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calendar   Thursday - May 07, 2020

An Un-Bridge Post

What a non-surprise. “Bridgegate” was a hit job against the Chris Christie administration. Well no shirt.

US Supreme Court Tosses Bridgegate Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out convictions against Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former Christie administration officials charged in what has become known as Bridgegate.

The court unanimously overturned the 2016 convictions of Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and William Baroni, the former governor’s top political appointment at the Port Authority, while acknowleding they “used deception to reduce Fort Lee’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge – and thereby jeopardized the safety of the town’s residents.”

But Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the opinion, said prosecutors wrongfully applied federal statutes in the case.

“Not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime. Because the scheme here did not aim to obtain money or property, Baroni and Kelly could not have violated the federal-program fraud or wire fraud laws,” she wrote.
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Kelly and Baroni were found guilty in November 2016 of all charges — conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights violations — connected to the scandal, which involved shutting down several local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee as retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie for reelection in 2013. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against them in May 2015.

The foolish flunky at Port Authority, David Wildstein copped a plea to 2 counts of conspiracy and got 3 years probation for it. So no exculpation for him.

Was this whole affair of unwarranted placement of a bunch of rubber traffic cones really some kind of payback against the unsupportive mayor of Fort Lee? Probably. Maybe. Who really cares? IIRC the lanes were only closed off for a few days. So big deal, shut up, move on. The whole criminal charge thing was pretty much just the Left going into High Dudgeon mode to zap anyone on the Right as hard as possible. I’m sure General Flynn could have something to say about that.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/07/2020 at 12:17 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 06, 2020

Another 30 days in NJ

Gov. Murphy extends New Jersey coronavirus public health emergency another 30 days

New Jersey is extending its public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for another 30 days, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Murphy signed an executive order that will keep the declaration in place through at least June 6.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this action does not mean that we are seeing anything in the data which would pause our path forward and it should not be interpreted by anyone to mean we are going to be tightening any of the restrictions currently in place,” Murphy said at a daily briefing.

No, what it means is that his edict continues his tyranny, and that of his chronies, for another month. Until he renews it again.

The order extends all executive orders issued under the governor’s authority through the Emergency Health Powers Act, Murphy’s office said. It also extends all actions taken by any executive branch departments in response to the virus. It expires after 30 days unless renewed.

NJ has been under a state of emergency since March 9.

By whatever metrics are used, New Jersey claims to have 131,890 cases and 8,549 deaths. And 23,345 of those cases are in long term care “LTC” facilities, with 4,261 deaths. Which means 1 case in 5, and half the deaths, are people who are NOT out in public. NJ has a population of about 9 million.

39% of all deaths have been people at least 80 years old; 28% are those 65 - 79. So 67% are NOT people of working age. The pre-retirement bracket, age 50-65, accounts for 13.5%. All told, older folks account for more than 80% of all the COVID fatalities in New Jersey. It is almost a guarantee that those older people who have died have also had at least one, if not several, comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments. Not to mention obesity and high blood pressure. Or being living black.

My little rural county of Hunterdon isn’t all that much different statistically. 45.5% of all the COVID cases are in LTC facilities, as are 64.1% of the deaths.

Conclusion? Outside of nursing homes, this plague is a lot less prevalent and deadly than the media leads me to believe.

Second conlusion: the global lockdown may have been the biggest mistake in human history.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/06/2020 at 05:16 PM   
Filed Under: • pandemic and epidemic diseasesPandemic Pandemonium •  
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calendar   Tuesday - May 05, 2020

old files from old PCs

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these were hiding in some forgotten corner of some forgotten thumb drive I found. They’re from 2 PCs ago, at least a decade old. Maybe 2 decades. But OMG, cute baby aminals!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/05/2020 at 08:26 PM   
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calendar   Monday - May 04, 2020

How CDC Makes Their Numbers

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/04/2020 at 10:01 PM   
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More new home reno plans

Gosh, us smart types here at our condo finally figured out that we could really simplify our renovation plans, and save a ton of money, if we just put in a stacked washer / dryer in downstairs, instead of rebuilding half the upstairs to move our side by side appliances up there. Problem with the stacked idea is that she isn’t 7 feet tall. If you stack a dryer on top of a front load washer, the dryer controls are 6 feet off the floor. Several companies (LG, Kenmore, Dexter) had dryers with the controls mounted on the bottom front panel for just this reason, but those seem to have been discontinued for the home market. The LG models I can get this way ( they call it AdaptAble™ ) are the commercial ones, with coin boxes and remote soap dispensers. Don’t need that for my house, and I don’t know if those models are even sold to the home user. Maybe stacked appliances is so 2017, eww.

It doesn’t matter if the washer / dryer costs several thousand; remodeling the upstairs would cost easily 3 times that much.

Yes, Fisher Paykel has their Euro-sized Series 7 model with this kind of base panel control, but the darn thing is puny, only 24” wide. All European appliances are undersized, even ovens and dishwashers. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/04/2020 at 01:19 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 03, 2020

Back online, but not much to say

Ok, the PC is set up pretty well. I had to order a special cable to power the old HD, so I’ll get to that when it shows up. I did figure out how to mount the thing in the new machine, which has a smaller, very simple case. And a minimal power supply. And no extra RAM slots. And fewer motherboard slots. Which is what you get when you buy a budget machine. But at least they stuck in a Barracuda drive, which is a really fast one for it’s size.

A couple of COVID stories in the news, one about a newylwed couple from California who went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, wouldn’t sign the acceptance form for the 14 quarantine Hawaii has going, went outside and got arrested. How stupid do you have to be to not know this is going on? How dumb is their travel service and the airline for not mentioning this as well? Sure, you want to take a honeymoon right now. Gee, tough cookies. The whole damn world is in lock down, so put that idea on pause for now. Just like these fools on cruise ships. Giant DUH. Of course there will be infected people on your boat. Of course you’re going to get stuck there for weeks. Of course no port in the world is going to let your ship dock and let you ashore. Are you brain dead, or what?

Oklahoma had a Wear A Mask rule in place for one day. Shop owners were threatened with guns and violence. Governor backed down. Guess you Oklahomians are a selfish bunch of fucktards too. Whether or not a mask does any good, if that’s the only kind of lock down they’ve got out there, then suck it the hell up. All you’re doing is showing willing, being publicly consciencous. That’s all. Is it unconstitutional? Of course. State of Emergency, duh. I don’t like it either but you go along this little bit. So get your head out of your stuck up ass already.  No, let’s watch the numbers spike like mad in OK. And my response will be ... tough shit cowboy.

And that’s about it. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/03/2020 at 08:55 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 02, 2020

Garden Groaner

Around here you have to protect your vegetable garden from critters. Not just a vertical fence, but with a lid too. A steel mesh awning. And so ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2020 at 05:41 PM   
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woo hoo!!

It seems to be a PC !!

Took a bit of set up, and I did whatever seemed obvious to retain my privacy from Microsoft etc. Installed Firefox right away. Got my contact list intact for yahoo, will work on figuring out how to get my bookmarks etc once I get the old HD set up.

But for now, it’s a functional PC, so I’m happy.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2020 at 02:07 PM   
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last tablet post I hope

Woo hoo, the new PC arrived last night.  I’m getting it set up now, figuring which cable goes where, and cleaning things up in the machine’s dusty corner. It’s a lot easier to do this than back in the day, but some things never change: I have to go buy a special cable. The video output doesn’t accept the old style cable that my monitor uses. Lucky me the monitor can uses several kinds of cable, so it’s off to the store to get an HDMI. Then I can start it up, get all the bits recognized and get the Wifi going. It was a trial finding that password on our Android phones, her old mini Mac tablet, or my Android tablet. Lucky us, we’re “wired”, so it was easy to find it on the TV when we remembered it was wifi enabled too.

Right. A quick coffee, a quicker shower, then off to Walmart to get a cable.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2020 at 10:17 AM   
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