January 15, 2017

Fayetteville, NC

We really like it down here.  It was about 80 degrees when we pulled into the driveway of our daughter's new house. What a difference from Syracuse. Her dogs just about knocked me over, all combined 170 pounds of them. We're so proud of her new job and her new house.

Later that day we got to work on her foyer. She found out that the house was a rental for some time and the owners flipped it. They painted over the wall paper in the foyer and when she removed it, it messed up the drywall. I patched everything in a few rooms, installed some new bathroom fixtures and did some electrical work. A former tenant had a whacked out son who beat the front door to death. Ground out the dents and filled them. A contractors did some work a few weeks ago and I fixed some of what they did. I'll be able to throw up some primer tomorrow and then we're gone on Tuesday morning.

Mumsy helped with cleaning and cooking. She made meatballs and sauce yesterday and we had that tonight for dinner. Just the smell made it seem more like home.

There's a retired cop living next door and a retired Special Forces guy across the street. I'll try to introduce myself tomorrow. Found out that our girl will be going back to Afghanistan in May but only for about six weeks. As a civilian she won't be allowed to leave the base but we're still a little anxious even though we know she'll be safer there than in Chicago.

A Border Fence Is Not Enough

Liberals are always declaring that the Mexicans only take the jobs that Americans refuse to do.

Now it's time for Americans to take the jobs that Mexicans refuse to do. Seal the drug smuggling tunnels.
Border tunnels left unfilled on Mexican side pose security risk, officials say

Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade, outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S. border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them.

But some of the illicit passageways live on.

At least six previously discovered border tunnels have been reactivated by Mexican trafficking groups in recent years, exposing a recurring large-scale smuggling threat, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials.

The breaches of border defenses, most recently in December, occur because Mexican authorities, unlike those on the American side, do not fill the tunnels with concrete once they have been discovered. Mexican authorities say they lack the funds.
This is a national security disaster. If the cartels can smuggle hundreds of tons of coke and heroin into the US, what else is coming through?

Blow up the Mexican side of the tunnels, collapse them.
Fill the American side of the tunnels with concrete and dead smugglers.
Install a system of sensors along the border to detect tunneling operations.
Install counter battery radar for when they start to catapult that crap over the border.

January 13, 2017

Inaugural Parade

We're visiting my sister and her husband in Maryland on our way to North Carolna to stay with our daughter. Had a good trip from NY with just a few glitches and enjoyed a great dinner last night with them and my niece and nephews. Found out that my oldest grandnephew will be marching in Trump's inaugural parade next week. He is so excited. Everyone in his family (my sister and her husband of course) will be there as Trump walks from the Capitol to the White House.

He and his brother are such great kids. Their mom home schools them and they are quite the pair; these young men are very, very smart.

We leave for NC this morning.

January 11, 2017

Delayed Reaction

Obama's moving kind of slow these days. I can't see how this man plays basketball.
US Army moves 2,500 tanks, trucks and military vehicles into Europe in the biggest troop transfer since the Cold War

Troops arrive to respond to Russian aggression in the region after annexation of Crimea in 2014

THOUSANDS of heavily armoured US military vehicles have arrived in Germany to respond to Russian aggression in Europe.

The military brigade of 3,500 troops is the largest to be deployed to the continent since the end of the Cold War.
The annexation took place in 2014 and now it's.... 2017?

Or maybe the UK Sun reporters need to take some vitamins or something.

Story here.

January 10, 2017

Just Do It

So many fools, so little time.
Dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists including Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon have attached their names to an effort calling for a month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump. “No! In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!” reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times last week by the group Refuse Racism. "Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger," the ad says.

"Millions of people in the US and around the world are filled with deep anxiety, fear and disgust. Our anguish is right and just. Our anger must now become massive resistance – before Donald Trump is inaugurated and has the full reins of power in his hands."

Other Hollywood celebrities who have also joined the campaign, however, are calling for an all-out strike that would span the entire movie industry in the hopes that such a move would urge the President-elect to resign from his position as the newly elected President of the United States.
Please do this. The Donald will be devastated by your actions.
Go on strike and deny us the benefits of your marvelous talent.
Teach us a lesson we'll never forget, like what a bunch of self-centered douches you are.
Please, just do it.

H/T suckersonarade.

January 9, 2017

Property Values Fall

It's given that the class of people moving into a location can drastically affect property values. If so, the price of a furnished, two bedroom townhouse in Hell just got a lot cheaper.
Satan's Welcome Wagon
Charles Manson is closing in on death’s door, a source familiar with the matter told The Post on Monday.
“I don’t think he’ll be around too much longer, but he is able to talk in his current condition,” the California Corrections Department source said, referring to the infamous cult leader’s health crisis.

Last week, Manson, 82, was taken out of Corcoran State Prison in California’s Central Valley and rushed to a hospital in Bakersfield about 60 miles away for emergency surgery to stop his intestines from bleeding, sources told The Post.

But doctors decided not to perform the procedure because they believed that Manson was “too weak” and could potentially die while under the knife, TMZ reported.
Still, I'm always reminded that you may be surprised by who you don't see in Heaven rather than who you do see.

Way To Stay Classy Giants

A United Airlines flight was delayed for hours because it had to be cleaned and repaired after the NY Giants trashed the business section. From the NY Post:
The Giants took out their frustrations at blowing their ​first ​shot at the Super Bowl​ in five years by trashing the jumbo jet that carried them home — leaving it reeking of booze and forcing a major clean-up at Newark Airport, passengers who boarded the plane afterward told The Post on Monday.

Mark Kropf said he was waiting to board United Airlines Flight 934 out of Newark when “the pilot came out and asked for everyone’s patience, and shared where the plane came from and that the plane needed extra help repairing and cleaning the interior.”

“Another 30 minutes passed and the gate agent told us it was the Giants that destroyed the biz class cabin, and we saw service personnel walking countless seat cushions off the plane,” Kropf​, a tech company employee from Brooklyn,​ wrote in a message via Twitter.
Witnesses state that the Packers trashed the Giants worse than the Giants trashed Flight 934.

January 7, 2017

Brexit Is Working

Aside from Muslims, the NHS and Prince Charles, the Brits are doing better.
It's one thing to predict a disaster that doesn't happen. It's quite another to predict bad news and have things turn out pretty darned well, which is thus far what has occurred. You'd never know it from reading U.S.-based establishment press coverage, but the UK economy, as reported in the UK Times, "ended last year as the strongest of the world’s advanced economies with growth accelerating in the six months after the Brexit vote."

The result is so completely the opposite of what was predicted that the chief economist at England's central bank, in a moment of refreshing candor that folks in the U.S. can only wish they would see coming from our Federal Reserve, has admitted that economists committed historically serious forecasting errors.
The actual headline here is:
Shhh! Six Months After Brexit Vote, UK 'Has World's Top Economy'

Toxic Femininity

Confucius say: Never dip your stick in crazy.
Toxic masculinity is a very real problem. Just ask January Jones.

The former Mad Men actress says she’s a proud single mom whose son doesn’t need a father because she doesn’t want a man around the house to teach him “sh**ty things.”

Speaking to Red magazine, the actress best known for her role as Betty Draper says that she prefers to parent her five-year-old son Xander without any dad figures in his life. She believes having a strong male influence would do the boy more harm than good.
I know there's people who will disagree, but this is a woman who guarantees that her son will mature into a screwed up homosexual male. Or a serial killer. Any votes for both?

Random Stuff

  • When the Democrats were winning elections there was no problem with our election infrastructure. Now that they got their asses handed to them over the past four years, all of a sudden it's a problem.
  • Sure she was cute, had a nice bod and looked great in a space princess bikini but Carrie Fisher was a hot mess. After her cremation her ashes were stored in an urn that is modeled after a huge psycho drug pill. Oh tee hee hee.
  • Nothing is free except air and Jesus' salvation. Try to throw health care into that mix and eventually there's gonna be a big problem. Stir, don't shake, a million or so Muslims into the bowl and now there's a catastrophe.The chefs are idiots and the people who are forced to eat this slop need to kick someone's ass.

"Because I can," is no excuse.

  • The FBI report that shows that the election was hacked by the Russians is then hacked by the Democrats and given to NBC; or NBC hacked the FBI report that shows that hacking Russians ruined the election for Hillary; or the Russians hacked the FBI report that proves their hacking and was then hacked either by Hillary or NBC... oh screw it, the Roosians didn't need to do anything to show the world that HRC is incompetent and a thief and nobody's going to jail anyway.
  • Yep, that's right. I want a queer computer. Now I can finally run a spreadsheet that always buggers my databases.
  • My kids send me cutesy things over Facebook. Anyone who uses FB to get news is a complete idiot.

January 6, 2017

McAfee: The Russians Didn't Do It

According to anti-malware industry expert John McAfee, the DNC was not hacked by the Russians.

In The News

No One In Their Right Minds
Seriously. After what Baltimore and Maryland politicians did to the cops last year, who in their right minds would join the BPD?
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City’s Police Union is sounding the alarm because they say the department is in crisis due to the fact that it has too few officers.

According to a new report, there are more than 100 fewer Baltimore City PD officers than last year, with the union saying this poses a safety concern as officers are being overworked.

The police union president calls the situation “dire.”
I retired in 1998 with about 25 other cops resulting in a force reduction of 4.6% (25 retirees out of an authorized strength of 503). The City hired a bunch of new guys the next year, no big deal.

The Baltimore Police are down 118 cops out of an authorized staffing of 2,538 resulting in a force reduction of 4.7% and they hit panic mode.

The problem is that the cops have stopped aggressive policing because they know that they will be hung out to dry for anything that goes wrong. That and the "boutique" policing that has infected the entire country. Community policing has degenerated to the point where every squawk results in a special unit drawn from patrol. Directed Patrol Teams, Crime Reduction Teams, Problem Oriented Policing squads, Municipal-Based Anti-Crime Teams ... you name it, I've seen them all over the past 40 years.

The Start of  Pod Racing?
Pod racing, drone racing, it's all good. Once the drones get big enough, watch out.
In the past if you wanted a racing drone, you had to build it yourself. That meant learning how to solder and program. If your drone broke, as they are prone to do, you had to learn how to make repairs. Draco aims to change all that. It costs $499, and the company says that right out of the box, the Draco drone can hit 100 miles an hour on a straightaway. And it’s made from entirely modular parts, so if you crash, you can easily buy replacements for your broken bits.
That obnoxious pod racer kid in the 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (which I think stank) has not learned to cool his jets. Jake Lloyd was arrested in Charleston, SC, after crashing his car in a 100 mph chase. Lloyd was arrested for driving without a license, reckless driving, failure to stop, and resisting arrest.

All Your Ambassadors Are Belong To Trump
A new broom sweeps clean and there is one hell of a lot of sweeping that needs to be done.
President-elect Donald Trump ordered every Obama-appointed diplomat home in the days which will immediately following his inauguration, according to a Thursday report from The New York Times.

The Department of State sent a cable to all diplomats nationwide advising them of the break from tradition Dec. 23. Past administrations allowed diplomats an extension until a replacement could be found and moved to each post, according to the report.

Trump made it clear he doesn’t want any political appointee of the outgoing president to serve during his administration, a decision Trump staffers insist is not “ill will.” The new administration just wants to make sure that appointments made as a result of political donations end “on schedule.”
After eight years of Obama's diplomatic prowess and the Clinton/Kerry curse, we're lucky to have any physically intact embassies.

Funny Stuff


Walls For Me But Not For Thee

We got photos of construction at Obama's soon-to-be D.C. rental. You also see construction in the garage. As we reported, it will become an office with a bathroom.

We broke the story ... the rental will be home until Sasha graduates so the Obama's needed the property outfitted for the Secret Service and ... it needed more fortification.
Story here.