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calendar   Saturday - September 21, 2019

The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE


09/21/19


Your Weekly Weekend Mass Shootings, So Far

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Ole Skool Shootout at 3am: 2 Dead 8 Wounded

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A tiny, crowded, late night bar in Lancaster South Carolina erupts in gunfire at 2:45am. People shot inside and outside. Everybody flees before police show up.

LANCASTER — Two men were killed and eight injured early Saturday after a mass shooting at a bar in a South Carolina community south of Charlotte, authorities said.

The shooting took place at about 2:45 a.m. at the Old (sic) Ole Skool Sports Bar & Grill just north of the city limits. The shooter had a dispute with one of the victims inside the bar, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield told The Post and Courier.

Shots were fired inside and outside the bar, a statement from the sheriff’s office said. Most patrons fled Old Skool after the shooting.

Two men were shot and killed. Four injured victims were airlifted to hospitals. Their conditions are unknown. Four other people suffered noncritical wounds.

The victims’ identities were not released. [ The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the two deceased victims as 39-year-old Henry Lee Colvin from Rock Hill and 38-year-old Aaron Harris from Kershaw. ]

Investigators have information about a possible shooting suspect but have been made no arrests. Barfield said the shooting involved people from the Lancaster area.

Deputies have been called to Old Skool for reports about weapons in the past, Barfield said. Two people were injured in a shooting at the bar in 2010, according to The Lancaster News.

It’s not a big place; the whole building is only 6 parking spaces wide. The bar apparently opens so late in the evening that nearby businesses that close at 9pm always figured the place was out of business. Some news stories say it’s a private club.

A large number of people were inside the bar, and shots were fired inside and outside, the sheriff’s release said. ... Many of the bar’s patrons left the scene before and as officers arrived. Leads have been developed ... but no one has been arrested yet, the release said.
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This was the second public shooting in the Twin Pines area this year with multiple victims. In May, two people were injured when shots were fired at an after-prom party.


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How Apt. News Orleans Street Corner Shooting Right In Front Of Cemetary: 1 Teen Dead, 5 Wounded

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A teen was reportedly shot and killed and five others were wounded in a shooting at a New Orleans intersection Friday night.

Five teens, all between ages 15 and 17, and one adult man were shot at the corner of Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue around 10:30 p.m., according to FOX 8 and NOLA.com.

The five wounded victims were taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The sixth victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The New Orleans Police Department has not released any details on potential suspects or a motive, NOLA.com reported.

Another gunshot victim was found in a car in the New Orleans East neighborhood two hours earlier. Police have not reported any connection in the killings. The investigation is ongoing.

Police said at around 10:29 p.m. when they arrived to the scene of the shooting 5 individuals were found inside of a vehicle suffering from non-fatal gunshot wounds and a 17-year-old male died on the scene.

The 5 victims were taken to the hospital by EMS, their condition is unknown.

According to a police report, the victims were all inside of a vehicle when suspects inside of a black Dodge sedan that had been following them opened fire on the vehicle.

Just another night in NOLA. You’ve got to wonder how many shots that took, to shoot so many people inside one vehicle before they could drive away.


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DC Double: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded In One Incident, 3 Wounded In Second Incident

At least one person was killed and five injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted in the Columbia Heights section of Washington, D.C., prompting a major police response and a search for the suspects.

Two of the victims were listed in critical condition, but they were expected to survive. Washington’s WRC-TV reported that officials were looking for two men who were inside a light-colored car with an “AK style” rifle.

Police said they were working to determine a motive and will interview witnesses and check security-camera footage from the location, at the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW, about two miles from the White House. FOX 5 DC reported that three others were shot at a different location in a separate shooting in the city.


I’m not at all happy that any of these things took place, but I am glad that at least Fox News is giving low key shooting events the coverage they deserve. Maybe these don’t rise to the Media Frenzy worthy of Crazy White Guy With Machine Gun And Bombs, but they go on. All. The. Time.

Hey, let’s check in with Chicago ... 16 shot so far: 3 in one incident, 2 in another. But it’s only early Saturday afternoon there, they’ve got half the weekend to up their numbers. I don’t know if there are statistic pages for Detroit, Baltimore, East St. Louis, LA, etc.

And I wouldn’t be so crass, so realistic, to point out what nearly all the people in these stories, on both ends of the guns, have in common. That might focus on root causes, when we all know that the only thing to blame is the guns themselves. And Climate Change. And Trump.


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Get Woke, Go Broke. Unless you’re already so stinking rich you can use it for cred and to deny your personal reality that you’re a has been with a burned out career.

Taylor Swift Cancels Horse Race Concert. Because. Animal Rights.

Taylor Swift is no longer performing at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. The controversial horse racing event in Australia announced the Grammy winner, 29, would be headlining in early September but revealed on Saturday she pulled out.

The musician’s decision comes after animal rights activists criticized Swift on social media for “endorsing animal abuse” by agreeing to perform.

There is nothing controversial about this particular horse race. Sometimes horses get injured at the track. Racehorses may be fast, but they’re also rather fragile.

Last time I checked, little miss “don’t touch me” was worth upwards of $400 million. So she’s set for the next 15 lifetimes, easily.


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09/20/19

Bowling blogging

And we swept again! 7-0 for the second week in a row. That make our 3 week total 16 out of 21. And what made tonight bestest of all, is that we played the house team who runs the league and almost always win every year. The team who has “managed” us for years. With our two new bowlers, both beginners, we had a 175 pin handicap which they could not overcome. And we bowled pretty well, winning the night by just over 100 pins. So yeeha for us. And we’re going to get together Sunday night, as a team, for some practice and a free lesson session. Wow, an actual bowling team.

Joe and Dave’s team lost all their games again, making their 2 week total 0 out of 21. Ah, delicious schadenfreude.  Neener neener neener!


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09/19/18

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

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

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

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


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09/18/19


Oh what’s the point at this point?

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

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Tipu Sultan’s 21 shot rifle, captured in 1799

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just for fun:

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















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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Headlines that cause a double take


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


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

You’re such a sicko Drew.

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


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Fan backlash yes, but will the backlash be enough?

Their brains are only mostly dead

Hollywood considering Princess Bride remake

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

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

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

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

Hollywood ruins everything.


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09/17/19

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

Mincemeat Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Layer on the optional raisins and chopped nuts.

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

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

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

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


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Sometimes the news is just pure bull.

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

Fire sparks mass explosion of semen at cattle breeding centre

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

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

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


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


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



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This Ain’t Puerto Rico

NEMA Teams With Carnival Cruise Line For Bahamas Relief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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08/31/19


finally, some good mews

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



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2019 at 12:16 PM   
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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM   
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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:29 PM   
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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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Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/24/2016 at 09:58 AM   
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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.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM   
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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

thanko yu for not sweating

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h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 01:04 PM   
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bazinga!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 12:54 PM   
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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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




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

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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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   
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