Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Wednesday - March 20, 2019

The One, The Only


S P R I N G ! ! !


I think this could work

Sure, Get Rid Of The Electoral College

Since equality of outcome is such a big deal these days, and so many people won’t learn to admire the Electoral College for what it is, another system can be developed that ensures more equal representation and avoids mob rule by the 4 or 5 largest population centers.

How about a system where every citizen who is old enough to fully exercise all their constitutional rights can vote (eg buy a pistol and not be a felon), and their votes are tallied at the county levels. Each county in a state gets 2 electors, which would go to the candidate who wins a “mandate” level of the votes in that county, beating the other candidate by >10%. Call that >=53% of the votes. Otherwise, the top 2 candidates get 1 elector each. This gives the rural counties an equal voice against the urban counties.

The county elector totals determine how the state will align its 2 presidential electors, using the same 10% Mandate policy. So a big winner in that state will get the 2 electors, and in a close race the top 2 candidates will get 1 elector each. Endless recounts will not be necessary; if someone wins by a good margin they take the whole thing, 2 electors. If it’s even close to close, the top two get 1 each. Done. The state’s presidential electors DO NOT have the right to vote their conscience. Do as you are told, or get shot. Heck, they don’t even really need to exist, except for the pomp and circumstance of tradition.

At the national level, all the states are equal. California has the same number of electors as North Dakota. I suppose our outer territories and commonwealths would get 1 elector each. Add them all up, and whoever has the most is our next President. You’d have to set the system up so that the total number of presidential electors was an odd number. We might have to let Puerto Rico go to achieve this. Gee, oh well.

The only caveat I can see is that states would only count counties that have existed for at least 50 years, to prevent the corruptive effects of creating a whole bunch of new counties overnight.

There: no more Electoral College, every vote counts the same at the county level, every county counts the same at the state level, and all states count the same at the national level. True equality. And no mob rule.

I’m a solutions kind of guy. See a problem ... even if it’s not a real problem ... and come up with ideas for a fix.

I’m sure my idea can be nit-picked and nay-said, but I’m also sure it would work. And it’s as representational democracy as it gets. Plus it builds county and state pride through citizen awareness that we are all part of larger groups, locally and beyond.

very related

CNN does the usual

but but but ... my giant state has 20 times as many people as your empty tumbleweed state! The sheer numbers of our votes should overwhelm yours! Um, yeah, no. We’re all equal, get it? All the voters in one county are equal to the voters in that county. All the counties are equal to all the other counties in that state. All the states are equal in the country. Want your single vote to have more power, more “enfranchisement”? Move to an underpopulated county in an underpopulated state. You are a free citizen; no one is forcing you to live in your urban sprawl. And even if my state should suddenly have a massive population growth, 10 million people a year coming in, we’d still be just as equal to your state. No more, no less.

Update: And this could work, if it weren’t for those pesky kids for the 1964 Supreme Court decision Reynolds v. Sims, which forced the states to reapportion their elective districts based on population. Got that? They forced the states to change the way that state representatives were apportioned within that state. Sound like judicial overreach to you? Sure does to me.

At the time, forward thinking politicians were aghast, and saw the intended unintended consequences in their crystal balls:

Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois ...

“The forces of our national life are not brought to bear on public questions solely in proportion to the weight of numbers. If they were, the 6 million citizens of the Chicago area would hold sway in the Illinois Legislature without consideration of the problems of their 4 million fellows who are scattered in 100 other counties. Under the Court’s new decree, California could be dominated by Los Angeles and San Francisco; Michigan by Detroit.”

And this is EXACTLY what has happened. Ten square miles or less land rules New York State. What New York City wants, the rest of the state provides. And those deplorable hicks living upstate can go hang. They get nothing.

It’s a pity that in our government that so famously touts their system of checks and balances, that no low level check against the Supreme Court exists. Oh sure, the Legislature can create a new constitutional amendment to override some decision. Which is akin to setting off a nuke to kill a gnat. And implicit in this one and only measure is the assumption that the Supremes have infallible, Godlike powers. They are all wise and NEVER wrong. (please ignore Dred Scott, Slaughterhouses, Kelo, and many other decisions) The only time that what they have said can be “unsaid” is to change the rules that they work under. This is obvious nonsense. They are not Gods, and are just as biased, sold out, short-sighted, and foolish as anyone else in government. The acts of the President can be checked by the Legislature, or as we’ve seen lately, by some mouthy judge in Hawaii. The Supreme Court can override the President. The President can override the Legislative by veto, which in turn can be overridden by a re-vote with a super-majority. And in general, this all works. But there is no small way to nay-say the Supremes. And there is no way at all for the general citizenry to check any of these branches of government. We don’t have term limits, and we don’t have No Confidence votes. And We The People absolutely do not have the power, by redress or by referendum, to force the high court to change its mind or to even revisit poor decisions of the past.

I had never heard of the Sims decision before this afternoon.

Another Update, because I’m a tenacious old terrier: Sims may not apply here. That decision was written specifically in terms of legislative apportionment. It was not written about presidential electing. But in this day and age of penumbras, who knows?

Personally, I don’t see anything fatally wrong with the Electoral College, but I could wish it were less biased towards the largest population centers. Right now I don’t see how that can be mitigated, but just throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not the answer.


Ah, the last day of winter. Finally!


What the Fox?

Rupert Murdoch Sells 21st Century Fox To Disney

Keeps Fox News Separate

Puts Paul Ryan On Board Of Fox News

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has spun off various television assets — including the Fox News Channel and Fox broadcast network — to form a new company that will be known simply as Fox Corp.

The spinoff completed early Tuesday is part of a multi-pronged process that will culminate with the $71.3-billion sale of the rest of Murdoch’s entertainment company to Walt Disney Co. The company announced that it had finished the process of issuing shares in the new Fox Corp. to investors of 21st Century Fox.

Fox announced its board members, including former U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Other board members include Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, Anne Dias, Chase Carey, Roland A. Hernandez and Jacques Nasser.

Lachlan Murdoch will run the new Fox company as its chairman and chief executive. The Murdoch family will control the company through its ownership of voting shares.

The Murdoch family will continue to control their publishing company, News Corp., which includes the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Times of London. The family also will become major shareholders of Disney.

The Murdochs stand to receive nearly $12 billion in cash and stock from Disney, according to Bloomberg.

Former Speaker Paul Ryan on the board, progressive son Lachlan at the helm, and yesterday we heard how Fox News just hired DNC liar and Hillary puppet Donna Brazille.

So long Fox, it was mostly good while it lasted. In a year you won’t be able to tell them from CNN or MSNBC.


Stupid On Parade

Fauxcahontas: Eliminate The Electoral College

What, this horse pucky again???

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she supports eliminating the U.S. Electoral College during a town hall broadcast on Monday night.

“Every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Warren told an audience at the historically black college Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Warren’s statement on CNN came after an audience member asked the Massachusetts senator about voting rights and so-called voter suppression laws.

What a fool, what a fraud, what a shyster.

Hey, you want equality, you want to get rid of the Electoral College? Fine, do so: every state gets two presidential elector votes. Each of the territories and commonwealths that the nation has (Guam, Puerto Rico, etc) get 1 vote each. Washington DC gets gerrymandered up into zones controlled by the surrounding states. (Because they are NOT a state or a territory, but the citizens there do have the right to vote. So no special electoral votes for them, nor do they get a Senator or any Congressweasels.) Within any state, every vote counts, as long as the voters are citizens who are old enough to fully and legally excercise their rights as citizens (eg, join the military, be old enough to buy handguns, and not be proscribed felons)

And from those votes, the majority rules, WITHIN THAT STATE. Thus all the states are equal in electional power, and all the citizens of a state are all equal in voting power to the other citizens of that state. What, you think this would make the Wyoming voter about 1000 times more powerful than the California voter? No no no; within the citizen’s state they are all equal, and every state has equal outcome power. Anything else is mob rule by the 4 or 5 states with the highest populations. You the LaLa Land voter want more power? Move to Wyoming, learn to ride a horse, buy a pickup truck, get a haircut and get a real job.

Oh, and to get rid of the Electoral College, you’re going to have to pass a Constitutional Amendment. So your plan had better make at least 2/3 of the states happy or it will never fly. And about 2/3 of the states have lots of land but not much population.

And as for this thing, whatever the heck it’s called, where a bunch of states have all signed on for some plan to give their electoral votes to whatever presidential candidate wins the popular vote ... how is it that these signers are not yet hanged? They have just flushed the will of their citizens right down the toilet, “disenfranchising” every voter in the state.

Here’s an example. Let’s say that the D party puts up Tranzi Hijab D Flamer as their candidate, and the R party puts up Studly Worthington III as theirs. Tranzi wins the state vote in LaLa Land by a rainbow hued landslide, but Studly, whom all of LaLa Land hates, wins the national popular vote. Ta da, by their own laws LaLa Land now helps elect Studly, even though he only got 8 votes in that whole LGBQT utopian state of LaLa. Won’t they all be happy and gay now, or what?



When Silly Posts Get Serious

Airline Luggage Seized, Filled With Baby Lobsters

Two passengers were caught attempting to smuggle 125,619 lobster seeds into Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Indonesia last week.

Aviation Security officers intercepted four suitcases filled with plastic bags carrying the lobster seeds, believed to be pearl and sand lobsters, concealed in clothing.

Rina, the head of the Fish Quarantine and Fishery Quality Control Agency (BKIPM), told the Jakarta Post, that officials became suspicious of the suitcases that had been left in the baggage handling area.

“The suitcases were destined for Singapore using national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia,” Rina said on Saturday as reported by

Though the suitcases originally appeared to only be packed with clothes when processed through the X-ray machine, officers reportedly thought something looked fishy and decided to unpack the bags.

The Aviation Officers found the thousands of lobster seeds, which are used for lobster farming, reportedly estimated to be worth $1.31 million USD (Rp 19 billion).

Something looked fishy. Yeah, I’ll bet. The two smugglers have not been identified or captured.


But it turns out that lobster smuggling is big business. It goes on all the time, all over the world. This story, about 2 suitcases full of baby lobsters, called seedstock or seeds, shows that the little 1” long sea bugs are worth more than $10 each. That’s BIG money in Asia and Indonesia. Nor is this just limited to the far side of the world. Under the Lacey Act, Americans have been sent to jail for 8 years over violating Hondurans fish regulations - by collecting undersized lobsters - even though Honduras said no violation occurred. People want lobster, of any kind. When trade wars get involved, the legal fishermen find a work around. Right now, China (which seems to want lobster almost as much as it wants pork) has laid a ban or a heavy tariff on “Boston lobsters” (the cold water kind with the big claws) imported from the USA. So our fishermen are selling their catch to the Canadians, who have so damn many of them that the lobster flights to China have increased from once a week to at least once a day. Ordinary people have been known to pack live adult lobsters in their luggage, perhaps because such a critter would be worth a fortune back home. And of course, the governments get involved, because in some parts of the not-so-free world it looks like the aqua farmers have to buy their baby lobsters from the government.

People need to eat. People everywhere love lobster. No matter how much aqua farming is done, it will not meet the demand. So smuggling goes on. Sometimes there’s a bit of theft, piracy, or the occasional murder. But the smuggling continues, because smuggling is the natural human reaction to a restricted market. Always has been. Always will be. Governments should just get out of the way, maybe?

Our kind of lobsters grow where the ocean waters are cold. The dozen or so kinds of clawless “spiny” lobsters grow all over the world wherever the ocean waters are warm. They’re actually a boon to the fishing industry, eating up all the “trash fish” they catch by accident. Natural recycling that has a big profit margin. That’s the best kind, right?

Lobster Link-o-rama!!

original source for this story
spiny lobster aqua farming in Vietnam
Indonesia busts lobster smugglers, saving the government a fortune in lost revenue
Your Government In Action: 4 Americans get 8 years each in jail for smuggling Honduran lobsters
Except Honduras said this wasn’t a crime

All because the U.S. Government thinks there has been a violation of Honduran law.

One small problem: The Honduran government doesn’t think there has been a violation of Honduran law. The attorney general of Honduras wrote to Attorney General John Ashcroft to tell him that there is no violation, and Honduran officials have filed a “friend of the court” brief in U.S. courts to explain what Honduran law says on the matter.

15 years ago, smuggling just half a ton of lobster cost an American his boat, his company, $75K, and probation
Even stupid tourists try to sneak them back home in their luggage.
Smart smugglers know to use waterproof suitcases.
a 2015 report and map about smuggling busts across southeast Asia
General info about shellfish farming all around the world
“Canadian" lobster exports have 7-fold increase thanks to US lobster embargo. Well, the cheap Canadian dollar helps too.

What I really want to see is effective Queen Conch farming. They are the tastiest thing that lives in a shell, bar none. Yet efforts to raise them in bulk have not gone far, and the Caribbean is running out of wild ones.



And a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

I’m only slightly more Irish than Elizabeth Warren is Navajo, but I go along to get along. I’m actually quite amazed that the SJWs aren’t out there screaming about cultural appropriation, but Irish people are white, so I guess that doesn’t matter.

My going along goes as far as picking up some Guiness beer, and making some corned beef and cabbage.

If you’re planning on simmering a corned beef, the package instructions tell you to boil it for about 50 minutes per pound. Here’s a tip: don’t go by the weight on the package, because there’s quite a lot of juice in there with the meat. Sure, add the juice to the boiling water, but first pour it from the package into a measuring cup. If you get a cup of juice, that’s a half pound. A pint of juice is a full pound. Take that amount off the weight on the label; what’s left is how much your chunk of meat weighs. Cook accordingly.

I always chop up an onion and a couple of carrots and add them after an hour and a half. When the meat is done I transfer it to a glass baking dish and into a very low oven, so it will stay nice and warm while it rests. Then I cut a cabbage into 8 pieces, carve off the core by the stem, and throw that in the pot for about half an hour. Cabbage boils, picks up some nice flavor, and everything is still hot and ready at the same time. This year she found some rough mustard that has horseradish in it. Usually I just buy a jar of hot horseradish.

It doesn’t hurt to put some beer in the simmering water. A nice rich malty beer might even help a bit. I add extra pickling spices if I have any around; the little bitty packet in the package isn’t enough in my opinion.



500 Tons Of Smuggled Chinese Pork Seized


U.S. federal agents seized 1 million pounds (454 metric tons) of pork smuggled from China to a port in New Jersey amid fears the meat could contain traces of the African swine fever virus that has ravaged the Asian country’s hog herd.

The bust marks the the largest-ever seizure of agricultural products in the U.S., according to Anthony Bucci, public affairs specialist at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The pork arrived in more than 50 shipping containers over the past few weeks to the port in Newark, hidden in containers of ramen noodles and laundry detergent, he said.

“At this point, it’s an ongoing investigation,” Bucci said by telephone, adding that the customs agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Humans can’t be infected, but pig populations can be wiped out by African swine fever. China’s hog herd—the biggest in the world—has plummeted as farmers cull inflicted animals.

Is this an act of bio warfare? I think it may be.  We have no need to import any pork at all. And oddly, I thought the Chinese had already bought up at least one major US pork conglomerate, since their own piggy farms are all infected. For two years China has been buying every American pork chop they can find.

Ah, I get it. Sell the tainted garbage to the Americans. Just like everything else they export. Painted toys. Wallboard. Pet food. Blood pressure medicine. Fentanyl. Spyware built into electronics. The list of corrupt and tainted products is endless. They have no morals, no human compassion, and no quality control.

So I wouldn’t say it’s a “maybe” that the meat was infected. It’s a damn guarantee. Because if it wasn’t, they’d be eating it themselves.

And you know what? I bet the refrigerated shipping containers were a dead giveaway, when their manifests said they were filled with laundry detergent and dried ramen noodles.




Life Behind Bars For 320lb Child Squasher

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin sitting on her as a form of punishment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey was sentenced Friday after jurors convicted her of first-degree felony murder.

Prosecutors say Dericka Lindsay had suffered horrific beatings from Posey, and Lindsay’s adoptive parents, James and Grace Smith. Officials say Posey sat on Dericka for more than five minutes in October 2017, causing the girl to die from lack of oxygen.

Posey’s attorney said the 320-pound woman was trying to help the Smiths and didn’t intend to hurt Dericka.

These “people” are a psychotic mess. Adopto-daddy got 10 years for this, but his wife is in the nut house, so no charges for her yet.


The grift that just keeps giving

Chiquita Khrushchev: : Illegal Aliens Are My Constituents


Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) referred to illegal immigrants as her “constituents” during a Thursday House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing.

Ocasio-Cortez was questioning Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s secretary of commerce, when she made the statement. She began by referencing remarks Republican Kris Kobach made while he was Kansas secretary of state. Kobach encouraged Trump early on in his administration to add a 2020 consensus question about citizenship.
“Mr. Kobach later sent an email to you on July 14, writing that the lack of the citizenship question ‘leads to the problem that aliens who do not actually reside in the United States are still counted for congressional apportionment services,’” she said.

“Of course they do reside in the United States. They reside in my district. They’re my constituents,” she said of illegal aliens.

I think she needs to take a dose or two of Nuance. Or a smack or three with the old cluebat to get her unstuck on stupid. If that’s even possible.

And let’s take a look at those rules. Illegals aren’t taxpayers and they should not be voters, so no representation for them. Ha, that would cut California’s number of Congressmen in half I bet.




Saturday Silliness, Getting Your Goat Edition

Vermont Town Swears In Goat As Mayor

Lincoln the goat, 3, was elected the official “pet mayor” of Fair Haven, Vermont, with 13 votes.

The Nubian goat narrowly beat out Sammie Viger, a Boston Terrier, who fell just short with 11 votes. The remainder of the 53 counted votes were spread amongst a 16-animal candidacy.

While Fair Haven does not have a human mayor, Town Manager Joe Gunter held the election to encourage children to get involved in local politics — and raise money for a new playground in the process. Unfortunately, the $5 donations to submit a pet for candidacy only raised about $100, with approximately $79,900 to go.

Still, Lincoln perfectly suits today’s political climate; while being sworn in, Lincoln reacted to his newly official status by immediately defecating on stage. The Fair Haven police chief reportedly rushed in, armed with broom and dust pan to save the furry politician any further embarrassment.

Sounds like the goat must be a Democrat.

But hey, Diversity. It’s not just a regular goat, but a Nubian goat. That’s the kind that climbs trees and poles, right? Goat on a pole! Well, in politics it would be goat on a poll, I’m sure.

Electing a goat should be no surprise for Vermonters; they’ve already elected a jackass for a Senator. Hopefully Fair Haven is not a muzzie town, or else the new mayor is going to need extra security.


Saddest Headline Of The Day: “Joe Biden Emerges As The Man The Democrats Need”

the field of possible Democratic candidates has become absurdly crowded with absolute poltroons. It is like a New York City Marathon for the unfit.
There are more than 30 possible or already declared Democratic candidates, and all but three or four tick at least three of the following high-explosive booby-trap boxes: a draconian green program based on Ocasio La Pasionaria’s intuition that without it the world will burn up in twelve years; personal-income-tax rates in the 70% range; legalized infanticide; completely nationalized health care; open borders and no attempt to distinguish citizens from non-citizens; and vast reparations to African Americans, Latinos, and native people.
The inevitable Joe Biden, who first ran for president in 1988 but was knocked out for cribbing a platitudinous line from defeated British Labor-party leader Neil Kinnock, seems likely to make the race.

In fact, Joe Biden is the man America needs. To be sure, he could not possibly win, and he does not have the judgment or moral authority to be an effective president. But he is an amiable old water buffalo who would make a somewhat respectable race and gather together the many Democratic constituencies that are now proliferating and multiplying like an aggressive virus, and by his honorable example, though failing to excite anyone, might also prevent every sane Democrat from voting Republican.



Bowling Blogging

Another Joe free night. And after he told me last week that he’d be here this week. Gee, thanks. But we bowled well enough to win 5-2, and we were home by 8:30. Nice. I threw a 617 series, and rolled a 257, my high game of the season so far. My knees held up pretty well, and for 2 1/4 games my hand was able to put the necessary snap on the ball for some good spin. So I’m both healing and getting stronger. Fine by me.


Birthday Boule.


It’s Joe Peck’s birthday, so I made birthday bread. Too bad he won’t be here to eat any of it. But I’ll make more for Easter when I’ll see him.


The madman shooter in New Zealand is a deranged fascist. He shot nearly 100 muslims in a country he’s not a citizen of, to foment problems in the USA and blame Trump. Whack Job !!!

Those lands Down Under have seriously strict gun control. Tell me how he got an AK into New Zealand, along with a big pile of ammunition and some bombs?



Doing It The Hard Way In The Turd World
Maybe This Will Work For Venezuela Too

What if you had an oil well that you pumped by hand?


UK Health Advise: Boil Your Flail First, Don’t Share Your Whip

Blood Diseases Spread By Muslim Self-Flagellation

Doctors puzzled by how 10 British men caught a little-known virus have concluded they became exposed during religious self-flagellation, highlighting a new way to transmit blood-borne diseases.

The unnamed patients had all taken part in group Shia Muslim rituals cutting or scourging themselves in Iraq, Pakistan, India and the UK.

“There have been suggestions that you might spread infections through this route, but it has never been described before” in a published medical study, said Dr Divya Dhasmana of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

A paper published by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said doctors could at first find no easy explanation for how the men were infected with human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1).

The virus is typically spread via blood transfusions, sexual contact, breastfeeding and sharing needles. While most never develop and symptoms, some can go on to suffer blood cancer or a debilitating nervous system condition.

The men had each been diagnosed by screening programmes in the preceding years, or during routine tests such as before undergoing IVF, but showed none of the lifestyle factors typically associated with infection.

Dr Dhasmana solved the riddle when she noticed one of the men had scars on his back. She quickly found out that all of them had undergone religious self-flagellation. Many reported sharing blades.

Shia Muslims men sometimes flail themselves with bladed-chains or cut their foreheads in rituals during the religious festival of Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The streets can be filled with processions of bloodstained men rhythmically striking themselves.

Just another indication that they’re all suppressed masochist homosexuals.


So, the sadist and the masochist go on a BDSM date.

“Hurt me, hurt me!” begs the masochist.

“No” says the sadist.


The hypocrisy is staggering in this one

Liarwatha: “I have “zero” sympathy for those who cheated to gain entrance to college.”

So says the woman who got into a top university by claiming to be Native American.

rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes



Pray for the center, and batten down the hatches

Incredible Storm Strikes The Great Plains, From North Dakota To Texas

Winter Storm Ulmer will continue to bring widespread high, damaging winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the Plains into Thursday.

Snow and gusty winds from Ulmer continue from the Colorado Rockies to much of the Dakotas.

Deteriorating weather conditions, with increasing snow and wind, including blizzard conditions, will intensify in parts of the northern High Plains Wednesday evening. That includes a swath of eastern Wyoming, the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.
Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cheyenne and Torrington, Wyoming; and Alliance, Valentine, Sidney, Nebraska and Pierre, South Dakota, all reached blizzard criteria (frequent gusts to 35 mph and visibility less than a quarter-mile for at least three hours) on Wednesday. Scottsbluff and Chadron, Nebraska, also neared blizzard criteria but did not quite achieve it.

Denver International Airport reported a wind gust to 80 mph and heavy snow around 12 p.m. MDT Wednesday. Colorado Springs gusted to 97 mph Wednesday afternoon. Thundersnow was also reported in the eastern half of the state.

A major pileup occurred early Wednesday afternoon between Denver and Colorado Springs on Interstate 25.

All roads in the Nebraska Panhandle, more than 350 miles of interstates in Wyoming, several interstates in Colorado and 150 miles of Interstate 90 in South Dakota are closed.
Blizzard conditions are likely where the snow and strongest winds overlap in the northern Plains, with winds gusting 50 to 70 mph contributing to widespread blowing and drifting snow.

Winds may decrease somewhat Wednesday evening in the central Rockies and central High Plains, but snow will dry out some, which will lead to lower visibilities. This may allow blizzard conditions to continue into the overnight hours in the central Plains.

Additional interstate closures are possible. Areas that don’t see snow from this storm in the Southwest and Plains will still see high winds. Wind gusts of 40 to 80 mph are likely in those regions.

The winds could cause localized power outages and tree damage and will also be a hazard for high-profile vehicles.
High-wind warnings have been issued for a wide swath of the Plains, from New Mexico and West Texas into the central Plains, where wind gusts over 70 mph may lead to downed trees, power outages and will make travel dangerous.

This storm system will bring severe weather and flooding rain to parts of the Plains, Midwest and South as well.
Significant snow will spread across a swath from western Nebraska and western South Dakota to eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

A broad area along this stretch could see 6 to 12 inches of snow.

No word on the chance of tornadoes down in the panhandle, but who knows? And the day after, this system will warm up a bit and head east, bringing heavy rain from Houston and Alabama up to Buffalo and up into Canada.

This is going to be some nasty shizz for a whole lot of people.

Stay safe. Stay indoors. There’s enough wind out there to blow trains right off their tracks. That already happened down in New Mexico.


52% Of Illegals From Canada Are Mexicans
( I bet the other half are Chinese )

More than half of the illegal immigrants arrested last year as they traveled from Canada to the U.S. were Mexican citizens, according to newly released government data.

A total of 4,316 noncitizens were arrested at the northern U.S. border in fiscal 2018, and 2,245 of those were Mexican citizens. Mexican nationals are able to fly to Canada without a visa.

Total arrests at the northern border jumped 43 percent between 2017 and 2018, and reached the highest level in eight years. In 2017, 3,027 were arrested.

The number of people arrested last year represents about 1 percent of the more than 400,000 people taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border in that same period, according to CBP data.

Right, so we don’t need a wall with Canada. Yet.

Interesting how the 2008-2017 capture numbers are down by such huge numbers compared to what they were in 2000-2008. It’s like somebody told them to stop trying. Wonder who?


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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.


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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:
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