Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Horde

Three cats is, in my opinion, two too many. Mrs. Wolves tends to disagree, which is why we have The Horde gathered daily at one window or another:

Alas, we are not limited to windows, nor to cats. If the front door is open, pretty much every animal in the house likes to gather to look out the storm door:

At least none of the cats is lying on Jeb, which has been known to happen.

Spotted in Denmark

Thanks to my European correspondent, I have this picture of a car spotted in Denmark with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker prominently displayed:

Of course, Europeans supporting a Socialist is no surprise. And, given how corrupt the Democrat Party is in this country, it also would be no surprise to me if this sumbitch voted for Sanders in one or more primary elections.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Never saw that coming

If you want less of something, you tax it. The more you tax it, the less of that something you will get. Of course, that also means that you will get less tax revenue from taxing that something, because there is less of that something happening. That is simply how things work. Seattle, apparently, has not figured this out:
When the City of Seattle passed a tax on all sales of guns and ammunition, the measure was hailed as a way to defray the rising costs of gun violence.
But since the tax took effect, those costs have only risen as gun violence in the city has surged. And the tax has apparently brought in much less than city leaders projected it would.
The igno-liberal who brought this tax to the table thought it would generate $300,00 to $500,00 per year in tax revenue. Oddly, enough, that didn't happen, as gun stores in Seattle promptly move outside the city limits. Why? The law made it too expensive to do business in city limits:
Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016. Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.
That's a lot of extra cost. People can go where those extra costs are not imposed in a case like this, with a city tax. Just go to a store in the county where the tax does no apply. Simple. Apparently, city officials never contemplated this possibility. Libtards always do their tax-impact analysis on a static basis, as if increased taxes will not affect behavior. All evidence shows that higher taxes on a particular activity will result in less of that activity, but libtards keep pretending otherwise. Predictably, higher taxes never produce the revenue expected, and this case was no different:
In selling his gun tax to the public, Burgess predicted it would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. The money would be used to study the root causes of gun violence in hopes of reducing the costs to taxpayers.
Seattle officials refuse to say how much the tax brought in the first year, only giving the number “under $200,000.” Gun rights groups have sued to get the exact amount.
But Mike Coombs, owner of Outdoor Emporium, the last large gun dealer left in Seattle, said the actual tax revenue is almost certainly just over $100,000, a figure based on information he says the city shared with his lawyers.
Coombs said storewide, sales are down 20 percent while gun sales have plummeted 60 percent.
Please note that there is only one large gun dealer left in Seattle. I assume his lease is too hard to break for him to leave the city. But he knows how much he pays in taxes, and I'll bet he can figure out how much the remaining small dealers pay under this (probably unconstitutional) tax. So if this guy says the city is collecting closer to $100,000 that $200,000, I believe him. I also believe the tax is failing to do anything except drive gun stores out of Seattle. It isn't driving guns out of Seattle, just the stores where law-abiding citizens can buy guns. Not sure how that is supposed to be a good thing.

I'm big in the South Pacific

Fiji came by the other day, a first-time visitor to the blog from that island nation. Here's what you need to know:
Fiji, . . . officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 860,000. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji's principal cruise port.[12] About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism)[12] or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu's interior is sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.[13]
Mostly they do tourism and sugar, but Fiji is pretty well off as South Pacific island nations go. Lots of natural resources, plus the tourism thing is huge. A former British colony, the island nation was given independence in 1970. There were some rough spots between now and then, with a couple military coups and shit, but nothing that made the country anything less than a tropical paradise. All in all, not bad. Got to like this:

So, let's all give Fiji a big Eff You welcome. Come back soon, and bring your friends.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yes, more farming

I went to The Farm this past weekend, and I did stuff. We had brussel sprouts, which were a bad idea Farmer Tom had because they were on sale, really cheap. They were on sale really cheap in April because you can't harvest brussel sprouts -- I have no damn idea how to spell it -- until after the first frost, which is why you plant them in August, not April. In any event, we had these brussel sprouts:

I pulled them out and we then had dirt:

I have not yet planted anything in this particular dirt. Perhaps this weekend. I also weeded the shit out of the bed the spinach was in until about two weeks ago, when I harvested all of it. I planted beans there:

 And then I watered the shit out of that bed:

 Next up, I went to the little bed that could and pulled out the brussel sprouts that Farmer Tom planted there, hoping to come up with seeds, I guess:

That bed is now empty, as well. Probably going to be more garlic. Farmer Tom decides what to plant, I keep it alive. Right now, that bed is just dirt:

I was able to harvest a few things, though, even as early in the season as it is. Cold weather crops continue to finish up. Such as swiss chard:

And kale:

And whatever kind of lettuce this is:

And this big-ass head lettuce that is not iceberg:

More coming, as we finish up the winter crops and put in more summer stuff.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RIP, Adam West

A Batman like no other. A fabulous show from my childhood, and this tribute says it all:

So long, Adam.

Friday, June 9, 2017

While we're doing haiku . . .

. . . I guess I have a dog-walking haiku. Suppose to be hot as hell this weekend and into early next week, but tonight it is cooler, dropping below 70. As I walked Jeb the Wonder Dog, I could smell wood smoke, which gives us this:
Kind of cool tonight
Someone has a fireplace lit
Is it really June?

Another employment haiku

This project might not be the greatest ever, but it doesn't suck. First of all, they hired me when the vanishingly small number of other projects out there did not. Second, there is some overtime. Not enough to be ideal, but beggars can't be choosers. Finally, even though seating was assigned by alphabetical order - I fucking hate assigned seating -- I got a great seat, at the end of a row and close to a wall. Not a lot of traffic. Plus, the woman to my left didn't show up today, so I might be at the end of a row with a vacant seat to my left. Please, Lord. In any event, it inspired another employment haiku:
New job doesn't suck
Got some overtime, at least
Got a real good seat
That's what I'm talking about.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I always knew Brett Favre was a cowboy, but . . .

. . . apparently in his early years as the Packers' starter he was winging it even more than people thought. By all means, watch the video, but here is a transcript of when he decided he needed to ask Ty Detmer, the Packers' backup quarterback, some basic questions:
"So after about our second year [together], finally I said I just gotta know. So, I said, 'Ty, I gotta ask you a question.' And Ty was about as goofy as I was. He says, 'What's that?' I said 'What's a nickel defense?' He gets real quiet. He says 'Are you serious?' I said 'yeah, I'm serious.' He says 'Well, they basically take out a linebacker and bring in a DB.' I said 'that's it?' He said 'That's it.' I said 'Who gives a s---?'"
I'm sorry, but this just makes me love him more.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

An employment haiku!

Yeah, got a gig starting tomorrow. Supposed to last six weeks and have overtime, but we'll see. After all, Rule No. 1 still applies. Still, it deserves a haiku:
Got a job, at last.
About motherfucking time.
We'll see for how long.
Yeah, we'll see.

Yes, I've been farming

I went to The Farm the other day. Mostly, I harvested. There is some weeding to do, but I focused on getting stuff out of the ground. I cleared out the spinach bed, because it is getting too hot for spinach and it has stopped growing:

I peeked in on the okra, which is coming up nicely:

Lots of leaf lettuce coming up, as well:

The peas look good. In a couple three weeks, we'll start harvesting those:

The broccolinis -- only individual florets grow, not entire heads -- are doing well:

Carrots are coming in nicely:

I harvested some broccolinis:

Brought in some kale, as well:

Also Swiss chard:

And, of course, since I closed out the spinach bed, a bunch of spinach:

Against all odds, I harvested some cauliflower:

All of the cold-weather crops are just about done. Soon we will be switching completely to summer crops. The transition is underway, but we should have more bean beds in place soon, replacing spinach, broccoli and the like. Stay tuned.

Mrs. Wolves wants another pet

I'm pretty sure the Wolves kit-tays want this pet, too, but I think they want it for a different reason. Mrs. Wolves is thinking pet, and the kit-tays are thinking lunch. In any event, they watch this potential new pet longlingly through the windows.

What are we talking about? A rabbit has decided to raise her offspring in our backyard:

The young bunny frequently appears alone, chomping on grass and clover:

It seems that they live behind the fence of the house next door, but they come into our yard frequently. Consequently, I am no longer allowed to mow the back yard, as that would reduce their food supply, apparently:

Really, I think they'd be OK:

In any event, we have a baby bunny in the back yard, at least for now.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It's almost like environmentalists just want to be wrong

I can't include the entire chart because that would be a copyright problem, but a poster at Red State has put together a succinct history of the failure of environmentalists' predictions, including these:

A Short History Of A Failed Philosophy
YearPredictionHow It Turned Out
1962DDT Would Destroy The EcologyRachel Carson in her book Silent Spring triggered the move to over regulate pesticides and in particular banning DDT. How did it turn out ? Well we use more pesticides now than we have ever before, the big threat to birds these days are Windmills and most people are living longer than ever. Negative Results: Deaths in third world countries are estimated in the 10s of millions from diseases carried by insects
1968Population BombPaul Ehrlich’s prediction of Malthusian apocalypse for humanity. Overpopulation was predicted to exhaust all the earths resources, and completely exhaust our ability to feed ourselves. If we were lucky by that far future decade of the 1980s we would be living in a Mad Max desert scrabbling for buried canned goods. How’d that one turn out ? Well I see people trying to lose weight all over the place, and I have made a hobby of ordering foods I have never tried from strange places.
1970sGlobal CoolingDon’t let them snow you this was a real unreal thing. During the 70s and early 80s there were widespread predictions of a coming ice age* and we would all be moving south or living under glaciers. This was a bad prediction but a good look at how the greens use scare stories. Carl Sagan was one of the proponents of the original idea which he expanded into his Nuclear Winter scenario. The goal was to force disarmament on the U.S.
1972Limits To GrowthResource exhaustion: Collapse of world civilization by mid 21st century. Give them credit the people that came up with this one made sure they would never be called on it. 45 years in though it doesn’t look good. We have actually had several collapses in the price of basic commodities due to oversupply since the book was written. The U.S. is well on it’s way to being energy independent again (thank you fracking) and we are still eating more than we should and exercising not as much as we should
1980Global WarmingGlobal Warming, climate change, man bear pig, is the follow up scare story to global cooling. This time around literally hundreds of predictions are being made. A cynic would characterize this a strategic decision to prevent it from being discredited. How has it done ? Well we have had no warming for nearly the past 20 years. (Well excepting that which comes from adjusting the temperature record up)

Go to Red State for the rest of the chart. Why does anyone ever listen to them?

73 years ago today

Thousands gave their lives in the name of freedom. D-Day stands alone as the single greatest exemplification of courage for a cause. Try not to forget the sacrifice, or the cause:

Thanks, guys.

Readers of this blog continually surprise me

Sure, the comments often come as a surprise, as do the places people come here from. But today, someone used search terms that about floored me: "Eugene Robinson is an idiot."

Naturally, this is true, but it also is the title of this post, which I wrote shortly after the massacre at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. As some of you may recall, Charlie Hebdo is a French satire weekly that used to publish lots of cartoons mocking radical Islamists. They don't anymore, because the guys who drew the cartoons as well as the guys who thought it was a good idea to publish those cartoons all got killed that day.

It never hurts to tell Islamists to fuck off. So, Islamists, fuck off:

No, really. Fuck off, Islamists. Come by sometime to get your 72 virgins or whatever you think is waiting for you. Fascinating to me that someone used those search terms to find the blog. Pretty specific, really.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Yeah, it's another unemployment haiku

Submitted for a project at an agency I've never worked for. I don't know why, but agencies always want you to interview first. They aren't very discriminating -- anyone who has read this blog for very long knows that complete freaks get hired routinely -- but I guess they want to make sure you actually have a pulse:
Got an interview.
It's see lightning, hear thunder
But a job's a job.
So maybe I'll be back to work soon.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ah, Florida

Specifically, the panhandle of Florida. I went to visit my father last week, as I previously mentioned, along with Cpl. Wolves and Married Into Wolves. It was a good trip. We drove. Long drive, but a metric shit ton cheaper than flying.

Anyway, there was a defining moment when I knew I was in Panhandle Florida. We had just driven through Cantonment (pronounced Can-TONE-ment, for the uninitiated) and entered Century in Florida when I saw a dead raccoon on the side of the rode. I paid it no mind. And then Cpl. Wolves, who was riding shotgun as I drove, said, "That raccoon had an arrow in its side."

Ah, welcome to Florida, Panhandle style.

Sweet baby Jesus, another unemployment haiku

Yeah, I've been out of work for seven of the last nine weeks. Mostly, there haven't been any jobs. Got two, both short, but lately there have been projects and I haven't been selected. It sucks. Of course, that combined with my trip to Florida last week to see my father, Major Wolves (along with Cpl. Wolves and Married Into Wolves) gives us another unemployment haiku:
Went to Florida
Weather was good, beach was nice
Came home to no job.
Yeah, not perfect. Lately, there has been more project activity, but I still haven't landed one. Liquor store owners should be getting nervous.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

99 reasons why she lost but Hillary ain't one of them?

Seriously, this shit is pathological:

No, really:

The worst candidate ever can't seem to accept that she sucked as a candidate. Is it possible that losing Wisconsin, a reliable blue state, had something to do with never visiting Wisconsin? What a turd.

Hat tip to Hot Air.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

RIP, Greg Allman

Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n' blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and the epic concert jam "Whipping Post," has died at age 69, Billboard has learned. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.
With his long blond hair, cool facade and songs that chronicled restless, wounded lives, Allman came to personify the sexy, hard-living rock outlaw in a life marked by musical triumph and calamitous loss.
He and his older brother, Duane, both died too young. Greg was only 69 when he passed away today. Duane, one of the greatest-rock-blues guitarists ever, was much younger, obviously, when he died in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

I used to be the roadie, soundman and backup singer in a blues band in Florida, and everybody in the band worshiped both Greg and Duane. Three of the five members of that band are dead now, as well. Not sure if that lifestyle comes with the blues-rock territory, but I see parallels. I miss them all.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The A-10 lives?

Donald Trump, blasted by the media and the left -- but I repeat myself -- as a moron, apparently has recognized something that the Air Force has been trying to ignore for about a decade at this point -- the A-10 is the finest ground-support aircraft in existence and needs to stay in the air until it can be replaced by something comparable:
Retirement rumors have swirled around the US military's venerable close-air support aircraft for years, but the battle-tested, 1970's-era airplane will live to fight for at least the foreseeable future, according to the Air Force.
President Donald Trump's first full budget, which was released on Tuesday, outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts -- commonly known by their nickname the "Warthog" -- along with "Dragon Lady" U-2 spy aircraft despite previous plans to replace both aging platforms in coming years.
"There is not a retirement date for the U-2 in this budget," Maj. Gen. James Martin, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for budget, said during a budget briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday. "We plan to keep that platform well into the future."
The Air Force also confirmed Tuesday that it plans to maintain the majority of its A-10 Warthogs in coming years despite past considerations of divesting the entire fleet.
An Air Force official said the A-10 fleet was being kept indefinitely, but in the future, some A-10 aircraft could be retired as other aircraft become operational.
The F-35 has been touted as the replacement for the A-10, but that flies in the face of logic. The F-35 is a fast mover, and cannot carry the payload of an A-10. The A-10 can go in low and slow, drop its load and come back for more. Further, the A-10 is designed to taking a licking and keep on ticking. Search this blog for "A-10," and you will see examples. You can blow large important parts off of an A-10 and it will stay in the air.

Further, the aircraft is a fucking dump truck. The amount of weapons an A-10 can carry is frightening -- at least it is to the people upon whom the A-10 plans to drop said weapons. For the troops on the ground being supported by A-10s, that payload is salvation. Nothing on the drawing boards -- at least that anyone knows about -- can carry anything close to the destructive payload an A-10 brings to the battlefield. There are proposals that sound pretty good, but nothing anywhere close to ready to even take to the air, much less be deployed.

Thank God we have a president stupid enough to tell the Air Force brass to shut up and keep the A-10. Let's hope that Congress and the Air Force listen.

Mrs. Wolves is good at storm clouds, too

Yesterday was pretty cloudy and rainy around here. Mrs. Wolves, naturally, went out an captured images of the gathering storm:

It was a pretty impressive display:

From all kinds of angles:

Pretty cool stuff.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I think most sentient beings already knew this

It would appear that America has a new burger champion, and it comes as no surprise to D.C.-area residents:
Americans aren't so wild about animal style anymore.
In-N-Out, which had been the nation's favorite burger chain for the past two years, has just been unseated by Five Guys Burgers and Fries, according to the Harris Poll's annual EquiTrend Study.
Five Guys is really good, as I can personally attest. I've had In-N-Out, and it's pretty good, too, but I am a Five Guys kind of guy in the end. I apparently am not alone:
This was the first year that Five Guys has achieved the number one spot in the poll.
The first Five Guys opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1986, and expanded to multiple DC-area locations by 2001.
In 2003, the restaurant started franchising and today there are nearly 1,500 restaurants worldwide.
The chain is known for it's simple red and white decor and similarly streamlined menu. Burgers, hot dogs and fries are the only items on order, in addition to milkshakes and other beverages.
Five Guys focuses on what it does well, and keeps doing it well. OK with me. Hope there's one near you.

Hat tip to Red State.

Mrs. Wolves is seriously artistic

She takes pictures of the sky a lot. They are pretty good, in my opinion:

No, really:

Stuff happens in the sky, after all:

And, of course, if you didn't come here for pictures of the sky, by all mean, refer to the title of the blog.

Interesting traffic anomaly

There are two ways of tracking how often a post is visited on this site: through the "Posts" list, which shows hits, and through the "Stats" list, which shows the top five recent posts and, if you switch to the all-time list, the top ten posts. The numbers do not agree. According to the Stats list, this post is No. 8 all time. According to the Posts data, it is No. 5. Not sure how the difference comes about. Interesting. To me, anyway. I doubt y'all give a fuck. Probably not even the Canadians.

Yeah, guess I have to write another unemployment haiku

Something like this, I suppose:
Unemployed again.
Why does this keep happening?
Stupid industry.

This industry is so fucked up

So, I had a one-day project Tuesday. It beats unemployment, I guess, but for one day's pay, not really. Anyway, I was doing stuff online Tuesday night after I got home. Just before I was going to bed -- a few minutes before midnight -- I checked my email.

Sumbitch, at 11:55 pm I got an email saying the one-day project was a two-day project. So, I went in the next morning, and it was obvious not everybody checks their email at midnight. Some folks straggled in later, some never showed. And by 3:30, we were done.

This is such a stupid way to make a living.

I have to apologize to Dicky Betts

I was switching through stations today, and came into something in the middle of the song, specifically the guitar solo. I thought, Oh, Allman Brothers. The verse kicked in, and it was Molly Hatchet. Sorry, Dicky. A mistake like that is damn near unforgivable.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Another unemployment haiku

A one-day project
Makes me really feel like shit
Is this all there is?

So, my unemployment comes to an end. Sort of.

I haven't talked about it much, but I have been largely unemployed since the end of March. This would explain, of course, the near-complete lack of work-related posts. I worked for 10 days at the end of April, but basically I have been unemployed for six of the seven weeks since April 1. Not pleasant, trust me. There has been an unfortunate combination of not many projects available and not being selected for those projects that were available.

But no more. I have a project, starting tomorrow. And ending tomorrow. It is a one-day project. On the upside, the rate is decent. On the downside, well, it's only one day. Hope it leads to more

Voter suppression is worst where? How embarrassing.

With the Supreme Court declining to review a lower court decision striking down a North Carolina vote ID law, you have to wonder, where is voter suppression the worst? Yeah, you might be surprised. I'm not, but you might be:
A fair examination of the record shows that no state does a better job discouraging voters from going to the polls than New York.
For starters, New York is the worst state for independents, bar none. Most states, including North Carolina, hold some form of open primary or caucus that allows independents to participate. Not New York, where independents outnumber Republicans. Voter suppression begins with eligibility, and New York’s parties have long history of trying to minimize participation in primaries.
Some states with open primaries require independents to join a party when they arrive at the polls. In New York, independents must join a party 11 months in advance of state primaries. No other state sets such a distant deadline. Many of Senator Bernie Sanders’s supporters found that out the hard way last year.
The article goes on to highlight how New York law makes it difficult for anyone but Democrats to win. Voter rights groups don't care about that, of course, because they want the same result, as most are funded by Democrat organizations. Conservative or right-wing voters-rights groups get jacked up by the IRS, but you don't hear much about that except that is was just a few rogue IRS employees. Wink, wink.

You want more Donald Trump? This shit is how you get more Donald Trump. I'm not a big fan, but everything the Democrats are doing makes Trump 2020 look more like a winning proposition.

Clock boy loses again

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Fuck head builds a replica of a bomb by tearing apart an old alarm clock (he didn't build shit), sets the alarm to go off during class then sues when school officials and police react as if he did exactly what he did, which was create a replica of a bomb. Fortunately, the judge was unimpressed:
A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit brought by the family a Muslim student who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that officials believed to be a bomb, saying the student's attorneys failed to prove he was treated differently based on his race or religion.
. . .

Mohamed Mohamed, the student's father, filed a federal lawsuit in August 2016 against the Irving Independent School District (IISD), MacArthur High School principal Daniel Cummings and the city of Irving, Texas, alleging officials violated the boy's civil rights by imposing a 3-day suspension for bringing the clock to school.
On Thursday, Judge Sam Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the plaintiffs had failed to prove officials discriminated against Mohamed.
In his ruling, Lindsay dismissed claims against the city and the school district, writing that the court could not "reasonably infer that any IISD employee intentionally discriminated against [Mohamed] based on his race or religion."
He also dismissed the claim against Cummings, the principal, who Mohamed's team said violated his civil rights and treated the boy unfairly. Lindsay wrote the plaintiff's complaint "does not allege that [Cummings] treated [Mohamed] differently than other similarly situated students, and that the unequal treatment was based on religion or race."
This was never a case about an enterprising young man wrongly busted for bringing a homemade clock to school. There was no ingenuity involved. The clock was an old Radio Shack model that was taken out of its casing and placed in a pencil case, much like a suitcase bomb. The alarm was set to go off during class. The claim that Clock Boy home-built a clock has been thoroughly debunked.

Further, his father is a pot-stirring Islamist activist. The family moved to Dubai after the school incident, and the kid is a turd. The only downside here is that the family can file a new complaint or appeal.

Hat tip to Hot Air.

I love this stuff

Found a (subjective, obviously) list of the "12 sexiest aircraft of all time" that I largely agreed with. I can't even excerpt it. Just go look.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Drunk, stupid, or just in from Colorado?

My money is on drunk, since that's the talk in Washington:

But hey, she's completely credible, worthy of respect. At least we sent Boehner packing.

My milkshake's better than yours

Gun-control freak Rep. Val Demins, D-Fla., apparently believes that different rules apply to members of Congress when it comes to Constitutional rights. The former police chief of Orlando once had her duty pistol stolen from her unlocked vehicle and was officially reprimanded. Naturally, this has done nothing to cool her gun-control ardor, naturally directed at responsible, legal gun owners.

When she posted on her Facebook page about her anti-Second Amendment stance, she got a little pushback, and her response was informative:
When a commenter asked Demings if they ever found her stolen handgun and suggested that she be more responsible with her own firearms before talking about gun control for others, Demings offered a peculiar reply:
Screenshot via Facebook
Different how? I missed that part in the Constitution. Of course, this is how liberal Democrats think -- they are born to rule, and you are born to serve. So shut the fuck up because their rights are different than yours. Obviously, you have not considered the awesome transcendence of  Rep. Deming's First Amendment rights:

Sometimes you just have to stand up and say, "NO!"

If we want to cut the environmental impact of livestock, switching to insects and imitation meat products is our best bet, according to a new report.
The inevitability of turning to insects to feed the world's growing population has been looming for a while. And now we finally have some data on how much this shift would actually help the planet.
No. Just no. What the fuck is wrong with these people? These Malthusian assholes have been predicting worldwide famine ever since Mathus himself in the 1800s. He was wrong then, and these assholes are wrong now. Paul Ehrlich, a favorite of President Shithead -- excuse me, Obama -- was famously wrong about all of his predictions about how the world was going to run out of this and that and that overpopulation would cause mass starvation worldwide. You want to eat bugs instead of steak? You first.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DAMN that oppressive wood paneling

The University of Michigan apparently is planning to renovate the Michigan Union building, a 100-year-old landmark on campus that houses, among other things, many student organizations' offices. Naturally, the university asked for student input on the renovation. Naturally, campus libtard snowflakes being who they are, the university received some truly bizarre bullshit input:
Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, an organization that voices student concerns about university development, stated at a student government meeting in late March that “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” found throughout the 100-year-old building, the meeting’s minutes state.
 The building, dubbed by campus officials as “one of the University of Michigan’s most recognizable landmarks,” is set to undergo a massive, $85.2 million renovation project, and as part of that process architects have sought the input and advice of students.
From the people who need safe spaces from ideas that differ from their own, I guess this is no surprise, really. Still, it is a little difficult to believe that wood fucking paneling is oppressing people somehow. How delicate are these losers, and how do they expect to survive in a world that is, let's face, just fucking full of wood fucking paneling? And why is it that only minority students feel oppressed by "masculine paneling?" Or is it just women? And how can you tell the paneling is masculine? And why did you even devote any effort to making that determination?

Apparently, this level of snowflakeness is too much, even for a properly liberal university like Michigan:
Asked to weigh in on Wibbelman’s comments, campus spokesman Rick Fitzgerald stated in an email to The College Fix that “concern about the paneling is not something that has been brought forward to the university as a concern from students, who have been involved with developing this project for several years and through dozens of meetings. Students certainly have expressed a desire that the renovation assures a welcoming, inviting, and student-oriented building. It is their building.”
“There is a significant presence of wood paneling on the interior of the building and we expect most, if not all of it, will remain after the renovation,” he said.
Thank God for that dose of sanity, I suppose.

Caseless ammo on the horizon?

Yes, caseless ammo has been around for a couple decades, but it always has been experimental, at least as far as combat use is concerned. The problem has always been durability -- while caseless ammo weighs far less than a round with a brass casing containing the primer, the powder and the bullet, as it does away with the casing, caseless ammo has so far failed to pass the test when it comes to the banging around that comes with carrying ammo into combat and using it there.

There is a possibility those problems have been  -- or at least are being -- overcome:
The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army agree they may have finally found a caseless ammunition design that will work reliably in combat and be much (37 percent) lighter than conventional 5.56mm ammo. Caseless ammo is not a new concept but you need the right materials and right design to make it work. It’s all a matter of getting the right tech and the right design.
The effort is driven by the need to reduce the amount of weight soldiers and Marines carry into combat. Combat loads, including pack, body armor, weapon and ammunitition, typically weigh 70 pounds or more for a patrol of any duration  Efforts to reduce the weight of food and shelter elements continue, but gains there are incremental. No one has found a way to reduce the weight of water. That leaves body armor, weapons and munitions. Kevlar doesn't weigh much, and many soldiers and Marines already decline to insert  the "chicken plates" -- heavy ceramic plates intended to be inserted to protect the chest and back from heavier caliber ammunition than the Kevlar is designed to stop -- because of the weight factor.

Which brings us back to the weight of the weapon and its ammunition. The Army has been working on it for several years:
Meanwhile the U.S. Army completed development of a new LSAT (Lightweight Small Arms Technology) 5.56mm machine-gun in 2012. But this new machine-gun was tested using two types of lightweight ammo and it wasn’t until now that one of those lightweight ammo designs reached the point where it was ready for combat testing. The LSAT machine-gun weighs 4.27 kg (9.4 pounds) compared to 8 kg for the current M249. Moreover, the ammo for the new machine-gun is 37 percent lighter as well. Thus the new machine-gun, with 1,000 rounds of ammo, weighs 13.9 kg (30.6 pounds), which is 40 percent less than an M249 with a thousand rounds. Moreover, the new ammo takes up twelve percent less space. Developers are working on caseless 5.56mm ammo that will take up 40 percent less space.
The problem with caseless ammo always has been that it doesn't hold up well under combat conditions. Without a brass case, propellant has a disturbing tendency to separate from the bullet under rough handling. That pretty much renders caseless ammo useless. It would appear that Army testing may have resolved those problems:
In early 2012 eight LSAT machine-guns and 100,000 rounds of the telescoped ammo were delivered for army troops to actually use and passed field tests. At this point it became possible to use the same technology for a new assault rifle. While LSAT passed muster with the troops and the realities of use in a combat zone by 2012 most of the fighting was over. The new machine-gun will be much appreciated by infantry operating in Afghanistan, where the machine-gunner is often lugging his weapon and all that ammo up steep hills. But back home there was less enthusiasm, and money, for a new generation of assault rifle and light machine-gun.
The ammo used in the test is not caseless - "telescoped ammo" basically has a plastic case. Nonetheless, plastic weighs less than brass, and apparently caseless ammo is making progress. The guys toting the ammo into combat will doubtless appreciate the effort.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Miss USA commits blasphemy, liberals demand excommunication

Newly selected Miss USA Kara McCullough, who competed as Miss District of Columbia, has put liberals in a frenzy with her comments during the pageant about health care:
An African-American nuclear chemist from Washington, DC, won the 2017 edition of Miss USA on Sunday night after telling the audience about her conservative political viewpoints.
Kára McCullough, a 25-year-old nuclear chemist who works for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told the audience how she doesn't necessarily view herself as a feminist and said that health care is a privilege and not a right.
She also won plaudits for wearing her hair natural and curly throughout the competition.
Apparently being African-American and holding conservative views (even if this is the only conservative view she holds -- I don't know) is unacceptable:
McCullough’s remarks set off an instant Twitter debate over the polarizing issue with Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare serving as a backdrop.
“Miss DC was my fav but ... not after that answer,” wrote Twitter user Charlsley Carey. “Everyone has a right to health care.”
Liberals, apparently, do not understand what a "right" is. But we knew that. In any event I'm sure it didn't hurt Ms. McCullough's performance that she is smoking fucking hot:

She's also a nuclear scientist and, since she was born in Naples and grew up in Virginia Beach, I'm going to guess she's a Navy brat. All in all, not a bad package.

And, as Real Clear Politics points out, Ms. McCullough tends to highlight the difference between conservatives and progressives. Conservatives deal with the real world and try to be consistent. Progressives, not so much:
NBC's Peter Alexander grills Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali.) for her displeasure at President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey after she had announced in January that he has lost all credibility after attending a classified briefing conducted by the now-former director.
In March, Waters issued a press release that read Comey "advanced Russia's misinformation campaign."
"I do not necessarily support the president's decision," Waters said. " I think that if the president would have fired him when he first came in, he would not have to be in a position now where he is trying to make up a story about why. It does not meet the smell test."However, in the interview Wednesday on MSNBC, asked if she would be okay with a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton dismissing Comey from his position, Waters said yes.
This sort of inanity prompted Real Clear Politics to give us this juxtaposition:

Works for me.

Tom Brady has a sense of humor

I don't want to like him. But he makes it hard. Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots and owner of more Super Bowl rings than any other quarterback in NFL history, will be on the cover of the football video game Madden 18. Many previous coverboys have suffered serious, even career-ending injuries, giving rise to the belief in the "Madden Curse." Brady is having none of it in this video on Facebook.

Wish I could embed the video. And I hope Tom is wrong, so my beloved Packers can stroll on through to the Lombardi Trophy.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

That explains a lot

Polls show that most people (meaning those who do not receive government subsidies and are forced to buy high-cost, low-return health insurance policies) think Obamacare stinks. Yet, the media keeps telling us that people love Obamacare. Insurance companies beg to differ, since it is a recipe for disaster, but it turns out that the public perception of how "popular" Obamacare is also might be incorrect:
A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are "paid to post," according to a digital expert.
"Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time," said Michael Brown. "They were paid to post."
. . .
His shocking analysis was revealed on this weekend's Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, broadcast on Sinclair stations and streamed live Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Her upcoming show focuses on information wars and Brown was describing what happened when he had a problem with Obamacare and complained online.
 This doesn't surprise me. Obamacare forces people to buy dozens of coverages most people will never need or want, and that drives up the cost. It ignores religious freedom and imposes mandated coverage across state lines without allowing insurance companies to sell polices across state lines. It embodies all that is bad about health insurance while doing nothing to reform coverage.

To call it the "Affordable Care Act" is laughable. Only people getting government subsidies find the coverage affordable. Everybody else forced to buy an Obamacare policy pays high premiums and high deductibles. For most people not getting subsidies, the deductibles are so high they are unlikely to ever see their "insurance" ever pay for anything.

And how affordable do the people paying the taxes to fund those subsidies find this coverage to be? Yeah, not so much.

Turkmenistan, in the house!

So, we have our first visitor from Turkmenistan. And just who, or what, is Turkmenistan? Glad you asked:
Turkmenistan . . . formerly known as Turkmenia is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.
Turkmenistan has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. In medieval times, Merv was one of the great cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road, a caravan route used for trade with China until the mid-15th century. Annexed by the Russian Empire in 1881, Turkmenistan later figured prominently in the anti-Bolshevik movement in Central Asia. In 1924, Turkmenistan became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkmen SSR); it became independent upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The country is mostly desert, and it is up to its ass in natural gas -- fourth-largest reserves in the world. That might be pre-fracking in the U.S., though. It also has a lot of oil, and grows a lot of cotton. It has a hard time getting that stuff out of the country, though, because it is so isolated. Apparently, tourism is on the rise. If you like sand, and mosques, I guess:

Anyway, welcome to Eff You! Come back soon, and bring your friends.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Yeah, you might be a redneck if . . .

. . . tomorrow is bulk trash pick up day and there are pickup trucks running all over your neighborhood picking up things they can sell for scrap metal. Ooooooo-weee. Git er dun, baby.

Yeah, so I was out walking Jeb the Wonder Dog and there had to be four or five pickup trucks and at least one minivan out going around, picking up metal items people had put out at the curbside. I can't lie, if I had a pickup truck -- and, really, I should -- and had known tomorrow was bulk trash pickup day, I'd have been out there, too. I am unemployed, after all. But that kind of stuff is a sure sign you live in the country.

The market is dead

It's one thing when the market is dead and you're in the middle of a decent gig that has some legs. That is not currently the case. After five months on a good gig, I spent three weeks looking. Got something that lasted 10 days, which plotzed a week ago. And now, the market is dead. Yeah, I'm looking at exit strategies, because every time I look for a new gig, I get this:

It is not encouraging.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Russians are fucking killing it lately

Not sure why, probably has nothing to do with Comey, Trump and Hillary, but Russia is driving traffic most days lately. Still looking for porn, I guess. Fuck them and their nasty pornographic search for hot naked babes doing nasty things. Not that I'm trying to drive traffic or anything.

KItty in a box

Is there any need to say more?

I think not. Why they get into boxes (and bags), I don't know. They just do.

Not sure how she ever gets to brush her teeth

Mrs. Wolves is often called upon by the kit-tays to turn on the faucet in the bathroom sink so the kit-tays can drink. She always does so. In the morning, this can make it difficult to brush her teeth:

No, really:

I'm not kidding:

Seriously difficult:

I don't have this problem because I don't let the kit-tays drink from the sink while I am brushing my teeth. This, apparently, makes me a cruel person.