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calendar   Thursday - June 30, 2022

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June 30, 2022


SCOTUS decision on West Virginia v. EPA


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SCOTUS Smackdown of EPA in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

insert media quotes here, Fox Business, Mother Jones et al, and opine that the court is now 3 for 3 with proper Conservative decisions in a week. Notice that Roberts wrote the majority, and that the 3 black robed commies were the dissenters because of stupid reasons and climate change.

but first give the cat her medicine and get something for lunch

inJustice Kagan’s moronic dissent is typical leftist BS driven by feewings and their (no longer secret) desire for an all powerful unchecked government staffed by their leftist minions.

After the decision just said that this kind of thing was the duty of Congress, not some agency, she comes up with

“The Court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision-maker on climate policy,” Kagan wrote. “I cannot think of many things more frightening.”

And the agency is only expert at being political hacks and pushing the destructive leftist agendas. We can blame Bill Clinton for that.

Holy cats what a lying imbecile Kagan is.


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June 29, 2022


Tomorrow Is The End For Justice Breyer

Breyer, who notified President Biden in January of his intent to retire at the end of the current term, updated the president in a letter Wednesday, after the Supreme Court made it known that it will issue its final opinions of the term Thursday morning.

“The Court has announced that tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active service under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b) will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon,” Breyer wrote.


The final opinions of this session of the court will include West Virginia v. EPA, which may not sound like much but could be the biggest landmark decision in a decade, limiting the power of departments of the federal government to enact rules and develop policies that impact the nation with nearly the force of law, and are done without congressional oversight. IOW, the court might finally decide that outsourcing the government to un-elected and un-answerable faceless minions is not allowed, as such duties are the sole dominion and duty of Congress.

God I hope so; it would be about high time.

Katana Action Jackson what’s her name, the pro-pedophile AA gender appointee, takes his position in the next session. Assuming the Fauci Flu doesn’t get her between now and then. Fingers crossed.


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Fauci has the Fauci Flu “again” and is doing much worse this time. Even after taking the worthless treatment Paxlovid.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/anthony-fauci-says-that-hes-experienced-a-rebound-in-covid-symptoms-after-paxlovid-course/ar-AAYYDG0


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Pedophile pervert sex abuser rapper R. Kelly, 55, gets 30 years behind bars.

Good. Only took them THIRTY YEARS to put this scumbag away.


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Gosh, what a coincidental accident!!

California AG “accidentally” puts up website that doxxed personal info of nearly 4000 legal gun owners

https://www.infowars.com/posts/california-attorney-general-leaks-massive-trove-of-gun-owners-private-information/

Surely this can’t be at all related to the recent SCOTUS decision.


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June 28, 2022


OMG SCOTUS finds in favor of God!

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution, a decision that opponents said would open the door to “much more coercive prayer” in public schools.

The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. The case was the latest in a line of rulings for religious plaintiffs.

The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices. The liberal justices in the minority said there was evidence that Bremerton (Washington) High School Coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers at the 50-yard-line had a coercive effect on students and allowed him to incorporate his “personal religious beliefs into a school event.”

Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the decision “sets us further down a perilous path in forcing states to entangle themselves with religion.”

But the justices in the majority emphasized that the coach’s prayers came after the games were over and at a time when he wasn’t responsible for students and was free to do other things.



Hey Sonya, you mean this perilous path?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.



Horry Clap, considering this wise Latina is on the Supreme Court, she sure is a dumbass sack of crap with the constitutional knowledge of a earthworm.

And do you really have to guess who the 3 dissenters were?


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OMG2 are we seeing a slight return to sanity, even in deep blue New York?

NY Supreme Court: Only residents who are citizens may vote. AOC flips out!!

The New York State Supreme Court overruled Dem lawmakers and ruled that non-citizens can’t vote in local elections. The New York City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December.

It became law in January. The law [ allowed ] non-citizen legal residents, including those with green cards, to vote in municipal elections starting in 2023 but not in federal elections. Republican lawmakers quickly filed suit in Staten Island Supreme Court to block the measure and keep the voter rolls to only citizens.

City Council minority leader Joseph Borelli said: “Today’s decision validates those of us who can read the plain English words of our state constitution and state statutes: Noncitizen voting in New York is illegal, and shame on those who thought they could skirt the law for political gain.

“Opposition to this measure was bipartisan and cut across countless neighborhood and ethnic lines, yet progressives chose to ignore both our constitution and public sentiment in order to suit their aims.

“I commend the court in recognizing reality and reminding New York’s professional protestor class that the rule of law matters.”



Yet another instance of the lunatic left ignoring the rules to push their destructive anarcho-Marxist agenda.

How can you not understand that voting is the exclusive right of actual citizens? Oh wait, they do understand, they just don’t want to follow the rules. Kind of like that pesky Natural Born Citizen thing in the Constitution, which if followed would have denied Obama and Harris for running for office.



Relaxation with a bit of class

We watched the 2019 Downton Abbey movie last night, the one where the King and Queen come for a visit and the staff stage a subtle insurrection.

Tonight we’ll watch the 2022 Downton Abbey movie, where we learned that grandmama had a bit of a fling once upon a time, which caused her to inherit a villa in France many years later.

We washed down the watching with a couple proper perfect martinis, as I was finally able to score some Noilly Prat vermouth yesterday. There hasn’t been any around for over 2 years. Supply chain issues with France being resolved finally? One can hope. While it often costs less than the other vermouths, Noilly is simply the best. Sadly, I could only get a bottle of the extra dry, which is still very good, but the original dry is slightly better. Absolutely superb gently poured over oysters on the half shell, with some over ice in a glass with an orange twist.

A proper martini is made with gin. A perfect martini is served as cold as possible ... the gin, either Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire, lives in the freezer ... the Noilly Prat dry vermouth lives in the fridge ... glasses and cocktail shaker go in the freezer an hour beforehand ... ice made from quality spring water ... fresh queen size Manzanilla olives ... perhaps a dash or two of orange bitters or a twist of lemon peel if you like. The classic recipe is a 3:1 ratio of gin to vermouth, but this was developed when the available gin and vermouth were both low quality Prohibition-era stuff. A far drier ratio is 6:1 or even 12:1, which show case the botanicals in the gin you use.  But let’s face it, even the best martini is just a fancy rationalization to pretend you aren’t doing shots of straight grain alcohol.

Hendricks gin is outstanding when infused with some cucumber slices for a couple hours, either in a martini or a gin and tonic. And the tonic is the real stuff from Fever Tree.

Ah, it’s good to have a bit of class now and again and live the high-end life. For a couple hours.


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June 27, 2022


Project Update

Ok, we now have a bathroom faucet. Got a nice looking brushed nickel pump spout kind, in a modern squared off style. So the transitional/modern look is still working. It will be delivered in a couple days. And the Lowe’s Big Project discount plan is better than the HD plan; we get 5% off on everything we buy, whether it’s on sale or not. Every penny counts.


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I’m going to get over to the building permit office before they open at 8am Wednesday. Because I know the plumbing code guy Duane shows up there that morning. And I want a 100% definitive answer on this damn washing machine drain pan & drain line question, as it impacts EVERYTHING we want to do. Worst case, it’s a necessity (even though a drain pan & line isn’t in any of the plumbing codes or residential codes anywhere!), then we can’t do it, and our kitchen reno becomes simpler and far less expensive, and frankly, pretty but pretty sucky. Moving the laundry upstairs lets us rearrange everything in the kitchen, swap out a couple walls, add tons of cabinets, alcove off the fridge for a built in look, and lets me put a big ass hood over the stove which gets moved out of the damn corner and into a place where I can work.

And we have to have an absolute answer. I get Y/N from HIC guys I talk to, so who knows? But the code inspector ... his word is effectively law.


And this is how I’ve spent most of today ... looking at more than 400 faucets online, choosing more than 70, then giving it over to her to narrow it down to half a dozen, then pleasantly debating the +/- of each one. And the Fresca Fortore wins.


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June 26, 2022


Addendum To SCOTUS CCW Decision

I would like to point out the underlying reality behind SCOTUS’ concealed carry ruling the other day.

What it did was to throw out NY’s 1911 Sullivan Act. What’s the Sullivan Act?

No matter how little you know about government corruption, it’s a guarantee you’ve heard of Tammany Hall, which was the government of New York City in the very early years of the 20th Century. Boss Tweed? Yeah, you’ve heard that name too. The government ran the criminal gangs that they used both as a source of income ("10% for the Big Guy” sound familiar?) and as violent enforcers to make sure there was no opposition to whatever they wanted to do.

So in comes Sullivan, “doing something” to pacify the upset elites, while actually making things worse. That approach sounds awfully familiar doesn’t it?

Oh, BTW, Timothy Sullivan was in the late stages of syphilis at this time. Just a year or so later he would be committed to a mental institution, but he later escaped and wound up dead, cut in half on some train tracks.

The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.

In 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.

This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.

Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as shtarkers (sluggers), enforcing discipline at the polls and intimidating the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal “sheriffs,” keeping their turf under Tammany control.

The Tammany Tiger needed to rein in the gangs without completely crippling them. Enter Big Tim with the perfect solution: Ostensibly disarm the gangs — and ordinary citizens, too — while still keeping them on the streets.

In fact, he gave the game away during the debate on the bill, which flew through Albany: “I want to make it so the young thugs in my district will get three years for carrying dangerous weapons instead of getting a sentence in the electric chair a year from now.”

Sullivan knew the gangs would flout the law, but appearances were more important than results. Young toughs took to sewing the pockets of their coats shut, so that cops couldn’t plant firearms on them, and many gangsters stashed their weapons inside their girlfriends’ “bird cages” — wire-mesh fashion contraptions around which women would wind their hair.

Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, were disarmed, which solved another problem: Gangsters had been bitterly complaining to Tammany that their victims sometimes shot back at them.

So gang violence didn’t drop under the Sullivan Act — and really took off after the passage of Prohibition in 1920. Spectacular gangland rubouts — like the 1932 machine-gunning of “Mad Dog” Coll in a drugstore phone booth on 23rd Street — became the norm.



So NYC’s first gun control act was a sham bit of virtue signalling pushed by a crooked political gangster boss who was pretty much insane by then from a sexually transmitted disease.



And it only took the Supreme Court 111 years to see through this BS.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/23/ny-gun-law-shot-down-by-scotus-spurred-by-rise-in-gunplay-in-1911/


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June 25, 2022


And In The News ...

Watching the turbo stupid reactions to the latest two Supreme Court Rulings.

• The uproar of the CCW decision, finding that New York has been playing dirty for over 100 years. No kidding. But the media and the commie politicians are acting like this is the worst thing ever and it’s the end of the world, and the whole country will become “The Wild West” with shootings going on everywehere.

Um, got news for you stupid people.

Nearly half the country, 24 out of 50 states are already permitless constitutional carry. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. Without a permit. These states have not devolved into raging gun battle zones on every street corner. Several more states are considering becoming constitutional carry. Vermont has been this way since it became a state. Which was also when they outlawed slavery.

Nearly ALL the country, 43 out of 50 states, are Shall Issue states. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. So there are 19 states (43-24) that issue CCW permits. Some require training classes.

Most of these 43 states recognize a large degree of reciprocity between other similar states. Which means you can take your gun in your pocket from one state to another without a problem.

Only 7 states have this now unconstitutional “proof of need” nonsense, and ALL of them have been run by leftists for generations. All of them are high crime areas, especially their major cities, in which the criminals (the majority of which are minorities) go about armed at all times, laws be damned.

So what this decision does is “level the playing field”, giving the law abiding citizens of those 7 states the chance to defend themselves against the armed and violent criminal masses that they live amongst. Sounds like “common sense” to me.



• The uproar of the abortion decision, finally finding that the Roe v Wade decision of 50 years ago was a crock of crap based on smoke and mirrors and feelings. And it’s now Double The End Of The World, although anyone with a brain cell has seen this coming for years, and everyone knew it was about to hit when the papers were leaked a few months ago.

Penumbras and Emanations aside, this is a 10th Amendment issue, and has always been one. State’s Rights. It is not, and never was a constitutional right.

So, what’s the upshot? 

Mainly, that the federal government is no longer on the hook to pay for the abortions of minority women who use it as a form of birth control. Gee, too bad. They’ll just have to practice abstinence, or use one of the many forms of birth control, just like everyone else. And pay for it themselves, just like everyone else.

I can triple chrome plated guarantee that abortion will not become illegal or unavailable in any urban ghetto area. Period, full stop.

And any state legislation with half a brain cell - gosh I hope we have one or two of those - will, instead of reviving dusty laws from 120 years ago that have been gathering cobwebs since 1972 - will write up some kind of bill and let their citizens vote on it. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE; their bodies, their choice. I’d put this on the ballot every 3 to 5 years. I’ve written about this idea before. Maybe the focus needs to go below the state level, down to the county or city level.  Once again, I absolutely guarantee that there will be legal abortion available in every major and even minor urban area, and in every college town in the country. But it won’t be paid for by the federal government for special people any longer. Let the states decide if they want to fund that car on the gibbs gravy train.


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Bowling Blogging!

I don’t know why I bother for Summer League. We have fun, but we suck. We do have the highest total scratch pins though, but the situation is geared against us. We went 2-5 again, so we’re back in last place. Summer League is a loss leader, a “give ‘em a taste and they’ll want more” gambit, built so that the beginners always win, and then sign up for winter league where they’ll have their asses handed to them until they get better.


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Project Update

We’re starting to fill up the garage with the bits and pieces we’ll need. We haven’t bought much of anything yet, but we have found some pretty good deals.  We found a bathtub, but then found a lot of confusion around it. This particular model has a dozen or so sub-models, depending on the width, length, height, color, and which end you want the drain hole on. And there has been an odd variation in the prices; often with the left drain version costing a couple hundred more than the right drain version, or the same tub priced much higher at Lowe’s or Home Despot. So we got lucky and found the one we want for $200 less at HD this time, and ordered it. No delivery available, but the store isn’t far away, so off we went.

Got there, and of course had to look at flooring and tiles first. Another nice brand of flooring HD carries exists only online. Screw that; by the time the samples get here the sale will be over, and if an LVP brand doesn’t carry the full kit of edge trims, don’t waste your time. Next!

So looking at the tile display, and of course she gravitates to the fancy stuff, which is around $13-18 per square foot. And that’s the discount HD price; a nearly identical bit of tile from the fancy tile shops costs at least 3 times as much. But while dreaming, we found a cart piled up with boxes of tile marked down for quick sale. So we looked, and we liked, and the price was right. The same brand same style tile in other colors in $12.99/sqft. This one, a grey hexagon style, had been reduced 50% to $6.50/sgft. Then the stuff on the cart was marked down to $3.50. So we bought all of it, which is more than enough to do the bathroom floor. Matching baseboard trim tiles were marked down a similar amount, to a cart price of $2.50 each. So we snagged a box of those too. But when we got to the checkout, the girl used her scanner and entered the SKUs, and the price came up 89 cents. Hey, the computer is always right, right? So we got $13/sqft tile for 89¢/sqft. Score!!

$57 for the entire floor, instead of $750. And then we loaded up her SUV and got the heck out of there before somebody changed their digital minds.


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June 21, 2022


Hello BMEWS my old friend, I’ve come to post on you again.

Not a whole lot happening here. I got the letter from the contractor that the bathroom wall isn’t load bearing, so I forwarded that to the condo association. When they approve that, they’ll write me a letter that the work we want to do is OK by them, and I can give that to the building permit people.

Meanwhile we have a tub showing up in a few days. And we’ve found the toilet we want to get, and if I take a drive over to Somerset 30 miles away and pick it up from the warehouse, I can get it for half price. Worth it!!

OK.  So her sister was here for a couple days whipping our butts into action to get this place cleaned up and thinned out. We made a lot of progress but aren’t done yet.

I’ve got flooring samples coming, as there’s a light oak toned long SPC LVP we’re interested in. While cleaning up the garage - we found about half of it - I came across two spare floor tiles from the flooring the previous owner put in in 2007. It’s Armstrong, with a gigantic click-lock edge, and the stuff is made out of wood pulp. Sawdust. No underpad, and loud as all get out. Totally not waterproof either, as we found to our dismay a couple years ago.

So she’s working tonight, and took her wholesome dinner of salad and a couple hard boiled eggs. Bleh. So I made cornbread and a mess of blackened shrimp, extra spicy. Mmm, mmm, delici-mouse!

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Oh God, I just found out about RevoTile. It’s real tile, in whatever look you want, on click together waterproof plastic boards just like LVP. Put down an underlayment, snao the tile floor into place, and you’re left with perfect grout lines and the job is done in a jiffy. Grout lines are perfect, so just fill them in. Tired of your tile floor? It’s a floating floor, so just pull it up and put in something else.

Holy cow. I don’t want her to find out about this stuff. She’s already thinking about laminate or even hardwood flooring, as it turns out that at least part of the middle level is on plywood or particleboard sub-flooring. I can’t go through this aggravating and infinite process again, much less twice more.

https://www.flooringstores.com/blog/snap-together-tile-flooring/

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I’m following developments in the Uvalde shooting’s police response. Video has surfaced, along with recorded radio communications, that the cops were in the building, outside the door, heavily armed within a few minutes. And then THEY STOOD AROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR while children in the classroom just feet away were being murdered.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/06/21/texas-dps-officials-make-stunning-declarations-about-uvalde-police-response-to-school-shooting-n581888

Don’t just fire these worthless cowards. Hang them. But slowly. Tighten the ropes until they start to choke, half pull the trapdoor. And then leave them there for over an hour.


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See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2022 at 10:47 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 10, 2020

Still Here

No, nothing to blog about today, sorry.

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/10/2020 at 10:09 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 07, 2020

Ospreys are up, is Trump in town?

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

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

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

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

Let’s check ...

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

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

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

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

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



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/07/2020 at 11:45 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 04, 2020

TNB At Mansion Parties Across America

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

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

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

Wild pool party shut down by police at New Jersey mansion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/04/2020 at 10:37 AM   
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Just Mailing It In This Rainy Morning

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

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



Simple Solution?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Sunday - August 02, 2020

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

AirBnB To Restrict Party House Rentals In NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Far be it for me to mention how certain types were prominent at nearly all of these events. Although if you read the stories carefully and ignore the “representational” picture in the above story ...

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/42415924/police-called-to-break-up-massive-mansion-party-with-over-700-in-attendance
“The party was reportedly held as a celebration of Liberian Independence Day and featured free food and alcohol and a twerking contest.”

https://patch.com/new-jersey/brick/2-arrests-officer-hurt-after-400-show-house-party-brick
“Darius Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn, has been charged with two counts of assault by auto, eluding, obstruction and possession of marijuana”

https://patch.com/new-jersey/brick/3-charged-after-party-airbnb-rental-draws-700-jackson-police
“Yaakov Weiss, 40, of Jackson, who owns the home, and Patience Guanue, 23, and Alicia Hinneh, 22, both of Newark, were issued summonses for violating the governor’s executive order limiting gatherings to 500 people or fewer “
“The party was advertised on Instagram as a “mansion party,” and included free food and alcohol”
“It took all of Jackson’s on-duty police officers, along with help from the Freehold, Howell and Lakewood police departments, New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, to clear the crowd”


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calendar   Saturday - August 01, 2020

NHL Stands Together

Nobody Kneels. Nobody.

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

Not one single player kneeled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2020

another downpour

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

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


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calendar   Wednesday - July 22, 2020

Birthday booze

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Monday - July 20, 2020

sap be gone

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

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


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calendar   Saturday - July 18, 2020

still here, just busy

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


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calendar   Thursday - July 16, 2020

Yesterday’s News Today!!

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



Bits And Pieces


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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calendar   Monday - July 06, 2020

Fiat Lux

A Less Than Bright Idea?

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

Aw crooop, what have I done?

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Wednesday - July 01, 2020

Speed Blogging

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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