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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Freudian Slip, DHS Ed., or "Robbing Peter to Pay Donald"

DHS is going to make the TSA cough up just shy of a quarter of a billion dollars to "support the humanitarian crisis on the Southern border".

Not "ameliorate" or "combat" or "deal with" or anything like that. "Support". You are free to speculate as to the meaning of that word choice.

Since Trump is raiding every Federal pot of money for his manufactured emergency border wall, he'll probably order money taken from the Statue of Liberty National Park.

Anywho, the last time I flew commercial, there was a PA announcement that someone had left a money-clip at the TSA checkpoint. If that was unclaimed, now we know where the money went.

Narcissistic to the Very End and Beyond

A healthy dog was put to death in Virginia at the behest of its owner, who made the request in her will.

The owner of Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, died March 8. Her dog was held at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter before it was picked up March 22 and then euthanized, NBC affiliate WWBT in Richmond first reported.
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Emma's owner, Anita Cullop-Thompson, 67, wanted to be interred with her pet, Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service owner Larry Spiaggi told NBC News.
Dogs are property, so as far as the dead woman ordering her dog be put down, no crime, there.

But morally and ethically? That is severely fucked up. I'm somewhat surprised that they could find a vet to do it, for as far as I know, the Cat-Murdering Vet hasn't taken up practice in Virginia.

If there is an afterlife, Emma's owner should spend it with Emma gnawing her ass every day.

Because It's Friday

An Indian Garrett:

Goombye, Theresa May

Bowing to the inevitable, Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader in two weeks, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to replace her as prime minister.

May said she will quit as head of the governing party on June 7 but stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process the Conservatives aim to complete by late July.
Which means that she'll still be the Prime Minister when the Chief Saboteur of the Western Alliance comes for an official visit.

Her replacement may end up being a man who, for all intents and purposes, is another pseudo-lackey of Vladimir Putin. I suppose one must pay the devil his due, for Putin will have, to some degree, conquered the Anglophone Alliance and NATO without firing a shot. Even when his minions have left office, the Western Alliance will have been severely weakened.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Corrupt AF, Again

President Trump has personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a border wall contract to a North Dakota construction firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and frequent guest on Fox News, according to four administration officials.
I don't know how much of this has to go on until conservatives pull their heads out of the sand and wake up to the fact that Trump is corrupt to the core. But I'm guessing it will be a long time until they can grow a spine.

I thought Democrats were spineless. But when faced with Trump, the Republicans have all of the spine of a one-celled organism (and they're about as smart).

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Don Henley's The End of the Innocence is a song from the 1980s that sounds mightily relevant today:
O' beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king

Armchair warriors often fail
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie

In the present day, we have a president who thinks that he is above the law, that he was elected to be king. "L'État, c'est moi" is the motto of the Trump Administration. Trump, as enabled by his coterie of bootlickers, truly believes that he can do what he wants with no consequences.


Monday, May 20, 2019

And Kris Kolbach Also Wants a Pony and an Ice Cream Machine in His Office, Too!

Kris Kolbach, whose last jobs involved whitening the voting rolls and stealing elections, has given Der Gropenfuhrer his list of demands should Trump choose him to be his Border Fuhrer Czar. It is an eye-popping ask from a self-entitled snowflake:
1. Office in the West Wing.

2. Walk-in privileges with the president.

3. Assistant to the President rank - at highest pay level for WH senior staff.

4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).

5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.

6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.

7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.

8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.

9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy - the principal spokesman on television and in the media.

10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.
What is it with these right-wing grifters? It's a good thing for Bizjet Kris that Gen. Mattis is no longer SecDef. The first time that ol' Kris walked into Mattis's office and issued orders, Mattis would kick his pasty ass all the way down the stairs of the River Entrance.

If Trump has any spine at all, this list should receive a FOAD stamp, with orders to the WH cops to deny Kolbach entrance to the WH and to shoot him if he argues the point.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Next, the Hazards of Dihydrogen Monoxide



That's right: LVI% of Americans are, well, ignorant and bigoted to boot.

You probably don't need to be told that the Arabic numeral system is the one that we use today. The concept of zero was in use in Arabia when Europe was firmly stuck in what was formerly called the Dark Ages. Because of the use of zero, Muhammad al-Khowarizmi was able to develop algebra at a time when Europeans were still using Roman numerals.

I'm reasonably sure that if the pollsters asked if "the Arabic system of al-Gebra" should be taught, a lot of people would say no.

Why the World Hates New York Bankers and Lawyers

If you have the time and stomach, you ought to read this article about how the banksters and the lawyers fucked over a lot of immigrants by selling them overpriced taxi medallions. It is a long read, but in short, the same usual suspects who brought down the economy in the Aughts are still hard at work.

We should have built and used guillotines the last time around. But Obama and Holder couldn't even be bothered to investigate those fuckers. Hell, Holder was one of them and, arguably, did his level best to ensure that few of the banksters, if any, were ever held accountable..

If You Are Pregnant, Planning to Become Pregnant, or Could Become Pregnant Someday.....

..... and if you live in one of the states that is criminalizing abortion, I have a quick bit of advice to you:

Leave. Move to another state. Do it now.

If your boyfriend or husband doesn't want to move, then dump his ass and go.

For you are at risk of incarceration. If you become pregnant and have a miscarriage, all a prosecutor has to do is convince a low-wattage jury that you did something wrong and you'll be sent to prison for second degree murder.

Up to one in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Most every woman I know who now has children had one or more miscarriages. It's devastating enough, every mother-to-be I personally know mourned their miscarriages as the loss of a child. But to then have the cops go tromping around and some Christian Talibanista of a prosecutor attempt to prosecute them? That's outrageous.

Did you have a couple of drinks one night? The state could try and argue that there's a link between that and a subsequent miscarriage. Or they could charge you with child endangerment.

In the case of Georgia and some of those other Cult of the Fetus states, once you leave, never go back. Not even for a visit. Don't even change planes at Atlanta.

The striking thing about the Christian Taliban Fetus Cultists is that they show absolutely zero concern for the child other than criminalizing being a mother. I don't know of any of them that are doing anything to promote prenatal health. There's no move to expand the availability of prenatal care. There is zero support for anything to do with the child or the mother from conception to post-birth that doesn't involve incarceration.

Oh, they say that they are "pro-life". But where are their works to actually help people? Help mothers with child-care? Nope. Do anything to make pediatric care available to poor people or to rural areas where the hospitals have closed? Not going to happen. Support education so that the kids may have a future? Dream on. They stopped supporting things like that when black kids became legally entitled to use them.

The Talibanistas are moralists; the only tool they know is the stick.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

A Falcon 900:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Caturday

Max has gotten coned.

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Passing of Giants

Both Herman Wouk and I.M. Pei have died. Both men were centenarians.

Tardar Sauce, R.I.P.

Grumpy Cat has died.


She was seven.

For NRA Members

You should read Tiffany Johnson's letter to the NRA Board and, if you agree, sign it.

Note for commenters: For the purposes of this post, anti-NRA snark will be deleted without warning or even the formality of a red card.

Because It's Friday

More footage from 4014's first test run.


It's amazing that they restored it in less than three years.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fucking A Right


I presume that as soon as the fourteen year old daughter of one of those members of the Cult of the Fetus in tthe Back-Alley States becomes pregnant from her cousin or a kid under the bleachers, that she'll be shipped off to a blue state for an abortion quicker than you can recite the names of the noble gases. (If the father-to-be happens to be a racial minority, they won't get past saying "neon" before the girl is on her way to New York.)

For that's what I've seen happen, both with respect to abortion and divorce. People who say that divorce is a sin and that marriage is forever seem to change their tunes most ricky-tick when their marriages go sour.

Is Trump Waking Up to How Much He's Been Rolled by Bolton and Pompeo?

President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying American pressure campaign against the clerical-led government in Tehran must not escalate into open conflict.
There was a process for diplomatic discussions with Iran. But between the machinations of chickenhawks like Pompeo and Bolton and the infantile dislike by Trump of everything Obama did, Trump blew that up last year.

The chickenhawks have persuaded Trump that by tightening things on Iran, that the Iranians would bend to their will. It hasn't happened. Other than the Saudis and the Israelis, who are always happy for Americans to shed blood and treasure for them, there is precious little support around the world for Bolton's War. To the rest of the world, the irrational player in this has been Trump. If anyone has managed to make the Iranian government appear to be a sober and thoughtful party, it has been Trump.

Trump may now want to talk to Iran, but to the Iranians, the current crisis has been manufactured by the chickenhawks. Trump has been painted into a corner by the chickenhawks.

He may now be realizing that Pompeo and Bolton are no friends of Trump, that they view Trump as a puppet whose strings they can pull.

Mosque Fire


Setting fire to a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan... gee, I wonder who could have done that?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trump's War (or Bolton's)

The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.
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The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.
Pompeo, of course, is lying like a senior Trump official:
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States does not seek a war with Iran, amid rapidly growing tensions between the two countries.
The Iran nuclear deal was not perfect. But Trump blew it up because of his childish opposition to anything and everything that President Obama did. That is the bottom line for Trump: He's opposed to everything Obama did. It is a level of childish vindictiveness that normal people outgrow by the time their age reaches double digits.

If a war ensues, the U.S. is likely going to be largely going it alone. The rest of the Western world is blaming Trump for ratcheting up tensions with Iran. Bolton, in particular, is trying to engineer a war. It has apparently been Bolton's lifelong dream to mastermind a war, and now he seems to be achieving his goal.

In a just world, Bolton would be in a jail cell in The Hague for war mongering.

Trump, who has criticized other presidents for getting into wars in the Middle East, is on the verge of making the mother of all foreign policy fuckups.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Fascists of a Feather Flock Together

President Donald Trump is meeting with Hungary’s far-right prime minister — another example of the president not being shy about engaging with foreign leaders not warmly embraced by the West.

Trump and Hungary’s Viktor Orban both have espoused hard-line anti-migration rhetoric. Orban says he hopes he and Trump can coordinate that stance into a global alliance.
It's far more than that. Dictator Orban has made the judiciary of Hungary subservient to his whims. He has used the power of the state to neuter his opposition and destroy press freedoms.

Trump is, in point of fact, is jealous of Orban. The American ambassador to Hungary, a long-time friend of Trump, said this: “I can tell you, knowing the president for a good 25 or 30 years, that he would love to have the situation that Viktor Orbán has, but he doesn’t.

That's it in a nutshell: Trump hates our democracy. He seeks to undermine it at every turn.

The Republican Party is now the Trump party. Those who still call themselves "Republicans" will, some day, wake up and see what damage Trump has wrought in their name.

One can only hope they wake up before the American experiment is killed off by Trump's greed and his lust for power.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Caturday

Two shelter cats:

Trump the Wannabee Tinpot Tyrant

For living memory, the Fourth of July has been a unifying and patriotic holiday. Not any more, for El Caudillo de Mar-a-Lago wants to make the Fourth of July all about him. He's obsessing over it more than he is issues such as trade and terrorism.
President Trump has effectively taken charge of the nation’s premier Fourth of July celebration in Washington, moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and making tentative plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to top administration officials.

The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally. Officials said it is unclear how much the changes may cost, but the plans have already raised alarms among city officials and some lawmakers about the potential impact of such major alterations to a time-honored and well-organized summer tradition.
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The president has received regular briefings on the effort in the Oval Office and has gotten involved in the minutiae of the planning — even discussing whether the fireworks should be launched from a barge in the Potomac River, administration aides said. The president has shown interest in the event that he often does not exhibit for other administration priorities, the aides added.
Because Trump is a showman and he figures that if he puts on a really good show, it'll distract everyone from how badly he's doing. No doubt farmers, who are being hammered by Trump's trade war, will be cheered by the televised spectacle of Der Fuhrer of Orange reviewing the troops.

Meanwhile, Brokeahantus sees nothing wrong with using the Department of Justice as his personal hit squad.
When asked whether he would consider directing [Bootlicking] Barr to investigate the Bidens, as some Democrats fear, Trump said he had not spoken to Barr about the issue. But he left open the possibility, saying “certainly it would be an appropriate thing to” discuss with Barr.

“Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens. I have not spoken to him about it. Would I speak to him about it? I haven’t thought of that. I mean, you’re asking me a question I just haven’t thought of,” he said, noting it “could be a very big situation” for Biden.
Because that is what autocrats, like Erdogan of Turkey, do. I guess Biden should be grateful that Trump hasn't asked the Saudis for the loan of their bone saw.

Of course, don't look for Republicans to stand up to Trump. It's now an accepted fact that Republicans are loyal to Trump and not to their country. They might as well stand up in public, thrust out their right arms, and swear fealty to Trump.

FL Kids: Don't Act Up in Miss Williams's English Class

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Wednesday a bill that will allow school districts in Florida to arm teachers.

The controversial measure, SB 7030, is an extension of the guardian program put in place after the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland massacre in which 17 high school students and staff were killed. That program allowed some employees — but not classroom teachers — to receive weapons training and then carry guns on school property. Twenty-five of 67 Florida school districts are taking part in the program, including Lake and Broward counties.

The new law signed by DeSantis would allow classroom teachers to take part, too, with local school board authorization.
There was a fair amount of hyperventilating over this issue from the Astroturfers Against All Guns, who have been saying that the bill requires arming teachers. It does not.

I suspect that the vast majority of teachers won't opt for the training, even if their district offers it. The kids would know which teachers have guns. Even if they didn't, a public records request for training records would show who took the weapons training.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Because It's Friday

UP "Big Boy" 4014 rolling under her own power:


A couple of interesting points: First, you'll see her original tender parked in front of 844. 4014 is using Challenger 3985's tender, as 4014's tender hasn't been converted to carry fuel oil. Second, at one point, you'll see the train back up far enough to clear a signal block.

It's been a few months shy of sixty years since a Big Boy was steaming. I really thought that even the UP Steam Shop had bit off too big a project to have her ready for the Golden Spike Sesquicentennial. They've cut it mighty fine, though, as the ceremony is today.

Of course, 4014 and 844 won't be at the original location of the Golden Spike. Those tracks were pulled up for reuse elsewhere during World War II. All that's at the original location is a live-steam play.

4014 and 844 on the road:

Trump Continues to Lie About Tariffs

You can read his entire thread of stupid babblings here.

China doesn't pay tariffs to the U.S. Treasury. That's not how tariffs function. The "far more wealth" that Trump claims will flow into the Treasury will be paid, not by the Chinese, but by Americans.

Tariffs are a tax on Americans. Trump cannot be so stupid as to believe that the Chinese are paying the tariffs. So what he is doing is spreading another one of his Big Lies, knowing that his supporters will repeat it and that the mouth-breathing bobbleheads on Fox will obediently repeat it.

By the way: Remember all of those free-trade Republicans, the ones who have abhorred tariffs in the past and who know that tariffs are a tax on Americans? They've been silent, which suggests to me that the pro-trade Republicans are nothing other than lily-livered cowards.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Freude is Particularly Shaden on This One


A US teenager who took legal action against his school after he was banned for refusing the chickenpox vaccination now has the virus, his lawyer says.

[Numbnuts], 18, made headlines last month after he unsuccessfully sued his Kentucky school for barring unimmunised students amid an outbreak.
Meanwhile, RFK, Jr's family has come out and lovingly said that he is nuttier than a jar of peanuts.
We love Bobby. He is one of the great champions of the environment. His work to clean up the Hudson River and his tireless advocacy against multinational organizations who have polluted our waterways and endangered families has positively affected the lives of countless Americans. We stand behind him in his ongoing fight to protect our environment. However, on vaccines he is wrong.

And his and others’ work against vaccines is having heartbreaking consequences. The challenge for public health officials right now is that many people are more afraid of the vaccines than the diseases, because they've been lucky enough to have never seen the diseases and their devastating impact. But that’s not luck; it’s the result of concerted vaccination efforts over many years. We don’t need measles outbreaks to remind us of the value of vaccination.
I think he's a fucking loon.

Q: How Do You Sink an Indian Submarine?

A: Knock on the hatch.

The INS Arihant nearly sank last year because somebody forgot to secure a hatch.

Shorter Trump: Only the Little People Pay Taxes

The data — printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. ... The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners. His core business losses in 1990 and 1991 — more than $250 million each year — were more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.
Trump's Mouthpiece du Jour says that the report is "demonstrably false", but then does not point to any data that contradicts the report.

Which leads to the conclusion that Trump is a loser who has kept himself afloat by bullshit, bluster, and screwing over anyone who has been gulled enough to do business with him.

He is, in short, a grifter, a con artist. The sad thing for this nation is that tens of millions of Americans continue to buy into his con.

Monday, May 6, 2019

What the Hell Is It With Trump?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Sunday.

That the two would meet is not surprising — Russia, after all, is economically invested in Venezuela and is standing behind President Nicolás Maduro, who managed to remain in power last week after opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempt to stir a military uprising failed. Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela in January and is recognized as the country’s legitimate leader by several nations, including the United States.

But the timing of the Lavrov-Arreaza meeting is, if not surprising, then at least conspicuous. On Friday, two days before the foreign ministers met, President Trump said at a news conference with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini that he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone.

“I had a very good talk with President Putin — probably over an hour,” Trump said. “And we talked about many things. Venezuela was one of the topics. And he is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela, other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela.”
Last time I looked at this, the State Department, right up to Secretary Pompeo, has been saying that Russia has been involved in Venezuela. Two Tu-160s visited Venezuela and flew at least one patrol.

But Putin both flatters Trump and gives him a line of shit and Trump just eats that shit up. Trump has this thing about cozying up to dictators and autocrats.

What is it with him? And why do all of those "principled conservatives" keep their mouths shut (or firmly glued to Trump's ass)?

Apropos of nothing:

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Equity Firms and Vulture Capitalists Are Destroying American Industry

The victim this time was Remington Arms, a profitable company that was drained of cash and driven into bankruptcy by Cerberus.

That a vulture firm is named after the Hound of Hell is a bit ironic.

Happy Estúpido Anglo Drinking Day

As I explained two years ago. But, as it seems, there is a good reason for Americans to celebrate the holiday. [1]

If there are bars in your area, it'd be a good idea to be home by 3PM so that the cops can have a clear path to busting the drunks.
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[1] True Americans. Not the treasonous trash who celebrate their War to Preserve Slavery.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

A KC-10 taking off:

Friday, May 3, 2019

Because It's Friday

UP Big Boy 4014 has steam up.


That they have the boiler lagging on implies that everything under it has checked out OK.

It may not be long until we get to see a sight that hasn't been seen in sixty years: A Big Boy moving under its own power.

World Press Freedom Day

To mark World Press Freedom Day, the New York Times is taking down its paywall for three days.

   Good situation
   Satisfactory situation
   Noticeable problems
   Difficult situation
   Very serious situation

Our esteemed president believes that "freedom of the press" means that the press is free to write laudatory stories about him. The core of his political calculus is to attack press freedom. His press secretary's main job is to reinforce his lies with a dead-eyed look of someone who knows that their soul has long ago been sold on the cheap.


Among the major Anglophone countries, which proclaim themselves as beacons of freedom, press freedom is only "satisfactory". After a few more years of this miserable excuse for a leader, press freedom in the U.S. will probably be downgraded.

But hey, the Orange Fascist is doing what he can to shore up and distract his base. Whenever he is in trouble, he starts screeching about abortion and his lapdogs in the "no longer either moral or a majority" eat that shit up.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Farewell to The Saint

And one of the Bonds.
Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.
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Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".
His obituary is here.

I first became aware of him in The Saint. An older cousin was staying with us for the summer and he was addicted to the show.

Still, here is one of my favorite clips with Sir Roger from the Bond moviesL

DoJ = Bunch of Political Hacks

The Trump administration formally declared its opposition to the entire Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, arguing in a federal appeals court filing that the signature Obama-era legislation was unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Such a decision could end health insurance for some 21 million Americans and affect many millions more who benefit from the law’s protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and required coverage for pregnancy, prescription drugs and mental health.
Looking at a straight political calculus, OK. Trump is playing to his base. The Democrats are likely welcoming this fight. They're going to broadcast that Trump is actively trying to take health insurance away from tens of millions. Those with pre-existing conditions are going to get screwed. The congressional Republicans and those thinking of running for office know this; this is the last fight that they want to have next year.

"Donald Trump and the Republicans Want You to Die of Pre-Existing Conditions"-- the attack ads almost write themselves.

But, on a systemic note, this is fucking dreadful. It's the job of the Justice Department to defend the constitutionality of the laws that have been enacted. Congress enacts the law, the Executive enforces and defends the law, and the Court says what the law is. If any president disagrees with the law, the proper route is to go to Congress to change the law, not to slime its way into court and attack the law there.

Worse, how are we, as a people, supposed to know what conduct is illegal and what isn't if the enforcement of the law is openly acknowledged to be up to the whims of the Executive branch? If ignorance of the law is no defense to breaking it, now we have to know what laws are effectively voided because the prosecutors are going to look the other way?

Before you ask whether or not this means that I believe it's wrong for prosecutors to refuse to enforce low-level laws against the possession and use of pot. Yes, I believe that it should be legalized. I also believe that the drug laws should be enforced until they are changed. Not enforcing the law because it's not politically popular is wrong.[1]

It's no stretch to think of other times when the law wasn't enforced because it was politically expedient to do so. The Fifteenth Amendment was not enforced throughout the South for over ninety years. Laws against murder were similarly not enforced, depending on the skin color of the victim and the killer.[2]

This isn't rocket science, people. This is basic, grade-school level civics: The Legislative Branch enacts the law, the Executive Branch enforces the law; the Judicial Branch says what the law is.

Trump, though, is a wannabee autocrat/tyrant. He arrogates to himself the job of saying what the law is. And his acolytes, like Bill the Bootlicker Barr and Miss Lindsey, go right along with it.
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[1] The better approach would be to target the rich areas for enforcement, for after a few dozen rich kids get sent to the slammer for pot possession, the laws might change quickly. Because money talks.
[2] No, I'm not accusing the Trump Administration of being pro-lynching. But it would not be a total shock if they were.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Random Surgical Observation

Trump needs to have a plexiglas window installed in his abdomen so that Miss Lindsey Graham can see out.

Bangity on Steel, a Virgin No More

I recently shot a .22 steel plate "man on man" match, the first steel match I'd ever shot.

This is what the rack looks like:


The plates were colored black, except the far-right plate, which was colored red and was the stop plate. Shoot the red one before getting all the others and you foul out.

I shot this gun, a 6" S&W Model 17:


It was a little difficult, as I was the only revolver shooter up against guys with various 10-round .22 autoloaders. And, of course, if I missed a plate, I had to reload.

But I did prevail in a few stages because either I kept it slow and the other guy emptied his magazine without clearing the plates or the other guy had problems. Even with reloading, I won two stages. .22 autos can be fickle. I had one plate left after shooting six, saw that the other guy wasn't finished, reloaded one round and beat him by a half-second or so. That happened twice. But with a miss or two and low capacity, I eventually got knocked out.

But hey, I won both revolver and female classes (by default). And it was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What We Need, Now, Are Some Quick Trials and Slow Executions

A publicly-accessible database with information on roughly 80 million American households has been discovered on a Microsoft cloud server, representing more than half of the total number of U.S. households.

While at the moment there is no information pointing at who is the company who left the 24 GB worth of data exposed, vpnMentor’s research team in collaboration with hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar—who found the unprotected database on a Microsoft cloud server—are currently in the process of identifying its owner(s).
There should be some rather severe penalties for putting so much data for so many people where it can be found. "Security by obscurity" isn't a viable concept.

The names, addresses, and income information on well over a hundred million people and that just gets put on an unsecured server in a plain-text format?

Heads need to roll, and I mean that literally.

(H/T)

Corrupt Fucks Gotta Be Corrupt

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, a target of a yearlong undercover federal investigation into political favors traded for campaign contributions, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of theft of honest services.
As I understand it, "theft of honest services" is basically bribery, but the bribes get washed through the campaign fund and they can't prove they went directly into the office-holder's pocket.

It sure seemed as though Stenger wasn't even trying to hid any of this shit. He's probably toast.

UPDATE: He's toast.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Why On Earth Would Anyone Buy This Shit

Soylent. Why would anyone even think of using that name for a brand?




I've seen their products in stores. It's just baffling to me that some chuckleheads, probably with an MBA or two, thought that using the name "soylent" was a good idea.

Of course, it's been 46 years since Soylent Green came out. maybe they figured that few would connect the name with a fictional company that made food bars from human corpses.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Maybe Changing My Mind About Henry Rifles

I've never liked the idea of going into the woods with a Henry rifle. Not that I do much of that, anymore, but trying to reload by unscrewing the magazine cap and removing the plungers just seems problematic. Yes, the original Henry was tube-loaded from the front, but that rifle didn't have something that had to be unscrewed. Because that didn't make sense back in the day, when a customary use of such weapons was shooting at other people who also had guns.

And before you invoke the Spencer rifle, watch this:



Apparently, there are enough others like me. Henry has added a side-loading gate to one of their rifles.

OK, so far as it goes. I don't get the idea of a brass receiver. 160 years ago, brass (or a bronze-brass alloy) was a substitute material that was used when steel was either too costly or too hard to get. Besides that, brass is too pretty/shiny for a woods rifle.

But if Henry makes these with steel receivers, I might have to swallow hard and buy one.

Trump's Family of Historical Illiterates

One has to be a black-belt level ignoramus to say something like this:



I'm pretty sure that one only has to go back to the beginning of the last century to find some pretty horrific things that happened which involved Germany.

Monopolistic Companies Gotta Be Evil

That fits Apple to a T. Not that they are a monopoly, but if you use an iPhone, Apple acts just like a monopoly.
They all tell a similar story: They ran apps that helped people limit the time they and their children spent on iPhones. Then Apple created its own screen-time tracker. And then Apple made staying in business very, very difficult.

Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps, according to an analysis by The New York Times and Sensor Tower, an app-data firm. Apple has also clamped down on a number of lesser-known apps.

In some cases, Apple forced companies to remove features that allowed parents to control their children’s devices or that blocked children’s access to certain apps and adult content. In other cases, it simply pulled the apps from its App Store.
The problem, as I understand it, is that iOS won't run an app that isn't distributed through the App Store. So if you have an iPhone, Apple has, in effect, a monopoly over what programs you can run on it. It'd be like buying a TV that can only be used on Comcast.

The essence of capitalism is competition. Within the iOS world, Apple is acting like an overlord.

This is a situation that cries out for regulation, if not breaking up Apple. The tech companies are more like Gilded Age trusts. We need another trustbuster in the White House.

Caturday; Interspecies Ed.

A couple of hoofed rats:

Friday, April 26, 2019

This Epidemic is Brought to You by Donald Trump, Jenny McCarthy, RFK, Jr., and the Rest of the Low-Wattage Anti-Vaxxers

Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.
And this:
More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high.
This is all on the whackaloon, dimwitted, conspiracy-theory-addled anti-vaxxers.

Sounds Like Trump, Too

When William Burns visited the Kremlin in the summer of 2005 to present his credentials as the U.S.’s new ambassador to Russia, he was met by an aggressive Vladimir Putin who was eager to convey a message: The U.S. had taken advantage of Russian weakness, and now Russia was going to push back.

“Putin is a combustible combination of grievance and ambition and insecurity, all wrapped up together,” Burns said of the Russian leader.
"A combustible combination of grievance and ambition and insecurity, all wrapped up together" fits Trump like a bespoke suit.

No wonder they get along. Trump and Putin are, at the core, basically the same person.

Because It's Friday

Discussing a leaked photo of 4014:


65 year-old steam footage on the PRR:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Trump's Friends

ALBUQUERQUE — The F.B.I. on Saturday arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico, as the group faced a torrent of criticism for its tactics.

Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, said federal agents had arrested the leader, [Felonius Asswipe], who had been operating under the alias [Asswipe-2]. Mr. Balderas said in a statement that [Asswipe] was arrested on charges of firearms possession by a felon.
This Asswipe probably thought that his violations of Federal firearms laws would be overlooked, because he was doing Trump's Work.
In November, [Asswipe] gave an interview on a conspiracy-heavy YouTube channel, the host of which wore a gasmask and used a voice distorter. During the interview, [Asswipe] claimed Trump listened to his internet radio show and asked him for information on Muslim immigration. [Asswipe] claimed his tie with the president originated from a chance meetup in a Las Vegas casino. “That’s how I knew him,” he said. “And Trump and I have kept in touch ever since.”
This particular group of asswipes was in pretty deep.
The suspected leader of a New Mexico militia group allegedly boasted of plans to assassinate former President Barack Obama, the FBI has said.

[Asswipe], and his group United [Conglomeration of Asswipes], also plotted to target Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros, according to a tip received by the FBI.

It is unclear when he allegedly made these comments, which were included in court papers released this week.
They, no doubt, believe that the cops would overlook their crimes because the cops would be sympathetic to what they were doing. They're no different from the gay-bashers who have been shocked that they were arrested for assaulting queers.

They are vigilantes, just a few microns away from the lynch mobs of old. I have not a shred of doubt that, if those asswipes thought that they could get away with it, that they'd be lynching brown people.

They are evil.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Rotting Hypocrisy of Team Trump

Trump is suing to try to prevent the House Oversight Committee from investigating him, claiming that the investigation is pure harassment.

Gee. Remember when, under pissants like Devin Nunez,[1] the House engaged in "All Benghazi All the Time", investigations that went nowhere, repeatedly?

Then there was this gobsmacking moment, when Rudy the Mouth:
“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said Sunday, referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a lawyer linked to Russia.
Really, Rudy? There's nothing wrong with taking help from an enemy of the country?

Let's test that. Suppose the help was being offered by China? Is that OK, Rudy? Or ISIS? Would Rudy think there was nothing wrong in using dirt that was in the possession of al Qaeda?

Putin's Russia is no less of an adversary than was the Soviet Union under Brezhnev. If a Democrat had accepted a packet of opposition research from the KGB, there would have been cries of treason from Republicans. But now, it's OK if a Republican accepts help in an electoral contest from our nation's adversaries.

Because it's not treason if it's done by Republicans.
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[1] His cows hate him.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Idiots With Guns; Instructor Ed.

I think you may be able to watch this video without signing on to the Book of Evil.

It is gobsmackingly stupid.

Caturday

Chip:

Friday, April 19, 2019

Shorter Mueller Report: The World's Oldest Toddler Was Saved Both by Adult Supervision and Incompetence at Being Criminals

Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude.

McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 hours of interviews, emerged as a central character in Mueller’s painstaking investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and impeded the years-long Russia investigation. In one striking scene , Mueller recounts how Trump called McGahn twice at home and directed him to set Mueller’s firing in motion. McGahn recoiled and threatened to resign instead.

Mueller concluded that McGahn and others effectively halted Trump’s efforts to influence the investigation, prompting some White House officials and outside observers to call him an unsung hero in the effort to protect the president.
Let's be clear about this: It was Trump's intent to commit the crime of obstruction of justice. That he was unsuccessful was due to the work of his aides who refused to carry out Trump's unlawful commands.

On the Russian conspiracy thing, it is clear that the Russians and the Trump Campaign were acting in parallel. The Trump Campaign, right up to his older sons, if not Trump himself, clearly were interested in getting information from the Russians. That they only did so through Wikileaks meant that Assange was operating not as the journalist that his supports claim he is, but as a cutout for both the Russians and for Trump. To the extent that was deliberate, Trump can credit the FSB and the GRU for saving his neck. Nobody on Team Trump was that smart.

Clearly, though, Trump thought he was guilty. His initial reaction when Sessions told him that Mueller was appointed as a special counsel reveals that: "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm fucked." That's not the reaction of an innocent man, folks.

Where do we go from here? Expect Trump's conduct to become more outrageous and unlawful. He got away with this, in his mind, he's another Teflon Don. Trump is not going to engage in any self-reflection and realize that he just dodged a bullet and he needs to take it down. No, he's going to go the other way. Because he knows that William Barr will use the DoJ to protect him and that Mitch McConnell will do the same.

Buckle in, folks.

Because It's Friday

Big Boy 4014 update:

Patriots' Day

Today is Patriots' Day, the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where the Colony of Massachusetts kicked off the Revolutionary War. I've written about it a few times in the past.

No doubt, there will be some mealy-mouthed bullshit from politicians who are in it for power and profit. Fuck them.

And fuck the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If the servile cowards governing the state were there in 1775, the Minutemen would have been lucky to have been armed with bows and arrows.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

FireClean's Lawsuit of Butthurt

I've written, a time or two, about FireClean's suing bloggers for basically saying that their product was very similar to vegetable oil.

For their second try at the apple, FireClean filed its case in Arizona (FireClean v. Tuohy, 4:16-cv-00604, ED-AZ).

The case was dismissed by the parties, with prejudice, in February (the order was signed off by the judge on March 1st).

I'm not going to go through the docket file, not at ten cents a page. There was a lot of arguing over discovery and motions to strike FireClean's experts.

So what happened? Your guess is as good as mine. But it's over. And, as far as I can tell, nobody anywhere in the gunnie press is talking about it.

Corrupt Fucks Persist in Being Corrupt

Last November, a proposal to bring ethical reforms to Missouri state politics was approved by 62% of the voters and thereby became law.

No surprise, the Lege hates that and is working to reverse it. Especially the part that seeks to rein in gerrymandering.

Corrupt fucks have to keep on being corrupt.

The Redaction Process

MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—After putting in what one associate called a “hellish all-nighter,” the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is almost finished redacting Robert Mueller’s report in time for its release, on Thursday.

Trump's Poodle Yaps This Morning

[Attorney General* Billy] Barr will hold a 9:30 a.m. news conference to present his interpretation of the report’s findings, before providing redacted copies to Congress and the public.
Keep in mind that Barr's job application for AG was a nineteen-page memo attacking the Special Counsel. Trump wanted an AG whose first priority was to protect and defend The Donald; in Fat Billy, he got just that.

A professional would have released the report and then held the press conference, But that's not what Trump wants. Trump wants Barr to try and spin things so the news cycle is about what Barr says, not what the report says. So Billy Barr is going to do what Trump demands, so Billy can avoid being fired.

Fat Billy is no improvement over Smirky the Racist Elf. Billy has his own Russia problem.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fire at Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire.



It took over 100 years to built it and an evening to burn a lot of it to ash.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Do You Have an Android Phone? Do You Use Goggle Maps on an iPhone?

Then, thanks to a Google database called Sensorvault, you can wind up being ensnared in a police investigation because your phone was near where a crime was committed. In some states, your name may be released to the public for that reason alone.

Read more here.

Basically, you should ensure that "location history" is turned off. Then do this:


Then you should go through whatever device that you have and ensure that location services is shut off for any app that doesn't need it. For those that do, ensure that it's set to "while using".

Because it's not just the possibility of being caught up in a random investigation. We really don't know who else has access to your location history. Besides the government, there is this fact that has become all to clear: If corporations are people, as the Supremes have repeatedly held, then they are psychopaths. They do not care about anyone other than themselves. Google's founders once bruited about that their first principle was "do no evil". They never talk about that anymore.

If some company can persuade Google to sell location data to them, they will. If it's not being offered for sale, it soon will be. Maybe Allstate and others will judge your insurance rates by where you drive. Maybe your employer will want to know where you go on your off-time. Maybe you have a stalker or a political enemy.

but you can bet your last farthing that the information will be available, if you don't do something to choke it off.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

The first flight of the Stratolauncher.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Trump's Threat- Responded


The "Whistleblower" and the Migrants

You've probably seen or heard something like this:
Wanting to retaliate against Democrats critical of President Trump and his border wall, the White House tried twice to push U.S. immigration authorities into releasing migrant detainees in "sanctuary cities," The Washington Post reports.

Sanctuary cities are places where local authorities have said they won't turn over most undocumented immigrants for deportation. The Post spoke with Department of Homeland Security officials and obtained emails discussing the plan, which included targeting the district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). According to a congressional investigator who spoke with a DHS whistleblower, Trump adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller came up with the plan.
The so-called "whistleblower" is, in my opinion, either Miller himself or a DHS sockpuppet. Because getting this vindictive plan out in public suits Miller to a T. It gets it all over the news and it's great fodder for the anacephalics and neo-Nazis on Fox New's commentary shows. Then Trump will see it and a plan that the professionals have talked him down on now will gain traction.

As for this:
President Trump has tossed around threats of closing the southern border, but two reports say he took the proposal a step further.

Last week, Trump told his then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to close the border to asylum seekers, two senior officials informed both The New York Times and CNN. Trump also reportedly said that if McAleenan got in trouble for it, he would pardon him, though the officials didn't make it clear if Trump appeared to be joking.
Now Trump is getting into impeachable territory, again. Soliciting a Federal official to perform a criminal act, conspiracy to commit a criminal act.

So much winning.

Caturday

Julian Assange's cat:


Nobody is talking about where it is.

Kind of irritates me that Assange looked upon the cat as a PR tool.

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Modern Truism

Trump showed himself to be pettier and more mean-spirited and inhuman today than he was yesterday. Tomorrow, he will be worse.

The only thing you can count on with Trump is that every word out of his mouth will be a lie.

He couldn't tell the truth if he was being waterboarded.

Side by Each; Talkie Ed.

A side-by-side comparison of Zero Hour! and Airplane!:

Because It's Friday

Winter on the Durango & Silverton.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fish and Guests Stink After Seven Years

British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given him sanctuary for almost seven years.
There have been reports for years that the Ecuadorians were peeved because they felt that Assange was an ungrateful prick who refused to follow basic rules. He had the balls to sue Ecuador because, among other things, they allegedly were tired of his being a slob.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Russia wants Julian Assange’s rights to be observed following his arrest.

Shortly after Assange’s arrest in London, Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he could not comment on the overall case.

But, he said, “We of course hope that all of his rights will be observed.”
That Putin, who sends assassins around the world to kill his enemies is so, so concerned about Assange's rights may be an indication of whom Assange was benefiting. For if Wikileaks had been releasing troves of Russian secrets, he would have been put in the ground years ago. In point of fact, Wikileaks has refused to publish Russian secrets. Wikileaks has arguably been operating as an intelligence service hostile to the US.

Assuming that Assange is extradited to the US, it's anyone's guess what will happen. The CIA would love to see him tried and thrown into a supermax prison until his body decays. Trump, on the other hand, loves Wikileaks.



Whether or not Trump pardons Assange will depend on what marching orders Trump receives from his handler.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Democrats and Republicans in Congress Jointly Agree to Fuck You, But Hard:
The TurboTax/H&R Block Protection Act of 2019

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing.
Basically, the online tax companies are doing their damnedest to protect their rice bowls. Because, absent public scrutiny, the first principle of American politics is "money talks."

So, if you can file a simple return, print off the tax forms yourself, fill them out and mail those fuckers in.

Science!

The M87 black hole:


Via Tam, a fascinating article about the KT meteorite and the day the dinosaurs died. Not just the dinosaurs, almost everything else died, too.
Scientists still debate many of the details, which are derived from the computer models, and from field studies of the debris layer, knowledge of extinction rates, fossils and microfossils, and many other clues. But the over-all view is consistently grim. The dust and soot from the impact and the conflagrations prevented all sunlight from reaching the planet’s surface for months. Photosynthesis all but stopped, killing most of the plant life, extinguishing the phytoplankton in the oceans, and causing the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere to plummet. After the fires died down, Earth plunged into a period of cold, perhaps even a deep freeze. Earth’s two essential food chains, in the sea and on land, collapsed. About seventy-five per cent of all species went extinct. More than 99.9999 per cent of all living organisms on Earth died, and the carbon cycle came to a halt.

Earth itself became toxic. When the asteroid struck, it vaporized layers of limestone, releasing into the atmosphere a trillion tons of carbon dioxide, ten billion tons of methane, and a billion tons of carbon monoxide; all three are powerful greenhouse gases. The impact also vaporized anhydrite rock, which blasted ten trillion tons of sulfur compounds aloft. The sulfur combined with water to form sulfuric acid, which then fell as an acid rain that may have been potent enough to strip the leaves from any surviving plants and to leach the nutrients from the soil. ...The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory.
What has been found in North Dakota is an extremely detailed fossil deposit that preserves the first hour(s) after the Chicxulub meteorite slammed into the sea off the Yucatan Peninsula.

If you're at all interested in the extinction of the dinosaurs, the KT impact or paleontology in general, you should read the article.

The Code on CBS

It's a new military law series on CBS; Marine lawyers, etc. One comment to the show's producers: Learn something about military uniforms and careers, to wit:
  • Commanders in the USN do not have two gold stripes on their sleeves (three for commanders, two and a half for lieutenant commanders).
  • A lieutenant junior grade who has a surface warfare officer qualification isn't going to have served as a medical administrator in a medical company long enough to have received three fitness reports. it takes two years, give or take, to qualify as a SWO. Three fitreps imply more than eighteen months of observed service. Between schools and sea duty, no JG is going to be ashore long enough to get three fitreps as a JG before being promoted to lieutenant.
It's not that hard to figure this shit out. That's why shows hire military advisers whose job is to ensure that they get details like this right.

Assuming that they're sober, that is.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

And Then There Were None; Doolittle Ed.

Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103.
Col. Cole's memorial service will be held next week, on the 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.

The Raiders now belong to history.

Shorter GOP: "Freedom of Press Means You're Free to Praise Us."

Six Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives, including one from Gwinnett County, filed legislation to create a board that would oversee journalists across the state as legislators closed out this year’s legislative session Tuesday.
I gather that the "make no law" language of the First Amendment doesn't cut any ice in Georgia.

A state-organized board to try and rein in the reporters whose purpose is, in part, to shine a bright light on the same people who are trying to implement this fuckery.

This is entirely in keeping with the GOP under the thumb of Trump. Trump clearly views the press as people whose sole job is to offer him praise and approval, not to ask him difficult and pesky questions. The Republicans in Georgia are channeling Trump.

This bill has been filed by Georgia state Rep. Andy Welch, R-McDonough, a cowardly fucker who resigned from the legislature the same day that he filed this execrable excuse for legislation. He's a lawyer who, for a guy who did a clerkship in a federal court, seems to have an abysmal grasp of Constitutional law.

My guess is that some reporters wrote something about poor little Andy that upset that snowflake, so this bill is his petty bit of vengeance. If he wanted to become famous, he's doing it wrong.

The other traitors to the Constitution are state Reps. Timothy Barr, R-Lawrenceville; Ron Stephens, R-Savannah; Mark Newton, R-Augusta; Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper; and Mike Cheokas, R-Americus. Barr would seem to be a melange of the worst parts of Trump and Pence, especially the part about being a member of the Christian Taliban (those who believe they should foist their religion onto others). Stephens is a pharmacist by trade, so you can opine as to whether or not he's been snacking on his stock. Newton is some kind of doctor, which begs the question as to what he has done to crack down on the quacks and candymen in his own profession. Jasperse is a retired "county agent". Cheokas says that he's a "buinessman", which covers a lot of ground.

All of these pissants have dishonored their state and this nation.