Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rare Black Squirrel Sighted

Since Curmudeon's palatial estate seems to be squirrel central, I pass along this bit of Left Coast squirrel news:

I spotted a black squirrel on the fence in my back yard today. I was doing a little pool maintenance when he skittered over the fence, saw me and froze. We just stared at each other for a while, then he ran away. According to wiki, you find them mostly in the Northeast, Midwest, parts of Canada and the UK.


Looked kinda like this.
The black fur color can occur naturally as a mutation in populations of gray squirrels, but it is rare.
Since there don't appear to be any black squirrel populations within, say 2-3,000 miles of here, I'm going with "mutation". 

Great. I've got a mutant squirrel in my back yard. Possibly a ninja...

Monday, September 18, 2017

The White House Moved To LA Last Night


You may as well bring a big pan of lasagna or a bundt cake to the Emmy Awards as a house warming gift; President Trump has taken up permanent residence inside their heads.
Los Angeles (AFP) - Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles -- the first under the administration of President Donald Trump -- was widely expected to have a strongly political flavor, and host Stephen Colbert set the tone in his opening monologue.
 
Stephen took a break from spraying graffiti on the sides of subway cars in order to host the awards.
"However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can't deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way," he said.
First Lady Melania will have her staff sweep out the dust liberals, spray for Screen Actors Guild cockroaches and toss out the porn before settling in for a major remodeling effort.

The news article goes on to list the programs that received Emmy awards but *yawn* who cares...

Unabomber Chic and the Low Rent Domestic Terrorist

Unabomber then and now

Remember the Unabomber? That weird, reclusive domestic terrorist guy holed up in his cabin with nothing but a copy of Al Gore's "Earth in the Balance" and a box of crazy flakes, as he plotted which of his fellow citizens he had to kill in order to save Mother Gaia.  While he was out saving the environment through better bombing, he wore a mask. Even though he was nuttier than squirrel poop about the environment, he didn't want to get caught!

I noticed a certain fashion sense that Ted Kaczynski shared with many of the people we find in our streets today, on the avant-garde of protests, as opposed to American protesters in years past. When I started writing this, I was just going to highlight the differences between the Civil Rights marches of the sixties, with marchers in coats and ties, holding America flags (right side up), not wearing masks to hide who they were, and contrast them with the low rent domestic terrorists prowling the streets today.

When Milo Yiannopoulos was denied the opportunity to speak at UC Berkeley, it might have been dismissed as a unique occurrence,  the assaults, the vandalism, setting fires and rioting in the streets, but since then

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


Men: Remember it's feed a cold, starve a fever, give PMS anything it wants.





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take Your Pick

What'll be? Hemorrhoids or chlamydia?

Hillary just won't go away. The annoying itching irritation that arises whenever she voices another misinformed, misguided, miscreant opinion is enough to make a soul grab a scalpel and slice off the offending body part.

Thank the Lord for the mute button on remote control devices else my ears would have been gone years ago.
Certain dread diseases are not curable. They might go away for a while but eventually they come back with ugly pus-filled sores that itch, fester and ooze. They're painful and embarrassing.
Hillary Clinton is like that.
Just when we thought she'd gone away, she's flaring up worse than ever. She has a new book out, for which she's started tours. You have to pay money to come to the book tour to hear her pitch this book that she wants you to pay money to buy to read about what a generous person she is.
There are no creams, salves or ointments that can cure the the case of Hillaritis that afflicts the nation's tender political bits. America will scratch itself raw before she finally utters her final self-aggrandizing "Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world!" and disappears in a foul cloud of disappointed ambition. And just like Oz's Wicked Witch, even her army of flying monkeys has had their fill of her. Time to move on and select another socialist loser.
We shouldn't be surprised. This is the woman who was charging public universities and charities a quarter million for one-hour speeches.
This book — her latest vehicle for monetizing the American political system — is about how she was humiliated by an amateur in the last election. It's called "What Happened."
Everyone else already knows what happened. The Dems nominated a selfish and charmless candidate who ran an abysmal campaign.
More here.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorado State Rams Vs Alabama Crimson Tide: The Silence Of The Lambs

When the Colorado State Rams enter Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday it will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams.  The last time they met on the gridiron was in 2013.  Florida’s Head Coach Jim McElwain was the Rams’ offensive coordinator at the time.  The Tide won that contest easily.
CSU enters Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record, having defeated last week’s opponent, Abilene Christian, by a score of 38-10.  ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Alabama a 97.9% chance of winning the game.
The Rams head coach, Mike Bobo told a local Alabama radio station after breaking down film of The Tide, “It’s pretty scary. It really is scary when you turn on the tape and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to move the ball offensively, how you’re going to stop them defensively. They’ve got this receiver (Calvin Ridley) that makes big play after big play and then they’ve got these huge running backs. You’re afraid if they give it to them 40 times a game, you might not have a team left. And then they’ve got this quarterback (Jalen Hurts), when he drops back to pass, do you cover him? Do you try to double Ridley? And then Hurts runs.”
Defensively, the Rams are allowing 378.7 yards per game and that’s just about four yards less than Alabama is averaging on offense. Their pass defense is giving up 259 yards per game.  The crowd at Sonny Lubick Field left early during the CSU-Abilene Christian game because it was apparent the Rams were playing down to the level of its opponent.  That’s hardly what I would call “tear ‘em asunder” football.
With the Ram secondary severely outmatched and a defensive line that is not likely to win the shoving match with the offensive line of the Tide, QB Jalen Hurts should have plenty of time to read the field, run through his progressions, and spread the ball around making it inevitable they run up the score for a complete drubbing of the Mountain West Conference team.
The Dawgs of Jawja beat the Irish in South Bend last week.  I’ve always loathed Notre Dame.  You can’t be a lifelong Bama fan and not feel that way.  I remember the arrogance of the Ara Parseghian era and it’s been resurrected by current Head Coach Brian Kelly.  The leprechauns are not expected to compete nationally this year.
Auburn has dreams of dethroning Alabama, winning the SEC Championship and reaching the College Football Playoff, but Auburn failed in their 14-6 loss in Death Valley to Clemson a week ago.
LSU and Mississippi State play in Starkville on Saturday.  Blogger friend and SEC sister Diogenes’ Middle Finger has her prediction for that smashmouth game.
Baker Mayfield and the Boomer Sooners have officially joined Alabama as Playoff favorites by walloping the Bucknuts at home 31-16.  I love a cup of bitter OSU tears.

Chelsea Manning Got De-Fellowed Again

Bradley Chelsea Manning served seven years in the supermax prison at Fort Leavenworth for turning over classified information to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.  His/her act of treason constitutes the largest breach of intel in American history. The remainder of his/her 35-year sentence was commuted by The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer in January of 2017.
On Wednesday, the military whistleblower had been among a group invited to speak at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School including former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Robby Mook, Granny Clinton's 2016 campaign manager.
Amid a torrent of blistering criticism for its decision, the school withdrew its designation of “fellow” for the sexually confused turncoat calling it a “mistake”.
The Dean of the school, Douglas Elemendorf, said in a statement the next day, “We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School.  We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”
Mind you, the only reason for the reversal was the high-profile resignation of former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell and the last-minute cancellation of current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to speak at the school.
Addressing Morell’s decision to resign from his non-resident senior fellowship Pompeo, a Harvard graduate himself said, “You have traded a respected individual who served his country with dignity for one who served it with disgrace and who violated the warrior ethos she promised to uphold when she voluntarily chose to join the United States Army.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At This Point, What Difference Does It Make?

In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary compared herself to, of all people, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.
The Ice Cube In Heels notes she was treated by the crowds at her opponent’s rallies the same way the residents of the fictional Westeros did towards disgraced ruler Cersei Lannister during her ignoble walk of shame.
If the twice-failed presidential candidate sought to elicit sympathy for being hideously shamed she picked one hell of an absurd comparison.  The Mad Queen and the Hag Queen are sickeningly analogous in their cruelty.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”
Clinton lost a race few thought possible and is now the Queen of Ashes.  Taking fantasy into real life, Jon Snow’s words to Cersei in the Dragonpit in Season 7 are noteworthy: “When enough people make false promises words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers only better and better lies.”  Benghazi. Email server. Vince Foster. Pay-to-play. Clinton Foundation.
David Remnick, writing for The New Yorker:
“The wounds that the new book opens are not just Clinton’s. A few nights before meeting with her, I was at dinner with a political professional who worked on her 2008 campaign. I mentioned that I was going to interview Clinton, and sought his advice about what I should ask. He put down his fork and scowled. ‘Ask her why she blew the biggest slam dunk in the history of fucking American politics!’ he said. A few diners at adjacent tables looked up. ‘Oh, and ask her if she is going to donate the millions of dollars she’s gonna make on this book to charity. Ask her: Why should you profit from this disaster?’ There was more of this.”
“On the day I was to see Clinton, I read an article in Politico headlined “Democrats Dread Hillary’s Book Tour.” Unnamed ‘alums’ from her Brooklyn campaign headquarters told the reporters that the promotion of ‘What Happened was ‘the final torture.’  Others joked about how many stops she’d make in Wisconsin in her campaign to sell books. A top Democratic donor said that Clinton ‘should just zip it, but she’s not going to.’ Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, was asked about the book; she replied, ‘Beg your pardon?’ and walked away. Her colleague from Oregon, Ron Wyden, said, ‘I’ve always been a looking-forward kind of guy. I think I’ll leave it at that.’”

High Taxes In NY?

For my last four years as a cop I was a division commander. I made some overtime, especially when my staff was cut in half and my work load doubled. At the time I had young kids at home and didn't like being away from my family so much but the OT and a buy out did give me the opportunity to retire earlier than I planned. I was never one of the cops that made a stellar amount of OT, not even close, but it sure came in handy.

In the mid 1980's I had convinced my wife to quit her job and stay home with our daughters. She worked for NY Telephone and was making better money than I, so our income took a savage hit. We prayed that nothing would break because we couldn't replace it. But God was faithful and we always had what we needed. We just had to adjust our expectations of what we wanted. You do what you can with what you have. I can remember taking money out of our savings account to buy groceries just two days after I got paid. Again, that OT came in handy but it was only for a few years before I retired.

After 24 years I retired from the PD (worked for two other law enforcement agencies and a construction contractor in the 18 year interim) and this news article shocked me. HTH can a cop make almost $450,000 a year?
For the second year in a row, the center found, 47 of the top 50 highest-paid local-government workers outside New York City were police officers — with five of the top seven on the Town of Ramapo payroll. The No. 1 earner, Ramapo Police Officer Thomas Donnelly, pulled in $441,968 in the year ending last March. Four other Rockland County cops joined him in the top 10. The 20 officers in the Nassau County Village of Kings Point (pop. 5,005 in the last Census) had the highest average pay of any group of government workers at $220,088.
Now some of this OT is covered by federal programs that allow police departments to conduct certain security operations. These ops include airports, water supplies, other critical infrastructure protection, etc. After 9/11 the feds provided hundreds of millions of dollars to PD's all over the country for this purpose.

Even supposing that a Ramapo cop makes $100,000 in annual salary - that would require the above cop to make $342,000 in OT. The Ramapo PD doesn't list cop salaries, but let's assume that a cop at top salary makes $100G a year, this is a little over $48/hr. At this rate any overtime at time and a half is $72.12/hr. In order for that cop to make $342,000 in OT he would have to work 4,742 hours of OT.  That's over 90 hours of OT every week. This guy never slept.

One other explanation (and a more reasonable one) is that the cop never took a sick day and the PBA contract stipulated that the department must buy back his unused sick leave once he retires. If he retired after twenty years that would average out to less than 2 hours a week in unused sick leave. Keep in mind that his salary would increase over twenty years and that he was probably making around $35-45,000 for a while. My starting annual salary was $10,500 in 1974.

This is not the first time the Ramapo PD has fallen under a critical eye for police expenses.
We don’t begrudge first responders being paid what they’re worth, but these cops and firefighters, some in tiny hamlets, earn far more than their New York City counterparts.
“Personnel costs are the biggest part of most local government budgets, and thereby the biggest driver behind our high property taxes,” notes the Empire Center’s Tim Hoefer. Westchester and Rockland have the highest property-tax rates of all US counties.
Unless New York gets a handle on inflated salaries at all levels of government, property taxes will only keep climbing higher.
All police are not in the same situation. Many municipalities do not want to incur the cost of hiring new cops because of out of control pension (could be as high as 40 to 50%) and healthcare (about $16,000 a year for family coverage) costs so they allow high overtime allowances on the police budget to save money. But these costs still need to be controlled as stories like this make all cops look greedy.

Of course the news article doesn't look at how NY State pisses away money in other areas. Let's look at costs for the sick, lame, lazy and illegal aliens. In 2016 NY spent almost $63 billion for Medicaid. New York picks up 45% of this cost, over $28 billion, which dwarfs any police overtime.

Original story here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Seven Kingdoms Minus Wisconsin

Kings Landing─In her new book “What Happened”, her campaign memoir chronicling the 2016 presidential election, Hillary compared herself to Cersei Lannister a character from HBO’s runaway hit “Game of Thrones”.
“It’s not easy for any woman in politics, but I think it’s safe to say that I got a whole other level of vitriol flung my way. Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count. They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in Game of Thrones chanting ‘Shame! Shame! while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep…What in the world was this? I’ve been in politics for a long time, but I was taken aback by the flood of hatred that seemed to only grow as we got closer to Election Day.”
Has Granny finally come to terms with her naked self-promotion, unbridled ruthlessness and hunger to sit upon the Iron Throne?  Her sole desire was for us to bend the knee.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”

"I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people—millions and millions of people—decided they just didn’t like me,” Clinton writes—though she doesn’t understand the dislike. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking…I’m at a loss.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

For The Powers Of Heaven Shall Be Shaken

A photo of New York firefighter Edward James Day is placed on his name at the 9/11 memorial reflecting pool. Photo credit:  Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images
I spent the day yesterday wiping my eyes and grinding my teeth as I sifted through photographs of the heartbreaking swiftness and cruelty of 9/11. Sixteen years have passed and the sorrow still runs deep.
Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather today at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. 
“A solitary candle, a flag, a tear, these are the tokens of our renewal,” was how Tony Snow began his “Parting Thoughts” segment on Fox News Sunday on September 16, 2001.
He barely made it through while reading the words he had written down in the minutes before the show aired that day:
"The United States had a spirit before it had a name─one of faith and freedom, of ambition tempered by piety. We once were a nation of neighbors and friends, we are again today. We once were a nation of hardship-tested dreamers─we are again today. We once were a nation under God─and we are again today. Our enemies attacked one nation, they will encounter another, for they underestimated us. Today in our grief and in our rage, our determination and hope, we've summoned what's best and noblest in us. We are again Americans."
Are we Americans again?
A decade and a half later a horde of savages spread around the world and skulking here among us are still bent on our destruction.
Hate-filled celebrities used their Twitter accounts to compose death wishes for supporters of President Trump during hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Democrats of every stripe hang by a fraying thread of hope they can successfully impeach the man who embarrassed their party and utterly humiliated their deeply flawed and corrupt candidate for president.
During Irma’s destruction, looters ransacked evacuated homes and businesses.  For weeks before the arrival of the cataclysmic weather that struck Texas and Florida we’ve seen extremists trying to destroy America from within.
Today we are concerned with remembering our darkest day and we will weep for what was taken from us.  Tomorrow we will move on. 
But what are we moving towards?  America is being destroyed from within as much as from without. What the nation has become, through death by fire, bravado, war, forgetfulness, treason, and vulgar asininity could not have been prophesied on September 10th, 2001.
We will never be able to undo the pain of that day or the barbarity that is unequaled in our history.  I will lower Old Glory to half-staff at sunrise and raise her again at sunset as a tribute to those whose names were added to The Lamb’s Book of Life and pray for a more gracious and civilized America.  

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” ― Oscar Wilde




Friday, September 8, 2017

Fresno State Vs Alabama (Is It Cupcake Week Already?)

The Bulldogs of Fresno State, easily one of the 20 worst teams in CFB, are prohibitive underdogs against the powerhouse Crimson Tide.  They were 1-11 in 2016.  Under now-fired Coach Tim DeRuyter, the Dogs went a combined 20-6 in 2012 and 2013 but fell off the cliff in the years following.

Last Saturday Fresno State ran away with the game against the Incarnate Word Cardinals pummeling them 66-0.  Incarnate Word (NCAA Division I) went 3-8 in 2016.

Fresno State’s QB, Chason Virgil, had several throws that went awry. He struggled early with accuracy down the field.  An end zone pass was overthrown and he underthrew two passes in UIW territory that should have been touchdowns.  That doesn’t matter though.  The game was a blowout.

The FSU Bulldogs will travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium despite Mexifornia’s travel ban to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

New coach Jeff Tedford and his mangy dogs will make the cross-country trek to Tuscaloosa for a ginormous payday.  The two schools struck a deal in June of 2015 well before the ban took effect on January 1, 2017.  Fresno State will be paid a whopping $1.4 million to be utterly and completely humiliated.  That should go a long way towards paying for the new $892,000 video scoreboard that was installed at Bulldog Stadium in 2015 plus some Milk Bones.


This game won’t be competitive for even five minutes.  ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Fresno State a 0.6% chance of winning.  I would be shocked if the Bulldogs gain more than 20 yards rushing.  Man, talk about your dog shaming…
ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I Was Just Reviewing The Minutes Of Our Last Meeting

Early in the day on Wednesday the US House of Representatives voted on a nearly $8 billion aid package to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Senate Republican leaders had been planning to tie that aid to a bill to raise the debt ceiling after the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats were amenable to helping move the aid/debt ceiling bill but would only agree to do so for three months.  This prompted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to go on the record despising the plan calling it “dumb” at a news conference.
“Let’s just think about this: We’ve got all this devastation in Texas. We’ve got another unprecedented hurricane about to hit Florida, and they want to play politics with the debt ceiling? I think that’s ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need, to respond to these hurricanes so we do not strand them,” Ryan said angrily.
Shortly thereafter, Ryan and other congressional leaders went to the White House for a strategy meeting with the president.
It was at that meeting that President Trump agreed to endorse a plan proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to attach hurricane relief money to a shorter-term bump in the debt ceiling as well as keeping the government open.
Schumer, during the meeting, reminded the president that Ryan had supported short-term increases in the past intended to help create bipartisan deals in 2013.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said later that he would support the deal agreed to by the president but he made very clear following the Republican policy lunch that this was an agreement between President Trump and Democratic leaders. He wouldn't say if he was surprised by the deal, but said Trump's "rationale" was the "feeling that we need to come together."
Countless Americans have become increasingly disgruntled with Congress’s failure to get anything done and see McConnell and Ryan as the obstacles to enacting the president’s agenda.  If things don’t change voters will not only demand new leadership they will throw the bums out come election day.
Ben Domenech, writing at The Federalist surmised, “This is the first sign Trump is waking up to the inaccuracy of the conventional wisdom about needing McConnell and Ryan which has animated so much of the early failures of the Republican legislative agenda.  So, he’s being more honest:  he doesn’t like McConnell and Ryan, never did.  He likes Chuck Schumer, and knows him, and thinks he can work with him.”
Voters began electing men and women to serve in Congress who would repeal and replace Obamacare and legislate tax reform beginning in 2010.  They’ve had years of preparation and yet have been unable to advance their agenda.  Republicans have failed to deliver on their promises to President Trump and to the voters who sent them to Washington to fight for them.
They’ve been blowing smoke like a ’56 Rambler.  I don’t blame the president for taking sides against the feckless GOP elite. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

President Trump: “That’s One Business I Want To Drive Down”

President Trump promised to "restore America's competitive edge" in the global economy by implementing a tax overhaul during a speech Wednesday at Andeavor Refinery in Mandan, North Dakota.
“Our painful tax system has become a massive barrier to America’s economic comeback. It really is. We’re penalized. It costs us millions of American jobs, trillions of dollars and billions of hours wasted on paperwork and on compliance.”
Calling the effort to reform the tax codes a “once in a generation opportunity” and “a sharp reversal from the failed policy of the past,” the President called for cutting both individual and corporate income taxes.
The President said Wednesday he wants a tax code that is “simple, fair and easy to understand.” The president said he’d like to bring the corporate tax rate down to 15 percent from 35 percent.
As is his wont, Mr. Trump veered off his prepared statement to take aim at the tax preparation industry saying, “That’s one business I want to drive down.  Sorry.  H&R Block will not be supporting Donald Trump, I can tell you that.”
According to the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City-based tax preparation company ended its free federal 1040EZ filing promotion and refund advance loans in February of this year.
Block prepared a total of 10.345 million individual tax returns and 3.637 million business returns through February 28, 2017.
The Democrats say we live in a great country and we should pay our taxes with a smile. Willie Nelson tried that one year but the government insisted on cash.

Hizzoner: Why Haven’t New Yorkers Thrown Him A Ticker-Tape Parade?

The New York Hysterical Times, the least likely place you’d expect to read a disapproving account of the scoundrel who lives at Gracie Mansion, described the groundhog killing mayor:  “Poor Bill de Blasio─so good at being mayor and so misunderstood.”
In an interview published in New York magazine and a subsequent news conference on Tuesday, de Blasio trumpeted his accomplishments during his first term and cast himself as a misunderstood mayor, hounded by an unfair press corps and underappreciated by what should be a grateful public.
His remarks echoed an essay the mayor posted online on Friday, sounding a tone that, as he appears to be cruising toward a likely re-election without strong opponents, is remarkably both self-aggrandizing and self-pitying.
De Blasio’s job-approval rating has continued to sink throughout the summer owing, in part, to comments made in late August where he said was unaware of a Vladimir Lenin statue that exists on the lower east side of Manhattan.
“There’s a statue of Vladimir Lenin? That’s news to me. First, I in all my days here in New York City, I have never heard of there being a statue of Vladimir Lenin on the lower east side. It may be true. I’ve literally never heard of that in my life. Anyone heard of that before? That’s a new one.” 

Monday, September 4, 2017

A Modest Proposal Regarding Antifa*

*with apologies to Jonathan Swift
 
We all know that the vicious hooligans who call themselves "Antifa", aside from having virtually no fashion style, or in all truth, no discernible intellectual ability, tend to dress in all black: black hoodie, mask, sunglasses, black slacks, black hearts...which makes it somewhat difficult to identify the perpetrator when one of these mindless cattle temporarily leaves the herd and attacks someone, typically, for no valid reason.

The similarity of dress enables their cowardly retreat from taking responsibility for their actions, allowing them to hide in the crowd. I'd like to suggest that the police add another tune to their repertoire of crowd control: the paint ball gun.

Designate one or more officers to scan the crowds for signs of trouble. If they see someone acting out and have a clear shot - mark them. Maybe use that indelible dye they put in dye packs to deter bank robbers?** Send out a spotter with them to make sure the intended target alone is hit and there is no collateral damage. This will help police positively identify the lawbreaker to be taken into custody. They could even change the color of dye with each engagement, in case Antifa were to add their own paint ball splatters to try to create confusion.

From personal experience, I can tell you that getting hit with a paintball can both be painful and leave a mark. But we know from the infamous "pepper ball" incident, that Antifa is willing to make the sacrifice to take one for the team if necessary.

We should let them.

**Perhaps even some dye pack "grenades"? Toss them into an unruly crowd and see how they like getting their trendy black hoodies and Yeezys dyed to a more tranquil, peaceful, hippie tie-dye motif?

Update: A commenter over at Watcher of Weasels suggested adding microscopic tags to the paint balls, to "make it less subject to confusion, and you wouldn't run out of codes nearly as quickly as you run out of colors." Great idea!

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Every woman wants a man who'll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mad Dog Alert!

In the aftermath of an early morning test of a hydrogen bomb by North Korea Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in a tersely worded statement said on Sunday, “We made it clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan, from any attack and that our agreements with our allies are iron-clad. Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”
“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country─namely North Korea,” Mattis concluded, “but as I said, we have many options to do so.”
Mattis earned his “Mad Dog” nickname during one of the hardest fought campaigns in Iraq.  He was one of four commanders leading British and American troops to take Fallujah from Iraqi insurgents after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Mattis is known for having said, “No better friend, no worse enemy,” and “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
His profile notes he is able to quote Sun Tzu, Ulysses S. Grant, George Patton, Shakespeare and the Bible.  A 44-year military man, the Secretary of Defense is the most renowned warrior of our day to the combat initiated.
The fat kid is now officially on Mad Dog Alert.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Alabama Vs Florida State: A Horse Of A Different Color

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the season-opening matchup between Bama and the Noles.
“[Florida State is] similar to Alabama,” he said. “Alabama’s not going to give you anything. You have to earn it. They’re going to be able to match up with you. They’re going to be fast just like you’re going to be fast. So that ought to be a heck of a ballgame.”
Chip Patterson of CBS Sports would have you believe the SEC is no longer the top conference in college football citing Clemson’s win over the Tide, FSU’s Orange Bowl victory and Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy season for Louisville.
We’ll just see about that!
Alabama has won 15 consecutive season openers. FSU, which is making its first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance, has won its last six.
FSU’s legendary coach Bobby Bowden was asked for a prediction on the game.
"I'm from Florida State because I coached here for 37 years," Bowden said. Of course, I was raised on Alabama football all my life. I think Bama will be favored, but it wouldn't surprise me for Florida State to eke it out somehow."
Son Tommy Bowden laughed.
"Great politician's statement. I'd say the same thing. He must be running for office,” he joked. "I think that would be the reasonable approach. What my father said is accurate. Florida State's talented enough to win. I do think they'll be underdogs. [If] both teams play as well as they can, Alabama wins.”
While little is known about the specifics of the offense new coordinator Brian Daboll has installed at Alabama since taking the reins in the spring, the Tide coaching staff won’t deviate too far from the script that has built a dynasty in Tuscaloosa.
Florida State is a worthy adversary.  Coach Saban hasn’t lost a season opener at Bama.  It’s Saturday down South after all and I’m still reeling from the last five seconds of last year’s National Championship Game.  Damn those Clemson Tigers!
Publix better hide those crab legs. Jameis Winston will serve as FSU's honorary shoplifting captain for the game.  
ROLL TIDE ROLL!

What A Big Church You Have There


I want to underscore that I am not bashing Christianity or religion. I am merely pointing out the disappointment I felt after learning Houston’s most famous pastor did not open the doors of his megachurch to evacuees of Hurricane Harvey as many other houses of worship did.
As the hurricane was forming in the Gulf of Mexico on August 17, Joel Osteen was recording a podcast, presumably with Harvey in mind. "The good news is He's going ahead of you right now, lining up the right people, the right supplies, the right opportunities.  He has solutions to problems you haven't had," Osteen said.

Those solutions were not on display at Osteen’s Lakewood Church.  It’s ironic a brewery which put beer production on hold to can safe drinking water for flood victims came out looking better than a pastor of a megachurch.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Very Epitome Of Political Bigotry Aimed Directly At People In Peril

Wednesday wasn’t a particularly good day for a left-leaning political cartoonist.  Matt Wuerker was on the receiving end of a blistering firestorm over the illustrator’s depiction of Texas flood victims praising angels sent by God while a Coast Guard chopper’s crew member mentions their role on behalf of the federal government.
Here’s what Wuerker, who attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and lives in Washington, DC said about his political bigotry:
“As a political cartoonist, I try to get people to think—to consider the ironies and subtleties of the world we live in. This cartoon went with an extreme example of anti-government types—Texas Secessionists—benefitting from the heroism of federal government rescuers.  It, of course, was not aimed at Texans in general, any more than a cartoon about extremists marching in Charlottesville could be construed as a poke at all Virginians.  My heart is with all the victims of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and those risking their lives to save others.”
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey expressed his opinion on Wuerker’s “sneering ridicule”:
“In his usual sledgehammer style, he includes a Gadsden flag to slam conservatives, Confederate imagery to smear Texans as racists, and then also includes a gratuitous slap at people of faith.  It’s a smug, arrogant, and utterly tone-deaf attack on hurricane refugees in the midst of their crisis, exploiting their tragedy to ride his hobby horses all over their pain.”
Then the sun rises on another day of political bigotry; only this time from French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A scant two years ago, the controversial satire magazine was the victim of radical Islamist terrorists who killed twelve of the magazine’s staffers.
Charlie Hebdo joined the jackals with its most recent cover mocking victims of Hurricane Harvey with art of Neo-Nazis drowning in the flood waters and the words “Dieu Existe!” and “Il a noyรฉ tous le Nรฉo-Nazis du Texas!” (God Exists!  He drowned all the Neo-Nazis of Texas!”)
So, this is their thanks for the Texans who were among the thousands of Americans who died liberating France from the Nazis in World War II?  That’s funny coming from a nation who threw down their guns becoming little more than speed bumps for Nazi Panzer tanks.
Traitors!

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