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March 26, 2019



lurkersusie, re accuracy of the Dossier:

1. Moscow likely has hotels filled with hookers.

2. Prague is a city in Europe.

3. I've run out of confirmable facts.

James D.

MM @ 8:13

I really, really want the full story of the accident that killed Biden's first wife revealed once and for all - mainly Biden's shameful, slanderous lies that the other driver was drunk.


Beware the Pundits Of Consensus:



where we stand:

Terry Moran @TerryMoran

Celebrity justice:

Cook County clerk’s office tells @ABC they were shocked that no written motions were filed with the court in connection with today’s surprising dismissal in the Smollett case. On top of that, the case has been wiped off their database as if it never existed.


Who leaked this one?




When I was out on Monday taking my friend for her back injections, she told me that the news had said a recession was coming.

Now, since I knew that she watches only MSNBC, I discounted the information and told her that there was probably one comiing in Europe, but not here due to the increase in domestic manufacturing.

THEN she started on how the climate was changing. I told her that she should be worried about COLDER weather, not warming.

But, back to economics: I think the liberal press is trying to talk up a recession because they feel that is probably their last hope of defeating Trump. Fortunately, I know that HE has noticed this, too.


A Catastrophic Media Failure
America’s blue-chip journalists botched the Russia story from its birth to its final breath Sunday.
By Sean Davis
March 25, 2019 7:10 p.m. ET WSJ--opinion

Robert Mueller’s investigation is over, but questions still abound. Not about collusion, Russian interference or obstruction of justice, but about the leading lights of journalism who managed to get the story so wrong, and for so long.

It wasn’t merely an error here or there. America’s blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday—and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it. Last year the New York Times and Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize “for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” A 2017 Time magazine cover depicted the White House getting a “makeover” to transform it into the Kremlin.

All based on a theory—that the president of the United States was a Russian asset—produced by a retired foreign spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. An unbiased observer would have taken the theory’s partisan provenance as a red flag, but most political journalists saw nothing but green lights. No unverified rumor was too salacious and no anonymous tip was too outlandish to print. From CNN to the Times and the Post, from esteemed and experienced reporters to opinion writers and bloggers, everyone wanted a share of the Trump-treason beat. What good is the 21st-century Watergate if you don’t at least make an effort to cast yourself as the fearless journalist risking it all who got that one big tip that brought down a president?

Not only did the press fail to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency; it provided voluminous evidence for his repeated charge of “fake news.”

Take CNN. The network reported in December 2017 that Donald Trump Jr. received special email access to stolen documents before their public release by WikiLeaks—an accusation that, if true, could have proved the president’s inner circle was colluding with Russian hackers intent on taking down Mrs. Clinton. But it turned out “the most trusted name in news” misreported the dates on the unsolicited emails to the president’s son. They had been sent to him days after WikiLeaks had published the pilfered documents. CNN still hasn’t explained why it failed to do basic due diligence on such an important story.

Another CNN foul-up came in June 2017, the month after President Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Trump said Mr. Comey had assured him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation. The network reported Mr. Comey would directly refute the president’s claim under oath. In reality, Mr. Comey’s own memos explicitly confirmed Mr. Trump’s statement.

A December 2016 Washington Post story “incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid,” as a later editor’s note acknowledged. “Authorities say there is no indication of that so far.” Slate falsely claimed in October 2016 that Mr. Trump’s computers were secretly sharing information with a Russian bank as part of a scheme to avoid detection.

Each new claim, true or not, became fodder for political pundits. Sure, there may be no actual smoking gun or verified information or anything even approximating evidence, but if you take all the disparate pieces and put them on the same corkboard, stand back at just the right distance, and squint really hard, you can almost make out a barrel and a plume of smoke.

Enter Jonathan Chait of New York magazine, author of the classic 2003 article “Why I Hate George W. Bush.” (“I hate the way he walks. . . . I hate the way he talks. . . . I even hate the things that everybody seems to like about him.”) Last July, before Mr. Trump met Mr. Putin in Helsinki, Mr. Chait penned a nearly 8,000-word piece titled “Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart—or His Handler?” Mr. Chait’s speculation—that “Trump has been a Russian asset since 1987”—was worthy of the late Lyndon LaRouche.

In a January 2019 Twitter thread, meanwhile, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman asserted that “the failure to connect the dots on Trump-Russia” was one of the “big failures of 2016 campaign coverage.” He added: “There is no sin quite as offensive as challenging conventional wisdom early, and then being proved right.”

Many in Washington and around the country believed Mr. Mueller’s investigation would put the entire issue to rest. If there was collusion, he’d find it. If there was obstruction of justice, he’d prosecute it. Whatever he found, the nation would accept it and move on. “The best thing for our country is that Trump is innocent and that Mueller tells us he’s found nothing,” Garrett Graff of Wired tweeted Thursday, the day before Mr. Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr. “Mueller got everything he wanted,” Mr. Graff wrote Friday. “Never blocked by DOJ in pursuing something he requested. That’s big.”

But the next day, Mr. Graff excoriated Nikki Haley for agreeing: “No, everyone does not have to acknowledge that Trump didn’t interfere with Mueller,” Mr. Graff tweeted Saturday at the former United Nations ambassador. By Monday Mr. Graff was insisting that “a million questions” about Trump-Russia collusion remain.

Likewise, on Monday the irrepressible Mr. Chait insisted the president could still be guilty: “People who want to demonstrate their innocence make displays of cooperation with investigators,” he wrote. “His flamboyant refusal to cooperate deprives Trump of any claim to having been cleared.”

So much for accepting Robert Mueller’s conclusions and recommendations. If your objective is to bring down Mr. Trump, nothing Mr. Mueller or anyone else finds—or fails to find—makes a difference. Mr. Trump didn’t collude with Russia, but he did defeat Mrs. Clinton. From their behavior it is evident that many in the media view that as sufficient to establish his guilt. For them, the Trump-Russia investigation was never about protecting democracy or securing elections—never mind telling the truth, which is supposed to be their job.

Mr. Davis is a co-founder of the Federalist.


erica orden @eorden

A DOJ attorney argued in the Second Circuit today that Trump tweets in an official capacity but blocks Twitter users in his personal capacity. That prompted one judge to ask if Trump himself is "entering the blocks."

DOJ attorney said yes. cnn.com/2019/03/26/pol…



Mueller Exposes Spy Chiefs
Did our intel leaders have any evidence when they pushed the Russia collusion line?

By William McGurn
March 25, 2019 7:15 p.m. ET WSJ

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has found that no one in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election, Democrats are busy moving the goal posts. But this is a distraction from the real reckoning that needs to come.

The one we need is for all the intelligence officials—including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe—who pushed the Russia conspiracy theory. The special counsel has just made clear they did so with no real evidence.

Mr. Mueller could have said he didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute. Instead he was categorical: “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

This wasn’t for lack of trying on Moscow’s part. “Despite multiple offers” from Russia-affiliated individuals to help their campaign, Mr. Mueller reports, the Trump people didn’t take them up on it.

So why do 44% of Americans—according to a Fox News poll released Sunday—believe otherwise? Part of the answer has to be that the collusion tale was egged on by leading members and former members of the American intelligence community.

Intelligence professionals are trained to sift through the noise and distractions in pursuit of the truth. In this case, however, they went all in for a tale that the Russian government had somehow compromised Mr. Trump or his close associates. In peddling this line, their authority rested on the idea they had access to alarming and conclusive evidence the rest of America couldn’t see. Now it appears they never had much more than an unverified opposition-research dossier commissioned by Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Nevertheless, they persisted. Start with the FBI’s Mr. McCabe, who boasts that he is the man who opened the counterintelligence probe into Russia and President Trump. Today the question has to be: On what evidence was this extraordinary step predicated, apart from Mr. Trump’s saying things the G-man didn’t like?

As recently as three weeks ago, Mr. McCabe—sacked by the bureau for a “lack of candor”—told CNN that he still thought it “possible” President Trump was a “Russian asset.” Again, on what evidence?

Ditto for Mr. Clapper, who said he agreed “completely” with Mr. McCabe that Mr. Trump could be a Russian asset. He added only that he couldn’t be certain whether it was “witting or unwitting.” Coming from a former director of national intelligence, this is a grave accusation. But on what evidence?

Or consider Mr. Brennan. After a presidential press conference in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin in which Mr. Trump refused to acknowledge Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Mr. Brennan tweeted that the president’s behavior was “nothing short of treasonous.” Not “wrong,” not “outrageous,” but “treasonous.”

It wouldn’t be the last time he invoked the “t” word. Mr. Brennan also used it after the president pulled his security clearance last August. During a subsequent appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd suggested that a former intelligence chief might wish to be a little more circumspect with his accusations.

“You are the former CIA director accusing the sitting president of the United States,” said Mr. Todd. “It’s not a private citizen. A lot of people hear the former CIA director accusing the sitting president of the United States of treason—that’s monumental, that’s a monumental accusation.” Mr. Brennan said he regretted nothing, and cited for his judgment his training as an “intelligence professional.”

Finally there’s Rep. Adam Schiff. As ranking member and now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Schiff has been claiming for some time that there’s “plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight.” This past weekend on ABC’s “This Week,” he said there’s “significant evidence of collusion.” Does anyone else think there’s a credibility problem when the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee starts sounding like O.J. Simpson vowing to find the “real killer”?

In light of Mr. Mueller’s findings, there are only two ways to interpret these actions and statements from senior members of the intelligence community. The first is that they got played because they were incompetent. Anyone who reads the compromising texts between FBI master spy Peter Strzok and his FBI lover, Lisa Page, might well find the clown argument persuasive.

But there’s something even worse than an intelligence community that has been played. It’s an intelligence community that chose to play along simply because its members hated Donald Trump. For a full reckoning, America will need an accounting of the evidence used to launch that counterintelligence probe, the unmasking of officials, the leaks, and the likely abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.

The lesson here is this: Be careful what you wish for. Because the questions this special prosecutor has unleashed might yet yield federal criminal indictments. Just not for the people the fantasists of Russian collusion expected.

Write to mcgurn@wsj.com.


james d--what happened?
Did she run a light, or fail to stop?

Another Bob

MM, Buckeye, James, Biden won’t be made to answer for any of that and you all know it.


If CBS is going after Kamala, it’s only because they think she’s bad for the Dems.


Day late and dollar short crowd is here:

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded that there was no criminal collusion, the question arises: When during their exhaustive 22-month investigation did prosecutors realize they had no case?

I put it at no later than the end of 2017. I suspect it was in the early autumn.



I am surprised at Foxx's office not communicating w Rahm's, and of course, the chief of police's people, on their decision to drop Smollett charges.

But I am most surprised by their doing that late morning, on a Tuesday.
Clearly, they have no news cycle management skills.

James D.

anonamom, from what I've read, it was just an awful random accident.

The thing was that alcohol was ruled out (for both drivers), but Biden has been talking about the other driver being drunk up until at least 2008 (the accident happened in 1971).


Rahm's last day is Tuesday, so he doesn't matter at all.

Election Rules are in play, not logic, and never, ever legal ones.

Now you see the full on arrogance of Chicago politics. What other people think means nothing. All news is local, and the election is the ONLY thing. The local media wouldn't survive if there were no local political ads to keep the doors open. And local media is dependent upon access to spin the ads, like a macabre dance duet, totally entwined to the tune of their own music. Totally coordinated, and totally focused on that sole result. Election Day wins for The Machine. Their personal cycle of life.


Sadly, WI is catching up to Chicago and the 9th Circuit in judicial system insanity.




Remember that article I posted where Imperator Rex said that Trump had worked undercover for the FBI?

This thread shows that the FBI Vault account just dropped transcripts of some of the mob trials.

I recommend reading it, along with the replies. Lots of neat connections there.



I think this guy should market this course to every high school and college in the country.

He calls it "Life 101."


Newt Gingrich
‏Verified account @newtgingrich
11m11 minutes ago

Lets be clear-Speaker Pelosi can try to keep her party in mildly crazy left instead of totally crazy left but there is no possibility she can move it to the center.Reparations, infanticide,abolishing private insurance, radical tax increases,open borders- this is the Pelosi party.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

CH: "Fortunately Jeb was too much of an inarticulate oaf to attract more than flies."

Heh. And wasn't he considered the smart brother of the bunch?



Yes, he was.

Unsaid was he was also the most boring.



This is a good article.


The President will present a Medal of Honor this afternoon.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

I think others may have posted this story but I didn't open the link.
How sad to have a nutso parent.
Shortly after Jack turned 7, Marissa and her (female) spouse excitedly announced on social media that Jack was a girl and they couldn’t wait to start him on puberty blockers in two years when he turned 9. They posted a picture of Marissa’s spouse and Jack outside a children’s hospital that is home to one of the 55 transgender clinics now operating in the United States.


sbw retweeted this. Fascinating video at link. I have no idea how this works.

Interactive topography box pic.twitter.com/J6JjdkCR2k

— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) March 24, 2019

How deep is the swamp?


Captain Hate

anonamom, from what I've read, it was just an awful random accident.

The thing was that alcohol was ruled out (for both drivers), but Biden has been talking about the other driver being drunk up until at least 2008 (the accident happened in 1971).

I think she pulled out in front of an oncoming truck and 💥. It was a sad situation which the dumbest retard to crawl out of Scranton made worse by lying, which he does constantly, about the truck driver being under the influence despite there being no mention of it in the accident report. I think the truck driver's daughter went to court to make the simple subprimate zip it.

That was all well known in 2008 but McRINO rocket surgeons Schmidt and Avenatti fangurl Nicole Wallace refused to let Palin attack with it. The paste eater has made a career of being up against Rove inspired tomato cans who are too fucking genteel to go toe to toe with that dimwit. Guess what: there's a world class trash talker in the White House right now who would be eager to bring out every skeleton in that retard's closet and put to rest the ridiculous idea that he's this really really tough opponent.


Some sensible insight:


matt - deplore me if you must

Scanning the headline this morning, the left is still moving forward with its calumny. It is amazing that anyone would believe these apparatchiks for a moment. One lie after another after another.

I did learn, though, that eel smuggling is a thing. Apparently the Chinese are dominating the eel market but they and the Euros and the Japanese have overfished their stocks. For years, Maine fishermen were making fortunes legally harvesting elvers (glass eel/fry) but then the temptation to over fish led to illegal wiggles and squiggles and the feds brought don the largest eel smuggling ring in the country.

The Chinese raise hem until they are about a pound or so and then process, including adding eel sauce and export all over the world. So if we have a trade war we can boycott Chinese eels. I know that most of you are horrified at the thought of no Unagi for breakfast.

When I used to go to Tsukiji in Tokyo at 5:00AM to visit the fish market I would stop in one of the little restaurants for the workers and have. a bowl of rice topped with grilled eels for breakfast.

Now the market is gone and they will be building a new development. Tokyo has some o the most interesting architecture in the world. I hope they do some more of that.

JM Hanes

Per the Daily Caller column someone posted, Sheryl Attkisson has a gofundme page for her "4th Am Litigation." I contributed, because this is where challenges to the government founder, when the case no longer attracts public attention and the money slowly peters out.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Comment seen at PowerLine, regarding the New GreenDeal plan that ZERO Dems voted for, including the sponsors

"Everyone should stop trying to embarrass the Democrats. They shed their sense of shame decades ago."

Jack is Back!

An update on Lady. She returned at 0215hrs, this morning. I heard her very distinguished yap, got up and opened the front door, whistled, and called her name. No response. Went to the poolside, same thing. Back to the front, while leaving the poolside door open. Turned around and there she was happy as any Beagle would be to see their food purveyor. Went back upstairs and she immediately went to sleep in her bed.

This morning I policed the back area by the pool but didn't find any prey she may have brought home. So, she probably ran herself ragged chasing rabbits, the preferred game of all Beagles.

Jane, I saw your comment about not letting her stay out. With the boys, I have a chance to bribe them to come to me with food but not Lady. The only person who can catch her is Frederick, and he is in Belgium. Lady does not respond to food like the boys do.



Besides UT Austin, the other schools under investigation are Yale University, Wake Forest University, the University of San Diego, Stanford University, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Infamous Ignatz

--Bush kept Trump Countdown clock. It sat next to her bed until the day she died.--

So Barbara was one of those NPR geezer cranks who wanted to stay alive until Mueller brought down Trump?

In the words of Nelson Muntz - Ha, ha.

The Infamous Ignatz

--It wasn’t merely an error here or there. America’s blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday—and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it.--

With all due respect Sean, they botched nothing and made no errors. Errors and botches imply mistaken beliefs. They knew to as great a certainty as the rest of us what they were peddling was false. They are brazen liars more than they are incompetent journalists, though they are that also.


Happy Birthday Cathy! Make it a great one!


Happy birthday cathyf.

Jack is Back!

Happy Birthday, CathyF. Do you use the traditional method of blowing out your candles, or are you in the Mitten's camp of one-by-one?

The Infamous Ignatz

Four out of seven corrupt U's. Suck it Illinois, California rules!


HB cathyf!


Happy birthday, cathyf!



I figure it's because there were a lot of California (Hollywood) bribers who were caught.

I can't imagine they would have tried to bribe their way into Indiana or Purdue. Too cold here!

Beasts of England

Happy Birthday, cathyf!!




delurking to wish cathyf a happy birthday. enjoy!

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

I guess I dont follow entertainment news. New to me.
How typical of the Obama Clan. Michelle also was behind the firing of Roseanne Barr for telling a joke about Valerie Jarrett. ABC's president did the deed and six months later got a better job at Netflix which happened to hire the Obamas to produce shows.

President Donald Trump is using a new nickname to describe House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

Trump ridiculed Schiff on Wednesday during a meeting with House Republicans at the White House, repeatedly calling him “pencil neck” according to Politico.

The nickname was coined by Rush Limbaugh as far back as March 2017, who continues to refer to the Intelligence chairman as “pencil neck.”

Jack is Back!


There is no Elephant Walk like a Buffer MITO. All the rest pale in comparison. Watch this one from Minot AFB, ND back in 09 I believe. What you see with all the smoke on the flight line are "cartridge" starts. Iggy, has probably done MITO's with refuelers. Nothing like taking your turn at the Alert Barracks. Better chow:)


The Infamous Ignatz


I figure it's because there were a lot of California (Hollywood) bribers who were caught.
I can't imagine they would have tried to bribe their way into Indiana or Purdue. Too cold here!--

Please, MM. You're embarrassing yourself with this petty jealousy and rationalization.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA


The Infamous Ignatz

Back in the days of J-57s and water injection there were few man made phenomena as impressive as a BUFF MITO [minimum interval takeoff].

My home base [Mather] was responsible for an AF wide adjustment to MITOs. B-52s fully laden are not exactly lift machines to begin with. Add in the turbulence of another one mere seconds ahead of you and they fly fairy similarly to a bagel shaped rock. One day even a bagel was overstating it and as the plane lost lift the pilot steered it south to a deserted field, no doubt hoping for a go-round, but if not at least no one else would be killed. Not, but he was right; only the crew died. After that the M in MITO grew a good bit.

Jack is Back!


The great thing about Sawyer and Anderson was 12K foot runways. Our MITO's every so often were 3K foot intervals, IIRC. But even downstairs you could feel the pressure as you picked up speed and started to elevate. Having 310K lbs of gas doesn't help matters either.



That was pretty impressive. Usually on TV news they only show one plane taking off. Thanks for that video!


There is no Elephant Walk like a Buffer MITO.

Participated in one at Griffiss. First the Buffs and then the tankers.

30 second separation for the Buffs and, because there were civilians on board the tankers, 60 seconds separations. I was in the jumpseat of a tanker, each plane peeling off at a different angle once airborne. Neat.



Posting this but with the caveat he has no named sources or link.


So only one paper mentioned pence's vow to return to the moon in 2024, thara sooner than the JFK pledge.


This is why we need new news sources, Narciso.

If it weren't for the President and VP tweeting along with staff and cabinet members, I would know nothing.

I sincerely hop that some of these media people are shown to have been corrupt and are removed.

Just terrible coverage of important things.

Beasts of England

This may be a surprising statement given my locale and profession, but returning to the Moon doesn't enthuse me much at all. Been there, done that. Mars on the other hand...


Well because it's a stepping stone, I assume some mining operations will be go forth next.


Good Morning! Happy Birthday Cathy!
Interesting discussion about the eels. The elvers are sold to Japan to seed the aquatic farms,in the spring of 2018,they were going for $2,400/lb. Smuggling eels has become as common in Maine as poaching deer. :)



I think it's also for national defense. Here is my pal Stu's thread on Chinese military development. I hope everyone will read it.


I still haven't forgotten the Clintons, Loral, and the sale of missile secrets to CHina.


Having 310K lbs of gas doesn't help matters either.

heh heh heh heh


The Chicago police files on Smollett have escaped into the wild.

JM Hanes

“pencil neck” Schiff

I may be alone out here, but, I've never liked derogatory nicknames based on people's appearance.

Art in Newport

Beasts, I think it's to build experience. The generation of engineers and scientists from the Apollo program are gone. A new group of people experienced in space travel and landings needs to be developed.

My $0.02 :)


Here they are:


Ralph L

Rosenstein could have asked for and commented publicly on an interim report before the election.


Taibbi: As the Mueller Probe Ends, New Russiagate Myths Begin

Scathing and worth reading.

But here's something I didn't know:

This manipulative brand of news programming preyed upon the emotional devastation of liberal audiences, particularly the older people who watch cable. It told them the horror they felt over Trump’s election would be alleviated in short order. The median age of the CNN viewer is 60 and MSNBC’s is 65, and these people were urged for years to place their trust in Santa BOB, who knew all and whose investigation would surely lead to impeachment and “the end.”
Ralph L

It would have been nice to know if the Russians had any success with the 2016 election to protect the 2018 one.

Beasts of England

Glad we have some space enthusiasts here!! I didn't intend to be dismissive of a return to the Moon; I would prefer something more ambitious, something that pushes the envelope. 🚀


Well true, but we need to get our sea legs around first, the shuttle stranded us imagine if drake had only gone as far as Gibraltar and back.


Happy Birthday, cathyf!


I guess there are closer analogues but since Gibraltar was the closest British possession.


They are still looking for the pony in the subsequent release.


Ladies, get your guns!




I think hubby either stays up or gets back up for all space launches and returns. I think he also considers the saturn V to be one of the wrld's great engineering marvels, probably along with the dc-3.

New post up that draws a light on how the media has been directed by philanthropy to push what should become the public's understanding of issues so they will believe in the need for social change. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/regard-the-past-perceive-the-present-imagine-the-future-and-then-act-for-transformation/

Then I tie it to ed.

Captain Hate

I may be alone out here, but, I've never liked derogatory nicknames based on people's appearance.

No, believe it or not since I'm not above that, I'd rather he rip him on dimwitted policy stances of which there are plenty. But keep in mind that this is the only Wrestlemania President of our lifetime and to expect otherwise, no matter how calculated to get a desired response, is probably unrealistic. Think of it this way: if it irritates you, imagine how apoplectic the denizens of the Seacuck get.

JM Hanes


"There is no Elephant Walk like a Buffer MITO."

That was amazing. It's hard to believe those things can even get off the grown in the first place. They are so big that they look like they are moving in slow motion, but I took out my handy little stop watch and discovered they averaged a lift off every 34 seconds! How much do you suppose they weigh? 34 seconds! Unbelievable. It's actually a bit nerve wracking to watch them, because they start up so slowly, you're sitting there (at least I am) in a twist saying, "Come on, come on, come on..."

And speaking of Elephant Walks, I enjoyed this from further down one of MM's recent links. Most fun I've had all day.


MacIver Institute @MacIverWisc

Holder's group, NDRC, will hire a state coordinator for Wisconsin in the next couple of weeks and is spending $350,000 trying to get Judge Lisa Neubauer elected to the state Supreme Court.

Beasts of England

I kinda understand your point, narciso - but there's nothing technologically special about a surface descent on the Moon in 2024. One of my projects just robotically landed on Bennu, and that little booger is moving at 63,000 mph... :)


Beasts, How much energy efficiency can you wrest out of a soon to be routine run to the moon?

Care to make it competitive? Put a big contract at the back end?

(Now it gets interesting...)

JM Hanes


Bennu -- the carbonaceous asteroid? Carboneceous chondrites are what may have seeded the earth with life, no?


Striper fisherman use eels at certain times of the year depending on the striper migration. Last season they were going for $2 bucks apiece. Commercial guys pay way less. The commercial striper season usually begins off Race Point, Cape Cod at a spot called the Golf Ball using mackerel, then the fleet moves into Cape Cod Bay and eels at night are the preferred bait. Commercial striper fishermen are allowed no more than 5 dozen eels on board and pay about $45 bucks for 5 lbs. On average there's about 12-15 eels per pound. They're tough to fish sometimes because unless you keep them moving through the water, they'll tie themselves into knots creating a big rats nest of your line. The commercial season only allows fishing twice a week until the yearly quota is reached so these guys (son included) are at the boat ramps ready to fish from midnight to midnight unless they reach their 15 fish limit. My son never reached that limit but he did better than most.

Beasts of England

That's a great thought, Melinda!!


George Soros Donated $408k to Kim Foxx, Prosecutor Who Let Jussie Smollett Walk

Must ask the Lord when I get there why he lets men like Soros hang around while taking my husband, daddy and so many other great ones so soon.

Beasts of England

That's her, JM Hanes. If you're not familiar with the OSIRIS-REx mission, the link is a good place to start. One of the most fascinating proposals I've ever evaluated. I was thrilled when it cleared our plenary for selection. :)



And another shady deal it seems:


JM Hanes

I suspect the Moon is important for its proximity to earth, not the rest of the cosmos. I should think it could also be incredibly valusble as a locus for the study of deep space without atmospheric and other sorts of terrestrial interference.

JM Hanes


Going fishing with you is on my bucket list!

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

A good Stiltons Place today, recommended by a Surber commenter.
My new image site doesn't let me size images, hope this is large enough to read.


Ask Him for me, too, Mom.

Speaking of Him, He still lets us know He has a sense of humor: the last name of corrupt Cook County State Attorney who let Smullett skate? Magats. Srsly. 😬


Rosie memos Retweeted

‏ @realZiiggii
4m4 minutes ago

@POTUS is currently in the Oval Office with the First Lady of Venezuela
0 replies 1 retweet 4 likes


Cool, beasts back in the 80s Ben bova started a series with a swashbuckling space entrepreneur, privateers Daniel Hamilton Randolph who started his private space project in Venezuela after the us turned inward sometime in the 00s, ironically the president in 2013 is his fmr red headed girlfriend the widow of another 0reisidemt and his former friend. He liked fast cars and faster women, in subsequent volumes he had elaborated how this turn of events came to be.

Art in Newport

.. nothing .. technologically special about .. descent on the Moon in 2024 ..

Fair enough. My last contact with the space program was 1986

Also, a hat tip to Miss Marple's national security point viv-a-vis China.



The Moon is also very efficient at throwing things back on the cheap.


JMH, Fish On!

Beasts of England

'He liked fast cars and faster women...'

I consider myself a subject matter expert in both categories...

Okay, billable space exploration hours beckon. Gotta pay for the fast cars and fast women somehow, amirite? 😎


Gotcha, one wonders how the moon has a harsh mistress adaptation by Bryan singer?? Will fare.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Insty notes cleanup on aisle 9 in an attempt to salvage the SPLC.

Who is Tina Tchen, the attorney linked to Jussie Smollett messages? She’s now in charge of “investigating” the SPLC’s mess. I expect they brought her in to do for them what she did for Jussie Smollett. . . .

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