April 16th, 2014

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Gerbil Warmening strikes again.

A Song For Today

Great Moments In Progressive Timing

Whilst we were out in Indiana we had some time to kill before the wedding, so we wandered up to the local megalopolis of Decatur. Like many of the towns we drove through out there the downtown was, for lack of a better term, faded. So many empty storefronts and buildings that attested to a prosperous past and a sadly desolate present surrounded us, and glimpses of lost civic pride were everywhere. One that particularly jumped out at us was the “Peace Monument” in Decatur:

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Constructed of locally quarried limestone, it was built to honor the local men and women who had served in various wars and more importantly as an expression of the shared fervent wish that the world was finally embarking on an era of peace and understanding amongst the nations.

When it was dedicated on October 30th, 1913, Archduke Ferdinand had eight months to live.

Seen On A Wall In Decatur, IN

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I Am The Most Deprived Of Men

Just look at what the most merciful God Himself in His Wisdom chose to place on a store shelf for me to see

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Have you ever seen a clearer example of Divine Providence?

Yet my Bride refused to let me buy it.

Woe indeed is me.
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The Survival Pack Is Ready

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It will be a stretch but with economy it will cover me through Saturday.

The Committee Hearings May Get Even A Tad Livelier Now

Via HotAir, Issa is asking Cummings to do some explaining of possible collusion between Cummings’ staff and the IRS.

40 Years Ago Today I Was Sitting In Front Of A Tiny Little TV

This is Vin Scully’s call for the radio, which I’d never heard before. After the ball clears the fence he says nothing for a minute and a half…and then says some beautiful words that we should all take to heart and perfectly captured the moment…

Climate Change!

The damn-you-bush-it’s-so-warm-we’ll-never-see-snow-again non-Winter continues to take its toll

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle Monday to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong shutdown of the nation’s largest steel factory.

Traffic remained largely at a crawl after a winter that produced some of the heaviest ice on record across the five inland seas, where more than half the surface area remained solid this week. Icebreaking ships slogging across Lake Superior were still encountering ice layers 2 feet to 3 feet thick. In some areas, wind and wave action created walls of ice up to 14 feet high.

…Only three ships were able to haul coal on the lakes in March, their cargos combining for 102,000 tons – down 70 percent from the same month in 2013, he said. Coal trade was 54 percent below the long-term first-quarter average.

…The shipping season officially began two weeks ago with the opening of navigational locks on the St. Marys River connecting Lakes Superior and Huron, a bottleneck for vessels hauling iron ore and coal to manufacturers and electric power plants. But just one convoy of vessels – including two icebreakers and the two ships hauling iron ore – had traversed Superior with loads of freight.

If only they all converted to wind and solar, there would be flowers blooming and birds sweetly singing all the year round.

The “Finest” Versus the “Bravest”

Really, you’re such role models, guys

A bench-clearing brawl broke out during a charity hockey game between New York City cops and firefighters on Sunday in Uniondale, LI.
“It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-70s,” quipped an NYPD cop who was at the game at the Nassau Coliseum. “I was waiting for [legendary Philadelphia Flyers enforcer] Dave Schultz to come out on the ice.”
The ugly scene erupted in the second period as referees struggled to control multiple, one-on-one fistacuffs. Sticks and gloves littered the ice during the disturbing incident.

Sunday Afternoon Leon

Good Thing The Government Has Declared That Inflation Is Under Control

Because otherwise I might be somewhat concerned by the fact that I walked into our local ShopRong today and they wanted $2.99…for 3 limes.

Three.

Er, Well…

…actually the reason for the attack seems pretty clear

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two journalists working for The Associated Press have been shot in Afghanistan, one of them fatally, the news agency said Friday.

The Associated Press said the slain journalist was Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer. She was shot in the country’s eastern Khost province.

The second journalist targeted by the gunman was Kathy Gannon, a Canadian reporter based in Islamabad, the AP said. She is said to be in a stable condition and is receiving medical care.

…The two women were traveling in their own car in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots in Khost province, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police, the news agency said.

A unit commander walked up to their car as it waited to move, yelled “Allahu akbar” — “God is great” — and opened fire on them in the back seat, the AP said. He then surrendered to the other police present.

The reason for the attack is unclear, but police have arrested the suspected shooter and the case is under investigation, Baryalay Rawan, a spokesman for the Khost provincial governor, told CNN.

Women who have the audacity to work, let alone get involved in elections, have a sad history of not fairing so well over there.

Oops

Blowtorch + WWII bomb = Bad Idea

(CNN) — Thai scrapyard workers accidentally detonated a suspected World War II-era bomb Wednesday, killing seven and injuring 19 after attempting to cut into it with a blowtorch.

The device was discovered at a construction site in Bangkok, and moved to a scrapyard before workers tampered with it, in an attempt to break it down into smaller parts.

Unfortunately for them, they succeeded.

The Science Is Settled

Honestly, this is not a surprise

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts.

A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders*.

Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.

Anecdotally, and y’all well know that there is a direct link from God’s mouth to my anecdotes, basically every vegetarian/vegan I’ve ever known has been the sallowist looking, constantly sniveling, sickest and generally all-around most miserable person of my considerable acquaintance.

I am a firm believer that if our Wise Government is going to mandate anything with regard to Public Health that a requirement that each Citizen consume a minimum of One (1) Bacon Double Cheeseburger each week would be more salubrious to the General Welfare than 99% of the bloviated Nannyisms that currently assail us.

*frankly, this last may in fact be a pre-existing condition.

Ah, Italian Justice

My name is Bonds, Fake Bonds

Two smartly-dressed men armed with forged bond certificates worth trillions of euros have been caught while trying to talk their way into the Vatican’s bank, in a spectacularly bungled fraud scheme.

The middle aged men, an American and a Dutch citizen of Malaysian origin, arrived at the main gate of the Vatican on the morning of March 11, telling Swiss guards they had an appointment at the bank, which has been dogged by scandals over the years.

When bank staff said they had no record of an appointment, the two men said cardinals were expecting them – arousing the suspicions of Vatican police, who called in colleagues from Italy’s tax police.

“When we arrived, the Vatican police had opened the men’s briefcase to find bond certificates valued in US and Hong Kong dollars, as well as euros, worth €3 trillion,” said Lt Col Davide Cardia, a tax police official.

… “We noticed the grammar of the English used on the certificates was full of mistakes – it looked like they had been written using Google Translate,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Searching their hotel room we found the seals used to forge the bond certificates.”

Since the men were stopped before carrying out a fraud, they were released under Italian law and have now likely left Italy, said Lt. Col. Cardia.

I guess the Italians consider forged bonds worth trillions to be mere literature until one actually deposits them.

And then they’ll shout “squirrel!” and try Amanda Knox again.

I Hope She Wins, And Wins A Lot

And I hope the DA grows a pair and files criminal assault charges against the agents

A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents.

Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.

Michael Kelly, director of communications for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that the situation that night in Charlottesville occurred at all. As this case proceeds, the Attorney General’s Office will defend the commonwealth’s interests and work to ensure a just and reasonable outcome.”

Now from that quote you can see the AG sure sounds like he’s looking for a way out of this. And for good reason:

According to the suit, Daly and two friends went to a Harris Teeter store in Daly’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. Among other items purchased by one of Daly’s friends was a case of canned LaCroix sparkling water. The women walked into the parking lot, one of them carrying the clearly visible sparkling water.

Seven ABC agents were in the parking lot watching for young-looking individuals and checking their identification to ensure no state laws were bring broken. Two agents followed the three to their car.

Daly got behind the wheel, one friend sat in the front passenger seat and placed the sparkling water on the floor and the other friend got in the back seat. Before starting the car, Daly saw two people approach the car and begin banging on the windows.

The two agents, says the suit, “allegedly displayed their badges hanging from necklaces which at the time and under the circumstances were not clearly visible or readable.”

The agents warned Daly not to turn on the car, but she and a friend were unable to open the windows using buttons because the car was not running. Other agents ran to the car.

The suit alleges that Daly called 911 on her cellphone, which she handed to a friend. The friend told the operator that they could not tell if the agents were real law enforcement officers.

Daly “was shaking and saying, ‘I don’t know what to do!’?” One agent suddenly drew a gun, pointing it toward the ground.

When an agent tried to break a passenger window with a steel flashlight, Daly drove off with some of the agents chasing on foot. She drove out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light intending to drive to a police station.

While at the red light, the 911 operator confirmed to the women that they were real ABC agents, according to the suit.

Police arrived on the scene and drove Daly to the police station, where an ABC agent swore out a criminal complaint that led to Daly’s arrest over assaulting two agents and over failing to stop when ordered.

Daly spent the night in jail and was released the following afternoon. On June 27, the charged were dropped. On Oct. 22, the arrest and court records were expunged.

These sorts of way-over-the-top police incidents for “crimes” so pernicious and perilous, crimes that threaten the very the Survival of the Republic like, well I shudder and blanch to mention, crimes like Under Age Possession and Presumptive Consumption of Carbonated Beverages By Teetotalers, these sorts of things are where the courts and the citizens need to hit back, and hit hard. This type of governmental abuse can not be allowed to stand.

Caprice and arbitrary thuggery are the hallmarks of a police state.

Ghost In The Machine

Really, here’s another reason to get an Xbox One or other such device that has a camera

INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2014) — A family claims they are being terrorized by their cable box. For more than a week, personal and harassing messages are showing up on their TVs.

Alana Meeks has no idea who’s behind it.

“This stuff is uncanny. I haven’t heard anything like this in my life,” she said. “He says he’s a stalker.”

Meeks said it started more than a week ago — “he” or someone has taken control of her AT&T cable box and typing messages on two of her TVs.

The family showed us a few. One wrote: ‘ISEEYOUHAHA’. Others even threatened to hurt Alana’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Aniya.

…FOX59 cameras were rolling when it happened again. Whoever was typing knew we were there, too.

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“Always on” internet connections to “smart devices” are just a bad idea.

Big Brother doesn’t need yet another entry point.

In Those Golden Days Of Gore

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March 11th, 2012

Sigh.

We had our consensus then.

Bill Quick’s New Book

It’s actually quite good and an enjoyable read. It’s called “Lightning Fall” and it concerns an all-too conceivable EMP attack on the US, and how very quickly our tech/electricity-dependent society could fall apart, especially when aided by the misplaced priorities of our political class.

If you have a kindle, get it.

March 26th Gerbil Warmening Update

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Just a sugar coating as the storm stayed well off the coast.

Man I hope this is the last of it for this year.

A Friend’s Email Got Hijacked

Hello,

Hope you get this on time, We made a trip to Manila,Philippines and had our bags stolen from us with our phones and credit cards in it. The embassy is willing to help by letting us fly back home since we still have our passports, We just have to pay for our ticket and settle Hotel bills. Unfortunately for us, I don’t have access to funds without my credit card, I’ve made contact with my bank but they need more time to come up with a new one. I was thinking of asking you to lend me ($2,650USD) that I can give back as soon as We get home. We really need to be on the next available flight. I’m so confused at the moment I need urgent help.

Western Union is the best option to send money to us. Let me know if you need my details(Full names and Present location) you can also reach me via email.I will forever be grateful if you can help me

All hopes on you.

Heartrending, no?

The Horror In Washington

The death toll just keeps climbing

Fears are growing in Oso, Washington, as the number of missing after a colossal landslide rose from 108 to 176, and 14 have been confirmed dead.

More than 100 homes were hit by the natural disaster when a rain-soaked hillside in the remote town, 50 miles north of Seattle, collapsed at 11am on Saturday.

Three days on from the devastating mudslide, more than 100 rescuers with dogs, aircraft and sonar equipment remain scouring the remnants of the steep hillside looking for the nearly 200 people unaccounted for.

Hopefully many of these ‘missing’ reports will be duplicates.

Still Waiting For Koch Bros Funding Since 2005

Just saying.

You know how to contact me, fellas.

The Best Part Of Waking Up…

Much to Sis’s chagrin (and you do NOT want to see the abuse I had to endure from her on IM) I had the very great privilege of meeting up with the Pure Gentleman of Crab Apple Lane and just look what he treated me to

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coffee and beignets from Morning Call

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