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calendar   Wednesday - September 19, 2018

The One, The Only



Am I The Only One Who Realizes This Is Impossible?

Or as Ollie North put it, “I have no recollection of those facts at this time, sir.”

(CNN) The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.
In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys argue that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

Let’s take a quick look at how an investigation might go.

•  She can’t say where the party was, when the party was, or who the other people there were. She never made a police report. She said nothing to her parents. We haven’t heard that she kept a diary. She never mentioned this to her friends. EVER*. So she’s a total dead end.

•  Kavanaugh says this never happened. Period. Has anyone asked him if he remembers even being at a party with 4 guys, beer, and an underage girl? Fifth Amendment much?

•  Kavanaugh’s buddy says this never happened. Period. Has anyone asked him if he remembers even being at a party with 4 guys, beer, and an underage girl? Fifth Amendment much?

•  Maybe the FBI could send out a survey to every homeowner in the area. “Did you leave your children unattended, provide them with alcohol, and allow them to have a party at which an underage girl may have been molested, when you weren’t home ... 36 years ago?” Fifth Amendment much?

* consider the probability of a 15 year old girl NOT telling all her girl friends how some guys got all handsy at a party. Or warning them that this boy and that boy are totally gross creeps. Or even bragging that she was at a party with older boys and beer. I don’t think there are numbers that small.

And yet CNN, the MSM, all the DEMS, and probably most all the RINOS too, are onboard to have the FBI conduct such an investigation.

This is pathetic. There shouldn’t even be a hearing since this is obvious nonsense, but Fear The #MeToo pussy hat brigade and give the devil her due.

And if the rumor is true that she sent nearly the same letter out about Gorsuch when he was nominated ... oy vey. Sunk.



Well of course!!

Blasey-Ford’s lawyer Deborah Katz is Vice Chair of the Soros funded Project On Government Oversight.

Partisan hit job? Obviously. And nobody hardly even had to try to play Follow The Money. One source with many branches.

If this lying front-hole even shows up for the meeting with the Judiciary Committee, it’s going to be an even more pathetic circus than it already is. Good thing I have a whole new bottle of Pepto in the medicine cabinet.

h/t to Vilmar’s guy Bob F


Meanwhile, back at the MSM/DNC Crazy Ranch ...

Matthew Dowd, the chief political analyst for ABC News, smeared Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with a “sexual predator” allegation on Monday.

Doing his part to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Dowd tweeted that America already has one “sexual predator” on the Supreme Court — meaning Thomas.

“It was despicable and outrageous what happened to Anita Hill more than 25 years ago, and a sexual predator was given a lifetime seat on the SC,” Dowd wrote [ Tweeted ]. “Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself in 2018.”

After five decades of public service, only one accuser has every come forward against Thomas, and that was Anita Hill, whose unproven allegations involved only harassment — nothing reaching the level of a sexual predator.

Nevertheless, at the time, Thomas was confirmed, primarily because most of the public did not find Hill credible after learning she followed Thomas from job to job despite the alleged harassment.

On Monday, Dowd also tweeted out how eager he is to bring back the days of witch hunts where every accuser is believed unconditionally.

“Enough with the ‘he said, she said’ storyline. If this is he said, she said, then let’s believe the she in these scenarios. Dowd howled in reference to Kavanaugh. “She has nothing to gain, and everything to lose. For 250 years we have believed the he in these scenarios. Enough is enough.”

So much for “innocent until proven guilty”, or evidence, or anything like that. Sounds like an extreme case of gender bias to me. And one more instance of the #MeToo philosophy being used as a weapon. Reign of Terror much?

Don’t forget what Anita Hill’s allegation was: a single hair on a can of soda ( which she did not keep for DNA analysis ). I hope Justice Thomas can sue this clown for libel. And since Thomas is Black, let’s throw in a Hate Crime as well.


Accidents happen. In this case, two:

1) Actual breaking news being reported by CNN, and

2) Assad’s Keystone Kops military shooting down their “own” Russian plane. With a Russian anti-aircraft missile.
While Israel possibly used the incoming plane as cover for their own raid on the area, to blast a new load of weapons ready to be sent to Hezbollah to harm Israel with. 

Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military plane

Syria inadvertently shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board, Moscow said.
Russian state media said Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot the maritime patrol aircraft down amid an attack by Israeli jets in the Latakia region of north-west Syria.
Moscow blamed Israel for putting its aircraft in the line of fire and said it only had a minute’s notice of the strike.
“As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed, which is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership,” said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian military, according to RIA-Novosti.

In a rare acknowledgment of its military activity in the region, Israel expressed “sorrow” for the loss of Russian life, but blamed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The IDF said it had followed well-established protocols in communicating with Moscow, which are intended to prevent such incidents.
“Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that Iran and Hezbollah were also accountable.
According to the statement, Syrian anti-aircraft batteries “fired indiscriminately and from what we understand did not bother to ensure no Russian planes were in the air.”
The incident presents Moscow with a diplomatic conundrum, as the country has a strong relationship with both Israel and the Syrian regime.

Latakia Province is on the northwest coast of Syria, on the Mediterranean north of Lebanon and Israel.  Idlib Province is just east of Latakia.

This may have been a really slick op by the Izzies, or maybe the Syrians are slow to respond and can’t target worth a damn. Or just random coincidence, which happens in war all the time. Whatever. Fingers are being pointed every which way, and relations are now a bit more strained between Assad’s regime and his supporters. And now somebody somewhere has a lot fewer weapons to use, except for scrap metal. Gosh, too bad.

In recent weeks, Syrian and Russian planes have conducted scores of airstrikes in Idlib in the run-up to an anticipated offensive by Russian-backed Syrian forces to retake the last part of the country under armed opposition.
Last week, UN officials said that more than 30,000 people fled the province in anticipation of the government offensive.


Now here’s an interesting Deep State conspiracy theory, brought to you by the Russians

Are Blasey-Ford’s allegations a CIA plot to harm the presidency?

An intriguing in-depth new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that a Stanford University Psychiatry Professor named Dr. Christine Blasey has become the latest centerpiece of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to harm President Trump with her last-minute allegation, just days prior to US Senate confirmation, that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to sexually assault her over 30 years ago when they were teenage school children—while being kept from the American people about Dr. Blasey is that she currently oversees the CIA Undergraduate Internship Program Stanford University developed by the notorious CIA-connected Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melges—who himself, in 1985, took into his care the homeless woman Lois Lang who assassinated CIA paymaster Nick Deak—and that afterwards saw the CIA’sblack operations monies being controlled by Ralph G. Blasey Jr.—who, not so mysteriously, just happens to be the father of Dr. Christine Blasey.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this report, with Trump being warned, just prior to his assuming the presidency, by the powerful Democratic Party US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that US intelligence services “have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you”, this past nearly two years has shown just how prescient this warning was—and whose latest “strike back” against Trump is coming courtesy of a rogue CIA faction who have just trotted out for public display Dr. Christine Blasey (married name Christine Blasey Ford)—who claims that as a young high school teenager Brett Kavanaugh, also a high school teenager, tried to sexually assault her—but whose “evidence” for this being true shows Dr. Blasey unable to name the exact year it happened, her not remembering where the incident took place or how she got home, her not being able to remember key details of the incident, her not remembering how the gathering came together the night of the incident, and her not telling anyone else about at the time—but should be expected to be the case from an unproven salacious allegation of this sort as it comes from a woman supporting the Democratic Party and who, also, hates President Trump.

As the “Deep State” aligned US mainstream propaganda media began flooding the airwaves, newspapers and internet with Dr. Blasey’s claims against Judge Kavanaugh, that have absolutely no proof or evidence behind anyone could ever investigate, this report continues, SVR intelligence analysts were immediately able to bring up her file in the archive of known and/or suspected CIA operatives—and whose placement in this file was due to her extensive and advanced educational training at Stanford University in the CIA-funded mind control-brainwashing techniques developed by Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melges—whose primary mission for the CIA was to develop new technologies for interrogation and torture, secondary applications going towards studying the possibilities of exploiting highly “suggestible” subjects and getting them to do things — murders, couriers — they wouldn’t otherwise do, and of which they would have no memory in case they were caught.

Linked to Dr. Blasey’s SVR file of known and/or suspected CIA operatives, this report notes, is that of her father Ralph G. Blasey Jr.—a proven CIA operative who, from June-1962 to January-1974, was the Vice President of National Savings and Trust of Washington, D.C.—a CIA black budget bank best known for being 100 paces from the White House, and whom, in 1998, was taken over by SunTrust Bank—whose majority share owner is the CIA-linked investment fund BlackRock.

Yes, the CIA mind control Project MK Ultra once again, the source of so many tinfoil hat theories. This time however, they seem to have documentation, and a new way of connecting all the dots. And the CIA is infamous for convoluted deniable schemes. And the whole DOJ is corrupt and anti-Trump. PLENTY more at the link.



I Am Beyond Disgusted:

Blasey Ford To Get Face Time With Judiciary Committee

Our spineless government has been so browbeaten by this bogus witch hunt #MeToo garbage that they are rolling over. Never-Trumper Flake using this as an excuse to backpedal, and others are giving this load of horse manure plenty of credence, making it an excuse to waffle.

And now there’s going to be an actual official hearing. Seriously? Seriously. I hope one of the people involved goes out the door in handcuffs. Either this Blasey Ford woman is a lying lunatic, or Brett Kavanaugh has been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. Actually, I have no doubts about Kavanaugh at all, but I’ve seen how #MeToo is an automatic public conviction and execution nearly everywhere, and I’ve read how the unhinged Left is already convinced he has perjured himself dozens of times in these hearings, and is your basic Trump puppet sack of crap.

Two will enter. One will leave.
The destiny of our nation hangs in the balance. And our government is such a bunch of pussies that they don’t have the balls to throw this manifestly bullshit dirty trick right in the trash. I am afraid. We are at the point where anyone can make up any story, no matter how implausible, and it gets treated as if it were the purest truth. We have lost the ability to reason. The future of our republic should not come down to a roll of the dice.

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under mounting pressure from senators of his own party, will call President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault before the committee on Monday for extraordinary public hearings only weeks before the midterm elections.

In setting the hearing, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, backed down from a committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, planned for this Thursday, and pushed a confirmation once seen as inevitable into limbo.

The hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, sets up a potentially explosive public showdown that carries unmistakable echoes of the 1991 testimony of Anita Hill, who accused the future Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in an episode that riveted the nation and ushered a slew of women into public office. It will play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, which has energized Democratic women across the nation, in an institution, the Senate, that is more than three-quarters male.


CNN: Crappy Non News

this is what passes for professional journalism these days

Washington (CNN) The following is the text of the letter Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein detailing an event in which she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the letter read the contents of a redacted version to CNN.

Are you effin’ kidding me? They don’t have the letter, they didn’t even see the letter. Somebody read it to them over the phone, and gave them a redacted version, which means parts are missing. Garbage In, Garbage Out. This is less than hearsay; it’s edited and redacted hearsay. So there is no point even quoting this trash.

CNN: not worth a link, not worth a click. Not worth shite.


Oh come on, think deeper for once

Left Dogpiles On Kerry For “teenage girls” Remark

This is awesome. Failed presidential candidate and former Sec. of State John Kerry is being attacked by far-left progressives after he compared President Donald J. Trump to a “teenage girl” over the weekend. Sec. Kerry, they assert, is being sexist and misogynistic in his comparison.

On Friday night, Sec. Kerry appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” to discuss the current administration. After several moments he dove into the heart of his argument, “I don’t want to get into a real riff on this but I’ve got to tell you...He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy—he’s got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl.”

Of course, the Massachusetts “statesman” committed a grave sin amongst the left—he used cisgender terms that could in some ways be construed as offensive to describe a human being. This rankled progressives’ hearts and unleashed a torrent of f-bombs and insults from Slate writers and Twitter users everywhere.

“F*ck this misogynistic bullshit. Seriously. I’d rather have a random teenage girl serve as president than Trump,” Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern boldly declared via Twitter.

He then followed it up by saying, “The world uses teenage girls as a punching bag. We deride their interests and mock their emotions because it makes us feel smart and mature. F*ck that. They deserve better than relentless condescension. We’re failing them.”

Sure, why not. But the deeper truth is that the Dems want the public, this week at least, to consider teenage girls the very fount of wisdom, piety, chastity, erudition, honesty, and perfect recollection. Especially when recalling events from 35 years ago that never happened in the first place.


Interesting in three ways

Blasey Ford’s Kavaugh Accusation Motivation: Family and/or Party Vendetta??

Well how about that? Brett Kavanaugh’s mother Martha, also a judge, presided over the foreclosure of Christine Blasey Ford’s Parent’s house.

Revenge is one of the best dark motivators.

Looks like Blasey’s father and perhaps grandfather are/were lawyers as well. Wonder if their paths crossed mother K’s in the courtroom at least once?

Let’s not forget the Romney angle from 2012 either: he was floated as a possible Romney SCOTUS pick in 2012 and the fear was that he’d overturn ObamaCare.

Or that Brett Kavanaugh worked with Ken Starr on the Whitewater investigation, so he also probably deserves to be destroyed for having doubts about Her Imperial Majesty.

So is this all an old cold dish of family vengeance, or an IED built by the Dems 6 years ago that they’re trying to finally detonate now?

Ford is represented by Debra Katz, a liberal Democrat activist lawyer who has publicly touted that she is part of “the Resistance”

Perhaps it has no bearing, but I’ve also read how Blasey-Ford has scrubbed her internet presence clean in the past few days. Deleted social media accounts, removed her faculty page at Palo Alto U., etc.  To say that this whole thing smells fishy is a massive understatement.


This is news today? Really??

Kavanaugh Secret Sex Assault Allegation Letter Accuser Outed: Palo Alto Psych Professor Christine Blasey Ford

September 16 at 1:28 PM

Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since Wednesday, she has watched as that bare-bones version of her story became public without her name or her consent, drawing a blanket denial from Kavanaugh and roiling a nomination that just days ago seemed all but certain to succeed.

Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.


Notes from an individual therapy session the following year, when she was being treated for what she says have been long-term effects of the incident, show Ford described a “rape attempt” in her late teens.

In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.

How about that? The most holy of holies, the private notes of a mental health professional, seem to have been accessed here. And the shrink wrote stuff down wrong, not being able to tell 2 from 4.  Uh. Huh.

And ain’t it amazing that in 2012, still in Obama’s first term and his great Fundamental Transformation, when the socialist-progressives were riding high, “I won, so sit down in the back of the bus and be quiet”, looking forward to a rosy future moving forward of another full term of Obama followed up by 2 terms of The Smartest Woman In The World, that this poor thing, suffering in mortified silence for 30 years at that point, would have the wholly rational fear that centrist-conservative Brett Kavanaugh, at that point a junior member of the nineteen active Circuit Court judges would work his way up to the Supremes. Riight, when it was going to be Lefty Utopia for at least the next 12 years, and maybe forever.

And you know what really makes me itch? The media have been all over this story like starving dogs on a mountain of fresh meat. Anything they could get their hands on they would publish. Facts? Research? Veracity? No time for that, hit the Publish button!!  Fake but slightly accurate, in our dreams at least!!

But the thing is, I’ve known since early Friday what the core of this secret letter was. That it involved some teenage girl at a party being held in a room against her will for a short time by two boys, and that nothing major happened. And I’m pretty sure that the whole Feinstein And The Scarlet Letter Of Doom story only broke on Thursday, when the press, which already had the story, put the screws to her. Great excuse, right?

Please, I do not have any insider connections. I read it as a comment at someone’s minor blog, dropped in conversationally as if it were already old news. But the Samizdat MSM hadn’t said a word until this afternoon ... and if just one of them had run that byline, they all would have run it, or referenced it, in a matter of minutes. So go figure.


High Pressure Gas Blows Up 70 Homes North Of Boston

I haven’t written anything yet about the gas pipeline fires up in Massachusetts, in the towns of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence northwest of Boston. 70 or 80 houses blew up or caught fire. At least 8,000 people evacuated, although some places say it was more like 120,000. Last time I heard, the idea was being floated that excessive pressure in the gas mains was the issue. I’m wondering if this is a bit of ... management ... some kind of answer for right now that will quiet the people for a bit. Look, I’m not a gas pipe worker. I don’t know much of anything about it, but I do know that there isn’t a gas meter in the country, residential or commercial, that doesn’t have at least one pressure regulator on it. And an awful lot of home appliances that use gas have secondary regulators as well. So it’s a bit hard to swallow a story about excess pressure being the cause. The pressure regulators don’t let excess pressure through. That’s what they’re for. All they are is a spring and a valve plate; a simple design that pretty much never fails, and automatically adjusts itself to varying inlet pressures.

Now I don’t want to cast shade on anyone, but there is an odd little part to this story. These towns are heavily, majorly, nearly exclusively Latino. Does that imply that people were cheating the meters, running their own unregulated gas lines? Does it mean that the gas company was shirking proper maintenance in those towns because of who lives there? Did they just stop trying because so many people weren’t paying their bills, similar to the water situation in Flint Michigan? I can’t say. I certainly hope not. It’s just an odd thing. A coincidence. But it’s the houses that blew up and burned down, not the mains pipes out under the streets.


Just another weekend in da hood

A 5-year-old Detroit girl was fatally shot in the head while in bed with her mother, who was shot at least 16 times during an attack that may have resulted from a rift between the woman and her relatives, police said Friday.

Police burst into a different home looking for suspects a few hours after the Thursday night shooting and fatally shot a man who confronted them with an assault-style weapon, said police Chief James Craig.

Another man, believed to be the gunman in the shooting of the girl and her mother, was arrested around noon Friday.

Craig defended the police shooting of the man, saying: “When an individual is armed with this weapon, and this weapon is pointed in the direction of a police officer, clearly that officer believes he’s facing an imminent threat.”

The girl’s mother was being treated for multiple wounds at an area hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately known. The names of the victims and the suspect haven’t been released.

The chief said the violent chain of events began Thursday night on Detroit’s west side. Craig said a lone gunman entered the woman’s bedroom and opened fire as she lay in bed. The woman’s daughter was shot in the head and died at a hospital.

Asked about a motive, Craig said there was an “ongoing family dispute” between the woman and her sisters.

So the Detroilet police pull a 3am Stasi home invasion, breaking into someone’s home and just offing the guy. OF COURSE he had a gun, and OF COURSE he reacted. Bet they didn’t have a warrant. Bet they didn’t announce themselves. Bet they didn’t even try knocking on the door first. But all that will show up on the report. Oh yeah, we wuz angels, strictly by the book.

Hey, maybe they got off shift and went to the wrong apartment, didn’t notice the wrong number on the door or the bright red doormat, or the open door, didn’t turn on the light, and just started shooting when they saw some guy on the couch watching TV. But we found some reefer!! Oops, sorry, that was a different indifferent police murder story from a few days ago.

And isn’t it just wonderful the way some people work out their family problems? Have your current baby daddy break into your sister’s home and spray the place down with bullets. I can almost guarantee they were fighting over something worthless, like half a pack of Kools or something.

How the heck can anyone be shot 16 times and survive?

Know what? Let’s hunt this one down a bit. Get beyond the bias and the media filters ...

Detroit police shot and killed a suspect in the death of a 5-year-old Detroit girl, who was shot in the head Thursday night and her mother sprayed with bullets while they slept.

According to Detroit Police, the incident started when one or more intruders — at least one of whom was wearing a mask — broke into a home in the 19000 block of Lyndon and started shooting.

Police chief James Craig said the girl was shot once in the head and the mother 16 times in the torso and extremities. It is unclear whether the girl was intentionally targeted, Craig said.

The girl was transported by police to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where she died. The mother was later taken by ambulance to Sinai-Grace, where she is listed in critical condition.

After the shooting and an investigation, the police Special Response Team — the department’s term for a SWAT team — executed a “high-risk” search warrant on a nearby home in relation to the shooting.

The first officer who entered the building saw a 46-year-old man with an “AK-47-type weapon.” The officer shot and killed the man.

The officer said the man pointed the weapon at him. Police are reviewing body camera footage but Craig said it wasn’t clear yet whether there would be footage clearly showing the gun pointed at police.

Craig told reporters that “10 bundles of heroin packaged for sale” were found in another room of the house.

The man who was shot in the raid was related to the victims of the earlier shooting, Craig said. He said two other suspects, a man and a woman, had been taken into custody. The female suspect was the sister of the injured mother and was arrested at the scene.
Family members of the girl and mother told WDIV-TV (Channel 4) that the second home was the address of the girl’s father.

Ah ha. So the cops raided a small time drug dealer and offed him. And he was he father of the dead girl. And the sister and her dick were arrested at the scene. That clears things up a bit. Such wonderful people.


Shamed into doing their jobs

Wilmington PD Arrests 5 Looters

5. Wow.


After the above Tweet went viral, and a purposely degraded news video ( so it was hard to tell that all the looters were black ) made the rounds online, the Wilmington NC po-po actually arrested a few looters.

The above Tweet is kind of nonsense. Yes, I get it. The Dollar Store is across the street from the Projects, and they probably fear retribution. However, the police do not need the owner’s permission to make arrests when they see a crime being committed. Pressing charges is at the owner’s discretion. And I’m certain that if they said, effectively, “give them room for destruction”, then their insurance company is going to flip them the bird if they try to file a claim.

Police in North Carolina arrested five people Saturday night as looters began to break into stores while Tropical Storm Florence brought chaos to the region.

Wilmington Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter but did not immediately release the identities of the five individuals. 

NEWS ALERT - Moments ago officers arrested five individuals who broke in and looted the Dollar General at 5th & Dawson Streets. Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available.
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 15, 2018

“Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available,” police said.

Authorities said about 1:30 p.m. they became aware of looting taking place at the Dollar General on 5th and Dawson Streets but were initially asked by management “not to intervene at this time.”

Yes, I’m sure the local cops have their hands full dealing with the aftermath of the storm. But if people are out driving around looting, filling their cars with stolen stuff, and running around with armloads of it, then there must be areas where conditions aren’t so bad.

And maybe ... just maybe ... someone with a bit of brain in a position of authority blew a gasket when they realized what would happen if a viral message got out that the cops weren’t going to arrest any looters. It would be New Orleans and Ferguson all over again, combined.





Ice Cream Is Raycist !!! And Hitler!!

Student council members at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are protesting the campus practice of serving ice cream, which often contains beef gelatin, an ingredient that makes the treat inaccessible to members of certain faiths and diets.

According to a new piece of legislation entitled “Ice Cream for All,” which was first reported on by Campus Reform, the student council argues that the university’s use of standard ice cream is discriminatory against members of the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist religions — adding in vegetarian communities on campus as well. The legislation argues that the use of ice cream may make members of those communities feel unwelcome on campus.

But wait a minute, what about the 50% of black folks who are lactose intolerant? Serving ice cream is like trying to poison them! Dat’s raycis!!!!

Astonishingly, the university already offers gelatin-free ice cream at the university ice cream shop, Babcock Dairy. Additionally, a University of Wisconsin-Madison spokesperson told Campus Reform that the campus already offers more than one ice cream option for students who can’t eat beef gelatin. The campus “produces and sells ‘super premium’ ice cream, sherbet and Greek frozen yogurt options that are made with a plant-based stabilizer and are gelatin-free.” The campus also offers a lactose-free ice cream for those with dairy allergies.

Despite this, the student council has demanded that school officials acknowledge that standard ice cream options marginalize religious students on campus. Ice cream is an iconic part of the culture in dairy-rich Wisconsin, perhaps making it a target for progressives on campus.

She it. You simply can not win with these asshats.

I doubt that UW is giving the stuff away. At the very least you have to charge it off your meal card. So hey, little capitalists, make the choice to NOT buy any. Nobody is force feeding you. Although that idea is tempting.


Resist The Resistance


Yeah, I know, we’ve heard this joke before.

Hmm, I think if you look real close, and have a little imagination, the graphic above reads “rise up”. I can see the “rise” part clearly, and I’m sort of confident about the “up”. What do you see? ( other than a rough future dealing with all the commie/nazi/fascist/socialist/tyrants trying to take over the USA? )


A great day down the shore, just don’t go in the water

Beach report phone call from my SIL the beach bunny from their place down at Seaside Heights. Today is perfect. Perfect temp, perfect sun, perfect mild breeze, gorgeous ocean. Except the waves are 5 feet tall and coming in fast and tight. This is massive surf for the New Jersey coast.

Marine Forecast From the National Weather Service, Mt. Holly

HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS. Dangerous and potentially life threatening conditions exist for all people entering the surf.


TODAY: NE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming E. Gusts up to 20 kt late this morning and early afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of 10 seconds.

TONIGHT: E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of 14 seconds.

Dominant period is a term for how far the wave peaks are apart, in terms of seconds. Anything over 12 means fairly smooth sailing; anything under 7 means a really choppy sea caused by storms and local winds combining. A moderate period with higher than typical swell also means the water is rather rough.

The absolute northern edge of Florence is passing across the DelMarVa penninsula down by DC right now, so it’s no surprise that strong waves are pushing their way up the NJ coast.



Late night laffs



What, again?? TNB

3rd Peace Vigil Shooting In 3 Years In   Ghettomore    Baltimore

[ last week ] A vigil at Eager Street and North Broadway in East Baltimore for a homicide victim abruptly dispersed at 7:13 p.m. Thursday when someone opened fire, according to neighbors.

Police said a 19-year-old man was shot Thursday on the 1600 block of Eager St.  Officers remained at the scene hours later, blocking off traffic and scouring the scene for bullet casings.
One neighbor who declined to give his name said he heard around seven shots fired after balloons had been released into the air. There were several children in attendance — everyone started running and screaming once the shooting began, he said.

Police presence in the area has done little to deter violence, according to neighbors. “I know that police was sitting on the corner and it still happened,” said Ashley, sitting on her front steps. “They been here the last three days.”

It’s not the first time a vigil has been marred by violence in the city. In 2016, a gunman opened fire minutes into a vigil for a homicide victim in West Baltimore, wounding five people. In 2015, a man was wounded during a vigil for another homicide victim.

Like Chicago, Baltimore also has extraordinary gun control laws. Like Chicago, Baltimore has been run by the Dems for ages. Like Chicago, Baltimore is now a decrepit run down hole, with a majority black population. Like Chicago, Baltimore is an urban shooting gallery.

Can’t have a public vigil, can’t even have a funeral, can’t walk down the street, can’t even ride a bicycle in peace, can’t even hang out on the corner with your friends. You might be shot. And those are the residents.

[ today ] Baltimore County police confirmed Thursday that a 32-year-old man who was fatally shot during the funeral service of 18-year-old Marcus Brown on Wednesday was his older brother Maurice Brown Jr., of the 300 block of Lyndhurst St. in West Baltimore.
The graveside shooting was the latest event in a disturbing trend of violence during bereavement services in Baltimore.

Less than a week ago, mourners had just released blue balloons into the air at Eager Street and North Broadway to honor Dimetric Jones, 21, who had been killed on Sept. 3, when gunfire rang out, scattering a crowd that included children and striking a 19-year-old man.

I’m sure this is all Trump’s fault. And yours, you with your Privilege and shizz.


Puerto Rico Leaves 13 MILLION Bottles Of Water To Rot At Airport

CNN: This Is Trump’s Fault


San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump over the U.S. government’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, even as 12 million bottles of water were discovered this week rotting on an airport runway in Puerto Rico.

BuzzFeed News reports that “Justo Hernández, deputy federal coordinating officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told reporters that the 19,841 pallets of water were left on the runway at José Aponte de la Torre Airport and that as a result, ‘some of that water was spoiled.’”

The revelation comes at roughly the same time that Yulin Cruz appeared on CNN to bash Trump and also attacked the president in a series of tweets this week.

The water is at Jose Aponte de la Torre airport, on the north east coast just east of the El Yunque rain forest. Which means it’s barely 25 miles from San Juan or Caguas and many dozen medium sized local towns, right on the national highways. The majority of people live in the northeast corner of the island.

This is about 208 fully loaded full size tractor trailer trucks full; a genuine shipload of water, a warehouse full, enough to give 4 or 5 to every single person on the island. And they did NOTHING to distribute it.

But hey, blame Trump. I guess he was supposed to carry each bottle personally, open them individually, and wipe everyone’s chin dry after they drank.


She’s Heeeeere !!

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall In North Carolina: Category 1 with 90mph winds

Hurricane Florence’s eyewall is onshore in North Carolina on Friday and will make landfall very soon, as the Category 1 storm lashed the Carolina coast and appeared ready to cause catastrophic flooding.

Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern, N.C., were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Florence’s storm surge.

The storm was about 10 miles east of Wilmington, N.C., and about 80 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., the National Hurricane Center (NHC)’s 6 a.m. advisory said.

Emerald Isle, N.C. recorded 6.3 feet of storm surge “inundation,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 5.5 foot surge of water near Morehead City was also recorded, the National Weather Service reported.

Seriously, after all this noise in the media, after all the state of emergency stuff, after a whole week of “be smart get out now” warnings, there are a couple hundred people stranded somewhere? Maybe they should start swimming west.

New Bern is 75 miles northeast of Wilmington NC, way up at the top of the delta of the Neuse River where it meets the Trent River and they feed into Pamlico Sound behind Cape Hatteras. It’s suburban, right where highways 17 and 70 cross.



Good grief. Of all the despicable, infantile nonsense.

Feinstein Gets Hold On Kavanaugh Vote:
Turns Over Mystery Letter To FBI That Alleges Sexual Misconduct At Least 36 Years Ago When Brett Was In High School

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that she received information from a person about Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and referred it to federal investigators — but declined to make public any details, citing confidentiality issues.

The information came in a letter, which describes an alleged episode of sexual misconduct involving Kavanaugh when he was in high school, according to a person familiar with the matter. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee first learned about the contents of the letter at a meeting called at the last minute on Wednesday night. The letter had been relayed to Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), two people familiar with the matter said.

“That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

The White House defended Kavanaugh, calling the latest controversy an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.”


According to a person familiar with the matter, the FBI does not now plan to launch a criminal investigation of the matter, which would normally be handled by local authorities, if it was within the statute of limitations. The FBI instead passed the material to the White House, as an update to Kavanaugh’s background check, which already had been completed, the person said. The move is similar to what the bureau did when allegations were leveled against former White House aide Rob Porter.

An FBI official said, “Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process.”

The Justice Department declined to comment, and Kavanaugh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The allegation of sexual misconduct in the letter was first reported by the New York Times. The existence of the letter was first reported by the news website the Intercept.

Riiight. How perfect. The scarlet letter worked it’s way up the chain to DF, who held onto it ... for how long?? And only now, mere hours before the scheduled vote, when somehow the newspapers learned about it, and forced her hand did she come forward.


What a load of shit. How embarrassing for the Dems. OMG he kissed a girl in high school, or got a quick handful of junior titty. Hang him!!!

And the GOP caved to this tripe?

The mystery letter wasn’t even concerning enough for Feinstein to show to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

The Intercept reported the letter was sent by someone associated with Stanford University and involved a woman and Kavanaugh when she and the 53-year-old judge were both in high school.

The New York Times reported that, according to two sources it did not identify, the letter referenced possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh the unidentified woman. Possible, but that is awfully vague for this late stage of a U.S. Supreme Court confirmation.

With so little information, how is anyone supposed to figure out what is going on?

If Feinstein knows something, she should say something. If Kavanaugh is being accused of sexual misconduct then we all have a right to know.

So much about this just smells like a political skunk, not the least of which is the timing of Feinstein’s public non-release of this new information.

If this is an 11th hour power play by Feinstein – and there’s no “there” there – then the senator is playing politics with an otherwise respectable man’s reputation. Kavanaugh has a wife and two young daughters and as far as we know has been an upstanding member of his community.

The White House also hit back at Feinstein, questioning the timing of her new claim.


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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.

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

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Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.


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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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