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calendar   Thursday - November 14, 2019

The One, The Only



America, the land of opportunity. And rent-a-chicken.


What started out as a small western Pennsylvania business, has grown like mad over the last decade. Rent The Chicken now has affiliates across the USA and Canada.

You buy a 6 month contract, and they deliver several chickens, a coop, bags of seed, and an instruction manual. Yes, chickens come with an instruction manual. You get the eggs, and deal with the daily chicken shit. Teach your children where food comes from. Several rental packages are available, and if you chicken out - backyard hens are not for us! - they’ll let you out of the contract and take the birds and stuff back. Post rental period chicken adoption is also available. Chicken sitting is also available if you go away for vacation. They also do school partnering.

And they have t-shirts, gift cards, and a short term Hatch The Chicken kit where you get an incubator and eggs, feed, and a special book for kids. Once the eggs hatch and the chicklets grow a bit, they come collect them. Or you can adopt them, or switch to a Rent The Chicken set up.

Looks like they’ve got all their chickens in a row. Well done.


Judge not, lest you be judged by these low life idiots

Drunken brawling Indiana judges suspended for short times after late night White Castle shooting

Hey, they only went there because the strip club was closed.

An alcohol-fueled evening in May that resulted in two Indiana county-level judges being shot in a White Castle parking lot has now resulted in two male judges, plus a female judge, being suspended without pay, according to reports.

Judge Andrew Adams was suspended for 60 days without pay beginning Tuesday, while judges Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell were suspended for 30 days without pay beginning Nov. 22. All three judges will be reinstated to their respective county-level positions when their suspensions end, FOX 59 of Indianapolis reported.

The Indiana Supreme Court had declared the judges’ actions that evening to constitute judicial misconduct, the Indianapolis Star reported.

After a night of drinking, Adams, Jacobs and Bell headed to a White Castle because the nearby gentlemen’s club they wanted to enter had already closed for the night, the Star reported.

While in the restaurant’s parking lot, the trio got into an altercation with the driver and passenger of an SUV, which escalated when Bell allegedly raised a middle finger toward the pair in the vehicle, according to FOX 59.

After they argued and fought in the parking lot, a suspect named Brandon Kaiser grabbed a gun and shot Adams in the stomach and shot Jacobs twice in the chest, according to court documents reviewed by the Star.

Both Kaiser and his associate, Alfredo Vazquez, fled the scene but were later apprehended.


As for Vazquez and Kaiser, Vazquez was sentenced Nov. 1 to 180 days of home detention and a year of probation for violating his probation and for misdemeanor aggravated battery. His charges result from a plea agreement, the Star reported.

Kaiser was charged with 14 crimes, including eight felonies, and is scheduled to go to trial in January, court records say.

It’s difficult not to draw some innuendo based on the photographs of the people involved on both sides of this incident. But no hate crime charges were mentioned, so let it pass.

I think Indiana should find some better judges.



Late night surfing




I just can’t deal with this kind of stupid

AOC: Fight Climate Change By Defeating White Supremacy

What white supremacy would that be?

On Saturday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed that fighting “white supremacy” is a fundamental part of combating climate change. She also attacked “consultants” who would encourage climate activists to focus on solar panels more than social justice.

“The way we inoculate ourselves from continuing to burn up our planet at unsustainable level, triggering feedback loops that we have not even begun to comprehend, is by honoring indigenous wisdom and allowing it to guide our climate policy. The way that we preserve our systems is by transitioning to principles of universality. That means I want you clothed, I want you educated, I want you paid a living wage, no ifs ands or buts. And what that also means ... is directly, consciously, combating white supremacy in the United States of America,” AOC declared.

You know, I wasn’t raised to see skin color in everything. Getting past that divide was what Dr. King’s message was about. And that’s also how political correctness started out. But that’s metastasized, long gone, and now identity politics and competitive victimhood is the name of the game. So after being indirectly labeled a racist for so long, I became ... well, not racist in my eyes, but a race realist. Now, after being bombarded by the anti-American, anti-white, anti-male, anti-hetero diatribes constantly, I have become ... at least White Aware. If the 137 varieties of white people could ever get together we’d be an unstoppable force. Too bad we’ve been warring with each other for the past couple thousand years while creating western culture and inventing nearly everything and getting rich off of it. And that’s the real promise of America: you can come here and be white too, no matter what you look like. All it takes is initiative, hard work, and perhaps a certain level of intelligence. Plus you have to give up your Old Country ideas, like class structure, caste systems, devaluation of women, religious wars, criminality and inherent violent behavior, and socialism.Be an American.  And be a Christian. Or at least act like one. It ain’t all that hard to do.


Bye Bye Greta

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has left North America to begin her return trip across the Atlantic aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby.

Thunberg tweeted that she set sail Wednesday morning from Hampton, Virginia, where she hitched a ride with an Australian family aboard a catamaran named La Vagabonde. They left shortly before 8 a.m.

The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, counting on solar panels and hydro-generators for power.

The trip could take two to four weeks, and November is considered offseason for sailing across the Atlantic. She’s hoping to make it back to Europe in time to attend a United Nations climate meeting that was moved to Madrid in early December.

The climate conference in Chile she was on her way to got moved to Spain because Chile is having a semi-revolution. “Disaffected youths” went wild in this otherwise stable and relatively peaceful South American nation because the government raised the price of public transport a whole 3%. Wanton rioting and destruction ensued, tens of thousands of soldiers got brought in, thousands of arrests, dozens killed at this point.

Assuming this is an actual single boat sailing, and not a pretend one surrounded by escort ships like last time, we’ll see how they fare. November isn’t the best time to cross a big mean ocean in a little unpowered sailboat.

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T’was the witch of November come stealin’.


Mexican Pirates !!

Muggers in boats to be more specifically, but any kind of robbery at sea is an act of piracy.

Pirates attacked an Italy-flagged offshore supply vessel in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members, the Mexican Navy said on Tuesday, in the latest outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.

One of the crew members of the boat, “Remas,” received a bullet wound, and the other suffered a concussion, and both were transferred to a nearby hospital, the Navy said in a statement.

Owned by Italian offshore contractor Micoperi, the boat is a supply vessel for Mexico’s oil industry.

It had a crew of about 35 when the attack occurred off the city of Ciudad del Carmen in the state of Campeche, according to two people familiar with the matter and local media reports.

About eight armed pirates arrived in two small ships and boarded the vessel, robbing the crew, the reports said.

Micoperi and the Italian embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mexican state oil firm Pemex has said robbery is increasingly affecting its oil infrastructure. Sophisticated equipment has been stolen and resold, and crews robbed.

Maybe it’s time to rethink that “unarmed merchant ships” thing. Maybe the ports around the world should station one of their navy ships just offshore to work as a bonded arms locker. Armed ship approaches the port, drops off it’s guns and ammo, gets receipt, docks under escort. Heading back to sea they pick up their arms and sail away. It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out an acceptable level of defensive weaponry; a dozen battle rifles, 4 50 caliber machine guns, 2 to 4 20mm Bofors guns would be enough to protect even the largest merchant ship out beyond the line. No Bofors guns for coastal freighters. Sure, you’d have to shift the Overton Window of what being a sailor means to something more like what it was 200 years ago, but after that it would be just the way things are. And there wouldn’t be another act of piracy anywhere ever.



Yo, I dint axe you to come in here

Michigan Medieval Reenactor whacks intruder with battle axe

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is alive and well after he used an ax to fend off a convicted criminal who broke into his Oshtemo Township apartment late Wednesday night.

Ben Ball, 36, used a replica battle ax to keep the intruder at bay.  The 33-year-old suspect, Alex Lavell Rawls, is now in jail facing a charge of first-degree home invasion, which could put him in prison for a maximum of 20 years.

Ball says that the suspect dated his former roommate who left to get away. The suspect showed up at the apartment around 11:30 p.m., thinking she was there.

The suspect knocked on the door repeatedly, then kicked it in, while Ball was in his apartment playing video games and watching Rick and Morty.

Ball said he had reason to believe the suspect had a firearm. “(The) door opened, (I) grabbed the ax, (then) step, step, hit.”

The ax hit the intruder at least once in the torso and then the two started grappling in the apartment destroying the place.  “There was a bloody mess everywhere,” Ball said.

Finally, the suspect gave up and made a run for it. A neighbor called 911 and police showed up. Police K-9s followed the trail of blood to apprehend the suspect.

Video at the link. Even ultra-dweebs have the ability to defend themselves. Good for him.

Article says that Ball practices a lot. He should practice more. Hit a guy several times with an axe and then he fights you and then later runs away? Dude, you need a better axe. And a lot more practice. There should have been a pile of chunks. Even a dull axe hit should have broken bones.


Neener neener neener. Write poor laws, expect people to find the loopholes. It’s called freedom.

No new “hi cap” magazines legal in Colorado. So shooters buy magazine kits and assemble their own.
The parts are legal, but buying or possessing a new hi cap mag isn’t.

Why sure officer, I’ve owned this one since 2010. Why do you ask?

A state law banning the sale and transfer of large-capacity gun magazines has not stopped the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

An undercover investigation by 9Wants to Know found examples of gun stores in Colorado either ignoring the law altogether or finding a loophole to get around the law.

“It’s shocking to see that people are doing this,” said state Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.

In 2013, a Democratically-controlled state legislature passed four comprehensive bills dealing with guns, including the bill sponsored by Fields banning magazines that hold more than 15 bullets.

The bill, signed into law by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper, banned the sale, transfer and possession of a large-capacity magazine as of July 1, 2013.

“We decided that we were going to go out and take on the NRA,” Hickenlooper said during the second presidential debate July 30 in Detroit. “We passed universal background checks, we limited magazine capacity, we did the basic work, that for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to be able to get done in Washington.”

Yet, six years later, magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition are still being sold in Colorado. Legislators thought that they banned them, but gun store employees describe a loophole in the law.

Colorado’s law allows grandfathered magazines. The things don’t have a production date on them, and the designs haven’t changed in decades. So prove somebody has a new one.

Other parts of the state, bless them, have declared themselves Sanctuary Counties, and are not enforcing what they feel is an unconstitutional law. They sell the assembled magazines and the kits. So far, hardly a single arrest has been made.

A magazine generally has just 4 parts: the body (which is just a metal or plastic rectangular tube), a spring, the base plate, and a follower. The follower sits on top of the spring inside the tube and is shaped to fit the cartridges the magazine is intended for.  What, you’re going to outlaw springs? I don’t think so.


More gunny good news

About 1 in 14 adult Americans has a CCW permit. Adult citizens in 16 states need no permit. Still no CCW in Hawaii, and almost none in NJ (1/3 as many in the whole state as in Washington DC). So it’s possible that the total number might be about 1 in 10 adult citizens. And that’s just the legal numbers.

Violent crime rates continue to drop everywhere citizens can carry.

The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million – a 304% increase since 2007. It’s also an 8% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2018. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. Sixteen states are missing from the data because people there don’t even need a permit to carry.

16 states ... so far. And we’re not even looking at state to state reciprocity.

h/t to Complete Colorado


Ok, stuffing Italian Style attempt 2 [ attempt 1 was already pretty good, but I wanted to amp it up a couple notches ]

This half batch got more sausage - “proper” Italian sausages with the casings removed, a good bit more sage and thyme, a couple ounces more portabella mushrooms, and a minced clove of garlic. It’s enough to absolutely pack an 8x8 glass baking dish.

8 cups of unseasoned stuffing cubes (half a big bag) I used half Pepperidge Farm and half Martin’s soft potato bread cubes
2 cups of chicken stock. not broth.
4 sweet Italian sausages
1/2 big yellow onion, roughly diced
4 oz diced celery, about 3 sticks of celery hearts
1 clove garlic, minced
10 oz package fresh portabella mushrooms, sliced and roughly chopped
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
a few good shakes of ground pepper
1 egg
1/2 stick unsalted butter
3 tbl olive oil

Set the oven at 350° F

Add a splash of olive oil to a large skillet, heat it. Skin the sausages and fry them, chopping them into bit with a spatula as they cook. When mostly cooked, push them to the side, add 2 pats butter and a little olive oil, and soften the onions. After a couple minutes add the celery. Give them about 5 minutes. Push them to the side, add some more butter and olive oil and saute the mushrooms. When they’ve reduced about half and let a lot of juices go, clear a space in the middle and saute the garlic for a minute or two. Mix everything up, sprinkle on most of the sage and thyme, and 1 1/2 cups of the chicken stock. Stir, and let simmer about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk an egg in a cereal bowl. Add the last 1/2 cup of the stock. Add the rest of the sage and thyme, and all of the chopped parsley. Stir.

In a really large mixing bowl, add the bread crumbs. Pour the egg mixture over them and stir them around.

Grease the inside of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Pour the contents of the skillet over the stuffing, and mix it in with a fork and the spatula. Transfer it to the baking dish. Add a few small pats of butter to the top. Cover with tinfoil. Into the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to 375 only if you want the top extra crispy, and bake another 30 minutes.

Now I have to figure out an alternate stuffing recipe for those who don’t like mushrooms or walnuts and can’t handle onions or garlic. I’m thinking apples and dried cranberries along with a slightly lower ratio of Italian sausage.


Ack, crivens. The littlest cat is in heat again. Opera cat. Raow roaw roaw. I gotta watch the little tramp closely, as she tries to sneak out of the house. Bad kitteh! But she’s my pal now, wanting rubs constantly. Harlot.



Whine wine whine

I had a very disappointing bottle of wine tonight. Even though it was made from the epitome of Oregon’s Pinot Noir crop, the 2016 harvest from the Williamette Valley, the wine was thin, acerbic, and nearly sour. I like richer, more robust reds, and I found the standard bottle of Argyle Pinot Noir to be a real let down. Sure, they make a far fuller variety, their Nuthouse bottling, for just twice the price. Yeah, well, this one was already at the top of my acceptable price range. Double that, and we’re into the land of “you’ve got to be kidding me”.

I read the Wine Spectator magazine in the waiting room at my dentist’s office. It’s full of glowing, superlative reviews of wines that are so esoteric that they don’t exist for us mere mortals. I read some review online today for some wonder bottle, a small batch run of just 100 cases. Dude, that’s 1200 bottles. 800 liters. A bit more than 200 gallons. That’s hobby level production. Get real. Next.

Other reviews go on an on about the wonderful terroir of this or that region. “A full 900 hectares of vines produces this wonderful blah blah blah.” A hectare is a hair under 2 1/2 acres.  So 900 of them is 2439 acres. 640 acres per square mile; 3.8 square miles. 2 miles by 1.9 miles. That’s not a “region”, that’s a decent sized field.

Vintage wine is such a crapshoot. I like it, but I hate the risk involved, and you get hosed at least half the time, no matter what the price is. It may be super awesome when it goes in the bottle, but then it gets shipped by orangutans and stored in room temperature warehouses, where it ages 10 times faster than it ought to. And then it goes on the shelf in the nice warm store until it sells. Which means anything in the bottle more than 2 years is at least half dead before you even buy it. I’ll stick to the cheaper stuff, or good bourbon and rye whiskey.



San Fran Elects Son Of Terrorists/Hugo Chavez Flunky As DA

Crivens, they’re all insane.

Progressive candidate Chesa Boudin won the race for district attorney in San Francisco on Saturday.

Boudin and opponent Suzy Loftus were neck-and-neck for days as officials tallied votes from the city’s ranked-choice ballots. (of course. how progressive.)

Boudin, 39, is a public defender who ran on a platform of closing jails, eliminating cash bail, combating racism in the criminal justice system and diverting people from jails and prisons.

Chesa Boudin is the son of Weather Underground killers Kathy Boudin, and David Gilbert. Kathy Boudin was convicted of felony manslaughter and bank robbery and served 22 years in jail for her role in the infamous 1980 Brinks Robbery in which several police and security guards were killed. Gilbert’s role in that was even worse, and he is still in jail, serving 75 to life.  Chesa was adopted and raised by “former” terrorist bombers Bill Ayers ("guilty as sin, free as a bird") and his wife Bernadine Dohrn.

Boudin calls himself a Progressive. At the very least I’d call him an anarcho-Marxist.


But wait, there’s more! Chesa was also a key player in Hugo Chavez’s regime, and possibly part of his death squads.

Chesa Boudin, who was quite literally Hugo Chavez’s trusted propagandist, translator and advisor, Cuba-groomed from the start, is now commanding an apparently unbeatable lead in San Francisco’s district attorney’s race.

That’s right, one of Hugo Chavez’s very own will soon be set to be the chief prosecutor for the California city. Yet this guy has also been photographed in Venezuela wielding an assault rifle, and getting guerrilla training, according to Venezuelan sources. He literally hung out with the Chavista goon squads known as ‘colectivos,’ the same thugs who drive around in motorcycles and shoot into crowds who protest. Those are his homies. When Boudin turns San Francisco into a Venezuela-style hellhole as a very lawless D.A., you can be sure that what he achieves will be socialism done by an expert.

Boudin can count on the support of radical black activist Shaun King - aka Talcum X (because he’s white)

YES!!!! @ChesaBoudin has now pulled into a commanding lead as votes continue to be counted in San Francisco.

He’s ahead by 5,897 first place votes and is the clear choice for District Attorney.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 9, 2019


Another mysterious NJ flying car accident. Junior CSI Drew can’t figure out how this happened. Police are also baffled at this point.

Two Killed In Toms River NJ Accident As Flying Porsche Hits Building On The Second Floor

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Toms River NJ, Sunday morning 6:30am

TOMS RIVER – A car has crashed into the second story of a Toms River business on Sunday, police said. The Porsche remained lodged in the building at the scene.

Hooper Avenue and Indian Hill roads were closed after the 6:30 a.m. incident, according to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash occurred Sunday morning at EXIT Realty Elite at 1466 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, according to police. No one was apparently in the building at the time.

The car is upside down, fully inside the building, on the second floor, which is at least 12 feet off the fairly level ground. Not surprisingly, reports are that the two people in the car were killed.

There are no apparent skid marks on the road or in the parking lot. The brick marquee out by the road was not damaged. The low bushes behind it do not appear to be damaged. The phone pole wires are not damaged. I don’t see any damage to the low dirt median between the lanes on Hooper Road.

If the car was coming down Hooper Road from the right and swerved right and became airborne and hit the building, it’s about 90 feet from the curb to the corner of the building. If the car was going the wrong way on Hooper and swerved left into the parking lot, it’s about 100 feet from the far streetside corner of the driveway to the building. There is a side street across Hooper, Beatrice Ave, that nearly lines up with the corner of the building, and is long enough - about 800 feet max - to allow a fast car to get up quite a bit of speed. However, there’s that wide dirt median in the way, with a storm sewer, and there’s a phone pole and a fire hydrant by the realty building’s sidewalk too.  So none of the 3 entry angles look feasible to me, without leaving quite a lot of skid marks or furrows in the soil. And I can rule out that the car was dropped like a flat arc bomb from a fast airplane, as that trajectory would surely have hit the power lines.

So it’s a mystery. Another real NJ head scratching traffic accident. Sure, I can see there being an accident if they had to swerve to avoid a deer or some of those aggressive wild turkey assaults they’re having. But >12 feet off the ground and upside down? That doesn’t make sense at all.

Monday Update:

The sports car, a 2010 Porsche Boxster convertible, was traveling at “a high rate of speed” when the driver lost control, hit a center median and struck an embankment that sent it smashing through the building, Toms River Police spokeswoman Jillian Messina told Fox News.
Skid marks could be seen stretching across four lanes of traffic in the direction of the building, the outlet reported.
The victims were later identified as 22-year-old Braden DeMartin of Toms River and his passenger, 23-year-old Daniel Foley, also of Toms River, the department said in a news release. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

There you go. Such skid marks should have been highly visible. Obvious. Even at 6:30 in the morning. So what we have here is another case of lazy journalism; one photograph of them, or even a single sentence mentioning them, would have made things so much clearer. And though we’ll never know, I’m betting this was because of deer or turkeys in the road.


Mmm, coffee and leftover stuffing for breakfast. Oh boy!




Ok, so that sort of worked. Mostly.

I’m trying out recipes in advance (for once) for Thanksgiving. I’ve got the bread down pat, no worries there. And her New York style water bath cheesecake with lemon is the bomb. But I’m bringing stuffing too, and that can sometimes be a challenge. I made one recipe today ... ok, I made half a recipe of it because it’s just the two of us ... and while it came out pretty good, it needs quite a bit more oomph. It called for fresh thyme and sage, which are stupid expensive for the little that you get. I used their quantities but it was no where near the flavor level you’d get in a package of Stove Top. Not that 5 sprigs of runny thyme is going to make 2 tablespoonsful. No way. 1 teaspoon, maybe. So more herbs - my dried ones are probably a decade old, so time to buy fresh (forget Bell’s seasoning in the cardboard box. Cheap, but ancient, always), more mushrooms, and a stronger sausage flavor. Hatfield’s is too mild. I’ll get some good links, and maybe add some Jones breakfast links, which are quite herby. Will apples or cranberries work if added? Have to try. Thing is, even though I love it, we don’t eat stuffing more than once or twice a year other than Thanksgiving, and that’s usually a box of Stove Top. So I don’t have much experience making it from the get go.

I also found out that some of the people coming don’t like mushrooms or onions, so I might have to make a half recipe of this, and a half recipe of something else without them.

The pumpkin humus is good too, and very easy. Recipes online, but make a batch yourself, because the amounts of spice, garlic, and tahini vary a lot. Most people don’t like things firecracker sharp and hot like I do.

Guess I’ll be nibbling on leftover stuffing for the next few weeks. With some holiday humus on crackers.


Your Morning Hypocrisy

Seriously? Projection much?

( this article stems from the Kentucky governor race, which was so tight that just 5K votes separated the condidates. The Republican guy is looking for a re-canvas / recount. )

From the Washington Post, where “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. Article posted at 5:03pm when the sun has nearly set.


Boy am I out of it. There was a “gun incident” hardly a quarter mile from here a couple days ago, and I didn’t know a thing about it until somebody mentioned it at bowling league last night. Where we managed to win 1 game, but I rolled fairly Ok all night. To be fair, the story only ran online at two local news sites.

Shots Fired At Clinton Holiday Inn

Every cop in the county responded, including the state police from 3 miles down the road. Shooter arrested.

A North Carolina man fired several shots in a Hunterdon County hotel after an argument with his co-workers, authorities said Wednesday.

No one was injured when Robert Michalski Jr. opened fire around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, according to police. The gunfire prompted officers from at least five nearby departments and state troopers to converge on the hotel.

“It was determined a group of co-workers were traveling together had an argument,” Town of Clinton Police Chief J. Cory Kubinak said in an email. “The suspect began shooting at the victim over this dispute and would not allow him to leave for a period of time.”

Kubinak said officers contained the situation and there was no further threat.

Police charged Michalski with multiple weapons offenses, aggravated assault and criminal restraint. The 37-year-old Rocky Mount, North Carolina, man was sent to the county jail, according to officials.

CLINTON, NJ – A suspect is in custody and lodged in the county jail after gunshots were reported at the Holiday Inn here around 11 p.m. last night, according to information provided to Mayor Janice Kovach by Clinton Police Chief Cory Kubinak.

The report prompted response from police here and from Clinton and Lebanon Townships, Franklin, High Bridge, State Police other surrounding police departments.

The suspect is Robert Michalski Jr., 37, of Rocky Mount, NC, Kubinak said. Michalski had a dispute with co-workers, according to police, and shot at a victim multiple times. No one was injured, police said. 

A weapon, which police did not identify, was recovered.  Michalski was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon; unlawful possession of an assault weapon; possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes; criminal restraint; possession of high- capacity magazines; and aggravated assault.

Wow, so Bubba D and his buds go on a road trip and he brings his AR with him and a bunch of high capacity magazines? To New Jersey?? Horry Clap, now that’s some genius act.



Waldo D. Whistleblower Found!

Thank you WaPo


But but how is this possible? It’s only those loving, accepting, tolerant, pro-womyn, pro-diversity, progressive types who are being polled? And there hasn’t even been one primary vote or caucus yet. Go figure.

Kamalatoe’s Sinking Ship: It’s Because Raycis !!!

instead of blaming herself, Senator Kamala Devi Harris is blaming America. The vast majority of it which isn’t supporting her. And there’s only one possible reason they aren’t supporting her. Racism.

Harris began her campaign ascendancy by accusing Joe Biden of racism. It’s only fitting that she’s wrapping it up by implying that her lack of support isn’t her fault, but the fault of an intolerant nation.

Electability, a problem caused by her own poor poll numbers, is really a sign of racial unreadiness.

enator Kamala Harris polled at 3% in last month’s Quinnipiac poll. That must make the San Fran and Hollywood donors who stuffed $11.6 million in her pantsuit pockets this quarter feel good about giving to charity.

A quarter of Iowa Democrat caucusgoers have a negative opinion of Harris. That’s up minus eleven points since June. So, Harris is making weekly trips to Iowa while claiming that she’s going to move there. Not even Democrats are stupid enough to believe that she’s going to leave her Brentwood mansion to move to a place where the temperatures are currently hovering around the low thirties.

And her Iowa stump speech is now all about accusing anyone who doesn’t vote for her of racism.

Looks like she’s taking a page from the Hillary playbook. Hey, maybe there will be a mega-million advance on a book deal for Kam? Um, no. Because raycis, right?


Oh Kentucky, The Voters Of Kentucky *

For one thing, Bevin is the most unpopular governor in the country, according to data from Morning Consult, which at last count found that just 32 percent of registered voters in the state approved of the job he was doing while 56 percent disapproved. These weaknesses were likely the biggest factor in his loss to Beshear, who had the added advantage of being the son of the man who served as Kentucky governor just before Bevin. For another thing, until Bevin’s election in 2015, Democrats had held the governorship in Kentucky for almost the entirety of the past two decades.”

So the media’s huge trumpet blowing now sounds a bit off-key, doesn’t it? Their new governor (possibly, let’s do a recount) is the son of their old governor, nobody really likes the current governor, and the state has had Dem governors for a generation. Yeah, that’s a YUGE “flip”. Knot.


There’s not much point in surfing the internet looking for new stuff before 7am Eastern. It’s all yesterday’s posts. Actually, there’s not much point in me even being awake before 6am, but the outdoor kitty is expecting breakfast, and now that 6am is now 5am I’m waking up “early” automatically. I should just go back to sleep. However, plenty of stuff to try and work on here today.



Not Made In The USA: English as she is goodly written

I got a thing delivered today that needs a bit of assembly. It was made in China, or at least the instructions were. It’s a gas. Here are a couple excerpts

The Manual Instruction of GCC-0002
4. Please keep this product away from children and pet, for safely consideration.
When you unpack our product, you will find every component. Please classify and divide all the component into groups and screw like we do in the picture first before install.

Well, that’s one way to get the customer relaxed before one of these tedious processes!


Must be an election year. And yes, it’s election day, so get out and vote, even if it’s just local candidates and issues this time around.

After Massive Public Pressure, Maryland County Rolls Back Sanctuary Rules A Little Bit

Following months of national media coverage over the handling of illegal aliens in his custody, Montgomery County, Maryland, Executive Marc Elrich has somewhat reversed a sanctuary policy he signed into law.

Elrich will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents the ability to access certain areas of the Montgomery County jail in order to apprehend illegal aliens, according to ABC7 News. A county spokesman confirmed to the local news outlet on Nov. 1 that correctional officers have been ordered to give ICE agents clearance to “identified areas” of the jail to “ensure that transfers are conducted in a safe environment.”

News of the cooperation between Montgomery County and federal immigration authorities comes three months after Elrich signed an executive order that prohibited county officials from working with ICE.

However, Elrich’s order soon proved controversial. Authorities arrested numerous illegal aliens in Montgomery County — all of the arrests taking place just weeks after the order was signed — and charged them with rape or other sexual abuse crimes. The string of rape charges shined a national spotlight on the county’s policy toward criminal illegal aliens and its fraught relationship with the agency tasked with removing them.

A public relations battle ensued between federal immigration authorities and Elrich’s office.


In a scathing response to national criticism, the Montgomery County Council in early September accused the Trump administration, conservative media, “Neo-Nazi sympathizers” and others of spreading “a lot of inaccurate information” about the county’s criminal justice process.

Pro-ICE demonstrators held a rally in front of the Montgomery County office building on Sept. 13, demanding elected leaders end its sanctuary executive order. The rally, which drew counter-protesters, was held to highlight organizers’ argument that immigration enforcement helps keep communities safer.

It’s not clear if Elrich’s rollback of his sanctuary rules are sufficient enough for federal immigration authorities. ICE did not respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

It is not up to local or state authorities to choose whether they will comply with federal law. Period. IMO, not only should these sanctuary areas be immediately defunded from all federal largess, criminal charges should be brought against every last one of them and prosecuted to the highest degree.


The article doesn’t say, but it doesn’t need to does it? Another day, another TNB. Guaranteed.

Rude Customer Gets Killed Over Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich

A man was fatally stabbed Monday evening while inside a Maryland Popeyes following a fight over a chicken sandwich, a source told Fox News.

Prince George’s County police said they received reports of a fight at a Popeyes location in the 6200 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, Md., on Monday at around 7 p.m. Oxon Hill is about 20 minutes from Washington, D.C.

When officers arrived at the location they found a man in the parking lot with stab wounds, police told Fox News. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim’s name or age has not yet been released. Police said the suspect is still on the run.

According to police, the fight initially began in line when a man cut in front of another man and then the altercation escalated and spilled outside where one of the men was stabbed.

Rudeness? Check. Bullying? Check. Irrational violent reaction over an irritating but totally minor issue? Check.

The rest of us had learned by second grade not to cut the line. This was an absolutely senseless thing to die over, but I have zero tolerance or sympathy with bullies. Too frickin’ bad.

Update: name and photo released. Entire incident took just 15 seconds

The victim was identified as 28-year-old male Kevin Tyrell Davis of Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman announced Tuesday.

He entered the fast food joint on the 6200 block of Livingston Road around 7pm Monday evening where about three dozen people were in line, many waiting for the newly released chicken sandwich, Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.

He then cut the line and was confronted by a male suspect. The two exchanged words and the argument escalated to the point that the two went outside the restaurant and Davis was stabbed. Cops say the entire confrontation lasted just 15 seconds.

Security cam got pictures of the stabber and his ho.


[ massive snip snip of old posts, now pasted below the fold. Sorry, I had to delete a big bunch of them too ]


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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

( source )

Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM   
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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.


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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 


Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/24/2016 at 09:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.



Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.

Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.


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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.

So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.

Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM   
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