Saturday, August 19, 2017


Heedlessly stolen from Instapundit and the Atlantic, this:
This goes on for some time. It’s an attempt at symbolism, I think. A beverage may be useful. 
From Oregon, the eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming… Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon… The few non-white residents of Idaho and Wyoming are not black — they are mostly Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan.  
Perhaps this demographic information is all building to some kind of point, a moment of profundity. Any minute now. 
From Kansas, the eclipse goes to Missouri, still mostly bypassing black people.
Surely a contender for The Most Woke Sentence Yet Uttered.
Moving east, the eclipse will pass part of St. Louis, whose overall population is nearly half black. But the black residents are concentrated in the northern half of the metropolitan area, and the total eclipse crosses only the southern half.
Your modern eclipses are obviously racist...and fast.

Professor Ristroph is of course an educator, a graduate of Harvard.

Via dicentra.

I was just telling my better half about the Air Force officers I was privileged to serve with in JTF A in Cairo West long ago. All of them, according to their biographies, appeared to have Ph.Ds and Master's Degrees in science or engineering or management or ....well, let's just not say. They appeared, on paper, to be way smarter than LCDR Whossname.

I got a call one day in the Joint Operations Center of Joint Task Force Alpha and it was an Air Force officer of some description. I'm not sure which. He informed me that the B-1B bomber on loan from the real Air Force had inadvertently taxied too close to the Armaments Building there at Cairo West, which intruded some goodly distance into the air and thus, well within the envelope of B-1B bombers who are well advised to steer clear of all buildings and this bumbling bomber had hit the building and knocked off what looked to be about 4 feet of one it's wings.

I was insufficiently perspicacious to ask if it could fly on just one full length wing and let him rabbit on. The upshot of his call was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to be notified that a Strategic Asset was a little bit broken and would I give them a ring and let them know.

I declined his noble offer and suggested that he do the notifying and testifying himself and if that didn't appeal, maybe have the actual driver make the call. We were much to busy at the JOC to handle unimportant phone calls to the Pentagon. We had 3 powerpoint briefings that needed to be updated and briefed to ARCENT every single day about our fake war in Egypt.

1 comment:

The Old Man said...

The AF is still dodging anything that resembles blame, I see. Some things never seem to change....