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

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tripping These Down, Here








"Real Scumbags" and Klansmen in the House GOP Caucus

U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, ripped into his party’s right flank for voting against billions in foreign aid for U.S. allies last week, castigating his ultraconservative peers as “scumbags” and klansmen.

“These people used to walk around with white hoods at night. Now they're walking around with white hoods in the daytime,” Gonzales told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview Sunday. “It didn't surprise me that some of these folks voted against aid to Israel.”

Gonazales, a rare flame-throwing centrist who is battling it out against YouTube gun enthusiast Brandon Herrera in the first serious primary challenge, singled out two sitting Republicans by name who have endorsed against him.

“It's my absolute honor to be in Congress, but I serve with some real scumbags like [Florida Congressman] Matt Gaetz. He paid minors to have sex with them at drunk parties,” Gonzales said, before calling out Rep. Bob Good for earlier this month endorsing Herrera, whom he called a “known neo-Nazi.
Makes it easy for me when all I have to do is copy and paste the words of a Republican, without having to add more snark.

"Renewal by Anderson" Can Go Eat a Bag of Richards

I am just irritated by their fake news-interview commercials. I don't know who those cocksuckers think they're fooling.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024

If You Want To Send Moscow Marjorie Traitor Greene a Gift

May I suggest Russian for Dummies?

Her mailing address is P.O. Box 829 Dalton, GA 30722.

There are 111 other Putinites who could also use a copy: .

Alford Allen Amodei Armstrong Arrington Babin Baird Balderson Banks Bean (FL) Bergman Biggs Bilirakis Bishop (NC) Boebert Bost Brecheen Burchett Burlison Cammack Carl Cline Cloud Clyde Collins Comer Crane Crawford Davidson De La Cruz DesJarlais Donalds Duncan Estes Ezell Fallon Finstad Fischbach Fitzgerald Franklin, Scott Fry Fulcher Gaetz Good (VA) Gooden (TX) Gosar Graves (LA) Green (TN) Greene (GA) Grothman Guest Hageman Harris Harshbarger Hern Higgins (LA) Huizenga Jackson (TX) Jordan Joyce (PA) Kelly (MS) LaMalfa Langworthy Lee (FL) Lesko Letlow Loudermilk Luna Luttrell Mace Malliotakis Maloy Mann Massie Mast McClain Miller (IL) Mills Moolenaar Moore (AL) Nehls Norman Obernolte Ogles Owens Palmer Perry Pfluger Posey Rose Rosendale Roy Self Smith (MO) Spartz Stauber Stefanik Steil Steube Strong Tenney Tiffany Timmons Van Drew Van Duyne Van Orden Walberg Waltz Weber (TX) Webster (FL) Williams (TX) Zinke

Odor in the Court! Odor in the Court!

Drowsy Don is allegedly stinking up the joint. Maybe they can issue gas masks to the jurors....

The Internet snark should be epic.

TOFF Criminal Case #5?

Maybe.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) respectfully requests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Public Integrity Section investigate whether former President Donald J. Trump knowingly and willfully made material false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) by reporting more than $50 million owed to one of his own companies, Chicago Unit Acquisition LLC (“Chicago Loan”), as a liability on all nine public financial disclosure reports (“PFDs”) he filed with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) and the Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) between 2015 and 2023, even though the loan appears to have never existed. If the Chicago Loan never existed, as was recently disclosed by a court-appointed monitor, then Mr. Trump may have made false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) each time he listed it as a liability on one of his PFDs.

That may not go anywhere. But it is worth keeping in mind that it was tax evasion, not murder, bootlegging or racketeering, that landed Al Capone in prison.

And, so, maybe....

H/T

No Doubt That Moscow Marjorie Traitor Greene is In Her Office, Throwing a Fit and Chewing the Carpet

The House is pushing swiftly through a series of votes in a rare Saturday session to approve $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, Democrats and Republicans joining together after a grueling monthslong fight over renewed American support for repelling Russia’s invasion.

With overwhelming support, the House approved the Ukraine portion, a $61 billion aid package, in a strong showing of American backing as lawmakers race to deliver a fresh round of U.S. support to the war-torn ally. Some lawmakers cheered, waving blue-and-yellow flags of Ukraine.

The $26 billion package aiding Israel and providing humanitarian relief to citizens of Gaza also easily cleared. Each segment of the aid package faced an up-or-down vote. A national security bill that includes a provision forcing sale of the popular platform TikTok was quickly approved, as was another supporting Indo-Pacific allies
.

If the Senate passes the bill, aid will begin crossing into Ukraine in days, which will be just in time to help them fight off Russia's spring offensive (and to send more Katsaps home in zinc boxes).

The amusing thing about this is that Greene and her Batshit Caucus could have gotten money for border security months ago, if they hadn't scotched the comprehensive bill that the Senate passed. That bill also included money for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. But their Orange Manevolent Demon told them to kill the bill and they did.

So now, after a delay of months, those foreign aid bills move forward and what they wanted, money for border security, is, as of now, dead. They essentially traded that for a ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok.

One thing is clear: Those fuckers in the Putin Caucus couldn't negotiate a lease for a fifth-floor walkup studio apartment in the shittiest neighborhood in DC, let alone a complex legislative agenda.

Caturday

Chip, being goofy.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Mike Johnson May Have Decided Which Side of History He's On

And he may have chosen the side of not appeasing either the Russians or the Batshit-Putin Caucus in the House.

With rare bipartisan momentum, the House pushed ahead Friday on a foreign aid package of $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian support as a robust coalition of lawmakers helped it clear a procedural hurdle to reach final votes this weekend. Friday’s vote produced a seldom-seen outcome in the typically hyper-partisan House, with Democrats helping Republican Speaker Mike Johnson’s plan advance overwhelmingly 316-94. Final House approval could come this weekend, when the package would be sent to the Senate.
...
“Ukrainians desperately need lethal aid right now. ... We cannot allow Vladimir Putin to roll through another country and take it,” Johnson told the conservative host of The Mark Levin Show about the Russian president’s invasion of Ukraine. “These are very serious matters with global implications.”

That, of course, does not make Moscow Marjorie Traitor Greene and the rest of her Putinite Useful Idiots in the Caucus of Appeasers happy. So they'll try to kick Johnson out of the Speaker's chair, which may fail as Democrats could help him out. What that'll do to his re-election chances are a different question. But Johnson may have decided that some things are more important that political survival. If so, then he's a rare breed in the job.

But we shall see.

Too Bad MTG Wasn't On Board as an Observer

Ukraine said it shot down a Russian strategic bomber in combat for the first time since the Kremlin’s invasion began after the aircraft launched a missile strike that left at least nine people dead in the central Dnipro region.

The Tu-22M3 was downed some 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the Ukrainian border after launching missiles, Ukraine’s military intelligence, or GUR, said on its website. It was the first successful hit against this type of bomber since the start of Russia’s invasion, GUR said. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry also confirmed the strike
.

She has been busy pulling her pro-Putin tricks to try and screw up helping the Ukrainians fend off the Katsaps. Even some people on the GOP Agitprop Channel have had enough of her.

Because It's Friday

Hauling heavy stuff over the road, the old-fashioned way.

Game On, Lobsterbacks!

The war* got going 249 years ago this day. It is also the day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was one of many.

I probably should snark that the current government in the Massachusetts Commonwealth is very much against citizens owning state-of-the-art weaponry and, in that regard, they have more in common with the Lobsterbacks than they do with the Colonialists. I'm surprised that they haven't made Concord replace the musket held by the Minuteman with a rake or some such.
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* "The war", when I was a child, referred to either the Revolutionary War or the Second World War. That 19th Century dust-up in the South was not given much regard, because, after all, we had won that one, too.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

GOPers Love Committing Voter Fraud (and Complaining About It)

Republican state Rep. Austin Smith has dropped his reelection bid after being accused of personally forging more than 100 petition signatures to get on the 2024 ballot.

And he’s facing a possible criminal investigation into his signatures after state elections officials forwarded his petition signatures to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Smith is first-term representative from Surprise, a member of Arizona’s far-right Arizona Freedom Caucus and a top official at Turning Point Action, the campaign arm of the far-right Turning Point USA, which is aimed at young Republicans and run by Charlie Kirk
.

One has to wonder how many decades he could spend behind bars for forging that many signatures.

He's also quit TP-USA, presumably so he can spend time with his new wife and his criminal defense attorney.

Drones Kill Helicopter

One of Connecticut’s major manufacturers is laying off hundreds of employees.

Stratford-based Sikorsky says it’s making the cuts after the U.S. Army canceled plans for a new helicopter called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft.
...
As many as 400 workers in Connecticut will be affected, the vast majority of them in Stratford. Many of the workers are part of the company’s engineering and digital technology staff
.

A new manned aerial reconnisance helicopter in the age of drones would seem to be as sensible as buying new flintlock rifles after the invention of percussion caps. So, good on the Army.

Pumping These Down, Here





Wednesday, April 17, 2024

GOP Impeachment Big Fail

Heh.

The Senate has dismissed all impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, ending the House Republican push to remove the Cabinet secretary from office over his handling of the the U.S.-Mexico border and ending his trial before arguments even began.

The Batshit-Crazy Caucus's argument on this case has always been that they didn't like how he was doing his job. No crimes, no misdemeanors, they just didn't like him. Which is hardly a reason to impeach him.

The Trumpanzees are living in some sort of alternate universe where having threadbare control of one house of Congress gives them the power to dictate everything. it doesn't, anyone with a sense of realism would know that, which is why you have imbeciles like MTG throwing hissy fits on a daily basis.

This particular circus act has been a stellar example of that

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Erecting These Down, Here






The Selective Outrage of the Pro-Hamas Jerkoffs

So where is the outrage of the pro-Hamas twits over what the Russians have been doing in Ukraine? Why are they giving the Russians a pass on bombing cities, massacring civilians and torturing people? Do they not care about Putin's attempt to conquer a peaceful neighbor?

Anyone?

Heidi-II

CBS said it will re-air its broadcast of Billy Joel's 100th consecutive performance at Madison Square Garden after it was cut short for some viewers on Sunday.

Joel was in the middle of singing "Piano Man" when local news began in some parts of the country.

"Due to the overwhelming demand from his legion of fans," Joel's performance, filmed on March 28, will air again in its entirety on Friday, April 19, at 9 p.m. ET, CBS said on Monday
.

The DJs on the classic rock stations have been ranting about this since Sunday night.

In case you've forgotten about the Heidi Game.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Dumb Fuckers, Stupid Assholes and Fascist Douchebags

Israel’s top general has said the country will respond to Iran’s missile and drone attack, but it remains unclear what form that response will take and whether it will be so forceful that it could tip a worsening spiral of violence into a full-scale regional war.

The Israelis are a bunch of dumb fuckers if they do. They attacked Iran's territory (bombing a consulate). Iran struck back with a large and ineffective missile and drone attack. A smart person would leave it there. But nobody has accused Bibi recently of being smart.

And now, to the stupid assholes:

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators blocked roadways in Illinois, California, New York and the Pacific Northwest on Monday, temporarily shutting down travel into some of the nation’s most heavily used airports, onto the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges and on a busy West Coast highway.

Here is a lesson: When you engage in a protest that inconveniences lots of people (making them late for work, miss their flights), those people are not going to ruminate about or consider the cause you espouse. No, they are going to judge you to be the asshole of the day. You will end the event by making more enemies to your cause than you won over.

You feel that strongly about it? Go to Lebanon and sign up for Hamas. See what that gets you.

Assholes.

Oh, and by the way, I make this pledge: If Republicans continue to block military aid to Ukraine, I will not vote for any Republican whatsoever for any office, from town council on up. Never, ever. They supported Hitler in the 1940s and they support Putin now. Fuck them all.

Raking in That Good Old Wingnut Welfare

Nikki Haley, who was Donald Trump’s last remaining challenger for the Republican presidential nomination until she dropped out of the race in March, has a new job.

The former South Carolina governor has accepted a role with the Hudson Institute, a Washington DC-based, ultra-conservative thinktank specializing in foreign policy affairs
.

That's how the game is played. She gets a high-profile gig that is the best thing to a no-show job while she ponders her options.

Maybe she can try to clean the bloodstains and dishonor out of Kissinger's old chair there.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Christian Bigots Never Think It'll Be Their Kids

Until it is their kids. One dad who bought into the Christianist hatred of LGBTQ changed his tune when it was his kid who was transgendered.

Good for him for getting past the crap that was taught to him by his hate-based church and letting his love for his child take over. Other members of the Church of Southern Slavers would have kicked the kid out of the house.

Juicing These Down, Here

Just a few:




Caturday


Chip accidentally was included in a meme post. He survived.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Because It's Friday

German steam.

New Pithtols?

Taurus now has a line of hammer-fired, DA/SA, polymer-framed pistols called the "TH" line. Think HK USPc for less than half the price.

I haven't had a Taurus since I bought a 605 a quarter-century ago. It was not a fancy gun, one that if it got a little rust on it, I just wiped it off and drove on. In the mid-'00s, Taurus earned a reputation of being terrible for both quality and customer service. I knew two gun shops that stopped carrying their guns because too many customers were not happy. (One sold Hi-Points, which may give you an idea of how bad things were for Taurus.) Taurus sold some guns that were eminently mockable (View, Curve).

Taurus has been trying to change things and I wish them luck with that. But when it comes to jumping on gun bandwagons, I'm a trailing-edge type.

"Of Course You Realize This Means War."

An Israeli airstrike that demolished Iran’s consulate in Syria on Monday killed two Iranian generals and five officers, according to Iranian officials. The strike appeared to signify an escalation of Israel’s targeting of military officials from Iran, which supports militant groups fighting Israel in Gaza, and along its border with Lebanon.

And this:

Mexico’s government severed diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police broke into the Mexican Embassy to arrest a former Ecuadorian vice president, an extraordinary use of force that shocked and mystified regional leaders and diplomats.

Ecuadorian police late Friday broke through the external doors of the embassy in the capital, Quito, to arrest Jorge Glas, who had been residing there since December. Glas sought political asylum at the embassy after being indicted on corruption charges.

It has been international law for a very long time that embassies and consulates are considered to be foreign soil. If you go to the French consulate or embassy, as soon as you walk onto the property, you are legally in France. That is why József Cardinal Mindszenty was able to stay in the American embassy in Hungary for fifteen years and Julian Assange was able to take refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years, until he pissed off his hosts. (The irony of Assange hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy and the Ecuadorians invading the Mexican embassy doesn't escape me.)

I believe the world would be a better place if the people of Iran were able to rise up and stand all of the ruling clerics up against a wall like the Romanians did to Nicolae Ceaușescu. But, having said that, Israel committed an act of war against Iran. I would be surprised if they didn't retaliate.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Range Report

For this gun,



That was at 50' with Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints.

I like the .40 round. For one thing, in a hi-cap ban state, the limitations mean that I give up two rounds to the hand-wringers in the statehouse. With a 9mm, I give up a third of the capacity. In a metal-framed gun like the P229, I don't think it's too snappy. (A Glock 27 is a while different thing altogether.) And I do have a liking for DA/SA guns, too.

This'll do nicely.

It's a Parking Lot, Asshole, Not a Racetrack. Slow the Fuck Down.

That is all.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Cops Staged a Legal Execution

Plainclothes Chicago police officers fired nearly 100 gunshots over 41 seconds during a traffic stop that left one man dead and one officer injured, according to graphic video footage a police oversight agency released Tuesday.

Five officers from a tactical unit who were in an unmarked police vehicle surrounded an SUV last month driven by Dexter Reed, allegedly for failing to wear a seatbelt. Video shows the 26-year-old Black man briefly lowering a window and then raising it and refusing to exit the vehicle as more officers arrived, yelled commands and drew weapons.

I call bullshit. Plainclothes cops in unmarked vehicles have no business pulling people over for traffic violations. It reads as though they were baiting the bad guy to do something stupid and he did.

Outside of that, there is no shortage of cases of goons impersonating cops. One can easily buy light bars and "raid jackets" online. The bad guy might have thought that he was being set up for a hit. And in a way, he was.

GOP Gets What They Want (and They Ain't Happy).


Right. A law that was enacted a half-century before Arizona became a state, when the primary occupations of Arizonans were cowboy, gambler, gunfighter and whore, is given credence?

Republicans, who formerly praised the law, are now running from it. Because they know that, other than the batshit-crazy Christian Talibanistas, a majority of voters favor keeping abortion legal. Even the looniest person in Arizona politics can read the signs.

In a sign of Republicans’ political bind, even Kari Lake, a staunch Trump ally and abortion opponent who is running for Senate in Arizona, said the total abortion ban “is out of step with Arizonans.” It’s a shift from two years ago when Lake praised the 1864 law.

Yeah, because now, Ms. QAnon has seen that a majority of people don't like her party's position and, in an election where it is on the ballot, will turn out. Which may happen in Florida and Arizona, among other states.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

One Hundred and Fifty-Nine Years Ago

The last flag of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was flown.



The war, fought by poor white conscripted farmers on behalf of rich (and draft-exempt) slaveowners was over. The North gained railroad lines and factories from wartime needs. The South didn't recover economically until the invention of air-conditioning. Soon after the end of the war, Southern apologists invented lies about what the war was fought over. And they continue to lie to this day, denying the plain fact that their "noble cause" was, from beginning to end, about the preservation and promotion of slavery.

And this, from 24 years ago, which has stood the test of time.

The Longest Eclipse, Ever

Fifty-one years ago, observed from a Concorde.

Lambasting These Down, Here

Never forget this:








B-A-G Day Came Early


The night-sights are 16 years old and are, of course, very dim. It's in .40 S&W because reasons.

Range trip after I have a few more magazines.

Monday, April 8, 2024

The International Association for the Protection of Child Molesters Wants to Lecture Us About Morals Some More

The Vatican has described the belief in gender fluidity as “a concession to the age-old temptation to make oneself God”, as it released an updated declaration of what the Catholic church regards as threats to human dignity.

Right. The organization that has provided safe havens for pedophile priests, monks and nuns for centuries; which was a participant in the Rwanda genocide; which has acquiesed to Putin's war of conquest; which did fuck-all during the Holocaust; which enslaved unmarried women and girls in "Magdalene homes"; and which willing participated in the genocide, cultural eradication, and enslaving of the survivors of Native populations around the globe wants lecture us about morals and human dignity?

Dear Holy Father of the Roman Catholic Church, you dress-wearing piece of moralistic shit: Go fuck yourself, along with everyone else in your self-styled church.

It's time to start taxing those motherfuckers.

Besides that, God loves people as they are? Is that his shitck? Where do they draw the line? Cleft palates? Club feet? Bad heart valves? Cosmetic surgery?

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Trump's Plan for Ukraine: "Peace For Our Time"

Former President Donald Trump has privately said he could end Russia’s war in Ukraine by pressuring its embattled government to give up territory, the Washington Post reported, despite the repeated and vehement refusal of Ukraine's leaders to cede any land in the conflict.

Trump has said publicly he could end the war within a day of returning to the presidency, although he has revealed few details of his plan. The Post − citing people who discussed the plans with Trump or his advisers and spoke on the condition of anonymity because those conversations were confidential − said Trump wants to pressure Ukraine to cede Crimea and the Donbas border regions to Russia.

That would be the boldest move for peace since Neville Chamberlain secured peace on the Eurpoean continent in 1938. And it would be just as long-lasting, just as effective as Chamberlain's declaration.

Putin has not wavered in his goal to conquer all of Ukraine. Chamberlain's Trump's plan would have the same effect: Delay the onset of another world war and also give both sides more time to prepare.

Except Trump wouldn't prepare. He would do everything in his power to smooth over Putin's road to restoration of the Russian Empire, including turning his back on Europe. Just as the Republicans tried their level best to do in 1940.

If Trump has his way, by 2027 at the latest, there will be another general war in Europe. Oh, he may say that isn't his goal and the toadies on the GOP will bury their heads in the sand and say they don't want to see it, but it will happen.

And instead of opening the pipelines and giving the Ukrainians everything they need (which, by the way, is mostly made by American companies), we will, once again, send our young men and yes, women, to fight and die in the mud of Europe.

So, conservatives, why do you want to see our people go fight another world war in Europe? Why do you want to run the risk of a thermonuclear conflict? Or are you that willfully blind to the reality facing the globe?

A Bill That I Can Endorse

After House Republicans introduced legislation to rename an airport outside of Washington, D.C., after former President Donald Trump, a group of House Democrats are now proposing a bill to rename a federal prison in Miami after Trump.

The legislation, which would rename the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in Florida as the "Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution," was officially filed on Wednesday, April 3
.

I endorse this bill. They can also rename the TOFF's future home in NY.

The TOFF's Blood-Corruption Slur

You've probably heard that the Orange Russian Asset has, among other things, been channelling Hitler and blathering about immigrants corrupting the blood of the country.

A few things about that. First off, this:

Second, his dad's parents were immigrants (his father and grandfather were also draft-dodgers). His mother came over and took a job that could have been done by an American during the Depression. His current wife came in on visa fraud (allegedly). She then brought in her parents by a method that Captain Bone Suprs and Gruppenführer Miller have derisively rerred to as "chain migration".

And by the way, his wife, in-laws and youngerst son are, therefore, Slavs; people who were deemed as sub-humans by the TOFF's "intellectual" lidestone.

Third, Neanderthal DNA is present in Caucasians and Denisovan DNA is present in some Asian populations. The only population of human that doesn't have archaic genes in it is (wait for it) Africans. Which makes them the "pure bloods", not P01135809's Aryans.

So, to sum up, he's as full of shit as always.

Your Sunday Morning Prop Noise

A PBY Catalina:



This is, of course, an amphibian version. The first models were seaplanes and the Navy took a very dim view of flying them over land.

Note that there is someone in the mechanic's station in the pylon for the parasol wing.