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calendar   Tuesday - January 22, 2019

The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



01/22/19

Crap, I’ve got a cold. From being out in the subfreezing weather? I have no idea, but the schnoz is going like a waterfall and I’ve got a thick juicy cough. Wonderful.

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Lucky me, I missed the Covington High story over the weekend. How special to learn how one short section of the hour long video of their whole event got posted to Tweeter by an anonymous foreign account using a false name and false photo, then got replicated by a series of scripts to over 14,000 other sites, then was viewed millions of time. That’s how the narrative is created and shaped. The originating account was hyperactive, posting far more than 100 twits a day. Given it’s name, it’s a safe bet it’s Resistance oriented. Hey, let’s blame the Russians for this!

But why should truth stop the unending rabid hate fest against a few conservative christian white children from flyover country?

https://www.foxnews.com/us/covington-high-school-closes-tuesday-as-uproar-persists-following-viral-video-of-confrontation-with-native-american-man

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-covington-story-was-not-about-race-but-about-people-in-power-attacking-people-theyve-failed

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/teenager-falsely-identified-threatened-for-viral-national-mall-protest-confrontation

If you think this smells pretty bad now, just wait until RBG kicks the bucket and President Trump nominates that young pretty woman to fill her chair, who just happens to be strongly Catholic.

This whole thing is a bullshitalanche. One severely edited video snippet designed to be taken out of context, a massive network of replicants, a willing enemedia and a brain dead public itching for the next thing to be offended at ... and we’re setting the stage for anti-Catholic sentiment to try and mess with the next probable SCOTUS nomination. #MeToo was exactly the same, for exactly the same reason. Is Harvey Weinstein in jail? No. Have you heard hardly a peep from #MeToo after the Kavanaugh witch trials? No. Even the whole Women’s March thing is self-destructing. It’s all kabuki theater, and we’ve all been played again.



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01/21/19


And This Is Why Magazine Capacity Limits Are A Bad Thing

Texas man shoots 5 home invaders in middle of the night. Dozens of rounds fired.

Three men were killed and two others were injured after dozens of shots were fired by a homeowner in Texas during a home invasion early Sunday, officials said.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. in east Houston after five men wearing ski masks broke into the home, police told KPRC.

The male resident inside then grabbed his weapon and opened fire at the men.

“The homeowner appears to have defended himself,” Houston Police Department homicide detective Travis Miller told KTRK-TV.

A shootout then took place between the groups, according to police. [ groups? What groups? 1 homeowner vs nearly half a dozen armed invaders ]

“We have multiple, multiple shell casings from several different types of guns,” Miller said. The suspects forced themselves into the home, triggering a shootout, police told local media. [ “Triggering”? Is that Texas humor? ]

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One of the suspects was found dead in front of the house, while the others fled in an SUV and on foot. Police told KPRC that the SUV crashed into a pole nearby and a second suspect was found dead inside.

A third suspect who was in the SUV fled, collapsed in the street, and later died, KPRC reported.

The fourth and fifth suspects, who were also injured in the shooting, were taken to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation by police, who did not release additional information. The homeowner was not injured.

Well done, Tex. Always use enough gun, and always have twice as much ammo as you think you’ll need. Plus more close by.

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Hello old blog. Sorry I haven’t been around. I’m not intentionally taking a break from this, nor suffering bloggy burnout again. I just don’t seem to have the time right now.

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OMG it is so damn cold out. And the wind is howling. Single digits and 25mph winds make for H*#% S+~#$ it’s cold!! Time to stay indoors. I’ve got the heat up and have a humidifier running 24 hours a day. Let’s hope it warms up to a balmy 24 tomorrow.


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01/18/19

We got creamed again at Cheap League. 0 - 7.  We’d had a half inch of snow in the early morning and I guess that was enough to keep Joe from showing up that evening. Whenever it rains or snows we know he won’t be around. Thanks for nothing, plus the 10 pins per game penalty because you weren’t there. But without him, we did get out nearly an hour earlier.

We lost all 7, defeated again by the “management” family team that runs this league and also works in the bowling alley. The lane conditions were really really strange. All flair, no hook, wet to the edges. It was a night for straight ball bowlers.

My knees held up longer, lasting until the middle of the third game this time.


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Oh poo, no bollards for you. Me. The condo park turned down my request for some safety bollards up at the guard shack. They had their pocket engineer take a quick look and give them a ballpark cost estimate, and he came up with $6500. That’s too much money, even though nearly $2 million flows through this place annually. So no bollards for me. This place spends $14,000 a year on the geese police, some guy who comes around once in a while with some dogs who run around the little pond here and chase away some birds. The pond isn’t even on our property. Go figure.


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01/16/19


Woo woo, I’m doing some beta testing on some game app. Having been a professional software person, this kind of testing is really ad hoc. No plans other then “see if it works”, no overview, no communication back from the programmers. I’m not getting paid for it, so I’m not going to do a pro job unless they get their act together. All of this is utterly typical for the world of software testing. There’s never time, money, or desire to test things properly, and the testers get no respect and soon become something like enemies. It’s their job to find the bugs, and the code guys get cheesed when you do that. Too bad.

I’m off to the dentist. Oh joy.


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01/15/19

Sorry, nothing much from me today.


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01/14/19

Local Bridge Post, 100 Years Ago

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The New Hope (PA) - Lambertsville (NJ) Bridge across the Delaware River, 1912, by impressionist painter John F. Folinsbee.

The bridge went up in 1904, and it’s still there today.

Both places are odd little 19th Century river towns, slightly out in the outback and hard to get to. New Hope once had a big artist colony; these days it’s more famous for it’s big gay scene. Lambertville is a bit on the spooky side, trying so hard to make money off of being quaint, like many of the old towns around here.  Once upon a time there was a major iron works there which made the parts of many of the ancient bridges around my county, but that is long, long in the past.


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01/12/19


A little discussion over at Stoaty’s blog got me to look up some early pen and ink illustrators from around the beginning of the previous century. I’m not that into art, but the talent and styles are impressive. When color plates came about, some of these guys were able to transition and went on to long and famous careers, like Norman Rockwell.

I found this one by James Montgomery Flagg. As far as I know it’s untitled, but the comical situation shown makes a certain title obvious.


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01/11/19

Something I need to post to exorcise this pun demon ...


So she says “What do you call it when you’re trying to solve a problem, or you don’t understand something, and you sleep on it. And then you get up in the morning, not thinking of anything, grab a coffee and a bagel, and then suddenly, BAM!, the answer’s right there in your head? There ought to be a name for that?

And I said “what about breakfast epiphanies”?

She said “I think I remember that film.”





... this is what happens when you have a hearing problem. Life is ever so much more interesting when you don’t get all the words right the first time.


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Brian Koflage’s GoFundMe To Build The Wall Hits A Snag, Needs Your Help

Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border. Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack.

The plan of action was simple and straightforward to raise money to construct a wall on our southern border. We have raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors and we are only just getting started! I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall. I got some hate as well but that was easy to ignore with all the positive feedback I was getting. I immediately sought out and consulted with some of our country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance. This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:

-The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.

-We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.

-Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.

-Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.

To show the government how “We the People” can get this done, we have formed a Section 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions. Our website can be found at http://www.webuildthewall.us.

After raising $20 million in just a few weeks, it looks like the government won’t accept the money. So they want to build what they can themselves. With an all-star leadership group, they’re moving forward, hoping to do it for far less than what the wasteful government would spend.

But if you donated, he needs your approval. Because he promised that if they can’t donate the money or reach their billion dollar goal, he’d give it all back. So if you believe in the effort, go there and click. Doing that will tabulate your approval, and it will also send you to a GoFundMe Get Started page. But you’ll get a verification email right away.

I’m in. And I bet they can build something better for less than half the price.

Another link to make your choice if you’ve donated is here.



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Why not just use the troops?


I’m hearing all this blather on the news about how President Trump could declare some kind of emergency, and use military funds to build the wall. These articles say that he could do that, and then the Army Corps of Engineers would come in, design the thing, then contract out the work.

WHAT. THE. FLIPPITY. FLUCK??

The damn wall has already been designed. Didn’t we have a big competition and testing of short sections of it last year or the year before? So don’t reinvent the damn wheel, waste time, and waste even more money. If you want to enhance the already approved design, take a look at the wall/fence that our taxes paid for that was built in Jordan. Or at the border wall in Israel. Or the one in Hungary. Etc.

Next, why would you contract the damn work out in the first place? You’re going to be using military funding, so why not use military personnel to do the work? It’s not like the President is pulling back armies of troops from the middle east. OH WAIT. Yeah, he is. So there’s plenty of labor available. 5000 troops still in Kosovo, all these decades later. Is there some kind of law that says these young people in uniform can’t do manual labor? I’m sure that digging holes and pouring concrete is totally preferable to getting shot at, amiright? And we seem to have hundreds of thousands of them.

Put them to work, armed. That way you’ll have a labor force in place that also functions as a guard force. And in that corner of the country, they are getting some kind of desert training just being there. Perhaps a declared emergency puts posse comitatus on hold maybe? Especially if you declare border jumpers as invaders, and just shoot them. That way the troops don’t have to play border cops.

Spend the money efficiently. These troops are already on the payroll. Their labor would not cost us one additional cent. Plus they could all be learning a new trade ... which might be useful if we can get the construction industry back, once we’ve cleared out a few million illegals who are dominating it.

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My next bright idea is that the wall should be built on the SOUTH side of the Rio Grande. Annex the top 2 miles of Mexico ... or we’ll nuke you bastards, or cut off all the business and tourist money ... PS that 10 billion in foreign aide? Let’s call that a real estate sales amount. We just bought some of your country. Next, call down eminent domain - peso property ain’t worth shite - and raize all the buildings within 1/3 mile of the river ... build water pipes to give them irrigation access. Then build a multi-layer military grade barrier. With guard posts, tank traps, ground sensors, guard dogs and so on. Hell, we could just extend partial American citizenship to everybody living in the MexiZone, and just cut them welfare checks. They can’t come in, but they live a whole lot better than they did before. Build them schools and hospitals too, why not?  Naturally, we’d have to build a second barrier at the south end of the annexed zone, so that the population doesn’t swell by 40 million overnight.

So to get drugs or illegals into our country, first they have to get through the fence at the south end of the exclusion zone. Then they have to get through that zone, in which we’ve already set everyone up as stool pigeons, eager to rat out people who don’t belong there for the bonus money. Then they’d have to get through the official wall barrier. The across the river. Then through the barrier on our side. And then they’d have to deal with Texans, who are really sick and tired of this whole thing by now, and are pretty cranky. And well armed.

It could work. And no druggy could every build a tunnel that long. In the long run it would probably be cheaper. Meanwhile, over here, maybe we should do a Chinese solution to our drug problem. Test positive for the hard shit once, get place in the dry-out center. Test positive again, get shot.



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What, no frogs or fiery hail? Come on, Big Guy, do it right!

Plague Of Locusts At Grand Mosque

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Supper’s ready !!

A massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week, prompting authorities at Islam’s holiest site to launch a cleaning operation to remove them.

Videos posted to social media showed the insects swarming around cleaners and worshipers in the city’s Grand Mosque, where millions of Muslim pilgrims congregate every year.

“Specialized teams have been directed to work in the fight to eliminate these insects,” authorities in Mecca said, according to the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news site.


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Oh boy, Friday!

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01/10/19

Places your tax money goes other than funding the Wall

Deep down we all know the federal government funds a good many things that make zero sense for them to fund. But when you see a thread spelling out the ridiculous items that we don’t know about … you have to laugh or you’ll never stop crying and throwing up.

Caleb Hull was good enough to put a thread together with all of these items and all we can say after reading it is, ‘Holy sh*t.’

Dems are refusing to fund the border wall, so I thought I’d create a list of all the insane things government DOES FUND.

‣ $3,000,000 for World of Warcraft: tax $ funded UC Irvine researchers’ screen time
$800,000 on studying significance of genital-washing
‣ $2,500,000 on a Super Bowl commercial that was so terribly produced that it was banned after it aired
‣ $1,000,000 on Zoo Poetry: “increasing environmental awareness” by creating poetry in four different zoos
‣ $175,000,000 on buildings that have been vacant for years
‣ $765,828 on pancakes: tax dollars subsidized an IHOP in an “under-served” area of DC
‣ $442,340 studying behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam
‣ $168,766 studying monkeys who throw their poop
‣ $914,000 studying romance novels: topics included “Team Edward or Jacob?”
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‣ $120,000,000 paid to dead federal employees
‣ $2,600,000 to encourage Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly
‣ $505,000 to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs
$27,000,000 to teach Moroccans how to make pottery

Well spent, that last. Because Moroccans haven’t been making pottery for so damn long that they practically invented clay.

And plenty more here.  Nor is this the first time you’ve seen lists like this. Remember the millions spend on treadmills to study shrimp?

The feds piss away money like you can not even conceive, much less believe. And still, they borrow a dollar for every two dollars they take in as taxes. Not to mention the tens of millions of debatably worthless jobs of the people who work there.


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01/09/19

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The BS never stops. I’m sure a tape recording or a video could be produced showing exactly what did happen. Frankly, if I were President, I wouldn’t meet with these people anywhere other than on stage in front of an audience.

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Oy, I’m having such a day. We had the cable guy in, setting up a new cable box with all sorts of wonder features. At the same time I was trying to set up the wireless/Bluetooth printer I got her for Christmas. The new cable box is awesome, and lets us watch all the shows that come with Amazon Prime. The printer ... well, that’s going to take some effort I think.


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01/08/19


President Trump: Humanitarian Crisis!! Pass A Bill That Funds Border Security, And We’ll Re-Open The Government

upChuck and Pelousy: Open The Government And We’ll Continue The Debate. There is no crisis.
Also, Let’s Facilitate Immigration. And Buy Drug Sniffer Tech For Border Crossing Points. Some day. Probably.

Problem is, the illegals aren’t coming across at the crossing points. Typical BS from the Dems. All they want to do is kick this can down the road some more. Pity they’ve all voted for this kind of thing before. Yeah, but that was before Trump.

Chuck Norris: Take The Sinola Cartel’s Money - fifteen billion or more - and use that to build the wall

Ok, that’s Ted Cruz’s plan, but it’s better when Chuck says it.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-addresses-nation-on-southern-border-from-oval-office-live-blog
https://www.dailywire.com/news/41858/chuck-norris-backs-brilliant-idea-fund-southern-joseph-curl
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/01/08/ted-cruz-suggests-el-chapo-should-pay-for-border-wall/23637478/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlfOPvUABnw



UPDATE: Oh, and just so you know ...

President Trump’s speech tonight ... that the MSM didn’t want to even run, and then later wanted to run it delayed so that they could edit it ... was not much different from the presentation Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tried to give a few days ago, where the Dems were unwilling to even listen. In fact, they “denied her facts” to her face. That would be San Fran Nancy, who must have been channeling Senator Hillary Clinton and her “requires a willing suspension of disbelief” jibe at General “Betray Us” when he was pushing for the surge that won the war (the first time). Denial of reality is the Dem’s base motiff. That, and projection. And corruption ... but I don’t want to go off on a tangent. 

So President Trump sent that hitherto limited audience presentation to every member of Congress, as a letter. Where it got ignored. In it, he pointed out that in 2018 CBP stopped 17,000 illegals at the border who had criminal records. ICE arrested nearly a QUARTER MILLION illegals within our country for serious crimes, and that the border is seeing nearly 60,000 illegals per month. So he thinned it down to the essentials, and brought it to the American people tonight. How’s that for transparency?

Thanks for this to The Victory Girls. The actual DHS presentation is available here, and it’s nearly his talk, plus some more details.

One thing in that briefing stands out: the sheer amount of hard core narcotics seized by the border patrol. 1.7 MILLION pounds last year alone. If you guess that those guys nab maybe 10%, or even 25%, then you can see that there is a MAJOR flood of drugs being smuggled in. Oceans of it. This is indeed a national crisis, and one that the President perhaps should have been more emphatic about. Not only the massive amounts, but the increases: meth is up 38%, heroin is up 22%, fentanyl is up 73%. Hundreds of Americans die from these every single day.


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Bread Bot !!

Now that’s what I call a bread machine. 250 loaves a day. Obviously this is NOT going to work with sourdough, which takes hours and hours.

LINK.


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Hooray, I can walk again today. Mostly.
Had a REALLY bad arthritis flare up in my left knee Sunday night. Agony. Couldn’t sleep at all even with pain pills. Couldn’t walk, could barely hobble. Funny thing is, 2 months ago I didn’t have any knee problems at all. Nothing. Got diagnosed Friday; I had no idea before that, just some knee pain and weakness for a couple weeks. Got X-rays, and soon an MRI. Maybe “rooster comb” injections; hyaluronic acid solutions. Therapy? We’ll see what Doc says.

Crap. I guess I’m getting old. This sucks.


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01/07/19

Oops, I forgot to pay the domain renewal bill. All fixed now.


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Wow, what a cultural comment this one is.

Biggest Hit Of The Golden Globes Is Model Photo Bombing All The Star’s Pictures

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Oh hella yeah!!

An unexpected new star was born at the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday night - a woman serving Fiji Water at the red carpet. Social media can’t seem get to enough of the Fiji water girl - as she has now been dubbed - who photobombed every celebrity pic and looked fabulous while doing so.

Quickly identified as model Kelleth Cuthbert by Internet sleuths, the Fiji water girl has now become a viral, veritable social media star overnight, smiling her way into fame while carrying a tray of water bottles for the Los Angeles-based bottled water company.

“It’s all strategic,” Ms Cuthbert told The Los Angeles Times. “You’ve got to angle.”
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Of the many complimentary words that have been used to describe her, “queen”, “iconic” and “legend” top the list.

“I’m trying to get my confidence level to match Fiji water girl’s in 2019,” wrote one Twitter user. “The Fiji water girl is the real winner at the Golden Globes 2019. Owning it,” said another.

On her own Instagram page, Kelleth Cuthbert shared a picture from the red carpet with a tongue-in-cheek caption: “Not the worst way to spend a Sunday...”

Look Ma, I’m on TV!! Look Ma, I just landed 2 million new social media followers! Look Ma, I just got offered acting work on multiple TV shows!! And I’m the new Victoria’s Secret angel!!


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Sometimes all you need is the news article title

Man Denies Ownership Of Syringes Found In His Rectum During Jail Strip Search

Riiight. He probably rents the space out as a temperature controlled storage locker. Eeeeewwww. This was in Florida, naturally.


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You guys are a little slow. I ran her video at least a month ago. And it had been out at Reddit for at least half a year at that point.

Fake News: Media Manufactures Controversy over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Video

When a video clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a college student dancing on a rooftop went viral on Thursday, journalists and leftists [redundancy alert!!] immediately accused conservatives of being “outraged” and leapt to her defense.

Yet there appeared to be little actual outrage coming from any conservatives over the video, as some noted on social media.

Yes, and who cares? Although we will have to rake her over the coals about this if she ever gets nominated to the Supreme Court.


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First Instance Of Jew Hating From Socialist Jihad Jane Congresswoman?

Less than a week after issuing a profanity-infused call to impeach President Trump on her first day in office, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under fire from Republican politicians and commentators for openly posting what they call an anti-Semitic slur on Twitter.

Tlaib, responding to a post by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, suggested that Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than the U.S., amid a report that GOP leaders were planning to introduce a bill that would punish companies that participate in the so-called “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” against Israel.

“They forgot what country they represent,” Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who made history last week by becoming one of the two first Muslim women congresswomen, wrote. “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”

Former mayor of Shiloh, Israel David Rubin, weighs in on the comparisons between the U.S. border wall and Israel’s wall.

Sanders’ post had criticized Senate Republicans for planning to introduce the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019,” a pro-Israel bill, instead of legislation to end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, which entered its 17th day on Monday.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio immediately called Tlaib’s post an “anti-Semitic line” that perpetuates a longstanding “dual loyalty” conspiracy that holds that Israel effectively controls Washington politicians.

Personally I think that’s pretty tame, and it’s quite a reach to call that anti-Semitic. OTOH, I’m pretty sure the Constitution doesn’t say anything about political boycotts. The Right to petition the government for redress of grievances, sure. But that’s not the same thing.

I’m not sure how a temporary government partial shut down is taking away people’s right either. Not paying their “entitlements” for a few weeks is unfortunate, but I don’t think it’s a violation of anyone’s rights. Maybe she’s the one who should be studying the Constitution?

Everyone everywhere is so prickly these days. But did you really think that nobody would be watching this one extra carefully? I know I am. And I’m expecting the absolute worst, because it’s too good an opportunity for a would-be martyr and her handlers to pass up.


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01/06/19

Islamic Beauty Pageant. For Camels.

No cheating allowed! And only proper Saudi camels; no foreigners!! And no implants or plastic surgery! We want our virgin camels to be pure, wholesome, and natural!!!

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia will begin later this month with organizers hoping to avoid the controversy that saw 12 camels disqualified in 2018 after their owners were found to have used Botox to plump up the lips, noses and jaws of their entries.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators and more than 30,000 camels travel to the desert region of Al-Dahnaa for the festival, just outside Riyadh, the Saudi capital. Attendees are intent on venerating the contribution camels have made to Saudi culture through the centuries.

The festival, which lasts for 28 days, awards around $57 million in prizes for camels based on their overall beauty. There are also sub-categories touching on camel racing, obedience training, camel hair art, and camel photography.

Last year the beauty contest segment was thrown into confusion when the guilty camel owners were expelled for trying to give their dromedary entrants an unfair advantage. The offenders were shown the door before the contest even started.

This year organizers are focussing on the positive, Australia’s ABC News reports, and the King Abdualaziz Camels Festival website says it looks forward to accentuating “camel tradition in the Saudi, Arab, and Islamic culture.”

The contest is only open to purebred female camels from Saudi Arabia. No international camels are allowed and cheating is met with instant dismissal.

“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips, and even the jaw,” Ali al-Mazrouei, the son of a camel breeder, told the National after last year’s controversy. “It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh, look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.’”

The festival is named after King Abdulaziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, who formed the kingdom through military conquest, often on the back of camels.

This is what Saudi men find beautiful. No wonder the women wear bags over their heads. Why even try?


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SSDD, only more so

Portaland NAACP: Earthquake Warning Signs On Buildings Are Racist

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says.

The group on Thursday decried the policy affecting some 1,600 unreinforced masonry buildings that are on average 90 years old, many in areas with a predominantly black population, The Oregonian/OregonLive reports .

The policy “exacerbates a long history of systemic and structural betrayals of trust and policies of displacement, demolition, and dispossession predicated on classism, racism, and white supremacy,” the group said.

The NAACP said the policy will make it tougher for owners of brick buildings to get loans and will discourage investment. It says that means buildings will have to be sold, and that developers will demolish and redevelop, increasing the cost to live there and forcing current residents out.

“It speaks to our houses of worship and everything about the black presence in the North-Northeast area,” said the Rev. E.D. Mondaine, a pastor at Celebration Tabernacle Church in north Portland and president of the Portland NAACP chapter.

City officials say the ordinance approved in October is part of an effort ultimately aimed at upgrading old buildings to withstand an earthquake, though seismic upgrades likely wouldn’t be required for at least 20 years. Such upgrades could cost brick-building owners millions of dollars.

Experts say Portland is at risk because there’s close to a 50 percent chance of a giant earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon coast in the next 50 years.

Anything and everything. It’s all racist, all the time. And when an earthquake does strike, and these weak and heavy buildings collapse, squishing hundreds of black families flat, it will all be white people’s fault. Probably because they built those buildings 100 years ago specifically to be death traps for blacks.

Riiight.

The worldview of the permanent victim class is unhinged. “How come green olives come in a jar, but black olives come in a can? Everybody look at the pretty green ones, but the black ones have to be hidden away. It’s raycis! It’s all raycis!!”

You can’t win for losing.


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01/04/19


Bowling Blogging !!!

I know, it’s been too long and you all miss these posts. We’ve been getting creamed the last few weeks, whether we’ve bowled well or not. The same thing happened tonight. We played one of the sandbagger teams, and they had a sub who is one of the best bowlers I’ve ever known. So even though most of us bowled pretty well, and we had a 72 pin handicap, we lost all 3 games by fat margins. I bowled really well, turning in a 609 series. That’s more than 30 over average per game, on average. Truth is though, I bowled a 224 in Game 1, a 214 in Game 2, and then the lane conditions went south, leaving me in a quandry. It took me half of Game 3 to adapt, but when I did I got back in the grove and finished up with a 171.  Shoulda, woulda, coulda, but didn’t. But I’m happy with that score, especially since my knees were aching tonight. Doctor says I’m getting arthritis. Welcome to not-youth. Gee, thanks.

Sub guy threw a 768 series, there anchor guy threw a 721, and his wife put up a 584 series.

I always say I want to be a good enough bowler to suck. Just enough. Except when necessary. Keep your average deep into the pretend zone, low.

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The freakin little cat is in heat AGAIN. Ever other damn week for a month and a half. Dammit Sniffles, stop singing. We are all tired of you, Opera Cat. And no, I ain’t petting you there.



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Not much to post today, so here’s my Ginger Fest 2016 picture ...

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These are all brothers. The biggest one is Ginger, oldest from one of Scowler’s first litters. She was a black and gray tabby who appeared one day hungry but unfriendly. Hence the name. Angry cat. All these cats were born under the open stairs for the unit up from us. The stairs got boards up between them years ago. Wonder why?? grin

Ginger is still with us as an outside cat. Next to him and a bit smaller bigger is a young Harry, survivor of her next litter, who grew up to be a wide solid fellow, half again heavier than Ginger. Harry was my outdoor buddy, coming by for rubs and pets and some paw action. And lots of food, especially barbecue. A very friendly fellow. He and Ginger were best buds, living together out on our porch in the winterized CatSpa for a couple years. He disappeared one day last February, at about the same time the neighbor lady moved out. I’ve always hoped she took him with her. Ginger and Harry helped raise the next litter. The smaller guys are from that litter. They’re all gone for a long time now, but I think one of them might be living with the crazy catnapper lady down the street. Our two indoor kittehs are the runts of Scowler’s last litter, the one she had after this. There were 5 in that gang, but only 2 gingers. She’s been gone for several years now; she lived the wild feral cat life, wore out from breeding like mad, and one day just wasn’t around any more.

Oops, my bad. the bigger cat is Harry, even though he’s younger. Ginger is next to him. Hey, all ginger tabbies look alike. Or a lot alike.

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Yup, that one’s Harry alright. The typical feral or semi-feral outdoor cat only lives about 2 years. Life is hard for them. Ginger is going on 4, so we’ve done right by him.

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Harry and his mom Scowler


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Wow, what a class act. Such dignity, such gravitas and elegance she brings to one of the highest positions in government in the nation.

Muslim FemiNazi CongressPerson: “Impeach The MotherFu**er”

Freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasted no time in calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump just hours after being sworn in.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters Thursday night, the Michigan Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress said of Trump: “People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother***er.’”

Tlaib’s proclamation came hours after the Detroit Free Press published her op-ed calling for Trump’s impeachment.

“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country. On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country,” Tlaib wrote. “Each passing day brings more pain for the people most directly hurt by this president, and these are days we simply cannot get back. The time for impeachment proceedings is now.”

This also seems rather wrong to me ...

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was sworn into office Thursday using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian woman to take congressional office, insisted on using the Quran, ostensibly to make a positive statement about Islam’s place in U.S. history and the diversity of American society. She also reportedly wore a traditional Palestinian gown, called a thobe, for the ceremony. (RELATED: America’s First Two Muslim Congresswomen Officially Endorse Anti-Israel Legislation)

“My swearing in on the (Quran) is about me showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all have love of justice and freedom,” Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press. “My faith has centered me. The prophet Mohammed was always talking about freedom and justice.”

No, wrong. Mo-ham-head was always talking about domination, submission, and oppression, along with a savage and warped idea of “justice” that was biased 99% in favor of men of his “faith”, and screwed over everyone else.



And lest you think otherwise, Tlabia (oops my spelling bad) is about as left wing as it gets ...

Socialism is literally coming to the new House as democratic socialists, such as outspoken Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ​and Muslim Rashida Harbi Tlaib, join the 116th Congress. Their platform is increasingly similar to that of rank-and-file Democrats, including a “Medicare-for-all” program and “guaranteed jobs” programs, along with demands for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Democrats will also push a “Green New Deal,” which would create hundreds of new regulations on businesses and the energy sector.

Commies, jihadists, and destructivists, oh my.

Oh BTW, the reason Thomas Jefferson owned a translated Ko-Ran was to try to understand their belief structure so that they could be defeated by Christianity. NOT because he embraced their bullshite.


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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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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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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:29 PM   
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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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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 ...


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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM   
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full countered Pratt pony

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


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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

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

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






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

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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under the knife

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

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

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

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

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


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

thanko yu for not sweating

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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 01:04 PM   
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bazinga!

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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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




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

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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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.

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