Wednesday, October 21, 2020

DEBATING WHAT MATTERS

President Trump has put the deep state and Biden on notice that the debate may vary a bit from the course laid down for it by the Deep State operatives representing both Parties. I look forward to watching it go down.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

ISN'T SHE SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD NOW?

Ghislaine Maxwell loses fight to keep her Jeffrey Epstein testimony sealed I see the Court is forcing the testimony to reach all ears. I'm surprised she didn't kill herself first. I imagine she'll get around to it soon though....with the help of her 'friends'. "A federal appeals court dealt Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, twin blows late Monday by declining to consolidate her appeals in numerous overlapping cases and striking down her effort to thwart release of a controversial deposition she gave in a now-settled civil lawsuit. The three-judge Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held more than two hours of oral arguments last week, and issued a succinct Monday afternoon order holding that a lower court judge did not err in ordering the release of a 418-page deposition from April 2016 that could shed new light on the Epstein empire. “We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit,” the judges wrote, also turning away a request for consolidation with Maxwell’s criminal case in the Southern District of New York. “We DENY the motion to consolidate this appeal with the pending appeal in United States v. Maxwell.”"

Monday, October 19, 2020

CAN'T STOP THE SIGNAL

I can see the signal is getting out and even those who expose themselves to the news and Washington Week in Review and PBS Newshour are starting to see pretty clearly that it's going to be a landslide. I hope so. I'm kind of looking forward to places like D.C. and Philadelphia actually having over 100,000 more ballots voted than there are people in the cities. I keep hearing there is no vote fraud but I really don't believe that whole districts in Philly voted 100% for Hillary last time because I know people and there is about one contrarian stubborn SOB/hundred that just votes to piss other people off. Oddly, none of them live in Philly or there was some real voter suppression going on. Pity about the Supreme Court and that jackass Roberts deciding today that PA must count all ballots received up to 3 days after the election even without al postmark. No chance of ballot box stuffing there guys. Oh well, a couple of weeks and we'll see if the real facists burn down the country.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

SPEAKING OF SUCK

I just read elsewhere, I'd post the link if that was remotely possible, I just learned/saw that the BBC has taken one of my favorite books, THE NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett and made a movie about it. You know, I usually put titled works in italics but blooger has made that impossible too since it is now just html text and frankly, who can bothered to recall something one hasn't used in over 10 years. Here is a quote from a commenter at a nameless place on the net.

His wife Sybil is now a thin POC… I guess fat shaming is okay if it’s a white female who is erased. Vetinari is a female. Dr. Cruces of the Assassin’s Guild is a female. CMOT Dibbler is a female. And on and on…. What we have here is the classic example of the Ultra Left killing a cultural property and then proudly wearing it as a skin suit. End quote

It's deeply hateful is what it is. I agree with the other commenter there who asked a simple question; why would you watch anything put out by studios today? Well, to be honest, we watch what we like on netflix and amazon and that seems to be enough entertainment. It's not like we could go to the movies even if we wanted to.

Here's a link for what it's worth. https://darkherald.net/2020/10/12/i-need-eye-bleeeeeech/

BLOGGER SUCKS @%^E@$(s

I've been trying to figure out simple things like pasting a link to an article which I have been known to do. Blogger made that impossible to do in the old way where one posts a link and then gives it a name for the text one is writing. Screw blogger!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

THE NEXT THING

I have a thing going on with my vision. It doesn't work. I aim to watch the debate in a few minutes late into the darkness. I seem to come alive in the dark. Always have. BUT the one thing you can take to the bank about our current leader. He most significantly failed to lead us into war. Think about that. He is more unique......I know, that was for the one I love who does read here and we both laugh about things being more unique. THERE WAS NO WAG THE DOG. NOT ON HIS WATCH Me and my daughter when she was about 5 at the time greatly enjoyed walking around the roof and rest of the structure of the US Post Office Trump bought and was going to turn into a hotel in the heart of DC.It fronts the street where new presidents are sworn in. We made that trip to downtown DC about a month before the inauguration. If you haven't been to the roof of that building to look out at all of DC, if you find the time and opportunity it is well worth it.

Friday, October 2, 2020

POSSIBLY THE SADDEST SONG I EVER HEARD

3 TIMES

I tried 3 times to write about what bothers me today. I will have to try again later.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

BLOGGER SUCKS NOW

I read this article at I'm looking at blind in one eye these days, I no longer care. I agree in spades with the author of whatever link managed to get posted. I too used to read the Sunday NYT as if it mattered. I no longer bother and haven't for about 14 years. Used to be I would buy one at the book store in Solana Beach, drive to Del Mar and drink coffee at the Stratford for about as long as it took to read the Sunday NYT with endless refills.....then they caught on and more people would come and infest my Sunday reading spot. Darn them. In years of doing it, nobody came out to ask me to move along which is largely why I enjoyed sitting there in the Sunday morning reading a complete paper. Other people liked sitting on a patio in the sun by the Pacific Ocean and breakfasting and drinking coffee. Darn them.

BETTER FOR AMERICA'S INTERESTS?

Off hand I cannot think of any American interests in Iraq so this was funny. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2020/09/27/u-s-plans-full-withdrawal-from-iraqi-embassy-n973408 BLOGGER has now managed to fuck up every single thing that was once easy and intuitive. FOAD Blogger.

WELL THAT TOOK NO TIME AT ALL

Idiot.



THE ABSOLUTE WRONGNESS

Don't read it.

otoh, know your enemy.

I READ THE LAST BOOK

 For about 20 years I chronicled my life. I pulled the last book off the shelf tonight and read it. It does what it was designed to do and proved evocative. I thought about things I hadn't thought about in decades. I stopped writing them in 99. There was a tiny hiatus until I took up blogging. I fucked up and got married. It proved to be the death of literature or words I wrote for myself.

Friday, September 25, 2020

KANT IS ALIVE AND WELL LIVING IN DENMARK

America is a country of muts. Has been for years. The countries of Europe were bastions of namism. An Englishman was English or possibly Scottish, by luck, Welsh. A French woman was purely French, Spanish were the all the same. Of course that is all not true anymore. Which made this  more amusing than it had to be. If you have not read On The Beautiful and the Sublime, try it again and laugh out loud as you see what once was: incontrovertible.

LOOKING FORWARD IN AMERICA

I can't wait to see how the left is going to describe President Trumps newest supreme court nominee as a rapist. They will. It's just a matter of time. Haters got to hate.

A NO KNOCK INVASION

 The only difference between a home invasion and the cops with no knock home invasions is that the cops wear bullet proof vests. In either event, go for head shots.

Yeah, I watched that video of a woman in a stadium arrested and cuffed after a long struggle by a cop simply because she wasn't wearing a mask in light density arena.

Some of them do a difficult job well enough. The rest are indistinguishable from the SS.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

A RARA AVIS

 Well, not exactly a bird but I did something tonight I have rarely done before and that was I deleted two blog posts that were extremely cryptic but where the lack of my words was to be explained by the hypertext links I put into the posts. In both cases the links were broken and unrecoverable so rather than simply confound people with nothing at all, I elected to delete them and so they are gone. Thank you to those who pointed out that the links were dead.

I typically like to confound people with my brilliance. I sometimes hear a "meh" from below and know I've overstepped my undeniable brilliance. She is my best critic.

NO KNOCK IS MURDER BY COP

This was murder by cop you don't have to agree but we should end it as a practice where the cops shoot innocent people in an armed invasion and where the ones who shoot back in response are charged with crimes against cops. I'm not alone in thinking this way. Every single person I've known over the last 55 years would treat a home invasion by cops exactly the same way they'd treat a home invasion.  Just how cops don't understand that is beyond me.

Invade a man's castle? He has a right to self defense. WACO. TWICE.

The latest gen, whatever they're called, probably don't see it. Their mother's didn't ever allow them to shoot guns in the boy scouts or the military service they declined and to be honest most of the sailors I knew were in that large group the admiral talked about that should never be allowed to handle firearms. "they'd do an injury to themselves." One might laugh but still it was tragic.

The ones in this country shooting the shit out of others are mostly black youths who just point and shoot as directed or when the whim takes them. Read https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/. It is a description of an epic man made tragedy that just goes on and on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ON ME

 I have never met any man like me. There was one who lived next door one year but I never really got to know him. My loss for he died. I still remember coming out the back door one day in the sun and he was sitting next door grading papers and he called out cheerily and asked if I was the Curtis writing to Lex on his blog and I said yes and then we knew each other briefly.

It turns out that he too had a book I read and enjoyed in college long ago but not as long ago as the book was written shortly after the Civil War. I'm reading it again late into the night. What are the chances that 2 men would read a hundred and 30 year old book? My copy died in the fire that consumed everything I had but here it is again in a different binding but of nearly the same vintage.

Copyright 1894. The roaring 90's. I lived/live in the place where that era thrived and made a country great. One place was a summer place for the creators of the era and the other place is one of the engines of that creation. If one counts silicon valley, I've lived in them all.

CAME HOME FROM A ROYALS GAME

I play the music from forgotten lands. I used to live in them, courtesy of the US Army. I lived everywhere in the US......that mattered although my mother found living with Junction City and Manhattan Kansas........a trial. We didn't, we were young. Fort Riley was, back then, a wonderful place to a boy with a bike. Redstone Arsenal not so much but Newport was a wonder. When I moved to the Bay area this resonated and it still does.

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back before blogger gooned itself a link would be the image. Now? It's all screwed up. Thanks for making it suck blogger.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SADLY, TRADITIONAL VIBE HAS GONE

 There is nothing there. It seems that he has left the building of great vastness.

ON STANDARDS

 I was replying to a comment posted below when it occurred to me to write a little about a fireman who reported aboard my ship in the month we spent in Diego Garcia getting a Tender Availability from arguably, the second worst tender in the Navy. USS Puget Sound was famous for several things but the one that endeared it to me during a TAV in the Persian Gulf alongside out at anchor in Sitrah was that it hadn't been able to fix its own air conditioning systems for over 3 years. I think it also got underway once out of San Diego and anchored off the Hotel Del Coronado and lost its anchor and 15 shots of anchor chain because it turns out when they hauled out the chain earlier that year, laid it on the dock, sand blasted it and then painted it they forgot to connect the bitter end to the padeye in the chain locker when they reloaded it onboard which meant the chain and anchor just roared off the wildcat when they took off the brake. Might be apocryphal. But I'd believe anything of them. I was told one of the 2 minesweepers in San Diego went out and found and buoyed the anchor and chain for recovery.

At any rate the Proteus was an AR and dated from the Ulithi Atoll in the second world war. It was old. In the parlance of the era, they had to sign off on the work list we submitted via our Damage Control Assistant, a CWO who flew to meet that ship where it was homeported in Guam. He gave them our list of required repairs and they promptly signed off on 998 of the 1000 jobs we wanted done. They utterly failed to sign off on the only two that mattered most. Both of them were my equipment as Auxiliaries Officer. 

Our 16,000 pound weapons and cargo elevator was destroyed by a chief electrician who used a comb to bypass all the interlocks and safeties on the elevator which then overtravelled the top deck bending 19 inch eye bolts over the sheaves and snapping 2 of the 4 cables. It then fell about 10 feet before the elevator safety system kicked in. Unfortunately those are little diamond knurled rollers that are kicked out by centripetal force as the elevator plunges towards the 6th decks down landing force magazine filled with explosives. It was locked in place and we couldn't shift it and they didn't try. They also refused to try to fix the bastard Bridging and Aircraft Crane that leaked about 3 gallons of 2190 TEP every single damned day. They took all the easy jobs and patted themselves on the back and then reassembled one of my diesel generator engines putting all the bearing surfaces in in reverse order which meant we couldn't start the damned thing until we took it back apart and put 1 through 6 bearing surfaces back in the proper positions. Irritating.

My CHENG was also a little irritated. He meant to rebrick both our boilers but that worthless AR shifted most of their resources to provide services to a nuclear submarine that showed out of the blue and it turned out that WE were the only ones that could provide steam power to the sub which meant we kept a boiler alight despite our plans to take power from the diesel AR and that meant that rebricking the boilers was done on boilers that didn't really have a chance to cool down before men had to climb in and replace the firebrick. Irritating.

My brand new fireman flew into Diego Garcia with a draft of 98 other men for our ship. We were a little undermanned by this point. In fact the snipes had been in port and starboard inport and underway for about 8 months. Hallelujah! We got new guys and things were looking up. 

My new guy overstayed liberty on his first night in Diego Garcia which meant Article 15, captain's mast and the CHENG had just received the National Agency Check (NAC) that every sailor has run on him/her. He made it through boot camp which was about 8 weeks back then but the results of the NAC didn't show up until just that morning when he returned from AWOL. He had  a 7 page rap sheet with multiple armed robberies in Chicago. The CHENG asked, "do you want to keep him?"

If you look at the other pages on this blog at the top right you will see that I give every dog a free bite on my ass before lowering the boom. In this one case my answer was, "no!" He was put ashore before noon to head back to the States to answer to fraudulent enlistment charges. We didn't even bother to hold captain's mast on him we just administratively discharged him with an other than honorable and he was gone.

Now this is the same draft of new guys that included an EN2 fresh from the Alcohol Rehab Facility on his second chance. I met him at the bar in the United Seaman's Club where we were both waiting for the liberty boat ride back to the ship.  He turned out to be special too but in a thoroughly good way even though I watched him drink 6 rum and cokes before the boat showed up. He was pure BM2 material but an EN2. The Chief found a really good niche for him, one that he excelled at.

I still laugh when I remember the Chief telling me that he was on one of the LCM 8s when he heard the EN2 reply to 2 defaulters that were cleaning the engineroom bilges of the Mike 8 boats. "We can't scoop any more water out of these bilge pockets Petty Officer P***** and his response was, "use a straw."

Years later I lived on the top floor of the Mannai Plaza for a year and my rooms overlooked the punishment grounds of the FAST platoon we imported from Diego Garcia after the Khobar Tower bombing up in Saudi Arabia. Every morning before sunrise I would awaken and run to the airport and back and the FAST platoon's defaulters had an NCO who was down there to encourage them to fill sand bags as rapidly as possible while another defaulter emptied them back into the bin and another was doing pushups and another was sprinting around a fairly large block. As the sprinter returned the pushup guy took the shovel, the emptier started pushups and the shovel guy sprinted around the block and it went on for a full hour.  

Every time I called either of the two captains out to chew their ass or the Major out to chew his ass I was grateful I didn't work for them. They were easily of the same type as EN2 P*****. And they came from the same place. We refer to it as EMI. Extra Military Instruction. At the NCO level it could be brutal. We didn't practice that sort of art form in the Navy I was part of. If you got EMI you at least got it from the Commanding Officer, not the Corporal or Gunny.

 

ON THE HATE

We drove over to the neighborhood on the other side of the tracks and it was still an eye opening experience. The houses were no different from the ones on our side of the tracks but they had a generation or two of neglect. Unpainted, sagging porches, boarded up ruins and yet these were the same house types found a few streets over in perfect condition. We were bound for the house in perfect condition and I mean perfect condition.  It had been occupied by a genteel woman and her mother in the unit above. Pristine. We were there to pick up some material that her children didn't want or need. We don't want or need it either but it filled up an SUV and we took it home. We'll figure out what to do with it and send it along to someone who really wants it.

On the way we passed through the blight. We once stopped in the blight and I was instructed about the Hough Bakery, home to the Hough riots long ago and while we were stopped there at the curb a black man came out of the house we stopped in front of and urged us to move on. A man came out of his house to warn us that it was too dangerous for two people like us to pause in his neighborhood where her father used to work long ago. 

Everything is now a sere and bloody hate and the ones on the alleged losing end are promoting it just as fast and nastily as they can. NOTHING done in the last couple of years was done in the name of alleviating racial unrest. It all seems to promote racial unrest. There is nobody decocking the triggers and urging real and shared understanding. No. It is all about race, race, race, race. 

I watched the video of two cops shot in LA by a miserable little shit . What can I say? There are forces and players at work seeking to make a war out of race during this election year. It is likely time to turn their animus against them and end them. There are some really evil people out there fomenting this hatred and we'd all be better off without them.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

SIMPLY

 

I love the sound.