Words of Advice:

"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

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Trump is a Master Plagiarist

For a guy who spends so much time carping about theft of intellectual property by China, he seems to have no qualms about stealing ideas when it suits him.

His Force of Console Jockeys has released its new, original, no-shit logo.

And yes, it's pretty goddamn familiar:

Are the people in the Trump White House or the USAF/USSF so drain-bamaged that they thought nobody would notice the similarity?

(Don't answer that.)


Priss chows down:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Because It's Friday

High-speed British steam:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Is It Now "If It's a Boeing, I'm Not Going"? (Updated)

After a Boeing 737 crashed near Amsterdam more than a decade ago, the Dutch investigators focused blame on the pilots for failing to react properly when an automated system malfunctioned and caused the plane to plummet into a field, killing nine people.

The fault was hardly the crew’s alone, however. Decisions by Boeing, including risky design choices and faulty safety assessments, also contributed to the accident on the Turkish Airlines flight. But the Dutch Safety Board either excluded or played down criticisms of the manufacturer in its final report after pushback from a team of Americans that included Boeing and federal safety officials, documents and interviews show.
In the 2009 and Max accidents, for example, the failure of a single sensor caused systems to misfire, with catastrophic results, and Boeing had not provided pilots with information that could have helped them react to the malfunction. The earlier accident “represents such a sentinel event that was never taken seriously,” said Sidney Dekker, an aviation safety expert who was commissioned by the Dutch Safety Board to analyze the crash.

Dr. Dekker’s study accused Boeing of trying to deflect attention from its own “design shortcomings” and other mistakes with “hardly credible” statements that admonished pilots to be more vigilant, according to a copy reviewed by The Times.
One of the longest-running gripes of pilots is that, when there is an accident investigation, it seems that the easiest thing to do is blame the pilots. They're usually dead and they can't speak as to what happened. Manufacturer's reps on an investigation are almost always going to be biased, ever overtly on unconsciously, toward deflecting the blame away from their company.

As a result, design lessons were not learned that could have prevented the 737 Max crashes.

Air travel remains the safest way to go. But still, when booking a trip or boarding a flight, one shouldn't have to wonder whether or not the airplane has some badly-engineered system that the aircraft manufacturer knows about, the pilots don't know about and which can kill everyone.

UPDATE: Boeing's press release about "ungrounding" the 737 Max. "Ungrounding"... heh. If there's any further proof needed that Boeing's been taken over by MBAs and idiots, it's the use of the word "ungrounding".

UPDATE II: Everything sucks for Boeing.

Over the Rainbow Bridge


When she was a kitten:

Maxine had pancreatitis. It's gotten worse and she's become basically non-responsive.

She went over the Rainbow Bridge today.

Max was my friend's daughter's cat. She was a wreck, so we made the last trip.

The World is a Little Less Funny, Today

Terry Jones, a founding member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and the director of The Life of Brian, has died.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

An Open Letter to Secretary Hillary R. Clinton

Dear Madam Secretary:

I Implore you:


Very truly yours and with all my love and respect,

Comrade Misfit


When the fire trucks roll by in the neighborhood, the coyotes answer. This time, one was in the yard:

Stupid Criminal Tricks

Earlier this morning {the Suwannee County Sheriff] got word that Daniel Christopher Booth, 36 years old from MacClenny, Fl, had warrants for his arrest from Baker County for selling methamphetamine and was at work at the solar power plant on Hogan Road.

When Deputy Wadford arrived at the solar plant, Mr. Booth decided that he didn’t want to go to jail and tried make his escape and ran away.

Now we can only assume that Mr. Booth has seen one too many action movies and thought he could hide from the K9 teams from Suwannee CI and Mayo CI by hiding under the water in a pond 🤦🏻‍♂️.

He didn’t take into account he’s not a fish and had to come up for air and was quickly captured.
Yep, ya gots to come up for air sometime, Aquaman.

C'Mon, Colt. Do Better.

The new Colt Python being demonstrated at SHOT Show 2020 didn't work right.

Jeebus, guys. The issue with cylinder rotation has been known since the guns were released. How hard would it have been to check over the demo gun for it?

Yes, I still want one of the 4.25" guns. But I might tamp that down.

UPDATE: A little fluffing of an advertiser?

Really, ABC? (MLK Ed.)

Last night, in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., David Muir said that "his life was taken".

That'd be appropriate if he had died of a heart attack or in a car accident. The truth of the matter is that Dr. King was murdered. he was assassinated. Either one of those words would have been more appropriate.

However, that's not the story of the day. the Trump Administration did something right in naming a future aircraft carrier after Doris Miller. I presume that Trump had to sign off on this, but it's possible that he's been given a big fid. I would have expected that he would have made a big announcement at the monument to Dr. King during his swing by there on the way to Davos. And yes, there is something deeply ironic about Trump flying off to Davos, aka Wealthstock, on the holiday to commemorate the life of Dr. King.

Things haven't changed that much: Military justice is still an oxymoron.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Dragon Abort Test

With luck, they'll fly a manned mission to the ISS later this year.

The Irony of Trump's Drone Strike

As you may recall, Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani after an American contractor was killed in Iraq.

So who was that guy? His name was Nawres Waleed Hamid. He was a translator in Kirkuq. He was an immigrant and a Muslim, a man in two groups that Trump and his in-house Nazi routinely scapegoat.

That Trump would take a chance of going to war over the death of a man whom, if Trump had had his way, would have never set foot in this country, pegs the Irony Meter.

Your Sunday Morning Big Prop Noise

A Hawker Sea Fury with its original engine.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Idiots In Space

That's right: The Space Force wears woodland camo uniforms. Because there are a lot of trees at their control consoles, or because there are trees in space?

This is risible at best. The Space Force, other than those who are working at a launch site, are all doing jobs that they could do dressed up like Mrs. Maisel:


Baby it's cold outside!

Friday, January 17, 2020

As Long As the Infected Don't Die and Then Start Looking for Brains to Eat.

There is a new "mystery virus" in China.
The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC.

There have been 41 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700.

Two people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.
In You may recall that in World War Z, the virus that begat the zombies arose in China.

But if they are zombies, remember, headshots, people.

Clumsy Lying

Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded in Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq’s al-Asad air base. This week, they were medically evacuated to U.S. military hospitals in Kuwait and Landstuhl, Germany, to be treated for traumatic brain injury and to undergo further evaluation, several U.S. defense and military officials have confirmed to Defense One.

Senior military and Trump administration officials had said on Jan. 8 that 11 Iranian missiles had caused “no casualties, no friendly casualties, whether they are U.S., coalition, contractor, et cetera.”
Either TBI is still not considered to be an injury by the Pentagon, or they are lying.

Place your bets on which.

But since the Pentagon has a track record of lying, YMMV.

Because It's Friday

Gotta love the Brits!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Christian Taliban Wants to Lock Up Librarians

A bill proposed in Missouri this month represents a transparent, shameful attempt to legalize book banning in public libraries within the state, PEN America said today.

The bill — the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act or House Bill 2044 — aims to add several provisions to the state’s funding law for public libraries. These new provisions establish “parental library review boards” that would evaluate whether any library materials constitute “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Members of these five-member boards, who would be elected at a town meeting by a simple majority of voters, are empowered to determine whether material is appropriate, including by evaluating its literary merit. Public librarians are explicitly barred by the statute from serving on such review boards, even if they are from the community
Because you just know that it will be the local members of the Christian Taliban who will run for those positions and then they'll ban all of the books that they deem to be "unfit".

Books such as Huckleberry Finn, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series and 1984, for instance.

What kids can and cannot read is a matter for the parents of the kids themselves. There doesn't need to be a bunch of religious zealots exercising their twisted notions of control over everyone else.

It's bad enough that those asswipes have control over what we see on broadcast TV.

Can We Now Arrest McConnell and Miss Lindsey for Perjury?

The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.
From both of their statements in the weeks leading up to the impeachment hearing, they have made up their minds and they have zero intention of obeying their oaths.

Fat chance that'll happen.

Donald J. Trump, lawbreaker.
The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday.
Apparently Trump has hired one of the attorneys that got OJ off for killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend (and who helped Jeffry Epstein avoid serious jail time).