Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Wednesday - May 31, 2023

Once Again, The One And Only Post

May 31, 2023

What to post, what to post?

The dangers of cheese rolling competitions! Cheese rolling has been a rural English thing for centuries. A bunch of locals each enters the race with a wheel of cheese of a specified size. Then everyone in the village gathers at a really steep hill, and the race is on. Chase your cheese down the hill in case it needs help. And whoever’s cheese gets to the finish line first, wins. Large amounts of home made alcohol are guaranteed to be involved. Injuries are common, for racers as well as spectators. Getting hit with an 7lb wheel of cheese going 60mph will definitely mess you up. . Fun sucking government officials from the cities have tried to outlaw this sport, or regulate the cheeses, but to little avail. Laws and edicts be damned, the cheese rolls on.


Here’s one from the “No Shert, Shitlock” files: More than half the kids who think they’re the other gender live in homes where mom has mental problems. And this study was from before trans was the cool thing to be. So add that influence angle in, and the media push, and Biden, and all the squishy squashy Karens behind this whole thing, and you get the situation today.


Bowling Blogging !!

We lost 2-5 tonight against a team who had tried to play the “bowl poorly for entering average week”. Partway through the first game the owner came over and replaced the score sheets, as the woman running this league had done the classic “entering average lasts for 3 weeks” thing when it was supposed to be dynamic from week 3. So our handicap of 27 pins was reduced to 9. We still won the first game; I threw a 221. But our opponents came alive after that, dropping a 258 and another >200 game in G2 and G3, both of which were WAAAAY over their paper averages.

So we lost, but we forced them to bowl honestly to take those wins. Our averages, and especially theirs, will both go up next week. As it should be. We had a decent time.

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May 29, 2023

So, does this mean that soon all the planes flying out of JFK and LaGuardia (NYC’s two airports) will now be equipped with bariatric sized seats with extra legroom?

Or will this be another “get woke go broke” moment that puts these two massive airports out of business? Because you can’t expect the protected class to fly in seats built for anorexic short teenagers, and you can’t demand that they pay extra for a larger seat. Same applies to all buses, taxis, subway cars, etc.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed a bill Friday declaring obesity a new legally protected class.

The legislation signed by the New York mayor bars individuals from being discriminated against for their height and weight for access to employment or public housing.

“It shouldn’t matter how tall you are or how much you weigh when you’re looking for a job, are out on the town, or trying to rent an apartment,” Adams said at the Friday signing ceremony. “No one should ever be discriminated against based on their height and weight. We all deserve the same access to employment, housing, and public accommodations, regardless of our appearance.”

Incidents of weight discrimination will be investigated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

New York City Republican City Councilman Joseph Borelli warned in April the new law will “empower people to sue anyone and everything.”

Ok, sure, this isn’t about airplane seats, but about jobs and housing. But it’s a lifestyle thing, which will expand, so I’m just looking one or two pages into the future.

PS - WTF. “Protected classes?” What happened to “equal protection under the law”? There are NO protected classes, just like there is no hate speech nor hate crimes. There are people, there is speech, there are crimes. That’s equal treatment.


Trying to breathe a little bit of life back into this dying boring blog.

I want to have things other than this damn home improvement project to write about. But the major news stories are covered by everyone else anyway, and mostly lies to begin with.

It’s been a very hectic week for me, although I really haven’t got all that much done. Numerous highly stressful moments for me, giving me a couple of tizzy fits behind closed doors or while out driving alone. I’m not very good at dealing with stress, and the stress on this never ending project is constant and never ending. An awful lot of the things we purchase, try as we can to get something good, are not of the quality that they ought to be or that their price point implies. And if they are, factory quality control seems diminished, and shipping ... OMG. “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do!” Why is it that a large and expensive item ships in a cheap cardboard box? Have the manufacturers not realized just how brutal the shipping world is? They don’t seem to realize that thin corner blocks of styrofoam only protect the corners a little, and that the middle of the minimally sized one layer thin cardboard box is still vulnerable. Double boxing is nearly unheard of, and is usually not even available as an option. So we had to return the high end range hood. The box had been used as a stepping stone; it had boot prints in the middle. One of the edges had impacted something hard and sharp, leaving a big sharp dent right in the front edge. The one that replaced it was only slightly dented in the back where the filters mount, so I was able to use a clamp to straighten that out. The little dent on the end of the top where the metal bends over went in at the factory, and isn’t really highly visible.

Band clamps - the disposable straps they hold pallets of stuff together with - damage what’s on the pallet, even if corner pads are used. Especially if they’re banding up something slightly soft, like a stack of drywall sheets. Pallets themselves are of the flimsiest construction and the forklift operator is not gentle, so more damage. Now put them in a warehouse staffed by overworked nearly slave labor, and then throw the stuff on the delivery truck operated by an exhausted driver who is really hating his job today.

Stores have a labor shortage, so they will hire anyone who applies for a job. In the big box DIY stores they get minimal training on the tasks they’re assigned; the not very adept teenager runs the paint mixing machine, but has not idea how to maintain it or refill the color tubes, so you can’t guarantee that your paint will come out right. Nobody who does the special ordering can do it right the first time, or the second time, and I’m not going to mention supply chain issues.

Now add in a contractor who loves to take shortcuts, whose mantras seem to be “nobody will ever see it back here, so why bother” and, after ignoring what the customer specified and doing it his own thoughtless and hurried way (ie screwing it up), “oh I can fill that in with some spackle and tape”. Who is set in his ways, and assumes the customer does not really know what they’re talking about. Which may be usual; many customers just have a general idea. Not us. We know everything to the last measurement and detail. After several professional measuring, which merely confirmed that we can use a measuring tape accurately ourselves, we designed the kitchen to within 1/2” and purchased everything accordingly.

Yeah, very stressful. So now we have the wire for the range hood sticking out of the wall, a shorter length than may do the job, nearly 3 feet to the left of where it’s supposed to be. Because I only told him half a dozen times that the knockout for the power wire was on the right; I can show you the spec diagram online. “Oh those things always have a knockout on both sides”. Um, no. So now the brand new wallboard, already painted, will get a gouge across it to move the wire to the right spot. And the wire may not be long enough. And the cabinets are already on the wall. Because, why listen to me, who has done tons of research and selection, and even marked on the bare studs exactly where the wire had to come out. What do I know, just ignore me. For the millionth time. Because “nobody will ever see it, it’s behind the cabinets”.

Very, very stressful. Oh, and he also put the power outlet on the wrong side of the stud. So now we’ll have an outlet over the back of the range. Pretty much useless location. But hey, what do I know? I’m just the customer.


My finger is pointing to the exact spot where the wire should have come out of the wall. Range goes between the base cabinets. Power outlet is the mess of wires sticking out of the junction box to the left of the lightswitch

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May 24, 2023

Bowling Blogging: Summer League Week 2

We took 7-0 against Ed’s team. We had fun. I won a whole dollar off of Ed, betting on Game 3. I beat him by a mile. Nothing exceptional happened, other than the wifely rolling a 210, giving the high women’s game for the night and the (only 2 weeks long so far) season. Yay her!!

We had fun. They’re a good team, so we were woo-hoo-ing and shouting out, and doing little dances on the approach, and busting chops, and telling dirty jokes ( I got Manny with the old mastitis joke ), having a drink, and a good time. Oh yeah, we bowled Ok too. grin

This Big Win puts us in first place by 2. Hell yeah.


How Low Can They Go? Another feral “hold my Colt 45” moment

Teen girl does sex acts with underage boys as others watch. In front of her mom, who had her at 15. Mom sends her other kids and recruits a gang to beat up on the shocked witnesses who called the cops.

Feral perverts, volume MCMXXVII

Mississippi girl, 17, is charged with raping two boys aged 10 and 14 in front of other children on Mother’s Day - then getting her MOM , 32, to organize gang to beat-up witnesses who told police

Just in case you thought 2002’s Antwone Fisher was just a movie ... the story line and synopsis at IMDB are sterilized.

What the film is really about is the generational sexual abuse perpetrated in lower income black communities. Women, abused by men in their girlhood, get “revenge” and pass the pain along by abusing boys when they become women. Those boys grow up and become woman abusers. And around and around it goes. And it never gets talked about, it never is seen as a problem, it never ceases. Being a movie, in the end they blame the white folks, who had nothing to do with this whatsoever. This is a very powerful film, with some outstanding performances. And it reveals another abusive cultural problem, along with Shaken Baby Syndrome and Ghetto Lobster. All forms of systematic, generational child abuse. Because abusing children is easy. It’s great stress relief when life gets too hard. Hell is for children.

Maybe you thought it was fiction 21 years ago. Or a sensationalized retelling of a singular story. Well, here it is, front and center in the news. Read between the lines: the mother didn’t see anything wrong with what went on. Indeed, she sent a posse around to silence those who had spoken up.

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May 22, 2023

Yeah, my town. This is a perfect, quiet little community to live in, except for the shadow of all the crazy and evil shizz that keeps happening at the women’s prison right across the highway. Ok, almost nobody ever escapes, there is never a riot, and the buildings are way back in from the road, deep in the farm that the place used to be. But still ... abuse, rapes, drugs, crazy people ... all the horror stories of prison life ... been going on there for decades. Governor says he’ll close the place, but there’s no other place to put the place. So, hot air that smells like cows.

Transgender pedophile who subjected his 7-year-old daughter to a ‘vortex of darkness’ sues New Jersey women’s prison for hampering his witchcraft

New Jersey permitted a 34-year-old man convicted for torturing and filming pornographic, transgender videos with his 7-year-old daughter to serve his 25-year sentence in a women’s prison. The child rapist now claims that the women’s facility has wrongfully interfered with his diabolic rituals.

Matthew Volz filed a lawsuit on April 28 in the Hunterdon County Superior Court against the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.

Volz alleges in the suit that he and the “entire Wiccan population” at the prison — an inmate subset for which he provided no accounting — have suffered religious discrimination and now seek religious accommodations.
What’s the background?

The Blaze previously reported that after serving as president of the Clark College Queer Association, Volz started an amateur “transgender pornography” film business with three other degenerates, including Adam Romero, now a fellow inmate at Edna Mahan. They specialized in violent and fetishistic criminal content.

After Volz and the victim’s mother separated, he managed to win custody in 2018. Volz brought the child from Oregon to New Jersey, where he exploited her in his videos, reported Reduxx.

The child suffered horribly until the New Jersey Department of Child Protection intervened in 2019 following an anonymous tip made to the New Jersey Child Abuse hotline. The intervention culminated in Volz’s arrest.

“If this was not heinous, cruel and depraved, I don’t know what is,” said presiding Judge Peter Tober, stressing that the girl had been taken “solely for the sexual gratification” of others and tortured.

Prosecutors indicated that Volz and his cronies subjected the child to “a vortex of darkness.”

Volz was convicted for the sexual torture of his young daughter and sentenced in May 2022 to serve a quarter-century in prison.

Despite having his male genitals fully intact, the New Jersey Department of Corrections classified Volz as a “female.”

He is presently serving his sentence at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township along with fellow transvestic child-rapist, Adam Romero.

25 years? Execution by chainsaws seems appropriate to me.

The town of Clinton NJ is bordered by the much larger Union Township, and is so integrated along the border area that it is effectively the same place. We live in Union Township by a matter of yards, but our mail address says Clinton. The Clinton Fire Department and EMS will come here, but the NJ State Police show up when needed instead of the Clinton PD. Everyone else not in this condo park lives miles away on the other end of township. So we’re part of UT, but really it’s just a line on a map. This is Clinton. The suburban home development on the other side of the ancient road behind us is Clinton. Franklin Township starts a couple hundred yards up the hill beyond the prison. Clinton Township and the borough of Lebanon start at the end of the de facto Main Street in town, although the actual Main Street is a block in from there.

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May 21, 2023

Well, it rained for around 30 hours, which the weather widget wasn’t aware of. But now the sun is out, so it’s much less gloomy.

I’m going to do things today, inside and out. Well, do as much as I can, as both my thumbs are acting up. I get these pains and general weakness down the side of my thumbs, the part is on the edge of the palm, below the second joint. There’s only about a million things it could be, but carpal isn’t one of them. So to a doctor ... someday. But it does suck losing that opposable thumb thing. And the shooting pain from using a hammer, or trying to carry something like a loaded up dinner plate using my thumbs as clamps ... this rather sucks.


I want all the drywall and painting work done in the kitchen before any new cabinets go up. This contractor is a messy destructive piglet, and our expensive cabinets have so far remained clean, undamaged, and drywall dust free by living in their shipping boxes. Everything else we own, from one end of the house to the other, ha a white film of dust on it. It’s never ending. It’s depressing and despondant. Plastic zipper doors across the doorways don’t do much. Having the slider screen open doesn’t stop it. Daily sweeping and vacuuming in the kitchen only slow it down. The level of mess, the displacement of all our stuff, the narrowing of our lifespace down to feeling like we’re camping in a phone booth, weighs on us both. It has to end. It has to mitigate. The garage is full of stuff and mess. Both the covered balconies outside the bedroom are filled with stuff and mess; only one is barely usable as a fire exit. The patio is covered with mess. The kitchen is full of dust and steamy with drying paint and spackle. The dining room has all it’s own furniture, plus the stove and the rolling cart from the kitchen which carries the microwave and toaster. Everything that was in the kitchen is stacked up to the ceiling in the dining room, if it isn’t in one of the huge storage bins in the laundry room, or in some pile or on some plastic rack in either of the bedrooms. We can barely even see the dining table, much less use it or even sit at any of the chairs. The living room and den are piled high with the cabinet boxes. We’re eating off paper plates, me in front of the PC and her over on the corner of the loveseat. It’s awful. And it’s very tiresome. But I will not allow a rush job in the kitchen, which has to be built with no shortcuts and done 100% perfectly. And Mr. Messy, our contractor, still has to reopen the ceiling to run the duct down to where the range hood over the stove will be. I suggested building that part as separate panel, so that getting in there would just be unscrewing a little part of the ceiling. But no, everyone hears me, but nobody EVER actually does one of my suggestions. So he’ll have to saw a hole, make another great fucking mess, rain down insulation fluff all over the place, then drop huge-ass splats of spackle on my cabinets. And it will probably require at least 3 trips to Lowes to buy WTF parts. Even though I asked weeks ago what might be needed, and purchased the ducts, the elbows, the hanger strap, the duct sleeve insulation, the code approved HVAC tape, the code approved duct mastic, and figured out exactly where the duct center would be, relative to the wall behind the stove and the left corner of that part of the kitchen. So all of this, or at least a stubby pipe coming down through the ceiling, could have gone in before the ceiling went up. Fuck, I even made drawings. To scale. But no. Wouldn’t you think that if the customer makes that kind of effort, what they’re saying is DO IT THIS WAY THAT’S WHAT I WANT? Nope. Nobody ever does what I want or suggest. They just damage everything and make a damn mess. Few of my choices are ever used either, and I’m wrong on nearly everything. I’m getting really fucking sick of being a non-person.

Yeah, so no chance in 5 flaming hells I’m letting him slap up our expensive cabinets first, and then make more mess. Screw that.

See? It gets despondent after too much of this. And this has been going on since October 3, with no definite end date in sight yet. Because there’s ALWAYS something else that needs doing, and speding hugely on, that will take a couple weeks to do. Always.

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May 18, 2023

Oops He Did It Again

Fired from his job as nuke fuel disposer, Sam Brinton is still stealing luggage. 3rd time’s the charm; maybe he’ll get jail time this time?

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — Sam Brinton, the “nonbinary” activist tapped by Joe Biden for a key nuclear role before he was fired for stealing women’s clothes, was arrested again Wednesday night as a “fugitive from justice” for allegedly stealing luggage, The Daily Wire has learned.

A neighbor told The Daily Wire that “four unmarked police showed up last night, they would not let his spouse Kevin leave. After about an hour Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs.”

Sam Brinton, the embattled former senior Biden Energy Department official who was charged with stealing women’s luggage on at least two occasions, was arrested again this week as a “fugitive from justice.” Brinton was taken into custody in Rockville, Maryland on Wednesday, according to the Daily Wire.

“Four unmarked police showed up last night, they would not let his spouse Kevin leave. After about an hour Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs,” a person who claimed to be Brinton’s neighbor, said.

He is currently in jail and being held without bond, according to county records. A judge has since ordered him to be extradited to Virginia on grand larceny charges.

Brinton pleaded “no contest” to misdemeanor theft last month after he stole $3,670 worth of items in a woman’s suitcase from the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. He has also pleaded guilty to stealing a traveler’s luggage worth $2,325 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Shortly after Brinton was charged for both the Minneapolis and Las Vegas thefts, a Texas woman came forward on social media to accuse Brinton of similarly stealing her luggage from the Washington-Reagan Airport in D.C.

Asya Khamsin shared several photos of Brinton wearing her designs on Twitter, saying they were her “custom designs” that were in a suitcase she lost in the D.C. airport in 2018.

“I saw the images. Those were my custom designs, which were lost in that bag in 2018,” Khamsin told Fox News. “He wore my clothes, which was stolen.”

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May 15, 2023

Gosh, I didn’t post all weekend. Sorry. Been ultra busy.

We tried to do a whole season’s worth of gardening Thursday to Sunday. More to do today. Bought soil, humus, compost, and worked them in here and there. Started work on realigning the stone edgers. Decided to move the cross path on the garden patch by the patio over to the left side where it will help support the edger stones that support the uphill part next to it. Much digging involved, and it will require me to create a pressure treated lumber open box in the deep underground, filled with gravel. I just have to dig down to the hard pan old soil, about a foot, and remove all the quality soil I put in when I built the thing 9 years ago. Meanwhile, we’ve created a curvy edged area around the rhododendron by the air conditioner compressor. This is edged with fist sized rocks she collected from the excavation project going on behind the building next to ours. Then a black plastic edger kit went in, which is a box of 40 6” long panels that push into the ground, each shaped like two round top tombstones sistered together. The ends are snap together hinges, so it can make corners pretty easily. Matching hook top spikes go in every foot, so it’s fairly secure. Then we filled in about 8 cubic feet of less expensive “garden soil” behind that little wall after breaking up the hard pan below that a bit. This should enhance drainage and get some nutrients down to the old rhodo. And now it’s time to plant the thing with some flowers. Finding the right ones is a little challenge, as this area is in the NE corner of our building, under a somewhat spindly bush, not too far from the edge of the woods. So the light there is very variable. One end gets direct morning sun until about 1pm, the other end gets the afternoon sun, the middle part gets a little, and the rhodo shades them all. This spot was also prone to flooding a bit during heavy rains. So I’m hoping we’ve fixed that. And when all of the flowers are in, mound up some mulch. We bought about a dozen bags of mulch I think. It took two to do the little raised bed under the little dogwood at the top of the stairs. That area is really shady, but one little slice gets morning sun right along the edge of the sidewalk. I want to put a couple of ferns in the back, but the only ferns I’m finding are bred to handle full sun. I thought ferns were a dark and soggy area kind of plant? Whatever, we can always go with astilbes.

This gives us 8 distinct growing areas, including the public garden up by the recycling corral in the parking lot. Plus we’ve got planters on the new stonework behind our place, which gets strong morning light. I think we’ve reached our limit.


The unit upstairs has sold and closed, and the new people are starting to move in. Haven’t met the occupants yet, but the actual owner lives a few streets over and bought the place for his daughter and her child. Haven’t met them yet.


With all the drywall up in our kitchen, and the first taping and spackling done Friday, it will be a sanding day when the contractor gets here. Oh boy. Seal the room off, open the slider, set the A/C to vent, put a box fan in the doorway. It’s going to be a dust storm.

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May 11, 2023

It’s Title 42 Day !!

Title 42 expires tonight, as the covid “emergency” ends tonight. And the USA goes back to using Title 8, our regular immigration law, that Congress hasn’t updated in decades. Title 42 has been around since WWII, put in place to give wetbacks, slants, and darkies the boot because they entered our country without any health screening. And since just about everywhere has some kind of communicable disease going on all the time, it’s a pretty good tool to toss ‘em out instead of housing them even temporarily. I use the nasty terms on purpose because those were the attitudes of the day and the original intent of the Immigration Act of 1924 was specifically to keep these people out, along with Catholics from Poland and nearly everywhere else. But the 1924 Act did have a “no dummies, leeches, morons, or unskilled people” ethic; only those who would benefit the nation would be allowed in.

As there is no sunset provision in USC 42.265 (aka title 42, and 265 is the disease part) it is not “going away” or “being lifted”. This is media slant and disinformation. “Title 42” is a misnomer; “dot 265” would be a more accurate name. It will only cease being enforced using covid as a rationale. It could just as easily use TB or VD as a rationale, and no “health emergency” is necessary to utilize it. Title 42 is the REAL power of the Surgeon General, who gets to make the call.  So far from Biden trying to stop it, he is merely allowing 42 to not be enforced for this one specific reason.

But it’s a slick move, as those seeking asylum must undergo health screening first, in the other country. As for illegal immigration, I’d say it’s still a good approach, as nobody unscreened should be allowed in. Heck, maybe even visitors and tourists should be health screened first too.

OTOH, the easy solution is to just shut down immigration for another decade or five. And not grant more than a very VERY small number of asylum cases, on an individual basis.

The Immigration Act of 1952 revised the Immigration Act of 1924 by allowing Asians, Africans, and Catholics in, but still kept the “send us your best and brightest” aspect. So less racist, but still leaning to improving our nation.

This was all thrown away in 1964/65 by Ted Kennedy, LBJ, and other supporters of the Hart-Celler Act, which opened the doors to every person from anywhere in the world, by throwing out the nation of origin quota system.

Here’s Teddy’s Big Lie from back then: “During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Ted Kennedy, speaking of the effects of the Act, said, “our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. ... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

A timeline of immigration policy is here.

Another timeline, this one showing what Congress HASN’T done for ages: Link.

Tens of thousands of people from all over, almost exclusively men of military age, are poised just across the border. An estimated 700,000 more are working their way up Central America. The Allied Forces of WWII put 130,000 troops ashore on D-Day, a massive force. This is 6 times larger. If this is not THE invasion I don’t know what is. I think the time is LONG past for weak efforts and even weaker “solutions”.


No point in doing the whole ex post facto post, so here’s a tiny part, just the gist.

The point is that New York wrote a short term law specifically to allow E Jean Carroll to go after Donald Trump. The law is ex post facto as far as I can tell, and is thus unconstitutional. Everyone in the NY state legislature in Albany who worked on this Adult Survivors Act ought to have known, had to have known, that what they were doing was improper. After all, nearly all of them are lawyers, not that any normal citizen can’t understand what ex post facto, “after the fact”, retroactive law, is about. Such things quickly devolve into bills of attainders, laws that are written for a single person that declare them guilty of some crime and metes out some kind of punishment.  Trials, even show trials, are not always necessary. They are also absolutely forbidden by our Constitution, and by every state constitution. The court case against Trump never should have gone forward as there was no evidence at all against him, not to mention the near impossibility of a famous billionaire going to a fancy high end store like Bergdorf Goodman and not being fawned upon and attended to by the entire staff every moment he was there. Even if he specifically said he didn’t want assistance, they would have hovered in the background just in case. Point is, he was under observation the entire time he was in the store, if he was ever in the store, in whatever unknown year this incident is said to have happened ... and the incident itself is exactly the plot of a episode of the Law & Order SVU TV show, right down to being the same tony store. In my opinion the whole thing is bogus. And the trial itself was a crock.

[ The SCOTUS decision ] Held: A law enacted after expiration of a previously applicable limitations period violates the Ex Post Facto Clause when it is applied to revive a previously time-barred prosecution.

allowing survivors of sexual offenses one year to file civil claims for cases that occurred even decades ago.
The Adult Survivors Act does not reopen the opportunity for criminal prosecution, but victims can seek justice through the civil court system.

Rachel Tuchman, a lawyer at Kaplan Hecker & Fink in New York, is one of the attorneys representing E. Jean Carroll in her ongoing defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump. The case unfolded when Caroll alleged in 2019 that Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. Trump publicly denied the assault, saying “I’ve never met this person in my life” and “she’s not my type.” As Carroll was no longer able to press criminal charges, one way she would be able to prove the assault was by trying to prove that Trump’s statements qualified as defamation.

But now the Adult Survivors Act has enabled Carroll to file a second lawsuit against Trump: for battery at the time of the alleged assault, and for recent alleged defamatory statements in October.

In other words the Act was written just for her. On the surface that makes it a Bill of Attainder, although other people in NY can use this Act for the one year it exists. But it’s still a mighty fine line.

That this Act is for civil prosecution not criminal is trying to do an end run around Stogner v California but prosecution is prosecution in my opinion. So it’s still ex post facto. Buh bye.

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calendar   Monday - August 10, 2020

Still Here

No, nothing to blog about today, sorry.

But I’ve been to everybody else’s blog, leaving comments here and there.

Also, I’ve been looking, once again, at soundproofing materials. I don’t think I have a project here, and it would be very small one if I did. I just find the field interesting, how you can make a room or a machine much quieter through acoustic treatments. Sometimes it’s absorptive materials, sometimes it’s mass loading, plus all the research into shaped surfaces that break up reflections, and the multi-density viso-elastic materials. You can even get sound mitigating PAINT. Plus the usual quiet curtains, acoustic carpet pads, and stuffing the walls with fireproof rockwool insulation, and using thicker or decoupled wallboard. You can even get special wallboard with acoustic decoupling built right in. 


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calendar   Friday - August 07, 2020

Ospreys are up, is Trump in town?

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s ... A Frog? *


It’s kind of overcast today, low clouds. There still isn’t much air traffic around here, so when I heard the sound of something flying up there, I looked. It kind of sounded like a helicopter, and it kind of sounded like a jet. Except it wasn’t moving very fast.

And then I spotted a small dark spot moving through the clouds. It came out again, and yup, it was an Osprey, the unusual dual tailed tilt rotor boxy little aircraft that the Marines usually fly. Even far enough away so that it looked 1/4” long, I could still see the giant propellers spinning around. Pretty cool.

The only time I ever see or hear one of these things is when President Trump is visiting his place over in Bedminster, about 15 miles east of us.

Let’s check ...

BEDMINSTER, NJ — President Donald Trump is coming back to Bedminster for the second time in three weeks.

According to the President’s itinerary, he was set to arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport Thursday evening at around 9 p.m. after a day that was to include three separate stops in Ohio, including one at the Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing plant.

Trump was just in Bedminster the weekend of July 24-26. He was returning to Trump National Golf Club Thursday night, but it was not clear whether his stay would last the entire weekend, or whether it would include any tours of storm damage in the wake of the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaias.

Trump is expected in New Jersey this weekend. Temporary flight restrictions have been announced for Thursday through Sunday for Morristown, where Air Force One lands, and for Bedminster, which usually foreshadow a presidential visit.

Heh, this is more fun than bridge spotting. Easier too; all I have to do is listen.

 *   cultural reference if you’re too young to know this line. Scroll down a bit. 


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calendar   Tuesday - August 04, 2020

TNB At Mansion Parties Across America

This kind of crap is why our NJ governor King Murphy is stepping back on his re-opening plan. The ferals mess up everything for everyone every time.

[ woo hoo, Firefox saved me! The power went off for a while right in the middle of this. But the post was still there when power was restored, so happy me. Life during a hurricane, no? ]

Commercial Party Houses Out Of Control, Killings, Robberies, And Neighborhood Mayhem

Wild pool party shut down by police at New Jersey mansion

A massive rager at a mansion in New Jersey’s richest zip code was shut down by cops over the weekend — and neighbors say wild Vegas-like blowouts have been regularly held there despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of carefree revelers — most without masks — were spotted outside the home on Hemlock Drive in Alpine for what promoters called “The Lavish Experience Pool Party” Saturday night, NBC New York reported.

Cops eventually were called to break up the bash, which spilled out onto the street with zero regard for social distancing rules.

One person was seen taken away in an ambulance, while others were passed out drunk on the front lawn, the outlet reported.

A neighbor told The Post that the wild affairs have been a regular occurrence since May, at the height of the coronavirus crisis. She said she’s seen party buses dropping off people for the bashes — which are brazenly advertised on social media.

“A few months ago, new neighbors moved in, renters,” the neighbor said. “They started having parties one weekend after another. They were bringing in full party buses, at least 100 people or more.”

Another neighbor who didn’t want to be named told NBC New York the house is practically doubling as a “nightclub.”

Several lifetimes ago I worked in Closter NJ, the next town over. Plenty of money in Closter, but Alpine is the home of serious green. Quite a number of famous movie stars, sports figures, and music legends live there, along with the cream of the fiscal crop.

They must be beyond furious that this kind of thing is going on in their extremely exclusive area.

House parties have definitely been an issue in NJ lately, and have been used as a COVID excuse by the government more than once.

But it gets worse ... much worse ...

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Gangsters storm NFL star’s house Beverly Hills party and start robbing everybody, 1 dead, 2 wounded

A SHOOTING at a flashy Los Angeles mansion party held for an NFL star has left one person dead and two fighting for their lives, reports say.

A terrified partygoer filming as multiple shots rang out at the plush Beverly Crest pad said “a bunch of gangsters came in and robbed everybody and started shooting”.

The shooting occurred hours after cops were called to a gated community in Mulholland Drive after complaints from neighbours.

Scores of people were attending the party - prompting the police callout at about 6.30pm because of the ban on large gatherings in Los Angeles County during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But officers attending did not have a warrant to enter the property so were unable to break it up. Hours later, gunshots rang out at around 12.47am, sparking panic as revellers ran for the exits.

Three people were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds, according to CBS. One person died from their injuries and two others are said to be in acritical but stable condition.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s were among the victims.A fourth person suffered a non-firearm-related injury while fleeing, it’s reported.

Yet again, as always, this was a short term rental property in a really high end area, and the attendees were ... 100% non diverse. And ignoring every kind of anti-COVID rule in existence. And in two weeks they’ll all be sick. I’m really tired of this BS.

Plenty of pictures and much more to the story at the link.


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Just Mailing It In This Rainy Morning


I’m such a fan of the PO. Vilmar will understand.

Mail in ballots are flat out wrong, an opportunity rife for corruption. Ballot harvesting - an operative comes around your neighborhood to collect them all - is even worse. Guaranteed corruption.

Simple Solution?

Too afraid to vote in person? Hmmm ... I wonder if ... set up the polling place with one of those counters surrounded by plastic walls. Worker behind the desk all gowned gloved masked. Positive ventilation system blows air outwards. You walk in ... one at a time ... with your ballot envelope ... clerk checks the voter rolls, checks your ID / voter registration, you sign the digital screen with the just wiped wand/pen AFTER you’ve been verified and watched your ballot go into the locked and sealed collection bin. CCTV from 3 angles covers the entire event, cameras run all day, data saved to disk or chip.

Such an arrangement could be built in a couple hours for small expense. When the numbered collection box gets full, several people come in to seal up and evidence sign the old one, count the envelopes several times and sign to that, and put in a new box, identifying themselves on CCTV. GoPro vidcam wearing workers follow the box through the building to the evidence locker, past several locked doors and sign it in with a guard as witness.

The whole Deliver Your Vote process takes under a minute, and the collection box exchange and securing takes only a couple minutes.

No mailing, no lost envelopes, no boxes of votes that magically appear at the last second. This isn’t rocket science.

Of course this will be more difficult in the big cities. But any town or small city under ~~ 50K population should be able to do it. The whole idea is Chain of Evidence, just like the cops do. And CCTV and data chips are so cheap it’s just silly.

Yeah, some people really are not able to get out, and get over to the polling places. Prove it, and you can vote by mail. You “can’t” show up because it’s a minor inconvenience? TFB, then you’re not going to vote.

Naturally the voter rolls would be up to date, matched against the tax records, the credit card company and cell phone address lists, coroner data and the III criminal database etc. As I’ve said a hundred times before, registration closes at least 30 days prior, no exceptions.

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Crivens, it is REALLY pouring out there today. Since long before dawn. Thankfully it’s cooler, and so far not a breath of wind.  But if the big wind shows up later, after 8 -10 hours of ground saturating rainfall, we’re going to lose a lot of trees. Not cool.

The tropical storm winds were reaching the state by 8 a.m. Tuesday and were expected to increase quickly as Isaias was moving through at 33 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rain and the potential for flash floods continues to be a significant threat, but that threat has shifted west as the aniticipated track of Isaias shifted west overnight.

The Jersey Shore is expected to be spared the heaviest rainfall though 1 to 2 inches are still possible. The north and western parts of the state, including Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties, are still forecast to receive more than 4 inches of rain.
The state got a taste of the storm Monday evening as a patch of thunderstorms moved through. A wind gust of 70 mph was recorded at the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Ocean County, and one of 59 mph was recorded at Neshanic Station, according to the weather service’s Mount Holly office.

Neshanic Station is just across the county line here in Somerset County. It’s a sleepy little crossroads semi-rural kind of place, off the beaten track but only a mile or so from a major highway. Situated on the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River, just a mile or two of where both north and south branches join and flow down to Rutgers, it was a mill town and a produce shipping point back in the long ago day.

There is a rather rare double span lenticular bridge there in perfect condition, with a very old derelict 2 span Pratt through truss RR bridge on one side, and a high plate girder RR bridge, still used daily, a bit downstream on the other side.

There are only about 100 lenticular bridges in the whole country, many are derelict now, and most of them are single span. Binghamton NY has a 3 span one, and Middlesex County CT has a 5 span one. All of these were built 135 years ago by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company.


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calendar   Sunday - August 02, 2020

Nobody Says The “B” Word. Or The “J” Word.

AirBnB To Restrict Party House Rentals In NJ

Airbnb has cracked down on “party houses” throughout the state of New Jersey as the world continues to attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We stand with Governor (Phil) Murphy, and we support his call to action to stop parties and promote behavior that respects the public’s health,” said Chris Lehane, SVP of Global Policy & Communications for Airbnb. “We ban party houses and will not tolerate irresponsible behavior on our platform. We know that there is still more work to be done, we ask that neighbors contact us as soon as possible through our Neighborhood Support Hotline, to directly communicate any concerns, which will help us continue to effectively enforce our party house ban.”

As part of this, 35 listings across New Jersey that have received complaints or otherwise violated policies on parties and events have been either suspended or removed from the Airbnb platform, officials said.

Additionally, Airbnb recently shared out restrictions on some U.S. guests under the age of 25 from booking entire home listings in their local area. As a practical example, if they identify a 20-year old guest who is located in Hoboken, the systems are set up to restrict that user from booking a house, apartment or other entire home listing in Hoboken for a 1-night reservation the following weekend unless they have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.

However, if that same 20 year-old is booking a stay to visit family in Ocean City, the restriction would not apply.

This kind of thing has been in the news quite a bit lately. It seems some folks have figured out that they can rent a nice place in suburbia for a night, put out ads in da hood, charge people to attend, and make a pile of quick money.

The party animals descend, cause an all night ruckus, trash the house, mess up the whole neighborhood, and go away. Streets parked solid, cars up on folk’s lawns, all kinds of misbehavior, fireworks, and often as not “random” gunfire.

Far be it for me to mention how certain types were prominent at nearly all of these events. Although if you read the stories carefully and ignore the “representational” picture in the above story ...
“The party was reportedly held as a celebration of Liberian Independence Day and featured free food and alcohol and a twerking contest.”
“Darius Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn, has been charged with two counts of assault by auto, eluding, obstruction and possession of marijuana”
“Yaakov Weiss, 40, of Jackson, who owns the home, and Patience Guanue, 23, and Alicia Hinneh, 22, both of Newark, were issued summonses for violating the governor’s executive order limiting gatherings to 500 people or fewer “
“The party was advertised on Instagram as a “mansion party,” and included free food and alcohol”
“It took all of Jackson’s on-duty police officers, along with help from the Freehold, Howell and Lakewood police departments, New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, to clear the crowd”


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calendar   Saturday - August 01, 2020

NHL Stands Together

Nobody Kneels. Nobody.

Players from the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators all stood to honor the playing of the national anthem in recent games.

Not one single player kneeled.

On Tuesday, players for the Flyers and Penguins stood together in solidarity before their exhibition opener in Toronto.

The respective teams stood together on the blue lines to show solidarity — and the Penguins made sure the message was clear.

In a tweet, the beloved Pittsburgh team wrote, “The Penguins and Flyers, two of the fiercest rivals in sports, united in solidarity this afternoon, to stand up against social injustice, racism, and hate.”

On Tuesday, NBC Sports reported that the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets had the same plans for their game Thursday night. And the two teams did, indeed, gather — arms linked — in a circle.

“Over the past several months we have been trying to educate ourselves and learn more about racial injustice in our country and around the world. As a team we have decided to lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community,” a spokesperson for the Bruins told the outlet.

“This action is solely intended to be a positive sign of support for the Black community, and a way for us to use our platform to help end racism,” the statement concluded.

I think it’s very important to note that these men are standing up and speaking up, not being disrespectful. And they’re not saying they’re supporting BLM, they’re supporting eliminating racial injustice.

And I’m fine with that. Granted, it’s an empty gesture. Especially in empty stadiums. But it’s better than nothing. Let’s see if they actually do anything more than this.

As long as they don’t go all nutso Aunt Jemima Syrup and AOC on everything. And don’t forget that racism works both ways.


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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2020

another downpour

It’s raining again, unbelievably hard. And it’s almost time to leave for bowling. Of course!

Honestly, it’s hard to believe it’s raining this hard. I can hardly see across the backyard. Total deluge. There will be flooding. 


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calendar   Wednesday - July 22, 2020

Birthday booze

So it’s Stephanie’s birthday today. Yay Steph. She’s 65. OMG. We’re going up there to visit and celebrate on Sunday, so I’ll do my weekend cleaning Saturday night. I’ve shifted my Thursday cleaning to Wednesday so I can do mini-summer bowling league. I think I like Wednesday better anyway.

It’s my brother’s birthday too, woo hoo. He’s younger than she is by a few. But we were up there this past weekend and did b-day then. Chocolate cake, ice cream, fresh sourdough bread.

I have no idea what to get her for a gift, but I think it’s high time her birthday got prominence. Everyone else’s does, except hers and mine. We always go over there to visit, and she cooks, serves, and cleans up. I know she likes to do that, and she’s a really good cook, but I’d like to give her a bit of celebratory respite, nome sane?

I suggested we get take out lobster, as you still can’t sit down to eat in a restaurant in their state or in mine. Such BS. And late July is THE time to get Maine lobsters. A nice 2 - 2 1/4 pounder would be perfect. With a few dozen steamers, some corn on the cob, blueberry pie and some blueberry muffins. Lots of melted butter. A real Maine clambake, hot coals and stones in a pit on the beach, layers of seaweed, and an old chunk of plywood over the hole. Rinse it down with Schlitz beer. Pure heaven. But no, he’s got gout these days, so no lobster for anyone. Crivens.

I remember that she used to like chocotinis. That was ages ago, easily 15 years. I know that booze is a bit impersonal, but other than new tennis or golf balls, what does she need? She gave up curling years ago, just after I found out where to get the big stone things they use. And I don’t think she does the off road bicycle thing anymore. I don’t think they go fly fishing anymore either. And Frank has a closet full of his fancy scotches, but what’s in there for her? So I’m thinking a broad spectrum chocotini kit just for her. Quality chocolate chips, a bar of high end dark chocolate, some Godiva liqueur, some Baily’s, a decent Triple Sec, a good vodka, Kahlua, white or dark creme de cacoa. Chocolate or vanilla vodka, or is that overkill? Because it turns out that there are as many recipes for chocotinis as there are for chicken. Infinite. So cover the bases? Who makes a chocolate shaver?

Guess I’ll have to find some beer and make pretzels. It’s expected that I show up with some kind of bread product. But I’m getting tired of making my 4 flour sourdough. And I’m not sure if an Entemann’s knock-off is the right thing. I haven’t made one yet, even though I have what looks to be a great recipe, and I don’t want to bring a first time bake anywhere, just in case. The pretzels I could make in my sleep, I’ve done them so many times. And they are world class good, but you have to eat them within a few hours of baking. Don’t know if the “newlyweds” are coming or not. They’re both retired now, so they can’t use the “we have to go down the shore every weekend to our beach shack” excuse anymore. 


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calendar   Monday - July 20, 2020

sap be gone

sometimes the internet is right about things.  I had a bunch of sap drips on my car from parking under the pines. Rubbing alcohol took them off instantly. I used a clean microfiber towel, wet the end, and just rubbed them lightly. 99% gone. I’ve also read that a steam gun can do the job, but I haven’t tried that yet. And “claying” will get anything left. I don’t clay, so that’s out.

But the alcohol thing works pretty great, and it’s cheap. After I was done I went straight to the car wash around the corner, just in case alcohol wasn’t good to leave on the clearcoat for long.


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calendar   Saturday - July 18, 2020

still here, just busy

Not much to say, just got too many things to do. We started mini summer bowling league Thursday. It’s a no-tap league, which we weren’t aware of. Whatever, it’s still some practice time before winter league starts. It’s being done with social distancing, which makes things kind of strange. But we’ll manage, and as time goes by (fingers crossed) the restrictions will lessen. Yeah right.


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calendar   Thursday - July 16, 2020

Yesterday’s News Today!!

Been pretty busy around here lately, and I seem to get tired a lot faster than I used to, back in the day.

Bits And Pieces

Here ya go: Tall buildings are sexist. This is what passes as a college professor these days. Ignore the high cost of urban real estate, ignore the efficiency of multistory buildings. Nope, these things are built to celebrate erections. Whacko!!

You should have followed the process. UK removes illegally placed BLM statue after just 1 day. It’s a pretty good statue, although I don’t know if celebrating radicalism is a good thing. Actually, it turns out that Ms. Reid is just a person, one of the thousands who protested. But after the old statue of Edward Colston was torn down and drowned on June 7, she climbed the plinth and stood there looking all Black Power and had her picture taken. So it’s very symbolic. And, of course, by erecting the statue illegally, and having it taken down, more publicity is achieved, and the mantra of oppression and victimhood is enhanced.

I’m interested in how such a detailed and very lifelike statue was made so quickly. It’s resin, so my guess is it was either cast or created with one of those 3D printers, with data points collected by one of those 3D laser scanners. Or perhaps created by laser ablation of a solid block of material . Impressive technology, all of it.


Another college professor spying for China, caught trying to run away with stolen data. China is asshoe. So is Song Guo Zheng.

Song Guo Zheng, 57, was arrested Friday, May 22, 2020 as he landed in Anchorage, Alaska. He was about to catch a flight to China when he was taken into custody.

According to the FBI, Zheng was involved in a scheme to use approximately $4.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bolster China’s research in the areas of rheumatology and immunology. Zheng is also accused of making false statements to cover up his involvement with China while working at multiple universities, including Ohio State.

I didn’t know we had any flights going to China, not even from Alaska. I thought President Trump put a COVID stop to that a few months back.


900 days running with no mishaps and NO CARBON EMISSIONS AT ALL . The Candu [ love the name. Can Do!! ] nuclear reactor works just fine. Wind power, solar power, tidal power just don’t cut it, and our nations have become too built up for any more hydroelectic dam projects. Nuke is the only way forward. We’ll just bury the spent fuel rods somewhere deep and stable, and let the radiation bacteria eat it up.


George Floyd Officer’s Body Cam Footage Released (view by appointment only).. Transcripts of two of the involved officer’s cam footage were released the other day. Floyd was stoned out of his head, uncooperative, COVID positive, multiple co-morbidities, overdosing on fentanyl. Still, the cops should have found some better way to restrain him. Always consider the optics.


Something to read, an essay of the obvious at American Greatness.

In a way never seen before, America has gone mad.

The Democratic Party, having left the likes of Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan far behind, is being steered by the ideology of Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. It’s in thrall to a Maoist mob. It’s tacitly (and sometimes not so tacitly) accepting wholesale destructiveness. It’s in bed with the Black Lives Matter terrorist group, contributions to which end up in party coffers. While the party lets Bolshevik bullies get away with violence, it vilifies decent citizens who try to defend themselves and demonizes cops who simply want to do their job.
We can’t even be sure that the best president of modern times will win reelection over a doddering fool in thrall to our society’s most dangerous elements.


I smell a push for more gun control coming. NJ Governor Alarmed By Increase In Shootings

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he’s concerned about a sharp increase in fatal shootings amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Col. Patrick J. Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said the state’s fatal shootings have increased 19 percent over last year’s year-to-date number, rising from 84 to 100 victims.

He said there were 39 shooting victims within the past week, with 13 succumbing to their injuries.
Murphy said New Jersey is “not immune to what we’re seeing around the country in terms of this lethal cocktail of being pent up,” with people coming to grips with closures and unemployment amid the hot summer.

Murphy said New Jersey, like the rest of the nation, is dealing with the fallout over the death of George Floyd, and the country is showing anger and frustration over the lingering “stain of racism.”

“The cocktail could not be more challenging,” Murphy said. “You’ve got gobs of people out of work. You’ve got small businesses that have been crushed.”

Murphy said many people also face numerous mental and physical health challenges as they deal with the consequences of the pandemic.

“That’s almost an unprecedented combination of factors,” he said.

Meanwhile, movie theaters in the state lost their bid to reopen, while more states have been added to NJ’s quarantine list. Also meanwhile, the state is investigating a fatal police shooting. Suicide by cop, the Morristown police had to shoot a guy who had sliced himself and was threatening his mother with a gun. OK, it was an Airsoft gun, but those things look totally real. Especially if you paint over the orange band.

The man fatally shot by police on Tuesday in Morris Township was brandishing an “airsoft” pistol that resembled a Beretta firearm, the state Attorney General’s Office said on Wednesday.

Timothy O’Shea, 24, died at 5:41 pm at Morristown Medical Center, according to a statement from authorities.

Police from Morris Township, Morris Plains and Morristown had responded to a 911 call at 4:14 pm reporting a domestic disturbance on Fairchild Avenue. The caller said a person at the residence had cut himself and had a gun.

“Uniformed officers of the three police departments responded to the residence on Fairchild Avenue where Timothy O’Shea lived. Upon arrival, officers encountered the 911 caller and took that person into safety.

“Shortly after, at approximately 4:19 p.m., officers encountered Timothy O’Shea, who was holding a pistol and bleeding. During the encounter, one officer fired his weapon, striking Mr. O’Shea,” the statement said.

Police rendered medical aid until EMS personnel arrived to transport him to the hospital. The pistol that was in O’Shea’s hand was a replica Beretta 9mm airsoft pistol, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Replica airsoft pistols resemble the real thing, but they fire plastic projectiles. Airsoft weapons use a gas propellant and are similar to BB guns, but their less-harmful ammunition has made them popular for target practice, war games, and police- and military training.

By federal law, imitations of real guns are required to have orange-colored plugs on their barrels to set them apart. It was not immediately clear if this weapon had such a marking.

There was no riot, no protest, and the story hardly made even the local news, because O’Shea was white. Tru dat!


Meanwhile, way down the shore in Wildwood Nj, an obviously edited Rodney King style video is getting people upset. He dindu nuttin, as usual. But the end of the vid does look like police abuse.


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calendar   Monday - July 06, 2020

Fiat Lux

A Less Than Bright Idea?


I finally got around to changing the bulb in one of the recessed light fixtures in our bathroom. It’s been out for months. With all these 3rd generation LED bulbs, they last so long I don’t even remember where the spares are kept. So after looking through the closets and drawers, I remembered that I’d see a pack of them out in the gigantic mess we call our garage when I was looking for some tool or something last week. So I went out and got them. A little dusty, the generic package unlabeled and slightly water stained. Brought them in the house, took one out and screwed it in. And the instant I did that the lights went out.

Aw crooop, what have I done?

So I spent a few minutes using the flashlight from my cellphone to check all the breakers, and then realized that power was out to the whole place. Power was out to the whole condo park. It had happened at that exact instant.

We had a line squall moving in; the wind kicked up from nothing, clouds sprang up, the sky got dark, the temperature dropped 15° in a couple of minutes ... and then the downpour began. One of those short intense summer rains, it was over in a couple minutes. And then the power came back on. So I checked the bulb, and it was working just fine. Yay me.

But what is this, why is it so yellow? Reach up to check it, and the thing is hot! WTH? And then I figured it out: this was an actual lightbulb. Not an LED, not a CFL, not one of those halogens masquerading as a bulb, but an actual incandescent lightbulb. 60 watts, 770 lumens, Sylvania. How many years has that thing been around? They were dead and gone ages before we moved in here 8+ years ago the day before Hurricane Sandy. They went away under Bush 43, right? 2006 or before? Wow. It felt like a “hey let me take my other car” moment and finding an Egyptian chariot in the garage. Something from antiquity.

It’s a nice comforting light. Let’s see if it lasts. IIRC, those old bulbs had a life measured in hours, not in decades. And there’s only one left in the pack. 


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calendar   Wednesday - July 01, 2020

Speed Blogging

Sorry, no time for this today. Here’s a few links to news stories

•   Scientists cure lab mice with Parkinson’s by accident. This could be big, but it will take lots more R&D.

•   Summer snow dumps 6-8” in high rockies. Must be global warming again.

•   CHOP gets the chop in Seattle. Plenty arrests made. I’d treat them as invaders or traitors. Either way, here’s the gallows.

•   Harvey Weinstein buys his way out. $19 million, cases dropped. Did you every really believe #MeToo was about anything other than money??

•   China is asshoe. Hong Kong eaten up like Dim Sum. Life under communism: new “security” law is ex post facto. Bye bye freedom.

•   And the arrests in Hong Kong begin. China reneges on agreement made 20 years ago. And this is a surprise to whom??


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


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