December 22, 2015

The Donald v. Hillary

Hillary's panties are all wadded up, again, 'cause Trump is noting but  a big old mean, meany bully.

She's upset that Trump used vulgar language to describe her last Presidential election debacle and he referred to her possible bladder issues when she disappeared during the last Democratic debate.

God help us all if this woman is elected. She'll be the second President in a row without any balls.

December 17, 2015

Been Busy

Real busy at work and home. Will post pictures of the new bathroom and living room remodeling. Tore up the carpet yesterday in preparation for refinishing the hardwood floors and saw that I have to rip up about two feet of the floor right down to the joists. Wouldn't be celebrating Xmas in the living room this year.

But for today... Steel does not have to melt to bring a building down.

December 4, 2015

Terrorist Advisory From Upstate New York

In light of the San Bernardino massacre, the Sheriff of Ulster County posted this advisory yesterday.

Of course liberals' heads are exploding all over the state.
December 3, 2015


In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.

I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.

I also want to remind all Police/Peace Officers both active duty and retired to please carry a weapon whenever you leave your house. We are the thin blue line that is entrusted in keeping this country safe, and we must be prepared to act at any given moment.

Thank you,

Paul J. Van Blarcum
Ulster County Sheriff
Read some of the comments, you can almost taste the stupid.

December 3, 2015

Muslim Terrorists - What A Surprise

Now that Islamic terrorists have once again openly, savagely, wantonly and gleefully murdered American citizens on American soil, surely the media and government officials will leap into action to prevent any further slaughter of innocents. San Bernardino is the final wake up call announcing the true intentions of Islam- submission or else.

Guess again. It's "Never let a crisis go to waste" time.
Per the liberals, it's the fault of the NRA, gun nuts and Islamophobes.
CNN reports.

November 29, 2015

Where The Deer Are

While the world continues on its merry journey to perdition, I was out hunting Bambi. Alas, Bambi got the memo and was no where to be found. Same for his cousins. Three days of ... well, I pretty much spent camping.

Yesterday (No Bambi Saturday) was extra special. Thick fog rolled in to keep the rain company and Bambi could have been twerking 20 yards in front of me and I wouldn't have seen him.

Where the deer are, I will never be.
Surely Heaven knows, all the bucks and does
Stay far away from meeeeee.

Where the deer are, I wait impatiently
Where the deer are...
Where the deer are...
Where the deer are, please be there for meeeeee.

November 16, 2015

Gun Control Works - For The Wrong Reasons

"A well regulated militia with 10 round magazines will not last very long."
~Gen. Geo. Washington


November 15, 2015

We're #1

It's official.
We've trained and trained. It was an all out effort.
Decades of personal sacrifice was involved as NY stumbled exhausted towards the finish line.
But, in the end, it was all worth it.
We're #1!
ALBANY – We’re No. 1 – in corruption. No other state has more legislators forced out of office by ethical or criminal issues than New York, according to a study released on Monday.

In fact, the state set a national record for the number of lawmakers kicked out, or chased out of office since, 2012, the Center for Public Integrity, a good government group, found in a new study.
Story here.

It's all about keeping your eyes on the prize.

Bruce Ball-less Jenner

That's what the husband of a dead NYPD cop calls the Kastrated Kardashian.

From the NY Post:
The husband of a cop killed on 9/11 returned his wife’s posthumous Woman of the Year award to Glamour after the magazine gave the same honor last week to Caitlyn Jenner.

James Smith told The Post he yanked the award off the shelf in his Long Island home dedicated to his wife, Moira, and FedExed it back to the magazine.

Moira, who died at the age of 38 after rushing into the south tower, was honored by the magazine a month after her death.

But after Jenner, 66, was anointed last week, Smith told the magazine’s editor, Cindi Leive, to take the award and shove it.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year,’ ” Smith wrote in his scathing missive, calling the former Olympic track star and Kardashian reality-show patriarch “Bruce Ball-less Jenner.”

“Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?” Smith wrote. “At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases . . . the list of possibilities goes on . . . is this the best you could do?”

Baby It's You

November 14, 2015

Kansas City Murder

For .....'s sake, these are eighth graders.
A pair of eight graders stabbed a disabled mother to death as she was cleaning her car then propped her body up in the driver's seat before going for a joyride, police say.

The suspected killers, aged just 13 and 14, are accused of brutally stabbing mother-of-one Tanya Chamberlain, 43, to death with a pocket knife in the early hours of November 1 in Kansas City.

The teens, one of whom is a Boy Scout, then allegedly put her body into the passenger seat with her feet propped up on the dashboard before taking her car on a joyride.

According to KCTV5 Chamberlain was disabled because of a 'medical illness', though the station did not give any more details.
More here.

These are the suspects.
Surprise, surprise.
Animals. This is getting so damned depressing.
Ya think this will get much attention from the American media?
Obviously #WhiteLivesDontMatter

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

November 13, 2015

Once Again Islam Proves It's The Religion Of Peace

Guess what Islam wants to do for France: forget all about your baguettes and brie, it's time for felafels, beheadings and humus in gay Paree.
Paris (CNN)Scores of people are reported dead after what are being called terror attacks across Paris. Police early Saturday freed hostages at a concert hall where more than 100 people may have died. The attacks seemed to be planned to hit areas where many people would be gathered on a Friday night, officials said.
Story here and here. At least 142 dead and more to come.

From the Guardian:
  • A state of emergency has been declared across France, after at least 140 people were killed in terrorist attacks around Paris.
  • Shootings took place in a number of locations around the capital, including at least two restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall, with further explosions –reported to be two suicide attacks and a bombing – outside the Stade de France, where the national side were playing Germany in a football match.
  • About 100 people were taken hostage at Bataclan in the 11th arrondissement, in what is thought to be a coordinated attack. Security forces have now killed two attackers in the Bataclan concert hall but police report at least 100 people – many of them young people attending a rock concert – are believed to have died there.
  • French president François Hollande has ordered the closing of the country’s borders to prevent the escape of the attackers, who have so far not been apprehended.

And of course there is no reporting of a linkage with Islam.

Remember, Obama wants to admit 10,000 of these idiots to America.

In The News

How To Look Like A D-Bag In One Easy Lesson

Straight brimmed baseball caps - 'nuff said.

Queer Queen Caitlyn Riles Her Subjects.

Sometimes a Christian Dior dress, fishnet stockings and spike heels just ain't enough for this crowd.
Warning: These are not the boobs that God made.

An Ego Twice The Size Of Our National Debt
The Has Been Speaketh. Who careth?

God Is Not Mocked. There's A Reason For Morals

When I worked the road there was one beat (the old 50 car)where we had constant calls (sometimes three or four in one shift) to a man dying of tertiary syphilis. He was losing his mind as the disease attacked his central nervous system. It wasn't pretty. I saw him a short while before he died. He was screaming.

November 12, 2015

Bye, Bye, Barbie

We've been waiting two months to get this going.
We finally got to say good bye to our almost 60 year old Barbie bathroom.
No more pink.

The tiled walls were almost two inches thick with wire mesh and cement. The floor was even thicker. It took four men two days to rip it all out.

Bathroom in a bag. Actually almost sixty bags. This picture is only half the debris.

 Last night everything was gone.

Just before they laid the new subfloor I had them check the downstairs bathroom fan vent, that's the white four inch vinyl pipe in the floor in the pic above. As I suspected, there was a bird's nest in it.

As of five o'clock this afternoon, the old cast iron baseboard heaters are gone, the supply and return lines capped, insulation is going up, toilet rerouted, new subfloor is in and we're ready for plumbing and lights.

November 10, 2015

Fantasy Fortunes Are Exactly That, Fastasies

I am so sick of the gambling commercials that pollute the airwaves during football games. As the adage goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted," and the fantasy football crowd seems to be well represented in this respect.

Appaently the NYS Attorney General has also had his fill:
The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets in New York, saying that their games constituted illegal gambling under state law, according to people with knowledge of his investigation.

The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation’s professional sports teams. Given the New York attorney general’s historic role as a consumer-protection advocate, legal experts say the action will most likely reverberate in other states where legislators and investigators are increasingly questioning whether the industry should operate unfettered by regulations that govern legalized gambling.
More here. Of course given NY's track record, a few well placed campaign contributions could have made this all go away.

November 6, 2015

It's Time Again.

The idiots are getting bolder and bolder. I had an incident last week with three black shitheads youths as I was leaving the courthouse. I was really tempted to smack one of them who jumped in front of my face waving his arms and shouting. The kid apparently was high as a kite and was screaming gibberish to the delight of his fellow idiots. They ran down the street pummeling parked police cars. I was standing next to two female prosecutors and didn't want to get involved in a ruckus and have them hurt so I ignored them. Then this afternoon as I was leaving a detective told me about an incident he had in the exact same spot this week with another group of young blacks. He threatened to beat the crap out of them and they took off. He told me I was nuts not to be carrying in the courthouse these days.

I am going to approach my boss about wearing a gun to work. As a contractor doing investigations I had special permission from the courts to do this but I let it lapse. It's been 17 years: it's time again.

Because cops are pulling back in their aggressive enforcement effort, the idiots are running amok. The shootings in our city are going through the roof. The FBI director commented on this recently and was rebuked by the White House. Now the DEA chief stepped up to the plate and took a swing at Obama and his circus clowns.
WASHINGTON — The nation's top drug enforcement official said Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey was "spot on'' when he recently offered the controversial assessment that violent crime surges in some cities may be linked to police officers' reluctance to engage suspects.

"I think there is something to it,'' Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg told reporters, referring to the so-called "Ferguson-effect'' in which police have been reportedly hesitant to act for fear of prompting the kind of civil unrest that engulfed Ferguson, Mo., last year. "I think (Comey) was spot on.''

Comey's remarks during appearances last month in Chicago put the FBI director at odds with some in law enforcement and the White House, which indicated that existing evidence did not support such a claim.

"I will say that the available evidence at this point does not support the notion that law enforcement officers around the country are shying away from fulfilling their responsibilities,'' White House spokesman Josh Earnest said last week. "On the contrary, I think you’ve seen a lot of local law enforcement leaders indicate that police officers and sheriffs and other local law enforcement officials are actually dedicated public servants who on a daily basis are putting their lives on the line to serve and protect the communities that they’re assigned to.''
More here.

I already qualified with my Glock .45 (mod.. 30) and my S&W .380 in August.  I'm good to go.

Secret Agent Man

ISIS Strikes Back

British intelligence claims that the Russian jet liner that exploded over Egypt was destroyed by a terrorist device. Putin is upset at this disclosure as it may indicate that his intervention in Syria is responsible for the deaths of 224 civilians.
British spies intercepted intelligence suggesting the Sinai air disaster was caused by an Islamic State bomb, it emerged last night.

It prompted the Government to immediately ground flights to the resort, and they could be suspended for weeks – leaving 130,000 Britons who have booked winter sun trips in limbo.

[...]Such a development would be a political disaster for Moscow, which would face allegations it failed to protect its own citizens.
Story here.

November 5, 2015

It Just Ain't Me

A corrupt NYS politician defends himself in court by maintaining that since everybody else is corrupt, it just isn't a crime anymore. Call it the "Me Too Defense."
It’s not just Sheldon Silver on trial in Manhattan federal court: It’s the whole system.

Silver’s defense is that corruption is the bread and butter of New York politics — so how can it be a crime?

The prosecution says Silver, for decades the state’s second-most-powerful official, “picked the people’s pocket to line his own.”

To which Silver’s team answers, So what?

“It’s impossible, absolutely impossible,” argued defense lawyer Steven Molo, “for a member of the Assembly to . . . do the job that a person in the Assembly does and not have some sort of conflict of interest.

“That may make you uncomfortable,” he added, “but that is the system New York has chosen, and it is not a crime.”
Story here.

Wipe Out

November 4, 2015

Oh ... Isaac?

This is strange, exciting stuff.
Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EmDrive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories recently completed yet another round of testing on the seemingly impossible tech. Though no official peer-reviewed lab paper has been published yet, and NASA institutes strict press release restrictions on the Eagleworks lab these days, engineer Paul March took to the NASA Spaceflight forum to explain the group’s findings. In essence, by utilizing an improved experimental procedure, the team managed to mitigate some of the errors from prior tests — yet still found signals of unexplained thrust.

Isaac Newton should be sweating.

Flying in the face of traditional laws of physics, the EmDrive makes use of a magnetron and microwaves to create a propellant-less propulsion system. By pushing microwaves into a closed, truncated cone and back towards the small end of said cone, the drive creates the momentum and force necessary to propel a craft forward. Because the system is a reaction-less drive, it goes against humankind’s fundamental comprehension of physics, hence its controversial nature.
Story here, more here.

A Taste Of Honey

November 3, 2015

US Deploys F-15s To Turkey

Obama has put on his big boy pants and is upping the ante in Syria. We'll see if Putin calls him.
The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs—supposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the real adversary is Russia.

The U.S. Air Force is deploying to Turkey up to a dozen jet fighters specializing in air-to-air combat—apparently to help protect other U.S. and allied jets from Russia’s own warplanes flying over Syria.

Officially, the deployment of F-15C Eagle twin-engine fighters to Incirlik, Turkey—which the Pentagon announced late last week—is meant to “ensure the safety” of America’s NATO allies, Laura Seal, a Defense Department spokesperson, told The Daily Beast.

That could mean that the single-seat F-15s and the eight air-to-air missiles they routinely carry will help the Turkish air force patrol Turkey’s border with Syria, intercepting Syrian planes and helicopters that periodically stray into Turkish territory.

But more likely, the F-15s will be escorting attack planes and bombers as they strike ISIS militants in close proximity to Syrian regime forces and the Russian warplanes that, since early October, have bombed ISIS and U.S.-backed rebels fighting the Syrian troops.
Story here.


Russia has deployed Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" jets to Syria. Both the F-15 and the Su-27 are highly maneuverable, air superiority aircraft with similar capabilities and armament. The F-15 has had a much greater exposure to aerial combat than the SU-27 which has seen very limited engagement in Angola, Eritrea and Chechnya. The F-15 shot down over 30 Russian aircraft (mostly Migs) during the Gulf War. Of course American pilots did not face Russian pilots in those encounters.


This could get real interesting. The first F-15s were first deployed in 1972; there have been four upgrades. The F-15E is the latest variant (1988); F-15C's are being sent to Turkey. The Su-27 is a mid-80's Russian product.

I Saw Her Again Last Night

October 30, 2015

Listen To Your Dad

It may very well be a tempest in a small to middling-sized teapot, but it is getting interesting.

Quentin Tarantino's father, actor Tony Tarantino, became a member of the NYPD PBA in protest at his son's actions.
Add another bellow from the police unions condemning director Quentin Tarantino and his movies, plus a slap from his own father, amidst continuing deafening silence from the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

"I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers," said actor Tony Tarantino in a statement released Friday by the New York Police Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

"He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality."

Police unions in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles have already called for a boycott of Tarantino films — his latest, The Hateful Eight, lands on Christmas Day — and now the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association has joined the shame-on-Tarantino chorus.
More here.

Mama Said

October 29, 2015

Police Boycott Tarantino

Three large police unions are manifesting their displeasure with the actions of movie producer Quentin Tarantino by calling for a boycott of his latest movie.
A third major police union has added its voice to calls for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, after the Oscar-winning film-maker spoke at a rally against police brutality in New York.
NYPD union boss urges Tarantino film boycott over director's comments

John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the organisation had voted unanimously to join the protest. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in New York, first mooted the boycott on Monday and has since also received backing from the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

“Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police,” McNesby said in a statement. “Mr Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; it turns out he also hates cops.”

Tarantino joined three days of protests in New York last week organised by Rise Up October, a group opposing police violence and what organisers call a “genocidal assault on black and Latino people in this country”. Police unions have criticised the film-maker for appearing at the rally and labelling killings by police as “murder” a week after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot in the city.

Tarantino has also received criticism from conservative commentators such as Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, who said the film-maker had “ruined his career” following the remarks. The Pulp Fiction director, whose new film The Hateful Eight debuts in the US on Christmas Day, has not responded to talk of a boycott.
Historically, boycotts of popular movies generally do not work. [As this movie will not be released until Christmas, the author of the article cannot know if it will be popular or not ~sig94]
As they say; bad publicity is better  than no publicity. I wonder if he spoke as he did hoping to provoke this reaction?

Can't You See That She's Mine

October 27, 2015

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A US destroyer, the USS Lassen, passed within 12 miles of a Chinese artificial island in a disputed section of the South China Sea and the Chinese are squawking.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed close to one of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.

The USS Lassen’s patrol was the most significant U.S. challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China claims around artificial islands it has built up in the Spratly archipelago as Beijing exercises its growing maritime power.

Washington’s move followed months of deliberation by the administration of President Barack Obama and could ratchet up tension in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and increase strains in U.S.-China relations.

A U.S. defense official said the Lassen also went within 12-mile limits of features in the disputed sea claimed by Vietnam and U.S. treaty ally, the Philippines. They said such “freedom-of-navigation” patrols were expected to become more frequent.
According to international law (Article 60 of the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea) no nation can create an artificial island as national territory and impose a 12 mile limit around it.

Just six weeks ago five Chinese war ships violated the 12 mile limit to the Aleutian Islands near Alaska. One of these vessels, the Shenyang, is shown below.

According to US naval command, it was a legal exercise in "innocent passage" rights granted by international law.

Apparently the Chinese interpret international law in different ways depending on where the water is.

It Hurts To Be In Love

He died in 2006 at the age of 66.

October 25, 2015

Oh Just Shut Up

These Hollywood types don't get it. All they have to do is say words that they tell you to say, cash the checks, buy the mansions, the yachts and diamond watches and keep their mouths shut. But that's too hard to do.

Emily Blunt can't shut her dumb pie hole. Neither can Seth Rogen.

They cost their people millions.


Everybody Loves Somebody

October 24, 2015

Burglary: Undocumented Entry

 Burglaries are a precursor and indicator of many other crimes. From the Daily Mail:
Burglary victims should expect a ‘slow’ response from police, while those who report a stolen mobile phone may find ‘very little’ action is taken, the new head of one of Britain’s largest forces has said.

Ian Hopkins, who takes over as chief constable of Greater Manchester on Monday, said officers would be dispatched to a break-in if the suspects were still at the scene.

But if someone returns from a weekend away to find their home ransacked, they will not be treated as a priority, he said.

‘If you’re someone like me or yourself who’s perfectly capable of phoning your insurance company, getting the locks sorted or the window boarded up, then I don’t see the necessity for us to turn up at that stage,’ Mr Hopkins told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. ‘We can investigate that slow time.’
"Slow time" - translation: they take their sweet time or it doesn't get investigated at all. No search for latent fingerprints, no looking for boot tracks; interviewing neighbors/possible witnesses ... nope, we'll have none of that.
It is the latest example of how police forces are downgrading burglaries and comes after the Daily Mail revealed how one police force would investigate burglaries only at properties with an even number.
Officials would rather spend public funds on supporting Muslim criminals illegal immigrants than protecting their own people. The Brits continue to circle the drain.

Wishing And Hoping

October 23, 2015


Chinese Moon Cake

Has anyone eaten a moon cake? What do they taste like? The ChiComs have initiated a pogrom against these pastries. Are they that tasty? Story here.
The Chinese Communist Party has tightened up discipline on its 88 million members by banning several sinful activities, including extravagant eating and drinking, abuse of power, nepotism, adultery, and golf.

The report comes from the state-run Xinhua news agency, as translated by the BBC, which notes that the Communist Party “has in the past warned its officials to refrain from extravagant dinners and purchasing moon cakes using public funds.”

Moon cakes are a Chinese pastry, filled with salted egg yolk and sweet lotus paste, traditionally consumed during the Mid-Autumn Festival. As the BBC previously reported, the Communist Party believed corrupt officials were using public money to splurge on moon cakes and other entertainments during the festival. The prohibition against excessive drinking and eating is apparently another reaction to the abuse of public funds to pay for such indulgences.
Golf? I could care less. I have two sets of clubs gathering dust in my house and I still smile at the way they scream when I hold one in my hand.

The cultural significance of moon cakes explained here

Now in America, we have moon pies.

Hmmmm, moon pies. I haven't had one of these in about a hundred years.

Dang Me

Oak Or Hickory?

She's like a vampire, you just need to keep pounding those stakes into her heart.
Breitbart lists nine revelations to come out of Hillary's Benghazi testimony.
1. Hillary Clinton told the prime minister of Egypt on Sep. 12, 2012 that a video was not responsible.

2. Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have Clinton’s personal email address, but Sid Blumenthal did.

3. Clinton and the State Department broke the law in failing to sign a waiver for security at Benghazi.

4. Clinton believes that Chris Stevens was joking when he asked about security at the Benghazi compound.
More here.

October 21, 2015

The Girl From Ipanema

Dang, that pretty Brazilian girl is 75 years old now. She was 24 when this song was recorded.

October 19, 2015

Cyber Economics

Chinese Apple iPhone factory

The South Koreans are working on a project to mass produce robots at a price that will make it economically feasible to replace even cheap Chinese workers. A Chinese factory worker's minimum wage can be as low as $200 a month (1250 yuan at $0.16 per yuan).
As of 1 July 2015, the monthly minimum wage in the Pearl River Delta manufacturing centres of Dongguan, Foshan and Zhongshan was 1,510 yuan, while the rate in the sprawling inland metropolis of Chongqing was only 1,250 yuan per month.
I would hate to see what would happen if suddenly millions and millions of Chinese laborers lost their jobs. The government would have to distract their attention by starting a war or some-such.
In the future, we will all be on benefits, while rich people use robots to make even MORE money.

That’s the dark future hinted at by Samsung’s new ‘big project’ – a plan to build robots cheaper even than the miserably underpaid humans who work in Chinese factories.

The project, in collaboration with South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, has been funded to the tune of 6.75 billion won – and aims to create factories which will undercut Chinese ones, according to The Register.

If the plan works, South Korea could pick up lucrative contracts assembling products such as new iPhones – currently made in huge Chinese factories.

If so, it marks a dark day for the future of human employment – as so far, many jobs have been protected simply because humans are cheaper than machines.
About 3 million jobs manufacturing jobs have left the US for China despite the American worker being far more productive. But no matter how productive you are, $2,400 a year is a  hard number to beat.

Story here:

Hey Little Cobra

October 17, 2015

Pedicure Hell

A buff and some polish ain't gonna make it.

Astronomers Gone Wild

Sensing government dollars, a university scientist slithers towards a grant.

These are the voyages of the University Grant-Seeking Astronomers. Their five-year mission: to explore strange new funding opportunities; to seek out a new government teat to suck on; to boldly go where no taxpayer-supported parasite has gone before."

From Yahoo News:

The award for strangest star in the universe just went to KIC 8462852.

And while some are saying that this star could be harboring a giant structure built by an advanced alien civilization, the scientists behind the hype are saying otherwise.

Business Insider recently spoke with two of these astronomers to find out what's really going on and if this structure really is proof of alien intelligence or a complete hoax.

For some background: A postdoctoral graduate at Yale, Tabby Boyajian, and Penn State astronomer Jason Wright, recently discovered a bizarre and mysteriously giant structure orbiting the star that's unlike anything they've ever seen.

And now they're doing what scientists do best: weighing all of the possible explanations until more data comes in that can rule out the wrong reasons in favor of the right one.

Right now, there are many options on the table, including a giant swarm of comets, left-over chunks from a broken-up planet, and last but certainly not least an alien-built megastructure. But we won't know for sure until more data is collected.
Used to be, professional scientists would be too embarrassed to come out with crap like this; but ever since the climate change scam was perpetrated on the US taxpayer, nothing is over the top anymore.

Scientists, like politicians, realize that the American public is too damn stupid; like a five dollar whore, they'll swallow anything.

To be honest, one of the scientists said that the probability that an alien culture was responsible for this anomaly is very low, but he still said it was a possibility.
"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build."
How the hell would he know what an alien society would build?

My Guy

October 16, 2015

I Woulda Bought A Really Nice Car

Looking for Love In All The Expensive Places. Lamar Odom, the former NBA star, is supposedly out of danger now that his money ran out.
Entertainment Tonight ... has released the itemized bill from Lamar's stay at the Love Ranch brothel, which breaks down what he spent his money on and reveals that prostitutes Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe were made available to Lamar for the price of $37,500 - each. He also spent $100 on transportation to the establishment, racked up a bar tab of $1,036 and shelled out $3,000 on another women whose name is Simone.
Seriously, 75 large for two hookers? Even for a five day binge, that's 15 grand a day for two skanks. In Thailand you could have bought an entire village full of hookers, a dozen boys and a singing ferret for that.

Story here (as if you really give a hoot about anything related to that screwed up family).

Pretty Woman

Scientists Now Able To "Treat" Christianity

 You WILL believe. Or not.
With articles like the following we can predict that everything that our leftist overlord-wannbes disagree with will be treated as a mental disease. Just as in the former Soviet Union; after all, how could a worker be unhappy in the Workers Paradise?
Here’s the breathless headline: “Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God — with MAGNETS.”

Wait. Attitudes toward God and immigrants? Are these a natural pair? The newspaper thought so. They tell of an experiment which “claims to be able to make Christians no longer believe in God and make Britons open their arms to migrants.” How’s it done? “Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation” researchers can “safely shut down certain groups of neurones” in the brain.

It seems to have worked. Volunteers were coaxed into having their brains zapped by giant magnets. And, lo! “Belief in God was reduced almost by a third, while participants became 28.5 per cent less bothered by immigration numbers.”
Story here.

October 14, 2015

Back In NY

It was a beautiful weekend. We made excellent time to Maryland arriving at 10:30 last Thursday night; just under 7 hour drive. I saw my mother the next morning and she is doing well. The assisted living residence is very nice, only two years old. The staff is friendly and attentive and while she isn't all that pleased with the arrangements (she'd much rather be on her own) she is getting used to it and making friends. While they last. She had a litany of deaths, hospitalizations and seniors moving in with their children (hint) that seemed endless.

We took her out for a wonderful crab cake lunch at Stoney's Solomon's Pier on Solomon's Island. My niece and her husband drove down from Astoria (Queens) as well as her father (my baby sister's husband - she died in 2003 at the age of 46) and his new wife(he remarried three years ago) from Port Jefferson. Also my sister's best friend, Ginny, and her husband came down to visit. She and my sister were friends since kindergarten and she still dearly misses her. My surviving sister's daughter also joined us for the luncheon. Truly, these were the best crab cakes I have ever eaten and they were huge. My sister, BIL and I ate dinner at her residence that evening and it was gross.

We had everyone over on Saturday and Sunday evening and had a ball. One of my nephews and his family joined us on Sunday. I haven't seen his sons in about a year and a half. They both grew about six inches. The 14 year old has a size 14 shoe. He'll be like his grandfather's family, everyone about six foot thirteen; my nephew (his father) is only five ten.

My BIL and I had some moving to do and re-arranging Mom's room, moving her TV and taking some obstacles out of there before she trips over it. If she had her way her entire condo would be stuffed into her single room. That and watching Mom's cat stumble about. The vet said the dang thing has cerebral palsy and it acts like it's drunk. Banging into stuff and all weird. But Mom loves it to death and the residence allows her to keep it. She calls it Sweetie Face. I call it the other white meat.

The weather in southern Maryland was absolutely perfect. We got home about 7 PM on Monday.

October 4, 2015

Another Media Blackout

From the Conservative Tribune:
In the hours after a deranged man killed nine people and injured others at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, a vast segment of the mainstream media immediately attacked guns, Republicans, conservatives and the National Rifle Association.

As usual, President Barack Obama danced on the graves of the deceased in an attempt to push his gun control agenda, just like he’s done after every mass shooting. It was truly a disgusting display.

Conservative Hollywood actor James Woods pointed out another interesting media omission that should be at the forefront of the story — the fact that the media forgot to emphasize that the shooter asked nearly every victim what religion they were. According to eyewitness reports, answering “Christian” was a death sentence.

Woods took to his Twitter account not long after the shooting and made a prediction that ended up being a massive truth bomb. “If it is determined that the Oregon shooter targeted Christians specifically, that’s the last we will hear of it on MSM,” Woods wrote.

The next day, he was proven right, when he called out The New York Times for leaving out the part about Christians dying.

“NY Times writes a front page story about a hate massacre targeting Christians without using the word ‘Christians.'” Woods posted on Twitter.

Not long after witnesses described the chilling motive of the shooter, all but a few mainstream outlets reported every tiny detail about the shooting that they knew of … except for the whole Christian part.

One only has to look at a recent mass shooting case to see the media’s true motivation. Within hours after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, the white killer was immediately linked to the KKK and other hate groups. It was the first part of most of the headlines over the following days and weeks.

And let’s be completely honest, if the killer were white and specifically targeted Muslims or other “protected” religions and ethnicities, we wouldn’t hear the end of it.

But Christians? Nah, no big deal, right?

Good Choice

From my wife's Facebook page:

On Oct.4th 1981 (34 years ago) Jim got on his knee and officially asked me to marry him!! It was at an anniversary party for the Sterio's Landmark Restaurant downtown. He did this in front of many people including my parents and friends!! Do I look happy or what??!!
One of the best decisions I ever made.

The Letter

Clean Up, Throw Out

Got back early from LI. Two days of loading a rental truck in a downpour was fun. My mom is a pack rat. We couldn't believe all the boxes and cans and packages and bags and containers and plastic bins she had. We donated loads and loads of stuff  to good will type organizations and just as much to the dumpster. We cleaned the condo real good and hope to close by the end of the year. One good thing, there were two potential buyers and they bid the price up over what we had the property listed for. Mom will get an additional ten grand.

My sister and her husband took what we could fit on the truck back to Maryland. Mom is in an efficiency apartment at the assisted living center and there is no way that all this crap will fit. My sister will have to store a lot of this in her garage. My BIL and I are both in our late sixties. Clearing out the contents of an apartment was no picnic. We both agreed that a career change into the exciting moving industry business was out of the question. I loaded up on Aleve™ in memory of the trip.

My wife and I are now filled with motivation to get rid of all the useless crap we have. No way we want to saddle our kids with that when the time comes.

Seriously. Our oldest has been married for twenty years and we still have some of her stuff. My in-laws have been gone for some time and we still have some of their stuff squirreled away in the basement. I still have a few boxes from when I moved out of my Bachelor Palace back in 1981 that remain unopened.

I started to clean out years ago but I got to get back into it. A few garage sales helped but they weren't enough.  A few bags at a time for the refuse pickup will certainly help. I 'll need a hand for the old construction materials. - got probably at least a half ton of cast iron baseboard heaters in the basement that I can get a few bucks for at the salvage yard. I have at least twenty of these four foot hot water heaters that go fifty pounds a piece if they weigh an ounce. I took them out when I refinished the first basement and was going to use them in the second basement - the house is built into the side of a hill, it looks like a one story ranch in the front and is three and a half stories tall in the back. Ergo, two basements. Full of crap.

We leave on another trip on Thursday, this time to southern Maryland. The hurricane should be well out of the picture by then so maybe we'll see sunny skies on the way. I haven't seen Mom since February so we'll have a nice visit. One of my nieces is also driving down from Queens to see her Nana so that'll be a real treat also.

I was hoping my oldest daughter and her two daughters could make the trip also, but I just found out that one of her husband's oldest and closest friends is now missing. My SIL, my grandson and JR went hunting yesterday near Inlet, NY, and JR never returned to the truck when it started to get dark. The State Police are now involved; JR is in his fifties and I fear for the worst.

October 1, 2015

Busy Busy

Gonna be back and forth on the road a bit for the next few weeks taking care of family business in Long Island and Maryland. My  mom had to be placed in an assisted living residence and we're trying to sell her home, so I'll be hit or miss for a while...  Got some tunes lined up tho.

Going Out Of My Head Medley

September 30, 2015

Impartial And Stupid

I no longer watch TV shows, stopped years - no - decades ago. They're mostly written by idiots for idiots. They're not funny, informative or inspirational. In particular I don't watch police shows. I hate to see piss poor procedures passed off as bravery and I am appalled by the lack of judgement and display of uncontrolled emotion. Just do your job and shut up; if it bothers you that much, get a low stress job corralling shopping carts.

But what is really getting out of hand is the number of idiots who think that what they see on television is the way things are done. It has impacted the criminal justice system in ways that I never thought possible. I was a NYS certified evidence technician for almost seven years and worked in a crime lab for a spell. I have investigated and documented just about every kind of crime imaginable with concomitant court appearances. What you see on programs like CSI is entertainment, not reality, but some people just don't get it.

From the NY Post:
The suspect was caught two blocks from the scene. The gun was inside his backpack. Multiple witnesses identified the shooter who tried to kill a man on a Brooklyn street.

It was an open and shut case — until it got to the jury.

“We caught the guy dead to rights, and the jury said, ‘Why didn’t you guys do DNA?’ ” recalled the former assistant district attorney who handled the case.

That testing for DNA is rare, time-consuming and expensive, particularly in such a straightforward investigation, didn’t register with those sitting in judgement. The man was acquitted of attempted murder, and even gun possession.

“It’s not a whodunit. We caught him with the gun, with the same outfit. Multiple witnesses said, ‘That’s him,’ ” the frustrated attorney said. “Everybody expects there should be DNA on everything. Everybody expects that we have this super lab somewhere that does all this stuff.”
It's not that we don't use DNA analysis, we do. We solve cases that are decades old using this wonderful technology. But it is used when necessary to strengthen a case as needed, not as a standard operating procedure for every case.
“Jurors know more about the types of testing that in theory, can be done, but they certainly don’t know when it’s appropriate to use those types of tests,” said former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jordan Arnold, now of the investigative firm K2 Intelligence.

“Has it taken us from this place where jurors expect more than proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and instead, demand proof beyond any doubt?”
We just had a case last week where the jury ignored the defendant's admission of guilt in a gun case because of some ill-conceived notion. The ADA was beside himself. He tried to interview the jury afterwards but they literally ran out of the courthouse to avoid being confronted for their decision to acquit.

And you'd better believe that defense attorneys are very much aware of this situation and in some cases counseling their clients to go to trial because of it.


September 28, 2015

Saudi Stampede Presents Clean Up Challenge

Almost 800 pilgrims were killed during a Muslim stampede on The Hajji Trail in Meccatown. Those varmints spook real easy and no one is sure if it were lightning or coyotes that started the whole shebang. Nosirree, them pilgrims - about two million of 'em - just went hog wild a-whoopin' and a-hollarin'. Such goings on, quite the mess.

Leastways once the herd settled down the Saudi ranch hands knew how to round up those strays and set everything straight in a hurry. And you best believe that Caterpillar sold them nothing but halal pay loaders for such occasions.

Nothing works like a Cat and nothing beats the Caterpillar Corporation motto:

"Earthmoving solutions for today's challenges."

Ticket To Ride

Awesome K-9

There's no way I can ever be as cool as this dog.
Terminator Terrier: "I'll be bark."

September 26, 2015


Not for nothin' but this guy's voice is like a cat screaming while getting assaulted by a kerosene-soaked corncob.

September 25, 2015

Fastidious Horses

Koba's Entrance from the movie "Warrior"

My youngest daughter called this "terrifying Russian music" when we watched the movie last night
Koba's entrance theme music is actually a real thing; it is called Fastidious Horses, written and sung by some Russian guy.

September 23, 2015

Oh, To Be A Fly On The Wall

Lucianne's face page for today will give Hillary another stroke.   

Exclusive: Hillary Aides Talked Benghazi with Clinton Foundation Staff, Withheld Emails
If this doesn't do it, what will?

Report: FBI Finds Hillary Clinton´s Deleted Emails on Her Server
"You mean like with a cloth or something?"

Hillary is dealing with mounting health issues, new book claims
Real or imagined, the perfect out presents itself.

Clinton Foundation on Charity Navigator’s ‘watch list’
Watchdog organization warns potential check writers to think twice before donating.

Seriously, this is now a train wreck reality show, "Keeping Up With The Clintons."

Peace Of Mind

September 22, 2015

I Guess It Means ... You Stink

Scientists with waay too much time on their hands and waay too little grant money have allegedly discovered a new forensic technique to identify people. And of course submit new grant research applications.
Every human on earth has a cloud of germs surrounding them at all times - and it is almost as distinct to that person as a fingerprint.

The "microbial cloud" contains millions of bugs that are put out from various pores and points in our bodies.

According to experts, the cloud hangs around a person's body at all times and each individual cloud has a signature that could be read by carrying out genetic analysis of the bacteria.

Scientists were able to identify individuals from a group of volunteers just by sampling germs from the air around them.

The noxious nimbus consists of combinations of microbes emitted from our bodies that vary from person to person.

More here.

All Along The Watchtower

September 20, 2015

Two Can Play At This Game

Putin is building an airbase in Belarus? Let's build one in Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has backed plans to establish a Russian military air base in neighbouring Belarus in a move that will unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations.

Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy.

The Russian President ordered his Defence Ministry to hold talks with their Belarusian counterparts and sign the agreement.
Make that two, build two bases in Ukraine.  And a couple Walmarts.
Story here.

Saving Taxpayer $$$

The families of these men should receive a plaque from the taxpayers of  Indiana and Florida - or perhaps a free order of fries will do.

Fare thee well Marvin, happy landings, etc., etc.
An Indianapolis gymnastics coach who trained two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympics team was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell, where he was being held on charges of child pornography and molestation, authorities said Sunday.

Marvin Sharp, 49, was found unresponsive at 8:17 p.m. Saturday in his cell at the Marion County Jail, sheriff's spokeswoman Katie Carlson said in a statement. She said foul play isn't suspected, but that she couldn't provide further information.
Likewise a hearty thank you and bon voyage to Mr. Bodden.
A Florida man accused of murdering his two university roommates after they asked him to move out, has hanged himself in jail.

York Zed Bodden, 27, was found dead in his Miami prison cell shortly after his arrest on Friday over the triple shooting.


September 19, 2015

Trump's Position On 2A Rights

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has issued a position paper on 2nd Amendment rights.
The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
His position:
  • Put violent criminals away, use a gun to commit a crime and it's bye-bye
  • Screen applicants for mental health issues during background checks
  • Eliminate gun and ammo magazine bans, they don't make any difference
  • Make carry permits legal in all 50 states, just like a driver's license
  • Allow military personnel to carry weapons on base and in recruitment centers
Sounds good to me.

September 18, 2015

How About A Nice Set Of Daddy Gloves?

Tan me hide when I'm dead, Fred. 
Tan me hide when I'm dead.
So they tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, 
And that's it hanging next to Mom and Dad's wedding portrait.

A tattoo artist has launched a new macabre service, removing inked skin from dead people and preserving them for their relatives.

According to Save My Ink, the process allows tattoo enthusiasts to bequeath an actual part of themselves 'just like a house, wedding ring or any other cherished possession'.

The skin is put through a chemical and enzymatic process to permanently alter the chemical structure of the tissue and stop it from decaying.

Story here.

Hang this next to your didgeridoo.

Magic Man

September 11, 2015

Run Baby Run

14 Years Ago

And we still haven't learned a thing.
Obama is rubbing our noses in Islamic shit as he prepares to invite another 100,000 possible terrorists to our shores.