Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Thursday - April 25, 2019

The One, The Only



On Being A Bigger Jerk

Spring is sort of in the air, and that means more time spent outside with the gas grill. And that means jerk chicken.

We like it hot, and tangy. While there is nothing at all wrong with the Walkers Wood hot jerk marinade, or the Bush Browne marinade, or the fiery Neera’s Jerk paste, all of them can be improved. I extend the marinades by mixing in some olive oil, then a nice squirt of lime juice, and a small splash of dark rum. I think this makes for a hotter, more tropical flavor. I have the powdered versions of these, so I often add some of that too. None of these are the table sauce variants; they’re the full power marinades. Spread it on, work it in, let it sit at least 6 hours in the fridge. Indirectly grill them up with some sweet smoke if you want. Yumm. And hot!!



The New Republicans

Pop star Cher defended herself from attacks on social media Tuesday in a series of now-deleted tweets after she was criticized for questioning Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) plan to let felons and terrorists vote.


This post comes in response to a social media user who criticized Cher for panning the idea of letting felons vote.

Criticized? They should award her a gold star. People in jail don’t vote. Period. Losing that right is part of their punishment. And once they’re out of jail, some may never get that right back. Because they have shown themselves to be strongly antithetical to what our country is all about.

Now, whether some states want to give them another try, and let them vote after their sentence and parole is over and they’ve lived crime-free for a bit, that’s up to them. Actually, I’m in favor of that, at least for first time parolees. But perhaps not for those who have served 10 years or more. There needs to be a line in the sand somewhere.

And Bernie Sanders’ plan is just plain stupid pandering.

During Bernie Sanders’ town hall Monday, he reiterated his belief that felons need to be able to vote, even terrorists.

“[I] think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy…Yes, even for terrible people because once you start chipping away — you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, we’re not going to let him vote,’ or ‘that person did that,’ you’re running down a slippery slope,” he said.

Well, he is right. The slippery slope is the level of punishment for the crime. And at the bottom of the hill is a noose and a trapdoor.

Funny, I don’t hear Bernie calling for the “Lautenberg Amendment” to be overturned. That one is a real slippery slope situation, a grossly excess punishment for a misdemeanor. Either make domestic abuse a major felony, or dump the Lautenberg. I don’t care what any judge has said; this one is totally unconstitutional in several ways.




Measles measles everywhere, and not a spot to shrink

Sacramento County: First 2 Measles Cases Since 2012


The national tally, so far this year

Two Sacramento County children from the same family were diagnosed with measles Tuesday – the first confirmed cases in the county in seven years, according to the Sacramento County Public Health Department.

The children were not vaccinated and are at home recovering, according to county spokeswoman Brenda Bongiorno. Anyone potentially exposed to the deadly virus was notified, Bongiorno said, though she could not specify how many were notified.

The county learned of the suspected measles cases Friday, and concluded after “a full investigation was done” that there was minimal exposure to the public, Bongiorno said.

The family had recently traveled internationally, which may be tied to how the children were exposed, Bongiorno said. She could not confirm where the family had visited for “health information confidentiality.”


The last confirmed Sacramento County measles cases were in 2012, also related to international travel, Bongiorno said.

Several measles cases have recently cropped up in Northern California: Last month, an unvaccinated Calaveras County girl and three Placer County family members were diagnosed with measles. A man in visiting a Redding movie theater last week became Shasta County’s third reported case of measles.

And Butte County is home to one of the six measles outbreaks (three or more cases in a jurisdiction) across the country, with a total of 10 cases.

And yesterday it was measles at Indiana University.

If not else comes from this, it should really make people aware of just how vulnerable our mobile population is to disease vectors. Bio-terrorism. And maybe, just maybe, the immigration folks and the travel people will get together and stipulate inoculations and proof thereof for people traveling back and forth to other countries. List of shots and dates right in your passport. Which implies we’d have to open Ellis Island again, and 5 dozen other places just like it. That’s what the place was for; to park the immigrants for a bit so that all the maladies they had would present, and either kill them or cure them. Because our citizens are more important to us than a bunch of foreigners.



Let’s drop this meme before it becomes set in concrete. This isn’t revenge and thus somehow the fault of the West. This is what pisslam does. Remember Aesop’s tale of the scorpion and the frog?

ISIS: Yeah, We Did Sri Lanka Bombings

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand.
The claim, issued through the group’s AMAQ news agency, was made after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups with suspected links to foreign militants were suspected to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels. About 500 people were also wounded in the bombings.
Wijewardene said investigators believed revenge for the March 15 killing of 50 people at two mosques during Friday prayers in the New Zealand city of Christchurch was the motive.

“The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack,” he said.

He did not elaborate on why authorities believed there was a link to the New Zealand bloodshed, unleashed by a lone gunman.

They will use anything as an excuse, so let’s not just hand them out like free candy. Next time, say it’s because of the Mueller report. And watch them pick it up. Goat fuckers.

And that makes Monday’s projectionist report from Al Jazeera even more fake news. Islamaphobia!!! Islamaphobia!!!

( of course, I agree. The better term is “islamisia”; islam + -misia, the hatred of something. I don’t fear them, I hate them.



Another Chinese Caught Stealing US Tech

A former GE engineer has been charged with stealing trade secrets about its electricity-generating turbines for the Chinese government while working at the manufacturer’s troubled power division.

Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, of Niskayuna, N.Y., faces six counts of economic espionage and five counts of trade-secrets theft in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albany, N.Y.

Prosecutors said Zheng took advantage of his access to General Electric files to send design models, engineering drawings, and material specifications for gas and steam turbine components to his Chinese partner, 47-year-old Zhaoxi Zhang of Liaoni, who faces two counts of trade-secret theft along with other charges.

The charges underscore U.S. concerns about Chinese intellectual property theft that are at the heart of a trade battle between Washington and Beijing.

That’s the big problem with China. They steal, they cheat, they cut corners and have the worst quality control on purpose.

Tell me again why we do business with them? Oh right, because it keeps our country clean; all the pollution is now in their backyard.


Your Daily Jizzlamic Bullshit Rationalization Excuse From The Dhimmi Media

Sri Lanka Bombings Were Revenge For NZ Mosque Attack

Really? Well in that case nuking Mecca, Medina, Tehran, and Jakarta into glowing craters is a valid revenge for 9/11 and the 1972 Olympics

Sri Lankan’s defense minister on Tuesday said a ‘preliminary investigation’ indicated that the Easter Sunday church bombings by a radical Islamist group were retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attacks last month.

Ruwan Wijewardene, a junior minister for defense, cited a preliminary investigation and said the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that resulted in 321 deaths and more than 500 injuries, was revenge for the “attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Reuters reported.

The Associated Press said he made the comment without citing evidence or explaining where the information came from.

Last month, a heavily-armed shooter mowed down Muslim worshippers during a Friday prayer, massacring 49 people in two New Zealand mosques on March 15 while broadcasting a horrific live stream of the terror attack.

Sri Lanka’s leaders wrangled the aftermath of an apparent homegrown militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday and the military was employing powers to make arrests it last used when the devastating civil war ended in 2009.

Faith leaders cited by AP said the suspected leader of the little-known militant group—National Thowfeek Jamaath—began posting videos online three years calling for non-Muslims to be “eliminated.” The bombers were all Sri Lankan, but authorities said international ties were suspected.

“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, according to Reuters. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

I wish the pussified world would stop making excuses for jihad, as if we deserve their retribution. And I wish they would stop the Small Picture worldview thing. It’s all connected, all across the world. There may or may not be a central voice that gives the orders, but there is one hell of a discussion network, a supply chain, and a funding pipeline. It’s a gigantic octopus, and the West ignores it and downplays it at our peril.

And stop fooling yourself with this “radical islam” nonsense. A radical muslim wants to kill you. A moderate muslim wants a radical muslim to kill you. Big diff? Not really. So wake up and smell the cous-cous.



Wow, home run.

On Passover, thoughts on slavery, ancient and modern

The worst slavery is of the most insidious kind. It leaves the slave able to think and act, but not as a free man. It leaves him with cunning, but not courage. He is able to use force, but only to bring other slaves into line. And most hideously, this state of affairs seems moral and natural to him. This is his freedom.
The Exodus is not the story of the emergence of free men who were enslaved, but the slow painful process by which slaves became a nation of free men, a long troubled journey which has not yet ended. That is why we celebrate Passover, not as an event of the past, but as of a road that we still travel, a long journey from slavery to freedom.
There are far too many synagogues that worship the Democratic Party, rather than G-d, that bow to the ghost of FDR, the glittering echoes of Harry, Adlai and John, and the great golden statue of Hope and Change squatting obscenely over it all. And in Jerusalem far too many eyes look longingly to Washington and to Brussels, to the cities on the hill which offer order, truth and peace.

It is easy to slip into this kind of slavery.
The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation. The system only asks that each man enslave himself and kill his own children. And once he has done that, he will only feel it right to demand that everyone else do likewise.

Go read the whole thing at Sultan Knish.


Oops I did it again


The batons I made for Easter dinner got gavoned up in a snap. So I made another batch today, using the bannetons instead. This time I paid strict attention to the volume of the rise, not the clock. This is hybrid dough, so it has a double dose of yeast, which means it rises like a rocket. These loaves were bulk fermented and then proofed just about right. I’ve got a moderate open crumb, a nice tall loaf, decent gringe, and a crisp crust that could almost stop a hatchet. Inside the texture is soft and slightly firm, not at all gummy. The flavor is a little bit milder than yesterday’s bread because I used a lot of starter and had to feed it last night. That cuts the acid level somewhat. If I put the starter back in the fridge for a week it will be super potent once again.

The dough got 2 minutes of low speed kneading in the stand mixer, then 5 minutes of high speed kneading. Slap slap slap slap. When the bulk ferment was done and I’d portioned the dough, each loaf got a few more stretch and fold turns before going into the bannetons. The moisture level was just right today, so I hardly even had to dust the countertop with flour to turn out the dough.

All in all, I’m chalking this up in the WIN column.



Happy Easter !!

May you have a wonderful and joyous day as you embrace the miracle.



Bunny Lore link

Yup, they’ll even mess up the Easter Bunny. Feral animals.


OK. The dough is also risen. Well, it’s on the way. I made up a nice kilo of hybrid bread, and it’s just started the bulk ferment. Not sure how I’m going to form the loaves yet. Maybe a baton and boule? Two batons? Or a banneton loaf and a baton? We’ll see. Anyway, it looks good right now, and plenty of kneading has made the dough super smooth. There’s plenty of sourdough starter in it for flavor, and a full measure of my super yeast, so it should rise up fast. It’s in the proofer, set to 83°F for half an hour, then I’ll turn it down to 80°F for another hour. Hand knead things a bit more, shape the loaves and let them come back for another hour. This will give me plenty of time to get things cleaned up, and to have some yummy Easter candy for breakfast. OK, I’ll probably make some eggs and sausages too.

100gm whole wheat flour
400gm bread flour
200gm fed sourdough starter
15gm salt
7gm active yeast
1 tbl white sugar
350gm warm water (100°F)

In a medium bowl, add the dry yeast to the starter and then add the warm water. Stir until the starter dissolves.
Whisk together the flours and the salt in your big mixing bowl.
Mix it all up in a stand mixer using the bread hook. Let it sit 15 minutes, then knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Let it rise 90 minutes in a warm place, then knead it a dozen or so turns, then cut the dough and preform the loaves. Fold and stretch the dough by hand to try to get as much surface tension as possible. Support the loaves in a banneton, a greased bowl, a couche, whatever and let them rise another hour.
Score the loaves just before going in the oven. Bake in a 450°F oven, using steam if you can for the first 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 425°F and bake another 10 - 25 minutes, checking on them every 5 minutes.


It’s time for a global crusade. Not just a victory, but an absolute purge. These people can not and will not coexist with anyone. And if you doubt for a millisecond that this isn’t global jihad in action, then you are a benighted fool.

207 Dead [ now 321 ] In 6+ Suicide Bombings In Sri Lanka, Churches And Hotels

More than 207 people died and hundreds more injured after six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday. They were followed hours later by two more blasts.

A spokesperson for the Sri Lanka police said 207 people died and 450 injured in the series of blasts – marking the bloodshed as among the worst since the South Asian country’s 26-year civil war ended a decade ago.

Multiple fatalities – including nearly a dozen foreigners – resulted among worshipers and hotel guests. With a curfew imposed, police conducted a search operation on the outskirts of Colombo, where that the latest of eight blasts took place.

Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena, who described the attacks as a terrorist incident and blamed religious extremists, said Sunday evening that seven suspects have been arrested. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in the country and its economy.

The first explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time, with the deadliest appearing to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo. Other attacks occurred at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa. The three hotels – the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel – all in Colombo are frequented by foreign tourists.

The other two blasts occurred in Dematagoda, where the occupants of a safehouse apparently detonated explosives to prevent arrest.

An official told the Associated Press that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s blasts.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in part early Sunday. “We stand ready to help!”

I wonder if Fwance is still trying to pretend that the Notre Dame blaze was an accident? Or the one at Saint-Sulpice a month before that? Or the roughly two churches per day that get burned or vandalized there? And in the rest of Europe?

This is all out war being waged against Christianity, all around the world wherever there are muzzies. And perhaps with the assistance of their godless commie allies the insane Left.

A manager at the Cinnamon Grand said the attacker there set off the explosion when the restaurant was full, after queuing for the breakfast buffet.

The terrorist checked in under a false address and name - Mohamed Azzam Mohamed - saying he was in Colombo on business, and was just about to be served when he set off the explosives strapped to his back.

The manager said: “There was utter chaos. It was 8.30am and it was busy. It was families.”

When the Hell are people going to wake up, put their foot down, and drop the hammer?

UPDATE: The war is not just against Christians. That’s obvious, but often overlooked. We “people of the book” are in this together.

Arson And Desecration At Largest Russian Yeshiva On Passover

World Zionist Organization (WZO) Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel responded to the arson fire set at Moscow’s Torat Chaim yeshiva during a Passover Seder on Friday. According to the Interfax news agency, the fire was set in a storage area for kosher meat and swastikas were drawn at the yeshiva’s entrance.

“The anti-Semitic arsonists do not want to allow Diaspora Jews true freedom,” Hagoel said. “This serious incident at the Torat Chaim yeshiva in Russia’s capital is another red light in the righteous fight in the war against anti-Semitism and terror in Europe.”

“I call on Russia’s President Putin, a true friend of the State of Israel, to help and protect the Jews in his country, so that they are able, specifically, to proudly fulfill the holiday’s commandments, and in general are able to fulfill the other commandments without fear.

“I support the Jewish community in Moscow and hope they will be able to continue their work faithfully, without fearing such instances. I wish them a happy and kosher Passover holiday.”

No one was injured in the blaze.


Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth

She’s 93 today, and has been the longest reigning monarch in English history.

She ascended the throne February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, although the formal coronation was not until June 2, 1953, the same day that the news that Sir Edmund Hillary had conquered Mount Everest on May 29 reached the world.



French Yellow Vests: Don’t Spend Money Repairing Notre Dame! Give the money to us poor!!!

Seriously? This is exactly what the blacks were saying in the 60s during the Space Program.

There will always be more poor. There is only one moon, and there is only one Notre Dame.

French yellow vest protesters set fires Saturday along a march through Paris to drive home their message to a government they believe is ignoring the poor: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem France needs to solve.

Like the high-visibility vests the protesters wear, the scattered small fires in Paris appeared to be a collective plea to French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to “look at me — I need help too!”

Police fired water cannon and sprayed tear gas to try to control radical elements rampaging on the margins of the largely peaceful march, one of several actions around Paris and other French cities.

The protests marked the 23rd straight weekend of yellow vest actions against Macron’s centrist government, which they see as favoring the wealthy and big business. Protesters view themselves as standing up for beleaguered French workers , students and retirees who have been battered by high unemployment, high taxes and shrinking purchasing power.

But violence and divisions have marred the movement. Associated Press reporters saw a car, motorbikes and barricades set ablaze around the Place de la Republique plaza in eastern Paris. The smell of tear gas mixed with the smoke, choking the air.

Paris firefighters — who struggled earlier this week to prevent the 12th-century Notre Dame from collapsing — quickly responded to extinguish the flames at Saturday’s protest.

Masked protesters hurled paving stones and flares. Helmeted riot police repeatedly charged as they tried to contain the crowd. AP reporters saw at least two journalists injured in the melee. Troublemakers also ransacked at least two stores and one black-clad protester jumped on a parked Mercedes, smashing its windshields.

Paris police said authorities detained more than 200 people by early afternoon and carried out spot checks on more than 20,000 trying to enter the capital for the protest.

The violence contrasted sharply with the peaceful atmosphere at another march through Paris, where demonstrators mourned the Notre Dame blaze while also keeping up the pressure on Macron. They tried to march to Notre Dame itself, but were stopped by police a few hundred meters (yards) away.

And there will always be those who use a situation like this for looting and wanton destruction. Always.


They must be doing something right. The media labels them as unlawful vigilante fascist white supremacist racists. And they arrested babies!!

In the middle of the night Tuesday, United Constitutional Patriots, an armed civilian group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border in the Sunland Park area, detained more than 300 migrants who illegally crossed the border.

The group, who claim they are at the border to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America,” is patrolling the desert near Sunland Park searching for migrants.

In a video livestreamed April 16 on Facebook by one of the United Constitutional Patriots’ members, the group is seen detaining a group of about 300 migrants, including children. The video starts in the middle of the incident with U.S. Border Patrol vehicle and agents already at the scene.

In the video, the member repeatedly says, “This is an invasion … and it is never, never ending” referring to the large number of Central American migrants crossing into the U.S. to seek asylum.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico disagrees with the group calling their actions, “unlawful.”

In a letter sent to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, ACLU officials request they “investigate an armed vigilante group currently engaged in the unlawful detention of hundreds of migrants near New Mexico’s southern border.”

The letter states, “an armed fascist militia organization describing itself as the United Constitutional Patriots arrested nearly three hundred people seeking safety in the United States, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico. Other videos appear to show arrests in the past few hours. The vigilante members of the organization, including Jim Benvie, who posted videos and photographs of the unlawful arrests to social media, are not police or law enforcement and they have no authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States.”

It continues, “Their actions undermine the legitimate efforts of our state’s law enforcement officials to keep New Mexico families safe and they erode community trust. The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law. This has no place in our state: we cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum. We urge you to immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct.”

What USA Today and nearly everyone always forgets, especially those in power, is that the police and the federal government do not have exclusivity here. They are merely acting as agents for the people. You can’t “take the law into your own hands” because it has never left your hands.

And the border patrol is overwhelmed. If tens or hundreds of thousands of armed citizens went down there to keep an eye on things, there would be a whole lot less illegals getting across. Just make sure you’ve got video recordings. So if (when) some of it goes to Hell and some beaners get shot, there will be video evidence that it was in self defense.

But the media is pulling out all the stops, using at least 6 derogatory names for these patriots. That tells me they’re doing the right thing.






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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

( source )

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


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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.


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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.


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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   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.



Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.

Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 10:09 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.

So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.

Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM   
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