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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shorter Response by Mexio to Trump: Foxtrot Oscar, Apha, Delta, Out.

(Earlier story)
Mexico's lead negotiator with the Trump administration, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, said there was no way Mexico would accept the new rules, which among other things seek to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico.

"I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other," he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.
It was pretty foreseeable that Mexico isn't going to go along with Trump's idea to set up detention camps, in Mexico, for people to sit in while awaiting hearings.

Doubt if Canada will, as well.

Melissa-McCarthy-wannabee Sean Spicer, meanwhile, is doing what he does best: Lie like his boss.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer described U.S.-Mexico ties as healthy and robust and said he expected a "great discussion."

"I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now," Spicer told reporters.

Every Event Trump Attends is All About Him

This is from his remarks at the Museum of African-American History.
I like the state of South Carolina. I like all those states where I won by double, double, double digits. You know, those states.
The transcript was on the White House's web site.

What the hell is wrong with Trump? Can he not say anything about any subject whatsoever without turning it into a discussion of his pissant electoral victory? Is he that insecure about it?

Some Seriously Sick Fucks Out There

SYLVA, N.C. — The 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park west of Asheville remains closed after a runner's foot was impaled by a nail purposely placed on a popular trail that leads to the Black Rock Summit.

Rotting in the Fields

As President* Trump (der Lügenführer) embarks on his crusade to deport millions of undocumented aliens, be prepared to pay a shitload more money for your fresh fruits and vegetables. For BadTux points out that the farmworker visa program will be of no help to California farmers. There aren't exactly a shitload of Millennials eager to leave their homes for the adventure of being a migrant farmworker.

(Also, being here without proper documentation is not a crime.)

You might want to read the memos for yourself. Going to be interesting to see how Customs can hire 10,000 new agents "expeditiously" without running afoul of the same issues that plagued the Border Patrol back when they tried to rapidly expand during Bush-II's tenure.

Why the implementation memo requires the heads of all executive departments to "identify and quantify all sources of direct and indirect Federal aid to the Government of Mexico" (implementation memo, section C, page 4) is a question nobody seems to be asking.

Basically, all of the shit in the original memo, which the Trump Administration denied (and which the Trumpanzees claimed was a "troll job") is contained in the two new memos.

If you are Hispanic, it would behoove you to always have proof of citizenship or legal residency on your person at all times. And yes, in certain areas of the country, this also applies to the Irish. You could end up being quickly dumped over the border into a makeshift and squalid refugee camp in northern Mexico (implementation memo, section H, page 7).[1] Everyone seems to be focusing on undocumented Hispanics in the U.S., but while they are a majority of the undocumented, there are undocumented aliens from all over the globe.
[1] Presumably, the refugee camps in southern Canada will be a bit nicer than the ones in Mexico.

The Targets Stand Together

Muslims raised $20,000 in three hours to repair the damage caused by vandals at a Jewish cemetery. The local ADL is offering a reward for information on the perps.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We Shall See If There's Any Action to Back This Up

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," Trump said. He did not outline what that might include.
That's nice. But given that his Chief Henchman harnessed the neo-nazis to help elect President* Trump (and his dog-whistles to the nazis), they think he's their guy and that his statements to the contrary are just eyewash, then this is an area where nice words are not going to cut it.

If Trump wants to show that he's not a friend of the neo-nazis, he's going to have to prove it.

Getting to Genocide

A post about how to get from a tolerant society to one that closes its eyes to state-sanctioned brutality.

I could clip a paragraph or two from it, but that would not really be fair. You should read the entire thing.

And then maybe you might understand why a lot of people are pushing back, now, and not heeding the exhortation of "Be reasonable and give Trump a chance."

Because we've heard this tune before, only with different musicians.

(German word of the day: Die Lügenführer- "Lying leader".)

Deplorables at Work

UNIVERSITY CITY [St. Louis, MO] • As many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were toppled over the weekend here in a case that is making national headlines.

Anita Feigenbaum, executive director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, said officials will be cataloging the damage Tuesday and notifying relatives whose families are affected. A monument company will decide which headstones need to be replaced and which need to be reset, she said.
And this:
The FBI is investigating another wave of bomb threats to Jewish facilities in the US after 11 sites were evacuated on Monday.

The latest threats bring the number of incidents to 69 in 27 states in the past month, according to the JCC Association of North America.

(BadTux asks why nobody does this crap against white Protestants.)

Stand with Sweden

In case you're looking at this far enough in the future to have forgotten what this is about, here you go. But given what our Possibly Syphilitic President is doing, "far enough in the future" might be a matter of a few weeks.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Not Too Shabby; Gunnie Ed.

That's the best I've done on a 50' slow-fire target with my Model 17. (If you're counting holes, there is a double on the edge of the ten ring a 9-o'clock).

Best on a 50 yard target for me with the same gun is a 90.

Be nice if I could do that consistently.

Nice Try, Mikey-Baby

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday said both he and President Trump support a "free and independent press."

"But you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when play fast and loose with the facts," Pence said during a news conference Monday from Brussels.

"The truth is that we have in President Trump someone who has a unique ability to speak directly to the American people, and when the media gets it wrong, I promise you, President Trump will take his case straight to the American people to set the record straight.”
I've no problem with that, as long as it's understood that what Pence galls "facts" is often "the delusional impressions of Trump's lunatic mind".

But let's be clear on this: Pence isn't speaking for Trump. Pence and Mattis are trying to make nice with NATO, but as recently as last month, Trump called NATO "obsolete". Trump will tweet whatever flits into his mind at 0330 and if it's horribly off-message, he's not going to give a rat's ass. Because, when it comes to Trump's foreign policy, there isn't one.

It's almost funny that the message that the Trump Administration is trying to peddle to other nations is "pay no attention to the Lunatic-in-Chief."

An Offense Too Far

The American Conservative Union has rescinded its invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the group’s annual CPac conference, after footage emerged in which the rightwing provocateur discusses sex between “younger boys” and older men. ... He goes on to suggest that sex between “younger boys” and older men could be a “coming-of-age relationship … in which those older men help those younger boys discover who they are”.
And this:
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group which sponsors CPAC, in a statement Monday afternoon. The group called Yiannopoulos to “further address these disturbing comments,” but defended its original decision to invite him as a nod to “the free speech issue on college campuses.”
So, CPAC invited him to underscore their commitment to free speech, but then disinvited him because he was saying things that they didn't want to be associated with.

Turdlet can say things that are racist, homophobic, transphobic, antisemitic, neonazi, you name it, because freedom of speech. CPAC invited him because others have protested and rioted when he was spreading his slime. CPAC was trying to take what it saw as the moral high road in supporting free speech regardless of the contest of the speech.

Hard to be a bunch of free speech absolutists, CPAC, when you disinvite somebody because you found what they said to be repellent.

Aviation Impact: Good Luck With That; SS Edition

The operators of flight schools near Mar-a-Lago are complaining that the Temporary Flight Restrictions that are imposed whenever President* Trump visits are hurting them badly. Trump visits there on the weekends and weekends are when flight schools are busiest.

The people there want to have a discussion with the Secret Service and, as usual, the SS is turning a deaf ear to them. Considering the economic impact of security measures isn't their job.

I've blogged about this before. At least Dubya had the inadvertent courtesy to spend his time in West Nowhere, Texas. Even then, the TFRs screwed up a significant amount of active airspace. But that was probably a fart in the wind compared to what the Trump TFRs are doing.

These massive presidential TFRs are nothing more than security theater. If the folks around Florida want things to change, they better start complaining to their senators and congresscritters.

Try Working for The Donald

Daily stomach-pumping is, sadly, not a perk of the job.

(From here via here)

Dear World: We Have No Fucking Idea What He's Talking About, Either.

If you have twenty minutes, you should watch John Oliver's examination of why Trump's bromance with Putin is so frightening:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Faint Sound of Jackboots Of In the Distance

Blasting stories that cite anonymous sources, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on CBS's “Face the Nation” that President Trump meant it when he condemned the media as the “enemy” of the people.

“I think you should take it seriously,” Priebus said of Trump's statement. “I think the problem we've got is that we're talking about bogus stories. … And I think the media needs to, in some cases, not every case … but in some cases, really needs to get its act together.”
The press does not work for the President, any president. They are not responsible to the President. The President does not get to tell them what stories they can run and what stories they can't.

Damn few presidents or politicians like the press. But they know that criticism from the press goes with the territory. Chris Wallace laid it out for Priebus:
After Priebus said he was "surprised" Wallace would forget "all the shots" that Obama took at Fox News, the anchor interjected.

"He took the shots, and we didn't like them, and frankly, we don't like this either. But he never went as far as President Trump has. And that's what's concerning. Because it seems like he crosses a line when he says that we're the enemy of the people," Wallace said.
Attacking freedom of the press is a direct attack on American liberty.

McCain gets it:
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free -- and many times adversarial — press," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking on NBC's Meet The Press. "And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time — that's how dictators get started."

Citing history, McCain told NBC that "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press," though he hastened to add: "I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

Mattis also gets it:
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday that he does not see the media as the enemy of the American people, disagreeing with a claim made Friday by President Trump about numerous outlets.

Mattis, asked directly about Trump’s criticism of the media, said he has had “some rather contentious times with the press” but considers the institution “a constituency that we deal with.” The defense secretary added: “I don’t have any issues with the press myself.”
McCain and Mattis are grownups. As for Donald Trump, he needs to pull up his big-boy pants. Hostile press criticism goes with the job. If he can't handle that, he needs to quit and go back to his career of grifting gullible investors.

Trump clearly doesn't understand anything in the Constitution (other than the takings clause).

The time is coming when every American is going to have to choose between standing up for freedom or standing with Trump.

Trump Cites Non-Existent Terrorist Attack

Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country.

During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe. It wasn't clear what he was referring to and there were no high-profile situations reported in Sweden on Friday night.

The comment prompted a barrage of social media reaction on Sunday, with hundreds of tweets, and a local newspaper published a list of events that happened on Friday that appeared to have no connections to any terror-like activity.
What happened in Sweden Friday night? Not much.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

A heavy 777 takes off into the clouds:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jeepers, Everybody is Copying Holland

After the Netherland's video to introduce themselves to President* Trump went viral, every other nation had to get into the act.

Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Japan and a bunch more. The Norwegians couldn't resist getting in digs at the Swedes.

Pretty much pick a country and there's a video. Even fake ones.

Even the Iranians and the Martians got into the act.

Seen, Finally-- Gunnie Ed.

a Kimber K6, or whatever the hell they call it:

$899.99, which is pretty goddamn steep.

I also saw a Remington R51 in a display case. It was priced at $359.99, if my memory serves me correctly. I would presume that it is one of the new models.

I haven't seen one of the GP-100-.44s yet. But if the stuff I've been reading on the gun forums is anywhere near close to accurate, it seems that Ruger almost screwed the pooch as badly with this gun as did Remington on the R51. A fair number have been sent back for loose front sights and inconsistent as well as oversized cylinder throats.

Sending out guns that essentially turn paid customers into beta testers is a very bad idea. I hope Colt doesn't do the same with their new snubbie, For that would only cement my curmudgeonly inclination to never buy a gun until a few year's worth of production guns are out in the field.

Chinese Displeasure

China said on Saturday that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to enact United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program.

The ban takes effect on Sunday and will last until the end of the year, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a brief statement posted on its website on Saturday. Chinese trade and aid have long been a vital economic crutch for North Korea, and the decision strips North Korea of one of its most important sources of foreign currency.

Coal has accounted for 34 percent to 40 percent of North Korean exports in the past several years, and almost all of it was shipped to China, according to South Korean government estimates.
Kim Jong-un has been sticking his finger in China's eye for awhile. Reports of posts on Chinese social media have taken the murder of Kim Jong-nam as a direct insult to China, since he was living under Chinese protection. That groundswell of public opinion, more than anything else, may have forced China to retaliate.


Chip loves the cat-levels thing I bought for him.

A few days ago (from when I wrote this), Chip woke me up in the middle of the night because, reasons, I guess. He was kneading on me and purring. I almost said: "Chip, I need to get some sleep." But then it hit me that I had said the same thing to Gracie on the night of February 19/20th, five years ago. What I didn't know, then, was that she would be diagnosed with jaw cancer roughly six hours and she would be gone.

I had no way of knowing that, of course, but that I didn't wake up and give her my full attention still does not sit well with me.

Friday, February 17, 2017

More on Trump's Border Order

The memo is the biggest piece of governmental shit that I've read since Bush's first order establishing Kangaroo Courts in 2001.

Read the memo. On page three, Trump has ordered the heads of all government departments to identify all sources of aid, direct and indirect, to the government of Mexico, and to report those amounts for the last five years. You can speculate on a benign motive for that (if you're a Republican).

Section D, beginning on page 3: "Expansion of the 287(g) program to include the State Guard." That means sending out the National Guard as immigration cops. This is aimed at states bordering Mexico and those states bordering states bordering Mexico. That is: California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. The total is over 100,000, if all were called up.

The order also bypasses the immigration goons to bypass any pesky legal requirements for hearing and dump anyone who arrived via Mexico back into Mexico "pending the outcome of removal hearings". (page 7) If that's not a fucking joke, it's about as Kafkaesque as it gets, for you tell me how any such hearing would be held.

And yes, the order calls for the building of what essentially are concentration camps. (Page 8, Section J)

At this point, between Trump's authoritarian tendencies and his bromance with Putin, I have to wonder if an old term should be applied to Trump's base. The word I'm thinking of is "Quislings".

Also, this as to why this idea even came up.

Trump Nails It!

If Obama Had Considered Something Like This, the Right Would Have Lost Their Goddamned Minds

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.
Spicer denies it, of course, but he's got a good track record of lying.

Still, if Obama had proposed mobilizing several divisions' worth of National Guardsmen to do cop work, the outrage from the Right would have surpassed the "Jade Helm" and "FEMA Death Camps" conspiracy rantings. But when it's their guy who is proposing sending troops into the streets---

Putin's Poodle (and News You May Have Missed)

A story about the Brit reporter who has been in the forefront of dragging Trump's Russian ties into the light.

She was pretty surprised by this, as she's been a fierce critic of The Guardian's handling of the Snowden files.

Meanwhile, the Feebies aren't going after Flynn for lying to them.
Elsewhere, a man in Tennesee was convicted of planning to shoot up a mosque. His lawyer cried "entrapment" and said that his client was only planning to conduct surveillance and needed weapons because reasons.
Trump's travels, his kid's travels and his wife living in NYC are on track to cost the government several times as much money in security costs than did Obama. But the same people who were whinging about Obama jetting off on his trips are largely silent, now. Judicial Watch may be the rare exception.
There was quite a bit of "telephonic terrorism" against Jewish community centers last month. No doubt the Defenders of the Right will claim that the calls were "false flag operations", or some other bullshit. Antisemitism is also on the rise in the UK.
China is a bit pissed off at Kim Jong-un's alleged whacking of his half-brother.

Because It's Friday

Kind of stupid poetry, but it's an interesting look at high-speed rail in 1954. Note the crew change.

The Shit-Sandwich Job

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. ...
"It's purely a personal issue," Harward said Thursday evening. "I'm in a unique position finally after being in the military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time."
Of course, there was a leak about that:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump the Delusional

From his press conference today:
I put it out before the American people, got 306 electoral college votes. I wasn't supposed to get 222. They said there's no way to get 222. 230 is impossible. 270, which you need — that was laughable. We got 306. Because people came out and voted like they have never seen before. So that's how it goes. I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.
Reporter: Mr. President, you said today that you have biggest electoral margins since Reagan with 350 electoral votes, and, in fact, president Obama got 365 -- [Trump mumbles in response] why should America — [ Trump tries to protest in response] why should America trust you when you accuse the — [ inaudible ]

Trump: Actually, I've seen that information around. It was a substantial difference, do you agree with that?

Reporter: You're the president.
And he is delusional. George W. Bush was the only president since Reagan to get fewer electoral votes than Trump (271 in `00, 286 in `04).

Every other president: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton (twice) and Barack Obama (twice) all got more electoral votes than His Fraudulency.

Why is Trump lying about something that is so easily checked?

Is he that insecure of his own manhood that he has to rewrite the facts in his own mind so he is numero uno on everything?

Or is he simply delusional?

And This Guy Has Been Sympathetic to Trump!

In essence: "Every Republican who does not speak out about the autocrats and the autocratic tendencies in the Trump Administration is an obsequious, pathetic little lemming."

Apple is Neo-Nazi?

Has anyone noticed that the progress indicator for updating Apple apps sort of looks like a stylized Hitler?

Stupid White Male

A South Carolina man with white supremacist ties was busted for buying a gun to commit a shooting “in the spirit of Dylann Roof,” according to a federal complaint.

[Myrtle Beach Asswipe], 29, was arrested Wednesday after purchasing a .40 caliber Glock handgun and ammunition from an undercover FBI agent. He is an ex-convict who built bonds with white supremacists while serving prison sentences for several offenses, the complaint says.
Asswipe went on Facebook, ranted his racist shit and then said that he needed somebody to sell him a gun so he could go kill Jews.

No surprise, the guy who reached out to him to sell him the gun that he wanted was a Fed. And, when they arrested him, he had some pot on him.

Goombye, Asswipe. If they stack the minimum charges, see you in twenty years or so.

Big Trump Shocker; Not

The very first bill that Президент* ДоналЬд Трамп signed into law benefits large oil companies and hides bribing Russian officials.
President Donald Trump Tuesday signed the first in a series of congressional regulatory rollback bills, revoking an Obama-era regulation that required oil and mining companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.

That regulation, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms, was strongly opposed by the oil and gas industry — including Trump's Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who as head of Exxon Mobil personally lobbied to kill the Securities and Exchange Commission's rule that he said would make it difficult to do business in Russia.

Non-Shocker About Trump

His rental operations in the 1970s were as racist as all fuck.

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Soccer Can Cause Brain Damage

Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fueling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field.

The small study was the first of its kind, involving post mortems on six men who died with dementia after long careers playing soccer. All were skilled headers of the ball.
This should be a general rule in life: Bouncing shit off of your brain bucket is A Bad Thing.

(I was going to snark that I thought that suffering from brain damage was a prerequisite for playing soccer, but that's probably too soon.)

Trump Set to Conduct a Loyalty Purge of Intelligence Agencies

He's planning to put one of his asshole buddies in charge; a guy whose knowledge of intel likely comes from watching Jason Bourne movies:
President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.
The last time we had an administration which sought to steer the intel the way they wanted, we wound up with a multi-trillion dollar quagmire now known as the Iraq War.

This time, it'll be because of a Stalinistic drive for personal loyalty, coupled with the intellectual inability to take in any information that doesn't comport with His Fraudulency's inner prejudices.

Almost Necessary Browser Extension

It'll turn Trump's tweets into childish scribbles. It works on Chrome and Firefox.