Words of Advice:

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

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

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

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, October 17, 2021

What, No Automatic $10,000 Bounty in Texas for Cop-Killers?

A Harris County Precinct 4 constable deputy was shot to death and two other constable deputies were wounded early Saturday in what authorities are calling an ambush at a north Houston nightclub.

So where is the bounty for all comers to find the killer?

The Day That Dan Rather Saved Thousands of Lives

It was September of 1961. Hurricane Carla, which was a massive hurricane, was in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for Texas. A young television reporter, Dan Rather of KHOU, took a camera to the U.S. Weather Bureau's office. There, the camera filed the storm on their new radar console. Rather had the brilliant idea of overlaying a transparent map of the Texas coast on the radar display.

With that, everything changed. Weather warnings, which people tended to regard as so much blah-blah-blah, were instantly understandable. Between 300,000 and 500,000 people evacuated ahead of the storm.

Hurricane Carla was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes to make landfall. Wind gusts reached 170mph, It was far more powerful than the Galveston hurricane of 1900. That hurricane killed around 8,000 people. Carla killed less than fifty.

Some of the credit for the much lower death toll belongs to Dan Rather, who found a new way to tell the story.

Your Sunday Morning Prop Noise


Cruising at Cessna 172 speeds, they'd fly over 2,500 miles,

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Tucker Carlson Has The. Most. Punchable. Face. on. Television.
Prove Me Wrong.

I'm not advocating violence against the various imbeciles on television.

But if there was an election to see who would get punched. Tucker's got my vote.

In Texas, Lessons in Astronomy Must Also Offer the View That the Earth is the Center of the Universe

That would align with this:

A Texas school district administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they should also have books that offer “opposing” or “other” viewpoints on the subject.

Gina Peddy, the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, which is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, issued the directive last week during a training session about which books teachers can have in their classroom libraries. A staff member secretly made an audio recording of the training session and shared it with NBC News, which broke the story.

In the recording, Peddy told the teachers to remember a new Texas law that requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing “widely debated and currently controversial” issues. She said: “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”

There are lots of things that there are "alternate views" of that have no basis in reality. The Moon landing was faked. the Earth is flat. The African slaves were guest workers. There were Irish slaves in the American colonies. 9-11 was an inside job. Jewish space lasers control the weather. Chemtrails. Paul McCarthy died in 1966. Jade Helm was a rehearsal for invading the United States. the COVID vaccine has microchips so Bill Gates can track everyone. But just because some part of the population believes somewhackaloon ideas does not mean they should be taught in schools as alternative views.

This is all because Republicans are having a cow over the idea that schools should even mention the fact that the European settlement of the Americas meant the near-extirpation of the people who were already there, or that the economy of the South was built on slave labor.

Caturday Videos

Friday, October 15, 2021

Because It's Friday

German steam:

Three-cylinder locomotives (other than Shays) weren't popular with American railroads because they were harder to maintain.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


I'll be rather lax about checking in for the next few days. If it seems that your comments are stuck in Moderation Pergatory, please be patient. I'll eventually get to them.

I'm sorry about that, because it will disrupt the give-and-take. But needs must.

Funny Thing

When President Biden said the he was going to use OSHA to require large employers to have their workforces vaccinated, well, the Right had a frigging cow. "Infringing on the freedoms of private emplouyers", and shit like that there.

But are they having a similar hissy fit about Gov. Abbott (TX) interfering with private businesses by ordering employers not to mandate vaccines?

Signs point to "no".

Tossing These Off, Here

Gee. Another Republican Congressman is, at His Core, a Neo-Nazi.

Congressman Paul Gosar tweeted a link on Wednesday to a website that routinely publishes the work of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Holocaust deniers.

It was the Republican from Arizona’s latest plunge into the world of far-right extremism, having previously palled around with militias, spoken at a conference organized by a white nationalist, and repeatedly promoted the work of another Holocaust denier

This is no surprise, or it should not be. The Republican party has been veering from being a center-right party to becoming a far-right/white supremacist/neo-nazi party. It's comprised of outright Nazis and the like, like Trumpand Gosar, to toadies who have no principles or spine, like Scalise. McCarthy, DeathSantis, and Abbott.

SiG P365

A review.

I'm not in a mood to replace my Shield, but if I was, I might look at the P365. And like BP, I prefer having a manual safety on striker-fired guns.

You Can Stop The Cops From Doing This to You

Say that you're walking down the street and that two robbers hit the cellphone store across the street. One of the robbers is shot, they leave the store and the bullet-catching robber goes to the ER. Then, two days later, the cops contact you and ask if you saw anything.

How did they know you were there? They did a "geofence warrant" and asked Google for information of anyone nearby the scene of the crime. Bet you have Google Maps or Waze or any other app that uses Google Maps on your phone. Most people do.

You can avoid that happening, if you choose. One way is to shut off location services. A more user-friendly way is to ensure that your apps use location services only when they're open on your phone (you do routinely closebackground apps, don't you).


More (presumably) Republican Election Fuckery in Georgia

Officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday.

Preliminary information indicates that the employees checked out batches of applications for processing, and they are alleged to have shredded some of the forms, the Fulton County statement says. Fellow employees reported the alleged actions to their supervisor Friday morning, and the two employees were fired that day.

Given that Fulton County tends to go Democratic, it's probably a reasonable guess that the two morons who were shredding voter registration applications were die-hard Trumpanzees.

Monday, October 11, 2021


Stand By For Some Stunning Hypocrisy; Covidiot Ed.

Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic.

If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks — it would be the first pill shown to treat the illness. All other FDA-backed treatments against COVID-19 require an IV or injection

They're applying for emergency-use authorization, the same category that the anti-vax covidiots have been yammering about.

The pill works by mRNA modification methods, another thing that the "we prefer to die from Covid" clowns have been screeching about.

But you can bet your ass that they'll rush to take a not-fully-approved pill over a fully-approved vaccine, in the same way that they've been pounding down horse paste.

When Did They Start Making Slipcovers for People?

Kim Kardashian's monologue on SNL last week, she was dressed in what appeared to be a full-body slipcover:

She was, by far, not the worst host they've ever had. Especially when you consider that the Kardashian gig is little more than being famous for no gorram good reason.

On This Columbus Day

Discover your turn signal and how to use it properly.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Kevin McCarthy Has the Backbone of One of Those Inflatable Tube-Men Outside of a Car Dealership

Trump isn't Hitler, he likes rich Jews. But he's singing from the same hymnal.

Maher has a point. You don't have to go far to find people who truly believe that the remedy for the fact that The Manchurian Cantalope lost is to declare civil war and start killing people who don't look like them.

Who has an investment in causing such chaos? Russia, for one, as a weakened U.S. gives them more chances to bring Europe to heel. China, for another, which will probably use American distraction as the opportunity Xi is looking for to take Taiwan. Which may or may not result in a wider war that will do fucking wonders for the global economy.

How do we avoid this?

it's pretty clear that we can't trust Republicans to be rational, let alone patriotic. They're selling their souls in service of Their Big Lie. If they can gain control, they're more than happy to pull down the country around our ears to do it. They'd rather preside over a smoldering pile of ashes than be on the sidelines for a prosperous country.

The Democratic party needs to fully come to grips with the idea that Republicans have become amoral street-fighters who only care about power. They are unwilling to play by the rules of a free democracy: If you lose an election, come back with better ideas and sell those to the electorate. No, their plan is if you can't win it, steal it.

The Democratic party had better realize that this isn't 1996 or 2004.

But I have zero confidence that the same people who thought that Hillary Clinton was the best choice in 2016 can recognize the danger the country faces, let alone come up with a coherent plan to avoid the danger at hand.

Virginia Beach is a Good Old Racist Town -- Prove Me Wrong

Jannique Martinez says that since July, her family has had to endure recordings of loud, screeching monkey noises and recordings of racial slurs directed toward their Virginia Beach, Va., home every time they leave or enter their residence.

Martinez — who is Black — claims her neighbor has set up motion sensors to detect the family’s movements and harass them. But police, citing no physical confrontation or verbal threats, have said there is nothing they can do.

This week, following national news attention, Martinez said the loud noises coming from her neighbor’s home have finally stopped. But, she says, the neighbor continues to display dizzying strobe lights.

I'll bet that if the neighbor of one of their cops did the same to one of the city's police officers, they'd figure out a way to deal with it, right fucking quick.

The cops, apparently, are saying "no problem, here The perp seems to be some aging unemployed white dude who lives with his mother:
No bet as to whom this asswipe voted for.

This bullshit has been going on for years and now, only with it gaining traction on news media, is the city mulling over what they can do about that racist prick.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

The seat cushions of this RC-135 may need steam-cleaning:

Friday, October 8, 2021

Because It's Friday

Plowing with steam:

Personally, I feel those steam tractors are best viewed at a distance.

Thursday, October 7, 2021