Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

ERT

Ebola is everywhere so it is gratifying to see that our President is in the forefront of first responders.


Do you suppose that guy sitting next to the president ever goes around asking other people to guess who his driver is?

NOTHING DIGITAL EVER DISAPPEARS

This was a blast from the past.


The people who voted for the most totalitarian president since Lincoln rejected Hillary the last time. It makes me wonder who would want her now? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AN INFORMED ELECTORATE

This spells the end of America. These were simple easy questions but if one looks at the national results it suggests that 66% of the country don't care about the things that any thinking person would become familiar with simply through reading the news. The numbers below are a tragedy.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

ORIGAMI SPRINGS TO MIND

Rand Paul recently observed that the National Institute of Health, now bleating about underfunding as the root cause of the CDC's failure to prepare for ebola, noted that they spent $2.4 million on origami condoms. That's a lot of money.

Just think how many original Origami boulders you could buy for that kind of money. You could even splurge and buy a few:

Wadded Paper Origami Boulder with Haiku and Bamboo Display stand, $450

BRUSHED ASIDE AGAIN

Despite my enormous contribution to solving the global warming crisis and bringing about a complete lack of warming for the past 18 years, I was once again slighted by those miserable rotten stinking b@stards at the Nobel Committee who once again failed to award me my Nobel Prize.

B@stards!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SAFE AT LAST

Over the transom from our DC correspondent.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CDC SPOKESMAN FOR EBOLA

I'm sure they've already done it by now but I think the Center for Disease Confusion would have been well served if they had simply grasped one of the many doctors they have lying around and thrust her in front of the microphone to answer any and all questions about Ebola with instructions to tell nothing but the truth about the disease, it's symptoms, it's causes and how it is spread to others and to answer honestly, not as a matter of policy, what courses of action should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease and counteract its effects.

People are beginning to believe that the CDC is being both dishonest and contemptible in the way in which it keeps attempting to limit public concern about what is, after all, nothing more than a lethal contagious disease that kills at least half of all the people who contract it and that contracting the disease simply requires one to come into contact either with someone who already has it but doesn't yet know it, or encounter any body residue such a person left in his wake.

I enjoyed this quote from Vox.com
The virus isn't airborne, thankfully. Experts expect that it will never become airborne. As Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Senaterecently: "Very, very rarely does [a virus] completely change the way it's transmitted."
Airborne ebola spreading at will across the world

Monday, October 13, 2014

MEDIA MOUTHBREATHERS

I have to say that I've lost my faith in the media. Their senility, dementia and rabid partisanship are crowding out all reference to reality. David Ignatius sucks.
Let's say it plainly: This is how nations lose their power and influence, when they are unable to agree even on basic matters such as diplomatic representation. The decision-making system breaks down, and the public is too bored or disunited to take action. Sadly, that's a snapshot of America in 2014.
I think the Republicans willingness to work with democrats snapped when Obama and Hillary Clinton left our ambassador to Libya to be captured, raped and killed by their peaceful muslim friends from the Brotherhood, or al Quida or ISIS. And I'm not sure anymore about how the Senate works after the Democrat Senate Majority Leader used a nuke to destroy the Senate Rules of generations that ripped away any need for Republican participation in the Senate Nomination and Approval process in a contemptible way so that Harry Reid and Obama could simply shove any nominees down the country's throat without a single vote from the Republican minority.

From judicialnominations.org, how-the-confirmation-process-works
6)     If any Senator objects to unanimous consent, then a cloture motion must be filed in order to end debate and move to a vote.  Cloture motions for judicial and executive nominations require 51 votes to pass.  If 51 Senators support cloture, the full Senate will vote on the nomination, with a majority required for confirmation.  If fewer than 51 Senators support cloture, debate continues and a confirmation vote cannot occur.  This is known as a filibuster. Prior to the November 2013 Senate rules change, all cloture motions required 60 votes to pass. Now, only cloture motions for legislation and nominees to the Supreme Court require 60 votes.
What do you say about a main stream media Washington inside scumbag who doesn't know what the President and Harry Reid did when they rammed through the nuclear option that destroyed any sense of comity between the democrats and the republicans? This Congressional Research Report explains the process that exists now for all nominees:
The question before the Senate when a nomination is called up is “will the Senate advise and consent to this nomination?” Only a majority of Senators present and voting, a quorum being present, is required to approve a nomination. Because nominations are vulnerable to filibusters, however, in the past a higher level of support has been necessary. Cloture may be invoked to place limits on further consideration of a nomination. In November 2013, the Senate (majority)* reinterpreted Rule XXII in order to allow a majority of Senators voting to invoke cloture on nominations other than to the Supreme Court. In the absence of unanimous consent, bringing a nomination to a vote could still require a multi-day cloture process, but with the exception of Supreme Court Justices it will no longer require the support of three-fifths of the Senate (typically 60 Senators). 
The problem that rethuglicans have is that there are so many media partisans who conveniently ignore the facts or simply make up their own. Many of them are members of the ultra-left wing journolist scandal.

The facts are clear to anyone except an extreme left winger like Ignatius. Democrats could have confirmed 100%  of all of Obama's nominees by now if they wanted to. They gave the simple majority of the quorum the right to do so and there have always been more democrat senators than republican since the last Congress of the United States.


 It speaks volumes that they cannot get even a single rethuglican to go along with voting for many of the nominees held up and most especially for the State Department and Justice who have stonewalled every minute of the day since 9/11/2012.

*I added the word 'majority'

PEN REGISTER

I had never heard of Pen Register until tonight when I was fortunate enough to listen to an Assistant US Attorney describe some of the steps she and other Federal law enforcement agencies used to roll-up and throw in jail a number of extremely bad men who had abused their position of public trust for private gain. You know, sort of like Diane Feinstein or Harry Reid.

As described, it sounded like they launched their investigation into massive bribery and 'pay-to-play' in the County by implementing Pen Register on selected politicians they thought might be involved and recording the phone number information of every call they made over many months and then used processes such as reverse dial-up to identify the phone numbers called and used that (meta data) to justify requesting court orders for multiple wire taps.

The taps were installed and then monitored for 9 months and the results gained were used to convict a number of crooks and thieves politicians. I can feel quite good about the result even if I question the methods. I could get behind them and push though if all district attorneys and all US Attorneys and the Justice Department didn't reliably ignore the obvious guilt of so many politicians. Abuse of the Public Trust is a vile crime. We all know how John Kerry became a millionaire. He did it the old fashioned way and married a rich woman.

While searching the tubes for more information about Pen Register I found a fascinating quote on the process but then realized that the source was a leaked document put on the web by the Guardian after they got it from Snowden and not a formally released document. Oh well. We don't use leaked documents around here.

It was a fascinating talk this evening and just one of many we heard tonight.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

IS THE TSA SMART ENOUGH TO DO THIS?

It's a fairly simple question so read this and ask yourself what will happen as people who actually have ebola make their way into the already ridiculous airport screening process and need to be taken somewhere after spending hours in a plane and then waiting in a packed customs and immigration line so they can be 'screened' for ebola based on whether or not they originated in West African ports of embarkation.

I don't think there is the physical structure to allow them to do this anywhere in the airports until after they go through customs/immigration and baggage claim areas. I happen to believe that the people in TSA are so ruthlessly uncunning that if some ebola sufferer vomited in the 'screening' room, the TSA would continue to use if for days before a janitor was ordered to thoroughly clean the space. At least customs would put a little "Wet Floor" sign and maybe adjust their endless loudspeaker announcements and include a little, "Don't Step in the Vomit," announcement after they send for the highly skilled janitorial staff to do a bit of cleanup.

In a way it is even more senseless than Sierra Leone's confession that they let the plague get out of control because failed to follow the very simplest and first step in fighting a plague and imposing a quarantine on travel into and out of the effected region. They not only didn't do that, they sent teams of people who have been exposed to ebola to every village in the country to explain about ebola and no doubt left a trail of devastation  in their wake.

Friday, October 10, 2014

REFLECTIONS

To be very honest, I never look.

Is it a capital offense to use windex on mirrors or is being torn apart by wild horses acceptable? :)

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY

It's not contagious. Trust us.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ARMED PROMPT RESPONSE

I always smile when I hear this one:
A man was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. He opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. 
He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and he said no. Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.  
The man said "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again. "Hello. I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've just shot them all." Then he hung up. 
Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up at the residence. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to the man: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"  
 The man replied, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"
If you go to the link, you can see that snopes puts on its bossy hat and decries the mindset of people who simply want the police they pay for to actually enforce the law and use any means necessary to get the donut quaffing, speed-gate trapping, rolling stop enforcement, internet-trolling law officers to appear at the scene of the crime. I wouldn't do anything like this myself. No no.

I moved on. I left behind a lifetime of possessions and things. Actually, I gave them all away because I didn't want them. Feel free to scoff. Nobody gives everything away, yet men do it every single day. I never, since drawing my first breath, wanted anything material. The love of a good woman, a family, the air that I breathe. That pretty much described me until I married.

If you do visit the snopes link and look at what they have wrought, don't you wonder, as I do, that we have an infinite number of police that deal with the things that trouble us not and yet lurk?

Actually, I don't. I live in a place now that offers a mansion for a pittance but charges !$18,000 in property taxes every single year on said house.

When I was new to fatherhood and working pretty damned hard, a young lad had some friends over to his parent's house in Encinitas. They embarked on an endless odyssey of louder and louder boozie conversation on the patio that, frankly, was across from my back yard. It was long after midnight when I opened the window and shouted at them to go inside and keep quiet. None of the youngsters were at all impressed and they maintained.


I called the Encinitas police who showed up in about 5 minutes and all the noise stopped.

So, the next day, coming home from my office, wearing some ripstop cammo and big shiny black boots (I never carry a gun), I stopped by the house of the punk who I found so offensive the evening before that I called the police. Nobody answered the bell. Nobody responded to my knocks so I kicked that door like one can do only if one wears big boots.

The punk answered at last. I discussed my philosophy about the making of noises outside long after midnight with him at which point he became somewhat agitated and angrily pointed out that the cops came to his house and took him to jail the previous evening.

Think about the pure undistilled idiocy in that young man. He was so thoroughly stupid that when the police did arrive and invited him and his guests to tone it down so other people and sober folk who needed to work in the morning could sleep, argued to such an extent the police locked him up for the night.

I used to kill people for a living. It was part of the job. I don't ordinarily let it show but sometimes, I let it out. This was also my back yard.


I had the coolest back yards in life. The sawed wood? Hot tub repairs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

COME TO GRIEF

Have you noticed how the current administration and all of its bureaucrats downplay the dangers posed by obola and yet capitalize on every single scary thing they can imagine about global warming and the menace posed by CO2? On the other hand, the Administration also keeps insisting that islam is a religion of peace, but then, they mistakenly assume that we're too stupid to actually watch muslims in action.

I just read that maybe there is a chance that obola can be contracted by airborne particles that you inhale or that simply find their way into your eye when an infected person coughs or sneezes on you.

Did you sense that coming gentle reader? Did you enjoy a tiny bit of premonition that perhaps the CDC and your government were lying to you yet again when they repeatedly denied that a contagious disease was in fact, contagious?

They are so predictable.

You'll eat what is set before you or die trying!

THANK YOU


Obola announces that the slackers at Homeland Security will implement new screening protocols at airports that will be rigorously enforced by top men.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

IMPORTANCE FLOATS BY MERIT ALONE

A picture is worth a thousand words. Do as I say, not as I do. It's important for you but leaders are immortal, so live with it.


All those guys not wearing giant kapok vests are leaders. You can tell from their yellow and white hats how floatable they are even without life jackets. Important people float by their own sense of importance even if they are swept overboard.

As an antique fire control officer, I laugh at the train/warning circle around mount 51 and the complete lack of a blast warning zone around the vertical launch cells. OP-4 must be a very weird read these days.

JUST ONE JOB

Data entry is a job. People are paid to put data into information systems. They are expected to adhere to some really simple and basic rules. Accuracy is high on the list.

There was a massacre in Newton. You would like to think that even the FBI would notice something like that.

You'd be wrong.

Monday, October 6, 2014

AIR RAIDERETTE

I tend to despise the people who believe that this president is articulate or honest. The actual facts are there for all to see. I will give the Bush plenty of leeway to articulate his foreign policy and national security strategy but it is plain to see that this administration has no policy at all except to leap in front of the current parade.


I watch other ourtube videos of people such as Farage, who can articulate their way out of wet paper bag with style and ease, and contrast with our buffoons. It is so risible that I stopped watching TV long ago.

Dropping bombs was NEVER a worthwhile endeavor but it felt good. It felt like something was being done. We killed job-lots of innocent people and felt vindicated. It has never had even the slightest impact or impairment on our enemies. In a real campaign the first thing you do is identify the center-of-gravity and wipe it out.

For instance, in our last great endeavor, World War II; if our leader had been killed while 'leading' the fight, would we have just shoved our hands in our pockets, kicked the turf and wandered home? Why is it that people in DC now feel that if they can just kill the head of this islamic curse or that islamic curse that all their followers will give up and go home?

Roosevelt died in office and yet the nation and his successor carried on. They continued to support the Unconditional Surrender we all sought against both Germany and Japan. Yeah, we dropped the only atomic weapons ever used in war but those weapons manifested a desire to kill every living enemy of ours.

Dropping a few JDAMS on a few peasants was our approach to the Vietnam War and any idiot can see that it didn't work there/then and it won't work in this war.

So what is the center-of-gravity in the current war on islamic terror? I know what it is but even though it would not kill a single infant, babe-in-arms or mother, we cannot implement it because,

Get out of my way you street stealing thieves!
we need to stop giving room to people who hate civilization as we know it.

WANT A FREE RIDE IN A HELICOPTER?

There may be endless ways to cadge a free ride in a helicopter but no helicopter ride is ever free. I think the USCG could be forgiven for letting this guy run to the north pole via the Gulf Stream. He's too stupid for the rest of us to tolerate. Besides, he probably caught some exotic disease while running to Bermuda.

ANGEL ISLAND QUARANTINE STATION

Those interested in the history of keeping infectious diseases out of the country will enjoy this.


I used to sail to Angel Island from Emeryville or from the Navy's marina at Treasure Island. It was a fascinating place and provided a wonderful opportunity to take a shaded walk all around the island from Ayala Cove to the Immigration Station, the Nike Battery and the various Civil War batteries. I heard, after I left the Bay Area, that the good people there decided to cut down all the trees because they were non-native Eucalyptus trees.

I had thought to include a video since several are on offer at ourtube but they don't discuss the Quarantine issue and refer solely to Angel Island's role as the Ellis Island of the West.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

YOU KNOW ITS BAD

When this buffoon starts to look and sound more presidential than the actual President.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

CALIPHATE

Did you ever notice how caliphate ends in hate? I dropped my love off at the airport at 0400 today and came home listening to the Pastoral, Symphony No. 6 by Beethoven. If you've never stopped to listen to the music of the Empires that withstood the last Caliphate, it is well worth your time. Can you even imagine the muslims of our time creating something as beautiful as a symphony? I understand that their next target is Byzantium, again. They'll probably take it with no effort at all and then move on to attack Vienna by Christmas.


You know what Austria? You better arm yourself. There's no King of Poland to save you this time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUPPORT AND DEFEND

Why do we let morons assign wings? No sane person would trouble to ask himself what morons think but we seem to let our morons guide our discourse and assign our 'politics' to one wing or another based on simple stupidity. How did that happen?

A "winger" is somebody described by the media as somebody who actually believes,

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
You know, if you actually trouble to read the Declaration of Independence, it looks like a very familiar and modern landscape doesn't it?

A STATE OF THE WORLD

Roger Kimball has an interesting article about the EU vs Apple. He mentions that Apple has parked $137 billion offshore to avoid US corporate taxes and the EU has decided that maybe it can get some of that. In many ways I side with Apple as it fights against the confiscatory tax regimes who seek to profit from their business acumen. What Apple sells in the United States is fully taxed by the United States. What it sells in Europe is governed entirely by the incredible regulatory state that is the EU. Being the EU, that regulatory state is 100% based on preserving the money and power of the ancient oligarchs which, necessarily, requires the rules to be written in such a manner as to protect the nouveau rich oligarchs like Apple, Starbucks, etc.

It occurs to me though that Apple could BUY a country outright for a fraction of that profit it is accumulating offshore and then write the tax policies that it finds convenient.  Oops. Wait, I think that's what the EU thinks happened in Ireland.

I read a book a long time ago with that kind of premise. It involved the Swiss and their banking system which had for so long refused to cough up the money the rest of the world insisted was theirs. So the rest of the world nuked the recalcitrant Swiss until they glowed. Being the Swiss, they were all quite safe in their armored underground bunkers and redoubts and being Swiss were the most heavily armed country in Europe. Neutral doesn't mean impotent.

On the other hand, we're talking in this case about the Palestinians of Europe and you know what they say about Palestinians, they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. It is also said that an honest politician is one who stays 'bought'. We shall see what the Dáil trots out as the EU destroys every freedom their forefathers won through war and revolution over 600 years.