Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

One Terrific Headline

"FBI: Man urinates on seat during Frontier flight to Charleston, lands in jail."
He's going to pay a very high Stupidity Tax.

(It's been a long time since I've read "The Newsless Courier."

"We Doan Need No Ejjucatin"; South Carolina Ed.

Publix grocery in Charleston censored 'Summa Cum Laude' on graduation cake.

To be fair, the number of people who work at the local Publix who have graduated with honors from anywhere is probably a very small number.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Not Just the Russians

Other foreign governments were trying to influence the Trump campaign by offering help. No surprise that the World's Most Despicable Merc, Erik Prince, had his slimy fingerprints all over it. He might also need to grovel to Trump for a pardon, as the people involved are falling into the effective range for the legal guns of the Special Counsel.

This may explain why his sister, who is in medal contention for Worst. Cabinet. Secretary. Of. All. Time. got her job.

I'm trying to conjure up a name of who would be so horrible and disgusting that Trump wouldn't have dealt with him (or her), but I'm not coming up with anything. Clearly, the law that foreign governments aren't permitted to meddle in American electoral politics meand zippy-point-shit to Trump.

Saying that "the Trumps sold their souls to foreign princes for some bags of silver" sounds almost Shakespearean.

Starting Off Work This Week

The cello solo by Sheku Kanneh-Mason at some damn wedding gig last Saturday.

Only a billion or so people around the world were watching this. No pressure, right?

(No doubt that the happy couple will be living on royal ground.)

"Out of Pocket"

When I was younger, the phrase "out of pocket" meant that a person had covered someone else's (or an entity's) expenses out of their own funds, and expected to be reimbursed for it.

In the last several years, it seems to have come to mean that a person was out of the area; away from home or away from work. Apparently, that usage is a century old, if not older,

So, in the current vernacular, I was out of pocket for a bit. Like a little under 3,000 road miles worth.

Kentucky seems to be afflicted with knuckleheads who set their cruse control at the speed limit and then camp out in the left lane. A long time ago, some similar fool did that in Ohio and was cited by the Staties for obstructing traffic and traveling in the left lane on the Ohio Turnpike.[1] He was found guilty and suffered enough butthurt to take it up on appeal. His defense was that he was at the speed limit and nobody should have been passing him. The judges pointed out that the law was that the left lane was a passing lane, he wasn't passing anyone and by obstructing other vehicles, he was acting as a traffic vigilante.[2]

A good indication of how diligent the state cops are on speed enforcement is how fast the trucks are going. Illinois and Indiana seem to be polar opposites.

If you're traveling on I-70 between St. Louis and Columbus, OH, consider taking I-64 and I-71. It adds about 50 miles to the trip, but it's far more pleasant of a drive; especially I-64 and I-71 south once it splits off from I-75.
[1] He might have also been charged with "creating an unsafe condition" because people were passing him on the right, but I don't recall.
[2] Or "traffic nazi".

Sunday, May 20, 2018

I Am So Going to See This Movie

The Happytime Murders

(WARNING! This trailer is NSFW or small kids.)

Devin Nunes Should be Charged With Treason and Hung

Devin Nunes outed a confidential foreign intelligence source in order to score political points.

I would snark that Jonathan Pollard's cell might be available, but the rules are different for Republicans. When they out American intelligence officers and assets, nothing happens to them. Because Republicans make no bones about being more loyal to their party than they are to their nation.

Missed a Sad Anniversary

The Carrollton, KY bus crash happened just over 30 years ago on May 14, 1988. A lot of the passengers died in the post-crash fire, as the bus was gasoline-powered. Kentucky requires that school buses be diesels, but school districts that can may run the risk to this day.

(I was reminded of this sad anniversary recently while driving through Kentucky.)

If You're Late For Work, You Can Blame Donald Trump

Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over time.

Electric clocks keep time based on the usually stable and precise pulses of the electric current that powers them. In the U.S., that’s 60 hertz (cycles per second). In the past, regulators required power companies to immediately correct the rate if it slipped off the mark. But that precision is expensive to maintain, so last year, the correction part was quietly eliminated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Can this group of corrupt goons be any more clear that they serve corporations and not the American people?

While your phone and computer might be correct, if your company uses a time clock, then it might be off a bit.

Your Sunday Morning Big Prop Noise

A C-46:

As far as I know, the C-46 was the largest piston-engined airplane built and the largest twin until the DC-9.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Chip: "You want to pet me!"

Friday, May 18, 2018

Because It's Friday

Bosnian and Serbian steam:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If You Want Me, I'ma Gonna Be Hiding in the Basement.

Read this.

It'll happen. Because people are stupid.

Governmental Theft

Several Connecticut environment groups and companies are taking the state to federal court over the legislature’s decision to remove money from state energy funds in the two-year budget passed in October.

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and 11 other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Tuesday in order to stop the $165 million sweep.

Using the funding for other than its intended purpose is a breach of the contracts clause of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs argue. Much of the money is raised through a small surcharge on electric bills; because the money is now allocated for different purposes, the plaintiffs say this qualifies as an illegal tax on tax-exempt organizations — such as nonprofits that are ratepayers.
The budget also removed $28 million from the Green Bank, $127 million from the Energy Efficiency Fund, and $20 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
States have a penchant for doing this shit. Raiding the "highway trust fund" is a favorite; the roads and bridges then fall apart and the very same politicians, who did the raiding, decry the condition of their state's infrastructure.

This is akin to stealing the kid's college savings because the MasterCard is overdue. It's evil. The legislators of Connecticut should be ashamed of themselves, but hell, they're politicans. Being scum-sucking weasels is all in a day's work.