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calendar   Monday - October 21, 2019

The One, The Only



What a sick twisted world we live in

Court Judgement Allows Dr. Mom To Transition 7 Year Old Boy

A jury has ruled against Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender “transition.” This means James’ mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, will be able to continue “transitioning” him into “Luna,” and now has full authority to start him on puberty blockers and eventually cross-sex hormones.

The jury’s decision likely means that Mr. Younger will be required to “affirm” James as a girl, despite his religious and moral objections, and will also be forced to take a class on transgenderism.

With a consensus of 11 of the 12 jurors, the jury decided not to grant Mr. Younger Sole Managing Conservatorship over his two twin boys. They voted that the current Joint Managing Conservatorship should be replaced by a Sole Managing Conservatorship, but that Mr. Younger should not be that person.

Seven. And mom is already “transitioning” him. Sick, child abuse. Drop this bitch feet first in a wood chipper set on slow.


Six-year-old James is caught in a gender identity nightmare. Under his mom’s care in Dallas, Texas, James obediently lives as a trans girl named “Luna.” But given the choice when he’s with dad, he’s all boy — his sex at birth.

In their divorce proceedings, the mother has charged the father with child abuse for not affirming James as transgender, has sought restraining orders against him, and is seeking to terminate his parental rights. She is also seeking to require him to pay for the child’s visits to a transgender-affirming therapist and transgender medical alterations, which may include hormonal sterilization starting at age eight.

When “Luna” gets to visit at dad’s house, he’s all boy, and happy to be James again. But the deck is stacked against him, and all his teachers, his mother’s friends, and her pet gender therapist insist he’s “Luna”. The kid is screwed.

And no “transition” drugs for anyone under 21. If you aren’t old enough to buy a handgun with your own money, and you aren’t clean enough to apply for and get a CCW, then you aren’t mature enough to make such a decision. Besides, knowing that you own a pistol small enough to conceal will make it that much easier to off yourself, which is highly likely anyway.

Doing this to a child is abhorrent. Having his fate sealed by a jury is equally abhorrent. They should visit the chipper too.


Pelosi’s Priorities ... Woke Up And Bass Ackwards

Afghanistan Peace Treaty? Not If It’s Just The Patriarchy!!

Nancy drops in on Afghanistan to remind these 7th Century barbarians about the Title IX way of doing things ...

Late Sunday night, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced that she and a congressional delegation, returning from a trip to Jordan, had also visited the country. The lawmakers met with President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, as well as with American military commanders and diplomats and civil society leaders.

The group also traveled to Camp Morehead to meet with troops there, and received briefings from Ambassador John R. Bass. The delegation met briefly with Mr. Esper.

Ms. Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker, said the lawmakers had “underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks.”

The resumption of any peace negotiations would be further complicated by the Afghan presidential elections in September that were mired by violence, low turnout and an unclear victor. Initial results, which were expected on Saturday, have been delayed at least a week.

Maybe longer. Stuffing a donkey full of ballot boxes is hard work. They can’t afford camels.



Clickbait headlines, again

“Bag exploded at Midway Airport while being loaded onto Volaris flight”

OMG, terrorists? Another mad bomber?? Better Check This Out Now !!!

A bag exploded at Chicago’s Midway International Airport Monday while it was being loaded onto a Volaris flight, police said. According to reports, the cause was a cell phone battery or charger.

The bag reportedly exploded after it was run over while being loaded for the outbound flight around 12:20 p.m. Monday.

So that’s why your luggage always gets mauled when you fly! Airport gorillas are running a safety check, running over your bags to make sure you don’t have any landmines inside.

Police were called to the airport and a Level 1 hazmat situation was ordered, however, it was cleared after they discovered the cause of the explosion.
According to reports, the cause of the explosion was a cell phone battery or charger.

No one was injured from the bag explosion and police have released a statement on Twitter stating there is “no public safety threat.”

snark reader comment: “This is a very unusual situation.  We have run over hundreds of bags in the past and we’ve never before experienced an explosion”, a Volaris spokesperson said.

cult ref 1: Jim’s luggage never explodes at home!;   which was based on cult ref 2:


A true but totally insignificant blog post.

Corelle Luncheon Plates are the best thing ever! Smaller than their 10 3/4” dinner plate, larger than their 5 3/4” saucer or their 6 3/4” dessert plate, the 8 1/2” luncheon plate is just right for a sammich, a handful of chips, and a pickle. Or whatever. Corelle comes in dozens of patterns, and these days most of the patterns are sold in either round or square form. Not only are they available nearly everywhere, they stack up tight in your cabinet. A stack of 12 is barely 1 1/2” high. They’re tough, they look good, and they don’t cost very much. Pity they’re no longer made by Corning in upstate NY, coming in from China or something, but that’s the global economy we have these days.

Now if they’d only go back to making those hook handle coffee cups again. IIRC, you got 8 in a set, with saucers, a creamer cup and a sugar bowl. I might have a few wrapped up out in the garage somewhere; I’ve had them for decades. They were quite stackable, and sure took up a lot less space than full sized mugs.



Early morning nothing

Up early to feed the cats. Had my coffee but thinking of going back to bed. Sunday, sleepy Sunday.

We had a pot luck party here at the condo park last night. Got to meet a whole bunch of residents I hadn’t met before, saw a good number of familiar faces. Typical cross section of food; some people went all out, others didn’t. Somebody brought a frozen pizza they’d cooked up. Whatever. We made portobello mushrooms stuffed with sausage and cheese. We cranked out 6 dozen of the buggers, and every one of them got eaten up. So I guess they were pretty good. The party ran from 4-10, which I thought was both rather early and rather long. We got there on time, and after being there 3 hours we called it quits, even though that’s when a good number of other people started showing up. You know, at dinner time. Duh.

Back to bed. Great idea.


How New Jersey Is This One?

Airborne Car Crashes Into House, Driver Fights Firemen Trying To Rescue Him


Driver was taken away in handcuffs, strapped to the gurney.

PATERSON NJ — The driver of a car that crashed through the front of a house late Friday afternoon punched firefighters trying to get him out of the vehicle, according to police.

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale told the North Jersey Record that four people were inside the house on the corner of Burlington and Totowa Avenues around 5:30 p.m. As firefighters worked on getting the driver out of the car, the man became “combative” and began to punch the firefighters including one in the eyebrow, Speziale told the Record.

Photos posted by RLS Metro Breaking News show the front of the home was heavily damaged by the impact of the crash and the front lawn torn up. The rear bumper was partially ripped off and the car needed to be supported by several poles until it could be removed.

Police say the victim was the driver and they are looking into the possibility of DWI.

Gee, ya think?

My better half has cousins living just a few blocks away, across the town line into Totowa. It’s a nice area, dense suburbia. I know where this house is. The driver must have come flying down Totowa Road, which is a main thoroughfare through that side of town. He failed to make the right turn, just missed the phone pole, hit the curb and went airborne, impacting that end of the home several feet off the ground. He’s lucky he didn’t get killed in several ways. So he wants to fight the people trying to help him. Wonderful. And so busted.



Really? Really we needed gay cereal?

Kellog’s New “All Together” LGQBT Cereal


Start your day the super gay way!

Have you ever eaten Froot Loops and thought, “This cereal isn’t gay enough?” Do you seek a safe space to eat your Rice Krispies? Are you concerned that your Corn Flakes aren’t sufficiently woke? Well, now Kellogg’s has the solution!

On Thursday, the gay site PinkNews reported, “Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal so you can start your day with maximum gay… If you’re a fan of breakfast and being gay, we have grrrrreat news for you – Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal.”

And to think, we’ve been eating straight, cisgender cereal all this time.

Timed to coincide with GLAAD’s Spirit Day on October 17, they teamed up to produce the “All Together” cereal, which Kellogg’s says is the first to offer Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies “exclusively together.”

Unlike the mix of cereal the image on the box implies, it’s actually a Limited Edition Variety Pack with 6 individual sized boxes inside, but consumers are free to create any combination they like. Froot Loops and Raisin Brain together? Let your freak flag fly, honey!

Once again, I have to say that the toughest job in America these days is being a comedian. There’s just no way you can make crazy funny stuff that tops actual reality.

And of course the reality is so much less than the hype. What you get inside this highly exclusive, super limited edition box, is 6 tiny boxes of their regular flavors. So you have to mix them up in your bowl yourself. In other words, it’s their old standard Variety Pack in a new box. And you’ll pay extra for it.


Bowling blogging

Well, we were in first place tonight, by a whole point. Sadly, I bowled terribly tonight. I think I threw a 513 series. Ouch. I just couldn’t make anything happen. Damn. So we won the first game, but lost the next two and wood for the night. So we’ll probably drop to 3rd or something. Whatever. Next week will be better, right?


Citizens Rising! About damn time.

Fed Up With Extinction Rebellion Protests, Brits Take Action

Commuters Mob Up On ER Blockaders, Give Them The Boot

ER Runs Away Crying

[ crap, the video won’t load properly and reliably. Go watch it at the link below. It’s great! ]

Extinction Rebellion CANCELS plan for Gatwick demo after furious East London commuters drag them off roof of Tube train and rough them up

•  This morning London commuters furiously dragged a protester from the top of a train at Canning Town
•  Extinction Rebellion demonstrators massed at Canning Town, Shadwell and Stratford underground stations
•  Eight protesters have been arrested this morning bringing the total since last Monday to 1,711 arrests
•  XR’s efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters and politicians
•  An XR spokesman admitted it had been a ‘huge own goal’ and organisers cancelled a planned Gatwick protest

Extinction Rebellion’s reign of mayhem in London finally hit the rocks today when commuters took matters into their own hands and pulled activists from a tube train - prompting the group to cancel its planned Gatwick ‘shutdown’. 

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a ‘huge own goal’.

A hastily-deleted tweet comparing themselves to icon of the nonviolent black civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, was also met with opprobrium from social media users.

Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.

Eight protester arrests this morning brings the total since last Monday to 1,711 as police warn XR’s antics are pulling officers from community policing and stretching resources to breaking point.

The group’s leaders have called off a planned protest at Gatwick airport ‘in light of’ the response to the Tube disruption and a spokesman said the group would ‘take stock’ before disrupting the Underground any further.

It’s about time. Maybe now the sheeple will figure out that they’ve got the numbers and are the ones in charge Imagine it ... “die in” blocks the entrance to the subway station; 2,000 commuters instantly kick the crap out of them. Antifa attacks some people expressing their opinions; the whole neighborhood turns out to beat them down. It would be awesome.

Yes, this is mob violence. Sadly, we’re at that point in the decline of our civilization. But it works. And it would also quickly get out of hand, turning deadly and leading to mass street fighting between groups, which is the very ragged leading edge of a civil war. The fuse that sets off the bomb. So it’s up to the majority to keep things limited. The civilized West is only one small step above the protest/anti-protest violence going on in many other parts of the world.

Situations like Seattle, Portland, and others were the government abdicates responsibility and orders police to stand down, gives rioters “room for destruction”, issues statements supporting and encouraging vandalism ... these don’t help, and push all of us closer to the edge of the cliff.

But when the far left refuses to learn, to take a hint? And tried to ratchett things up another big level? Then we’re going over the precipice. So it will really behoove the minions of the government to start laying down the law. Blocking the highway with your protest? Fire hose time. Mass arrests, minimum 3 day incarceration while your case gets “processed”.

So the best approach would be to keep it small, to keep it non-lethal, to keep things as non-violent as possible. But when faced with violence, what are the people supposed to do?



A bit of whimsy, and an OC episode

A little snippet of music popped back into my head last night. It’s shown up before. I can remember the tune, but not the lyrics, other than a “will she won’t she” or was it a “will you won’t you”. There was something in there about fish and lobsters and other sea creatures. I’m pretty sure it was from an Alice In Wonderland movie. So I’m thinking The Walrus and the carpenter because I know there are crustaceans involved, and I’m not a big Lewis Carrol scholar. Also I’m pretty terrible at remembering actors and actresses, and my slightly fuzzy memory was telling me that this Alice was played by Alyson Hannigan, who starred in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and later in How I met your mother. But I couldn’t find anything. Being a tenacious little terrier ... monomaniacal fixation ... possibly obsessive compulsive ... I had to find it. Looked up all the Alice movies and cartoons ever made. No Hannigan. Found a TV movie from 1999 with Whoopie Goldberg and Gene Wilder that had Tina Majorino as Alice. She was the little girl Enola in Waterworld, the one with the map tattoo on her back. Later she played Deb, the dorky girl selling cookies door to door in Napoleon Dynamite. Ah ha, maybe. I’m one of those people who can see a resemblance between two people that others can’t see.  So I dug a bit deeper and found a movie poster of it and some pictures of a younger Alyson Hannigan, and I don’t think I’m that far off the mark here ...

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Close enough for me. So I then had to find the song. In that film, Alice is all stressed out because she has to do a recital, and she can’t learn her music. So she has a dream escape ... to Wonderland ... and learns this song there, which she later performs instead of the song her father wanted her to sing, the little rebel, and is a big hit. Happy ending. I dug up all the songs from the film, and tried to listen to bits of all the ones that seemed to have appropriate titles. Nothing. Give it up.

Then this morning I re-remembered that the lyric was “will she (you) won’t she (you) join the dance? and it was off to the races. It turns out, just to confuse my poor little brain, that Lewis Carrol wrote this as a poem that seems to have two different titles. It’s both The Lobster Quadrille and The Mock Turtle’s Song. And it’s been set to music several times in several slightly different ways over the past 100+ years. And so I found it. And in the film clip, naturally, Alice gives it a 3rd title. It’s a happy bit of whimsy. A silly little song with a lively beat. But I found it, so I triumph over an aggravating micro-challenge. Woo hoo. I added another clip with Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle, who does it better at an earlier point in the same film.



Now all I have to do is impress this into my head so that the next time this tune shows up in there ... probably in another decade or two ... I’ll remember the name properly. At least one of them. Good enough.


Red Flag garbage, or just standard Stalinism?

Waitress Overhears Part Of Conversation, Gets Veteran Hauled Off Job By Cops, Suspended, And Guns Seized

No Charges Filed, But He Will Not Get His Guns Back

A Korean War veteran who has served in some capacity with local law enforcement for a span of six decades had his firearms confiscated and was relieved of his duties as an elementary school crossing guard last month, after a waitress overheard what she perceived to be a “threat” in a passing conversation at a coffee shop.

Stephen Nichols, 84, of Tisbury, Massachusetts, was never charged with a crime, and was reinstated to his post at the crosswalk of Tisbury School on Tuesday following public outcry. But his guns are still to be sold.

He was sitting in a coffee shop talking with a friend, complaining that he felt it was a bad thing for the school’s resource officer school cop to be going out for coffee when the kids were arriving for school. He felt the cop was improperly leaving his post, and opined that this could make the children vulnerable to a madman at a time when they are crowded up and vulnerable.

The Times reported that “Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning,” and “told a friend about this and suggested somebody could ‘shoot up the school’ in that officer’s absence, which he described as ‘leaving his post.’”

Based on the waitress’s report, Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio and another officer pulled Nichols off the job while he was working his shift at the school. “He came up to me and told me what I said was a felony, but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Mr. Nichols recalled.

The officers then went to Nichols’ home and took his firearms as well as his license to carry — which the former Morse code specialist had held since 1958.

Nichols believed that he had been fired that day, but officials later disputed that and said his position was just under review until their investigation had been completed. Mr. Nichols was reinstated following public outcry, including a petition where organizers pleaded for officials to put the beloved crossing guard back on the job.

Regardless, Nichols was never charged with a crime, the police have refused to release their report to the press, and Mr. Nichols maintains that he was never given any documentation relating to the seizure of his guns.

Another case of zero tolerance meaning zero intelligence. I think it’s time to fire the thought police. Period. Everywhere. And I hope that there will be several really large lawsuits over this. The not-bright waitress, the school, the cops. A few dozen million each.

Sure, “if you see something, say something” but try thinking for a second first. Same goes for those receiving the information. Stuck on stupid is no way to run a school. Or a town. Or a country.

And Tidsbury Elementary ... go buy a damn coffee pot.


Elijah Cummings Has Died

Veteran US Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, who was heavily involved with the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died at the age of 68. His office said he had died as a result of “longstanding health challenges”.

The congressman had experienced several health problems in recent years, and received treatment for a heart condition.

Prominent Democratic lawmakers have paid tribute to Mr Cummings following the news of his death.

“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,” Maya Cummings, Maryland’s Democratic Party chairwoman, said in a statement.

Mr Cummings worked as a Maryland state delegate and lawyer before his election to the House of Representatives in 1996.



Woof !!



I think the “healthy dialogue” should be “Do we fire her now, or do we fire her now and strip her of her pension and all benefits?”

Rhode Island City Councilor Approves Of Vandalizing Columbus Statue

A city official in Rhode Island has said she agreed with the vandalization of a local Christopher Columbus statue.

Providence City Councilor Katherine Kerwin said Wednesday that she supports removing the statue, which was doused in red paint Monday and had a sign placed at its base that read: “stop celebrating genocide.”

“I don’t know who did it, but they created a really healthy dialogue in Providence,” Kerwin, who serves on the council’s committee on city property and the committee on public works, told WPRO News.

She said she doesn’t know who was responsible for the vandalism, but that “I stand with them.” The city’s Democratic mayor, Jorge Elorza, has said he would consider moving the statue to another location.

The statue was targeted by vandals on Columbus Day, a federal holiday to celebrate the famed Italian explorer. The figure was one of several vandalized nationwide on the day.

I bet she’s a pinko too. That would make her a Rhode Island Red, right?


Safety Reminders: Don’t tailgate logging trucks. Overhanging trunks may obscure brake lights. Pull over if you have to rescue something you’ve dropped, like your coffee.

Only Minor Injuries??


WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. Whitfield County Fire crews pulled a driver from a vehicle after an accident in Cohutta involving a logging truck Friday morning.

The fire department says the accident happened on Cleveland Highway, sharing photos of the incident on their Facebook page.

The photos show logs rammed through the windshield of the Nissan Xterra - all the way through to the rear hatch and shattering the glass.

Fire crews say fortunately, the driver had only minor injuries.

Family members(?) on Facebook say his injuries were more than minor: 7 hours of surgery so far. One person says he had dropped his coffee and was bending down to get it ... while still driving ... when the accident happened.

The pulpwood logs were hanging so far off the back of the truck that on impact they went all the way through the SUV and popped the back hatch open. And then the SUV hit the back bumper of the trailer. See the pics on the Facebook page. A Nissan XTerra is 15 feet long. Georgia truck regs allow a maximum OAL of 75’ including the tractor and the overhang. The driver did manage to miss the one grubby faded red warning flag tacked to one of the logs.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/21/2019 at 12:18 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

( 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!


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.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 10:09 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



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h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 01:04 PM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 12:54 PM   
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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.


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.

Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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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.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM   
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