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Breaking story ...

John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as White House national security adviser, Trump Says

Washington (CNN) National security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday.
“I pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/19.”
“The two have been discussing this for some time. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation,” a White House official said. “This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two.”
Bolton is a stalwart of Republican national security circles known for his hawkish views.

“After 34 years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the U.S. Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service. Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians,” McMaster said in a statement released by the White House.
“I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security advisor. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests,” the statement said.


Digging out after winter Storm Kunta Kinte Toby

We Had Beer Plus Inches Here


Hey, it’s as good a measure as any. I think it works out to about 9” or a tad more. 21 hours of continuous snowfall, after about 2 hours of sleet earlier Tuesday evening. The last hour or three was moister and heavier, so it probably packed things down some. And it’s warmer and sunny this morning, so, shrinkage.




All The News That Fits The Narrative

And very little coverage of them what don’t

•  Mass Murder! But no assault weapons. Black on black crime, so it’s not news. SC man kills 4 relatives with dumbbells.

•  Multiple Murder, Arson! But no assault weapons. Terrorism!?! But it was a FL black guy. Knifed his woman, her 2 kids, set the house on fire. Yelling allahusnackbar when the cops tased his ass.

•  Attempted Suicide Firebombing of Broward County Sheriff’s Sub-Office. Press mostly ignores that the perp was Lasandra Johnson, full on muslima wearing a bag. Car filled with accelerants. She’s being charged with arson and burglary.

Burglary? Vehicular breaking and entering I guess. A Camry makes a great burglary tool.


Yup, definite break in.


Only another 8 hours of snow and it will be over. Or so they predict.

We’ve got about 5-6” on the ground after 13 hours of snow fall. It’s very fine stuff, and is packing up pretty dense. I shoveled a little bit, and it’s not as heavy as the wet muck that fell the other day, but it’s no dusting of powder either.

And it’s still coming down pretty hard. The shovel patrol came through a little while ago, and within 5 minutes the sidewalks were covered up again. I did a little more to make sure my outside cat Ginger can get in and out of his shelter, and down to his food dish. It’s just another day to him; he’s out running around in it. Probably has to go, and his whole world is a giant white cat pan today.

The lights haven’t even flickered. Keeping our fingers crossed, but there has hardly been any air movement at all here today. And this drier snow is not sticking to the trees too much either. That’s a good thing.

Crivens: 2 hours later, we’ve got another 2+ inches. It’s slightly warmer, so the snow is thicker and wetter now. Looks like we’ll get at least 9” from this one. Please please let it end here. Forecast says it ends by midnight.


On a lighter note, two more indications that the world is totally messed up ...

Burgers now preferred food ... in FRANCE

Paris – Forget the baguette. The French are going crazy for burgers.

Figures released this week revealed that sales of the jambon-beurre – the ham and butter baguette sandwich, a classic of French snacking – have been surpassed by sales of American-style burgers.

The study by restaurant consultants Gira Conseil showed that about 1.2 billion ham and butter sandwiches were sold in 2017, while 1.4 billion burgers were eaten over the same period.

“Even the Americans are looking at us with wide-eyed amazement,” Bernard Boutboul, general director of Gira Conseil, told The Associated Press.

Not mentioned ... burgers are halal, but ham sammiches are haram


A Bear’s Natural Habitat: Your Basement

Bear Family Discovered In Crawl Space Of California Home

It was an encounter a little too close for comfort when a baby bear sleeping in the crawl space of this home in Arcadia, California decided to come out and say hello.
“It’s exciting, it’s thrilling and I’m watching him and thinking this is just amazing to have something so wild and so close,” said Hooper.

But what they didn’t know, and we would soon find out, was a big momma bear living in the crawl space as well.

“We were watching the little one and then we came back inside and we saw the big one, — the momma bear with the tag on the ear — and she came out to keep an eye on things,” said Hooper. “So now it’s a whole new ball game, isn’t it?”
Hooper called the police, who sent the Humane Society to come assess the situation. Since it’s the bears’ natural habitat, the Humane Society has decided to leave the bears, for now.

So these people now have bears living under their house, and the wildlife management folks won’t do a thing about it. Wow. California.


Somehow I expected better from Virginia. Virginia!!

Ban Those Evil Large Capacity Ammunition Cartridges

A proposed City of Richmond School Safety resolution asks Congress to ban “large-capacity ammunition cartridges.” The proposed resolution also calls on Congress to “ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons.”

It also asks to implement “universal background checks.” Such checks would require a background check for a private sale just like the background check currently required for a retail purchase. Ironically, almost every high-profile firearm-based attacker acquires his or her gun via background checks at retail sales, so such an expansion would do nothing to prevent future attacks.

To date, attackers that do not acquire firearms via background checks most often get their guns via thievery. For example, the Parkland, Florida, school attacker passed a background check for his rifle, while the Sandy Hook Elementary attacker stole his guns. Universal background checks would not have prevented either attack.

The proposed Richmond school safety resolution voices opposition to arming teachers for self-defense, even as it calls for more gun control outside of schools. The resolution says, “The School Board and [Richmond Public Schools] is opposed to the arming of teachers to protect schools and children.”

Moreover, the proposed resolution calls for extending gun-free school zones. It should be noted that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was not only a gun-free zone but an ammunition-free zone as well, yet none of these designations mattered to the gunman who was intent on taking lives of defenseless individuals.

The proposed resolution also calls on Congress to fund “programs to educate students and their families on the dangers of firearms.”

And the hoplophobes get uppity when we treat them like idiots and do “gunsplaining” at them. Duh, because they don’t know a frickin’ thing about firearms?? Crivens, the stoopit is extra strong with this bunch.



this is what happy weather looks like


And so it snows, and so it snows ...


After about an hour of precip, we’ve got about an inch on the ground, after last evenings sleet storm and temp drop. Because having a foot of snow is no fun unless you’ve got a nice layer of ice underneath everything to really screw things up. Forecast is for 20+ hours of snowfall. I’m taking the morning off from the guard shack and going back to bed. Schools are closed, and so are many businesses. NJ is having a State Of Opportunity To Grab Federal Money Emergency, but I don’t care. If I park up on Bank Street the plows will bury me. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to walk that far uphill in this mess. It ain’t worth what little they pay me.

The powerful nor’easter is expected to batter the state from Tuesday evening until Wednesday, the first day of spring. The National Weather Service forecasters say most of the state could get 12 to 18 inches of snow, with all but the coastal areas getting at least 8 inches.

The heavy snow will be accompanied by winds that could gust up to 50 mph along the coast, moderate coastal flooding and downed trees that could lead to power outages, forecasters predict.  The state of emergency began at 7 p.m. and covers all 21 counties.

Declaring a state of emergency allows states to qualify for federal funds that can be used for immediate response and recovery.


Austin Bomber Blows Himself Up

5:10 a.m. update: The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday.

Investigators identified several leads but the case really broke in the past 24 to 36 hours, Manley said.

The chief described how authorities tracked down the suspect’s vehicle to a Round Rock-area hotel. Police began following the suspect’s vehicle, and as SWAT approached, the suspect detonated a bomb in the car, Manley said.

The suspect’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family, Manley said.

Earlier: A man whom authorities were attempting to arrest early Wednesday in a string of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself with an explosive device as authorities closed in, a high-ranking law enforcement official told the American-Statesman.

The official said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely on information gained after police said the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley, a suburb surrounded by Austin. That evidence included security video.

Authorities also relied upon store receipts showing suspicious transactions from the person and obtained a search warrant for his Google search history that showed him conducting searches they considered suspicious, the official said.

Authorities relied upon cell phone technology to trace the suspect to a hotel in Williamson County, the official said.

Good. Now let’s find out who he was, why he did this, where he got his supplies. Then forget he ever existed, but keep the lessons learned. Google search history, hmmm? Maybe he should have cleared his browser history. And let’s hope they take a long look at whoever he’s been talking to.

CNN - It might not be terrorism. Yeah, and black people can’t be racist. Not that this story has anything to do with black people, although at least one of the victims, Draylen Mason, killed by bomb #2, was black. No, CNN is splitting hairs, which is stupid. I mean legalistic. Same thing.

Whether these are acts of terrorism: For an attack to be classified as terrorism, it must be motivated by a desire to cause political or social change. And since police don’t know the motives behind the bombings yet, it’s impossible to label any of them as terrorism right now.

“Obviously the goal with terror is to make people fearful, and that’s obviously going on here,” CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano said. “But you want to get to the motivation—was it political? Was it social? What was the motivation? And police obviously don’t have that yet.”


ANOTHER Bomb In Austin - 3rd one today!!
Cops: “It’s not a bomb, it’s an incendiary device”
Spare me the bs hairsplitting: It’s a FIREBOMB ... another kind of bomb.

At least one man was injured Tuesday night after coming into contact with a package containing an incendiary device at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas, but police and the FBI said it was not believed to be linked to the string of package bombs that have killed two people over the past month.

SERIOUSLY ???? In that case, they’re saying that there’s a whole GROUP of mad package bombers in Austin? What, it’s the newest trend or something? W. T. F. Austin, WTF???

The victim was a Goodwill employee who “is being treated for non-life threatening injuries,” the Austin branch of the company tweeted. The man, in his 30s, was looking in a donation bin at the time of the incident, KVUE reported. According to a Goodwill employee speaking to the outlet, the victim was talking to someone about safety when the suspicious item was found.

The individual suffered injuries that were “potentially serious, not expected to be life threatening,” the county’s EMS tweeted. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital.

Earlier Tuesday, a package exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx shipping center in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, injuring a worker. Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport “contained an explosive device.”

Authorities said the two packages were connected to four earlier explosions that have occurred in the state throughout March.

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, told The Associated Press he was informed by federal authorities that investigators have obtained surveillance videos in Austin that “could possibly” show a suspect in the package bombing at the FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.

So this one is the THIRD booby trapped package in ONE DAY.

Better get your ducks in a row Austin. You’re failing pretty badly here.


What’s that? Now this snow thing is being called winter storm Toby? Toby? I refuse to accept that. It’s winter storm Kunta Kinte.

Justice Delayed

Speaking of Kunta and all his relatives, Mohamed Noor, the affirmative action showcase Somali refuge policeman in Minneapolis who killed Australian woman Justin Damond last July has finally been arrested and charged with murder. For 8 months he’s been walking around free on paid administrative leave.
In the interim, the police chief has been fired by the mayor, and the mayor has been fired by the voters. No word on what the status of his partner is, probably still getting a hearing aid, but the new city bosses have made a big new rule that cops have to actually turn on their body cams and dash cams when actually doing cop stuff. Like giving out speeding tickets, hassling homeless guys, and murdering white women in the middle of the night because they are all unclean whores in the sight of Allah, who ran out of the house in a bathrobe to talk to the cops after reporting a possible rape/robbery in the alley next door. All to help prevent a crime from happening. And they may have kicked a can in the street or slapped the trunk of the patrol car or made some other scary noise. Maybe. And that was reason enough to shoot her dead, without saying a word, drawing and firing from the passenger seat out the driver’s window, right across your partner’s face with the muzzle just inches from his head.

The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in July was charged with murder Tuesday after he turned himself in when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in on Tuesday in connection to the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. his attorney confirmed.

The criminal complaint remained sealed by midday Tuesday, but according to the jail roster Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charge for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act while showing a “depraved mind.” The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges he acted with “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.”

Damond was shot July 15, minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. The 40-year-old life coach’s death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on body cameras.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was scheduled to discuss charges Tuesday afternoon. Noor, a 32-year-old Somali-American, has not talked publicly about the case and declined to be interviewed by state investigators.

In a statement Tuesday, Damond’s family praised the charges, calling them “one step toward justice.”

“No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today’s actions reflect that,” the statement said.


Let’s hear it for American capitalist ingenuity!!

A car dealership in our area sent me an email. In light of the expected 14” of snow we’re about to get hit with, try our new shop from home service for you next car purchase. Browse our cars online, call with any questions, say yes and we’ll work out the numbers. And then deliver the car right to your garage, so you don’t have to go out in the yucky weather.

And to make it better, they’re offering a $4000 snowstorm mark-down on in stock vehicles for the next 48 hours.

Actually, it’s not a bad idea. At this point, I’m surprised Amazon isn’t also a car dealership. All brands, all models, lowest prices, and with Prime they get the car to you in 2 days or less. That. Would. Be. Sweet.


Your Daily Mayhem

Multiple Injuries In Maryland School Shooting

Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at St. Mary’s Co. High School “Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders,” Gov. Larry Hogan said

Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a high school in southeast Maryland Tuesday morning, the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office confirmed.

The school was locked down and the incident was contained, according to the the website of Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. The school didn’t give further information.
Photo credit: NBC

Some of the injuries were critical, sheriff’s officials said. It’s not clear how many people were injured at the school about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. Deputies were called to the school just before 8 a.m.

A Twitter post from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office asked parents not to report to the school due to the incident, but to go to a high school in nearby Leonardtown instead.

Agents of the were Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were traveling to the school to assist with the investigation. 

What a horrible world we in, when my first response to this is “What, another one already?”

Bombers, school shooters, snowflakes, therapy peacocks, microaggressions, sanctuary cities, ... insanity. End times? Total breakdown in society? I’m beginning to think that history will call this era the “First Intermediary Period” just like in ancient Egypt. Their cure? Go back to the old ways, which worked and kept society stable.

UPDATE: 2 Wounded, Shooter Dead

A student pulled out a gun and shot two other students at a high school in southeast Maryland Tuesday morning before he was fatally wounded, police say.

The student entered Great Mills High School in Great Mills at the beginning of the school day and used a handgun to shoot a female student in a hallway, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. A male student also was shot.

The 16-year-old female student was stabilized and transferred to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center, and the 14-year-old male victim is in good condition, according to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

The teenage girl was in critical condition, police said.
The student opened fire just before classes were set to start at 7:45 a.m
The shooter and a school resource officer each fired a round, but authorities don’t know if the officer’s bullet killed the suspect, [ Sherriff ] Cameron said. The officer was not hurt.

“When the shooting took place, our school resource officer, who was stationed inside the school, was alerted to the event and the shots being fired. He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter,” Cameron said.

Cameron said the shooter fired a round simultaneously.

No motive is known at this time.


United Airlines: Pigs Can’t Fly, Even With Wings. No Pets At All Actually.

United Airlines is temporarily suspending the transport of pets in cargo holds of its aircraft, following multiple recent mishaps.

“We are deeply committed to the safety and comfort of the animals and pets in our care. We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets,” the airline said in a press release.

United said it will partner with “independent experts” in pet safety, comfort and travel in order to achieve its goal.

Egad, do you know how much it’s going to cost to make a pet zone in every airliner? Fido and Mittens are going to have to buy their own tickets. Too bad. The system has been abused to the point where it is breaking down, by selfish people with excess audacity. Or as the old saying goes, “this is why we can’t have nice things”.


Another One!! 5th Bomb In Austin TX Area Explodes In FedEx Processing Center

A device exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Texas injuring one person, which may be linked to a string of bombings that have rocked the state’s capital this month, officials said.

Schertz Police Lt. Manny Casas told Fox San Antonio a medium-sized box was on the conveyor belt when the explosion occurred shortly after midnight. Casas said a woman was treated for a “possible sound injury” and was released.

FedEx said in a statement to Fox News that one employee is being treated for “minor injuries” after the single package exploded at the facility.

“We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation,” the statement said. “We are not providing any additional specific information about this package at this time.”

Schertz police couldn’t immediately confirm what was in the package, but law enforcement officials told KSAT the medium-sized package contained metal shrapnel and nails and was headed to Austin when it exploded on a conveyor track.

The blast drew a large response from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Federal agents told the Associated Press the package is likely linked to attacks in Austin, while an ATF spokesperson told Fox News that officials are processing evidence at the scene and its “too early” to say if this fifth blast is related.

Crivens, is this becoming a daily occurrence? Wasn’t there one just yesterday? Is anyone saying the “T word” yet? Because that’s what this is, regardless of who is behind it. WMMD. Weapons of minor mass destruction. Essentially at random.

Actually, I’m rather surprised that all these years after 9/11, all the zillions spent on “homeland security” all the CCTV cameras and all that jazz, that any of these package carriers don’t have Xray scanners for every incoming package. Just like TSA does. Ok, cost prohibitive maybe? But at least have them at the processing centers. And hey, you want to send a big envelope or a package through USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHS, etc? Let’s see some photo ID, that had better match the return address on the forms and the box. And maybe some kind of quick validation scan on the ID (driver’s license) just to see if it’s fake. Come on already, it’s been more than 16 years now.


AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK)—Hours after a parcel bomb exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio on Tuesday morning, a suspicious package was reported at a FedEx facility in Austin.

The Austin Fire Department tweeted that a hazardous materials investigation was underway at the building on 4107 McKinney Falls Rd.

Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS are assisting police with the investigation.



Oh Noes, Not Snows Again


I am really, REALLY getting tired of this. So we get the storm of the season, on the cusp of Spring? GO AWAY.


Bring Out Your Dead! Bring Out Your Dead!  Say What??

So I’m in the kitchen mixing up today’s loaf of bread. This one is a 70% hydration hybrid, a mix of sourdough starter for flavor and regular yeast because I’m impatient. I’ve got things going together in my big mixing bowl, at that shaggy mess stage, and I see this large black movement out of the corner of my eye on the porch. Oh nuts, not those pesky giant raccoons again, and in the middle of the morning? So I turn around, and there are two Turkey Vultures on the patio. WTH? They see me and take wing. Our patio isn’t huge, what with the gas grill and the table and the hose reel and the recycling can. I had no idea birds that large could land in such a small space. And then I realized they were after the cat food that Ginger didn’t finish this morning. Crivens, every critter out there eats cat food. The cat, duh, and the raccoons and the opossums, and the little birdies eat the dry kibble, as do the squirrels and the chipmunks. And apparently vultures too. Golly, if St. Francis had 9-Lives instead of bread crumbs, he would have had much broader appeal.

But vultures on the porch? I had to go out and check. No little dead critters lying around anywhere. Good.

Right. It’s just about time to give the dough a few kneads, then get it somewhere warm to rise. And I was a good boy and fed the sourdough starter too. Twice a week, whether you use it or not.


I will be very glad when Spring gets here. I’m rather tired of the ice cold early mornings. I admit, 28 is a lot warmer than 9, but even 47 would be much nicer.


Austin: Bomb #4 In A Month

Austin was on edge early Monday as an explosion injured two people and left police wondering whether the blast was related to three others that have already gripped the Texas capital in fear.

The latest blast occurred Sunday night in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin at around 8:30 p.m. Investigators didn’t immediately confirm what caused it.

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said the explosion may have been detonated by a trip wire, adding the blast was “activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming into contact with a trip wire that activated the device.”

Manley said that police were “working under the belief” that the explosion was related to the three others, but investigators still had yet to process the entire scene. He urged people within a half-a-mile radius to stay in their homes until at least daybreak.

“We want to put out the message that we’ve been putting out and that is, not only do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package, do not even go near it at this time,” Manley said at an earlier news conference. Because “we have not had an opportunity to look at this blast site to really determine what has happened.”

A witness speaking to Fox 7 described hearing a “loud bang,” adding that it was “not a car crash, not gunshots but something terrible.”

Two men in their 20s suffered non-life threatening injuries in the blast. South Austin Medical Center officials said the men were in good condition.

They’ve got some kind of a sicko running around down there. Be alert: anything you mail order to be delivered will have a tracking number you can access online, and the delivery guys update it within seconds of delivery. Remember what you’ve ordered; make a list if you have to. Verify things before you pick up the box, and make certain that the shipping labels look legit. Be safe.


Happy Birthday To Wardmama


A day late and a dollar short; typical me. Her B-day was yesterday. But I remembered. Finally.

And I haven’t peeked in the comments yet in case somebody else mentioned it. So HB2Y, best wishes, and all that good stuff and I hope your day was extra great.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone Irish, or who wants to do a little cultural appropriation for the day. Wait, what? Identifying as Irish today is still Ok, and even encouraged? I’m so confused.



Oh no, not again!!!

The car shopping saga continues, with a nightmare I’ve had before


Look away; this car does not actually exist

We went down to the local VW dealership today and tried out a couple cars. We test drove a new Jetta with the 1.4 engine and an automatic, in the base S trim. Dud. Oh it’s a solid little car, but it’s dull. Not enough power, and between the microscopic engine’s turbo lag and the transmission’s squish, it takes an eternity - at least a quarter second, maybe a half second or more - for the car to deliver what little oomph it has after you stab the gas pedal. It’s probably fine for most people, and the little mill does get great gas mileage. But not the car we want.

We test drove the Golf SE with a stick. This one gives you a more powerful 1.8 turbo engine, which generates something like 170hp or a touch more. It’s enough to be fun, but not at all imposing. The Golf is a really nicely built car, and the SE takes the interior up to an acceptable level. Not swank, or posh, or fancy, but not hard rough plastic Turd World raw either. She loved it. I loved it. And it has regular seats. Ok, I thought the seats really needed to be about 2” wider, but I could live with them. And as a passenger, I found my left knee up against the center console stack, and an odd bulge in the floor under my right foot. But that’s minor. The car is very quiet. No exhaust noise, very little wind noise, and the suspension rides smooth and still provides really nice handling. She can see out, and get in and out without problems. So, let’s buy one. Seriously.

Right, to the sales desk Carman! Let’s see ... a fun car in a fun color, stick, and a non-black interior. Yes, they actually make one!! It’s called Tornado Red, although I’d call it B Positive, because the paint is the exact shade as human blood in the IV bag. Awesome. What, you don’t have one in stock? Hey, we understand. Can you find one around here and send it over? [ plays the Jeopardy theme in his head while the comatose salesman hems, haws, and doodles about online ... ] um, no? Golly, what if you widen the search? [ more Jeopardy music ] There’s one in Maine. And there’s one in Michigan. I think. And there might be one in California. Let me go talk to my manager ... and we never saw him again. He left us rotting at the desk for half an hour. And finally I got sick of it, and we walked out. After telling the salesguy at the next desk that they’ve lost the sale. Seriously, this guy was a garden slug. He didn’t know anything about the car, the trim lines, the engines, the colors, the financing or leasing rates. And he had zero energy or enthusiasm. “When he comes off his Xanax” I told the other lump, “maybe you can teach him how to treat customers and get him to learn his products”. And we left.

But oh shit, here we go again. We found a car that was right for her, but it simply is not around in the color and transmission combination we want. Because, hey, the VW Golf only has a 30 year reputation as being a manual shift vehicle, so the dealer had exactly one in stock. And it comes in a gigantic huge 6 colors; red, blue, white and 3 shades of bland.  And you get a broad choice of a whole 2 interior colors, but only with certain exterior ones. There is no choice of seat style or materials within any of the 2 trim levels. Two. Crivens. As usual, you can get it in black/black, or in anything/black, and in anything/black/automatic. But the fun to drive car can’t be found in a fun exterior color with a non-depressing interior color with a fun transmission. Go figure.

I went through exactly the same BS with my Mazda3 GT. Even though every single car magazine and webpage review showed a red 3GT with the white interior and a stick, and both of the TWO option packages, that car simply did not exist. AT ALL. In the entire United States. Several months after the model was introduced. So I bit the bullet and ordered one. From Japan. 4 months later they started to trickle in, and I got one. Even though the car I had actually ordered didn’t arrive at my dealer for another 3 weeks. They did a trade and got me another, just to get me behind the wheel faster. One salesman at the VW dealer we talked to Thursday said it could take 16 to 20 weeks if you had to order one their cars.

This kind of thing makes me feel like a weirdo. That the things I like, that we want, are so atypical and unusual that we must be some kind of freaks, running against the universal grain. It’s like being a centrist conservative with only mild Christian feelings. The Left isn’t for me, the Far Left even less, and the only thing else is the snake handling zealots on the extreme Right. And that’s not me either. Middle the road, leaning a bit right. Traditional values but accepting that some people are naturally a bit different. Tea Party Lite. Running a blog but not bothering with social media. Supporting social beneficence, but not believing in total handouts for generations. 2A, but understanding the NICS is needed in this day and age, but realizing that a mental health check is fundamentally wrong. It gets lonely in my ideological world pretty often. 


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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

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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.


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

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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


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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. 


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

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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.

See More Below The Fold


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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.

See More Below The Fold


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



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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