Welcome Home, Walter

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Hier ruht ein unbekannte allierte Flieger.

Those words — “Here rests an unknown Allied Flier” — were the only words on the decades-old black cross burial marker in the little German church cemetery. Now, the grave has been opened and the flier from World War II is unknown no more.

He was U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Walter Adell McClellan, a Pensacola native who was only 19 years old when his plane was shot down in April 1945.

He was captured, interrogated, tortured and executed the same day. He was buried in a German grave for decades.

…A few months after World War II ended in 1945, townspeople in Burkhardswalde, a town near Dresden, moved McClellan’s remains to a church cemetery and erected the marker to honor the “unknown allied Flier.”

Bless their hearts.

Sleep well, brave boy.

Gov. Christie On School Budgets

Times are tough, we’re broke, and messages must be sent

When you go to the voting booth on Tuesday, remember that the only way we will get through the challenges of today is by facing them now. Our state, our families and our children can no longer afford government at any level that wishes problems away or stands in the way of necessary change.

There is still time to reopen negotiations and have the teachers union finally agree to reasonable, shared sacrifice — a one year freeze on salaries and a small contribution to health insurance costs. Let us keep our children in the front of our minds.

Send a clear message with your vote. If your teachers union has taken the freeze and your school board had budgeted responsibly, support them with your vote. If they have not, tell them you will not accept higher property taxes to pay for unreasonable raises when all of New Jersey is already sacrificing. Vote against budgets that don’t include shared sacrifice.

I’ve never voted against a school budget in my life.

But I will this afternoon.

Quote Of The Day

Sheila posts on a glorious poem by Lorine Niedecker concerning my Dear Mr. Jefferson that opens with this absolutely fantastic verse:

My wife is ill!
And I sit
for a quorum

That, folks, is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.

Read the whole post; there are so many wonderful snippets of The Sage in that meal.

Where Will We Fit That New Star On Old Glory?

Bear with me on this one, for I think this is a really great idea. It’s a way for our President to SEIZE THE DAY and make a bold, innovative move that will captivate the world’s imagination in that swankily overtly nuanced style of his that will make him the talk of tea rooms and massage parlors around the globe. It will also move him ever closer to his campaign vision of 57 states. I’m talking about, yes, of course: we annex Iceland and make them a state.

Look, it makes perfect sense. After the financial mess they made the past few years all of Europe already hates their guts, and when you add in all the new love that this week’s igneous effusions from Iceland have produced on The Continent, well, hell, they’re basically Gringos already from the European point of view.

Plus, the Icelanders-I-Mean-Soon-To-Be-51st-Staters do shit like this

and this

Can you imagine what they’ll come up with once we entice them with endless cases of long neck Buds?

God, they’re perfect for us.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmmmmm”

Or maybe that should be “Buzzzzzzzzzzz”

APRIL 19–A California Highway Patrol office was briefly evacuated earlier this month when investigators became concerned that an arrestee might have been carrying a concealed explosive device. When officers collared Steven Ferrini on a drug charge, a search of the 60-year-old suspect turned up “a suspicious wire, with an on/off switch” in his pants pocket. “The wire was found to extend from the pant pocket to the subject’s (nether eye),” according to a CHP report…

Maybe the wire powered a reading light for the hamsters…

True Grit

Folks, the science is settled.

It must be, because by gum they’ve used computer models, and we all know they are incapable of error

Flawed computer models may have exaggerated the effects of an Icelandic volcano eruption that has grounded tens of thousands of flights, stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers and cost businesses hundreds of millions of euros.

The computer models that guided decisions to impose a no-fly zone across most of Europe in recent days are based on incomplete science and limited data, according to European officials. As a result, they may have over-stated the risks to the public, needlessly grounding flights and damaging businesses.

“It is a black box in certain areas,” Matthias Ruete, the EU’s director-general for mobility and transport, said on Monday, noting that many of the assumptions in the computer models were not backed by scientific evidence.

European authorities were not sure about scientific questions, such as what concentration of ash was hazardous for jet engines, or at what rate ash fell from the sky, Mr Ruete said. “It’s one of the elements where, as far as I know, we’re not quite clear about it,” he admitted.

Gosh, this sounds awfully familiar…about some other phenomena, far far more complex than this, where our lives are being ruled by “assumptions” built into computer models.

Where’s the Orbitz Flying Saucer

…when you could really, really use it?

Volcano flight chaos leaves many passengers broke

Andrew and Debbie Jackman of Britain spent more than two years saving up for their family vacation to Australia. They probably wish they’d saved a little longer.

…”We’re at the end of the holiday so we’ve spent all our money,” a weary-eyed Andrew said, as he sat with his family next to the Qantas customer service counter at Sydney Airport. “Because that’s what you do on holiday.”

…Nicolas Ribard, 29, from Avignon, France, was among about a dozen stranded tourists squatting on sleeping bags that Narita [JAPAN] airport officials had lent them. He and three other friends had about 3,000 yen between them, and were surviving on airport-issued crackers, bottled water and coupons for one free shower a day.

Their earliest possible flight would be Taiwan’s EVA Airways on May 12 — but only if they are willing to pay an extra 150 euros ($200).

Otherwise, they have to wait until June, Ribard said.

For their sakes, I hope the month was lost in translation.

I sure hope he had comprehensive trip insurance.

Smart Power In Action

Ash cancels your trip to Poland for the funeral of their President and many other dignitaries who were killed in the crash last week. So, fully imbued with the spirit of international political nuance and with your schedule “reset” should you…personally express condolences to their embassy here? Nyah. How about attending a memorial service back in your heavily Polish “base” in Chicago? Nyah.

Might as well just hit the links

A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation’s president. But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.

On a cool but sun-drenched Sunday, the president and three golfing companions went to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller.

I think I’ve played 8 or 9 times since then, but mind you I’m not President.

I just get the bill.

Netherfield In Bloom


I spent all day yesterday planting azaleas in a corner of the yard where nothing but sand has ever grown. Hopefully, like Suzette said, winter will be soon but a faded memory used to terrify small children…

He Is Everywhere…

8:15 am this morning, Eatontown, NJ…

There Is A Spectre Haunting Europe…

The spectre of Iceland

Airports across Britian were deserted today after an unprecedented lockdown of airspace prompted by the threat from a deadly cloud of volcanic ash.

The National Air Traffic Service (NATs) has now grounded flights in and out of the UK until at least 1am tomorrow.

But with the source of the ash – a volcano 700 miles away in Iceland – still spewing smoke into the atmosphere, there are already fears the chaos could go on for days if not weeks.

Some experts said there could be disruption for six months as a result of contaminated air drifting over northern Europe.

I’m guessing if this continues it will have a huge cooling effect on both Europe’s economy and environment.

Hide the decline!

One other note:

It last erupted in the 19th century and Bill McGuire, professor at the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, based at University College London, said if the volcano continued erupting for more than 12 months, as it did the last time, periodic disruptions to air traffic could continue.

Why is Gaia so hell bent on harming herself with all this carbon?

Fundraising Perspectives

Our buddy Val has some numbers that really put the upcoming Estefan Soiree in perspective. The free flow of information and ideas is toxic to tyrants, which people here are now starting to remember.

Today’s Posts

…are brought to you by the AMC Pacer Wagon

Friends, we had this car in “Hunter Green” instead of Blue.

I took it to girls’ houses to pick them up on dates.

Their fathers let them get in.

Bow before me.

Something About England

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this, really, as their incessant drive to Nanny State Nirvana has continued unabated for years. This just sort of sums it all up in a Python-esque way:

Butchers at Sainsbury’s have been banned from using knives to cut meat – because of health and safety.

Shopper John Wilkinson was shocked when a meat counter worker at the supermarket said he could not de-bone a joint of lamb.

The businessman was told: My bosses won’t let me – in case I cut myself and I’m not insured.’

As an aside, I find it …strangely disturbing… that a butcher in England, land of the glorious NHS, that national health program whose manifold wonders our Enlightened Leaders are so desirous of imposing on delivering to us Unenlightened Neanderthalic Boobs for our undeserved felicity as proof of their Care and Concern for us, that aforementioned butcher isn’t insured for an injury he might possibly sustain whilst doing his job.

How very singular.

Bless Your Beautiful Hide

Happy Birthday Howard Keel!

Smell That? That’s “Irony”, My Friends

Delicious, savory irony

WASHINGTON — It is often said that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way. And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

Via Hot Air, now that Nancy Pelosi has let us “find out what’s in the Bill after it’s been passed” one of the “things” in it is a provision

…The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

So far so good, right? Well, under this bill these wondrous new “exchanges” don’t start appearing until 2014 or so (as part of the back-loading of the expenses to rig the CBO score) but the bill doesn’t explicitly say that the Congresscritters keep their gold plated program until then.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

Which means that this wondrous law, tearfully enacted by our modern Solomaic Legislators to “reduce the scandalous number of uninsured” people in this country, has actually increased the number of uninsured: all the Members of Congress and their staffs.

It is stunningly, gorgeously, perfectly delicious.

And yet another clear example that we need to vote out all of these fools and thoroughly thrash (in a non-violent way, of course) any, and I do mean any, elected official who votes on something without having read it and understood it.

Prophecy Unearthed

Behold! All has been foretold.

How Beautifully Put

is this?

…It ended with a scene so touching it washed away any lingering memories of the stain Woods had put on this Masters.

The man who stands for everything Woods doesn’t stood wearing the green jacket Woods so desperately coveted…

True dat. Congrats, Phil.

In 9th Grade English We’d Call This “Poetic License”

As “journalism” goes today, we’d just call it “bullshit par for the course“…

Unified by hatred of Obama, GOP still searches for challenger

…since NOwhere in the article about the SRLC is “hate/hater/hatred” even mentioned. (“Fervent opposition” gets the nod for closest to “hatred”). The rest is all a rundown of how folks feel about the various Republican Stars o’ Today.

A Swill salute to JWF for the headline of the day.

Cruisin’ Down Highway 81

…following a coffee tanker truck

Not the most appealing concept, I have to say.

Oh, and here’s the closest my camera/phone got to The Masters

They don’t mess around in Augusta: when they say no phones or cameras they mean it.

OO-rah, Leatherneck!

He has no legs and no eyesight, but Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford has four more years of military service ahead of him after becoming the first blind double-amputee to re-enlist

Bless your strong, brave heart and Semper Fi!

A Public Service Announcement for Citizens of New Joisey: This Ruling Means That, Upon His Return From Gushing Girlishly Over Tiger Augusta

…Bingley will be free to go back to his old habits.

No, not THOSE old habits! THIS one…

A man charged with indecent exposure after two women said they saw him naked inside his own home was acquitted Wednesday by a Virginia jury.

I’d say, “For God’s sake! Think of the children”, but he always says, “I am!”.


Today’s Posts

…are brought to you by HMS Indefatigable

and her crew, led most nobly by Captain Sir Edward Pellew.

Remember, Dear Friends, nothing sticks it to the Frogs like a broadside of 24 pounders!

Oh, Well, Poop

One helluva game.

Just Starting the Second Half

…and I have determined that announcer Clark Kellogg is so far up Duke’s ass, he’s gonna need a periscope to call the rest of the game.

AS WELL AS the CBS camera crew. WTF? EVERY cut-to-commercial shot is a Duke shot.

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