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05/23/18


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And you know who else eats kitty kibble? Woodchucks! I had to chase one of the little low riders off the patio this afternoon. Furry dirt pig was all in a panic, as he tried to get out this way and that way, only to find that the railings have chicken wire attached to them. Finally he took a flying leap over the potted plants, landed in the flower garden and took off like a shot. I’ve never seen one of them run so fast.  And 2 minutes later my one remaining outdoor kitteh Ginger comes sauntering up the hillside the ‘chuck just ran down. “So, did you catch him and eat him for dinner?” I asked. Which got me the typical cat response; silence and a disdainful look. So I put some kibbies in his bowl, and he’s out there chomping away. Cats have ESP or something. My two indoor fur bums, who sleep about 22 hours a day, were suddenly in the kitchen when they got the food signal from their outdoor brother. So they got kibbies too, and some chunky meat with gravy from a can. And those brats just looked at me and then walked away. Cats have zero gratitude.

Seriously though, every little outdoor animal eats cat food when they can get it. Woodchucks, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, songbirds, turkey vultures. Even deer, though what’s left in the dish is hardly a lick for them.


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Seattle’s Good Intentions Come Back To Bite Them In The Rear

Or maybe they’re just deliberately stupid, can’t do math, and lie to the voters to push their liberal agenda. Nah, that could never happen.

The cost of Seattle’s ongoing effort to build bike lanes has ballooned to up to $12 million a mile, in another setback for the progressive city’s leadership that has repeatedly spent big on social projects only to realize less-than-stellar results.

Seattle officials are apparently so embarrassed by the pricey cycling routes that they have been conducting quiet “soft launches” for new lanes instead of hosting splashy ribbon-cutting ceremonies, The Seattle Times reported.

Voters in Seattle approved a so-called “Move Seattle” transportation levy in 2015 to the tune of $930M, but the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has since admitted that the cost estimates it used to pitch the project to voters were not well-founded.

“We do not have enough funding right now to do everything that was promised, we just don’t,” SDOT interim Director Goran Sparrman said in April. “Some of those dollar amounts estimated for what projects would cost were clearly insufficient, even at the time.”

Due to rising infrastructure costs and poor estimates by city officials, Seattle’s average for bike-lane building has risen from $1M to $2M per mile, The Seattle Times reported.

That’s significantly more than the $860,000 total that former mayor Ed Murray cited in proposing the levy, and quadruple comparable national averages, the paper reported.

So, what is the actual cost? $860,000 per mile, 1 or 2 million per mile, or 12 million per mile? Clickbait, crap reporting, or a total lack of proofreading that turns “1-2” into “12”? Losers at both ends.

Also, get real. Grab a 50 gallon drum of road paint, the line spraying machine, and 3 of your $25/hr DPW workers. One pickup truck and a bunch of traffic cones. Cost per mile: $500.

Funny how we never had bike lanes when I was a pedalist, and also even more funny how 900 million Chinese and Indian bicycle riders and delivery guys can commute in extreme traffic in their cities every day without 10,000 getting smeared every week, with no bike lanes anywhere.

Hey, maybe Reason will have some better reporting on this one?

The original 2015 levy budgeted about $860,000 for each promised mile of new protected bike lane and greenway. That’s a smidge lower than the actual cost of the four-block bike lane project on Seventh Avenue in Seattle’s downtown, which came in at $3.8 million (about $13 million per mile). Another bike lane, on Second Avenue, cost $12 million a mile.

A review of the levy’s progress gives no precise dollar figure on how insufficient the bike lane budget is, saying only that the program needs “further review and adjustment.”

The review says the same for those 180 miles of arterial road repaving that need to be done and those plans to increase bus speed and service on seven congested corridors, not to mention the curb repairs promised at 775 intersections.

Plans to replace any old tree removed by the city with two new trees is still on track, as are stepped-up crosswalk repainting and seismic upgrades to 16 vulnerable bridges.

Ah, I see. They threw in every bell, whistle, and environmental impact doohickie they could think of. Plus extra trees. And four lanes of repaving ... I guess the sidewalks in that town must be 80 yards wide to have that kind of space available in an existing city. And seismic upgrades to a bunch of bridges. Because bicycles cause earthquakes, right?

Of course, in Seattle everyone is just sitting around waiting for the Big One, the Cascadia megaquake AND tsunami that will destroy the city utterly. And probably cause a zombie apocalypse as well. But with this project, at least the bike lanes will still be open.

Crivens, government spending and dishonesty. So far beyond “out of control” that you can’t even imagine it. But the sheeple demand this kind of nonsense, so throw them some crumbs to fatten them up so you can fleece them yet again.


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I’m going to have to get some microscope lenses and a touch screen needle if I ever try to do that smartphone post thing again. Impossibly small touch points, and while the keypad is bigger than the miniature horror that my flip phone had, a genuine keyboard and a monitor can’t be beat. Right.

So today’s bread is coming along, albeit slowly.  I put the dough outside for a bit to warm up, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m off to run errands and things.


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Posting from my smartphone while at the shack. It isn’t raining.

05/22/18

Iran: Seems Like A Good Start

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America’s 12 demands as listed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s on May 21, 2018 :

1. Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.

2. Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor.

3. Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.

4. Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.

5. Iran must release all US citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges.

6. Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

7. Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.

8. Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.

9. Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.

10. Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior al-Qaeda leaders.

11. Iran, too, must end the IRG Qods Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.

12. Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors — many of whom are US allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks.

Hey, works for me. Any way we could blockade them just for fun, and have them all starve to death? So much easier than carpet bombing. Pity how another huge bunch of their missiles and fuel accidentally blew up in Syria the other day. Oopsie!!


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Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Partner Friedman Cops To “Minor” $50K Tax Evasion, Agrees To Flip. Meanwhile, Judge Rules Stormy’s Law Firm/Avenatti Pay $10M In Bankruptcy/Tax Evasion

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-avenatti-bankruptcy-20180522-story.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/22/michael-cohens-business-partner-evgeny-freidman-agrees-to-cooperate-as-part-of-plea-deal-nyt.html

Wow, lawyers cheating the government, screwing over their employees, reneging on their promises, and stabbing each other in the back. Amazing. In other astonishing news, water is wet.


And in important news, the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning last night to even up the semi-finals playoff at 3-3. Winner of Wednesday’s game 7 will face the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup. Go Lightning!! (Hey, they took out the NJ Devils in Round 1, so it’s only just that they go on to take the Cup. That way, NJ will have lost to the ultimate winners, which is much better than getting beat by some nobody also-ran team.)

The Lightning utterly destroyed the Caps Sunday night to the point where they were ahead 4-2 in the 3rd period, and then they just stopped playing offensive, letting the Caps try and try and try and try throughout the whole 3rd period, even going without a goalie to put another attacker on the ice, and eventually they got just a single goal. There must have been 50 shots on in 12 minutes, but TBL blocked them all, even taking a puck in the butt to block the shot. Best game I saw all season.


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Hope he gave himself a ticket or three

I saw the darnedest thing this morning.  My security shack up at the end of Village Road at Bank Street is right next to the school bus stop. I am officially NOT the crossing guard, but I keep and eye on the kids and the cars anyway. Because. There’s another school bus stop 50 yards past ours on the other side of Rupell Road at the end of Bank Street. I think it’s for a parochial school; beats me, only 1 kid gets on that one. That’s the rich people’s development, so whatever. Anyway, Bank Street and Rupell Road get a lot of traffic in the morning, seeing that they’re part of a shortcut for when the highway gets congested. But when the buses are there loading kids, all traffic stops. The bus physically stops on Bank at the top of the downhill lane on Village, but people don’t even make the right from Village on Bank, even though the fan-out at the end of our private road is easily 50 yards wide and those people making the right are quite a good distance in front of the bus. Same goes for when the other bus is there on Rupell. People wait. It’s the law, and it’s just decent behavior. Little kids are hard to see and unpredictable.

Right. So the 8:37 bus gets there at 8:36 and starts loading up the little grade school kids. Some waiting kids sit on the big rocks in the garden at the corner, some are in the bus shelter 50 yards away, some have to get out of the mommy-vans parked across the street, some arrive up Village Road at the very last second, three or four cars back ... kids are coming in from all directions. The bus sits there, lights flashing, door open, safety bar on the front end extended.

But this one guy today didn’t feel like waiting. He’s about 3 cars back behind the bus, and he’s impatient. Because he’s important. Granted the bus was being a bit pokey, because all the moms who drop off their kids cut things to the last second and beyond, so the bus driver often has to wait an extra half a minute or so for the last of the minivans to come up Village and disgorge their little passengers. Who need to be hugged and kissed and photographed one or five last times before getting on the bus every day. And the bus may have been a minute early too. So it can drag on. And I can certainly see people getting impatient with it. But this guy just pulls out into the left lane, and passes the bus on the left. Floored it. He drives down to the Rupell intersection, does a U-turn, and comes back as the bus is finally pulling away. At which point he dives to the left, cutting across the cars behind the bus that were just starting to move, dives right past the mommies standing there at the top of the road, and with a really pissy look on his face, goes flying past me down Village Road. A private road. The vehicle? A Town of Clinton cop car. No lights on, no sirens, nothing. Just an impatient jerk in blue with a badge. I guess fresh donuts are more important to him than the local children’s safety.

All the mommies were standing there agog. They couldn’t believe it either. Come on, if he’d waited 10 more seconds for the last kid to get on the bus and sit down, he could have made a (theoretically illegal) right from Banks onto Village and then proceeded (cops never walk, run, or drive; they always proceed) down our street like a normal person. Heck, having gone around the bus the first time, he could have turned right and gone down Rupell Road. It comes out on the same W. Main Street as Village Road does, just 1/2 mile closer to the light at the main drag into town. Where the cop shop is. And a Dunkin Donuts.

I hope he writes himself up for at least 3 motor vehicle charges. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


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Orange Is The New DNC? Well, Here’s Hoping

At least one additional government “informant” attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign under President Barack Obama, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo revealed exclusively on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night.

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign—and even into the administration, if you believe Axios—he’s not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.

“I know because they came at me,” Caputo added. “And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.”

Axios has reported that the suspected FBI informant in the Trump campaign was recommended for a senior post in the Trump administration.

“When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits,” Caputo told Ingraham, referring to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.


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Another damp and dreary day here.  I have to do some shopping, but it’s the kind of day I’d rather just get back under the sheets and go back to sleep.


Interesting bit of news yesterday, that this Halper guy was paid $400K from a shadowy defense department think-tank. Slush fund? Who knows. But there sure does seem to be an awful lot of money flowing around DC to pay folks so very well with. Please ... at your job, how long would it take you to earn $400,000? A few weeks and a couple of What-If papers? Um, I don’t think so. Yet this is small beans in DC. Some lawyers get millions from corporation after corporation, just because they can claim to have access to the seat of power. Others seem to sit on the boards of a dozen corporations and associations, while still having a full time career at CIA/State/FBI (see comments RE: Jamie Gorelick). Who are these magical people that are worth this kind of income and power?


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05/21/18

Not a whole lot happening this morning. It’s not raining, and it’s not cold, so I’ve got to get some of these plants into the ground. Which means finding the garden tools, which are somewhere in the avalanche of stuff that is our garage. Maybe I’d better drag a string behind me like Ariadne, so I don’t get lost.


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05/20/18

Now, THIS Is Raycis

Black thug attacks old white Jew because he’s an old white Jew. Beats him down from behind, runs him over, and then steals his car.

Authorities have charged a Sayreville man with beating a longtime Asbury Park Press freelance photographer May 1 in Freehold Township then running the man over with his vehicle.

Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose — the motor vehicle — and first-degree bias intimidation. The attack on Jerry Wolkowitz, 55, of the township took place in the parking lot of the Harding Road apartment complex where Wolkowitz lives.

Authorities said Hubbard did not know Wolkowitz. Hubbard targeted Wolkowitz because of his race, authorities said. Hubbard is black and Wolkowitz is white.

At 7:15 a.m. in May 1, police found Wolkowitz lying in the parking lot area with injuries to his head and body. Medics rushed him to an undisclosed hospital where he remains in critical condition. Wolkowitz has worked as a freelancer for the Press for more than 30 years.

Freehold Township police officers and investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found that Hubbard attacked Wolkowitz from behind, punching him in the head and face then dragging him into the parking lot.  Hubbard drove his gray Chevy Malibu over Wolkowitz then stole Wolkowitz’s blue Kia Forte, authorities said.

The Forte was later found abandoned on Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville.  Sayreville police officers arrested Hubbard, a manager at an Advance Auto Parts store, at his Winding Wood Drive home later the day of the attack.

Hubbard is being held at the Monmouth County jail.The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to keep Hubbard incarcerated until trial.

You can’t get much clearer than first-degree bias intimidation via attempted murder.

Quick, call up the NAAWP, the CWC, the WLM folks, and all the professional Whiteness agitators. We’ll have massive marches and protests, wear white knit hats, and every media outlet in the country will cover this story 24-7 until the next school shooting. It’s Cracka Time!

Wait, what? None of those organizations exist? There are no professional pro-White agitators? The press ignores these stories worse than Typhoid Mary at a kissing booth? And if it does get any back page coverage, somehow the MSM will manage to make Hubbard the victim ... because evil White Prosecuters don’t want him to get bail? Why, this was just Hubbard having fun, out polar bear hunting. Or it was just a routine assault and attempted murder and grand theft auto. Race had nothing to do with it. Cut the crap already, m’kay? Hey MSM, Wolkowitz is one of yours. Family. You don’t sell out family.

Well, at least the rest of us can try and spread the word. And don’t buy that BS - that was fed to me in a corporate environment no less - that Blacks can’t be racist because racism is defined as actions and attitudes directed against Blacks by people who aren’t Blacks. TOTAL NONSENSE. Racism can exist anywhere. (Finns can hate Laplanders; even the name Laplander is a racist insult for the Sami people; it means stupid person. Yes, both groups are whiter than milk, but these days racism extends to tribal groupings too, and religions, etc) But outside of some crazy jihad types, it’s rarely expressed so adamantly. But wait, wouldn’t every instance of the “knockout game” or “polar bear hunting” be a racist assault? Why, yes Virginia, yes they would. But that would be true equality; an equal application of the laws.

Let’s see what kind of punishment this hate crime will get, now that it’s been committed by a Person of Preferred Pigmentation. No, mob justice isn’t the answer; NJ hasn’t had a lynching since 1886. However, Wolkowitz, still in critical condition, may never walk again.

To be fair, most of the news articles that covered this story mention that it was racially motivated. About half mention that the perp was black and the victim white. But these are mostly tiny local news sites. The one MSM cover buries and mollifies it down to “racially motivated”.
http://newjersey.news12.com/story/38188196/sayreville-man-charged-with-attempted-murderinbeating
http://abc7ny.com/hate-crime-suspect-assaulted-ran-over-stranger-police-say/3478069/
http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2018/05/freelance_photographer_critical_after_beaten_run_over_in_vicious_attack.html
http://www.fios1news.com/newjersey/sayreville-man-charged-racial-bias-attack


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Dropping The “I” Bomb?

At 1:37 p.m. today, the President issued a consequential and ominous tweet: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Why this matters: Trump was effectively rolling a grenade into the Department of Justice — ordering the agency to conduct a politically-motivated investigation of itself.

OTOH, if DOJ gets to investigate malfeasance at the DOJ, don’t expect anything to come of it, no more than what happened with the 9/11 Commission : a big circle jerk that exonerated everybody, lead by the woman (Jamie Gorelick) who put all the problems and hurdles in the way that helped let it happen. Nothing to see here, move along!!

OTTH (on the third hand) - set a thief to catch a thief? Nah, that trick never works.

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” says Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein.  Rosenstein supervises Robert Mueller. Uh huh. Smells like Kabuki theater to me.


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OMG, it isn’t cold and it isn’t raining. I think we might even get maybe 60 hours of Spring without a cloudburst. It didn’t rain here Friday, much, but it was cool enough to have the heat on until around noon today.


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Gee, too bad, DLTDHYOTWO

EverQueer Evergreen State College: 20% further enrollment drop, $6 Million budget shortfall

This is what happens when you turn a good school into a radical leftist diversity freak show.


The Evergreen State College will look to cut more than 10 percent from its operating budget for 2018-19 and raise student fees because of declining enrollment.

In a memo to the college’s board of trustees, Evergreen President George Bridges wrote that cuts totaling $5.9 million are needed because of lower-than-expected tuition revenue. This will require “some” layoffs and eliminating “many positions that are currently vacant,” according to Bridges.

“The work of reducing the operating budget is in a very dynamic state at this time. The number of staff and faculty positions and programs impacted by the proposed reductions will change as this work continues over the next few weeks,” according to the memo dated May 8.

One way the college is looking to cut its operating budget is by moving expenses into non-operating budget accounts, including those funded by student fees.

They’re trying to hide the numbers, but it looks like applications are off 20%. And this is on top of the $2.1 million shortfall and 7% admissions decline last year.

So they’re going to raise various student fees to try to make up for it ...

Officials have recommended a combined increase of $236 per year in student fees for 2018-19:

▪ The new student fee, which students pay once when they start at Evergreen, would go up $100 to $275 for those starting in the fall and to $145 for those starting in the winter or spring.

▪ The wellness fee, which covers basic health services and referrals to off-campus providers, would go up $111 to $420 per year. [ gee, sounds like they signed up for Obamacare!! ]

▪ The services and activities fee would go up $25 to $649 per year for full-time students.

Meanwhile, with a 95% admissions rate [ we’ll take anybody, please come here!! ], more and more “People Of [preferred] Color” are signing up, and the place is wall-to-wall gayolas and gender freaks:

“Further declines in applications (possibly by as much as 20%) and enrollments are expected for the Fall of 2018 based on current year-to-year data,” the report noted. “This condition, and the revenue shortfall it will create, will present Evergreen with significant financial challenges that will not be short-lived.”

Acknowledging that “Evergreen can no longer be considered a ‘selective’ college in terms of admission” because it currently accepts about 95 percent of all applicants, the report also points out that the percentage of students of color on campus continues to edge upward despite the decrease in overall enrollment.

Notably, it also cites a survey showing that 60 percent of first-year, four-year students who enrolled at Evergreen State in Fall 2017 “identified themselves as LGBTQIA.”

And of course they’re continuing their demonstrations, their “Day of Absence”, self-segregation, and now their “Equity Council” as they spin counter-clockwise further down the toilet.

Gosh, what a shame.

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Possibly related: Washington State puffed with pride that LESS THAN HALF of their elementary school kids rate proficient in math or reading.

Since 2009, Washington student scores on a federal achievement test have largely stagnated in mathematics and reading — mirroring a national trend that some have dubbed “education’s lost decade.”

The only bright spot in the Evergreen State: Eighth-grade reading results have shown marked improvement since both 2009 and 2015, according to test scores released this week for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Nearly 600,000 fourth- and eighth-graders across the United States take the NAEP tests — nicknamed “the nation’s report card” — every other year to gauge their achievement in math, reading and writing. Results for 2017 show the only significant change in Washington’s scores was a 5-point gain (NAEP uses a 500-point scale) in eighth-grade reading since the tests were last given in 2015.

But in each grade and subject, fewer than half of Washington students scored at or above the “proficient” level on NAEP, which many consider a high bar.
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[ WA schools chief and U of W professor Chris ] Reykdal found some cause for celebration in the 2017 scores: In both grades and subjects, Washington’s scores outperformed the national average and most other states.

“We are a very high-achieving state, we have high standards, and it shows,” Reykdal said. However, he also acknowledged that the latest NAEP scores indicate Washington schools aren’t making much progress in closing gaps between student groups.

Well good for you. Your students aren’t quite as moronic as everyone else’s students. Because “proficient” is such a high bar. Maybe if you guys dropped the Marxist indoctrination and actually taught school? I dunno, just an idea there.


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Yup, Halper. Soon To Be Hamburger.

American-born University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper has been identified as an FBI informant in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, multiple news outlets reported Saturday.

The 73-year-old academic reportedly has deep ties to American and British intelligence, having served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, the New York Post reported.

President Trump tweeted Friday that confirmation of an FBI plant in his campaign would become the nation’s “all time biggest political scandal.”

Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018

The New York Times and Washington Post reportedly have known of Halper’s identity for weeks, but chose not to reveal his name. Then on Thursday, the Daily Caller named Halper in the opening paragraph of its report.

The Washington Post said it received warnings from U.S. officials that revealing Halper’s identity posed a security risk.  Meanwhile, reports vary on when the FBI tapped Halper to snoop on the Trump campaign.

The New York Times reported in December that during “a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016,” Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had disclosed to an Australian diplomat the Russians had dirt on the Clinton campaign. The Australians then tipped off the FBI, prompting the agency to launch “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31, 2016.

But Harper met with Page in early July that summer, contradicting the FBI’s claims of when the operation began, while Halper met Carter Page at a British symposium and remained in contact for more than a year.
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Sources close to Papadopoulos now say Harper was working for an intelligence agency.

By May 2017, the “Cross[fire] Hurricane” operation had melded with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

So what we have is the FBI inserting a spy into the opposing political party’s campaign to ascertain and counteract the threat that they may have had dirt on Hillary, the Dem’s pre-selected candidate, since their official nomination didn’t occur until their convention that started July 25, 2106.  And naturally the FBI is going to stand by a date of convenience, which is almost guaranteed to be a fake. You can’t trust them at all anymore. CYA 24-7, and at this point pushing the spy-by date back is about the only cover they have left.

And don’t forget that the “dirt” that Papadopoulus thought he had was a false flag set up by the Dems themselves, via the cutout Joseph Misfud, a purported member of the Clinton Foundation. Who is now missing and has been for ages. Arkancide like Seth Rich? Dirty dirty politics, and yes, this is a massive scandal, with “a cast of thousands”, all across the Executive branch, DOJ and the State Dept.

In the end, it might turn out that the FBI/DOJ were played by their political bosses, patsies, but like the faithful Democrat running dogs they are, they swung into action and did their best, laws be damned.  Onions have fewer layers than this thing.

UPDATE: Yup, worst scandal evar Why wait until there’s evidence? Start spying NOW.  This is all connected too, included Rice “unmasking” at the UN, Lois Lerner at the IRS, Obama weaponizing the government against conservative groups, Hillary’s private war in Libya, Lynch on the runway with Bill, and on and on. And a big mention of Comey and his pals being owned by the Clinton Foundation. It IS the swamp.


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05/19/18

The Proles Don’t Notice So Why Bother?

Every year I find myself trying to analyze the prize money payouts for whatever bowling league I’m on. Not that I’m objecting to whatever parse was used, but I’d just like to know how it was done. Being Mr. Math and Mr. Computer Guy, I’ve got a whole slew of spreadsheets I’ve developed over the years, and at this point I can generate or closely estimate prize payouts just from the curve of the graph. Big curve at the top: winners get comparatively more; straight line with a small slope: everybody gets about the same with only a small increase per position. Downwards curve at the far end: the losers are getting screwed. And so on.

It used to be that there was a vote in the leagues early on in the season. Here’s 2 or 3 payout plans, talk it over with your buddies and each team votes for one. That turned out to be too complicated when you had people joining late, teams quitting, and so forth. So they’re not doing that any more. It used to be, at least on some leagues, that the prize amounts, either per team or per person, were announced with the team name of the various places. They’re not doing that any more either. And that kind of thing makes me a tad bit concerned.

At prize night, I noticed that half the league didn’t even show up. And when it was over, I noticed only 1 person had a quiet question about the results (placement, payout, prizes, I don’t know). So the truth is, it doesn’t matter. NOBODY CARES. As long as they get something in their envelope, and somebody else does all the work, that’s good enough for them.  The winning team - which happens to include all the perennial officers, who also happen to be lifetime employees of the bowling alley (or their family), who also win nearly every year - could be pocketing a wad and nobody would ever know. I really don’t think they are, because at Cheap League there simply isn’t much money in the prize fund to begin with, but the complete lack of transparency is a bit disquieting to me.

And this is how government corruption sets in. Some group of people gets the job of dealing with the money, and nobody ever bothers to ask about it or show the slightest interest. Bowling league is about as tiny as government gets. The next step up is the board of a condo association. School boards, town councils, county government, state, then federal. The more people in each group, the less visible and personally accountable they become. And if nobody ever demands an accounting, transparency, or even a meaningful honest explanation of what they’re doing and how they’re spending, then things can get out of control right quick.

Keep your eye on your “leaders” and hold their toes to the fire over every dollar. Every day. Or they will screw you over sooner or later. Guaranteed.

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FBI’s Spy Inside Trump Campaign Was Stefan Halper?

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/05/19/ny-times-drops-another-bombshell-about-fbi-informant-in-trump-campaign-now-we-know-his-identity

https://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/crossfire-hurricane-obamas-fbi-spied-on.html

http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/18/secret-fbi-informant-trump-campaign/

Crossfire Hurricane. Might just start blowing the other way.

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Another vile wet and cold day. We’ve got the heat on. It’s the 19th of May and it’s 46°F outside. Thanks a lot Al Gore.

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We had our end of season meeting for bowling league, to “elect” the same bunch of people who run things to do the job again next year. And also to hand out the prizes and money. I really have no idea what benefit any of us get from our $20 annual membership in the USBC: not a single person in the entire league got any kind of award for anything. They used to give out patches, key fobs, or stickers to people for annual accomplishments like throwing a 250 game, rolling a 600 or 700 series, etc. Back in the long ago, when it was the ABC not the USBC, there were even awards for making some of the more difficult spares and things. No more. USBC used to mail out a monthly magazine. No more. Beats me what we get for our dues. Nada. Whatevs. So our team did actually fight our way up to 8th place, which got us exactly $100 in prize money. Each! So now I have a spanking new $100 bill in my pocket, and when I get tired of looking at it I’ll take it to the bank and exchange it for real money. Oh, and the Mrs. got awarded a coffee mug for throwing a 200 game. Sexism abounds; no mug for me even though I threw 2 dozen 200+ games this season. No, for guys the standard is 250, and I missed that score by a small amount several times.  Oh well.

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Get Your Blood Boiling, Again

Another one of those refresh your memory essays that points out in detail just how dirty the DNC, Clintons, Obama, DOJ, FBI, NSA, courts, and media were and still are in relation to Trump and the last presidential campaign. 1000 times worse than Watergate, and most of the dirty players are still employed. While we may have dodged the socialist coupe bullet by a nanometer, a huge tsunami of the leftist apparatchik cabal is still in place. We need to drain the swamp, burn the mud, salt the ground, and dig deep to pull out all the roots and then roast every last hidden seed.

But for today, here’s Andrew McCarthy at The National Review, writing In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures. That’s a pretty good pun, but the dark truth behind it is really upsetting to read about. I had to stop twice while reading his essay, walk away and sound off in indignation, before making it all the way through. And he is just touching, lightly, the very tip of the iceberg; all he’s focusing on in this essay was the actual disparate measures; the light touch of the loving velvet glove on the one hand, and the wanton use of the spiked mace held in the iron gauntlet on the other. Not what you or I would ever think of as equal application of the law.

As the 2016 race heated up, the Clinton campaign zealously fought the notion that Hillary was the subject of a criminal investigation — which is not an easy thing to do when you’re the subject of a criminal investigation. It was just a “security referral,” the campaign insisted to the New York Times (which dutifully “corrected” its originally correct reporting on the case).

In what I’m sure was a total coincidence, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who stood a very good chance of keeping her coveted job in a Hillary Clinton administration, gave FBI Director Comey an order: In his public statements and testimony, he was instructed to refer to the Clinton emails probe as a “matter,” not an investigation — otherwise, what might people think the Federal Bureau of Investigation was up to? This may have been an improper, politically motivated attempt to influence an FBI criminal probe, but on this occasion, there were no leaks to the New York Times about it; Comey complied, calculating that Lynch’s politicization of the, er, “matter” was not “a hill worth dying on.”

The director’s sympathetic savvy was again on display in the writing of his speech exonerating Mrs. Clinton. There was, of course, the delicate matter of President Obama’s knowing exchanges of sensitive email via Clinton’s server. The initial draft’s reference to “the President” was soon watered down to “a senior government official.” In the end, it was dropped altogether — purging any reference to Obama’s involvement. And of course, the director’s description of Clinton’s conduct as “grossly negligent” was amended to “extremely careless” because gross negligence is the mental state required for conviction in the Espionage Act — after all, this was this was supposed to be an exoneration statement, not an indictment.

The director took a markedly different tack in the Trump–Russia investigation.

Yes, they should all be in jail awaiting conviction and summary execution. These “justice” agencies need to be purged and purified by the scourge in the most medieval way possible. As for the Dems and the Deep Staters, their indictments and punishments should be far worse. And if more than half the country wasn’t a bunch of benighted blinkered socialist-fascist leaning morons, if they had even a smidgen of understanding of what America is supposed to be, that would be the case. It would be Villagers With Pitchforks and Torches, 24-7. But that won’t happen.

IMO, not a single change will be made, and not one of these criminal statists will ever be held accountable. The federal status quo is immovable. Oh please, even after the housing bubble was dissected and analyzed to the atomic level, our government wouldn’t even get rid of Frank-Dodd. There is no Change, never will be, and that’s the only thing you can Believe In. Now Move On, and let’s go Forward. Comrades.

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05/18/18
Maybe we should just ban schools

Santa Fe Texas: Student Shooter Kills At Least 8, Bombs Found On And Off Campus

UPDATE: psycho punk ass jerk identified, bombs found, school’s resources officer shot

The suspect accused of unleashing a hail of bullets inside one of his classes early Friday morning that left up to 10 people dead has been identified, reports stated.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was identified as the person in custody in connection to the shooting at Santa Fe High School, The Associated Press reported.

Explosive devices were found at the school, authorities said. The suspected shooter was taken into police custody and a second suspect has been detained. The suspect in custody and the suspect detained for further questioning were both students.

Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School around 8 a.m. CDT following reports that a shooter opened fire inside.

The Santa Fe Police Department confirmed explosive devices were found at the campus of the high school and the “surrounding areas adjacent to the school.” The school has been evacuated and the campus was cleared, the Santa Fe Police Department said.

Retired police officer John Barnes, working as the school’s resource officer, was shot in the incident, Fox News has learned.

Governor Greg Abbott confirmed Pagourtzis used a shotgun and .38 revolver that belonged to his father.

Investigators also found information online and Pagourtzis’ personal belongings that shed light on his state of mind.

“We also know information already that the shooter has information contained in his journal and cellphone that he said that not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting. As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time that he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” said Abbott.
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The school district and police later confirmed that authorities found suspicious devices in and around the campus. “There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding area adjacent to the high school,” Braun said Friday morning. “Community members should be on the lookout for any suspicious items.”

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the devices included pressure cookers and pipe bombs.

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SANTA FE, Texas – Federal and county officials tell KHOU 11 News multiple students were killed and an officer was wounded when a shooter opened fire inside Santa Fe High School. The school is located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

Multiple sources at the scene tell us there are least eight to ten people dead. The exact number of those injured is unknown.  Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirms one suspect is in custody. A second person has been detained.

“I’m told they’re both students,” said Gonzalez. “One was identified as the suspect and another was detained, for what reason I don’t know.”

The main suspect is said to be 17 years old. His name has not yet been formally released.

The gunfire was first reported at about 7:40 a.m. Friday. Witnesses said at least one suspect came into the school and opened fire in an art class. Some students also said the shooter was throwing explosives into a classroom.

Two students say their friend saw a kid with a gun and pulled a fire alarm as they fled the campus during the shooting. A teacher also pulled the fire alarm, witnesses said.

‘Everybody yelling ‘run, go, as fast as you can’ | Santa Fe student describes shooting

As of 10 a.m. law enforcement was still sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.” They are also looking for other potential victims or students hiding in fear.

By 11 a.m. authorities were at another scene, about two miles from the school, where authorities say they were investigating the possibility of explosive devices inside a mobile home.

Here we go again. It’s a terrible, horrible thing, and it keeps happening. I don’t want to be blase or cynical, and I do NOT accept this as the “new normal”. But there do seem to be an awful lot of deranged people out there. It isn’t the gun’s fault, or even the bomb’s. And no new crop of laws is going to do a thing to stop it. Period. The problem comes from the way we are raising and teaching our children. Maybe they need more risk, more responsibility, more freedom, more something. Or less indoctrination. Something. Because far too many of them seem to lose their marbles at the drop of a hat, either seeking to ban “hate” speech, run off to their safe spaces, or just grab a weapon and start killing people in bulk. That’s seriously messed up, from one extreme to the other.

And of course, here come the idiots, from both sides of the aisle, in person, on TV, and on social media.

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A Snowflake Challenge

Now, This Is Reading

With nothing much to do in the guard shack in the mornings, I’m working my way through Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. I’ve read the book a few times before in my life, but I haven’t browsed those pages in far more than a decade. The book was published in 1851, at the height of the literary period known as the American Renaissance, which ran from around 1820 to 1890. It was also written at the height of the period of Christian fervor known as the Second Great Awakening. And to throw in another complicating influence, Moby Dick came about at the crest of the Romantic Era, when a poetic writing style of vague allusion to biblical and classic Greek and Roman mythology was the norm. Not all that many people could read in those days, for reading meant education, and the educated people knew their scripture and the classics inside and out. Plus everyone wrote and spoke like Yoda, and in their pre-electric, pre-industrial world the pace of life was rather slow, and the written word was one to be both savored and revered.

All of which means that the whole book is written in Old, but not Really Old. Nearly every paragraph makes you stop and think; firstly, to try and understand what you just read. Secondly, to understand why. Many of his run-on sentences are real head scratchers, not just for the oblique references, but the structure, and even the reason for writing them in the first place. Sure, it’s an action tale, but Melville spends an inordinate amount of time getting inside each character’s head, spending vast amounts of ink trying to explain their motivations.

It has it’s lighter moments, as when he refers to Adam and Eve as “the original orchard thieves”. And it is nearly impossible to avoid the allegory that the book seems to be saturated with. And it is the best example of what used to be called a “boy’s story”, full of blood and death, privation, malaise, and moral quandary. In other words, and adventure tale.

And the whole book is about sailing around the world with a madman and a diverse crew of crazy men, while mercilessly killing as many of a protected species as possible, with all the violent and deadly imagery in detail. With plenty of racist stereotyping to boot. So this has to be one of the better snowflake triggers out there. So I’m putting it out there as a challenge to all the Triggly-Poofs, to read this tome and a) not need multiple trips to your safe space or literature bonfire, and b) actually understand, in depth, what the author is saying. I dare you snowflakes, and I double dare you to complete the task and accept that this is one of the all time literary masterpieces to boot.

The “b)” part is tough enough for the rest of us ... here’s a quick example with a bit of explanation and scene setting ...

Ahab got a splinter from his first wooden leg, which is actually made from whale bone. He lost the leg when the white whale bit it off, and Ahab ascribes every bad thing in his life to that heinously anthropomorphized creature. Moby is the Devil with fins, and worse. Like I said, the temptations of allegory are irresistible.

Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
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But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures; - he called the carpenter.

Wow, that is writing.


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05/16/18

Hooray, we might see the sun and not have rain by Monday!!

Boo, it’s only Wednesday. grrrr ...

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Meanwhile, Hawaii going BOOM.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Ash Thousands of Feet into the Air; Warnings Issued for Aircraft

“There I was, just flying along above the clouds, minding my own business. Then suddenly, from out of nowhere, WHAMMM!!! Lava!! Lava?? I called my insurance agent right away ... and now I’m in the next Farmer’s commercial.” ba badumpa bumpa bump.

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05/15/18

I can’t do anything about the weather, so here’s a happy redhead. It’s not wet and windy where she is.

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Line Squall !!!

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Watches Issued: Widespread Damaging Wind Gusts Target the Northeast Tuesday After Monday’s Low-End Derecho Hit the Mid-Atlantic States

Derecho??? Where am I, Guatemala? We’re having a line squall, and that’s a perfectly accurate American nautical term that’s been around for centuries. Screw this diversity PC crap.

An hour ago it was 91°F, humid and oppressive. Typical NJ afternoon. OK, fine, time to run up to the grocery store. I’m halfway up the stairs to the parking lot and the outside lights come on. It got dark that fast. A real Cecile B. DeMille Moses moment. I don’t think the black clouds rolled in, they appeared as if by magic. Angry, dark, roiling magic. And as I’m driving the half mile to the store, the wind arrived. Trees suddenly swaying in the gale, car rocking. Got to the store, parked, and the rain began. Got my 6 or 7 things and hit the express checkout, got out to the car, and the rain arrived. So I drove back in a torrent. Guess I won’t need to get the car washed today after all.

Ok, home again, beer and food in the fridge. We haven’t lost our power yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we did. I’m expecting the storm to roll out as fast as it rolled in ... ruh roh, now we’ve got thunder. Lots. The condo isn’t shaking from it yet, so it could be worse. And there are no trees down. Yet. With any luck, it will end soon and I can cook up some burgers on the grill.

Drat, I forgot to get chips. Oh well, too bad.


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Not much happening here. Doing some work in the gardens today. The world and national news is pretty much the same as it is every day.

Oh, in line with existing US policy of the past 22 years or so, President Trump moved our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, their capital. The only President who had the guts to put action behind the act. Leftists pitched a fit, Israelis celebrated, the leftist MSM fretted and thought the fireworks were incoming artillery, and the paleoswinians rioted, tried to swarm the border, and got several dozen of themselves killed.Gee too bad. Too bad that it wasn’t 10,000 times as many.

And in national news, the pervert pedophile female teacher of the day ... some 27 year old hottie teacher, married, caught going down on a 13 year old boy student. THIRTEEN. During school. W. T. F??? Wouldn’t it just be easier to file for divorce and realize that teaching wasn’t the career path for you, missy? But. Oh. NO.  And at this point it looks like her husband is defending her. It was a “mistake”. Each of the 8 or more times. Riight. True love, that. Or a true sap. Beta. Cuck. Whatever; loser boy.

13. Crivens. I do my guard shack job in the mornings, and watch over the kids at the bus stop. The 13 year old boys are in 8th grade. They. Are. Children.

I have to go buy a bag of topsoil.

Actress Margot Kidder died yesterday, and author Tom Wolfe died today.


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05/13/18

Tick. Tick. Tick. Boom.

STFS, your newest and least favorite acronym

SFTS stands for ”severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome”. It’s a hemorrhagic fever with up to a 30% morbidity rate. Which means it can kill nearly 1 in 3 people infected with it.

“Symptoms of the virus include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, multiple-organ failure, thrombocytopenia, low platelet count, low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzyme levels. Between 6 and 30 percent of people infected die from the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. “

And it can be carried by that East Asian “longhorn” tick that was discovered on Hannah the Icelandic sheep last fall, right here in Hunterdon. A sheep who had never left the country. And now state health officials have found that the ticks survived the winter. Wonderful.

But not to worry. Of the ticks tested, none are carrying the disease. Riiight, that makes me feel so much better. Not that they tested all of the thousands and thousands and thousands of ticks that were infesting that farm.

https://weather.com/health/news/2018-05-11-invasive-tick-species-deadly-disease-new-jersey

http://njsheep.net/a-swarming-exotic-tick-species-is-now-living-year-round-in-n-j/

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/02/27/588408433/asian-ticks-mysteriously-turned-up-on-a-new-jersey-sheep

And now the little monsters are in Union County too. Which is interesting, since Union County does not share a border with Hunterdon County.

As if the tri-state’s tick problem wasn’t already bad enough: officials said an exotic species of the bloodsucker that mysteriously popped up in New Jersey last fall has survived the winter.

Longhorned ticks have been found in Hunterdon and Union counties this spring, months after New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials said the species native to east Asia was found latched onto a sheep at a farm. In the most recent sighting, the tick that had never before been found in America was in the wild, snacking on a white-tail deer.
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“I would be surprised if it does not spread out of New Jersey quickly,” said James Lok, a professor of parisitology at the University of Pennsylvania....

The Agriculture Department said in a news release that the ticks are a serious pest to livestock, wildlife, pets and humans and can spread diseases to humans and animals. They’re particularly dangerous to cattle because they transmit a disease called Theileriosis, which can cause severe anemia or death.

Officials said it is not clear whether longhorned ticks could spread tickborne illnesses common to New Jersey. But Lok told “Today” there is evidence the species can transmit Lyme disease.

“(The longhorned tick has) got a pretty terrible track record in China, Japan and recently in New Zealand and Australia,” Lok said. “And it’s not a stretch to assume it would be able to transmit the related diseases in North America.”

Oh, and these ticks can live on just about any animal out in the woods, and they reproduce asexually, getting themselves pregnant and laying thousands of eggs.

Great. Now we’re Ground Zero for the next epidemic. I am so thrilled. Can we DDT spray the whole damn state please? Weekly??



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Quickies

A tiny turtle began to climb a tree very slowly.

Three hours later, it reached the top, climbed out onto an outside branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

Saved by its shell, the tiny turtle started to climb the tree again.

Four hours later, it reached the top, climbed onto a branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

Undaunted, the tiny turtle tried again.

This time it took five hours to climb to the top of the tree. Once there, it stumbled onto an outside branch, jumped into the air waving its front legs, and crashed to the ground.

As the tiny turtle dusted itself off for yet another laborious ascent of the tree, two birds were watching from above. 

The female bird turned to the male and said, “Darling, don’t you think it’s time we told him he’s adopted?”

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Two dachshunds were chatting.

“I don’t get it”, said the first dog, “I’m in great shape but I’m always anxious.”

“Why not go see a psychiatrist then?”, asked the second.

“How can I?”, cried the first, “I’m not allowed on the couch.”

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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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



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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Monday - July 25, 2016

Desiderata, and the Road Back

I know I’ve been away from posting. If I’m honest, the events of the last month or so have been overwhelming. Just when one revelation of Hillary’s true colors comes, more police blood flows through the streets. Then comes a Jihad attack, speeches at the RNC, and yet more.  To follow them is one thing, that is my duty; but to try detailing at them all and post has been quite another.

But right now I am sitting on a bed in the home of one of my uncles, about to leave the paternal family with his

DESIDERATA

GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE & HASTE & REMEMBER WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE. AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.


Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideas; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all acidity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is un-folding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be Happy.


I suppose this is what I really needed after all this time, and it did speak to me a lot given where I am now. In all the many ways. For those who are interested, Desiderata is Latin for “Things Desired”, and I suppose it is fitting for it.

The poster claims it was found in a Church in 1692. As it turns out, that is about as accurate as Madame Clinton claiming she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary for his climbing of Everest. In short, it’s a bit off. If 250~ years is a bit.

It was actually written in 1927 by a guy named Max Ehrmann, who really does strike me as one of those great cases of unexamined brilliance. He’s well work checking out; ditto for his other works.

But as for me now? I think I’ve caught my bearings and am prepared to carry on.

It’s good to be back.




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coffee time

And I’m off to work, coffee and banana in hand.

Thank goodness it’s raining. We need it, and it breaks the heat wave a bit.

And again, I was awake way before the alarm clock. Maybe that’s because I went to bed early. Which could have something to do with the nice G&T I made myself after dinner. Maybe.

Right. Grab the cat bag (pan scoops) and the stinky garbage (shrimp shells PU) and out the door.

L8ter.


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calendar   Friday - July 15, 2016

Bastille Day terror attack leaves dozens dead in Nice

CNN.com

The sun rose Friday morning over the Mediterranean city of Nice, devastated by what appears to be the latest, horrifying terror attack on French soil. At least 84 people have been reported dead after a truck careened through crowds on a seafront street, according to French media.

Hundreds, if not thousands, were out on the streets, celebrating Bastille Day, France’s answer to July 4th, with fireworks and a beachfront concert.

It was here, just after the last firework had fizzled out, that an apparent single driver in a large white truck first opened fire into the crowd before plowing through terrified tourists and residents, who had packed the famous Promenade des Anglais, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

Amongst the dead, several children. At least 18 people remain in critical condition. Although the road was cordoned off, the driver managed to go more than a mile along the packed waterfront before being shot by police.

At the very least French President Francois Hollande said in an address to the nation that it was without a doubt a terrorist attack (noshitSherlock) A lot more than the current occupant of the White House would do, that’s for damn sure....


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calendar   Thursday - July 14, 2016

I hate working at work

Fired Up

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I hate having to work at work in my early morning job. As far as I’m concerned, they pay me to drink coffee.

Worse, I even had to stay late an extra 45 minutes.

It was another one of those mornings when the highway jammed up and traffic backed up all the way to Pennsylvania. And then they all tried to take a shortcut / detour down my private road. Um, no.

So it’s not bad enough that it’s a typical sweltering NJ summer morning, with humidity in the upper 90 percents. Now let’s add 50,000 commuters to the mix, all of them in a mad hurry to get somewhere, anywhere, as fast as they possibly can. Now bring traffic to a halt, because miles to the east of us there has been a truck accident. Which caught fire. And now the entire highway is closed. Shut. No way from Point A to Point B.

Unless.

Unless they can get to the bypass road. Which they can’t get to from the highway. Only from the local roads.

And our part of the world is confusing to most GPS maps, which can’t handle one road actually being 3 other roads at the same time. Mostly. Except for where it isn’t any of them. Then it’s just one. But then it becomes 3 roads, and then just 2.

Right. So stress is maximized, tempers are flaring, and people are losing it? And, oh by the way no big trucks are allowed on these streets, so the 3 big rigs in front of you now all have to do U turns on a 2 lane road before you can get to your shortcut corner. Cranked out much yet? Here, have some more coffee.

Eventually I took a whiteboard and a marker and wrote up a detour plan with a rough map. Maybe I’ll get a few hundred printed up. Having all this anger directed at me gets tiring. Even the local cops agree with that. One stopped by ... “yeah, we’re all the biggest assholes on the planet, and all this is our fault, including the accident 3 towns over!”
“I know it. I’m even worse, because Tom-Tom (aka any GPS) says this private road is actually state highway. And the nerve we have putting up a Private Road sign!” [ People were driving their SUVs across the lawn this morning to go around my little choke point, uppity bastard that I am. Crivens. ]

An overturned tractor trailer that caught fire after hitting an overpass support led to the closure of both directions of Route 78 on Thursday morning in Hunterdon County.

Route 78 was closed in both directions around 7:15 a.m. near the exit for exit No. 23 in Tewksbury after the tractor trailer struck the Route 523 overpass and caught fire from the impact, according to New Jersey State Police spokesman Lt. Brian Polite.

It appears from a preliminary investigation the truck was the only vehicle involved, according to Polite, who said the driver of the truck died. His identity was not disclosed.

The overpass struck by the truck is also being inspected.

As of 10:15 a.m., traffic was getting by on the shoulder. All westbound lanes were reopened around 9:30 a.m.

“There’s no real alternate eastbound around the closure point,” according to New Jersey Fast Traffic’s Bob Williams.

On top of that, all lanes on Route 22 eastbound West of Route 523 in Readington Township were closed for a time but have since been reopened.

Uh oh. They closed the bypass road too? East of where my detour put them? Oh, that’s really gonna piss ‘em off. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/14/2016 at 01:25 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 11, 2016

A Common Awareness?

I’ve seen several political cartoons like these since the ambush shooting of police down in Texas. Sadly, my only response is “Gee, what took you so damn long to figure out what the rest of us realized back in 2007?”



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2016 at 09:50 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 06, 2016

just yuk

And on top of all this ... I saw this week’s Sports Illustrated, special, Olympics Issue: “Montreal, 40 years ago”, and now as back then, they’ve got Jenner on the cover. Except that this time he’s Kaitlyn.

Go the fuck away, and leave me alone. You are a phony. Most of you. It’s just the latest attention getting scam, and another chance for young people to be annoying. Brucey baby, until Dr. Strange snips off your all bits, you’re just a fame whore.

I’m just so sick of it.

I don’t buy into it. Got gender confusion? Take off your clothes and go look in a mirror. Solved, for all but the smallest handful of people.

Still don’t know whether you’re attracted to girls or boys? We don’t fucking care. Just go somewhere private, use lube and protection, and don’t do anything that both of you aren’t eager to do. And then keep it to yourself, because we don’t want to hear about it. Shit, we were doing freaky before you were even born. It’s not like you invented anything. You’ve maybe just pushed the goalposts around a bit.

We’ve got the Side Show at summer bowling league. We needed a 4th, so they found us a kid. Fine, great. He’s 19. A frail little boy. He has pink hair. With blonde highlights. And now he has a ruby lip stud. His “fiance” must weigh 400 pounds. She is literally round as a ball. Their friend, part of the entourage that arrives with him every week, is ‘becoming”, in a very in-your-face way. An ugly fat girl “becoming” an ugly fat guy. The better to get with “their’ ugly little sourpuss redhead girlfriend. She merely dresses oddly, head to foot in white lace. And black army boots. White lace that hasn’t seen the washtub in half a year or so. More like yellow and brown lace. Maybe they’ll make friends with the attenuated fellow on the other team, an amazingly tall guy with arms so long he can bend halfway forward from the waist and the bowling ball in his hand contacts the floor. I swear his arms are 4 feet long. And I bet he doesn’t weigh 150. “I lost 200 pounds last year” he says. “I was taking 1600mg of [can’t remember the name] herbal supplement from GNC.” Gee whiz, I almost miss Goth at this point.

The entire wold has gone nuts.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/06/2016 at 03:45 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 03, 2016

lazy sunday

Just kickin back today.



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Yep. An excellent day for a nap. Leave the work until Tuesday.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/03/2016 at 04:25 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 29, 2016

still kickin

Just very busy the past few days.

Replanted most of the common area garden. I dug in the front row and put in a couple trays of petunias, then mulched most of the area after a serious watering. We hadn’t had any rain in weeks, so things were super dry. Naturally, two days later and now it’s raining like mad.

I’ve got a window job or two coming up soon. Just condos. Still, it’s pretty quick money, $50 to $75 for an hour or two of light work. I’ll take that, thanks!

Here come the next Ice Ages : the sun is sunspot free again; this is the weakest sunspot cycle in over 100 years. It’s also an indication that we are at or near the bottom of the cycle, so expect activity to increase in the next few years. Cycles last 11 years IIRC.

And Europe continues to go mad over Brexit. Must be a good thing then.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2016 at 03:04 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 26, 2016

family ties

Been helping my mom car shop for the past few days. After her old car bit the dust ...  ... she’s been without a vehicle for several months. Though her old car was 18, it was a true Granny’s Special, a total cream puff in showroom perfect condition with all the options and only 15,000 miles on the odometer. Seriously, her Bonneville wasn’t even dirty in the engine compartment.

So we looked at this one, looked at that one, checked out a minivan and a limo. Little cars, big cars. Figured out that maybe a small SUV / Crossover might be better this time around. Laughed ourselves silly test driving a CR-V with a CVT transmission, trying to pass a Caddy on an steep uphill highway as the little engine just sat there screaming. Really. If you can imagine the sound of a sewing machine being molested, you’d be close. No thanks.

Found the Mazda CX-5 to be a better fit, and with the gorgeous two tone leather in the top trim level plus all the options, it gives her back quite a bit of the luxury she had before. Plus she can get all that awesome digital safety stuff for avoiding collisions. With AWD it’s a perfect height for either of us to just slide into. No climbing up, no squatting down, no bending and twisting to get under a low slung roof. Yup, it’s a real Goldilocks. Just right. And it’s a Mazda, “Zoom Zoom”; the bigger engine adds another 35hp and more low end torque.grin And it still gets better mpg than my Saturn!!

I think she’s going to shop some more, but maybe not. Ford’s Fusion is a sweet ride, but you have to get the Titanium package to get all the good stuff. Which raises the price to the same tight bracket range as every other regular vehicle when tricked out. It’s crazy. An Impala costs the same as a CR-V which costs the same as a loaded CX-5, a loaded Mazda6, a loaded Mazda3, which costs the same as an swanky Avalon, which costs the same as a midsize pickup.  It’s tiring work, and I’ve done it 2 weekends in a row already. Maybe my brother can take her to the next dealership.

Me? Looks like I’ll be keeping the old Satrun going for a few more months. The car I want doesn’t seem to exist, so I’ll have to order it as a 2017, assuming it’s still made.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/26/2016 at 12:47 PM   
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calendar   Friday - June 24, 2016

EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK vote to leave

BBC News

The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests.
London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England.
Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers.
The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results.

Watching this from across the pond, I’m not going to even PRETEND I have a clue what’s going on here.
Was this expected to pass? If so, was it expected to pass by a lot or a little?
What does this mean, exactly, in the eyes of my Brit friends? 


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 06/24/2016 at 04:03 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 31, 2016

federally approved, with better signage

You got it. Another hot and sunny day, so I’m back out on the roads again painting speed bumps.

Oh joy.

I’ve got my big gallon of old school Rustoleum, the old time oil based stuff with extra crispy VOCs. Use it outdoors, preferably on a really windy day, or else. And it comes in OSHA mandated Safety Yellow. Shade 7543-402 to be exact.


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I will give OSHA some credit here - this is one brilliant, bleeding eyeballs yellow. I swear it glows in the dark. I also think it’s just about the exact same color as my wife’s Sentra. Just in case I need vast amounts of touch up paint some day.

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Right. So gather the tools ... plastic bags, mineral spirits, bottled water, hat, roller, signage. Drywall screws. Screwdriver!

Oh yeah, signage. Well, it seems the Derps here can’t understand what “Wet Paint” means, so I had to figure out some additions to help them. Now it will be “Wet Paint ... this side only ... Please drive around --->“ on a big white plasti-board panel. Safety cones? No. We ain’t got no safety cones. That would be too easy.

Remind me to make a sardonic post about safety cones, the plastic rulers of the western world. It’s true!! We obey them without thought or question. They are our little orange angels, sent down to save us from danger, disaster, and minor inconvenience. All hail Safety Cone! Save us! Lead us! Rule us!!

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Hmm, absolute obedience huh? And that tapered cone shape. Gives me an idea ...

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