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calendar   Saturday - July 12, 2014

Another Surge In The Purge

Military Officers In Combat Zones Get Pink Slips

Get out there and risk your life soldier! PS - you’re fired.



Who shall be left to lead what’s left?

Now that the purge of the top level of our military is winding down, with almost 200 top brass being fired, retired, or blackballed in the past 5 years, the Obama regime is moving the military purge down a level to the captains and majors.  These are the men and women who are on the military career track, the officers out there in the sandbox getting the real picture. These are the ones who will be the next generation of majors and generals. Well, they would have been. Now they’ll be shop clerks like everyone else. If they’re lucky.

Who gets the axe next? Master Sergeants, Ensigns, Warrant and Petty Officers? Pretty soon won’t be anybody left but Privates. Reminds me of a certain putsch back in the 30s.

In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.

What is astonishing is that the Defense Department thought it would be appropriate to notify deployed soldiers — men and women risking their lives daily in combat zones — that they’ll be laid off after their current deployment.

The nation should worry about the increased national-security risk of separating such a large pool of combat-experienced leaders. The separated soldiers are those who carry the deepest knowledge base of counterinsurgency operations.

A senior Defense Department official warned: “If the force is smaller, there’s less margin for error. Let’s face it — things are pretty uncertain out there.”

Commenting on the extraordinarily large number of captains being retired, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell said: “In other times, they’d probably continue to stay in the Army. But these are not normal times.”

Indeed not. While mass layoffs in the private sector generate front-page headlines, the media have largely ignored the reduction of our military. But who can blame them?

The war-weary public doesn’t want to hear that the cuts put the country at risk.

After more than a decade of fighting, even the most faithful — who used to rally behind the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending CARE packages filled with cookies, candies and reminders of home — have moved on with their lives, with few thoughts of the soldiers still serving there.

War weary? Not exactly. Every time I see a man or woman in uniform, I’m reminded that tens of thousands of American citizens are in harm’s way doing their best to keep the insane world as safe as they can for the rest of us. But the part that wearies me is that I know that they’ve been at it for more than a decade because the political greaseballs in charge WILL NOT LET THEM WIN. Shit, even when they do win, those greaseballs set things up so that it all goes to hell a couple years later anyway.

I am not war weary. I am politician weary. I am coward weary, and I am agenda weary.

And honestly? For those of us not directly involved, or obliquely involved via a son/brother/father/uncle/husband/boyfriend/sister/mother/daughter/aunt/wife/girlfriend in the service, what right have we to dare to say we are “war weary”? Not one item of commerce is being rationed. Not one gallon of gas, head of lettuce, package of ground beef, pair of pants, or even one toothbrush is unavailable because of military need. Nothing. There is NO IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC at all.

Yeah, ammo and components are somewhat hard to come by, and fairly expensive. This is not because of military need. This is because of hoarding, and because of the Regime arming up the entire alphabet of government agencies that should never have guns or ammo to begin with. Hmmm ... and at the same time he’s turning the military into an empty shell and a social gender mixing experiment. And at the same time he’s militarizing the nation’s police forces to a far greater extent than ever in all our history.

Hmmm. Somehow old Uncle Joe comes to mind, don’t he?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2014 at 12:55 PM   
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Had to be the music…

Had ELO playing throughout the tourney! Wes, check it out! I’d have gone undefeated except for my old-man lack of bladder control in the last round!

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/12/2014 at 12:41 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 11, 2014

A decent amendment

Amendment to the Missouri State Constitution. Joint Resolution No. 36. Passed their House 122 to 23, passed their Senate 23 to 8.

That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

Now it’s up to the citizens to vote on it. And yes, it does allow for concealed carry.
Nothing is perfect; I would have added a couple lines about no limits on firearms type or size, and no limits on magazine capacity or how much ammo you can own of any type or caliber, aside from explosive ordnance (which is not AP or tracer). May as well go whole hog.

more.

See that New York? The Show Me State is showing you how it’s supposed to be done. Amend the state constitution to give the citizens MORE rights, and then when the bill passes the state legislature, give it to the people to VOTE ON.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2014 at 02:46 PM   
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Gypsies I Could Live With

Badges? We Don Need No Steenking Badges!

Lyft, a Transportation Networked Service, vows to roll onto the streets of New York City today, despite not having “taxi badges” (medallions) purchased for tens of thousands of dollars each from the NYC TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission, perhaps the 2nd most corrupt quasi-government in America, behind the NYC Port Authority).

Good for them. Sometimes the best way to break a system is just to ignore it. If you’re willing to pay me to drive you around in my car, that’s between the two of us, and the nanny state can go suck eggs.

Despite being chastised by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which declared quasi-taxi firm Lyft as an “unauthorized” firm, the startup says it will go ahead with its scheduled Friday evening launch.

Lyft is a San Francisco-based startup that allows its users to book rides from drivers via its smartphone app, effectively acting just like a taxi service.

In a statement sent to Ars on Thursday, the commission said that the firm had “not complied with TLC’s safety requirements and other licensing criteria to verify the integrity and qualifications of the drivers or vehicles used in their service, and Lyft does not hold a license to dispatch cars to pick up passengers.”

The TLC also noted that “drivers who sign-up with Lyft are at risk of losing their vehicles to TLC enforcement action, as well as being subject to fines of up to $2,000 upon conviction for unlicensed activity.”

Presuming that Lyft drivers go forward, they would not have traditional TLC taxi medallions, and would be effectively considered like the city’s myriad of unauthorized taxis, sometimes known as “gypsy cabs.”

In a statement, Katie Daily, Lyft’s spokeswoman, told Ars that the company was still moving forward despite the commission’s actions.

“Where we differ with the TLC is that we do not believe its licensing and base station rules apply to the Lyft ride sharing model,” she’s said. “We put safety first, and we have made this clear in our conversations with the TLC.”

In NYC, taxis without the official medallion are known as gypsy cabs. Lots of them out on the streets, looking for fares. Are they clean? Are they safe? Are they insured? Tens of thousands of people don’t really care; they cost less. Actually, almost anything costs less than a 10 minute ride in a NYC cab. And they expect a nice fat tip too.

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In September 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency responsible for regulating taxis in the Golden State, created an entirely new class of transit firms, known as “Transportation Networked Companies” (TNCs). This move legitimized Lyft’s operations in California months before New York stymied the startup.

See? It’s only an actual taxi if it’s out on the street prowling for fares. If it’s all arranged ahead of time, by any means at all IMHO, then it’s somebody compensating somebody else for doing them a favor. And the TLC can go take a flyer off of one of the many rotting ferry piers along Manhattan’s west side, all put out of business ages ago when the Port Authority took over all the bridges and tunnels in the city, along with all the ferrys. I think, if they time it just right, one of those piers will be pointing at the moon.

PS - these days, the tolls to cross the bridges or tunnels into Manhattan - $13 for a regular car - are so steep that swimming is starting to look like a good option. Except that the PA has power over every place you’d crawl out of the water, if you made it across. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2014 at 02:12 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 10, 2014

asymmetric warfare

K. C. D. H.

Keep Calm and Destroy Hamas


Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Facebook. The modern battlefield is also digital. Propaganda wars on the light side, vying for the hearts and minds of all who come across their content. Cyber attacks and worse on the dark side, sending electrons in where bombs and troops can not yet reach.

Meanwhile, here in America.

Your taxpayer money, half a billion, is being sent to the “unity government” in Gaza. A “unity” of the West Bank’s Palestinian Authority and Gaza’s Hamas terrorist group. So YOU are buying missiles and bombs to be used against Israel. Period. Full stop. That’s the truth.

Well, not in my name.

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And you turn on your TV, and you see the talking heads, even the pretty blonde ones on Fox News, and they all say “oh, this is all retaliation and counter-retaliation over the kidnapping of those 3 teenagers.”

Which is not the truth, nor even the whole truth. Because it’s “kidnapping and heinous murder” of those 3 teenagers. And one of them was one of ours. An American citizen. A minor. Kidnapped, tortured, and executed by Hamas. And yet, our president breaks the rules to send Palestine money.

A larger part of the whole truth is that these terrorist missiles are fired into Israel every day. Every. Day. Almost their entire nation is within targeting range of the Gaza Strip. And while the Star Wars based Iron Dome defense system does a pretty good job at stopping the rockets heading into urban areas, it isn’t perfect. And for the people out on the farms, or in the little villages? Not so much.

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Sorry, no polished essay from me on this subject. But if tomorrow Israeli goes on a rat cleansing crusade and burns Gaza to cinders, I will stand up and cheer. And send them extra matches.

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“It’s the ultimate cowardice, using civilians as human shields”. No, it’s the penultimate one. Using children as physical weapons is even worse. Using children as political weapons - pawns - is only half a step better, but still cowardly and disgusting. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 10:17 PM   
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TNB: Got A Problem, Riot

I really don’t know what to make of this story. I just don’t understand people anymore; people of any kind.


Four-year-old twin sisters and two brothers including infant who were killed in in late-night Philadelphia inferno that may have been sparked by a firecracker

Neighbors tried to save the young victims but were beaten back by flames
Four-year-old twins Maria and Marialla Bowah, Patrick Sanyeah, also four, and 2-month-old Taj Jacque were killed
Dewen Bowah, 41, the twins’ mother, managed to get several other children to safety but couldn’t reach the victims
Blaze displaced 42 residents after it spread along row of houses
Witnesses heard a firecracker go off moments before flames ignited


Liberia is a small country in equatorial West Africa. As part of the original Back To Africa movement, it was formed by repatriated free Blacks from the USA, starting around 1820. Those who settled the country took back the concepts of representative government and capitalism with them, so compared to other parts of that continent, things have been pretty stable there for a long long time. Liberia has always benefited from a positive relationship with the US.

Unfortunately, when the place was taken over around 1980 by this tribalist Doe, and later in 1990 by radical Chuck Taylor, the nation fell into civil war for 25 years and became a bit of a pariah for a few years. That whole Blood Diamond thing and so on.

Now things have settled down, and they have fairly elected a relatively honest government, run by Harvard educated, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Sirleaf. Since then, things have been looking up for Liberia, now that ALL of it’s $5 billion foreign debt have been forgiven or bought back at 97% discount.

However, when things were bad in Liberia in the 80s and 90s, the USA took in several thousand of her citizens as temporary refugees. The descendants of people who didn’t want to be here and moved to a new country that was strongly supported by this country for generations, have now, generations later, come back here once again, when the non-USA-aligned tribalists took over. About 3,300 of them were given TPS, “temporary protected status”, and settled in Philadelphia. TPS is another confusing part of our messed up immigration policy; you’d think that with the war in Liberia over for nearly a decade now, peace and prosperity and democracy and freedom triumphant, that such status would expire and they’d return HOME. AGAIN. But no, it seems they prefer the rougher corner of Philly to carve out a new life in. Well, until anything goes wrong.


Philadelphia police arrested several people Monday evening outside a firehouse during a protest over what angry residents believe was a slow response to a weekend blaze that killed four young children.

Police were called to protect the station in the city’s southwest section, and officers dragged away demonstrators who tried to block firefighters from answering a call, according to news reports.

WPVI-TV reported that “riots” broke out after about 100 people swarmed the firehouse — Ladder 4 Engine 40 — after a community meeting. Some protesters clashed with police, and others threw water bottles.

Residents want to know what crews from a ladder-and-engine company around the corner were delayed in responding to the fast-moving blaze that engulfed about a dozen row house just before 3 a.m. Saturday.


So. In a Liberian neighborhood in Philadelphia on the 4th of July, a street full of old wooden row houses. Houses somehow connected by their porches it seems. Some children at 2:30am are setting off fireworks. 2:30 in the morning, m’kay? And one lands in some old sofa out on somebody’s porch and starts it burning. At a quarter to three somebody notices, and beats feet down to the firehouse a block away, while somebody else calls it in (possibly directly and/or to 911). At 2:49 the firetruck is there. 2 minutes later another firetruck is there. Unfortunately, for reasons we are not yet aware of, there may have been a delay in getting water on the fire. Broken hydrants, cars blocking access, I have no idea. Nor if there really was all that much delay.

But a whole row of homes went up like tinder. And while the fire companies brought in extra guys, and managed to put the whole street out in about 80 minutes, the racing inferno trapped and killed 4 children, and a few adults were injured fleeing the blaze. Smoke alarms had been provided by the city the year before. No word on whether the worked or not.

And now they’re protesting. And rioting somewhat. The fire companies didn’t respond fast enough! They left our children to burn! Murderers!!

I want to be sympathetic. Fire is a terrible thing. And the loss of a child, or more than one, is devastating and horrible. But come on. What kind of Instant Pudding Miracle do you think the guys on the red trucks can pull off?

2:44 a.m. First 911 call came in

2:46 a.m. Fire department sends an engine to 6500 Gesner Street

2:47 a.m. Firefighter on watch at fire station calls and asks for a Box Alarm

2:49 a.m. Ladder 4 arrives at 6500 Gesner Street

2:50 a.m. Engine 40 leaves a car fire

2:51 a.m. Engine 40 arrives at 6500 Gesner Street

2:52 a.m. Engine 68 arrives at 6500 Gesner Street

2:52 a.m. Ladder 4 orders the 2nd alarm

Jeff Boone is the resident who made that first call. His 911 call took center stage Tuesday as Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer gave a detailed timeline of firefighters’ response.

Boone, who also lost his home, said he grabbed a fire extinguisher but when it didn’t work, he ran around the corner to Ladder 4 Engine 40.

“By the time I got here to the other side of the block. They already started putting their pants on and loading the trucks up,” said Boone.

So in 6 minutes or less there were 3 engines on site, 2 pumpers and a ladder truck. Come on already.


http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/cover-story/refugees-settling-in-philadelphia.html
http://6abc.com/news/protests-near-scene-of-deadly-sw-phila-blaze/158251/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681549/I-hear-little-kids-screaming-Tragedy-four-children-including-baby-boy-killed-late-night-blaze-ripped-eight-homes.html
http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-09/news/51198377_1_protesters-fire-station-liberian-association
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/07/philadelphia-fatal-fire-protest/12321835/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberia
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2010/12/01/5-liberians-arrested-in-west-philly-scam-attempt/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 03:55 PM   
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Ashley Losing The Frequency

I guess she’ll have her own movie soon.

Leftist CNN Anchor Pitches A Fit Over Illegal Immigration Protestors

Because, hey, that’s what reporting the news is all about, right?

[warning: total liberal slop ahead!] The debate over the current crisis involving unaccompanied children crossing the border has been covered with the usual conflict-driven noise, but the voices dominating the mainstream media have been hateful anti-immigrant protesters, and people trying to appease them, or pass their hatefulness off as legitimate concern over policy.

That’s why it was so refreshing to see an anchor at the home of “both sides” balance, CNN, offer up a blistering rebuke to the “send ‘em all home” crowd. At the end of a segment on the crisis, Legal View‘s Ashleigh Banfield just kind of lost it on the anti-immigrant trolls she inevitably expected to hear from after she dared to praise the notion of due process.

Really? The voices on most of the MSM have been throw-the-beaners-out haters? Really???

“For any you out there about to tweet me saying that I think immigration is just fine, and they should all be let over the border, stop right there. That’s not what this is about. If you’ve ever been in a war zone, and I have, and I have seen refugees pouring over borders, half their families murdered, the other half tortured, they’re running for their lives, many of them women and children, it is devastating. It’s devastating. And God help if you’re ever in need of help and you show up and there’s a bus telling you to get out. This is America.“

War refugees running for their lives? Seriously? Funny that ... I watch the news almost every day and I haven’t heard a single word about any war, any revolution, any heavy handed government stamping down on the poor and oppressed down their in Banana Land. Not one word. Oh, things are going to total crap down in Venezuela. We knew that would happen even before Sean Penn’s best butt buddy beat a life exit straight downward in a cloud of sulfur smoke. But that’s South America. Where the Brazilian cops were jackbooting all over the favela folks before World Cup. (So it’s not like news from down there doesn’t get up here). It’s just that ... well, claiming that tens of thousands of lazy parents throwing away some unwanted children with the excuse that Uncle Sugar has somehow promised them all a better life is the same level of rationalization that equates strangers making mean Tweets about you the same as being raped, and having your picture taken in public by paparazzi being the same as having to dodge sniper fire in Bosnia. Wait; I think I’m getting my lefty memes mixed up. Phah, at this point, what difference does it make?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 11:28 AM   
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Enjoying the fruits of my labor

"Scowler” the neighborhood mouser, enjoying the cool shade and a warm clean place to nap by my garden, while keeping an eye out for any tasty little critters that might be about. As long as I don’t get closer than 6 or so feet, we’re pals. Any closer and he gets all hissy. Until he gets hungry and comes to beg at the kitchen door. At which point I get hissy right back at him. No soup for you! I think he’s a blow in; a run away that sort of lives around here now.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 11:18 AM   
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free hat

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 10:33 AM   
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Ken Has Lost The Frequency

They Really Are Batshit Insane!

Redford To Play Rather In “TRUTH”

The Story Of Bush’s Time In The Air National Guard



Horry clap, I can’t believe my eyes. What’s next, “NUMBERS” the story of how brave Dan Rather (courage Dan, courage) went it alone against basic addition, and proved how Bush couldn’t have won the election?

Un. Friggin. Believable.

Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.

The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries.

Cate Blanchett is attached to play Mapes, who was fired after the scandal, which was dubbed “Rathergate.”

Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty, was published in 2005. The Peabody Award-winning producer had worked for CBS’ 60 Minutes since 1999. After Rather’s report on Bush aired, it became the subject of harsh criticism, and an internal investigation was launched. Subsequently, Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather’s career and reputation were jeopardized. Both Mapes and Rather have stuck by their reporting and neither they nor CBS has ever issued an official retraction.

“lapses in judgement”. “harsh criticism”. “reputation jeopardized”. All of which translate back into English as “lying buckets of rotting dog turds foisted on the public as facts by mentally deranged leftists. Outrageous behavior finally caused their public implosion and then forced resignation (Do you have a degree in math, Jim?).

Wow. I think every ticket ought to come with a bottomless popcorn container and a handful of Kleenex. What a total masturbatory fantasy. And in the ending, I’m sure Al Gore wins Florida* by a huge margin of undiscovered voters named Chad who didn’t really vote for Buchannan after all.

James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter behind The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, will adapt the screenplay, and make his directorial debut with the project, which Mythology Entertainment is producing.
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Redford, who most recently appeared All Is Lost and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.



In glorious days of happy people’s democratic free republic of wonderful Soviet Union, actors and writers like this would be dead before end of scene one. “We’re shooting filmski!” “Nyet, filmski is shooting you!”

Sigh. Sometimes I miss the good old days.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 03:23 AM   
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late night tea

Gosh, I hope this isn’t becoming a regular column! Once again it’s 3am. And I’m up. Ok, I admit, it started out as one of those semi-conscious trips to the bathroom, but I was wide awake by the end. So now, a cuppa tea. PG Tips Strong, with a splash of organic half & half, which is fatty on the level of about medium cream from the typical grocery. And a slight spoonful of sugar.

Hey, this is neat. I put new filters in our Whirlpool under the counter 3 stage water filter here in the kitchen sink. We get slightly soft water here, and it’s actually pretty good. No problems at all drinking it straight from the tap, and you can boil away gallons of it in the kettle with hardly any scale. So when I run that water through the filters, and the filters are quite fresh, and I boil that water in a mug in the microwave ... it just sits there. No bubbles, no roiling, no apparent boiling. Maybe some steam? I didn’t notice. Then when I add a bit of sugar, or dip in the tea bag, it’s like it effervesces. Slightly. Ssshsshssh; a quick burst of micro tiny bubbles. Wiki says this is superheating; I’m using a very clean mug with a high gloss surface, and settled water with just about no dissolved gases or impurities in it. Wiki calls them “nucleation sites”, and I guess they’re little bits in a fluid around which boiling, or a disturbance in fluid tension, occurs. Hmmph, at 3:20am I’m thinking of them as condensation nuclei, the bits of floating dirt in the upper air that water vapor forms clouds around and then eventually rain. Betcha it’s a very similar process. link.

Right, so we got squashed at bowling league tonight. M was absent, nobody knows why. So we found a sub, some guy with a really high average. And he bowled ... a really crappy game (80 under), a freakin’ fantastic game (69 over for a 289), and a lame game (40 under). Since our efforts were only modest tonight at best, and the other team was sober and rolling well, .... we got one game out of 3. 2 points out of 7. Hey, that’s how it goes sometimes.

Looks like I’m doing my almost annual routine of reinventing how to bowl. FINALLY I’m opening up my back swing, trying not to muscle the ball, AND feeling it on my fingers for once as I come up under and behind, past my left ankle thumb loose do just a little wrist roll to the left elbow straight till arm at eight now snap it up and answer the phone. And the ball is revving up quite well and hooking, but I now have to adjust my approach considerably. I have to either choose to go Down and In and go right 5 boards and move my target right, or try for Out and Back and stand much further to the left so that I can throw out over the 3 arrow, but I don’t know if I need to throw fast or not. Which means a higher or lower push away and a bigger or smaller swing. I want to stop muscling the ball completely, and I seem not to have a problem adjusting my timing to match up with the changed swing times. Which is cool. Now I just have to learn where my arm is going to throw the ball. So until then ... as usual ... my scores are going to suffer. Wish somebody had told me this “feel it off your fingers” shizz years ago ... because I’m a total oblivion, and this is what bowling feels like naturally to almost everyone else automatically. Really? I never even noticed it. The ball just seems to fall off my hand. No finger snap at all unless I force it. And I have. Which is why I was muscling the ball. Funny, it comes free with a bigger back swing and a bigger swing. But I wasn’t doing that, because FOREVER the guys who work at the place have been advising me SLOW DOWN DREW. But without detail. Seriously, WTF does that really mean? Slow my swing? Slow my feet? Take a longer time between the start of the push away and the start of my first step? YOU NEED TO ADJUST YOUR TIMING. Again, without much detail of any kind, other than to know that my swing arm should go past my offside foot on the release before that foot stops sliding, and that the offside leg needs to be bent some in a kind-of lunge, with my torso leaning forward chin out over the knee but shoulders still parallel to the foul line (for a straight approach), I don’t know from faster or slower.

What I need is to go practice. By myself. Without people around who have a preconceived notion of how I should look while bowling. So I can just try stuff and hopefully find what works. Because I KNOW what I really want. I really want to throw the big hook just like the big boys do, BUT I want to throw it not just accurately but only big enough to give me the most possible margin. There has to be a magic balance spot between rev, ball speed, ball and lane dynamics, and shot line such that it will overcome minor variations in my throw and my precision. I want to find the big groove. Maybe not the ultimate giant out-to-the-zero-board groove, but one with enough late belly in it to look like the damn ball is actually turning the corner. Skid flip. I’ve found all the other ones to the inside, and they just aren’t as much fun. Even though I’ve thrown many super scoring games with them. Less hook, less boom, less fun. I want to break pins, from the side.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2014 at 02:05 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 09, 2014

That’s All Clucked Up

Barnyard Blues For Rhode Island Red

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“I say, I say, I say, any of y’all got any of them Viagras??”



Roosters’ fertility problem affects US chicken supply, increases prices
The world’s largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.

The breed, Aviagen Group’s standard Ross male, is sire through its offspring to as much as 25 percent of the nation’s chickens raised for slaughter, said Aviagen spokeswoman Marla Robinson.

Sanderson Farms, the third-largest U.S. poultry producer and one of Aviagen’s largest customers, said it and Aviagen systematically ruled out other possible causes for a decline in fertility before determining a genetic issue was at the root of the problem.

The issue is hitting an industry that is already suffering from a short supply of breeder birds.

The U.S. Agriculture Department last month reduced its U.S. chicken production forecast for 2014, predicting only a 1 percent increase in poundage from 2013, well below the long-run annual average of 4 percent. The agency predicted 2015 production would be up only 2.6 percent.

Aviagen, owned privately by EW Group of Germany, provides breeding stock - hens and roosters - to Sanderson and other chicken producers, which then breed the birds and hatch their eggs to produce meat.
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Aviagen sent a team of scientists to Sanderson last autumn to study the issue and has acknowledged that an undisclosed change it made to the breed’s genetics made the birds “very sensitive” to being overfed, he said.

“We fed him too much. He got fat. When he got big, he did not breed as much as he was intended to,” Cockrell said about the breed of rooster. “The fertilization went way down, and our hatch has been way down.”

Aviagen regularly tweaks genetics in birds to improve them, Cockrell added.
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The chicken breeding company has replaced the breed suffering from fertility issues with a new breed, and is mating it with the same type of hens. It is too early to provide accurate projections for their productivity, but “results to date are favorable,” Robinson said.

One day a rooster came into our yard
And caught those little chickens
Right off their guard
They’re laying eggs now just like they used to
Ever since that rooster came into our yard
They’re laying eggs now just like they used to
Ever since that rooster came into our yard


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/09/2014 at 12:13 PM   
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Sweet, Sweet Chocolate

Chocolate Ray Nagin, Former Mayor of NOLA, his Chocolate City

TEN YEARS In The Chocolate Big House

For Chocolate Corruption



Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor—including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and during his February trial.

Moments before sentencing, a subdued Nagin made a brief statement, thanking the judge for her professionalism. He made no apologies. “I trust that God’s going to work all this out,” he said.

After the sentencing, Nagin smiled and hugged supporters as he walked out of the courtroom with his wife, Seletha, and other family members and friends.

Nagin is to report to the federal prison in Oakdale, La., in September.

Berrigan noted the serious nature of the crimes, but cited several other factors in her decision to depart from sentencing guidelines that could have put Nagin in prison for as many as 20 years.

She said Nagin should not be cast as the leader of the scheme in which participants got millions of dollars in city work. “Mr. Nagin claimed a much, much smaller share of the profits in this conspiracy,” Berrigan.

Nagin was alleged to have received roughly $500,000.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/09/2014 at 12:03 PM   
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bakery may face court for refusal to decorate a cake promoting queer marriage

Notice please the charge made, namely that the bakery refused the order based on the fact that the customer was queer.
But that is not so at all.

The way I first heard the story was . . .

The customer wanted a slogan on the cake that said “Support Gay Marriage” and the bakery refused to do that.  End of story. Or it would have been if the bakery were muslim owned. But no.
It’s apparently still open season on Christians.

The bakery did not want any part of a gay rights campaign. They’d sell em the cake sure nuff, but wouldn’t add the words encouraging goofy marriage.  But you all know how these things go.  Indeed, how they start.  It’s always a pressure group that targets ppl they know in advance will be in opposition to them and so, bingo!  A cause and a legal case.

Being Ireland, I’m surprised that no gunmen have settled the pressure group’s hash by now.

Maybe there’s hope tho.

Ashers Baking Company: ‘Gay cake’ row could end up in court

A Christian-run bakery that refused a customer’s request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.

Ashers Baking Company declined an order from a gay rights activist, asking for cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie.

The customer also wanted the cake to feature the logo of a Belfast-based campaign group called “Queerspace”.

The County Antrim firm could face legal action from the Equality Commission.

The watchdog confirmed it is assisting the customer whose order was refused and has written to the baking company on his behalf.

The cake was ordered for a civic event in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Christian beliefs

The bakery, which was founded in Newtownabbey in 1992, is run by the McArthur family.

The directors, who are Christians, operate six shops in Northern Ireland and employ 62 people.

The firm’s 24-year-old general manager, Daniel McArthur, said marriage in Northern Ireland “still is defined as being a union between one man and one woman” and said his company was taking “a stand”.

Mr McArthur added that his firm offered the customer a full refund, which was collected shortly after the order was refused.

“We thought that was the end of it, but approximately six weeks later we received a letter from the Equality Commission. The Equality Commission’s letter said that we had discriminated against the customer on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

“It asked us to propose how we would recompense the customer for this discrimination. It also said it would pursue legal proceedings if we didn’t respond within a seven-day time period,” Mr McArthur said.

CONTINUED PLUS BRIEF VIDEO , BBCTV


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