Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PAUL HOGAN DOES THE OSCARS

The man had more class in this speech than anybody since then at the academy awards.

METROPARKCENTRALIS

Spotted in Gallucci's car corral this weekend. I was down a fresh pint at the time and looking for something to bring up the red cell count at the time.


You don't see something like that everyday in Metroparkcentralis.

ACE SHARES KITCHEN WISDOM

Srsly, nailed it.
Yes...you.
All of you.
Starting with the person who stacks, willy-nilly, everything into the sink. So genius, how am I supposed to start doing the dishes if the sink is full of pots and pans and knives and cutting boards and that spoon at the bottom that just slipped into the drain, soon to be smacked around by the dispose-all?   .........
 It was quite the rant and so apropos.  Oh, and who throws trash in the sink?

SEEN ONCE, NEVER HEARD

When the young pilot flew off into the sunset last weekend, one of the exchanges with ATC was seen once and then never again. Odd that. I wonder why it seems to have slipped out of the narrative.

Monday, August 13, 2018

MALEVOLENT IRONY

I'm always surprised when quaint people tell me that there is some difference between these. In my experience, not so much. There is little difference because they're all exactly the same. You play ball or you get whacked. You got your international socialists, your socialists and your national socialists. Not one of them believes a word of the Constitution applies to anybody except them. With them you have no rights at all and they get to push you around until you die. I'm sick of them all.


One of the confusing things is that the fringe on the right is almost universally declared to be nazis by those on the left and in the middle. They get that label primarily because they're sick and tired of immigration and demonstrate and march about it. What they want is to be left alone and yet to say that is to be condemned. In the slick new society of those on the left and in the middle, to demand to be left alone is to be a national socialist and white supremacist. I'm not sure how that follows.

One of the brighter lights remarked that the Republicans in Congress now have a chance to show the people what they're made of and stand firm against the flood of illegal aliens. American workers finally have the upper hand because employers need more workers. First rule of economics: Price is set by demand. If they need workers they have to pay more to get them and keep them. Everywhere I go these days I see help wanted signs in the windows of employers. That's a good thing!

The flood tide of people who will work for peanuts and live 50 to a house keeps American wages down and has suppressed wages for over 40 years and yet Congress fails to see that and keeps letting millions more people into the country. They don't work the jobs Americans won't, they work for less than Americans could demand and drive down wages everywhere.

The wage suppression doesn't just apply to illegals from south and central America. Congress keeps upping the number of tech worker visas for workers from India and other places with degreed workers willing to work for peanuts compared to Americans which is why Silicon Valley has now become an Indian (dot not feather) jobs fair.

There is a kind of person that created wealth and jobs and opportunity for Americans. You only ever hear about them now as they are described by the three groups above. That's too bad.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck.”
                                                      -Robert A. Heinlein.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

TRUE ART

A piece of art I find remarkable. From Traditional Vibe

“Memorial for Unborn Children/The Child Who Was Never Born” sculpted by Martin Hudáček from Slovakia.
We no longer see this kind of thing here in the West where art seems to have disappeared down the rabbit holes of mediocrity and outrage.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

DANGEROUS MOUNTAIN

I understand that mountains can be dangerous. I've skied any number of mountains and they can be pretty scary. What I don't understand is how it got into this lady's house.  I didn't know that police forces had mountain whisperers but then, it did happen in Colorado.


It cannot possibly be a typo because the bottom line clearly shows that they updated it an hour after they published it, twice.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

AMAZING ESCAPE ON VENUS

Somebody just paid $660,000 for this painting at auction.


Back in 1975 it cost me $1.99 and they threw in the book for free.

SLOW PACE OF TECHNOLOGY

I caught this article in the Daily Mail about longest duration flight. The article reminded me of a story I read many years ago about a record set in 1935 that still easily beats the Zephyr S. What's more, that flight back in 1935 was manned by two early aviation pioneers, unlike the drone flight the Daily Mail writes so encouragingly about.

I remember reading the story about the brothers, Fred and Algene Key, who decided to keep their Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe in the air for as long as possible. They stayed up there above or around Meridian for 27 days. They received supplies in midair 432 times. Their wives would prepare meals and send them up with the refueling pilot. It's a fascinating story.


As one wag put it, that means they spent 27 days relieving themselves on Meridian. Nobody mentions that part in the history books.

VERY FUNNY

WONDERING ABOUT MEDICINE

I wonder what would happen if Congress passed and the President signed a law that mandates that drug prices in the United States will always be equal to or less than the price charged for the same drug sold in other countries by US drug manufacturers.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

These days when I think of democrats I no longer think of them as concerned educators, slightly left wing professors, working class members of unions and the sort of American I would be proud to stand alongside. Nope. These days when I think of the Democratic Party all I see now is Hillary Clinton urging this country into an abyss far worse than Venezuela or Cuba and I think of the scumbags who call themselves anti-fa while dressed as commie thugs of the first water. I think of the vicious and stupid black lives matter scam who don't seem to give a damn if blacks kill each other in record numbers in the major cities of this country and I think La Raza is surely one of the most vile and racist organizations to run around loose in this country since the KKK was put down.

The entire democratic party scheme to take over and rule America seems to boil down to calling every single person who disagrees with them a racist, a bigot a misogynist and a troll. I don't think that's a very positive image and doesn't bode well for the country when one half has decided it has the right and the duty to run the other half out, lock them up or kill them. Given the power, they would do to us what South Africa's government just did to the remaining white farmers.

I dislike the long trends (media ownership and collusion, take over of education, government unions etc.) that have prevailed in this country and have begun to actively hate the new trend that sees every single one of America's new tech pioneers in California using every means at their disposal to 'disappear' any and all voices of reason that simply have the belief that they are as entitled to share the benefits of the 1st Amendment as anybody else in this country. All the Silicon Valley tech giants are colluding to lay waste to the 1st Amendment and people act as if there is no harm and no foul in letting a handful of socialists control who is allowed to speak in this country.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HATE SPEECH. In America there is only FREE SPEECH. This has been corrupted by the people pushed by the likes of Soros to overrule the Constitution and punish people for wrongspeak. George Orwell would be shocked that the left has taken his book 1984 as a playbook and are using every tactic they can find to shut down, vilify, crucify and disappear the opposition. Nonetheless, I'm going to remain in the opposition to the so-called resistance losers who refuse to accept even the idea that there are rules to civilized behavior and beyond that, rules for civilization itself.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

AND GO READ THE WOODPILE REPORT

It is always stuffed with good and interesting stuff.


THIS MEANS WAR

In an interesting upholding of the new tradition of single low level judges overturning the President's orders issued under his Constitutional authority, a dipshit judge in Washington DC has ordered that the illegal and unconstitutional DACA dreamers BS be recommenced immediately. To use a famous internet misquote, Winston Churchill would have said, This is something up with which I will not put.
To begin: federal judges have no authority -- none -- to countermand an executive order issued by the president of the United States in the lawful pursuit of his executive function under Article Two of the Constitution. And yet, so out of line has the lesser judiciary -- that is to say, every federal judge below the Supreme Court level -- become that we have now arrived at this blatantly unconstitutional pass.
Go to the link to read the piffle and nonsense in this case. It will only take a moment.
Bollocks. As I've frequently noted on this site, the lower federal courts are entirely creations of Congress, and thus subordinate to it. And they certainly have no authority over the executive branch, other than that which they have aggrandized unto themselves via Marbury v. Madison and other rulings of dubious constitutionality. The notion that the three enumerated branches of the federal government are "co-equal" is a polite fiction to disguise the fact that the Supreme Court (Article Three) is the last and least of them, and can be stripped of all jurisdiction except its enumerated powers any time Congress so ordains.
The President is every bit as much the arbiter of the Constitution as is the Congress or the Supreme Court; if Trump's ready to tackle the problem of the runaway federal judiciary, this would be a great test case. Because, sooner or later, it's a battle that needs to be fought and won if the constitutional balance of power is to be protected. To paraphrase Andrew Jackson, "John Bates has made his decision -- now let him enforce it."
Mr. President, I vote for war.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

WAIT TIL THEY DISCOVER CAR BOMBS

The headline says it all, 74 People Shot in Chicago this weekend, 12 killed

A TERM OF LOST ART

I read Fire in the Steppe long ago; all of it. It is still amazing to me that the author wrote this as a serial piece and was traveling the world when he was still writing each month's segment and sending it to the magazine publisher. If you've read it you know, he had a cast of thousands and I don't remember ever running across an error of the kind caught these days by the continuity functionary in modern films.


I miss the weapons artificer who would delight in telling me all about my punctuation errors.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

FIRE ON THE STEPPE

I remember being at a place in Fort Riley where they had nothing but open prairie. It was the graveyard for the men and women who died of the Spanish flu in 1918 and 1919. A wind-whipped prairie fire swept through shortly after they were buried and burned the hundreds of wooden grave markers and nobody really could tell who was buried there. Or where. That it was a cemetery was marked. It wasn't The cemetery, it was merely a place where they buried them as fast as they could.

It was there that the buffalo roamed. It was Fort Riley that comes up again and again as the genesis for the flu but you should see the hospitals they had then. I'm 58, I am very familiar with the hospitals they had there back then. The army tries to amortize infrastructure on a millennial time frame. Their hospitals are always the lowest priority. Those horrible green structures were still around when I was growing up in Fort Riley. They gave one of the buildings over to Boy Scouts which is where I came to see it but it was the same thing all over the country. Temporary buildings built for a War a century ago and then the buildings spent another 60 to 100 years serving the armed forces. The services do have very posh headquarters but you would have got a kick out of NAVCENT back when I worked there in 1996. It's way more posh now.

I was quite angry when the press began shitting on the Army for putting soldiers into Walter Reed, a very old hospital but, more to the point, one that had been selected by the Base Realignment and Closure commission Congress created that ordered that hospital to be shut down and closed forever a few years before 9/11. Once the BRAC put your base or post on the list of things to be shed or sold off, the armed forces could, by actual law, not spend one penny on keeping up the infrastructure. Except pre-existing contracts which had to be honored to the penny. It was written off. Congress never actually got around to replacing the various hospitals they wrote off.

100 years ago the entire world was swept by a disease that killed between 50 and 100 million people. The governments and doctors of the time did their very best to lie it into non-existence.

When you think about it, the numbers are staggering.

NRA IN TROUBLE

I don't actually believe anything published by the Rolling Stone but my obvious and instant answer to the NRA running into trouble came the second I saw the headline.

They should have armed themselves.

Friday, August 3, 2018

JOE VS THE DEER AS HEARD ON ART BELL

ART BELL

I used to listen to him broadcast from his secret bunker somewhere in America as I drove up and down I-5 in the wee hours. I used to commute from Encinitas to San Jose and back and I drove late late at night when all the crazy was off the freeway. Art Bell and his collection of screwballs were endlessly entertaining. I remember the 911 show. That had me laughing out loud under the starry sky as I drove with the top down. Remote viewing got a listen just for the fun of it all.

There was the night along the canal that the 5 was under heavy duty construction and for mile after mile there was a car behind me in the single open lane flashing her lights, honking her horn and being precious. The instant we reached the end of contruction and I could pull into the right lane she blazed passed me at 200 mph. I was amused to find her about a mile down the road, pulled over by the CHP.

The only time I listened to late night radio was during those drives that went on for about 9 years. He kept me awake and mostly alert way into the dark. He will be missed.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

The hair defines her.

It totally defines her.

She is the hair.


NAILED IT

I often think that the Air Force is a parody of a joke. Every time they do something else to prove me right it's like the first time. In this article it appears to state that the Air Force could really make stuff happen if they were just relieved of their duty as the Air Force.
“Operational squadrons in Alaska and Hawaii have F-22 pilots sitting alert in order to address the 24-hour per day alert commitment,” GAO says. “During this time they are not able to train for their high-end air superiority missions. Further, the squadrons must dedicate a number of mission-capable aircraft to this mission, which is more challenging for squadrons with a smaller number of aircraft. Squadron officials from one location estimated that they could generate hundreds of additional training sorties on an annual basis if they could use the aircraft that are currently dedicated to the alert mission.”
I dread to think what they would do if they got off the hook for actually assigning aircraft to a mission. Would they get around the golf course under par? The world wonders.

JOHN KASS NAILED IT

As copied from John C
Kass who nailed it. He got it right.
Contact ReporterChicago Tribune


As the tax evasion trial of former presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort began, the Trump-hating Democratic Media Complex renewed its howls, hoping Manafort flips and gives up Trump’s head.

Mollie Hemingway, the conservative senior editor from The Federalist, asked a question on Twitter.

“At this point, I genuinely believe reporters/pundits truly don't understand Donald Trump, his rhetoric, his administration, etc., and aren't just pretending to be idiots,” Hemingway wrote. “But my question is why they continue to be paid to cover a man they clearly don't understand in any way.”

Mollie, they’re not idiots. They’re journalists, highly educated, adept at social media, Washington networking and social gatherings, a class that has deferred to the establishment for generations.

The jokes they tell at the White House correspondent’s dinner and the show tunes they sing in costume at the Gridiron Dinner for the amusement of the ruling class are testament to their deference.

They understand the game, as it was played at Versailles, as it is played in Washington. They also understand that peeling the skin off Donald Trump and trolling the almost 63 million Americans who voted for him, drives viewership and internet clicks.

Trump calls the Washington press corps “the enemy of the people” and “fake news,” and they hate him right back, calling him dangerous and stupid, and by doing so, they call his voters stupid, and worse.

All 63 million of them.

Trump and journalism are now locked in a battle of excess and outrage with neither acquitting themselves particularly well.

Trump, with his constant tweeting and needy ego, has never even tried to be “presidential.”

And many if not most in the media have given up trying to be fair. Like liberal arts faculties at American colleges, much of American media begins on the left and proceeds ever leftward.

Early in the Trump administration, independent studies showed the coverage of the president was overwhelmingly negative. It was as negative as coverage of former President Barack Obama was fawning. Journalism still hasn’t reckoned with its obsequious coverage of Obama. Journalism has ignored it. And that’s understood, too.

So, what is bothersome isn’t that reporters and many pundits don’t understand Trump. I really don’t know who does understand him. He wasn’t my choice for president.

But what concerns me are his voters, our countrymen and women. That’s half of our nation. And what bothers me is that I really don’t think many in journalism want to understand them.

Shame them? Yes. Understand them? No.

But Trump’s voters know what put him in the White House. It wasn’t merely that Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate. It was that Trump voters detested the crowd that backed her, loathed them; and those voters in turn were viewed as something to be stepped on, to be ridiculed for heresy.

By not wanting to understand them, I worry that journalism blinds itself to something very real, critical and, in the long term, dangerous in our nation: A simmering resentment against the establishment in much of red state America.

And it’s not going away even if Trump goes away.

What’s clear from the anti-Trump punditry is that Trump supporters are still detested; the working class, the suburbanites in high-tax blue states; the families in rural America, all painted with a broad brush and dismissed regularly by the pundit class as hateful, xenophobic and worse.

Because they think their country needs borders and that illegal immigration should have been stopped years ago? Because they like tax cuts? Because they like working after being without work for years?

Or, is it that for eight years, as they were hurting, they watched a love affair between Obama and the media?

They read the papers. They watch TV. They hear the late-night talk show comedians mocking them. They read pundits who ridicule them. They understand shame all too well. Cultural elites may have given up on old-fashioned concepts like honor. But shame? Shame is a useful lash.

Think back on the ridicule that Hillary Clinton, the establishment Democrat of 2016, heaped on Trump voters when she called them “deplorables.”

It wasn’t what Clinton said, alone, that bothered those 63 million voters. Many were shocked by Trump’s manner, by his bragging, his rude behavior, reference to his hand size, his boorishness, the way he treated women.

And still they voted for him. Why? Because they loathed the other side more. They loathed the establishment. They loathed the media. And their reservations about Trump were washed away by the laughter following Clinton’s “deplorables” line.

Think back on that laughter, on that giggling when she talked of “deplorables.” What followed were the snickers of the clique who get the joke at the expense of those who don’t.

That laughter stuck. And Trump voters took the memory of it to the polls on Election Day. Clinton won the popular vote, but Trump voters overwhelmingly gave him the Electoral College victory.

Now, Democrats are lathered up with the trial of this B-movie villain, this Manafort, whose alleged crimes took place long before he worked a few months for Trump.

Let’s say their Manafort fantasies come true, and he cuts a deal, and he serves Trump to special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the orange presidential head is placed upon a platter.

Then what?

What do you do with the millions who voted for Trump? Mock them into submission? Have them grovel and beg forgiveness before they’re re-educated?

You don’t have to understand Trump. But it’s dangerous not to understand the 63 million who voted for him. They’re not going into exile. They’re here.

Listen to “The Chicago Way” podcast with John Kass and Jeff Carlin at http://wgnradio.com/category/wgn-plus/thechicagoway.

jskass@chicagotribune.com I think he got it. Nobody we ex xer hmr exr  know would vote for the scum that is Hillary except one or 5. In my California days I knew no one that would vote for. Now, in the midwest, I am far from certain. Some of them would.

The 63 million, should be taken to the bank. We don't think like you, a lot.

Twitter @John_Kass
Nobody I know would vote for Hillary

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

TEMPTATION

I've been fooling around with the idea for a couple of years here in middle of the not west. Were I still in California I would have done it years ago. Buy Trump bumper stickers and stick them on the cars of people who loath him to death just so they could be vandalized by their ilk who think nothing of vandalizing other peoples stuff. It's the sort of thing a young man with nothing to lose would do just for the fun that was in it.

That 65 million people don't understand that we voted for the guy and hate us all,

amusing.

STILL FUNNY