Seen on the street in Kyiv.

Words of Advice:

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

“The Mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” -- The TOFF *

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

“Speed is a poor substitute for accuracy.” -- Real, no-shit, fortune from a fortune cookie

"If you believe that you are talking to G-d, you can justify anything.” — my Dad

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys in the ground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"The Dildo of Karma rarely comes lubed." -- Unknown

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

* "TOFF" = Treasonous Orange Fat Fuck, A/K/A Dolt-45,
A/K/A Commandante (or Cadet) Bone Spurs,
A/K/A El Caudillo de Mar-a-Lago, A/K/A the Asset., A/K/A P01135809

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Another Set of People That the Christian Taliban Would Prefer to See Dead

Transgendered veterans. Treating thm reduces the risk of suicide.

But the Chirstian Taliban, and not just them, would prefer to see them kill themselves.

Don't You Hate It When That Happens?

I was part of the way through writing an essay on the courts and why those black-robed political assholes are seriously fucking things up. Then I read this, which I largely agree with.

(Other than the shit about the draft. Committing national suicide in order to remain ideologically pure is not a defensible position, in my opinion.[And let's not forget jury duty.])

Anyhoo, go read it and make up your own mind.

Naples Jet Crash- Preliminary Report

It appears as though they almost made it.

I guess that the cuse of what made both engines shit the bed simultaneously will come later.

Fate is the hunter.

Caturday

Waiting for the lunch bell.

Friday, March 1, 2024

TRE45ON

That sort of works. Not great, but it works.

Because It's Friday

British steam.



Without a "safety diesel", this must be a heritage line.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

There Is a Reason Why Every Sentient Being on the Planet Despises Comcast (AKA Xfinity)

Their customer service people are liars. They'll make a deal with you, tell you what you are agreeing to, and then change the terms.

Or, even worse, they'll scrub all record of making such a deal. They'll tell you you're getting something and then take it back in the paperwork.

They are scum. Do they not see that their corporate assholishness is why cord-cutting is so popular?

Buffering These Down, Here







Not a Good Feeling About This

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election, calling into question whether his case could go to trial before the November election.

The very best case scenario that I can see is that the Trumpist justices are throwing the TOFF a bone by delaying his trial until after the election. The worst case is that they are going to rule in his favor to pave the way for a right-wing autocracy.

Not all of a majority of the Supremes are full-bore right-wing hacks who put their ideology over everything else, but enough of them are to make this possible. That four of them agreed to hear their Orange God's appeal is scary enough.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Wishing a Plague of Crotch Fires Upon the Executives at Wendy’s

Wendy’s is looking to test having the prices of its menu items fluctuate throughout the day based on demand, implementing a strategy that has already taken hold with ride-sharing companies and ticket sellers.

During a conference call earlier this month, Wendy’s CEO Kirk Tanner said that the Dublin, Ohio-based burger chain will start testing dynamic pricing, also known as surge pricing, as early as next year.

May Kirk Tanner (now there's a waste of a good name for a porn star) contract a series of inexplicable and painful loathesome diseases. Afterwards, may he then die soon, in great agony, and often. May his stock holdings tank and may he live his final days in a refrigerator carton under an overpass of I-70. May his establishments sit idle and be closed for flagrant violations of the health codes.

(Greedy fucker can go get a job more suited to him, such as assistant stunner at a meatpacking plant.)

(Ask me how I really feel about this horrible and greedy concept.)

Bet That For This, Texas Will Want Help From the Feds

Surging wildfires fueled by strong winds and dry grass in unseasonably warm temperatures prompted safety warnings for residents of several towns and at least one evacuation order in the far northern part of the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties and ordered the state to activate emergency response assistance to support local firefighters.

Maybe Meatball Ron and those other asshole governors can send fire crews, since they're so hot on helping Abbott with the border.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts

An outright Nazi is running to be on the Republican state council.

H/T

Sanding These Down, Here




A zero-star review:





Monday, February 26, 2024

Far-Right "Conservatives" Are Enemies of the Constitution

When clowns like this say they want to destroy the United States, believe them.



First off, remember that this clown was the promulgator of "Pizzagate", the wholly-made-up conspiracy theory that sent some low-wattage MAGAite to D.C. to terrorize a pizza parlor with an assault rifle. When Posobiec said his bullshit this time around, people at CPAC applauded. That tells me that CPAC is stocked with traitors and Putinites. They are enemies of the Constitution. They have been for years.

Our fathers, grandfathers, (and for some of you) greatgrandfathers and uncles, supported by our mothers, grandmothers, et al. went to war against those fools.


 

"We must be smart enough and tough enough in the beginning to put out the fire [of fascism] before it begins spreading." We don't seem to be that smart, anymore. The far-right is fascist. They are eagerly supporting fascists in Europe, including one who has started the very sort of war that dragged us into war in Europe in the 1940s.

And we are going to be dragged into another war in Europe because the same political party that was against helping countries fighting Nazi Germany is throwing wrenches into efforts to help Ukraine beat back Russian fascists. We can help now, when all it does is cost us money (and create American jobs), or later, when we have to send our young to fight.

But back to home: Gentle Readers, a lot of you took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. When clowns like Posobiec and Tom Parker of Alabama come for your freedom, what are you going to do?

You may feel this way:

But this is a struggle that you ignore at the risk of losing our democracy. Once it's gone, it's not coming back without a bloody fight.

When it comes to the election, you may feel this way:

But don't let your lack of enthusiasm result in tanking our democracy.

History has a rhyme. If you wondered what you would have wanted our country to do when Nazi Germany was invading other counrtries, you are finding out. If you wondered what you would do when the NSDAP was running for office in Germany in 1932, you are finding out.

You can learn from history or be suffocated by it. The choice is yours.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Updated and Even More Deadly

The S-200, a 55-year old mssile system, which Ukraine allegedly used to shoot down a second Russian A-50.

If you love fascism, if you want to see Russia reconquer most of Eastern Europe, then vote for Republicans. If you believe that the Russians have reverted to being the same evil empire that they were labelled in the early 1980s, then don't vote for Republicans.

It is that simple.

Your Sunday Morning Prop Noise

Lancaster!



ETA: I got fooled. This is all fake footage.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Piss on the Katsaps (and Their American Fellow-Travelers).

Show Ukraine some love.

United Help Ukraine.

Unicef Ukraine.

And spend a little time tonight, damning Putin's Poodles in the Congress.

Scratch a Christian Nationalist, Find a White Supremacist

First off, there's the TOFF, who spouted some really racist shit that his being arrested apeals to Black voters.

Now, to the main event:

When the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are considered children under state law, its chief justice had a higher authority in mind.

By citing verses from the Bible and Christian theologians in his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Tom Parker alarmed advocates for church-state separation, while delighting religious conservatives who oppose abortion.

Anyone else remember when Southern conservatives were invoking the Bible to justify segregation, Jim Crow and slavery? Alabama is a racist, Christianist shithole. Remember the state motto of Georgia: "It's always worse in Alabama." Or Mississsippi: "We try to be better than Alabama."

Now, on to the mocking:


Riding the carpool lane:

And this:

Now Your TV Will Give You Ads On Its Own

Walmart is buying Vizio so they can pipe ads directly to the viewers. Vizio TVs are cheaper because they directly feed ads to those who bought them.

Pro tip: If you buy a cheap big-ass TV, you are not the customer. You're the product.

If you're thinking about finding a good old 27" CRT TV, the shows nowadays are shot to be seen on big-ass LCD TVs.

You may have to spring for a non-cheap TV. Stay away from Vizio and any TV branded for a retailer. And then go research how to turn off tracking on your particular TV.

And remember this: Walmart's default settings are "evil" and "rapacious".

Caturday

A guest cat from Grey Wolf:

Friday, February 23, 2024

Yuri, You Lost Another AWACS?

Ukraine says it has downed a Russian A-50 military spy plane - the second such claim in just over a month.

The plane was hit between the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar, Ukrainian military sources said, over 200km (124 miles) from the front line.

Emergency services reportedly found plane fragments in Kanevskoy district and put out a raging fire.

The ISW reports that Russian military bloggers are claiming that the Russians accidentally shot it down, because it's somehow better for Russian morale if they say that the Russians are so incompetent as to repeatedly shoot down their most valuable and scarcest aviation assets.

Still, that serves as sort of left-handed confirmation that the Ukrainians did, in fact, blow another Russian A-50 out of the sky.

Guilty AF, NRA Ed.

WLP has to pay back $4.3 million of excess benefits. Other have to pay, as well.

I presume that there were statute of limitations issues, for WLP and his cronies grifted much, much more from the NRA.

Meanwhile, in the Hellscape Known as Florida

With a brief memo, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has subverted a public health standard that's long kept measles outbreaks under control.

On Feb. 20, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.

The Department of Health "is deferring to parents or guardians to make decisions about school attendance," wrote Ladapo, who was appointed to head the agency by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose name is listed above Ladapo's in the letterhead
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Measles is one of the most contagious diseases around, yet the medieval-grade witch-doctor who Meatball Ron appointed as surgeon general thinks it's just peachy to send unvaccinated kids into a school where there is a measels outbreak. Because, after all, only a tenth of those who contract measels will lose some or all of their hearing (0.1% will die) and that's an acceptable risk to a political douchebag who prizes ideology over science.

Elect a clown and you get a circus.

Texas Is No Place to be Pregnant

Kelsie Norris-De La Cruz tried not to cry as the doctor in the emergency room delivered one of the most frightening diagnoses a pregnant woman can receive.

The 25-year-old college senior was told she likely had an ectopic pregnancy, a highly dangerous condition where the embryo implants outside of the uterus. Without immediate treatment, the fallopian tube can rupture — and the patient can die.

The law that has prohibited abortions in Texas since Roe v. Wade was overturned now explicitly allows doctors to treat ectopic pregnancies. But when doctors at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital evaluated Norris-De La Cruz last week, they refused to terminate the pregnancy, saying there was some chance the pregnancy was still viable, Norris-De La Cruz recalled. Instead, they advised her and her mother to go home and wait, according to medical records reviewed by The Washington Post.

Norris-De La Cruz ultimately received emergency surgery about 24 hours later at a different hospital in the area, at which point her ectopic pregnancy had already started to rupture. The OB/GYN who performed the procedure said that, if Norris-De La Cruz had waited much longer, she would have been “in extreme danger of losing her life.”

If you read on in the article, you'll see that even the anti-abortion women-ating cranks who wrote the law in Texas say that she should have been allowed to terminate her pregnancy. If the cowardly doctors at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital aren't going to at least follow the law in Texas with regards to emergency abortions, then they should either switch to a different specialty or leave the state.

The bottom line is that if you are a woman of child-bearing age in Texas, you should move to a state where you are not considered to be state property.

Meanwhile, the murdering piece of dogshit who is the governor of Texas is blabbering about building a wall on the Oklahoma border to "keep out radical woke". As if that's needed, for nobody with more than a quarter of a brain these days is moving to Texas.

Remember, this is what Republicans have wrought. Don't vote for a Republican, for any job whatsoever.

Because It's Friday

Old footage of CB&Q 4960.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Odysseus Lands At Motel 6

A private U.S. lunar lander touched down on the moon Thursday, but contact with the craft was weak, company officials said.

There were no immediate updates on the lander’s condition from the company, Intuitive Machines.

Tension mounted in the company’s command center in Houston, as controllers awaited a signal from the spacecraft some 250,000 miles (400,000 kilometers) away, which arrived about 10 minutes later.

“We’re evaluating how we can refine that signal,” said mission director Tim Crain. “But we can confirm, without a doubt, that our equipment is on the surface of the moon.”

The lander, Odysseus, descended from a moon-skimming orbit and guided itself toward the surface, searching for a relatively flat spot among all the cliffs and craters near the south pole.

The old joke is that the south pole of the Moon is like Motel 6: Free ice, no atmosphere.

I don't quite get the enthusiam that people have for the Moon's potential as a base. Yes, it has 1/6th the gravity of Earth. But everything needed, except maybe water, has to be flung up to the Moon from Earth and nobody is really sure that there will be enough water to be usefu.

And even if there is, every swinging-dick of a lunar-capable nation will want a piece of it. We know how that goes here when there is a scarce resource everyone wants-- sooner or later, the guns come out.

She Is So Screwed!

Russia’s main domestic intelligence agency has arrested a woman with dual U.S. and Russian citizenship on charges of treason, accusing her of collecting money for the Ukrainian military.
...
Russia’s Federal Security Service alleges that [Ksenia] Khavana had been “proactively” raising funds for a Ukrainian organization since February 2022 — money that it says was “subsequently used to purchase tactical medicine, equipment, weapons and ammunition by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

Putin will have his pound of flesh of anyone who crosses him, whther it's a ballerina who gave a few bucks to a Ukrainian charity or a Russian pilot who defected. His forces continue to commit war crimes.

Ukraine is not done. Even though the Republican traitors and appeasers would hope they are.

(Never vote for a Republican for any office whatsoever.)

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