Words of Advice:

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

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

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

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

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

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Brain Damage Continues for Trump


I've got stuff going on, so let's have Stephen Colbert do the heavy lifting.


From lying about when the last time Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard to trying to suggest that it might have been another country, other than Russia, that hacked into the DNC's email. Even though it's now come out that Russia did hack into the DNC's email and began to do that after Trump publicly begged them to.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Traitor-in-Chief

US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.

After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote.
...
At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections.

"President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it should be," he replied.
To assert that, Trump has to be either a Russian asset, insane or a moron, or a mixture of all three.

Putin's a fucking intelligence professional. Bald-faced lying is the stock-in-trade for spooks.

The difference, though, is that Putin knows when he is telling a lie. Trump, on the other hand, is delusional. I question whether he knows he's lying, or he's telling the truth according to his own reality. One thing about people who are delusional, they really do believe that they are seeing and hearing what they say they are seeing and hearing.

One has to wonder what sort of proof it will take for the Trumpanzees to come to grips with the fact that they have supported a man who is either crazier than a box of weasels or is a Russian spy. They'll probably still be believing it after Trump defects to Russia.

Update: In this photo, Trump looks like a man who has been forced to eat a turd.

Meanwhile, Back at Scott Pruitt's Office


Yeah, I know he's gone home to spend more time with his family, or shit like that. But he was still probably one of the most blatant grifters in the Trump Presidency*, and he should never be forgotten.
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* I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Mountain Rescue


The story is here.

I'm guessing that the unsung hero in this is the crew chief, who served as the pilot's eyes in touching the stern that big helo into to the slope.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

30 Years Ago


Die Hard was released.

"Yippie-kai-ai, motherfucker" became a thing.

Die Hard was a good thriller that suffered from stupid sequels. But that's how Hollywood rolls.

(What I didn't know was that Die Hard itself was a sequel to The Detective, which had been made twenty years prior. By contract, they had to offer Die Hard to the star of The Detective, Frank Sinatra. He was in his early 70s and declined.)

2040?

BadTux is arguing that, because of shifting populations in coming decades, that the US is headed for a tyranny of the minority, as 70% of the population will reside in fifteen states. The depopulated states will have seventy Senators, the populated states only thirty.

Click on the link and read his post. Then come back.

Yet Another Useful Idiot for Russia's Man in D.C.

Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday sought to justify Russia's interference in America's 2016 presidential race, claiming that all countries meddle in foreign elections.

“I think really we mistake our response if we think it's about accountability from the Russians. They’re another country, they're going to spy on us," Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union," a day before President Donald Trump's scheduled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Right. And if the Russians had been meddling on behalf of Clinton, instead of doing Trump's bidding, Paul would be screaming about it to the rafters.

Anyone who willfully closes his eyes to treason because the actions of the traitor suits him politically is not a patriot. He would be a traitor, one step removed.

I have to love how Paul and Trump are not blaming Obama. For we all know that if Obama had come out strongly about TRussian meddling two years ago, Paul, Trump and the rest of the Republicans would have been screaming that Obama was trying to tilt the election.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

My favorite jet: Boeing's 727.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dumb Force One

Some suggestions from The Late Show for Trump's new paint job.



Caturday


It is, as Chip could attest.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Because It's Friday

The day they changed the gauge of all Southern railroads:


Though things were more efficient after the change of gauge, the railroads kept the savings.

That, in point of fact was one of the reasons why people in the early-mid 20th Century greeted the laying of highways with open arms. In the Plains states, where there usually was only one railroad serving an area, the pricing for both passengers and freight would, these days, be viewed as predatory. Few looked upon the subsequent collapse of local rail service with anything other than quiet satisfaction.

It is Better to Be Trump's Adversary Than to Be His Friend

One thing is clear from watching Trump's latest "Shit in the Euro's Punchbowl Tour": It's better to be Trump's adversary than to be his friend.

At least if you're his adversary, you know what you're going to get. Trump will vacillate between saying bad things and trying to suck up to persuade you to see things his way.

If you're Trump's friend, he will treat you like an old rug: He'll wipe shit and dirt all over you. He'll take everything he can from you, kick your ass to the curb and, even if he's known you for thirty years, will say "I hardly knew that guy."

The only way to have Trump as a reliable ally is to have serious dirt on him, stuff that he would kill his sons and sell his daughter (the one that he cares about, not the other one) into slavery to prevent it from coming out. Which may give one an idea what the Russians may have on him.

Anyone, other than maybe the neo-Nazis, who thinks that Trump is their ally, their friend, their partner or their savior, is delusional.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just Bizarre

Trump wants a color scheme [for Air Force One] that "looks more American" and isn’t a "Jackie Kennedy color."
A color scheme that's known around the world as belonging only to the aircraft of the Presidential Airlift Group, a brand with global recognition, is not good enough for The Donald?

It shouldn't take much to do a more appropriate paintjob for El Caudillo Trumpo:


News That Should Shock Nobody

A majority of U.S. voters say President Trump has emboldened racists to express their beliefs openly, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Fifty-five percent of voters said Trump has made it easier for those with racist beliefs to share those views publicly. Thirty-nine percent disagreed.

The Quinnipiac poll took the country’s pulse on issues such as civility, immigration and President Trump’s character.

Forty-nine percent of voters polled also said Trump is racist while 47 said he is not.
I respectfully submit that those 47% who think Trump isn't racist are (a) purposefully ignorant; (b) willfully blind, or (c) have mush for brains.

Donnie Thinks He Can Be Besties With Valdimir

Then, of course, he lied about not knowing Putin very well. Of course, he knows him.

Putin's not Trump's friend. Putin's his handler, his boss.