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calendar   Monday - June 30, 2014

The New Caliphate: Two Opportunities

I’m just ruminating on today’s big news, while I finish off the last of those yummy ribs from Saturday’s BBQ. With just the two of us, two big slabs means it’s been pork, pork, and more barbequed pork for the last couple days. Like there’s a problem with that!

So now we have a new Islamic Caliphate. Huh. Brought to us by ISIS, because as Mark Steyn pointed out in one of his books, now is the time. This is the moment for Islam. Carpe diem. Or, as their enabler-in-chief might put it, “They are the people they’ve been waiting for”.

Well, this could be either good or bad. Or even both.

If, on the one hand, fighters from all the various factions of their faith arm up and race towards this new Mecca to fight out who shall be in control, then ISIS has (perhaps accidentally) built the greatest Roach Motel ever made.


And they’ll fight to the death to rule this new “nation”, which if you look at a satellite map, is little more than sand. There’s nothing there. Forget cities; there’s hardly even any farmland. And Syria has just gone through another major crop failure due to drought. So there isn’t even any food.

Let them fight. Who cares?

On the other hand, if they could work things out peaceably (haha haha ha), and all the tribes of Mohammed can get together, with all their greedy zillions of oil money ... they could rebuild Mesopotamia. Hey, they’re right there. Fertile Crescent. Tigris and Euphrates. Cradle of Civilization. Except that there’s nothing there. It would be a Godly undertaking. It would be 1000 times bigger than anything Pharaoh ever did, or Brigham Young. But they HAVE the money. And they HAVE the youthful population. And the world would be only too happy to sell them all the tools, all the concrete, all the seeds, all the desalination plants, all the everything they could ever need. As long as it’s not bullets or uranium.

And heck, greening up the desert would even cool the earth. Stop global warming. Remove thousands of tons of CO2 from the air. It would change the weather for 1000 miles in every direction. And they’d be building paradise on earth, right out of their magic holy book. And the terraforming would never stop; once they’ve built a river valley civilization like in old Babylon, they could extend it hundreds of miles across the desert in all directions.

Bring in simple low heat industry, like cotton farming and weaving, forestry, and so forth. Stone quarrying. Donkey breeding. Build your own desalination plants. Islam has hundreds of millions of strong backs ready to do hard work. They don’t need capitalism, just the oil money. They don’t even need paying jobs, and socialism will work if their needs are kept simple. Food, clothing, shelter, and enough education to know how to read the Quran and how to do your trade.

Turn all of Syria and northern Iraq into a farm garden. Keep going. In another thousand years, they’ll have terraformed from the Turkish border down to the Gulf of Aqaba. From the Suez Canal to Kuwait. They can build their own private world, and only interface with us infidels at certain points on the border. Sell us oranges and stuff, and buy medicines and machinery. And a quarter billion of them, or more, could live in peace.

This could be their greatest opportunity in history.  ISIS could do what I said Bush should’ve done when we took over Iraq all those years ago: 1) install government in a box. ISIS has Sharia, it’s all ready to go and every Muslim understands the rules already; and 2) turn the place into a garden. Rebuild Babylon. Islam has the workers, they have the money. All they have to do is spend it, and they can build themselves the greatest green dream that ever was.

My inner despondent cynic says that, while the first scenario is nearly guaranteed, the second one is nearly guaranteed never to happen. They’ll all be “inshallah” and “if Allah wills it”, which is the ultimate worst version of “Irish Time” aka the “mañana concept” ever devised. God will provide, so I’m just going to sit on my butt and do nothing. For 100 generations.


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Obama Must Be So Happy Today

ISIS Declares Islamic Caliphate


You know that nobody is going to lift a finger here, right? It’s a done deal. 90% guaranteed.

The leaders of an Al Qaeda splinter group that has seized vast portions of northern and western Iraq have declared the establishment of an Islamic state and demanded allegiance from other Muslim groups.

In an audio statement posted online that coincided with the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), announced that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was the “caliph,” or leader, of a state whose territory extended from the city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, to Diyala province in northeastern Iraq.

The spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, described al-Baghdadi as “the imam and khalifah (caliph) for the Muslims everywhere.” He also said that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq and the Levant.

“The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,” al-Adnani continued. “Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day.”

Muslim extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, much of North Africa and beyond in various forms over the course of Islam’s 1,400-year history.

“Experts” predict that such a bold move will lead to lots of internecine fighting: Muslim Type 1 vs. Muslim Type 2. Gee, such a prediction; breathing leads to lots of muzzie vs. muzzie fighting.

But the really interesting part of this is that neither Iran nor Al Qaeda is in charge. Hey, you snooze, you lose.

And Team Obama steps in it again ...

State-run [Iraqi] TV aired footage Sunday of the arrival overnight of five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets. They are the first of 25 warplanes expected to be delivered under a contract agreed to by Moscow and Baghdad, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement provided to CNN.

The announcement follows a comment by al-Maliki that militant advances might have been avoided if Iraq had proper air power, in the form of fighter jets that Iraq has been trying to get from the United States.

“I’ll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract” with the United States, al-Maliki told the BBC in the interview last week, which was released Friday.

Iraq has now turned to Russia and Belarus to buy fighter jets, he said. “God willing, within one week, this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists’ dens,” he said.

U.S. officials were quick to reject al-Maliki’s complaints.

U.S. fighter jets have not been slow in coming, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told CNN. The first two promised F-16s “weren’t expected to be delivered until the fall, which is still months away,” Kirby said. “And we were in the process of working towards that delivery.”

Yeah, but Admiral Cucumber, Iraq needed fighter planes two years ago. Not 2 of them, but 50. And it sure as heck needed fighter bombers back in January, plus ordnance, when ISIS started its push. They didn’t have to be brand new ones. Just air worthy ones. Simple but reliable, and they only had to be fast enough to outrun those MANPADS. I mean, duh, WTF: we left everything else over there, why not leave them some old planes? Or sell them some stripped down and refurbished ones? I’m sure you could have found at least a couple dozen jets with some decent service life left and given them fresh tires and a coat of paint. Pilots? Ground crews? Oh please. How many years were we over there? In all that time, while you were building up their army, you couldn’t train a couple hundred guys to be pilots, bomb jockeys, mechanics, and avionics dudes? Shit, they don’t even need jets. Once again, a fast piston engined fighter, or a medium two engine turboprop jobbie converted to a small bomber would have done it. Or even smaller; a whole fleet of those little Super Tucanos would get things started.  They don’t need hardly any of the electronic wonders inside either. Radar, GPS, a simple targeting system, basic missile warning. Cheaper to make, faster to build, easier to maintain.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2014 at 09:11 AM   
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TNB: Expected, Unexpected

Shooting At Nightclub After BET Awards

There was a shooting at a Hollywood nightclub—filled with famous rappers—hours after the BET Awards.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 AM PT Monday at Supper Club. Someone fired a shot outside the club. One eyewitness tells TMZ the shooter was aiming at the Game’s car ... although that does not appear to be the case. Another witness says the shot was fired in the air.

We’re told no one was hit.

A number of rappers were inside the club following the BET awards, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes.

Completely expected, right? Happens almost every year. The only unexpected part is that nobody got hit.


NOLA: 9 injured in Bourbon Street Shooting

A Bourbon Street shooting early Sunday morning left nine people injured - two critically - in the latest incident of New Orleans gun violence penetrating even the city’s most iconic thoroughfare.

New Orleans police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said “two cowardly young men” were responsible for the carnage, which sent bystanders diving into bustling bars and nightclubs for cover, and others crawling into open storefronts as they bled.

Police confirmed some of the victims were tourists, wounded in the 700 block of Bourbon Street when two men got into a gunfight around 2:45 a.m. No arrests have been made.

At an afternoon news conference, the city’s police chief pledged, “We’re going to catch these two little ... uh, young men. And we’re going to hold them accountable and bring them to justice.”

This one was completely unexpected. Not that a couple of homies would start poppin’ on each other and everyone around them, but that they had the temerity to do it in the tourist area. Ruh roh. Now Teh Law is going to have to come down on them, like a factory full of bricks falling from the sky. Especially since the whole incident was caught on security videos. Don’t you stupid “little ... uh, young men” know the rules? Keep that she-it in da hood where it belongs!

Meanwhile, these 9 people shot in New Orleans ... ahem, pale in comparison ... to the 4 dead in 23 shootings this weekend in New York City or the 1 dead, 35+ shot in Chicago Weekend Shooting Spree.

People, people, people: control yourselves. Suppress your flashbulb violent reactions. Talk things out. Communicate. And if you have to, use your fists. Don’t reach for the guns. Grow up and be responsible.  Oh wait. Who am I talking to? Right. Never mind. Just make sure you keep that she-it in da hood, so the rest of us can ignore it. Less trouble for you, no trouble for us.


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Finally, Maybe, Haggis

UK Lobbying To End USA 43 Year Old Haggis Import Ban

Connor MacLeod: You look like a woman you stupid haggis.

Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez : Haggis? What is haggis?

MacLeod: Sheep’s stomach stuffed with meat and barley

Ramirez: And what do you do with it?

MacLeod: You eat it!

Ramirez: How revolting!


The British government has dispatched its Environment Secretary to Washington to try and convince the Obama administration to lift a 43-year-old ban on importing haggis.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was due to meet with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in an effort to show that British meat is safe to consume.

Haggis, the Scottish delicacy consisting of a sheep’s heart, lungs, and liver simmered with onion, oatmeal, suet, and spices in a sausage casing—or sheep’s stomach for the traditionalists—was embargoed by the U.S. in 1971 as part of a blanket ban on foods containing sheep’s lung. In 1989, an outbreak of mad cow disease in the U.K. meant that the import ban was extended to all beef and lamb products.

Sky News reports that Paterson is hoping that the U.S. can lift its ban as part of negotiations toward a trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union that could be worth $17 billion to the British economy.

“I share many haggis producers’ disappointment that American diners are currently unable to enjoy the taste of Scotland’s wonderful national dish in their own country,” Paterson said recently. “"I am meeting my U.S. counterpart today to discuss how we can begin exporting it, particularly as so many Americans enjoy celebrating their Scottish heritage.


Haggis ... it makes you strong!

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!

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calendar   Sunday - June 29, 2014

Hillary Vile-Rall

too chim, la? Much funny.




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calendar   Saturday - June 28, 2014

Dear Governor: Here’s Some Math

Dear New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

Please ignore my name in the online petition to get you to sign the low capacity magazine bill into law by the end of this month (when it ages out of the Senate). My name got on there by accident, because I clicked the “More” button on an old friend’s Facebook account. Hey, I thought it would give me more information, not take my slight interest as a vote of support.

Thank you.

Now get back to work and lower the insane taxes in this state. Far more than half of every tax dollar goes to public education. We’re paying a fortune to educate ingrates and deadbeats (Abbot schools), so A) let’s stop wasting that much money; B) let’s make sure that at least 2/3 of that money gets spent in the classroom, instead of an unlimited pyramid of highly paid and useless scholastic executives; C) let’s put some statewide performance testing in place and fire the teaching staff that can’t get the job done.

And don’t sign that bill. It’s a crock, and one more that real criminals will ignore.

Clinton NJ


PS - That Facebook link starts out begging for your signature because during the 4 to 5 minute shooting spree at Sandy Hook, murderer Adam Lanza managed to fire his weapon 154 times. The implication is that smaller magazines would have taken so much more time to swap in and out, so that many of the people who were killed could have somehow run away.

It’s not as if a bell went off that forced Lanza to put down his gun. And I’m not sure, but I don’t think the police were there confronting him less than 5 minutes from the time he started shooting. “First responders were closing in” but I don’t know if there were actually there and actually confronting him. I could be wrong there, but it doesn’t really matter.

What matters is that his shooting spree lasted at least 4 minutes but no more than 5. So we’re told; so must we believe.

And in that time he fired his gun 154 times, killing 20 little children and 6 adults.

So, 4 minutes to 5 minutes. 240 to 300 seconds. 154 shots. Let’s do the math.

The bushmaster, Sedensky said, was loaded with a 30-round capacity magazine. Fourteen rounds were in the magazine when the weapon was recovered by officers and there was one round still in the chamber.

Sedensky said Lanza took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 10mm handgun and was also in possession of a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun. Lanza also had more ammunition for the weapons he had on his person as well as three 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster, each of them containing 30 rounds.

In the area of the shootings were six additional 30-round magazines and contained 0, 0, 0, 10, 11 and 13 live rounds, respectively.

In total, 154 spent .223 casings were recovered from the scene, and investigators believe that the shooting only lasted five minutes.

After the mass shooting had ended and officials began to investigate what happened, they searched the vehicle Lanza parked outside of the school and inside they said they found a loaded 12-guage shotgun in the passenger compartment. The weapon was then moved to the trunk and locked up by officials for safekeeping.

So Lanza actually went through 7 magazines for his rifle: he came in with one loaded, fired until it was empty or jammed, then dropped it and loaded 6 more in turn. Obviously not all the 30 round magazines were full before being mounted (7 X 30 = 210, but 154 + 14 + 10 + 11 + 13 = 202) and used inside the school. You know, like the 4 shots on his mother. And perhaps these 154 shots aren’t including the ones he needed to shoot the doors open. Whatever. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is 154 shots, the total spree time, the 26 murdered victims, and the 6 magazine changes. And the idea that “banning high capacity magazines” by making magazines of 10 rounds legal and making illegal anything larger, would have saved so many lives at the Newtown School in Sandy Hook. And that’s the rub, because it’s a total load of baloney.

Numbers don’t lie, but Liberals do.

If Adam Lanza had used one giant drum magazine, he never would have had to reload at all. Some kind of massive thing with a couple hundred cartridges in it. Never saw one that big myself, but who knows, they could exist. But he didn’t. He used plain old common, legal, standard, 30 round magazines. And the forensics guys tell us he changed magazines 6 times.

How long does it take to change a magazine on an AR rifle? Not long. Very little time at all if you’re ready for it. Only a couple seconds if you’re half ready for it, and you’ve got another magazine right there in an ammo pouch, or your pocket, or double mounted with one of those Mag-Pull things. And obviously Lanza was at least half ready. And as the media has told us so many times, he had a decent amount of practice learning to shoot and use this very rifle. So let’s pick a short, but not magically short, time for him. Let’s call it 5 seconds, which is a relative eternity when the job can be done in under a second by a trained and ready individual. Like Adam Lanza.

So: 6 swaps X 5 seconds = 30 seconds. Take 30 seconds away from 4 minutes and 5 minutes: 240 - 30 = 210 seconds; 300 - 30 = 270 seconds.

How fast was the guy acquiring new targets, aiming, and shooting? We’ll never know exactly on a per victim basis, but we can figure out an average rate of fire. 210 seconds / 154 rounds = 1.36 seconds per shot. 270 seconds / 154 rounds = 1.75 seconds per shot. Once again, this seems really fast, but try this experiment: set a timer for 10 seconds and get ready to point your finger at objects around the room and say bang, then move on to the next object and say bang and so on. Lanza shot his victims from only a few feet away; precise aiming isn’t necessary: if you point at a wineglass, it doesn’t matter if you’re pointing at the goblet or the stem. Close enough is good enough. Say bang, then move on. The next object you see is your next target; you don’t have to search them out. Target rich environment Ok?

Ok. Ready? Ready to start the timer? Go. Point - BANG! Point - BANG!  Point - BANG! Point - BANG! Point - BANG! Point - BANG! Point - BANG! Point - BANG! Point - BANG! ... Time!  I took my sweet time, and I got off 15 “shots” in 10 seconds, which is 0.67 seconds per shot. Lanza’s slowest average rate was 1.36 seconds, a bit less than half as fast. In other words, he had more than double the amount of time as my casual finger gun exercise here in the living room.

But, holy cow ALREADY, Drew, this is about a bill up for NJ Governor Christie to sign, a magazine capacity law that will keep our school children (and everyone else) so much safer the next time a law-abiding lunatic gets a gun and goes on a rampage.  I know. Be patient. I’m almost there.

Let’s now assume that only 10 round magazines are available, and that they take just as long to swap in and out as the 30 round variety. So, to fire 154 rounds, Lanza would have had to use 16 magazines, which means he would have had to do 15 magazine swaps. 15 swaps X 5 seconds per swap = 75 seconds.

4 minutes less 75 seconds = 240 - 75 = 165; 165 seconds / 154 shots = 1.07 seconds per shot, half again longer per shot than my finger experiment (56 rounds per minute vs my 90).

5 minutes less 75 seconds = 300 - 75 = 225; 225 seconds / 154 shots = 1.46 seconds per shot, less than half the rate as my finger experiment (41 rounds per minute vs my 90). And 1.46 seconds per shot is still a longer time than the otherwise reasonable 1.36 seconds per shot we came up with in the 30 round magazine scenario using a 4 minute shooting window.

Let me state that again: Using 10 round magazines instead of 30 round magazines, Lanza would have had to change magazines more than twice as often, yet his average rate of fire is still within the time bounds (max, min) of the 30 round magazine rate. In other words, he could have got off just as many shots although he would have had to change from a leisurely rate of fire to a merely slow one.

Lets turn it around completely. Assume the slowest time, 1.75 seconds per shot, is the fastest this guy can shoot. So he’ll be shooting less within that 4-5 minute fixed window of time. There you go. That’s the “logic” the left and the hoplophobes are using on this one. Ok, let’s see how much less.

We’ve already determined that the smaller magazines would limit the shooting time to between 165 and 225 seconds. Fine.

225 seconds / 1.75 seconds per shot = 128 shots. Sorry for creating harsh mental imagery, but 128/26 = 4.95; nearly 5 shots per victim. Take 3 more seconds and it is 5 per.

165 seconds / 1.75 seconds per shot = 94 shots. 94/26 = 3.62; more than 3 shots per victim (18 shots for every 5 victims in 31.5 seconds).

Bottom line: even at the slowest rate of fire and the smallest time window to do all the shooting, even with a very generous amount of time to change magazines, if Lanza had only had 10 round magazines available to him he still had plenty of time to shoot everyone 3 or 4 times.


Don’t sign that bill, Mr. Christie!

( PPS - at 1.75 seconds per shot, Lanza could have done just as much shooting with a bolt action rifle. Even at his “fastest” calculated average speed here, the eye-blink fast reloading of a semi-auto rifle was completely wasted )


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2014 at 09:48 PM   
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no drama, no carbon, no flare-ups

If a bit of hickory smoke is a good thing ...

Then LOTS of hickory smoke must be a great thing. Right?

3 1/2 hours later ... tender but not falling apart, smokey, spicy, moist. I’d call it a win.

The Weber holds 275°F with one burner running, set one mark above absolute Low. Not bad.

The Mrs., arbiter of good taste and things that taste good, says if I ever plan to serve these to other people, I should cut the hot spice level in half. At least. So much less cayenne, half as much chipotle. I just balanced the zing with a good coat of Sweet Baby Ray’s honey BBQ sauce and called it done.

Even wrapped up tightly in plastic wrap, the leftovers are adding a delicious smokey flavor to the refrigerator. Works for me!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/28/2014 at 07:21 PM   
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calendar   Friday - June 27, 2014

What On Earth??

EPA To Spend $1.6 Million On Hotel Rooms This Fall

To Host Environmental Justice Conference

What The Heck Is Environmental Justice??

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend more than $1 million on hotel accommodations for an “Environmental Justice” conference this fall.

The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) intends to award a fixed-price Purchase Order … to the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel,” the solicitation said. “The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014, at government rate for the 50th public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the EPA.”

Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.

The government per diem rate for lodging is $219 for September. If the EPA receives the per diem rate, the cost will come to $1,024,920 for the duration of their stay.

The NEJAC was established in 1993 to “obtain independent, consensus advice and recommendations from a broad spectrum of stakeholders involved in environmental justice.”

The council meets twice a year, bringing together members from community organizations, businesses, academic institutions, and state and local governments for “discussions about integrating environmental justice into EPA priorities and initiatives.”

The EPA defines “Environmental Justice” as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

Really? Sounds like not just a total crock of horse manure, but an entire Olympic-size swimming pool full of it.  Sounds like a load of malarky you couldn’t pole vault over. Sounds to me like an excuse for various minority government managers to screw the taxpayer out of an extra 3 weeks of vacation.

And it’s been going on for more than 20 years. In all that time, have they created as much as one positive thing? No, not a document or an un-lost email. I mean a real, verifiable project that vastly improved the lives of a significant group of Americans identifiable by group characteristic, as their charter intends. For example, show me where some open coastal water usage bill was amended so that it improved the lives of Irish-Americans in the Southie district of Boston.

Hey EPA, I got your “environmental justice” right here: you owe us taxpayers ... 20 years X $1.6 million = $32 million plus the careers and pensions of every employee you ever allowed attend. Plus the Vig. Or else ...  hey, I know an environment, some brackish wetlands that would be justly improved by the addition of nearly 200 large deposits of protein and lipid dense fertilizer. Right here in New Jersey. And hey, you can even see the football stadium from there. Tell Jimmy H. we all said “hi”.

PS - you did notice that this will be teh 50th public meeting of a BS group that’s only been around 21 years at most, right? Which means that they’ve been sucking the sugar titty more than twice a year on average; they do 2 or 3 of these get togethers every year. That can add up to 10 weeks in some years, assuming all the conferences run the same 3 weeks plus like this one. 10 weeks of partying down, living it up in swanky hotels, with generous per diems, and a regular fat paycheck to boot. She-it, you’d need 4, maybe 5 weeks of regular vacation just to recover from that. Not to mention 10 or 15 sick days.

Somebody and his special bros got one hell of a motha effin’ scam going.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 10:47 PM   
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rub them ribs

Time to whip up a batch of Rodger’s rib rub and get going on tonight dinner. I always add a big tablespoon of cayenne to it as well.

3 hours in the grill, indirect heat on low, pan of water on the side, aluminum bag full of smoker chips underneath.


Do I use pliers or a wet paper towel to grab the membrane with? I can never remember, since I only do ribs a few times a year. I think I should change that, what with our new super grill and all. I will soak the ribs for about half an hour in cider vinegar too.

( a while later ) Ha, it was a dry paper towel. Actually, a quarter of one, folded up. Use a sharp pointy knife to lift the membrane from the narrow end until you go over the first bone. Then grab the membrane with the paper towel square and rip.

After about half an hour in the apple cider vinegar, I drained them off and went at it with the rub. Some goes on the bone side, but most goes on the meat. And you’ve got to rub it in.

Given the late hour, we decide to let them rest overnight and we’ll cook them early tomorrow afternoon. I’ve got a nice big smoker packet made up, about a cup and a half of hickory chips wrapped up in aluminum foil that’s open a bit on the ends and a couple holes. I might use a water tray too, to add moisture and to regulate the temperature inside the grill a little.

My version of Rodger’s Rub. It’s a bit zippier than his. [ my wife says it’s TOO zippy, so I added notes on how to unzip it ] This recipe makes enough to rub about 4 trimmed racks of ribs

1/4 cup paprika: half spanish smokey, half Turkish sharp
1 tbl cayenne pepper powder NO!! TOO HOT!! Use 1 - 1 1/2tsp
1 tbl chipotle powder cut this down too; 2tsp
2 tbl garlic powder
2 tbl granulated onion
2 tsp whole black peppercorns *
2 tsp Coleman’s dry mustard 1 tsp because people are wimps sensitive
1 tbl chili powder
2 tbl whole cumin *
3 tbl whole coriander seed *
a bit less than 1/4 cup kosher salt, since the chili powder has salt in it too
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 measure (1/8 cup) strong coffee grounds, unbrewed

toast the cumin and the coriander in a small pan until it just starts to sizzle. Pour it into a bowl and let it cool. Add the peppercorns, and grind the whole thing. Mix that into a small mixing bowl with everything else. You can run the whole mess through the pint container of your Magic Bullet if you want it perfectly mixed, but stirring it up with a fork is usually good enough.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 02:48 PM   
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Duct Tape is the answer

H/T to Vilmar

Heard about the NSA doing this some months ago. That’s why my computer cam has duct tape on it.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 12:28 PM   
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I asked about Cheeta:
he beamed and said, “Cheeta do good.
She marry lawyer, had plastic surgery,
now live in White House!!!

Vilmar is a bad influence! 


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 11:46 AM   
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Quote of the Day

But, then again, no church is perfect. In fact, if I found a perfect church and joined it then it wouldn’t be perfect anymore.

Mike Adams


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 11:12 AM   
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No Longer Cheaper Than Dirt

Newest Cash Crop In Midwest: Sand

Farm? What’s a farm?

It’s not a gold rush, but a sand rush that is taking place in the Midwest, where a rare type of sand used in the energy extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing is exclusively found.

The smooth, round, very strong white sand known as “Northern White” or “Ottawa White” is pitting neighbor against neighbor, and neighbors against sand mining companies. The sand is 99.5 percent pure silica,

“This sand has excellent chemical properties, very low iron, very low aluminum,” said William McTee, regional manager for Unimin corporation, a company that’s been mining sand around the country for decades.

The special sand is sold to the hydraulic fracking industry for use as a proppant in the drilling process, which forces fossil fuels from deep within the earth. When the hydraulic pressure is relieved from the well, the sand is pumped into the well to hold open the small fractures in the rock while allowing oil and gas to pass up to the surface.

Sand and water are used in that process and the particular sand in the Midwest is the best the industry can get. Its smooth round shape makes it “act like BBs, letting oil and gas pass through” McTee said.

With horizontal drilling, even more sand is needed because the borings travel extend farther. That’s made the ultra pure Ottawa White sand became much more valuable. As a result, nearly a dozen companies set up shop to mine for sand among the farmlands in La Salle County, Ill., Tunnel City, Wisc., and places in Minnesota and wherever the sand is found.

So, I wonder ... does the bulldozer driver speak English?

Railroad operators are carrying boxcars filled with sand to shale fields including the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, the Bakken formation of North Dakota and the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.

While some of these places might seem to have plenty of sand of their own available, many fracking outfits prefer Wisconsin white sand, which is bigger and has rounder grains better suited for holding open larger pathways.

Union Pacific Railroad shipped 94,000 railcars of frack sand in the first half of the year—a 20% increase over the same period of 2012. Canadian National Railway Co. is spending $68 million over three years to upgrade and restore

more than 100 miles of track in Wisconsin so it can boost sand shipments out of state.

U.S. Silica and BNSF Railroad are building a sand distribution hub south of San Antonio, at the edge of the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale. U.S. Silica will ship more than 1 billion pounds of sand each year there from Ottawa, Ill., 85 miles southwest of Chicago, and Sparta, Wis., about 250 miles to the north.

“It takes 25 railcars of sand, on average, to frack one well,” said Bryan Shinn, U.S. Silica’s chief executive.

Silica mining stocks are up about 60% over the past two years.

But ... OF COURSE ... it’s going to harm the environment and pollute everything and we’re all gonna die!!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 09:16 AM   
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No hay sorpresas aquí!

Todos Sus Trabajos Son Para Nosotros

Caramba, de verdad?

De acuerdo con un nuevo informe del Centro de Estudios de Inmigración (CIS), el crecimiento neto del empleo en los Estados Unidos desde el año 2000 ha ido del todo a los inmigrantes, legales e ilegales. Utilizando datos de la Oficina de Estadísticas Laborales, los estudiosos de la CEI Steven A. Camarota y Karen Zeigler encontró que había 127.000 menores indígenas en edad de trabajar que sostienen un trabajo en el primer trimestre de 2014 que en 2000, mientras que el número de inmigrantes con un empleo era 5,7 millones más que en 2000.

There’s your Fundamental Change You Can Believe in, pendejo.

Pretty much all the job growth in the USA in the past 14 years has gone to immigrants.


The illegals got all the low level work. The H1-B squad came over and took the jobs you silly mericones thought you could hang on to and get a decent paycheck. They’ll do it for half, and still send half their pay back to their motherland.

Plus, ooh look! Extra diversity in the workplace!

Americans ... surplus to requirements, even in their own country.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2014 at 09:00 AM   
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