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calendar   Saturday - August 18, 2018

The One The Only


Must have been too far a drive from the coasts

Antifa DOESN’T Protest|Riot At Satan/Klan Rally In Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly four months after crews reinstalled the Ten Commandments monument on state capitol grounds, the Satanic Temple came back Thursday with a statue of its own.

The group’s “Rally for the First Amendment” brought together Satanists, Christians, even the KKK as a flatbed truck wheeled the Baphomet monument to the capitol steps to chants of “Hail Satan!”

While some were there to protest, different beliefs mostly came with a unified message: all or none. They argue if the Ten Commandments stand on capitol grounds, their religious statues should, too.

“This is not a protest against the Ten Commandments,” Lucien Greaves, the spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told the crowd. “This is not a protest of Satanists against Christians. This is not a protest of secularists against believers. This is a rally for reason in the face of prejudice.

artist’s rendering of proposed statue

Ok, it may have really been an actual Free Speech rally. “All or none” is their motto. And I agree with them on that, even if I don’t agree with their ideas about other things.



All part of the job

I did another raccoon rescue just now, here in the condo park.  I keep a special 2x4 in the garage just for that purpose.  One trash panda, free to go. Poor little guy was so scared. And probably hot as hell down in the bottom of that steel dumpster in today’s heat.


Yes mom, I washed my hands afterwards.


Ok, I got the car washed and put a couple coats of wax on it before it got too hot and humid. Looks like it’s about lunch time. Then I get to do exciting stuff like a bit of painting for pay, then some laundry and taking out the recycling.

Arrgh, I think I smell like Turtle Wax. Odd scent.


Using Scissors To Cure Inflation

Venezuela To Cut 5 Zeroes Off Their Money

100,000 old money = 1 new money. Given that a cup of coffee costs 2 million Bolivars right now, that kind of makes sense. Not that it will last, or do anything positive.

Still, if I was there and had a car, it would be nice to fill up the tank for about a tenth of a cent.

Faced with nearly incomprehensible inflation — 32,714 percent as of Wednesday — Venezuelan officials thought they had a solution: They changed the color of the bank notes and increased their denomination. Then they said they would lop off three zeros. And when that didn’t seem enough, they announced they would cut off two more.

The tactics have left Venezuelans like Yosmar Nowak, the owner of a coffee shop in Caracas, convinced that there is no solution in sight and that the government cannot even bring down the price of a cup of coffee, an eye-watering 2 million bolivars.

“I imagine if we keep like this we’re going to have to do the same thing in December,” said Nowak, who has been forced to raise prices in her cafe at least 40 times this year.

Slashing zeros from Venezuela’s inflation-cursed currency, the bolivar, is the tent-pole of a set of economic changes by President Nicolás Maduro as he tries to right his country’s capsized economy. The five-digit inflation has earned Venezuela comparisons to the hyperinflation of Zimbabwe and Weimar Germany from the International Monetary Fund.

The newly minted currency, which will be known as the “sovereign bolívar,” will be rolled out Monday. In addition, the president has ordered measures his United Socialist Party has been loath to consider in the past: An increase in gas prices for some drivers and a modest ease in the currency controls that have made dollars inaccessible to most Venezuelans for years.

Yet these changes haven’t been enough to convince economists, who see desperation in Maduro’s latest moves and view the new currency as another chapter in the decades of mismanagement that have destroyed the Venezuelan economy.

But, but Sean Penn and all the lib elites in Hollywood told me a couple years ago that socialism there was being done the right way by the right people. Heil Hugo!! How could it not work????


Tinfoil Hat Time !!

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died on the same day of the month as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Let the spooky theories begin. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died on February 3, 1959, so it isn’t going to be one of those levels of spooky stuff. However, Robert Johnson, perhaps the best blues guy ever ( and the guy who the Stones stole so much from, along with Clapton and others ) did die on this day, back in 1938. He was poisoned.

So blues, soul, rock ‘n roll. It’s all connected.


Dat’s The Joisey Way. Jus’ Fuggedabowdit.

In NJ, They Close The Beaches When The Water Is Too Clean. Because It’s Dirty.

Seaside Heights beaches were open Thursday, but ocean bathing was not allowed because of negative water quality tests, according to borough officials.

The beaches have since reopened to swimming. Bathing was allowed all day at the bay beaches.

Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz said this is the first time in 20 years that the town has had to suspend ocean bathing because of water quality.

“Perplexingly, the ocean waters have been great the past few years right up to now, so this is a very unusual event that we expect to pass quickly,” Vaz said in a Facebook announcement.

The state Department of Environmental Protection had already closed two beaches to swimming in the borough because of bacteria found in human and animal waste.

The mayor also said the clean water has attracted a large number of bait fish closer to the beach, which has attracted more seagulls to feed.

A beach is automatically closed after two consecutive days of results that exceed the state standard of 104 colonies per 100 milliliters per sample for Enterococci bacteria. The recent heavy rains have caused levels to spoke because of a build-up of waste from geese, seagull and other animals.

Go figure? Seems like all the rain we’ve been having has made it’s way down to the ocean, lowering salinity near the inshore areas. This has allowed a couple varieties of little critters to thrive, plankton and krill I guess, and zillions of small bait fish have come into the shallows to eat them. Bait fish in shallow water is a dinner buffet for seagulls, so they’ve arrived by the billion zillion to eat up all the bait fish. And being seagulls, they then heave and crap all over everything. Plus geese, which are waddling poop factories. So the nice clean ocean is now polluted with bird yuck and bits of rotting fish, which is itself a super feast for nasty little fecal bacteria. And they’re multiplying AFATC to take advantage. So all that bacteria redlines the polluto-meters of the Water Patrol, and they closed the beaches.

So on the one hand Mother Nature cleaned up the ocean with lots of fresh water, but on the other hand she enabled a cascade of “throughput events” by 4 tiers of lifeforms that made a mess of it. Gaia gives and takes at the same time.

I don’t know how the human fecal stuff got in this mix, as nobody eats seagulls and then drops a loaf on the sand.  Not even in NJ. Nah, I figure some inland septic fields got washed out from all the rain, and that ran down the streams to the ocean.

The oceans reopened late this afternoon.


Liberals: Hellbent On Removing Every Last Bit Of Fun From Life

First It Was Soda Straws. Now It’s Party Balloons

Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution.

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that’s part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

“There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself,” says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.

Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they’re seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.

“The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue,” says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their “light and whimsical” image.

Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they’re common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn’t be dismissed as too minor.

“If we said that about everything, we wouldn’t get anything done,” she says.

Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to “uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community.” That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don’t accidentally float away.

What a sad commentary on life: first, that there’s even such a thing as a Balloon Council, and second, that they have to advocate for the safe and responsible use of their products. We are so doomed.


Aretha Franklin, Dead At 76

known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” ... died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John’s AMFAR event.

Aretha’s career is just incredible. Born in Memphis in 1942, her family eventually relocated to Detroit where she began singing in her father’s church. She was such a powerhouse gospel singer, she landed a Columbia record deal in the early ‘60s.

Her string of chart-topping hits began with her Atlantic Records deal in 1967.

That’s very sad. She was an enormous talent.

I missed picking her in Stoaty’s Dead Pool by 56 minutes.


We’re In It To Win It

We took 5 out of 7 last night at summer league. With just one week to go, we’re in 2nd place or better. The current 1st place team was bowling slowly, so we don’t know how they finished, but we know they lost their first game and won the second. And the other team had a sub who is pretty darn good. So it’s possible we’ll go into the finals next week in 1st by a point or two. That would be nice. Worst case is we’ll be 2 points down, so victory is within our grasp. As long as we don’t screw up, or if we screw up less than they do, we can win this thing. Woo hoo.

Wintertime cheap league has the start-up meeting the next week. Not sure when that league starts, but I think we get a couple weeks off from bowling in between seasons.



South Africa Will Soon Legalize Land Theft: Nation Going To Hell At Warp Speed

Oh poo. I was going to write this whole post in cursive so that no Millennials or Trayvons could read it, but such fonts are not supported by this old blog. So I’ll just report the news and get called a racist. Even though I prefer to be called a realist.

Shockwaves are still being felt in South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial announcement that the country’s constitution is to be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Markets reacted negatively and the currency, the rand, has continued to plummet over the last week.  This is because the plan has invited comparisons with the chaotic land reform programme across the Limpopo River in neighbouring Zimbabwe, which saw scenes of violent evictions of mainly white farmers.

And as the white farmers flee the country ahead of the machetes and burning tires they know are waiting for them, food production has dropped like a rock. Another productive African country going right down the tubes, thanks to the “social justice”.


Not that they care. Certain types seem to be happy living in squalor at the edge of starvation. No, seriously, I’m not just talking about Detroit!

A parliamentary committee has been looking into changes to the constitution to allow expropriation in the public interest.

Its nationwide televised public hearings have been a show of emotion by people of all racial groups, regardless of class or political affiliation.

During a session held this week in Cape Town’s Goodwood suburb one woman representing the South African Homeless People’s Association said: “Twenty-four years of liberal democracy [has] increased poverty.

“The masses are worse off because of the willing-buyer-willing-seller principle.”

Another person who gave testimony said: “We are going to take the land, even if it means we’re going back to the dark ages. This country must be African. We are African.”

It’s a rather La Raza argument. Give us back the land that you improved and nurtured for 12 generations, allowing my people ( which you imported because the land was empty ) to thrive. Pretty typical, ain’t it?

A man wearing a T-shirt of the right-wing Freedom Front Plus party said that his Afrikaner people had been farming in the Western Cape for the past 300 years.

“When my forefathers came, they found no-one but the Khoi and the San. My people got what they have in this country not by theft, not by genocide, but by fair means.”

The San and Khoi peoples are the modern names of the Bushmen and Hottentots you learned about in Social Studies class back in grade school. Stone age primitive hunter/gatherers, maybe herding a couple dozen goats or cows. Their great contribution to architecture is the dung and grass hut.


Golly, it’s nearly noon and it’s still a sunny day. How is that possible? I made an early morning comment that it wasn’t raining ... yet, but that seems to have been lost in the shuffle that is this cranky creaky old blog.


A Guy’s Day Out

I’ve been having such fun today doing classic Guy Stuff. Fishing? No. Going to the track and playing the ponies with my buds? No. Boozing it up at the titty bar? Hell no. I’ve been cleaning the garage. Actually, I was stuck out there for several hours because our never ending monsoon season was having another episode today. Better to sort stuff than to get soaked.


•  BRIDGE POST: Bridge collapse in Genua kills at least 22. Thunderstorm to blame. Another pretty bridge not built strong enough. When it’s your life on the line, function beats form every single time.

•  Dumber Than Lutfisk and just as blind: Sweden perplexed as [ obviously muslim ] disaffected youth migrant gangs burn cars and buildings in 3 cities at once.

The BBC reports that more than 80 cars were torched in the attack, most in the city of Gothenberg, but some as far as Stockholm, the country’s capital city. Officials say they believe the attacks were coordinated on social media and then carried out with “military” precision.

•  Diane Feinstein employed Chinese SPY for 20 years. MEDIA YAWNS.

the news that Senator Feinstein had an agent of China’s communist regime burrowed into her staff for more than 20 years was greeted with a collective yawn by the “mainstream” media. Hot Air’s Ed Morrisey reported on August 9 that “So far, news outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and even Washington D.C.’s own Post still have yet to report a single word on this penetration, even while both newspapers are filled with Russian intel ops and their aftermath.”

Ditto for the major broadcast networks. The Media Research Center reported on August 9: “In yet another case of double standards, the media has all but ignored a scandal surrounding longtime Democrat Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein. New reports are revealing that Feinstein had unknowingly let a Chinese spy infiltrate her office, working for her as her personal driver for twenty years. But there hasn’t been one mention on television of the story from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS or NBC, despite the media’s supposed ‘concern’ over foreign nationals hacking our democracy.”

•  Another gigantic but hollow virtue signalling event

In what will probably become an annual civic celebration of outrage and virtue, Charlottesville preened before the TV cameras this past weekend in commemoration of the officially-contrived spasm of mayhem and destruction that killed two state troopers and an activist last August.

The White Supremists (that is generally how TV reporters now pronounce the word), have moved their act to Washington D.C. this year, and none willing to call attention to themselves were in evidence in town. Nevertheless, Charlottesville waved the bloody shirt as extravagantly as the absence of racist skinheads, bikers, neo-Confederates, gun-toting militia and other rude types permitted. Media, public and University officials, and of course Charlottesville’s swarming horde of non-profits and activist busybodies, were creative in exploiting every imaginable opportunity to fulminate against racism, fascism, and Donald Trump. These included praying for comity and understanding under the spiritual guidance of the Reverend Al Sharpton, uplifting song and soothing talk about all manner of good things at UVA, celebrating the sustainable bounty of the earth by enjoying artisanal croissants at an impromptu market, and arresting a harmless perennial Resister to the Resistance for buying razor blades at the downtown CVS — all the while equating the army of police arrayed to protect town and university with the White “Supremists” and neo-fascists of last year’s Unite the Right! rally.

In all, Charlottesville’s First Annual Smite the Right! Festival was a huge success, and it only cost the citizens of The Commonwealth of Virginia a couple of million dollars.

C-ville is the new Selma to this generation of pretenders. Truth? We don’t need want no stinkin’ truth. Hands up, don’t shoot!!



Coming Soon To An Edna Near Me?

White House: Omarosa violated major security laws

White House lawyers are examining legal options for punishing Omarosa Manigault Newman for releasing secretly taped recordings with Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly inside the secure Situation Room.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security — and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday.

Former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer also said Newman could face legal problems for the secret taping in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, known as a SCIF.

“It’s an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law,” Spicer said. “You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF — to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it — you’re entering a whole other realm.”

And by “Edna” I mean the Edna Mahon women’s correctional center, the federal women’s prison just the other side of the highway from me. She could be facing charges of espionage, or worse.

Oh wait, she’s Black. Never mind. Nothing will happen to her at all. Nothing ever happens to any of these backstabbing scumdogs in DC, no matter what color they are.


Stupidity Test


If you spend $1600 for these insanely ugly shoes by Gucci, you fail. But hey, the straps of fake gaudy jewels are removable so you can change the look to go with your other outfits.



Big happenings in Minnesota !!
Cops rescue drunken fat women stranded in their giant inflatable unicorn pool float, 30 feet away from the dock


A video shows the moment a group of women had to be rescued by police when their giant rainbow unicorn pool float got stuck in some weeds on a Minnesota lake.

The incident happened Saturday on Fish Lake, according to a tweet from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the department, two deputies were out driving when they noticed the group of women and pulled over to ask them for a picture.

When they got out of the car though, they noticed the women were stuck in a weedy area of the lake and offered to help pull them to shore.

The video, taken by one of the deputies, shows Deputy Scotty Finnegan throwing a rope out to the women and then pulling them to a dock.

As they reach the dock, one of the women yells: “And the cops save us!”

And how exciting was your weekend, compared to this?


Oy, Such Rampant Racism We Got These Days [ /sarc ]

DC “White Supremacist” rally - All 20 of them, at least 1 was non-white

Thousands of counter protesters shout them down


see if you can find the problem in this picture

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, a white supremacist rally in Washington D.C. was dwarfed by thousands of counter-protesters who out-shouted and out-marched the 20-odd white supremacists who marched from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station to Lafayette Park under heavy police escort.

As police marched two officers deep on all sides of the 20 or so white supremacists, hundreds of counter-protesters surrounded them, drowning out all sounds but the sirens from police motorcycles.

The police barrier effectively kept the two groups separated from each other.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get crowds this big, this worked up, to go through Chicago to root out the street gangs?


What Could Possibly Go Wrong Here?

China Now #1 Printer Of Other Nation’s Money. Legally. Um, Mostly We Hope.

Multiple sources in the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation confirmed to the South China Morning Post last month that money production plants across the country were running at near full capacity to meet an unusually high quota set by the government this year.

Most of the demand comes from participants in the “Belt and Road Initiative” and one source, who requested not to be named due to the confidential nature of the information, said Chinese yuan bills only made “a small proportion of the orders”.
Is China undermining its neighbours’ trust by buying political influence with foreign aid?

The state-owned company, headquartered in Beijing’s Xicheng district describes itself as the world’s largest money printer by scale. With more than 18,000 employees, it runs more than 10 strictly guarded facilities for the production of paper notes and coins.

By contrast, its US counterpart, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, employs a tenth of the staff at two currency factories, and the world’s number two, the British firm De La Rue, had just over 3,100 employees at the end of last year.

Two things no significant nation should ever do: outsource their currency production or military production. Especially to a country known for breaking the rules on a massive scale all the time.


Arrgh, Pirates Of The Caribbean

Failed Socialist State Of Venezuela Breeds High Seas Crime, With Added Barbarism

Centuries after Blackbeard’s cannons fell silent and the Jolly Roger came down from rum ports across the Caribbean, the region is confronting a new and less romanticized era of pirates.

Political and economic crises are exploding from Venezuela to Nicaragua to Haiti, sparking anarchy and criminality. As the rule of law breaks down, certain spots in the Caribbean, experts say, are becoming more dangerous than they’ve been in years.

Often, observers say, the acts of villainy appear to be happening with the complicity or direct involvement of corrupt officials — particularly in the waters off collapsing Venezuela.

“It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all, along the Venezuelan coast,” said Jeremy McDermott, co-director of Insight Crime, a nonprofit organization that studies organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Comprehensive data on piracy is largely lacking for Latin America and the Caribbean. But a two-year study by the nonprofit Oceans Beyond Piracy recorded 71 major incidents in the region in 2017 — including robberies of merchant vessels and attacks on yachts — up 163 percent from the previous year. The vast majority happened in Caribbean waters.

The incidents range from glorified muggings on the high seas to barbaric attacks worthy of 17th-century pirates.

In April, for instance, masked men boarded four Guyanese fishing boats floating 30 miles off the coast of the South American nation. The crews, according to survivors’ accounts, were doused with hot oil, hacked with machetes and thrown overboard, then their boats were stolen. Of the 20 victims, five survived; the rest died or were left unaccounted for.

David Granger, the president of Guyana, decried the attack as a “massacre.” Guyanese authorities have suggested that it could have been linked to gang violence in neighboring Suriname.

The recent piracy attack brings an end to three years of success in suppressing this crime, President David Granger said today while assuring that the Guyana and Suriname governments are working together to deal with the present tragedy.

“It is a great massacre, a great tragedy and we have been very successful over the last three years in curbing piracy. So this has come as a great setback and we extend sympathy to the families of the bereaved”, he told reporters while announcing government’s intention to observe public mourning.

He noted that at the moment, all the information is not available but the two governments are “in touch”.

Based on reports, last Friday evening, five pirates attacked four boats carrying a total of 20 persons just off the Suriname Coast. It was reported that each boat was occupied by five persons, comprising the captain and four fishermen.

The pirates, reportedly armed with cutlasses and guns, chopped and beat the fishermen before robbing them.

It had been reported that some of the men were ordered to jump overboard with their injuries, while others were thrown overboard with batteries strapped to their legs.

And this will continue to fly under the US media radar, even though a) some of the pirates are actual Venezuelan Coast Guard ships, b) some of the pirates are engaging in human trafficking - ie slavery, c) it’s spreading all across the Spanish Main.

It will only become newsworthy when this latest crop of sea thugs attacks a cruise ship, or starts hijacking merchant vessels like their distant cousins in Somalia were doing a few years back.



Filed under “6 or 10 things I didn’t know this morning, and may never need to know again”, New Jersey edition

What has light scantlings, no knees and no horntimber?

Well, you’ve heard of the ship of state, right?

Here’s ours

The A.J. Meerwald is New Jersey’s official Tall Ship. Even though it isn’t very tall at all. In fact, she’s bald-headed, a thing few ladies like to admit. But that’s no gaff; she was rigged that way.

The Meerwald is a restored oysterman. Yes, once upon a time there was a thriving oyster and clam fishing industry out in Delaware Bay by the most southwest corner of NJ. Little towns with names like Bivalve and Shellpile reflect that. But that was all gone by the 1950s, and only a few of these old ships are left, along with just a few old timers still plying the mud flats and shallow waters.

The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner, a distinct vessel that evolved to meet the needs of the local oyster fishery. The A.J. Meerwald, launched in 1928, was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey’s Delaware Bay before the decline of the shipbuilding industry during Great Depression. The A.J. Meerwald embodies the true spirit of the schooner; adapted to efficiently fulfill the prevailing conditions and specific demands of her native waters. While there were once as many as five hundred schooners sailing ‘up the Bay’ to catch oysters, now there are only a handful of converted schooners still harvesting oysters.

Scantlings are the measurements of the parts of the framework inside a ship’s hull that keep it from twisting and buckling. So a light one would be a ship not built for heavy open ocean use. Horntimber is the wood that holds up the underside of the back end of the boat past where the keel ends; many of these old schooners had a long stern that rose up from the rudder at the end of the keel. That’s where the horntimber was. Meerling is short and perky back there, which is cost effective (don’t build boat parts you can’t make money on). Knees are just that, bracing at the juncture of vertical and horizontal scantlings inside the hull. So this old work boat was made for gently sailing the tranquil bays, and that’s about it.

I never knew NJ had had an oyster industry. I didn’t know we had an Official Ship. Never heard of those ship parts, nor heard of a bald-headed sailboat. I’m boaty enough to know about gaffs and clews though. I know just about nothing about the southwest corner of the state, down bayside way. It’s a land out of time, sparsely populated and seemingly removed from the rest of the state. No news ever comes up from there, or even further in towards the Pine Barrens area.


OMG These Are SOOOO Good!


I have a Polish lady friend who brings me neat stuff sometimes. I bake things for her. I only see her once every couple of months up at the shack. These barylki [ bah Rrrrreell key ], Polish word for barrels, are double the size of a standard chocolate cherry, and have real booze in them. Probably have to eat 20 boxes to get drunk on them, so that’s not the point. They taste awesome. Not for little kiddies, obviously.

We’ve had several packaged edible things made in Poland that were really very good. Some kind of jam preserve we found at the Ocean State Job Lots place. All natural but they didn’t make an issue of that. Prices were pretty low too. I wonder why stuff from Poland isn’t more common at the regular stores?

There’s a whole world out there; why does everything here have to come from China?

PS - yes I see the funny bit in the pic. O smaku, by Hurtum. Oh smack you by hurt ‘em? Must be some kind of Polish joke.


Sneaky Bastiges

I thought I had that medical equipment company situation all sorted out. They emailed me a final bill, please send the check to XXXX. Then less than a day later tried to charge the amount to my credit card. Lucky for me my credit card company caught it, and called me up before I could even type out the first sentence of an email to the equipment company pointing out their latest error. Too bad clowns, you’re locked out. You’ll just have to wait on your money a few days. As they say, the check is in the mail. Someday. Mostly.


Yay, Friday! Happy Friday everyone!

When I’m more awake I’ll look at the news. Meanwhile, here’s a subtle use of sex in advertising




We won all 7 at summer bowling league last night, and we’re in 2nd place with just 2 weeks to go. We can win this thing!!



Phooey, I have to play the waiting game today, and sit around here until the medical equipment guy shows up to collect their stuff. In the long run it’s worth it, because I will be rid of an incompetent provider.


Crap, I burned the bread. When you bake a loaf, if you want it to stay crusty, you have to take it when it’s done, turn off the oven, let everything cool down some, then put the bread back in. The oven will still be hot enough to keep the outside crisp as the inside moisture level stabilizes.

Well, I did all that, but I forgot to turn off the oven. So I left the perfect little loaf in there about double the amount of time it needed, and now it’s rather ... charred. Oh well. It was a perfect day to bake bread, lower 80s and humid. So I had the dough outside most of the day, and it came out pretty nice. For once I didn’t overproof the sourdough, so the bread had some good body. And now I have a big shapely ... charcoal briquette. Damn.

update: actually, it’s only lightly singed on the outside. Brush off a little carbon, and the loaf is still really tasty. Pure sourdough bread is the best, but it’s a challenge to get it right.



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

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Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

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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


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.



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calendar   Friday - July 15, 2016

Bastille Day terror attack leaves dozens dead in Nice

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


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 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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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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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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calendar   Sunday - July 03, 2016

lazy sunday

Just kickin back today.


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


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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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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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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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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.



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.


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!!


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

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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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