Sunday, December 17, 2017

Juan Browne reports on the Oroville Spillway, with an appearance by the mighty Luscombe

Is it useful? Only if you have to fence. Is it bad azz? Very. Every man's tool box should have one floating on top.

When your pretty daughter brings her new boyfriend home to meet you, you take him down to the barn, hand him this, and tell him to "cut a 5/8ths rivet block in that angle iron over there."

It's nonsense, but he won't know that, and then you can smile as he tries to "cut a rivet block."


Flåm Valley, Aurland, Norway.

Having fun the old fashioned way.

Freckles, they are good.

Cabin Porn: Lofoten, Norway.

Breakfast Blogging

Sunday Scramble, or, clean out the fridge food.

That black thing, it's a tomato.  Planted them too late, and they are sitting on the vine but not quite ripe.  Next year...

The bright red things: hot peppers

The medium red things: a lone sweet bell pepper that is the last one we are likely to get this season.

The scramble in a 1920's era cast iron skillet.

The finished product. Yum!

The Art of Speed

Mrs. CW, the early years

The lunatics self identify

‘Jingle Bells’ rooted in racism, Boston University professor says.  Right after he goes hoarse from barking at the moon.

Well, if you can't have a tracked armored personnel carrier, this might be the next best thing.

No doubt costs more to buy, but maybe less to maintain.

Bad Acid Trip Lizard sees you, and will report what you are doing.

Very satisfying

Now, let's see Jet Man hit it while it's steaming full speed, taking evasive maneuvers, and shooting back.


Fun with tanks in Siberia

Friday, December 15, 2017

No Apple! Say it isn't true!

And the new iPhone will grab your facial characteristics.   Although they say that info never leaves the phone, do you believe that?

Avalanche! Ski Resort in La Clusaz, Rhone-Alpes, France

A Tragic Catastrophe

So today was our office Christmas party, and we do a secret santa.  The guy that pulled my name knows I like Oban scotch, so he went over to Costco and found some.   But, when he pulled it off the shelf, the bottle leapt out of the tube and smashed, dousing the floor with fine single malt. 

He got another bottle, but took these pictures because he "knew" I wouldn't believe it. 

For your Trumpian friends


The dog's name should be Scammer

Roger Simon points out something that is quite important, but hasn't been really discussed at all.

This Peter Strzok idiot was a dream come true for foreign intelligence.

Of the many astonishing revelations now emerging from the Russia investigation, not enough has been made of the fact that — that Zelig of the FBI who mysteriously appeared at every controversial moment — was second in command for counterintelligence.

That’s right, counterintelligence — that activity “designed to prevent or thwart spying, intelligence gathering, and sabotage by an enemy or other foreign entity.”

And yet that same Mr. Strzok was conducting a clandestine extra-marital affair with an FBI colleague over thousands of text messages that could be and likely were (more of that in a moment) intercepted by those same foreign intelligence agencies — or were, at the very least, recklessly exposed to them.

Now you don’t have to be James Jesus Angleton or even have read a novel by John le Carré to know one of the most important vulnerabilities in the intel world is just such dangerous liaisons, frequently used for blackmail of all sorts.

Yet, our second in command in counterintelligence conducted his in full digital view of anyone and did so replete with idiotically extreme comments about the president of the United States that would make our Peter a prime candidate for blackmail.

And they claim that Trump is a fool.

Perhaps the FBI, the IRS and State should be stripped back to their foundation, and built up again only to the extent that they absolutely need to be.   The bigger the government, the more oppression.  The smaller the government, the more freedom for the people.

Friday Open Road