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calendar   Tuesday - May 22, 2018

The one, the only




And you know who else eats kitty kibble? Woodchucks! I had to chase one of the little low riders off the patio this afternoon. Furry dirt pig was all in a panic, as he tried to get out this way and that way, only to find that the railings have chicken wire attached to them. Finally he took a flying leap over the potted plants, landed in the flower garden and took off like a shot. I’ve never seen one of them run so fast.  And 2 minutes later my one remaining outdoor kitteh Ginger comes sauntering up the hillside the ‘chuck just ran down. “So, did you catch him and eat him for dinner?” I asked. Which got me the typical cat response; silence and a disdainful look. So I put some kibbies in his bowl, and he’s out there chomping away. Cats have ESP or something. My two indoor fur bums, who sleep about 22 hours a day, were suddenly in the kitchen when they got the food signal from their outdoor brother. So they got kibbies too, and some chunky meat with gravy from a can. And those brats just looked at me and then walked away. Cats have zero gratitude.

Seriously though, every little outdoor animal eats cat food when they can get it. Woodchucks, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, songbirds, turkey vultures. Even deer, though what’s left in the dish is hardly a lick for them.


Seattle’s Good Intentions Come Back To Bite Them In The Rear

Or maybe they’re just deliberately stupid, can’t do math, and lie to the voters to push their liberal agenda. Nah, that could never happen.

The cost of Seattle’s ongoing effort to build bike lanes has ballooned to up to $12 million a mile, in another setback for the progressive city’s leadership that has repeatedly spent big on social projects only to realize less-than-stellar results.

Seattle officials are apparently so embarrassed by the pricey cycling routes that they have been conducting quiet “soft launches” for new lanes instead of hosting splashy ribbon-cutting ceremonies, The Seattle Times reported.

Voters in Seattle approved a so-called “Move Seattle” transportation levy in 2015 to the tune of $930M, but the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has since admitted that the cost estimates it used to pitch the project to voters were not well-founded.

“We do not have enough funding right now to do everything that was promised, we just don’t,” SDOT interim Director Goran Sparrman said in April. “Some of those dollar amounts estimated for what projects would cost were clearly insufficient, even at the time.”

Due to rising infrastructure costs and poor estimates by city officials, Seattle’s average for bike-lane building has risen from $1M to $2M per mile, The Seattle Times reported.

That’s significantly more than the $860,000 total that former mayor Ed Murray cited in proposing the levy, and quadruple comparable national averages, the paper reported.

So, what is the actual cost? $860,000 per mile, 1 or 2 million per mile, or 12 million per mile? Clickbait, crap reporting, or a total lack of proofreading that turns “1-2” into “12”? Losers at both ends.

Also, get real. Grab a 50 gallon drum of road paint, the line spraying machine, and 3 of your $25/hr DPW workers. One pickup truck and a bunch of traffic cones. Cost per mile: $500.

Funny how we never had bike lanes when I was a pedalist, and also even more funny how 900 million Chinese and Indian bicycle riders and delivery guys can commute in extreme traffic in their cities every day without 10,000 getting smeared every week, with no bike lanes anywhere.

Hey, maybe Reason will have some better reporting on this one?

The original 2015 levy budgeted about $860,000 for each promised mile of new protected bike lane and greenway. That’s a smidge lower than the actual cost of the four-block bike lane project on Seventh Avenue in Seattle’s downtown, which came in at $3.8 million (about $13 million per mile). Another bike lane, on Second Avenue, cost $12 million a mile.

A review of the levy’s progress gives no precise dollar figure on how insufficient the bike lane budget is, saying only that the program needs “further review and adjustment.”

The review says the same for those 180 miles of arterial road repaving that need to be done and those plans to increase bus speed and service on seven congested corridors, not to mention the curb repairs promised at 775 intersections.

Plans to replace any old tree removed by the city with two new trees is still on track, as are stepped-up crosswalk repainting and seismic upgrades to 16 vulnerable bridges.

Ah, I see. They threw in every bell, whistle, and environmental impact doohickie they could think of. Plus extra trees. And four lanes of repaving ... I guess the sidewalks in that town must be 80 yards wide to have that kind of space available in an existing city. And seismic upgrades to a bunch of bridges. Because bicycles cause earthquakes, right?

Of course, in Seattle everyone is just sitting around waiting for the Big One, the Cascadia megaquake AND tsunami that will destroy the city utterly. And probably cause a zombie apocalypse as well. But with this project, at least the bike lanes will still be open.

Crivens, government spending and dishonesty. So far beyond “out of control” that you can’t even imagine it. But the sheeple demand this kind of nonsense, so throw them some crumbs to fatten them up so you can fleece them yet again.


I’m going to have to get some microscope lenses and a touch screen needle if I ever try to do that smartphone post thing again. Impossibly small touch points, and while the keypad is bigger than the miniature horror that my flip phone had, a genuine keyboard and a monitor can’t be beat. Right.

So today’s bread is coming along, albeit slowly.  I put the dough outside for a bit to warm up, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m off to run errands and things.


Posting from my smartphone while at the shack. It isn’t raining.


Iran: Seems Like A Good Start


America’s 12 demands as listed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s on May 21, 2018 :

1. Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.

2. Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor.

3. Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.

4. Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.

5. Iran must release all US citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges.

6. Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

7. Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.

8. Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.

9. Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.

10. Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior al-Qaeda leaders.

11. Iran, too, must end the IRG Qods Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.

12. Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors — many of whom are US allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks.

Hey, works for me. Any way we could blockade them just for fun, and have them all starve to death? So much easier than carpet bombing. Pity how another huge bunch of their missiles and fuel accidentally blew up in Syria the other day. Oopsie!!


Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Partner Friedman Cops To “Minor” $50K Tax Evasion, Agrees To Flip. Meanwhile, Judge Rules Stormy’s Law Firm/Avenatti Pay $10M In Bankruptcy/Tax Evasion

Wow, lawyers cheating the government, screwing over their employees, reneging on their promises, and stabbing each other in the back. Amazing. In other astonishing news, water is wet.

And in important news, the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning last night to even up the semi-finals playoff at 3-3. Winner of Wednesday’s game 7 will face the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup. Go Lightning!! (Hey, they took out the NJ Devils in Round 1, so it’s only just that they go on to take the Cup. That way, NJ will have lost to the ultimate winners, which is much better than getting beat by some nobody also-ran team.)

The Lightning utterly destroyed the Caps Sunday night to the point where they were ahead 4-2 in the 3rd period, and then they just stopped playing offensive, letting the Caps try and try and try and try throughout the whole 3rd period, even going without a goalie to put another attacker on the ice, and eventually they got just a single goal. There must have been 50 shots on in 12 minutes, but TBL blocked them all, even taking a puck in the butt to block the shot. Best game I saw all season.


Hope he gave himself a ticket or three

I saw the darnedest thing this morning.  My security shack up at the end of Village Road at Bank Street is right next to the school bus stop. I am officially NOT the crossing guard, but I keep and eye on the kids and the cars anyway. Because. There’s another school bus stop 50 yards past ours on the other side of Rupell Road at the end of Bank Street. I think it’s for a parochial school; beats me, only 1 kid gets on that one. That’s the rich people’s development, so whatever. Anyway, Bank Street and Rupell Road get a lot of traffic in the morning, seeing that they’re part of a shortcut for when the highway gets congested. But when the buses are there loading kids, all traffic stops. The bus physically stops on Bank at the top of the downhill lane on Village, but people don’t even make the right from Village on Bank, even though the fan-out at the end of our private road is easily 50 yards wide and those people making the right are quite a good distance in front of the bus. Same goes for when the other bus is there on Rupell. People wait. It’s the law, and it’s just decent behavior. Little kids are hard to see and unpredictable.

Right. So the 8:37 bus gets there at 8:36 and starts loading up the little grade school kids. Some waiting kids sit on the big rocks in the garden at the corner, some are in the bus shelter 50 yards away, some have to get out of the mommy-vans parked across the street, some arrive up Village Road at the very last second, three or four cars back ... kids are coming in from all directions. The bus sits there, lights flashing, door open, safety bar on the front end extended.

But this one guy today didn’t feel like waiting. He’s about 3 cars back behind the bus, and he’s impatient. Because he’s important. Granted the bus was being a bit pokey, because all the moms who drop off their kids cut things to the last second and beyond, so the bus driver often has to wait an extra half a minute or so for the last of the minivans to come up Village and disgorge their little passengers. Who need to be hugged and kissed and photographed one or five last times before getting on the bus every day. And the bus may have been a minute early too. So it can drag on. And I can certainly see people getting impatient with it. But this guy just pulls out into the left lane, and passes the bus on the left. Floored it. He drives down to the Rupell intersection, does a U-turn, and comes back as the bus is finally pulling away. At which point he dives to the left, cutting across the cars behind the bus that were just starting to move, dives right past the mommies standing there at the top of the road, and with a really pissy look on his face, goes flying past me down Village Road. A private road. The vehicle? A Town of Clinton cop car. No lights on, no sirens, nothing. Just an impatient jerk in blue with a badge. I guess fresh donuts are more important to him than the local children’s safety.

All the mommies were standing there agog. They couldn’t believe it either. Come on, if he’d waited 10 more seconds for the last kid to get on the bus and sit down, he could have made a (theoretically illegal) right from Banks onto Village and then proceeded (cops never walk, run, or drive; they always proceed) down our street like a normal person. Heck, having gone around the bus the first time, he could have turned right and gone down Rupell Road. It comes out on the same W. Main Street as Village Road does, just 1/2 mile closer to the light at the main drag into town. Where the cop shop is. And a Dunkin Donuts.

I hope he writes himself up for at least 3 motor vehicle charges. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Orange Is The New DNC? Well, Here’s Hoping

At least one additional government “informant” attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign under President Barack Obama, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo revealed exclusively on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night.

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign—and even into the administration, if you believe Axios—he’s not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.

“I know because they came at me,” Caputo added. “And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.”

Axios has reported that the suspected FBI informant in the Trump campaign was recommended for a senior post in the Trump administration.

“When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits,” Caputo told Ingraham, referring to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.


Another damp and dreary day here.  I have to do some shopping, but it’s the kind of day I’d rather just get back under the sheets and go back to sleep.

Interesting bit of news yesterday, that this Halper guy was paid $400K from a shadowy defense department think-tank. Slush fund? Who knows. But there sure does seem to be an awful lot of money flowing around DC to pay folks so very well with. Please ... at your job, how long would it take you to earn $400,000? A few weeks and a couple of What-If papers? Um, I don’t think so. Yet this is small beans in DC. Some lawyers get millions from corporation after corporation, just because they can claim to have access to the seat of power. Others seem to sit on the boards of a dozen corporations and associations, while still having a full time career at CIA/State/FBI (see comments RE: Jamie Gorelick). Who are these magical people that are worth this kind of income and power?



Not a whole lot happening this morning. It’s not raining, and it’s not cold, so I’ve got to get some of these plants into the ground. Which means finding the garden tools, which are somewhere in the avalanche of stuff that is our garage. Maybe I’d better drag a string behind me like Ariadne, so I don’t get lost.



Now, THIS Is Raycis

Black thug attacks old white Jew because he’s an old white Jew. Beats him down from behind, runs him over, and then steals his car.

Authorities have charged a Sayreville man with beating a longtime Asbury Park Press freelance photographer May 1 in Freehold Township then running the man over with his vehicle.

Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose — the motor vehicle — and first-degree bias intimidation. The attack on Jerry Wolkowitz, 55, of the township took place in the parking lot of the Harding Road apartment complex where Wolkowitz lives.

Authorities said Hubbard did not know Wolkowitz. Hubbard targeted Wolkowitz because of his race, authorities said. Hubbard is black and Wolkowitz is white.

At 7:15 a.m. in May 1, police found Wolkowitz lying in the parking lot area with injuries to his head and body. Medics rushed him to an undisclosed hospital where he remains in critical condition. Wolkowitz has worked as a freelancer for the Press for more than 30 years.

Freehold Township police officers and investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found that Hubbard attacked Wolkowitz from behind, punching him in the head and face then dragging him into the parking lot.  Hubbard drove his gray Chevy Malibu over Wolkowitz then stole Wolkowitz’s blue Kia Forte, authorities said.

The Forte was later found abandoned on Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville.  Sayreville police officers arrested Hubbard, a manager at an Advance Auto Parts store, at his Winding Wood Drive home later the day of the attack.

Hubbard is being held at the Monmouth County jail.The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to keep Hubbard incarcerated until trial.

You can’t get much clearer than first-degree bias intimidation via attempted murder.

Quick, call up the NAAWP, the CWC, the WLM folks, and all the professional Whiteness agitators. We’ll have massive marches and protests, wear white knit hats, and every media outlet in the country will cover this story 24-7 until the next school shooting. It’s Cracka Time!

Wait, what? None of those organizations exist? There are no professional pro-White agitators? The press ignores these stories worse than Typhoid Mary at a kissing booth? And if it does get any back page coverage, somehow the MSM will manage to make Hubbard the victim ... because evil White Prosecuters don’t want him to get bail? Why, this was just Hubbard having fun, out polar bear hunting. Or it was just a routine assault and attempted murder and grand theft auto. Race had nothing to do with it. Cut the crap already, m’kay? Hey MSM, Wolkowitz is one of yours. Family. You don’t sell out family.

Well, at least the rest of us can try and spread the word. And don’t buy that BS - that was fed to me in a corporate environment no less - that Blacks can’t be racist because racism is defined as actions and attitudes directed against Blacks by people who aren’t Blacks. TOTAL NONSENSE. Racism can exist anywhere. (Finns can hate Laplanders; even the name Laplander is a racist insult for the Sami people; it means stupid person. Yes, both groups are whiter than milk, but these days racism extends to tribal groupings too, and religions, etc) But outside of some crazy jihad types, it’s rarely expressed so adamantly. But wait, wouldn’t every instance of the “knockout game” or “polar bear hunting” be a racist assault? Why, yes Virginia, yes they would. But that would be true equality; an equal application of the laws.

Let’s see what kind of punishment this hate crime will get, now that it’s been committed by a Person of Preferred Pigmentation. No, mob justice isn’t the answer; NJ hasn’t had a lynching since 1886. However, Wolkowitz, still in critical condition, may never walk again.

To be fair, most of the news articles that covered this story mention that it was racially motivated. About half mention that the perp was black and the victim white. But these are mostly tiny local news sites. The one MSM cover buries and mollifies it down to “racially motivated”.


Dropping The “I” Bomb?

At 1:37 p.m. today, the President issued a consequential and ominous tweet: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Why this matters: Trump was effectively rolling a grenade into the Department of Justice — ordering the agency to conduct a politically-motivated investigation of itself.

OTOH, if DOJ gets to investigate malfeasance at the DOJ, don’t expect anything to come of it, no more than what happened with the 9/11 Commission : a big circle jerk that exonerated everybody, lead by the woman (Jamie Gorelick) who put all the problems and hurdles in the way that helped let it happen. Nothing to see here, move along!!

OTTH (on the third hand) - set a thief to catch a thief? Nah, that trick never works.

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” says Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein.  Rosenstein supervises Robert Mueller. Uh huh. Smells like Kabuki theater to me.


Looks like a nice date


OMG, it isn’t cold and it isn’t raining. I think we might even get maybe 60 hours of Spring without a cloudburst. It didn’t rain here Friday, much, but it was cool enough to have the heat on until around noon today.


Gee, too bad, DLTDHYOTWO

EverQueer Evergreen State College: 20% further enrollment drop, $6 Million budget shortfall

This is what happens when you turn a good school into a radical leftist diversity freak show.

The Evergreen State College will look to cut more than 10 percent from its operating budget for 2018-19 and raise student fees because of declining enrollment.

In a memo to the college’s board of trustees, Evergreen President George Bridges wrote that cuts totaling $5.9 million are needed because of lower-than-expected tuition revenue. This will require “some” layoffs and eliminating “many positions that are currently vacant,” according to Bridges.

“The work of reducing the operating budget is in a very dynamic state at this time. The number of staff and faculty positions and programs impacted by the proposed reductions will change as this work continues over the next few weeks,” according to the memo dated May 8.

One way the college is looking to cut its operating budget is by moving expenses into non-operating budget accounts, including those funded by student fees.

They’re trying to hide the numbers, but it looks like applications are off 20%. And this is on top of the $2.1 million shortfall and 7% admissions decline last year.

So they’re going to raise various student fees to try to make up for it ...

Officials have recommended a combined increase of $236 per year in student fees for 2018-19:

▪ The new student fee, which students pay once when they start at Evergreen, would go up $100 to $275 for those starting in the fall and to $145 for those starting in the winter or spring.

▪ The wellness fee, which covers basic health services and referrals to off-campus providers, would go up $111 to $420 per year. [ gee, sounds like they signed up for Obamacare!! ]

▪ The services and activities fee would go up $25 to $649 per year for full-time students.

Meanwhile, with a 95% admissions rate [ we’ll take anybody, please come here!! ], more and more “People Of [preferred] Color” are signing up, and the place is wall-to-wall gayolas and gender freaks:

“Further declines in applications (possibly by as much as 20%) and enrollments are expected for the Fall of 2018 based on current year-to-year data,” the report noted. “This condition, and the revenue shortfall it will create, will present Evergreen with significant financial challenges that will not be short-lived.”

Acknowledging that “Evergreen can no longer be considered a ‘selective’ college in terms of admission” because it currently accepts about 95 percent of all applicants, the report also points out that the percentage of students of color on campus continues to edge upward despite the decrease in overall enrollment.

Notably, it also cites a survey showing that 60 percent of first-year, four-year students who enrolled at Evergreen State in Fall 2017 “identified themselves as LGBTQIA.”

And of course they’re continuing their demonstrations, their “Day of Absence”, self-segregation, and now their “Equity Council” as they spin counter-clockwise further down the toilet.

Gosh, what a shame.


Possibly related: Washington State puffed with pride that LESS THAN HALF of their elementary school kids rate proficient in math or reading.

Since 2009, Washington student scores on a federal achievement test have largely stagnated in mathematics and reading — mirroring a national trend that some have dubbed “education’s lost decade.”

The only bright spot in the Evergreen State: Eighth-grade reading results have shown marked improvement since both 2009 and 2015, according to test scores released this week for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Nearly 600,000 fourth- and eighth-graders across the United States take the NAEP tests — nicknamed “the nation’s report card” — every other year to gauge their achievement in math, reading and writing. Results for 2017 show the only significant change in Washington’s scores was a 5-point gain (NAEP uses a 500-point scale) in eighth-grade reading since the tests were last given in 2015.

But in each grade and subject, fewer than half of Washington students scored at or above the “proficient” level on NAEP, which many consider a high bar.

[ WA schools chief and U of W professor Chris ] Reykdal found some cause for celebration in the 2017 scores: In both grades and subjects, Washington’s scores outperformed the national average and most other states.

“We are a very high-achieving state, we have high standards, and it shows,” Reykdal said. However, he also acknowledged that the latest NAEP scores indicate Washington schools aren’t making much progress in closing gaps between student groups.

Well good for you. Your students aren’t quite as moronic as everyone else’s students. Because “proficient” is such a high bar. Maybe if you guys dropped the Marxist indoctrination and actually taught school? I dunno, just an idea there.


Yup, Halper. Soon To Be Hamburger.

American-born University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper has been identified as an FBI informant in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, multiple news outlets reported Saturday.

The 73-year-old academic reportedly has deep ties to American and British intelligence, having served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, the New York Post reported.

President Trump tweeted Friday that confirmation of an FBI plant in his campaign would become the nation’s “all time biggest political scandal.”

Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018

The New York Times and Washington Post reportedly have known of Halper’s identity for weeks, but chose not to reveal his name. Then on Thursday, the Daily Caller named Halper in the opening paragraph of its report.

The Washington Post said it received warnings from U.S. officials that revealing Halper’s identity posed a security risk.  Meanwhile, reports vary on when the FBI tapped Halper to snoop on the Trump campaign.

The New York Times reported in December that during “a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016,” Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had disclosed to an Australian diplomat the Russians had dirt on the Clinton campaign. The Australians then tipped off the FBI, prompting the agency to launch “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31, 2016.

But Harper met with Page in early July that summer, contradicting the FBI’s claims of when the operation began, while Halper met Carter Page at a British symposium and remained in contact for more than a year.
Sources close to Papadopoulos now say Harper was working for an intelligence agency.

By May 2017, the “Cross[fire] Hurricane” operation had melded with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

So what we have is the FBI inserting a spy into the opposing political party’s campaign to ascertain and counteract the threat that they may have had dirt on Hillary, the Dem’s pre-selected candidate, since their official nomination didn’t occur until their convention that started July 25, 2106.  And naturally the FBI is going to stand by a date of convenience, which is almost guaranteed to be a fake. You can’t trust them at all anymore. CYA 24-7, and at this point pushing the spy-by date back is about the only cover they have left.

And don’t forget that the “dirt” that Papadopoulus thought he had was a false flag set up by the Dems themselves, via the cutout Joseph Misfud, a purported member of the Clinton Foundation. Who is now missing and has been for ages. Arkancide like Seth Rich? Dirty dirty politics, and yes, this is a massive scandal, with “a cast of thousands”, all across the Executive branch, DOJ and the State Dept.

In the end, it might turn out that the FBI/DOJ were played by their political bosses, patsies, but like the faithful Democrat running dogs they are, they swung into action and did their best, laws be damned.  Onions have fewer layers than this thing.

UPDATE: Yup, worst scandal evar Why wait until there’s evidence? Start spying NOW.  This is all connected too, included Rice “unmasking” at the UN, Lois Lerner at the IRS, Obama weaponizing the government against conservative groups, Hillary’s private war in Libya, Lynch on the runway with Bill, and on and on. And a big mention of Comey and his pals being owned by the Clinton Foundation. It IS the swamp.



The Proles Don’t Notice So Why Bother?

Every year I find myself trying to analyze the prize money payouts for whatever bowling league I’m on. Not that I’m objecting to whatever parse was used, but I’d just like to know how it was done. Being Mr. Math and Mr. Computer Guy, I’ve got a whole slew of spreadsheets I’ve developed over the years, and at this point I can generate or closely estimate prize payouts just from the curve of the graph. Big curve at the top: winners get comparatively more; straight line with a small slope: everybody gets about the same with only a small increase per position. Downwards curve at the far end: the losers are getting screwed. And so on.

It used to be that there was a vote in the leagues early on in the season. Here’s 2 or 3 payout plans, talk it over with your buddies and each team votes for one. That turned out to be too complicated when you had people joining late, teams quitting, and so forth. So they’re not doing that any more. It used to be, at least on some leagues, that the prize amounts, either per team or per person, were announced with the team name of the various places. They’re not doing that any more either. And that kind of thing makes me a tad bit concerned.

At prize night, I noticed that half the league didn’t even show up. And when it was over, I noticed only 1 person had a quiet question about the results (placement, payout, prizes, I don’t know). So the truth is, it doesn’t matter. NOBODY CARES. As long as they get something in their envelope, and somebody else does all the work, that’s good enough for them.  The winning team - which happens to include all the perennial officers, who also happen to be lifetime employees of the bowling alley (or their family), who also win nearly every year - could be pocketing a wad and nobody would ever know. I really don’t think they are, because at Cheap League there simply isn’t much money in the prize fund to begin with, but the complete lack of transparency is a bit disquieting to me.

And this is how government corruption sets in. Some group of people gets the job of dealing with the money, and nobody ever bothers to ask about it or show the slightest interest. Bowling league is about as tiny as government gets. The next step up is the board of a condo association. School boards, town councils, county government, state, then federal. The more people in each group, the less visible and personally accountable they become. And if nobody ever demands an accounting, transparency, or even a meaningful honest explanation of what they’re doing and how they’re spending, then things can get out of control right quick.

Keep your eye on your “leaders” and hold their toes to the fire over every dollar. Every day. Or they will screw you over sooner or later. Guaranteed.




FBI’s Spy Inside Trump Campaign Was Stefan Halper?

Crossfire Hurricane. Might just start blowing the other way.


Another vile wet and cold day. We’ve got the heat on. It’s the 19th of May and it’s 46°F outside. Thanks a lot Al Gore.


We had our end of season meeting for bowling league, to “elect” the same bunch of people who run things to do the job again next year. And also to hand out the prizes and money. I really have no idea what benefit any of us get from our $20 annual membership in the USBC: not a single person in the entire league got any kind of award for anything. They used to give out patches, key fobs, or stickers to people for annual accomplishments like throwing a 250 game, rolling a 600 or 700 series, etc. Back in the long ago, when it was the ABC not the USBC, there were even awards for making some of the more difficult spares and things. No more. USBC used to mail out a monthly magazine. No more. Beats me what we get for our dues. Nada. Whatevs. So our team did actually fight our way up to 8th place, which got us exactly $100 in prize money. Each! So now I have a spanking new $100 bill in my pocket, and when I get tired of looking at it I’ll take it to the bank and exchange it for real money. Oh, and the Mrs. got awarded a coffee mug for throwing a 200 game. Sexism abounds; no mug for me even though I threw 2 dozen 200+ games this season. No, for guys the standard is 250, and I missed that score by a small amount several times.  Oh well.


Get Your Blood Boiling, Again

Another one of those refresh your memory essays that points out in detail just how dirty the DNC, Clintons, Obama, DOJ, FBI, NSA, courts, and media were and still are in relation to Trump and the last presidential campaign. 1000 times worse than Watergate, and most of the dirty players are still employed. While we may have dodged the socialist coupe bullet by a nanometer, a huge tsunami of the leftist apparatchik cabal is still in place. We need to drain the swamp, burn the mud, salt the ground, and dig deep to pull out all the roots and then roast every last hidden seed.

But for today, here’s Andrew McCarthy at The National Review, writing In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures. That’s a pretty good pun, but the dark truth behind it is really upsetting to read about. I had to stop twice while reading his essay, walk away and sound off in indignation, before making it all the way through. And he is just touching, lightly, the very tip of the iceberg; all he’s focusing on in this essay was the actual disparate measures; the light touch of the loving velvet glove on the one hand, and the wanton use of the spiked mace held in the iron gauntlet on the other. Not what you or I would ever think of as equal application of the law.

As the 2016 race heated up, the Clinton campaign zealously fought the notion that Hillary was the subject of a criminal investigation — which is not an easy thing to do when you’re the subject of a criminal investigation. It was just a “security referral,” the campaign insisted to the New York Times (which dutifully “corrected” its originally correct reporting on the case).

In what I’m sure was a total coincidence, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who stood a very good chance of keeping her coveted job in a Hillary Clinton administration, gave FBI Director Comey an order: In his public statements and testimony, he was instructed to refer to the Clinton emails probe as a “matter,” not an investigation — otherwise, what might people think the Federal Bureau of Investigation was up to? This may have been an improper, politically motivated attempt to influence an FBI criminal probe, but on this occasion, there were no leaks to the New York Times about it; Comey complied, calculating that Lynch’s politicization of the, er, “matter” was not “a hill worth dying on.”

The director’s sympathetic savvy was again on display in the writing of his speech exonerating Mrs. Clinton. There was, of course, the delicate matter of President Obama’s knowing exchanges of sensitive email via Clinton’s server. The initial draft’s reference to “the President” was soon watered down to “a senior government official.” In the end, it was dropped altogether — purging any reference to Obama’s involvement. And of course, the director’s description of Clinton’s conduct as “grossly negligent” was amended to “extremely careless” because gross negligence is the mental state required for conviction in the Espionage Act — after all, this was this was supposed to be an exoneration statement, not an indictment.

The director took a markedly different tack in the Trump–Russia investigation.

Yes, they should all be in jail awaiting conviction and summary execution. These “justice” agencies need to be purged and purified by the scourge in the most medieval way possible. As for the Dems and the Deep Staters, their indictments and punishments should be far worse. And if more than half the country wasn’t a bunch of benighted blinkered socialist-fascist leaning morons, if they had even a smidgen of understanding of what America is supposed to be, that would be the case. It would be Villagers With Pitchforks and Torches, 24-7. But that won’t happen.

IMO, not a single change will be made, and not one of these criminal statists will ever be held accountable. The federal status quo is immovable. Oh please, even after the housing bubble was dissected and analyzed to the atomic level, our government wouldn’t even get rid of Frank-Dodd. There is no Change, never will be, and that’s the only thing you can Believe In. Now Move On, and let’s go Forward. Comrades.



Maybe we should just ban schools

Santa Fe Texas: Student Shooter Kills At Least 8, Bombs Found On And Off Campus

UPDATE: psycho punk ass jerk identified, bombs found, school’s resources officer shot

The suspect accused of unleashing a hail of bullets inside one of his classes early Friday morning that left up to 10 people dead has been identified, reports stated.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was identified as the person in custody in connection to the shooting at Santa Fe High School, The Associated Press reported.

Explosive devices were found at the school, authorities said. The suspected shooter was taken into police custody and a second suspect has been detained. The suspect in custody and the suspect detained for further questioning were both students.

Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School around 8 a.m. CDT following reports that a shooter opened fire inside.

The Santa Fe Police Department confirmed explosive devices were found at the campus of the high school and the “surrounding areas adjacent to the school.” The school has been evacuated and the campus was cleared, the Santa Fe Police Department said.

Retired police officer John Barnes, working as the school’s resource officer, was shot in the incident, Fox News has learned.

Governor Greg Abbott confirmed Pagourtzis used a shotgun and .38 revolver that belonged to his father.

Investigators also found information online and Pagourtzis’ personal belongings that shed light on his state of mind.

“We also know information already that the shooter has information contained in his journal and cellphone that he said that not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting. As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time that he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” said Abbott.
The school district and police later confirmed that authorities found suspicious devices in and around the campus. “There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding area adjacent to the high school,” Braun said Friday morning. “Community members should be on the lookout for any suspicious items.”

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the devices included pressure cookers and pipe bombs.


SANTA FE, Texas – Federal and county officials tell KHOU 11 News multiple students were killed and an officer was wounded when a shooter opened fire inside Santa Fe High School. The school is located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

Multiple sources at the scene tell us there are least eight to ten people dead. The exact number of those injured is unknown.  Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirms one suspect is in custody. A second person has been detained.

“I’m told they’re both students,” said Gonzalez. “One was identified as the suspect and another was detained, for what reason I don’t know.”

The main suspect is said to be 17 years old. His name has not yet been formally released.

The gunfire was first reported at about 7:40 a.m. Friday. Witnesses said at least one suspect came into the school and opened fire in an art class. Some students also said the shooter was throwing explosives into a classroom.

Two students say their friend saw a kid with a gun and pulled a fire alarm as they fled the campus during the shooting. A teacher also pulled the fire alarm, witnesses said.

‘Everybody yelling ‘run, go, as fast as you can’ | Santa Fe student describes shooting

As of 10 a.m. law enforcement was still sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.” They are also looking for other potential victims or students hiding in fear.

By 11 a.m. authorities were at another scene, about two miles from the school, where authorities say they were investigating the possibility of explosive devices inside a mobile home.

Here we go again. It’s a terrible, horrible thing, and it keeps happening. I don’t want to be blase or cynical, and I do NOT accept this as the “new normal”. But there do seem to be an awful lot of deranged people out there. It isn’t the gun’s fault, or even the bomb’s. And no new crop of laws is going to do a thing to stop it. Period. The problem comes from the way we are raising and teaching our children. Maybe they need more risk, more responsibility, more freedom, more something. Or less indoctrination. Something. Because far too many of them seem to lose their marbles at the drop of a hat, either seeking to ban “hate” speech, run off to their safe spaces, or just grab a weapon and start killing people in bulk. That’s seriously messed up, from one extreme to the other.

And of course, here come the idiots, from both sides of the aisle, in person, on TV, and on social media.

Hot Air is live blogging it all


A Snowflake Challenge

Now, This Is Reading

With nothing much to do in the guard shack in the mornings, I’m working my way through Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. I’ve read the book a few times before in my life, but I haven’t browsed those pages in far more than a decade. The book was published in 1851, at the height of the literary period known as the American Renaissance, which ran from around 1820 to 1890. It was also written at the height of the period of Christian fervor known as the Second Great Awakening. And to throw in another complicating influence, Moby Dick came about at the crest of the Romantic Era, when a poetic writing style of vague allusion to biblical and classic Greek and Roman mythology was the norm. Not all that many people could read in those days, for reading meant education, and the educated people knew their scripture and the classics inside and out. Plus everyone wrote and spoke like Yoda, and in their pre-electric, pre-industrial world the pace of life was rather slow, and the written word was one to be both savored and revered.

All of which means that the whole book is written in Old, but not Really Old. Nearly every paragraph makes you stop and think; firstly, to try and understand what you just read. Secondly, to understand why. Many of his run-on sentences are real head scratchers, not just for the oblique references, but the structure, and even the reason for writing them in the first place. Sure, it’s an action tale, but Melville spends an inordinate amount of time getting inside each character’s head, spending vast amounts of ink trying to explain their motivations.

It has it’s lighter moments, as when he refers to Adam and Eve as “the original orchard thieves”. And it is nearly impossible to avoid the allegory that the book seems to be saturated with. And it is the best example of what used to be called a “boy’s story”, full of blood and death, privation, malaise, and moral quandary. In other words, and adventure tale.

And the whole book is about sailing around the world with a madman and a diverse crew of crazy men, while mercilessly killing as many of a protected species as possible, with all the violent and deadly imagery in detail. With plenty of racist stereotyping to boot. So this has to be one of the better snowflake triggers out there. So I’m putting it out there as a challenge to all the Triggly-Poofs, to read this tome and a) not need multiple trips to your safe space or literature bonfire, and b) actually understand, in depth, what the author is saying. I dare you snowflakes, and I double dare you to complete the task and accept that this is one of the all time literary masterpieces to boot.

The “b)” part is tough enough for the rest of us ... here’s a quick example with a bit of explanation and scene setting ...

Ahab got a splinter from his first wooden leg, which is actually made from whale bone. He lost the leg when the white whale bit it off, and Ahab ascribes every bad thing in his life to that heinously anthropomorphized creature. Moby is the Devil with fins, and worse. Like I said, the temptations of allegory are irresistible.

Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures; - he called the carpenter.

Wow, that is writing.



Hooray, we might see the sun and not have rain by Monday!!

Boo, it’s only Wednesday. grrrr ...


Meanwhile, Hawaii going BOOM.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Ash Thousands of Feet into the Air; Warnings Issued for Aircraft

“There I was, just flying along above the clouds, minding my own business. Then suddenly, from out of nowhere, WHAMMM!!! Lava!! Lava?? I called my insurance agent right away ... and now I’m in the next Farmer’s commercial.” ba badumpa bumpa bump.

fake news pic:



I can’t do anything about the weather, so here’s a happy redhead. It’s not wet and windy where she is.



Line Squall !!!


Watches Issued: Widespread Damaging Wind Gusts Target the Northeast Tuesday After Monday’s Low-End Derecho Hit the Mid-Atlantic States

Derecho??? Where am I, Guatemala? We’re having a line squall, and that’s a perfectly accurate American nautical term that’s been around for centuries. Screw this diversity PC crap.

An hour ago it was 91°F, humid and oppressive. Typical NJ afternoon. OK, fine, time to run up to the grocery store. I’m halfway up the stairs to the parking lot and the outside lights come on. It got dark that fast. A real Cecile B. DeMille Moses moment. I don’t think the black clouds rolled in, they appeared as if by magic. Angry, dark, roiling magic. And as I’m driving the half mile to the store, the wind arrived. Trees suddenly swaying in the gale, car rocking. Got to the store, parked, and the rain began. Got my 6 or 7 things and hit the express checkout, got out to the car, and the rain arrived. So I drove back in a torrent. Guess I won’t need to get the car washed today after all.

Ok, home again, beer and food in the fridge. We haven’t lost our power yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we did. I’m expecting the storm to roll out as fast as it rolled in ... ruh roh, now we’ve got thunder. Lots. The condo isn’t shaking from it yet, so it could be worse. And there are no trees down. Yet. With any luck, it will end soon and I can cook up some burgers on the grill.

Drat, I forgot to get chips. Oh well, too bad.


Not much happening here. Doing some work in the gardens today. The world and national news is pretty much the same as it is every day.

Oh, in line with existing US policy of the past 22 years or so, President Trump moved our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, their capital. The only President who had the guts to put action behind the act. Leftists pitched a fit, Israelis celebrated, the leftist MSM fretted and thought the fireworks were incoming artillery, and the paleoswinians rioted, tried to swarm the border, and got several dozen of themselves killed.Gee too bad. Too bad that it wasn’t 10,000 times as many.

And in national news, the pervert pedophile female teacher of the day ... some 27 year old hottie teacher, married, caught going down on a 13 year old boy student. THIRTEEN. During school. W. T. F??? Wouldn’t it just be easier to file for divorce and realize that teaching wasn’t the career path for you, missy? But. Oh. NO.  And at this point it looks like her husband is defending her. It was a “mistake”. Each of the 8 or more times. Riight. True love, that. Or a true sap. Beta. Cuck. Whatever; loser boy.

13. Crivens. I do my guard shack job in the mornings, and watch over the kids at the bus stop. The 13 year old boys are in 8th grade. They. Are. Children.

I have to go buy a bag of topsoil.

Actress Margot Kidder died yesterday, and author Tom Wolfe died today.



Tick. Tick. Tick. Boom.

STFS, your newest and least favorite acronym

SFTS stands for ”severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome”. It’s a hemorrhagic fever with up to a 30% morbidity rate. Which means it can kill nearly 1 in 3 people infected with it.

“Symptoms of the virus include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, multiple-organ failure, thrombocytopenia, low platelet count, low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzyme levels. Between 6 and 30 percent of people infected die from the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. “

And it can be carried by that East Asian “longhorn” tick that was discovered on Hannah the Icelandic sheep last fall, right here in Hunterdon. A sheep who had never left the country. And now state health officials have found that the ticks survived the winter. Wonderful.

But not to worry. Of the ticks tested, none are carrying the disease. Riiight, that makes me feel so much better. Not that they tested all of the thousands and thousands and thousands of ticks that were infesting that farm.

And now the little monsters are in Union County too. Which is interesting, since Union County does not share a border with Hunterdon County.

As if the tri-state’s tick problem wasn’t already bad enough: officials said an exotic species of the bloodsucker that mysteriously popped up in New Jersey last fall has survived the winter.

Longhorned ticks have been found in Hunterdon and Union counties this spring, months after New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials said the species native to east Asia was found latched onto a sheep at a farm. In the most recent sighting, the tick that had never before been found in America was in the wild, snacking on a white-tail deer.
“I would be surprised if it does not spread out of New Jersey quickly,” said James Lok, a professor of parisitology at the University of Pennsylvania....

The Agriculture Department said in a news release that the ticks are a serious pest to livestock, wildlife, pets and humans and can spread diseases to humans and animals. They’re particularly dangerous to cattle because they transmit a disease called Theileriosis, which can cause severe anemia or death.

Officials said it is not clear whether longhorned ticks could spread tickborne illnesses common to New Jersey. But Lok told “Today” there is evidence the species can transmit Lyme disease.

“(The longhorned tick has) got a pretty terrible track record in China, Japan and recently in New Zealand and Australia,” Lok said. “And it’s not a stretch to assume it would be able to transmit the related diseases in North America.”

Oh, and these ticks can live on just about any animal out in the woods, and they reproduce asexually, getting themselves pregnant and laying thousands of eggs.

Great. Now we’re Ground Zero for the next epidemic. I am so thrilled. Can we DDT spray the whole damn state please? Weekly??



A tiny turtle began to climb a tree very slowly.

Three hours later, it reached the top, climbed out onto an outside branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

Saved by its shell, the tiny turtle started to climb the tree again.

Four hours later, it reached the top, climbed onto a branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

Undaunted, the tiny turtle tried again.

This time it took five hours to climb to the top of the tree. Once there, it stumbled onto an outside branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

As the tiny turtle dusted itself off for yet another laborious ascent of the tree, two birds were watching from above. 

The female bird turned to the male and said, “Darling, don’t you think it’s time we told him he’s adopted?”


Two dachshunds were chatting.

“I don’t get it”, said the first dog, “I’m in great shape but I’m always anxious.”

“Why not go see a psychiatrist then?”, asked the second.

“How can I?”, cried the first, “I’m not allowed on the couch.”



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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.

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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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
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