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The messed up world we live in ...

•   Actress Allison Mack busted for sex slaver perv cult The actress who had the #2 role in Smallville for a decade is some kind of freak. The Hollywood sex slave cult NXIVM pretends to be some female self-help self-realization empowerment group, but does that through total submission, sexual slavery, physical branding, and humiliation. Hypocrisy much? I first read about her involvement in this group a couple years ago. We had two baby kittehs and I wondered if we could get them toilet trained, so I looked up “kitten training” and got back a huge number of bizarre hits. If even a tenth of this stuff is true, then mind controlled “Hollywood sex kittens” is a thing, and has been a thing, for many decades. That’s messed up. Whore your way to fame and fortune, as your master commands. Such empowerment and self-fulfillment.

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack was arraigned on Friday at a federal courthouse in New York following her arrest on sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges as part an alleged sex cult, Fox News confirmed Friday.

The 35-year-old was last seen in March running after purported cult leader Keith Raniere as police hauled him away from a $10,000-a-week Mexican villa where the pair had reportedly been hiding out.

“I have no comment on the arrest this afternoon of Allison Mack,” a rep for the star told Fox News. But the New York Post reported that Mack pleaded not guilty.

Raniere, the co-founder of the self-help organization and alleged cult NXIVM, stands accused of keeping numerous women as slaves and branding his initials into their skin.

•   Maybe not TNB, but a crazy nigga with a knife. One with a long criminal record. Man stabbed to death by stranger at restaurant with daughter on his lap.

A 35-year-old California man was eating at a steakhouse with his wife and 5-year-old daughter when he became the victim of a “random attack” that tore the family apart, police say.

Anthony Mele had his daughter in his lap Wednesday at 9:20 p.m. when Jamal Jackson, 49, walked into Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura, California, police said. Jackson was wielding a knife, police said — and just moments earlier, Jackson had been waving that knife around in front of the oceanside restaurant, intimidating people nearby, KEYT reports.

After Jackson entered the steakhouse, he approached Mele and stabbed him in the neck, police said. The family had just finished up dinner. Despite the fact that Mele was holding his daughter during the attack, neither the daughter nor Mele’s wife were injured. Mele, who did not know Jackson, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Mele died the next day from the injuries, police said.

•   Pudgy blonde actress Amy Schumer goes on Teh View to apologize for being white. ‘I Am A Caucasian’ — Amy Schumer Goes On ‘The View,’ Says A ‘Woman Of Color’ Should Have Played Her In New Movie

Amy Schumer confirmed she is, in fact, white Friday on “The View.”

She stated that she would have liked if a “woman of color” was the star the new movie “I Feel Pretty,” the movie that she herself, a white woman, chose to star in.
“No, it just made me excited for people to see the movie,” she said. “It’s not about an ugly, vile troll getting beautiful. It’s about a girl who really struggles with self-esteem, which is something we can all relate to.”

“Also, I think it is fair to say that it’s a lot harder for other people,” she added, “and I recognize that I am a caucasian, like — I would love if this movie were starring a woman of color who’s had it way harder than me, and I think, I hope we get there. This is hopefully just a step in the right direction.”

Well, I guess you could give back all the money, and then retire to some log hut in the deep outback and live off of bugs and leaves, as penance for the crime of not being born rather darker. What an idiot. To be fair, she hasn’t yet - that I know of - decided she’s actually a member of some other species, or some kind of gender anomaly who needs to transform by getting a double addadicktome surgery and an extra eyeball, or that she’s actually a lesbian eskimo or a headhunter from Papua New Guinea with 11 past lives. So there is some small hope for her.

•   Pro Ball: Stoner Leagues 85-90% or more members of the NFL and NBA are total potheads, and it’s been that way a long long time.

Former NBA player Kenyon Martin, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, said in an interview with Bleacher Report published Friday that he believes “85% of the league” smoked marijuana during his career.

Former tight end Martellus Bennett thought the number was even higher in the NFL, where injuries and physical pain are more prevalent.

“I want to say about 89% (of the NFL used marijuana),” Bennett told Bleacher Report in a separate interview among former NFL players.

Marijuana is one of the NBA and NFL’s banned substances, with a failed drug test leading to a suspension and fine — even for players in states where marijuana is legal. Former NFL player John Moffitt noted that the league is essentially “looking away” by only testing once a year.

Matt Barnes, another former NBA player who retired after the 2016-17 season, said he smoked pot before games throughout his 14-year career. He also said there was hypocrisy among NBA teams’ top brass when it came to marijuana use.

“The GMs, coaches, presidents (were smoking). I mean, it goes deeper than what you think,” Barnes said. “Some of the people that are cracking whips and suspending us are smoking weed.”

Once again, as always, the rules get ignored for the top jocks. Who are a pampered, brain dead crew of wastrels. Pity they never learned to read or even watch TV, where the ads for OTC pain relievers are on constantly. Take a couple Advil™ instead?

If you’re going to have these trained monkeys play sports, and you have rules that say that they have to live clean, then there ought to be a hair, urine, and blood test before each and every game. Fail it, and you’re in the no-paycheck penalty box for 60 days. Fail it three times and you’re out of a job. Either that, or toss the rules entirely, and let these people dope themselves into oblivion, do all kinds of steroids and performance enhancing drugs, and burn themselves to death. Who cares? They’re all disposable anyway.

Or society is such a mess. And we’re the good culture. Which means the rest of the world is 10 times worse. Crivens.



Desperate Acts Of The Petulant And Delusional

DNC Sues President Trump For Alleged Russian Collusion And Stealing The Election

The Democratic Party on Friday filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against Trump campaign officials, the Russian government and WikiLeaks alleging a widespread conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump’s favor.

Calling it an “all-out assault on our democracy,” the Democratic National Committee filed the civil suit in federal district court in Manhattan. The suit amounts to another legal broadside related to the 2016 race, on top of the special counsel’s ongoing Russia probe and the FBI raid on Trump’s personal attorney last week.

“The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the Presidency,” the suit states.

It claims that Trump campaign officials worked in tandem with the Russian government and its military spy agency to bring down Hillary Clinton by hacking into the computer networks of the DNC and spreading stolen material.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez in a statement, going so far as to call the alleged collusion “an act of unprecedented treachery.”

The suit names several Trump campaign aides who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chair Paul Manafort and campaign deputy Rick Gates.

“In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner,” the suit claims. “In 2016, individuals tied to the Kremlin notified the Trump campaign that Russia intended to interfere with our democracy. Though multiple meetings, emails, and other communications, these Russian agents made clear that their government supported Trump and was prepared to use stolen emails and other information to damage his opponent and the Democratic Party.”

And all this is based on what? Oh, that their server was “hacked”, when it was shown more than half a year ago that the speed and amount of data could have only come from direct internal access. IOW, a thumb drive plugged into a terminal. And it was also shown that there were very few people working that night, and even fewer active terminals. One of which was signed into by Seth Rich. And very shortly thereafter, he wound up accidentally dead, shot twice in the back of the head in a “robbery gone wrong”, when nothing was taken from his person.

And if the Russians did get their hands on any actual federal government data, it came either through Hillary’s knowingly traitorous purposely unsecured bathroom server full of classified data (while the Russians were paying MILLIONS to Bill for speeches that never happened and/or making fat fat phat donations to the Clinton Foundation ... treasonous corruption much??), or through the jihadi spies that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a big pile of Democrats gave the congressional IT job to, and never did a moment’s worth of vetting on, and supported them even after they were found to be dirty, then managed to get her brother to lead the “investigation” (which, 8 months later, has not resulted in a single criminal charge that I’m aware of).

I am beyond livid. This is so childish, so stupid, so divisive. HILLARY LOST. Now shut up, grow up, and Move On. But they won’t. So it’s time to sic the law on them, and deliver a spanking so severe they’ll feel it for 100 years. Throw the case out, find all the plaintiffs immediately guilty of not just massive libel, but an attempt to overthrow the government and destroy the nation. Disbar their lawyers, strip them of all their assets, and send them to jail for 10 years without parole. Fine the DNC $500 million, as a priority 100% garnish on all current assets and future income. They can’t spend a penny supporting a single candidate anywhere until the bill is paid in full. And it comes with 10% APR. And then let the arrests begin, since it’s pretty much already been shown that it was Team Hillary who did all the illegal stuff, who first floated the Russian Thing, who set up that hot spy chick for that meeting with Jr, who funded the Steele dossier, who owned the DNC outright and controlled all their spending, who would have lost the primary to moron commie Bernie Sanders had she not had her troops conspire to torpedo his candidacy, and on and on an on. Put them all in jail, top to bottom, including the treasonous punks in the FBI and DOJ.

We’ve all had our fill of this infantile garbage. Mueller has been dicking about for a year and a half, and has come up with nothing. Please. You know what a sieve DC is. If he had anything, anything at all, even a parking ticket, it would have been the one and only story on the Enemy Media 25 hours a day 9 days a week. And we got crickets. Sure, let’s have another investigation. Let’s investigate the MSM while we’re at it, and see how many of those commie bastards we can throw in jail or stand up against the wall as well.

Yes, this is “an all-out assault on our democracy”. By the communists. In America. Who call themselves Progressives. And claim to be Democrats. And an all-out assault must be repelled with overwhelming and unyielding force.

I’m done. I want blood. Don’t drain the swamp: burn it to the ground and toast every last rat, cockroach, snake, and mosquito in it.



Is it Spring yet? Yet?? I saw snowflakes yesterday. Just a little light flurry, but come on already. It’s less than two weeks until May.  It’s just above freezing this morning, but at least the rain has stopped. I hope.

9:20am: With the sun up for a while now, we’re up to a sweltering 37°F. Woo, heat wave. So I guess I’ll go drive the van around and gather up some salt buckets, since the odds of any more significant snowfall at this point are pretty slim. Please. Please let Winter be over.


Teacher Suspended For Pro / Con Class Assignment On Slavery

A charter school in San Antonio apologized Thursday after a teacher’s assignment asked to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery a day earlier, Fox 29 San Antonio reported.

The eighth grade American History class assignment was titled “The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,” reported.

Parents at Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School were outraged after learning about the assignment.

“The assignment itself weighing the pros and cons of slave life and slave perspective quite honestly is just gross,” one father said. “There are no pros to one human being owning another.”

Great Hearts Texas Superintendent Aaron Kindel addressed the public with statement, reported.

“Our review of the situation found this incident to be limited to one teacher at just one campus,” Kindel said in a statement obtained by the publication. “It was a clear mistake and we sincerely apologize for the insensitive nature of this offense.”

The school has reportedly placed the teacher on leave while they investigate the matter.

The history book used in class, “Prentice Hall Classics: A History of the United States,” has also been removed and will be audited, reported.

“To be clear, there is no debate about slavery,” the superintendent’s statement read. “It is immoral and a crime against humanity.

Ask a question, get suspended. Try and make your students thing, get suspended. Deviate one step from the established norm and get shot down, because free thinking and and honest evaluation is not allowed. And burn the books, just to be safe.

I can think of two positive aspects right off the bat: regular meals and enforced peace. Neither of which existed in Africa at the time, and still don’t.

The heretical view—possibly based in reality given the huge investment involved—that the slaves were reasonably well treated in many or even most locations is simply not allowed. No, they were starved, beaten, raped, and tortured almost constantly, then worked to death. And melted down for glue when they got old or something. Which is why so many of them lived to seriously advanced ages after slavery ended, some still breeding even, at least according to the race agitators, who would have you belief that some people alive today are merely the grandchildren of slaves. But maybe they’re talking about a few seriously old folks, I don’t know. My mother is in her mid 80s, and her grandmother was born in 1875. 10 years after slavery ended. Granted, I’m old enough to be a great grandparent, if I’d had children young, who then went and bred young. Which is often the case in stressed populations. But that’s a side issue.





It’s not that I’m sinking so low, it’s the news, I swear. Pulled this story from today’s headlines.

Blow This
Uganda President Bans Oral Sex

because it gives you worms

Uganda’s President Wants to Ban Oral Sex, Says the “Mouth is for Eating”

“The mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex,” says President Museveni. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has issued what he calls a “public warning” against oral sex.

The president claims the practice has been pushed on Ugandans by “outsiders,” and argues that the mouth is solely for eating.

“Let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders,” he told the press during an address.

“One of them is what they call oral sex. The mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex, we know where sex is,” he continued.

According to the Daily Mail, back in 2014 Museveni stated that performing oral sex could cause people to get worms. “You push the mouth there, you can come back with worms and they enter your stomach because that is a wrong address,” he is quoted as saying.

That same year he passed the “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” which makes being gay illegal in Uganda, and makes it a criminal offense to not report someone for being gay.

It must be tough to be a comedian these days. No matter what outlandish thing you can think up as comedy, the real world does it better. Hey, remember back when Bill Clinton was so obsessed with school uniforms (pedo-bear?) and we were all like, Gosh, doesn’t he have anything more important to do? Right. Put that one in the box, because this fine young cannibal has that beat ...

Worms? Seriously? We have soap in our country. Reminds me of the punchline from some old dirty joke “Corn? I didn’t have any corn. I’m gonna get sick!” “Yeah, that’s what the last guy said too.”


GMO Will Save The World

Scientists Create Improved Plastic Eating Enzyme

better living through chemistry ... and biology ... at what risk?

A few years ago, at an Osaka, Japan recycling plant, scientists discovered a bacteria called Ideonella sakaiensis that eats one of the most common forms of plastic, known as polyethylene terephthalate or PET. That form of plastic is found in water bottles, food containers, and polyester. You know the items with the “1” symbol in your recycling bin? Those tend to be made of PET.

Researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were trying to model the enzyme and ended up with a mutant strain of the same thing, with a crucial difference: it eats plastic even better.

“We hoped to determine its structure to aid in protein engineering, but we ended up going a step further and accidentally engineered an enzyme with improved performance at breaking down these plastics,” said NREL’s lead researcher Gregg Beckham.

University of Portsmouth professor John McGeehan, who conducted the research with Beckham, went even further in a statement.

“Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception. Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics.”

If this works, then in carefully controlled situations it could vastly reduce the plastic waste around the world. Maybe it could be applied to the vast floating islands of plastic garbage in the oceans, the containment and removal of which should be the main task of all the world’s navies.

On the other hand, if this enzyme is tough enough to survive in the natural environment, and it turns out to be both quickly functional and prolific, then it is already weaponized and could destroy modern civilizations. Imagine the USA if everything made out of plastic started to dissolve after just a few years.

I’d like to hear more about the end products. What’s left after the little bugs eat their fill? Do they excrete alcohol, CO2, or what? Do they convert plastic back into crude oil? When the plastic chow runs out, do they die off or do they lie dormant for centuries? Just how big a cure can this stuff be, and if it goes feral will it create a “disease” worse than it’s benefit?


Crivens, it’s Thursday already. I feel like I’ve missed half this week. Oh wait, I have. The car shopping thing ate up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I want a participation trophy for all the time I spent on that project.

And it’s cold, wet, and rainy today. Guess I won’t be driving around picking up salt buckets today.


The name tells the whole story

Lazy 911 Operator With Attitude: 10 Days In Jail.
Thousands of callers hung up on

A former 911 operator who hung up the phone “thousands” of times on people attempting to call in emergencies in Harris County, Texas has been sentenced to jail time.

Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls Wednesday after “systematically” hanging up the phone on residents of Harris County, KTRK reported.

She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months probation. Williams reportedly had an unusual number of “short calls,” which were no longer than 20 seconds. Prosecutors, according to the Houston Chronicle, determined she hung up on “thousands” of calls.

In one instance, emergency caller Jim Moten told KTRK he called 911 in 2016 after he spotted two vehicles speeding on a highway where people had been killed from speeding weeks earlier and thought his call had dropped after a few seconds.

Court documents, according to the news station, stated that Williams had taken Moten’s call and, before he could finish explaining his emergency, she reportedly said: “Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real.”

The dispatcher also hung up on a caller who tried to report a violent robbery, according to the Chronicle.  Williams reportedly spent a year and a half at the Houston Emergency Center taking 911 calls. She was caught in August 2016 and fired.

“The citizens of Harris County rely on 911 operators to dispatch help in their time of need,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said in a statement. “When a public servant betrays the community’s trust and breaks the law, we have a responsibility to hold them criminally accountable.”

Williams’ attorney, Franklin Bynum, argued that his client “was going through a hard time in her life” when she hung up on the emergency calls, and said “punishing her doesn’t do anything to fix the problems that still exist at the emergency center.”

Yeah, well the people who called in those thousands of emergencies were going through hard times too. Instantaneous ones that needed a fast response. They didn’t get it. 10 days in jail is nonsense. Try 18 months. You did this kind of a job, you are given a sacred trust, and have a strong responsibility. There is no room for incompetence, laziness, or your uppity attitude. Nor is there any room for Affirmative Action hiring practices. Applicants need to be carefully screened and trained; only those high in intelligence, empathy, and patience are suited for this kind of work. Who cares what they look like or anything like that? What’s needed is the right temperment and mindset. Not that training the public a bit more about what 911 vs 411 is all about; when to call and when not to call.


Maybe it’s all that legalized pot he’s been smoking. Governor Moonbeam is off in his blinkered fantasy world again.

CA Gov. Brown: Sanctuary Cities Don’t Benefit Illegals

Like, dude, that’s totally what they’re for. Put the bong down, step away from the hash pipe.

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday insisted that California’s “sanctuary state” laws do not benefit criminal illegal aliens.

While speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Brown was asked whether California’s “sanctuary state” laws favor the “rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights” of law-abiding Californians.

Brown said that notion is “absolutely false” and claimed that there is not a “scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish” proposition.

The California governor also said that it is a “lie” to say that Fullerton’s Grace Aguilar would still be alive if the state had more stringent immigration enforcement.

Aguilar, who was just six years of age, was reportedly murdered this year while sitting in her front yard by a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was driving under the influence.

I’m not familiar with this case, but to make those murder charges stick they’d better be able to prove planning and malice aforethought, otherwise it’s just vehicular homicide.

And if the drunken beaner had been tossed out, and kept out by better border enforcement, that child would probably still be alive. So he’s tripping. Typical.


Read it the way you want: ambiguous headline too concise for clarity

McConnell Shuts Down Bill To Protect Mueller

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller.

“We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News.

His comments came amid widespread opposition to the bill among members of his caucus, with several GOP senators saying the bill is unconstitutional. Others said it’s simply not good politics to try and tell Trump what to do, likening the legislation to “poking the bear.”

The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyer’s office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is “an attack on our country” and is “corrupt.”

Trump has also privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s investigation.

Within a day of Trump’s criticism, Republicans Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina combined two bills they introduced last summer to protect special counsels. They introduced the new bill along with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, announced that his committee would vote on the bill.

Ah ha. So a bill was introduced by RINOS and other Deep Staters to protect the leader of this out of control investigation. And McConnell torpedoed it. Which means Mueller is still serving at the President’s pleasure. Good. Let him twist in the wind over that one.

Still, a comma or a “that would” or a few similar short words would have made it easier to peruse the news headlines without any confusion. First world problems: I had to click the link and then read a whole sentence to learn what it was all about.





Barbara Bush has died. She was 92. I always liked her. Rest in peace.


Breaking story ...

Horry Clap!!!

SouthWest Air Engine Blowout: 1 dead, 1 partially sucked out of window?


One person was killed and seven others were injured Tuesday after a Southwest Airlines plane engine apparently blew midair, officials said.

Flight 1380, which was headed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Dallas’ Love Field, made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport just before 11:30 a.m. The jet had 144 passengers and five crew members aboard.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt confirmed the death at a news conference Tuesday. It was the first passenger fatality on a U.S. airline since 2009, according to the NTSB.

Seven others were treated for minor injuries, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said, adding that one of the engines experienced a fuel leak when firefighters arrived on scene, and a small fire was quickly brought under control.

The plane made an emergency landing after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, the fuselage and at least one window, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The plane was at about 30,000 feet when the engine blew, so a bird strike isn’t going to be the reason.  Passengers lost their shit, no kidding. But the air crew did their jobs, and the plane got down safely.

Southwest passenger Marty Martinez, who was seated two rows behind the blown-out window, told CNN what it was like when the engine failed: People were screaming, crying, and trying but failing to send text messages and calls:

Thirty minutes into the flight, it was just a standard flight, then all of a sudden there’s this loud explosion. And it — like within a span of five seconds, all of the — all of the oxygen masks deployed. And then, just a few seconds later, another explosion happened, and it was the window, that just completely exploded. And as you can imagine, everybody was going crazy, and yelling and screaming. And as this was all happening, you looked at the flight attendants, their reaction — and it seemed like, some of them were starting to cry. We knew that we were in a really bad place. And all I can think of was, the plane’s going down, I’m like we’re probably not going to make it, what do I do. I knew I couldn’t get any text messages out, I couldn’t make any calls. So I just immediately thought to whip out my laptop, so I grabbed my laptop, and as the plane is going down, I am literally purchasing internet just so I can get some kind of communication to the outside world.Passenger Marty Martinez said he logged onto Facebook and started a live video as the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The live video seemed like the best way to communicate with all of his loved ones at the same time, he said.  It showed Martinez, his oxygen mask strapped over his mouth, looking into the camera and typing updates to the friends and family members who tuned in.

“I felt I had this moment left to kind of get some communication out and once I got public internet access, I thought, ‘How can I get out to a mass group of people, rather than just texting?’” he told CNN. “You know, having to prioritize my loved ones text them individually, I thought, I’ll go to Facebook Live. So I Facebook Live’d the whole thing, and was then sending out messages to my mom my dad my sister, all my loved ones back home. And it was absolutely a terrifying experience.”

Martinez said he didn’t think he’d survive the flight.

“The plane was going down fast, it felt like things were getting worse, people were screaming, and all I could focus on was just sending out messages that I wanted to get out to the people that I loved,” he said.


So True




Good News Everyone: Cheap Consumer Electronics From Japan?
Japanese out island chock full of rare earths.
Gosh, I hope they put their navy in place before announcing this


A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan’s economic future. How huge? One economist called it a “game changer.” The researchers who helped find it said it had “tremendous potential.”

It’s mud. A whole bunch of mud—an estimated 16 million tons, to be exact. And in that mud, there are massive, “semi-infinite” stores of valuable rare earth minerals.

Rare earth minerals contain rare earth elements (located here on the periodic table) that are used in high-tech devices like smartphones, missile systems, radar devices and hybrid vehicles. For instance, yttrium, one of the metals included in this recent discovery,

can be used to make camera lenses, superconductors and cell phone screens.

According to a new paper published by a team of Japanese researchers, this huge patch of mineral-rich deep sea mud lies near Minamitori Island [ formerly known as Marcus Island ], a small island 1,200 kilometers (790 miles) off the coast of Japan.

The 16 million tons of materials could contain 780 years worth of yttrium, 620 years worth of europium, 420 years worth of terbium, and 730 years worth of dysprosium. In other words, according to the paper, it “has the potential to supply these materials on a semi-infinite basis to the world.”

Good. That will break China’s stranglehold on the rare earths. They own or control at least 95% of them, even if large mines full are right here in the USA. Go Japan.

Minamitori Island is about 850 miles NW of Wake Island, and 850 miles NE of Guam, and 750 miles SE of the Bonin Islands which are 560 miles S of Tokyo, and these days once again belong to Japan. So it’s out in the middle of total nowhere. Hope they brought the navy, because now that the news is out ...




1 man, 1 dindu

I am so tired of these fake SJW moments. They’re engineered, nearly all of them. And those that aren’t are purposely interpreted in the worst possible light, to prove the cause that racism is so prevalent and virulent. I think we need a new word for

these situations, one that the stupid snowflakes and SJWs will think is cool, but people in the know will understand is Secret White Code for “here they go again, another BS situation used as an excuse for another chimp out so they can play the

“perpetual victims”. Because sometimes an eyeroll rolleyes just isn’t specific enough. So I submit the term ”Rosa” or being “Rosaed”, in honor of that “great” civil rights leader Rosa Parks, because the thing with her and the back of the bus was not

happenstance. It was a deliberate pre-planned action. Granted, that one needed to happen back in those days. But this story, and this week’s faux-outrage over that Philly Starbucks, are horse manure. False flags. Rosas. And I’m sick and tired of the whole thing.

And I’m tired of The Resistance news media playing up to it all the time. It’s just agitprop, because Trump. (this story happened during the reign of Lord Obama the Lightworker)

W. Kamau Bell: I know what it’s like to get kicked out for being black

CNN: As a black man who was kicked out of a coffee shop in 2015, I had some thoughts when I heard about the two black men being kicked out and arrested for loitering in a Starbucks in Philadelphia recently. For the record, I wasn’t kicked out of a Starbucks. I was kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe, an independently owned and operated coffee shop in Berkeley, California.
My story is in many ways the same as the two black men in Philadelphia. ... when I was kicked out, the news was filled with stories of Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson cop named Darren Wilson, so what could have happened if the police had shown up was front and center on my mind. ... Our stories are similar in a couple of ways. We both had white women step up to get involved. The white woman in their situation is Melissa DePino, who taped it on her phone and live tweeted the entire arrest. That is the only reason we are all talking about it right now. In my case I had a ringer, my wife. She was there when I was kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe. In fact, in a weird way it was her fault I was kicked out, because I was kicked out for talking to her. They thought I was trying to sell her something. I was showing her and her friends a new children’s book I had just bought about Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple who is responsible for making interracial marriage legal throughout the country. And if that doesn’t seem corny enough, it was also my birthday! “Happy Birthday! The Elmwood Cafe got you some racism!” The other way in which my situation is similar to the black men in Philly is the playbook that Starbucks is running is eerily similar to the one The Elmwood Cafe ran ...

Riiight. He’s a victim. Horse. Crap. The whole thing was a setup, or a situation that could be taken advantage of for agitprop. A Rosa.

1) The guy looks like a homeless bum. No surprise the merchant was wary. Berkeley, like San Francisco, is crawling with them. Dress like you’ve bathed this month, and these things won’t happen. Especially not in trendy spendy little businesses.

2) He obviously didn’t sit down with these women, order something to eat, and show his book around the table.

3) Not one of the women at the table spoke up for him? Really? Not one?? Not even his wife who was there with her phone in video mode?
   Excuse me ladies, is this man bothering you?
     No, it’s OK Mr. Cafe Owner Guy, he’s with us.
     Actually, he’s my husband.
   Hey, no problem, I’ll get you an extra chair. Would you like to see a menu sir?
That’s all it would have taken.

4) Oooh, they have a video. What an amazing coincidence. Instead of trying to defuse a nascent situation, just let it escalate while recording it. I haven’t watched it, I’m not going to. It’s a con.

5) And he was so worried that the po-po was gonna come and shoot his black ass. “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Oh puh-leez. Step off, clown boy.

6) And of course, typical black guy who is never ever at fault for anything (otherwise known as “I dindu nuttin” aka a dindu), it’s his wife’s fault. Uh huh, riiiight.

Like I said, a total Rosa. Another Push. Let’s see what we can get away with; let’s stir up some trouble just for the fun of it.

And the Philly Starbucks thing is a major load as well. Hey geniuses: a place of business is not a public hangout. It’s not the street corner. If you go in and hang around, the expectation that you’ll either a) shop, or b) buy something, is not any kind of stretch. And if they have a “rest rooms for customers only” policy, that’s their right. So buy something. Or even use your brain: you both get on line, one goes to pee, comes back, and then you ask for the cheapest thing on the menu, make a show of digging through your pockets, and then decline the sale because you don’t have enough cash. You might not get to hang around for long, but at least you got away with using the bathroom. So shut up already. Or just pony up a buck or three and get a coffee, then hit up your bud for the money when he shows up (assuming you’re not being arrested by then).

I’m so tired of this.




Well, there’s a new car parked outside. She got her wheels. I haven’t seen it yet, because she was at the dealership so long she didn’t get home until after dark. After all the gyrations we went through, she’s pretty stoic about it. “It doesn’t feel like my car” she says, because she’s leasing it. Time will tell. It’s the same car as mine, same color even, only a sedan in lesser trim without the swanky interior and all the neato electronic gizmos my hatchback has. Crivens, no Heads Up Display, and she didn’t even get the LED headlights, which are without a doubt the best lights I’ve ever had on a vehicle. Still, I’m sure the halogens it comes with are better than the old dim things on her last car. Egad, I had to (why are things like this always the guy’s job???) do the headlight polishing thing every year just to get some light on the road, since their plastic lenses were so darn ancient and cloudy.


At what point does it become insurrection? Open rebellion? And then what do you do?

California: Our Guard Troops Won’t Guard The Border

California has rejected the federal government’s initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, operate radios and provide “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, according to officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Oh good, then we can just expect them to shoot illegal border crossers then?

California Gov. Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale border mission since 2006.

The governor’s commitment allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants as a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California’s troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. He was not specific about jobs his troops would or would not perform or how he would distinguish between immigration-related work and going after criminal gangs and drug and gun smugglers.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said Monday that the state was awaiting a formal response from the administration and had no additional details beyond the governor’s proposed agreement released last week that includes a ban on immigration enforcement.

Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, did not immediately answer detailed question about California’s rejection of specific guard duties.

Talks between U.S. and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the U.S. officials said. The other border-state governors — all Republicans — have openly embraced Trump’s plans.

The state’s position infuriated some federal officials because the restrictions California officials wanted to impose on what the state’s troops would not do were considered onerous, the officials said.

Ok, on the one hand, posse comitatus, using troops for law enforcement. Pretty sure we have laws against that, a whole Act, since about 1878.

On the other hand, I recall a MAD magazine piece from when I was a kid, about what if unions got in the military? There was the “9 to 5 Army” and plenty of “it’s not my job” bits and grievance committees. My take: when you’re in the service, and you get called up, you do the duty given you. You don’t get to pick and choose.

On the third hand, maybe illegal border crossers shouldn’t be considered as criminals. No, they’re invaders, and thus an enemy, who can be shot. Which would shut CA Governor Moonbeam the heck up.

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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

( source )

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

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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

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

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

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

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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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

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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 

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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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


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

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

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full countered Pratt pony

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



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

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

Woo hoo!

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borderline blues

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

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

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

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under the knife

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

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

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

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

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

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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



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

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

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

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

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

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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

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

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Big Red



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

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

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

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

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


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

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

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Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

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

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

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The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We've Been Waiting For
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On: 03/21/18 04:12

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
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Tracked at Casual Blog
On: 07/17/17 08:28

a small explanation
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On: 07/09/17 07:07

The Real Stuff
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On: 06/11/17 10:40

when rape isn't rape but only sexual assault
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[...] took another century of Inquisition and repression to completely eradicate the [...]
On: 06/07/17 03:37

french bodyguards forget their guns ... oh dear, oh dear
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On: 06/06/17 10:57

Cross My Fingers, Hold My Breath
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On: 06/06/17 10:57

still here
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Tracked at Corps Blog
On: 06/06/17 10:57

camels in mid east with a new desease .... coming to a country near you?
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Tracked at Curtain Blog
On: 04/28/17 11:49

She’s rarer then hen’s teeth. They simply don’t exist in the real world.
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[...] dogs. Has been, since always. Vanilla beans come from Madagascar, a bit down the [...]
On: 04/19/17 11:43


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