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calendar   Friday - May 24, 2019

The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



15/24/19

What, actual sunshine today? Quick, get out the line painter and get to work!! And get it done this morning before it becomes ... hot!! Uh huh, looks like switch has been flipped, and we went from early Spring to early Summer almost overnight. With plenty of rain in between.

Egad, it rained so much yesterday that I had to cook a rack of ribs ... in the oven. Oh, the heresy!! The shame!! The heat!! Normally, even slow grilling manages to take the spicy heat out of the rib rubs. But oven roasting doesn’t. Beats me why, but by the time my ribs were almost done, the crusty rub was still at the napalm stage. So I scraped most of it off, and made up a mild BBQ sauce and let that bake on for another hour. The result was a nice flavor, a touch of background heat, and a pleasing ketchup/brown sugar taste up front. So not bad. But I do miss the smoke I can apply with the grill.

OK, grab something to drink in a bottle to take with me, and get out there and spray. I had to adjust the machine yesterday and I think I’ve got it just right. Let’s see if it holds up.

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Julian Assange has been hit with a 18 count espionage indictment. He’s no journalist, he’s a spy. Find him guilty and hang him. Of course, we have to get him over here first to stand trial. Well, maybe that extradition will happen once Brit PM May quits today and the (what passes for) Conservatives take over. Don’t get your hopes up.

But ... maybe ... let’s make a deal ... British Steel needs a massive loan to stay in business, even though the UK gov is bailing them out today. And somehow it’s all tied in with, and the fault of, Brexit.


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05/23/19

More UK Altruism: Ban Q-Tips Along With Plastic Straws And Stirrers

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers will be banned in England from 2020 in a bid to fight plastic waste. From April next year, food and drink businesses won’t be allowed to display plastic straws nor will they be able to automatically hand them out.

It is estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws, 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds and 316 million plastic stirrers are used each year in England. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items after receiving ‘overwhelming’ public support – more than 80 per cent – for the move.

There will be some exemptions, however, such as those who need plastic straws for medical reasons or disabilities. They will be available to buy from registered pharmacies, or they can be requested in restaurants, pubs and bars, with the use of plastic-stemmed cotton buds only allowed for medical and scientific purposes.

Gove said: ‘Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment. ‘These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life. ‘So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations.’

It is estimated there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean and every year one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Plastic shaft “cotton buds” are pure crap anyway. Buy the real thing, Q-Tips, which have an environmentally friendly paperboard shaft. Plus more cotton bud on the ends.

I am in favor of reducing plastic waste. Far too much of it is one use, surrounding everything we buy for “consumer safety”, product protection, convenience, and loss prevention. If we had only 20% of our population and lived at the pedestrian pace of the 1840s we could go back to a plastic free world. But we left the 1840s a mighty long time ago. Plus that means all that horse poop, and who wants that?



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I can think of a just punishment for these two. Too easy.

We were bored at work, so we set a mouse on fire for fun.

Oops, it ran around and set the whole place on fire. Next door too.

Two shop assistants in a cycle store caused £1,600,000 worth of damage by setting fire to a mouse while they were ‘bored’.

Dysney Sibbons, 23, and Ashley Finley, 25, used an accelerant to set the rodent alight in what has been described as an act of ‘sheer stupidity’. The fire then tore through the Cycle King shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, before spreading to a nearby pub and restaurant.

It also caused extensive smoke damage to neighbouring buildings and more than 60 firefighters were needed to tackled the blaze.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Sibbons, of Stowmarket, Suffolk, and Finley, of Elmswell, Suffolk, had set fire to the mouse On September 29, 2017, ‘to amuse themselves on a boring day’.

They both pleaded pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether property would be damaged.

Suffolk is the eastern end of England, northeast of London and the county of Kent.

Animal cruelty laws don’t apply to mice, since they are considered vermin.

Still, these two are some sick bastards, and it would seem fair if they had their turn with some petrol and matches in their own homes. Wouldn’t that be fun if we were bored too?  If they survive, then send them to jail goal for the damage they’ve done.


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The Wisdom Of Solomon

Florida judge makes the best out of a terrible situation, so of course everyone is mad at him now.

A Florida judge took the unusual step last week of acquitting a mother who was fighting accusations that she brutally beat and hospitalized her 10-month-old daughter, according to a report that cited audio from the trial.

April Fox, 34, was charged with aggravated child abuse after her daughter wound up in the hospital in 2015 with a fractured skull and swelling in the brain, The Miami Herald reported. X-rays also indicated the child’s arms and legs had suffered fractures in the past, the report said.

Florida child welfare authorities stripped Fox of parental rights. Fox’s lawyer blamed the child’s injuries on brittle bones, genetic disorders, and an accidental fall. Jurors failed to reach a verdict and declared a mistrial.

But rather than allow a second trial, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mark Blumstein took the rare step of acquitting Fox himself, saying: “[S]omeone beyond any human in the court will have to answer those questions.”

“But in light of what I heard, and after hearing the presentation from the state, I don’t think it’s going to change with any retrial of this case,” he said.

The Herald reported that Fox and her lawyers were visibly stunned and Fox began hyperventilating in court. Fox cannot get her children back because the State Attorney’s Office cannot appeal a judge’s acquittal, the report said.

1) The baby’s legs had suffered fractures in the past. This means more than one fracture. The infant was only 10 months old when this was discovered.

2) Family Services took the child away then. The kid is now nearly 5 years old.

3) Not sorry, but you know she’s guilty of either doing it or of letting it happen. Certain black folks are notoriously bad, uncaring, and downright evil parents. One look at her picture is all you need to tell.

4) Those same kinds of black folks are either above the law, or beneath it; their constant flow of crimes overflows the judicial system, so most of the charges get dropped or minimized. Plus it’s black folks, so nobody really cares. We would, but they’ve pushed us away too many times, cried wolf too many times, and have such a lawless, feral lifestyle that it just isn’t worth it. Plus, if the law was applied to them to the same degree it’s applied to us, they’d be crying police brutality and raycis left and right. Just like they always do.

5) If she was innocent, then medical tests showing the infant’s genetic problems, brittle bone syndrome, etc, would have exonerated her at her first trial. They either were not done, or did not support her statement. So this doesn’t look good.

The judge let her off the hook on the one hand, but kept the kid in protective services on the other. It may not have been totally by the book, but this is a merciful judgement for everyone involved. Well done.


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05/22/19

A good night at Summer League ... we won 5-2, and we now have a 4th team member, a guy we’ve known for ages. It was nice and sunny today, so I put our balls out in the sun. And amazing amounts of oil oozed out. So my ball was actually pretty clean tonight and was hooking much better than it had been. I threw a 625 series. I’m very happy with that.


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Nothing much to say lately

It was 43° this morning. Gak. Had to turn on the heat for a couple hours. It’s the 22nd of May.

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I’m fed up with politics and our government once again. I guess it doesn’t take much to overload me anymore, since I never get a chance to “unload” my system and be happy about things.

My latest GRRRR is with the immigration system. It seems to be stuck on forced stupid mode. I don’t get it. Close the damn borders, cancel all immigration and asylum for a decade or two, and then get these people out of our country. Because it is our country, not theirs. If their country sucks so badly, well then stay there and fix it. And if that means a revolution or a few pogroms, so be it. Not. Our. Problem.

Tucker Carlson says the obvious: our leaders don’t lead, and they don’t want this situation solved. No kidding. That hasn’t changed in 5 decades. I’d paste the link, but Firefox is a mess again. I get pages but no URLs. What???

It goes without saying that functioning societies don’t operate like this. Countries that care about their people enforce their own laws. Our leaders are decadent and narcissistic. They care only about themselves; they will never defend our nation. That’s obvious, and the rest of the world knows it.

The American pinata has been getting pummeled for decades, and now it has finally come apart. Our national wealth is up for grabs by whomever gets here first, and they are coming. Over just the past year, 1 percent of the entire population of the nation of Guatemala has moved to the United States. A Wall Street Journal piece in the last month described the plight of that country’s villages. Some of them are literally depopulating as people stream north to America’s generous welfare state.

Meanwhile, a new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) given exclusively to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” shows the scale on which the United States is being plundered. Every year, FAIR found foreign-born workers send about $150 billion in remittances to their friends and family overseas. That’s more than the GDP of 18 American states.

Illegal aliens alone are emitting $28 billion a year. That’s $28 billion leaving this country, going abroad every year from people who don’t even have the legal right to work here in the first place. But they are, and they are benefiting, of course, from all the extras—free healthcare, free education, subsidized housing, food stamps, and who knows what else. The remittances are not taxed. In the case of illegal immigrants working under the table, their original earnings have never been taxed, either.

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And our wonderful President’s glorious wall? No esta aqui. A billion and a half bucks allocated, less than 2 miles of wall built. Less than 2 miles. Not even 10,000 feet. What????

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the US$1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.

A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives provided the information Tuesday to the judge in Oakland, California, who is weighing requests from 20 state attorneys general and the the Sierra Club to block Trump from using funds not authorized by Congress to build the wall.

“The administration recently provided updated information to Congress on the status of its efforts as of April 30, 2019,” the attorney, Douglas Letter, said in a court filing. “Based on that updated information, it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding.”

That was 3/4 of a mile more than the administration reported at the end of February, Letter said.

So, all that money in an account, and in nearly 3 months they managed to build 4000 feet of wall. Not even 48 feet per day. Who the hell is doing the work, illegal Mexican day laborers? WTF? You suck, you’re fired. Find a crew that’s willing to actually work.

And there damn well better still be $1.56 billion left in that account, with automatic funding rollover. I’ve had my fill of this bullshite.


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05/19/19

Final Episode: Game Of Thro ... What the hell?

We had a blip in the power just before the final GoT episode aired, which caused our fancy pants cable box to reboot. This takes about 8 minutes, so we missed the “previously” and the opening few minutes.

So then we watched the episode, which was full of twists and turns and mostly unexpected events. And the Iron Throne is now slag. So with all of that over, it was time for the endings.

We got to see Gandalf Jon Snow get on board his ship and sail off forever to the Grey Havens whatever is left of the Wall and the Night’s Watch. But they’re all free now, all the North, and there isn’t really much for them to do. So maybe it’s Ok that he didn’t seem to have his fancy sword, and maybe he’ll get back together with his super doggy buddy Ghost. Kind of a non-ending, but it was something.

And then we get the scene with Brienne ... how much time has passed, we have no idea ... and she’s writing the story of Jaimie in the White Book. She tearfully puts down a simple and glorious version of his life, leaving out all the messed up bits. She closes the book, and ... and a massive thunderstorm hits us and the power goes out. It’s a helluva storm, a real Hudson Valley Rumbler. When it passes the power omes back on, and the cable box reboots again, and we get our show back ... as the last part of the credits roll. So we missed the ending of the ending of the final episode to end the series. I laughed so hard. It totally figures.

We’ll watch it again tomorrow when it shows up in the On Demand thing. And I’ll have to avoid the millions of recaps and analyses online until then. That’s the hard part for me, because there were tons of symbolic bits open to interpretation. Like how Dany went full Hitler/Antifa in the end. How I actually expected Drogon to come back and bend the knee ( wing? ) to Jon. Why I couldn’t understand at first why everyone was laughing at Edmure, or at Sam’s suggestion of actual democracy. So much for breaking the wheel.

And all the slap-upside-your-head anti-war messages, or how the Unsullied, the only black people in all of Westeros, got all uppity and refused the gift of huge amounts of land they could have had to live there in peace. No, they got in their boats (their boats?? ) and sailed off to Naath, unwilling to live amongst them crackas. Or something. Very symbolic, boding, portential. But not raycis, as nobody ever noticed anyone’s skin tone in this whole series. It’s a non-thing, which is a good thing. So why wouldn’t they stay?

And Arya is going to sail west beyond the West ... which is straight out of Martin’s books, which a few other heroes had done in long ago ages. None of them ever came back.

And somewhere out there, somewhere, there be dragons. Well, at least one. Dracarys!!!

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Ok, we saw the end last night. Jon got back together with his dire wolf. And lived happily ever after. And Winter is over, even north of the Wall. The end.


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Democrats: kill the babies right up to the moment they’re being born, but don’t execute criminals.

One thing I like about the post-Obama Left is that they’ve given up hiding and pretending. Mostly. And the “tolerant” “party of inclusion” has become as intolerant and exclusive as they possibly can be. Toe the line or get gone.

Here’s their latest party line: If you don’t support abortion you aren’t a Democrat. Period.

Just one more bit of proof they are the anti-America party.



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Well, so much for tourism

Another Tourist Bus Bombed In Giza

At least a dozen people were injured after a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb Sunday near a museum being built close to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.

The exact number of injured was not immediately known, but Egyptian officials told the Associated Press at least 16 people were hurt.

Most of the injured included tourists, including South African nationals, security sources told Reuters.

Pictures posted to social media showed a bus with its windows cracked and debris in the road as some people tended to their injuries.

A witness to the blast, Mohamed el-Mandouh, told Reuters he heard a “very loud explosion” while sitting in traffic near the area.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

The apparent attack is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.

As much as I would love to see the wonders of ancient Egypt, the horrors of modern Egypt will keep me from ever going there.


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Good. Sue them for millions. I’m sick of this one way BS.

White FDNY Lt Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A white firefighter has sued the FDNY after claiming he was barred from participating in a color guard ceremony honoring deceased members of the Vulcan Society—a fraternal organization of black firefighters.

Lt. Daniel McWilliams has also sued the Vulcan Society after alleging that he was removed from his role as a flag bearer at a 2017 memorial Mass for the group’s deceased members because of his race. McWilliams, who was pictured in a well-known photo of firefighters erecting an American flag in the rubble at Ground Zero after 9/11, has outlined his complaint in a lawsuit filed on Friday, the New York Daily News reports.

The lawsuit reveals an exchange between McWilliams and then-president of the Vulcan Society Regina Wilson regarding McWilliams’ assignment to the ceremonial unit for the 2017 Mass, which was held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Harlem.

“Lieutenant, I specifically requested an all-black color guard,” Wilson allegedly said.

McWilliams, a 29-year veteran of the FDNY responded by questioning, “Are you removing me from the color guard because I am not black?”

“Yes I am,” Wilson reportedly answered.

After McWilliams was removed from the ceremonial team, his friends overheard “racially charged exchanges” which prompted the veteran firefighter to leave the church “to save himself from further shame, humiliation and embarrassment,” the lawsuit claims.

The Vulcan Society. Run by a woman of color. Once again, you get a few blacks who do the same job, and they form their own segregated sub-group. And then cry raycis!! and sexis!!whenever they can get away with it. Yet we all know who the real racists are, don’t we now?


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05/17/19


Give Us This Day ...

Today’s bread is another loaf of rye. This one is an equal mix between bread flour and rye flour, but the rye flour itself is an equal mix of white rye flour and pumpernickel flour. My hope is that this will give it a more robust flavor. OK, I broke down and purchased a couple little bags of rye bread fixers. One is KA’s Deli Rye Flavor, and the other is their Rye Bread Enhancer. Each is a mix of gluten, potato flour, malt powder, lactic acid, and acetic acid. The acids are what you get with sourdough, and the vital wheat gluten is what you have to add to the flour because rye flour is really low gluten; I want bread, not crepes. So I added a TB or so of each, and another 2 TB of gluten. Plus 2 TB of caraway seeds. And some of my own well fed starter. It’s an 80% hydration mix, so it’s up there in the “no knead” category. I’ll use the stand mixer to knead it anyway, now that it’s had half an hour to autolyse. Then into one of my rising buckets, and let it grow for a bunch of hours. I’ll see how it looks after dinner, and either bake it then or put it in the fridge to retard overnight. Whatever seems right. Oh, and I used barley malt syrup instead of molasses, since the last loaf seemed too sweet. And away we go.

Meanwhile, more painting to do here at the condo village.


Many hours later ...

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Horry Clap, the darn thing nearly exploded. 38oz loaf. It grew so much in the oven that the lower side split, even with deep slashes in the top that opened up more than 3 fingers wide. Mild crumb, intense aroma, softer crust, and great flavor.

I’m calling this recipe a keeper, although for a loaf this big I could have used 3-4 TB of caraway seeds.  I’ve got to get some cold cuts tomorrow to make sammiches.

And the whole house smells like freshly baked rye bread. Bestest air freshener evar!!



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Just Shut Up Already Please

Ach, crivens, our micro cat is in heat again. We got about a 5 weeks respite from her hormonal outburst that lasted most of the winter. At least she’s friendly again ... very friendly. Rub me pet me rub me pet me rub me. More!! And the singing will now commence. Arrrgh.


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05/16/19


Oh no, not another one. Every commie in the country is running for the Dem primary.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (not his real name) To Announce Bid For President

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday, joining the almost two dozen other candidates already competing for the Democratic nomination.

Warren Wilhem Jr is a little red tyrant. The only reason he can claim a drop in his city’s crime rate is due to a change in the data collection methods. But he’s qualified: his wife is somewhat black. Pity he isn’t a trans-mayor. [ no, because he can’t make the trans run on time, nyuck nyuck nyuck ]


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Summer League !

Well, it’s sort of bowling. OK, it’s bowling, but it’s sort of a league. OK, it’s a league but there’s sort of bowlers? Something like that. It looks like about 6 - 7 teams worth of people. So there are quite a number of vacancies spread around the 8 teams they drew up. We got a low level bowler as our third person, and we have one opening. We played a half team of two really good bowlers who have two vacancies. Hey, whatever.

I tried to push for doing a bunch of different things, to make the experience fresh and different. I asked for a real finals, match point scoring, no position rounds, and a one week book average. I got the one week book average. I’m not sure about the position rounds or the finals; they weren’t mentioned.

It’s a shame everyone shies away from match point scoring. It really is the better way IMO. There’s no stress on the anchor bowler, because there isn’t one. And you can win points for your team if you bowl well against your personal opponent, even if the rest of your team bowls poorly. So it’s better competition I think. But it does involve a few more simple arithmetic calculations, which is scary, even though everyone has a phone in their pocket with a calculator app in it.


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Pushing Back Against TNB? Don’t Bet On It

A disruptive rude passenger on a public bus was asked to be more polite by an elderly fellow passenger. Offended, she pushed him off the bus. He fell and hit his head and later died. She’s being charged with murder.

Woman, 25, shoves elderly man off bus so hard it killed him after he asked her to be nicer

Serge Fournier was reportedly telling a fellow passenger on the bus to be politer to others when he was pushed by a woman, landing head first on the pavement.

The woman, Cadesha Michelle Bishop, is facing a murder charge for the fatal shove on March 21 this year in Las Vegas.  On April 23 his death was ruled as a homicide by the county coroner.

Bishop was arrested Monday on a murder warrant and was assigned a public defence attorney during her first court appearance on Tuesday.

A judge ordered Bishop, 25, held on $100,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing of evidence May 21.

A police report says Fournier was moving up the aisle of the Regional Transportation Commission bus when he asked a woman who had been cursing at other people to be nicer to passengers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Bishop was accused of shoving Fournier out the door ‘with enough force that he never touched any of the steps’ before hitting his head about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the bus.

Ferals always choose for violence as their first response. It’s never as a last recourse. The slightest perceived provocation is justification for killing. TNB.

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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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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

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

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

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


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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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


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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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

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

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

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

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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.

See More Below The Fold

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

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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