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calendar   Friday - August 23, 2019

The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



08/23/19


Oy vey, down the rabbit hole again, running down a difficult story and going off on tangents.

I started out to post on a very upsetting story I ran across this morning:

Slavery still exists in Hawaii???

And it’s true, but true in terms of our modern, softened, and often misunderstood concept of slavery.

These days we try so hard to not even use the word slavery, and instead use the softer term human trafficking. Softer, but wider in scope, because we have finally realized that unwilling sex workers are slaves of a kind, as are abducted children sold to pedophiles, and so on. And this is a step in the right direction.

But what we often overlook is that indentured servitude is also a form of slavery, and is also against the law. It doesn’t have to be generational, it doesn’t have to be for life, and it certainly isn’t limited to people of a particular ethnic type. It’s still slavery.

Yes, there is a big difference between contract labor and indentured servitude. Sure, hire some foreigners to come over for a few years to work the pineapple farm. But the contract stipulations have to be up front, and adhered to. And you don’t get to take their passports away from them, nor limit their freedom of movement, nor threaten them with deportation if you’ve kept them past the point their visas expired. And you certainly can’t not pay them, nor put them in a “company store” situation where their room and board adds up to more than you’re paying them. Any of that, and we’re talking slavery.

To my great surprise, I found out that Hawaii ran on indentured servitude until at least 1900. Look up the Organic Act. Tens of thousands of Japanese laborers brought in just before the “clock struck midnight”, who rather rioted when they found out about the new law somewhat later ... and that they really shouldn’t have been beaten with whips to make them work harder. That was in 1900. A very long time ago, and things have changed totally since then. Right? Right?

In 2010 criminal proceedings were enacted against a global conglomerate, charging them with keeping 600 Thai laborers ... as slaves. This was the largest case of human trafficking in American history. In 2010. When Obama was President. Do you remember how it was all over every news network 24-7? No, me neither. I’d never heard of it until this morning. Slaves in America? Horry Calp ... and it wasn’t even newsworthy.

Another case at nearly the same time involved 44 Thai workers. Same deceitful hiring practices, same fraudulent pay scheme, same deplorable living conditions, same kind of threats and coercion made against the workers and their families.

To make the story even grimmer, these workers were not just used in Hawaii. They were shipped around to Washington, New York, and several other states. Those charged plead guilty, and were given very small sentences.

http://hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2998/Neil-Abercrombies-slavery-problem.aspx
http://hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2864/NYT-In-an-Ugly-HumanTrafficking-Case-Hawaii-Forgets-Itself.aspx
http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/19058/Report-A-Decade-of-Human-Trafficking-in-Hawaii.aspx
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-defendants-plead-guilty-honolulu-connection-human-trafficking-scheme-exploited-600-thai
https://www.civilbeat.org/2010/09/4084-largest-human-trafficking-case-in-us-history-filed-in-honolulu/

When the issue of human trafficking is discussed by law enforcement or the media, prostitution and sexual slavery are often the primary focus.

It’s true that sex trafficking is a huge problem, but it often overshadows another horrendous consequence of human trafficking: forced labor.

There are thousands of immigrants working as forced laborers in the US, and many of them actually entered the country legally.

They come here believing that they have found a lucrative job and an opportunity to obtain a green card. In reality, they have been lied to and end up getting trapped and forced to work with no pay.

This is a form of modern-day slavery, and it’s occurring right under our noses.

About the only time we ever hear of anything like this is occasionally, when Carmelita escapes from some rich folk’s home and says how she was held against her will and abused. And most of the time, nobody believes her.

But when we’re talking about half a thousand or more foreigners who don’t speak a word of English, working in the agricultural sector? < crickets > < more crickets >

Hawaii is a state, but they’re off in their own little world. Not much of what goes on there gets over here, other than some pictures of hot lava.  Totally controlled by the Democrats for more than 65 years, Big Ag and Big Tourism run the whole show. And it’s a pretty dirty show, top to bottom.

How many more people are held in bondage there? Or elsewhere? And how will we ever know? One more aspect of immigration reform that’s sorely needed.

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And then I got sidetracked into a big discussion about elections, which [ as always ] caused me to think more about my ideas for a verifiable voting machine process, with receipts, that would eliminate nearly all the problems that seem to crop up, and restore faith in the system.

To the overall process, which I’ve been describing here for years, I’ll add that no media outlet should be allowed to release any vote count information anywhere, or exit poll results, before the polls have closed everywhere. And there would be massive penalties for doing so. Oh CBS called Florida for Bore while the panhandle was still open for voting? “oops’ doesn’t cut it. You’ve just lost your broadcast license for the next 2 years. Bye bye. Click, off. ON THE SPOT, not 37 weeks later. There’s a government guy sitting there with the kill switch in hand, watching your feed.  Such things will not be done. Ever.

Sure, this would kill Election Night Drama. So? Report the news the next morning. That’s your job. Making the news is NOT your job.

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08/22/19

Los Pollos Hermanos de Safeway?

Whole Lot Of Cocaine Found In Banana Boxes At Three Safeways

Officials in Washington state have opened an investigation after employees at three Safeway stores reported finding over $1 million worth of cocaine that was hidden in boxes of bananas.

The contraband was first reported at a Safeway in Woodinville, about 20 miles northeast of Seattle, on Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

Employees were opening a box of bananas and found 22 kilos of cocaine – the equivalent of over $550,000, according to investigators.

Later that day, employees at a Safeway in Bellingham – in northwestern Washington, near the Canadian border – found about 23 kilos of cocaine while unloading banana shipments, Q13 Fox reported.

Additional cocaine turned up in banana shipments at a Federal Way Safeway, but the total amount was unclear.

The origins of the cocaine remained a mystery.

Um, South America maybe?

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Not Even Officially On The Job Yet, New Coast Guard Ship Scores Two Major Drug Busts En Route To Christening

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett recently seized more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine, their second cocaine bust in five days.

The drugs were confiscated July 31 from a “low-profile go-fast” vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard announced Thursday.

The bust came just days after the July 26 seizure of more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from a different boat, which was the pre-commissioned cutter’s first seizure since leaving its Mississippi shipyard in June, the branch noted.

The total of more than 6,700 pounds of cocaine seized in the two operations was worth more than $89 million, the Coast Guard said.

The Midgett is the Coast Guard’s eighth national security cutter. The vessel has been en route to its future homeport in Honolulu, the branch said. It’s set to be commissioned with its sister ship, the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball, on Aug. 24.

With any luck they’ll score a few more on the way, and have the ship paid off by the time they get home. Well, I mean having seized drugs equal to the investment price. You know what I meant. At a “mere” half billion to build this ship, that shouldn’t take all that long.

And in case you were wondering, there have been several Coast Guard ships named Midgett, and there have been loads of Midgetts in the Coast Guard.

NSC 8 is named to honor the hundreds of members of the Midgett family who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services. At least 10 members of the Midgett family earned high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard for their heroic lifesaving deeds. Seven Midgett family members were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the U.S. Coast Guard’s highest award for saving a life, and three were awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal.



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Pretty damned amazing, given the government paychecks he was getting.

Obama Buying $15 Million Estate On Martha’s Vineyard
Goes So Well With Their $8.1 Million DC Home

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are reportedly set to purchase a mega-mansion in Martha’s Vineyard.

The Obamas will purchase the house from Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck for a discount, according to a report published by TMZ Thursday. The property contains 29 beachfront acres, 7 bedrooms, and is listed at $14,850,000. (RELATED: Democrats Are Trashing President Obama’s Legacy)

The report stated that the former first family rented the house for the summer and enjoyed it so much that they decided to purchase it.

The house also includes a Jacuzzi, a pool, and an outdoor fireplace among other amenities. The Obama’s currently reside in an $8.1 million mansion in Washington, D.C.

I guess he hasn’t yet reached the point where he has enough. Also pretty amazing how he “earned” $20 million from 2005 - 2016. 3 years as a Senator at under $170K/yr, then that time spent in the White House. His whole time as an Illinois Senator barely made him half a million, before taxes.



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Well, duh. What took them this long? I didn’t even need to look at the Constitution to figure that one out. The Electors submit secret votes. No law could ever force them to vote as demanded, or prove that they didn’t. Next case.

10th Circuit: States Can Not Bind Electors

Nutshell version:

The ballot was pre-filled with Hillary Clinton’s name, but Micheal Baca didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton.

The 24-year-old presidential elector in Colorado had a different plan. Weeks earlier, after Donald Trump’s victory in the general election, Baca and a fellow elector began a movement they called “Hamilton Electors,” a long-shot bid to stop Trump from winning the presidency. The idea was to persuade enough members of the electoral college — the body of 538 members who vote for president — to instead cast ballots for Republicans such as former Ohio governor John Kasich, depriving Trump of just enough electoral votes required to become president.

So Baca scribbled Clinton’s name off the ballot. He wrote in Kasich — prompting the state to nullify his vote. And leading Baca to sue.

Now, for apparently the first time, a federal appeals court has upheld the right of “faithless electors” to vote with their conscience — a ruling that throws into question states’ winner-take-all election systems that bind electors to vote for the state’s popular vote winner, attorneys on Baca’s case said. In a 125-page split opinion Tuesday, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that Colorado’s decision to nullify Baca’s vote and remove him as an elector was unconstitutional.

“The text of the Constitution makes clear that states do not have the constitutional authority to interfere with presidential electors who exercise their constitutional right to vote for the President and Vice President candidates of their choice,” U.S. Circuit Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, an Obama appointee, wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Jerome A. Holmes, a George W. Bush appointee. Mary Beck Briscoe, a Clinton appointee, dissented, arguing the case was moot because no damages could be awarded.

Baca’s attorney, Jason Wesoky, said the ruling essentially makes laws that require electors to vote for the state’s winner unenforceable in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. He said the legal team, with attorneys from the group Equal Citizens, is seeking review from the Supreme Court before the 2020 election.

“Certainly the entire point is to get the Supreme Court to address this issue, which has never been addressed on its face before,” Wesoky said.

OTOH, Baca was one of the earliest Stop Trump people. Was Baca influenced by the Russians?  tongue wink So he made his little pissy move, got canned for it, then wanted money for the indignity of getting fired from a volunteer position for breaking the state law. Got that?

But the law itself was wrong, but screw him, no money, no soup for you. Therefore this whole thing was moot, according to Clintonista judge #3. Um, wrong, and next time try to pay attention to the important bits.

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Here’s the long-winded, well researched version, that I don’t expect anyone to read:

A panel of federal judges with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals handed down a 2-1 ruling saying the state of Colorado was wrong in 2016 to force a presidential elector to cast his vote for Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College.

State law in Colorado mandates that presidential electors cast their Electoral College vote for the candidate receiving the most votes statewide, which in that instance was Hillary Clinton.

In 2016, however, elector Micheal Baca tried to cast his vote for Ohio’s then-governor, Republican John Kasich, as part of a short-lived movement to circumvent Trump’s election in a kind of compromise.
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When Baca cast his vote for Kasich, then-secreatary of state Wayne Williams (R.) removed and replaced Baca with an elector who voted for Clinton.

“Secretary Williams impermissibly interfered with Mr. Baca’s exercise of his right to vote as a presidential elector,” part of the court ruling read. “Specifically, Secretary Williams acted unconstitutionally by removing Mr. Baca and nullifying his vote for failing to comply with the vote binding provision.”

“Article II and the Twelfth Amendment provide presidential electors the right to cast a vote for President and Vice President with discretion,” the majority ruling added.

and here comes the disinformation, or bias, or stupid journalism, or whatever you want to call it ...

The decision effectively gives legal permission in any state to so-called “faithless electors,” those who vote for someone other than the leading vote getter in the state or otherwise does not vote in coordination with the statewide election results.

Really? Let’s take 3 minutes and read the old yellow founding document:

While Article II does lay out, in extreme detail, the process of the Electoral College, this detail does NOT specifically say that the electors can vote however they want to. But it doesn’t say they can’t, either.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.

There is also a part that describes the horse-trading and deal making that would occur if the top two candidates had a tie in the number of votes they garnered, or if no candidate achieved a majority, forcing the electors to then choose someone from the Top 5. So in effect, in this situation at least, the electors could change their vote.

And that part of Article II was mostly overwritten by the 12th Amendment anyway. Which simplified things, one way by cutting the Top 5 list down to the Top 3. So let’s look there.

Ok, I’ll save you time: the most important thing that the 12th Amendment does, (possibly because political parties were already well established by 1804) is to stop the electors from voting for their top 2 candidates, period. Under the original system, the top candidate got to be President, and the First Runner Up got to be Vice President. You can see the problem there - imagine President Donald Trump with Vice President Hillary Clinton. YIKES !!!

So the 10th had to dig deeper, and looked at Ray, wherein they found precedent that, because Article II and the 12th talk about sealed votes, the elector was presumed to be able to vote how they wanted. Also, electors were supposed to be chosen from the wisest, worldliest, and honorable ... not as a little sop to some major campaign contributor. But Ray found that because of this secret balloting no legal requirement or party pledge to vote a certain way was enforceable, so now it’s back to the Supremacy Clause and the 10th Amendment.

Sorry, I’m not saving you time at all, am I?

As a result, because the Tenth Amendment could not reserve to the states the power to remove electors or cancel their votes, the states possess such power only if expressly delegated by the Constitution.

Finally, we turn to the historical context of the Twelfth Amendment and its impact on Article II, as originally drafted. Based on our review, we conclude the states may not interfere with a presidential elector who exercises discretion in casting votes for the President and Vice President of the United States.

It has long been my opinion that any legislator anywhere who introduces knowingly unconstitutional bills should be fired on the spot. Legislators who pass such bills should also lose there jobs. Not a single bill should ever make it onto the floor without a lead-in that proves that it is constitutional, with references and examples of precedent.

However, there are situations without specific precedent and there are situations not covered explicitly by the Constitution. So they are open to interpretation and judicial pondering. And I guess this was one of them.

And so the 10th Circuit wraps it all up in one simple, easy to understand paragraph:

VI.CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, we AFFIRM the district court’s dismissal of Ms. Baca’s and Mr. Nemanich’s claims under rule 12(b)(1) for lack of standing. But we REVERSE the district court’s dismissal of Mr. Baca’s claim under both rule 12(b)(1) and rule 12(b)(6). Therefore, we REMAND to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Easy to understand if you’re a constitutional lawyer perhaps. But for the rest of us? The 10th agreed that the claim should be dismissed, AND they reversed the dismissal, and then threw the whole thing back to the lower court to do over.

And this counts as a decision? What was wrong with saying “The State’s don’t have power over their electors, who can vote as they see fit, so sod off you berks?” which everyone could understand without having to consult a dictionary several times and read endless, wordy, and obtuse legal opinions.

Crivens. Why can’t these people ever make a plain, bold statement?

The dissenting opinion was because the elector had sought punishment money from the state, which was not granted. So he dragged out Arizonans for several pages, and finally came down to

Because we cannot grant relief to the Presidential Electors, I would dismiss the appeal as moot. 

The dissent seems to be grasping at ecologically unfriendly plastic straws.

But back to the press:
So the decision didn’t give “effective legal permission”; at best it recognized a situation that has always been there and is perfectly legitimate.


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Meanwhile, one of the front page stories at CNN ( “CNN: This IS News” ) is another one of those Just How Dim Are People Really? things

CNN: Is It A Bird Or A Bunny?
Viral Vid Confusing The ‘Net

It’s a bird! It’s a rabbit! No, it’s definitely a bird. But hey, you be the judge.
A video of a black animal getting a nice scratch is spreading quickly around the internet as people take sides in yet another great debate.

Oy vey. I think breathing is confusing to some folks. Too much of a mental challenge for them.


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TNB Sounds more like a negotiation agreement gone wrong to me. Or a family squabble over the last 3 McNuggets.

Sorry, but this kind of thing goes on so damn often it isn’t even news anymore. It’s just Thursday, that’s all. Or Tuesday. Whatever.


Detroilet: Rapper’s Manager Shot Dead On Street

DETROIT (FOX 2) - Hip Hop manager Jobina Brown was shot and killed on the city’s east side Tuesday night.

She was in an SUV with her nephew that she managed - rapper Tee Grizzley.
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Tee Grizzley hired his Aunt Jobina to manage him two years ago and since then, his career has taken off. 
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Sources tell FOX 2 Tee Grizzley was in the front seat of an SUV with Jobina in the back Tuesday. A driver took them to a home near Mack and Cadieux.

The rapper allegedly got out of the car, then someone walked up and started firing shots.

Detroit police say Tee Grizzley and the driver of that SUV were not hurt.
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Detroit Police are working to figure out a motive here and if the rapper was actually the intended target. 


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Granny’s Gang Bang Gets Busted
Having a lark in the park made the dogs bark?

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Six people ranging in age from 62 to 85 face sex charges after being arrested in a conservation area in Connecticut.

Police say the six, five men and an 85-year-old woman, were involved in lewd and sexual activity in the Grace Richardson conservation area in Fairfield earlier this month.

Police say the area was being publicized on the internet as an area for people to meet and have sex.
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Those arrested face charges ranging from breach of peace to public indecency.



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Hedging your bets against a really dark future

Germany Sells 30 Year Bonds With “Negative Interest”

FRANKFURT, Germany — The German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate in a sign of the clouds over markets and future growth as well as increased expectations that more central bank stimulus is likely on the way.

The sale adds to the piles of negative-yielding bonds currently held by investors, indicating they expect growth and inflation to be subpar in coming years. Bond interest yields have also fallen as expectations grow that the European Central Bank and the U.S. Fed will launch more stimulus.

Negative rates mean that investors are in effect willing to pay Germany for a relatively safe place to park their money.

The state financing agency said Wednesday that it sold the bonds due in 2050 at an interest rate of 0.11 percent at an auction.

Unless that’s a typo, and they meant to write “ - 0.11 percent” ( 0.0011 ) then this isn’t exactly negative interest, but effectively zero interest.

What happened was, Germany sold &eur;824 million ($914 million) worth of 30 years, but since (my guess) most bonds are discounted, and probably resold, when these mature the DDR is only going to pay back &eur;795 million. So it actually negative interest yield.

And these are large sum, long term bonds. So whoever buys them is betting that the economy is going to tank, and tank hugely for a very very long time, yet the existing government will remain in place. That’s a pretty dark outlook.

However, this is really nothing new in Europe. They did the same thing back in the Summer of 2016 -

Germany on Wednesday became the first country in the eurozone to sell 10-year debt with a negative yield at an auction, effectively ensuring that investors lose money over the life of the bond.

And in G-7 terms, the Japanese had already done the same thing -

[ July 2016] Germany became on Wednesday the second G-7 nation after Japan to issue 10-year bonds with a negative yield, highlighting a willingness among investors to hold top-rated debt even as yields across the world collapse.

For a bit of an explanation, here’s an article from 2015, when bonds were already trading in the negative realm -

It is certainly possible for negative short term deposit rates in concert with central bank purchases of scarce fixed income assets to drive bond yields negative; policymakers, in fact, hope that this development will drive investors out of “safer” government bonds into other riskier assets.

The world of high finance is not one that I understand. I’m probably wrong, but I think the whole idea of bonds is that they are a debt marker. Somehow, somebody buys these things, then sells them ASAP to other organizations like towns, schools, etc, for less, yet somehow makes money on them. Which means the owner gives the buyer cash now, and the buyer pays it back with interest for many years. As inflation sets in, the new money paid back is worth less than the old money handed out, so it’s a “deal” for the second buyers. But what happens when this concept turns turtle and the bonds go negative? OR is it that the bonds are only negative, and only slightly negative at that, to the original purchaser (banks) who gets them from the government? And the secondary buyers are paying some interest? Beats me, but I think it’s the taxpayers who wind up footing the bill for the most part. Because that’s what us little people are for.

At any rate, the result so far of all this has been that the duration-weighted yield – i.e., the yield that would result from buying a country’s entire curve – of major developed countries is converging to rates in Japan, which has had persistently low yields for over two decades, and not the other way around.

Huh? What? This isn’t a language I speak.


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Fine Tuning The Headlines To Find The Truth

Trump Signs EO To Forgive Vet Student Loans

No, what he did was sign an EO to streamline the already existing process
passed 11 years ago to forgive student loan debt only for 100% disabled veterans

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans.

The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit.

“The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.”

The memo Trump signed directs the government to develop an “expedited” process so veterans can have their federal student loan debt discharged “with minimal burdens.” Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.

Under the current process, disabled veterans can have their debt forgiven under a loan forgiveness program, called Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, or TPD, as long as they have a VA service-connected disability rating of 100 percent.

In addition to the EO, President Trump put a new guy in charge of the department. But did he put in a good guy, or a schlemiel?

This department was created under the Dodd-Frank Act in 2008. Previous legislature by those two essentially caused the housing market crash of the mid 2000s. President Trump put a new person in charge of this department, but I’m not so sure that he found the right guy for the job ...

Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday.
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Cameron most recently worked at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, better known as FedLoan Servicing, as its head of compliance and risk mitigation.
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PHEAA has been cited for poor industry practices, most notably for how it has handled the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a program designed to allow student loan borrowers who work in public service jobs to get part of their loan balances forgiven.

So the guy he put in charge of straightening out this process is the guy responsible for doing a terrible job in the highly similar program in PA. So he gets promoted to run the whole federal aspect now? I thought Trump was all about draining the swamp.

Still, it makes good headlines, and sticks it to the Democrat candidates who have been calling for student loan forgiveness. Is this a drop in the bucket? Maybe. But here he is doing something, while all they do is flap their jaws.


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08/21/19


How do you say “D’oh!!!” in Swedish??

Swedish Cops Blow Up Their Own Building By Accident

A Swedish police warehouse building in Linköping was destroyed after the bomb squad detonated a motorbike filled with explosives.

The moped containing what has been described as some form of plastic explosive covered with nails was discovered on Monday afternoon by officers in a stolen property room, and led to the evacuation of around 170 personnel from the area, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.

Following the evacuation, the Swedish bomb squad was called in to make a controlled detonation of the explosives but, according to Sveriges Radio, something went wrong with the operation and a much larger blast than expected took place.
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The building was totally demolished and windows in nearby properties largely destroyed, but no injuries to officers or civilians have been reported.

Police held a press conference Tuesday explaining that the moped had been reported stolen in May of this year and that no explosives were discovered in it at the time it was found.

The explosives were not found until the owner of the moped came to collect it this week. Police say the owner is not suspected of having planted the explosives in the moped.
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Sweden has seen a wave of explosions this year with many taking place in the multicultural city of Malmö, including three separate detonations in a mere 24-hour period in June.

“multicultural” = “overrun with muzzies”. Nothing new there, but it’s all officially denied


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Another winner from the Babylon Bee

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NEW YORK, NY—A new line of more patriarchal thermostats designed and developed by Patriarchy, Inc. includes a specific option to freeze all women to death.
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Patriarchy, Inc. guarantees that when you press the button, every woman in your office building will start to get cold, then start to complain about how cold it is, then withdraw their arms into their shirt to form a makeshift jacket, and finally turn into a solid block of ice. The men in the office are then able to use the ice to cool their beers and spirits.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that all the button does is set the thermostat to a “chilly” 70 degrees.

We’ve certainly had a similar situation at our house. And I’m pretty sure that a whole bunch of women are convinced this really is an evil male plot.

When I was a teen I used to love working in the frozen food aisle in the grocery store in the summer. Nice and cool, and such fun to watch the customers.

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Related: Looks like the Energy Star people are all woke and feminist and stuff. Or maybe they’re just making excuses for our insufficient national power grid ... caused by overpopulation (by illegals??) ?

LOS ANGELES - To keep your home cool with central air conditioning while also optimizing energy efficiency (and therefore cost), keep the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

The suggestion comes from Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency practices that not only save consumers money, but also improve air quality and protect the environment.
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While you are away from the house during the day, you should keep the thermostat set to 85 degrees or higher.

While you sleep, Energy Star recommends keeping the temperature set at 82 degrees or higher.

If we let this place warm up to 85 or more in the daytime it would take most of the evening to cool the place off to 78. I guess I need to pull a magic 10 grand out of my butt and install an ultra potent A/C system to cool the place down quickly.

And if I tried to sleep at 82 or higher, I’d wake up drowned in my own sweat. Eww.



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08/20/19


Well, duh, when you put it that way.


To assist those poor souls to understand that they are being taken for a ride by unscrupulous, lying politicians, and by gullible schoolkids egged on by immature adults from The Extinction Rebellion protest movement, here is some science in the simplest terms possible so that even they can understand it.

It includes pictures for the terminally brainwashed and those infected by groupthink.


The marvelously named blog, Cambrian Dissenters, does a post on the BS Climate Emergency. Gosh, the UK has coal deposits. The lands have also been shaped by glaciers. What does that tell you??


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Half a dozen or so strange little stories in the news, from super minor to fairly major.

1) Why is a Florida shoplifting story in the New York Post? Because they could make snarky puns with it?

Big mis-steak: Man arrested after allegedly shoving steaks down his pants

Plenty of people complain about a meal going straight to their waistline, but one Florida man allegedly took things a bit too literally.

Michael Owens, 61, was arrested after police say he tried to steal two packs of steaks from a Publix store in St. Augustine by shoving the meat down his pants, WFOX-TV reported.
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The 61-year-old told investigators he figured if he got caught, he would just be removed from the store, not arrested, officials said.

The steaks were recovered but weren’t allowed back on store shelves.

Gee, why not?? This IS Florida, after all.

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2) Kentucky Woman Breaks Into Bar, Drinks Until Morning Staff Opens Up, Gets Arrested

A Kentucky woman was arrested for allegedly breaking into a closed bar and drinking there until employees showed up to open the watering hole in the morning, according to a report.

Donna Martin is accused of busting into the Slainte Public House in Georgetown, Ky., early Monday, Lex 18 reported.

Employees arriving shortly before 8 a.m. found Martin posted up at the bar, the outlet said.

The workers called police, who charged Martin with burglary and public intoxication.

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3) Flori-duh again.  Man with sword chases jogger to protect his garbage. WTF?

An Oakland Park man attacked a jogger with a sword in an attempt to protect a plastic dump cart that had been thrown out in the trash, police said Monday.

The big stink started July 15 when the runner stumbled upon a pile of garbage in front of a house, and decided to grab the black heavy-duty wagon, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

That’s when the rabble-rouser got upset — because he wanted the cart.

The two “exchanged words” but the jogger took the item anyway. When he got home, he realized the litter-lover had followed him, cops said.

Video shows the junk-diver unsheathing a sword and swinging it at the jogger.
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Police are asking for help finding the sword-swinger

To be fair, it’s a pretty decent lawn cart. A homeless ninja could get some great ally cred having a hauler like that.

Funny how this isn’t reported as a race attack; the jogger was a white guy, and the sword guy was black. Raycis!!! The cart was on someone else’s property.

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4) Drawing a line in the water; 19 days later Italy still refusing to admit “rescue ship” full of illegal Africans

MILAN — The Spanish humanitarian rescue ship Open Arms says another man had to be rescued after jumping into the sea as the standoff with Italy, which won’t permit it access to a port, entered its 19th day.

Open Arms described the situation on board Tuesday as “desperate,” saying that a man threw himself into the water, trying to reach land that is in plain view, while at the same moment a woman suffered a panic attack.

The Open Arms’ captain previously informed Italian authorities that the crew of 17 could no longer control the situation on board, as frustrated migrants resort to fighting.

Italy’s hard-line interior minister has refused port access to the ship, docked just off the island of Lampedusa, even though six other European countries have agreed to take the passengers.

Hey, here’s a solution. Drive the boat to one of those other countries. Italy is full. Go somewhere else.

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5) DeNiro Sues Former Employee For Binge Watching Sitcoms On The Job

Robert De Niro‘s company, Canal Productions, has filed a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee for allegedly embezzling money and watching Netflix during work hours.
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According to Variety, the loan-out company has accused Chase Robinson, ex-vice president of production and finance, of spending “astronomical amounts of time” binge-watching Friends, dropping thousands of dollars at expensive hotels and restaurants, and using De Niro’s own frequent flyer miles to book personal travel.
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Robinson was hired by Canal Productions in 2008. After spending time as De Niro’s assistant, she was promoted to “vice president of production and finance,” with a 2019 salary of $300,000. The lawsuit goes on to say that Robinson left the loan-out company in April, after top brass developed concerns about alleged “corporate sabotage.”
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According to the lawsuit, Robinson rarely came into the New York office, and when she did, she spent “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix. Canal Productions claims that during a four-day span in January 2019, she watched 55 episodes of Friends (that’s 20+ hours of Friends).

Maybe if she’d actually had, you know, some actual work to do on her job? $6000 a week and nothing to do? Sweeeet.

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6) NYC bias? Two Proud Boys Convicted Of Brawling With Antifa

Two members of the right-wing Proud Boys group were convicted Monday for brawling with leftist antifa members in Manhattan last year.

A jury found John Kinsman and Maxwell Hare guilty of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot stemming from the confrontation near the Metropolitan Republican Club following a speech by former Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes in October 2018.

Both men face up to 15 years in prison and will remain free until their sentencing.
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The victims in the case were never identified, and antifa refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Sure, their actions were recorded by CCTV. But the victims never came forward, never pressed charges, and the Official Group wouldn’t cooperate? And yet there is still a conviction??

Of course, if the beaten guys came forward, they wouldn’t be anonymous any more, now would they? OTOH, if Proud Boys wore masks like Antifa, they never would have been identified and arrested.

But how liberal ... press charges against the right wingers, ignore the left wingers.

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I’ve exchanged a few emails with the fellow who runs an outdoors based web site. It’s a combination product review and advice column/guides page, offering tips on various kinds of hunting and fishing and hiking, and reviews of a whole bunch of related products.

Take a gander at Outdoor Life Reviews and let me know what you think. If your feeling is that this is another one of those sold out sycophants who think every product is just super duper, and that their guides are overly simplistic, then I’m not going to link him.

But give it a fair shot. Your feedback counts to me.


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08/19/19


Redheads in the news

Rarest strawberry leopard spotted in South Africa

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A couple captured stunning images of a rare “strawberry” leopard feasting on a dead giraffe at a South African game reserve.

Images of the leopard, named for its red-colored coat, were caught on a motion-sensitive camera set up by Alan Watson, 45, and his wife Lynsey, 41, at the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve in late July. The pair pinned the camera to a tree located near a dead giraffe — which was killed following an “intense” thunderstorm, per the UK-based outlet SWNS — in the hopes of capturing images of scavengers coming for their next meal.

The pictures are reportedly the first of a “strawberry” leopard eating in the wild, according to the Daily Mail.

Yeah, the giraffe got killed by lightning. You’d think that after millions of years of evolution, they would have learned to get their heads down during thunderstorms.

It was kind of a set piece photograph. The guy lives and works near the wilderness preserve, and has been watching this cat since it was a kitten. Also the dead giraffe was moved to a more photogenic location. But still, pictures of a strawberry blonde leopard. Kewl!

In July, Alan found a dead giraffe killed in a thunderstorm and, seeing nothing could be done to save it, he cut it open to attract predators.

He then set up a camera suspecting they might get ‘a few hundred photos of grass moving.’



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I am totally shocked

New German Immigration Policy Makes Perfect Sense

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has announced the government will be cracking down on Syrians with asylum status who go on holiday back to Syria.

Bavarian centre-right leader Horst Seehofer said that the government would be looking to strip Syrians who visit their home country on holiday of their asylum status, saying that those who regularly travel to the country cannot make a serious claim that they are being persecuted there, Kronen Zeitung reports.

“We have to deprive them of their refugee status,” Seehofer added and said that the Interior Ministry was monitoring any such activity from Syrians with refugee status living in Germany.

He also said that the government was watching the situation inside Syria closely and said, “If the situation permits, we will carry out repatriations.”

The revelations of asylum seekers and refugees making holidays in their home countries — where they allegedly fled persecution — are not a new development. As early as January of 2017 it was shown that asylum seekers in Switzerland were using welfare cash to go on vacations to Eritrea, despite claiming they risked death if they were ever sent back to the country.

Oh, I’m all in favor of letting them go back to Syria. They aren’t prisoners of Germany. But I don’t see any point to let them back in afterwards.

To fully close the holes, returning asylum peoples passport inspection will have to be intense. You leave Germany, go to France, then the UK, then Lebanon, then Syria? Asylum revoked. Heck, if your passport shows you went anywhere near the middle east, your asylum is revoked. I’m not sure how this can be implemented when anyone can travel by train or bus across the entire EU without any kind of border crossing passport stamping.

The easiest solution would be to just not allow anyone from any middle east country to come to Germany. Then cancel the asylum status of anyone who hasn’t checked in with their local immigration center in 90 days.



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I am only somewhat shocked

India to build huge detention camps for illegal alien muzzies migrants

More than 4 million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country’s pluralist traditions and aims to redefine what it means to be Indian.

Perhaps after being declared foreigners, they’ll be deported. While 4 million sounds like a lot, this is India we’re talking about, and that’s just a tiny drop in their gigantic population bucket.

I have not been keeping abreast of news from India. But I do know that muslims and hindus can’t ever seem to get along. Ever. After WWII colonial India was partitioned into India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. They had one of the greatest population migrations of all time, with the vast majority of muslims moving to Pakistan in the west or to Bangladesh, the newly renamed Bengal province, in the east. Both new countries are nearly exclusively muslim. You’d think that would solve the problem, right? hahaha, not a chance.

I can guarantee that snowflakes, leftists, and other jihadi types will be screaming from the rooftops about this terrible “racist” decision. But OTOH, honestly, give it up already. The muzz got two entire countries created just for them, and that’s not enough? (well no, because it’s only India that has any kind of economy, so that’s the place to be)


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08/18/19

Another major Hillary email crime story to ignore.

Why, my goodness. The dweeb who wiped her laptop, lied to the FBI and got immunity, just happened to copy every single one of her 30,000 emails to a totally unsecured gmail account. An account which uses the name of a Chinese company located in Hacker Province.

Comey says the Chinese didn’t hack her PC, so no worries. What, look at the gmail account? Why would he do a silly thing like that?

But nothing to see here, and it’s so 2016 anyway.


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Hey Mother Nature, are we done yet?

{ No! You are due another big thunderstorm just after you go to bed. Be grateful you don’t live in the Panhandle! }

Such weather we had today. Four intense thunderstorms may have finally broken the humidity here, but don’t bet on it. I got to drive in one this afternoon, coming back from my Sunday work. Saw the tongues of fat lightning striking up the road ahead, and I drove right into it. Traffic went from a NJ standard 83mph down to about 11. Lightning had hit a medium tree on the medium, and it was well done. Blasted right out of the ground and lying across the passing lane. Looked like a small white SUV got bonked with some branches. We all drove around it, and then north out of the storm. Dry roads, and I zoomed most of the rest of the way home, only to get caught in another small but intense squall. Highway crawl. And I want to smack these fools who put their emergency flashers on. Stop this stupidity, you’re not helping. We know you’re going slow, because we’re right behind you, going slow too. Duh. You want to be visible? Next time don’t buy a pavement colored vehicle. Estupido.

Got home and none of those afternoon storms had hit here, only the first one this morning. So it was hazy hot and super swampy. And time to make dinner. So I got the Weber going and put on a bunch of seasoned chicken thighs. Then the sky grew dark. Darker. The outside lights came on. The wind picked up. And the clouds just sat there, low in the sky and hardly moving. No, they were just getting ready. Halfway through the grilling, the sky opened again. Rained so hard it was tough to see across the 12 foot patio. I swear each raindrop was about a 1/4 cup. Hey, one way to not overcook the chicken is to have it raining so hard that the grill is getting cooled off from above and from underneath, by the big drops bouncing up. I should have taken a video. How was I to know that a water resistant jacket, a boonie hat, an umbrella, and a flashlight were necessary afternoon barbecue accessories? I thought a pair of tongs and a margarita was all I needed. Wrong!

The chicken was great. I used Vulcan salt and hot Cajun seasoning.


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Shopping List: Milk, Meat, Cheese, Dead Guy, Crackers, Bread, Paper Towels

A normal trip to the grocery store turned into a nightmare for one New Yorker after she returned to her vehicle to find a dead body in the bed of her truck.

Officers with Niagara County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Tops supermarket on Lockport Road Friday after an unidentified woman reported finding the body of a man in her truck bed.

According to police, she left a location in Wayne County and stopped in the Town of Newfane to go to the supermarket. When she finished shopping, she opened her tailgate to put her groceries away and “noticed the deceased male inside the bed.”

She was unable to identify the man, who police described as a Hispanic male in his 40s or 50s, WNBC reported.

The man was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for an autopsy. Police did not release a cause of death or any details surrounding the discovery of the body.


First responders determined the unidentified man had been dead for some time. The woman, who Niagara County Sheriff James Votour said was understandably upset, has no idea who the man is.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says the woman, who is from Wayne County, had left home early Friday morning. She reportedly traveled through Wayne, Monroe and Niagara Counties, making a brief stop in Monroe County, and later stopping again in Lockport.

Deputies from all three counties are assisting with the investigation.


Anyone who owns a pickup truck can tell you that strangers always throw junk in the bed. I guess the world thinks you’re driving a public dumpster.

Newfane is just north of Lockport in western NY, over by the Ontario border on the isthmus between Lake Eire and Lake Ontario, a bit NE of Buffalo. Newfane and Lockport are two of the many towns that came into existence due to the Erie Canal.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2019 at 12:57 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM   
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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:29 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/24/2016 at 09:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


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Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM   
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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.


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Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.






Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.


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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating

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Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 01:04 PM   
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bazinga!

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.


So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.




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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face




Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.

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