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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wasserman Got Smart, Finally

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't open her party's convention, following a chaotic scene earlier in the day at a meeting of Florida Democratic delegates where critics and Bernie Sanders supporters loudly jeered at the congresswoman.

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," Wasserman Schultz told the Sun Sentinel newspaper in an interview.
Good move, for the last thing the Dems want is to be compared unfavorably to the Trump Shitstorm of a convention.

I'm not opposed to the idea that it was the KGB FSB or the GRU that hacked into the DNC's servers and stole their emails in order to help Trump. But it is a hell of a claim and the proof for that needs to be made public.

For Haters of Classical Music

In What Alternate Universe Does This Make Sense?

US internet firm Yahoo will be sold to American telecoms firm Verizon Communications for nearly $5bn (£3.8bn) in cash.
Microsoft has to be pleased that its bid to buy Yahoo eight years ago for nearly nine times as much cratered.

In which lunatic asylum was this deal hatched? I have had one Yahoo account; to call it "spam-ridden" would have been an understatement. The last time that Yahoo mattered as a search engine was when a Clinton was president.

Some troll of a banker is getting filthy rich from this deal. That's the only way it makes sense-- another corrupt bit of financial chicanery.

Wonder if Goldman Sachs is involved....

The Muscovian Candidate?

I'm not sure if this just bullshit or if there is some strength to the argument that Trump is the candidate of Vladimir Putin.

The premise is that Trump's business empire would have collapsed without Russian money. After his string of commercial bankruptcies and dealings boring from shady to deceptive, American banks probably wouldn't make an auto loan to The Donald. So he turned to Russian money.

When you add in that bit of information, Trump's stated willingness to abrogate the North Atlantic Treaty makes sense. So does the fact that several of his advisors have ties to the Putin regime (or its lackeys).

Beyond that, Trump's deep ties to Russia and his admiration of Putin's authoritarian style of rule (among other thugs) should give thinking conservatives some stomach pains.

For if there is one thing that authoritarians don't like, it's the proles owning weapons.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Get Back to Me in a Decade; New Cartridge Edition

The 7.5mm FK. Only available in one oversized pistol, at least that's been shown.

I don't know what "FK" stands for in Moravian, but to the Germans, it was the abbreviation for "field cannon".

For a government, one can see the attractiveness of a proprietary cartridge. But for everyone else, not so much. As far as I can tell, the cartridge is not available anywhere.

My gut feeling is to not to expect to hear a lot about this round. Especially once BRNO stops running multi-page ads in the gun press.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Arresting gear tests.

Damn Zoomies sure do have a long rollout after they snag the wire.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Standard Cop Defense: "I Was in Fear fo my Life"-- Fail

An Atlanta cop who claimed that he killed a guy for trying to run him over was fired and indicted for murder when video showed nothing of the kind happened. Still made bail.

An Alabama cop is out on bail on murder charges. His lawyer wanted the bail reduced, anyway. If the story is right, the standard bail for an Alabama cop murdering people is about $15K for tasing a guy three times, beating him with a baton and then shooting him five times.

As much as people have snarked about Alabama and Georgia, at least they seem to be taking some steps to hold cops accountable for murdering people.

While Everyone is All-a-Twitter About the Mass Shooting in Germany

80 people were killed by two suicide bombers in Kabul, in an attack so horrific that even the Taliban condemned it.

You can posit your own reasons why some punk-ass kid shooting nine people in Munich is more newsworthy than is 80 people being blown to smithereens in Kabul.


A new-resident Shelter kitten makes his own fun while he and his littermates wait out the intake quarantine.

Look at the size of his paws. He's a polydactyl kitten on all four paws. And before you ask, he has a prospective home.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Give Officer Fife a Nerf-Gun, Updated

(Earlier post)

So now the story is that Officer Fife shot the Black guy who was lying in the street with his hands in the air because he thought that the white autistic man, who was playing in the street with a toy truck, had a gun. This is from Barn's union mouthpiece rep, no less.

Yepper, that's some world-class police work going on in North Miami Beach.

OK, guess we need to hold more training, like before.

Chemtrail Humor

Photo credit goes here, if I knew who created it.

Because It's Friday

Moving about the railyards.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Word of the U.S.A. Under a Trump Presidency Will Be No Good

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, explicitly raised new questions on Wednesday about his commitment to automatically defending NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance.

Asked about Russia’s threatening activities, which have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us.”
So, Russian tanks roll over the border of Lithuania. Sometime between when they have occupied Vilnius and before they bang a hard left and advance on Warsaw, maybe a President Trump might have decided whether or not he will agree to keep our commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty.

It doesn't take a hard look to realize that the history of Trump is that his word is no good. If he were to be president, our country could not be counted on to fulfill its commitments under any treaty or agreement.

Wars have begun as a result of that much uncertainty.

Gov. Pence Inadvertently Exposes the Hypocrisy of the Right

From the written text of his speech:
And let me thank Speaker Paul Ryan for that gracious welcome. Paul, you’re a true friend and a great American leader. But Paul knows me well, and he knows that the introduction I prefer is much shorter. I’m a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in that order.
Now imagine, if you will, changing the religion that he identified with in that speech. There would be riots in the convention center and uproar all of Fox News and their ilk.

But there's not. Pence is a card-carrying member of the Christian Taliban, best known for signing a "no wedding cake for faggots" bill into law. So it's OK, as far as he and his people are concerned, to write their particular bits of religious-based bigotry into the statute books.

But nobody else gets to.

Give Officer Fife a BB-Gun, Please!

When a 23-year-old autistic man carrying a toy truck wandered from a mental health center out into the street Monday, a worker there named Charles Kinsey went to retrieve him.

A few minutes later the autistic man was still sitting cross-legged blocking the roadway while playing with the small, rectangular white toy. And Kinsey was prone on the ground next to him — a bullet from an assault rifle fired by a police officer having struck his leg.

“He throws his hands up in the air and says, ‘Don’t shoot me.’ They say lie on the ground, so he does,” Kinsey’s attorney Hilton Napoleon said Wednesday. “He’s on his back with his hands in the air trying to convince the other guy to lie down. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Cellphone video footage obtained by Napoleon clearly shows the heavy-set autistic man sitting and playing with his toy while Kinsey, dressed in a yellow shirt and shorts, obeys police orders to lie down on his back.
To recap, the guy who was shot by police did everything that he was ordered to do by the police and still got a bullet for his trouble. And if the timeline is close to correct, one might assume that the cops were hoping that the shot guy would bleed out before the paramedics showed up. For there seems to be zero evidence that anybody rendered first aid.
The therapist said police then rushed him, patted him down and put him in handcuffs. Kinsey said what police did after the shooting is what upsets him the most. “They flipped me over, and I’m faced down in the ground, with cuffs on, waiting on the rescue squad to come. I’d say about 20, about 20 minutes it took the rescue squad to get there. And I was like, bleeding — I mean bleeding, and I was like, ‘Wow.'”
North Miami Beach had better warm up its checkbook.

The Brand of Yellow Alochol-Infused Horse Piss You Drink Doesn't Matter

SABMiller's board will review its $107 billion merger deal with Anheuser Busch InBev once all regulatory approvals have been secured, its chairman said on Thursday.

The two companies received approval on Wednesday from U.S. antitrust regulators, after they agreed to sell assets and preserve competition from independent craft brewers. The companies are now waiting for China's approval.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trump Would be a Potemkin President?

One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply.
So Trump would make Dubya, who was famously disengaged from the job of presidenting, look like a micro-manager in comparison?

UPDATE: Read and heed.

Was Melania Trump Ratfucked?

Infidel753 thinks it's possible. For another part of it seemed to come from another source.

Her lines:
He will never, ever, give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever, let you down.
I guess he's not promising that he won't run around and desert you.

The Evil Trolls of Microsoft Never Quit

They're still trying to cram the Win10 stealth update, KB3035583, down people's throats as "an important update".

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Well, No Shit, Ace, Look Whom She Married!

So, not only did Melania Trump plagiarize Michelle Obama's speech, she also has been lying about graduating college.

But hell, look at her husband. He's so loosey-goosey with the truth that his name should be a synonym for being a bald-faced liar.

And speaking of The Donald, take a look at the chairs from his house:

Somebody once joked that Trump had hired Saddam Hussein's interior decorator (which might explain Trump's affinity for the dead dictator). But it matters not.

The Donald has managed to pull off both being rich and having no class whatsoever.

UPDATE: Melania's keyboard:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fox News Maskirova?

Roger Ailes's tenure as the head of Fox News may be coming to an end. Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James — co-chairmen and CEO, respectively, of parent company 21st Century Fox — have settled on removing the 76-year-old executive, say two sources briefed on a sexual-harassment investigation of Ailes being conducted by New York law firm Paul, Weiss. After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go.
The real tip-off will be when Roger's minions at Fox begin switching sides or letting people know that "I only was supporting Roger because he'd fire me if I didn't".

If this is true, Ailes will sink faster than the HMS Hood.

Why I've Been Using That Tag

Hear, hear!

"Seeker" and Ye Shall Find.

The Seeker is for sale in the U.S.A.

I mentioned this airplane in a post about the Optica a number of years ago.

A dealer says it's a STOL bird, though a prior owner disagrees. Supposedly, it will be "manufactured" in this country, whatever the hell that means.

If an agency or a pipeline/powerline company doesn't need the ability of a helo to land in very small spaces, then this aircraft might have a role to play.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Linkage From the Infidel

I learn amazing stuff from Infidel753's links.

1. Housecats are not the solitary animals that most people think they are. They're not exactly pack animals, but kinda sorta.

2. Remember all the complaints about ISIS destroying historical sites? Seems some Christians are no better.

3. Macy's has been acting as their own judge, jury and executioner. With any luck, they will be infested with a plague of lawyers.

And Now There Are Two!

There are now two B-29s flying.

UPDATE: Doc may not fly again for awhile. One of her engines may have shit the bed.
The flight itself lasted approximately 15 minutes encompassing one takeoff, climb out to pattern altitude, and a return and landing. The crew chose to land after circling the field when a precautionary "chip light", indicating the possibility of metal pieces in one of the engines illuminated.

UPDATE #2: There were three chip lights, not just one. But nothing was found. The chip lights are helicopter ones, they're very sensitive. IIRC, HSL-34 used the call sign "Green Checker ###" for their aircraft. One was informally known by the host Knox FF's crew as "Chip Light 240", because a lot of that bird's flights ended that way.

Got Off Light, He Did.

A man who has appeared on Fox News as a guest "terrorism analyst" was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Friday on charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, U.S. prosecutors said. ... [Wayne] Simmons admitted that he defrauded the government in 2008 when he got work as a team leader in an Army program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser. ... Simmons also admitted to defrauding an unidentified woman out of $125,000 in a bogus real estate investment. When he was arrested, Simmons illegally possessed two firearms, which he was barred from having because of prior felonies, including a state conviction and two federal firearms violations.
Last time I checked, possession a firearm after a felony conviction is good for a five to ten year stretch. Between that and the other charges, it's hard to imagine that if Tyrone Hernandez had committed those crimes, that ol' Tyrone wouldn't be going away for a lot longer than 33 months.

Simmons should send a nice gift basket to his lawyer.


Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Turkish F-16s

Some of them may have been flying over Turkish cities on Friday night.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

T-P logo = Hand-J0b?

From the comments:
I liked the note that if you turn it upside down, it looks like a handjob...but I warn you, you can never unsee that after you looked at it.
Let's test that, shall we?

The logo, may it rest in peace:

And it inverted:

I dunno, I'm not really seeing it.

But this? Yeah.

Trump-Pence.... T-P

"T-P: Make America Shit Again!"

"T-P: They're on a Roll!"

Man, didn't anyone think this through?

Well, Somebody has to be the Ambassador to Chad

“I think if Trump wins, Trump will find something for [Christie],” Mr. Murray said. “He’ll take anything, as is kind of obvious.”
Besides picking up The Donald's fast-food orders, I really think that Christie would have whacked somebody if Trump told him to.

Almost everybody hates Christie now in Jersey. Maybe if he sucks up hard enough to Roger Ailes, he can climb aboard the Wingnut Welfare Gravy Train.


Chip is snuggled in between me and the couch cushions.

The other day, he ate his dinner a little too fast (he can down a can of Fancy Feast in under 4 minutes). A little bit later, he horked some of it back up. Once he was done, he inspected the mess and ate the pieces of food that he deemed to be worth of salvage.

I had forgotten how entertaining it can be to watch a young cat at play. He throws the toy mice and chases them. Sometimes he gets some good air on them and he'll twist around to grab them.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Coup in Turkey?

An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with soldiers at strategic points in Istanbul and jets flying low in the capital, Ankara.

A statement read on TV said a "peace council" now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law.

It is unclear who the army group is. There are reports some senior army officials have been detained.
Count me among those who are not terribly surprised. The Turkish military is largely secular and very respectful of the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who is the father of modern and secular Turkey.

Some in the Turkish military might have taken the view that President Erdogan's moves to make turkey into a religious state was an implicit defiling of the memory of Atatürk.

We shall see what happens.

Newtie Gets Fitted for a Custom Pair of Jackboots

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday called for the U.S. to test every person with a Muslim background to see if they believe in Sharia law, and deport those who do.
Well, if we're also going to test every Christian and deport those who believe that Biblical law is superior to the Constitution and the U.S. Code, then fine, let's do it.

The first guys marched onto the deportation ships will be Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, plus that jerkoff of a judge on the Alabama Supreme Court.

So, Gingrich wants to give people a religious test, whether or not they are naturally-born citizens, with no regard to how many generations that their family has been here, and then strip citizenship from those who don't pass his test.

Let me think a minute. Who was the last guy who did that?

Dear Dumbasses: When the Po-Po Pull You Over and Point Guns at You....

... Do what they tell you to do and when they tell you to do it. If they're wrong and they violate your rights, you can talk to a lawyer afterwards.

If they tell you to stick both hands out of the window, don't get out of your fucking truck.

Don't wander around, put one hand behind your back, and then walk towards them.

You're just asking to get shot and they'll probably oblige you.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bastille Day Horror- Scores Dead in Terrorist-Truck Attack

A truck has crashed into a crowd gathered for France’s Bastille Day fireworks on the seafront of the southern city of Nice, killing at least 60 people, French media have reported.

The sub-prefect of the local Alpes-Maritimes area, Sébastien Humbert, told French rolling news channel BFM TV: “The death toll is extremely high.”

He said a truck had ploughed into a crowd over a long distance on the beachfront Promenade des Anglais “which explains the extremely high toll”.
And more:
Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said the lorry drove two kilometres (1.2 miles) through a large crowd, the AFP news agency reports.
Other reports put the distance through the crowd at a lot less.

This is a breaking story and expect much confusion. As an old captain once advised me: "Never believe anything until the third report."

Las Vegas is Full of Patsies (and Ethically-Challenged Politicians)

Two wealthy grifters, Al Davis and Sheldon Adelson want to move the Oakland Raiders to Vegas and into a $1.4 billion football palace.

The kicker is that they want the taxpayers to pay for half of that. Which the dain-bramaged politicians are eager to do.

Davis is a rich man, but even he looks like a poverty case compared to Adelson. Adelson could pay for the whole thing out of his walking-around money.

But why should he if he can con persuade the bozos and saps in Vegas to? And the biggest sap there is Mayor Goodman.

I've watched this play out in city after city, and most of them are basically too retarded (or too corrupt) to not fall for the con job that is having a pro sports franchise. And given that Al Davis moves his team more often than Scott Brown changes his residence to run for Senate, only a complete and utter fool or a tool would agree to putting up public money to host the Oakland Pirates.

Whether Mayor Goodman is a fool or a tool is better commented upon by those who live there.

Coming Soon, to a Police Department Near You

The APKWS, a 70mm IR-laser-guided rocket. Designed for firing from helicopter gunships, it's also capable of being used by jets, which is why the Zoomies are buying them.

The cops now use armed drones to kill people. There's no real distinction between sending in a robot with a bomb and using a precision-guided munition.

Caving In to Bigotry; Fla Ed.

For years, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, Fla., served as a polling station for Palm Beach County voters.

Since at least the year 2010, citizens have cast their votes within the pastel green walls of the mosque, whether it was for a presidential primary, a municipal election or a special primary.

Last week, however, the mosque was removed as a polling site.

The decision was made by Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, after she received complaints, and threats, about the use of the mosque in the upcoming Florida primary in August and general election in November.
Doesn't seem to bother those Floridan boobs that counties use churches and synagogues as polling stations.

The complainers are rooted in bigotry and fear. Promising to call in bomb threats is an exercise in terrorism.

Brickbats to Palm Beach County for caving in to (presumably) Christian terrorists.

À Bastille!

Today is the French National Day.

A version that is more familiar to American audiences:

Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé
Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras.
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes citoyens
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons

(Full translation, which makes The Star-Spangled Banner look pacifistic.)

The Bastille was torn down very soon afterwards. Very little of it survives. The key to the fortress was given by Marquis de Lafayette to President Washington.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Deflaters Never Prosper

NEW YORK (AP) -- Quarterback Tom Brady's last best chance to avoid serving a four-game "Deflategate" suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected Wednesday by an appeals court.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the National Football League Players Association and Tom Brady to reconsider an April decision that reinstated the suspension.

Where Does Police Militarization Stop?

As you probably know by now, the Dallas cops used a robot carrying a bomb to kill an armed suspect.

I find this to be objectionable on a number of different levels.

First off, by the accounts that I've read, the suspect was contained. He wasn't going anywhere. Using a bomb-laden robot to end the standoff was lazy-ass police work, in the same way that the FBI burned 76 people to death in Waco in 1993. The Dallas police chief ordered a summary execution.

Second, where does it stop? If the suspect was barricaded and inaccessible to the robot, would the cops have evacuated the building and blown it up? Are artillery strikes now on the table? Nerve gas? is this how the po-po are going to handle standoffs in the future-- call in an airstrike? (Don't forget that they have done that before and it didn't work so well.) If a suspect is fleeing, will the cops rustle up a gunship and hose down the vehicle?

Third, you're going to find few "conservative" voices who are questioning any of this, other than maybe these two posts. Similarly, the number of "conservatives" who were disquieted by the MOVE bombing were similarly low. By no means is "conservative" disquiet anything like those expressed when an FBI sniper opened fire at Ruby Ridge.

And before you say that Waco and Ruby Ridge were different, allow me to point out that both incidents got rolling when Federal LEOs were killed.

So now we are in a place where a police chief can sit in his office and press a button to summarily execute a suspect, for personally pushing the button and ordering that the button be pushed makes no moral difference.

If you believe that the cops have the right to summarily execute people, then you should question your belief in freedom, liberty and the rule of law.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Questions to the Spirit World

From Life on the Mississippi:
Q. Would you like to come back?

A. No.

Q. Would you say that under oath?

A. Yes.

Q. What do you eat there?

A. We do not eat.

Q. What do you drink?

A. We do not drink.

Q. What do you smoke?

A. We do not smoke.

Q. What do you read?

A. We do not read.

Q. Do all the good people go to your place?

A. Yes.

Q. You know my present way of life. Can you suggest any additions to it, in the way of crime, that will reasonably insure my going to some other place.

A. No reply.
Twain's caustic regard for the poisoning of Southern culture by Sir Walter Scott should not be missed.

China's Illegal Land Grab

China's aggressive buildup of artificial islands in the South China Sea has been found to be illegal.
An international tribunal ruled against China in a bitter row over territorial claims to the South China Sea that is likely to ratchet up regional tensions.

“The tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the Permanent Court of Arbitration said in a statement.
China is asserting the traditional prerogative of large powers to do whatever the fuck it feels like doing, international law be damned.

43 Years Ago, a Historical Tragedy

The National Personnel Records Center burned on this day in 1973. Millions of service records for men and women who had served in the Army and the Air Force from 1912 to the beginning of the Vietnam War were lost forever.

Families of men who fought in the World Wars and Korea, who may have wanted to learn what their fathers and grandfathers did in the conflicts, were essentially shit out of luck. Especially if the men never talked about it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Shorter Cop Rationale: "I Shot the Wrong Guy!"

A lawyer for a suburban Minnesota police officer who killed a black driver says his client pulled the man over in part because he believed he resembled a suspect in a robbery.

Philando Castile had no felony record and authorities have not said he was a suspect in any crime.

But attorney Thomas Kelly tells the Star Tribune newspaper that Officer Jeronimo Yanez thought the 32-year-old Castile looked like someone police had been seeking in a recent robbery.
So the cop thought he was pulling over a bad guy. When it transpired that the guy had a gun, the cop, who still thought that he was dealing with a bad guy, shot him. Even though the guy wasn't reaching for it.

In short, it was a bad shoot. I don't know how they're going to get out of not bringing manslaughter charges against him.

Men have been killed by police because the cops thought that cell phones or wallets were guns.

Seeing what you expect to see and not being open to questioning your assumptions is a hard thing to do. This one cost one man his life, may effectively cost another man his and may cost the people of that municipality many millions of dollars in damages.

(No, I'm not throwing rocks.)

Pokémon Go: Happy Hunting Ground for Criminals

Armed robbers used the game Pokémon Go to lure victims to an isolated trap in Missouri, police reported on Sunday.

At about 2am in O’Fallon, Missouri, officers responded to a robbery report that led them to four people, all local residents aged 16 to 18, in a black BMW in a CVS parking lot. The occupants tried to discard a handgun out of the car when an officer approached, said Sgt Bill Stringer. The officer then identified the four people as suspects of similar armed robberies described in St Louis and St Charles counties.
From Nintendo, the Pokemon company:
"We encourage all people playing Pokémon GO to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times."
Good advice, regardless of what you're doing.

One of Trump's Bigger Lies

The lie: "Bill Clinton signed NAFTA".

The truth: NAFTA was negotiated during the George H.W. Bush administration and it was signed by him on December 17, 1992. What Clinton signed, a year later, was the legislation to enable the agreement that his predecessor had made.

Maybe Bill Clinton could have gone back on George Bush's word. He didn't. And the other bitter truth is that NAFTA would have not passed without Republicans, who largely supported it, when Democrats did not.

But hey, complaining that "Trump ignores facts" is like complaining that "bears shit in the woods".

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Low-level flying in a B-58.

The B-58 had a relatively short service life. It quite possibly had the shortest operational life of any postwar bomber.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Caturday; Settling In

Chip checks out the cat bed.

When he's sleeping, he goes to Jake's hidey-hole under the bed. I expect he'll eventually settle in and sleep on furniture.

George, Gracie and Jake were all contemporaries, so it's been a very long time since I had a young and agile cat. George was fairly agile, up until his end. The other day, I found Chip on top of the kitchen cabinets. I raised my voice and he quickly got down. Whether he knows that he's not supposed to be up there or that he's not supposed to be up there when I'm at home and awake remains to be seen.

George had the attitude of "your food is my food", which Chip seems to share. Chip was annoying me as I made lunch the other day, so I gave him a piece of red-leaf lettuce. He took an energetic bite of it, then realized that lettuce wasn't something that he wanted to eat.

When he wants attention, he literally gets in my face for it. He's a cuddler.

My vet said he's healthy.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cleaning Up the Mess, Brexit Ed.

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest. ... The winner will become the UK's second female prime minister.
All the guys who brought about the Brexit vote have pretty much left the stage.

Meanwhile, following the Brexit vote, the number of hate crimes in the UK have risen sharply. No real surprise there.

The Brits have been part of a European single-market, in one form or another, for over 40 years. The EU came into being over 20 years ago. Which, as I gather, means that all of the trade deals between the EU and other nations have been negotiated by the EU, sort of in the same way that Iowas doesn't negotiate trade deals with Vietnam.

When the UK leaves (or is booted from) the EU, they're going to need to negotiate trade deals with everyone. The Brits will need to get some crackerjack trade negotiators and get them up to speed and on the governor in a pretty short timeframe.

Not my problem.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Trump: Thin-Skinned or an Idiot?

In a speech yesterday, Trump continued his full-throated argument that his Clinton graphic wasn't anti-Semitic.

So, on a day when the news cycle should have been about the Feebies giving a pass to Hillary, he kept this story going. Which is insane. Somebody with some smarts would have known that the thing to do would have been to issue a general denial and then just shut the fuck up and let the story peter out.

But no, that's not Trump's style. He's still got a chip on his shoulder about the "short-fingered vulgarian" insult of the 1980s. So you know he's not going to let this fade away.

Even though that would be the politically intelligent thing to do.

136 Years Ago

Otto Frederick Rohwedder was born in Davenport, Iowa.

I have little doubt that everyone who reads this has benefited from his work.

How to Bribe, err, Persuade Politicians
(Yeah, That's the Ticket!)

It'd be a variation of this:
  • Day 1: Walk into his/her office and say: "Gee, I think you're a great public servant, please accept this $25,000 donation for your campaign."
  • Day 2: Walk into his/her office and say: "I'd like to suggest that you support/oppose Bill No. ###, as that is near and dear to my heart."
  • Day 3: Again, walk into his/her office and say: "I don't believe that your timepiece reflects a person of your stature. Please accept a gift of this Rolex."
You might think that is bribery. It apparently isn't to the Supremes. For them, it has to be "vote for/against Bill ###, here's $25Gs."

And so, the American Oligarchy marches on. If you're not rich, the only time most of the politicians want to hear from you is on election day. The other 729/1,459/2,189 days of their term, they really don't give a rat's ass what you think.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pass the Popcorn; Fox News Ed.

Gretchen Carlson, a Fox News host, said Wednesday she was fired by the conservative-leaning cable news network and has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against its chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes.

In a statement released through a public relations firm, Carlson, best known for co-hosting “Fox & Friends” until 2013, said she “refused to sleep” with Ailes and “reported disparaging treatment in the newsroom.”
Oh, this is going to be good. Especially since this isn't the first time Ailes has been accused of sexually harassing women.

We Kind of Suspected That All Along; Iraq War Edition

While we've been jabbering about Racist Donald and Crooked Hillary, the British inquiry into the Iraq War has been released.

Basically, the only thing they didn't find was an evil cabal of neocons. But as to everything else, such as over-reliance on suspect intelligence, going to war when other options remained, and faulty postwar planning that could be considered to be criminally negligent, yeah, they found all that.

They found all that despite stonewalling and obstruction from both the British and American administrations, including refusals to release the conversations between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair.*

The Iraq War was a lie. Worse than a lie, it likely qualified as a war of aggression, which is a war crime.

Don't hold your breath that any of the architects or deciders of that war will ever be held to account for it.
* Or, "Chimpy and the Pig-Fucker", if you prefer.