Seen on the street in Kyiv.

Words of Advice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

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

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Your Sunday Morning Turboprop Noise

C-130 takeoff. Interesting flight profile.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Trump is Lying About the Mar-a-Lago Search and if You Believe Him, You Are a Blithering and Gullible Idiot Who Should be Watered Twice a Week.

Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to bar the former president from public statements that “pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents” participating in the prosecution.

The request to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon follows a distorted claim by Trump earlier this week that the FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022 were “authorized to shoot me” and were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was referring to the disclosure in a court document that the FBI, during the search, followed a standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force except when the officer conducting the search has a reasonable belief that the “subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

Trump is lying. Fox News is lying. Anyone you read or hear who says that the FBI was going to kill Trump is lying. The easy proof is that Your Orange Demigod was not at Mar-a-Lago and it takes a really gullible sap to believe that if the FBI wanted to shoot Trump in the search, that they are too fucked up to do the search thinking Trump was there.

But hey, if you believe the bullshit that Trump and Fox spew on a daily basis, there's really no hope for you.

Caturday

The Ypres cat festival and parade.



People come from around the world for it.

(Non-paywalled article.)

(Why the name of the city may seem familiar.)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Feel the Burn

Hypocrite, thy name is Boebert:

I may have something later on Haley the Great Flip-Flopper, who is now voting for the man she said was an unhinged lunatic who wasn't qualified to run a parking lot, but that is such low-hanging fruit that I almost need an entrenching tool to get at it. I'm curious as to what she got for selling the last shred of her integrity to the TOFF, but I'll bet it wasn't much at all. Ambassador to Chad or the Central African Republic, perhaps?

Because It's Friday

Somewhere else, I reckon.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Twenty Years Later....

On May 7, 2025, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities.

So... Twenty-four years after the 9-11 terrorist attack and twenty years after Chimpy signed the Real ID Act to set federal standards for identification cards, that grade of ID is going to be required to board a flight.

That is some fast-moving policy implementation, there.

Something These Down Here, Redux

I screwed up and, instead of setting today's memes for the afternoon, they went live just after midnight.

Sorry about that shit.

Heh.

Baling These Down, Here










Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Alito is a Constitution-Hating Trumper (And the GOP is Full of Grifting Hypocrites)

Alito was flying a Christian Nationist/J6 flag at his beach house.

Last summer, two years after an upside-down American flag was flown outside the Virginia home of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., another provocative symbol was displayed at his vacation house in New Jersey, according to interviews and photographs.

This time, it was the “Appeal to Heaven” flag, which, like the inverted U.S. flag, was carried by rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Also known as the Pine Tree flag, it dates back to the Revolutionary War, but largely fell into obscurity until recent years and is now a symbol of support for former President Donald J. Trump, for a religious strand of the “Stop the Steal” campaign and for a push to remake American government in Christian terms.

Alito is telling us that he is a election denier, a Trumpanzee, and a Christian Fascist. He's further from being a non-partisan judger of facts and law than Clarence Thomas. He is signaling that for all to see. Is there any wonder that the level of public trust in the Supreme Court approaches that of time-share salesmen?

Meanwhile, a GOPer running for office, who has been lambasting government spending, has been suckling at the government teat for a very long time:

In his bid to become North Carolina’s first Black governor, Republican Mark Robinson assails government safety net spending as a “plantation of welfare and victimhood” that has mired generations of Black people in “dependency” and poverty.

But the lieutenant governor’s political rise wouldn’t have been possible without it.

Over the past decade, Robinson’s household has relied on income from Balanced Nutrition Inc., a nonprofit founded by his wife, Yolanda Hill, that administered a free lunch program for North Carolina children. The organization, funded entirely by taxpayers, has collected roughly $7 million in government funding since 2017, while paying out at least $830,000 in salaries to Hill, Robinson and other members of their family, tax filings and state documents show
.

He's no different from Thomas: Benefiting from government programs and then seeking to pull up the drawbridge.

Really Bad Lawyering, Guys

A troubling discovery last September on a Boston-bound plane received an unexpected response from American Airlines in a legal filing.

In an effort to not be held financially liable in a civil lawsuit in Texas, attorneys for American Airlines appeared to blame a 9-year-old girl for allowing herself to be secretly recorded by a flight attendant's phone in an airplane bathroom.

In a filing this week, the airline's attorneys say the harm to the child was caused by her “own fault and negligence,” and by her “use of the compromised lavatory, which she knew or should have known contained a visible and illuminated recording device.”

American is throwing their insurance company's attorneys under the bus for this and claim this was an "error". Maybe so, but cripes, didn't anything think this through? Sure, blaming the plaintiff is an old strategy, but when it's a kid who was recorded by a perfert, who the hell thought that was a good idea? Did nobody foresee that the first thing the plaintiff's lawyers was going to do was print it out, highlight it, and send it to a reporter (or post it online)?

I can just hear the phone call from American Airlines/the insurer to the law firm: "Are you people really this fucking stupid?"

Some lawyer(s) going to be shown the door so the insurance company doesn't dump that law firm. If they haven't already.

I Have a .32 Gun in My Pocket for Fun.....

A Lipsey's S&W 632UC:



A range report will be forthcoming. I was a little leery of buying a new Smith; the one I bought a few years back was a large amount of drama.

These supposedly have been given some custom treatment over the generic J-frames. The rear sight is far better than the "gutter trench" and the front sight is a big dot with a tritium center. And the 432/632 is not in S&W's catalog, they are exclusive to Lipsey's.

GOP Is Coming For Your Bedroom

The party of limited government is only interested in making it easier for the rich to get richer. But as for the rest of you, they're more than happy to regulate what you do in the bedroom.

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would release a policy on the issue “very shortly,” comments that he later said were misinterpreted.

The comments, made during an interview with a Pittsburgh television station, suggested that a future Trump administration might consider imposing mandates or supporting state restrictions on such highly personal decisions as whether women can have access to birth control. During an interview with KDKA News, Trump was asked, “Do you support any restrictions on a person’s right to contraception?”

“We’re looking at that and I’m going to have a policy on that very shortly,” Trump responded, according to a video of the interview that was briefly posted online before it was supposed to air, then taken down.

The more bat-shit crazy wing of the GOP, including Clarence the Corrupt, have been open in saying that they want to overrule Griswold v. CT, negate any right to privacy and get the government into regulating what people do in their bedrooms and what publications they can read. The TOFF is signaling that he is OK with all that, including using the Comstock Act to prohibit the mailing of anything that the Christian Taliban views as being improper.

Which is pretty much anything other than religious tracts.

If you don't want to live in a religious theocratic dictator ship, don't vote for a Republican. Any Republican. At any level of government. Because those neo-Nazis/Talibanistas are out there.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

1-800 Customer Service, Everywhere

If True, the Irony is Kilometers-Thick; Russian Ed.

I haven't taken the time to run this down, but StrategyPage is saying that the Russians are talking about giving up a vast chunk of their territory in the Far East to China, comprising 9% of Russian territory, in payment for dual-use war material supplied by China.

If it's true, the irony is rich that Russia has gone to war to try to conquer Ukraine and will lose a vast chunk of its Asian territory in the process. I doubt if that's going to go over well with the Russian nationalists, let alone the Russian people, when they figure it out.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

(Somehow, this went live last Tuesday. Deleted and reposted. Maybe.)

A KC-135 in the Mach Loop.



Not exactly a low pass, but that airplane's probably older than the pilot's parents.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

It's Called "Self-Inflicted Wounds"

An upside-down U.S. flag has long been a sign of dire distress and versatile symbol of protest. But in January 2021, when it flew over the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, it was largely seen in connection with a specific cause: the false claim by then-President Donald Trump’s supporters that the 2020 election had been marred by fraud.

The revelation this week about the flag flying at Alito’s home was the latest blow to a Supreme Court that was already under fire as it considers unprecedented cases against Trump and some of those charged with rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Little Brave Sammy has been throwing his wife under the bus, saying it was her dispute with a neighbor. Which, frankly, is bullshit. He knows what the symbol means. He knows the inherent risks of any sort of political display by a judge.

And now we have two, count them, two justices who it can be fairly said have bought into Dolt-45's lies about the election being stolen. Two justices who have staked out partisan positians. And at least two justicies who have been more or less for sale, accepting favors from billionaires. And there are damn few of that class of folk who don't know the value of a buck and who are well aware of what they buy for their money.

The Supreme Court has been, in the last two decades or so, a corrupting influence on our country. Making it nearly impossible to prosecute corrupt officials. Opening the door widely to buying the political process. And having justices who are in debt, whehter morally or financially, to billionaires.

The "fire" that they are under is self-inflicted.

Caturday

Friends help friends clean their heads

Friday, May 17, 2024

Because It's Friday

CP 2816:



"Lens lice" are still a problem.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Sammy Alito is a Partisan, Trumpist Hack

Prove me wrong.

After the 2020 presidential election, as some Trump supporters falsely claimed that President Biden had stolen the office, many of them displayed a startling symbol outside their homes, on their cars and in online posts: an upside-down American flag.

One of the homes flying an inverted flag during that time was the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., in Alexandria, Va., according to photographs and interviews with neighbors.

I almost prefer Thomas's brand of venality, at least his hackery is for cash and favors. Little Sammy's because he wants to drag this country back to the Middle Ages.

This Cake Was Baked From the Start

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a full pardon Thursday for [Daniel Perry,] a former U.S. Army sergeant convicted of murder for fatally shooting an armed demonstrator in 2020 during nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice.

Everybody knew this was coming. The perp could have killed some more people and the outcome would have been the same. Once Putin's Favorite American Pundit began running his mouth, the pardon was a done deal. They only had to finish papering the file and stepping through the paces.

Who Gives A Fuck About This Clown?

The commencement speaker at Kansas’ Benedictine College, a private Catholic liberal arts school, congratulated the women receiving degrees — and said most of them were probably more excited about getting married and having children.

Harrison Butker, the kicker for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, is getting attention for those and other comments last weekend in which he said some Catholic leaders were “pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America.”

Really, who gives a fuck about this guy? His job is kicking a football, a job that doesn't exactly require much more than a room-temperature IQ. But this crap is getting a lot of minutes on the news shows, because reasons.

Less important to those morons on the teevee are the various wars going on that threaten to suck in the rest of the world.

Tedding These Down, Here