Thursday, October 30, 2014


This man speaks for me and this little person in his praise for Dr. Salk.

You know the men like him are out there doing the research and hoping to emulate this man. I find myself happier knowing that just as many women are advancing the frontiers of medicine.

My family is somewhat constrained. We had a few options. None of them were bad options. It's not like we had to enter politics. War, Religion, Medicine. That's my girl in front of the temple of Athena in Nashville. I'm thinking medicine but it could be war. I cannot wait until she is a teenager. No no. I am really looking forward to those years. A will of cast iron going up against an object moving at orbital speed.


At Instapundit yesterday I took this screen shot, because I could.


I am ready to take off now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This newspaper article is really irritating to me.
“He told the authorities that he self-quarantined. Detectives then reviewed his credit-card statement and MetroCard and found that he went over here, over there, up and down and all around,” a source said.
Spencer finally ’fessed up when a cop “got on the phone and had to relay questions to him through the Health Department,” a source said.
Where did any law enforcement person ever get the authority to delve into this man's MetroCard? Never mind. Meta data.

You know, when the police have an omnipresence through cameras that can identify you 3 miles away and a robust attitude toward messing around in your life, any crime victim should be able to sue them for negligence. After all, they probably have the entire crime on video and so were negligent in not preventing it or coming to your immediate assistance.

Who is it that supposedly notes the fall of every sparrow?  Yes yes, I know, the EPA, OSHA, Forestry Service, SPCA, all lawyers, and of course, the police.

ecto gamma


Election day is just around the corner so I am posting my bleg to all who read here to vote. I know it's a silly thing to do since there is no democrat who is not an out and out liar and nobody can believe a word any republican says but, this is a democracy Republic and every vote counts. I'm voting for this guy.


According to Powerline, the Executive Office of the President was hacked and taken down for a week by Russians...or maybe Chinese or... It's funny how this works. One person can provide entry to ANY network and let the hackers pick the locks on all the drawers. I remember when this didn't happen to NMCI shortly after it was imposed on the fleet ashore. For no particular reason at all, every single user was locked out until they went, in person, to the sole IT arbiter and were given a new password and log-in ID. No reason for this was ever given to the proletariat.

The cognoscenti knew perfectly well that China had taken the opportunity to download the entire contents of every single navy database forcibly connected to NMCI, except our own at SPAWAR, where the guys invited the navy to fuck off when they came by with their mandatory connection authority.

When one consolidates everything into a single rent farm for some contractor whose brother dated the sister of the contracting officer, it's important to keep in mind that enemies want access. Of course, the collectivists never ever think of that or count it important. Does Snowden ring a bell?

If you read the link below, go to the few pages around page 72 that deal with how the Navy's IT workforce shoved NMCI facedown in the dirt and kicked it. NAVAIR lost everything in its databases to the bad guys. So did everybody else. The Navy's IT professionals could have told them it was a bad idea but they weren't consulted....mostly because they are the biggest bunch of a@sholes on the planet and will surely provide an answer in about 50 years if you keep upping their funding. You ain't seen rice bowl protection until you watch SPAWAR implement Congressional directed Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) procurement.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I found this at Maggie's Farm. It's a daily read. From time to time, I pull things and put them here so that they will always be close at hand. That's the case with this video by an articulate standard bearer of a former generation.


Although nobody was killed or injured this represents a real setback for what remains of our so-called space program. Of course, it being a NASA product, it uses a Russian engine from a country currently under embargo for its behavior in Ukraine.

Why anybody would be surprised to see an American spacecraft with Russian engines explode is a continuing mystery.


I'm not sure what the kerfuffle is in the school food programs around the country. It seems obvious to me that schools and school districts should just ignore the new federal rules just exactly the way the administration ignores federal immigration laws. After all, what's the worst that can happen?


You just know that somehow the local affiliate of CBS in New York have this story wrong. Honestly, they think they need the entire staff of a metropolitan New York City hospital to treat one ebola patient? But don't worry, there's no danger and you're a senseless hysteric if you imagine anything else. I'm no hysteric but don't you wonder at a government that does quarantine the soldiers it ordered to west Africa but not the other people who travel here from west Africa?

Have you noticed the catechism of the government science types? All of them fell reliably into Al Gore's dream and then declared anybody that disagreed with the idea of man-made global warming was a "science skeptic," possibly even a mouth-breather too stupid to live and unworthy of notice. The last poll I saw showed that 94% of Americans don't believe the CDC anymore or anything the official government spokespeople have to say about ebola.

Making skeptics of us all.


Doesn't it always look like this when the law moves?
But Frank Montoya Jr., the special agent in charge of the FBI in Seattle during the case, defended the investigation techniques, which led to the arrest and conviction of a 15-year-old student.
“Every effort we made in this investigation had the goal of preventing a tragic event like what happened at Marysville and Seattle Pacific University,” Montoya said. “We identified a specific subject of an investigation and used a technique that we deemed would be effective in preventing a possible act of violence in a school setting.”
“Use of that type of technique happens in very rare circumstances and only when there is sufficient reason to believe it could be successful in resolving a threat.”
It's kind of like Assassination; nobody would do it if there was any alternative.

Monday, October 27, 2014


It won't be long now until Lebanon is ripped apart again by a civil war fought between the sunni and shia who are nominally Lebanese but I don't think there have been true Lebanese since the Phoenicians sailed the Mediterranean 2000 years ago. We can look forward to another red line in the sand and calls to dispatch Marines to stabilize the peaceful country and maybe take up headquarters in Beirut.

I read an article earlier today that stated that we had come to the point that the old borders drawn by Europeans after World War I were gone and would never be resurrected in the middle east. They were drawn with no understanding of the people that lived there and were artificial from the beginning. Sort of like Europe's borders after The Great War.

When ISIS defeats the rump government in Baghdad and takes over most of the countries formerly known as Iraq and Syria it will come into contact with the ancient arab and sunni nemesis in Iran. I don't think either team will appreciate it when it happens. It would be interesting to see if they even try for a neutral zone or a negotiated DMZ like we have in Korea. Interesting, but I doubt they can do it. Neither side is at all familiar with compromise.

It would be nice if the US finally accepted that it can neither make peace in the middle east nor ally itself with an arab of any faith to fight against other arabs. After 10 years building up and training the Iraqi army we have a ghastly crew of useless cowards to show for it. They won't fight for the shia government if they are sunni and the shia won't fight to protect sunni terrortories and I can't blame either of them for taking the sensible position.

Those in power in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia know that they now face an existential threat that can only be defeated by force of arms. Bahrain was fortunate to have Saudi troops backing them up during the revolt three years ago but Saudi Arabia doesn't have anybody willing to stand with them and they have enemies now ascendent in the south and potential new enemies in the north and they have always regarded the Persians as a threat.

As you would expect by now, the State Department and White House staff are now agonizing over none of that. They care only about ending the Palestinian problem by sacrificing Israel. It's not going to happen. I am, sadly, amused by watching the arabs scramble to save themselves from terrorists.

When people talk about a looming population explosion of idle young men and speculate what is going to happen when they reach military age and they have absolutely nothing to look forward to but hopeless despair and somebody says that they will become savages aimed and directed by the mullahs and imams, believe it.
The age structure can also be used to help predict potential political issues. For example, the rapid growth of a young adult population unable to find employment can lead to unrest.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Megan McArdle writes some interesting pieces. I usually read the articles of hers I find posted at Instapundit. In this case, she wrote about building hideously expensive but very fast trains in the northeast corridor. She compared many of the factors that lead some fools to believe that they are the American wave of the future.

I simply wonder what happens when one of millions of drivers with a room temperature IQ stalls on the track just in front of a train moving in excess of 100 miles per hour. I suspect that the outcome will not be pretty--or cheap. But never mind the stupid people you see out there driving everyday, think too of the countless Islamic terrorists we have roaming the country at will. They'd use a truck or a bus on the rail, just to be sure and the FBI or ATF will probably arrange financing for it.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait used to have a policy when I lived there that left all wrecks where they ended up after they departed the highways, as displays  of excessive enthusiasm and the penalties for reckless and stupid driving. That, or they were too cheap to hire a tow truck to drive off the road onto the sand to fetch back the tortured chunks of metal and dispose of them.

Ms. McArdle cited the traffic jams that clog the Northeast Corridor and ventures that maglev high speed rail could offer some relief, but not much. I have some cunning alternatives.

- Copy London's policy of only allowing cars into the city after they pay an additional road tax. There will be a blizzard of license plate thefts.

- Go London one better and forbid cars access to the city at all based on whether the car has an alternate or even ending number. Forbid all cars with vanity plates. There will be a blizzard of license plate thefts.

- Follow the socialist models in vogue in western Europe and limit the workweeks to 2 days and 3 days every other week. Motorists are fined if they enter the city on days when they are not working in the city. Your average suburban dweller would be permitted to work 2 days one week, 3 days the next week. Think of the enormous reduction in deadly green house gasses. What could be fairer than that? It's progressive!

Cities, A Place Where Work Gets Done. Entry to the city after 1800 is open and unlimited so people can hang out at theaters, restaurants and bistros.

Win Win!*

*Tongue jammed firmly in cheek.


From Patterico:


A nurse was placed in quarantine when she arrived back from Sierra Leone where she worked with ebola victims. She is mad as hell about this 'unjustified response.'

"I recalled my last night at the Ebola management center in Sierra Leone. I was called in at midnight because a 10-year-old girl was having seizures. I coaxed crushed tablets of Tylenol and an anti-seizure medicine into her mouth as her body jolted in the bed.

It was the hardest night of my life. I watched a young girl die in a tent, away from her family.

With few resources and no treatment for Ebola, we tried to offer our patients dignity and humanity in the face of their immense suffering.

There is no treatment for ebola. It has a 30% survival rate. The body's organs liquify and are expelled violently. She thinks she is full of compassionate humanity because she watched victims die and then came home when she tired of that and doesn't accept that people here have any right to fear that she could be carrying this disease which does not manifest until up to 42 days after exposure.

I say throw her back. 9 out of 16 doctors with Doctors without Borders died of ebola so far in this outbreak and we had a tenth one walking around New York City for 3 days spreading the opportunity for others to die.

Has Medicine sans Frontiers offered up any guidance/rules for medical personal who leave West Africa and head back home? Have they suggested that they all enter a mandatory quarantine before heading home? Have they done anything other than spread ebola?

Ever wonder how many people would be alive today if we had quarantined HIV?

UPDATE: In her own words, how she feels about Americans.

Friday, October 24, 2014


If you like to fear,this is a good place to start, But, if you really want to be afraid, think not of obola but it's reservoirs. It's lethality confined it to Africa until just now. The source of the reservoir of obola is not known. What have we done by letting the virus out of Africa? Are we going to be the recipients of "unexpectedly" obola showed up in Dallas in 3 years time?

Biological weapons once unleashed are pure hell.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I never paid any attention to the uniform regulations so it is wrong of me to parse them now. My ire means nothing at all to them. They live for the shiny and the clean crease but it's the Admiral who comes closest to the mark. By the rules of now he cannot wear both but he at least carries it off right.

How does one get a Presidential Unit Citation without shots being fired? How do the top two Marines gaff the precedence of ribbons?


It's in the news but just think about that Navy Reserve Officer who had the balls to kick Biden out. The PAO slot was probably in an Echelon V command which meant that a full TAR had to take part in punting Biden out of the Navy. To be honest, I didn't think TARs had it in them. That's an O4 or an O5 standing up and saying, this scumbag is not worthy.

Of course the entire Naval Reserve chain of command kept it secret but that's what we expect of them.


Attraction. Somehow the wispiest stuff in the universe is attracted to each other and bonds and when enough arrives, fuses. What are the odds of that happening?

Whole molecules of H arrive in a space and then they ignite and burn for billions of years?

How cloudy was the universe to make such an unlikely thing happen not once but a trillion times?


USS CONSTITUTION will enter a 4 year maintenance phase.

One has to wonder why it will take 3 times longer than it took to build just to 'maintain' her. Oh well, shipyards doing maintenance work on navy ships have been clipping the navy since the navy began.

The pictures I took when I was there are one of the things I regret leaving behind.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I don't know what to make of this story.
 A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employee in Ohio has been charged with stealing sensitive information from a federal database for the nation's dams and lying about the breach to federal agents, prosecutors said.
Xiafen "Sherry" Chen, 59, was arrested on Monday at the NOAA office in Wilmington, Ohio, about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a statement on Monday.
Chen was charged with theft, illegally accessing a federal database and two counts of making false statements to investigators. She could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the theft charge and five years each if convicted on the other charges, prosecutors said.
There cannot be anything classified about dams in America. Why would an employee be facing prison for downloading and looking at data on dams in this country? What could possibly be sensitive about a dam?


A young man with a rake just knocked at my door. I knew what he wanted.

Three years ago the entire High School student government crossed the street and asked me for money to rake my leaves. Every so often a man will part with money to watch beautiful girls rake leaves. I gave them extra money to rake my neighbor's leaves.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014


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?


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


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.