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calendar   Saturday - July 21, 2018

The one, the only



We’re off to do a birthday picnic thing. Got the car full of food and goodies. Mmm, tri-tip on the charcoal grill. With fire roasted corn on the cob. And fresh Italian style sourdough bread. And birthday cake with ice cream sundaes!

Hmmm, interesting short reads:



So Unexpected. Seriously??

WASHINGTON (Al-Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting its lowest level in more than 48-1/2 years, as the labor market continues to strengthen.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 207,000 for the week ended July 14, the lowest reading since early December 1969, the Labor Department said.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 220,000 in the latest week.

The second straight weekly decline in claims, however, likely reflects difficulties adjusting the data for seasonal fluctuations around this time of the year when motor vehicle manufacturers shut assembly lines for annual retooling.

Gosh, maybe because the economy is booming and people have actual HOPE for a brighter future, now that we have that TOTAL IDIOT CRIMINAL TRAITOR Trump as President? Dude, you bias is showing. And your pet economists are losers.


Lather, Rinse, Repeat? They’ve got me doing garage door trim painting again here at the condo park. Arrgh, I just did that last year and two years before that. At least this time it’s not repainting them all. It’s just go around and do touch ups. Because the wood underneath isn’t so great, but there’s no money to replace it with new wood. Whatever. At least it’s not 104°.

Not a whole lot of blogging from me, still. I’m burned out on politics again. It’s just the same old BS, back and forth, day after day after year after year. Nothing ever changes. The latest laugh is this charges against the Russians for hacking the DNC server. Really? Did anyone ever examine the darn thing? Last I heard, when the FBI went to do that, they got shown the door. And now the server is nowhere to be seen?  I guess DWS’s lover/Paki spy Aswan must have sold it for scrap from his garage. Riiiight. So no evidence, but let’s press charges anyway. Typical kabuki theater. Total nonsense.





Rise Up And Open Wide

When I bake bread, I’m often let down by the amount of oven spring I get and how much the slashes on the loaf open. It’s never enough. Today I tried some sourdough cinnamon raisin bread. I added a bit more sourdough starter than I ought to have, and when the dough was mixed and kneaded I covered it and put it oustide in a sheltered spot to take advantage of the warm and very humid weather. And the darn thing took off like a rocket. Brought it in early, rolled it out and added the cinnamon-sugar mix, rolled it up and into a big pan for the final rise. And it took off again, even indoors. So I slashed it and baked it, and shazzam!!


um ... is it just me, or does this loaf have a certain ... um ... Georgia O’Keeffe aspect to it?? LOL

And then? And then I made peanut butter cookies. Well, half a batch. Bake the rest tomorrow.



Oh yay, it’s another gardening day!! 

We got a few more plants in the ground to fill in the holes in the flower beds, then decided that some mulch would be good to lay down. So it was off to my favorite gardening center for half a dozen bags of the good mulch. And a couple bags of Melorganite, that deer repellent fertilizer you can just pour out on the ground around your plants. Lay down some of that, put a couple inches of mulch on top, and let it ride.  With the weather we’ve been having, I’ve got to water every day. Too much hassle, and the soil gets too compacted as well.



I have become an old fart. Sad but true. Every year my tolerance for BS, poor workmanship, and lackadaisical treatment by support staff gets lower and lower. And you know what? I’m not at all ashamed of that.

We went for a late dinner at one of these Joe’s Crab Shack places. It’s a franchise, seafood, kind of like Red Lobster but with a more laid back, pier side approach. So we walk in just before 8, after the dinner rush. Dindu at the front has to look at the table chart 4 times to figure out where to put us, although the place isn’t even a third full. We get a seat in the covered side porch at a rather sticky picnic table. Napkins are provincial; a roll of brown paper towels in a Corona bucket. So we put a few down so we don’t stick to the table too much. And that’s cool. Waitress comes, we order a couple double beers and the sampler appetizer. Beers come quick, but we’re waiting on the app. She comes and tells us that things are not good in the kitchen, so our app will show up just before our entrees. Ok, fine, no problem, just feed us. 20 minutes later, only about 1 table in 5 has anybody at this point, the app arrives. It’s pretty good, and we dig in. And finish it. And drink our beers. And drink our beers some more. And then some more. Another 20 minutes passes. Um, where’s our food? Well, you see, uh, your dish is done, but we’re still waiting on her redfish and lobster. Riiight. M’am, there’s nobody here, what’s the issue? Are you out of redfish, because that happens, and we’re OK with that, just bring her the lobster. Oh no, we have the fish. It’ll be right out. Half an hour later, no food. So I get up, go find the waitress, and ask her to bring us the bill for what we’ve eaten. We’re leaving.

She brings the bill, all apologectic; somebody’s gonna get fired tonight it’s been a disaster in here all night. We tell her it’s not her fault. She gives us my entree for free, wrapped up in a foil pan. We leave. Yeah, I gave her a tip, but a small one.

WTF. I worked as a fry cook in a quick meal restaurant. Everything is pre-portioned. If it’s frozen, just nuke it for a minute, or just drop it in the fryer or slap it on the grill. And when there’s only 3 or 4 orders on the wheel, in a place with 50 tables, then there’s no excuse. And I’m not willing to put up with it.

I wondered if maybe it was racism, because we were just about the only white folks there. We’d eaten there before, about 6 years ago when it first opened, and it was nearly all white staff and customers. But I don’t think that was the issue. Everyone seemed nice. They just had an inept mofo on the grill tonight. And I hope he won’t be there tomorrow.


News bits from around, on this rainy Sunday. It is Sunday, right? I’m pretty sure of that. We’re doing housework, oh joy oh joy.

•  Pulls gun on cops, gets himself shot. Neighborhood protests police brutality. Do we have to play Guess The Race? What, like the police should wait for him to shoot first? Chicago, this time.

•  Maybe in Meh-he-co, but not in Dallas.  Jose Nahun Lopez-Cruz, 24, busted with 15 year old girl, weed, open booze, and parking in a handi zone. “Ees Ok, ees my wife”. Um, no.

•  Hamas kite bombers ... bombed. Well gosh, what a surprise.

The IDF on Sunday said it fired at a group of Palestinians flying incendiary balloons into southern Israel from the northern Gaza Strip. Reports in Palestinian media said one person was injured by the Israeli drone strike in the Beit Hanoun area.

In a statement, the army said the Palestinians were members of the Hamas terrorist organization that rules the Strip.

The strike came hours after a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, following the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war.  Over the weekend, Palestinian terrorists fired some 200 rockets and missiles at Israeli communities near the Gaza border. In response, the IDF struck dozens of Hamas targets in the Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated that Israel would not tolerate the continued kite and balloon arson attacks that have burned thousands of dunams of forests and agricultural land adjacent to the Gaza border in recent months, including fresh fires started on Sunday. He said Hamas was hit “substantially and hard” in the overnight Israeli strikes.

A dunam is an ancient measure of land ( it figures, it’s in Israel after all, right? ) equal to the amount of land a team of oxen can plow in a day. The modern version of this ancient measurement is 1000m2, which is about a quarter of an acre. Call it 1/500 of a Hide.

•  Civil war in Croatia if they win the World Cup? Or if they lose to France? Things rather suck over there and the people may have just about had it. Or maybe they’ll get enthused and get their country moving forward again. It’s news from CNN, so it’s hard to tell.

•  Next time fly British Air. Ryanair flight loses pressure, drops 6 miles altitude in 5 minutes, passenger ears bleeding. But the plane landed Ok. Flight was from Dublin Ireland to Croatia. ( Croatia is across the bay from northern Italy ). Guess it’s time for new door seal gaskets?

•  Guess she’s too conservative. California Dems dump Diane Feinstein?

The California Democratic Party on Saturday endorsed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s challenger, highlighting the moderate lawmaker’s political disconnect with liberal activists in her home state.

The nod provides Kevin de León with a boost of momentum for his long-shot bid to unseat the 26-year-incumbent. After finishing second and 32 points behind Feinstein in the June primary, de León spent months calling more than 300 members of the party’s executive board to earn their support.

His work paid off Saturday when 65 percent of the voting members endorsed him over Feinstein at a gathering in Oakland.

So she’s not out of it yet ( well, not out of it in a Nancy Pelosi way anyway ) but this is a real smack in the face. Hey, there’s a new generation taking over.



It’s a plane, it’s a bird ... it’s a moth??


I saw one of these critters out in the garden, visiting the petunias. I thought “Oh look, a hummingbirf!” because we do get them, but not very often. And then I noticed it had several more legs than your typical bird. A moth? But it looks and acts just like a hummingbird. So I figured I’d call it a hummingbird moth, and went inside to Google it up, and yup, that’s what they’re called. Officially, it’s a snowberry clearwing hummingbird moth, because there are a couple different kinds. This is the more common one.

A neato bug.

We also get rather large brown longhorn beetles out there at night. That’s a 2 inch long skinny sucker with antennas nearly as wide. Not at all as interesting though. Just a really darn big beetle. Might make good bass bait.




Fall of civilization, part 73,853

Ghettopotamus Rampage

4 Ferals Stab Waitress, Steal Money

Atlanta GA - A waitress required 15 stitches after she was attacked by four women she served Tuesday night at a Henry County Applebee’s, police said.

The women beat and punched the waitress and stabbed her in the forearm with a steak knife, McDonough police Maj. Kyle Helgerson told They allegedly took her tip money before they skipped out on a $62.57 bill.

Authorities identified the four women as Demetrius Boyd, Keterah Boyd, Lakisha Boyd and Lashondra Boyd.


“The waitress had brushed up against her leg,” Helgerson said. “There was an initial conversation about that.”

The waitress, who is in her 20s, reportedly apologized to the woman, claiming it was an accident.

Just another daily TNB. You try to ignore it, you try to excuse it. But you can’t. It’s the way they are. Feral, abusive, inconsiderate, instigating, and violent at the drop of a hat. Sitting with her leg sticking out, then gets wound up when somebody contacts it. And the answer is to grab a knife and attack.

Likewise, here’s some nearly unknown rapper, Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, aka “YG”, who assaulted some fan in Vegas and tore a gold chain from his neck and stole it.

Or just take a glance at the Shoot-O-Meter in Chicago: 6 dead, 10 wounded, and that’s just in a day. It’s not even Sunday yet. Gun control doesn’t work in the ghetto when no one obeys the law.

There was another one of those NFL guys arrested for some felony yesterday, but I can’t be bothered to look it up. Not to worry, there will be another one next week, guaranteed.



University of Wyoming Snowflakes: Cowboys Are Sexist And Racist Symbols

“The world needs more cowboys,” the University of Wyoming says in a new marketing slogan.

But apparently not everyone agrees.  The slogan has drawn backlash from critics, including faculty members and Native American groups, who call the catchphrase sexist, racist and counterproductive to university recruitment—because it excludes women and people of color, Reuters reported.

Which is the kind of idiotic reaction you get from people who’ve never cracked a history book. There certainly were black cowboys back in the day, and I’m sure that if there are still real cowboys out there today, some of them are women. WTH, why not? Well, other than the whole outdoor free range sanitation and hygiene issues, which I suppose any female could learn to overcome. Pioneer women managed, so can they.

Darrell Hutchinson, a cultural specialist, told Reuters that people who do not fit the stereotypical image of a cowboy – “a white man with a wide-brimmed hat riding the range on horseback” – are not made to feel welcome.

“If you’re not a white person, and especially if you’re an Indian, it would make you feel out of place—it wouldn’t make you feel too good about yourself,” said Hutchinson, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming.


The slogan has drawn backlash from critics, including faculty members and Native American groups, who call the catchphrase sexist, racist and counterproductive to university recruitment—because it excludes women and people of color, Reuters reported.

“Honestly, I thought it was a joke at first,” associate professor Ellen Currano told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “I thought it was a joke. And then I looked it up on the university web page and saw that no, this was, in fact, serious.”


Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, said ranchers are worried the dispute may cast “aspersions on a time-honored way of life and work,” according to Reuters.

“We are proud of the true image of the real cowboy or cowgirl, often of very diverse race or ethnicity, riding the range on a well-groomed horse while sporting a cowboy hat, chaps, spurs and a rope,” he said in a statement.

Geez, why don’t these snowflakes just cowboy up and ride off into the sunset already? It’s Wyoming, m’kay??? Everyone is a cowboy. Or wants to be. Or at least understands and embraces the Cowboy Way. And several other western universities even call their teams the Cowboys, and even have the same mascot, Pistol Pete. It’s the West. It’s how it is.



USA About To Become World’s #1 Oil Producer

Soaring domestic production levels means the U.S. is ready to pass both Saudi Arabia and Russia to reclaim the title of the world’s biggest crude oil producer. It last held that position in 1974.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration made the forecast and predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. The rise comes on the back of U.S. innovation in the field of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling.

As a consequence, American oil imports could drop as low as 1.6 million barrels a day, which would be the lowest level since 1958.

“If the forecast holds, that would make the U.S. the world’s leading producer of crude,” says Linda Capuano, who heads the agency, a part of the Energy Department.

Saudi Arabia and Russia could upend that forecast by lifting their own production. In the face of fluctuating global oil prices, members of the OPEC cartel and a few non-members including Russia agreed last month to ease production caps that had contributed to ramping prices.


Arrgh, let down at bowling again. As always. I threw a 580 series, and we were up against a killer team and got 74 pins handicap. Yet we lost the first 2 games and wood, only taking the 3rd because I threw a 200 game. Why do I always get stuck on the loser teams? Gak, my teammate threw a 400 series, more than 130 pins down from his average. Dude. Pathetic.

And I’d better make an appointment for an eye exam. Time for new lenses. These are almost 3, and the coatings are wearing away in the past month. Can’t see clearly through all the scratches. Cooperative planned obsolescence, given that a lens prescription is good for 2 years?



Oh, and now you can add TSA employees to the list of government elites (like the DNC, FBI, and DOJ) that are above the law. Bow before Zod, peasant.

Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses.

In a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are shielded by government sovereign immunity from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act because they do not function as “investigative or law enforcement officers.”

The majority said it was “sympathetic” to concerns that its decision would leave fliers with “very limited legal redress” for alleged mistreatment by aggressive or overzealous screeners, which add to the ordinary stresses of air travel.

“For most people, TSA screenings are an unavoidable feature of flying,” but it is “squarely in the realm” of Congress to expand liability for abuses, Circuit Judge Cheryl Ann Krause wrote.

The decision, the first on the issue by a federal appeals court, was a defeat for Nadine Pellegrino, a business consultant from Boca Raton, Florida.

She and her husband had sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 altercation at Philadelphia International Airport.


The system is rigged. Maybe it’s time to either purge the system on a massive, massive scale, or just throw it out and start over. I say go with the bloodiest purge in human history first.


a bit later: Well, that didn’t last long. The handle broke off the line striping machine. It just rotted away. I have no idea how old the thing is, but it’s got a whole lot of paint build up on it. Time for a new one. Hope they have something else for me to do in the mean time.


Rats, I think I’m going to have to wash this keyboard. Not sure how, but the keys are getting kind of sticky inside. Must have spilled something, or else 5 years of dust and grit have accumulated. Oh, I so do NOT want to have to take it apart and remove all the keys and stuff like in the old days.

OK, it’s not so roasty hot today, so on with the old sun hat, and out to play with the line painter for a couple hours.

Anything new in the news? I hear all of those Thai kids are rescued from that cave. That’s a good thing. Shame that one of the Thai soldiers died in the effort. And it’s so weird that people are criticizing Elon Musk for going over there and trying to help. No, he couldn’t do anything, but he had some decent ideas for low depth underwater rescues, like his buoyant air tube passageway. Good, he’s super rich, so go design it and build it. Make it in 200 meter lengths that clip together, make a few hundred, test them, then sell them to countries that have long caves. Not to make a buck, just to do something good for the world.

Any other notable news? Ah, here’s Newt, saying how President Trump nominating Kavanaugh for SCOTUS is all part of his master plan, and how DJT has been appointing conservative judges left and right at the lower levels all over the country. Sssh Newt, don’t crow about it, just keep your mouth shut until one day the Lefties get up and find that they’re living in the America that’s supposed to be, not their Obamatopia dreamworld. And the popping sound of their heads exploding will be a joyful noise across the land, like playing with a greatest biggest sheet of bubble wrap that ever was.

GAK, this keyboard really needs a workover. I can hardly get the keys to actuate.

Right, off to work for a bit.

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Sorry, not much from me today. The news is Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh, and then more Kavanaugh. He seems like and excellent pick, so the Left’s fury is pretty asinine.

I’m done with the varnishing project and have moved on to doing the annual repainting of all the parking lot lines. There are a lot of them. I’ve gone through 8 cans of spray paint already, and I’m not even 1/2 done. More tomorrow, and more the day after. It puts a little money in my pocket.

hee hee, here’s a good one ...





Let the vile mud slinging and Borking begin. The Left needs to avenge Obama.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a strong message to supporters Monday in an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, saying >a href="">she has plans to “avenge” former President Barack Obama “if it’s the last thing I do,” in the upcoming congressional battle over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The group sent out the email under Pelosi’s name with the subject line “Trump nominee BACKFIRES.” In the letter, Pelosi pleaded with supporters to contribute to her Supreme Court fund — money she wants to use to overcome the “$1.4 MILLION ad blitz” she said Republicans are looking to initiate following Monday’s Supreme Court announcement.

“I’m worried this will eviscerate our chance to make Republicans pay for the Supreme Court seat they STOLE from President Obama,” Pelosi wrote, adding that she will “personally triple-match” any gifts to the fund.

Pelosi has promised to oppose whoever Trump nominates, a move mirrored by many of her Democratic cohorts in Congress. However, vulnerable red-state Senate Democrats up for re-election may not fall in line with party leaders and could support the nominee. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all voted in favor of confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch to the high court last year and are up for re-election this November.


Trumpanomics: Low Unemployment Means More Job Demand Means Higher Wages

The tight labor-market in Iowa is delivering higher wages, better working conditions and more training programs to employees in Iowa, where unemployment has dropped to roughly 4 percent, according to a report in Atlantic magazine.


Overall, Iowa “ranks eighth in nationwide wage growth from 2007 to 2017, according to a recently released national data analysis,” says an April report in the Des Moines Register.  It added:

Iowans have seen a weekly wage increase of $189, or 27.5 percent, over the past decade. That rate is higher than 42 other states, according to a study completed by Policygenius, an online insurance sales company out of New York.

However, the Atlantic article also notes that companies are fighting wage raises, and also that overall wages are too low for single parents to gain from jobs while also paying for daycare. “Companies have shown a remarkable unwillingness to boost wages, with [wage] growth barely keeping pace with inflation,” said the Atlantic report.

Similar corporate opposition to wage raises is visible nationwide, as most white-collar and blue-collar wages are barely growing amid record unemployment and the widespread implementation of $15 minimum-wage laws.

The Atlantic article, however, fails to mention the fundamental importance of President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policies. Those policies have helped Americans by blocking companies from importing yet more replacement workers via illegal immigration, or via the various federal refugee, asylum, legal immigration and visa-worker programs.

Well there’s an idea. Get all the illegals out, and send home huge numbers of guest workers. That way Americans will have the jobs, and gosh, they might even get some training and a raise every once in a while. Terrible idea, I know.


Nissan: The Next Emissions Cheater Scandal?

Nissan admitted Monday it falsified test data on exhaust emissions and fuel efficiency at five of its Japanese manufacturing plants.

In a statement, the company said falsified data dating to 2013 was discovered during a company-wide audit. That investigation was prompted by an issue in which “unqualified personnel were testing cars coming off the assembly line.” It led to a recall of 1.2 million cars.

The discovery leading to Monday’s announcement came after the Japanese government ordered Nissan to re-examine its quality protocols.

The company said emissions levels of 1,171 cars were tested under non-conforming conditions, including government-regulated temperatures and speeds.

Nissan’s statement cited “performance of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests that deviated from the prescribed testing environment’ and “creation of inspection reports based on altered measurement values.”

Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Nissan’s chief competitive officer, apologized at a press conference on Monday.


Nissan is the latest major automaker to find itself in an emissions scandal, after similar revelations from Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat-Chrysler. Its share price fell 4.5 percent on New York markets before recovering.

I wonder if the countries have set impossibly high emissions standards, and if fudging the data is the only way these companies can get their vehicles on the market? VW, Audi, Mercedes, and now Nissan? Gotta wonder.


Triggered Into Retirement. It’s A Good Excuse?
Snowflake Beauty Queen Quits Over Benign #MeToo Skit

A beauty queen gave up her title after a skit was performed at the Miss Massachusetts competition that made fun of the #MeToo movement.
Maude Gorman was one of the contestants in the Miss Massachusetts pageant earlier this month, when a crack about #MeToo was made on stage.
Gorman, who said she was gang raped when she was 13, said the moment she heard the joke that she “instantly knew I had to do something. It was going to eat away at me if I didn’t,” she told CNN.


A video containing a portion of the controversial skit was posted by the Observer.  In what the Observer described as part of the comedy sketch, a woman is onstage, kneeling and talking about how Miss America has scrapped the swimsuit portion from its competition.

“Miss American did away with the swimsuit competition,” the woman says in the skit. “We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting and I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.”

“Me too, Amy,” replies a man whom the Observer described as dressed as God and holding a #MeToo sign.The crowd cheers and laughs, and the skit continues.

I think this one is just too fragile for the real world. Sad that she’s still so broken; I think she needs a lot of therapy.

It wasn’t a crack. It wasn’t hardly even a joke. Everyone everywhere is confused and disappointed about the swimsuit thing. Me too. It’s a beauty pageant, come on already. Pretty girls in pretty clothes being pretty. If it was all about brains, it would be the MCATS. If it was all about talent, it would be one of those talent search TV shows. Get over it.



Now, this IS News

US Gov Agency: Not Our Business To Regulate Industry

Cramped cabins, knocked knees, aggrieved elbows: all real problems for today’s flyers. But the Federal Aviation Administration has said they aren’t its problems — announcing Tuesday that it will not regulate airline seat size and legroom.

The decision came in the form of a letter responding to a lawsuit brought by the group Flyers Rights.

Flyers Rights said that shrinking seats, which it calls sardine seats, present an issue during emergency evacuations, especially as larger passengers could struggle to get out of the seats in a hurry.

OTOH, it figures, right? Government for the people ... except when the profit margin of big business gets in the way.


Here we go again. He’ll be dead in a matter of hours, and then the feral mob can go protest police brutality against the communi-tay again. Riiiight.

A man believed to be a former NBA and UCLA basketball player opened fire at police and barricaded himself inside a Southern California residence Friday night, a report said. 

The man, said to be in his mid-20s, shot at the officers after his mother called the authorities and said her son was “acting erratically,” Los Angeles’ KABC-TV reported, citing authorities.

At least 30 residents surrounding the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home were evacuated, the report said.

UPDATE: At approx 5pm Officers assigned to Van Nuys Division responded to a radio call of a Man with a Gun in the area of Riverside Drive & Tyrone Avenue. They made contact with the suspect, a male in his 20’s, and as they were communicating with the suspect an OIS occurred.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 7, 2018

Authorities have not yet released the name of the man. 

The officers returned fire, but none was injured in the shooting, authorities said. SWAT personnel also were on-scene.

Although officers could not communicate with the man after the shooting, they believe the man is still alive, the report said.

UPDATE: damn, I didn’t even have time to hit the Enter key.

UPDATE: SWAT entered the residence & located an unresponsive male. LAFD responded & pronounced the male dead at scene. Investigators from our Force Investigation Division are at scene conducting a thorough investigation and we will provide more details as they become available

The family of Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA basketball player who also played briefly for the Sacramento Kings, confirmed his identity to ABC7. Police have not formally identified Honeycutt, however.


Turning the “Blue Wave” Into A Trickle

Totally out of the closet now, Dems hate God, America, prosperity, freedom. Yeah, that’ll get my vote.

Dems: Awesome Jobs Numbers A Bad Thing. “RECKLESS”.

Democrats saw nothing positive in the new June jobs report that highlighted 213,000 new jobs added.  Instead, the Democratic Party issued a statement criticizing President Trump’s jobs agenda as “reckless.”

The June #JobsReport shows what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty & an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations & the wealthiest 1 percent. Americans deserve better than the GOP’s raw deal.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 6, 2018

Jobs Report: record smashing 155,576,000 Americans have jobs

“Our economic policy can be summed up in three very simple but beautiful but beautiful words,” President Donald Trump told a rally in Montana Thursday evening: “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said.

On Friday, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said the economy added 213,000 jobs in June, a strong number; the number of employed

Americans, 155,576,000, set its tenth record of the Trump presidency; but the number of unemployed Americans (which includes people who are actively looking for jobs) increased by almost half-a-million.  The unemployment rate increased two tenths of a point to 4.0 percent.

Yes, the jobs rate and the unemployment rate can both increase. This means that more people are returning to the labor market. That means HOPE. And that’s a CHANGE I can really get behind. MAGA, baby. It’s YUUUGE.


Sí, todos tenemos trabajos también

The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor force fell to the lowest level on record in June of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday show.

In June, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.6%, down from its May level of 4.9%. Before June’s record, the lowest monthly Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate since BLS began tracking the statistic in 1973 was 4.8%.

Así que recuerda votar a Demócrata para que puedas vivir en la pobreza.


Dems Criticizing Possible Supreme Court Nomination Because She’s Christian

Also, there are things that can’t be mentioned that are cause for “concern” from the left.  She’s pretty. And blonde. And white, of course. Also, she’s hetero. Can’t have those horrible things.

If President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the federal judge can expect her second bruising round of confirmation hearings in less than a year and more of what supporters call “unfair criticisms” about her faith.

Barrett, 46, is one of six judges Trump has already interviewed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench. She is a federal appeals court judge who was appointed by Trump in 2017. Her Senate confirmation was anything but easy as she was grilled by Democrats about her religious background.

She once told a 2006 Notre Dame Law School graduating class that their “legal career is but a means to an end, and … that end is building the kingdom of God. … If you can keep in mind that your fundamental purpose in life is not to be a lawyer, but to know, love and serve God, you truly will be a different kind of lawyer.”

“The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said during the September 2017 hearing.

When Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. asked if she was an “orthodox Catholic”—a term used in a paper she co-authored two decades before—Barrett clarified she is a “faithful Catholic” but would “stress my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”

Personally, I think a person of strong faith would make for a better balance on the big bench. A nice counterpoint to some of those godless commie hags already there.


Oh, a little slice of heaven outside. It’s an absolutely perfect day. I should mark the calender. Low 70s, low humidity, gentle sunlight, a mild breeze. Wrap this day in a box and take it out for comfort in February.



Much anews ado about nothing yet.

Media in a frenzy over President Trump’s SECOND nomination for the Supreme Court. Will it be the smoker, the woman, or the goofy looking guy? We’ll all know Monday, but until then, follow the drama every hour on the hour!!.

I’m betting on the smoker. Not that he’s been identified as one, but hey, look at his teeth in the pics.

Meanwhile, OMG!!!!!!11!!! they’re all WHITE!! And young - they’ll be on the Bench forever and then some. And the Loony Left is gearing up to contest whoever the pick is, just because the Dems suck and hate America.

Meanwhile, maybe Congress should pass a law, in lieu of an actual Amendment ( so far ), that the maximum number of judges should be no more than 9. So there won’t be any court packing, or threat thereof a la FDR, if someday another Dem gets in the Oval Office.


Also meanwhile, just to help the lefties keep their Depends in a soggy twist, two of the hippie commie left leaning justices are getting pretty long in the tooth. With or without her kale, lefty hero Ruth Bader Ginsberg is 85, and Stephen Breyer is 79. If President Trump goes another term, odds are pretty good at least one of them is going to drop. And after two terms, if Mike Pence then takes the helm at least once ... guarantee. Can you imagine 8 strict constructionists on the bench? It would be like ... America. OMG.


90 Minutes of Maine

Yep, for about an hour and a half it was in the upper 70s, slightly overcast, mild breeze, and humidity about 65%. In other words, perfect. A regular summer day in Maine. Except I’m here in New Jersey. It’s now in the upper 80s, no wind, sunny, and the humidity is touching 90%. gak.



Ain’t Jemima: Busted For Welfare Fraud

Former Spokane NAACP President Nkechi Diallo—who became infamous as Rachel Dolezal, a white woman identifying as black—was booked and fingerprinted at a Washington state jail Monday as she awaits trial on multiple charges, including welfare fraud.

Diallo pleaded not guilty to state charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury last month. A judge ordered her freed on her own recognizance and gave her a deadline of Monday evening to report to the Spokane County jail for booking and fingerprinting.

Diallo, who changed her name from Rachel Dolezal in October 2016, is accused of receiving more than $8,800 in food and childcare assistance illegally between August 2015 and November 2017.

I’ll give her props; she’s acting authentic TNB.  Too bad that as a white woman, she doesn’t have the Get Out Of Jail Free card, so this honky is gonna do some time.



It’s a man thing, baby. Yeah, that’s right. Who da man?

I repaired the gas grill this evening. I’d tried to use it yesterday; 2 of the 4 burners wouldn’t light, and the other 2 barely worked. Grill wouldn’t get over 250°, which made for some really slow cooking hamburgers. So I fixed it today, once it cooled off a little.

Rule #1: Field strip it, clean things up, and put it back together. This often is all that it takes to fix damn near anything that sort of works. And it sure helped.

Rule #2: Carefully adjust things, one at a time, and see if that does the job. Yup, that was what was needed. I had to adjust the spark electrodes a bit ( like gapping the spark plugs ), and adjust the venturi screen. Sliding the adjuster back and forth over the screen cleaned it up, and I adjusted it to maximum open. This gave me a nice blue flame, and now all the burners light up right away. Oh, and I changed the AA battery in the igniter button.

And then I scraped up all the grease, soot, and rust chips. I’ll scrounge up a sturdy cardboard box, and then dump the drip trays into that and give them a wipe. They’re full. But that’s secondary, and right now the grill works better than when it was new.

Simple task. But I feel good about it. And I didn’t get cut, and I didn’t get terribly dirty.



Bah, the painting job was such a joke. It took me longer to clean the brush than it did to do the work. Maybe they’ll have something for me tomorrow.


Oh boy! I get to paint today, with actual paint! It’s not a big project, just an hour’s work. Which is fine by me, as it’s going to be awfully hot today. Ha, it’s already awfully hot, and it’s just going to get hotter. So get to work now, and then get back inside before the real roasting begins.

I’ve got 2 loaves in the oven. Got some new KA flour, having finally used up all the old stuff and that discount 10lb bag of Minnesota high protein stuff. Looks like these loaves are coming out flat. Probably over-proofed them. Oh well. They’ll taste just fine anyway.

^^^ bridge post later, I hope !!  ^^^



New York City’s Latest Socialist Avenger For The People

Gosh, the big news today is that New York City had an upset in their Democrat primaries and elected a young Hispanic woman, a total Socialist, instead of re-upping the old white guy who’d held the seat forever.

Does this signal a trend, a shift, something #momentous?? Who knows, and who really cares? NYC will probably elect her, since they’ve gone full on Red for some time now. Hell, they’ve always been on the wrong side, even being happy with the British during the Revolution. Nothing new there at all.

So what’s the story with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? If you really want to know ... click here, or here, or here, or to see what Nazi Pelousy has to say, click here. [ “why no, this isn’t a trend, and the party isn’t leaning even more heavily Socialist. Duurrr.” ]

She’s got a degree in economics and poli-sci I think, so she was working as a bartender, to help out her mother who cleans houses. Figures, right? And now she wants to be President. And the REAL reason she won? Her district has been flooded with immigrants from down that way.

Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal activist with Puerto Rican roots, never wavered from her message that the Irish-American Crowley was out of touch with his district and could no longer represent a community of Latino, Asian and African immigrants.

Ocasio-Cortez rejected the centrist ideology of the Democratic establishment, embracing the principles of the Sanders wing of the party.

“For 20 years our rents have been going up, health care has been getting more expensive and our incomes are staying the same,” she said in the only debate she had with Crowley, on NY1.

And Cynthia Nixon loves her, although we don’t know yet if Cortez is a lesbo or if she’s transistioning.

But here platform is Bernie-like: Free Stuff For Everybody, more gibbs all around. ( except for YT, and Tax The Rich, I’m sure ) Yeah, that’ll work.


OK, it’s dried up a bit from the rain. Time to get out the varnish again.


And in actually important news, we got beat at Summer League again last night. Won one, lost one, then lost the 3rd game by just 6 ( I threw a 195 but opened in the 10th ) and lost wood by 13. So we went 2-5, and are dropping like a stone in the standings. Arrgh.





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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

( source )

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


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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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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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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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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 ...


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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full countered Pratt pony

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



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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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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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



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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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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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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


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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