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, April 24, 2017

We Had It Rough In Our Day

Kids these days have it easy.

If we wanted to know about something, we had to go to the public library and look it up in books. Or magazines. Or back issues of the newspapers. And if we wanted to insult people, we had to do it face-to-face, by letter, or over the telephone.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Frigging Genius; Ski-Jumping Ed.

Rolling tires down a ski-jump.

Because science?

A Clear Sign That Somebody Knows What They Said Was Hateful and/or Racist

It's when they fall back on the line of: "Awww, can't you take a joke?"

Which is pretty much what Jeff Sessions did.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Tu-160 "Blackjack":

While similar in form to the B-1, the Tu-160 has never had more aircraft in operation service than the B-2.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Adopt meeeeee.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ecch; Gunnery Ed.

I've been kind of busy as of late.

(Today, I've been babysitting my fax machine as some moron at a medical-type office tried to send me 400 pages of records.)

One of the things that have had to give way has been range time. So I went, as I have a Bullseye match in a little over a week.


Normally, at 50', I can shoot slow-fire at least into the mid 70s with open sights, upper 80s if I'm really on.

This time around--- 47. One shot barely clipped the paper on the left, another on the right. All were on the paper, at least, and the remaining eight were inside the five ring, but it was pretty bad. I probably would have done worse with my eyes closed, but not by much.

Disconnect Your Smart TV From the Internet, Now, Now, Now!

Borepatch has the details.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III's History Lesson:
"On December 7th, 1941, the Japs Bombed Some Damned Island in the Pacific."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke dismissively about the State of Hawaii while criticizing a Federal District Court ruling last month that blocked the Trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Mr. Sessions said this week in an interview on “The Mark Levin Show,” a conservative talk radio program.
I guess it escaped Sessions's notice that Hawaii is a state, just like Alabama is, except the weather's better than Alabama, the people are more educated in Hawaii (by a long shot), the poverty rate is much lower in Hawaii, the crime rate is higher in Alabama, and white folks in Hawaii are in the minority, unlike in Alabama. All of the foregoing are reasons why ol' Jeff isn't likely happy about Hawaii. And he probably can't get a decent mint julip there, bless his heart.

Oh, and Hawaii has this:

Most of the battlefield memorials in Alabama likely have something to do with their Failed War to Preserve Slavery.

Because It's Friday

Tornado broke the "century mark":

They're really serious about steam in the UK.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another Cost of Brexit?

The Argies are licking their chops over the Falklands:
Argentina believes Brexit might cost Britain the support of European allies for its control of the Falkland Islands and is watching developments closely, the Argentinian foreign minister said in Brussels.
The Royal Navy is a shadow of what it was during the Falklands War. They have no aircraft carriers and no fixed-wing C/VTOL aircraft; their only land-attack capability is by Tomahawk cruise missiles. The RAF has no long-range striking power. If Argentina makes a try for the Falklands before the end of this decade, they may be able to make it stick.

After this decade, the Royal Navy may have a couple of carriers with F-35s, which could make things a little more interesting.

Meanwhile, the Euros are suggesting that since the divorce isn't final, the Brits can change their minds and all will be forgiven. Mostly.
The president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May’s claim that “there is no turning back” after article 50.

Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister in Downing Street, Antonio Tajani insisted that her triggering of the departure process last month could be reversed easily by the remaining EU members if there was a change of UK government after the general election, and that it would not even require a court case.

Brexit: Toljaso

The European Commission wants Britain to pick up the tab for any costs related to its departure from the EU, such as the relocation of agencies now hosted by the U.K., and bear the currency risk by paying in euros, according to a draft of Brussels’ negotiating plan.

The hard line for the Brexit talks, laid out in a draft of the Commission’s detailed negotiating directives obtained by POLITICO, also includes tight protections for EU citizens and the EU budget, robust legal controls for any transitional phase for U.K. withdrawal, and clear guarantees for businesses whose goods go on the market before the “divorce” is finalized.

But it is the Commission’s approach to the U.K.’s ongoing financial obligations to the EU that stands out in the document, suggesting that Brussels wants to make it very clear that leaving the bloc doesn’t come cheap.

“The United Kingdom should fully cover the specific costs related to the withdrawal process such as the relocation of the agencies or other Union bodies,” the Commission wrote, adding that the U.K.’s financial obligations to the EU “should be defined in euro” rather than sterling.
I thought that once the Euros dug into this, that they would not be inclined to go easy on the UK. As they get deeper into the weeds of the negotiations, I would look for the EU to take a hard line at every point. It is not in their interest to make it easy for member states to bug out and it is very much in their interest to make an example out of the Brits.

UK Cops Have the Same Problem as Ours Do

Police cannot continue to pick up the slack for cuts in other public services, especially the shortage in mental health provision, Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary has warned.

In an annual state of policing report, Sir Tom Winsor highlights a “modern tsunami of online fraud” and increased police awareness of crimes against the elderly and child sexual exploitation as among the increasing daily pressures facing officers.

“The police are considered to be the service of last resort. In some areas, particularly where people with mental health problems need urgent help, the police are increasingly being used as the service of first resort. This is wrong,” says the chief inspector.

The Post Office is Missing a Yuge Opportunity

They ought to sell stamps such at this:

Think of the uses! Paying bills. Mailing off alimony checks. And think of how many people would send off letters to politicians if there were suitable stamps for expressing one's opinion of them! Why, a stamp such as this one could double or triple the mail to Congress, not to mention state legislatures!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Teleslime Should Not Piss Off Their IT Folks

Or this can happen:

You can't say that fair warning wasn't given.

(I've covered the number in case whomsoever did that is still on the job.)

Spicer's Crib Notes

What Was That Whore's Price? (Senatorial Ed.)

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham enthusiastically praised President* Donald Trump on Wednesday for his foreign policy, a continued departure from his sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 race and even after the election. ... “I am all in. Keep it up, Donald,” Graham added. “I'm sure you're watching."
If I know anything about Trump, this will fall into "too little, too late" as far as he's concerned. He values friends and loyalty and has less regard for those who have been conquered.

I don't know what to make of this, other than to wonder if the payoff was in the seven or eight figure range:
Bill O’Reilly, the star of Fox News’ primetime line up, is leaving the network after more than two decades.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement.
I doubt if his core audience gave a fuck. But advertisers don't like their products being linked to sexual abusers, especially considering who has the purchasing power.

Fox News is clearly trying to shed its reputation of being friendly to sexual harassment. Good luck with that.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts:
Embattled former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday, authorities confirm.

According to a spokesperson with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Hernandez hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to a window at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
Because he had an unadjudicated appeal from his first conviction, that conviction will probably be vacated and he will officially be a non-convicted murderer.

The same thing happened, you may recall, when one of the Enron crooks croaked while his appeal was in progress.

Patriots' Day

For reasons that, to be blunt, are none of yer frelling business, I've not been able to pay much attention to either this blog or the news for the last few days.1

Today is Patriots' Day, the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where the Colony of Massachusetts kicked off the Revolutionary War. I've written about it a few times in the past.

Also, for your reading pleasure, a past essay on patriotism.
1 Which is why you've been seeing mostly photos, links and short snark.

Words Are Failing Me; Trump & the Republicans

The president of the United States has requested to ride in Queen Elizabeth II’s golden state carriage during his upcoming visit to Buckingham Palace — a choice that will require a “monster” security operation. Officials told the Times of London that, “The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October.”
Trump's people are denying it, of course.

Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to sneak a revised GI Bill under the radar. Hearings with only laudatory witnesses will be held next week.

I don't know if this new GI Bill is any good or not. But I assume that, whenever the Congress (or any other political body) tries to sneak legislation through without people noticing, that there is some serious fuckery going on.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Difficult to Hate a Sad Story With a Happy Ending

The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death in his car Tuesday during a police chase in Pennsylvania, ending a multistate manhunt less than 48 hours after it began.
The "why" question won't likely ever be answered, so the family of the victim, Mr. Robert Godwin Sr., won't have that questioned answered. They won't have the satisfaction of watching the trial of Asswipe of Cleveland and see him sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison (whether he ultimately died by lethal injection, of a shanking, or of old age).

On the other hand, Asswipe's self-capping did save the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County a few hundred thousand dollars, at a minimum. So there is that.

DNA evidence and an attentive state trooper helped find the man authorities believe killed a New York City woman last summer who was out jogging near her mother's Massachusetts home, authorities said Saturday.
His attorney says:
Speaking before the hearing, the suspect’s lawyer said his client has no criminal record and the case is no slam dunk.
I don't do criminal law, but I don't see the relevance of the Asswipe of Princeton not having a criminal record before he allegedly tried to rape and ultimately murdered the victim, Ms. Vanessa Marcotte. As long as the judge doesn't toss out the DNA evidence, Asswipe's lawyer is going to have to come up with some believable explanation as to how Asswipe's DNA was found under Ms. Marcotte's fingernails. So it would seem that Asswipe is going to be residing at MCI Walpole for the next several decades.

Today's One-Day Tax Extension Is Brought to You by D.C.

Tax Day falls on April 18, 2017. That's the deadline for filing taxes on income earned in 2016. Usually, April 15 is the day taxes are due, but in 2017, that falls on a Saturday. And on Monday, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day, which is normally April 16, but that's a Sunday. Emancipation Day affects taxes the same way federal holidays do. Therefore, the tax deadline is pushed out to the following Tuesday, April 18, giving taxpayers three extra days to file their returns.
Silly me, I thought it was because of Patriots' Day. It used to be that Patriots' Day sometimes gave a one-day extension to those who lived in Massachusetts or Maine, or those who sent their returns to IRS offices there, but I gather that no longer is true.