Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"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, August 15, 2020


Chip had dental worth this week, poor guy. He lost four teeth. In this photo, he is coming out of anesthesia.

He’s on a all-wet food diet for five days postop. Once that’s over, we’ll have created a monster.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Did Beeltejuice Sneeze?

Apparently a star can sneeze.

That is what happened to Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star that marks the armpit of Orion the Hunter, according to Andrea Dupree, associate director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She and an international team of astronomers described that conclusion in a paper published this week in Astrophysical Journal.
This is a fascinating universe that we live in.


Just for fun, here's a long post about propeller management, which I wrote back in the day when my readership could be counted on both hands.

Over the years, it's gotten a lot of views. Probably thanks to the Google. Other posts around the same time haven't reached ten views.

Revolvers With Safeties

I was reading a mystery the other day.1 As the story reached its climax, Our Hero pulled out his .357 revolver and "thumbed off the safety."

I wanted to throw the book across the room, and I might have, if it wasn't a libary book.

So anyway, here's this:

I don't know how a mystery author can take a lot of time to get places and locations correct and not spend five freaking minutes doing basic research on the basic tool of the trade of a fictional private detective.2
1. Collision Bend by Les Roberts.
2. Robert B. Parker was horrible in this regard.

Gold Rush Prices

According to the book Revolver; Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America, a Colt revolver that sold for $38 in New York in 1849 sold for up to $500 in California.

Today, that would be equivalent to $1,160 (not far off from today's MSRP) and $15,300. That would get you three Korth revolvers.

Because It's Friday

The weather's how, so let's cool off with some winter steam on the Durango & Silverton RR:

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Republicans Keep Grifting, Michigan Ed.

LANSING (August 3, 2020) — With all the drama of a soap opera, the first approved recall ballot petition effort against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has canceled its signature collection amid allegations that the founder, Chad Baase, used the committee’s funds for personal use.
Baase, who is also running as a Republican for the 62nd Michigan House district, has flatly denied most allegations — except that money is missing.
A Trumpist politician dipped his hand into campaign funds for personal expenses.. or, in other words, "ops normal".

Bail Funds

The MA Bail Fund is taking heat for bailing out criminals accused of violent felonies. They bailed out an accused rapist who went on to rape another victim. In their statement, the MA Bail Fund veers from trying to take the high road to calling those who oppose freeing everyone as white supremacists.

The reality of things is not as clear as the Bail Fund would have it.

Look, it is true that even low bail has a heavy impact on poor people. A fair bail system would be based on a financial disclosure form (income and assets), so everyone has the same amount of skin in the game.1 One of the features of higher bail is to ensure that the accused and their family have an incentive for the accused to act right, to show up for court, and to not commit any more crimes. A third party paying the freight removes that incentive, for the bail payment becomes free money.

I'd be more impressed if, instead of weaselly-worded statements that "we believe that people who have been harmed need and deserve access to community supports, trauma services, and healing", that the MA Bail Fund did something tangible to support the victims of those they sprung from stir.

Bail reform is needed. Free money to those accused of violent crimes is not anywhere near approaching a reform.
1. Finland, for one, does that for traffic fines.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

One Thing You Can Count On

Because Sen. Kamala Harris isn’t white, some assholes will challenge her citizenship.

Her parents were immigrants (her mother is deceased), some racist fucks will claim she’s not an American by birth. Even though she was born in Oakland, CA.

Trump’s mother was an immigrant, but nobody seriously questioned his citizenship. Because he’s a white guy. Unlike, say, the previous president, who also had one non-American parent, but trolls like Trump questioned his citizenship, because he’s Black.

It’s racism, pure and simple. If you’re questioning Sen. Harris’s right to run for office on the bullshit grounds that being born in Oakland doesn’t make her an American citizen, then you, sir or madam, are a racist fuck.

Don’t let the screen door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Update, 8/13/20, 9AM: Yep. It happened.

“What kind of spectacular prick do you have to be that everyone’s last request is ‘make sure that asshole isn’t at my funeral’?”

Bill Maher asks that question of Donald Trump, and posits a possible eulogy for Trump, so that Trump may get an idea how he is regarded:

It got under Trump's notoriously thin skin.


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate - the first black woman and South Asian American in the role.

Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the number two slot.
Harris was not my ideal pick, but then again, I'm not running for president. Biden is.

She's probably a smart choice. Harris has not been out in front of the Black Live Matter movement. As CA's AG, she was diligent in defending problematic convictions and sentences, which arguably was part of her job.1 Trump thinks that she's nasty,2 she'll do a good job of getting under his skin.
[1] If you subscribe to the view that the prosecutor's job is to zealously push their side of things and leave issues of justice and fairness up to the judges. (I don't.)
[2] One of his favorite words to describe women who dare to have opinions on anything. Except for maybe he daughter, which, as we all know, he wanted to bang.

Trumpist Family Values; CT Ed.

A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut’s 2nd District abruptly dropped his bid on the day of the primary following his arrest on domestic violence charges.

Thomas Gilmer, 29, of Madison was arrested by Wethersfield police late Monday and posted $5,000 bail. He was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in New Britain on charges of first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation.
It's a lot messier than that, with allegations that the local GOP party officials tried to hush things up.

Things is, this guy's probably going to win the primary. He's the endorsed candidate and ten times as many voters in the primary are voting by mail than is usual, plus that he dropped out too late for the news to spread.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Gobsmacking Stupidity; Trump Ed.

Yes, he really said it.

Assembling an Operating V-8 Engine

Yes, it's an animation. But it shows how all of that crap works.

All the parts that going into building a V8 engine

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Your Sunday Morning Rotor Noise

Tree-trimming around powerlines with a Loach (MD-500 or something):

It'd be expensive to have those guys trim your trees.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

A Couple of Few Things

First off, I'm having trouble just keeping up with stupid shit said by Trump, especially in the interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios.

As Seth Meyers points out, every time Trump steps out from the bubble of Fox News, it's a disaster for him.

So one has to wonder why Trump does it. At this point, we have two candidates that have a propensity to say stupid shit, but we only have one who lies with every breath he takes, over 20,000 lies in three and a half years. He's a fucking bully who specializes in making enemies of our long-term friends. He can't be bothered to do anything meaningful about this pandemic, because that requires steadiness of purpose and speaking the truth to the American people, two things he just cannot master.


Now, to shift gears to the NRA.

You've probably read that the attorney general of New York is suing to dissolve the NRA. If you read any of the conservative media, you'll see a lot of teeth being gnashed over an assault by a liberal on a storied organization.

Let's be honest about that: There is a germ of truth in that charge by conservatives. Nobody sued to dissolve the Komen Foundation, TIGHAR or the Wounded Warrior Project after it came to light that they were big on feathering the nests of their bosses.

But let's also be honest about this: The NRA did it to themselves. You only have to surf the online firearms communities to see frank discussions of how much of a shitstorm the NRA has become. There a lots of allegations of how the CEO, Wayne LaPierre, has been treating the NRA as his personal piggy bank, to the point that he wanted the NRA to buy him a $5 million mansion in Texas, a purchase that fell through because it became a PR nightmare. Through the NRA's ad agency, an apartment was rented for a comely intern (allegations were that she was WLP's chippie) and over a quarter-million was charged for WLP's purchases at a tony boutique in Beverly Hills.

Second Amendment activists have been trying to clean up the NRA for years. But WLP keeps doing what he does, including purging directors who opposed his kleptocratic regime and rigging the board elections. The NRA has been shedding members. If you're a member (other than a life member), you've probably gotten one email after another offering reduced membership rates. But nobody can penetrate the armored bubble WLP and his acolytes have erected.

Maybe the NY AG can. It's likely a politically inspired lawsuit. But it's a lawsuit that would never stood a chance of success if WLP had not mortally wounded the NRA from within.

If we have an assault weapon and high-cap magazine bans in the near future, a goodly share of the blame should attach to WLP.

Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff known for his controversial hardline tactics against undocumented immigrants, lost his bid to win back his former position in Maricopa County.

Arpaio lost Tuesday's Republican primary for Maricopa County sheriff to his former chief deputy Jerry Sheridan by about 6,000 votes, according to the results from the Maricopa County Elections Department.
Signals: Alfa! Mike! Foxtrot!

Adios, you fascistic motherfucker.


I'm feeling lazy, so this is what you get this week:

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sulu Scores!

Because It's Friday (Repaired Video Link)

Starting up an old stationary engine:

I think I'd want to be a lot of feet away when they first fired that up.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Global Peace Came With a Bang, Not a Whimper

No, I am not so naive to imagine that there is anything approximating world peace. Countries still find ways to fight and to kill each other's citizens.

But today, seventy-five years ago, with the detonation of Little Boy over the City of Hiroshima, direct armed conflict between major powers fell out of fashion. It became clear during both World Wars that wars were no longer confined to the battlefield, but between atomic weapons and intercontinental delivery systems, the conflict could reach anywhere.

And everywhere. Even a smallish nuclear war could do that.

Few rational leaders are eager to see their cities vaporized, much less see their people die of starvation.

The danger is that, as those who saw what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki fade from living witnesses into historical accounts, some fool will believe that the effects of nuclear weapons are overblown and use them. Because humans seem to be really bad at learning from history.

I suspect that we will see nuclear weapons used in war before this century is out. My good fortune is being of an age where I will be less likely to see it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pence Loves Criminals. As Long As They're Republicans

In January 2019, the Navy found itself in a tough spot.

Former Navy SEAL and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wanted to be reinstated to military service. He hadn’t applied yet, but the Navy had received word the request was coming.

The problem was neither the SEALs nor the Navy wanted him back, documents newly obtained by The Star show.

Greitens had been charged with a felony in 2018 connected to allegations of violent sexual misconduct. Though the charge was ultimately dropped, the Navy wasn’t ready to welcome the former governor back at a time when the military was facing intense criticism over its response to sexual assault in its ranks.

It was after the intervention of Vice President Mike Pence’s office that Greitens was allowed to return as a reservist, the documents show.
Greitens and Pence have political ties through Nick Ayers, a veteran GOP strategist that ran Greitens’ 2016 gubernatorial campaign and went on to serve as the vice president’s chief of staff for two years.

Greitens resigned his governorship as part of a plea deal to avoid being prosecuted. It's small wonder that the Navy didn't want him back. But hell, the Navy has a record of bending its rules when it comes to those who can get a powerful politician to push for them. This is at least the second time Pence has been involved with that.

Anyway, Greitens claims to be "fully exonerated", which is some high-grade horseshit. Avoiding prosecution with a deal is not exactly exoneration. That's sort of like Leslie Moonves, who said that the allegations against him when he was CEO of CBS were completely untrue, but he still quit his job. There are a lot of people like that.

The only reason that makes sense for Greitens to have quit being governor was that they had the goods on him, he knew it, and everyone was more interested in getting his drama out of Jefferson City than putting him on trial.

(Not that his successor, a true Covidiot, has been any great improvement.)

Dismantle DHS

To the DHS, the First Amendment is just a goddamned piece of paper, right?
The Department of Homeland Security has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests in Portland, Ore., in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors.

Over the past week, the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has disseminated three Open Source Intelligence Reports to federal law enforcement agencies and others, summarizing tweets written by two journalists — a reporter for the New York Times and the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare — and noting they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland. The intelligence reports, obtained by The Washington Post, include written descriptions and images of the tweets and the number of times they had been liked or retweeted by others.
Oh sure, after the story broke, DHS did the usual ritual reassignment of a functionary, but that means zip -point-shit.

DHS has also been spying on peaceful protesters, again, because the First Amendment doesn't matter a fuck to DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.
You read right, the DHS was monitoring a fundraising walk to end breast cancer, because why? Breast cancer patients and their families are prone to rioting?

DHS has become an Orwellian agency whose main function has been to suppress the rights of American citizens, at least, those of color and of a different political persuasion than the GOP. This has been going on for decades and across three administrations. Every time the threat of far-right extremism is pointed out, their fellow-traveler politicians squelch any attempts to investigate them.

Creating DHS was a knee-jerk overreaction by a bunch of jerks to a terrorist attack. DHS's structure, if not its very existence, should be re-examined with an eye to its complete dismantling.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Trumpanzees at Work

A married couple was taken into custody Friday after a racist rant and act of vandalism in Torrance last week was caught on cellphone video.

Gregory Howell, a 29-year-old from Carson, and Rachel Howell, a 29-year-old from Seal Beach, were captured on camera on July 22 as a road rage incident culminated into a confrontation, the Torrance Police Department said in a news release.
On July 24, investigators obtained arrest warrants for both Howells for hate crimes and vandalism, according to police. After locating the pair a week later, the couple was arrested Friday.
The Howells have to be dumber than two sacks of hammers, not to realize that almost everyone these days carries a videocamera with themselves and knows how to use it.

No Shit, Sherlock; Vaccine Ed.

Given that it typically takes years to develop a vaccine, the timetable for the initiative, called Operation Warp Speed, was incredibly ambitious.
It escaped no one that the proposed deadline also intersected nicely with President Trump’s need to curb the virus before the election in November.
Under constant pressure from a White House anxious for good news and a public desperate for a silver bullet to end the crisis, the government’s researchers are fearful of political intervention in the coming months and are struggling to ensure that the government maintains the right balance between speed and rigorous regulation, according to interviews with administration officials, federal scientists and outside experts.
Despite concerted efforts by the Trump administration and a bevy of pharmaceutical companies it is working with, the original October target has slipped, with the administration now pushing to have hundreds of millions of doses available by the end of the year or early 2021.

But experts inside and outside the government still say they fear the White House will push the Food and Drug Administration to overlook insufficient data and give at least limited emergency approval to a vaccine, perhaps for use by specific groups like front-line health care workers, before the vote on Nov. 3.
That's pretty much of a "no shit, bucko" for me. If a vaccine is released this year, I plan not to take it, not until what essentially will be the phase four trials are done.

And this is why: The Prince of Merde, fresh off his efforts to bring a lasting peace to the Middle East, will have his grubby fingerprints all over it:
The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who is helping to steer the re-election campaign from the White House, is a regular participant in meetings of a board formed to oversee the vaccine effort.
This whole project has been rife with insider influence and stinks of corruption.

The vaccines pushed by Trump have the potential to be like his favorite drug, hydroxychloraquine: Ineffective and dangerous.

So take the Trump vaccine to cure the Trump Virus at your own peril.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Yeah, Just the Flu. My Ass, It is.

The list of lingering maladies from COVID-19 is longer and more varied than most doctors could have imagined. Ongoing problems include fatigue, a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, achy joints, foggy thinking, a persistent loss of sense of smell, and damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.
A paper this week in JAMA Cardiology found that 78 of 100 people diagnosed with COVID-19 had cardiac abnormalities when their heart was imaged on average 10 weeks later, most often inflammation in heart muscle. Many of the participants in that study were previously healthy, and some even caught the virus while on ski trips, according to the authors.
Brown, Zandi, and colleagues described 43 people with neurologic complications this month in Brain; many had been hospitalized during their acute infection, but not always for long—and for some, neurologic problems were their most debilitating symptom and the reason for hospital admission.
In summary, this is some serious shit, people. Even if you get it and you think that you've gotten over it, the potential is there for some long-term damage that can seriously fuck up the rest of your life.

Still think it's just the flu? Back up your bullshit with deeds and sign the Covid Waiver. I'll bet that there is not a single person who has.

Dragon is Home

First splashdown in 35 years, first manned one in the Gulf of Mexico.


Add that to his slow gait down the ramp at West Point, his recent tendency for using two hands to drink a glass of water and that still-unexplained weekend jaunt to Walter Reed last November.

That all says something. I'm not sure what, though.


Crew Dragon Splashdown

NASA TV is live for the re-entry and recovery.

The timeline:

1:51 p.m. – Crew Dragon performs claw separation. The claw is located on Crew Dragon’s trunk, connecting thermal control, power, and avionics system components located on the trunk to the capsule.
1:51 p.m. – Trunk separation
1:56 p.m. – Deorbit burn begins
2:08 p.m. – Deorbit burn complete
2:11 p.m. – Nosecone deploys
2:32 p.m. – Crew Dragon maneuvers to attitude for re-entry
2:44 p.m. – Drogue parachutes deploy at about 18,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 350 miles per hour.
2:45 p.m. – Main parachutes deploy at about 6,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 119 miles per hour.
2:48 p.m. – Splashdown

Your Sunday Morning Rotor Noise

Apache helos

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Fun for the I-95 Corridor

Hurricane Isaias:

Tracks change, they always do, but as of now, this puppy's going to run right over NAVSTA Norfolk and New London.

Hopefully Donnie Dumbass can keep his Sharpie away from the hurricane maps.

The Trump Administration Could Fuck Up a Wet Dream; Pandemic Ed.

Leave it to Trump to fuck up a working system.
As COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US approach the highest levels seen in the pandemic so far, national efforts to track patients and hospital resources remain in shambles after the federal government abruptly seized control of data collection earlier this month.

The Trump administration issued a directive to hospitals and states July 10, instructing them to stop submitting their daily COVID-19 hospital data to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—which has historically handled such public health data—and instead submit it to a new database in the hands of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Besides the point that the Trump Administration increased the administrative burden on hospitals across the country, there's the funny point about a ten-million dollar for handling the data that was given under shady circumstances to, you guessed it, yet another Trump supporter. It was awarded in such a way that other companies, who might of been expected to bid on it, not only did not, they were not aware of it.

With Trump and his cronies, it's all about the grift.


This is the Rodent Control Officer at a local hardware store:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Another Brave Trumpanzee

A Florida man accused of threatening an Escambia County Grocery Advantage employee with an ax because he was asked to wear a mask was arrested on Monday.

Michael Brad Evans, 42, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday after employees and witnesses say the man caused a scene, yelled racial slurs and broke a large bottle of alcohol after being asked to wear a mask inside the store.

A victim, who works at the 4320 Lillian Highway grocery store, told Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) deputies that Michael Bevans and the female he entered the store with Monday became "belligerent" when asked to wear a mask and both refused to do so.

Bevans allegedly cursed, yelled and made threatening gestures with an ax.
You don't want to wear a mask in a store that requires it? Try leaving and finding a store that doesn't give a fuck about whether or not you're spreading disease, you fucking scumbags.

The overlap between Covidiots and Trumpanzees is almost total.

Xi Goes Full-On Trump

The Hong Kong government has postponed September's parliamentary elections by a year, saying it is necessary amid a rise in coronavirus infections.
China's hand-picked puppet, Carrie Lam, says that she made the decision, but that's a laugh. Lam doesn't wipe her ass without the consent of Chairman Xi.

(You know, sort of like the dynamic between Trump and Putin.)

Xi, er, Lam, is also removing non-Beijing-approved candidates from the ballot, so whenever they get around to holding the election, it will be essentially meaningless.

Almost Blew By That Date

This blog turned thirteen today. Thirteen years, 15,295 posts, including this one. I didn't use tags early on and I've not been diligent about retro-tagging, so I'm not certain as to the most-blogged subjects. But I'm pretty certain that it's cats, guns and airplanes.

The stat counters are mostly useless; the two that supposedly track things here differ widely. It's safe to say that this blog isn't widely read. I do this mostly for reasons between my own amusement and because it beats standing on a soapbox outside of Terminal Tower.

Because It's Friday

British steam:

Thursday, July 30, 2020

At This Point, If You Still Support Trump, You Have Betrayed the Constitution

This is what King Donald the First just tweeted out:

We haven't delayed an election for wars, economic calamities and insurrections. Not for the last 232 years.

Trump is facing a shellacking and he is trying to come up with any rationale to avoid that. Canceling the election (and make no mistake, that's what he's really talking about) is the opening move of a wannabee autocrat.

If you agree with what Trump says, you are not a loyal American citizen. You are a Trumpanzee. Whenever you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you are lying. If you ever swore an oath to "preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies", you have broken it. You should emigrate to Russia or Hungary in order to live in a country that is run under Trumpist principles.

Trump is a traitor. If you support him, that sticks to you, as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Just a Friendly Reminder

Trump and Maxwell

If they put that one on Fox in the evening, Trump's going to be bleeding from the ears.

Joyeux Anniversaire à Moi

Well, it was awhile back. And I'm of an age where it doesn't seem worth the time to mark the date.

But it's still an excuse to splurge on something nice for myself.

And I did:

That's a Model 14-4. That version was the last in the line for awhile, as the Model 14 went out of production in 1982. S&W began putting 6" barrels on guns marked as Model 15s. When they went back to selling Model 14s in the early 1990s, they had the L-frame style full underlug.

I like the looks of the older guns. Model 14s were commonly used for the centerfire portion of Bullseye matches. A number were made with single-action only triggers for those matches. The LAPD, among other departments, used them for a number of years. (If you've ever watched Adam-12, they're carrying Model 14s for the first three seasons.)

The timing on this gun is excellent, there's no endshake. The trigger is as sweet as one would want for a target gun.

I'll shoot this in matches if this damned pandemic is ever brought under control.

Anyhoo, the guy at the gunshop had no issues getting through to the state fuzz for permission to proceed with the transfer, a far cry from how things were last Winter. When I asked about that, he said that nobody has inventory to sell. Some Glocks are going for $150 or better over MSRP.

Korea v. Japan

A Korean perspective.

If you believe that the two countries should be friends and allies, you should read it and learn why you're laboring under a misapprehension. The best they can be is co-belligerents.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Short-Bus Trump Wants More Coronavirus Cases in Other States

How else to interpret this remark:
President Trump told reporters Monday that more states should be easing their restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, as some governors and local leaders facing rising cases and death tolls tighten their rules and ponder new stay-at-home orders.

“I really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they’re not opening,” Trump said as he answered questions at a biotech company in Morrisville, N.C.
Well, that's definitely a "special" opinion. The restrictions in states that have not swung the doors wide is why those states have gotten a handle on the spread of the pandemic. The states that opened widely, like Texas, Florida and Arizona, are having crisis-level hospitalizations.

A number of the states that were hard-hit early on have since seen in the Trump states what happens when you say "OK, we don't have a lot of cases, so let's open the bars and not encourage social distancing and not require masks." They're not going to do that stupid shit. They've seen first-hand what it's like to flood the ICUs, to have to erect pop-up hospitals to handle the cases, to have reefer trucks parked outside of the morgues to hold the overflow. There is no appetite to repeat that experience.

But that's what Trump, in his infinite awfulness, would have them do.

This pandemic has shown that Trump, and the GOP's version of the national government, has made America into a global laughing stock. We are on the road to becoming a failed state, thanks to them.

But that's a subject for another time.

Donald Trump Never Misses an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity

In a solemn display of bipartisan unity, congressional leaders praised Democratic Rep. John Lewis as a moral force for the nation on Monday in a Capitol Rotunda memorial service rich with symbolism and punctuated by the booming, recorded voice of the late civil rights icon.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Lewis the “conscience of the Congress” who was “revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the Capitol.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the longtime Georgia congressman as a model of courage and a “peacemaker.”

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” McConnell, a Republican, said, quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “But that is never automatic. History only bent toward what’s right because people like John paid the price.”
But because Lewis beefed with Trump in the past, Trump is churlishly and childishly refusing to pay his respects. He's sending "mini-me" Pence, instead.

In a time when a little bit of grace and simple courtesy would go some way in helping to heal the country, Trump is going to stay in his bunker and rage-tweet.

Why Trump Canceled the Jacksonville Convention

Not because he was worried about attendees spreading the coronavirus.

But because it had the potential to be another Tulsa, with Trump addressing a shitload of vacant seats.

And that would make him look bad.


It's an argument that makes a lot of sense.

Fuck, It's Been 40 Years??!?

Airplane! was released on this day in 1980.

If you've never seen the movie, surely you must be joking. Your cultural education has been seriously deficient. Go rent it.

1980 was a good year for film comedies. Airplane! was the #3 movie for domestic box office in that year. 9 to 5, another comedy, was #2. The runaway champ that year was The Empire Strikes Back, the high-water mark for Star Wars movies. (They descended rapidly into suckitude ever since.)

Slavery Was Not That Long Ago

Not when there are living children of slaves who remember the stories.

The article's an interesting one.

Meanwhile, Tom Cotton continues his quest to push the history of slavery into a corner. Much of this country was built on slavery. Following the fall of that vile institution, the freed slaves and their descendants suffered discrimination of all kinds, much of which continues to this day. If people are going to pretend, as Cotton seems to, that the 13th Amendment fixed everything, then there will never be a fair reckoning of it.

An easy example that the 15th Amendment was ignored throughout much of the country for almost a century, until Congress, over vociferous opposition, passed the Voting Rights Act, among other legislation. The opposition to voting rights continues to this day.

Pretending that the past is the past and should be shoved away is foolish.

(And this)

Cal Thomas is Engaging in Wingnut Pearl-Clutching

He has taken the McCloskey case to argue that Democrats are truly coming for everyone's guns.

{Sigh} That's Wayne LaPierre-grade paranoia and hyperbole and is, frankly, unworthy of anyone who isn't residing in a locked ward.

The McCloskeys, arguably, committed crimes. Pointing guns at people without just cause is illegal damn near everywhere. After they did that, and it is well-documented, the cops investigated. The cops served a search warrant to seize the instrumentalities of possible crimes. There is nothing unusual in that. Search warrants are often executed before charges are brought. The St. Louis cops, from the accounts that I've read, did not go rooting through the Mccloskey's home, trashing the inside, the way that is sometimes done when the searched property is the residence of someone who isn't (or can't afford) a high-priced lawyer.

Whether or not the McCloskeys should or should not have been charged isn't the point of this post.[1] What is the point is that using what is common procedure in a criminal case to argue that the Democrats are going to seize everyone's guns is somewhere betwerrn gross hyperbole and drooling insanity.
[1] If you go there, that's an automatic Red Card for you. Fair Warning, Cobber

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Trump Knows Beans

And on other subjects dear to the Covidiots:

Seems People Don't Like Their Governors when They Suck at Their Jobs; Ron DeathSantis Ed.

Republican governors four states with surging coronavirus case numbers have seen their approval ratings sink in recent weeks, according to survey data obtained by Axios.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp all had disapproval ratings of 55 percent or higher in the survey taken between July 13 and July 19.

Ducey and DeSantis have the highest disapproval rating among the group, at 62 percent and 58 percent, respectively. All four governors are in the middle of their terms, which expire in 2022.

New Legos? (Edited)


About the Arrest (or Abduction) that DHS Claims Was Not an Arrest

A Lawfare analysis, which you should read.

If masked goods grab you off the street and stuff you into a pedophile van, you're either being arrested or abducted. There's no third category.

"We're All Gonna Get Laid!" Plus 40 Years

Caddyshack was released on this day in 1980.


Meet Jasmine, the new step-grandcat:

Friday, July 24, 2020

You Have to Love Randy Rainbow

Only Covidiots and Trumpanzees won't like this one.

Because It's Friday

A tug-o-war:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Nuclear Trigger

Sleep well tonight!

Remember the Bundy Protesters?

Those conservatives would have lost their collective shit if President Obama had sent in the Federal cops to break up the Bundy Moocher Armed Protest in Nevada six years ago.

But send in Federal cops to break up black Lives Matter protests? They're all in favor of that.

Karen, Wear Your Freaking Mask

I'm going to bet that "Karen" drops to near the bottom of the preferred baby names list over the next few years.

What Does Ghislane Maxwell Have On Donald Trump?

After Trump said what he said about Maxwell (wishing an alleged procurer of children well), one has to wonder what she has on Trump.

Think of it: If you're accused of throwing paint on a statue of a Confederate traitor, or even if all you do is demonstrate against its current display, Trump will call you a thug and an antifa radical.

But procure underage women for Epstein and his buddies, and Trump would wish you well?

That suggests that a signal is being sent to Maxwell: Keep your yap shut and our Criminal-in-Chief will protect your ass.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Trump's Veto Threat

Wait, What? (Trump Loves Sex Offenders?)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered sympathetic words to Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein who stands accused of facilitating the abuse of girls by the now-deceased sex offender.

“I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said when asked about Maxwell during a news conference.
What Maxwell has allegedly done doesn't bear repeating, not unless you want to have the feeling of needing to dip yourself in bleach.

But let this marinate in your brain: Trump is wishing Epstein's procurer well.

Could it be because Trump has the same predilections as Epstein did?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Is Trump Trying to Start a "Racial Holy War"?

Trump is not seeking to preserve order in cities, he is trying to cause disorder. President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways.

DHS is slated to send about 150 Homeland Security Investigations agents to Chicago to help local law enforcement deal with a spike in crime, according to an official with direct knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
"Help", my ass. Federal secret police, hereinafter "the Trumpstapo", are not welcome in the cities that Trump is ordering them to go to.

This is a desperate move by Trump to provoke violent civil unrest, so see if he can get his Reichstag moment. The proof is that that the Trumpstapo's operations in Portland is causing more demonstrations. The Trumpstapo has been energizing the demonstrators, giving them something else to demonstrate about.

The Trumpstapo deployment is a naked attempt to reverse Trump's sagging poll numbers. He is incapable of doing anything to help people, it is not in his nature. Trump is bored by the pandemic. Fighting an infectious disease takes dedication and diligence, things that Trump lacks in spades.

But sparking unrest in the streets, unrest that would play out on television? Unrest that would air 24/7 on Fox? Trump will revel in that. The Trumpstapo has already shown all of the restraint of Alabama State Troopers during the civil rights protests. Trump is using his Trumpstapo to create disorder, to give him something to campaign on, to give him an issue to try and raise up his currently-failing campaign.

The Trumpstapo can't go out and club down the coronavirus or the people caring for COVID patents. So Trump will just have to try and gin up a crisis to motivate his fearful base that "the darkies are coming for your wimmin". The white supremacists have been yammering for decades about a racial holy war. It would seem that Trump has been listening to them.

Here comes the Trumpstapo!


Listen to the Doctor

About That Test Trump Brags of "Acing"..

Dr. Ziad Nasreddine in 1996 developed and copyrighted the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test, which is a 10-minute examination usually performed with pen and paper that measures the strengths of different areas of the brain related to cognitive domains, such as short-term memory, spatial awareness and executive functioning.
“It is,” he said, “supposed to be easy for someone who has no cognitive impairment.”
Or, as other professionals have put it:

I assume that Trump is bragging because this is the first test in his life that someone else didn't take for him.

That the doctors even saw a reason to give Trump the MoCA test says something about his mental acuity.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Warning, Brian Kemp! Mike Parsons is Seeking to Dethrone You as "The Dumbest Governor In America!"

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Cox. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”
First off, not all kids are going to ;get over it". Quite a few will get sick and die.

Second, even if they do "get over it", those little contagion-spreaders will give the virus to their families, including their elderly relatives, who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill and dying. Their fathers and mothers may get sick and die, which means that Parsons will have had a hand in creating Covid orphans.

Parsons is a four-barreled covidiot. Brian Kemp is sitting down to dinner tonight, clucking and thinking that at least he didn't say something so eminently stupid.

Brave, Brave, Brave Federal Officers

Christopher J. David had largely ignored the protests in downtown Portland, Ore., but when he saw videos of unidentified federal agents grabbing protesters off the street and throwing them into rented minivans, he felt compelled to act.

Mr. David, a Navy veteran, said that federal agents’ use of violent tactics against protesters, without the support of the mayor, the governor or local law enforcement, was a violation of the oaths that agents take to support, uphold and defend the Constitution.

And so, on Saturday, he took a bus downtown to ask the officers how they squared their actions with that oath.

Instead of getting an answer, Mr. David was beaten with a baton by one federal officer as another doused him with pepper spray, according to video footage of the encounter. After he walked away from the confrontation, Mr. David was taken to a nearby hospital, where a specialist said his right hand was broken and would require surgery to install pins, screws and plates. He declined pain medication.

Mr. David is one seriously brave man. Every last one of those masked, faceless, gutless cowards should be sent to a hellhole of a prison somewhere.

Along with their leaders, but that's, in part, up to us.

It's a Good Thing That Trump Wasn't President 80 Years Ago

He would have gotten bored with the Second World War by June of 1942.

The language spoken today in continental Europe would be German. Or Russian. In a good chunk of Asia and Oceania, Japanese would be spoken.

Dealing with a global crisis requires hard work and dedication to the task, two things that Trump has never been known for. Trump is presiding over the largest failure of presidential leadership, if not since Herbert Hoover, then since James Buchanan. Trump and the GOP have made this country into a global laughingstock.

It's not just Trump, of course. The GOP has been pushing a platform of "we don't need no science or book-larnin'!" since Nixon. Gingrich began the fight to cripple the Federal government's ability to handle problems. The utter failure of the Federal government to deal with the pandemic, to knock it back to the levels of cases and deaths now seen in almost every other First World nation, is a result of Trump's willful inattention and the GOP's unrelenting war on science and competence.

This is a prime example of the GOP's choice of willful ignorance:
While local health officials have the authority to keep school districts closed for in-person instruction through the fall, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter to schools Friday that private religious schools are free to decide for themselves whether to reopen.
The idea that infectious disease has a religious component is an idea that is stuck in the 14th Century. (Funny how conservatives blast Muslims for "being stuck in the 7th Century", when the evidence shows that the evangelicals are hardly any different in that regard.)

it's no accident that COVID-19 is rampaging through this country. It is by the design of Trump and the GOP. It is by design of the know-nothings who believe that Their dear and Fluffy Lord will protect them from diseases.

And it is why the rest of the world is looking upon the U.S.A. with a mixture of horror, pity and, yes, schadenfreude.


If You Believe that COVID-19 is the "Kung Flu"...

Then please execute several copies of this waiver and ensure that your doctor and the local hospital have copies on file. If you don't, then you're tacitly acknowledging that your bleatings about "kung flu" and "it's just the flu" and similar things are not what you truly believe, that you're only saying that because you are a slavish follower of All Things Trump.

But if you truly believe that COVID-19 isn't a real threat, sign the waiver.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Funny Thing About The Right-Wing

Mandating wearing masks to prevent the spread of an infectious disease: Tyranny! Grab the ARs and march on the state capitol!

Require everyone to have health insurance: Tyranny! Grab the ARs, etc.

Send Federal goons out wearing unmarked uniforms in pedophile-vans to snatch people up off the streets: Crickets.

Funny how tangible police-state actions upset them not one bit. Makes one wonder if they really do give a shit about liberty and freedom.

The proof would seem to be that they do not.

Don't Come At a Cop With a Knife

If you do, you will have a bad day.

It's hard to get a sense of distance, as the camera lens seems to be a wide-angle one. That makes sense for a bodycam.

This definitely wasn't a NYPD-style "spray and pray" shooting.

No Mask, No Service-- Is That Too Hard to Comprehend?

It is in North Carolina. People yell at store clerks, claim bogus ADA exemptions and are, generally, assholes.

It causes me to wonder, during the Second World War, how many people were cheating on their ration stamps, dodging the draft and dealing in black-market goods. I wonder how many people regarded the war effort as a huge inconvenience.

I'm betting that, based on how dickish people are now, that it was in the millions, if not tens of millions. Only after the war did they delude themselves into thinking that they willingly did their part to achieve victory.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

B-1B full-burner takeoffs:

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Trump's Plan to Hide COVID-19 Data May Be Working

Just as the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 approaches new highs in some parts of the country, hospital data in Kansas and Missouri is suddenly incomplete or missing.

The Missouri Hospital Association reports that it no longer has access to the data it uses to guide statewide coronavirus planning, and the Kansas Hospital Association says its hospital data reports may be delayed.
It's all about doing whatever Trump can do to obscure and falsify data so he can continue to pretend that all is well.

Welcome to the richest shithole on Earth: Trump's America.

Two Lions Are Gone

John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement and one of the survivors of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March, where the cops, on horseback, charged peaceful marchers and beat them with truncheons. He later served in Congress for 34 years until his death yesterday.

Reverend C.T. Vivian, who, during a push to register voters, was punched in the face by notoriously racist Sheriff Clark, while cameras were rolling, also died Friday. He was 95.

These were men who risked their lives pushing for freedom in a nation that holds up freedom to be a core value, but denied it to people for centuries because of the color of their skin, their ethnicity and their gender. It was not an abstract risk. Blacks who sought to vote and to better their economic standing were routinely beaten, exiled and often murdered. Where Blacks did gain economic power, they were burned out at massacred by white mobs with the tacit if not overt approval of local and state government.

People like Rep. Lewis and Rev. Vivian were far, far braver than most people ever have to be. They could have gone along to get along, but they stood up.

Most of us were not and are not fit to shine their boots.

And that most assuredly include the current resident of 1600 Penna Ave. and everyone who works for him.

Federal Secret Police, Coming to a City Near You

That's what the DHS is saying in this interview. The"violent crimes" that the DHS is claiming as justification for cruising around in pedophile-vans and grabbing people off the street are mostly acts of graffiti.

This is the sort of shit that people have been warning about since the Department of Homeland Security was created, with its creepy Soviet-style name. We've been warning that having secret Federal cops running around, unaccountable to local authority, was dangerous to a free society. (We've also been warning about the blatant racism of the TSA and the CPB, too.) DHS has been monitoring nonpolitical marches. They decided to become air cops.

DHS = Our own home-grown Gestapo. It was bad enough when they staffed the TSA with mall-cop rejects. Now they're doing their own shadow-version of martial law-- dressing up like members of a white-supremacist militia, arresting people at random and hoping that they can find something actionable. It's sort of like the NYPD's discredited stop-and-frisk program, but for morons.

We are one staged event away from shit getting real.

I sure hope that I'm wrong on this. But still, I'll close with the words of my co-blogger, Eck!: Keep your powder dry.

ETA: Also this analysis, which is long, but is worth reading.

Caturday; Humor Ed.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Famous Last Words


There are some good takeaways in that video.

1) If someone is charging you, move in the other direction, even as you shoot. That critter might have been able to stab the deputy with his huge-ass knife if she hadn't backed up.

2) Know how to clear jams and keep shooting.

3) The argument against large-capacity magazines is just fucking retarded. It can take a lot of rounds to stop a single motivated attacker.

The dead critter was a non-mask-wearing idiot who thought that it was worth stabbing an old guy when the old guy asked the soon-to-be dead critter to wear a mask.

On the surface, it looks like a good shoot, even though Trump's going to complain that the cop shot a white guy.

Trump's Federal Goons

Federal goons in unmarked vehicles are snatching people off the streets of Portland. Smart victims don't waive their rights and ask for lawyers. Then they're let go, with no record of being arrested made.

This seems to be the brainchild of Chad Wolfe, the DHS Secretary who seems to have been named for an aspiring Bond villain.

Apparently, to DHS, the Constitution is just another goddamned piece of paper, to be ignored whenever they feel like it.

Betcha that the Wingnuts who were frothing about Jade Helm 15 won't give a shit about this.

BHR Fire Out, Now Comes the Giant Fid

The fire is out. Crews are overhauling where the fires were burning, which is squid-speak for looking for hot spots.
In response to the fire, [CNO] Gilday ordered the heads of Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Naval Forces Europe to solicit direct feedback from ships’ commanding officers to ensure they have the people and adequate training to protect ships in port from fire and flooding.

“What I had the fleet commanders do this week was to say: We need to make sure our equipment is ready, we need to make sure our people are trained and we need to make sure our procedures are rehearsed and sound so that we are able to handle flooding or fire.
This is, frankly, somewhat foreseeable from the Navy's push to cut the size of the crews, one of the dumber ideas of the Rumsfeld era. The Navy needed somebody to speak truth to power, that cutting the size of the ships' crews would lead to deficiencies in maintenance, cleanliness (warships began looking like Third-World trash-haulers) and the ability to handle emergencies.

None of this shit is at the level of rocket science. But there was a progression of SecNavs who had less time at sea than a commuter on the Staten Island Ferry and they didn't know jack-point-shit about life at sea. So all they did was ram Rumsfeld's bad ideas down everyone's throats.

This is what I foresee: The size of the in-port damage control parties will be increased. That can't come from the sailors who are assigned to the in-port security teams. The option available will be to increase the number of sailors on board as part of a duty section, which means reducing the number of duty sections.

So, stand by for three-section duty year-round and,possibly, port-and-starboard during high leave times (holidays, post-deployments).

And you guys on the LCSs? You ain't never going home.

(What a Fid is)

Because It's Friday

Oregon Coast Scenic RR:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The One Thing That the Vietnam War and the Pandemic Have in Common

That is easy: Trump has been AWOL for both.

Some day, he may understand that one of the major reasons that his poll numbers are cratering is because he's been absent from the fight against the pandemic. When he appears on camera, all he can do is whine about how unfair the media has been to him.

Some Truth in Humor

The same truth applies to hard hat zones.

Has NASA Learned From Its History?

The James Webb telescope is going through testing.

NASA cheaped out and canceled some testing on the Hubble to save on time and to save a million dollars. It cost over a billion dollars to fix what would have been caught in those tests. But unlike Hubble, the Webb will be too far away for any repair mission.

(If we even had the capability. Which we don't.)

So let's hope that NASA tests everything possible to test this time.

BHR Fire Continues

Two tweets of interest:

Nice that they highlighted the ship's motto of "I have not yet begun to fight", but four days into the fire, that's ironic at best.

The story seems to have fallen out of the news cycle.

As USNI reports, fires during maintenance availabilites are not uncommon.

Also, this from my other blog.

Look, You COVID Dumbasses, Smarten Up

  • Most of the stores have arrows on the aisles to indicate which way you are to go, in order to promote social distancing. If you don't know how that works and you drive, you don't know how one-way streets (or the Interstate highways) work. Please surrender your drivers license.
  • Wearing a face mask and not pulling it up over your nose is like poking pinholes in a condom before using it.
  • Listening to Republicans on matters related to measures to combat the pandemic runs the risk of killing you and your loved ones. They don't give a fuck about science or epidemiology; they only care about ideology.
Republicans are deliberately ignoring the reality that COVID-19 is a new disease (that's why it's called "the novel corona virus"). It's not like measles, which has been studied for decades. This is new shit, which means that our understanding of the virus and what measures to take to fight it will change over time. The GOP is either too stupid or too afraid of their Idiot-in-Chief to understand that.

Possibly the dumbest governor in the country, Brian Kemp of Georgia, is a walking example of that. He only realized that the coronavirus was being transmitted by those without symptoms months after that information was known. Now, with more and more evidence that the virus is being spread by airborne transmission, Kemp is denying mayors in Georgia the power to mandate wearing masks.

Maybe Kemp should make speed limits, stop signs, traffic signals and driving on the right side of the road advisory only. Surely Georgians are smart enough to know that it's not a good idea to blow through traffic lights or drive at 120MPH through a residential area, so why do they need laws to tell them that? Think of all of the money they could save on traffic enforcement! It's in the Ten Commandments that murder and theft are wrong, everyone should know that such acts are wrong, so why do we need laws against murdering and stealing?

This all lands on Trump, but not only on him. Whenever he sees an opportunity to divide Americans, whenever he sees a chance to start another political fight, he takes it. In that regard, he has only been following the playbook of OxyBoy and the rest of the American version of radio Rwanda, going all the way back to Hitler's favorite priest in the 1930s-- Spew hatred of "those people" at every possible opportunity.

But you want to pretend that COVID-19 is a hoax, that you don't need to wear a mask, that the virus will magically go away, then you, like Trump, have surrendered to the virus.

There will be lots of contenders for the Darwin Awards from this. Like this kid. And these people.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Trumpanzees, Who Decry Defacing Monuments Honoring Traitors, Have No Problem With Debasing Things

The "Black Lives Matter" mural on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue directly in front of Trump Tower -- a project President Donald Trump blasted as a "symbol of hate" -- has been defaced with a large splash of red paint.

Photos and videos posted to social media at lunchtime Monday showed red paint all over the letters "liv" in Lives. One video, obtained by News 4, shows a person dressed in dark colors and hat, dump a single can of paint across the mural before running away; the NYPD is investigating.
I'm going to bet that the NYPD is going to put their version of Inspector Clouseau on it, some guy who is one screwup away from going on the Rubber Gun Squad.

The City repainted it in short order.

More Corruption, Lying and Hiding the Truth

The Orange Baboon hates the CDC, because they won't bend to his desire to lie and spin about the coronavirus. So this is another one of his dick moves to try and hide data that he thinks is unfavorable. And somehow, Cadet Bone Spurs thinks it's a good idea to use the National Guard to collect data from hospitals? Every governor worth is or her salt should say something between "thanks, but no thank you" and "shove it up your ass". Which means DeSantis and Ducey will do it.

Destroying science for political reasons is a time-worn trick of autocrats. Look for "nope, no reported cases, everything is fine" from Trump and his political lackeys.

The shades of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan must be grinning, as their status as the worst presidents in American history has been superceded.

BHR, That Will Not Buff Out

An overhead shot of the BHR flight deck. It looks as though it was hit by a Kamikaze.

The fire is still burning.