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calendar   Monday - December 09, 2019

Remembering My Moby

It sure was a nice little car

I parked next to an early 70s Thunderbird yesterday. It was in pretty nice condition. I was amazed at the massive size of the thing. It’s a whale. A true Moby.

Weighing in at 4825lb, with a 120.4 inch wheelbase, nearly 80 inches wide, and a hair under 226 inches long, this had to be the biggest 2 door car ever made. It managed a mediocre 10mpg highway with the smog choked 460 engine.

Then I looked up the whale I used to own, that I’d bought used on a lark after driving several microscopic Chevy Vegas into the ground: a 1975 Chrysler Imperial leBaron.

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And I realized that that old T-bird was a bit small in comparison. The Imperial was 5200lb on a 124 inch wheelbase, 232.7 inches long, and also nearly 80 inches wide. With a gas sucking pig 440 and a Quadrajet carburetor big enough to take a bath in, it could only manage 10mpg on the highway if it was downhill with a heavy tailwind. But man oh man, what a velvet whale that car was. When it wasn’t in the shop.

And yet both of these road pigs come in “undersized” compared to the 1976 Lincoln Continental Town Car. That rectangular behemoth was 5400lb, 127 inch wheelbase, 232.9 inches long, and 80.3 inches wide. Wow. Beyond huge.

Naturally, the 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Brougham was even larger, 252 inches long, 133 inch wheelbase, and touching 6000lb. I never really like the style though; too old guy even for a giant luxury car.

I remember that there used to be enormous mom-mobiles out there called station wagons that were nearly as big as these mobys but cost a whole lot less. Got just as poor gas mileage though.

I think my current Mazda 3 could just about fit in the trunk of any one of these aircraft carriers on wheels. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/09/2019 at 08:58 AM   
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Tourists On Volcano When It Explodes

5 Dead, 2 Dozen Missing As New Zealand Volcano Erupts While Cruise Ship Visitors Ashore

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A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted Monday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing.

Police said after aerial reconnaissance flights of the island that they saw no signs of life and the missing are presumed dead.

Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said the number of missing was in the double digits but he couldn’t confirm an exact number. He said there were fewer than 50 people on the island when it erupted and 23 had been taken off, including the five dead.

Tims said experts had told them the island remained unsafe for rescuers.

“The island is unstable, there are possibilities of further eruptions. But actually the physical island is unsafe for us to return to the island,” Tims said.

He said both New Zealanders and overseas tourists were among those who were dead, missing or injured. He said most of the 18 who survived were injured and some had suffered severe burns.

Some of those involved were tourists from the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.

My god, White Island volcano erupted today for the first time since 2001.” wrote Michael Schade on Twitter as he posted video of the eruption. “My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable.”
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This is so hard to believe. Our whole tour group were literally standing at the edge of the main crater not 30 minutes before. My thoughts with the families of those currently unaccounted for, the people recovering now, and especially the rescue workers

The cruise ship staff got off as many people as they could as the eruption continued. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/09/2019 at 08:03 AM   
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before the dawn’s early light

I was up at Oh God Early this morning to the sound of rain. Fed the cats, made the coffee, tuned up the computer in half a dozen ways, did some online Xmas shopping.

The Land’s End promo code EARLY50 works, and gets you 50% off of everything. In case you missed their 50% off sale last week, like I did. It takes their prices down to reasonable.

Ok, it’s 6:38am, it’s still raining. Time to shop Duluth and Cabela’s. I bet they have promo codes too. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/09/2019 at 06:35 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 08, 2019

Who Needs A Hotline Anyway?

A desperate woman stood poised on the edge of a high cliff, about to jump.

A filthy deadbeat wandering by stopped and yelled at her, “Look, since you’ll be dead in a few minutes and it won’t matter to you, how about a little sex before you go?”

She screamed back, “NO! Bugger off, you filthy old bastard!”

He shrugged and turned away saying, “Suit yerself, lady. I’ll just wait down at the bottom.”

She didn’t jump.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2019 at 09:33 PM   
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OMG I’ve Become a Foodie

Yes, we actually took pictures of the sushi appetizer we had tonight. It’s tuna flower; a large square of tuna with a dollop of yellowtail and other tasty fishy bits and sauce in the middle, all folded up into the center like one of those old school coin purses. Served on some greens with magic sauce and some diced mango. It was pretty good. Naturally, keeping with the law of all Asian restaurants, they spelled it wrong, labeling it “tuna flour”.

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The rest of the dinner was Ok. We eat at the local sushi shop every couple weeks, and lately I’ve been exploring the far corners of the menu. I tried their “Thai Coconut Chicken Curry”, marked with a little red flame on the menu for HOT. So I asked for it super super super hot. And got back a bowl of chopped onion, red pepper, tomato, and minced chicken cutlet in some kind of light sauce, covered in a shiny cornstarch glaze. And it had zero heat, and not much meat. So it was 5 lies in 1: It wasn’t Thai, there was no coconut, no curry, hardly any chicken and it wasn’t at all spicy. But it tasted good. I told this to the waitress and suggested that they rename it, and also serve it with a fork or spoon. It was a helluva challenge eating it with chopsticks. I then had to order a big roll and some eel sushi so I could have something filling.

Next time I go to the Thai place in town, I’ll ask them if they have sashimi. Why not, it’s only fair. They’ll probably served me a fried fish head on a chopstick, crusted with garlic, ginger, and hot pepper sauce.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2019 at 08:57 PM   
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Ok, but is he making his own army?

Virginia Sheriff Plans To Deputize Whole County To Loophole New Gun Laws

Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpeper County, Va. proposed a way to exempt citizens from newly proposed Virginia gun laws that might otherwise bar them from owning certain firearms.

In a Wednesday Facebook post, Jenkins warned that some of the gun laws proposed in the Virginia General Assembly would “disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense,” and in turn suggested he would confer the label of deputy on thousands of law-abiding citizens to include them in law enforcement carve-outs included in new gun legislation.

“I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts,” Jenkins said. “In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”

Kind of sounds like he’s making a militia. And if he does deputize all these people, what then? By rights, he should be able to call them up as necessary ... and wouldn’t that mean they get paid for such service? Other than that, this sounds like a great idea.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2019 at 12:09 PM   
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The Green Grinches Are At It Again

Holiday Sweaters Are A Threat To The World
“How Dare You!!”

Most fun Christmas sweaters are made of plastic and are “bad for the environment,” U.K.-based charities warned Friday, adding the time has come to ditch the festive staple in favor of “ethical” wear that is not a “threat to the natural world.”

A study by the Hubbub group found many Christmas sweaters are worn only once – and there are already 65 million stashed away in our wardrobes from previous years.

The research looked at 108 jumpers from 11 online and high street retailers and found 95 percent were made wholly or partly of plastic and to continue to buy and wear them shows scant regard for the planet.

Sarah Divall, creative partner at Hubbub, said consumers are often “unaware” of the damage their shopping may be causing to the environment, SKY News reports.

“We don’t want to stop people dressing up and having a great time, but there are so many ways to do this without buying new’, said Sarah Divall from Hubbub.

“Fast fashion is a major threat to the natural world and Christmas jumpers are particularly problematic as so many contain plastic. A lot of people are concerned about plastics in the oceans but they don’t realise that the stuff they are wearing also has plastic in it as well.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2019 at 12:06 PM   
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the fleeting nature of performance art

Update to that banana on the wall bit of “art” that sold for $120,000 in Florida: somebody ate it.

The banana was consumed by another artist, perhaps in an act of hunger, or an act of jealousy, or as an even snider mock on the original piece that was mocking the art world. Gee, how ironic.

But never fear, the banana art comes with a certificate of authenticity and instructions for replacing the banana. So the concept is safe. Gosh, what an investment. Last time I checked, organic bananas were 59¢/lb locally. 120 grand could buy you more bananas than your whole neighborhood could eat in a lifetime. And a roll of duct tape is what, about $3.99?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2019 at 10:45 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 07, 2019

a billion in equity lost so far

Actor Ryan Reynolds owns Aviation Gin. He just posted a quicky “commercial” titled “No exercise bike included” featuring the actress from that Peloton ad. Looks like she may have put on a needed pound or two. She’s out at the bar with her girlfriends, not looking crazy or frightened, just kind of sad. She hammers down one martini as they console her and toast “to new beginnings”. Girlfriend 2 gives her another martini. In the last 1/8 second of the clip, “Monica“‘s left hand comes up from under the table, and if you’re really sharp you’ll see there’s no ring on her finger.

https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/1203118775815622664/video/1

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I wonder if a Peloton bike is heavy enough to work as an anchor so that the body never floats to the surface?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/07/2019 at 04:23 PM   
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More non-news

How do you say “Nothing to see here, move along” in Urdu?

Investigators Find 629 Pakistani Christian Women Sold To China As Brides In One Year
Investigation Shut Down To Appease Chinese

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country´s poor and vulnerable.

The list gives the most concrete figure yet for the number of women caught up in the trafficking schemes since 2018.

But since the time it was put together in June, investigators´ aggressive drive against the networks has largely ground to a halt. Officials with knowledge of the investigations say that is because of pressure from government officials fearful of hurting Pakistan´s lucrative ties to Beijing.

At the same time, the government has sought to curtail investigations, putting “immense pressure” on officials from the Federal Investigation Agency pursuing trafficking networks, said Saleem Iqbal, a Christian activist who has helped parents rescue several young girls from China and prevented others from being sent there.

“Some (FIA officials) were even transferred,” Iqbal said in an interview. “When we talk to Pakistani rulers, they dont pay any attention. ”

What the Hell, they’re only females. Worse, Christians. So who cares?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/07/2019 at 04:04 PM   
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Might be time to send the Saudis home

NAS Pensacola Shooter, Saudi, Hosted pre-jihad party for all the others earlier this week.

One taped the shooting Friday while others watched. Arrest count started at 3, went to 6, is now 10.

Maybe it’s time to stop training Saudi brats to fly airplanes. Gee, you’d think they learned that lesson after 9/11, right?

The Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

One of the three students who attended the dinner party videotaped outside the building while the shooting was taking place at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said.

The official said 10 Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday while several others were unaccounted for.

U.S. officials had previously told the AP they were investigating possible links to terrorism.

The student opened fire in a classroom at the base Friday morning, killing three people.

A U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday identified the shooter as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The official also said the FBI was examining social media posts and investigating whether he acted alone or was connected to any broader group.

The assault, which prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown, ended when a sheriff’s deputy killed the attacker. Eight people were hurt in the attack, including the deputy and a second deputy who was with him.

While President Trump says everything is just peachy with the Saudis, to the rest of us this seems to create a rather uncomfortable diplomatic situation. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/07/2019 at 02:53 PM   
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Kentucky VS Florida: The Battle Continues

The ongoing battle between Florida and Kentucky for Moron Of The Week ...


Florida: The Art Of Mocking Art Pays Well

Banana Duct Taped To Wall By Maurizio Cattelan Sells For $120,000

Arguably one of the most talked-about works of art at this year’s Art Basel was a banana duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000.

It’s Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work of art. It’s called ‘The Comedian’ and it is entertaining art lovers from around the globe.

Some of those same art lovers’ conversations swirled around his 2017 golden toilet. The $6-million throne was stolen from England’s Blenheim Palace over the summer.

Art lover Weezie Chandler said, “You can do anything and once you’re established you can get away with it.”

Many believe this more ‘a-peeling’ piece represents the art world and its gaping wealth inequalities. Others advise not to think that deep.

One art lover said, “It’s mocking the art world. That’s what Maurizio Cattelan does.”

The first two pieces according to ARTnews.com were sold for $120,000, a third is being sold for $150,000.

As you may know by now, the semi-retired artist, whose last major creation was a golden toilet titled America (2016), has now taped a banana to a wall of Perrotin gallery’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, the glitzy bazaar that alights in that flood-endangered city every December. It is titled Comedian, and it is priced at $120,000. Three were available, and the first two apparently sold on opening day.

It isn’t even all that original. Another “artist” tacked a banana peel to a bit of drywall in 2008 and called it Installation (banana). No idea how much that glorious bit of genius sold for back then.


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Kentucky: Family Court Judge Is A Total Slut

A female judge in Kentucky has been accused of having threesomes in her chambers and allowing employees to get drunk on the job.

Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry allegedly gave attorneys preferential treatment if they appeased her sexual demands and donated to her campaigns for re-election. 

The 38-year-old has now been hit with nine misconduct charges. 

According to an investigation by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission, she flirted with attorneys over Snapchat, put pressure on them to sleep with her and, in one case, asked a female attorney to join her in a threesome with her former church pastor turned lover. 

On one occasion, she and the former pastor are said to have had a threesome with her secretary.

Gentry serves as a family court judge for Kenton County which is south of the Kentucky-Ohio state line near Cincinnati.

Plenty more at the link.

I’d give this round to Kentucky by at least 5 lengths. While the banana art in Florida just shows how stupid people with way too much money can be, the judge is a corrupt tramp. She was trading hoochie for favorable treatment in the courtroom. And that’s just downright evil.

To be fair, Florida won yesterday’s Loser-ama hands down. Vilmar covered that one. And then there was that news bit on the two super fatties who started a GoFundMe to help them diet, each has to lose at least 200lb before they can get bariatric surgery to carve off even more pounds. So Florida is probably ahead overall this week. But it’s only Saturday afternoon. You never know.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/07/2019 at 02:17 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 06, 2019

rolling rolling bowling

Woo hoo, we won all 3 tonight. 7-0. And we did it against my former teammates. And we did it just above or below our handicap. We got 18 pins from them. We won the first game by 10. We won the second game by 20. We were rather behind in the third game, but we pulled off a strong 10th frame the hard way. Our first newbie flooped through the 10th, putting 9 pins up. Our other newbie did a bit better, putting 17 up, but we were still down 79 pins or something like that. My wife is our 3rd bowler, and with a strike in the 9th, she rolled a 7, made the spare and then threw a 6, putting 36 up. And we were still down, when I faced Dave for the anchor slots. He was on an open and I don’t think he marked. I also had a strike in the 9th, threw a strike in the 10th and then a crappy 6, leaving a split on the 1-2-4-10. So I’d put 42 up already. So we were real close, and I hadn’t looked at the scores. I choked the throw a bit, and made the 1-2-4, but didn’t kick any pins over to the right to get the 10. Arrgh. But when the final score came up, we had won by one pin. ONE pin. So this is the 2nd time we’ve faced them this season, and the 2nd time we took all 7. Neener neener neener. We’ll probably face them once more this season, so my hope is we tromp them then too. Who me, vengeful? Nah. I just love when the guys I’ve bowled with for the better part of a decade just dump me behind my back in the off season. No reason at all I want to bowl them into the mud. Every time. Sweet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/06/2019 at 10:25 PM   
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sorry, near zero effort today

I’m just not into it today. But I did see this one and it made me laugh.

Kaepernick workout leads to job with Redskins

But not the way you might think.

The Washington Redskins were one of the teams that attended Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Georgia last month. Their attendance was hard to explain because signing Kaepernick made no sense for the team.

But now, the Redskins have made a signing based (at least in part) on what they saw during the Kaepernick workout. The Skins signed to their practice squad one of the wide receivers to whom Kaepernick threw passes.

He’s Jordan Veasy, who played his college ball at Berkeley. Veasy was not drafted, but has been a member of the practice squads of four NFL teams. The Redskins will be his fifth.

Ok, maybe it isn’t the standard rich and famous contract, but Veasy got some kind of paying job out of it. And being that close to the Bigs, who knows what could happen with a bit of luck?

Not one team has made any kind of overture to Kunta Kinte Kaepernick. Good.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/06/2019 at 12:57 PM   
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