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calendar   Wednesday - April 01, 2020

Let Him Catch Hell

I’m not the one who drives the train
Nor even rings the bell
But if that train should jump the tracks
It’s me who catches Hell.

Lunatic Casey Jones Tries To Sink Hospital Ship With Locomotive

SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES (KABC)—An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.

The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.

Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was “suspicious” and did not believe “the ship is what they say it’s for.’”

The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.

No one was injured in the derailment, but the train leaked fuel that required a hazmat response.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy received its first patients Sunday after docking at the Port of Los Angeles.

Authorities say Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally, but said he did not plan in out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.

He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included “You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.”

Officials say video from inside the train’s cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.

Moreno has been charged with one count of train wrecking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

To be an honest journalist, it wasn’t the whole train, just the locomotive. And it didn’t actually derail as much as it went off the end of the in a siding, knocking down the stop barrier, a steel highway barrier, some concrete lane divider barriers, and a couple hundred yards of pavement. The guy may be loco, but his idea had merit; it was flat, open, and paved the whole way from the siding to the ship. Except the pavement wasn’t made to support 200 tons of engine on sharp edged wheels. It dug in and eventually came to a stop. Plus the stern of the hospital ship wasn’t quite up against the dock, so the choo-choo would have had to swim the gap. And choo-choos are the worst swimmers out there.

I’d tell you how much this particular locomotive weighs, but I’m a bridge spotter not a train spotter, so I don’t know my engines. Looks pretty damn big to me though.

Send this lunatic to the the rubber room for 100 years. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/01/2020 at 08:32 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 29, 2020

Out Of Time

Yeah I know, it’s quarter to one in the morning. We both should be asleep by now, for a couple hours at least. But it’s not like we have to get up in the morning. We’ve kind of lost contact with time. It’s Monday now, I know that. But we’ll get up when we get up, and snoodle around the house all day doing whatever. More cleaning, more going through old clothes. Maybe make a bread? Meh, we managed to buy a regular loaf the other day so we’re set. Plenty of food in the house so we don’t have to go to the grocery store. Or the gas station. Or anywhere.

She’s working on her closet. Really going through all of it. She found her first bowling ball, a 10lb Power Groove. What a POS. It moved in with us, even though it was long out of use even then. She’s throwing a 13 pounder these days. Someday we hope to bowl again. When life is allowed to restart. But not today. Or this week. Probably not even this month. THIS SUCKS.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2020 at 11:41 PM   
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Sanitized For Your Protection

I did my weekly cleaning down in SP today. I’m a week late, but the place is closed like everything else. I figure I’d give any virus crap an extra week to die.

Then I went over the entire office with D-128. I used a full half gallon in my little sprayer, extra strength. Every hard surface. And my usual vacuuming and mopping. I was there three times longer than usual, but the place is as spotless and as sanitized as I can make it. Too bad they don’t have a carpet steaming machine or I would have used that too. So if, or when, the place ever opens again, it’s good to go. Driving down there, the highways were nearly empty. That office is in a large shopping center. Empty, except for a few rare people getting take out from the restaurants. It feels weird.

So I’m furloughed until they open again. What can you do?

At least OrangeManBad didn’t quarantine the whole NY/NJ metro area. Yet. AFAIK. And no new edicts from our commie governor “Red” Murphy either. Crossing my fingers. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2020 at 06:08 PM   
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calendar   Friday - March 27, 2020

Free The Gloves!

A Better Way: NJ Pol Cuts Red Tape, Gets 41M Falsely Impounded Gloves Released

While health care workers have been running short of protective equipment as they fight the coronavirus, more than 41 million medical gloves produced for a New Jersey-based company have been held in warehouses under federal government order since last September.

Until now.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed to release the gloves imported by Ansell Ltd., whose American headquarters are located in Iselin.

The gloves had been stored at facilities in Baltimore and Oakland, California, while the agency looked at whether they had been made with slave labor in Malaysia.

The charges turned out to be baseless, and Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th Dist., intervened at the company’s request and started calling federal officials to get the gloves shipped out.

He was able to pry them loose.

“At this critical juncture, when supplies of personal protective equipment are scarce and medical professionals need to be safeguarded from the coronavirus, we needed to act quickly and work with federal officials,” said Smith, who has led efforts in Congress to fight human trafficking and slavery worldwide.

Well good for him. Thanks. But you know what? In a real emergency, I don’t give a damn whether these were made by slaves or not. Are they of acceptable quality? Good enough, let them go.

Chris Smith is one of the few Republican representatives we have here in NJ.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2020 at 09:27 AM   
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Standard Union Scamming

SEIU “finds” 39 Million Face Masks, sells them to states at huge mark-up

The union launched an exhaustive search for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) five days ago in response to pleas from frontline healthcare workers that they need more protection and feel unsafe on the job as they treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. SEIU-UHW has 97,000 members who work in hospitals across California.

Within 48 hours of painstakingly calling leads and potential suppliers, the union discovered a distributor who had the 39 million masks, and has since found another supplier who says his company can produce 20 million more masks a week. The union also has found a supplier who can deliver millions of face shields.

The union said it will be selling the masks to states, counties and hospitals for $5 apiece and claims it “has no financial interest in the transactions.”

Similar N95 masks are available on the Home Depot website for $23.97 for a box of 20, or about $1.20 apiece.

Sounds to me like someone was hoarding. And you know what happens to hoarders in an emergency, right?

“No financial interest” = Minimum $3.80 profit per mask X 39 million = CHA FRICKING CHING!! That’s a whole lot of slush to add to their Democrat Election funds.

I’ve seen boxes of masks. A box of 20 is half the size of a small loaf of bread. Probably 2 dozen boxes per case and at least 100 cases on a plastic wrapped pallet. That’s 48,000 masks per pallet: 39 million of them is 812 pallets full. 22-24 pallets fills a tractor trailer. 40 trucks worth. So it’s a small warehouse full. Let’s hope that the masks aren’t made in China. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2020 at 08:22 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 23, 2020

Living In Lockdown

Stuck here at home not just by the Official Mandate but also by it being a cold wet crappy day, I went through my bookshelves and found something I hadn’t read in quite a few years.

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I escaped into Pompeii, a fictional adventure from 2003 by Robert Harris. It’s a story set against the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, along with Augusta the aqua duck. Just kidding. Aqueduct Augusta. I read the whole 350 page book in one sitting. It’s a pretty good read. It was either that or do housework. And it’s still raining. Crivens.

Anyway, some of the characters in the novel were real people, known to history. One of them, Gaius Plinius Secundus, is better known these days as Pliny The Elder. He was a naturalist and historian. He recorded the eruption in prolific detail from across the Bay of Naples as it happened, but when he lead a group of Navy ships over to try to save some people, the conditions eventually killed him. He was old and corpulent, but he was no coward. When thousands fled from the disaster, he ran (sailed) towards the fire. His extensive notes on the eruption survived, and this specific kind of volcanic explosion was named Plinian in his honor.

Anyway, near the end of the book are a couple of paragraphs describing his death scene as the eruption hits him that I think might be rather relevant right now:

Men mistook measurement for understanding. And they always had to put themselves at the center of everything. That was their gravest conceit. The earth is becoming warmer - it must be our fault! The mountain is destroying us - we have not propitiated the gods! It rains too much, it rains too little - a comfort to think that these things are somehow connected to our behavior, that if we only lived a little better, a little more frugally, our virtue would be rewarded. But here was nature, sweeping towards him - unknowable, all-conquering, indifferent - and he saw in her fires the futility of human pretensions.

It was hard to breathe, or even to stand in the wind. The air was full of ash and grit and a terrible brilliance. He was choking, the pain across his chest was an iron band. He staggered backwards.

Face it, don’t give in.

Face it like a Roman.

The tide engulfed him.

While thousands and thousands of people died in the eruption, many more thousands of people lived. While Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were destroyed and buried, many of the other towns in the area were spared. Even a few people who were on the good side of the volcano lived through it.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2020 at 06:50 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 22, 2020

Back To Work

No more isolation, woo hoo.

We’ve been self-quarantined for 10 days now, waiting on the coronavirus test results for one of her co-workers. We got the call today that her results came back negative. 11 days after her test. Crivens.

So I can go do my few hours of cleaning again. And get paid. Woo hoo!!

Yeah, I know the state is in lockdown. I’m doing medical office cleaning and sanitizing. If I get pulled over, I’m sure they’ll give me a pass.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2020 at 01:29 PM   
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Y’all Ok Out There?

I haven’t had a comment from anybody in a long while. I hope you’re all Ok, and just sick and tired of me blathering on and on forever about this damn virus BS.

Or maybe my blog isn’t letting anybody comment. And I can’t find out about it, because the blog email hasn’t worked in months either.

So maybe Vilmar or one of you with my home email could try, and let me know if it fails.

Now go wash your hands. Because. Virus.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2020 at 11:33 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 19, 2020

A new leader emerges

Oh GAK. OTOH, young people are influenced by influencers, so maybe they might listen to this bilious billionaire bint. OR maybe they’ll all come home from Spring Break tanned, pregnant, with fresh STDs and a nice friendly killer virus in them. YOLO, so no FOMO.

Kylie Jenner: The Social Distancing EXPERT America Needs!!!!

Well, America, it’s come to this. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has called on Kylie Jenner to help our nation weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not even a joke. And it’s not all that far-fetched, since it turns out that the cosmetics mogul has quite a bit of experience with social distancing.

“What I really think we need to do is get our influencers out — Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell,” Adams said on Good Morning America Thursday. “We need to get Kylie Jenner. We need to get our social media influencers out there in helping folks understand that look, this is serious.”

Adams said this in response to the videos and reports coming from Florida, where young people are defiantly partying for spring break, even as the rest of the country sits at home in isolation to flatten the curve of COVID-19’s spread.

In fact, Jenner had already been urging her followers to stay home, as she has been doing for over a week.

“Another reminder to take this social distancing serious and self quarantine,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories on Wednesday. “I’m on Day 8. My pregnancy prepared me for this. I didn’t leave the house for months.”

In case you’ve forgotten, Jenner stayed hidden from the world while she was pregnant with Stormi, choosing to have a rare time of privacy. “My pregnancy was one [journey] I chose not to do in front of the world,” she said after giving birth.

So there you go. Somebody young, beautiful, popular, and richer than Pharaoh is now an “expert” at staying home ... because she’s been off the front pages of the gossip magazines for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS.

Ok Snowflake. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/19/2020 at 12:37 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 17, 2020

PA joins the lockdown

I missed this one yesterday. PA Governor Tom Wolfe has issued a lockdown of businesses in Pennsylvania that is at least as strong as the ones issued by NY, NJ, CT, MD the previous day.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a statewide shut down. That means all non-essential stores, bars and restaurants will close effective at midnight. This is expected to last for 2 weeks. Gov. Wolf said there are no plans to shut down any pharmacies, grocery stores or medical facilities and he urged people to continue their normal shopping trips.

This is similar to the order issued by Allegheny County over the weekend. In that order, all childcare facilities, senior centers, community and recreation centers, gyms, salons, spas, casinos, bars, concert venues, theaters, social clubs, sports facilities and more. This does not apply to carry-out and delivery only services.

Unlike those other states, right now it is the PA plan to do this for just 2 weeks, instead of “as long as this order remains in effect” as they have done.

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And even though NJ has shut down a) all gatherings of 50 or more people, and b) all gyms and fitness centers/classes, while c) making all non-essential recreational businesses close by 8pm for the mandatory voluntary curfew, our bowling alley remains open with no plans to cancel bowling league, which runs from 6:30-9ish on Friday night and has 48 members just on the lanes we use. I just talked to the alley folks on the phone, and they’re open. Oh sure, the attached bar is closed, and the restaurant is only doing take out (wonder if you can take it out of the restaurant and eat it in the bowling alley?). Go figure.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/17/2020 at 11:42 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 11, 2020

Ach Crivens, I got nearly all of them

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We never had a party line phone, but when I was young, you only needed to dial 4 numbers to get anyone in my town, pay phones still cost a nickel in some places, and you gave your local phone code with words or letters. “Murray Hill 6, 1458” “PE5-1234”.

And forget Green Stamps. Blue Stamps, and those booklets full of Plaid stamps you saved and pasted to drive across the county to the redemption center to get free stuff. Different stores gave out different kinds of stamps.

Howdy Doody went off the air when I was really small. Fine by me; I always thought it was phony and lame.

And before the TV test pattern came on, usually the one with the Indian Chief at the top, the network played the national anthem. And then there was no more TV for the night. If you knew your stuff, you could use the test pattern to adjust your TV to get the sharpest picture. They needed adjusting every few weeks I think.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/11/2020 at 08:18 PM   
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calendar   Monday - March 09, 2020

really dark Monday

Stock market taking a big giant huge dump today. DJI down nearly 2111 points, S&P 500 and NASDAQ in the tank, VIX (volatility index, aka the fear factor) could be over 90%.

Biggest one day drop since 2008. Or maybe 1987. West Texas Crude down 33.8% and sliding.

More good news for the Dems, because Teh Russians and Teh Virus are behind it, therefore it must be Trump’s fault, right?

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/us-markets-march-9-2020

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/what-is-the-vix

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dow-down-8-biggest-drop-1987


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/09/2020 at 01:38 PM   
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no

don’t wanna, ain’t gonna.

sorry. not sorry.

kung flu overdose again. it’s so much hype. when the bodies start piling up all over the world, then panic. When the death toll exceeds drunk driving, or suicides, or maybe even lightning strikes, then panic. If the numbers get bigger than the typical annual flu deaths, then it’s too late to panic, as you’re probably already sick.

Effing soviets couldn’t cut a deal with the effing sand lice on oil, so the market tanked. thanks. But it’s all due to coronavirus. STHU.

If oil drops by a third, will we see a parallel drop in gas prices? Will $2.33/gal go to $1.56? Don’t even dare to dream about that. Taxes are a big part and they won’t budge. And the oil price is not one to one with the gas price. But still, if this drop holds for a few weeks, we will see prices drop maybe by 25¢. I hope. Sure would be nice to fill up my tank for a twenty. Not that a twenty is worth anything anymore anyway.

Maybe later this week will be a good time to buy oil company stock. Because if it dives, it will bottom, and then come back. Up and down on the merry-go-round, always. As dependable as climate change.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/09/2020 at 11:56 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 03, 2020

I Hear It Must Be Spring

It’s sunny and nearly warm today. The lawn service people have arrived with their army of gas powered leaf blowers. They’re all outside my unit right now, making sure the throttles are nice and lubricated, so they can rev those horrible things up and down every few seconds for the next several hours. I’m sure they’ll then practice blowing my early emerging flowers right out of the ground again.

One of the nice things about Winter is that they aren’t around. It’s quiet. And since we’ve only had one bit of snow this season that was worth shoveling, the 3am snow squad hasn’t been around either. More quiet.

Right. Time to make breakfast. Looks like it will be sourdough starter pancakes. You feed the stuff, you get more of it, but you can’t make 3 loaves of bread a day to keep it in check. So you find other things to do with it. Checks fridge ... finds bacon ... mmm!

Oh Joy, it’s Super Tuesday!! Snore ...


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