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The One, The Only

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THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



12/15/18

What on earth is up with a UCMJ? Have they swapped their helmets for pink pussy hats or something?

Former Green Beret Charged With Murder Of Taliban Bomb Maker

Crap, I thought killing those scum was his damn job?? And no, the Geneva Conventions and other laws of warfare really don’t apply against non-state, non-uniformed terrorists.

A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death—a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army.

The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn—but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke to Fox News’ Bret Baier.

“I think he’s been betrayed,” his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, told Fox News on Friday when asked how the Army has treated Golsteyn.

The once-decorated soldier, who had been on voluntary excess leave amid the latest investigation, has been living in a newly bought home with his wife and a 2-month-old baby in Virginia, working for the International Association of Firefighters, Stackhouse said.

Golsteyn was informed of the murder charge earlier this week after being ordered back into active duty.

“They have insinuated to me that they have new evidence,” Stackhouse told Fox News. “I don’t believe there is any new evidence at all.”

Golsteyn, in 2010, had been deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group. Two Marines in his unit during that time in the Battle of Marja ended up getting killed by booby-trapped explosives hidden in the area.

Golsteyn and his men later found a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearby—though he was not on a list of targets U.S. forces were cleared to kill, Fox News previously has reported. After he was detained, Golsteyn said the man refused to talk to investigators.

Under the rules of engagement, Golsteyn was ordered to release him. However, Golsteyn was concerned that if he did so, the suspect would have in turn targeted Afghans who were helping U.S. soldiers.

“There’s limits on how long you can hold guys,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baier in 2016. “You realize quickly that you make things worse. It is an inevitable outcome that people who are cooperating with coalition forces, when identified, will suffer some terrible torture or be killed.”

Golsteyn told Fox News he killed him. Two years later, he is facing the murder charge.

“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told Fox News in a statement Friday. “Major Golsteyn has been charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.”

Golsteyn, who had been awarded the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest award for combat valor, was initially accused of murder and conspiracy. But following the lengthy initial investigation by a military tribunal, no formal charges were filed.

Instead, Golsteyn was removed from the Special Forces and had his Silver Star taken away.

Wait a sec. What? Back then the Army couldn’t find any charges that would stick, so they stripped him of his medals and fired him anyway? For what cause?? Sounds mighty screwed up to me ... like they’d made their decisions even before doing any investigations or court martials?

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In a similar vein, we have another serviceman being charged with murder, for killing an enemy terrorist operative in Iraq. Um, what are our guys supposed to do, give these crazies a time out and a brisk finger wagging?

A reader writes in today asking me to post on this - and today was the first time I checked the blog email in months. Kind of odd that both cases surface at the same time.

From the Navy Times: NCIS documents cast doubt on Navy SEAL’s guilt in slaying of Islamic State fighter

Two high-ranking Iraqi military leaders with close ties to the SEALs cast doubt on the case military prosecutors have formed against Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who’s accused of murdering a wounded prisoner of war, according to records provided to Navy Times.

Their transcribed interviews contradict nearly every aspect of the federal case against Gallagher, 39, who faces up to 18 criminal counts, including premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing to death a badly wounded Islamic State detainee near the Iraqi city of Mosul on May 3, 2017.

A report prepared by the Naval Criminal Investigate Service on Oct. 22 — five weeks after Gallagher was arrested by federal agents and incarcerated in the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego — includes an interview in Baghdad with Iraqi Emergency Response Division commander Maj. Gen. Abbas al-Jubouri and his aide, Col. Issa Kadhim.

The ERD is the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior’s elite special forces unit, and both al-Jubouri and Kadhim worked closely with Gallagher’s SEAL platoon during anti-Islamic State clearing operations in northern Iraq in 2017.

A Jekyll and Hyde portrait emerges

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – As military prosecutors tell it, Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher is a callous murderer who stabbed to death a wounded Islamic State prisoner of war, gunned unwitting civilians with his sniper rifle, bragged about racking up kills and threatened to intimidate and publicly out SEAL buddies who complained to superiors and investigators about him.

But during two days of testimony in his Article 32 hearing here, Gallagher’s criminal defense attorneys painted a different picture of the highly-decorated SEAL, describing him as a battle-hardened hospital corpsman who properly treated a gravely-wounded ISIS fighter, only to have his reputation smeared by a handful of spiteful SEAL malcontents in the 19-man platoon who griped about his gruff leadership style.

Gallagher, a veteran of eight overseas and combat deployments, is facing 14 criminal counts, including premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing to death an alleged ISIS fighter Iraqi forces brought for medical care by his SEAL Team platoon in Mosul, Iraq, in early May 2017.

The married father and 19-year veteran of the Navy has been confined at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego since his arrest on Sept. 11 at Camp Pendleton, where he was receiving treatment as a wounded warrior.

He faces 14 criminal counts, including murder, aggravated assault, obstructing justice and drug charges tied to alleged pain reliever and anabolic steroid abuse.

By Nov. 30, Navy Capt. Warren Record, a military judge assigned as the hearing officer, will submit to Naval Special Warfare Group 1′s commodore, Capt. Matthew D. Rosenbloom, his recommendations on which charges — if any — should be lodged against Gallagher.

Rosenbloom, as the initial convening authority, authorized the initial charges against Gallagher and slapped a gag order on all participants in the legal procedures that controlled how they used evidence and discussed with the public the ongoing probe.

He will decide whether charges should be dropped, revised, handled non-judicially or heard at a court-martial.

Gallagher is one of only two SEALs with Alpha Platoon charged so far in connection with the ISIS fighter’s death. The other is Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier, who wasn’t with Gallagher when the man was killed but is accused of failing to report rumors of the chief’s alleged misconduct to superiors in his chain of command.

Portier has proclaimed his innocence and believes he will be exonerated as the person who brought the war crimes allegations to superiors.

The letter sent to me by a reader:

Here we are again folks. Charging brave American Sons, who the military trains to kill the enemy, with premeditated murder!
Navy Seal Chief Gallagher, who served 19 years of his life, deployed 8 times, defending this nation in the most horrific and dangerous hell holes in the world, charged with premeditated murder of a terrorist (and take note, no matter what story you read, the heavily armed terrorist who barely survived the bombing the military ordered is now referred to as an “Afghan boy”).

See, this is a real problem for our sons and daughters who serve. One minute they are encouraged to get the terrorist, kill the terrorist, bomb the terrorists, and then one survives and this gun toting murdering terrorist who lived to murder our Troops, suddenly becomes just an “Afghan boy.” This reminds me of Sgt. Miller’s case. At trial, the terrorist Sgt Miller pursued and killed in self defense, became just a “little old local Afghan man!”

After 19 years of heroic service, Chief Gallagher was transitioning to retirement when he was yanked out of TBI treatment, shackled and taken to the brig in California, where he remains. What is worse is what was done to his children. After his wife left for work, a swat team stormed his house, pulled his sons out of bed in their underwear at gunpoint where they were taken outside, in view of all the neighbors, while the bullies searched the Chief’s house.

https://www.justiceforeddie.com/

Whoever ordered this abuse of Chief Gallagher’s sons should be hog tied and beat with a stick! What a twisted bunch of sick bullies, to do that to the children of a man who was willing to die for all of us. When you consider 19 years of service, 8 deployments, that computes to 14 years this man was away from his family to serve his country and do the bidding of the United States Military! And this is how they treat him and his children!

The Chief is charged with premeditated murder and continues to sit in a brig where I’ve read his food is laden with rat feces and the temperatures in the cell go from hot to cold. The military appears to be torturing this Hero. His wife and children are terrified for their father and I can just about guess the Chief’s sons most likely will not consider a career in this schizophrenic military!

Who in their right mind would serve such a backstabbing bunch like this?!

Now comes the premeditated murder charge against the highly decorated Green Beret, Maj. Matthew Golsteyn! The bomb making terrorist he is charged with killing is now known as an “Afghan man.” NO! We desperately need to speak the truth! He was a murdering psycho who spent his time making bombs to blow up our Sons and Daughters!

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-decorated-green-beret-after-years-of-investigations-charged-in-2010-killing-of-suspect-taliban-bomb-maker

This military trains our Soldiers to kill the enemy. They deploy our sons and daughters to terrorist territories all over the world, and instruct them to kill the terrorists. When they do, the terrorist suddenly becomes just a “little old local Afghan man”, and our Sons suddenly become the “murderers” and charged with premeditated murder!

I love our Troops, with all my heart and soul. Men in my family served. They were willing to die protecting us. I’m so proud of their selfless sacrifice but I’m disgusted and fed up with this military.

Enough of this! The UCMJ should be diagnosed as schizophrenic, with psychotic features, and they should be tried as accessories to murder (they give the orders and they send our Troops to kill terrorists). Further, they should also be tried for torturing an American Hero, Chief Gallagher.

When they drag the latest American Heroes into court, to try them for premeditated murder, all the cards will be stacked against them. In a military court, they are guilty until proven innocent (just look at how they are treating the Navy Seal Hero Chief Gallagher) and they will be tried by a jury stacked with underlings subject to fierce career backlash if they decide against the Prosecutor. I’m familiar with one case where the entire jury had just come off a deployment with the prosecutor! What private is going to go against a Major?!!!

Below is my latest attempt to try and help The American Hero, Navy Chief Gallagher. It is a letter to our President.

Folks, please pick up your phones on Monday and ring your Congressmen and Senators and fight for Chief Gallagher and Maj. Goldsteyn. I’m afraid they are about to be the latest casualties of a schizophrenic military injustice system that, in my opinion, should itself be put on trial.

Please, please, please, fight for these brave Americans. They need your voices now more than ever. Please make calls, or you can send an email to the White House.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Please remind your Congressmen and Senators that they enjoy freedom and safety everyday, courtesy of brave Americans who are willing to die to provide that freedom to them!
Thank You, and please know that YOUR VOICE can make the difference for these Heroes!

With A Mother’s Heart,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers




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Bowling blogging!! Plus social commentary!!!

We won 5-2 last night. We had a great time hanging out with the folks on the other team; we’ve seen them at league for ages but never really got much chance to talk with them. Great people.

I tried something new last night, and it pretty much worked. Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the lane conditions - a serious top hat pattern with really dry edges?. Whatever. I stood a couple boards more to the right, moved my target spot a couple boards right, so that I was throwing the ball much further out to the side, deeper down the lane. And I made sure not to choke my release or “flang” the ball, keeping my swing straight. And the ball was hooking madly, better than anything I’ve ever thrown. A magic moment? A bowling epiphany? I can’t say. But I threw a 217 in the first game, which was mostly spares, and was over average in the next two games when I managed to start stringing strikes. Naturally we were on the end lanes, which break down so much faster than the ones in the middle of the alley. Beats me why, but they do. The alley put in synthetic lanes ages ago, so it’s not from rotted old wood.

Dave was there. He’s just out of the hospital after getting stents, so he wasn’t bowling. We were very glad to see him; I had kind of feared the worst after realizing just how fragile a condition he’s been in. No more bacon Dave. Oatmeal and salad for you from now on.

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The Domestic Partner and I had this big long discussion this morning on the youth of our nation ( during my first mug of coffee, oy ), and how turned in they are, not dating or hardly communicating with each other. How the feminazi movement, along with the cheap hookup sex ap Tinder, has destroyed romance and emotional connections, how helicopter/bulldozer parenting has raised a couple generations who can’t deal with anything, how technology has made face to face interaction easily avoidable. Not to mention the liberal brain washing that the education system provides. Thinking back, everybody at Cheap League knows everybody’s name, job, and life situation, we all talk and kid around all the time. Only one or two are glued to their cellphone games some nights. And what I realized is, nearly everyone on the league is over 40.

As we were leaving I saw a bunch of teen boys clustered around a “retro” video game machine. A really cute girl was with them, standing outside the inner circle, completely ignored. Case in point perhaps, but I see the same thing with the teens at the bus stop up at the shack every school morning. Heck, the half dozen teenage girls there don’t even talk to each other, much less the 3 or 4 boys. They’re all neighbors and classmates. Teen girls, not talking. The world is upside down.

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Other bits I’d write about, but have to make dinner instead:

http://victorygirlsblog.com/that-danged-constitution/ horry clap, how did this jackalope get elected?

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/12/12/ballot_fraud_american-style_and_its_bitter_harvests.html you betcha, ballot harvesting has to go. This is an in-your-face assault on our election system. Drain the swamp everywhere!!


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12/14/18

Buh bye??

Federal Judge: Obamacare Is Unconstitutional Without Mandate

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans. The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program.

Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.

“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote in a 55-page opinion, according to Bloomberg. O’Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster,” President Trump tweeted following the ruling. “Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”

And now the real battle begins. No kidding, the ACA is as anti-American a law as was ever written. But we don’t need the government to pass something else. No. If I want to purchase health insurance, I can. If I don’t, then I don’t have to. If I want to purchase a less universal policy, a “small blanket” for blanket coverage, then that is also my right.

If there’s any kind of government involvement here, make it so that individual payers get the same discount rates as the massive corporate bulk policies. I’m not buying into the “you save money because all these policies are identical and use the same paperwork”, because. Computers. Or the phony economies of scale discount BS. It costs them no different to sell 1 policy that covers 10,000 people than to sell that same policy 10,000 times. The same digital paperwork still needs to be done for each person.  That would be actual Affordable Care.

I just went through the annual Open Enrollment torture session. In my state, the cheapest policy you can buy costs $612 a month. The fancy policies go up to $1500 a month. That’s insane. Give me hospitalization coverage and 3 regular doctor visits per year plus an annual physical. And do it for $249 a month.

Open federal and state subsidized clinics for the poor people, and staff them with PAs, interns, and other medical school types willing to trade 4 years work for their education bill. You know, just like serving in the military. Call it Regular Care, dealing with the common day to day maladies, mild burns, and minor broken bones. That should handle at least 60% of the medical needs out there. Maybe make regional pre-natal care centers, and perhaps de-tox facilities. That should cover another 20%. Basic dental and vision covers another 10%. No, it ain’t perfect, but it would be a big help. And Medicaide might do for the cases that need actual hospitalization. And it wouldn’t have to cost the rest of us a bloody fortune every month. Hey, maybe the military can do without a couple new submarines, or gazillion dollar airplanes that don’t work anyway. And maybe if you clamp down on the welfare fraud you could come up with a few hundred billion more in annual funding. Of course, if you get a few dozen million illegals out of the country ...

Naturally the Dims are having a fit, throwing lies around everywhere. Who cares? It what they always do anyway.

More here, and a million other places. Will the limp Repubs move real quick and get something new done before the Dems take over in a few weeks? Gosh, this is their chance of a lifetime ... but that might mean giving up a bit of their Christmas break. Can’t have that. Damn the consequences to the entire nation forever.

This one aspect of the ACA remains crucial and is considered just by a large percentage of the population. Republicans would be well-advised to move on preserving this requirement immediately and find a way to codify it with new legislation. Yes, this judicial decision was a surprising turn of events, but that should be the impetus to act more quickly, even during the lame-duck session.

Indeed, the GOP would be smart to move swiftly to draft new targeted healthcare legislation that includes one or two other popular favorites, such as the ability to seek insurance across state lines, creating competition, and lowering prices.

The Democrats are likely — scratch that — certain to yell and scream about the “unfairness” of the end of Obamacare but will (eagerly) instantly move on to their beloved socialized medicine. (Cue Ocasio-Cortez.)

Republicans have to head this off at the pass if they wish to preserve free market medicine. Free market (capitalist-based) medicine has been vastly more important to everyone’s health than most realize, because it has been the impetus for many of the extraordinary high-tech inventions and advanced pharmaceuticals that have driven the life expectancy of Americans ever higher (until now, with the opioid crisis, alas). Moreover, it has induced many of our most intelligent people to be doctors. Don’t we want our best and brightest in that role? Without a free market, it wouldn’t be that way.

There is no final solution to healthcare. It is a commodity there never will be enough of. But we already have a form of socialized medicine in Medicaid. We should strengthen it. The best way to make that happen is through the free market system.


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12/13/18

Now joining the ranks of the newly unemployed ...

You had ONE job. And you blew it!!

I Left My Heart, In San Fransisco Seattle Airport



Someone left a human heart onboard a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, causing the Dallas-bound flight to return to its origin.

Southwest described the Sunday evening incident in a statement to USA TODAY, referring to the human heart on Flight 3606 as “a life-critical cargo shipment” that was “intended to stay in Seattle for delivery to a local hospital,” though the Seattle Times reported that no Seattle-area hospitals confirmed involvement.

During the Sunday flight, the captain told the passengers about the heart to explain why the flight needed to redirect, saying the heart had been left on the plane following a previous flight from Sacramento, California, to Seattle.

Those on the flight were in shock but “happy to save a life,” passenger Dr. Andrew Gottschalk told the Seattle Times.

Gottschalk said flyers became concerned when they learned hearts are only viable for transplants for a few hours.


Help Wanted: Medical Courier. Must be willing to travel on short notice. Must not be a moron. Must actually pay attention to the task and remain in close proximity to the medical cargo at all times.


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12/12/18

Oh, just go to Hell. Or Guatemala, whichever is cooler

Caravan Illegals To US: Pay Us $50,000 Each And We’ll Go Home

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the paper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Stolen from Honduras? WTF? I guess all the imports of bananas and baseballs don’t count, or all that tourism money. Or whatever. Maybe we should just find another supplier and vacation spot. They don’t appreciate it, so why bother?

A letter from the group criticized U.S. intervention in Central America and asked the U.S. to remove Honduran President Orlando Hernandez from office. They gave the consulate 72 hours to respond.

A letter from the second group of about 50 migrants arrived at the consulate around 1:20 p.m. asking the U.S. to speed up the asylum process and to admit up to 300 asylum seekers each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Currently, around 40 to 100 are admitted.

“In the meantime, families, women and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forced to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America,” the letter states.

Oh, and by the way, could you do us a favor and take over our little pisspot nation before you leave? We don’t like our leader but we’re too lazy to do anything about it ourselves. Now let us in to your horrible nation faster, you gringo bastards.

Holy shiite. An entire nation of greedy, grasping, arrogant Obamas, blaming the evil USA for all their problems.

No. None. Close down all immigration for a decade. Build the wall and add a minefield. They shall not pass. And purge our nation of all the little shits.



Oh, PS - Honduras has an import/export economy of about $20 billion/year. The USA has nearly balanced trade level with them, with about $5 billion flowing each way. $10 billion out of $20 billion. In other words, business with the USA is HALF their economy. HALF. Plus a billion or so US investment. Yeah, we’re so evil.


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12/11/18

Just how trigged out are the leftists?? This much, or more ...

President Trump Criticized Over Coin Toss Style At Army / Navy Game

President Donald Trump used a bizarre technique to toss the coin before the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, and people noticed.

Twitter users poked fun at Trump after he launched the coin at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday into the air like this:

What the hell kind of coin toss is that @realDonaldTrump????? pic.twitter.com/oe4xtnwNvR
— Wad (@WadyPhoto) December 8, 2018

“What the hell kind of coin toss is that @realdonaldtrump?????” asked @WadyPhoto, whose video of the televised incident had by early Tuesday garnered more than 1.6 million views.

“a bizarre technique”. Hey losers, get a friggin’ life already.

And give the guy a break. He probably hasn’t held an actual coin in his hand in years. Well, maybe a solid gold double Krugerand, but certainly not a plain old quarter or a dime. Please. He has minions for that.


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12/10/18

Gee, Nobody Wants Him

[ I’m sure that’s because they’re all rayciss ]

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that old phone don’t ring no more

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly would play for the Washington Redskins, or any team, should he get offered a job with three weeks left in the regular season.

Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers, would play for Washington despite the controversy over the team’s logo and name and team owner Dan Snyder’s criticism about players kneeling during the national anthem, sources told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

“He’s a professional Super Bowl-caliber quarterback and in the best shape of his life and he would play if given the opportunity on any NFL team,” a source told Yahoo Sports.

Kaepernick, who sparked controversy around the league when he decided to kneel during the national anthem in protest of perceived racial injustice across the U.S., has reportedly been working out and staying prepped in ready should an NFL team call his phone.

Too bad fuzzhead. Better learn some actual job skills because your career as a troublemaker - oops, I mean a star athlete worth millions per year - are over.


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12/08/18

Fat Dinosaurs !!

Using amazing modern scientific devices and some extremely well preserved fossils, paleontologists have found that ancient giant sea hunter Ichthyosaurus had blubber and camouflage pigmentation

The fossil of a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era has been discovered and it contains evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins than previously thought.

The team of researchers from North Carolina State University and Sweden’s Lund University used molecular and microstructural analysis to determine that the creature, described by National Geographic as a “sea monster,” was likely warm-blooded and potentially could use its coloration to help it hide from predators.
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Johan Lindgren, the lead author on the study, noted “Both the body outline and remnants of internal organs are clearly visible,” adding “Remarkably, the fossil is so well-preserved that it is possible to observe individual cellular layers within its skin.”
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In addition to blubber and skin, the researchers found traces of an internal organ that is believed to be the creature’s liver.

Evidence of the blubber, which is only found in “animals capable of maintaining body temperatures independent of ambient conditions,” as well as the liver denotes that the creature had a similar skin makeup to a whale, dark on top and light on the bottom, to help it avoid predators.

“Both morphologically and chemically, we found that although Stenopterygius would be loosely considered ‘reptiles,’ they lost the scaly skin associated with these animals – just as the modern leatherback sea turtle has,” Schweitzer added in the statement. “Losing the scales reduces drag and increases maneuverability underwater.”

He continued: “This animal’s preservation is unusual, especially for a marine environment – but then, the Holzmaden formation is known for its exceptional preservation. This specimen has given us more evidence that these tissues and molecules can preserve for extremely long periods, and that soft tissue analysis can shed light on evolutionary patterns, relationships, and how ancient animals functioned in their environment.

This is pretty cool. Some of these creatures were the size of whales, but pointier. More here.


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Ebola In The Congo About To Grow Exponentially?

Anti-vaccination efforts by marauding rebels, coupled with shamanist non-technical culture hinders efforts of effective treatment. Now a city of 1 million may be on the edge of epidemic disaster.

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

“We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,” said John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said.

The outbreak declared on Aug. 1 is now second only to the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people a few years ago. There are currently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are confirmed, including 225 confirmed deaths, Congo’s health ministry said late Thursday.

Without the teams that have vaccinated more than 41,000 people so far, this outbreak could have already seen more than 10,000 Ebola cases, the health ministry said .

This is by far the largest deployment of the promising but still experimental Ebola vaccine , which is owned by Merck. The company keeps a stockpile of 300,000 doses, and preparing them takes months.

“We are extremely concerned about the size of the vaccine stockpile,” WHO’s emergencies director, Dr. Peter Salama, told the STAT media outlet in an interview this week, saying 300,000 doses is not sufficient as urban Ebola outbreaks become more common.

Health workers, contacts of Ebola victims and their contacts have received the vaccine in a “ring vaccination” approach, but in some cases all residents of hard-to-reach communities have been offered it. The prospect of a mass vaccination in a major city like Butembo has raised concerns. Salama called the approach “extremely impractical.”

A WHO spokesman said shipments of doses arrive almost every week to ensure a sufficient supply for the ring vaccination. “No interruptions of vaccine supply have occurred to date,” Tarik Jasarevic said in an email to The Associated Press. “Merck is actively working to ensure sufficient number of doses continue to be available to meet the potential demand.”

This Ebola outbreak is like no other, with deadly attacks by rebel groups forcing containment work to pause for days at a time. Some wary locals have resisted vaccinations or safe burials of Ebola victims as health workers battle misinformation in a region that has never encountered the virus before.

A “fringe population” has regularly destroyed medical equipment and attacked workers, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga told reporters on Wednesday.

55% fatality rate so far, among the cases they’ve identified.

12/07/18

A little bowling blogging to end the day. We lost 2-5 tonight against the family team of X, J, and his son A. All of them are very good bowlers who can put a lot of rev and hook on the ball. We had one guy out; Dave is back in the hospital. He lives with emphysema, asthma, and COPD. He was just in the hospital 2 weeks ago for pneumonia. Cured of that, he still couldn’t breath but the doctors said his lungs were clear. It was clogged arteries, so he got a couple of stents put in. And then they found that he now has diabetes. Poor guy, he’s a mess. Recover quickly old friend.



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The high point of my day ... another trash panda rescue. Little guy was sleeping in there. I have no idea how long he’d been in there. Hope he got out safely.

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Yes, it’s Pearl Harbor Day again. A salute to all those who were there, and a hearty cheer for the few survivors of that vile day who are still with us today. Time passes, but we will not forget.


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Arrgh, I have to go out in the cold today to shovel leaves. Shovel, not rake. So time for a hot shower, then find some really thick wool socks. Damn, I wish this place would spend a little money to get a gas powered leaf vacuum. It would save us time, and do a much better job.

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Man, I am all bent out of shape over this new vote counting scheme they’re using up in Maine. Not just because it cost the GOP guy the election, but because the method is kept secret from the public. No, wrong. There is no “proprietary algorithm” that the citizens can not know about. If it’s secret, that means you are cheating. Period. Take them outside and execute them. Period.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/05/gop-winner-in-maine-02-now-declared-loser-due-to-rank-voting/

I could, and have, gone on for a couple hours on a high level analysis and error spotting festival for this method. It’s wrong. Flawed. Period. One person, one vote, and whichever candidate gets the most votes wins. If you are demanding that the winner get more than 50% of the votes, then do a run-off vote of the top two candidates, just like they do in Europe. Letting some secret computer program pick the winner is a recipe for corruption. And that’s all there is to it.


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12/06/18

Naughty Brit Bit

Guy stuck in traffic gets mad at everything. pretty funny, but lots of raw language


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Another day, another batch of stupid in the news. Psycho people, lying hypocrite politicians, law enforcement going all Big Brother, churches getting political, unrest spreading in Europe. In other words, it’s Thursday. SSDD.


•  There’s a Watch Bird watching you!
NYPD is using drones. In another year or two my guess is that they’ll be armed. And we’ll be living in RoboCop world. This is not a good thing.


•  Yeah, but wasn’t he a local? Uppity church puts nativity Jesus in a cage. To protest evil Trump’s immigration policies. Churches are tax exempt because they are sworn to be apolitical. So have your Woke Nativity ... and here’s you tax bill. A really, really big tax bill.


•  Meanwhile in England ... Nigel Farage quits UKIP fearing Tommy Robinson [ still in jail?? ] is pushing that party too far Right. Uh huh. IMO, Tommy Robinson is the only centrist in the whole damn country.


•  Psycho fag? Utah man beats male roommate, handcuffs him to a chair, drives ice pick through his genitals. Hey, it was either submit to that or get killed. And then he let the guy go, who then spent the night, and then went to the hospital and the cops the next day. Sounds a bit fishy and faggy to me. Naturally, psycho dude has been charged with all sorts of abuse crimes.


•  Oh, I thought that was just a hood ornament! Lunatic hit and run driver flees the scene, runs down a cop. He’s on the hood of her car holding on with one hand, dialing 911 with the other, as she’s rocketing 80mph down the highway. He rolls off, she gets caught. So busted.


•  #MeToo hypocrisy strikes again! Kamala Harris’ top aide quits after being outed over $400K sex harassment settlement news. Oh she didn’t know nothing about it! Yeah right. The guy was treating his female assistant like a dog. And a sex puppet. And she put up with it to keep the job and get ahead? When it got to be too humiliating, I think she threatened to sue, so he had her transferred immediately. And a couple days later Harris left being AG to be a new Senator, and took this creepy guy with her, continuing his role as her top aide.

At least 8 months ago I read an essay saying that the #MeToo movement was just a smokescreen, an attempt to move the Overton Window to get people all riled up and in a witch burning mood, so that these charges could be used to blackball any Republican Supreme Court nominees. Which then happened. But they started it too soon, and overplayed their hand, so by the time the Kavanaugh BS rolled around, most people were sick of it already, and several examples of major hypocrisy had already surfaced. Now we know that yet another one was going on; while Harris was trying to shame and torpedo Kavanaugh, her closest staff guy was being litigated for major workplace sexual harassment. A case which had plenty of witnesses and was about as open and shut as it gets. BTW, guess who paid the settlement? Betcha it was the taxpayers. Democrats: total hypocrites. What else is new?


•  Oooh, now it’s a thing. “Yellow Jacket” protests in France spread to the Netherlands. It’s not that the Dutchies are mad about taxes like the Socialist froggies, they’re mad at their country being overrun with muzzies, and mad at the excessive Political Correctness. Well no kidding. So on with the yellow vests, and get your protests in gear. So far they haven’t set half the country on fire, like the fwench are always so eager to do.

Pretty soon any stranded motorist in Europe, who has to put on the yellow safety vest by law, will be assumed to be some kind of protester. “What’s the problem?” “High taxes, too much immigration, and a flat tyre!!!”


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12/05/18

Mr. Busy once again. In addition to working some more hours and trying to get my ducks in a row for Christmas, I’m trying to maneuver myself into a better job. It’s a bit complicated, but I think there’s a way that I can do it, get myself a much better income, save the “business” a bunch of cash, and make everything better in several ways. All it takes is some cooperation, a couple people to come over to my side, and a willingness to bend the status quo just a bit. And if my idea works out, there could enough savings to buy a new backhoe and a shed to park it in. I’ve got about 6 months to work this plan.

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The usual daily nonsense and other interesting bits ...

https://www.foxnews.com/world/frances-prime-minister-to-announce-suspension-of-fuel-tax-hikes-that-provoked-riots-media-says

https://www.foxnews.com/us/princeton-all-male-a-cappella-group-removes-little-mermaid-song-from-set-list-over-consent-concerns

https://www.thewrap.com/lgbt-site-writer-calls-ariana-grandes-new-video-anti-queer-removes-byline-after-death-threats/

https://news.sky.com/story/nigerian-president-muhammadu-buhari-denies-he-died-and-was-replaced-by-clone-11570542

https://www.foxnews.com/science/scientists-just-discovered-what-may-be-canadas-largest-cave-and-it-looks-like-the-sarlaccs-pit

https://www.foxnews.com/science/medieval-skeleton-unearthed-london-wearing-expensive-leather-boots

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/veggietales-is-racist-and-dangerous-for-children-california-students-claim

https://www.foxnews.com/science/moldy-mouse-food-to-blame-for-delayed-space-station-supply-launch



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12/03/18

Cold and windy this morning. Brr. Very glad I’ve put a heater up in the shack.

Oh boy, thanks NJ: new law says I get accrued sick days at my little less than part time job. Oh boy. It might amount to 3 full days over the course of a whole year. Still, that’s better than nothing, so I’ll take it.


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12/02/18

Now this is proper schadenfreude

Clintons can’t fill 1/8 of a hockey stadium for their lecture circuit

written by NY Times syndicated sycophant Maureen Dowd ...

Curtains For The Clintons

In the 27 years I’ve covered Bill and Hillary, I’ve experienced a range of emotions. They’ve dazzled me and they’ve disgusted me. But now they’re mystifying me.

I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s a depressing sight. It’s two-for-the-price-of-one in half the arena. The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales. I paid $177 weeks in advance. (I passed on the pricey meet-and-greet option.) On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits. [ and that’s in Canadian money !! ]

I get reassigned to another section as the Clintons’ audience space shrinks. But even with all the herding, I’m still looking at large swaths of empty seats — and I cringe at the thought that the Clintons will look out and see that, too. It was only four years ago, after all, that Canadians were clamoring to buy tickets to see the woman who seemed headed for history.


FIFY: “headed for the dustbin of history ...”



FIFY again: “… after a dozen years in jail first”


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Paris Is Burning, Again, Still

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The centre of Paris was on lockdown tonight after masked protesters stole an assault rifle from police, clashed with riot squads and set fire to cars and Christmas trees on the Champs-Elysees in furious demonstrations against the French government.

Protesters said today’s actions were ‘the start of a revolution’ that would eclipse the mass strikes and occupation of universities and factories in1968 when the country was on the cusp of civil war.

Fires and clouds of tear gas covered the French capital from early morning until late in the evening, in some of the worst violence ever seen in the French capital as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.

As so-called Yellow Vest fuel price demonstrators marched along the opulent Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe, home to embassies and luxury residences, they were joined by criminal groups included looters.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised the protesters will be ‘held responsible for their acts’.

Macron said today’s demonstrations which have left dozens injured and hundreds arrested ‘have nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger.’ He said ‘no cause justifies attacks on police or pillaging stores and burning buildings’.

Macron said he is holding an emergency government meeting Sunday on the protests. He spoke from the G20 summit being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

French police confirmed there had been at least 224 arrests today during the protests for a series of offences, ranging from violent disorder to theft. There were 110 serious injuries, including more than 20 police officers.

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I guess the Daily Mail’s editor had the weekend off, as this article is nearly infinite in size with seemingly hundreds of photographs. You know what I noticed? Just how French things look in France. Well duh, right? But look at that first picture ... sure, it’s the lead photo, and features a black guy triumphantly standing on a burning police car. Raycis? But look how microscopic the cop car is. And check that neon green bicycle in the foreground. Have you ever seen anything more French? Look at the second picture with the firemen. Dig those helmets: Napoleon meets the space age. Totally Gallic design. Also notice the antifa symbol spray painted on the wall. Mai oui, but of course! The only thing missing is some scrawl in arabic.

Meanwhile, “disaffected youths” and “disaffected citizens” continue to riot across the nation, destroying businesses and each other’s cars. How Ferguson. How Millennial. And all because their pinko president jacked the heck out of the tax rate on diesel, which fuels their vehicles and heats their homes. [ nobody in Europe uses actual gasoline, because the taxed up price on that stuff is just insane, and has been for many decades ].

So, will    Macaroni    Marcon back down? Or will he get out the real muscle and repress the peasants properly? Stay tuned.


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“I probably miscalculated” she says

Egyptian Actress Arrested For Wearing Sexy Dress At Cairo Film Festival

Faces 5 Years In Jail For Public Obscenity

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An Egyptian actress is facing trial next month charged with public obscenity after she attended the closing ceremony of a film festival in Cairo wearing a see-through embroidered gauze dress that revealed the entirety of her legs.

Rania Youssef’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.

Egypt is a mostly conservative country with a Muslim majority. The Arab country of 100 million people has retained vestiges of secularism despite decades of growing religious conservatism, but Youssef’s case serves as a reminder that Islamic fundamentalism still pervades society five years after an Islamist president was ousted by the military.

Youssef faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of “inciting debauchery”, reports say.

Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians, though some said she should be able to wear what she wanted.

She could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty, a judicial source told AFP.

Ms Youssef has apologised.  The 44-year-old said she would not have worn the dress if she had known it would cause such controversy.

The charges were brought by two lawyers Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who are known for taking celebrities to court.

Ms Youssef’s appearance “did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular”, Mr Sabri told AFP.

The Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate also criticised the “appearance of some of the guests”, which it said “undermined the festival and the union”.

In a social media post, the actress said she had “probably miscalculated” in choosing to wear the dress. “It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realise it would spark so much anger,” she said.

“I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society,” she added.

Seriously? I don’t see any “free the nipple”, I don’t see more than the slightest hint of any cleavage, I don’t see any crotch flash. And as any actress ought to know, so many of these dresses turn transparent in the super bright lights on stage.

But this is pisslam, religion of tolerance, women’s rights, and the adoration of the feminine form. NOT. Add the rabid actions of a couple of misogynist hater lawyers, and it’s amazing she wasn’t flogged to death on the spot. Know your place, whore!!

Five years in jail for wearing a Hollywood type of dress to a Hollywood type event. And there will not be one word of objection from any feminist group anywhere in the world. Not one.

Oh, and the doublespeak is sublime. “A muslim majority” means the place is 99.5% islamic, nearly all illiterate and radicalized. Or fundamental, which means the same thing. “vestiges of secularism” actually means that there are very few aspects of life there that are not dominated by sharia law, even though, gosh, they ousted their hyper-islamic president a while back. And let the muslim brotherhood take over de facto? With Obama’s assistance? Impressive how these “bold journalists” can tiptoe through the keyboard and choose the softest of words when they’re talking about blood thirsty savages with a worldwide reach. [ Ok, in theory the MB was only in power a short while, but they and their supporters are probably 20% of the population, so they still exert tremendous influence. Violent influence. ]


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Who knew??



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Of course, she was Sandy back in those days.


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12/01/18

Ack, it’s December already.

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President Bush the elder has died.

George Herbert Walker Bush, 94

Former President George H.W. Bush, who spent a lifetime in public service and as the nation’s leader scored a decisive victory over Saddam Hussein but battled a faltering economy, died Friday at age 94.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A sixth child died in early childhood. The late former president also is survived by 17 grandchildren.

Former President George W. Bush issued the following statement upon his father’s death:

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

President Trump, who is in Argentina attending the G-20 summit, also issued a statement on behalf of himself and first lady Melania Trump. It read in part:

“Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”

George H.W. Bush was known for his gentlemanly demeanor, dedication to traditional American values, willingness to take on foreign despots like Iraq’s Hussein and Panama’s Manuel Noriega, and presiding over the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Rest in peace, old fellow. Thank you for a lifetime of service to the nation.


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Damn That Global Warming !!



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

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Watching the left eat it’s own. Less fun than I expected.


Sod Those TERFs !!


TERF is a new term that should be “hate speech”. It means Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist and is the terminal put-down for activist women [ many of whom are lesbians ] who don’t understand or accept the legions of mock-women who are invading and taking over their arena.


The reason why engagement with the most militant trans activists is fruitless, and yields only a slew of empty mantras and false stereotypes, is that one cannot argue with religious faith. At the core of transgender ideology is the idea that the old mind/body problem that has bedeviled philosophers for centuries has been definitively solved by gender-studies specialists—and that a female mind can exist within a male body and vice versa. Moreover, we are informed that these mystical phenomena are invisible in all respects, except to the extent that they are experienced from within—which means the only reliable indicator of supposed bona fide transgenderism is the self-declaration of trans-identified individuals (many of whom seem to have made these stunning discoveries as part of a sudden social trend).




An interesting and somewhat long essay of the perils of a feminist at the hands of the trans-stasi as they show that their idea of compassion and acceptance is totally a one way street, and that exclusion, banning, violence, death, and “re-education” are the just desserts for any who dare even ask questions about their new mystical philosophy.

I thought it was going to be a delicious festival of schadenfreude, but it’s actually pretty sad. And disquieting and a bit frightening. This is made worse because companies, colleges, and social media got onboard this wagon instantly and are out there trying to score points by leading the trans charge. You may recall that a few weeks ago the radical stage production The Vagina Monologues was thrown in the dustbin of history because it’s now all evil, wrong, Nazi, and Raycis ... because it’s a production that is not inclusionary of women who happen to have been born with big muscles and penises. You know, ahem, men.

This is progressivism in a nutshell. If you don’t agree with us, kowtow to us, or even have the temerity to ask a question ( which proves you’re a doubter, thus a hater, thus an enemy ) ... then you should be destroyed. No ifs ands or buts. Their way or the gulag or the grave. And they are NOT kidding.


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News From Joisey: The Roadkill Diaries, 2018 Edition

Which county cleaned up the most dead deer? And the winner is ...

The white-tailed deer population in New Jersey was so critically low from over-harvesting that state wildlife officials restocked some of the woodlands to revive the dwindling population. That was a century ago.

The handful of deer grew through the 20th century and into the 21st until today when deer are everywhere from the most rural to even urban areas. One of the most dangerous times for motorists — and deer — is in the breeding or rutting season from mid-September through November.

Following is a list of the 13 counties with the most deer collected after being found dead along New Jersey state highways. The figures are from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and represent just those deer carcasses picked up along state roadways. They do not include the dead deer picked up by counties and municipalities from the roads which they have jurisdiction over.

And Monmouth County wins! Yep, down the shore they picked up the most roadside squishies.

I demand a recount!! According to them, my own Hunterdon County came in at a lowly 3rd place, 138 splats less than the winner. No fair! This tabulation doesn’t include any deer from the local roads, it doesn’t include any that the vulture army got to first, and it doesn’t include the hundreds and hundreds that get whacked on the highways and then run over so many times that they turn into a brown smear in a matter of hours. Not to mention the ones that the DPW just doesn’t bother with; if the deader is more off the road than on, then odds are it might not be scraped up at all. No worries, the turkey vultures will make short work of it. And you almost never see a turkey vulture as roadkill.


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What the world has come to. Sad in so many ways.

Santa Busted In Florida

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Cops arrest fully paroled registered sex offender who they hired for $80 to play Santa. It is not illegal for him to do a job like this; the charges are that he didn’t report the new job fast enough to his handler. Cops cleared the entire public park where he was to appear. Seems a bit over the top to me.


Deputies in a central Florida county cleared a park before the arrival of Robert Bruce Kendel. The image of Santa Claus being led off in handcuffs would have been upsetting enough.

But the main reason officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office cleared the park on Tuesday is that they had received an anonymous tip that Kendel, 48, was playing Santa Claus without disclosing his employment as a Santa, according to ABC’s WFTV 9.

Kendel is a registered sex offender, having been convicted in 1993 of sexual battery on a child 12 or younger, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.

After receiving the tip on Nov. 21, Orange County Sgt. Rich Mankewich contacted Kendel via Kendel’s Craigslist ad in which he sold his professional services as “Santa Bob.” The deputy offered him $80 to portray Santa at a “corporate event” at Rose Place Park.

When Kendel arrived in full Santa regalia he was arrested and charged with violating the terms of his sex offender registry, according to Orange County Jail records.

Kendel, who lives in Orlando, is not legally barred from working as a professional Santa, a role he reportedly has played at private events since at least 2009. But the terms of his 1993 conviction require that he must report his employment and the email address or other online means he uses to communicate with clients to authorities, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Kendel’s wife Kim told WFTV: “He’s off probation. He’s off court files. He served his time in prison.” She told the station that Kendel is trying to earn extra money for their family during the holiday season and that there’s no reason to be concerned about his portrayal as the familiar Christmas season character in the red suit and white beard beloved by young children.

He also claims that he did not know he was supposed to report such types of employment.




Mooch’s Book Is #1 Best Seller Of The Year

Michelle Obama’s memoir, which was released on Nov. 13, is already the best-selling book of 2018, based on NPD BookScan data, her publisher Penguin Random House announced this morning.

The hardcover edition of “Becoming” has sold more copies than any other book in the U.S. this year, according to Penguin Random House, and is still at #1 on two New York Times best-seller lists after two weeks. It’s also topping the USA Today and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists and is the #1 adult nonfiction book around the world, including in Germany, Spain, Greece, Finland, and more.

I don’t know if the book folks track such things, but I’d like to see how many copies were sold at retail in bulk. Kind of a backdoor funding thing? OTOH, Democrats and other Marxists ( and certain minority groups ) are notorious for not buying books, while Republicans and patriots do so all the time. So if they all ran out to buy a copy, to leave on the coffee table for their other lib friends to see and fawn over, then sales are going to spike enormously.

And the book? Apparently, even after a lifetime of privilege, living at the top of society and making enormous amounts of money for doing nothing ... she’s still got a racist chip on her shoulder a mile high. She’s still a victim, and the white world is still out to get the blacks. Probably still not proud of her country either. What a bitter angry hypocrite loser.

Need more of this fawning gak-fest? Click here.


Quick, Hide The Pooh, Here Xi Comes !!

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No, good ol’ Winnie Ther Pooh isn’t racist ... yet. But his mere presence, chubby belly and fat bottom and all, might give offense to the top ChiCom who has the same kind of figure. At least Pooh didn’t get busted like Santa. This time.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Spain on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, prompting Spanish police to banish a street performer dressed as beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh from Madrid’s Sol Square.

Pooh suddenly became problematic because his likeness has been used in viral memes considered insulting to China’s authoritarian leader.
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The Chinese government regards Pooh with the same disdain as a hive of honeybees because someone thought a photo of portly Xi strolling alongside former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2013 resembled Pooh strolling alongside his pal Tigger. Viral mockery struck a fever pitch the following year when Xi shook hands with a dour Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and the scene was compared to Pooh shaking hands with downbeat donkey Eeyore.

I’m sure there are a few billion worse characters that Xi could be associated with. Sure it’s a big So What, but it belies a ridiculous level of sensitivity and a deeper lack of understanding about the West in general. Xi dude, if they pin the image of the best loved icon in the world on you, run with it.


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Meh, a poor night at Cheap League. We lost 2-5 again to the same team we played last week, since this week is another position round. I think position rounds are totally stupid, and a real annoyance in a smaller league like ours. I threw a really nice game in Game 1, hitting ‘em for a 227. Then my knee starting bothering me more than usual and things went downhill from there. Plus our opponents were bowling superbly. So we won the first game but lost the next two. Oh well.


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And some other crap ...

Sharpton says “We wuz robbed” after GA Stacey Abrams loses by more than 50,000 votes. Gee Al, better get the Georgia laws changed to allow Cali style ballot harvesting. STFU.

Occasional Cotex wants in on top committees. See, this is what happens when you elect some commie rabble-rouser with zero work experience as President. All the other commie nobodies think they can just walk in off the street to the top slots too. Guess again Chompers Crazy Eyes.


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11/30/18

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Odd “unnatural” earth tremors near Madagascar. Earth burps?

Ok, nothing serious there, and it’s from a couple weeks ago. But today’s dirt wiggle is quite serious, although no fatalities are yet reported as far as I know ....


Massive 7.0 earthquake in Anchorage Alaska!!



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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the state of Alaska on Friday morning, churning up roads and sending office workers running to the streets in scenes locals described as pure “anarchy.”

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about 5 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. There were no reported injuries.

“It was anarchy,” Brandon Slaton, a resident of nearby Kenai, Alaska, told The Associated Press. “There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke.”

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for the Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula shortly after the earthquake, but later canceled it. Police in Alaska’s Kodiak island community had told residents to head to higher ground.

A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck Alaska near Anchorage early Friday morning, damaging roads and buildings, knocking out power and sending people fleeing from buildings and to safety beneath door jambs.

The epicenter was just north of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. It violently shook the most populous region of the state as people were settling in to work and school.

There were no immediate reports of major injuries but it appeared parts of the region had suffered serious structural damage.

The city of Anchorage declared a civil disaster declaration to access state resources, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told reporters Friday. He urged residents to remain calm in the aftermath of the quake.

There were several aftershocks, including a sharp jolt felt widely in Anchorage around 10:26 a.m. and another series of aftershocks just before 11 a.m. At least three of them were 5.0.

The earthquake shook buildings violently, cracking walls, leaving some store floors a mess, and leaving desks covered with dust from ceiling tiles.

A large section of road near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking. [ marooned driver not injured but needs a stiff drink and fresh underwear ]

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said he had been told that parts of the Glenn Highway, a scenic route that runs northeast out of the city past farms, mountains and glaciers, had “completely disappeared.”


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American power and influence

I was surfing about just now, and a picture on someone’s blog lead me to TinEye which lead me to a swimwear / lingerie company. In Serbia. You know Serbia; it’s across the Adriatic Sea from eastern Italy. Yeah, and? They just finished their Black Friday sale.   iskoristi 20% popusta!

They aren’t Americans. They don’t have Thanksgiving. They don’t speak English. But everything in America goes on sale on that day, so they’re doing it too. And it says “Black Friday” in English, right on their webpage.

Sweet.

It’s good to be the king.

MAGA !!


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Nearly time to go shopping

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Yeah, it’s a 35 mile drive into the densest part of the state to find this stuff, but a promise is a promise. Plus, there are at least 3 nice Thai places on the way home. One right next door, one a bit off the track to the north, and a top-end place called Origins on the way home. We’ve been to the other Origins over in Somerville. It’s a fusion cuisine, French meets Thai. Their food is extraordinary.


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I’m doing Christmas shopping on Amazon this year for anything significant. It’s just easier for me. The old knees aren’t up to logging the miles at the shopping centers any more.

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11/29/18

Bored now. I’ve been scanning the news and there is very little that piques my interest enough to churn out a paragraph or three over. SSDD, same bat time, same bat channel.


We’ve caught up with the whole season of the new Dr. Who with Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, in female form for the first time ever. This iteration she doesn’t have one companion, she has three. And old white guy, a young black guy, a young Pakistani woman; it’s Diversity Plus. The episodes have been pretty lightweight so far, dipping a toe or two deep into the SJW pool and then drawing back. Have to see how it goes, but this iteration’s Doctor hasn’t yet shown the strength, confidence, or character that the old Doctors were famous for. And the Mork from Ork outfit is just plain silly.


Been watching Manifest when is shows up On Demand. It’s another time traveler mystery powers kind of show, like The 4400 or The Crossing or Lost or any number of others, as they try to solve the Big Mystery, evade or fight the Evil Government secret agency, and come to terms with their nascent visionary abilities. Add a few heaping tablespoons of V, X Files, Under The Dome, and several others of that genre. Catch phrase “It’s all connected”. Yes, and The Truth Is Out There.  But no evil Walternate yet, and no Gene the genetically altered cow (for all you Fringe fans). And nothing as overtly spooky evil as in Counterpart (our other favorite newer series).


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This is cute: pedal design for the video generation. Actually, it makes great sense. But seeing as it’s a concept vehicle for a new Volkswagen van, there’s never ever going to be a >> pedal. Which is a shame; their 2.0 turbo could be tuned for more low end torque and would work well in such a vehicle, which could be both a delivery van and a budget minivan on the same platform. But no, all electric.

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Is there any there there? DOJ unseals a big bunch of charges accusing many of web fraud Because Russians? They’re charged with running a massive botnet to generate fake traffic on fake websites, and then using those hit counters to sell dozens of millions in ad revenue to companies that never bothered to look to see where their money was being spent?? But Russians!!! Anyway, how can these be “fake websites” if they existed and had the ads running on them? Sure, phony content. And what else is new? And I’m not just talking CNN. All of social media. Everything Kardashian. Every hot girl in a bikini online who gets money to be an “influencer”. DWTS. All that junk runs on fake hit counts, fake accounts, and botnets. It’s all a giant game of pretend, top to bottom.

The allegedly fake ad network rented more than 1,900 computer servers and used them to create ads on fake websites, giving the appearance that humans were viewing ads on those spoofed domains and causing businesses to pay more than $7 million for the commercials.

In another scheme, three of the defendants allegedly began another fake advertising network that utilized a botnet to reach more than 1.7 million infected computers, download fake domains and then run ads on the spoofed webpages.

The scheme led to businesses paying the false ad network more than $29 million for the ad views, which were never actually seen by humans, according to the indictment.

For a few million more they could have run a Google campaign to get those pages up in the ratings. And (given that the internet is nearly infinite) so what if no humans ever viewed the pages? I could name several sitcoms and news shows that have zero viewers, but they still run ads on them.

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Totally expected unexpected news:
Trump’s former lawyer Cohen cops a plea, turns rat fink for Mueller. Left having a massive pocket pool party. Expect nearly nothing to come of this, other than to stretch the BS investigation out for another year or two. Like I said, SSDD. Bored with all of it.

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11/27/18

Yerp, still here. I’m not sick, but I’ve been very tired the past few days. Holiday exhaustion or something. Trying to get things done around here and that wears me out. Right.

Ok, the list of tasks is getting shorter. Yay.


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Gross out post of the year


You’re A Big POS, Monkey Effer*

Borneo: Orangutan Forced Into Prostitution, Rescued

Eww.

Chained to a wall and lying on a dirty mattress with a full face of make-up, Pony the orangutan waited for her next client.

Men working in the nearby palm oil farm in Borneo would come into the brothel and could pay a couple of quid to have sex with a prostitute, or, shockingly, with her.
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Knowing what was expected, Pony would gyrate her hips when a punter came to the door before being raped by men twice the size of her who paid her owner for the experience.

Stolen from her mum as a baby, the gentle ape’s entire body was shaved every other day, leaving her skin irritated, covered in sores and prone to mosquito bites - and she was taught how to perform sex acts.
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No one knows exactly how long Pony was forced to work as a prostitute before being rescued from a brothel in Indonesia.

It’s taken over a decade for Pony to recover from the unimaginable cruelty she suffered at the “brothel” village - a destination popular with local farm workers who used prostitutes.

Chained to a bed, men could choose to pay to have sex with her - and she was shaved and made to wear perfume and jewellery.
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The rescue wasn’t straightforward, with the local community extremely reluctant to let Pony, who was a good source of income, go.

In the end it took 35 armed policemen to get the villagers to hand over Pony.

“The madam cried bitterly when Pony was taken away.”
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Experts think she’d been taken from her mother as an infant - as most orangutans usually stay with their mum for the first seven to 11 years of their lives - and they estimated her to be around six years old.

So not just a sexmonkey, an underage sexmonkey. Pretty damned depraved. And it took a small army of cops before the sicko villagers would let her go.

Oh sure, all cultures are equal. Riiight. The saddest part of this whole story? The local dirtbags preferred the orangutan over the human prostitutes.

Indonesia is a highly islamic nation state.

I’d say burn the place to the ground after staking out the entire village in the middle of town, surrounded by a giant pile of kindling.

* modified and stolen from the Terrence & Phillip song from the South Park Movie

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11/25/18

I can’t believe there is any snow left on the ground. It rained mightily last night for hours and hours, and it’s nearly “warm” this morning in the upper 30s. Another day like this and I might actually be able to get outside and do my fall cleanup in the gardens.


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11/24/18

Bowling Blogging!

We won 5-2 last night, the first time we haven’t gone either 7-0 or 0-7 in at least 6 weeks. I threw a 587 series, pulling a 227 in the first game. Plenty of strikes in that game. Later on I couldn’t make a lot of them, but I was making spares all over the place, and a number of tough splits. I made the 6-7-10, which is kind of a miracle. It’s one of the 4 most difficult splits you can get (7-10, Big 4, Greek Church, 6-7-10), and 2 of those spares are nearly impossible to make. I’ve been bowling for at least 18 years and I’ve made the 6-7-10 once or twice before out of hundreds of times. So that was an exciting moment for all of us. Back in the old days when bowling’s governing body was the ABC, you’d get a little pin for this spare. A personal achievement award. These days the USBC doesn’t give you anything for anything. Just give them money and get nothing for it. Suckers. Self-isolated teammate Joe didn’t even look up from his video game when I made the spare. Oh well.

I think we’re in 5th place at this point.

update, pathetic division: USBC does offer all these personal achievement awards. Here’s the link. Download your own, fill in your own name and date, and print it yourself. Tape it to the fridge and maybe Mommy will paste on a gold star too. If you’re over 9, this is really really pathetic. Give yourself your own participation trophy. Sad.


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I am having an easy weekend, recovering from the holiday. It’s so much warmer today, all the way up to 357deg; at this point, with no wind. After single digits and 20mph steady breezes the other day, it almost feels like Spring. 

I might try another batch of the fennel stuffing. We followed the recipe pretty closely, fresh herbs etc, and then added a good amount of fennel flavored sausage. But the result was still rather bland IMO. Maybe my taste buds are burned out, or perhaps I can’t taste a lot because of this temporary dental bridge that I have to wear, that has a plastic plate across half the roof of my mouth. While that does protect me against pizza cheese scald and killer hot Thai food, I think it also limits my ability to taste more subtle flavors. So I want to do another batch of stuffing and sausage and double the amount of herbs and spices and cranberries and apples, cut the bread into much smaller cubes, and add turkey stock instead of low sodium chicken broth. And more of it too; I felt the stuffing was a bit dry. I want to turn the flavor dial up to at least 8, possibly 9.

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11/23/18

Now dat’s a Joisey news story!

“Too many f***ing deer in NJ”

Unless you live in the middle of a heavily populated urban area in New Jersey, you may have noticed that we have a deer problem. The problem is so bad in the suburbs and rural areas that you can find a dead deer on almost every road in the state right now. The problem is so bad for farmers that they have taken to high measures to try to assess just how many of these critters they’re dealing with, to figure out the best way to get rid of them.

They’re using drones to determine the amount which can be as much as 114 per square mile as measured in Princeton. Good luck avoiding hitting one, especially right now during the rut, or mating season. The males are crazy with the “urge to merge” and are chasing doe everywhere, and both sexes (yes deer still have two sexes) are running out in the road in the frenzy.

I can count up to 15 deer in my backyard in Evesham, Burlington County, just about every day of the year.
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This morning I passed an accident involving three cars and a deer. The DEP has lengthened hunting seasons and increased limits on taking of deer, but that may not be enough to stop what is clearly a situation out of control.

We also have the most Turkey Vultures per square mile in the whole world, I swear. Those birds are so fat and so well fed that it’s amazing they can get off the ground.

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Too Convenient A Suspect, Too Easy A Solution?

Is this another case of “always go with family” and “arrest the most likely white guy” method of solving crime?

This is an update of the double home fire / multiple murder story here in NJ that I linked to the other day.

COLTS NECK — The brother of one of the four homicide victims found at a burning Monmouth County mansion is innocent of setting fire to his own house and of “any other potential charges,” his lawyer said.

Paul Caneiro is charged with setting fire to his home Tuesday in Ocean Township. Hours later, the blaze at the home of his brother Keith was reported in Colts Neck. Keith Caneiro and his family were found dead, and officials say all were slain before the fire.

Authorities said they could not confirm or deny that Paul Caneiro was a suspect in the slayings.

“My client maintains his innocence on this charge and any other potential charges,” Caneiro’s attorney Robert Honecker told CNN this week . “His family fully support his defense of this charge. No evidence has been produced that suggests a reason why he would engage in such conduct. He fully expects to be vindicated when this case finally resolves.”

At the mansion, Keith Caneiro, 50, was found shot to death on the lawn. Inside, authorities found the remains of his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer Caneiro, and their children, 11-year-old son Jesse and 8-year-old daughter Sophia.

The bodies of the mother and children were badly burned. Medical examiners had not determined causes of death for them as of midweek.
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Paul Caneiro was accused of using gasoline to set his home on fire while his wife and two daughters were inside. No one was hurt in that blaze, which was reported at 5 a.m. Tuesday.


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A bit on the cool side this morning.

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It was in the single digits before the sun came up. Welcome to Winter I guess. I think it’s time to hook up the heated food dish for my outdoor kitteh. Maybe one of those kennel heater pads still works too.




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11/22/18

Oops.


What’s a holiday without a near disaster in the kitchen? I had the 2 day sourdough bread rising in a linen couche in the warm oven, had to move things around on the stove to saute some fennel and onions for the stuffing, and accidentally hit the knob and turned the oven on to broil. And didn’t notice.

A few minutes later ... what’s that smell?!? And the couche is on fire!

I couldn’t bat out the flames so I threw it all out the back door and then dumped some water on it. Sorry, no bread today.

But hey, look at those awesome gluten strings in the dough. We’ve got most of the smoke out of the house. And the stuffing smells awesome ... with just a touch of smokey flavor.


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UPDATE, many hours later -

Interesting. We got home and the burnt couche and dough were gone. Beats me. I don’t know what critters around here would eat that stuff, but I think someone did. Raccoons? I can’t say. Mr. Ginger, our outdoor cat, came by and ate a whole can of food and a double handful of kibbles. So he was hungry, and I don’t think he was the dough bandit. I’ll look around out there tomorrow.



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Made it this far!


Happy Thanksgiving !!

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Ok. Cheesecake is done. Cooked it up with the water bath method last night, came out perfectly, and it’s been chilling out in the fridge all night. Got the emergency pumpkin pie made last night too. Why was it emergency pie? Because someone who came a day early to visit forgot the pie crust, so I had to make an extra trip to the store. Then I found out she’s also forgotten the pumpkin and the condensed milk. So back to the store. But we did some CYA and bought a store made pie too, just in case we had a baking disaster. Got the final batch of sausage cooked; a handful of fresh parsley adds an interesting flavor, and a bit more whole anise and fennel gives them a more pronounced flavor. The extra strength sourdough bread took forever to rise yesterday, then I punched it down and stuck it in the fridge. Retarded ferment to get as much sour flavor as possible. It’s coming up to temp now. I’ll give it a final knead and preshape it the couche. Meanwhile, time to finish my coffee and get going on the stuffing. Two batches, because some folks can’t eat onions. By the time that’s done it will be time to bake the bread, so it will probably still be warm when we get over to the FIL’s house. And I made a list of all the other stuff we have to bring, from books to wine. Mr. Organized, that’s me. For once!!!

I have to keep an eye on the traffic situation. The news people say traffic will be awful today, although half our trip is down the rural ends of the highways. And it’s mighty cold this morning. None of that big wind yet. Fingers crossed.

Hey, I might even have time to take a shower and iron my shirt. Wow.

Have a super holiday y’all !!


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11/21/18

Gobble Gobble

I am going to be super busy today, so if I don’t find time to post, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Leave yourself plenty of extra time to get to granny’s. Eat slowly in stages. Eat first, then drink. Avoid talking about politics. If you can’t stomach watching the football game, the BBC has some kind of all day event about chimpanzees, oh boy. When it’s time to go home, take it easy. Assume every other driver is half in the bag and cranky after having to fake it with all the relatives all day. So be considerate and keep your distance.

Just one more loaf of bread to make ... I’ve made so much bread this week that my sourdough starter has gone sweet. The sour part comes from acetic and lactic acid being created by the happy yeasts and bacteria. That takes time to develop, and constantly feeding the starter thins them out. I’m also making fennel/apple/sausage stuffing; my second batch of sausage was made a bit stronger, with dinner level flavors instead of breakfast level. It’s all good. I have to make two batches, one without any onions. And she’s going to last minute it, and make a cheesecake. I suggested she do that Monday or Tuesday night, as cheesecakes are better if they have a day or three to mature. But no. Whatevs.

Gee, ya think?

NJ Cops: Two Brothers Simultaneous House Fires May Be Related, Might Be Arson, Could Be Murder:

4 Or 5 Dead Bodies Give Them That Idea

https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-jersey-mansion-fire-leaves-multiple-dead-arson-being-investigated
https://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2018/11/20/colts-neck-fire-ocean-township-home/2071435002/
https://www.foxnews.com/us/tech-ceo-wife-2-kids-found-dead-after-arson-fire-rips-through-new-jersey-mansion-report

Ok, I’m assuming they were brothers. Same family name, both ran a tech company together. Details a bit sketchy. At least one body found shot on the front lawn, entire family killed inside home, either by fire or other means.

Smells like a hit job to me. Drug gangs?


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{ SNIP SNIP SNIP old posts go bye bye }

10/29/18

Kitteh is helping

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Wanna go for a spin, kitty? Um, no.




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Sweater Weather


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hee hee, here’s a good one ...

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Drive it like you stole it

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what is that, a ‘69? A ‘68? Charger, Roadrunner? Lo back split bench seats with a fold down armrest, automatic PRNDL indicator on the steering column, manual windows and steering. Aftermarket wheel and B&M floor shifter I think.


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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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





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calendar   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 ...


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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.

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

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

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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.


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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

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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel





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bazinga!

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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.





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

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

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

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

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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.”



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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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rats

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.





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