Sunday, April 30, 2017

When is "OK" Not OK?

Media Trolled? Liberal Reporter Claims ‘OK’ Gesture Is ‘White Power’ Signal
A couple of White House reporters posted Twitter photos of themselves at the briefing room podium making the “OK” sign, and a liberal journalist wrote an entire story claiming that this common gesture is a secret “white power” signal. Apparently, this claim originated with Reddit pranksters who, in February, explained that “our goal is to convince people on twitter that the ‘ok’ hand sign has been co-opted by neo-nazis.” They dubbed their hoax “Operation O-KKK” and, it would appear, within two months had fooled liberal journalists into believing it.
 Whodda thunk that Emma Watson would be a white supremacist?

A Hot Day at the Beach

The backyard thermometer read 92 F when Skye and I headed off to the beach before lunch. We tried to stay in the shade as much as possible on the way down, but once we reached the beach, a 15 knot south wind helped keep us cool while we walked down to Matoaka Cottages and back.
Skye had fun splashing at the waters edge and meeting kids and a dog or two, and I found a couple of small sharks teeth.
By the time we got back to the parking lot, the beach crowd was starting to get going, sun bathing, fishing, flying kites and looking for fossils.

Reason #5534 That Trump Was Elected

Less for kids means more for her, right?
Nothing is too trivial for the Democrats to try to enfold into the Federal Government's embrace, and ruin: USDA to make school lunches edible again. Michelle Obama hardest hit.
With Sonny Perdue in at Agriculture you might expect him to kick things off with some changes to ethanol subsidies or President Trump’s new executive order designed to help out farmers. But he’s got something else on the menu (pardon the pun) which is long overdue and should be considerably easier to accomplish. While Barack Obama was in office there were some big changes to school lunches which were ostensibly intended to make them more nutritious, but actually wound up making them mostly inedible. (A project championed by Michelle Obama as her signature issue.) On Monday, those rules may be changing, much to the relief of students around the nation. (The Hill)
Newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is expected to unveil a new rule Monday aimed at giving schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for school lunches.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they are expected to eat lunch with the students.
Republicans have long been trying to dial back the standards that became a pillar of former first lady Michelle Obama ’s initiative to curb childhood obesity in the U.S.
I’m sure they’ll find better ways to describe it for PR reasons, but what we’re mostly expecting is a revamp of the program to “Make Lunches Edible Again.” Taking virtually all the salt out of the menu items and pushing raw veggies while scaling back on meat or anything with any fat in it was a disaster in the making from the beginning.
Food "policy" in the United States has been a politicized disaster from the beginning, and probably is a major contributor to the obesity issue. Let parents decide what their children get to eat.

Morning Music - "Smoke on the Water"

Emily Hastings:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fishing Report 4/29/17

The big day came at last, time for Trevor's late Spring charter trip with Walleye Pete. Trevor, his buddy Kenny, Tom, and Ski met at 5:30 in Solomons. By sunrise, we were fishing "Location X"
Tom got the big fish of the day in the rips at "Location X," this 32 inch Striped Bass, three inches below the legal limit for this years "Trophy Season", so after a quick photoshoot, back it went.
 A rising west wind sent us scurrying for quieter water, in this case, a long way south in the Honga River, where we fished points and other structure down to South Marsh Island.
 Pete at the helm. Note the shirt. It was warm, and mostly overcast today, both of which make the fishing better.
Just one of many places we stopped to fish. We caught fish at most places we stopped, usually a few each, until the bite slowed. Pete kept track of fish with a "clicker"
Trevor with a typical "skinny water" fish. High teens to low 20 inches were typical, a few larger. We had one unfortunate moment when both Ski and Kenny caught bigger fish, and they crossed lines, and we lost Ski's as a result.
Trevor caught the rare fish of the day, this Speckled Trout, the 5th that has been caught by Pete's crews since this season started.

According to the clicker we caught a total of 179 fish. and the GPS showed a total of 97 miles

Reason #5533 That Trump Was Elected

Trump: ‘eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms’ is over
Today, President Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to speak to the National Rifle Association. His message was simple: The Obama era is over and gun owners now have a “true friend” in the White House. From NBC News:
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now “have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
“I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” Trump said. “Never ever.”
After a minute’s long rehash of his election victory, Trump said, “You came through for me and I am going to come through for you.” “No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans,” Trump said.
It's no secret that gun control is hot button issue, and nobody who values the right to keep and bear arms would trust Hillary or any other democrat on this issue. Trump is probably squishier than I'd like, but hell of a lot reflexively anti-gun than Hillary.

Rule 5 Saturday - Another Brazilian - Izabel Goulart

This week's lucky Rule 5 special goes to Brazilian super model Izabel Goulart, no known relationship to Ron.
Goulart was born on October 23, 1984, in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. She is of Italian and Portuguese descent and has four brothers and one sister. Goulart once said, "the hardest part about being [a Victoria's Secret Angel] is I spend time away from my mom's food and away from my home with my five brothers and sister". School was a particularly rough time for Goulart, as she was made fun of for her skinny build and was called names such as "giraffe".
She does have remarkably long legs. ranks her number 12 on the Top 20 sexiest models, and 29th in The Money Girls rankings. In 2007, she won the Cool Magazine's "Toshiba Cool Planet Award" in the category of "Best Model". As a Victoria's Secret Angel, she was chosen as one of People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" in May 2007.

She is fluent in Portuguese, English and French.

Goulart, whose brother has type 1 diabetes, does charitable work, helping hospitals in her native Brazil to raise money to provide free insulin for diabetic children in need. She also has taken an active role with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami, a recognized leader in cure-focused research. In 2009, Goulart became the DRI's international ambassador and in that role helps to promote the work of the DRI throughout her travels.

She's Brazlian, so there's some NSFW material out there.
During Goulart's first ever fashion show appearance, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction when her top fell open. The incident made many Brazilian newspapers.
Over at GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (290th Issue) a photo dump of Helly Von Valentine (aka Disharmonica) leads this week's  gigantic meta blog post, along with his usual assortment of science, science fiction and udder ultra cool stuff.