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calendar   Thursday - May 24, 2018

The one, the only



Trump Cancels NorK Summit

President Donald Trump has canceled his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month.

The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.

The news came as North Korea made a show of dismantling a nuclear test site, but also on the heels of some sharp words from the North Korean government about America denuclearization demands.

Doubts had grown in recent days about whether the summit would actually happen. North Korea abruptly canceled talks with South Korea out of anger over joint military tests with the U.S. in the Korean peninsula. While Trump had repeatedly played up the historic significance of the meeting, he also often leavened his optimism with a cautious “we’ll see.”

Much of the letter was written in conciliatory terms, including praise for North Korea’s recent release of three American prisoners, Trump also appeared to issue a threat that conjured memories of his war of words with Kim last year.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Trump wrote in the letter.

Good. The little fat freak with the bad haircut has been getting pretty mouthy lately. Bring that dog to heel. Should such a summit ever happen, it will not be a meeting between two equals. It will be between a fed up, annoyed master and a belligerent underling. Who had better have a major attitude adjustment before any kind of progress can be made. This is not the old weak US you are dealing with, ‘lil Kim. This is the US that would happily annihilate you because you are an annoyance. Not a threat, just a bother. One that we’re so, so tired of.

Sadly, President Trump has left the door open for the future, and so far without conditions. So it’s yours to achieve, lil Kim. Or yours to screw up. And father China will not be happy if you screw it up.




And you know who else eats kitty kibble? Woodchucks! I had to chase one of the little low riders off the patio this afternoon. Furry dirt pig was all in a panic, as he tried to get out this way and that way, only to find that the railings have chicken wire attached to them. Finally he took a flying leap over the potted plants, landed in the flower garden and took off like a shot. I’ve never seen one of them run so fast.  And 2 minutes later my one remaining outdoor kitteh Ginger comes sauntering up the hillside the ‘chuck just ran down. “So, did you catch him and eat him for dinner?” I asked. Which got me the typical cat response; silence and a disdainful look. So I put some kibbies in his bowl, and he’s out there chomping away. Cats have ESP or something. My two indoor fur bums, who sleep about 22 hours a day, were suddenly in the kitchen when they got the food signal from their outdoor brother. So they got kibbies too, and some chunky meat with gravy from a can. And those brats just looked at me and then walked away. Cats have zero gratitude.

Seriously though, every little outdoor animal eats cat food when they can get it. Woodchucks, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, songbirds, turkey vultures. Even deer, though what’s left in the dish is hardly a lick for them.


Seattle’s Good Intentions Come Back To Bite Them In The Rear

Or maybe they’re just deliberately stupid, can’t do math, and lie to the voters to push their liberal agenda. Nah, that could never happen.

The cost of Seattle’s ongoing effort to build bike lanes has ballooned to up to $12 million a mile, in another setback for the progressive city’s leadership that has repeatedly spent big on social projects only to realize less-than-stellar results.

Seattle officials are apparently so embarrassed by the pricey cycling routes that they have been conducting quiet “soft launches” for new lanes instead of hosting splashy ribbon-cutting ceremonies, The Seattle Times reported.

Voters in Seattle approved a so-called “Move Seattle” transportation levy in 2015 to the tune of $930M, but the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has since admitted that the cost estimates it used to pitch the project to voters were not well-founded.

“We do not have enough funding right now to do everything that was promised, we just don’t,” SDOT interim Director Goran Sparrman said in April. “Some of those dollar amounts estimated for what projects would cost were clearly insufficient, even at the time.”

Due to rising infrastructure costs and poor estimates by city officials, Seattle’s average for bike-lane building has risen from $1M to $2M per mile, The Seattle Times reported.

That’s significantly more than the $860,000 total that former mayor Ed Murray cited in proposing the levy, and quadruple comparable national averages, the paper reported.

So, what is the actual cost? $860,000 per mile, 1 or 2 million per mile, or 12 million per mile? Clickbait, crap reporting, or a total lack of proofreading that turns “1-2” into “12”? Losers at both ends.

Also, get real. Grab a 50 gallon drum of road paint, the line spraying machine, and 3 of your $25/hr DPW workers. One pickup truck and a bunch of traffic cones. Cost per mile: $500.

Funny how we never had bike lanes when I was a pedalist, and also even more funny how 900 million Chinese and Indian bicycle riders and delivery guys can commute in extreme traffic in their cities every day without 10,000 getting smeared every week, with no bike lanes anywhere.

Hey, maybe Reason will have some better reporting on this one?

The original 2015 levy budgeted about $860,000 for each promised mile of new protected bike lane and greenway. That’s a smidge lower than the actual cost of the four-block bike lane project on Seventh Avenue in Seattle’s downtown, which came in at $3.8 million (about $13 million per mile). Another bike lane, on Second Avenue, cost $12 million a mile.

A review of the levy’s progress gives no precise dollar figure on how insufficient the bike lane budget is, saying only that the program needs “further review and adjustment.”

The review says the same for those 180 miles of arterial road repaving that need to be done and those plans to increase bus speed and service on seven congested corridors, not to mention the curb repairs promised at 775 intersections.

Plans to replace any old tree removed by the city with two new trees is still on track, as are stepped-up crosswalk repainting and seismic upgrades to 16 vulnerable bridges.

Ah, I see. They threw in every bell, whistle, and environmental impact doohickie they could think of. Plus extra trees. And four lanes of repaving ... I guess the sidewalks in that town must be 80 yards wide to have that kind of space available in an existing city. And seismic upgrades to a bunch of bridges. Because bicycles cause earthquakes, right?

Of course, in Seattle everyone is just sitting around waiting for the Big One, the Cascadia megaquake AND tsunami that will destroy the city utterly. And probably cause a zombie apocalypse as well. But with this project, at least the bike lanes will still be open.

Crivens, government spending and dishonesty. So far beyond “out of control” that you can’t even imagine it. But the sheeple demand this kind of nonsense, so throw them some crumbs to fatten them up so you can fleece them yet again.


I’m going to have to get some microscope lenses and a touch screen needle if I ever try to do that smartphone post thing again. Impossibly small touch points, and while the keypad is bigger than the miniature horror that my flip phone had, a genuine keyboard and a monitor can’t be beat. Right.

So today’s bread is coming along, albeit slowly.  I put the dough outside for a bit to warm up, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m off to run errands and things.


Posting from my smartphone while at the shack. It isn’t raining.


Iran: Seems Like A Good Start


America’s 12 demands as listed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s on May 21, 2018 :

1. Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.

2. Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor.

3. Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.

4. Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.

5. Iran must release all US citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges.

6. Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

7. Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.

8. Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.

9. Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.

10. Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior al-Qaeda leaders.

11. Iran, too, must end the IRG Qods Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.

12. Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors — many of whom are US allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks.

Hey, works for me. Any way we could blockade them just for fun, and have them all starve to death? So much easier than carpet bombing. Pity how another huge bunch of their missiles and fuel accidentally blew up in Syria the other day. Oopsie!!


Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Partner Friedman Cops To “Minor” $50K Tax Evasion, Agrees To Flip. Meanwhile, Judge Rules Stormy’s Law Firm/Avenatti Pay $10M In Bankruptcy/Tax Evasion

Wow, lawyers cheating the government, screwing over their employees, reneging on their promises, and stabbing each other in the back. Amazing. In other astonishing news, water is wet.

And in important news, the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning last night to even up the semi-finals playoff at 3-3. Winner of Wednesday’s game 7 will face the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup. Go Lightning!! (Hey, they took out the NJ Devils in Round 1, so it’s only just that they go on to take the Cup. That way, NJ will have lost to the ultimate winners, which is much better than getting beat by some nobody also-ran team.)

The Lightning utterly destroyed the Caps Sunday night to the point where they were ahead 4-2 in the 3rd period, and then they just stopped playing offensive, letting the Caps try and try and try and try throughout the whole 3rd period, even going without a goalie to put another attacker on the ice, and eventually they got just a single goal. There must have been 50 shots on in 12 minutes, but TBL blocked them all, even taking a puck in the butt to block the shot. Best game I saw all season.


Hope he gave himself a ticket or three

I saw the darnedest thing this morning.  My security shack up at the end of Village Road at Bank Street is right next to the school bus stop. I am officially NOT the crossing guard, but I keep and eye on the kids and the cars anyway. Because. There’s another school bus stop 50 yards past ours on the other side of Rupell Road at the end of Bank Street. I think it’s for a parochial school; beats me, only 1 kid gets on that one. That’s the rich people’s development, so whatever. Anyway, Bank Street and Rupell Road get a lot of traffic in the morning, seeing that they’re part of a shortcut for when the highway gets congested. But when the buses are there loading kids, all traffic stops. The bus physically stops on Bank at the top of the downhill lane on Village, but people don’t even make the right from Village on Bank, even though the fan-out at the end of our private road is easily 50 yards wide and those people making the right are quite a good distance in front of the bus. Same goes for when the other bus is there on Rupell. People wait. It’s the law, and it’s just decent behavior. Little kids are hard to see and unpredictable.

Right. So the 8:37 bus gets there at 8:36 and starts loading up the little grade school kids. Some waiting kids sit on the big rocks in the garden at the corner, some are in the bus shelter 50 yards away, some have to get out of the mommy-vans parked across the street, some arrive up Village Road at the very last second, three or four cars back ... kids are coming in from all directions. The bus sits there, lights flashing, door open, safety bar on the front end extended.

But this one guy today didn’t feel like waiting. He’s about 3 cars back behind the bus, and he’s impatient. Because he’s important. Granted the bus was being a bit pokey, because all the moms who drop off their kids cut things to the last second and beyond, so the bus driver often has to wait an extra half a minute or so for the last of the minivans to come up Village and disgorge their little passengers. Who need to be hugged and kissed and photographed one or five last times before getting on the bus every day. And the bus may have been a minute early too. So it can drag on. And I can certainly see people getting impatient with it. But this guy just pulls out into the left lane, and passes the bus on the left. Floored it. He drives down to the Rupell intersection, does a U-turn, and comes back as the bus is finally pulling away. At which point he dives to the left, cutting across the cars behind the bus that were just starting to move, dives right past the mommies standing there at the top of the road, and with a really pissy look on his face, goes flying past me down Village Road. A private road. The vehicle? A Town of Clinton cop car. No lights on, no sirens, nothing. Just an impatient jerk in blue with a badge. I guess fresh donuts are more important to him than the local children’s safety.

All the mommies were standing there agog. They couldn’t believe it either. Come on, if he’d waited 10 more seconds for the last kid to get on the bus and sit down, he could have made a (theoretically illegal) right from Banks onto Village and then proceeded (cops never walk, run, or drive; they always proceed) down our street like a normal person. Heck, having gone around the bus the first time, he could have turned right and gone down Rupell Road. It comes out on the same W. Main Street as Village Road does, just 1/2 mile closer to the light at the main drag into town. Where the cop shop is. And a Dunkin Donuts.

I hope he writes himself up for at least 3 motor vehicle charges. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Orange Is The New DNC? Well, Here’s Hoping

At least one additional government “informant” attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign under President Barack Obama, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo revealed exclusively on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night.

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign—and even into the administration, if you believe Axios—he’s not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.

“I know because they came at me,” Caputo added. “And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.”

Axios has reported that the suspected FBI informant in the Trump campaign was recommended for a senior post in the Trump administration.

“When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits,” Caputo told Ingraham, referring to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.


Another damp and dreary day here.  I have to do some shopping, but it’s the kind of day I’d rather just get back under the sheets and go back to sleep.

Interesting bit of news yesterday, that this Halper guy was paid $400K from a shadowy defense department think-tank. Slush fund? Who knows. But there sure does seem to be an awful lot of money flowing around DC to pay folks so very well with. Please ... at your job, how long would it take you to earn $400,000? A few weeks and a couple of What-If papers? Um, I don’t think so. Yet this is small beans in DC. Some lawyers get millions from corporation after corporation, just because they can claim to have access to the seat of power. Others seem to sit on the boards of a dozen corporations and associations, while still having a full time career at CIA/State/FBI (see comments RE: Jamie Gorelick). Who are these magical people that are worth this kind of income and power?



Not a whole lot happening this morning. It’s not raining, and it’s not cold, so I’ve got to get some of these plants into the ground. Which means finding the garden tools, which are somewhere in the avalanche of stuff that is our garage. Maybe I’d better drag a string behind me like Ariadne, so I don’t get lost.




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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

( source )

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


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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

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

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

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


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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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


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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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

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

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

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

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full countered Pratt pony

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



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

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

Woo hoo!


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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