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calendar   Tuesday - September 25, 2018

The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE



09/25/18

Not a happy camper

I have to go in for more dental surgery in 2 hours. My right front incisor has to come out. I got hit in the mouth with a rock hard dog biscuit 35 years ago, which lead to a root canal and a gum infection. Now that tooth is getting loose in my gums, especially with all the work I’ve had done on my front tooth right next to it. So now I’ll be missing two front teeth, yes my two front teeth. Is it Christmas yet? grin Anyway, sockets will get installed and someday I’ll have implants put it. That takes months and months, waiting for the bone to grow back tight against the sockets. Thrills. But today is going to be painful and bloody, and afterwards I’ll be high as a kite on the pain pills. And hating every second of my life. So don’t expect much posting from me for a couple days.

And it’s friggin’ pouring out today. Figures.


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The Kavanaugh thing, as always --


•  Put up or shut up.


•  Responsible journalism? Like heck. Turning made up rumors into smears.


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Stay well behind your side of the line or else.

Black guys try to carjack and kidnap white folks in fancy rich Short Hills NJ. Daddy gets his gun. Sadly, no perforated perps, but at least one is going to the slammer for a long, long time.

Short Hills is where that young white lawyer was murdered in a parking garage at the mall a couple years back, and their fancy SUV stolen. Vehicle found in the ghetto, perps caught and convicted. 20 to 40 years each.

MILLBURN — A Short Hills dad saved the life of his 13-year-old daughter when he grabbed his gun and chased off an attempted carjacker who had grabbed the neck of his daughter and threatened to kill her on their driveway.

That man will now serve at least 12 years in prison after a judge on Monday handed down a 14-year sentence against Ahmed Anthony, 30, who pleaded guilty to first-degree carjacking and second-degree kidnapping in connection to the incident on Nov. 27, 2017.

It may not be a red line, or a line in the sand, but there is an invisible white line around some areas where the schwoogie antics are not tolerated at all. Short Hills has the money to hire an army of police if they feel the need. There will be no urban crime in this town, thank you too much.

My town is like that too, although we’re so far out in the “sticks” that few street rats can even find this place. And the ones that do get pulled over by the whole PD right away, ticketed and busted for minor drug possession usually. If you’re one of them, you don’t come here. Period. And I love it. We do have some black people who live here. Lawyers, doctors, top executives. They’re just people. And they love that invisible line too.

Unlike Shitcongo Chicago, Short Hills has a nearly 100% arrest and conviction rate for the rare crimes that do occur.



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09/24/18

The weapons that simply will not die

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WWII, WWI, and even 19th Century arms are still in use in conflicts around the world. They’ve survived 50 years lost in the steamy jungles of the South Pacific. They’ve survived 75 years of the brutal heat and grit of the Arabian desert. And yet, they still work. And somehow there is still ammunition for them.

We’re not talking just pistols and rifles. Machine guns, mortars, artillery, even tanks. Airplanes. It’s amazing. Garands, Enfields, Moisin-Nagants, Lebels, Arisakas, you name it. They may not be mainline, but they’re still out there by the hundreds of thousands, and they still work.

Here’s a link to two long articles at the same website. The 1990s Revolution in Bouganville and the WWII Weapons in Yemen’s Current Civil War.

The photograph above is TV news footage from JULY 2018 showing a Soviet T-34 tank from WWII in combat. This one is in the hands of the Houthi rebels. There are plenty more of them too.

If military weapons, which saw hard use when they were new, can survive and still function after so many years and in such poor environments, how long do you think the halfway well cared for guns in your closet will make it?

This is two perfect examples that the media touted “America has X million guns” numbers are total nonsense; a guaranteed undercount. With a little bit of care, guns last forever.



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09/23/18
And Around We Go Again

The Kavanaugh Kronicles, Part 892: THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS

A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has claimed that he exposed himself to her at a college party, the New Yorker magazine reported late Sunday.

The woman, Deborah Ramirez, has called on the FBI to investigate the alleged incident. The magazine’s report, which is co-written by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow, states that four Democratic senators have received information about Ramirez’s allegation and at least two have begun investigating it.

The report was published days before Kavanaugh is to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an allegation of sexual assault against him dating to his days as a high school student in the early 1980s. The accuser in that case, Christine Blasey Ford, has agreed to go before the committee and tell her story.

A new allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against Brett Kavanaugh, dating back to his college years. “This is a serious, disturbing, and credible allegation, and should be fully investigated,” Senator Mazie Hirono said.

In a statement obtained by Fox News, Kavanaugh described Ramirez’s allegation as a “smear.”

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so,” Kavanaugh said. “This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name--and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building--against these last-minute allegations.”

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said: ”This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”

Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while she was intoxicated during a drinking game in the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman. She also claimed she inadvertently touched Kavanaugh’s penis when she pushed him away and says the incident left her “embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.”

She also claimed another male student yelled “Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face” and insisted that person used Kavanaugh’s full name.

The report stated that the magazine had not corroborated that Kavanaugh was at the party in question. An anonymous male classmate said he was told that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to Ramirez within the following days.

Still another male classmate who Ramirez claims egged on Kavanaugh to expose himself to her denied any memory of the party in question. In addition, the magazine published a statement by six of Kavanaugh’s classmates saying: “We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it—and we did not. The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett.”

My client is not Deborah Ramirez.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 23, 2018

The statement continued, “In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending.”

LIFE IMPRISONMENT OR EXECUTION FOR POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PERJURY.

This is what happens when you get a spineless wimp like Grassley who lays down and begs to be walked all over. Now that Ford’s game is pretty much up, out trots another one. Surprise!! And then there will be another one. And another one. And another one. FOREVER. Because there is no penalty for lying.

Unless the punishment is unbelievably severe. Draconian. Brutal and unforgiving. I’ve frickin’ had it with this bullshit.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump, tweeted Sunday evening that he represented a woman “with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and [high school friend] Mark Judge.”

After the New Yorker story was published, Avenatti clarified that Ramirez is not his unnamed client, raising the possibility that more allegations against Kavanaugh will be forthcoming.

There’s got to be a way to defeat this, to stop it so cold it never happens again, unless it’s provably true and fully documented. Right now, high explosives and machine guns are the only solutions I can come up with.


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And Around We Go Again

The Kavanaugh Kronicles, Part 891: Thursday Is The Day

Ford attorneys promise Thursday hearing will occur, regardless of ‘procedural and logistical issues’

[ WTH does that even mean? ]

Attorneys for Christine Ford, the California professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, definitively vowed Sunday that Ford would appear at a Senate hearing Thursday morning despite unresolved “procedural and logistical issues.”

After days of uncertainty, the move set the stage for a dramatic and pivotal day of testimony on Capitol Hill that could determine the fate of President Trump’s second pick to the nation’s highest court.

“We made important progress on our call this morning with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members,” the attorneys, Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich said in the statement. “We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday Sept 27 at 10:00 am.”

Sources on Capitol Hill tell Fox News they are now preparing in earnest for the Thursday hearing, which is likely to push a confirmation vote on the Senate floor beyond October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

The hearing had been in doubt amid a week of back-and-forth tussling between Senate Republicans and Ford’s legal team, who disagreed on the ideal timing of the hearing, as well as who should testify first and whether outside lawyers should be allowed to ask questions.

But Ford’s legal team said categorically on Sunday that those potential sticking points would not derail the hearing.


What a load of cobblers. Now she has THREE attorneys? Get out of town.

And if he passes the Judiciary Committee, and gets the Senate vote a couple days late, then he’ll miss the next term? BULL. “Oops, sorry I’m a bit late, dirty politics. You know how it is, right Clarence? Ok, what’s on deck?” and he can jump right in.

Sure, there might be some traditions at the high court, but they aren’t actual laws. No legal obstacle stands in his way once he gets the fancy black robes and the golden gavel. As far as I know.



MEANWHILE, BACK IN REALITY ...

4th “witness” says no assault happened, no party happened, I wasn’t there, BK and this front-hole never even met

Another person claimed by Christine Blasey Ford to have attended a gathering decades ago during which, Ford claims, she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahas denied any recollection of having attended the party.

In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday, Leland Ingham Keyser, a former classmate of Ford’s at the Holton-Arms all-girls school in Maryland, said she doesn’t know Kavanaugh or remember being at the party with him.

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” lawyer Howard J. Walsh III of Bethesda, Md., conveyed in an email to the committee that was obtained by Fox News.

All five witnesses Dr. Ford places at scene have weighed in, now all but Ford say the incident didn’t happen. The four she names besides herself contradict her.

Keyser’s denial brings to four the number of witnesses, including Kavanaugh, who’ve all said they have no memory of the party or the incident.

Other denials were issued earlier this week by Mark Judge and Patrick “PJ” Smith. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh assaulted her during a housing party in high school in the 1980s.

Keyser is a former golf coach at Georgetown University and was formerly married to Bob Beckel, a political pundit and former Democratic operative, according to the Weekly Standard.

Bob Beckel? Isn’t that the guy who used to be on Fox News’ show The Five, but got the boot because he’s a racist drunkard? Why yes, that’s the very same Bob we’re talking about.

After three years of dating and partying, they married on November 14, 1992, the day before his 44th birthday. He was 18 years older than Keyser at the time. He wrote that the age gap didn’t bother either of them, but it bothered her father and Beckel had to pay for the “enormous wedding.”

Beckel wrote that they “partied and partied” before their wedding. They had the money to do so, since her grandfather died and lefter her “a lot of money.” At the time, Beckel was still drinking heavily. He is a recovering alcoholic and has also admitted to using cocaine.

Odds are pretty good she isn’t a fundamentalist Conservative, but who can say, really? It does kind of sound like she brought that hard partying Holton-Arms motif with her.

But now we have both men AND women saying this is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


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the smallest news story of the day ... so far

Oh please. Fox News is carrying a story about a news story at the UK Daily News about an Asian woman who made a fancy artistic selfie while flying in a fancy airliner between Hong Kong and Rome and posted it to social media, ‘sparking “outrage” ‘, because she brought her own string of LED lights to better illuminate the picture. It’s a very nicely composed picture; in no way is it just a snapshot. I don’t think she took it herself either, unless she also packed along a tripod.

Nearly 600 people have commented on the article at Fox, so far. 846 have commented at the Daily Mail. But, oooh, she’s an “influencer” so this means she’s somehow marginally important. Gak. She likes to have her picture taken, and she almost always uses these little strings of light. Good for her, how creative, now everyone run out an buy some and be an influencer too. “Another pathetic sheep, following the herd.”

And this is WORLDWIDE news.

We are so doomed.


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Sorry for no posting yesterday. Everything I saw online was The Accusation and More Delay and I’m sick to death of it. Gassly Grassly has gone to the ends of the earth to accommodate this woman several times already, and it’s never enough. Cut through the crap and just have the damn vote already, so we can move on to the next endless bit of drama, the Senate vote.


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Some kind of miracle happened to our team at Cheap League Friday night, and we bowled like champions. Guess the planets and comets all lined up or something. Our opponents had pre-bowled, so they weren’t there and we the lanes to ourselves. And we all did quite well. We won the first 2 games by a wide margin, but their anchor had rolled a massive 239 game in the 3rd, so we couldn’t quite match their score. We did get total wood for the night, so we took it 5-2. Actually we all rolled lower the last game, so we each finished up just a touch over average for the night. And that night was the last night of book average, the 3rd week of the season, so our new averages based on the past 3 weeks will go into effect next week, and our numbers won’t be any higher than those we finished last season with. That’s an advantage. So, good for us. Go team!!


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File this one under “No Kidding”: Ivy League study shows number of illegals is DOUBLE the official MSM/Gov number. Duh.

And the actual number of gun owners is probably at least double what they bandy about, but that truth will never see the light of day.

It’s kind of insulting the way TPTB takes us for such impressionable fools. Or perhaps it’s (also?) very depressing how few people can actually think or even see the world around them.


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Here’s a bit of little known and unusual.


Did you know that there’s a lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge?



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I had no idea, and I’ve lived in the outer NYC metro area most of my life and been over that bridge many times. It’s not a big one, being only 40 feet tall. And it’s recycled, as it was first built on Sandy Hook in New Jersey around 1880, but had to be moved during WWI when folks realized it was downrange from the massive artillery battery there that defended the lower Hudson against enemy ships. So they moved the lighthouse to a bit of land outside the city called Jeffrey’s Hook, a treacherous bit of river that until then only had a couple warning lights on poles. 

So the lighthouse did the job for several years from 1921, but became obsolete when the George Washington Bridge was built right over it in 1931. Forlorn and forgotten, the lighthouse was slated for demolition but was saved by rising public sentiment when Hildegarde Swift wrote a children’s book about it, one of the very first I’m Ok, You’re Ok kind of books called The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, , still in print actually, and in a few years famous NYC architect Robert Moses had build Fort Washington Park around it, 160 acres of woods, hiking trails and scenic picnic areas.

Like everything else, the city expanded around it, while the park slipped into obscurity and urban legend. These days it’s a challenge to even get to, what with the highways, gangs, and crazy bicyclists. But it’s still there, and kept in good shape, and sometimes you can even go inside and look around.

They say there’s a million stories in the Big Apple, and this is one of the nicer ones. There are actually quite a number of lighthouses up and down the Hudson’; probably great places to visit if you have a decent powerboat and plenty of time. Very quaint, lots of history. Plenty of pictures at all the links above and below. If you visit, keep your eyes open and you might even meet Fox News babe Harris Faulkner and her family. They visit at least once a year.

https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-washington-park/highlights/11044
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-washington-park/dailyplant/23063
http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=393

This is what I do when I’m suffering from politics overload. Find something innocuous and research the heck out of it.


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09/21/18

Not much changes in a day. The news is still All Kavanaugh Accusation All The Time.
The rest of the world can go squat.

Well, President Trump threw his oar in the water about this. He actually keep quiet longer than I figured he would.

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And a former Scalia intern actually stops and thinks about it, and then figures out the remarkable idea that the party at “a home near the country club” would have a member of that family present. Um, like a classmate.

Duh, otherwise it would be breaking and entering, right? And that’s a bit too far even for the wild teen scene we read about yesterday in Blasey’s boarding school’s yearbooks, which have since been scrubbed from the internet.

So former intern guy digs through the student records at Kavanaugh’s school, finds where everyone lived and how far, and realizes that one classmate lived hardly half a mile away. And, amazing!!, that guy looked a lot like Brett Kavanaugh at the time. So he publishes all that, names, addresses, photos. Just like a law clerk would do due diligence and prepare an information package.

Awesome, this could destroy the allegation. Good dog.

And THEN he realizes, D’OH!!!, he just inadvertently sort of accused the other guy of sexual assault. OOPS. Big time retraction and de-Tweeting. SORRY.

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Meanwhile, Blasely’s “friend” from school has now completely retracted her story that she heard all about this at the time. ”OOPS, SORRY. Guess I was wrong!”

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And word has surfaced that earlier in the summer Blasey contacted at least 2 female acquaintances from long ago and asked them if she had ever told them this story. Awkward! And no, no she hadn’t. I guess remembering who, if anyone, you’ve told your tale to is part of that “missing memory” phenom.

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And the Dems are still playing Will She / Won’t She with the meeting schedule, location, privacy, security, and anything else they can throw in. And the pussy-cuck RINOS are letting them, or so it seems. It changes hourly.

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And the Dems have also promised (daydreamed?? jerk-off revenge fantasy???) that even if BK gets on the high bench, IF they should happen to retake the majority in the Fall, then they’ll investigate him for perjury with an eye to giving him the boot. Sure sounds like a threat.

And it would be the very first time any kind of investigation has been done on a sitting Justice in the entire history of our nation. Much less a move to impeach. The fallout would be radioactive.

Dems don’t care. If they aren’t in charge they’re willing to destroy the country to get there. And if they do get in charge, their agenda is to destroy the country. 

Hope you’re all ready to vote come November.

I can’t be bothered to link most of this. It’s all out there, although you may have to visit a few of your favorite Conservative sites to get the links, if biased Google doesn’t give them to you.


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09/20/18



Tide Turning On Dem’s “Blue Wave”?


A Republican candidate won a shocking victory Tuesday in Texas, capturing a state Senate seat that has been held by Democrats for 139 years—and fizzling out Democrats’ “blue wave” aspirations to flip the Lone Star State.

Pete Flores, a former leader of the state Parks and Wildlife Department’s law enforcement division, won the reliably blue district against Democrat Pete Gallego.

“I owe this first to God and then to the grassroots in all of our counties in Senate District 19,” Flores said after his opponent conceded the race, the Texas Tribune reported. “Primarily this is an example of what happens when you have a united front and a grassroots effort. So now it’s time to go to work.”

The runoff election was held following the resignation of Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who was convicted of helping an oilfield service company he co-owned run a Ponzi scheme.

The Republican’s victory cements the party’s control over the state’s upper chamber, controlling 21 of the state’s 31 Senate seats.


It’s a start. Go Texas!

Hey, maybe we can start a “red tide” meme with this.


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Not red tide, just keeping more dirt out of the swamp

Lose The Lying Lyre

An American Working Families Party candidate quit an Oregon state legislative race Wednesday amid false claims about her university degree, according to reports.

Amanda La Bell, 41, dropped out of the race for House District 54 in Bend, Ore., the Oregonian reported, citing an announcement from the party.

Her departure gives a boost to Republicans’ hopes of keeping the House District 54 seat, the Oregonian reported.

“We are sorry that Bend voters will no longer have an opportunity to vote for a State Representative who can effectively fight for issues impacting Oregon’s working families,” the party’s statement said.

The Bend Bulletin had reported Tuesday that La Bell falsely claimed on her official Voters Pamphlet statement to have earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia, calling into question her candidacy’s legitimacy.

She lied about having a college degree. In music. Buh bye!!

I have no idea if this woman plays the lyre. She plays the liar though. I just wanted to ... harp ... on our need for honest government. And that starts with honest candidates and honest elections. I’m tired of having my strings plucked. MAGA !!


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09/19/18
It isn’t Thursday yet, but what the heck. A little A&R posting, which Peiper and I used to do all the time.

Archeologists Find Cook’s Ship Endeavour

Well, it was exactly where it was left, 240 years ago

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It’s a barque, not a frigate. That’s why the masts and sails look a bit odd


In case you’ve forgotten, Captain Cook discovered Australia, and took this ship to get there. OK, you PC types: yes, there were some abos living there, but it was just a hot dry place to them. They didn’t even know it was an island where everyone talks funny.

Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of Captain James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour off the East Coast of America.

The possible discovery of the ship Cook sailed to Australia could solve one of the greatest ever maritime mysteries. Archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (Rimap) think they have located the resting place of the famous vessel which carried Cook to Australia in 1770.

The ship was later used in the American war of independence where it was scuttled, along with 12 other vessels, off Newport, Rhode Island in August 1778 to act as a blockade.

There are now plans to try and excavate the sunken vessel next year - the 250th anniversary of his arrival in Oz, according to The Age.  Britain could stake a claim for the wreckage to be housed in the UK.

The breakthrough will be officially announced on Friday after a 25-year search for the exploration ship off the coast of Rhode Island, north-east US.

Australian National Maritime Museum and Rimap will release 3D images of the wreck site. It is thought to be located just off Goat Island, a small island in the Narragansett Bay.

What mystery are they talking about? I have no idea. Which one of the five wrecks it is? The ship was found next to Goat Island, which is a breakwater across the bay from Newport Rhode Island. As one of the busiest ports in the colonies, Newport saw a lot of action in the Revolutionary War.

It is thought to be located just off Goat Island, a small island in the Narragansett Bay.

Kathy Abbass, director of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, told Fairfax Media: “We can say we think we know which one it is.

“It is exciting, we are closing in. “This is a vessel that is significant to people around the world.”

Divers are currently working to confirm whether one of five shipwrecks in the area is the Endeavour.  The vessel was made of oak and pine in the north of England and has been under the waves for more than 200 years.
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The US Space Shuttle Endeavour is named after this ship.

In April 1770, Endeavour became the first ship to reach the east coast of mainland Australia. Cook landed at the site now known as Botany Bay.

The Endeavour was sold in 1775 and renamed Lord Sandwich 2. It was hired as a British troop transport during the American War of Independence.

The ship was sunk during a blockade off Rhode Island in 1778.

Scuttled actually. Sunk on purpose to keep other ships from getting in to Newport harbor.

This ship is so important to Australians and New Zealanders that they built their own copy a couple decades ago, sailed it around the world several time, repaired and moved it, and which does charter sails up and down the Aussie coast.

There is a great video of the new ship at the above link, with a sound track by Gustav Holst to let you know that this is important. Holst’s Jupiter suite from his Planets symphony is arguably THE quintessential bit of music that evokes glorify, greatness, and empire. You’ve heard it all your life (listen at the 2:54 mark), even if you only recognize it as “that tune from the Conan movie, maybe, right?” That’s how important this find is.


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Pretty Wild

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Gak, I can’t stand another syllable of this Blasey bitch ass bullshit. Here’s some FAR MORE IMPORTANT ( and ass related ) NEWS from around the world:


•  Black guy caught rubbing fruit on his ass and putting it back on shelf in grocery store

A man is accused of rubbing fruit on his bare bottom at a supermarket and putting the items back on display. Michael Dwayne Johnson, 27, was spotted by an employee on Saturday at the Giant supermarket in Manassas, Virginia, US. A statement from police said the employee noticed Johnson ‘picking up produce, pulling down his pants, rubbing the produce on his buttocks, and replacing the produce back on the shelf’.

What a class act. Arrest him, fine him for the retail cost of every piece of produce in the store, and ban him from every grocery store in a 200 mile radius. Demand a “no low pants” dress code law in all grocery stores in the whole area


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•  London commuter train 7 minutes late because engineer was locked in the bathroom.

Passengers at a London train station were delayed this morning because the driver got stuck in the loo. The 10.49am service from Bromley South to Victoria departed seven minutes late after its unlucky train driver became locked in the on-board toilet. A Southeastern Rail spokesperson apologised in an email to Metro.co.uk saying: ‘Getting stuck in the loo is enough to drive anyone round the bend, and we’re sorry to those of our passengers who were delayed.’

Man, those English and their train schedule fixations. It’s not like they have jobs to commute to or anything at that hour of the mid-morning.




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OK, Now It’s Three “He Said"s To One “She Said”

Third party boy issues a denial

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, another former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s denies attending a party like the one described in the allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her three decades ago when they were teenagers.  Patrick J. Smyth attended Georgetown Prep—an all-boys school in North Bethesda, Maryland—alongside Kavanaugh. Both men graduated in 1983.

“I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” Smyth says in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”

Just publish the whole letter already. Then let’s hear from the 4th boy who was/wasn’t there so he can lawyer up for his own protection and also say that nothing happened. Then can we flush this rancid turd of a tale down the toilet?


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Am I The Only One Who Realizes This Is Impossible?

Or as Ollie North put it, “I have no recollection of those facts at this time, sir.”

(CNN) The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.
In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys argue that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

Let’s take a quick look at how an investigation might go.

•  She can’t say where the party was, when the party was - even the year!, or who the other people there were^^. She never made a police report. She said nothing to her parents. We haven’t heard that she kept a diary. She never mentioned this to her friends. EVER*. So she’s a total dead end.


•  Kavanaugh says this never happened. Period. Has anyone asked him if he remembers even being at a party with 4 guys, beer, and an underage girl? Fifth Amendment much?


•  Kavanaugh’s buddy Mark Judge says this never happened. Period. But he admits to being a high school drunk. Ask him “Were you an accessory to this crime?” Fifth Amendment much?


•  Maybe the FBI could send out a survey to every homeowner in the area. “Did you leave your children unattended, provide them with alcohol, and allow them to have a party at which an underage girl may have been molested, when you weren’t home ... 36 years ago?” Fifth Amendment much?


^^ My bad. I just found out that her letter referred to some other guy as “PJ”, who turns out to be Patrick J. Smyth. Would somebody please publish a photocopy of her damn letter already, unredacted? WTF, it’s 96% public already anyway.

* consider the probability of a 15 year old girl NOT telling all her girl friends how some guys got all handsy and rough at a party. Or warning them that this boy and that boy are totally gross creeps. Or even bragging that she was at a party with older boys and beer. I don’t think there are numbers that small.


And yet CNN, the MSM, all the DEMS, and probably most all the RINOS too, are onboard to have the FBI conduct such an investigation.

This is pathetic. There shouldn’t even be a hearing since this is obvious nonsense, but Fear The #MeToo pussy hat brigade and give the devil her due.

And if the rumor is true that she sent nearly the same letter out about Gorsuch when he was nominated ... oy vey. Sunk. No need to even mention the Fusion GPS angle.


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09/18/18

Well of course!!

Blasey-Ford’s lawyer Deborah Katz is Vice Chair of the Soros funded Project On Government Oversight.

Partisan hit job? Obviously. And nobody hardly even had to try to play Follow The Money. One source with many branches.

If this lying front-hole even shows up for the meeting with the Judiciary Committee, it’s going to be an even more pathetic circus than it already is. Good thing I have a whole new bottle of Pepto in the medicine cabinet.

h/t to Vilmar’s guy Bob F


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Meanwhile, back at the MSM/DNC Crazy Ranch ...

Matthew Dowd, the chief political analyst for ABC News, smeared Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with a “sexual predator” allegation on Monday.

Doing his part to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Dowd tweeted that America already has one “sexual predator” on the Supreme Court — meaning Thomas.

“It was despicable and outrageous what happened to Anita Hill more than 25 years ago, and a sexual predator was given a lifetime seat on the SC,” Dowd wrote [ Tweeted ]. “Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself in 2018.”

After five decades of public service, only one accuser has every come forward against Thomas, and that was Anita Hill, whose unproven allegations involved only harassment — nothing reaching the level of a sexual predator.

Nevertheless, at the time, Thomas was confirmed, primarily because most of the public did not find Hill credible after learning she followed Thomas from job to job despite the alleged harassment.

On Monday, Dowd also tweeted out how eager he is to bring back the days of witch hunts where every accuser is believed unconditionally.

“Enough with the ‘he said, she said’ storyline. If this is he said, she said, then let’s believe the she in these scenarios. Dowd howled in reference to Kavanaugh. “She has nothing to gain, and everything to lose. For 250 years we have believed the he in these scenarios. Enough is enough.”

So much for “innocent until proven guilty”, or evidence, or anything like that. Sounds like an extreme case of gender bias to me. And one more instance of the #MeToo philosophy being used as a weapon. Reign of Terror much?

Don’t forget what Anita Hill’s allegation was: a single hair on a can of soda ( which she did not keep for DNA analysis ). I hope Justice Thomas can sue this clown for libel. And since Thomas is Black, let’s throw in a Hate Crime as well.


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Accidents happen. In this case, two:

1) Actual breaking news being reported by CNN, and

2) Assad’s Keystone Kops military shooting down their “own” Russian plane. With a Russian anti-aircraft missile.
While Israel possibly used the incoming plane as cover for their own raid on the area, to blast a new load of weapons ready to be sent to Hezbollah to harm Israel with. 

Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military plane

Syria inadvertently shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board, Moscow said.
Russian state media said Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot the maritime patrol aircraft down amid an attack by Israeli jets in the Latakia region of north-west Syria.
Moscow blamed Israel for putting its aircraft in the line of fire and said it only had a minute’s notice of the strike.
“As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed, which is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership,” said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian military, according to RIA-Novosti.

In a rare acknowledgment of its military activity in the region, Israel expressed “sorrow” for the loss of Russian life, but blamed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The IDF said it had followed well-established protocols in communicating with Moscow, which are intended to prevent such incidents.
“Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that Iran and Hezbollah were also accountable.
According to the statement, Syrian anti-aircraft batteries “fired indiscriminately and from what we understand did not bother to ensure no Russian planes were in the air.”
The incident presents Moscow with a diplomatic conundrum, as the country has a strong relationship with both Israel and the Syrian regime.


Latakia Province is on the northwest coast of Syria, on the Mediterranean north of Lebanon and Israel.  Idlib Province is just east of Latakia.

This may have been a really slick op by the Izzies, or maybe the Syrians are slow to respond and can’t target worth a damn. Or just random coincidence, which happens in war all the time. Whatever. Fingers are being pointed every which way, and relations are now a bit more strained between Assad’s regime and his supporters. And now somebody somewhere has a lot fewer weapons to use, except for scrap metal. Gosh, too bad.


In recent weeks, Syrian and Russian planes have conducted scores of airstrikes in Idlib in the run-up to an anticipated offensive by Russian-backed Syrian forces to retake the last part of the country under armed opposition.
Last week, UN officials said that more than 30,000 people fled the province in anticipation of the government offensive.


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Now here’s an interesting Deep State conspiracy theory, brought to you by the Russians

Are Blasey-Ford’s allegations a CIA plot to harm the presidency?

An intriguing in-depth new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that a Stanford University Psychiatry Professor named Dr. Christine Blasey has become the latest centerpiece of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to harm President Trump with her last-minute allegation, just days prior to US Senate confirmation, that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to sexually assault her over 30 years ago when they were teenage school children—while being kept from the American people about Dr. Blasey is that she currently oversees the CIA Undergraduate Internship Program Stanford University developed by the notorious CIA-connected Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melges—who himself, in 1985, took into his care the homeless woman Lois Lang who assassinated CIA paymaster Nick Deak—and that afterwards saw the CIA’s black operations monies being controlled by Ralph G. Blasey Jr.—who, not so mysteriously, just happens to be the father of Dr. Christine Blasey.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this report, with Trump being warned, just prior to his assuming the presidency, by the powerful Democratic Party US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that US intelligence services “have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you”, this past nearly two years has shown just how prescient this warning was—and whose latest “strike back” against Trump is coming courtesy of a rogue CIA faction who have just trotted out for public display Dr. Christine Blasey (married name Christine Blasey Ford)—who claims that as a young high school teenager Brett Kavanaugh, also a high school teenager, tried to sexually assault her—but whose “evidence” for this being true shows Dr. Blasey unable to name the exact year it happened, her not remembering where the incident took place or how she got home, her not being able to remember key details of the incident, her not remembering how the gathering came together the night of the incident, and her not telling anyone else about at the time—but should be expected to be the case from an unproven salacious allegation of this sort as it comes from a woman supporting the Democratic Party and who, also, hates President Trump.

As the “Deep State” aligned US mainstream propaganda media began flooding the airwaves, newspapers and internet with Dr. Blasey’s claims against Judge Kavanaugh, that have absolutely no proof or evidence behind anyone could ever investigate, this report continues, SVR intelligence analysts were immediately able to bring up her file in the archive of known and/or suspected CIA operatives—and whose placement in this file was due to her extensive and advanced educational training at Stanford University in the CIA-funded mind control-brainwashing techniques developed by Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melges—whose primary mission for the CIA was to develop new technologies for interrogation and torture, secondary applications going towards studying the possibilities of exploiting highly “suggestible” subjects and getting them to do things — murders, couriers — they wouldn’t otherwise do, and of which they would have no memory in case they were caught.

Linked to Dr. Blasey’s SVR file of known and/or suspected CIA operatives, this report notes, is that of her father Ralph G. Blasey Jr.—a proven CIA operative who, from June-1962 to January-1974, was the Vice President of National Savings and Trust of Washington, D.C.—a CIA black budget bank best known for being 100 paces from the White House, and whom, in 1998, was taken over by SunTrust Bank—whose majority share owner is the CIA-linked investment fund BlackRock.

Yes, the CIA mind control Project MK Ultra once again, the source of so many tinfoil hat theories. This time however, they seem to have documentation, and a new way of connecting all the dots. And the CIA is infamous for convoluted deniable schemes. And the whole DOJ is corrupt and anti-Trump. PLENTY more at the link.

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09/17/18

I Am Beyond Disgusted:

Blasey Ford To Get Face Time With Judiciary Committee

Our spineless government has been so browbeaten by this bogus witch hunt #MeToo garbage that they are rolling over. Never-Trumper Flake using this as an excuse to backpedal, and others are giving this load of horse manure plenty of credence, making it an excuse to waffle.

And now there’s going to be an actual official hearing. Seriously? Seriously. I hope one of the people involved goes out the door in handcuffs. Either this Blasey Ford woman is a lying lunatic, or Brett Kavanaugh has been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. Actually, I have no doubts about Kavanaugh at all, but I’ve seen how #MeToo is an automatic public conviction and execution nearly everywhere, and I’ve read how the unhinged Left is already convinced he has perjured himself dozens of times in these hearings, and is your basic Trump puppet sack of crap.

Two will enter. One will leave.
The destiny of our nation hangs in the balance. And our government is such a bunch of pussies that they don’t have the balls to throw this manifestly bullshit dirty trick right in the trash. I am afraid. We are at the point where anyone can make up any story, no matter how implausible, and it gets treated as if it were the purest truth. We have lost the ability to reason. The future of our republic should not come down to a roll of the dice.

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under mounting pressure from senators of his own party, will call President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault before the committee on Monday for extraordinary public hearings only weeks before the midterm elections.

In setting the hearing, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, backed down from a committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, planned for this Thursday, and pushed a confirmation once seen as inevitable into limbo.

The hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, sets up a potentially explosive public showdown that carries unmistakable echoes of the 1991 testimony of Anita Hill, who accused the future Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in an episode that riveted the nation and ushered a slew of women into public office. It will play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, which has energized Democratic women across the nation, in an institution, the Senate, that is more than three-quarters male.



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CNN: Crappy Non News

this is what passes for professional journalism these days

Washington (CNN) The following is the text of the letter Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein detailing an event in which she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the letter read the contents of a redacted version to CNN.

Are you effin’ kidding me? They don’t have the letter, they didn’t even see the letter. Somebody read it to them over the phone, and gave them a redacted version, which means parts are missing. Garbage In, Garbage Out. This is less than hearsay; it’s edited and redacted hearsay. So there is no point even quoting this trash.

CNN: not worth a link, not worth a click. Not worth shite.


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Oh come on, think deeper for once

Left Dogpiles On Kerry For “teenage girls” Remark

This is awesome. Failed presidential candidate and former Sec. of State John Kerry is being attacked by far-left progressives after he compared President Donald J. Trump to a “teenage girl” over the weekend. Sec. Kerry, they assert, is being sexist and misogynistic in his comparison.

On Friday night, Sec. Kerry appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” to discuss the current administration. After several moments he dove into the heart of his argument, “I don’t want to get into a real riff on this but I’ve got to tell you...He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy—he’s got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl.”

Of course, the Massachusetts “statesman” committed a grave sin amongst the left—he used cisgender terms that could in some ways be construed as offensive to describe a human being. This rankled progressives’ hearts and unleashed a torrent of f-bombs and insults from Slate writers and Twitter users everywhere.

“F*ck this misogynistic bullshit. Seriously. I’d rather have a random teenage girl serve as president than Trump,” Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern boldly declared via Twitter.

He then followed it up by saying, “The world uses teenage girls as a punching bag. We deride their interests and mock their emotions because it makes us feel smart and mature. F*ck that. They deserve better than relentless condescension. We’re failing them.”

Sure, why not. But the deeper truth is that the Dems want the public, this week at least, to consider teenage girls the very fount of wisdom, piety, chastity, erudition, honesty, and perfect recollection. Especially when recalling events from 35 years ago that never happened in the first place.


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Interesting in three ways

Blasey Ford’s Kavaugh Accusation Motivation: Family and/or Party Vendetta??

Well how about that? Brett Kavanaugh’s mother Martha, also a judge, presided over the foreclosure of Christine Blasey Ford’s Parent’s house.

Revenge is one of the best dark motivators.

Looks like Blasey’s father and perhaps grandfather are/were lawyers as well. Wonder if their paths crossed mother K’s in the courtroom at least once?

Let’s not forget the Romney angle from 2012 either: he was floated as a possible Romney SCOTUS pick in 2012 and the fear was that he’d overturn ObamaCare.

Or that Brett Kavanaugh worked with Ken Starr on the Whitewater investigation, so he also probably deserves to be destroyed for having doubts about Her Imperial Majesty.

So is this all an old cold dish of family vengeance, or an IED built by the Dems 6 years ago that they’re trying to finally detonate now?

Ford is represented by Debra Katz, a liberal Democrat activist lawyer who has publicly touted that she is part of “the Resistance”

Perhaps it has no bearing, but I’ve also read how Blasey-Ford has scrubbed her internet presence clean in the past few days. Deleted social media accounts, removed her faculty page at Palo Alto U., etc.  To say that this whole thing smells fishy is a massive understatement.


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09/16/18
This is news today? Really??

Kavanaugh Secret Sex Assault Allegation Letter Accuser Outed: Palo Alto Psych Professor Christine Blasey Ford

September 16 at 1:28 PM

Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since Wednesday, she has watched as that bare-bones version of her story became public without her name or her consent, drawing a blanket denial from Kavanaugh and roiling a nomination that just days ago seemed all but certain to succeed.

Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

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Notes from an individual therapy session the following year, when she was being treated for what she says have been long-term effects of the incident, show Ford described a “rape attempt” in her late teens.

In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.

How about that? The most holy of holies, the private notes of a mental health professional, seem to have been accessed here. And the shrink wrote stuff down wrong, not being able to tell 2 from 4.  Uh. Huh.

And ain’t it amazing that in 2012, still in Obama’s first term and his great Fundamental Transformation, when the socialist-progressives were riding high, “I won, so sit down in the back of the bus and be quiet”, looking forward to a rosy future moving forward of another full term of Obama followed up by 2 terms of The Smartest Woman In The World, that this poor thing, suffering in mortified silence for 30 years at that point, would have the wholly rational fear that centrist-conservative Brett Kavanaugh, at that point a junior member of the nineteen active Circuit Court judges would work his way up to the Supremes. Riight, when it was going to be Lefty Utopia for at least the next 12 years, and maybe forever.

And you know what really makes me itch? The media have been all over this story like starving dogs on a mountain of fresh meat. Anything they could get their hands on they would publish. Facts? Research? Veracity? No time for that, hit the Publish button!!  Fake but slightly accurate, in our dreams at least!!

But the thing is, I’ve known since early Friday what the core of this secret letter was. That it involved some teenage girl at a party being held in a room against her will for a short time by two boys, and that nothing major happened. And I’m pretty sure that the whole Feinstein And The Scarlet Letter Of Doom story only broke on Thursday, when the press, which already had the story, put the screws to her. Great excuse, right?

Please, I do not have any insider connections. I read it as a comment at someone’s minor blog, dropped in conversationally as if it were already old news. But the Samizdat MSM hadn’t said a word until this afternoon ... and if just one of them had run that byline, they all would have run it, or referenced it, in a matter of minutes. So go figure.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/25/2018 at 12:02 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

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



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM   
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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:29 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/24/2016 at 09:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

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

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

and what comes back is ...


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

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

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

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

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM   
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full countered Pratt pony

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


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

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

Woo hoo!


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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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bazinga!

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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.




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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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