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The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



05/23/19

More UK Altruism: Ban Q-Tips Along With Plastic Straws And Stirrers

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers will be banned in England from 2020 in a bid to fight plastic waste. From April next year, food and drink businesses won’t be allowed to display plastic straws nor will they be able to automatically hand them out.

It is estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws, 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds and 316 million plastic stirrers are used each year in England. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items after receiving ‘overwhelming’ public support – more than 80 per cent – for the move.

There will be some exemptions, however, such as those who need plastic straws for medical reasons or disabilities. They will be available to buy from registered pharmacies, or they can be requested in restaurants, pubs and bars, with the use of plastic-stemmed cotton buds only allowed for medical and scientific purposes.

Gove said: ‘Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment. ‘These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life. ‘So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations.’

It is estimated there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean and every year one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Plastic shaft “cotton buds” are pure crap anyway. Buy the real thing, Q-Tips, which have an environmentally friendly paperboard shaft. Plus more cotton bud on the ends.

I am in favor of reducing plastic waste. Far too much of it is one use, surrounding everything we buy for “consumer safety”, product protection, convenience, and loss prevention. If we had only 20% of our population and lived at the pedestrian pace of the 1840s we could go back to a plastic free world. But we left the 1840s a mighty long time ago. Plus that means all that horse poop, and who wants that?



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I can think of a just punishment for these two. Too easy.

We were bored at work, so we set a mouse on fire for fun.

Oops, it ran around and set the whole place on fire. Next door too.

Two shop assistants in a cycle store caused £1,600,000 worth of damage by setting fire to a mouse while they were ‘bored’.

Dysney Sibbons, 23, and Ashley Finley, 25, used an accelerant to set the rodent alight in what has been described as an act of ‘sheer stupidity’. The fire then tore through the Cycle King shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, before spreading to a nearby pub and restaurant.

It also caused extensive smoke damage to neighbouring buildings and more than 60 firefighters were needed to tackled the blaze.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Sibbons, of Stowmarket, Suffolk, and Finley, of Elmswell, Suffolk, had set fire to the mouse On September 29, 2017, ‘to amuse themselves on a boring day’.

They both pleaded pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether property would be damaged.

Suffolk is the eastern end of England, northeast of London and the county of Kent.

Animal cruelty laws don’t apply to mice, since they are considered vermin.

Still, these two are some sick bastards, and it would seem fair if they had their turn with some petrol and matches in their own homes. Wouldn’t that be fun if we were bored too?  If they survive, then send them to jail goal for the damage they’ve done.


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The Wisdom Of Solomon

Florida judge makes the best out of a terrible situation, so of course everyone is mad at him now.

A Florida judge took the unusual step last week of acquitting a mother who was fighting accusations that she brutally beat and hospitalized her 10-month-old daughter, according to a report that cited audio from the trial.

April Fox, 34, was charged with aggravated child abuse after her daughter wound up in the hospital in 2015 with a fractured skull and swelling in the brain, The Miami Herald reported. X-rays also indicated the child’s arms and legs had suffered fractures in the past, the report said.

Florida child welfare authorities stripped Fox of parental rights. Fox’s lawyer blamed the child’s injuries on brittle bones, genetic disorders, and an accidental fall. Jurors failed to reach a verdict and declared a mistrial.

But rather than allow a second trial, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mark Blumstein took the rare step of acquitting Fox himself, saying: “[S]omeone beyond any human in the court will have to answer those questions.”

“But in light of what I heard, and after hearing the presentation from the state, I don’t think it’s going to change with any retrial of this case,” he said.

The Herald reported that Fox and her lawyers were visibly stunned and Fox began hyperventilating in court. Fox cannot get her children back because the State Attorney’s Office cannot appeal a judge’s acquittal, the report said.

1) The baby’s legs had suffered fractures in the past. This means more than one fracture. The infant was only 10 months old when this was discovered.

2) Family Services took the child away then. The kid is now nearly 5 years old.

3) Not sorry, but you know she’s guilty of either doing it or of letting it happen. Certain black folks are notoriously bad, uncaring, and downright evil parents. One look at her picture is all you need to tell.

4) Those same kinds of black folks are either above the law, or beneath it; their constant flow of crimes overflows the judicial system, so most of the charges get dropped or minimized. Plus it’s black folks, so nobody really cares. We would, but they’ve pushed us away too many times, cried wolf too many times, and have such a lawless, feral lifestyle that it just isn’t worth it. Plus, if the law was applied to them to the same degree it’s applied to us, they’d be crying police brutality and raycis left and right. Just like they always do.

5) If she was innocent, then medical tests showing the infant’s genetic problems, brittle bone syndrome, etc, would have exonerated her at her first trial. They either were not done, or did not support her statement. So this doesn’t look good.

The judge let her off the hook on the one hand, but kept the kid in protective services on the other. It may not have been totally by the book, but this is a merciful judgement for everyone involved. Well done.


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05/22/19

A good night at Summer League ... we won 5-2, and we now have a 4th team member, a guy we’ve known for ages. It was nice and sunny today, so I put our balls out in the sun. And amazing amounts of oil oozed out. So my ball was actually pretty clean tonight and was hooking much better than it had been. I threw a 625 series. I’m very happy with that.


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Nothing much to say lately

It was 43° this morning. Gak. Had to turn on the heat for a couple hours. It’s the 22nd of May.

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I’m fed up with politics and our government once again. I guess it doesn’t take much to overload me anymore, since I never get a chance to “unload” my system and be happy about things.

My latest GRRRR is with the immigration system. It seems to be stuck on forced stupid mode. I don’t get it. Close the damn borders, cancel all immigration and asylum for a decade or two, and then get these people out of our country. Because it is our country, not theirs. If their country sucks so badly, well then stay there and fix it. And if that means a revolution or a few pogroms, so be it. Not. Our. Problem.

Tucker Carlson says the obvious: our leaders don’t lead, and they don’t want this situation solved. No kidding. That hasn’t changed in 5 decades. I’d paste the link, but Firefox is a mess again. I get pages but no URLs. What???

It goes without saying that functioning societies don’t operate like this. Countries that care about their people enforce their own laws. Our leaders are decadent and narcissistic. They care only about themselves; they will never defend our nation. That’s obvious, and the rest of the world knows it.

The American pinata has been getting pummeled for decades, and now it has finally come apart. Our national wealth is up for grabs by whomever gets here first, and they are coming. Over just the past year, 1 percent of the entire population of the nation of Guatemala has moved to the United States. A Wall Street Journal piece in the last month described the plight of that country’s villages. Some of them are literally depopulating as people stream north to America’s generous welfare state.

Meanwhile, a new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) given exclusively to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” shows the scale on which the United States is being plundered. Every year, FAIR found foreign-born workers send about $150 billion in remittances to their friends and family overseas. That’s more than the GDP of 18 American states.

Illegal aliens alone are emitting $28 billion a year. That’s $28 billion leaving this country, going abroad every year from people who don’t even have the legal right to work here in the first place. But they are, and they are benefiting, of course, from all the extras—free healthcare, free education, subsidized housing, food stamps, and who knows what else. The remittances are not taxed. In the case of illegal immigrants working under the table, their original earnings have never been taxed, either.

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And our wonderful President’s glorious wall? No esta aqui. A billion and a half bucks allocated, less than 2 miles of wall built. Less than 2 miles. Not even 10,000 feet. What????

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the US$1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.

A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives provided the information Tuesday to the judge in Oakland, California, who is weighing requests from 20 state attorneys general and the the Sierra Club to block Trump from using funds not authorized by Congress to build the wall.

“The administration recently provided updated information to Congress on the status of its efforts as of April 30, 2019,” the attorney, Douglas Letter, said in a court filing. “Based on that updated information, it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding.”

That was 3/4 of a mile more than the administration reported at the end of February, Letter said.

So, all that money in an account, and in nearly 3 months they managed to build 4000 feet of wall. Not even 48 feet per day. Who the hell is doing the work, illegal Mexican day laborers? WTF? You suck, you’re fired. Find a crew that’s willing to actually work.

And there damn well better still be $1.56 billion left in that account, with automatic funding rollover. I’ve had my fill of this bullshite.


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05/19/19

Final Episode: Game Of Thro ... What the hell?

We had a blip in the power just before the final GoT episode aired, which caused our fancy pants cable box to reboot. This takes about 8 minutes, so we missed the “previously” and the opening few minutes.

So then we watched the episode, which was full of twists and turns and mostly unexpected events. And the Iron Throne is now slag. So with all of that over, it was time for the endings.

We got to see Gandalf Jon Snow get on board his ship and sail off forever to the Grey Havens whatever is left of the Wall and the Night’s Watch. But they’re all free now, all the North, and there isn’t really much for them to do. So maybe it’s Ok that he didn’t seem to have his fancy sword, and maybe he’ll get back together with his super doggy buddy Ghost. Kind of a non-ending, but it was something.

And then we get the scene with Brienne ... how much time has passed, we have no idea ... and she’s writing the story of Jaimie in the White Book. She tearfully puts down a simple and glorious version of his life, leaving out all the messed up bits. She closes the book, and ... and a massive thunderstorm hits us and the power goes out. It’s a helluva storm, a real Hudson Valley Rumbler. When it passes the power omes back on, and the cable box reboots again, and we get our show back ... as the last part of the credits roll. So we missed the ending of the ending of the final episode to end the series. I laughed so hard. It totally figures.

We’ll watch it again tomorrow when it shows up in the On Demand thing. And I’ll have to avoid the millions of recaps and analyses online until then. That’s the hard part for me, because there were tons of symbolic bits open to interpretation. Like how Dany went full Hitler/Antifa in the end. How I actually expected Drogon to come back and bend the knee ( wing? ) to Jon. Why I couldn’t understand at first why everyone was laughing at Edmure, or at Sam’s suggestion of actual democracy. So much for breaking the wheel.

And all the slap-upside-your-head anti-war messages, or how the Unsullied, the only black people in all of Westeros, got all uppity and refused the gift of huge amounts of land they could have had to live there in peace. No, they got in their boats (their boats?? ) and sailed off to Naath, unwilling to live amongst them crackas. Or something. Very symbolic, boding, portential. But not raycis, as nobody ever noticed anyone’s skin tone in this whole series. It’s a non-thing, which is a good thing. So why wouldn’t they stay?

And Arya is going to sail west beyond the West ... which is straight out of Martin’s books, which a few other heroes had done in long ago ages. None of them ever came back.

And somewhere out there, somewhere, there be dragons. Well, at least one. Dracarys!!!

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Ok, we saw the end last night. Jon got back together with his dire wolf. And lived happily ever after. And Winter is over, even north of the Wall. The end.


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Democrats: kill the babies right up to the moment they’re being born, but don’t execute criminals.

One thing I like about the post-Obama Left is that they’ve given up hiding and pretending. Mostly. And the “tolerant” “party of inclusion” has become as intolerant and exclusive as they possibly can be. Toe the line or get gone.

Here’s their latest party line: If you don’t support abortion you aren’t a Democrat. Period.

Just one more bit of proof they are the anti-America party.



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Well, so much for tourism

Another Tourist Bus Bombed In Giza

At least a dozen people were injured after a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb Sunday near a museum being built close to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.

The exact number of injured was not immediately known, but Egyptian officials told the Associated Press at least 16 people were hurt.

Most of the injured included tourists, including South African nationals, security sources told Reuters.

Pictures posted to social media showed a bus with its windows cracked and debris in the road as some people tended to their injuries.

A witness to the blast, Mohamed el-Mandouh, told Reuters he heard a “very loud explosion” while sitting in traffic near the area.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

The apparent attack is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.

As much as I would love to see the wonders of ancient Egypt, the horrors of modern Egypt will keep me from ever going there.


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Good. Sue them for millions. I’m sick of this one way BS.

White FDNY Lt Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A white firefighter has sued the FDNY after claiming he was barred from participating in a color guard ceremony honoring deceased members of the Vulcan Society—a fraternal organization of black firefighters.

Lt. Daniel McWilliams has also sued the Vulcan Society after alleging that he was removed from his role as a flag bearer at a 2017 memorial Mass for the group’s deceased members because of his race. McWilliams, who was pictured in a well-known photo of firefighters erecting an American flag in the rubble at Ground Zero after 9/11, has outlined his complaint in a lawsuit filed on Friday, the New York Daily News reports.

The lawsuit reveals an exchange between McWilliams and then-president of the Vulcan Society Regina Wilson regarding McWilliams’ assignment to the ceremonial unit for the 2017 Mass, which was held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Harlem.

“Lieutenant, I specifically requested an all-black color guard,” Wilson allegedly said.

McWilliams, a 29-year veteran of the FDNY responded by questioning, “Are you removing me from the color guard because I am not black?”

“Yes I am,” Wilson reportedly answered.

After McWilliams was removed from the ceremonial team, his friends overheard “racially charged exchanges” which prompted the veteran firefighter to leave the church “to save himself from further shame, humiliation and embarrassment,” the lawsuit claims.

The Vulcan Society. Run by a woman of color. Once again, you get a few blacks who do the same job, and they form their own segregated sub-group. And then cry raycis!! and sexis!!whenever they can get away with it. Yet we all know who the real racists are, don’t we now?


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05/17/19


Give Us This Day ...

Today’s bread is another loaf of rye. This one is an equal mix between bread flour and rye flour, but the rye flour itself is an equal mix of white rye flour and pumpernickel flour. My hope is that this will give it a more robust flavor. OK, I broke down and purchased a couple little bags of rye bread fixers. One is KA’s Deli Rye Flavor, and the other is their Rye Bread Enhancer. Each is a mix of gluten, potato flour, malt powder, lactic acid, and acetic acid. The acids are what you get with sourdough, and the vital wheat gluten is what you have to add to the flour because rye flour is really low gluten; I want bread, not crepes. So I added a TB or so of each, and another 2 TB of gluten. Plus 2 TB of caraway seeds. And some of my own well fed starter. It’s an 80% hydration mix, so it’s up there in the “no knead” category. I’ll use the stand mixer to knead it anyway, now that it’s had half an hour to autolyse. Then into one of my rising buckets, and let it grow for a bunch of hours. I’ll see how it looks after dinner, and either bake it then or put it in the fridge to retard overnight. Whatever seems right. Oh, and I used barley malt syrup instead of molasses, since the last loaf seemed too sweet. And away we go.

Meanwhile, more painting to do here at the condo village.


Many hours later ...

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Horry Clap, the darn thing nearly exploded. 38oz loaf. It grew so much in the oven that the lower side split, even with deep slashes in the top that opened up more than 3 fingers wide. Mild crumb, intense aroma, softer crust, and great flavor.

I’m calling this recipe a keeper, although for a loaf this big I could have used 3-4 TB of caraway seeds.  I’ve got to get some cold cuts tomorrow to make sammiches.

And the whole house smells like freshly baked rye bread. Bestest air freshener evar!!



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Just Shut Up Already Please

Ach, crivens, our micro cat is in heat again. We got about a 5 weeks respite from her hormonal outburst that lasted most of the winter. At least she’s friendly again ... very friendly. Rub me pet me rub me pet me rub me. More!! And the singing will now commence. Arrrgh.


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05/16/19


Oh no, not another one. Every commie in the country is running for the Dem primary.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (not his real name) To Announce Bid For President

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday, joining the almost two dozen other candidates already competing for the Democratic nomination.

Warren Wilhem Jr is a little red tyrant. The only reason he can claim a drop in his city’s crime rate is due to a change in the data collection methods. But he’s qualified: his wife is somewhat black. Pity he isn’t a trans-mayor. [ no, because he can’t make the trans run on time, nyuck nyuck nyuck ]


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Summer League !

Well, it’s sort of bowling. OK, it’s bowling, but it’s sort of a league. OK, it’s a league but there’s sort of bowlers? Something like that. It looks like about 6 - 7 teams worth of people. So there are quite a number of vacancies spread around the 8 teams they drew up. We got a low level bowler as our third person, and we have one opening. We played a half team of two really good bowlers who have two vacancies. Hey, whatever.

I tried to push for doing a bunch of different things, to make the experience fresh and different. I asked for a real finals, match point scoring, no position rounds, and a one week book average. I got the one week book average. I’m not sure about the position rounds or the finals; they weren’t mentioned.

It’s a shame everyone shies away from match point scoring. It really is the better way IMO. There’s no stress on the anchor bowler, because there isn’t one. And you can win points for your team if you bowl well against your personal opponent, even if the rest of your team bowls poorly. So it’s better competition I think. But it does involve a few more simple arithmetic calculations, which is scary, even though everyone has a phone in their pocket with a calculator app in it.


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Pushing Back Against TNB? Don’t Bet On It

A disruptive rude passenger on a public bus was asked to be more polite by an elderly fellow passenger. Offended, she pushed him off the bus. He fell and hit his head and later died. She’s being charged with murder.

Woman, 25, shoves elderly man off bus so hard it killed him after he asked her to be nicer

Serge Fournier was reportedly telling a fellow passenger on the bus to be politer to others when he was pushed by a woman, landing head first on the pavement.

The woman, Cadesha Michelle Bishop, is facing a murder charge for the fatal shove on March 21 this year in Las Vegas.  On April 23 his death was ruled as a homicide by the county coroner.

Bishop was arrested Monday on a murder warrant and was assigned a public defence attorney during her first court appearance on Tuesday.

A judge ordered Bishop, 25, held on $100,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing of evidence May 21.

A police report says Fournier was moving up the aisle of the Regional Transportation Commission bus when he asked a woman who had been cursing at other people to be nicer to passengers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Bishop was accused of shoving Fournier out the door ‘with enough force that he never touched any of the steps’ before hitting his head about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the bus.

Ferals always choose for violence as their first response. It’s never as a last recourse. The slightest perceived provocation is justification for killing. TNB.


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05/15/19

Half way through May. And it’s 41° outside this morning. Enough already. Winter, go away.

At least it’s stopped raining. Finally, after 5 days of wet and chilly.


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05/14/19

Taking TNB to the next level and beyond

Weekend Miami Rapper Shooting Results

Louisiana rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been targeted in a shooting in Miami that left a bystander dead and his girlfriend injured.

The rapper, 19-year-old Kentrell Gaulden, was fired on from a Cadillac Escalade as he left Trump International Beach Resort. Kaylyn Marie Long was hit in the shooting, while another bullet grazed a five-year-old child. Members of the rapper’s entourage returned fire, accidentally killing a 43-year-old bystander, Mohamad Jradi.

A Miami police spokesperson, Alvaro Zabaleta, said no one from Gaulden’s party would face charges over the killing, as they were shooting in self-defence.

Ah, the Miami PD encouraging responsible firearms use. WRONG. You are responsible for the bullet from the moment you buy it until it stops moving after you’ve fired it, including any possible environmental damage due to the lead content. At the very least the “entourage” shooters should be charged with negligent manslaughter. But WTH, it’s only niggers, so who really cares? Nobody. Black Lives Don’t Mean Shit.

Gaulden, a father of four, reached the US Top 10 in May 2018 with his debut album Until Death Call My Name. In 2017 [when he was 17], he was arrested on an attempted murder charge following a drive-by shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was jailed for eight months and eventually given a 10-year suspended sentence. In March 2018, he was arrested for an alleged assault on his then girlfriend, Jania Jackson, who later denied the attack had taken place. He also spent time in a youth detention centre for robbery.

Obviously an individual of sterling quality. Thief, woman beater, gang thug, killer, prolific irresponsible breeder.

The shooting was just one incident among many in Miami over the weekend. Chart-topping rapper Lil Wayne cancelled his performance at the Rolling Loud festival after refusing a police search on entry. [ gee, I wonder why? Illegal drugs or guns in his backpack? Hmmm. ]

Kodak Black (real name Bill Kapri) who also topped the US chart with his album, Dying to Live, in December 2018, was arrested at the festival on a weapons charge, following a similar charge in April and a number of others before it. His lawyer said the rapper had failed to indicate he was already under indictment, when buying a firearm – Kapri is already facing trial later this year for sexual assault, after he was accused of raping a high school student in February 2016.

Another less prominent rapper, AAB Hellabandz, was killed in a separate shooting on Saturday night, with another person hospitalised. The rapper, originally from Chicago, was wanted in Atlanta for attempted murder and armed robbery.

Police have not yet made any arrests over the attacks, and are attempting to find out if they are related. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Zabaleta said.

My number one unanswered question is “Why would anyone in their right mind want anything to do with these people or the low-life garbage culture they live in and espouse?”

Crivens.

PS - Those gun control laws really work, don’t they? Every one of these dirtbags, armed to the teeth and itching to shoot, and all of them with criminal records a mile long. Not one legit gun owner in the whole flock.

05/13/19


Truth be damned, push the agenda

NYC De Blasio: It’s White Supremacists And Trump !!!

In a recent spate of hate crime attacks on Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, virtually all the perpetrators have been African-American, according to local activists, elected officials, and victims.

Yet at a recent news briefing reporting an 82 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the city, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about the attacks, he connected the attacks to national trends, blaming “white supremacy” and “nativism.”

“It’s really clear that forces of white supremacy have been unleashed,” de Blasio said in a press conference earlier this month. “A lot of folks used to be told it was unacceptable to be anti-Semitic, it was unacceptable to be racist and now they’re getting more permission. We’ve got make it very clear it’s unacceptable in our society. And the best way we do that here is by finding the perpetrators and prosecuting them and ensuring that they feel the consequences of their acts.”

Yet there is no evidence any of the perpetrators in Brooklyn (“here”) were nativists or white supremacists. In most of the attacks caught on video, it is clear the perpetrators are black.

I’m not even sure what a nativist is. Somebody who likes indians and eskimos? Or is this dem-code for “patriotic Americans”? You know, because of all the beaners getting beaten and killed all over the place every day. Riiiight.


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SpongeBob SquarePants, the new DNC Mascot?

AOC: The Top Dem Candidates Are Dumb As Sea Sponges

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge” to take her literally when she invoked a 12-year deadline to stop “world ending” global warming.

However, at least five Democrats running for president in 2020 invoked the “12 years left” talking point as a sign of how seriously they took climate change to build support among the environmental left. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Rebuffs ‘Fact-Checkers,’ Says The World Ending In 12 Years Was ‘Dry Humor’)

In January, Ocasio-Cortez said young people were worried “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” In April, Ocasio-Cortez warned again there were only 12 years left and that “for everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but your grandkids will not.”

On Sunday, however, Ocasio-Cortez seemingly flipped her position on the 12-year deadline. Her “world ending” warning was only “dry humor,” and that “you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal,” she tweeted.

Um, sure. Sounds a lot like CYA to me. Because she wasn’t joking at all when she first said all this stuff and came out with her plan, and told everyone she was in charge and dissed them because they didn’t have a plan of their own. And now it’s humor? Yeah, no. Not at all.


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She Went Full Targaryen. Never go full Targaryen.

I just have to write something about last night’s Game of Thrones. May as well, since about a million other pundits have already weighed in.

It was another gigantic anti-battle battle. Two weeks ago we had the ultimate fight, literally Life against Death. And the whole episode was nearly pitch black. This time we had the final showdown between Team Evil and Team Dragons and Dufuses. And this endless festival of horror and destruction was nearly silent. Certainly ten times as much action as acting. Things exploding, giant buildings falling, everyone and everything getting burnt to a cinder by dragonfire, swords and spears and buckets of blood ... and I had to turn the volume up to 53, from our usual 19, to hear what little dialog there was.

I’ll agree with lots of the other writers, that even after 8 season, even with an extra long episode, this one seemed rushed. But thankfully, the newly Mad Queen must have spent last week at the DragonSite Academy, because finally, for once, she used her one remaining dragon as the living WMD it was meant to be. Sure, Urine Euron had the big super arrow shooters on all his ships. The same ones that shot her other dragon to bits last week, never missing once. And Evil Queen Cersei had even bigger ones on every turret in her castle. But the thing about giant crossbows is, not only are they slow to reload, they weigh a ton and are slow to aim. Now deal with a fire breathing dragon coming up behind you at 400mph. Yeah, no. Wipeout. An entire navy in 30 seconds. A whole castle in under a minute. An entire army of 20,000 mercenaries in a couple of heartbeats. And then the real violence began! No, you’re not allowed to surrender! All must die!!! Because nobody loves me!!!! And Truuuummppp!!!!

The good news is that almost nothing that the entire internet predicted actually happened. Sure, major characters bit the dust left and right, but not how everyone thought they would.

And still the parallels between fantasy epic conflict authors George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien abound.

I have no idea what will happen next week, but if ... if the now toasted, ultimate turncoat Varys’ little bird in the kitchen doesn’t actually poison her, my guess is that Danarys, having found no love in Westeros, nor with her lover, now revealed to be her cousin, and actually a better claimant to the throne, Jon “I know nothing” Dufus Snow-Stark-Targaryen ... she will take the Iron Throne ... burnt and snowy, right out of her dream sequence from way back when in the House of the Undying ... and she’ll pack it on a horse and send it home with her 5 remaining Dothraki to what’s left of their home city of the Vanquished Enemy Gods. Because Westeros sucks, and nearly everyone is dead already anyway. She can name herself Queen of the World, and go back to the warm lands with them, leaving Snow nominally in charge of what little is left of Westeros as the endless Winter sets in. And he can declare at least the northern half of that continent as WildlingLand Safari Park, and everybody up there can live like proper Free People without a tyrant on their backs. Whether or not they can all get over being perpetually impatient and pissy Scotsmen remains to be seen. But happily ever after for them, as he stupids his way around as the kinder, gentler king. Maybe Sam can help. It shouldn’t be too hard, as all the elite rich folks with weapons are dead, and there’s nobody left but really stupid dirty peasants. Food? Check. Stick huts to live in? Check? Dusty clothes? Check. Answer: happy peasants.

StinkEye The Red, aka sister Salsa Sansa, can be Junior Prom Queen and rule her little bit in the west, perhaps with her little first husband. He’s always been good at giving the ladies a big Hand, one way or another. Maybe she can even form a Girl Power Alliance, creating a Western Westeros Co-Prosperity Sphere between her castle, Meera Reed up in her castle, Yara Greyjoy off the coast in her Iron Islands castle, and whatever Mormont girl child they can find alive in the Bear Islands castle a bit north of there. They can grow organic free range sheep, and make big thick fair-trade wool blankets to sell to all the Wildlings, who have managed to survive for thousands of years living in the snowy forests at the two-wolfskins-and-a-leather-strap level of couture, and a bit better than the pointy-stick-with-a-rock-tied-on level of technology. And it will be happily ever after #2. Mostly.

Having finally fulfilled her kill list, super assassin sister Arya is now sick of war, and washes the blood and ashes off, realizing her new look as a cross between Alice Cooper and a rabid chipmunk isn’t working for her, so she rides her pale horse up to Dragonstone, finds Lord Gendry the Smith, and agrees to give this sex thing another go. “Stick them with the pointy end” her dad once told her. Well, it wasn’t all that pointy when you get right down to it. And nascent Lord Gendry will get rich and famous by finding out that Valaryian Steel is really just regular steel mixed with DragonGlass. And his castle is on top of a solid mountain of the stuff. Sweet. Happily ever after #3, but what about Hot Pie, still at the Inn at the Crossroads all these years later? We’ll never know. It’s all about the gravy you know. At least he has a job and enough to eat.

And in the absolute last scene, we see the Onion Knight sailing a little boat somewhere by himself. He lands at some unknown seaside village, and walks up to some hut, where he’s met by a pleasant but rather tired looking older woman. His wife that he hasn’t seen in decades. “Well”, says Ser Davos, “I’m home”. Which is exactly how Tolkien ended LOTR when Sam went home to Rosy. End of Episode, end of series. Fade to black, cue the theme music.



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05/12/19

Happy Mother’s Day !!

We did Happy Mother’s Day yesterday, beating the traffic and the crowds. Had a nice visit, did a few heavy lifting chores around the house, and went out to dinner at a really swanky restaurant. So it was pretty good all around.

Naturally, I caught the high winds and rain on the drive home. I swear, just about every time I go there, I get bad weather on the drive back. Always. Go figure.



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And today it’s cold, wet, and generally dark and miserable outside. Such a Spring we’re having. We get about one nice Spring afternoon every 2 weeks. Damn that Global Warming.


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05/11/19


Meanwhile, Dennis Rodman and his homies caught shoplifting the same store two days in a row.

What was that old saying about taking the ****** out of the &&&&, but you can’t take the &&&& out of the ******?

One day after Dennis Rodman and his friends allegedly shoplifted from a Newport Beach yoga shop, the crew RETURNED to the business ... and allegedly stole MORE clothing!!!

TMZ Sports spoke with the owner of VIBES Hot Yoga who tells us Rodman and his pals came back to his yoga studio on May 8 ... with Rodman’s female pal WEARING one of the outfits she stole the day before.

The owner tells us ... the staffer working the register on May 8 thought Rodman’s behavior was bizarre—he was gyrating and hip-thrusting at the counter.

Once staffers went through the surveillance footage, they noticed Rodman and his friends left with more clothing ... and we’re told nobody paid a cent.

The owner is also adamant NOBODY on his staff told Rodman and his crew they could take items as “gifts” ... as Rodman claimed when TMZ Sports spoke with him Thursday evening.

As we previously reported, Rodman and his pals first appeared at the yoga shop on May 7—where cameras caught DR’s female friend taking clothing off the rack and stuffing it into her purse.

One of Dennis’ pals also dropped a $2,500 crystal in the store—which they placed on a dolly and wheeled out of the store. The owner insists nobody paid for the crystal.

A rep for the Newport Beach PD previously told us they’re investigating. So far, no arrests have been made.

As for Rodman, he told us Thursday night (May 9) that he didn’t “steal sh*t.”

Rodman is currently on probation stemming from a 2018 DUI arrest and could go to jail if officials determine he violated the terms of his deal.

It’s a good thing Rodman is seriously wealthy. Just think of the crime spreed he’d be on if he actually needed stuff.


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A Slice Of Humble Pie with extra pepperoni?


Pizza Shop Returns $424,000 Check To Customer Who Didn’t Leave A Tip



When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – that’s karma.

A Manhattan woman who almost bankrupted herself when she left a $424,000 cashier’s check at Patsy’s Pizzeria over the weekend was saved from ruin by an unlikely source — the waiter she’d stiffed at lunch.

Instead of 20% of the bill, a folded up envelope was the only thing left on a table at the East Harlem institution on Saturday when waiter Armando Markaj went to clean it off.

Yet the tipless waiter, a medical student working his way through school, had nothing but kind words and smiles for a flustered and grateful Karen Vinacour when the Daily News reunited the two at the famous pizzeria on 117th St. so she could pick up her check.

“I’m happy for her, really. Saturdays are pretty busy and I was very close to taking everything left on the table and throwing it out when I saw an envelope,” Markaj, 27, told The News. “I just pulled up the flap and I saw ‘Citibank’ and thought it was important, so I ran out to the street to look for her, but she was gone.”

It’s one of those great NY stories, but it goes on an on. Like most long established pizza shops, they’ve got a slew of pictures on the wall of happy (maybe also famous) customers. The woman asked why there weren’t more pictures of women.

Vinacour said she and her daughter didn’t like Markaj’s reponse when they told him there weren’t enough photos of women on the walls.

“Maybe women don’t eat a lot of pizza?” Vinacour recalled the waiter saying with a shrug.

“Well, my daughter’s kind of feisty and she didn’t like that,” Vinacour said at the reunion. “So we didn’t tip him.”

Sounds like SJW d-baggery to me. Ask an impossible question of a clerk who couldn’t possibly know the answer, then punish him for trying to come up with some kind of response, which you take offense to. So punish him.

Then leave your life savings on the table like a total idiot. And by the grace of God you luck out and the people who run the shop are honest and decent and make the extra effort to get you your money back.


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Middle of the pack finish for Cheap League Bowling

So we went up to the bowling alley to have our little awards meeting. A bit more than half the league showed up. We got all our wonderful awards and prizes. I got a credit card sized plastic letter opener/seam ripper thing for throwing a 75 pins over average game. I got a single point USB .7A charger for throwing a 250 game. I was hoping for another one of the coffee mugs they’ve been giving out for the past few years, but no. Guess we’ll never build the full set now. I think we finished up in 6th place, right in the middle of the pack. That earned me $101. I managed a peek at the money envelope for the 1st place team; they got $133 each. So that’s a razor thin $6 slice per place. This is not a big money league, or a big prize to the winners league. And I’m fine with that; I hate being cannon fodder for someone else’s wallet.

The wifey got a nice little LED pocket flashlight for throwing a 200 game. I think it’s worth twice what my dinky USB charger cost. Whatever. The prizes for the ladies are usually better anyway. More incentive I suppose.

Our treasurer was “complaining” that she only had to give out 2 rolls of toilet paper this year. That’s the comic anti-award you get for throwing a 111 game, the so-called outhouse score. There could have been another one, but our guy Joe missed it by throwing a 110 game. Underperformance.

If I include the $20 credit the alley gives everyone to spend at their restaurant, my cash awards take the overall cost down to just 54¢ more per week than open bowling that many games at the senior discount rate. So it’s not bad.

Woo woo, Summer League starts next week.


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05/10/19


Look on the bright side: at least you don’t have to fill up in Canada

EcoTards Help Gas Prices To Soar In Western Canada

“bargain price” gas in Vancouver is US$4.47/gal. That’s a deal compared to the peak US$5.03/gal.

Earlier that week I had reluctantly put in just $30 worth of gas rather than fill up my son’s gas tank, because the price for a litre of fuel at that time in Vancouver was $1.72.9 per litre. In recent weeks, the price has reached as high as $1.78.9 cents in Metro Vancouver — the highest in North America.

As an Albertan, the pain caused by the hit to my wallet was dulled somewhat by the knowledge that British Columbians are getting a taste of what their anti-pipeline future will look like.
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Those anti-pipeline folk who say the TMX expansion won’t help lower Vancouver’s gas prices are full of hot gas. The TMX is one of the few pipelines that can and does switch the products it transports, and refined gasoline and diesel is moved in it.

What sound facts and arguments haven’t been able to do to convince British Columbians about the need for increased oil and gas supply to B.C., just might be accomplished by the significant hit to their bank accounts.
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The reasons for Vancouver’s record-breaking gas prices are numerous. Let’s start with taxes.

According to data from the Kent Group, which analyzes energy costs and volumes, the average price for a litre of gasoline in Vancouver in April was $1.67.4. Vancouver has a gasoline transit tax of 17 cents per litre that’s expected to increase to 18.5 cents per litre soon. In total, taxes account for 52.4 cents of the cost of a litre of gas — the single largest cost component of every litre sold.

But hey, they’re “protecting the environment” by not doubling the pipeline. And if you can’t afford to drive, then this helps reduce the dreaded Carbon Footprint. Right. Like Canada even has a carbon footprint. Well, aside from the burning polar bears.

Even my local gas price of $2.85/g beats this all to heck. And most of the USA is cheaper than that!


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Meanwhile, in EurAbia

100,000 Europeans Have The Measles. Half A Million British Kids At Risk

The World Health Organisation said the rise in cases was “unprecedented” for a preventable disease.

They revealed they are rapidly ramping up their response to the outbreak, which has spread over two years, “based on the growing number of children and adults affected by and dying from the disease”.

Measles is one of the leading causes of death in the world from a disease that can be cured by a vaccine. It poses a particular danger to children and gives sufferers excruciating rashes, fever, and inflamed eyes.

WHO revealed today that, since the beginning of last year, more than 90% of countries across the continent have together reported over 100,000 measles cases and over 90 related deaths.

In recent years, conspiracy theories and fake reports have led to many parents stopping their kids having a vaccine, which is effective at preventing the disease.

The WHO highlighted “the persistence of pockets of non-immunized or under-immunized individuals in many countries fueling the continuing spread of measles.”

More than half a million UK children could be at risk of disease after missing crucial jab, children’s charity Unicef warned last month.

And earlier this week, it was reported that so-called “anti-vaxxers” in Germany could face fines of over £2000 children in their care are not given a jab.

How quickly they forget. Seems no different from their military expenditures: we don’t need it right this instant, so let’s look the other way and not bother.

Good thing this isn’t the plague, ebola, or polio. This time.


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Oy, I feel the need to play Bash The Fash today. Not in the antifa way, but in the real way, mocking the daylights of all these hyper left wing Dem candidates. OMG, what a bunch of totalitarian morons.

https://freebeacon.com/issues/cory-booker-announces-sweeping-gun-bans-gun-control-measures/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/ocasio-cortez-calls-for-public-option-banking-system-based-on-the-us-postal-service-model
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/09/elizabeth-warren-we-need-big-government-nobody-in-america-succeeds-on-their-own/
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/orourke-says-booker-gun-control-plan-goes-too-far
https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/10/ocasio-cortez-climate-change-victory/

And that’s just the tip of Iceberg Of Stupid. I’ll flesh these out once I’ve had some food and a chance to thaw out after my time in the penalty box. I mean, my rewarding and exciting morning job as the road security officer for this condo park. YAWWWWWNN.


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Chili today, not so hot tamale?

Crivens, I am getting really tired of having to run the heat at night and in the morning. It’s getting on towards the middle of May. Where am I, Binghamton NY?


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05/09/18


Typical Andrew Overkill, but so good

I made some kind of mexi-fritrata thingy tonight. Or maybe it’s a southwest casserole. Who cares? It was stupid easy, it’s really filling, and it tastes great.

It’s the recipe from the bag of Simply Potatoes Southwest Style, with my typical “too much is just right” approach.

Cook up a whole pound of Hatfield chorizo sausage meat, with a diced green pepper and a diced yellow or red pepper. The recipe calls for 12oz, so I’m amping it up a third.

The recipe calls for about 8 ounces of shredded cheese. I used a pound. It calls for a single tomato thinly sliced. I used a whole can of diced tomatoes. And I added an extra egg. Because I don’t cook cheap.

Grease an 8x8 baking dish. Layer in half a bag of the shredded seasoned taters, then 1/2 of cooked Hatfield chorizo and peppers, then a generous layer of mixed shredded cheddar and shredded mexi-mix cheese. Add another layer of taters, the other 1/2 of the sausage, another layer of cheese. Mix together 5 eggs and a cup of milk. Pour it on. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover, and top it with a whole can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis, drained, and whatever cheese is left from the 2 8oz bags. Bake it uncovered for another 15-20 minutes. You might want to add a dash or two of cumin or black pepper.

Is it an omelette, a casserole, a frittata? Who cares? Is it breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Yes! Are you so full you can hardly move? Oh you know it.

Ok, next time I make this I’ll rinse off the sausage once it’s browned up. The dish is a touch salty. And perhaps I’ll add half a sliced onion. Or use lower salt cheese, like Colby and Monterrey Jack. I’m going back for my third helping.

Update, the morning after: Must have been the spices; I was dreaming about this dish. It’s really more like a Shepard’s Pie, or a taco pie made with shredded potatoes instead of taco chips. Which means it would probably work with hamburger and a bit of seasoning, and cost a bit less.
Now let’s see how it is for breakfast. Nuke a little up and wrap it in a tortilla.


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Extra Slow News

U.S. Seizes NorK freighter carrying sanctioned coal
Last April

The U.S. has seized a North Korean freighter that was caught shipping coal in violation of U.N. sanctions, the Justice Department revealed Thursday.

The 17,000-ton cargo ship, called the Wise Honest, was stopped in Indonesia last year after it was found to be carrying coal. The ship’s captain was charged with violating Indonesian law, and last July, the U.S. filed an action to seize the ship, according to court papers.

Federal prosecutors said the seizure marks the first time the U.S. has taken possession of a North Korean ship for violating international sanctions.

“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The Wise Honest, North Korea’s second-largest ship for carrying bulk cargo, was on its way to American Samoa, U.S. officials said.

This is a 30 year old freighter, 580 feet long. As cargo ships go, this old rust bucket is pretty small. And it’s the NorK’s #2 big boat.

Our government plans to steal the ship using civil forfeiture. Because, gosh, the NorKs sold a cargo of coal last March for $750,000 and then spent the money fixing up the ship.


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This smells like Big Brother Bullshit to me. But let’s just run with the hype, because that’s what passes for actual news these days.

LAPD Seizes Thousands Of Guns From Local Mansion, Man Arrested

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LOS ANGELES — A suspect was in custody Wednesday night after federal and local agents seized more than 1,000 weapons at a home in one of the richest neighborhoods in the country, authorities said.

The man, who was later identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as Girard Damien Saenz, 57, was being held on suspicion of unlawful transportation and giving, lending or selling an assault weapon, Lt. Chris Ramirez, a police spokesman, said. Saenz is expected to be booked Thursday morning, he said.

Police and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered the rifles and pistols while serving a search warrant at the residence in the Holmby Hills area of west Los Angeles.
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“We recovered over a thousand weapons of various makes, models and calibers — rifles, shotguns, pistols,” Ramirez said, describing the array as “basically a stash or pile.”

“It’s just beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this in a neighborhood like this,” Ramirez said.

[ yes, because only poor folk and hillbillies have extensive gun collections, right? ]

Authorities served the search warrant early Wednesday after the LAPD received a tip that someone was manufacturing and selling weapons out of the home. ATF agents assisted with the execution of the search warrant.

Ramirez noted it is not illegal for someone to own a large collection of firearms. But he said it is illegal to sell weapons from one’s home without going through the extensively regulated state and federal processes.



So what we have here is a massive raid by the jackbooted badges, based on a single anonymous tip. And the arrested person is being held on suspicion of making naughty sales. Suspicion. Not that they caught him selling any, either in a sting or by direct observation or by a buyer’s confession. No, just a tip. One tip.

And while it is sadly true that California has “closed the gun show loophole” and outlawed non-regulated person to person sales of firearms, they appear to have no direct evidence of any wrong doing whatsoever. But that didn’t stop them for a moment. Oh Hell no. And now they all have something “important” to do, trying to track down the entire history of every single one of these weapons. Riiight. As if a Turkish 1893 Mauser has an actual history. But those 4 foot long 10lb antique rifles are the kind used in nearly every liqueur store robbery right?

And they raided this guy’s palace, and came away with a rather tremendous pile of weapons. From the pictures it looks like most of them are old C&R guns - “curios and relics” which means nearly antique stuff. Lots of “mil surp” military surplus bolt action rifles from the 1890-1950 period. A lot of the odder eastern and southern European battle rifles which are not that common in this country. Some SKS semi-autos. Yeah, and a few dozen modern weapons too, from single shot ones to a stack of lever guns, including a couple Savage model 99s.

So what you have is some rich guy with a “grade B” collection, size XXXL, and a bunch of ammo to go with them. Because finding new bullets for your old French Lebel or Italian Carcano bolt gun is pretty hard these days.

And as part of his hobby, he was probably cleaning, repairing and refurbishing them. Thus the “suspicion of manufacturing”. Give it up. With 5 tons of rifles in the basement, who needs to actually go and build any new ones?

So bust him. And in a month or two it will all fall apart. Then watch this poor sod spend the rest of his life trying to get his guns back from the government.

So much for freedom.



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A bit too cold and windy to finish yesterday’s painting task. I need to be up on a stepladder a couple feet so I can finish painting the outer lower part of a metal railing. Most of the job will be applying tape and paper to protect from spatter, and then sweeping off the old paint flakes. But there wasn’t time or budget to take the railing down and do the job right.


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Oh this sucks.

Aussie guy fixes car for damsel in distress. Spends several hours repairing it, then follows her back onto the highway to make sure it’s working right. So she has him arrested for stalking and sexual predation. Busted, rots in hard jail 2 weeks, loses job, wife leaves him. Then when the cops finally look at the CCTV footage of the entire episode, they get her to admit it was all a lie.

A Good Samaritan claims his life is in tatters after a woman who he helped falsely accused him of sexual assault.

Kenan Basic spent two weeks in a maximum security prison, lost his job and is now going through a divorce, after a 19-year-old woman made false accusations against him.

Mr Basic stopped to help the teenager in November last year after she crashed her car and pulled into a BP in Bankstown, in Sydney’s south-west. 

The 36-year-old married father-of-one spent almost two hours helping the woman get her car back on the road.

CCTV captured the entire interaction and shows the pair chatting happily and even embracing before she drives away

Lawsuits to follow? Gee I hope so.

And I hope missy spends time behind bars; as much as the charges against him could have handed him. That sounds like equality to me.

Will he help the next stranded motorist? Not a chance in Hell.

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