Saturday, April 22, 2017

Potomac River Gets an Upgrade

Doug Jones catches a tourney winning
Blue Catfish in the Potomac
Potomac gets a ‘B-’ for health as pollution levels decrease
The Potomac River is continuing to improve in terms of health, and has been upgraded to a “B-” grade by the Potomac Conservancy.

The group had initially given the river a “D” in 2011 and a “C” in 2013, based on the amount of pollutants in the water and their effect on the river and its natural inhabitants.

According to Chad Thompson, stormwater specialist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, “There has been a concerted effort among the states and counties to clean up their waters” in an effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The decrease in pollution levels of the Potomac, along with an increase in fish and other aquatic life, is a result of that effort.
I'm skeptical of grading systems for rivers and the Bay, but I do think that things have been improving in the last several years. I hope the trends are real.

Reason #5525 That Trump Was Elected - Earth Day Edition

Chicago Paper Implores Trump To Solve Yucca Mountain Mess Left By Obama
The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board implored President Donald Trump Tuesday to clean up the nuclear waste storage debacle left by former President Barack Obama.

Obama helped former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to derail plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Without Yucca, nuclear power plants don’t have a permanent location to store spent fuel and left the federal government with $50 billion in legal liabilities.
. . .
“President Obama’s kicking the can down the road on Yucca Mountain over two terms was irresponsible on multiple fronts including further mortgaging the US nuclear energy fleet and its future,” David Blee, executive director of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
If you worry about carbon dioxide causing global warming, you simply can't oppose nuclear power, the only other form of  power that is consistent, not dependent on specific sites. Unless what you are really opposing is civilization, in which case, you should abandon your cars houses and clothes, and go live on the plains somewhere with a sharp stick.

Rule 5 Saturday Clickbait - Shannan Click

This week's Rule 5 clickbait is Shannan Click. Doesn't her family at least know how to spell Shannon?
Click was born in San Dimas, California.
Well, California. That explains it.
Shannan Marie Click (born November 17, 1983) is an American model. She has appeared in a variety of international editions of Vogue (including Vogue Italia) and the 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
And now, in paint for SI.
Click began dating English actor Jack Huston in 2011. Click and Huston have one daughter, Sage Lavinia Huston, born on April 6, 2013 in New York City and one son, Cypress Night Huston, born in January 2016.
Very botanical.

Some lovely NSFW photos from Hobo magazine. 
This week, GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (289th Issue) meta blog post is severing up some Spice Girls with a side order of science! Holy hot tamale!

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Bad Idea for Science, Scientists

The 'March for Science' Is Actually a Threat to Science Itself
Scholars in the fields of biology, ethics, environment, and economics attacked the upcoming "March for Science," scheduled for Earth Day this coming Saturday, as a threat to the public appreciation of science. They argued that a politicization of science following the rhetoric of the "Women's March" against President Donald Trump would be disastrous.

"When they behave like partisan hacks in the name of science, they politicize science and undermine trust in science," Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), declared at a Heritage Foundation event on Wednesday. "When you use your expertise as a license to regulate others and tax others ... ordinary people are going to get very skeptical, not only about your expertise but about your motives." . . . 
It's an extremely bad idea for a subset of scientists to declare war on half of the political world on behalf of all scientists. Someone just might take them seriously.

Foggy at the Beach

We arrived at the beach just as the fog got started. Warm humid air was blowing over the chilly waters (now getting near 60 F).
A small shark's tooth (maybe a Lemon Shark?) as spotted in the wrack line.
 A very tiny Snaggletooth out in the open.
 The fog kept getting thicker
I found this one just before the bay reclaimed it. All in all we collected 11 teeth, none of which will earn a place on the top shelf.
 Skye finagles a free pet.
A Green Heron hanging out at the marina. There was a pair that hung out there most of last summer. Maybe they're back.
And finally, a Pearl Crescent butterfly in the roadside weeds on the way home. New for the year.

Obamafreude Schadencare

Obamacare continues it's decline: Major Obamacare Insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield Won’t Turn a Profit in 2017, because, like, you know, profit is bad!
While insurers are expected to get close to break-even in 2017, there is uncertainty as to what will happen in 2018 since many legislative changes are being considered. A lawsuit over Obamacare's cost-sharing reduction subsidies also is pending.

S&P said if the individual market remains the same in 2018, it expects more insurers will report profits in the low single digits. The market will restart is changes are made to Obamacare.
But there is one way to make a profit: UnitedHealth 1Q Profit Soars as ACA Business Shrinks:
UnitedHealth's first-quarter profit soared 35 percent as the nation's biggest health insurer slashed participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges but grew just about every other part of its business.
But the New York Times insists:  No ‘Death Spiral’: Insurers May Soon Profit From Obamacare Plans, Analysis Finds. You're not fooling anyone. . .



Understanding the Health Care Mess
The truth is, health care policy, funding, and regulations have a lot of knobs -- a lot of knobs -- and changing any of them can change the whole system in unexpected ways. But I really think, if we approach this in a systematic way, anyone can understand the basics and make their own choices.
WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline. Oh well, you might as well try. But do it right this time. Trump: ‘We Are Going to Have a Phenomenal Tax Reform But I Have to Do Health Care First’
“I don’t want to put deadlines. Health care is going to happen, at some point. Now, if does not happen fast enough I’ll start the taxes. But the tax reform and the tax cuts are better if I can do health care first.”
Trump threatens to pull financing for ObamaCare I guess he found where Obama hid the pen and phone, but Trump Administration to Pay Health Law Subsidies Disputed by House. What? Mixed signals? But something will happen: White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week

Pro-Trump group drops $3M for House backers of AHCA. Chicken feed. But it's from the Club for Growth, who opposed it last time. Are the Republicans coalescing on something? By way of Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 04.20.17" JD Rucker asks Will an amended AHCA be any better?
The good news: limited waivers for the states. This means states have opportunities to bypass certain provisions of the AHCA that would allow them to help drive down premiums.

The bad news: essential health benefits carry over from Obamacare. This will limit the decrease (and even perpetuate increases) in premiums for the vast majority of Americans.
Well, if it were simple, even Democrats could do it.

Repeal, take two: House GOP’s ObamaCare deal may let states opt out of “community rating” for people with preexisting conditions.

Dan McLaughlin at the National Review wants Republicans to repeal now, and rebuild later: Repeal and Piecemeal: A Better Obamacare Strategy

Reason #5524 That Trump Was Elected

The New York Times, which tries so hard to put Donald down, that they end up faking the news: ‘I’m an idiot’: New York Times editor admits tweeting dueling Patriots photos was a blunder
As Twitchy reported Wednesday, the New England Patriots called out the New York Times over a photo tweet comparing the turnout to meet President Trump to the much larger group that took up President Obama’s invitation in 2015.

Sure, many more people were packed into the photo with President Obama, but that photo also omitted a number of Patriots staffers who were seated on the lawn. In short, it was an apples-to-oranges comparison and a transparent and cheap shot to make Trump appear unpopular.

On Thursday, Jason Stallman, the editor who published the tweet, admitted to Yahoo News that it was a mistake.

Did he ever apologize to the President?

Actually, despite unrelenting attacks from the press,  a surprising number of people are pleased with the Donald's performance to date: Trump voters discontented? So far that's not what polls say.
Yes, there have been lots of stories from the Rust Belt about stirrings of discontent among the Trump faithful. But those are mostly anecdotal and so far data – meaning polls – don’t back that thesis up.

For instance, in a big new Pew Research survey fully 92 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Mr. Trump has done as well or better than they expected. Only 7 percent say he’s done worse.
The New York Times, 166 years of faking the news and  preaching to the choir.

Fish Pic Friday - Barracuda!

Brooke with a toothy critter
The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size, fearsome appearance and ferocious behaviour. The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae which was named by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque in 1815. and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide ranging from the Eastern border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Caribbean Sea. They are found near the top of the water and near coral reefs and sea grasses.
Darcizzle

Barracuda are snake-like in appearance, with prominent, sharp-edged, fang-like teeth, much like piranha, all of different sizes, set in sockets of their large jaws. They have large, pointed heads with an underbite in many species. Their gill covers have no spines and are covered with small scales. Their two dorsal fins are widely separated, with the anterior fin having five spines, and the posterior fin having one spine and 9 soft rays. The posterior dorsal fin is similar in size to the anal fin and is situated above it. The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail. The spinous dorsal fin is placed above the pelvic fins and is normally retracted in a groove. The caudal fin is moderately forked with its posterior edged double-curved and is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are placed low on the sides. Its swim bladder is large.
Luiza
Their teeth are not at all like Piranha, who have teeth more like little razors than fangs. Ask me how I know.
In most cases, a barracuda is dark gray, dark green, white, or blue on its upper body, with silvery sides and a chalky-white belly. Coloration varies somewhat between species. For some species, irregular and unorganized black spots or a row of darker cross-bars occur on each side. Their fins may be yellowish or dusky. Barracudas live primarily in oceans, but certain species, such as the great barracuda, live in brackish water.

Some species grow quite large (up to 165 cm in length),such as Sphyraena sphyraena, found in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic; Sphyraena picudilla, ranging on the Atlantic coast of tropical America from North Carolina to Brazil and reaching Bermuda. Other barracuda species are found around the world. Examples are Sphyraena argentea, found from Puget Sound southwards to Cabo San Lucas, Sphyraena jello, from the seas of India and the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago.
I've never caught a 'cuda, but not for lack of trying. I saw one attack a bluefish off the Fort Pierce Jetty once, and made a tremendous splash of blood in the water. I cast plugs at a couple of 4-5 footers, thick as my leg, off a pier at Key West, while Georgia and Corwin swam at the beach 100 yards away. I even had a guide hook and play one a while under the guide boat in Biscayne Bay once. Maybe someday.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Algae, the Fuel of the Future

The thing about the future is that sometimes it never arrives: “Hard Lessons From the Great Algae Biofuel Bubble”
From 2005 to 2012, dozens of companies managed to extract hundreds of millions in cash from VCs in hopes of ultimately extracting fuel oil from algae.
CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors were making huge claims about the promise of algae-based biofuels; the U.S. Department of Energy was also making big bets through its bioenergy technologies office; industry advocates claimed that commercial algae fuels were within near-term reach.
Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest authored what was possibly history’s least accurate market forecast, projecting that algal biofuel capacity would reach 1 billion gallons by 2014. In 2009, Solazyme promised competitively priced fuel from algae by 2012. Algenol planned to make 100 million gallons of ethanol annually in Mexico’s Sonoran Desert by the end of 2009 and 1 billion gallons by the end of 2012 at a production rate of 10,000 gallons per acre. PetroSun looked to develop an algae farm network of 1,100 acres of saltwater ponds that could produce 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million pounds of biomass per year.
Nothing close to 1 billion (or even 1 million) gallons has yet been achieved — nor has competitive pricing.
[…]
The promise of algae is tantalizing. Some algal species contain up to 40 percent lipids by weight, a figure that could be boosted further through selective breeding and genetic modification. That basic lipid can be converted into diesel, synthetic petroleum, butanol or industrial chemicals.
According to some sources, an acre of algae could yield 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of oil a year, making algae far more productive than soy (50 gallons per acre), rapeseed (110 to 145 gallons), jatropha (175 gallons), palm (650 gallons), or cellulosic ethanol from poplars (2,700 gallons).
[…]
Green Tech Media
Algae can grow really fast given ideal conditions, but they're still limited by sunlight light falling on the surface of the earth, like solar power, a
The problem with algal biofuel is this:

According to some sources, an acre of algae could yield 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of oil a year, making algae far more productive than…

10,000 gallons is 238 barrels per acre. A typical oil well in the Gulf of Mexico yields 300-500 barrels per acre*foot and a typical reservoir is 50-100′ thick. This works out to 15,000 to 50,000 barrels per acre over the life of the well. Assuming the well produced for 10 years, this works out to 1,500 to 5,000 barrels per acre per year.

Gallons of Oil per Acre per Year     Min        Max
Algae                                              5,000      10,000
Typical GOM Oil Field                    63,000   210,000

Granted, there are a lot of differences between crude oil and algal oil… And, hypothetically, the acre of algae is “renewable”… However, 1 acre of algae requires 1 acre of land. An oil well only requires the acreage that it’s production facility covers. Oil reservoirs can cover 100’s or 1,000’s of acres, can be well over 100′ thick and often occur in stacked sequences.

Shell’s Mars oil field (Mississippi Canyon 807) has produced about 1.3 billion barrels of oil and 1.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas since 1996. This works out to about 1.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE). The “footprint” of the field (platform + outline of directional wells) covers about 11,000 acres. The field has averaged over 6,700 BOE (over 280,000 gallons) per acre per year from 1996-2016.
The math was never hard to do.  From the beginning, it could easily be seen that biofuels of any sort would never make a good replacement for oil if economics were considered. It was always a way for politicians to buy and cultivate friends.

Chesapeake Crabs Doing OK, Sorta

The annual survey that predicts the health of the crab fishery is in, and it's one of those good news, bad news sort of things. First the good news: Chesapeake Bay crabs are back, females at all-time high
The Maryland Blue Crab is back, potentially opening the door to changes in how many can be caught and efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said that its winter survey found a record level of spawning females. In fact, they found more than are even considered healthy for the habitat.

The overall stock was not as well off:
Blue crab numbers dropped by nearly one-fifth this year in the Chesapeake Bay, according to a new survey that presents a mixed outlook for the key crustacean.
The bad news is that the recruitment last year was low, and so the number of juvenile crabs expected to mature into late season keepers is down:
But troubles await during the second half of the season — from August onward. At that point, this year's juvenile crabs are expected to be large enough for keeping, but their numbers slipped 54 percent to the fourth-lowest total on record, the survey found.
And that's kind of how crabs go, up and down for no obvious reason, although it's thought that weather at recruitment time is important.

Reason #5519-#5523 That Trump Was Elected

Berkeley, California. A few days ago, Trump supporters decided to hold a rally in the notoriously left wing city, and, for a change, the right wing fought back to protect their own freedom of speech: The Battle of Berkeley
If the media accurately and comprehensively reported on leftist mob violence, it would see that a pattern has emerged: On campus and in the streets, a violent or menacing core seizes the ground it wants, blocks access to buildings, and shuts down the speech or events it seeks to suppress. This violent core is often surrounded and protected by a larger group of ostensibly “peaceful” protesters who sometimes cheer aggression wildly and then provide cover for the rioters, who melt back into the crowd. After the riot, the polite progressives condemn the violence, urge that it not distract from the alleged rightness of the underlying cause, and then do virtually nothing to enforce the law and punish the offenders.
But this time the plan didn't work:
Saturday, we saw more clashes in what now threatens to become an increasingly vicious, violent war for control of America’s streets. Leftist “antifa” or “black bloc” rioters met pro-Trump “Oath Keepers,” bikers, and alt-right goons in a barely contained battle royale, with assaults and beatings streamed live and posted to YouTube. Police struggled to control the violence and often appeared completely absent as brawls broke out across entire city blocks. By the end of the fighting, Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer said, “Militias, alt-right, nazis etc. won today in Berkeley. They outnumbered the opposition, pushed it back, and held downtown.”
A notable clash occurred when "anti-fa" counter protester, porn star and drama queen Venus Rosales, aka Louise Rosealma, aka Moldylocks, aka Emily Rose Nauert. Prior to her trip to Berkeley last weekend, Emily boasted that she hoped to “bring back at least 100 Nazi scalps. During the protest tried to punch a protester in the throat , and well, let's see the video:



That's gonna sting! Despite all the Kung Fun movies, 98 lb porn stars don't actually fair very well in a fist fight with men. Megan Fox wonders:
Does anyone see the irony in the social justice warriors complaining that a guy hit a girl? A girl who wants equality with men showed up at a Trump rally wearing weighted gloves, tried to punch a guy in the throat, and got laid out with one punch. For as long as I can remember, the feminists have told us they’re exactly the same, if not better than men. So why are we supposed to be outraged that one of them got hit in the face by a man? Isn’t that exactly what she wanted when she jumped into the fray and started swinging? . . .
This girl knew exactly what she was doing joining Antifa at the Berkeley rally. She was there to fight “nazis.” She said so. . . .
This is what feminists have asked for and I’ll be damned if I let them complain about it.
If you go looking for a fight, you can’t complain when people fight back. Believing yourself to be “on the right side of history” will not magically protect you from harm. Two words of advice: Grow up.
She is also recorded on film throwing bottles and M80s.

And the cops? Well, the cops seem to have been told not to intervene in the squabble:
“A fight within a volatile crowd is not a simple matter in which to intervene,” the chief said in the memo. “Intervening on intermixed groups of armed participants fighting or eager to fight presents challenges. Intervention requires a major commitment of resources, a significant use of force, and carries with it the strong likelihood of harming those who are not committing a crime.”
However, the protest did lead to 20 arrests and 11 injuries.

But if you want to be arrested, the Berkeley cops may symbolically arrest you, at the time and place of your choice:


Finally, Ann Coulter Vows to Speak at Berkeley After University Cancels Her Appearance
It appears UC Berkeley is in for another political brawl, this time with Ann Coulter, who tells The Hollywood Reporter that she'll speak at the famously progressive campus even though administrators are trying to prevent her from doing so.

"Yes, it was officially banned," Coulter said of her planned April 27 appearance. "But they can't stop me. I'm an American. I have constitutional rights."

Coulter had accepted an invitation from two campus groups — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — to deliver a speech about immigration, the topic of one of her 12 New York Timesbest-selling books.
. . .
Coulter told THR that before they canceled her, Berkeley administrators insisted that she agree to a list of demands prior to her engagement, and that she accepted their terms.

"I've acceded to all their silly demands, which they thought would end it. When I said, 'yes, yes, yes,' they canceled anyway. No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers," Coulter told THR.

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter," Berkeley's vice chancellors told the two groups who were set to co-host the event.

"I'm giving a speech," countered Coulter. "Speech will go on."

Thursday Morning Blues - "Boom Boom Boom"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Virginia Approves Pipeline

And the EPA, as shown by the Bay Journal, isn't exactly thrilled: Virginia gas pipeline project clears hurdle
Developers of a disputed natural gas pipeline project across Virginia cleared a major regulatory hurdle recently, as the U.S. Forest Service gave its go-ahead to plans to tunnel through the Blue Ridge Mountains to avoid popular attractions like the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, meanwhile, left Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents perplexed by seemingly contradictory statements about the degree of scrutiny state regulators intend to give to nearly 2,000 stream crossings planned along the project’s 600-mile route.

Dominion and three other energy companies are seeking federal and state approval to build a new gas transmission conduit from West Virginia to North Carolina to serve what they say are growing energy needs in the region. The consortium hopes to begin construction later this year. Meanwhile, opponents have weighed in over the past few months with complaints that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff did a poor job of evaluating the potential environmental harm the project could do.
What you really mean is that the opponents waged an email campaign with the agency to convince legislators to step in and take it away from them
In early April, the Forest Service ended months of deliberation and approved pipeline developers’ plans to bore a tunnel through the Blue Ridge Mountains beneath the scenic parkway and hiking trail. Though more costly than laying pipe near the surface, tunneling averts significant regulatory and public relations issues that would have to be dealt with in trying to clear land to cross those scenic and very popular routes.

On April 6 — the same day public comment closed on FERC’s draft environmental impact statement — Virginia’s DEQ raised the hopes of pipeline opponents by announcing it would scrutinize water quality impacts on every stream crossing proposed for the Atlantic project as well as another major gas transmission line, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). There are 1,787 water body crossings along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route, according to the FERC staff’s draft environmental impact statement.
1,787  opportunities for the anti-pipers to torpedo the project? They had to be licking their chops.
The very next day, though, the state agency announced its intention to issue a blanket water quality certification for pipelines that are covered by a nationwide permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which regulates disturbance of wetlands and navigable waterways.

When asked about the seeming contradiction, DEQ spokesman William Hayden said the state agency “does not have the resources to survey hundreds of stream crossings.” The DEQ would conduct its review under the less-stringent requirements of the Corps, Hayden added, and issue a single water quality certification for each of the two pipelines projects.
Is it possible that stream and lake crossings could be categorized into a few groups, and dealt with a bunch at a time?


Reason #5518 That Trump Was Elected

Domestic terrorists, and the media's unwillingness to confront what they are: Fresno Massacre: Three White Men Murdered by Kori Ali Muhammad
The Fresno Bee reports:
Three people were shot and killed after a man went on a shooting spree Tuesday in Fresno, randomly shooting at four white men, killing three, before he was taken into custody, police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, is also suspected in the fatal shooting of a security guard outside a Motel 6 on Blackstone Avenue in central Fresno Thursday. He is facing four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Dyer said. He said Muhammad had expressed dislike of whites in Facebook posts; all of the victims were white. Dyer called it a “random act of violence.”

The Los Angeles Times reports:
The suspect in a series of shootings in downtown Fresno wrote frequently about the conflict between whites and blacks and did not seem well in recent days, according to family members.
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been arrested after a shooting spree killed three people. Police have not provided a motive in the attack. As he was taken into custody, he yelled out “Allahu Akbar,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. But officials stressed they are not sure whether this was an act of terrorism.
According to his grandmother, Kori Muhammad changed his name from Kori Taylor to Kori Ali Muhammad when he was between ages 14 and 16. . . .
In a span of a few minutes Tuesday morning, Muhammad, 39, fatally shot three white men he randomly encountered while walking through the streets of Fresno, police allege. The rampage was preceded by a deadly encounter Thursday night at a Motel 6, where police said Muhammad had killed . . . a security guard.
Together the killings were Muhammad’s contribution to a war he believed was ongoing between white and black men, his father, Vincent Taylor, said.
A Facebook profile page for a Kori Ali Muhammad from Fresno paid homage to black pride and black nationalism, with images of the red, green and black Pan-African flag and images of a raised fist. The page listed him as a “warrior” for RBG Nation, referencing red, black and green.
He posted numerous photos of himself in traditional African garments.
More from Heavy.com:
The accused gunman has a criminal history. According to federal court records, Kori Muhammad, previously known as Kori Taylor, was arrested in 2005 on federal drug charges and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction. He received 110 months in prison, along with 92 months of supervised release, which ended early in September 2016.
One of the court documents included a motion for a psychiatric hearing because his attorney said he was suffering from hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis.
A violent criminal with a history of mental illness who hates white people — so he’s just a typical Democrat voter, really.
So was he a black nationalist, or a wanna be Islamic warrior? Why choose, embrace the healing power of "and"

The AP did it's best to conceal the Islamic connection:  AP Changes Fresno Shooter’s Words From ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Removes Islam Reference
The Associated Press edited the words of a Muslim man who allegedly killed three white people in downtown Fresno Tuesday afternoon and shouted “Allahu Akbar!”

The suspect, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, holds fervent anti-Trump beliefs according to his social media profile, and he told police afterward that he hates white people.

Rather than reporting the gunman’s literal words, however, the AP reported the gunman as saying “God is great.”

On Twitter, the AP’s report gave no indication that the suspect’s words were said in Arabic.
The media's job is to cover the news, lwith a plastic bag, until they smother it. More: Are you a White man? Is it funny when you die?

Democrats in a public, political meeting cheer and laugh at the mention of the increased number of white men committing suicide.

The speaker says, maybe I should not say this in public, but when I heard more White men are committing suicide, I almost said “yeah, great!”.

But he does say it, and the crowd likes it, as he knew they would.


Don't expect to see that played on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS or NPR anytime soon.

Gratuitous Kate Upton

Is there such a thing as too much Kate Upton? Kate Upton Lip Syncs Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby...One More Time"



And she sings as good as better than Britney!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Local Landmark Gets a Lift

This afternoon I invited Trevor out fishing. Fishing was very slow, and not helped at all by the 20 kt south wind that came up fairly shortly after we started. But we had fun anyway, watching the Loons and Ospreys, who were clearly doing better then we were.
After I got tired of being beat up and left for home, I noticed a black US Coast Guard buoy tender approaching the local channel marker buoy, 77A. I hung around to see what they were going to do, and it was only a couple of minutes before they had it hooked to the crane . . .

. . . and hoisted it out of the water. It looks like one of several they had on deck, so I suppose they'll take it to a yard for repair and maintenance, and it will be all bright and shiny when they bring it back.

Beach Report 4/18/17

After 3 days on the road to Pittsburgh and back, it's good to sleep in your own bed, and get back to the old routines, which includes Skye nagging for a walk. It was a nice morning so we walked down to the beach, and up to the cottages and back.
 A sign of spring, Wisteria, blooming in the brush along the cliffs. Was it once part of a landscape that rolled downhill, or is it native? It's hard to know.
Another sign of spring. Bikinis!


Reason #5517 That Trump Was Elected

How to Pick Up Women at the Gym
Arrogant EPA bureaucrats: Taxpayers Foot Bill For EPA Employee's $15k Gym Membership - 
An EPA employee bought a 37-year membership at Super Sport gym and put it on his government credit card.
Via the Daily Caller News Foundation:
"Las Vegas-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official used his government credit card to purchase a $14,799 gym membership.
A conservative advocacy group released documents purporting to show EPA contracting officer Kevin Broadnax bought a 37-year membership at Super Sport gym on April 11, 2017. Broadnax used his government charge card to pay for his nearly $15,000 membership.
The sheer amount of paperwork related to the transaction suggests that multiple EPA officials were aware of the purchase."
I suspect that many people might shrug at this revelation. What is fifteen grand out of the trillions of dollars the U.S. spends annually . . .
It was so nice of the Chinese government to loan our government the money to keep Kevin fit and trim.

Terrible Tuesday Morning Wakeup - "Cootie Pool"

Monday, April 17, 2017

If It's Monday, This Must Be Mexico



Hanna Davis appears to have acquired a new name while I wasn't looking. I wonder who this lucky Jeter fellow is?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Up Near Pittsburgh

You might have noticed slow blogging since yesterday. We had to make a quick trip to the Pittsburgh area, and this morning we stopped in with #2 son, Alex, his wife Kelly and son Graham (and their little dog Hendrix, too).
We went to visit a new pre-owned house they are buying, and afterward stopped at a local park. Trout season must be in full swing, as there were several people drifting bait down the little creek.
 An interesting piece of the landscape, with an old date. This drainage tunnel was completed during WW I.
Not having any fishing tackle (or a Pennsylvania license) at hand, I had to settle for a butterfly picture, an Eastern Swallowtail puddling in the gravel bed of the trail.
Graham got his first try in a swing.
Nope, not ready for that yet. But he did have a ball on the small slides (sorry, no pictures; I was employed as the mechanical lift).
We stopped for lunch at that Pennsylvania staple, Eat'nPark, conveniently open on Easter.
Then back to the old townhouse. Graham had some fun feeling Skye's soft ears. Skye was in heaven.

We should be back on home base late tomorrow,

Reason #5517 Trump was Elected

Seven Regulations Targeted by Trump


Happy Easter!


The Easter Bunny left some more treats below.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Reason #5515-5516 That Trump Was Elected

The illiberalism in "liberal" education: Totalitarian Mobs Continue to Silence Dissent on University Campuses
The dangerous totalitarian thugs — it would be wrong to call them “students” — who attend Claremont McKenna College prevented anyone from entering the venue where author Heather Mac Donald gave a presentation last week about her book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. One wonders why parents would pay $50,945 a year in tuition for their children to go to a school controlled by despicable scum who chant obscene slogans:
“We are here to shut down the f–king fascist,” announced an organizer to a crowd of around 100 students. The protesters subsequently marched to the Ath around 4:30 while chanting. An organizer shouted “How do you spell racist?” into a megaphone; the marchers responded “C-M-C.”
When they arrived, the protesters were greeted by around two dozen Campus Safety officers and Claremont police officers, stationed at various locations around the building. . . .
The protesters continued their chants, including “hey hey, ho ho, Heather Mac has got to go,” “shut it down,” and—most frequent and sustained—“black lives matter.” Some of the officers appeared visibly uncomfortable during chant of “from Oakland to Greece, f–k the police.”

The Claremont McKenna Forum reports:
Students filled spaces around Ath, blocking the front and back entrances. Nobody was allowed to enter the building, including students and professors who had signed up for the talk.
These were not “protesters,” but rather a criminal mob engaged in a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech. A student group had invited Heather Mac Donald to campus to give a speech, and the totalitarian thugs threatened violence to prevent that speech. When a mob is chanting “f–k the police,” and declaring their intention to “shut down the f–king fascist,” isn’t the threat of violence obvious?
Wellesley student editorial: “Hostility may be warranted” towards those who embrace “hate speech” after reeducation
We have all said problematic claims, the origins of which were ingrained in us by our discriminatory and biased society. Luckily, most of us have been taught by our peers and mentors at Wellesley in a productive way. It is vital that we encourage people to correct and learn from their mistakes rather than berate them for a lack of education they could not control. While it is expected that these lessons will be difficult and often personal, holding difficult conversations for the sake of educating is very different from shaming on the basis of ignorance.

This being said, if people are given the resources to learn and either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs, then hostility may be warranted. If people continue to support racist politicians or pay for speakers that prop up speech that will lead to the harm of others, then it is critical to take the appropriate measures to hold them accountable for their actions. It is important to note that our preference for education over beration regards students who may have not been given the chance to learn. Rather, we are not referring to those who have already had the incentive to learn and should have taken the opportunities to do so. Paid professional lecturers and politicians are among those who should know better.
"1984" was not supposed to be an instruction book. But "Mein Kampf" was.

Also linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup" and links.

Rule 5 Saturday - Bianca Balti

Bianca Balti is the subject of this week's Rule 5 post because Italy!
Balti was first booked for the cover of L'Officiel, shot by Alexi Lubomirski. Her first notable advertisement campaign came for Dolce & Gabbana. She has appeared on the covers of many fashion magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire, as well as men's magazine Playboy.

Balti was cast in Abel Ferrara's movie Go Go Tales (2008) as one of the erotic dancers. After the movie and her pregnancy, she returned to the catwalk, became the new face of the Cesare Paciotti international campaign, and replaced Angelina Jolie as one of the faces of the fall St. John campaign, with models Hilary Rhoda and Caroline Winberg.

She appears in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. In 2011 she features in Francesco Scognamiglio's Spring/Summer 2011 campaign art directed by Akmal Shaukat photographed by Giampaolo Sgura. In 2012 she was chosen as the new face for Dolce & Gabbana together with actress Monica Bellucci. She became the face of their Light Blue fragrance in 2013.
As you can see, she is also a new in the lineup for the SI Swimsuit. A few NSFW images from Playboy and others.

The magnificent Barbara Bouchet hosts GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (288th Issue) for the special colossal Songkran (Thai New Year) edition. Wombat-socho finally gets around to the long awaited "Rule Five Wednesday: Double-Dip Easter Edition" and "FMJRA 2.0: Not Long Before The End." Also linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup" and links.


Friday, April 14, 2017

A Good Friday at the Beach

After I got back from fishing and had lunch, Skye took us in tow (literally) and we went down to the beach. It was high 50s, and the wind was still down. You can see a color in the water near the beach that seems to be mostly pollen. Our world is pretty yellow right now as the oaks have sex. A few families were out on the beach enjoying spring break.
This guy took a whole boat load, out for fishing, launching at the very shallow ramp at Calvert Beach. It was just after low tide, though, so he didn't face any particular problems coming back.
The best of 15 shark's teeth we found today. A smallish and complete classic Snaggletooth upper.
Georgia and Skye waiting patiently for me to catch up. Skye digs a little hold and enjoys the cool, damp sand.