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calendar   Sunday - November 18, 2018

The One, The Only



Opinionated morons who get paid to be stupid, part 314159

Newsweek author Nina “I’ll give Bill Clinton a blowjob” Burleigh posts something utterly stupid about gun owners:
Almost Every Person Who Owns An AR-15 Is A Mass Murderer

Almost every single person I’ve ever heard of with an AR-15 has been a mass murderer. Based on Twitter sample the rest of them are scarily paranoid. Get on the right side of history @DLoesch @Rambobiggs #gunsense

— Nina Burleigh (@ninaburleigh) November 17, 2018

And then when the entire world smacks her upside the head for her numbskull remarks, she tries to pretend she did it just to tweak those evil NRA types, who aren’t even human, just online bots. Riiight. What a load.

As Twitchy readers know, Newsweek writer Nina Burleigh wrote an exceptionally stupid tweet about how almost every single person she’s ever heard of with an AR-15 has been a mass murderer.

Considering there are roughly 15 million AR-15s in America alone, that’s a lot of mass murder that doesn’t make the news, doncha think?

Nina was understandably dragged for her silly tweet, so much so that later in the day claimed she wrote it as bait for NRA bots.

I cast some @nra botbait this morning and they’re still coming out of their hidey-holes 14 hours later.

— Nina Burleigh (@ninaburleigh) November 18, 2018

She’s so EDGY.

And you know, people who disagree with her have to be bots.

It’s not the “botbait” that gets people, but rather the factually-challenged nature of said bait. This is Jacob Wohl-level lunacy, but you actually get paid to write for @Newsweek? It’s like we’re living in Idiocracy.

Yeah I know, samizdat blogging on my part. Every VRWC blog is running this story. But with good reason, even though we all already knew that Nina and Newsweak are rabid leftist shrills. But they’re still part of the MSM, and the MSM is still the enemedia. So they deserve to have their stupid pointed out at every opportunity, laughed at and made fun of.

It’s the least we can do. Hey, we’re not the ones out there “counter protesting” patriotic prayer rallies by throwing glass bottles and flares at people we disagree with. That’s antifa out in Portland.

Tell me how that isn’t assault with deadly weapons, or at the very least intent to cause bodily harm? Yet the Po-po only arrested half a dozen of these freaks, and only for “interfering with a police officer”? WTF.


And the clock is ticking. Broward County has just 7 minutes, until noon today, to deliver their final vote count. Or else? I don’t what is going to happen when - not if - they miss this deadline as well. Last I heard, they were still searching the building for a couple thousand missing ballots. Total ship of fools, sinking.


Meanwhile, I’ve got another batch of bread starting up. It’s in autolyse, which will give me time to take a shower. Then it gets kneaded and rises, while I go down and do my Thursday night cleaning early this Sunday afternoon. Snowstorm kind of put that on hold the other day. Then come home, knead it again and pre-shape it, then do a bunch of housework while it does it’s final rise for a couple hours. Then into the oven while I eat, then it’s off to SP to do my regular Sunday cleaning. Eventually I’ll be able to get some more ground pork and herbs and make the sausage and a trial run of the stuffing. I even found a fennel. But if it turns out poorly, I can always run out and get some stuff in a bag, and add some Bell’s seasoning, some cranberries and apples, and some Jones breakfast sausage. That won’t be exciting or inventive, but it will be pretty good.



When the entire group’s total IQ is less than 90 ...

Broward County BeClowns Itself Once Again


Does a really great job hand counting the ballots really quick ... counts the wrong ballots ... mixes them in with the right ballots ... breaks the counting machines with a paper clip ... on and on and on ...

Fresh off its bungled machine recount, Broward County’s second day of manual recounting temporarily stopped about an hour after it began Saturday when lawyers from both political parties pointed out that volunteers were counting the wrong ballots.

Hundreds of volunteers spent most of Friday sorting through 32,000 overvotes and undervotes in the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Broward officials announced Friday night they had finished their manual recount.

On Saturday, the volunteers started sorting about 22,000 undervotes and overvotes in the contentious contest for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.

That came to a grinding halt when lawyers found thousands of overlapping ballots which clearly showed a vote in the agriculture race but were fuzzy in the Senate race.

“It appears there may have been some ballots from yesterday mixed in with the ones for today,” Broward Canvassing Board Judge Deborah Carpenter-Toye told reporters. [ appears ... may have been ... some : CYA BS ]

Forty-seven manila envelopes from the Senate recount were mixed in with the envelopes distributed for the commissioner race.

Broward County Canvassing Board Attorney Rene Harrod told Fox News the issue was caught in time and that none of the 47 envelopes made it to the canvassing board. It’s an important catch because it rules out the possibility of some votes being counted twice.

Oh BS. They’re just saying that because 47 envelopes were found. The other 300 got through before any of these dim bulbs noticed. It’s just one more blatant bit of vote rigging. Caught red-handed, but nothing will happen. Never. Ever.

Republican lawyer Joe Goldstein demanded the recount be stopped. Instead, the canvassing board decided to keep counting and instructed volunteers to flag any incorrect ballots from Saturday’s count.

Like I just said. Blatant. Just throw all the votes from these 3 cheating moron counties in the garbage. At this point I’m not even willing to give them another chance. Best bet is to take away their voting rights for about a decade. They totally crapped the bed in 2000 with our old friend Chad, and aside from dumping the stupid butterfly ballot, they haven’t done a single damn thing to update, modernize, or improve any part of their process. You suck, you lose. No soup votes for you. Florida, the self-disenfranchised state.


Wow, tell us how you really feel

California Democrat Representative Eric Swalwell: Obey The Assault Weapons Buyback Because The Government Has Lots Of Nukes And Will Win A Short War. AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS.

Holy shiite. This guy is threatening nuclear war and mass murder of millions of citizens if they don’t comply with his proposed, unconstitutional, law? Even if this is a “sarcastic joke”, or “dramatic rhetoric”, this guy is delusional. And insane. And a total hater of half the population.


Sure. Free Speech and all that. Fine. But we live in an era where people lose their jobs for using the wrong nonsense gender pronoun towards mentally imbalanced people in the workplace or classroom. The smallest bit of joshing that even slightly refers to race, gender, sex, or age gets you instantly blacklisted, and often also fired. This guy just directly threatened nuclear annihilation against millions, and he’s not some dimwit living in a cardboard box under a bridge. He’s one of the top federal government officials in the nation. This is so beyond inexcusable that it boggles the mind. Take him away in chains, but him in a dim padded cell with a 30 day mental observation paper. Meanwhile remove all his security clearances, dump him from every committee he’s on, censure him in the House, have an instant vote in his state senate, and get rid of him. He is obviously insane, and an enemy of at least half his constituents. You can not make such remarks, even in sarcastic jest ( it was only “sarcasm” AFTER social media freaked out about what he said ); it’s a Freudian slip that shows a serious mental condition. This is not a person you want in charge of you. In charge of anything. Get rid of him. Now.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell on Friday said the U.S. government would use its nuclear weapons in a hypothetical war against Second Amendment supporters refusing to give up their firearms.

The California Democrat, who is openly considering a run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, made the outlandish remark on social media after a gun-rights advocate pointed out that the lawmaker once called for gun owners to surrender their assault weapons.

“So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f------ mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the [government] all the power,” Joe Biggs tweeted at Swalwell.

This prompted Swalwell to defend himself, saying it would be a “short war” because “the government has nukes,” implying the government would use its nuclear arsenal against its own citizens.

The comment drew an immediate backlash, with thousands of people criticizing the lawmaker for the ill-thought-out remark.

“Here is an actual member of the U.S. Congress talking about using nuclear weapons against Americans,” David Freddoso wrote.

“Personally, I have a bigger problem with an elected official blithely talking about nuking his fellow Americans than my neighbor owning an AR-15,” Cam Edwards tweeted.

Swalwell—a member of both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee—tried to defuse the situation, saying the need for a firearm to protect against the government is “ludicrous” and suggested that if an assault weapon ban would happen, people would just follow the law.

Swalwell responded by noting the government’s nuclear arsenal, writing: “And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.”

Biggs responded by asking, “So our government would nuke its own country in order to take guns? Wow.”

Swalwell countered by asking Biggs to quit being “dramatic” about the casual reference to weapons of mass destruction

And the guy who questioned this tremendously stupid, over the top, bit of overblown rhetoric is the one being “dramatic”? Swalwell is not just batshit crazy, he’s a complete hypocrite.

And in typical dim-witted leftist fashion, Swalwell’s remarks shows us exactly why we have a Second Amendment in the first place. To give us some protection against murderous tyrants. Like those who threaten us with nukes for not obeying their outrageous edicts.

Time for a Total Recall.


FL Dems May Face RICO Charges. Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting. Laws Are Only For Little People And Republicans

An effort to allegedly add Democrat votes after Election Day in Florida is “potentially grounds for a RICO” investigation, an election fraud expert says.

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) research director Eric Eggers exclusively told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight‘s Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that a report revealing that Florida Democrats asked voters to submit absentee ballots after Election Day is a “smoking gun” and could possibly lead to a racketeering investigation.

As Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak reported, Florida Democrats allegedly asked voters to submit absentee ballots after Election Day, using an official form that had been altered to make it look as though voters were doing so within the legal deadline with the hopes that a judge would later allow the votes in the election.

Already, a federal judge — appointed by President Obama — has said Florida voters can correct their signatures on mail-in and provisional ballots. Republicans in the state are appealing the decision.

In a recent piece for Breitbart News, Eggers reviewed Brenda Snipes’ history of allowing illegal aliens and felons to vote in elections in Broward County, along with her destroying of ballots. Snipes is in charge of the vote count in Broward County where the state’s election results have been held up.

No. It’s long past time to cut through the garbage. Perp walk the whole damn bunch of them. You don’t get to say you made a mistake by using the wrong date. This was not an accident. Disbar the dickless moron judge too. Follow the rules, or the votes don’t count. No ifs, ands, buts, maybes, or infantile cries of disenfranchisement. If you’re too stupid to vote properly, your vote doesn’t count. Tough. Shit.

Oh wait, Democrats are above the law. Especially if they happen to be People of Preferred Pigmentation, who are beyond rebuke and held to no standards of quality, honesty, intelligence, or proper behavior, either on or off the job.


Well, we lost all 7 at Cheap League last night, but we had a good time. None of us bowled poorly; the other team simply outbowled us. But they’re good people, and we had a good time. Teammate J didn’t show up again. Didn’t prebowl, didn’t call anyone so we couldn’t get a sub. Thanks a lot.



This is why I’ve become a cynic. File this one under “Gee, really?”

National Guard soldier arrested, charged with smuggling Mexican nationals into US

California National Guardsman Pfc. Edward Jair Acosta-Avila was arrested Nov. 10 when his car was stopped near San Diego, California, about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, USA Today reported.

After pulling over Acosta-Avila’s Honda Accord, Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended five individuals, including three undocumented Mexican nationals who were discovered hiding under a blanket in the back seat.

Acosta-Avila, along with one other passenger who was identified as U.S. citizen, has been charged in federal court with human trafficking

The Guardsman, who was reportedly awaiting discharge for being absent without leave, told authorities he and the co-defendant planned to split a payment of $400 for shuttling the three men into the U.S.

The Mexican nationals told officials they “made smuggling arrangements and agreed to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 each to be smuggled into the United States,” the report said.

For now, the three men will be detained to serve as witnesses in the case, Fox 5 San Diego reported. They will later face the standard deportation process.

Acosta-Avila was reportedly not part of the U.S. border security mission, one in which an estimated 7,000 troops are expected to deploy in support of at various locations along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Divided loyalties, or none at all? Just an opportunist taking advantage of a beneficent nation and flouting the law? Just for gits and shiggles, let’s find out if he was connected to any of those criminal gangs of illegals California is so famous for.

I can’t say that he’s very smart. The illegals paid somebody $20,000 to get across the border, and this guy who was taking all the risk is only getting $400? [ insert snide but true remark about Mexicans working for cheap and undercutting the labor market ]

One must wonder if this fellow was himself a citizen, or truly a citizen at heart? Whatever. Plenty of room at Leavenworth, plenty of rocks to break there for a long, long time.


And this morning’s Dumbo Prize for most misleading headline goes to ... the UK’s Daily Star. For running this story ...

Monkey develops AUTISM symptoms in world first as it’s given antidepressants

Which totally implies that the monkey got autism symptoms from taking the drugs, right?

Except that the situation is exactly the other way around. The monkey was genetically modified to have the autism gene, and the Prozac they gave it caused it to act more normally.



The Resistance Lives On

Snipes drops the ball, misses deadline, delays election results, forces manual recount. Utter Incompetence Or Deliberate Subversion?

Broward County Misses Machine Recount Deadline By TWO Minutes

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The top election official in Florida’s heavily Democratic Broward County said late Thursday that the county had uploaded the results of its recount two minutes after the state’s 3 p.m. deadline – making its machine recount tally void. Instead, the county’s results from last Tuesday’s election will stand until manual recount totals in the state’s closely contested Senate race come in Sunday at noon.

GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott’s campaign charged that embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes intentionally submitted late results so that they would be invalidated. In the recount, Scott’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, lost more votes than Scott—meaning Scott would have seen a net gain of 779 votes if Snipes hadn’t been late.

The news of the bungled ballot count comes after Snipes boasted about never missing a deadline.

So now the derps have to go to a THIRD counting of the votes. Wassmatta, can’t they find anyone to accuse Scott of sexual misconduct?


Gosh, another amazing surprise or two. The hand recount is behind schedule already. And they haven’t even trained the volunteers yet. Seriously? Like the whole country couldn’t see this coming? You couldn’t be even a tiny bit pro-active? Like the training takes so long? What, about 45 seconds? Maybe less?

At what point do you bring in the doctors and deduce that everyone involved has a terminal case of assholitis, and get rid of them? Or declare marshall electoral law and send in a federal army ... of accountants? No one can be this inept by happenstance. It has to be deliberate. Lock them up, throw out all the ballots, and do it all again. Under the muzzle of a gun and some handcuffs. And no felons get in on the re-vote, regardless of what asinine law Florida may have just passed on that subject.

I hope the hand counted ballots get fed to another crop of counting machines. Just to see how bad a job they do. Because human error - accidental or deliberate - is why they have the damn machines in the first place.


And the Florida Elections BS Meter Pegs At 11.6 As The Sunshine Moron State Goes To Manual Recount

The order gives canvassing boards in the state’s 67 counties three days to pore over thousands of ballots that were rejected by machines because of “overvotes” — a voter appears to have chosen more than one candidate in a race — or “undervotes,” in which a voter appears to have skipped a race altogether. With the help of state guidelines, the canvassing boards, which are allowed to enlist the help of volunteers, will try to determine how these voters intended to vote.

Chad? Chad? Chad? Beuller?

And take one tiny guess just who those volunteers will be.

I don’t see why the counting machines are set to reject undervotes. Undervoting is not an error. It is a citizen deciding that either they do not support any candidate for that position, or that they don’t want to make a choice. An overvote is an error, and a dumb-ass one, and your vote goes in the shredder. Or at least your vote for that position, if the ballot is a multi-part one. Overvotes only happen on archaic, hand marked ballots. You’ve failed the #2 Pencil fill-in-the-oval skill you learned in grade school. You are too inept to handle multiple choice exams. Loser. No, you don’t get to change your mind. Make up your mind ahead of time, make your decision, then mark your ballot. Period. One chance. It’s as easy as breathing. Do it right, or wear the Dunce Cap.

But when it comes down to the high handed audacity of deciding voter intent, you know the fix is in. How dare you attempt such a thing?

There is a simple, nearly universal integrated circuit on a tiny chip called a flip flop. It takes 2 inputs and a trigger, and allows only 1 output. So if you choose “A”, then “B” is locked out. On or Off, Yes or No, A or B. Nothing partway in between. There are millions of them in your computer or smart phone. No determination of intent, no hanging chads, no BS. It does require your locale to modernize voting past the 15th Century though. But the idea doesn’t have to be digital. This kind of thing worked on the entirely mechanical voting machines my parents used when I was a kid. Push down Lever 3 and none of the other levers work. If you change you mind before you pull the BRL ( Big Red Lever ) to cast your vote, you had to push Lever 3 back up and push another lever down. It was that easy. Each lever had a small ball detent underneath it, so it would either not move, or move all the way at once. There was no halfway. On or Off. Just like a flip flop.

If you want to enable indecisive voters to change their minds time after time after time until they actually submit their vote, then you need to move away from a paper system that uses pencils or chads. You have to move forward, at least into the final decades of the 19th Century. Mechanical, electrical, or digital voting.

Funny how Florida uses stone age voting, but can use truckloads of high speed computerized counting machines.

Voting systems as slow and stupid as Florida’s should be illegal. And yet the mindless sheep put up with it, election after election, fiasco after fiasco. Fools.



Avery, you suck


Yeah, I’m still a little kid at heart. I had to measure the snow out on the patio furniture. That’s 6” worth, and it’s still snowing.

Ginger the outdoor cat has not been seen all day ... I think he’s sort of an indoor cat at one of the neighbors. At least for his sake I hope he is, as he’s been a finicky eater for the past 6 months. Truly wild critters aren’t finicky. Food? Noms! Glump! Gone! More??

Weather folks were right on the money with this. They said it would start at noon, and by 12:10 the flakes were falling. And sticking. And I was out working in it for the next 2 hours. Frozen, soggy, and soaked with sweat at the same time. I got all the salt buckets distributed. Nothing like leaving things to beyond the last second, right? Came home, changed into something dry, had something to eat, and took a nap. I was wiped out. That task is being like some kind of heavy duty yo-yo. Drive the great big diesel truck a short distance, put it in park, climb out of the cab like it’s some kind of GMC jungle gym, get 2 20lb 5 gallon buckets of ice melt out of the back, deliver them. And it’s always either up or down 14 stairs for that. This place is built on a hill. Back to the truck, climb up, spin around, shift your feet, and ballerina your way into the seat. Lather, rinse, repeat. There’s more than 210 buckets to put out. It’s a full day’s hard work. Half a day yesterday, the other half today. And we’re still a dozen buckets shy, since some of them get “borrowed”, and others don’t survive the seasons. If water gets in, that snow-melt stuff expands and turns to stone, splitting open the plastic buckets.

Those same weather folks say this is supposed to turn to rain around 7. It’s 5:40, and it’s still snow, but light and very fine.

Nothing has been plowed yet. Driving was bad at 2pm, and it’s hella worse now. Took her 60 minutes to get home on the highway, 16 miles away. I ain’t going nowhere. I’ll do my Thursday night cleaning Sunday morning.



Ruh roh. Winter is coming. Snow tomorrow. And we haven’t put out the salt buckets yet. Crivens. Nothing like waiting to the last second. “When in panic or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout”. I did not want to spend 6 hours on this crap today. But I don’t see how there’s much choice.



Same recipe, different processing

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Monday’s loaf, on the left, was baked in an iron Dutch Oven. It was slightly underproofed. The crumb was tight and dense, the shallow cuts opened nicely. It came out golden and speckled; the perfect shade of glossy brown. The aroma was tremendous.

Tuesday’s loaf, on the right, was finished in a flour dusted banneton, and might be slightly overproofed. The cuts bloomed magnificently and the crust is so crisp it started cracking as it cooled off. The banneton is dusted with flour, so the loaf comes out a bit dull. Matt finish. I could have brushed it with egg white or olive oil halfway through the baking to shine it up. I haven’t cut into it yet, but given the size of the thing it has to have a big open crumb. It’s YUGE. Oddly, it didn’t give off the same whole house filling aroma while baking on a baking stone in the oven. Maybe the oven steam covers the scent?

Both loaves baked up to about 22 ounces. Both are destined to be stuffing for Thanksgiving, although it’s such an easy recipe I could always make more. It’s about the same recipe I posted the other day; 200gm starter, 40/180/180 flour mix, 13gm salt, 1 tsp instant yeast, 1 tsp EVOO, 1 tsp sugar, about 240gm warm water.

Is it good? Well, see that scrap of Monday’s loaf next to today’s loaf? That’s about all that was left when I got home from the condo meeting last night. Some little couch mouse ate nearly half a pound of it while watching TV.


I Have Met The Resistance And She’s A Nutjob

Last night was the big annual budget meeting for the condo association here. While they do have public meetings nearly every month, almost no one attends them. Except for when they release the budget for the coming year. Then a big crowd shows up, even though they really have no idea what all the budget categories are or what they mean. Micro government in action. It’s also time for the various committees to report, and submit their recommendations. Micro micro government.

Fast backstory: we had the main road in the village repaved a couple years ago. It’s a divided road with a narrow grass median down the middle. As part of the repaving project, 21 trees on that median had to be removed and their roots dug out. They were ailing, and old, and the roots were pushing up the road surface. Right. So, no more trees. Enter the Landscape Committee.

Half a dozen or so people volunteered for that committee, to tackle the big question of What Should We Plant??  The median is only 8 feet wide, so you really don’t want to plant trees that will grow really big and put out giant roots. Easy care is another plus, along with low water needs. With macadam just 4 feet away on either side, a thirsty kind of tree isn’t going to do well. Also the trees have to be tough, not drop a lot of mess, and not grow so tall and wide that driving on our village road is like going through a green tunnel. So that’s what they set out to do, looking things up and talking to nurseries and landscape people. And in theory, they’d reach a consensus, or at least narrow the selections down to a few kinds of tree, and then vote on them. That was a year and a half ago.

Well, they mostly did their job. They did a lot of legwork on their own time, and narrowed things down to just a couple kinds of tree, using the selection criteria that they had all worked out and agreed on. Except for ... let’s call her Jane. Jane D’oh. She did things her own way, having a landscape guy come here on his own time, and spend half his day walking up and down the road, eventually convincing her that some kind of pear tree was the right choice. And she accepted what he said, because he’s a professional. Unlike the arborists, nurserymen, landscapers, and state botanists that the other folks on the committee talked to, along with looking things up and learning all about trees. Riight. Put in a giant tree that drops a whole bunch of inedible fruit on the ground to rot. Good pick.

So they had their meetings, submitted their findings to each other, and discussed things for ages. And tried to reach a consensus, but they couldn’t. One member of the committee, guess who, wouldn’t listen to anything anyone else said, because she was certain that the pear tree was the best, indeed the only, choice.  So they put it to a vote, and she lost. As a group, they decided on two or three other types of tree. Hey, democracy in action, right? Wrong. I guess she felt she’d won the popular vote of one, and wasn’t going to accept the decision of the evil patriarchy.

They were supposed to make their report to the board at last month’s meeting, so that the prices of the trees they picked could be worked into the budget and everything could move forward. Instead, Jane brought her argument to that meeting, and hijacked it, carrying on for the better part of an hour. Even though she was asked countless times to let it go, to back off, to accept her own committee’s decision. Nope. So, out of kindness and exhaustion, it went back to committee, and they tried to find agreement again. Meanwhile, everyone else on that group had looked up her kind of tree, and found that the thing grows to be 25 feet wide with an 18” thick trunk. Far too big for the little median. And they rejected that type of pear tree completely. But they know nothing because they didn’t talk to professionals!!!

She tried to do it again at last night’s meeting. The president of the board explicitly bent the rules for her, and gave her 3 minutes to have her say. Her first utterance was “Why do I only get 3 minutes?”, metaphorically kicking the gift horse in the teeth. And on and on she went. No one could interrupt her, oh no. But when finally, after about 15 minutes, she finally wound down, and the guy on the board who is also the head of the landscape committee tried to point out some counter facts, she interrupted him incessantly. The board president tried to keep decorum several times. “Please, one person talks at a time. Please don’t interrupt him; you’ve had your say now it’s his turn. Please, your committee voted, twice, and reached the same consensus both times. Please accept it.” None of that did a bit of good.

So, finally, after about a billion years, the 40 minute meeting stretched to over 2 hours, thanks Jane, the board voted on the landscape committee’s recommendation, and agreed to purchase 9 of the selected trees to see how they do, and another 12 in a year or two if they thrive.  Fine.

Are we done yet? Hella no.

Some woman in the audience, who was there primarily to complain that she can see and hear the highway from her unit that’s right next to the highway, took the board president to task, saying how rude he was, and arrogant, and sexist, and so on. Because he’d politely tried to stop this Jane person from hijacking yet another meeting to exorcise exercise her pet peeve. And he sat there and calmly explained all that to this other one, and how, as board president, it was his job to keep order and try to stick to the agenda. To which she told him that what he said was just more proof of his condescending attitude.

Holy shit. If you’re in the military, and you undercut your lieutenant to the captain, you’re in a world of hurt. If you’re in the corporate world, and you behave like this at a meeting with the big boss, you’re out of a job. If you acted like this when I worked night crew, you’d get a punch in the mouth in no short order.

As the meeting finally broke up, I went over and told the board president that he was my hero of the day for keeping his cool, and that lady #2 was way out of line as well.

As we’re walking out to our cars I saw Jane driving away. There’s a big RESIST bumper sticker on the back of her Prius.



Here’s your next TWO YEARS of news. Maybe your next SIX YEARS of news.

Democrat Plan For Governing: Use Courts As Weapon For Non-Stop Revenge On Trump

85 Supoenas, Investigations, Lawsuits. So Far.

Now that they’re set to assume control of the House, there are at least 85 topics that Democrats have said they’d target — or are expected to target — in the forthcoming torrent of investigations and subpoenas to be directed at the Trump White House, according to Axios’ reporting and analysis of members’ public comments.

Between the lines: Don‘t expect everything all at once. Incoming House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff told “Axios on HBO” that each committee plans to prioritize what they view as the most pressing topics, which he says range from Trump’s potential business dealings with Russia to where things currently stand with North Korea.

Jonathan Swan wrote in August that Republicans had already catalogued numerous oversight targets that Democrats had signaled, including:

President Trump’s tax returns
Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
Trump’s dealings with Russia, including the president’s preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
James Comey’s firing
Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys

blah blah blah, on an on. Nasty, bitter, evil little infants. All they can do is try to get even. Because it’s not faaaaair that they don’t get their way with everything all the time.

Thanks for the endless shit sandwich, Blue State commie voters.


No evidence of voter fraud in Broward County

Florida Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter said there is no evidence of wrongdoing in Broward County, where some Republicans — including President Trump and Gov. Rick Scott — have, without evidence, accused Democrats of committing voter fraud, reports AP.

The big picture: Tuter added that the rhetoric surrounding the ongoing recount in Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races must be toned down in order to assure citizens that the election’s integrity is being protected.

This is like Fire Marshall Bill showing up to look at the cooling ashes of where the barn used to be, and saying “There’s no fire here”. Asshat. They already got rid of the evidence. Meanwhile, sit down and shut up, and be a good plebe. The integrity is being protected. What a load.


I love the insanity of the Left. Whack a doodle doo, hit one out of the park, over the horizon moonbattery to the Nth power

California Burning? Blame Trump!

It’s not like they don’t have a dozen big fires there every single year, always.

President Trump was partly responsible for the California fires because he ‘denies’ climate change. At least that’s what liberal California would have us believe.

[ sounds like God’s vengeance ... except those nutballs don’t believe in God ]

The latest alarmist to make political capital out of the fires is California Governor Jerry Brown, who on Sunday – in the wake of celebrities including rocker Neil Young and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel – sought to pin them on climate change.

According to Politico:

Brown called California’s recent battles with massive wildfires “the new abnormal.” He added: “Scientists and the engineers and the firefighters all tell us forest management is one element’’ to control them, but warned governments must address “a whole range of actions” to address a problem he said may cost “billions” of dollars to tackle.

“Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change — and those that deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedy,’’ Brown said. “The chickens are coming home to roost. This is real here.” He advised that governments and officials need to be “pulling together in these tragic circumstances and thinking wisely,’’ while being “collaborative.’’

Governor Moonbeam, like many California liberals, has been mightily irked by the president’s claim that the fires were mainly down to the negligence and incompetence of the state’s authorities:

There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018

But Moonbeam’s fury is the rage of Caliban seeing himself reflected in the glass: it is highly unlikely that the fires had anything whatsoever to do with ‘climate change’; it is much more likely that they are at least partly the result of the green religion championed by Moonbeam and most of Hollywood.

As an experienced forester, Bob Zybach, told the Daily Caller earlier this year, many of the wildfires which have ravaged the western U.S. are a consequence of misguided, “eco-friendly” policies introduced in the Clinton era.

Of course the author makes a high-tone reference to Oscar Wilde’s take on Shakespeare’s sub-human character in The Tempest. How apropos for utterances and attitudes of the unhinged Left: “sound and fury, signifying nothing” ( which is actually from Macbeth, but WTH ).  You’ve got to use that BA in English when you can, right?

How come none of the fires a few years ago were Obama’s fault? They burned just as much, didn’t they?

Also, I can’t say whether the Left’s moral indignation is based on President Trump’s opinion that California is way behind the curve when it comes to water management, or whether keeping the bush neatly trimmed would be a good thing (ahem) to keep flare ups under control. Either one is accurate. So of course they’re going to have fits.

And yes, it would have been kinder if President Big Mouth had just kept it shut for another week or so. But honestly, these fires are nearly continuous, so when would be the right time for him to speak up?

Governor Moonbeam’s response is also typical Lefty. He’s all up on his non-GMO organic grass fed high horse, angrily responding to an allegation that the President didnt’ even make. Genius, that.

Brown, in a statement issued Sunday, said: “We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid.’’

Which isn’t DJT’s point at all. His point is that California isn’t doing anything to prevent these fires from starting and spreading in the first place. And then they come crying for money, every time. And go right back to their “hands off” approach to forest management. So why reward foolish behavior?


Cat blogging ... which means I’ve reached the bottom of the barrel. But ours are so cute. And free entertainment. The littlest one rolled herself up in a bit of wrapping paper that was on the floor and made herself into a birthday present with just her cute little face sticking out. But by the time we got a camera, she ran away.



What is up with AR-zona??

Sinema widens lead on McSally in Arizona Senate race as vote counting continues

Are they just lazy out there, or are they really stupid, or do they do this crap just to annoy the rest of the country? For land’s sake, if you can’t get your votes counted in a few hours, you’re a) incompetent, b) doing it wrong, c) probably rigging the game. Get your act together Arizona, you’re an embarrassment.

Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema increased her advantage over Republican challenger Martha McSally in the Arizona U.S. Senate to more than 32,000 votes Sunday as the state’s gradual count continued.

As of 8:30 p.m. ET, Sinema had received 1,071,280 votes statewide, giving her 49.58 percent, according to the Arizona Secretary of State office. Meanwhile, McSally received 1,038,988 votes, giving her 48.07 percent.

In Maricopa County, where approximately 162,000 ballots remained uncounted, Sinema received 649,445 while McSally received 603,070, officials said. Sunday’s tally included a batch from Maricopa County, the most populous in the state, that Republicans hoped could help McSally narrow the margin. Instead, it added 2,200 to Sinema’s lead.

Late Sunday, Sinema’s campaign claimed that the Democrat’s lead was “insurmountable.”

“Kyrsten has now expanded her overall lead to 32,640 or 1.52 percent, meaning McSally would have to win the remainder of Maricopa ballots by 22 percent to take the lead in this race,” Sinema spokesman Andrew Piatt said in a statement. “This is not plausible. Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.”

About 200,000 votes remain uncounted across the state and officials estimate that all ballots won’t be tallied until Thursday.

WTF cowgirls? Try putting some staff on the job. Not just your drunkard uncle who has nothing else to do. Invest in some ballot counting machines. Get the job done by 7am Eastern the next morning, or wear the fool’s cap. It takes them 9 days to count barely more than 2.2 million ballots? Suckage, much. Turbo mode losers.



Stupid Criminal Of The Day, English Edition

Kentish police captured the Folkestone bungler burglar. The guy apparently thought the was Smaug the dragon from The Hobbit; the cops found him asleep on his horde of stolen swag, cuddled up to a box of jewels. Of course he says he’s innocent, and has no idea where all that loot came from. Riight. To the tanty, 7 years!!

A burglar who was found fast asleep cradling stolen jewellery in his arms, has been jailed. Anthony Foord had burgled a house in Folkestone on 5 May, taking both the jewellery and money.

Police tracked him down three days later after finding his DNA on a bottle left at the scene. They also received information that the 39-year-old was involved.

When they raided a property he was staying in, they found him asleep on the sofa holding a jewellery box close to his chest.

“He was surrounded by more than 180 other items including earrings, more jewellery boxes and watches,” a spokesperson for Kent Police said. “Foord denied any involvement in the break-in and told officers he couldn’t explain where all the goods had come from.”

A jury found him guilty of burglary at Canterbury Crown Court and he was jailed for seven years.

“Oi, I know! I’ll stop robbing this home, have a lager from their icebox, and leave the bottle on the counter. “

Pure genius. What an oik.


Hooray! World War I, “The Great War” ended 100 years ago this morning.

More hooray! I began 58 years ago today. HB2M!



As Florida voting shennanigans go into overdrive and a recount looms, here’s a quick way to tell that election cheating is rampant: enemedia outlet CNN runs an op-ed claiming the election wasn’t fair and was biased in favor of the GOP. Leftists live for projection. Whatever they’re doing, they claim the other side is doing. And they’ve been doing this for everything and anything for decades and decades.

Now the story moves to Georgia. Funny, everywhere the Dem candidate is losing seems to be a totally unfair election system. If the GOP is in charge. If the Dems are running the show, then massive cheating is going on ex post facto to make the loser Dem win anyway. When does the revolution start?


If we are honest, the early conventional wisdom was Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams had zero chance of beating Republican Brian Kemp. She is a progressive black woman running for governor against a conservative white man in a deep-red state that Trump won handily in 2016.

But the truth is: Her campaign was so good, and she is so compelling, that Abrams would almost certainly be governor-elect right now—if the election had been fair.

As the final votes are tallied, Kemp enjoys a razor-thin margin—but it is the product of misconduct so brazen and unethical that UN monitors would likely declare a stolen election if the contest were held in another country.

And of course, since the author is a Person Of Preferred Pigmentation, it’s all RAYCIS. Bad Bad Gobner Kemp done mess wit da polls and da rolls and shut down votin playses where da black folk done voted. Because RAYCIS.

What a crock of twaddle. STFU.


Oh, and of course, as always, when the Republicans point out the monkeyshines, the media ALWAYS says it’s some loony tinfoil hat conspiracy theory

The establishment media is dismissing the election scandal in Florida as a conservative conspiracy theory, but the evidence indicates something strange is afoot.

Republican Governor Rick Scott beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for the state’s open Senate seat, but days after the election, election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties were still adding votes to the tally.

The supervisors refused to share where the additional ballots were coming from and how many were left to count, leading Republicans in the state to cry foul.

The media swiftly rebuked Republican concerns of potential fraud or misconduct as “conspiracy theories” cooked up to deny Democrats the election.

Will Sommer of The Daily Beast wrote, “Republican and internet conspiracy theorists are freaking out as new ballots threaten their Florida Senate win.”


Happy Birthday USMC. 243 years old, and you hardly look a day over 170.




Oops we did it again

Another week at Cheap League, and another week we won all 7. In spite of J, our self-isolated teammate who does his level best to make us lose, I swear. Anyway, our record over the past 5 weeks is 7-0, 7-0, 0-7, 7-0, 7-0. And that’s not bad at all. Teammate D was out tonight, he’s been in the hospital. Poor guy has all kinds of lung problems. We hear he’s home now and doing better, but we were shy one player tonight. And then we saw our young friend Seamus, who we had bowled with on summer league a couple years ago. Seamy, you wanna sub? Great, you’re with us. And he bowled great. And my honey bowled great, throwing her best ever game of 235. I don’t know if she’s ever done that before, but if she hasn’t then she just won herself a 75 Over Game pin from USBC. Seamy threw a 257 that game, I did pretty good too, and we won that one by a fat margin. So we had the first 2 games, with a good amount of margin, which put us in a nice position for winning total wood as well. So J almost literally drops the ball, and bowled like a total hoser in game 3. Sadly, he threw a 112, 50 under his average. Which is perhaps the worst he could do; if he’d thrown just 1 pin less he’d have had a 111, which is a in-joke score that wins you a roll of toilet paper at the end of the season. So he even blew that. I wasn’t having a great game, but I pulled it together and laid down strikes in the 9th and 10th, putting us within 30 pins of the other team’s final score. And Seamus was anchor, coming in with a strike in the 9th. And he rolled X X to start the 10th, which gave us 50 pins right there. So we won that one too. Yay us.

We don’t know if D will be back next week, or up to rolling. So we let Seamy know that if he happens to come by, we might just need him again. He’s a great guy, not even half our age, with a young wife and a little toddler. But he’s good people, and we get along just fine.

Maybe we should check the standings sheet next week. We’ve got to be up near the top places by now, and the season is already a third over. Maybe this will be our year. Finally. Fingers crossed.


Yes, I’m still here. I just haven’t had the gumption to blog. I’ve been working extra hours, which is nice. I even have to work a bit tomorrow, which is a first. But I’ll have the van, so I can buy some plywood while I’m on company time.

Utterly miserable weather. Again. Welcome to November!


Let The Cheating Commence!

Typical inexcusable BS with the elections. Which ALWAYS favor the Democrats. ALWAYS.

Not in this day and age. Missing ballots magically found? Bullshit. Fraud? Unacceptable. You’re under arrest. Go directly to jail, do not collect $200. Community Agitators running the show? GTFOT. Buh bye! The job only goes to Ms. Mundane, the little apolitical mouse who works at County.

You the Town Clerk get the voter rolls squared away at least a month before the elections or A) you go to jail, B) you’re fired, and C) no elections in your district will be held. Period.

Mail in ballots must arrive at least 5 days before the election. Which means the last acceptable postmark is 2 weeks before the election day, so that they can all be verified and counted ahead of time. Comes in too late, it goes in the shredder. Period. Tough luck you lazy schmuck. Next time mail it earlier or just go to the polls like everybody else. You ain’t special.

There is no Same Day Registration. Tough. Get it done 90 days ahead of time, or you’re not voting in this election. Boo freakin hoo. Sure, you can register early if you’re turning 18 by Election Day. Do it 90 days ahead of time just like everybody else. Did you just move? Well, if you knew you were going to move, you should have applied for an absentee ballot at your old location. If you didn’t know and had to make an emergency last minute move, then you can drive back and vote at your old place where you are already registered. Otherwise, tough titties, you just disenfranchised yourself for this election.

Make these changes now and advertise the heck out of them. Sure, there will be lots of crying and whining at the next election. Suck it up buttercup. Then it becomes the new normal, and everybody does it right from then on in.

If I had even the smallest faith that they could build and maintain a secure database and voting system that could not be hacked or accessed by anyone else in any branch of government, ESPECIALLY law enforcement, then I’d say we should have digital fingerprint national voter ID. Then we could avoid all this nonsense. Say I’m in Oshkosh on Election Day. I go to the polls there, scan my finger, and the voting device shows me my Hunterdon County New Jersey ballot. One and done, from anywhere. Sure, when you go to register your finger, all kinds of background checks get done. Instantly. And if you don’t come up a felon, or a deadbeat dad behind on child support, or whatever, then you’re in. Oh, and here’s your USA CCW license. Free. Because you’re an honest American. If you want to use it, go take the required training classes and get your Stamp of Completion. Then you’re golden. Unless you become a criminal, in which case you’re hosed.



Isn’t it about time we were done with all the “First” stuff, and just be people? Americans? How about a touch of unity?

In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first gay Native American woman elected to the House. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr.

You know what? I don’t think anyone has ever elected a tri-gendered hispano-eskimo-indonesian Zoroastrian to any office anywhere. Isn’t about high time we did? Stop the isolationism! Stop the chauvinism!!

What a bunch of potato heads.

UPDATE: I should have learned with Susan Rice. It only counts as a “first” if you’re a Democrat ...

If you’re hearing the name “Young Kim” for the first time today, you’re not the only one. Indeed, in a world where the media will hype the identity of a political candidate so long as they check the right identity boxes (female, gay, transgender, Muslim, black, etc.), they are mysteriously silent about Kim, who is now the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress. Why? Because she’s a Republican, of course!


Depressing, isn’t it? The media will adore a clueless socialist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being young and a woman, but for Young Kim, the (R) next to her name makes her invisible.


Now I’ve heard everything. “Ring shaming” is a thing.

Bro, like they say, there’s plenty of fish in the sea. Time to go fishing.

A soon-to-be fiancée was slammed online after she discovered her engagement ring in her boyfriend’s belongings and complained about it on Facebook — before the proposal even happened.

After the unidentified woman found the ring in his nightstand, she uploaded a photo in a “ring shaming” Facebook group, a community dedicated to criticizing engagement baubles, Yahoo reported.

“Ewwwww. Self shame Friday here I come,” she wrote. “Found this in the BF’s nightstand. Not a fan.”

She then asked fellow members to join in on roasting her ring and solicited advice for how to tell her boyfriend to “tactfully” get a different diamond.

The post made its way to Reddit where angered users called out the mystery woman’s complaint.

“I hope the guy sees this and breaks up. Seriously if that’s the type of person she is nobody should marry her until she fixes her attitude,” one person wrote.

Talk about your Material Girl. Dude, run away as fast as you can. She wants to marry a bank account, and have a guy who functions as a fashion accessory. RUN.

And a whole online community exists dedicated to criticizing engagement rings? And then the femizanis sit around and complain that guys won’t commit. Gosh, I wonder why?


Well, we survived Election Day. With the Dems taking the House, we now have a couple years of our federal legislature getting almost nothing done, while continuing to spend trillions.



Bloody miserable weather today. Chilly, wet, gusty. An excellent day to stay inside, crawl back under the covers, and sleep it out.  Sadly, I’ve got things that need doing.

A minor update on that bread recipe. Next time I’m going to try using either just 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon of instant yeast. A full measure (1 1/2tsp), along with the large amount of yeast infused starter, is just too much. Slow it down a bit. If it takes 2 1/2 hours to double initially, that’s still twice as fast as plain sourdough. And the longer it takes, the better it tastes. I might cut the oil down to about a teaspoon too. You don’t really need it, but it does make the dough much softer. Another version might add 50gm Semolina in place of 25gm each of KABF and AP flour. And watch the water. Measure out the full amount, but don’t add it all unless necessary. You want smooth dough, but not runny glop. Not that this was runny glop, but the exact hydration level of bread is very temperature and humidity dependent. So go for less at first, and add only as really needed.

Election Day is tomorrow. I will be voting, and I hope you will be too. Let’s hope enough sensible people turn out and vote sensibly. Put down this socialist progressivist marxist resistance garbage for good.

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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

( source )

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


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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.


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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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


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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 


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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

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full countered Pratt pony

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



Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!


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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.

Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.


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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.


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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.

So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.

Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
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  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
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