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calendar   Sunday - June 16, 2019

The One, The Only



Holy shiite. I’m just scanning the news this morning, and I see this article. I really didn’t think too much of it, just your typical bureaucratic mess, right? Then I took a look.

Town Pleads: Don’t Let The Killers Out


PEARL RIVER, N.Y. – Hundreds of people marched silently through the streets of a suburban New York town in the dark on Saturday with candles illuminating the path taken by a 16-year-old girl who was brutally murdered as she walked home from the library nearly 40 years ago.

The peaceful protest was a plea to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the imminent release of a man convicted in the 1980 murder of Paula Bohovesky, an honor student and aspiring actress who was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in a crime so depraved it stunned law enforcement and shook the small town of Pearl River to its core.

“The justice provided by the court for Paula, her family, her friends and the Pearl River community has been stolen,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in response to a recent parole board decision to release 66-year-old Richard LaBarbera, one of two men convicted in Paula’s murder.

LaBarbera was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of the teen as she walked home from her part-time job at the library on Oct. 28, 1980, in the quiet hamlet, some 30 miles north of New York City.
Pearl River, N.Y., residents gathered Saturday to protest plans to release one of two men convicted in the 1980 sexual assault and murder of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky.

LaBarbera and another man, Robert McCain, were sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder – the toughest sentence at that time. Last month, a parole board of Cuomo appointees informed the family that LaBarbera will be released in July – a move that shocked victim advocates, state lawmakers and a town that has never healed from the savage crime.

McCain, 58, is set to go before the same parole board next week. The two were denied parole seven times since first becoming eligible in 2005.

“Neither one of them has taken responsibility and neither one of them has shown remorse,” Paula’s mother, Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News in an interview.

This is where I grew up. I knew this girl. She was a couple years behind me in high school, but it’s a small town.

This was the most savage, vile murder in the town’s history. Not that there ever were many murders, ever. Heck, there isn’t hardly even any crime. The bank downtown was robbed in 1927 and there was a big shootout with tommy guns. That’s immortalized on a plaque in the town park, around the base of the flagpole by the WWI cannon.

The protesters in the photo are in Central Avenue Park. This is where the old high school once stood. They opened the closed school and sent my 5th grade class there when my elementary school was being remodeled. We were the last kids to use the place. That’s the Hook & Ladder fire house in the background. Pearl River is very gung ho with their volunteer firemen; they have two firehouses. It’s nice to see that Ringner’s Furniture is still in business. I knew the son Randy. We were in rocket club together when I was 11.

The library mentioned in this story is across Franklin Avenue off the left side of the photo. IIRC, Paula lived a short way off North Main Street, which is two short blocks past the firehouse, hang a right at the hardware store across the street from the park. I think they lived up the side street from the Good Shepard Lutheran Church. I think the murder started at the corner of Central and North Main. The guys had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar just past the corner, which was a low dive in those days. There is a forlorn area behind the buildings, where the “Pearl River” ( aka Muddy Creek ) runs through. It was a dark and hidden unpaved parking area in those days. I can’t remember if the crime happened there or in somebody’s back yard there by the church at Hunt Street. It’s been a very long time. What I do remember is that this was an entirely random, spontaneous rape/murder. They saw a girl, they jumped her. Bashed her head in with a rock, raped what they thought was a dead body, and when she turned out to be not quite dead, they stabbed her to pieces. Many many times. Then they went back to drinking.

Sometimes the news catches you by surprise. I’m a bit stunned here.

No, keep these sick effers behind bars until they rot. It’s a damn shame pussy New York gave up the death penalty. I’m sure that you could find a thousand hands in that town willing to pull the switch, even four decades later.  Heck, I’d drive up there just for the honor.





Maybe this is a good idea?

President Trump To Move USDA Research To Farm Belt

Employees at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) intend to move from Washington, D.C. to an unspecified area in the Kansas City region by the end of 2019, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: “Employees, congressional Democrats and a bipartisan coalition of former USDA leaders” have warned that the move “would devastate the two agencies,” per the Post. ERS and NIFA have both recently unionized and some “union officials have promised to fight the move.”

Details: ERS jobs remaining in D.C. mostly belong to “administrative staff, analysts who perform market outlook estimates and those who collect data,” according to internal documents reviewed by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Their analysis showed that “[e]conomists and other ERS researchers who make conclusions from that data are likely to be reassigned to Kansas City” — but the USDA disputes that.

Two scientific agencies in the Department of Agriculture will move from Washington to the greater Kansas City region, USDA announced Thursday, despite strong resistance to the plan.

Nearly 550 positions at the Economic Research Service, a statistical agency, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which funds cutting-edge agricultural science, are expected to be moved by the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30. USDA estimated the savings at $300 million over 15 years from employment and rent.

“The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

The news release did not identify the location of the offices. But Tim Cowden, president and chief executive of the Kansas City Area Development Council, said the agency is evaluating office property on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border.

1) Screw the union. No government employee should have a union. Not anywhere, not ever. We The People are the bigger union, so fuck off.

2) There’s an old Sam Kinison routine about world hunger: Move to where the food is!!” It’s rough, but it makes sense.

Republican senators representing Missouri and Kansas welcomed Thursday’s announcement. “We’re home to some of the hardest working farmers in the country, so this is a fantastic decision by the USDA,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a statement.

NIFA and ERS workers will join nearly 5,000 other USDA employees in Kansas City, said Cowden, whose group proposed the region to USDA last year.

“We’re within 300 miles of 13 land grant universities,” said Kimberly Young, president of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, a development council initiative. The area is an epicenter of the animal health industry, Young said, with more than 300 such companies nearby.

But current employees of the two agencies, several Democratic lawmakers and a bipartisan coalition of former USDA leaders warned that the move, more than 900 miles from Washington, would devastate the two agencies.

“This is not just a change of address,” said Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture. “It cuts NIFA off from the collaboration with other federal funding agencies in D.C. that are its major partners.”

They say that like it’s a bad thing. Get them away from the funding BS. Drain the swamp. And then plant crops when the mud dries out some.


You have to be a government to be this stupid

Top Secret Circuit Boards For F-35 Stealth Fighters: Made In China

Crivens. SMFH. Are you outta yer freakin’ mind??

F-35 jets: Chinese-owned company making parts for top-secret UK-US fighters

An expert said it’s possible to embed technology such as a chip without a customer’s knowledge that could change how it functions.

[ no kidding. How many times have we already seen this? Cellphones, etc. ]

A Chinese-owned company is making circuit boards for the top-secret next generation F-35 warplanes flown by Britain and the United States, Sky News can reveal.

Exception PCB, a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer in Gloucestershire, south west England, produces circuit boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, according to publicity material produced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

This includes “its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems”, it said.

When asked about the firm’s Chinese ownership, the MoD said Exception PCB is an established manufacturer of circuit boards to the defence industry and presents “no risk” to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain.

A director from the company said there are “clear firewalls in place” between Exception PCB and its Chinese parent company Shenzhen Fastprint.

Believe that, and I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you for a good price. Jackwad.

OK, they aren’t made in China. But they’re made by a company owned by a Chinese company. Which GUARANTEES that 1) the design has been stolen, and 2) that the boards have some extra bits in them that does naughty stuff. 

Anything and everything from China is a cheat in one way or another. You can’ trust them. And they are our forever shadow enemy. I swear, every Chinese in any kind of high-tech industry is a spy. It’s only happened fifty thousand times. Everywhere.

Build your weapons in your own country using companies owned by white citizens. Period. You can not trust them either, but you can trust them a bit more than the other ones which you know are going to screw with you. It may not be a PC view, but it’s the accurate one.



A little good news, slightly old, in the salt water game of Silly Buggers being played right now in the Persian Gulf.

Six Iranian Ships Mysteriously Burn


As the strategic port of Shahid Rajaee, north of the Strait of Hormuz, was still dealing with the effects of a huge fire that caused serious destruction, Iranian media reported that six Iranian ships were ablaze in several ports in the southern part of the country.

The Iranian Republic News Agency reported that on June 7, 2019, four merchant ships caught fire in the port of Nakhl Taqi (Taghi) in the Asaluyeh region of Bushehr Province. Three ships were burned entirely, while two others in Asaluyeh suffered major damage. While the governor of Asaluyeh claimed the fires were extinguished without anyone harmed, the head of the emergency rooms in Bushehr Province said that several civilians and sailors had been injured and brought to hospitals in the region. The mayor of the town of Delvar, near the port of Bualhir, confirmed that one vessel in the port burned completely.

But we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that this was payback, or a tit-for-tat escalation of the proxy war in Yemen. It is possible that this was the navy version of the standard splodey-dope premature immolation. Their IED guys blow themselves up all the time on land. Why should the swabbies be left out of the fun?

But that makes 6 boats less for the mulla-mullahs.


Paying The Butcher’s Baker’s Bill

A jury has awarded $33.2 million in punitive damages to Gibson’s Bakery, whose owners claimed Ohio’s Oberlin College and an administrator hurt their business and libeled them during a dispute over a shoplifting episode that triggered protests and allegations of racism.

The Chronicle-Telegram reported the same jury awarded Gibson’s business and family members more than $11 million in actual or compensatory damages, bringing the total award to more than $44 million.

Sadly, Ohio state law caps punitive damages at $22 million, so the grand total is a mere $33 million. I’m expecting a decade of appeals efforts.

“Oberlin College tried to sacrifice a beloved 5th-generation bakery, its owners, and its employees, at the altar of political correctness in order to appease the campus ‘social justice warfare’ mob. The jury sent a clear message that the truth matters, and so do the reputations and lives of people targeted by false accusations, particularly when those false accusations are spread by powerful institutions. Throughout the trial the Oberlin College defense was tone-deaf and demeaning towards the bakery and its owners, calling the bakery nearly worthless. The jury sent a message that all lives matter, including the lives of ordinary working people who did nothing wrong other than stop people from stealing.”

Get woke, go broke. Couldn’t happen to a batter bunch of lefties until UCLA gets fined a couple billion. I’m having a little daydream that every college commie indoctrination center gets hit with this kind of punch back every time they rush to judgement or riot to keep some invited conservative speaker from appearing, screw up some young guy’s life because his hook up partner had regrets the next day and decided she was raped, or some prof gets fired / student expelled because they use the wrong pronoun to describe some gender freak. A few of these, along with a sweet caveat that any college found guilty gets cut off from all state and federal funding RIGHT NOW and for the next 5 years per incident, will either shut them down or shut them up.  And when the big money talks, snowflakes balk.

I’m telling ya, it’s fire hose time in lots of places.



Ok, I survived another episode with the dentist. I’ve got my pills. I think I might be running a bit of a fever. Probably post-stress reaction. Or too many needles stuck in my gums again. Whatever. Take my ice pack and go to bed.


This is not good.

Two Oil Tankers Torpedoed In Straits Of Hormuz


OK, it may have been mines, but the stories were running with torpedoes this morning

Of course Iran is behind it. They’re trying to start a war, but why? Who cares, really? Nuke ‘em flat and let ‘em rot.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the “blatant assault” on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said: “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

He charged that Iran was working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. would defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate.

His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News the U.S. Navy saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked. It’s the same type of mine used to damage four oil tankers last month in the same area - an attack senior Pentagon officials blamed on Iran.

In a series of tweets, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan praised Navy efforts to rescue those on the Panamanian vessel and called Iran’s “unprovoked attacks” a threat to international security and peace.

“Iran’s continued unprovoked attacks in the region are a threat to international security and peace and an assault against freedom of navigation on the open seas,” Shanahan posted.

Shanahan also reiterated that the U.S. was not looking for armed conflict but “will defend our forces and our interests around the world.”

A spokesman for Taiwan’s CPC Corp oil refiner, which chartered the other boat attacked on Thursday morning, the Front Altair, said it was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo”, although it had not been confirmed.

Whether it be a torpedo or mines, Jakob P. Larsen, head of maritime security for the international shipping association BIMCO, told the Associated Press that the incident brings the region closer to an armed conflict.

“The shipping industry views this as an escalation of the situation, and we are just about as close to a conflict without there being an actual armed conflict, so the tensions are very high,” he said.


The tensions between the U.S. and Iran have reached a fever pitch and the diplomatic efforts to defuse the situation tend to hit a wall. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Iran this week and is expected to try to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington, though any significant breakthrough is unlikely.

Yet Abe’s visit coincided with the Iran-backed Houthi rebel attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha regional airport that reportedly wounded 26 people.


Two oil tankers were damaged in a suspected attack off the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, according to multiple reports.

The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was assisting two tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls. Details of the incident were unclear, but one of the operators made an unconfirmed report that a torpedo had hit its ship, Reuters reported.

“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,’’ Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The Fleet did not blame anyone for the attack.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations—an arm of the British Navy—had put out an alert earlier and urged “extreme caution” amid U.S.-Iran tensions.

The incident comes as Iranian media claimed — without offering any evidence — that two oil tankers had been targeted in the area.

The area is near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic route through which 20 percent of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers. Benchmark Brent crude, in apparent reaction to the incident, rose its prices by 3.4% on Thursday.

Dryad Global, a maritime intelligence firm, identified one of the vessels involved as the MT Front Altair a Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil tanker. The vessel was “on fire and adrift,” Dryad added.

And they did this while the Japanese Prime Minister was there, trying to open discussions and reduce tensions? These sand lice are friggin’ insane.

So naturally, the left wing press blames the USA ...

The US has dramatically stoked Middle East tensions by claiming it is “highly likely” that Iran is behind the “torpedo attack” on an American-linked oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman today.

Both the Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous - which was reportedly bombed - burst into flames and were forced to evacuate in the troubled region this morning.

And now, in comments that threaten to ignite tensions between the two countries, a US defence official told CBS News that it is “highly likely Iran caused these attacks”.

The source also dismissed the Islamic Republic’s earlier claim that they had rescued all the crew members from both ships branding the report “patently false.”

He said the USS Bainbridge had rescued 21 of the 44 stricken sailors involved in the incident near the Strait of Hormuz.

Earlier, Tehran’s news agency IRNA claimed Iranian search and rescue teams had taken all the crew members to the port of Jask.

The Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous is believed to have been targeted by a magnetic mine causing a series of massive explosions on board.

Sure, blame us. Mea culpa. We who might have radio intercept of the ship’s distress calls, which just might include “torpedo inbound starboard flank!!!” That’s just my guess. And let’s look at the time stamp of that Iranian news report. Did it get broadcast before, or instantly after, the attacks? Hmmm.

These are the 3rd and 4th ships to be attacked in the area within the last couple months; attacked with military level effect, not just a couple of towlies in a speedboat with AKs.

Oil prices soared by 3.5 per cent following news of the explosions, according to reports.

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif branded the explosions as “suspicious” calling them “reported attacks on Japan-related oil tankers.”

He said the incident had happened as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close American ally.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet said it is aware of a “reported attack” in the area and is investigating.

A statement said: “US naval forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6.12 am local time and a second one at 7.00 am.

“US Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance.”

Sounds suspicious alright. TWO attacks a few miles apart and a few minutes apart, on “Japanese related” ships WHILE the Japanese PM is visiting? Oh yeah, sure sounds like a false flag operation done by Evil Trump to upset the peace loving goat fuckers in SandLand. Riiiight. Does anybody believe their BS?

This can not go unanswered. If these ships don’t sink, if the fires can be put out, and if one identifiable piece of torpedo or mine is found that proves Iranian complicity ... aw shit, here we go again.

President Trump has sent a wake up call to Diego Garcia, where the BUFFs live. And dragged out some Patriot missiles. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. I don’t want another damn war, but Iraq was a mess and we’re actually losing ground in Afghanistan. After nearly 2 decades there. Fuggit. Nuke ‘em all, then go home.

Meanwhile, CENTCOM released a video of the sand flea nutjobs showing up at one of the tankers and retrieving one of their mines that didn’t go off.

Hours after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for a pair of attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday morning, a military spokesman released a video, photos, and a timeline purporting to show Iranian boats near the ships immediately after the attacks.

According to Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command’s top spokesman, the video shows men aboard an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military patrol boat returning to one of the abandoned tankers, the M/T Kokuka Courageous, and removing an unexploded mine from its damaged hull. 

And the basement dwellers immediately claim it’s a false flag op. SMFH.


TNB, as always

Memphis ChimpOut Over Shot Thug

Any excuse to riot, steal and destroy.

The fatal shooting of a suspect who allegedly emerged from his vehicle with a weapon after ramming the vehicles of approaching law enforcement officers sparked a clash between Memphis, Tenn., residents and police on Wednesday night, according to reports.

The suspect was not named by authorities but was identified by two local politicians and on numerous social media posts as Brandon Webber, 20. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said early Thursday that the suspect killed by the U.S. Marshals Service had been wanted on numerous warrants.

In the violence that followed, at least two dozen law enforcement officers and at least two journalists were injured, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wrote on Facebook.

In addition, Strickland added, “Multiple police cars were vandalized. A concrete wall outside a business was torn down. The windows were broken out at fire station 31.”

One video posted online showed a man smashing a chair against a police vehicle.

Police reported that they had received a call for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service earlier in the evening.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported that a “tense standoff” developed between law enforcement and residents after the shooting, which took place in the Frayser neighborhood.

On the one hand, it’s “we need more police protection”. On the other hand, when the cops do their job and stop the perps cold, it’s always “police brutality” and another protest/riot/uprising/ chimpout.

You can’t win. So either don’t play, or get out the fire hoses and come down on this shit like the angry fist of God.


Local Paper Smacks Ilhan Omar

Good. She’s a fake, a fraud, a campaign finance cheat, a tax cheat, and most probably a bigamist, maybe even a trigamist. Married her brother then married somebody else, yadda yadda. And she’s a damn jihadi, and nobody likes her. So much for the wonders of diversity.

Ilhan Omar is facing some fresh criticism from her very own backyard.  Rep. Omar, D-Minn., was the subject of a stinging editorial in Minnesota’s Star Tribune on Wednesday in the wake of her recent campaign finance violations—with the paper suggesting that it was just the latest “misstep by the first-term congresswoman.”

“U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way,” the editorial began. “The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her nearly $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties.”

Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled last week that Omar owed her campaign committee nearly $3,500, as well as a $500 civil penalty to the state, after using committee funds for personal travel and help on her tax returns.

As the Star Tribune noted, the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board reported that Omar and her husband filed joint tax returns while she was married to another man. Minnesota law only allows spouses to file jointly in civil marriages whereas Omar filed with a man with whom she was only married in “faith tradition.”

“It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings ... Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time,” the editorial read.
Rep. Ilhan Omar slams religious conservatives over ‘heartbeat’ billsVideo

The paper also called on Omar to disclose whether she benefited materially from the filings. “That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know,” it read.

The incident was just one of many issues—including collecting allegedly illegal speaking fees—that could prompt an investigation, the paper said.

Gee, doesn’t this call for impeachment? Or at least a recall? Sounds like several possible felonies; much more than mere high crimes and misdemeanors.

Why not just arrest her now, throw her in jail, and then see what they can come up with. That’s the accepted method these days isn’t it? At least that seems to be their style to get OrangeManBad.


A loaf at last? Alone at loaf? Having the last loaf?

Whatever. I’ve got what will be my last loaf of bread in the works right now. Since we’re both overweight, we’ve decided that the best time to start a low carb diet is after my colonoscopy. What I’d call making a clean start, for sure. So I hope it turns out well. It should be a lighter loaf, as I used all AP flour with just 10% WW. And a touch of sugar and a TB of gluten powder. The previous loaf was mostly that heavy duty bagel flour. It tasted just fine, but was quite a bit like a tan brick.


Bowling Blogging

We had the buy last night, bowling unopposed. Yet we managed to only win 5 out of 7 points. I’m weaning off the Prednisone, and going into the second game my hearing cut out just about completely and my balance got messed up a bit. Maybe that means my middle ear is draining? Beats me, I couldn’t feel it. But it screwed up my game and I rolled way under average. So we lost that one. I did what I could in the 3rd, and we managed a win. Good thing we bowled way over in the first game, which gave us enough extra pins so that we could make wood.



Rats In The Plumbing


An illegal alien was photographed sneaking into El Paso via the storm sewer system. This manhole is half a mile from the border.

Obviously the storm sewer drains into the Rio Grande. Gee, maybe it would be a good idea to weld in a few dozen rebar barriers in the pipes soft of near the river? Or some one way spikes? Not that the idea of man eating giant alligators with AIDS ( and lasers ) is unappealing.


Me and my big mouth. Almost literally. I’m getting a colonoscopy next week. Woo friggin’ hoo. I was supposed to see the dentist the day before for more work on my implants, but the butt exam docs say no pain killers for 5 days before. And my dentist, Dr. Pain, always leaves me pretty sore. So I called to move my appointment back a week or so. Instead they’ve got me coming in tomorrow. Could have been worse; they were willing to see me at 4pm today. Yikes! That would mean missing bowling league. OMG.


Oh boy, it’s mosquito repellent day, if you’re old enough to make the date association!.


There is a special level of Hell for people like this

Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County. That’s the outer suburbian rural southern end of my county, about 15 miles south of here.

200 Neglected Dogs Rescued From Home

More than 200 dogs have been rescued from a massive hoarding situation on a property in Hunterdon County..

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center arrived at a house in Kingwood on Tuesday to remove the dogs after humane law enforcement officer served a warrant, according to a Facebook post by the shelter and authorities.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s detectives and State Police who searched the home and other buildings on the property found more than 170 dogs believed to be neglected. Thirty dogs had previously surrendered by the home owners.

The shelter said all of the dogs were in need of vaccinations and would need to dewormed, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.

The Monmouth County SPCA, which was called to the property to assist St. Hubert’s, said in a Facebook post that the dogs seem to have had “limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care” and that many of the dogs were pregnant and had “masses and infections.”

I’m waiting for the arrest report. I want to see if this was a defunct puppy mill, a dog fighting breeder, or a supplier for that certain kind of Turd World take out delicacy kind of place. The perp’s name will probably be telling, even if the cops aren’t saying why there were so many dogs.



Tremendous rain last night. And my knees didn’t hurt at all from the weather change. Actually, my knees haven’t hurt a bit in the last 2 days. I’m going up and down stairs like a normal person, with ease. My ear doctor has me on a short light course of Prednisone. I had no idea that steroids could alleviate RA symptoms, but duh. It makes sense. I’m at the tapering off point with that prescription, so I’ll keep an eye on when the discomfort comes back. But right now I feel fine.


I made coconut shrimp last night with a dipping sauce made from sweet orange marmalade and Thai chile sauce. It came out real good, and was stupid easy to make. Cool. I’m really not that good with frying food. We rarely do it because of the oil smell.


Gross, but it seems to work for lots of people. Usually it’s a medical procedure with all the costs. But not for this person ...

DIY Fecal Transplant, $6

( insert your jokes here )

I really don’t know what to say, but I wouldn’t do it with just anybody’s crap. And I have no idea how big a load of their shit you need to take.

Eew, but I’ve been seeing this kind of story more and more lately. The wife works with someone who had it done, loves the result, but is now afraid to take antibiotics, which would kill off her new bacteria. Hmmm.


Sunday morning silliness in the news? Truly, this is an international crime, I’m sure.

Smoking Hot Actress Subject To Fine, Arrest? For Wearing Sexy Dress At Cannes Film Festival


Duh, at Cannes it’s a miracle that the young actresses wear any clothing at all.

A Vietnamese fashion designer and model is facing punishment in her home country for wearing a skimpy dress in France, some 9,000 miles away.

According to a report, Ngoc Trinh, 29, wore the flimsy, see-through black gown at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

“Her outfit was improper, offensive and has caused public outrage,” Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Vietnam’s minister of culture, sports and tourism, said afterward, according to the Sun.

The minister ordered an investigation into whether Trinh violated Vietnam’s public decency laws by wearing the dress – even though she did so far from home. If guilty, she could face a heavy fine, the Sun reported.

The sheer, beaded dress featured an opening on the front and exposed her legs on either side, while the fabric was largely see-through.

Trinh attended the festival in support of the film, “A Hidden Life,” directed by Terrence Malick, which tells the story of an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II, according to Design Taxi.

Oh wait, she’s not even an actress? Yet, but I bet she gets offers now! She’s just a designer back home, but if she has half a brain cell she just moved to LA and applied for asylum.

Funny how the commies and the muzzies are a total bunch of stiffs who need to control their women with an iron fist, but it’s the Christian fundamentalists and the orthodox Jews that our media criticizes for their patriarchal attitude towards their women.

But WTH, that’s one helluva adorable hot girl in an amazingly sexy dress. Worth another look, for sure. Click pic for massive embiggification.


One internet user said: “Although there are some advocates of Ms Ngoc Trinh’s freedom, I support the need to have sanctions to prevent offensive and self-esteem behaviours of some artists and models when attending international events.”

Another commented: “It is necessary to have specific rules for artists when going abroad to maintain a national face.”

A third wrote: “Any profession must have professional ethics.”

Commies suck.


White Supremacist Neo-Nazis Crash Detroit Pride Parade !!!

International Headlines!!

Looks like less than a dozen were there, including a couple of their kids. YAWN. Amid tens of thousands of Pride people.

White supremacist appears to urinate on an Israeli flag as nationalist group interrupts LGBT celebration in Detroit by tearing apart Pride flags and giving Nazi salutes

• White supremacists caused outrage among the LGBT community when one of them appeared to urinate on an Israeli flag during a Pride event in Detroit
• The National Socialist Movement showed up at Motor City Pride doing Nazi salutes and were seen tearing a Pride flag as people watched on in horror
• The group is one of the largest neo-Nazi organizations in the United States and is known for its anti-Jewish and racist protests

White supremacists caused outrage among the LGBT community when one of them appeared to urinate on an Israeli flag and gave Nazi salutes during a Pride event in Detroit.

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) interrupted the family-friendly event on Saturday, holding placards with their slogan and swastika flags. 

The white nationalist group is one of the largest neo-Nazi organizations in the United States and is known for anti-Jewish and racist protests.

Images show LGBT supporters attempting to block them joining the event. Police are seen in the vicinity.

Motor City Pride began at noon and had four stages of entertainment, in addition to over 100 food stalls and other merchandise on sale. The city’s main parade takes place on Sunday.

One image of the day’s events appears to show an unidentified neo-Nazi group member urinating on an Israeli flag, with one LGBT supporter watching in horror at his actions.

Counter-protesters were pictured being blocked by law enforcement from intervening as members of the National Socialist Movement demonstrated.

Thousands of people, many in colorful costumes, kicked off 2019 Motor City Pride Festival weekend on Saturday amid rainbow flags in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

Described on its website as Michigan’s largest pride celebration, the event is estimated to have been attended 40,000 people celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

However the day’s celebrations took a sour turn when the NSM showed up and amplified tensions among the LGBT community. 

The [ NSM ] group was founded in 1994 in Michigan, claiming that it ‘specializes in theatrical and provocative protests’ and is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States.

The resurgence of the NSM began in 2004, in the wake of the deaths of the country’s two major neo-Nazi leaders, William Pierce and Richard Butler.

Unlike other neo-Nazi outfits, the NSM adopted an open-arms recruiting policy that allowed members of other white supremacist groups to participate in NSM actions and join the NSM.

So this is an uber-group of all the other skinhead neos from all over the country, and the best they can field is a dozen bearded weirdos, including their kids. Isn’t that pathetic? Oh gosh, they’re SUCH a problem. And let’s blame Trump for it in the comments. So sad.


Trump’s Mexico Deal: Tired Of Winning Yet? Hell No, This One Is YUGE !!
And the MSM is sucking lemons and sour grapes

CNN anchor Victor Blackwell admitted Saturday morning on “New Day” that the United States got “almost everything it wanted” in the U.S.-Mexico trade deal that was announced Friday.

The “New Day” coverage began with CNN White House correspondent Sarah Westwood describing the White House’s intention to “frame this as a victory for President Trump,” who reversed his original plans to impose a tariff on Mexican imports in response to the country’s concessions, particularly “stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts.”

Westwood reported Trump’s Friday night announcement before showing video of the Mexican ambassador calling what the country agreed to “unprecedented.”

Yes, OrangeMan Bad is intending to frame this major win as a ... major win. Isn’t that terrible?

The president delved into more of the deal’s specifics on Saturday, including Mexico’s promise to deploy their own troops at the border.

“Now, there is the additional border enforcement and help in breaking up trafficking networks. The U.S. got almost everything it wanted from Mexico,” Blackwell noted from the anchor desk after Westwood signed off.

The anchor’s admission comes as Rep. Maxine Waters and others framed the news as Trump caving from “just another bluff.”

Yeah, that’s right, he “caved”. Because that puts it in the worst possible light, because OrangeMan Bad. Always. Even though President Trump threatens something a tad extreme every time, and within a day or two the other side gives him whatever he wanted, if not more. Every single time. WINNING!! But he’s the one who is caving.

What a bunch of delusional lying losers.

Build the wall anyway, longer thicker and taller. And add machine guns and minefields.

And then start the purge across the whole country. No illegals, no asylum, no anchor babies, no H1-Bs, no immigration at all for 5 decades. Throw them all the hell out. We’ll have zero unemployment, save trillions, keep billions from draining out of the country, and can pretty much cancel welfare or cut it back 80%. And if we absolutely have to bring in some foreigners, we’ll take their very best and brightest only. The rest can stay in their own shithole countries, and work on improving things there themselves. We will no longer be “a nation of immigrants”. We will be a “nation of winners”. America First, America Only. And screw the rest of the world. We showed them how to succeed, and if they’re unable to follow, well, who cares?



This is either a very early post today or a really late post for yesterday. It’s a bit after midnight, and I’m up taking my pills with food.

I had the hearing test today. I failed it. Pretty strong loss in both ears, but worse in one which is filled with fluid. This is not news to me. So they’ve got me on steroids first, and then maybe they’ll do one of those eardrum drain grommet things. So I don’t think I’ll be getting hearing aides just yet. Have to try this and that medical approaches first.

Right. So I’m making some overnight sourdough. It’s always an experiment; I’m out of bread flour, but I still have a bit of whole wheat flour, some regular flour, and plenty of that really strong ( high gluten, high protein ) bagel flour. So I made up a recipe, 80% hydration so it’s “no knead” style, and I’ve got it going in the riser at a slightly sub-optimal temperature. That will keep it warm enough to rise, but slowly. Whenever I get around to it tomorrow morning I’ll give it a good knead, and put it in a greased pan and give it a couple more hours at a nice happy 83° . That will come up fast, and then I can bake it. I never make pan bread, but those loaves are easy slicing for toast and sandwiches. And after that, I think it will be time to take my wonderful sourdough starter, that I’ve kept going for more than 2 years now, and put it in greased ice cube trays and freeze it. Anything left will become pancakes. And then we’re both going to go on some kind of reduced carb diet, so there won’t be any bread for quite some time.

Yes you can freeze yeast, and sourdough starter as well. Once it’s frozen you pop it out of the ice trays and into a double big ziploc bag. And each cube is enough for a loaf, although you need to thaw it out and feed it up for a few days ahead of baking.

Yeast is tough stuff. There was some story the other week about how some science guys in Israel found some ancient beer jars, thousands of years old, and were able to recover the yeasts from the pores in the clay. They brought it back to life and brewed up some beer from it. The jars had been buried in the hot desert sand for 5000 years or so.


Oh the Hell you say.

Minneapolis Killer Cop Wants Joke Of A Sentence For His Murder Conviction

Attorneys for a Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder after he shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 asked a judge Thursday to forgo a prison sentence in lieu of an unusual arrangement: they propose he’d report to jail for a week each year on the woman’s birthday and the anniversary of her death.

“This sentence honors the memory of Ms. Rusczcyk and allows Mr. Noor to continue to serve the city,” Mohamed Noor’s defense attorneys, Thomas Plunkett and Peter Wold, wrote in their motion ahead of the sentencing scheduled for Friday in the murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. “Just as importantly, it mandates that Mr. Noor will continue to consider his action and the great loss they caused.”

The suggested sentence, instead of the 12-and-a-half years recommended by state guidelines for the third-degree murder charge and four years for second-degree manslaughter, would last the entirety of Noor’s probation, which the attorneys didn’t specify in their request. It also would incorporate an annual period of community service so the officer could continue to repent for his actions and give back to his community.

Noor was convicted this past April after he shot and killed Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, in July 2017. She had been engaged to be married a month after the shooting unfolded.

Let’s see, 12 1/2 years plus 4 years is 16 1/2 years which is 858 weeks. So if this guy should happen to live to nearly 1000, he’ll have served his time. He’s 41 now. Assuming he lives another 50 years, his suggested deal would still add up to LESS THAN ONE YEAR in the can.

Blow it out your ass. This is an incredible insult. What did you expect from a sandbox afro muzzie AA hire cop? It’s not like Ms Rusczcyk matters. She was merely a female, white citizen. Cops, blacks, and muzzies are above the law.

I am highly offended. Tack on another 5 years for excessive audacity. Rot in jail forever you bastard.


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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2015

One of our local hidden gems

Our little piece of Hunterdon County NJ feels like a step back in time to many of our weekend visitors. Because it is. You go 2 blocks off the highway and it’s like going back 170 years. I love it.

This was a highly rural area until the 1840s, but farms and businesses began to blossom here in the 1850s, around the time the railroad came through. The great growth period was over by the 1920s, and the area went back to sleep for the next 50 years. But that growth left us with lots of mid 19th Century to early 20th Century homes, and plenty of locally constructed mail-order iron bridges, and we’ve been very fortunate that so many of them have survived. We have streets full of them, entire neighborhoods, all restored. Victorians, Colonials, Italianates, Greek Revivals, Gothics, Craftsmen, Dorics, you name it. Plus plenty of the truly American style “I built it” houses just too tough and ornery to fall down. Ever. Makes for great walking tours for the tourists, who then need to go shopping and get a meal or two, and perhaps visit one of our several museums. We do quaint here, but the real deal not the pretend kind, and we do it all the way to the bank.

Anyway, hardly a mile off the beaten downtown track is the well hidden McCloughan Mansion. Now owned by a restoration consortium, this 1850-1860 Italianate brick villa is slowly being brought back to its formerly grand condition. Not that it was ever really all that bad; it was just empty and lonely for a few decades. Nobody lives there now, but the place isn’t spooky at all.

But I mean it about the well hidden part. The road it fronts is heavily wooded and bushy, and you can only catch the smallest glimpse of this place as you drive the up hill curve past its frontage. From the back it can’t be seen, not even in winter, even though the property is hardly 100 yards from the busiest local highway in the county. So all the in-town houses get the adoration and awards, and this place ... I wonder if many of the residents even know it’s there? I only just discovered it myself a couple weeks ago, when I went looking for the ancient barn next door, with its distinctive copulas.


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calendar   Thursday - April 24, 2014

Persian doorways

Iwan to hide my pendentive squinches behind your pishtaqs



Both pictures are Iwans on the Jameh Abbasi mosque in Isfahan Iran, built in 1629. An Iwan is a deep, open ended gateway, often with a vaulted ceiling. A portal. More properly, it’s a gateway area that projects from a building, usually a mosque, rather like an attached ramada or a porte-cochere. A pishtag is the flat front plate of the iwan; the ones visible here are decorated with blue tiles. Squinches and pendentives are architectural transitions used where a rectangular building needs to support a circular or semi-circular dome or open archway. In the real world, you probably would not see squinches used with pendentives ever, since they are different solutions to the same problem; if you use one, you don’t use the other one. So I’m just having fun with that.

For a bit more fun, free caulk to the first person besides McGoo who spots the science behind all these man-made stalactites. What do they actually do? Hint: they’re also called honeycombs. Tons of pictures online. Second hint: once you left the building through the iwan, you were usually in a large busy courtyard, probably the bustling bazaar in the middle of town. Out in the blazing sun, buying spices, trading camels, trying to get your flying carpet fixed.



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calendar   Tuesday - April 22, 2014

to think this could be ours but for being short of spare change.

In US currency .... at current rate of exchange, that makes this pile $5,046,211.68.

And worth every penny too.

OK so .... the sell price is only the beginning. There’s upkeep and grounds and all sorts of other neat stuff. But I could see living here.
Get a printing press and make my own money.

Wife on some sort of diet that’s making me crazy. Or is it just dizzy? Or both? 

Anyway ,,, here’s a nice change from the usual.

Gone With The Wind actress Vivien Leigh’s country retreat where her ashes were scattered goes on sale for £3.5 million

Country estate, which includes bluebell wood, walled garden and gardener’s cottage, bought by the actress in 1961
She used the estate to get away from London, spending hours in the garden and receiving many famous guests
On the market for around £3.5million, estate agents expect a surge in interest because of the famous former-resident

By Richard Spillett

The former country home of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses has gone on the market for £3.5million.

Tickerage Mill, near Uckfield, East Sussex, was bought by Vivien Leigh for just £20,000 in 1961 and, after she died of tuberculosis in 1967, her ashes were scattered on the pond of the country estate.

Estate agents say interest in the property has soared since its current owners, Ken and Honer Hoggins, decided to sell up.


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calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2013

just a side trip on my way to another article. got sidetracked again but worth the look

As usual I was headed somewhere else and came across this and fell in love again.

Why do I have to see beautiful places I can never afford when I’m not even looking for them?

So anyway I saw this. There are lots more photos. I really like the gardens here too.  Bet the landscaping would be as costly as the running of the house.
I think they may still refer to places like this as, a pile.  Whatever.  I’d also bet the panels date to the original.
But the bathroom tubs would have to be replaced by regular showers, cos when you’re a certain age, it isn’t certain you’ll be able to climb out of these.

Whoops ... I just noticed.  It isn’t the entire building. Is it?  Lyndon?  Nah. Not for that price and especially NOT in Cumbria which has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  You live there and you have money.

10 bedroom detached house for sale Guide price £1,475,000 ( $ 2,417,806.70 )

Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6





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calendar   Tuesday - November 12, 2013

Feels Less Than Honest

“It’s a SPIRE”: architectural verdict means new WTC is tallest building in USA


Shown here in two pieces, the extraordinary antenna “spire” is 40 stories tall all by itself.

[May 14, 2013] Last week, a 40-ton spire was hauled up to the tippy-top of the new World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (well, maybe). Aside from raising the WTC to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the spire will broadcast TV and radio signals.  [link which includes dizzying video looking down from that height.]

[today, November 12, 2013] New World Trade Center recognized as tallest building in US

An expert committee of architects has announced that New York’s new World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The committee is recognized as the final arbiter of building heights around the world. It had been weighing whether a design change meant the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The committee announced Tuesday that the needle was a spire, and therefore, a part of the actual building. Twenty-five members of the group met in Chicago on Nov. 8 to debate the height of the building.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall with the 408-foot needle. It would be 1,368 feet tall without it, shorter than the 1,450-foot Willis Tower in Chicago.

Pretty neat I guess, and of course the committee decided things this way. And it does kind of look like there are several little platforms around it with railings, although I doubt anyone in the public would be allowed up there. Besides, the energy from all the radio and TV signals would probably fry you. But if you can stand in it, or on it, then it’s not just an aerial, right?

Without the spire though, the new tower is exactly as tall as the old 1 WTC. The old one had 110 floors, with the top floor at 1347 feet elevation. The new one has 104 floors, with the top floor at 1,268 feet elevation. So the people-usable part of the new one is a bit lower, though somehow the roofs are at the same height. The last 100 feet at the top hide the HVAC and water systems, and the top of the open screening around them counts as the official “roof” *. I would have liked to see a new WTC that was solid building to 1776 feet, and then just under 225 feet of antenna on top for a symbolic 2001 feet 9.11 inches total height.

… a beacon at the pinnacle of the spire, 1,776 feet high, will be switched on and the 288,000 lumens of light emitted from it will be visible from 50 miles away, serving as a new visual marker for millions looking east from New Jersey, officials say.

According to the map, I ought to be able to see that beacon from here by looking to the ENE. I’ll have to try that, or perhaps find some higher open ground somewhere in the county.

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calendar   Saturday - November 02, 2013

a cathedral of books

One of the comments asks, “What would God say?”

Clever line.

Anyway .... saw this yesterday, not one of my better days and haven’t posted. But share it now.
This really is quite spectacular.

It was a 15th century cathedral in the Netherlands.

Lots of churches here have been converted to private homes and put to other uses outside religion.
Scary when you think, churches are slim to empty and closing, but the mosques are not only full, but a few churches have been sold to the rop and have been converted into mosques.

Perfect for bibliophiles! 15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop

Architects convert stunning medieval Broerenkerk cathedral in Zwolle, Netherlands, into modern book shop

Work on the Gothic building was allowed on strict condition the church could be returned to previous condition

Original stained glass window, pipe organ and decor retained in the radical redesign

By Tom Gardner

For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience.

Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store.

Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact.



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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

1,800 yr old walls as part of your house. could you ask for more?

ok, it isn’t a castle but it may be a lot cheaper to maintain. And it’s all yours for only £8million.
In dollars it’s only $12,338,439.81. Hey, a bargain. I remember when the dollar pound ratio was 2 to 1. Which means that house could go for 16 million.
who-ha. such a bargain!

I could see living in a house like this. You’d need staff of course, and have to hire Drew to do the windows.

This house happens to be located in a very pretty part of this country.

Country manor house with 1,800-year-old Roman walls which could be yours for £8million

Whitestaunton Manor has recently undergone a £5million renovation
The home was built in 15th century on grounds of third century Roman villa
Property, including 83 acres of land, is now up for sale for £8million

By James Rush

A unique country pile which features 1,800-year-old Roman-built walls has been put on the market for £8 million.

Whitestaunton Manor is a seven bedroom 15th century home situated near Chard, Somerset.

But it was constructed on the grounds of a third century Roman villa and includes structural masonry from that period in its walls.


The home, which could be the only one of its type to boast genuine Roman features, was today described as one of the nation’s finest country homes.

Grade I listed Whitestaunton Manor has been put up for sale with Savills Estate Agents for £8 million - making it the one of the most expensive residential properties for sale in Somerset.

It follows a decade-long, £5million renovation with the home now boasting a combination of classic architecture and modern technology spanning 1,800 years.

The home features seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, a grand hall which houses a hammerbeam roof, a three bedroom lodge house and an outdoor swimming pool.


Despite being made of hamstone, there is underfloor heating while lighting comes courtesy of LEDs.

It is also one of only a few private residences in the UK with a medieval hammerbeam roof - which was completed in 1438 but only discovered during its renovation.

A pond flows to the north of the property where the remains of the Roman baths can be found. These were uncovered and featured in an episode of Time Team in 2003.


The Deeds of The Manor include a family pew on the north side of the Parish Church of Whitestaunton, near Chard, Somerset.

The property also comes with 83 acres of land, stables, garaging and a three-bedroom lodge.

The gardens surround the house on three sides and are dominated by a variety of beech, ancient copper beech and willow trees.

‘The Romans had free rein when they came over here and they chose the spot because it was so beautiful. Its position and setting is stunning.

‘As for the house, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking a 15th century home would be dark and you would bang your head on the ceiling. This is different - it is well proportioned and bright.

‘The owner has spent £5 million doing it up, he is a real purist and his attention to detail is second to none.

‘It is very unusual to have Roman walls in the home and this is possibly the only one in the country.

hammerbeam roof see this and more here

I do believe I see a bridge across that pond. Drew will take note.
btw ... Ponds “flow?” I always thought they were still water.  Yes? No?


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calendar   Monday - June 24, 2013

a departure I need to make more often?  I think maybe so. Not sure. Have your say.

I got a bit carried away this morning looking at castles.  There was something in the paper that mentioned one and had a few other recommends and a small

photo. So naturally I went on line to look it up and WOW!  I ended up looking at a lot of them, and in one place because I read, most of the old castles are located in a place called Wales.

Whose spelling and language is totally incomprehensible to all but a few natives.  I’ve been there, once a long time ago.

Don’t think we saw one castle on that trip.  The article says that Wales “has some of the finest castles in Britain.”

I’ve been trolling castles almost all day.

Google Welsh Castles. Great stuff.

My next visit will be Scotland and then England and I’m sure there has to be one or two or more in Ireland too.

Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly in South Wales. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be “the most elaborate water defences in all Britain” – it occupies around 30 acres (120,000 m2) and is the second largest castle in Britain.  It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.
Gilbert began work on the castle in 1268 following his occupation of the north of Glamorgan, with the majority of the construction occurring over the next three years at a considerable cost. The project was opposed by Gilbert’s Welsh rival Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, leading to the site being burnt in 1270 and taken over by royal officials in 1271. Despite these interruptions, Gilbert successfully completed the castle and took control of the region. The core of Caerphilly Castle, including the castle’s luxurious accommodation, was built on what became a central island, surrounding by several artificial lakes, a design Gilbert probably derived from that at Kenilworth. The dams for these lakes were further fortified, and an island to the west provided additional protection. The concentric rings of walls inspired Edward I’s castles in North Wales, and proved what historian Norman Pounds has termed “a turning point in the history of the castle in Britain”.



Magnificent Conway Castle, has been described as ‘one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe’, and is without doubt one of the most impressive of Welsh castles.
The castle was was built on the site of an earlier Welsh monastery, founded by Welsh prince Llewelyn Fawr and was designed by the king’s master architect-mason, James of St. George, being built between 1283-1289.
The castle stands in a strategic position perched on a rock and dominates the Conwy estuary, on approach it conveys a deep sense of strength and impregnability. Conwy Castle was one of Edward I’s most expensive projects and originally had a coat of whitewash.
The castle provides the visitor with the opportunity of walking the top portions of the soaring curtain walls, from which the views over the town, its Medieval walls and the Conwy Estuary are stunning.


Cfon Castle


I even have a bridge for Drew



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calendar   Tuesday - May 07, 2013

China On The Rise

Not exactly a bridge post, except to remind readers that the various kinds of trusses used on bridges are also used on buildings. It’s just another example of how Our Friend The Triangle helps keeps things, um, stiff.

China To Move Quickly To Cover Up New Newspaper Building

covering material - latex, sheepskin? - not specified


Chinese authorities have rushed to censor the country’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo, after users started mocking a picture of the new Beijing headquarters of the People’s Daily newspaper, which resemble a giant penis.

A search on Sina Weibo for “People’s Daily” and “building” results in a message that says the keywords have been blocked “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed”.

Some comments about the 150 metre tower, which is still under construction, were recorded despite the censorship.

“Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing,” said one user.

“It seems the People’s Daily is going to rise up, there’s hope for the Chinese dream,” said another.

The newspaper itself has been called “Raping People Daily” by Chinese netizens for “chronically misleading the people with false reports”, according to blog Hug China.

“It was understood that the propagandists in Beijing do not like this nickname, but that they chose the bizarre design of the new headquarters reveals that it may not necessarily be so,” it said.

Unreal. But true!
Notice all the diagonals, all coming in and down. Ordinarily this would be called a Pratt Truss design, but I guess in this case we’ll have to call it a Prat Truss.

Such a building could never be constructed in America. Well, it could, but we’d build it at least 10 stories   longer  taller.

Let The Jokes Begin

and after this we’ll return to our proper mature blogging.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Saved By Climate Change

The Stonehenge Of Israel

Divers find huge stone circle under Sea of Gaililee.

A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

“We just bumped into it,” recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project. “Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn’t realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of archaeologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age statue.”

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

The exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base—sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year—as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old.

The possible purpose of the structure is even more enigmatic.

What archeologists are certain of is that the monument was likely of great importance to the people who built it. Marco notes that the nearest basalt outcrop was a few hundred meters from the site, and that the stones, which were three to six feet (one to two meters) in width, would have weighed over 200 pounds (90 kilograms) at times.

“We see a society that was capable of organizing the construction of such a large structure. It’s unique to transport these stones and unique to arrange them. You need to plan and to mobilize people, because they’re too heavy to be carried by a single person.”

Neat. No useful pictures in the press yet though. Perhaps this was another observatory like the Rujim al-Hiri, better known as Gilgal Refaim, a mult-ring paleolithic construction in the Golan Heights that is far older than the pyramids.

One of the last great barely known wonders of the ancient world is a Stonehenge-like monument sitting atop Israel’s Golan Heights. Called Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew (The Circle Of The Refaim or “Wheel of the Refaim"). It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world.


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calendar   Thursday - March 21, 2013

Sir Francis Drake

Worth £500 at the time, it is now on the market for £1.25m, with a Lordship thrown in. Listed in the Domesday Book, the house in Sampford Sampfo Spiney, Devon, is thought to date back to 1028. In the 12th century it belonged to Gerard Ge de Spine to, Lord of Sampford, for whose family lived there for so long the parish was renamed Sampford Spiney, rather than just Sampford.
It was in 1581 – seven s years before the Spanish Armada A – that Drake became the owner. Included in the sale is the Lordship of Sampford for Spiney and 202 acres of land. The house has five bedrooms and three reception rooms.


In 1581 Sir Francis Drake won this gorgeous Dartmoor mansion in a £500 bet. Now, for £1.25m, it could be yours (and there’s even a Lordship thrown in)

· Sampford Manor on edge of Dartmoor thought to date back to 800s
· Was once historic seat of the Lord of Sampford, Gerard de Spineto
· His descendants had to give deeds to Drake after losing £500 wager
· Current owners bought the house as a derelict shell 25 years ago
· But have worked with English Heritage to rebuild and refurbish it

By Simon Tomlinson

‘Nobody can quite say exactly when the house was built. It was first recorded in 1028 but we think it could have been build as far back as the 800s.

‘It was certainly well-established by the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 when people were bringing their tithes here.

‘It was rebuilt and extended in the early 17th century after it fell into his disrepair after Drake’s death.

‘Inside the house we have the biggest bread oven you’ll ever see, they would have baked bread here for the whole of the village.

‘When I arrived there were stories of judges robes being found under the staircase and the kitchen was called the courtroom. It would have been the civic centre of the parish.

Having some super serious and maddening problems with the browser I’m using, so good place to end anyway.
See link for more and some photos as well.

Trying Safari and think I’ll uninstall the damn thing.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/21/2013 at 11:03 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 06, 2012


Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by mistake… after its millionaire owner told them to demolish a small outhouse on its estate

· Chateau de Bellevue, near Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases
· Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former glory
· But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle, leaving the outhouse completely untouched

By Matt Blake




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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2012


Even minus the sea views, Dorset is one of the most beautiful bits of real estate to be found anywhere.  I’ve been there so I’m not speaking hearsay or travel brochures.  There are lots of spectacular places on this island, truly there are.  Many years ago while acting road manager for Country acts who toured the UK, I got to see places even my Brit born wife hasn’t seen.  I’ve visited places whose names I can’t recall and aren’t in any travel guides.  I’ve seen good and bad as you will anywhere. 

I happened to see this in the morning paper and thought it worth posting for another reason beside beauty and the fact that I am taken with it.

First of all it isn’t something usual for bmews.  Yeah from time to time I’ve posted houses but always because I thought something unique about them.

The owner of this “cottage” has to have money just for the upkeep of that roof.  Thatch is very expensive and then there’s that lawn and trees etc.
I love this sort of architecture I suppose because it isn’t normal to my growing up experience.  And it’s a sure bet we will never be in a position to afford a home like this.  Never mind the home. Anyone can buy I guess but the upkeep would eat us alive.  And Dorset isn’t I’d opine, an inexpensive place to live in.  A case of Champagne taste and beer pocket for me.

If you scroll down to the third photo at the link, you’ll see two houses under construction on either side of this house.  Larger and almost dwarf the cottage and nowhere as pretty. No class at all.  No character.
Pretty much the same thing here where we now live.  The two pretty outdated dormer bungalows on either side of us were sold and demolished and newer larger houses built.  One of them truly a characterless eyesore of no beauty whatever and costing about One Million 600 thousand if using American dollars as the example of cost. And they don’t even bother to trim their front hedge. Looks awful trust me. Every house on this street keeps the front neat and tidy but not overboard. The million dollar house ignores theirs and house and hedge look like crap.
Easy to understand then why I’m so damn over the moon when I look at places like this.

I don’t know if it’s actually the very prettiest in all the land ... but it’s in the running.

Is this the prettiest cottage in England? Dream home with remarkable sea views and all yours for £3million

The house is perched on top of a cliff in Dorset with views of the Solent and the Needles

Its owner says for years people have turned up at her door and tried to buy it from her

Sandy Hollowood is now off to Australia and is selling what estate agents say is Britain’s loveliest home


With its thatched roof, manicured lawn and floral gardens it is the epitome of the chocolate box cottage.

Only, the views outside are not that of an unspoilt countryside that goes on as far as the eye can see.

There are no winding country lanes nearby. Nor are there acres of undulating greenery.

Instead this sumptuous £3million property enjoys the most spectacular sea vistas imaginable.


Perched on a cliff-top in Christchurch, Dorset, potential buyers need only turn 180 degrees from the rural idyll of the cottage itself to take in the stunning views of the Solent.

The unique combination means the four-bedroom detached property on Avon Run Road boasts the best of both worlds.




Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/14/2012 at 08:40 AM   
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