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calendar   Monday - June 24, 2019

The One, The Only



Well, another trip to the doctor today. Went to the dentist, got some of the stitches removed. Maybe my mouth can heal now? I woke up in agony twice last night. Finally I broke down and took a pill, and then got a little sleep. Tired of mouth pain. What’s worse, I can’t manage any of the foods I like. Nothing too hot or too cold. Nothing too spicy. Nothing too sour. Nothing crispy crunchy or chewy either. Room temperature yogurt and cool oatmeal. Oh joy.


I’d say he made the right decision. Pity he can’t work on NJ’s nebulous laws the same way.

Gorsuch “sides with Liberals” and casts out vague federal law

Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc to deal victory for criminal defendants Monday, striking down a federal law that punishes gun crimes as unconstitutionally vague.

The law at issue authorizes heightened penalties for individuals who use firearms to a commit a “crime of violence.”

“Only the people’s elected representatives in Congress have the power to write new federal criminal laws,” Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “And when Congress exercises that power, it has to write statutes that give ordinary people fair warning about what the law demands of them.”

“Vague laws transgress both of those constitutional requirements,” Gorsuch added. “They hand off the legislature’s responsibility for defining criminal behavior to unelected prosecutors and judges, and they leave people with no sure way to know what consequences will attach to their conduct.”

Monday’s case involved defendants Maurice Davis and Andre Glover, who were charged and convicted with robbery and conspiracy arising from a string of gas station robberies in Texas in June 2014. Prosecutors also charged the pair under the heightened penalty law because they brandished a short-barreled shotgun in the course of those robberies.

The Supreme Court said Monday that the definition of “crime of violence” was too ill-defined to be constitutional. Under the heightened penalty law, a crime of violence is any offense that “by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used.”

When deciding whether an offense “involves a substantial risk” of force under the heightened penalty law, the courts do not look to the specific facts of the crime before them. Instead, they must estimate whether violence is likely in the ordinary commission of that crime. That kind of analysis, called the “categorical approach,” has been called unpredictable and arbitrary in closely related contexts, Gorsuch noted.

Yer darn tootin’. Write a law that says “X is illegal”. Fine. Don’t write a law that says “Z is illegal if we think you might have been considering doing it”. That’s BS, from A to Z.

And I’d rather have an honest justice who is loyal to the Constitution and all those Original Intents, then have one who toes a party line. Screw judicial activism, from either side of the aisle.


Sorry I haven’t been around here the last few days. I had a doctor intensive week, and that kind of wore me out. Worse, my oral surgery 10 days ago didn’t go right; I’ve been in sharp needle-like pain in my mouth constantly since. Trying very hard to not live on Vicodin, only taking 1 pill a day or less. I go back to the dentist tomorrow. And I have ear surgery Thursday. And an MRI next Monday. And then ...

Horry clap.


Out and about in LA



Ok, time to go wash some railings outside. When they’re clean I’ll put a fresh coat of paint on them. And the fun part is, I’m getting paid to freshen up our own patio. I’m putting in as many hours as I can before the job evaporates.



and I’m off to yet another doctor visit.

Here are 5 stories I’ll post about if I have time. If not, follow the links ...



Well it was a really crappy night at loser league. We got managed. And we lost all 7. I’m tired of it.

It’s not just that we’ve been saddled with a pathetic 4th team member. She’s the pits. Oh sure, pleasant enough, but she’s one of those people who revel in their weakness and pathos, I swear. She was in a car accident quite a few years ago and she was terribly injured in ever so many ways. And she suffers from A, B, C, ... X, Y, and Z. Oh her shoulder. And her back. And her this. And her that. And that’s all she can talk about. She has no job. She lives with her parents. She has no friends. She has no life. And she’s a gigantic ugly cow. And what is she doing to improve her condition? Nothing. Not a damn thing. I can only be sympathetic for so long. I’ve known people like this before. They can’t do any thing. You can’t count on them for anything ever. And she’s the worst damn bowler that ever was. On purpose? I can’t say. But I betcha so. And it’s really sucky to have her drag us down every week. There are other bowlers, like that slob on our winter league team, who I swear throw awful just for the perverse joy of making the rest of their team unhappy. How dare they want to win, or even to compete? I’ll fix them. Yeah, that’s Joe, in a nutshell.

No, I’m tired of bowling, and so is my better half, because there is no honesty left in the “sport”. It’s a hustle from top to bottom. Even the USBC, the national organization, is a total con that just takes your $20 every year and you get absolutely nothing for it. Nothing. Ever.

Honest bowling ... you go out and bowl the best that you can every frame of every game. Sure, you make mistakes. But you try. You have good nights and bad. And you try to learn, to improve. You ask questions, you make an effort. You try.

Dishonest bowling ... the team we played is one ringer, his semi-ringer friend, and their wives along as ballast to fill up the team card. The guy with a 218 average - and this is BS loser summer league; with that kind of average he has no business even being on this kind of 7 team league - he threw a 258 the first game, which was 11 strikes out of 12 balls, with a 9-0 open frame in the middle. That’s pro-level good. They beat us by a mile, and we had to give them 54 pins handicap because of their “low” team average. In the second game he eased off and only threw a 228 or thereabouts. Which is still shit hot. And they won that game by a mile too. Come Game 3, and we’re rolling shit. Pathetic Girl on our team can’t manage to throw even 20 under her anemic 133 average. Hell, she tossed a 96 in Game 1. So Ringer Guy doesn’t even bother to mail it in. He throws total crap, on purpose. Turned in a 157. Yeah they won that one as well, because his partner dropped a 220-something score in that game.

That’s Management Plan strategy B: one ringer throws a great game, and the other one throws a great game in the next game, and so on. And they win by a ton in the first game, and then by some in the 2nd game, and then they’ll either sandbag the 3rd game to keep their numbers down and take the 5-2, or they’ll roll like a joke for the first 7 frames and then turn it on so that they just barely win the last game. We’ve been subjected to it a million times.

I’ve said for many years that I want to be good enough at this to suck. To suck whenever necessary, to have a fake low average. Because that’s the way it’s done. Just like every single other bowler out there who has mastered the art. The only time these hot shots bowl honestly is on the big money leagues and the scratch leagues. The rest of the time they infiltrate the regular leagues, and walk away with the prizes year after year. And eventually those leagues fade away, because all the regular bowlers get sick of being managed, and get tired of being fiscal cannon fodder to put their money into some unethical bowler’s pocket. And that’s how we feel at this point. Every summer we get saddled with some utter pustulant abortion of an add-in teammate. Every winter our Cheap League - which is run by ringers, a whole family of them - gets smaller and smaller as the regular folks just give it up and leave. The alley can’t afford to put in average caps. They need every person who is willing to show up every week and pay the dues. But the gap exists and it sucks.

There are two gaps actually ... the lower tier is raw beginners and people with no interest in ever doing things right or improving their game. Bowling is a social thing, or at least something to do while drinking. 130 average and under. Then there’s the cannon fodder bunch in the middle, which I’ve been stuck in since high school. 140-185 average and we’ll never get any better. We just don’t have what it takes to be a super star. Then there’s a BIG gap from our group to the swindlers, the ringers: guys - it’s always guys - with a 214 - 230 paper average who can throw in the 270s or higher whenever they want. Guys who have thrown literally hundreds of perfect games. Guys who ought to be in a semi-pro league of their own, duking it out with the other big guns. And they all pretend to be merely so-so, yet they always manage to win by just a bit no matter what. They’ll even lose one game a week on purpose, where they sandbag a game and throw 100 under, just to keep their fake low average. And that really, really sucks to be on the receiving end of. We call it being managed. And I hate it, and it’s ubiquitous, even in beyond rinky-dink microscopic no money summer league out in the sticks, and we’re both really fucking tired of it.



It took a few months for the word to spread from Appomattox to the far corners of the Confederacy

On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army issued the following order in Galveston, Texas: “The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, become that between employer and hired labor. The freed are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

And that was that. You’re free, now go get a job. There won’t be any welfare.

Let us all seek ways we can preserve and embrace our culture. Let us celebrate the successes we have achieved in recent years and look forward to a thriving future. And let us celebrate the moments in history such as Juneteenth, which define the United States of America and show that we can overcome anything.

The devil is in the details ... the 13th Amendment wasn’t ratified until December of that year, so in theory there could have still been slaves in the North even after Juneteenth. You would have to check the history of each state, and how long it took them to enforce it, to be sure.



It’s time to go. [ Yes, I’m out of my head from hunger and making colonoscopy jokes at this point ]

Pres. Trump Promises Millions Of Illegals Will Be Removed By ICE

President Trump late Monday announced on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin the process of “removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the U.S.,” but did not elaborate on what new measures will be taken.

“They will be removed as fast as they come,” Trump said.

Mark Morgan, the director of the agency, did not announce any new initiatives during his stop in Louisville on Sunday, where he spoke about the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.

ICE did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News for comment.

An administration official told the AP that the new effort would focus on the more than 1 million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets.

Some in Trump’s administration believe that decisive shows of force — like mass arrests — can serve as effective deterrents, sending a message to those considering making the journey to the U.S. that it’s not worth coming.

Earlier this month, Trump announced that the U.S. reached a deal with Mexico that includes plans to return migrants seeking asylum to Mexico, where they will remain until they can be processed.


President Donald Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump wrote, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

Large-scale ICE enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets. In 2018, Trump and other senior officials threatened the mayor of Oakland, California, with criminal prosecution for alerting city residents that immigration raids were in the works.

Trump and his senior immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, have been prodding Homeland Security officials to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the “rocket docket.”

What needs to change is the law and the process. Stop this insane “catch and release” into our country. >95% of these people NEVER show up for their hearings, which are years in the future at this point.

No, change it to “catch and deport”. Or better yet, “catch and catapult”. That will get the idea across real quick.

But for now, I’m putting this one in the BS column. At most ICE will snag 8 or 9 hundred and then stop. Phooey. They could snap up that many just by going to the apartment complex down here in Flemington. The place is wall to wall.

When they take the army and task them with repelling invaders, then get out the bayonets and the cattle cars and start a nation-wide round up, and when they start fining the daylights out of businesses, then I’ll believe it. It’s the only solution that will work, along with an armed and lethal border wall. Sorry.

Until then, this is just another one of his wild-hair statements he uses to drive the left and the media ( sorry to be redundant ) nuts. And it always works. So crank ‘em up, Mr. President. It’s so much fun to watch them lose it.





Colonoscopy tomorrow. I can’t say I won’t give a **** , because I’ll be giving like never before as soon as I drink the magical goop.

I think I’m prepared. I’ve got extra butt wipes, plenty of TP, butt creme, loads of clear soda and Gatorade. Good to go. Haha. I’ve had my last bit of solid food I guess, figuring a 28 hour fast might be a tiny bit better than a 24 hour fast.

I’m not really looking forward to this. But everybody says it’s no big deal, aside from the Turbo Thunder Blast that the purgative generates. I guess I’m a bit concerned how I’m going to sleep with that stuff in me, but I’ll manage. And if I’m totally exhausted when I get down there, at least I’ll get a nap in when they put me under. Whoopee do. I’m also pretty confident that they won’t find anything, but I’ve got a bunch of release forms to sign that lets them snip out anything they do find. So there might be some extended recovery time? Beats me.

One thing I’m not seeing is what to eat afterwards. Plenty of online info about what to eat several days before, what to drink the day before, yadda yadda. What about later? Maybe I’ll feel so damn wrung out I won’t have any appetite. OTOH, I’ve got the family coming down to visit and provide me a ride - you’re not allowed to drive yourself home - so I’ve got a nice tri-tip steak to grill up for them, and I can lay in some tater salad and whip up a garden salad. Heck, I could even make bread if I went out now and got some bread flour. Phooey. I’ll make pretzels instead. I’ve got all the stuff right here.

I’ve let them know I won’t be at the shack tomorrow. WTH, use up a sick day. They’re use it or lose it, and since they just eliminated the position and laid me off, you bastards!!, I may as well take whatever time is coming to me. The job ends at the end of June. Oh well, I never expected it to last forever. 3 3/4 years of getting paid to get up in the morning and go sit somewhere for 2 hours and drink my coffee.



Holy shiite. I’m just scanning the news this morning, and I see this article. I really didn’t think too much of it, just your typical bureaucratic mess, right? Then I took a look.

Town Pleads: Don’t Let The Killers Out


PEARL RIVER, N.Y. – Hundreds of people marched silently through the streets of a suburban New York town in the dark on Saturday with candles illuminating the path taken by a 16-year-old girl who was brutally murdered as she walked home from the library nearly 40 years ago.

The peaceful protest was a plea to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the imminent release of a man convicted in the 1980 murder of Paula Bohovesky, an honor student and aspiring actress who was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in a crime so depraved it stunned law enforcement and shook the small town of Pearl River to its core.

“The justice provided by the court for Paula, her family, her friends and the Pearl River community has been stolen,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in response to a recent parole board decision to release 66-year-old Richard LaBarbera, one of two men convicted in Paula’s murder.

LaBarbera was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of the teen as she walked home from her part-time job at the library on Oct. 28, 1980, in the quiet hamlet, some 30 miles north of New York City.
Pearl River, N.Y., residents gathered Saturday to protest plans to release one of two men convicted in the 1980 sexual assault and murder of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky.

LaBarbera and another man, Robert McCain, were sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder – the toughest sentence at that time. Last month, a parole board of Cuomo appointees informed the family that LaBarbera will be released in July – a move that shocked victim advocates, state lawmakers and a town that has never healed from the savage crime.

McCain, 58, is set to go before the same parole board next week. The two were denied parole seven times since first becoming eligible in 2005.

“Neither one of them has taken responsibility and neither one of them has shown remorse,” Paula’s mother, Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News in an interview.

This is where I grew up. I knew this girl. She was a couple years behind me in high school, but it’s a small town.

This was the most savage, vile murder in the town’s history. Not that there ever were many murders, ever. Heck, there isn’t hardly even any crime. The bank downtown was robbed in 1927 and there was a big shootout with tommy guns. That’s immortalized on a plaque in the town park, around the base of the flagpole by the WWI cannon.

The protesters in the photo are in Central Avenue Park. This is where the old high school once stood. They opened the closed school and sent my 5th grade class there when my elementary school was being remodeled. We were the last kids to use the place. That’s the Hook & Ladder fire house in the background. Pearl River is very gung ho with their volunteer firemen; they have two firehouses. It’s nice to see that Ringner’s Furniture is still in business. I knew the son Randy. We were in rocket club together when I was 11.

The library mentioned in this story is across Franklin Avenue off the left side of the photo. IIRC, Paula lived a short way off North Main Street, which is two short blocks past the firehouse, hang a right at the hardware store across the street from the park. I think they lived up the side street from the Good Shepard Lutheran Church. I think the murder started at the corner of Central and North Main. The guys had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar just past the corner, which was a low dive in those days. There is a forlorn area behind the buildings, where the “Pearl River” ( aka Muddy Creek ) runs through. It was a dark and hidden unpaved parking area in those days. I can’t remember if the crime happened there or in somebody’s back yard there by the church at Hunt Street. It’s been a very long time. What I do remember is that this was an entirely random, spontaneous rape/murder. They saw a girl, they jumped her. Bashed her head in with a rock, raped what they thought was a dead body, and when she turned out to be not quite dead, they stabbed her to pieces. Many many times. Then they went back to drinking.

Sometimes the news catches you by surprise. I’m a bit stunned here.

No, keep these sick effers behind bars until they rot. It’s a damn shame pussy New York gave up the death penalty. I’m sure that you could find a thousand hands in that town willing to pull the switch, even four decades later.  Heck, I’d drive up there just for the honor.





Maybe this is a good idea?

President Trump To Move USDA Research To Farm Belt

Employees at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) intend to move from Washington, D.C. to an unspecified area in the Kansas City region by the end of 2019, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: “Employees, congressional Democrats and a bipartisan coalition of former USDA leaders” have warned that the move “would devastate the two agencies,” per the Post. ERS and NIFA have both recently unionized and some “union officials have promised to fight the move.”

Details: ERS jobs remaining in D.C. mostly belong to “administrative staff, analysts who perform market outlook estimates and those who collect data,” according to internal documents reviewed by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Their analysis showed that “[e]conomists and other ERS researchers who make conclusions from that data are likely to be reassigned to Kansas City” — but the USDA disputes that.

Two scientific agencies in the Department of Agriculture will move from Washington to the greater Kansas City region, USDA announced Thursday, despite strong resistance to the plan.

Nearly 550 positions at the Economic Research Service, a statistical agency, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which funds cutting-edge agricultural science, are expected to be moved by the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30. USDA estimated the savings at $300 million over 15 years from employment and rent.

“The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

The news release did not identify the location of the offices. But Tim Cowden, president and chief executive of the Kansas City Area Development Council, said the agency is evaluating office property on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border.

1) Screw the union. No government employee should have a union. Not anywhere, not ever. We The People are the bigger union, so fuck off.

2) There’s an old Sam Kinison routine about world hunger: Move to where the food is!!” It’s rough, but it makes sense.

Republican senators representing Missouri and Kansas welcomed Thursday’s announcement. “We’re home to some of the hardest working farmers in the country, so this is a fantastic decision by the USDA,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a statement.

NIFA and ERS workers will join nearly 5,000 other USDA employees in Kansas City, said Cowden, whose group proposed the region to USDA last year.

“We’re within 300 miles of 13 land grant universities,” said Kimberly Young, president of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, a development council initiative. The area is an epicenter of the animal health industry, Young said, with more than 300 such companies nearby.

But current employees of the two agencies, several Democratic lawmakers and a bipartisan coalition of former USDA leaders warned that the move, more than 900 miles from Washington, would devastate the two agencies.

“This is not just a change of address,” said Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture. “It cuts NIFA off from the collaboration with other federal funding agencies in D.C. that are its major partners.”

They say that like it’s a bad thing. Get them away from the funding BS. Drain the swamp. And then plant crops when the mud dries out some.


You have to be a government to be this stupid

Top Secret Circuit Boards For F-35 Stealth Fighters: Made In China

Crivens. SMFH. Are you outta yer freakin’ mind??

F-35 jets: Chinese-owned company making parts for top-secret UK-US fighters

An expert said it’s possible to embed technology such as a chip without a customer’s knowledge that could change how it functions.

[ no kidding. How many times have we already seen this? Cellphones, etc. ]

A Chinese-owned company is making circuit boards for the top-secret next generation F-35 warplanes flown by Britain and the United States, Sky News can reveal.

Exception PCB, a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer in Gloucestershire, south west England, produces circuit boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, according to publicity material produced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

This includes “its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems”, it said.

When asked about the firm’s Chinese ownership, the MoD said Exception PCB is an established manufacturer of circuit boards to the defence industry and presents “no risk” to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain.

A director from the company said there are “clear firewalls in place” between Exception PCB and its Chinese parent company Shenzhen Fastprint.

Believe that, and I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you for a good price. Jackwad.

OK, they aren’t made in China. But they’re made by a company owned by a Chinese company. Which GUARANTEES that 1) the design has been stolen, and 2) that the boards have some extra bits in them that does naughty stuff. 

Anything and everything from China is a cheat in one way or another. You can’ trust them. And they are our forever shadow enemy. I swear, every Chinese in any kind of high-tech industry is a spy. It’s only happened fifty thousand times. Everywhere.

Build your weapons in your own country using companies owned by white citizens. Period. You can not trust them either, but you can trust them a bit more than the other ones which you know are going to screw with you. It may not be a PC view, but it’s the accurate one.



A little good news, slightly old, in the salt water game of Silly Buggers being played right now in the Persian Gulf.

Six Iranian Ships Mysteriously Burn


As the strategic port of Shahid Rajaee, north of the Strait of Hormuz, was still dealing with the effects of a huge fire that caused serious destruction, Iranian media reported that six Iranian ships were ablaze in several ports in the southern part of the country.

The Iranian Republic News Agency reported that on June 7, 2019, four merchant ships caught fire in the port of Nakhl Taqi (Taghi) in the Asaluyeh region of Bushehr Province. Three ships were burned entirely, while two others in Asaluyeh suffered major damage. While the governor of Asaluyeh claimed the fires were extinguished without anyone harmed, the head of the emergency rooms in Bushehr Province said that several civilians and sailors had been injured and brought to hospitals in the region. The mayor of the town of Delvar, near the port of Bualhir, confirmed that one vessel in the port burned completely.

But we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that this was payback, or a tit-for-tat escalation of the proxy war in Yemen. It is possible that this was the navy version of the standard splodey-dope premature immolation. Their IED guys blow themselves up all the time on land. Why should the swabbies be left out of the fun?

But that makes 6 boats less for the mulla-mullahs.


Paying The Butcher’s Baker’s Bill

A jury has awarded $33.2 million in punitive damages to Gibson’s Bakery, whose owners claimed Ohio’s Oberlin College and an administrator hurt their business and libeled them during a dispute over a shoplifting episode that triggered protests and allegations of racism.

The Chronicle-Telegram reported the same jury awarded Gibson’s business and family members more than $11 million in actual or compensatory damages, bringing the total award to more than $44 million.

Sadly, Ohio state law caps punitive damages at $22 million, so the grand total is a mere $33 million. I’m expecting a decade of appeals efforts.

“Oberlin College tried to sacrifice a beloved 5th-generation bakery, its owners, and its employees, at the altar of political correctness in order to appease the campus ‘social justice warfare’ mob. The jury sent a clear message that the truth matters, and so do the reputations and lives of people targeted by false accusations, particularly when those false accusations are spread by powerful institutions. Throughout the trial the Oberlin College defense was tone-deaf and demeaning towards the bakery and its owners, calling the bakery nearly worthless. The jury sent a message that all lives matter, including the lives of ordinary working people who did nothing wrong other than stop people from stealing.”

Get woke, go broke. Couldn’t happen to a batter bunch of lefties until UCLA gets fined a couple billion. I’m having a little daydream that every college commie indoctrination center gets hit with this kind of punch back every time they rush to judgement or riot to keep some invited conservative speaker from appearing, screw up some young guy’s life because his hook up partner had regrets the next day and decided she was raped, or some prof gets fired / student expelled because they use the wrong pronoun to describe some gender freak. A few of these, along with a sweet caveat that any college found guilty gets cut off from all state and federal funding RIGHT NOW and for the next 5 years per incident, will either shut them down or shut them up.  And when the big money talks, snowflakes balk.

I’m telling ya, it’s fire hose time in lots of places.



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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

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

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

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


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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.


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. 


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

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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

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

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

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

See More Below The Fold


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.



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

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

Woo hoo!


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

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

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

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

See More Below The Fold


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

thanko yu for not sweating



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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

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

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

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


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


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:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  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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