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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gunnie Stuff

The newest resident at Chez Misfit:


That's a S&W Model 15-2, which, before they went to model numbers, was dubbed "the Combat Masterpiece".

The grips are not original and there are screwholes in the bottom for what was possibly an agency or company inventory tag. The bluing was probably touched up along the barrel. So it's not a collector's piece.

But it is in fine mechanical condition. The timing is very good, everything aligns as it should and there is no appreciable endshake. The bore is bright and everything under the sideplate looks as it should.

Cost? Let's just say that I've seen rattier Model 10s sell for more. I bought it via an online auction, so there were additional transfer charges (the banners ignore that the transactions have to go through FFLs and the backgroun checks get done). People who normally surf that section had to have been asleep at the switch, for I expected it to go for more than I was willing to bid.

But it didn't.

Range report when I'm up to it. Which isn't now. This bug is hanging on.

Caturday

Shmoozing with visitors is so exhausting for a shelter cat.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Welcome to The Greybar Hotel, Assholes

Three men were charged with attempted homicide after they argued with a group of people protesting a white nationalist’s speech in Gainesville, Fla., and fired a shot at them, police said Friday.
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[Asshole the First] fired a single shot that missed the people, police said, and hit a nearby building.
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[Asshole the First], [Asshole the Second] and [Asshole the Third] were charged with attempted homicide and are in the Alachua County Jail. [Asshole the First] faces additional charges for possession of a firearm by a felon.

[Asshole the First] admitted that he was the shooter, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s arrest report.
Being a felon in possession of a firearm could be some long Federal time, if the Feds bestir themselves. Asshole-1 might even prefer that, as the Florida state prison system isn't supposed to be one of the nicer one.

Being a felon, carrying a gun and popping off a round in a public place ranks really high up on the Stupidity Scale.

Because It's Friday

Sou'frican Garretts:


The Garrett style of locomotive never caught on in North America.

Vast Wasteland; Internet Ed.

I have been out sick for part of this week. So I have been binge watching Bosch on Amazon Prime.

Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Trump and Tax Cuts for the Rich

My uninformed guess is that if Trump ever signs a tax cut bill into law, that will be the beginning of the end of his presidency. The GOP will find a way to persuade him to depart because, as of right now, he's a lighting rod and he's interesting people to turn up to vote in next year's elections.

When people are motivated to turn out for an election in an off-year, it is rarely good news for the incumbent.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Steve Mnuchin is an Imbecile

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says in a new interview that it is "very hard" to avoid cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans when engineering tax cuts for the middle class.

In a Politico podcast released Wednesday, Mnuchin said avoiding a tax cut for wealthy Americans was impossible, due to how much the rich pay in taxes.

“The top 20 percent of the people pay 95 percent of the taxes. The top 10 percent of the people pay 81 percent of the taxes,” Mnuchin told Politico. “So when you’re cutting taxes across the board, it’s very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy with tax cuts to the middle class.
Then don't cut taxes "across the board", you syphilitic git.

The only two reasons to propose an across-the-board tax cut is because he's either a lazy and stupid fool or because cutting taxes to the rich is the whole point of the game.

But that's the entire point of the Trump Oligarchy: To shift the costs of government onto those least able to pay. And to preserve the dynastic transfer of wealth via the Lucky Sperm Lotto.

Trump to Soldier's Family: "Your Husband, Whatzizname, Knew the Job Was Dangerous When He Took It."

The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger said Wednesday that President* Trump disrespected her family during a call with the man’s widow by saying the soldier “knew what he signed up for.”

President Trump denied he said those words to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s wife during a Tuesday phone call and escalated his dispute with Representative Frederica Wilson, Democrat of Florida, who first described the exchange on Tuesday.

Speaking before a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Trump said, “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a wonderful woman.” He also asserted, “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all, she knows it.”

Yet when asked about Ms. Wilson’s account of the call on Wednesday, Mr. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, backed the congresswoman’s version. “Yes, he did state that comment,” Ms. Jones-Johnson said.
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Ms. Wilson said that during the call, the president told Ms. Johnson “something to the fact that he knew what he was getting into when he signed up,” the congresswoman said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

“But that’s not the worst part,” Ms. Wilson said. “She was crying the whole time and when she hung up the phone she looked at me and said ‘he didn’t even remember his name.’ That’s the hurting part.”
Trump is such a narcissistic sociopath that he can't even fake caring about another person. To believe Trump's version of events, you'd have to believe that Trump isn't a liar. And since the evidence is massive that Trump only tells the truth on days that don't end in the letter "y", then it's a safe bet that he's lying about this, as well.

Languages

A phrase in one language can associate differently in another.

For instance, in French, "ma petitie aime" means "my girlfriend"

In American English:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

While normally I'd have something to say about Trump's appointee to the FCC subtly lecturing Trump about the First Amendment, the fact of the matter is that I'm not up to it at the moment.


Be kind to one another.

I'll be back.

Monday, October 16, 2017

"As G-d is My Witness...."

To some it’s an Ozark Mountain Mardi Gras that includes live turkeys being dropped from a low-flying plane to an eager crowd below. To others, it’s just animal abuse.

The 72nd Yellville Turkey Trot opened Friday with questions over whether the turkey drop portion would continue. The Chamber of Commerce for the small northern Arkansas city has distanced itself from the tradition it once endorsed and is hoping a “phantom pilot” won’t fly over this weekend. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from emailing the chamber about doing more to protect the birds.
But you know, of course, it was going to happen.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend.
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The FAA said Monday it was aware of Saturday’s drop. The agency hasn’t intervened in past years because the birds aren’t considered projectiles.
In case you didn't get the title reference.

Murder Will Out

Heather Coggins was 6 years old when her Uncle Tim was killed in what police say was a vicious, racially motivated murder in the tiny hamlet of Sunny Side, Georgia.
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On Friday, authorities arrested five people -- two of them law enforcement officers charged with obstruction -- in Timothy Coggins' death, closing the cold case almost 34 years to the day after he was "brutally murdered and his body abandoned," Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said.
Bravo.

I'm old enough to remember the days when cops in much of Dixie would not have regarded that as much of a crime and, if they had, the juries would not convict.

It's good to see that things change in that regard.

No Doubt That John Gotti Felt the Same Way When He Was Investigated.

Trump said that he wants the Russia probe to end.

Well, no fucking shit.

Trump Lies Stupidly

President* Trump on Monday claimed former President Obama and other past presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers.

Trump made the remark after being asked about the four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger last week.
That is such a stupid thing to lie about, and one that can be so easily called out.

George W. Bush, in particular, spent a lot of time visiting the wounded. As far as I know, Bush was smart enough not to offer congratulations to a soldier to whom he had awarded the Purple Heart.

Unlike Donald Trump, Boor-in-Chief.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

I saw it this afternoon.

It could have been a good movie, if they had not let their taste for designing sets that are as subtle as using a 16lb maul to drive nails. A lot of doctoring could have easily cut 30 to 45 minutes from the movie without harming a hair on the story line.

For the sound alone, somebody should never work again. The sound levels went from "conversational" to "permanent ear damage". I keep a set of corded earplugs in my purse; I was popping them in and out all during the movie.

If you are going to see this one, I suggest that you see it in a manner where you have access to a fast-forward button.

Riot Act; Reading

To everyone involved in the comment kerfuffle in the "Casual Ignorance of Trump" post:

I was not able to pay attention to things for about 24 hours. In that time, things got out of hand.

If you were one of the players in that fight, if you haven't received and email from me and you'd like to, then scroll down to the bottom right, grab my email and send one.

This is not a blog where I scrub comments based on ideology. With a few limited exceptions, everyone is welcome to comment. I don't moderate comments.

However, I insist that everyone who comments treat everyone else who comments with respect for others as people. Treat people as adults. In other words, follow the Jewish version of the Golden Rule: Do not do unto others that which is hateful to yourself.

Play nice here, people. If you don't want to abide by that, then either feel free to go to your echo-chamber of choice or I will go to full moderation to control those who cannot control themselves. In short, it's up to you which way it goes.

EMB.

Your Sunday Morning Whatever Noise

Oddities on the Mach Loop.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Caturday

"Ma, again with the camera?"

Friday, October 13, 2017

For a Change of Pace

The Casual Ignorance of Donald Trump

Neither Trump nor his Energy Secretary (Rick "I look smarter with glasses" Perry) know that the U.S. Virgin Islands are American territory.

One has to wonder how far into the pools of ignorance Trump has to take the government before the Republicans realize that they are being indelibly stained by Trump as The Party of Stupid.

White Privilege; Terrorist Edition

Some asswipe tried to walk into the airport in Asheville, NC with an ANFO nail bomb. He dropped the bag and fled, but was caught later.

So, why didn't you read about an attempted terrorist attack on an American airport, you wonder?

This is the asswipe:


You can make your own supposition as to why this story hasn't blown up on places like Fox News, not to mention the rest of the news media.

Because It's Friday

Note that the Johnson Bar isn't all the way forward.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Assumes Facts Not in Evidence"-- Trump Ed

One of Trump's oldest friends, Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., has been dismayed by what Trump has been doing:
Barrack, in interviews with The Washington Post, said he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by some of the president’s rhetoric and inflammatory tweets. He disagrees with some of Trump’s proposals, including his efforts to ban immigrants from certain Muslim countries and his push for a border wall with Mexico. He wonders why his longtime friend spends so much of his time appealing to the fringes of American politics.

“He thinks he has to be loyal to his base,” Barrack said. “I keep on saying, ‘But who is your base? You don’t have a natural base. Your base now is the world and America, so you have all these constituencies; show them who you really are.’ In my opinion, he’s better than this.”
I don't see any evidence to support that. Trump has been pandering to his Nazi base all along. He's also going full-on racist in that he's threatening to cut off help to Puerto Rico, but he's made no such threats to Texas or Florida.

Trump's been presidenting like a spoiled toddler. His operating principle has been to find everything that his predecessor was for and then reflexively go the other way, without a bit of thought or consideration as to the merits.


It's at the point, now, that if Obama had set up a task force to crack down on child prostitution, Trump would sign an executive order making prostitution mandatory for middle-school students.

White House IQ Testing

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an I.Q.-test tournament devised by Donald Trump to determine the smartest person in his Administration, Trump suffered a humiliating defeat on Tuesday, getting knocked out in the first round by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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Trump’s son Eric did not participate in the tournament. “That would have been cruel,” the source said.

A Quick Lesson in the Electoral System for Conservatives

Senators represent their states. Congressmen represent their districts. They do not represent your particular ideology.
An influential array of ultra-conservative leaders is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign, calling him a “failure” who “has cost Republicans almost a year of victories.”
McConnell is sort of signaling that they can go fuck themselves.

What those imbeciles on the Right are ignoring is that McConnell spent many years sabotaging Obama's agenda and now the Democrats have turned the tables. The Batshit-Wingnuts want McConnell to scrap the tools that he used so effectively. Which McConnell won't do because he knows that the worm always turns. If he scraps the tools of obstruction, then the day will come when the Democrats have control and the GOP won't be able to do anything to slow things down.

Being able to slow shit down in the Senate is exactly what the Founders intended. The ultra-right isn't "conservative", they're fascists. They have no loyalty to the Constitution (which, by the way, is the one thing that sitting presidents, senators and congressmen are sworn to defend).

Just like the Old Toddler who is sitting in the Oval Office, who knows as much about the Constitution as your average long-eared equine draft animal.

Why Trump is Really Mad at the NFL

The teams have not staying at the Trump Dumps:Until recently, the Trump SoHo hotel served as a kind of luxe clubhouse for NBA teams visiting New York.

At least 12 teams — more than a third of the league — had stayed there since it opened in 2010. ... All but one of the 12 teams said they have stopped patronizing the Trump SoHo since Donald Trump launched his presidential bid in 2015, according to team officials. ... In all, The Post found that 17 teams from across the four major sports had stayed at Trump properties in recent years. Now, at least 16 are no longer customers.
Money talks.

Musings on Columbus Day

(Since today is the real Columbus Day)

First off, I'd like to make the point that, no matter how people bash Christopher Columbus, it is nonetheless true that if not for Columbus, it would have been somebody else to land in the Western Hemisphere and stay there.

The Vikings came early in the Eleventh Century and possibly Chinese Admiral Zheng did in the early Fifteenth. The Vikings did not have the technology for crossing the ocean in large numbers, nor did they have the weapons necessary to defeat a larger foe. The Chinese have not traditionally been maritime powers. But the Europeans were and had been for centuries.

By the end of the Fifteenth Century, the Europeans had far better and larger ships as well as better weaponry. If Columbus had not made the trek, others would have. There was knowledge of the rich fisheries in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Whether to set up fish-processing colonies or look for treasure, the Europeans were going to come to the Western Hemisphere.

The two hemispheres had been separate for thousands of years. The people in one hemisphere were immunologically unfamiliar with the diseases of the other. The Western people gave the Easterners syphilis. The Easterners gave the Westerners smallpox. The exchange was largely accidental, at least at first. The fatality rate in some areas, whether from smallpox or from the collateral effects depopulated much of the Western Hemisphere, with population reductions of 90% or more. The population that remained was not large enough to fight off the European invasions.

At least of large numbers of Europeans. Things might have been different in the local tribes had diligently wiped out the European settlements once the initial transport ships had sailed back to Europe. Once the Europeans had gained a foothold, the game was effectively over. For it would be a few more centuries before the "civilized world" rejected the right of conquest.[1] Back then, the rule was that if you could take land from another nation and hold it, it was yours. Some areas changed hands a lot.

So it could be argued that the Euros did unto the Native Peoples what they repeatedly did unto each other. To paraphrase Jack Vance in "The Grey Prince", control of a country or region derived from a war, no matter how remote in time, and control of that territory depended on the willingness of the authorities and the people to defend it by force. The moanings of those defeated were futile.
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[1] Kellogg-Briand Pact. Which is why many nations do not formally recognize Chinese control of Tibet or Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Cal Fires

From an email from a relative who likely doesn't live terribly far from a regular reader/commentator of this blog:
You should see it around here, it looks like it’s snowing. We have ash falling and the air quality is incredibly bad. I’ve been having asthma attacks (have never had them before). Walking to work this morning (going in late) but wearing a mask. It’s a fucking mess.
I've come to the conclusion that no matter where you live, at one time or another, it sucks to be there.

"I'm So Smart!" -- Donald Trump

As you probably know, Trump tells people, over and over, that he's smart.

I have my doubts, but in this case, it's because Trump keeps claiming to be smart. Truly intelligent people don't go around telling everyone else how smart they are. Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and Richard Feynman didn't go around telling people "you ought to listen to me because I'm smart." You don't hear Stephen Hawking saying "I'm the smartest guy you'll ever meet."

That's pretty much true in almost every field, from astrophysics to gunfighting: The best don't need to brag about it. Those that do brag about it, aren't.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Campaign Donations Can Smooth Out a Lot of Legal Problems

It happens. Make a large enough campaign contribution and it's amazing what sort of troubles disappear.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. tends to give rich and powerful people a break from prosecution — particularly if they or people close to them have donated to his election campaign.

That’s the takeaway from multiple press scoops in October, revealing that Vance turned down chances to prosecute Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, and Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. for fraud and larceny. In each case, reports suggest Vance and his assistant district attorneys had compelling evidence, including a recording of Weinstein admitting to the assault in question.

Vance, and his representatives, insists that his reasons for abandoning the cases are valid and have nothing at all to do with lawyers for Weinstein and the Trumps giving him significant campaign contributions.
But sell a vial of crack to an undercover cop and you'll do a boatload of time. Because, well, you know why.

Trump Channels His Inner Dictator (And He is Also a Fucking Moron)

President* Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that NBC’s broadcast license should be pulled as punishment after NBC News published a report stating that the president sought a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, equating the two TV news outlets he has most often lashed out against. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”
"Bad for country"? Criticizing Trump is bad for the country? He isn't the fucking country.

First off, I'm extremely confident that Trump said that he wanted a ten-fold increase in the amount of nuclear weapons. It's just the sort of off-the-cuff stupid shit that he says.

Second, he has no understanding of how television stations are licensed. Anyone with an ounce of knowledge in the field knows that the individual stations have broadcast licenses. There is no "network broadcasting license". The network company can own stations, but those stations are still individually licensed.

Third, this is yet another Trump Attack on American Freedom. If he doesn't respect the First Amendment, can you be confident that he'd respect anything else in the Constitution?

The only good thing, of course, is that Trump is such an incompetent putz at governing that he's effectively a legislative eunuch. He can't get shit done, because he can't function in an environment where he has to work with equal partners. Trump's stock in trade is flaunting his wealth and bullying; neither of which is effective when it comes to dealing with Congress. Plus, by now, everyone knows that Trump's promises are worth as much as Major Strasser's.[1]

Trump's main talent, as president, has been in alienating political allies at home and turning international allies into potential adversaries. It has become abundantly clear to everyone, other than Trump himself, that he has ended the period of time in which the United States was viewed as the leader of the Free World.
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[1] Major Strasser: After this disturbance it is not safe for Laszlo to stay in Casablanca
Ilsa Lund: This morning you implied it wasn't safe to leave Casablanca.
Major Strasser: That is also true, except for one destination: occupied France.
Ilsa Lund: Occupied France?
Major Strasser: Under safe conduct from me.
Ilsa Lund quote: Of what value is that? You may recall what German guarantees have been worth in the past.

Cal Fires

This is a screenshot of the current California fire map:


170,000 acres have burned. That's akin to burning the entirely of El Paso to the ground. Or both Las Vegas and Detroit.

If you live anywhere in fire country, you might want to have your car/truck already packed with essential items. If the fires come your way, you're not going to have time to grab much. Some folks reported that they had about 30 seconds notice to unass their homes. There's nothing one can really grab on the way out with that little amount of time.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Don't Worry, Nutmeggers, He'll Go Back to Prison Again

John G. Rowland still knows how to work the system — even as inmate No. 15623-014.

The former Connecticut governor and twice-convicted felon is set to be released early from a minimum security prison camp in Pennsylvania, 19 months into a 30-month sentence for campaign fraud, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long confirmed that Rowland’s release date has been moved up to May 27, 2018, but said he could not comment further on the specifics of the case because of privacy laws.
Rowland seems to be congenitally unable to conform his behavior to the demands of the law when it comes to anything political. You'd think that after a year in the joint, that a somewhat-rational person would vow to adhere to the center of the road and not test the boundaries. But that's not Rowland, which is why his stupid ass was sent back in prison for another stretch.

He'll be back there again in a few years. You probably can safely bet on it.

What LBJ Said About Jerry Ford Applies to Mike Ditka

Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka said on Monday that he doesn’t believe there has been oppression in the United States “in the last 100 years”.

The 77-year-old Ditka made the remarks during an interview on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show when asked about the ongoing wave of NFL players opting to sit or kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest social injustice in America.

“All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” Ditka said. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. ... If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything.”
Really. So Brown v. Board of Education the many civil rights acts and subsequent court rulings, all of those were fucking window dressing?

Or the difference between what happens when a white man and a black man legally open carry?

How many times did white kids need police escorts to go to school?


How many times did the cops permit gatherings to illegally hang white men? Damn few.



That image was on postcards. Presumably they were mailed to other people.

Has Ditka forgotten about segregation? He's old enough that it was in the news back when he was old enough to read.




It just boggles the mind that Ditka is so clueless about American history to say that there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.

Why Electric Cars Are Coming

The Chinese government has decreed it.
There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles — and that reason is China.

Propelled by vast amounts of government money and visions of dominating next-generation technologies, China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. That is forcing automakers from Detroit to Yokohama and Seoul to Stuttgart to pick up the pace of transformation or risk being left behind in the world’s largest car market.

Beijing has already called for one out of every five cars sold in China to run on alternative fuel by 2025. Last month, China issued new rules that would require the world’s carmakers to sell more alternative-energy cars here if they wanted to continue selling regular ones. A Chinese official recently said the country would eventually do away with the internal combustion engine in new cars.
If you've bought a new car in the last fifteen years or more, you may have noticed a sticker in the side rear window that proclaims that the car is a "ZEV" or "PZEV" vehicle. That's a program of the California Air Aesources Board-- if the automakers want to sell cars in that state, they have to meet CARB standards. Between California and other states that have piggybacked on CARB's rules, it eventually gets to the point that it's simpler to make the cars all that way.

And so it'll go, eventually, with cars that are environmentally compliant with Chinese rules being sold worldwide.

Today, So Far


And that's just in my life, since I woke up this morning.

That's before even considering whatever is in the news today.

Monday, October 9, 2017

In This Case, the "mr." in "Mr President" Doesn't Stand for "Mister".

Donald Trump has a grandiose view of himself and his centrality to, well, everything.

He is the first mover. He comes up with things. Like the idea of putting the words "fake" and "news" together.

"The media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all terms I've come up with, is 'fake,'" Trump told Mike Huckabee in an interview for the two-time Republican presidential candidate's new show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. "I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years but I've never noticed it. And it's a shame. And they really hurt the country. Because they take away the spirit of the country."
The word "fake has been around for centuries and the term "fake news" is at least a century old.

Next up, Trump will claim to have invented the telegraph, the steam engine and the cure for polio.

OJ's Date Night

His first date out of the joint:

What is Trump's Game?

I am asking that with all seriousness. What is he trying to do?

I don't think he realizes that sitting U.S. senators are not the sort of people that a president can easily bully. Especially when the president's party has a two-vote margin in the Senate. Especially when the senator that Trump is trying to bully is both in a powerful position and is not running for re-election.
Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President* Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”
If you read through the rest of the article, you'll get the impression that Trump is little more than a toddler with a gun: His staff has to talk him down before he does something stupid. And this, mind you, is coming from a Republican with close ties to the much of the senior executive branch appointees

Legislatively, Sen. Corker is in a pretty good position to fuck with Trump, if he chooses to. And it would seem to me that he's signaling that he's going to so choose. Corker is not the only senator that Trump has gone out of his way to antagonize.

The proof is in the legislative pudding. What, legislatively, has Trump been able to accomplish? As much as he bitches and moans about the filibuster, he can't even reach 50 on legislative senate votes that only require a simple majority. He doesn't negotiate deals or exchange favors, all he does is try to bully people. It's not working. Even negotiating, at this date, probably won't work, as everyone in Washington knows that Trump's word is worthless. He simply doesn't know how the presidency works. Neither do his close supporters.

So why does Trump seemingly go out of his way to make enemies? Why does he antagonize the people that he can't buy off or fire? Why does he persist in pissing off the people that he needs to have on his side if he's going to accomplish anything that can't be done by a rule change or an executive order?

Why does he pick fights with senators and with other people who are in places where they can nudge the needle on public opinion? Trumplethinskin doesn't seem to understand that the equal-time doctrine doesn't apply to comedians and entertainers.[1]

It's getting to the point that the senators and congressmen are going to start saying, out loud and before microphones, the things that they are saying in private: Trump is out of control. Trump is nuts. Trump is not fit to be president.

The hard thing will be for them to stop being "good little Germans Americans" and work up the stones to actually then do something about it. But they had better do it before Trump sinks the GOP as well as the rest of the nation. For it is becoming clear that he is indeed capable of ordering a nuclear war if his ego is sufficiently wounded.
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[1] The point that Trump is ignoring is that the late-night hosts' comments on Trump have been hugely popular with the viewers. Jimmy Kimmel topped the ratings ratings when he went after the latest iteration of TrumpNoCare. Stephen Colbert has been doing well in the demographic that the advertisers want to reach.

P-51D Pirep

A slight break form the political noise: Here's a P-51 pilot report.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Unlicensed Adult Day Care Facility in D.C.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker referred to the Trump White House as "an adult day care facility."

At this point, about 75% of the country would agree with that assessment.

Meanwhile, Mike Pence, who has taken over as the World's Oldest Hitler Youth,went to a football game for the express purpose of being offended and indignantly walking out, a Trump-mandated stunt that cost the taxpayers about a quarter of a million dollars. Anybody who didn't know that this was going to happen has mush for brains.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Southwest Airlines 737-200s and their first -300:


The -200s are long gone. The -300s are done, too.

Fun fact, while SWA has been known as being a 737 operator, there have been exceptions to that rule:


They also got a bunch of DC-9s/MD-Whatevers when they bought Air Tran, but I have not heard that SWA ever painted any of those airplane in their livery. They apparently paid Delta to take them.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Trump, Bannon and the Nazis

It seems to be more and more apparent that Bannon isn't just your garden-variety bigot, he's a full-on Nazi.

I guess it's pretty clear why Trump is more offended by black athletes protesting than he is about Nazis killing people. You can speculate on the Level V Shitstorm that would be going on right now if the Asswipe of Las Vegas was Muslim or black.

By the way, how's that for an example of white male Christian privilege: You can go out and kill sixty or so people and nobody questions your ethnicity or faith and nobody even hints at paying attention to other people who look like you or believe as you do. Hell, you can even be somewhat tied to radical white groups and is there any hint of a crackdown on them? Nope. You can take over a government building, trash it, point guns at government workers and you'll walk, free and clear. Nobody will ask what church you attended or what your pastor knew and when did he know it. Nobody will want to know the content of your pastor's sermons. On the other hand, if you're a Muslim or black and you mumble about "doing something" within earshot of a FBI snitch, you'll go to prison for thirty years and the Feebies will be seeding snitches into your house of worship.

Funny, also, how Bannon and the Nazis are fine with embracing a man who thinks that pedophilia is an OK thing.

I should snark about this, but I'm more saddened by the fact that Trump cannot comprehend that somebody can do things to help other people. In Trump's universe, the only reason for doing anything is to make a buck at it. That he apparently had to be stopped from throwing cans of chicken into a crowd, well, that's what one would have expected from the World's Oldest Toddler.

Satire v. Reality in the Trumpist Age

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos offered a spirited defense of her boss’s intelligence on Friday, bluntly asking reporters, “Would a moron hire me?”

“My intelligence can be very intimidating,” DeVos said. “And if Donald Trump was a moron, he would not want to be around people who are intelligenter than him.”
It's getting harder to see the dividing line.

Caturday

Grumpy shelter cat:


She either was about to have some heavy-duty dental work or she recently had it. Either way, she wasn't a happy scooter.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trump's Memory Hole, and More

FEMA is scrubbing anything that makes Trump look bad:
Key details about the availability of electricity and water in Puerto Rico as they continue to recover in the wake of Hurricane Maria have been scrubbed from the FEMA website where more positive statistics on federal response still remain.
At this point, only a fool would believe anything that comes out the Trump Administration.

UPDATE: The stats are back. But Trump still thinks he's doing well, since he's only heard from sycophants.
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This is like hiring OJ to run a domestic violence shelter:
President* Trump on Thursday nominated Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Just Another Coal Whore who believes that clean air and water are so overrated. If they had their way, they'd mandate the reinstallation of residential coal furnaces. Next up will be putting lead back into motor fuel and oil-based paints.

At this point, they might was well change the name to the Environmental Pollution Agency.
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You might recall how Trump's been loudly taking credit for job increases since before he was inaugurated. So it'll be interesting to see how Herr Trumfenprahlhans spins this one: The economy lost 33,000 jobs last month.
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From the MAGA files:
Just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President* Donald Trump that included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists. That’s a 10-point drop since June, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The decline in optimism about the nation’s trajectory is particularly pronounced among Republicans. In June, 60 percent of Republicans said the country was headed in the right direction; now it’s just 44 percent.

Our Moron-in-Chief Hints at a New War

While taking photos alongside military leaders and their spouses before a dinner at the White House, President Donald Trump made an ambiguous statement, citing "the calm before the storm."

"You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," Trump said at the photo op Thursday night, following a meeting with his top military commanders.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the Playbook for Embattled Caudillos: When in trouble at home, start a war with somebody else. That's what the Argentine Junta did, thirty-five years ago. The signs are that the Russia investigation is closing in on Trump, so he'll go shed blood and treasure in order to retain his small-fingered grip on power.

Suicide Squad; Dolt-45 Ed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to lay to rest longstanding speculation about his impending departure from the State Department on Wednesday in an impromptu address that derided recent media coverage as "erroneous."
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One US official expressed confidence in Tillerson's status due to a so-called "suicide pact" forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson, whereby all three cabinet secretaries vow to leave in the event that the president makes moves against one of them.
I don't put too much stock in this report. Primarily because Mnuchin is an ex-Goldman Sachs guy and one of the folks who profited greatly from kicking people out of their homes at the start of the Great Recession.

He might was well have "WEASEL" tattooed in block letters across his forehead. Or "POND SCUM".[1]
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[1] Neither species, thankfully, can sue for defamation.

And He's Gone

The Pennsylvania pro-life congressman who urged his mistress to get an abortion has quit, effective immediately.

Because It's Friday

Soo Line 1003:

His Fastball Isn't Much, But He Throws a Great Sinker

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pro-Lifers Change Their Tune When It's Their Kid They Don't Want
(Plus Some Tab-Clearance)

A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office's public account.

"And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options," Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.
This is so typical of the Christian Talibanistas that it's almost not worth the pixels to point out the hypocrisy.
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On another note, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proclaimed in a meeting that his boss, President* Trump, is a moron.

I don't think I need to say any more about that.
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No shock about this:
Renate Langer, a 61-year-old former German actress, has reported to the Swiss police that the film director Roman Polanski raped her at a house in Gstaad in February 1972, when she was 15.

Ms. Langer is the fourth woman to publicly accuse Mr. Polanski of sexual assaulting her when she was a teenager.
Rapists rarely stop at one victim, unless they're caught the first time out. Famous dudes seem to be able to convince themselves that they're bestowing an honor on their victims by "choosing" to have sex with them.

Trump Pats Himself On the Back, Again

The sadly predictable thing about Donald Trump, other than the point that he only recently learned that Puerto Rico is "an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water" is that he will vigorously pat himself on the back at every conceivable opportunity.

He's not the first politician to see himself as the belle of every ball, the star of every show and the corpse at every funeral, but he elevates that sort of narcissism to new heights.

Plus, he apparently can't tell the difference between the Air Force and the Coast Guard. And he thinks that a stealth fighter is optically invisible.
“So amazing,” Trump continued, “that we’re ordering hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of new airplanes for the Air Force, especially the F-35. Do you like the F-35?”

The Air Force rep complimented the “game-changing technology” of the F-35 fighter jet, spurring Trump to announce, “You can’t see it. Literally, you can’t see it. So it’s hard to fight a plane that you can’t see, right?”
That is a jaw-droppingly stupid thing to say. Only Trump could make one yearn for the intellectual rigor of George W. Bush. (OK, so can about half of his cabinet officers.)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sometimes, It's Better to Keep Your Mouth Shut and be Believed to be a Raving Lunatic, Than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.

Bill O'Reilly weighed in on the Sunday night attack in Las Vegas, calling the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history "the price of freedom" in a message posted to his official site Monday.

In the note, O'Reilly said that gun control regulations "will not stop psychopaths from harming people."

He added, "Public safety demands logical gun laws but the issue is so polarizing and emotional that little will be accomplished as there is no common ground."
Jeebus. Timing, Bill, timing.

On the other side of the coin, saying "Clinton would have won if only non-gun owners voted" this has to be one of the stupidest things around. If only libertarians had voted, Jill Stein would have won. If only owners of coal mines had voted... you get the picture.

I'm not going to plow the same ground that I did a few years back. Go read this posts, #1, #2, #3, and #4, if you want.

A Really Good Gauge of Financial Fuckery; Vampire Squid Ed.

You can be pretty sure that something is financially evil when Goldman Sachs is getting into it:
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is exploring how it could help clients trade bitcoin and other digital currencies, according to a person briefed on the plan.

The New York-based bank is in talks with cryptocurrency experts but hasn’t yet formulated a business plan, a timetable for implementation or made any bitcoin-related investments, according to the person who asked not to be identified talking about internal deliberations.
Their clients may end up taking a bath, but the Evil Vampire Squid will make money on both sides of the deal. That you can take to the bank.

RC Grift

One thing that is becoming more and more predictable is that of all the "helping" organizations, the one that seems to collect the most money and does the least is the Red Cross. It was true in Texas, where the focus of the RC's HMFIC was how much the RC could make in donations.

You might want to find another charity to receive your donations.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Shorter Trump: "Sorry About the Hurricanes. Here's a Golfing Trophy."

President* Trump on Sunday dedicated a golf trophy to the victims of recent powerful hurricanes that tore through Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, all the while defending the government's response to the disasters.
"Clueless" doesn't even begin to cover the ground for Trump. I do have to hand it to him, he's making Chimpy and "Heckuvajob Brownie" look good in comparison.

Interesting Thought About Vegas

This is not my idea:
Most mass shooters, at least of recent vintage, are of the "up close and personal" kind. Whether they are using handguns or long guns, they are close enough to see their victims fall. Besides going out in a blaze of infamy, they seem to want to see the carnage that they are wreaking.

But here? How would he know his score? How would he know if he hit fifty people or five hundred? Night time, from several hundred yards away, it'd be like squirting a hose and wanting to know what blades of grass got wet.

So you lure some schlub to Vegas on a free gambling junket. Get him in the room and set him up to be the fall guy. You'll have several minutes to do what you are going to do, then get out and let them find the dead "shooter.
I can think of a few things wrong with that, especially if the weapons are traced to the dead schlub. But that's surmountable.

What may not be is that there are probably cameras everywhere in those hotels, including in the hallways and the elevators. Ray Rice got caught beating his wife on a camera in a casino elevator.

Still might make for some great conspiracy buff shit.

The Asswipe of Vegas

Some asswipe shot up a country music concert in Las Vegas last night.

(Photo of the Asswipe)

(Part of the "some asshole initiative")

There's a lot we don't know about this.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trigger-Pullers Got Drama

I can't say that I'm impressed by the new CBS show SEAL Team. You got your senior enlisted guy who really runs things, the junior officer guy who thinks that he does, the junior enlisted guy who won't do what he's fucking told, the dysfunctional family back home and so on.

I'll probably watch one or two more episodes, but so far... meh.

The show is probably more aimed at winning the Battle of the Budget, in that having a prime-time show may make it harder for the politicians to take a gimlet eye at the budget requests from the real SEALs.

The Worst Thing That a Public Official Can Do Is to Not Praise The Donald

Mayor Cruz of San Jan made a plea for help, which resulted in a Trumpian Grade A Tweetstorm, in which Trump pretty much implied that Puerto Ricans are nothing more a bunch of lazy spics.

The Mayor was having none of it.
San Juan’s mayor said there’s “no time for politics” in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, hours after getting blasted by President Donald Trump on Twitter.

“I have only one goal, and it is saving lives,” Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city, said in an interview with Bloomberg. “I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that. There should be no distractions. There’s no time for anything else.”

Earlier on Saturday, Trump said on Twitter that Cruz and others in Puerto Rico had displayed “such poor leadership ability” in being “not able to get their workers to help.”

“They want everything to be done for them,” Trump said. He also suggested that Cruz had been told to criticize the president by “the Democrats” after earlier praising the relief efforts.
Yep. Say anything critical of Trump and you get a tweet-storm of insults.

Puerto Rico's electrical grid and telephone networks were demolished. Which means that people can't use the internet or make calls. But if they need to apply for help from FEMA, guess how that has to be done.

Puerto Rico was hit by two Cat 4/5 hurricanes in short order. Even a place with the best infrastructure would be demolished by such a double-tap. Puerto Rico, like a lot of places, had problems. Whether governmental or private, utilities always seem to skimp on the maintenance that would make them more resilient.

If you live in an area where trees grow, go around some time and pay attention to the trees growing near utility lines. Are the limbs growing through the lines? Are there very old trees that are not in good health right next to the lines? If any of that is true, then a strong storm, be it a thunderstorm, a blizzard or a hurricane, will bring the lines down. A blizzard or even a tropical storm can result in people not having power for a week or more. Two major hurricanes, nearly back-to-back, wreak devastation.

Such devastation isn't repairable by a bunch of snarky tweets from the World's Oldest Toddler. Recovery after such a massive scale of destruction will require dedication and concentration, two qualities that Trump does not have to any appreciable degree. And when the people who are suffering are not of his base (wealthy or white), then expect Trump to not bother to even give an impression of caring.

On another note, this is probably the first hint of adult-grade behavior from any Trump official:
The U.S. is communicating with North Korea about its nuclear program and testing Pyongyang’s appetite for negotiations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the first public acknowledgment by a senior administration official of direct contact on the matter.
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In a mild rebuke to Trump, Tillerson said the most important thing at this point is to ease the rhetoric and tension on the peninsula, because the situation is “a little overheated right now.” Asked if Trump should tone down his comments, Tillerson didn’t answer directly.

“The whole situation is a bit overheated right now,” he said. “Everyone would like for it to calm down. Obviously it would help for North Korea to stop firing off missiles. That would calm things down a lot.”
What would help somewhat would be if Trump grew up. But that's never going to happen.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

A Rafale:


Watch to the end, in case you want to see what a power-off landing in a delta-wing jet looks like.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Caturday

I love how the black stripes run down the back of Chip's neck.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Runway Games; Airport Ed.

I've come to realize that one of the drawbacks of having a decent-sized airport is that my landings have become a little sloppy. In years long past, I operated from a grass strip of somewhat short length, so my game was better.

I'm working on fixing that. So this is what I'm adhering to. Any of things is a "bust:
  • Touching down before the end of the runway.
  • Touching down on or after the numbers.
  • Mainwheels crossing the centerline stripe.
  • Fast wheel landings.
  • Adding power at any time after the initial reduction on downwind.
  • Reducing drag (easing off the flaps).
  • Slipping.
  • Cutting corners on the pattern.
  • Varying speed by ± 5mph from approach speed (no diving or stretching).
  • Bouncing.
Note that a somewhat firm arrival is not on the list.

The airport has a grass runway. It once was only mowed to 1,400', which made for some really good short field practice. Now they mow it full length. I might get some grass paint and paint a rough 200' long touchdown box.

Waylon Bates Hates Freedom

He is the principal of the Parkway high school in Bossier City, Louisiana. Mr. Bates has banned taking a knee at sporting events.

It's pretty clear that such a protest is permitted by the Constitution.

The school is a public school--- it is a governmental entity.

It is unconstitutional for Mr. Bates to have issued his little fiat.

So ask yourself: What lesson is Mr. Bates teaching the kids if he, as a government official, can ban free expression just because he doesn't like the message?

Why does he hate freedom?

You Can Sleep When You're Dead

It's National Coffee Day!





Because It's Friday

Another British documentary about building locomotives:


A few observations:

For a documentary made in 1941/2, there was no mention of the war. You can see why railroad switching yards were attractive targets for bombing raids.

Most American railroads by this time, other than those in coal country, had made the decision to switch to diesel-electric locomotives. The war delayed that by quite some time. The British were reluctant to do so, as their nation had large reserves of coal but, until the opening of the North Sea oil fields, oil had to be imported. The last road locomotive to be made in the US for domestic work was made in 1949. The British made road locomotives up until 1960.

The Swiss still believe.

Musings on Trump, Taxes and More

Trump is claiming that his tax reform plan "won't benefit me, believe me." Anyone who believes that probably shouldn't be walking around without a minder. The Trump Tax Grab is a huge giveaway to the rich.

There should be absolutely no movement on this until Trump releases all of his tax returns. Experts should then dissect them and see just how Trump will benefit from this particular grift.

But don't worry, the Trumpanzees have his back. Despite the clear evidence that Trump lies more than a busy used-car salesman, they'll believe every word that he says.

Trump said that Puerto Rico is "an island in the middle of the ocean." Has he looked at a fucking map in his life? It is not exactly next door, but it's not two thousand miles away. But he's still focused on the NFL. That's one thing about Trump: He never misses an opportunity to stoke the fires of divisiveness and hatred. If Trump's not a Russian saboteur, he's doing a grand impression of one.

There's been a fair amount of thought over the years that the decrease in crime rates that began in the nineties correlates to the legalization of abortion in the seventies. I wonder how much of the reported uptick in the crime rates correlates to the push to make abortions impossible to get.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Yoda Signed the United Nations Charter


That image made it into a Texan Saudi high school textbook.

Bye, Hef.

Hugh Hefner has died. He was 91.

It's hard for people, now, to appreciate how much Hefner and Playboy changed things. The centerfolds were almost prudish by today's standards, but they certainly were not back then. Besides the soft-core porn, Playboy published lengthy interviews with people of note; the interviews often made considerable news. They did some investigative reporting. The magazine published some of the best fiction outside of The New Yorker. More than one ship's postal clerk told me that the most subscribed-to magazine on the ship was Playboy.

Hefner's empire also included Playboy Clubs, a chain of nightclubs where the waitresses wore skimpy costumes, there was often cutting-edge entertainment, the food was decent, the liquor flowed and there was an air of sophistication. You had to be a member to get in and yes, there was a dress code.

Hefner even had a jet, probably the first private citizen to have a jet of that size and luxury.


It didn't last. Times change. Sophisticated nightclubs were so Rat-Pack era. Between harder stuff like Penthouse and Hustler to the Internet, Playboy's circulation dropped by nearly 90% From making news itself and helping to start the sexual revolution, Playboy became irrelevant. As did Hefner.

But he did change things.

RIP, Hef.

UPDATE: This is what shows up today on Playbody's web page

The Fifty-First State, Thanks to Trump

Trump waived the Jones Act to get aid quicker to Florida and Texas after Hurricanes Irma and Jose, but he hasn't for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He's been tweeting his short fingers off about the NFL, but he's hardly had a thing to say about Puerto Rico.

That the people in Puerto Rico probably matters not to Trump. He divides the world into two places: Those places that voted for him and those that didn't. You can see that in the trips he takes; Trump only goes to states that he carried in the election. Most presidents at leas pay lip service to being the president of the entire country, but not Trump. He's more concerned about the shipping industry making money than about people suffering and dying. Because shipping executives can donate to his campaign. Their workers can vote for him.

Puerto Rican residents are American citizens, but they can't vote in presidential elections. Therefore, Trump doesn't see a difference between the island of Puerto Rico and Belize. He doesn't even attempt to project an image of caring because the residents can't vote for him. There are no votes there for him to win.

Sooner or later, the citizens of the island will break the code and realize that they have no clout in D.C. and won't, until they can vote in Federal elections. The way to get that is through statehood.

So if Puerto Rico becomes a state, it will be, in no small measure, because of Trump.

UPDATE: Trump banged a Uie. But only for ten days. Which, given the speed that ships travel, is fucking nothing.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Might Be Illegal. Not That Trump Shives a Git.
But Maybe....

President* Trump on Tuesday apparently began deleting his tweets supporting Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in Alabama's Senate GOP primary runoff after Strange lost the race to former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
It's probably illegal as all fuck for Trump to delete his tweets.

And it may be an impeachable offense for him to do that:
Subsection (b) of 18 U.S.C. § 2071 contains a similar prohibition specifically directed at custodians of public records. Any custodian of a public record who "willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys (any record) shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States."

Does Ivanka Know This? Does Her Daddy?


The snark writes itself.

More here, via here.

At Least They Weren't Summarily Executed

That seemed to be the bar these days for police misconduct.
Two documentary filmmakers taken into custody on Sept. 17 in a mass arrest in downtown St. Louis have sued the city and three police officers whom they allege assaulted and arrested them because they were journalists.
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The lawsuit said when the kettle closed on Drew Burbridge, he asked an officer if he and his wife could exit, explaining that they were part of the media. He was ignored.

Then police officers sprayed chemicals at the people trapped in the center, including the Burbridges. Two officers threw Drew Burbridge to the ground face-first, twisted his arms behind his back and repeatedly kicked him in the back while restraining his arms with zip ties. Even after he was restrained, the suit said, three officers struck him all over the body with batons. During the beating, one of the officers asked, “Do you want to take my picture now, (expletive)?”

Burbridge said he lost consciousness from the beating, but came to when an officer lifted his head by the hair and sprayed him in the face with a chemical.
By the way, their allegations aren't the only ones out there. There were others, including the cops beating one of their own.

It was apparently a police riot and not the only one that's happened. But don't worry. The cops will surely investigate themselves and therefore, justice will be done.

In a pig's eye.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Trump Ban That Bans Nobody

As it seems, Trump's EO banning North Koreans from entering the US effectively bans nobody at all.

You'd have thought that somebody might have looked into that before Dolt-45 picked up his crayon to sign it.

Not that it matters much. Trump's aides cautioned him not to get into an insult-fight with Kim Jong-un and, well, we all know how well the World's Oldest Toddler followed that advice. Trump is like a punk kid with a bare wall and a can of spray-paint-- you know he's going to do something really stupid. Every time he steps in front of a microphone (or goes on Twitter), mentally picture him saying: "Hold my beer and watch this."

Lock Them Up! Lock Them Up!

Jared Kusher, Ivanka Trump, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and some other Trump Administration officials have used private email accounts for official business.

"Hypocrisy" doesn't even begin to cover the ground.

At least one Republican in Congress is not amused. And he shouldn't be.

It's a Strange World, Indeed; ConLaw Ed.

It's a strange world when a NASCAR driver has a better handle on the Bill of Rights than does the President.Not all NASCAR people are siding with Trump -- with Dale Earnhardt Jr. throwing his support behind NFL protesters ... despite several NASCAR owners bashing them.
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"All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests," Dale Jr. tweeted.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Trump is trying to bully the NFL. A bunch of guys who spend their working day smashing into one another are not going to intimidated by the demented ravings of an old orange-haired loudmouthed racist.

Even Jerry Jones, who gave the Trump campaign a million dollars, took a knee.

UPDATE: It's all about Trump pleasing his batshit-base.

A Few Things Happened Yesterday

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock Central High School, something that had to happen at the point of Army bayonets after the then-governor of Arkansas called out the National Guard to prevent nine black kids from attending the school. The photos of children who were going to school being yelled at by angry racists were printed worldwide.

If the Trump White House issued an official statement of commemoration, I missed it. One thing about Trump, when it comes to trying to reach across the racial divide, he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. And he missed a big one. A public statement, let alone a quick trip to Little Rock, would have garnered him so much positive press coverage, something that the World's Oldest Toddler craves like a junkie trying to score his next fix. But I suppose that would not have satisfied Trump's inner-Nazi, not to mention angering his core support from the American Nazi community.

On the other side of the Aisle of Disgrace, Anthony "Carlos Danger" Weiner got sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting an underage girl. Once he gets out of stir, he'll have to register as a sex offender wherever he lives. But don't fret about ol' Carlos, for disgraced politicians, regardless of party, always seem to land on their feet.

Monday, September 25, 2017

White Privilege

In case you don't know what it looks like.

Trump Invites Another Basketball Team to Replace the Warriors.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—One day after rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors, Donald J. Trump invited the entire Russian national basketball team to celebrate with him at the White House.

Trump said that he looked forward to welcoming the Russian team, calling them “much, much better basketball players than those Golden State losers.”

When reporters pointed out that the Russians had won only a bronze in the 2012 Olympics and failed to qualify for the 2016 event, Trump was dismissive, calling the Olympics “rigged.”

It Is to Laugh; NASCAR Ed.

President* Donald Trump tweeted he was proud of NASCAR because no drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem Sunday prior to a race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway.

“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted Monday.

Several team owners and executives had said Sunday they wouldn’t want anyone in their organizations to protest. Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting: “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
Riight. Like people involved in the Whitest Sport in America were going to protest the cops' killing black folk.

There is some delicious irony about the point that people who proudly wave the Flag of Dead Traitors are so, so upset by protesters taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. I guess they've forgotten that the last thing that their great-grandfathers would have done would have been to stand for the National Anthem, let alone recite the Pledge.

The larger point is that conservatives are taking a very cheap intellectual out: They're getting outraged at the protests and not bothering to look at what is being protested. But some things never change.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In His Heart, Trump Would Love to See This Happen Here

A prominent left-wing Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the south-western Karnataka state, police say.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood outside her home in the city of Bangalore. The motive for the crime was not immediately clear.

She was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who arrived by motorcycle.
I believe that Trump would cheer at the murders of reporters who had the temerity to write stories critical of him. If he had is own on-call death squads, like Philippine President Duarte, Trump would have hourly orgasms at being able to order hits on his critics.

Visit Nambia


Trump is fucking fixated on the idea of drug smugglers firing bags of drugs over the border wall into large crowds of Americans who are just milling around there. At first, he was babbling about 60lb bags, now he's blithering about 100lb bags. Other than some anecdotal remarks to a reporter, there's nothing to document 100lb bags of drugs being flung over the border fence. And even if there was wide use of them, a short perusal of videos of modern recreations of catapults (usually trebuchets) can easily fling objects over Trump's envisioned Great Wall of Trump.

Meanwhile, when he is not babbling about catapults or exchanging childish insults with Kim Jong-un, Trump is showing that he has absolutely no dedication to or understanding of the Constitution. He's only in favor of forms of speech when he agrees with it.

Not to mention the optics of standing before a crowd of white Southeners and, in essence, calling for the firing of uppity black folk. Because there's no fascist like an old fascist.