Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Read the Rules of the House, People

Specifically, the Rules on the Right Side of this Blog.

(Stickied for a bit. New content will be found below this post.)

Rule 1: Don't be a jerk.

Rule 2, in part: Play nice.

The discussion in a couple recent comment threads has been getting heated. One was just nasty and I removed that comment.

I encourage my readers to debate, but I insist on this: It will be done without personal attacks. I know that's easy to fall into, hell, I've done it. But that's still not right and it's not how I want to run things.

But let's be clear on this: I am saying all this to forestall a problem, not correct one. "Nip it in the bud", if you will.

The frequent commenters on this blog, liberal, conservative and inbetween, have proven themselves to be intelligent and thoughtful people.

I would be proud to have a drink with any of you.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trump Embraces a Chinese Intelligence Asset (and Well-Known War Criminal)

If you guessed Erik Prince, you're right.

And here's another bit of no-shock news: Prince has ties to the neo-nazis through Bannon.

His Fraudulency Goes for a Drive


And this:
DALLAS (The Borowitz Report)—Former President George W. Bush is eagerly counting down the days until he is no longer the worst President in U.S. history, Bush confirmed on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at his home, Bush said that he “could hardly wait” until Friday, when he will be officially bounced from the worst-President slot.

“I have to admit, I never thought I’d see this day in my lifetime,” the former President said. “When you leave office with the nation in smoldering ruins, you sort of come to accept that you’re gonna be worst for a long, long time.”

"Grab Them by the Pussy" and You'll Face Criminal Charges

A well-known Greenwich Republican called a town worker "nothing but a bloodsucking lazy union employee" and later reached in from behind to place his hand between her legs and pinch her in the groin area, according to the police arrest warrant.

Christopher von Keyserling, 71, of 402 Post Road E., was arrested in Greenwich Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, police said. He posted $2,500 bond and was released to appear in court on Jan. 25.
Allegedly, he's done this to more than one woman at the Town Hall. And there's apparently video of the crime.

If he had done that to some of the women I've know, he'd be in need of a lamplighter to turn his lights back on.

National CCW Legislation?

Republican Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require states to recognize each other’s gun carry permits.
I have a few issues with this, and I say that as a person who has had a carry permit since before carry permits were cool.

I know that some of the people who are in favor of this make an analogy to driver's licenses. That's a false one, for there isn't any Federal legislation on that. The states, themselves, agreed to honor each other's driver's licenses. (There are some exceptions, which aren't germane to this post.)

Second, remember that what the Congress can do, a later Congress can undo.

Third, this bill shows the utter hypocrisy of the "states' rights" crowd. This bill is being advocated by many of the same people and groups who are oh, so willing to argue "states' rights" when it comes to other things, such as pollution regulation, gay marriage, labor laws, voting rights, segregation, bathrooms and so on and so forth. It's not a terrible stretch to state that those who claim "states' rights" generally fall into three camps: Bigots, oppressors and polluters.

Would I like to have my carry permit honored everywhere? Damned skippy. But this is not the way to do it. For if the Feds pass a law granting reciprocity, it's not a big step for them to start making rules and regulations on that topic. Which could include a lot of things that you might not want to see happen.

This bill needs to die.

Attack of the Breaditor

It was my fault for leaving it out.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pity the Poor Neo-Nazis in Montana

They couldn't afford the permit fee for their march ($125).

Of course, like most aggrieved pro-police far-right conservatives, their remedy of choice is to go talk to the liberals at the ACLU.

(H/T)

TrumpCare May Be Rebadged ObamaCare, only Tweaked?

President-elect Donald J. Trump said this weekend that he was nearly ready to unveil a plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act with “insurance for everybody.”

Mr. Trump, in an interview Saturday evening with The Washington Post, said that health care offered under his plan would come “in a much simplified form — much less expensive and much better.”

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Mr. Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
That's beginning to smell a lot like the ACA, only with a different nameplate. How he can get to that without a form of single-payer is going to be interesting. The ACA was a rehash of past GOP proposals, from what they wanted in 1993 to RomneyCare, but because it came from a Democrat, they automatically hated it.*

The options for what Trump wants are limited. Private insurance for all is the ACA. Single-payer is Medicare for all. There can be a mixture, maybe, with means-tested co-pays.

Trump also signaled that he is aligned with one of the things that Republicans and the Big Pharma lobby have despised: Directly negotiating on drug prices:
He told The Post that he would force drug manufacturers to negotiate better prices with Medicaid and Medicare, the government-run health programs.
Interesting.

Trump is very good at running his mouth, so far. On Friday afternoon, he's going to have to start delivering on his promises.

If he can deliver on this, I will cheer him on. But I don't see how he can, as the GOP is welded to the idea that "gummint health insurance is tyranny". Trump will have to make the case that his plan is better, then he'll have to persuade enough Republicans to peel away from the Teabaggers and then get enough Democrats to sign on to pass his bills.
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* Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Sherlock

I watched the conclusion of season four of "Sherlock". By that, I mean the British version that was aired there on BBC One is airing in the U.S. on PBS.

To say that I was disappointed in it would be an understatement. I don't know what the writers are doing, but "what the fuck are they thinking" would be one way to put it.

Their biggest mistake is veering far, far away from the template set by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, himself. The series in The Strand was a very long series of stories, they didn't rely on each other for enjoyment. You didn't have to have read "A Study in Scarlet" or "An Affair in Bohemia" to enjoy "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton". The episode aired last night, "The Final Problem", has as much to do with the original concept as does a ponderous supertanker with an airliner-- which is to say, nothing at all.

The American version, "Elementary", which is in its fifth season, is far closer to the theme of the original. Yes, there is an underlying story going on in most seasons. But the episode each week centers on a different crime to solve. It is, simply, at this point, a better show.

I'm not going to discuss the story. Watch it for yourself.

"Sherlock" has been airing three episodes every two years. At this point, I'll be halfway surprised if it returns at all.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Putin's Poodle Speaks: "Arf, Arf, NATO is Obsolete!"

Or so he said in an interview with a German newspaper.

So Trump is planning to lift sanctions on Russia, he'll then likely recognize Russia's seizure of the Crimea and he'll do what he can to gut NATO.

Putin's getting one hell of a return on his investment in His Fraudulency.

Trump's Potemkin Blind Trust

Those folders of documents at his press conference which Trump offered up as "proof" that his was stepping away from his business affairs?

The evidence would indicate that the folders contained nothing but blank sheets of paper.

Just another day in the life of His Fraudulency, the Grifter-in-Chief.

Because Nothing Honors "The Last Full Measure of Devotion" Quite Like Pulling the Handle of a Slot Machine

A Pennsylvania businessman wants to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863 battle that turned the tide of the American Civil War.
He might as well erect a Dunkin Donuts by the Old North Bridge and a McDonalds on Omaha Beach while he's at it.

98 Years Ago

The Great Molasses Flood happened in Boston.

The tank was poorly made, of inferior steel, and the steel was half of the thickness that it should have been. It had never been tested. The tank leaked so much that the company painted it brown to hide the leaks.

The flood was a testament to what happens when companies do things without regulation or oversight.

70 Years Ago

Elizabeth Short's dismembered body was found in a park in Los Angeles on the morning of January 15, 1947. She was nicknamed "the Black Dahlia" by a scum-sucking reporter soon after her death.

Her murder case remains open.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Honda Jet:

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hitting the X-Ring

SpaceX did it on a launch from Vandenberg earlier today:

Our International Joke


My guess is that in a couple of years, at most, few, other than those in the Kremlin, will be laughing.

If you're going to lose your health insurance because the Republicans repeal the ACA, remember that elections really do matter. If that does happen to you, if you didn't vote and if you were eligible to vote (whether you registered or not), then this is on you.

Caturday



A shelter cat wakes up to greet a visitor.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cell Phone Go "Boom".

This is an interesting analysis as to why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 so spectacularly failed.

Electronics and radio guys, your opinions?

The Kremlin Extension Office- Western Hemisphere Location

A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration is aware of frequent contacts between President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The official says the contacts happened on the day President Barack Obama expelled dozens of Russian officials from the U.S. and imposed sanctions as punishment for election-related hacking. The official says the administration is also aware of contacts between Trump adviser Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at other times as well.

The day after Obama announced sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retaliate. Trump praised him for his restraint.
Here's a bet: if the Russians were to roll into the Baltics, the Trump Administration would issue some statement about how the Russians were only reclaiming their historical territory. After all, he's willing to wink at other territorial grabs by the Russians.

How might this all progress? This is worth the read.

Because It's Friday

Mucking around with freight cars: