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calendar   Friday - December 13, 2019

one against the managers once again

I could have sworn we just played these guys the other week. But we played them again tonight. Lost the first two games but won the third, which will take us to just below 50% in the standings.

I threw well and consistent, tossing a 201, a 199, and a 198 for a 598. Yeah, “missed it by that much”. But I’m not complaining. A 199 average for the night; I’m happy enough.

And then we made hot chocolate when we got home. Best use for organic whole milk ever. Yumm.

And now my hand is really tired and my fingertips are burning. Boo. Fuggit, I’ll be Ok in a day or three.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/13/2019 at 10:31 PM   
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Impeachment Vote Today?

How Auspicious: Dem’s Move Impeachment Vote To Friday The 13th

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler postponed a planned impeachment vote late Thursday night, infuriating Republicans who were not consulted about the schedule change, and prompting ranking member Doug Collins to say, “This committee is more concerned about getting on TV in the morning than it was finishing its job tonight and letting the members go home.”

A short time later, Collins spoke to reporters:

“I have just witnessed just the most bush-league stunt I’ve ever witnessed in my professional life,” Collins said after Nadler abruptly ended the 14-hour impeachment debate late Thursday night, telling the committee to return at 10 a.m. on this Friday the 13th to vote.

Yup, that’s in less than half an hour. Oh joy.

UPDATE:  And now they’ve done it.

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to adopt two articles of impeachment against President Trump – capping a contentious three-day session that Republicans panned as a “kangaroo court” and teeing up a historic floor vote right before the holiday break.

The committee adopted both articles, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on a party-line vote of 23-17. A final roll call in the full House is expected next week, which could trigger a Senate trial in the new year just as presidential primaries are set to get underway.

Good thing that “abuse of power” isn’t actually a crime and is entirely a matter of opinion, and that “obstruction of Congress” isn’t either, and is a post-inquiry “process crime” open to interpretation, and is something that the chief executive is exempt from according to DOJ standards.

So this should be another Schiff-show.

I can’t wait until the next 3 times they impeach President Trump, because sooner or later the country is going to wake up and take action. Soap box, ballot box, jury box, ... .


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/13/2019 at 09:40 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2019

The Truth Doesn’t Matter

You may have noticed that I’m hardly posting anything on the impeachment situation show trial witch hunt. That’s because the entire thing nauseates me, and most of us have been aware for more than 3 years that every aspect of this thing is a fake. The latest “report” is nearly a whitewash; par for the course from a government that did the same thing with their 9/11 Commission. CYA, CYA, lie, omit, denounce, project. And I’m utterly fed up with it. Not a grain of truth anywhere, but hate will always find a way out, so the clown show goes on. Forever.

Truth? We Don’t Need No Stinking Truth!!

Jordan’s Amendment To Impeachment Charges Struck Down

The House Judiciary Committee swiftly became the scene of a fresh partisan clash Thursday as lawmakers pressed ahead with two articles of impeachment against President Trump, with majority Democrats turning aside a last-ditch bid by Republicans to call witnesses of their choice before a looming committee vote.

That vote is poised to send the measures to the full House for a historically weighty floor vote in a matter of days. But first, lawmakers will finalize the text of the articles during Thursday’s all-day session.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, began the debate Thursday morning by proposing an amendment that would strike the first article of impeachment altogether, claiming the evidence did not support the allegations of abuse of power.

“This amendment strikes article one because article one ignores the truth,” Jordan said. He pointed to the White House memorandum documenting President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, claiming it contained no evidence of a quid pro quo related to Ukraine investigating Trump’s political opponents.

“The day the transcript came out, even Chairman Nadler said there was no quid pro quo in the call transcript,” Jordan said. He went on to note that both Trump and Zelensky have stated there was no quid pro quo discussed or pressure placed on Ukraine, and that in the end Ukraine never took any action or made any announcement regarding any investigation.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., supported Jordan’s amendment, arguing, “There was no impeachable offense here.”

He [ Doug Collins, R-GA ] and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., each argued that unlike previous presidents who have faced impeachment, Trump was not accused of an offense actually defined by law: neither “abuse of power” nor “obstruction of Congress” is a recognized federal or state crime. Those are the two offenses outlined in the articles of impeachment before the committee. (The separate charge of contempt of Congress, according to the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, exempts the president for separation-of-powers reasons.)

So this is the biggest nothing burger in a whole series of nothing burgers. When the rules for impeachment say “high crimes and misdemeanors”, charge him with things that aren’t crimes. Ignore the facts, hide the real truth that this is one more eruption of the never-ending coupe attempt. All they’ve got is OrangeManBad and a big bowl of sour grapes. It’s getting pretty tiring. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/12/2019 at 11:43 AM   
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A Most Unusual Christmas Present Idea

$22 To Gift A Rivet. But it also comes with a rove!! Plus a huge slice of obscure but fascinating history.

$22 To Help Build A Ghost Ship

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Once upon a time, long long ago, when England was no longer Roman, but not yet England or even Angle-Land, there was a small kingdom in the east end of that green and pleasant land called East Anglia. Northeast of London and the tiny kingdom of Essex, this was the toe-hold of the Angles, who had come over from Germany after the Romans left. This was midnight of the Dark Ages, when Christianity was still making inroads. Long before the Vikings learned how to vike.

There was a king of East Anglia named Raedwald. Redwald. He had converted to Christianity a couple decades before his death. But when he died in 624 he was buried in the pagan fashion, in his armor in a longship buried in a mound with lots of goodies, near the village of Sutton in the shire of Suffolk. And so he slept, for 1300 years.

In 1939 archeologists found his mound and started digging. And struck paydirt.

Sutton Hoo is of primary importance to early medieval historians because it sheds light on a period of English history that is on the margin between myth, legend, and historical documentation. Use of the site culminated at a time when Rædwald, the ruler of the East Angles, held senior power among the English people and played a dynamic if ambiguous part in the establishment of Christian rulership in England; it is generally thought most likely that he is the person buried in the ship. The site has been vital in understanding the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of East Anglia and the whole early Anglo-Saxon period.

The ship-burial, probably dating from the early 7th century and excavated in 1939, is one of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England for its size and completeness, far-reaching connections, the quality and beauty of its contents, and the profound interest of the burial ritual itself. The initial excavation was privately sponsored by the landowner. When the significance of the find became apparent, national experts took over. Subsequent archaeological campaigns, particularly in the late 1960s and late 1980s, have explored the wider site and many other individual burials. The most significant artefacts from the ship-burial, displayed in the British Museum, are those found in the burial chamber, including a suite of metalwork dress fittings in gold and gems, a ceremonial helmet, shield and sword, a lyre, and many pieces of silver plate from the Byzantine Empire.

The really neat part of that excavation is that they found the ship. Sort of. But not really, and kind of inside-out. The wooden ship had completely rotted away, leaving behind just the iron rivets. But the soil was so firm that the impression of the ship was perfect, as if it were a giant mould. And so it became known as a ghost ship. It wasn’t there, but you could see it.

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Among the finds was the famous Anglo-Saxon helmet, as well as drinking horns , cauldrons, and weapons, many of which are now in the British Museum . These treasures were buried in the ship burial so that they could be used by the dead man in the afterlife.

The ship was the burial place of King Rædwald, who was the ruler of the kingdom of East Anglia and a member of the powerful Wufling dynasty. This dynasty is mentioned in the great epic Beowulf, the greatest work in medieval literature. The king was buried, according to pagan customs despite having officially converted to Christianity.

Break-through technologies are revolutionizing archaeology. A group of archaeologists and researchers have come together to use 3-D modeling technology to recreate the ship found at Sutton Hoo.

They have successfully developed a digital model of the ship based only on the rivets found in the burial mound. Albawaba quotes Julian Wainwright, a marine archaeologist, as saying that the team have a “virtually complete hull shape from keel to gunwale” . This is very important because the team now has the data to recreate the vessel from the Dark Ages .

The group want members of the public to pay $22 (£20) to buy a rivet for the ship. Some 3,500 rivets will be needed and each person who sponsors one will receive a commemorative pin and will be able to locate their rivet after the construction of the ship.

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Sutton Hoo has welcomed visitors to the site for many years and attempts have been made to reconstruct the ship, including a half-size replica but now everything has come together so that a full-size replica will be built by The Ship’s Company.

The Ship’s Company was formed in 2016 with the sole purpose of creating a permanent and authentic replica of the Anglo-Saxon ship. The team is made up of professionals, volunteers and enthusiasts who are working together to fully understand the dimensions and construction methods. The ship will be built in the newly opened, Longshed, a purpose-built unit gifted to the town and dedicated to the maritime history and education.

So why build it now?

The Ship’s Company is a group of people with a strong desire – and a collective will – to see this build to completion. The town of Woodbridge has a rich boat building heritage and a beautiful waterfront providing an ideal setting for such an iconic project. So much can be learned from the research, design and construction by bringing the King’s ship back to life in the same place that it came to its end.

Building a Saxon ship using authentic ship-building methods will have its challenges but where we don’t have the skills in house we will contract experts, such as marine archaeologists, ship architects, shipwrights and experts in green wood working. Together with strong academic support from the Universities of York and Southampton we will see that we record and learn from, every stage.

Bringing the ship back to life and observing it back on the River Deben will be a sight to behold.

So go gift a rivet. This should make you literally a plank holder, since that’s what the rivets are for. And you get a pin and a badge too.

I don’t know what they will name the new ship, but I’d go with the HooToo. Seems appropriate, and much better than Boaty McBoatface.

Christmas Sponsorship – why not sponsor a rivet for someone else this Christmas? All you need to do is purchase your rivet and tell us who it is for in the box provided. We can ship the collectors pin badge and certificate directly to your friend, relative or colleague or we can send it to you to pass on.

[ AFAIK there is no correlation between old King Raedwald and the best selling knight-ish series of children’s books called Redwall, featuring valiant small animals, most notably the mouse Matthias who learns to be a man, by the late author Brian Jacques. They’re in your library. ]


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/12/2019 at 10:11 AM   
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Life In A Small Town

Out on the highway here there was a truck accident at 4am. Closed the entire eastbound side. Traffic backed up to Pennsylvania; that’s a 15 mile long jam up. Everybody and their emotional support chicken tried to find a way around, but there really aren’t any. Traffic was jammed solid on every side street and through town. The morning rush was a nightmare, a parking lot for 5 hours. Somehow, somebody finally did something somewhere, and stopped the bypass traffic from coming through. Town emptied out, all the side roads cleared up.

Traffic is still backed up for miles on eastbound Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County after a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled more than 100 gallons of fuel and oil early Thursday, officials said.

The tractor-trailer struck the center median near exit 17 in Clinton Township at 3:54 a.m, State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said. The driver was not badly hurt and no other vehicles were involved. About 100 gallons of fuel and 15 gallons of oil ended up on the road.

Traffic cameras show debris in the center median and traffic still jammed at 9:05 a.m.

Sigalert.com shows traffic backed up to about Exit 12 as of 9:05 a.m. Side roads near Interstate 78 are also clogged with traffic.

It was almost eerie going downtown around 8:40. There was hardly a car on the roads. It’s a nice reminder of just how small our small town is. The vast majority of traffic we get is pass-through. There really aren’t that many locals. Too bad that Clinton is at a road nexus, but that’s where towns grow up after all.

Once upon a time, when New Jersey really was The Garden State, this corner was a farming community. Hey, Flemington was the once egg capital of the tri-state area, perhaps the nation!

In 1955 nearly 450,000 cases of eggs were sold as well as 65,000 crates of live chickens. By then it had become a $2 million a year business and a prototype for other operations across the country. In 1960 the name was changed to the Flemington Agricultural Market. In 1976 the auctions were discontinued due to lack of suppliers, as there were fewer livestock and poultry farmers in the area.

And a big pottery factory too!

But in the post-war years with the demise of the railroads and the opening of the interstates, the rise of grocery store convenience over farmer’s market freshness, other areas could now feed the cities, and farming and everything else diminished here. When Route 78 went through in the 1960s local farming pretty much went belly up and the whole county went back to sleep for a decade. But as the cities grew, suburban sprawl happened. And housing developments sprang up everywhere for the next 40 years. Now we’re on the outer edge, but our infrastructure isn’t much more advanced than when this was farmland. There is no room to add extra lanes to the highway. Not that I-78 is small; it’s a 6-8 lane highway for most of it’s length. When it was built it was a superhighway. It’s just that NJ has become the pass-through state. And when traffic gets bad, the pass-through shifts to all the local roads.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/12/2019 at 09:31 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 11, 2019

#Penguin_Too

Pervert Penguins Still At It 100 Years Later

I know, I know: this story is for the birds.

A century-long cover-up of the “depraved” sex acts of penguins has been uncovered in a new book.

British scientist Dr. George Murray Levick observed frisky Antarctic penguins engaging in gang rapes and even “prostitution” during the early 20th Century.  He wrote a manuscript following months of research while accompanying doomed explorer Robert Scott on his famous 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole.

Dr. Levick’s subsequent cover-up of his discoveries is the subject of the new book ‘A Polar Affair’.  It describes how Dr. Levick deemed his research too inappropriate to ever be published.

Among other sexual behaviors of “astonishing depravity”, Dr. Levick noted that “promiscuity” and “infidelity” was rife among the colony of Adélie penguins he studied.  But that was far from the worst of it.

Rape, gang rape and the sexual and physical abuse of chicks by adults were all recorded by the Nottingham-born scientist.  Necrophilia was also commonplace, with offenders often mating with birds who had died the previous year.

Some penguins even engaged in “prostitution”, with males using stones to pimp out females.

It may sound a bit far-fetched, but the behavior was confirmed by scientists in a separate study of Adélie penguins in 1998.

Some prostituted penguins have even been shown to trick males into thinking they would have sex by performing an elaborate courtship ritual, then run away with their stones.

Dr. Levick blamed the penguins’ horrifying behavior on “hooligan males”.

He was so shocked that he wrote down his observations in Greek so only educated gentlemen could understand it.  It was deemed too shocking for the general public and only circulated among a small group of experts.

Scientists had to wait another 50 years before the remarkable sexual antics of the Adélie were revealed.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 03:29 PM   
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I think it was the way to DC

$3 Million In Cash Found In Pork Barrels Headed To Mexico

Deputies found $3 million in cash hidden in barrels of raw pork meat on Saturday when they pulled over a tractor-trailer driving south on Interstate 85, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.

“The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe that the money was headed to the U.S./Mexico border and also believe that the money was a result of drug sales throughout the region,” according to a news release.

The driver, whom deputies described as a Hispanic man, was stopped for “failure to maintain lane control and impeding the flow of traffic,” the release states.

Illegal pork barrel money? Oh the irony.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 03:26 PM   
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winter wonders

Another terrible snow storm here. We must have had at least 1/4” inch of the white stuff. It was mostly gone by noon, but it’s one of those cold and damp days that makes you want to curl up in front of the fireplace and take a nap for a month.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 03:20 PM   
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Santa’s Little Helper

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 02:19 PM   
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Local Defense Contractor Guilty

Defense Contractor Made Below Spec Machine Gun Bipods, Falsified The Data

image  NEWARK, N.J. – The former chief operating officer of a New Jersey custom manufacturing firm admitted today that he made false statements and submitted false documents to the Department of Defense in fulfillment of a machine gun bipod assembly contract, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Police say Mark Colello, 54, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with two counts of making false statements and representations.

Colello falsified test results for the hardness of steel used to construct the bipod assemblies and for the magnetic particle inspection of the head and collar joints for the bipods.

The weaker grade steel and the faulty head and collar joints caused the legs of the bipods to fail when soldiers attempted to use them to support their machine guns.

I gather that the bipod on this weapon has been an issue for some time, and that other kinds of fixes have been attempted. These things see pretty severe use, and have to be strong and durable.

Until such a new design becomes official, the current design needs to be made from the best quality materials. This is what “mil spec” is all about: tough and dependable. Yeah, expensive too

Colello runs the Applied Resources Corporation in Wharton NJ, about 3 miles southwest of the famous Picatinny Arsenal near Lake Hopatcong.

This is inexcusable. How many of our soldiers died because of his crappy parts?

PS - the bipod in the picture has the “field fix” on it: the collar has been welded to the base. While this will keep the thing from snapping in two, it does not allow the gun to traverse side to side. The current FN factory bipod does not traverse either. This is not a good thing.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 01:35 PM   
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Chile Aircraft Vanishes

C-130 Missing, Not Much Hope

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile confirmed reports early Tuesday of the disappearance of a Hercules C-130 military aircraft en route to Antarctica, describing the incident as an “accident.”

The Chilean military, with aid from neighboring Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States, has begun a search of what officials consider the likely crash site of the plane. There is not at press time any evidence that the plane crashed, but its sudden disappearance off of military radar and complete lack of communication with the air traffic regulators monitoring it suggests the plane fell somewhere along its path to Chile’s Antarctic scientific research site.

Authorities in Santiago confirmed 38 people, about half members of the crew and half soldiers, were onboard the flight, which departed Punto Arenas, Chile, at 2 p.m. local time on Monday. Three passengers were identified as civilians. It was expected to land at Chile’s Eduardo Frei military base in Antarctica at about 7:30 p.m. local time, the armed forces confirmed in a press release, but disappeared about an hour before. By midnight on Tuesday, military officials declared that the airplane had likely crashed and launched a search and rescue operation in the Drake Passage, the waters in between the southernmost continent and South America.

The Argentina outlet Infobae described the aircraft’s mission as one of “supply and logistics support,” ensuring that the military base was both fueled and properly furbished in light of the difficult conditions on the continent.

The flight was from Punto Arenas to the airstrip on King Georges Island in the Southern Shetlands. This is only about 750 miles, in an airplane that usually flies about 300mph. But way down at the bottom of the world the weather is extremely unpredictable and can change drastically in an instant. The Southern Shetlands are a group of smallish islands at the north end of the great Antarctic Archipelago, that spit of ice covered land that juts northward towards South America. King George Island is home to the research bases of many nations, because one small area on the west end of the island is ice free for most of the year. The landing strip is gravel, which makes it a lot nicer than the typical ice strips on the rest of the continent. It’s late Spring there right now, and at this time the wind and wave conditions in the Drake Passage are relatively pretty mild, with waves only 10 feet high. The water is deadly cold though, as always. The C-130 aircraft is a sturdy and reliable design, a tough old workhorse from 1956 that is still in production.

Sad update 12/12/19: all 38 aboard are lost. The plane crashed into the ocean. Hard. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2019 at 10:42 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 10, 2019

No More Saudi Military Flight Training Here

Well duh. Should have outlawed this on 9/12/01.

Pentagon suspends flight training for hundreds of Saudi students

Hope they sent them home too.

The Pentagon on Tuesday suspended more than 850 Saudi students from flight training in response to the deadly shooting by a Saudi student last Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, senior defense officials told Fox News.

The suspension was part of a broader Defense Department review of all international training on U.S. military bases after Friday’s massacre.

The officials said all 852 Saudi military students will be immediately confined to classroom training, while all operational training in the air, land, and sea “will pause.”

Navy Commander Clay Doss said classroom and flight training will resume for other students this week. He did not say how long the flight stand-down for Saudi students will continue.

Officials told Fox News the Saudi government has agreed to the Pentagon’s decision.

I hope like hell somebody with half a brain has changed the rules and let the base guards be armed ... with gun that have ammo in them. Same goes for base personnel. You wear the uniform? Then carry a gun. At least on duty.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/10/2019 at 11:20 PM   
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Compare And Contrast

There was a gigantic shoot out in Jersey City today. One policeman killed, another severely wounded. Two perps shot dead, 3 bystanders killed, one perp possibly on the loose. The gunfight went on for several hours, with hundreds of rounds fired.

Here’s the story at Fox News, out of their New York office just a few mile away.

Here’s the story at the Daily Mail, in London England, thousands of miles away.

The American site makes no mention that the shootout happened on Martin Luther King Blvd (hint hint) or that the perps had rifles. And about 20 other facts, along with background on the killed officer.

I was quite surprised and impressed that Jersey City had a tracked skid loader modified with armor and a ram/shooting shield on the front. Rather like a modern, bullet proof version of a medieval archer’s pavise shield . Pretty inventive ... and relatively inexpensive. I would have thought they’d just get a milsurp MRAP like everybody else.

But I digress. Just look at the depth of information that the Brit coverage gives you, along with a ton of pictures.

I’ve said many times before, if you want the full story on something that happens here, you have to go over there. Then you have to remove the heavy Socialist slant, but gosh. Our reporters suck. Bandwidth is nearly unlimited and digital storage is infinite and nearly free. There’s no excuse, except “TL; DR”.

Even the local coverage here wasn’t much better than Fox’s. Our news media sucks for actual reporting.

Ok, this local one is a little better, and has a few more details.

Day After Update: Antisemitism To Blame?

The shooting was reportedly motivated by anti-Semitic sentiments. The suspects have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, who were both members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The pair were killed in the standoff with police after they fatally shot three civilians inside the grocery store.

Officials stated they discovered religious writings in the stolen U-Haul used in the shooting as well as anti-Jewish and anti-police remarks posted online by one of the suspects.

According to reports, 22-year old Moshe Deutsch, 33-year-old Leah Mindel Ferencz, and an unidentified delivery worker were among the civilians killed. An extensive investigation is now underway with authorities inspecting the stolen U-haul, cemetery, and grocery store for any evidence about what led to such a violent day on the streets of Jersey City.

More about the Black Hebrew Israelite ideology here.

CCTV and on the scene videos emerge. There’s an awful of gunfire going on. Oh, BTW, there is a Jewish school upstairs over the deli. Full of children.

Wednesday Afternoon Update: Can We Call It Terrorism YET??

Multiple weapons and a pipe bomb were recovered from the scene of Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Jersey City, N.J., officials revealed at a news conference Wednesday.

FBI Newark Special Agent In Charge Gregory Ehrie said state police professionals conducted a forensic search on the vehicle that the two suspects used to get to the Jewish supermarket


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/10/2019 at 11:03 PM   
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calendar   Monday - December 09, 2019

Remembering My Moby

It sure was a nice little car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/09/2019 at 08:58 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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