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The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



04/20/19


A Good Finish

We won 7-0 last night in the final week of Cheap League rotation. No we have two weeks of the finals, and then it’s over. And then two weeks off until summer league starts.


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After 2 Years, Are You Numb Yet?

Pardon Me, Your Bias Is Showing

AP does an op-ed on the Mueller thing. Given some magically fallen approval polling numbers, and the relentless MSM, it seems like the AP is almost patting itself on the back for brainwashing as many people as they have.

Yeah, and Republicans who still support the President are gleefully enjoying watching him get away with stuff. Meanwhile the Dems want him impeached, even if he didn’t do anything wrong. And my take is that the AP is all for it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there’s been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet?

The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump’s favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by Robert Mueller laying out “substantial evidence” of the president interfering in a probe to protect himself. By now, people’s positions on Trump are largely locked in. As Kansas farmer Donn Teske asks: “Did it really take this report to point out the irony of this presidency?”
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The dawn of the Russia episode made heads turn. Revelations that Russia mounted a sophisticated effort to interfere in and influence the outcome of the 2016 election (favoring the Republican, to boot!), provided a “wow” moment. The prospect that the Trump campaign cooperated with Moscow’s machinations elevated the stakes, placing Trump’s presidency in peril.

Mueller’s report affirmed much of what was already known while offering plentiful new insights into how Trump acted on multiple fronts to contain the scrutiny of his behavior by prosecutors. But Mueller exonerated Trump and his aides of collusion with Russia while reaching no conclusion about obstruction of justice, pointedly declining to vindicate the president on that matter.

So where’s the “wow” now?

Americans are still absorbing the thick report. But at this point, it seems baked into the body politic that the president is something of a rogue cop.

“The country is both numb and actively rooting for Trump the way we rooted for Dirty Harry to violate a perp’s rights in the 1970s,” said scandal-management expert Eric Dezenhall, speaking at least of a big chunk of the public. “He was elected to do two things: to light the system on fire and to entertain.” And at least among his supporters, he offers the “sheer spectacle, the joy, of watching this guy get away with stuff.”




I just can’t take any more. I’m not surrendering, but I don’t want to hear another bit. Just get out the bats and beat heads. You want a revolution? Let’s have one.

There’s no middle ground. There can be no healing. That side is so wrong ,so oblivious in every way possible. The don’t have a clue. And they won’t ever shut up, learn, or change. What’s the point of debate, or even letting them run on in the background?

The only spectacle the people are enjoying is the masterful way that chess master Trump sits back, makes the tiniest of moves or statements, and lets the Dems blow themselves up again and again and again, showcasing for the world how wrong they are about nearly everything.


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04/19/19

I’m still sick, but I’m even more sick and tired of all the garbage on the news. A few examples of The Daily Stoopit.

Mueller Is A Slimebag
(actual news title “Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt")

Can we file this one under No Shit Sherlock and pay attention just for once about what a biased shill for the left Lurch here has always been?

In his report, Mueller didn’t resolve the issue. If he had been satisfied that there was no obstruction crime, he said, he would have so found. He claimed he wasn’t satisfied. Yet he was also not convinced that there was sufficient proof to charge. Therefore, he made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction.

This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.

This is exactly why prosecutors should never speak publicly about the evidence uncovered in an investigation of someone who isn’t charged. The obligation of the prosecutor is to render a judgment about whether there is enough proof to charge a crime. If there is, the prosecutor indicts; if there is not, the prosecutor remains silent.

If special counsel Mueller believed there was an obstruction offense, he should have had the courage of his convictions and recommended charging the president. Since he wasn’t convinced there was enough evidence to charge, he should have said he wasn’t recommending charges. Period.

Anything else was — and is — a smear. Worse than that, it flouts the Constitution.

As if the Constitution matters to these people, no matter how high up the tree they are.

OK, this article isn’t really stupid; it’s actually pretty apt. But it’s yelling into the vacuum of deep space beyond the orbit of Neptune. No one will listen, and the endless “yeah but maybe, therefore probably equals guilty so impeach” diatribe will never end. All the queen’s horses asses and all the queen’s yes men couldn’t find even enough verifiable innuendo to file a single charge even if they knew it didn’t stand a chance. You got nothing. Get over it.

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Teacher made a mean ( ie true ) comment on stupid kid’s paper! Fire her!!!

EIGHT THOUSAND online signatures on a petition to remove this teacher, who taught a class of way less than 3 dozen kids.

SEVEN THOUSAND heated comments at just one of the news sites covering the story. And not a single one of them understands what a drill is. Not one.

A viral image of harsh feedback written on a second grader’s math assignment has prompted online petition to fire his teacher.

Chris Piland, whose son attends Valley View Elementary School in Pennsylvania, posted an image on Facebook Tuesday of his son’s math assignment with remarks allegedly written by his teacher that read, “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”

“My son Kamdyn’s teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year he comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs (sic) work such great motivation,” Piland wrote on the post.

The post went viral and prompted an online campaign to have the teacher fired. As of early Friday, the “Petition to fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek from the Valley View school district” has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures and has been widely shared on Facebook.

Rose Minniti, the school superintendent, said an investigation was opened after a meeting the teacher and the Valley View School District but cautioned that the outcome would be dictated by “the facts and evidence” rather than “social media.”

Funny, I remember 1st and 2nd grade math, and I remember being bored out of my skull with it, because I had a better grasp of numbers then than what the 5th graders had. Because my parents taught me. And it was fun and easy.

Do you remember chanting along with the class, memorizing the basics of addition and subtraction? “One and one is two. Two and two are four. Four and four are eight”.

Remember having to know the 12 times table? The 20 times table? 13 x 11 = 143, 8 x 7 = 56. And you had to know this reflexively. Not think it out and determine an answer. See it, know it, say it.

Does anyone remember flash cards? If you do remember them, how long did you get to answer? A half second? Less?

And this is what DRILL is all about. It’s not a test of your simple reasoning abilities. It’s a test of your memory, the concept being that with enough memorization the underlying theory becomes self-apparent.

So yeah, 13 responses in 3 minutes is pathetic. Especially since at least 2 of them are wrong. Real drill? 200 responses in 3 minutes. Easy if you know your stuff. And the kids have already had at least 1 1/2 years of it by the spring of 2nd grade. Plus all that advanced preschool learning stuff. And parental help.

Notice also the wording of the comment on “Kamdyn“‘s paper: “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 minutes. Sad. :-(” The teacher did not write “You answered 13 ...” . This comment was for the parents, and likely was never even seen by the child.

But reasoning plays no part online. Hells no. My precious perfect booboo booger breath was possibly indirectly mistreated, so dogpile the whole world on teacher and get her fired.”

Buddy, your kid is probably just as stupid, lazy, illogical, and arrogant as you are. Oh boo hoo, teacher hasn’t kissed your stinky ass all year either, so she’s mean. You Beta Loser.

Oh PS: “allegedly”. Yes, it looks like female handwriting. And it’s in EVIL red pen. OMG. OMFG.

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NY Yankees Throw Kate Smith Under The Bus

The Yankees have taken a stand against racism for their seventh-inning stretch.

For 18 years, Yankee Stadium regularly used Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning. But they ditched it altogether this season, replacing Smith’s rendition with different versions of the song. Why? As the Daily News learned, the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.

Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

Smith, who died in 1986, endorsed the “Mammy Doll” in 1939, which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman in the same vein as Aunt Jemima.

The Yankees are investigating these claims and there are some conflicting notions regarding the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” in particular, because it was considered satire at the time and recorded with African-American artist Paul Robeson. Still, her shocking lyrics from 1939 are neither humorous nor ironic in 2019 — and the Yankees acted swiftly.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

Kate Smith died 33 years ago, probably well before the people getting all triggered were even born. The songs she recorded and the products she endorsed were all before WWII, which is before these snowflake’s grandparents were born. They have no idea at all what the world was like in those days. I don’t either, but people were tougher then. Thicker skinned. Rougher sense of humor. And it’s even acknowledged now that her songs even way back then were satire. Irony. Saying one thing and meaning another. You know, what the ‘flakes think they’re all such masters of? Yeah, no.

And for all I know - but I remember the fuss when I was young about the lack of Dollies Of Color, plus the whole Golly Wog thing in England since forever - so for all I know having a black doll, any black doll, was a step forward. Even if it looked like granny. I mean mammy. Who actually looked like a well fed version of a sharecropper in those days. No, pushing the mammy meme is nothing to be proud of, but that was EIGHTY years ago, and we’ve come so far since. At least we tried to, before the latest gen of leftest went nuts and tried to eliminate history.

So let’s damn a woman dead for more than a generation for some minor nearly unknown things she did 3 generations ago. And let’s scrap any semblance of tradition. Because old = bad and white = evil.

You know, Walt Disney was a Nazi, an eugenicist (at least after he was dead!), and an anti-Semite. He’s been dead for 53 years. Let’s tear apart the company and destroy every film and associated accessory they ever made. Because raycis hater!!!!!

Destroy the past because we don’t agree with it because we don’t understand it but we won’t make the tiniest effort to learn anything about it or find any context to put it in because we know everything because we’re 23 and our feelings based on no information at all are all that matters!!!!


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04/18/19

Say Goodnight Gracie Ann

Ann Coulter: I could support Bernie Sanders

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter said she could support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president if he returned to this old stance on immigration.

In an interview with PBS ‘Firing Line’ host Margaret Hoover, Coulter said she doesn’t care about “the rest of the socialist stuff” if Sanders went back to his original “pro-blue-collar position.”

“the rest of the socialist stuff”. Oy vey.  Lady, your 15 minutes are long long over. Buh bye.

Yeah I know, she said “IF”. But it’s the “rest of the socialist stuff” she’s Ok with that has me rounding up her books here for a trip to the garbage dumpster.



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So I called 911.

I’ve never done that before. But when I saw brush fire going on for several minutes in the fields back behind the Edna Mahn women’s prison, I thought I’d better. Turns out that it was a controlled burn, with a permit. To get rid of piles of brush. I guess it’s a farmer thing. I didn’t know anybody could burn sticks and leaves and stuff anymore, permit or not. There was quite a bit of smoke, but it wasn’t going out onto the highway which is between me and the fire. The 911 people were very nice; I wasn’t the first person to call it in. They said people were there tending it. I couldn’t see them from my vantage point about half a mile away.

Welcome to rural Drew.

Hey, I grew up in suburbia. The powers that be stopped people burning their leaves way back in the 60s.


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Barr Release Mueller Report Today: Still Nothing, But Now With Extra Details Of Nothing
Running Scared: Top Dems Trash Him Ahead Of Time

Attorney General William Barr will lead a press conference Thursday ahead of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

Barr is expected to be joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The release of the redacted report is expected later Thursday morning.

The decision to hold a press conference ahead of the report’s release sparked controversy among Democrats who claimed it was a move to shape the narrative surrounding the report. Some Democrats demanded Barr cancel the press conference.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement calling on the attorney general to testify.

“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” they said. “We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.”

“The only way to begin restoring public trust”. What a crock. You mean, the public trust the Left had for Mueller for two solid years, elevating him to some kind of demi-god of righteous retribution?

Or is this the public trust they flushed down the toilet in half a heartbeat when the report came out and their masturbatory vengeance fantasy didn’t come true?

Or the public trust they instantly set out to destroy because Mueller and Barr actually followed the law, which limited what they could say and do?

Maybe it’s the public trust they want to restore by pitching a Spartacus fit, now demanding that Mueller testify when they knew two days ago that Mueller was going to be allowed to testify?

And when this falls to pieces, they’ll claim that significant bits were redacted improperly. And then they’ll move on to President’s Trump’s taxes. Because the IRS has been crawling up his butt for 7 years, and hasn’t even found anything worth leaking, much less charging or fining him over.

“D” is for Delusional, Dimwit, and Dumbass.

Update: Right on schedule (ie 10 seconds later), doubts about the redactions. This one from Europe!

Accidental or not, critics sensed that decisions on whether to properly or sloppily redact had been made as part of a political game.

Similar sloppiness did not reveal the deepest secrets of the Mueller report on Thursday.

Instead, the black lines across the report are likely to fuel suspicions and doubts - not only in the United States.

You see, it’s not a matter of protecting the innocent. It all politics. Just as there is faith anymore, there is no honesty anymore. Everything is false, everything is weaponized. Everyone lies as much as they can, all the time. Besides, if you automatically go that route, then you can hang on to your daydream forever. Reality need not ever intrude. Seriously, like this literally literally a case of reductio ad absurdum. Redactio ad absurdum?

Riiiight. Trump was guilty as Hell, it’s just that Mueller was paid off, Barr was Trump’s running dog, and the real findings were removed to protect him.

Uh huh. Sadly, there is no limit to that kind of belief. 9/11 was an inside job, the moon landing was fake, the earth is actually flat, the sun and solar system orbit the earth. “The truth is out there”, but only the wing ding tinfoil hat squads know about it. And the Men In Black are coming for them. In black helicopters of course.

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Some actual reporting from The Smoking Gun:

The version of the Mueller Report released this morning contains 855 separate redactions, the bulk of which appear in the section devoted to the Russian government’s actions to influence the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump.

The redactions were made by Attorney General William Barr in the weeks after Special Counsel Robert Mueller provided him with the 448-page report on March 22.

The redactions range from single words and footnotes being blacked out to entire pages of the report being shielded. Of the total redactions, 730 appear in the report’s section examining Russian intereference in the last presidential election (and contacts between “the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign").

Barr’s redactions cover four categories:

* Material gathered via grand jury proceedings
* Information that, if disclosed, could reveal sources and methods used by intelligence agencies in the U.S. and abroad
* Details that could affect ongoing criminal investigations
* Information that could infringe on the privacy rights of peripheral, third-party individuals somehow involved in the Mueller investigation



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Somebody was about to do something to some place


Man Arrested Entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral With 4 Gallons Gasoline And Lighter Fluid

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Miller: “It’s hard to say what his intentions were.”

AYFKM?

A man is in custody after he tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Wednesday night with gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, authorities said.
When a security officer at the cathedral stopped the 37-year-old man, he left the church and was detained shortly after by counterterrorism officers, NYPD’s John Miller said at a news conference.
The man, who is from New Jersey and is known to police, spilled some of the gasoline as the security officer stopped him in the church and forced him to turn around, Miller said.
“It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something we would have great concern over,” Miller said.

They had this guy on some kind of watch list. But all they’re saying is that he’s from Joisey. Hmm

I’m sure it was just some disaffected Amish youth protesting Trump’s “Christofacism”. Again.

WTFU people. WTFU.


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04/17/19


Sick Bunny went to the doctor

Amoxicillin Clavulanate, benzonatate, guaifenesin, and zicam. Guess I’m sicker than I thought. Hey, terrible cough, URI, and middle ear infection at the same time. Let’s see how all this works. I’ve read some of the webMD reviews, which are highly negative for nearly all medications, so I’m kind of expecting thunderous bowels and hallucinations. Proactively taking probiotics and live culture yogurt. 6 hours into it and I’m not coughing my fool head off every 20 seconds all day long. OTOH, I still can’t hear jack. Odd illness: if it wasn’t for the rich juicy thick cough and the deafness, I’d feel fine.

I cleaned and disinfected my BiPap machine. That can’t hurt either.

I want to be significantly better by Easter. I want to be stable enough so that I can do a few hours of light work tomorrow, and later stand on a step ladder safely. I’ve got to put another ballast in one of the lights for my Thursday night job.

To bed early then.


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Well how about that? Surprise surprise surprise!

OF COURSE it was arson, and you know damn well who did it. And this truth will be buried deep forever.

One of millions celebrating it, worldwide. Member of the Canadian government. Any statements out of our own elected jihadis?


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All measles, all the time. Gak.


With even more measles cases now, Rockland County tries again

NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A man on a trip from New York, who was unknowingly infected with the measles, traveled to Michigan and spread the virus to 38 other people, authorities said.

Meanwhile, Rockland County officials announced their next steps Tuesday in combating the measles outbreak. Threatening letters and hefty fines are part of the new tactics.

Rockland county is currently dealing with 186 confirmed measles cases. New York City has had 329 cases since October. In just the last two weeks, Westchester has confirmed ten cases.

Rockland residents are already getting knocks on the door and delivery of notices that say unvaccinated people exposed to measles must stay away from indoor and outdoor public places for 21 days or face $2,000 fines.

“We will restrategize at every opportunity regardless of what’s thrown in front of us. That’s just what we’re going to do,” Nassau County Executive Ed Day said.

County leaders believe a new order that’s more focused will stand up to legal challenges. It goes one step further in keeping people who are unvaccinated away from everyone else.

And the comments section is loaded with anti-vaxxers. “Oh, measles is nothing to worry about” ... until your child dies. The stupid is intense.


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04/16/19

Using the fire as a weapon

ISIS poster gloats over Notre Dame damage

The terrorist group ISIS is reportedly celebrating the destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France that caught fire Monday.

The group referred to the fire that occurred on Holy Week as “retribution and punishment,” according to a poster obtained by The Daily Mail. The group spells out the words “Have a good day,” in big, Arabic letters. (RELATED: The Vatican Releases Statement On Notre Dame Fire)

“Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism,” the poster reportedly said.

The Daily Mail cites the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium in reporting the creation of the poster by the ISIS-affiliated group Al-Muntasir.
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A woman connected to ISIS was arrested in 2016 after allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the cathedral. ISIS has repeatedly threatened and committed acts of violence against Catholic churches and landmarks, including the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Philippines in January that left 20 dead.

Huh. I thought just about everyone in ISIS was dead or captured at this point. But how many Christian churches have burned in Egypt, Nigeria, and France in the past few years? Often with their priests or congregations still inside them?



Not to be outdone, the Democrats quickly tried to make this into a metaphor to attack President Trump

Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen compared the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to President Donald Trump’s presidency.

While discussing the Mueller report during his Monday appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Cohen went out of his way to draw the analogy.

“What he has done to the Constitution and the rule of law is as bad as that fire did to Notre Dame,” Cohen said. “He’s torching the entire structure of government and the people’s respect for it. And the Congress needs to act.”

The famous Cathedral has stood for 856 years, but it caught fire, of which the source has yet to be discovered, on Monday, drawing the attention of bystanders in Paris and national television. Many of the Sacraments and pieces of artwork in the ancient cathedral were able to be recovered in the wreckage.

Cohen has been a staunch critic of Trump. The congressman introduced articles of impeachment against the president in 2017 and has promised to do so again. While Cohen has not filed articles during the current Congress, he implied that he has sufficient cause to do so.

Let no crisis go to waste. And show no humanity or compassion to anything. Use everything as a weapon the attack our President.




SJWs and other terrorists celebrate the fire on social media

I’m not even going to link that one. Did you expect anything else from a bunch of deranged petulant basement dwellers?


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It must be Spring: we’re on bear alert here. One was spotted walking on the edge of the woods that run behind half the buildings here. Hide your kittehs, and watch out for your bird feeder!


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04/15/19

Notre Dame Burns

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A major fire has engulfed the famed Medieval Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris, destroying the ancient timber roof, bringing down the central spire, and threatening the bell towers.

The cathedral was in the process of a period of restoration, and in the past couple of days has had sixteen bronze statues removed from the roof area in recent days to facilitate work. The fire appears to have started in the roof where work is taking place.

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The exact cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is “potentially linked” to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead. The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives, and said it was treating it as an accident.

Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Hundreds of people lined up bridges around the island that houses the church, watching in shock as acrid smoke rose in plumes. Speaking alongside junior Interior minister Laurent Nunez late Monday, police chief Jean-Claude Gallet said “two thirds of the roofing has been ravaged.” Gallet said firefighters would keep working overnight to cool down the building.

Late Monday, signs pointed to the fire nearing an end as lights could be seen through the windows moving around the front of the cathedral, apparently investigators inspecting the scene.

The fire came less than a week before Easter amid Holy Week commemorations. As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint Julien Les Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them.

French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers for the beloved Paris cathedral.

Deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said emergency services were trying to salvage the famed art pieces stored in the cathedral.

As of 9pm Eastern, 3am Paris, the fire continues. While the French President has vowed to rebuild, there may not be much left when the fires finally give out.

This is being labeled as an accident, connected somehow to the restoration work being done up on the roof. But who was on the work crews?

And how is it that the greatest city in France did not have the fire fighting equipment to put this out? How is it that no sprinkler systems were ever installed? They’ve only had 800 years to do it. Or that, doing a restoration using melted lead going on to 1000 year old timbers, that there was no massive fire safety system in place both above and below the roof?

This is a terrible tragedy, the very heart of France ripped out, one of the premier symbols of Christianity nearly destroyed. How could there not have been preventative planning?


Hopeful Update: First reports are coming in that a large part of the inside is only lightly damaged, and that the buttresses and other parts of the exterior stones are Ok.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2019 at 12:49 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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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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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.

See More Below The Fold

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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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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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