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I may have to take at least a partial hiatus from this blog for awhile. I have to get my life in order. I spend too damn much time online. It’s an addiction that I have to beat. So if I don’t post much, or I don’t post often, you’ll know why.

I’m prone to verbosity and excessive research. The “assault rifles” post I did yesterday took me 4 hours. 4 hours of reading, learning, linking, thinking ... and a bit of writing, formatting, and graphics editing. I can’t do this. It eats up my entire life. I have to find me again. Sorry. No, not sorry.

My “living vicariously” foray into software testing for that bunch in Holland is over. I hadn’t heard from my contact there in nearly 2 weeks. When I finally did get an FB message from him, it was “I have a new job”. Hey, thanks for letting me know. So that’s over. I need to focus on doing things for me. I’m worth it.

See you soon I hope, but not as often or for as long. Thank God for bowling league. As pathetic and disappointing as it may be, it’s about my only regular actual human contact. I have to do better than that. I have to.



Oh what’s the point at this point?

High Capacity High Rate Of Fire Assault Rifles Existed Long Before Our Constitution


Tipu Sultan’s 21 shot rifle, captured in 1799

imageI ran across an article about fairly ancient Indian military treasure being found in an attic in and English house. This was some Johnny-come-lately blog post; the original article was months ago. Part of that stash, already sold at auction for a big amount, was the Tipu Sultan’s personal rifle, a 21 shot repeating flintlock that he was using when he was killed in battle against the Duke of Wellington. In 1799. Several other similar weapons had been collected after that battle and now live in museums.

So I thought, hmm, repeating rifles in military use by the end of the 18th Century. How rare, uncommon, or unknown were these things?  And it turns out, not that unknown at all. These particular weapons were based on the Lorenzoni or Chelembron designs which had existed for some time. Storage tubes somewhere in the guns held a supply of bullets and powder, and a rotating breechblock dispenser could be spun by hand to pick up a new load, prime the pan, and cock the rifle. And they worked fairly well, although they were each made precisely by hand. Some of them were quite ornate, like this one owned by the king of France, Louis XV, which is still in perfect working order.

So how about that? “Assault rifles” dating back to around the time of the Second Amendment. But hey, this was in far off India, or France, so maybe our Founding Fathers had never heard of them. Yeah, maybe. Maybe not.

So I looked around a bit more, and came across a gun called the Kalthoff repeater. This was a different design, utilizing a pump type action. It could fire 20 shots a minute or more; some of them were built to hold 30 rounds. They are older than the flintlock ignition system. The first one were built using the older wheel lock mechanism. In the 1600s. Around the time of our Pilgrims. Yes, hand made and expensive, but reliable enough to be issued by the hundreds to the Royal Footguards of Denmark and used at the siege of Copenhagen ... in 1658.

So the anti-gun belief that the 2A is only about single shot muskets is garbage. Repeating “high capacity” military grade firearms with a great rate of fire had been around a long time and were not at all unknown. Uncommon, expensive, but a proven technology.

Heck, Lewis and Clark carried assault air rifles on their expedition just 4 years after our Constitution and Bill of Rights was ratified. These were not BB guns. They were powerful enough to hunt large game with. Those things not only had a 20 shot capacity, they were relatively silent. And smokeless! A one off oddity? No, those air rifles had been military issue in Austria in 1780. 11 years before our 2A was written.

It gets better. The Belton Flintlock was a burst fire weapon - almost a machine gun - that the inventor tried to sell to the Contintal Congress in 1777. A machine gun. In 1777. Isaiah Jennings built a 12 shot repeating flintlock. Not to mention all the multiple barreled guns with anywhere from 2 to 5 barrels, like the pepperbox revolver, which dates back to the early Renaissance, a few years after Columbus. The originals using the matchlock mechanism, which is pretty much a smouldering bit of string on a lever. In other words, the multiple shot gun design is older than springs.

So it’s a bogus argument, and always has been.

Just for fun:


The modern RCBS gunpowder measure uses the same kind of rotating breechblock mechanism as the Lorenzoni rifle


Another super rich Left Coast pervert Dem arrested. At this point it’s just a safe assumption that all these people are sadistic freaks.

Dem Mega Donor Ed Buck Busted After THIRD Victim Of Forced Overdose At His House


LOS ANGELES – Ed Buck, the California Democratic megadonor, was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house after a third man reportedly suffered an overdose inside his West Hollywood home last week and survived.

Buck has faced public scrutiny after two black men died from overdoses 18 months apart inside his home. He was not charged in those cases.

Buck is due in court Wednesday to respond to three counts of battery and injecting the alleged third victim with methamphetamine on Sept. 11, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Prosecutors wrote in court papers obtained by the Times that Buck used his position of power to manipulate his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes.

“These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims,” the prosecutors wrote, according to the Times.

Wait ... this guy is super gay right? West Hollywood scene and all ... he lures black guys ( street junkies? ) back to his house and then injects them with drugs until they trip out and die? Holy cow, how depraved and RACIST is that??

And the deaths and overdoses have been going on for AT LEAST TWO YEARS and nobody did anything? Wow, our elite overlords really do live in a world above ours. The laws simply don’t apply to them.

In the most recent incident, Buck allegedly brought the man to his home earlier this month and injected him with methamphetamine. About a week later, the man returned to Buck’s home and was injected again and suffered an overdose, according to court documents obtained by KTLA.

Buck is accused of thwarting the man’s attempt to get help. The man fled the apartment and reportedly called for help from a nearby gas station. He survived but was treated at a hospital.

HFS. What a depraved sadist. And he’s Hillary’s bud.

UPDATE: OF COURSE, to get all the details and the pictures, you have to go to the foreign news sites. Pity Americans can’t read, have microscopic attention spans, and have to be shielded from the reality. “Fair, Balanced, and Unafraid” Fox News didn’t mention the suitcase full of dildos, or show the pictures of the two guys who died or the latest victom. Who are all Black.


Headlines that cause a double take

‘The Bachelorette’ Hannah B. had sex with Pete W. in windmill four times, says elimination was ‘really hard’

Well maybe you should have, you know, turned around?

You’re such a sicko Drew.

( yes, I did notice that this is anther clickbait article on Fox, 7 weeks old but pushed again today. The news sites are degenerate too; what isn’t lies is tabloid fodder.  Sad. )


Fan backlash yes, but will the backlash be enough?

Their brains are only mostly dead

Hollywood considering Princess Bride remake

Inconceivable! Rumour of The Princess Bride remake sends fans into pit of despair

Cary Elwes sums up reaction: ‘There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one’
Based on the 1973 novel by William Goldman, the original film wasn’t a box office hit when it debuted in 1987 but has since become beloved as a cult classic.

To do it over, many believe, would add insult to injury to a generation who have been smothered by remakes. Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo and The Dark Crystal – whose original was released four years before The Princess Bride – are among the latest examples of the film industry’s pitch for the nostalgia buck, a strategy which has mixed success.

So it’s possible. I’d expect the new version to be all Woke, PC, LGBQTXYZ, and with a heavy handed Green message.

Hollywood ruins everything.



Not just for Christmas, here’s an easy recipe even kids can make. Properly supervised kids, of course!

Mincemeat Bars

There’s no meat in mincemeat. It’s an almost-jelly of apples and raisins, with a little bit of orange zest. The jars are usually for sale around the holidays, but you can find it all year if you look. The famous brand Crosse & Blackwell sells a regular jar, and one flavored with brandy.

This is a Colonial era recipe, and can be made with brown sugar, although white sugar is called for. Any kind of molasses will do. If you use the old school dried mincemeat, you’ll have to figure out how to moisten it up ahead of time. Heck, I’ve made it with mincemeat 2 years out of code; the stuff is pickled, so it lasts nearly forever, but fresher is always better.

3/4c sugar
1/3c molasses
1 1/2c flour (180gm)
1 1/2 sticks of cold butter
2 cups oats (old fashioned preferred, but instant or Irish style steel cut oats work too)
1 tsp table salt
1 29 ounce glass jar of mincemeat
optional: 1/4c raisins
optional: 1/4 chopped walnuts or pecans

In a large mixing bowl, use a spoon to mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and oats. Pour on the molasses.
Cut the butter into cubes. I slice each half stick lengthwise into fourths, then cut those up into 4 of 5 bits. Pour the butter chunks into the bowl.
With clean dry hands and trimmed fingernails, mash it all together by hand. Grab fistfuls and squeeze, moving it all about until well mixed, about 5 minutes or until your hands get exhausted. You’ll have a big dark stiff ball. Squeeze it together and let it rest a little.

Grease up a 9x9 baking dish. Crisco, or spray Pam if you’re all modern. An 8x8 is too small, and a 9x13 is too large.

Divide the big ball in half. Set one half aside, leave one half in the mixing bowl. Dice it up into pea sized bit if you have a good pastry knife, or else use two dinner knives and use a criss-cross motion to slice the ball into smallish bits. This also helps mix in the butter.

Take the chopped mix and spread it around the bottom of the dish, pressing it flat and even. Dimple the bottom layer with your finger tips to put a bunch of dents in it.

Pour on the whole jar of mincemeat. Spread it around evenly.

Layer on the optional raisins and chopped nuts.

Chop up the rest of the oaty ball, and spread that on top. Get it even, then press it down. Don’t worry if a small amount of mincemeat goo comes to the surface.

Now go have a cup of coffee for a bit. Let the oats absorb the mincemeat moisture for a bit. Call it half an hour or a little less.

Start the oven, set it to 350° F.  When hot, put the dish on a center rack and bake it for 25 minutes, checking at 20. Take it out when it starts to brown, let cool completely. Your house now smells wonderful. Cut slices, and enjoy.

Sure, you could go all fancy and dust some powdered sugar on top. And you may find that these bars need to sit around for a day to dry up a bit more to your satisfaction, but they’ll never be as solid as Rice Krispie squares.


Sometimes the news is just pure bull.

Here, write your own naughty innuendo news story from this.

Fire sparks mass explosion of semen at cattle breeding centre

[ Gippsland, Victoria, Australia ] Thousands of dollars worth of bull semen has been destroyed after a cattle building exploded in fire early this morning.

Emergency services were called to Yarram Herd Services in Gippsland, Victoria, at about 3am where 100 cryogenic cylinders containing cattle semen exploded in the blaze.

It took 10 fire crews more than two hours to contain the fire at the building, which is a cattle breeding service.

OR you could just let Metro UK do it for you. I’m sure top journalists like theirs wait entire lifetimes for a story like this ...

Fire commander Chris Loeschenkohl described the fire as a unique challenge. He said: ‘The liquid inside the cylinders was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building.’ That led firefighters to go into defensive mode, beating off any substances heading their way or towards neighbouring buildings.


This Ain’t Puerto Rico

NEMA Teams With Carnival Cruise Line For Bahamas Relief

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The National Emergency Management Agency, along with Carnival Cruise Line took thousands of prepared lunches to the residents of Grand Bahama on Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019) during the lunchtime rush.

The prepared meals were distributed on the grounds of the old Portion Control Shopping Centre, which intersects two major highways. The meals, which were prepared by chefs aboard Carnival Cruise Line, were properly packed and handed out to any and all residents who stopped by for lunch.

Bottles of Acqua Panna Natural Spring water, a staple on most cruise lines, were given with each meal. Churches and local charities also stopped by to pack lunches to take to those individuals unable to make it to a feeding center.

The food distribution on the grounds of the old Portion Control Building was one of many around the island of Grand Bahama since the “All-Clear” was given for the island.  Carnival has made a commitment to deliver thousands of prepared meals each day until they feel the island is back to some level of normalcy. 

NEMA is working along with a number of charitable organizations to set up such food distribution centres throughout the island. The feeding program is one aspect of the restoration program by NEMA as Grand Bahama slowly recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian almost two weeks ago.


the Bahamas Press named this photo “thank you very much”

Hot meals delivered several times a day. American government and American business working together to save these people.

Meanwhile, the body count on Abaco has risen to over 3,000, mostly illegal Haitians. Corpses lie in piles, being eaten by dogs and rotting in the sun. Official government death count is still 53 citizens, even though it’s reported they just ordered several hundred body bags.



Ilhan Omar On 9/11: I’m The Victim Here

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said that she faced Islamophobia after the September 11 attacks during a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Host Margaret Brennan asked Omar about a 9/11 remembrance event that occurred last week, during which the family member of a victim got on stage and took issue with Omar’s previous description of 9/11 as “some people did something.”

“Do you understand why people found that offensive?” Brennan asked Omar about her language.

“I mean so, 9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us. And I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the, the families of 9/11 must feel,” Rep. Omar said.

“But, I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting, right, the aftermath of what happened after 9/11. Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them,” she continued. (RELATED: Ilhan Omar: 9/11 ‘Was An Attack On All Of Us’)

“And so, what I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect.”

Gadzooks this woman is so annoying and so full of her self. In MOST of the rest of the world, had their countries had this kind of attack, by that evening the machetes would be out and the mass slaughter of muslims would be in full swing. In MANY other, slightly nicer, parts of the world, the deportations would begin right away. Even in the nicer parts, the horizons would be lit up from the glow of burning mosques. What happened to her, living in a Somali neighborhood at that time? [ I had to stop and check to make sure she was even here at this point, given the Dems propensity to lie. She was. She came here at 14 years old. ] Probably not much. Nearly anyone who saw her outside that enclave would think anything other than that she was Black. Unless of course, she went out of her way to throw her muslim-ness in everyone’s faces.

I can’t disagree that post-9/11 we all lost some of our freedoms. The Patriot Act, the TSA nonsense, and so on. What civil rights did she forfeit? Was she stripped of her citizenship? No. [ she became a citizen in 2000 at the age of 17 ] Nothing notable that I could find online. As a matter of fact, even using the hyperactive and totally left-wing SPLC as a source, I couldn’t find ANY actions against muzzies or Somalians anywhere in Minnesota until 2007 - 2008. And you know how those “hate crime” things go: 75% are false or self-inflicted. And you know how the SPLC plays too: anything and everything that might have involved a muzz counts as a hate crime:

• Nov. 28, 2010 – Portland, Oregon
An inmate at the county jail allegedly used anti-Muslim slurs and assaulted another inmate.

I’m amazed there isn’t an entry for “Random stranger gives Ilhan Omar the stink eye.”

According to the SPLC, in the entire YEAR after 9/11, 4 mosques were burned or vandalized. FOUR. 5 Sikh temples were targeted as well; Sikhs are not muzlims at all. How many Jewish or Christian churches were burned or vandalized during that period? I don’t know, but it’s guaranteed to be more.

So what terrible horrible mistreatment did this teenager suffer? Nothing that I can find. Nothing specific that she even makes up stories about. Just being “treated as a suspect”, although never actually arrested or searched or charged or anything, you know ... real.

I think she’s another Joe Biden (ie congenital liar) in the making.


Well no kidding. Did you ever really believe this vape stuff was about tasty flavors or quitting cigarettes? Hell no, it’s a sneaky way to get high. Period. All the rest is BS.

Study: Vape Cartridges Full Of Junk, Falsely Labeled, Loaded With Poisons

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze
Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The practice has sent dozens of people like Jenkins to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind spiked products have operated with impunity, in part because the business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t caught up while drug enforcement agents have higher priorities.

AP commissioned laboratory testing of the vape oil Jenkins used plus 29 other vape products sold as CBD around the country, with a focus on brands that authorities or users flagged as suspect. Ten of the 30 contained types of synthetic marijuana — drugs commonly known as K2 or spice that have no known medical benefits — while others had no CBD at all.
Four of those seven pods contained illegal synthetic marijuana, but which chemical varied by flavor and even location of purchase.

“It’s Russian roulette,” said James Neal-Kababick, director of Flora Research Laboratories, which tested the products.
At least 128 samples out of more than 350 tested by government labs in nine states, nearly all in the South, had synthetic marijuana in products marketed as CBD. ... Mississippi authorities also found fentanyl, the powerful opioid involved in about 30,000 overdose deaths last year.

Of course, the ONLY solution will be intense government regulation and control. Sadly, I may have to agree with that this time. Any old butthead can churn out a batch of vape cartridges. IF they aren’t completely made offshore, then at least the physical cartridges and their colorful boxes are. And then they get filled with any old anything, nobody with any official authority checks, and a metric ton of dingbats eagerly buys them. And that’s the “legal” ones. God himself has no idea what goes in the back alley stoner cartridges, which I bet make up half or more of the actual vapes purchased.

Maybe we should let Purdue Pharma run this business. “Medical grade” THC vapes, all organic and non-GMO (as if [GMO is what makes modern pot so potent]) with no mercury based preservatives. Heck, I’d be willing to bet that vaping was a highly effective way to get actual medicine into your system really fast. albeit with some cost to your lungs.

Or, you could just not be a total dumbass and not vape. But we’re talking teens here, and total dumbass is what they do.


Evil Big Pharma, or just a smart business move? I say it’s a smart business move.

Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy

After being found liable for billions in some opiod lawsuit, Purdue shuts the doors ... to avoid payment? Meanwhile the owning family has moved all the money offshore, so screw you.

Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York.

The move comes days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids.

The filing was anticipated before and after the tentative deal was struck. The deal could be worth up to $12 billion over time.

Legal battles still lie ahead for Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, which is spending millions on legal costs as it defends itself in lawsuits from 2,600 government and other entities.
Court filings assert that members of the Sackler family were paid more than $4 billion by Purdue from 2007 to 2018. Much of the family’s fortune is believed to be held outside the U.S., which could complicate lawsuits against the family over opioids.

A court filing by the New York Attorney General’s office on Friday contended that Sackler family members used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves. The discovery of the transfers bolsters several states’ claims that family members worked to shield its wealth because of the growing legal threats against them and Purdue.

I am not fully informed on all the thousands of pending lawsuits here, but I don’t recall anyone on the news talking about the junkies being held responsible for their own behavior, the doctors being in trouble for writing so damn many prescriptions, or any action against all the pharmacies looking the other way as they turned themselves into opium dens to make a fortune while meeting the demand. No, let’s lay the blame only at the top of the pyramid.

Fuggem. Close the doors, layoff everyone, go open a medicine factory in Bolivia. That’s if the Stacklers need a few more billion. Otherwise, just walk away and spend happily for the next 5 generations.

At this point, I’m cynic enough to wonder what other pharmaceutical companies, who didn’t make opiod drugs, were behind the lawsuits. As a business move. How many companies are there anyway, that make up Evil Big Pharma? ( one fewer now it seems ) Increased market share for the rest!


and here we go!

Oil Prices Up 10% This Morning; Market Upset After Saudi Oilfields Bombed

I wish I had a way to buy 500 gallons of gas and store it safely.

An attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher Monday.

Traders are focusing on the longer-term impact as it depends on how long production is disrupted and the attack’s future implications.

U.S. crude oil was at $59.80, up $4.95, or 9 percent per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the international standard, was at $66.31, up $6.09, or 10.1 percent, from its previous close.

The attack on the Saudi Aramco facility halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports.

It is also more than 5 percent of the world’s daily crude oil production. Most output goes to Asia. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Trump tweeted that the U.S. is ready to respond to a shortage.

And it’s only 7:30 in the morning here. Expect a wild ride in the oil markets over the next few days. Expect a significant increase in Saudi attacks in Yemen, as the never ending war being fought there over different flavors of jizzlam and the tyrant de jour continues.



Get off the internet and go fill up your gas tanks.

The price of gasoline is probably going to spike significantly Monday after the markets open, due to the drone strike bombing against Saudi Arabia that has shut down half their oil production. And on top of that, US storage levels dropped significantly in August.

Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for coordinated strikes on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, saying they marked an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.

The strikes shut down half of the kingdom’s crude production on Saturday, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies.

Iran-allied Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. But Mr. Pompeo said there was no evidence the strikes had come from Yemen.

In a tweet, he said the U.S. will work with allies “to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.” He added that the strikes showed Iran wasn’t serious about diplomacy.

Mr. Pompeo didn’t explain how the U.S. believes Iran was to blame or where the strikes originated, but Iran-backed militias in Iraq have previously been responsible for targeting Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. Meanwhile, Saudi and American officials are investigating the possibility that attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saturday involved cruise missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.

The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about 5.7 million barrels a day, the kingdom’s national oil company said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil.

My first thought was cruise missiles too. I don’t think drones can carry the amount of ordnance needed to do this much damage; but they can: our Reaper has 4 weapons mounts and can carry 3000lbs. How many drones were involved? But OTOH, precision guided munitions can do more damage with less boom, so who can say? And when somebody does say, can we believe them?


This will upset you. A lot.

TNB: 14 (probably mostly Somali) Ferals Stomp White Guy For Fun In Minnesota

A white guy was guilty of sitting on a park bench outside of Target Field in Minnesota. So he was robbed by two jigaboos, and when he stood up to object to that, he was assaulted by them and 12 more. It was play time on the concrete, as they took turns hitting him, kicking him, stomping him, and even running him over with a bicycle as they tore off his clothes and left him nearly naked on the ground.

All the links have at least most of the CCTV video, so you can count the perps if you want to. I think the guy lived, but I didn’t notice any of the stories say that explicitly, or do a follow-up on his condition.

Shocking surveillance footage shows a senseless beatdown outside the Minnesota Twins stadium, where a group of thugs throws a man to the ground, pummel him, take off his pants and, at one point, run over him with a bicycle.

The nearly two-minute clip, posted to social media Friday, starts with a man sitting on a curb outside Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.  Two of the men walk up to the victim, and it appears that one tries to grab something from the man.

After the man jumps up to follow the thief, another one of the thugs sucker punches the man, the video shows.  As the man stumbles and tries to run away, a fourth attacker body slams the man to the ground, where a fifth man leaps and stomps on his chest with two feet, according to the video.

The assailants pull the man’s pants off and continue to pummel the man with haymakers and kicks — and one smashes a planter on the man — as he keeps trying to get up, the video shows.  The video ends after one of the thugs rides over the victim with a bicycle.

I usually refrain from the worst racial epithets, but in this case I’m only using the same word one of them used to deride white folk’s fervid imaginations about black people. Because, it’s all in our minds you know. Granted, his Tweet was in reaction to another moronic story by senile old creepy uncle Joe Biden.

I’m always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race. Many of them have this fictionalized jigaboo version that is almost alien-like.

The Post’s story plays down the nigga number considerably. In the original video, 8 of them are seen standing around the sitting white guy before they rob him. Several others run over to join in, not wanting to miss out on the Beat Down Whitey party. The local news says at least 12 arrested.

The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested more than a dozen suspects involved in crime ring that focused on robbing cellphones from intoxicated people and then beating the victims.

According to a report provided by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, a three-day sweep conducted two weeks ago ended with police arresting 16 people between the ages of 13 and 25. The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over one man with a bike.

The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested more than a dozen suspects involved in crime ring that focused on robbing cellphones from intoxicated people and then beating the victims.

According to a report provided by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, a three-day sweep conducted two weeks ago ended with police arresting 16 people between the ages of 13 and 25. The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over one man with a bike.

The article lists several other group beatings and robberies that occurred over the next few days. The names of the arrested are often genuinely African, not the typical ghetto-tastic kind we usually see in the daily crime stories.

But this is all in our imagination. Because white people are racist. No need to read the weekly shooting numbers from Chicago, no reason to look at the latest crime reports from New Orleans. Or Baltimore. Or Detroit. Et cetera. This is all your problem, your false reality.

Don’t forget to thank Obama for dropping 50,000 or more of these poor refugees primitive rabid Turd World animals in Minnesota, because they were far too white up there.

TNB. Typical. Nigger. Behavior.

I’m not a racist, but I am a realist. There’s the acronym IKAGO, which means “I know a good one”; a black person with a job, some education, a decent demeanor, trying to move forward in life. I don’t use that one; to me these are just other people and I don’t even notice their skin tone. But there are niggers, and I know what niggers are, and other black people ABSOLUTELY know what niggers are, and they are anathema to the entire planet.

PS - my goodness, how are you supposed to defend yourself against a gang of a dozen or more who are intent on beating you to death, given that it often takes 2 or 3 pistol shots to disable an attacker, when the state you live in limits you to 10 round or smaller magazines?


Affordable Housing In San Fran

Least Expensive Home For Sale In San Francisco

$600K + $7500 annual total taxes &nsp;   570 square foot house, 614 square foot property

annual tax assessment; 23% tax increase this year


Freshly renovated inside and out! Price Reduced!!!

A 570-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bath property is on the market for $599,000 in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood.

According to SF Gate, the home was originally listed in March for $675,000, but after months without an interested buyer, the agent took it off the market in August.

Now the residential property at 17 Laidley St., which recently had its kitchen and bathroom remodeled, is once again for sale at a lowered $599,000 price tag.

The abode is considered a bargain given that the median price of homes--including condos --in the nine-county Bay Area was a cool $815,000 this summer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited a report by CoreLogic.

Though there seems to be renewed interest in the “cheap” property, the home will never be as big as its mini-mansion neighbors, since the lot it sits on is only 614 square feet.

However, Appenrodt tells SF Gate the pint-sized home has a basement and attic that could potentially add more square footage if finished.

Adding to this home’s massive size is the ~ 100sq ft full length outdoor closet / bicycle garage attached to the left side of the home.

Two of the three adjacent homes are so close that they actually contact the outside of this house.

I can’t wait to move there.



Delicious schadenfreude bowling blogging

We played our former teammates tonight. Joe and Dave left us and joined up with Ken and his mom Lou. I noticed last week that they were rolling terribly, and this week wasn’t much different. We bowled pretty awful, but they were awfuller. So we took all 7. The last game was pretty tight, but 2 of my 3 teammates really pulled it out in the 10th, throwing 5 strikes out of 6 balls total. That put us just 24 behind when I went last against Dave. I had a mark in the 9th, he had an open. I got focused, and threw XX9, which put 49 points on our side. He didn’t match that, and we won by 12. Yay team.
That felt so good. And their team is now 0-14 for the season. With any luck they’ll get smeared again next week.


The first rule about Fight Club is ...

Beto Spills The Beans: Too Stupid To Hide The Hidden Agenda

About the only good thing to come out of last night’s Democrat Candidate debate

2020 presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke broadly endorsed taking certain guns away from Americans, specifically naming AR-15s and AK-47s as weapons that shouldn’t be allowed.

Beto was asked if he supported confiscating guns, which he said he did, qualifying “if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield.”

“If the high-impact, high-velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers,” he said.

1) nearly every rifle out there is based on a military design, going back to before the era of flintlocks.

2) All bullets are high impact, and nearly all are high velocity, if you only use that term to frighten people who don’t know any better. 150 years ago a Colt .45 revolver fired a bullet at about 750 feet per second. Super slow by modern standards, but it was more than enough to kill anything nearby. But 750 fps is 511mph, which is nearly as fast as a jet airliner flies, so that counts as high velocity. The revolver is a miltary designed firearm designed to kill people on the battlefield. The proper name of the iconic cowboy six shooter is the Colt M1873 Single Action Army.

3) Death by exsanguination, tissue damage, and nervous system damage is how bullets work. Come to think of it, arrows and spears work the same way. So do thrown rocks, or chunks of wood used as clubs.

4) Yes, getting shot messes you up. How many times have I linked to the Terminal Ballistics paper? What you may not know is that modern military FMJ bullets are not designed to kill ... well, they’re designed to kill less effectively than hunting bullets. Hunters try to be ethical. Wars are not ethical. Shooting your enemy hard enough to stop him fighting, but then requiring his people to give him medical treatment, is a tactical and psychological advantage.

As usual, another loud mouthed Dem with a Cause based on Feelings. Beto pitched a hissy fit, and let the confiscation cat out of the bag. And it’s the same song all the other Dems have been singing for ages. He just sang the secret lyrics this time, loud and clear.


That was easy.


I used the Mazda app to get roadside assistance for my dead car. The guy came faster than anticipated, gave me a jump from one of those portable do-everything car repair devices, and the car started right up. It’s run long enough now to recharge the batter I hope. I have no idea what happened, but I hope it doesn’t happen again.

and yeah, I was thinking about how much faith I should have in this fix, given that it’s Friday the 13th.



WTH? My 2017 Mazda is stone cold dead. Won’t start. No power. Zero, nada. No lights, no horn, no door unlock. Nothing. It was perfectly fine this afternoon; drove it several miles then parked it. No lights, no wipers, no interior lights on ... and this car turns all that stuff off after a few minutes anyway if I leave anything on by accident. 5 hours later, not a flicker of power. Instant battery death with just 24,000 miles on 2 1/2 year old car? Not likely.

It’s dark and rainy, so I’ll go out in the morning and hope I can run extension cords all the way across the parking lot to my car ... because I’m being a good boy and not parking in front of my garage. I have huge extension cords. If I can reach it, at least I can run the battery charger. If I can’t or that doesn’t work, then it’s (800) 866-1998 for the free Mazda Roadside Service. And towing to the dealership is covered.

I don’t get it. This car runs perfectly, every day. It ran just fine a few hours ago. No warning lights, nothing.


Neil Gorsuch: America faces a ‘challenge in civic understanding’

America faces challenges when it comes to understanding what judges’ true roles are and what the Constitution does or doesn’t protect. So said Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

As a result, jurists are too often assumed to be partisan depending on their rulings, Gorsuch said Tuesday on “The Story.”

“I think during the confirmation process, one of the things that struck me is that there are some challenges that we face today in civic understanding about our Constitution, and some of the freedoms and protections it provides,” he said.

Gorsuch said he found about one-third of Americans can name all three branches of government, another third can name a single branch and a small percentage of people believe TV star “Judge Judy” is on the Supreme Court with him.

Gosh, what a diplomat. Elegant. Subtle. So much nicer than saying “What kind of &^#@, **!!~, +!#*-ing uneducated delusional commie morons are you??!!!??”

The unwritten part of this article: there are plenty of judges out there who are just as challenged.


Well, she doesn’t write often but she often writes well

Michelle Malkin: The 7 Dem Debate Questions That Won’t Be Asked

These are the rules of the militant open borders media:

If you are a self-declared Donald Trump-hating “activist journalist” who works for an ethnic separatist TV network that unapologetically elevates illegal immigrants over American citizens, you get to be a “moderator” at the next Democratic presidential candidates’ debate.

Case in point: Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

But if you are an activist journalist who exposes immigration anarchy, investigates the global financiers behind it and unapologetically defends American sovereignty, you are dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist” and “racist” who will never be allowed to pose counterbalancing questions at any national political forum.

Case in point: yours truly.

If we had any sort of balance in politics, these debates would always have at least one moderator from the other side.  But for that to work, the other side would have to have views that were at least a little bit sensible.



So sad that we’ve degenerated to this

It’s “Some People Did Something Day”

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I’m a bad boy.


We have a new manager here at our condo park. She’s trying to make an impression I guess. She ran her first board meeting here the other night, and I had two issues to present, one of which required her and a board member to come by and look at the edge of the woods by our patio. While looking there, but not calling me or knocking on the door, she sees my car parked in front, “illegally”. So she slaps a parking sticker on my windshield.

I had to go down to the office anyway, so I went in all friendly and visit-y, chat them up a bit, here’s a couple ideas and questions. And then I asked if she’d authorized people to put stickers on cars. No she said. She is enforcing the parking rules she said. ( the last manager stopped caring about it 2 years ago ) So I showed her the picture and talked about the parking situation on my street, and the sap that falls from the trees, how we’re on the dead end and how I park a little off to the side to leave extra room for the gurney because the sick old lady upstairs goes to the hospital all the time, and so forth. So about a minute or two later she says how she put the sticker there herself. Wow, we’ve got a “lawyer” on our hands, slicing the truth razor thin. So I said, next time just ring the doorbell and cuss me out, and I’ll try to park in the spots that don’t get the sap.

Whatever. Guess I should make an effort to clean out the garage so that we can finally get a car in there. Damned if I’m going to park in any of the spots that get rained on by sap and “honeydew”, but there’s an awful lot of junk to toss before I can get a car in the garage.



Must be something in the Delaware they’re drinking there

This Is The Guy You Should Red Flag

The president of the United States and Taylor Swift have at least this in common.

The Hunterdon County man charged with breaking into the pop star’s Rhode Island mansion has also been charged with causing about $19,000 worth of damage to Trump’s golf club in New Jersey.

Somerset County prosecutors say Richard J. McEwan, 26, of Milford, drove onto the green twice in one week and spun doughnuts on two of the holes. Trump was not at the club on either day.

This is at least the second time in less than a month McEwan finds himself in handcuffs and in the news.

Police in Westerly, Rhode Island, say McEwan broke into Swift’s home on Aug. 30. Cops noted that McEwan had removed his shoes before entering Swift’s house because he wanted to be polite.

Four days later, McEwan was back in New Jersey but his manners were nowhere to be found when he crashed Trump’s favorite home away from the White House, officials say.

So this is a sort-of local story. Milford is a little town a dozen miles away, a nearly forgotten place down on the Delaware River. They only have one metal bridge worth looking at, a decent fish store, and the local first class brew pub. But the place is nationally infamous for being the home of our only resident Nazis. Yikes. Also, other weird stuff. Milford. A strange place. Now with yet another weirdo.  But not to be confused with West Milford, which is north east of Milford, and is a REALLY strange place.


Gosh. I wonder what these 3 all have in common?

FBI Arrests Top FEMA Admin, Former CEO of Cobra Energy, Former FEMA Deputy Chief of Staff

For $1.8 BILLION Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Fraud

The FBI arrested one of the top administrators of FEMA and the CEO of a contractor on wire fraud and bribery charges, along with a lower-level FEMA official today for fraud and bribery involving Hurricane Maria relief. The contractor got a $1.8 billion contract for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s notoriously unreliable electrical infrastructure, which the Department of Justice says came by way of bribery

Two former FEMA officials, including one of the agency’s top administrators, were arrested on federal fraud and bribery charges in connection with their work in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017.

The FBI also arrested the ex-president of Cobra Acquisitions, contracted to work with federal officials on the restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid, which sustained widespread damages in the storm.

CBS’ reporter in Puerto Rico, David Begnaud, tweeted out the Department of Justice press release on the arrest and indictments. Begnaud also named names, as well as published their pictures.


Dr. Asha Nateef Tribble, FEMA Deputy Regional Adminstrator   Doanld Keith Ellison, Former CEO of Cobra Aquistitions   Jovanda R. Patterson, FEMA Deputy Chief of Staff

Two former FEMA officials, including one of the agency’s top administrators and one of the people in charge of turning the lights back on, were just arrested by the Feds over conduct in Puerto Rico after the hurricane.

A former CEO of Cobra Acquisitions was also caught up in the scandal. Cobra was hired to help restore power to the island.

The FEMA officials were arrested on federal fraud and bribery charges. One of them was in charge of restoring power to Puerto Rico and decided to steal rather than help.Ahsha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson of FEMA, along with then-Cobra president Donald Keith Ellison, were sent to Puerto Rico as part of the recovery and restoration of the electric power grid after Maria.

According to the indictment, Tribble and Ellison allegedly “developed a personal relationship wherein Ellison provided Tribble with things of value with the intent to influence Tribble’s performance of official acts.

Ellison provided Tribble with personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security services, and the use of a credit card,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

“These defendants were supposed to come to Puerto Rico to help during the recovery after the devastation suffered from Hurricane María.

Instead, they decided to take advantage of the precarious conditions of our electric power grid and engaged in a bribery and honest services wire fraud scheme in order to enrich themselves illegally,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.

Bet you half a stale donut that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The fish rots from the head down.

huge h/t to David Begnaud, a real reporter



finally, some good mews


Actually it’s up to Cat 5 for the Bahamas this morning, but I don’t have that one as a kitteh pic. latest prediction is that it will run up the east coast, slowly diminishing.


[ massive snip snip of old posts, now pasted below the fold. Sorry, I had to delete a big bunch of them too ]



Whoopi Is A Racist

Gee, no kidding

“View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg was outraged Tuesday over people saying that President Trump wasn’t being racist when he said Bahamians needed proper documentation to enter the United States.

“How do you not look at this man and say ‘this is a racial problem?’” Goldberg asked Tuesday. “The View” had just shown a clip of Trump indicating he suspected that gang members could be among the people fleeing the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

“Everybody needs totally proper documentation—because look, the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there,” Trump said Monday.

“I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States—including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers.”

“How do you not look at this man and say ‘this is a racial problem?’” asks Whoopi. In other words, she’s judging him entirely on his appearance. And that’s racist.

What I love so much about the Bahamas, and most of the rest of the Caribbean, is that the vast majority of people are ... people. Yes, they happen to be black. And nobody cares. They’re all just getting by a day at a time just like the rest of us.

Hey, maybe they all go to secret meetings at night to vent their White Hate, because evil YT supplies >85% of their income. But I kind of doubt it. No one is keeping them down, and I’m sure they could easily move to the USA if they wanted. No, they’ve chosen to live a simpler life in paradise. With the occasional bit of really dangerous weather thrown in.

And if we were to just allow them in willy-nilly, where would they go? If a housing relief center was opened up that could hold tens of thousands, the Left/MSM would immediately call it a concentration camp. If we just allowed them in the country most of them would just disappear. They’d never go back.

We can’t win here. And they can’t win there. It’s a bad situation all around. Maybe we could build whole instant towns on Andros Island, which is the largest Bahamian island and the closest one to Florida, and there’s almost nothing there. We’d have to ship in food and water constantly. Maybe we could annex it, or buy it? Like Greenland, only much smaller and cheaper, given that Andros has almost no natural resources and hardly even any fresh water?

But why am I saying “we”? Why is this even our responsibility? The Bahamas is it’s own nation, even if they’re just offshore from us, even if we are nearly their entire economy.

Hey preppers, there’s a disaster coming. What do you take, other than your family? Your ID, your money, some food and water, some spare clothes. And then you get out. But it’s always your ID.


Meanwhile, in Freeport:

Officials say more than 100 Bahamians who hoped to evacuate to Florida after Hurricane Dorian but didn’t have visas were kicked off a ferry because operators failed to coordinate the mission with authorities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement Monday that the agency requested that the company coordinate with U.S. and Bahamian governments before departing Freeport but it failed to do so. Footage from WSVN-TV shows a ship traveling to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday with a loudspeaker message saying passengers who didn’t have a U.S. visa needed to disembark.

The U.S. agency says Bahamians can travel without a visa only if they are first screened by U.S. officials in the Bahamas.


I have to wonder how much of being an “artiste” is knowing how to con people?

1.5 Million Euros to build a Potemkin forest in a stadium for 5 weeks

But it’s ART !!


A football stadium in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt has been turned into a forest after an unusual art installation was revealed there on September 6. The stadium named Woerthersee stadium has a capacity of 32,000 and hosted some of the fixtures of the Euro 2008 tournament. According to the sources, the whole pitch of the stadium has been covered with over 300 trees. The closed installation, entitled ‘For Forest’ was announced to the media on Thursday which was opened to the general public on Sunday for a few weeks of bucolic wandering.

The main idea behind the forest was put up by a Swiss artist Klaus Littmann who told the reporters that he wanted to create the image of a forest that they have created in a totally new context. He said the contrast matches very well with the trees, steel, concrete, and glass. He had first suggested the project to city authorities six years ago. Explaining the reason behind converting the stadium into a forest, Littmann said climate change and the recent fires in the Amazon forest are the main concerns that should be dealt with proper environmental measures. Both issues have gained huge prominence in the media.

Want to get “contrast” between the urban world and nature? Go stand outside the stadium. Look to your left: a city!! Look to your right: a forest!! Wow. So impressed. [ there are woods barely 250 meters away from the complex, and an actual forest 1.5km away. Actually, that whole part of the country is heavily forested. ] But visiting them would be uplifting, and all modern art has to be despondant.

I guess they couldn’t schedule any monster truck rallies or rock concerts during this period. That would have been wild fun, which I guess isn’t allowed in Austria?

Yeah yeah, vanishing nature and all that.

To me, the irksome parts are that it’s not even this artist’s orignal idea, it’s based on an old an depressed dystopian drawing; and that there are plenty of trees and woods all over the area. So what’s the damn point? Oh wait, nature doesn’t count as art because it’s natural, only artificial nature can be real art because it’s created by some human? How arrogant.

I know, I’m just not cool enough or sophisticated enough to appreciate the genius on display here. Riiiight.




Yeah sure, blame global winter.  [ rum infused late night blogging ]

Tektites And Suevites and Meteors, Oh My!

The Day The Music Life As It Was Known Died

The Day The Dinosaurs Died

Big news from this month’s fresh PNAS magazine. Always good to get some new PNAS every month, amIright?

Core samples of ancient Gulf of Mexico asteroid strike - Chicxulub crater to be precise - shed new light on a 65 million year old mystery. The famous K-T boundary. The BIG ONE, bar none.

One of the greatest scars on our planet is hidden beneath the Yucatán Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. The buried crater, over 90 miles in diameter, was created when a massive asteroid struck the planet 66 million years ago and brought a calamitous end to the reign of dinosaurs. Now, thanks to a new analysis of core samples taken from the crater’s inner ring of mountains, called a peak ring, geologists can create a detailed timeline of what happened on the day after impact.

The immense Chicxulub crater is a remnant of one of the most consequential days in the history of life on Earth. The asteroid strike triggered the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, mass extinction. The catastrophe not only decimated the dinosaurs, leaving only birds to carry their legacy, but also annihilated various forms of life from flying reptiles called pterosaurs to coil-shelled nautilus relatives called ammonites. Lizards, snakes, mammals and more suffered their own setbacks. The best clues to what happened now lie buried in rock layers stacked 12 miles deep.

Using a core sample collected in 2016, University of Texas at Austin geologist Sean Gulick and a team of dozens of other researchers have further pieced together the story of the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction. “We interpret this section to represent the first day post impact, which by the definition of the geologic time scale, makes it the first day of the Cenozoic since the Cretaceous ended the moment the asteroid struck,” Gulick says. The team’s study, “The first day of the Cenozoic,” was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [ That’s PNAS magazine, the irresistibly worst possible acronym in the history of everything. They could make millions selling it in plain brown wrappers at newsstands and dirty book stores. “PNAS Magazine. English edition. Fully illustrated”. They’d get thousands of sucker every month { pun intended }].

When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs slammed into the planet, the impact set wildfires, triggered tsunamis and blasted so much sulfur into the atmosphere that it blocked the sun, which caused the global cooling that ultimately doomed the dinos.

That’s the scenario scientists have hypothesized. Now, a new study led by The University of Texas at Austin has confirmed it by finding hard evidence in the hundreds of feet of rocks that filled the impact crater within the first 24 hours after impact.

The evidence includes bits of charcoal, jumbles of rock brought in by the tsunami’s backflow and conspicuously absent sulfur. They are all part of a rock record that offers the most detailed look yet into the aftermath of the catastrophe that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, said Sean Gulick, a research professor at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) at the Jackson School of Geosciences.

“It’s an expanded record of events that we were able to recover from within ground zero,” said Gulick, who led the study and co-led the 2016 International Ocean Discovery Program scientific drilling mission that retrieved the rocks from the impact site offshore of the Yucatan Peninsula. “It tells us about impact processes from an eyewitness location.”

“Generation of a deep crater open to the ocean allowed rapid flooding and sediment accumulation rates among the highest known in the geologic record,” the study reads.

In just one day, 425 feet of material accumulated where the asteroid hit with what some researchers estimate to be the power of 10 billion World War II-era atomic bombs.

The charcoal in the deposits is evidence that the blast ignited trees and plants, which may not have burned for very long before being extinguished by a tsunami wave. The receding waters then pulled the charred remains back into the crater.

Some researchers say the instantly lit fires could have spanned thousands of miles and that tsunami waves may have reached as far inland as Illinois.

But the rock samples also lack something which points toward what would be the death blow for all the dinosaurs that escaped the initial blast. The area around the crater is full of rocks rich in sulfur, but the samples from the core of the blast site have no sulfur at all.

This backs up the theory that the impact vaporized the sulfur in the rocks, releasing it into the atmosphere.

Once in the air, the gas reflected light from the sun back into space, creating a global cooling effect that ultimately did the dinosaurs in and led to the eventual rise of the mammals, including you and your entire family.

“The only way you get a global mass extinction like this is an atmospheric effect,” Gulick said. “We fried them and then we froze them.”

Many of the core samples investigated included analysis of suevites, a geologic term that nobody can properly pronounce that means rocks formed by massive impact. Bashed by meteorites hard enough to form new stone. That’s one helluva impact.

Nice theory, and perhaps it is slightly true. 66 millions years ago, the continents were arranged fairly close to what they are now. The sea levels were lower, and the whole of middle America was a great salt bay.

Half a year ago I ran a big post about finds up in Hell Creek, in the badlands of South Dakota, where evidence was found, perfectly fossilized, of that fateful day. Another throbbing PNAS story.

And what they found, 1700 miles away from this asteroid impact, was burned branches mixed with fish that had choked to death on a rain of molten glass beads, know as tektites, and a whole lot of fresh mud laid down in a hurry. In other words, the sky rained fire and burned the world until a massive tidal wave came and put out the flames and buried it all in sediment.  Except for a few isolated, lonely triceratops that managed to muddle through somehow.

“We’ve understood that bad things happened right after the impact, but nobody’s found this kind of smoking-gun evidence,” study co-author David Burnham of the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute said in a statement. “People have said, ‘We get that this blast killed the dinosaurs, but why don’t we have dead bodies everywhere?’ Well, now we have bodies. They’re not dinosaurs, but I think those will eventually be found, too.”

Within 45 minutes to an hour, thousands of tiny glass beads formed by the impact began to rain down on the site. Some of these beads, called tektites, were inhaled by the fish in the inland sea, according to a University of California Berkley news release about the study. The tektites would later be found stuck in the fishes’ gills. Other tektites, zooming out of the atmosphere at 100 to 200 mph, landed in the mud left by waves from the inland sea. Others are thought to have caused wildfires across the entire continent.

Amazing online calculators exist that can give you a glimpse of the traumatic event. Several inches of falling hot particles. Magnitude 10.3 earthquakes, followed by 200mph winds, followed by 20 foot high tsunamis. And this is 1700 miles away from the impact spot.

It goes without saying that at least half of all life in the Western Hemisphere was dead from this one-two-three-four-five punch within about a day. From North Dakota to Bogata Columbia. Burnt, blasted, shaken to bits, drowned, buried. Just like that.

And what do you think the tidal wave was like that hit Europe and Africa? Half a mile high? Given that the Atlantic wasn’t even half as wide as it is now? And that half of Europe and Asia and huge parts of Africa were barely above sea level anyway? Pretty damn significant. Not to mention the earthquakes running around the globe, ringing the planet like a giant gong hit with God’s own jack hammer. The Richter scale is logarithmic: we think of a magnitude 7 earthquake as a major disaster, but a magnitude 10 event is 1000 times greater. One thousand times.  Think it was felt in Siberia? Hell yeah. Think there was a tree left standing there? Hell no. Probably not many mountains either.


everything inside the circle was dead within 30 minutes to a day

But eventually the fire smoke, the ash cloud, and all that vaporized sulfur pretty much shut off the sun for the rest of the planet for quite some time, and nearly everything nearly everywhere else succumbed as well. So blame climate change. Even though the biggest damn blast in the planet’s history had already done at least half the job. Maybe even 2/3 of it, in less than 48 hours, worldwide.

I hate when I get woke PNAS.


And A Little Child Shall Lead Them


16 year old climate activist sensation Greta Thunberg arrives in NYC to lecture the UN, sailing across the Atlantic on a multi-million dollar racing yacht. Zero emissionsl!

Her message, popular with teens (especially white girls it seems), is to save the world by pitching a tantrum. Skip out on school and protest!!


Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan Wednesday after a two-week journey across the Atlantic.

Thunberg, who has captured the hearts and hopes of environmentalists the world over, stepped off a zero-emissions yacht to the cheers of supporters holding signs to welcome her.

The young climate activist set sail on Aug. 14 from Plymouth, England, to address the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. Thunberg’s decision to sail is a protest against carbon emissions caused by air travel.

In a press conference immediately after her docking, Thunberg noted that “It is insane that a 16-year-old would have to cross the Atlantic to take a stand...the climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest humanity has ever faced.”

Thunberg has prompted school walkouts across the globe to urge world leaders to address climate change. She plans to join activists in a climate protest in front of the U.N. on Friday, NPR reported.

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Isn’t that special? Now, on to the interesting stuff ... check out that boat!!!

The yacht she deadheaded in on, the Malizia II, is one of the latest generation of hyper-tech designed monohull oceanic racing sailboats. Unlike the catamarans used in the America’s Cup races, the 60 foot long Malizia uses a wedge shaped planar hull (pointy up front, wide across the back, and nearly flat on the bottom), aided by dynamic side foils. Foils? Yeah, like the winglet tips you see on airliners these days, the foils (the red thing on the side of the boat in the picture above) work not just as additional daggerboards, but provide lift as well. The lift helps pull the hull up out of the water, reducing drag and allowing it to go faster. 

A classic sailboat design uses a keel, which is the part of the boat under the water that tapers to a knife-like edge. Most of the time you’re sailing you’re sailing across the wind, so you need some kind of blade-like thing in the water to keep the wind from pushing your boat sideways. A full keel does the job, working like a giant rudder fixed in the straight ahead direction, and also gives quite a bit of hull volume, which is useful for cargo, living space, etc. This comes at a cost of some speed, as a keel is much larger than what is strictly necessary just to keep the ship on track.

As racing yachts evolved, smaller and smaller keels were designed, eventually being very minimal and enhanced with a centerboard. A centerboard is really not much more than a blade under the craft; it keeps you going straight and that’s about it. Thus these boats displaced much less water than the keel design boats, and less displacement means less drag which means faster. And that’s what racing is all about.

A daggerboard is very much like a centerboard. On smaller pond sized boats both can be lifted out through a slot in the hull. On somewhat larger boats this is impractical, as the keel, centerboard, or daggerboard also carry the ballast, which is the deadweight necessary to balance the ship. Without ballast they’d all roll over in the wind. So sailboats that had some general usage characteristics were made with a hinged centerboard that could be extended when needed, and would fold up when it hit the bottom in shallow water. In the racing boat world, the terms centerboard and daggerboard are nearly interchangeable.

But technology marches on. It turns out that very little centerboard is needed, as long as it can carry the ballast, which these days is lead held in a very pointy torpedo shaped lozenge attached to the bottom of it. Minimal drag. But you can get away with this only if you use foils. Foils are the new version of the ancient sideboard design, used since antiquity and seen on the canal boats putting around Holland in centuries past. The sideboards could be rotated up in very shallow water when the boat was being towed in the canals, but lowered to help it sail properly when out in deeper water.

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But racing boat science has come a long way since then, even if the basic concept has gone full circle. The side foils are only in the water when the ship is leaning over when it sails across the wind. Plus they’ve been designed to also act as wings. Less drag, less displacement, more speed.


I think I’ve read that this foil assisted planar monohull design can hit 35 knots, which is a hair over 40 mph. That’s pretty damn fast for a sailboat. And the racing catamarans are even faster. These boats seem to fly, sailing more over the water than actually in it. Cool.


more greenies, more boats!

Climate Warrior’s Ship Caught In Arctic Ice


confirmed: Al Gore was not on board

Arctic tours ship MS MALMO with 16 passengers on board got stuck in ice on Sep 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago [ Sptizbergen ], halfway between Norway and North Pole. The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice. All 16 passengers were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe. 7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.

The Maritime Bulletin is a touch less sympathetic ...

Ship with Climate Change Warriors Caught In Ice, Warriors Evacuated
Something is very wrong with Arctic ice, instead of melting as ordered by UN/IPCC, it captured the ship with Climate Change Warriors.
Arctic Tours ship MS MALMO, IMO 8667579, dwt 466, built 1943, refurbished in 2014, flag Sweden.

Built in 1943? Who was building non-military ships in 1943? And didn’t the Nazis overrun Scandinavia? Wait, could it be? Oh, that would be too rich, the Get Woke AGW SJW types sailing on a Nazi ship. OMFG.

I looked into it, and alas, it ain’t so. Sweden was neutral during WWII, staying mostly out of the way and profiting from both sides. The Malmo was one of very few commercial ships built during that period, given the difficulty of getting specialized materials.

Like her sister Origo, MS Malmö has been in service for the Swedish Maritime Administration for many years as an ice-strengthened pilot ship. She was built 1943 in Helsingborg shipyard for the Maritime Administration and has been used as a mooring service vessel for laying out buoys, for marking of fairways, refueling of Kasun light houses with oil and water, for transport of acetylene to gas light houses, and also for ice breaking and pilot training.

So I don’t expect the little old ship (466dwt, 37m) to be lost, just inconvenienced for a time. Still, this is rather piquant schadenfreude. Mmm, tasty.


While we’re talking about climate change, I noticed this in one of the comments about the Malmo stories.

Livin’ On The Edge

3,000 years AFTER the end of the last Ice Age, 8,500 years ago, hunter-gatherer people lived on Zhokhov Island. 280 miles north of northern eastern Siberia. Except it wasn’t an island then, it was still attached to Siberia. Becaue lower sea levels. And the climate was pretty nice; not Arctic ice.

It’s hard to imagine ancient people successfully hunting polar bears in any numbers – armed as they were with the simplest of bone and stone weapons. Archaeological evidence supports the impression that ancient Arctic hunters rarely took polar bears – there are a few polar bear bones, but not many, in most archaeological sites across the Arctic that were occupied over the last 10,000 years.

There is but one exception to this pattern: Zhokhov Island in the East Siberian Sea, Russia. Almost four hundred polar bear bones were recovered from two of the 13 semi-subterranean houses discovered on the island, well-preserved by permafrost for over 8,200 years. It is by far the largest – and the oldest – collection of polar bear bones left by human hunters anywhere in the world and it is described in a fascinating paper published in 1996 by Vladimir Pitul’ko and Aleksey Kasparov

The remains of other animals found in the same deposits – predominantly reindeer, a wolf, some fox and geese – attest to the fact that the people living there were primarily terrestrial hunters, not classic Arctic marine hunters
Ancient hunters lived at this site between 8,200 and 8,500 years ago, when sea levels were lower than today but not nearly as low as they had been at the peak of the Last Glacial period. This period has been called the “Younger-Younger Dryas” because it briefly interrupted the otherwise warmer-than-today climate with a return to relatively cold conditions. The so-called “8.2k” event occurred during this period, when the ice dam on glacial Lake Agassiz [ie most of southern Canada] broke, spilling a tremendous amount of fresh water into Davis Strait and North Atlantic .
By about 8,000 BP, sea level had risen enough to create the islands almost as they are today, but at the time the polar bear hunters lived on Zhokhov Island, it was still connected to the Siberian mainland. The New Siberian Islands would have been part of an expanse of low ground jutting into the Arctic Ocean (a rather broad peninsula), with the hills of Zhokhov Island on its northern end.

Wait, what? Massive rapid natural climate change and polar ice melting, back when there were only a few million people in the entire world??? Say it can’t be so!!!
People living in the high Arctic, on land, not surrounded by ice, and with open ocean nearby?? Not possible!!!!

The article gives a nice little table of the heating and cooling periods of the last 19,000 years. The “modern” warm and cold spells seem to last about 500 years each, with the older spells running about 3,000 years each. And it’s been going on forever.

Of course, if the seas were lower there, that means there had to be quite a bit of ice somewhere else. Unless, maybe, tectonic uplift? Nope, sorry, Siberia has been just lying there since the Jurrassic.
Therefore, seas were lower everywhere, for a “brief” period of 500 years or so. Plenty lower, even if not as super low as they’d been at the peak of the last Ice Age. Same time frame as when the White Roads were built in the Yucatan, same time as the Amazon basin was farmland, etc.



Lightweight Sunday posting ...

Bowling blogging!!! I know you’ve missed it!

Man Smashed In Head With Bowling Bowl After Chimp Out Because He Bumped Into Someone

Police in Illinois are on the hunt for a suspect who was caught on video smashing another man’s head with a bowling ball Wednesday night, an attack that briefly left the victim in a medically induced coma.

Damante Williams, 28, was involved in a fight at Town Hall Bowl in Cicero when another man picked up a bowling ball and threw it at him, striking Williams in the head, according to CBS Chicago
Williams was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Tamekio Williams, the victim’s mother, told CBS Chicago that her son came out of his coma around 8:00 a.m. on Friday and his status is improving, although slowly.
Tamekio Williams told the station the incident occurred after Damante allegedly bumped into someone he didn’t know that night, although she still doesn’t know what could have motivated her son’s attacker.

“To my understanding, he didn’t even know these people, so why would you hit somebody with a bowling ball in the head?” Williams said. “ ... Someone came up from behind him when the security guard was holding him and threw a bowling ball and hit his head. Just bring this person to justice.”

Police say no one called them to report the incident
, but another patron at the bowling alley ran outside and flagged down an officer. The owner of Town Hall Bowl said the fight was isolated that night and security had been in place.

Of course it’s Chicago, and of course it’s TNB. Where else would you have a bowling alley with a security force? Who else goes into brawl mode when they bump into a stranger?


We lost our first night of Cheap League 2-5. We’ve got new teammates, a couple a bit younger than us who haven’t bowled in a couple decades. They seem like good people so far. Cheap League has 13 teams this year, and has raised the dues a buck, so it’s now Semi-Cheap League.


Man Sets New Record For Wheelchair Skydiving


I didn’t even know there was an old record for wheelchair skydiving. But what the heck, go for it.


US Navy speedboat lost off Norfolk last year, found in Galway Bay Ireland

A U.S. Navy boat that was last seen a year ago was discovered by a ferry crew off the coast of Ireland this week.

A crew from the Doolin Ferry Co. spotted something floating in the water Monday while en route to Inis Oirr, an island in Galway Bay in the North Atlantic Ocean, the company said.
It turns out the boat is a U.S. Navy High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) whose former home was about 3,300 miles away in Norfolk, Va.

So it’s a drone made from an aluminum speed boat with the hull filled with foam. So it can’t sink, ever.

Actually, the Metal Shark Relentless 26 looks like a pretty darn sturdy and practical little boat.

And since it was a target drone, nobody was on board when it was lost. Good. Pity though that the Navy can’t pick up it’s own litter from the oceans.






Scope This One Out

Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because Apple and Google have been ordered by the U.S. government to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners have been swept up in this latest government data grab.

If Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, said the order would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

“Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither,” Omanovic added.

So there’s some kind of night vision rifle scope for sale here, and it’s not legal to export them. I have no idea how many have been sold. 50? 1000? 1,000,000? Who knows. But there’s some kind of app you can get that hooks up to it, allowing you to record and adjust it.  Therefore, let’s get the private info on every person who downloaded the app and investigate them, whether they own one of the scopes or not, because somebody who might be trying to sneak some of them out of the country might also want to record what they’re pointing at. Riiight.

Not what I’d call a valid argument, even if that remote connectivity was global. And then the government has proof, or heavy innuendo, your guns weren’t really lost in a tragic canoe accident 10 years ago.

Government overreach, but that’s par for the course.

Smart phones, Google, Amazon, Apple, Alexa, Siri, wireless door cams, are such excellent sources of data for a spying government that you could honestly think they were government inventions. Probably all invented by Al Gore.


Bridge For Sale !!


If you’re willing to buy this BS, then boy howdy have I got a great deal for you!!!

An American Airlines mechanic was arrested Thursday on a sabotage charge accusing him of disabling a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport earlier this summer.

The reason, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court: Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations.

None of the passengers and crew on the flight to Nassau were injured because the tampering with the so-called air data module caused an error alert as the pilots powered up the plane’s engines on the runway July 17, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court.

As a result, flight No. 2834 was aborted and taken out of service for routine maintenance at America’s hangar at MIA, which is when the tampering with the ADM system was discovered during an inspection. An AA mechanic found a loosely connected tube in front of the nose gear underneath the cockpit that had been deliberately obstructed with some sort of hard foam material.

Alani, 60, of Tracy, California, near San Francisco, is charged with “willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft” and is expected to have his first appearance in Miami federal court on Friday.

Are there really people this gullible?



Out and about in LA








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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.

That’s Ariel, she’s on a bridge, and the picture is bloody huge if you save it.

Hey, you knew there’d be redheads involved. They’re always trying to pop up everywhere here.
Ok, a few others, mostly “artistic”. Go find the hardcore ones yourself.




Huh, look at that. A little pop-up window. Thought they were all disabled. Wonder what happens if I click on it?

Hey, hey, what’s happening here? I’m losing control of my PC!! Windows opening everywhere!!


Now wait just a goldarn minute here! There ain’t no bridge in that last pic! (assistant whispers in ear, bringing Drew up to date) Oh, it’s called a bridge? Fine. But enough.

Rule 34: give them an inch, and they’ll try and sell you some cream to make it 9 inches.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

On the off chance anybody checks out the Left Coast and can’t escape in time to eat their meals elsewhere, I know a number of good suggestions I might list if people are interested.

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.

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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Well duh, of course having Americans building, owning, maintaining, and crewing the ships that go from one US port to another raises the price of goods a tiny bit. If we had a bunch of beaner boats crewed by Mongolians, Greeks, and Filipinos like most international shipping, the wages would be even more pathetic and the ships run down to rusty hulks. And it would even easier to sneak in spies, terrorists, and Democrat Commie agitators. I’m not usually a fan of protectionist legislation like the sugar subsidy, but I think I’m in favor of this one.  HOWEVER I can see modifying it a bit to keep it modern: it should not apply to American territories, protectorates, or states that are islands and more than 25 miles out to sea, or to coastal states that are not contiguous or adjacent to other states or territories by more than 50 miles.  In other words, create a loophole for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, USVI, and Puerto Rico.

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.


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Big Red



Ain’t she a beauty? That’s a Lockheed 5B Vega from 1928. This the 22nd model 5B Vega built, and it became an unique variant when the wasp B engine was replaced with a 420hp supercharged Wasp C engine of 22 liters displacement (1343 cu in). At the same time the engine was replaced, many of the 7 passenger seats were removed to make room for a nice big gas tank that held 420 gallons. It was in this flying barrel of petrol that Amelia Earhart set off to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She mostly made it; her intended destination was Paris, but Ireland made a great place to land when things started going wrong ...

Her plan was to fly all the way to Paris, but after her altimeter had failed, encountering adverse weather, including heavy icing and fog, a fuel leak, and a damaged exhaust manifold, Earhart landed in a field at Culmore, North Ireland. The distance flown was 2,026 miles (3,260.5 kilometers). Her elapsed time was 14 hours, 56 minutes.

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

Amelia cut the switches, climbed out of the plane, and, as the man approached the plane, called out, “Where am I?”

Danny McCallion replied obligingly and with excruciating accuracy. “In Gallegher’s pasture.”


Later that year, Earhart flew the Vega to another record. On August 24-25, she made the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum. Right click the pictures here for much larger versions.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 03:39 AM    avatar
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Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

Hey, we won 5-2 at bowling last week. And Wednesday is our last day of competition; the finals are next week. We’re up against the 1st place team, and if we stomp them they’ll drop like a rock. We’ll never take the lead, but at least we can trash their dreams and enjoy the schadenfreude. Nasty? No, not really. They really aren’t very good bowlers. They’re in the lead because they get such a huge handicap from everyone. If we can get our duckies in a row again we can drop kick them right off the lanes.

Weather for Wednesday night will be cooler and drier. Still warm but not the rain forest kind of swelter we’ve been having. Which is actually typical NJ summer time. Steam bath. Hmm. So maybe that will mean the lane oil will be a bit tackier, and break a little early for a change? An active back end? Cool. That’s just what we want.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 03:16 AM    avatar
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