travel on a section of it when we go from our home in North Carolina to visit #1 Son in Virginia Beach.

And also, of course, on the return trip. Here are a couple of abandoned structures that struck me as mildly interesting.

Looks like the Happy Horse Bar & Grill was put out to pasture a long time ago. There's still an old menu online; I wonder what the "Redneck Happy Meal" was? (And the slightly less expensive "Not-So-Happy Meal"?)

This place may be abandoned, but somebody doesn't want you fooling around anywhere near it. There's a fairly prominent sign in front that warns, "Private Property, No Trespassing - Violaters Will Be Prosecuted". There's also a small "no parking" sign.

Incidentally, we have returned to the Paco Command Center, and all is well.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sunday funnies

Those awful man buns are catching on everywhere.

I can fly! (H/T: David Thompson)

She's got rhythm.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Don't grow up too fast, buddy.

True story. An apprentice at the tattoo shop where #1 Son works was sent out to buy a couple of ice trays for the break-room refrigerator. He apparently was baffled by this request, but he did as he was told, returning after a while with ice trays - and a bag of ice. Guy had no idea about old-school ice-cube making.

Some presidential administrations you endure, others you tolerate, others provide you with a bit of satisfaction now and again

And then, very rarely, you get a presidential administration you revel in: "The Trump admin has moved to roll back school nutrition standards championed by Michelle Obama, an effort long sought by food manufacturers and some school districts. The proposed rule came on Mrs. Obama's birthday."

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

The marvelous Les Paul and Mary Ford with "Don'cha Hear Them Bells".

Close one

My last post from yesterday came close to being my last ever.

That's right: I went to an IKEA store yesterday. First time in the place, Mrs. Paco and I wanted to get #1 Son a little dining table (eating arrangements have generally featured some combination of the coffee table and our laps). The place was massive, with acres of parking lot and a parking deck, to boot. We arrived just as the store was opening, and I saw plenty of spaces near the entrance - but it turned out those weren't for the likes of us. Signs read, "Disabled only", "Veterans", "Families of veterans", "Employee of the Month", and the cryptic "Manager of Tertiary Parking" (not sure what that was, or why it needed its own manager).

So, we wound up parking a little farther away than I had anticipated. And once inside, we saw how devilishly cunning these Swedes really are. It took us awhile to find the dining furniture, having blundered first into "Returns" and one of the store's two cafes. Once we tracked down our quarry, it became clear that closing the deal was not going to be that simple. We had to go find the downstairs warehouse where they keep the boxed furniture, locate the item and load it on to a cart. I made the mistake of following the exit signs in an attempt to leave the dining-table section and find the warehouse area. As it turns out, these signs very cleverly forced me to walk through practically every section of the huge second-floor showroom; no doubt it's set up that way to encourage people to buy more stuff than they originally had planned on purchasing.

The whole thing was only marginally easier than escaping from Alcatraz. Still, the table and chairs were very economically priced, we Mrs. Paco had little trouble putting the things together, and #1 Son and Maggie find the table and chairs to be a definite improvement over the old system, so I guess the experience was worth it all (once, anyway).

Go for it!

"West Virginia Invites Virginia’s Second Sanctuary Counties to Secede and Join the Pro-Gun State".

Not far off

"Somber Impeachment Ceremony Concludes With The Impeachment Dancers".

What with the parade of mental midgets and fancy ceremonial signing pens, I think Pelosi was kind of going for this effect...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers ("Smoke 'em if you got 'em" edition)

LSU scored a huge win over Clemson a couple of nights ago, and kudos all around for a great game.

But things got a little tense afterwards, when cops threatened to arrest LSU players for lighting up victory heaters in the locker room.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Little s**t: "Danny DeVito Endorses Bernie Sanders".

North Carolina not waiting for a Virginia-style Democrat takeover: "2A 'Protection Counties' Quietly Taking Root In NC".

And in Virginia, we see what happens when the state Republican Party organization is run by pussies who allow the Democrats to win in a walk: "Thousands Show Up As VA Senate Committee Breaks Rules To Ram Through Gun-Control Bills".

Sooooo, was the shooting down of that Ukrainian airliner an accident? "Iran Shoots Down the University of Windsor Five".

Gee, look what Bernie Sanders has in store for us, if elected! I assume this campaign organizer is speaking for him, right?

Are we reeducated, yet?

Alternative justice? "Kansas man in custody battle requests ‘trial by COMBAT’ with Japanese swords forged for the occasion".

I'm wondering....

...maybe British royals shouldn't be permitted to marry Americans. The track record isn't looking great.

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That's me, crossing the Meherrin River from Virginia into North Carolina, a few lengths ahead of Governor Ralph "Coonman" Northam's gun grabber posse.

Monday, January 13, 2020

If the decision to hire a Deep State flunky and anti-Trump conspirator to "reform" the FISA court can't be reversed...

...then maybe the court should be abolished.

This is indisputably an instance of Deep State operators dropping trow and waggling their bare backsides at the Trump administration and the American citizenry.

Oh, yeah, btw: Chris Wray has got to go.

Roger Scruton, RIP

One of Britain's leading intellectual lights has died:. Roger Scruton, age 75.

He was a prolific author, and even though my familiarity with him only extends to a couple of his books - Conservative Thinkers and Conservative Thoughts, both composed of essays from The Salisbury Review and published in 1988 - I could tell that I was unmistakably in the presence of a truly fine mind.

Quite a few Iranians seem to have a more accurate view of their leadership than American Democrats do

Cracks in the theocratic wall.

Possible sideline

Our neighborhood has this email set-up which permits people to ask questions, issue comments, vent, make announcements and so forth. It is a rich field for the mining of new ideas, educational opportunities and unintentional comedy.

Today, someone sent out an email asking if anyone knew of a person qualified to smudge her new condo. I was baffled by this request and had to look up the term "smudging". Turns out it's a ritual used in certain religions - and, naturally, as a New Age practice - for ridding places of negative energy, evil spirits and the like by burning sage, cedar or other plant material. I'm giving some thought to sticking a couple of crow feathers in my hair, donning a cape made from old rice sacks and offering my reasonably-priced services. Could be pots of money in it.

It's ok, I'm workin' here.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sunday funnies

Stephen Green with the continuing adventures of Florida Man.

I can't get no,
decent traction...

Sorry, fella, not buying it: "'These are not my pants', is not an affirmative defense" (H/T: friend and commenter JeffS).

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Gotta put 'em to work young (H/T: David Thompson).

Catch! (H/T: Ditto)

Of course, the big difference is it couldn't happen here

Because progressive radicals aren't at all like Nazis. Right? Right?

I guess this guy really, really wanted that 80 million bucks

"Iranian national detained by Palm Beach police had knives, ax, machete..."

He was probably heard clanking down the sidewalk from 100 feet away.

I think the last time this fax machine was used was during the Obama administration, and the message was "Cash is on the way"

So much for the notion that President Trump was fine with starting WWIII: "How Trump Used An Encrypted Swiss Fax Machine To Defuse The Iran Crisis".

H/T to friend and commenter JeffS.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

Somebody did a terrific job mashing a collection of Rita Hayworth dance scenes and setting them to Harry Belafonte's 1961 calypso classic, "Jump in the Line". It looks almost as if the music were composed specifically for the dance sequences.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Is Mitt Romney the biggest hypocrite in politics?

Probably not - way too much competition out there - but he's sure one of the worst at covering it up: "Mitt Romney made millions off cigarettes, now he wants to kill its competition".

Oscar Meyer unfair!

What a great job this would be for Mrs. Paco and me in our golden years: driving the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile around the country promoting hot dog diplomacy and bringing the country together with a great American food tradition.

Unfortunately, the company is looking for "recent college graduates". So, looks like we've missed our chance for the big time.

Sigh...Come on, honey. Climb in and let's get back to work.

Trump scores again

The President took out one of the leading terrorists in the world (more than one, actually); precipitated World War III, which lasted a couple of hours and apparently killed nobody but the truly unfortunate people who were in an airliner that was probably shot down by Iran in a panic; and has shown the world that the Iranian theocracy is essentially a paper tiger that has gotten away with murder and international mayhem on a huge scale simply because so-called leaders in the west permitted it to do so.

Haw! From the Babylon Bee: "Trump Holds Morning Press Conference To Moon Iran On National Television".

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

This may actually be blasphemy

A four-door Corvette? Please.

Note: the title of the article is misleading; this is not truly a "factory" model. It is one of several that were built by an independent coach works company.

Not the Babylon Bee

"Time Offers Tips for Talking to Kids About Soleimani's Death and Gets Raked Over the Twitter Coals".


"Justice Department reverses itself on Michael Flynn, asking for up to six months in prison".

Yet, Comey and Brennan and company walk about, free as a bird. Deep State bastards!

The Republican Party failed miserably in Virginia last year...

...but the rise of the constitutionalists is inspiring. The commonwealth's most populous city, Virginia Beach, has declared itself a Second Amendment Constitutional City.

While this is not as emphatic or potentially confrontational as declaring sanctuary status, in which, typically, local law enforcement is directed to ignore enforcement provisions of new gun control laws, it is good to get the city council of the state's largest municipality on record as openly supporting Second Amendment rights. One cannot imagine the Deep State enclaves of Arlington or McClean going even this far.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Jews of America

Stop whistling through the graveyard. Leftist anti-Semitism is real, it's here, and the Democrats will do nothing to stop it (and many are actively promoting it).

It's a win-win!

Kurt Schlichter: "The Trump Doctrine Humiliates Both Foreign Enemies and Domestic Liberals".
See, Trump made it clear he was not playing. There would be no Benghazi II: Bagdad Boogaloo on his watch, and he acted well before 13 hours ran on the clock. Rejecting the elite’s preferred model of craven submission to every Third World cretin with a grievance and a camera, the Trump administration flew some Apache gunships over the crowd of unwashed morons, kicking off some flares, and generally sending the unequivocal message that if those SOBs had a problem, the AH-64s had a 30mm solution.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

I wonder which Democrat will try to claim it

"Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump’s Head for Soleimani Hit".

I keep remembering the first couple of years that followed Saddam Hussein's capture, when anti-American forces regrouped in Iraq, and when Iranians were providing fairly sophisticated IEDs that killed and maimed hundreds of American troops, and George Bush, who gave the impression of being in paralytic mode, did nothing concrete to counter the specific Iranian threat (and, of course, Obama followed up with his inscrutable belief in Iran's trustworthiness and negotiated a half-assed nuclear deal which included the sweetener of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash shipped to these savages on pallets on a cargo plane). So I am delighted that President Trump has smacked the mullahs' regime, and smacked it hard. Iran may retaliate, but the country has, in fact, been "retaliating" for 40 years. The only thing different now is that the U.S. is governed by a President who isn't interested in playing the kind of complicated games involved in the pursuit of a bogus realpolitik.

Oh, and Nancy Pelosi, help me understand your math: Soleimani's life > 600 American soldiers' lives? Show your work, please.

Update The suave and clever Smitty has your fast-breaking Iran-related news.

Friday, January 3, 2020


Ace breaks out the flaming skull to announce the killing of Iranian terrorist general Qassem Soleimani, and the Left falls all over itself in an anti-Trump mass seizure.

Your 72 virgins await, General!

Some more context from Roscoe Davis.

And, as usual, most of our foreign policy problems lead back to Obama.

Sooooo, we're talking possible jail time, right? "Andrew McCabe said he lied to FBI about Wall Street Journal leak".

I may be wrong, but I strongly suspect that the Virginia Democrats are grossly overplaying their hand in connection with gun control.

I'm certainly not advocating any new wars, but if a few score weaponized drones made their way to Northern Nigeria, I believe the neighborhood would be improved immensely: "Christian bride and her entire bridal party BEHEADED on way to wedding by Islamist group".

In my younger days, I would occasionally take work home, but this is pushing the envelope: "An Australian zookeeper took home monkeys, pandas, and a tiger in order to keep them safe from bushfires".

First day back at school after Christmas break:

Happy Feet Friday

The boogie woogie is still alive and well, and here's a fine American practitioner known as the Boogie Woogie Kid (Matthew Ball), with the "Barrelhouse Blues".

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Don Larson, RIP

Don Larson, the only pitcher to ever throw a perfect game in the World Series, has died at age 90.

I repeat, Happy New Year!


Anybody who can serve in government for more than 40 years and accomplish absolutely nothing should be able to learn to code

What a pathetic fellow!
Former Vice President Joe Biden suggested Monday that displaced coal miners should learn to code.

“Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well,” Biden said at a New Hampshire event Monday. He added later: “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”
On second thought, I think coding is quite outside the scope of his abilities. Truth to tell, when he loses, either in the primaries or in the general election, he'll never have to work at all. I'm sure he has managed to enrich himself during 40 years of inside-the-beltway grifting.

George Soros - literally playing God

Here's an insightful article by Daniel Greenfield that goes a long way toward explaining the motives of a genuinely evil man.
In a New Yorker interview, he discussed his sense of being a superhuman philanthropist. "God in the Old Testament has a number of attributes, you know. Like invisible-- I was pretty invisible. Benevolent-- I was pretty benevolent. All-seeing--I tried to be all-seeing. So I was playing it out."

If God was merely a human invention, as George and his father believed, why couldn’t he be a god? The more wealth and power Soros amassed, the more he could play god in his godless world.

Open season on Jews and cops in New York

Leftists ruin everything - everything - they control. And yet, those brash, strutting, big-talking New Yorkers will continue slavishly putting the same idiots in office year after year.

Looks like somebody must have carried out some rough frontier justice on this guy

"Body found in Idaho cave more than 40 years ago identified as outlaw who escaped jail in 1916".
Loveless' headless torso was discovered in a burlap sack by police in the Buffalo Cave near Dubois, Idaho, in August 1979, setting off a search for the rest of the remains or other artifacts. When his limbs were discovered in 1991 by an 11-year-old girl, researchers and students from Idaho State University began searching for his head.

His skull was never found.