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    by coldwarrior ( 156 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at May 15th, 2018 - 9:02 am

    Enjoy this open…I’m gonna take a nap…just a few more shifts to go then 3 days off.

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    1. coldwarrior
      1 | May 15, 2018 9:44 am

      Before work last night I went over to this old music shop. The guy is retiring and clearing the joint out…much vinyl and guitars and such. If I bring home another guitar, mrs coldwarrior might get upset… well, I made a lowball offer on ALL of the LPs.

      He took it. Oh crap. Ummm, its gonna take me weeks to sort through all of this. Jazz, big band, Sinatra, tons of dimeola.


    2. 2 | May 15, 2018 9:50 am

      coldwarrior wrote:

      tons of dimeola.

      Just a note of caution. Even I approach trying to play Al Di Meola on the guitar with a considerable trepidation.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGWfDkx4zyY


    3. coldwarrior
      3 | May 15, 2018 10:03 am

      @ doriangrey:
      Good Lord!


    4. 4 | May 15, 2018 10:16 am

      This is why MEN are choosing to QUIT WORK!? Is it true? Tucker Carlson tells it all

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbViYm13DIU


    5. eaglesoars
      5 | May 15, 2018 11:12 am

      @ doriangrey:

      I can speak to agriculture. Americans, in general, will NOT take those jobs. for ANY pay scale. They are physically demanding and viewed as boring. Not to mention, they can be dangerous. Also, every lawn care service in our area may be owned by an American, but the labor force is at least 90% immigrant.

      Want a solid lifetime profession? Plumber, nurse, electrician. All require extensive training and are physically demanding but you will have a job somewhere.

      As for ‘low wage’. Well, if you pay someone $18/hr to pick strawberries you won’t be selling those strawberries. Enter robots.


    6. 6 | May 15, 2018 11:17 am

      coldwarrior wrote:

      @ doriangrey:
      Good Lord!

      Yup, Al is a Monster’s Monster on the Guitar.


    7. 7 | May 15, 2018 11:33 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Want a solid lifetime profession?

      Sorry, there aren’t any of those any more. What cannot be mechanized, will inevitable be sourced to immigrants who WILL perform the same service for less compensation.

      BTW, people who pick Strawberries generally speaking, make way more than $18.00 per hour. (Yes, I picked Strawberries as a kid) picker’s do not get paid by the hour (well usually) they are paid piecemeal, which literally means, but the bushel. The more you pick in a given period of time, the more you make.

      As for the Agricultural jobs, honestly, I think you mistake, will not take, for cannot take. Perhaps you haven’t noticed this, I know its a bit tough to get. But… You know where large scale Agriculture does not take place? On main-street downtown Anytown USA. It also doesn’t take place in the Suburbs.

      What that translates to, is jobs in Agriculture are inaccessible to the majority of American’s. Those American’s you say “Will not” take those jobs, they require 12 month a year jobs. They cannot live all year off of jobs that only exist for 3 or 4 months a year.

      This is the real dirty secret of the Agriculture Industry. This is why America has a illegal immigrant problem. Because so many migrant agricultural workers find it easier and more profitable to remain in the US all year long doing other odd jobs and manual labor during the “off season” of the agricultural industry, then it is for them to return home every year when the harvest season is finished.


    8. 8 | May 15, 2018 12:01 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      By the way, please forgive me if this seems to come across as mean spirited or rude, that is not my intention. I know that you and your husband are in the Agricultural Consulting/Lobbying industry. Perhaps I should have reminded you of my own personal background.

      My mothers father and his brother were in the 1950’s two of Washington States largest independent Wheat Growers. They each grew 10,000 acres of wheat. My grandfathers brother died first without an heir and left his 10,000 acres to my grandfather, who had a stroke in the mid 50’s. My mother’s older sister sold all 20,000 acres to finance her jet-set lifestyle as a Race Horse owner.

      Until I was 9, I grew up on a farm where we grew potatoes and carrots and cabbage and turnips and broccoli and cucumbers. We had 75 acres of produce. My step-father’s dad grew 500 acres of grapes for Welchs. I come from a farming family. I learned to drive a tractor when I was 6 years old. I was literally driving a tractor before I could walk. (I didn’t learn to walk until I was 7 because of my clubbed feet).

      I currently live in a formerly rural agricultural part of San Diego California, which has since become a exurb of San Diego. There are only a couple of working farms left here, and they only employ a handful of year round employees. The nearest working farm to me, (other than the three or four still remaining here where I live) is about 80 miles away.

      I would love to work a year round farming gig. IF it paid me enough and wasn’t a 4 hour drive each way every day. I have ZERO illusions of how hard the work is, remember, I actually grew up in a farming family.


    9. 9 | May 15, 2018 12:14 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      One last thing. Funny thing too. As a kid, all I wanted was to get as far away from farming as I could. Not because the work was hard. But because… Being a farmer means being out in the sticks. We went grocery shopping once a month because the grocery store was 30 miles away. Commuting to work just doesn’t work very well for most agricultural jobs. If you are going to be a farmer, you have to live near the farm, and that means far away from the city. Hell, it means far away from the closest small town.

      Now that I am in my mid to late 50’s the bright lights of Broadway/main street no longer hold the attraction for me that they once did. I literally could not care less if I do not make it into town for weeks at a time. I am not missing a thing in the city, been there, done that, got the scars to prove it.


    10. 10 | May 15, 2018 1:36 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      Let’s make it easier for seasonal migrant workers to get permits to work here. Don’t take payroll taxes out. Make sure they’re not taken advantage of.


    11. lobo91
      11 | May 15, 2018 2:45 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      The minute I find another job that pays enough to cover my bills, I’m out. I just got screwed over by my employer yet again. Looking forward to another new supervisor who doesn’t know what I do, but is “better-qualified” for the job than I am.

      I need to find a good labor law attorney…


    12. eaglesoars
      12 | May 15, 2018 3:30 pm

      @ lobo91:

      good cheer all around. That contract we were told might be cut – it’s been cut, I think effective immediately. 25% of our income.

      fortunately, we have almost no credit card debt, just one car payment for another year and the mortgage, so we’ll be ok I think but sheesh.


    13. eaglesoars
      13 | May 15, 2018 3:50 pm

      WHAT??!!

      Mueller: Secret Court Order Suspended Statute Of Limitations On Manafort Charge

      A court can do that??

      Because the statute of limitations was set to run out on June 29 — five years after the June 29, 2012 deadline Manafort would have faced to file the foreign bank report with the U.S. Treasury — prosecutors on June 26 came to Judge Claude M. Hilton with their request, which was filed ex parte, meaning only the government’s side was aware of it, and not Manafort.

      why bother having a fucking constitution

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/manafort-mueller-secret-order-foreign-bank-statute-of-limitations


    14. coldwarrior
      15 | May 15, 2018 4:27 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      its time for stout hemp rope and telegraph poles.


    15. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      16 | May 15, 2018 4:40 pm

      http://newstalk955.com/pelosi-tester-featured-in-hilarious-new-ad/

      Time to lighten up. Here’s an ad taking shots directly at Flattop Jon.


    16. 17 | May 15, 2018 5:30 pm

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      http://newstalk955.com/pelosi-tester-featured-in-hilarious-new-ad/

      Time to lighten up. Here’s an ad taking shots directly at Flattop Jon.

      That’s good old fashioned campaign politicing. When your opponent does something incredibly stupid, make damned sure you remind the voters as often as possible.


    17. Possum
      18 | May 15, 2018 7:28 pm

      If I were President….

      In the last few weeks the situation in Korea changed dramatically. North Korea and South Korea leaders had talks.

      The end of the Korean war officially was close. (It was a truce when the fighting stopped, not an end)

      A meeting with Kim Jong_un and president Trump was scheduled.

      Now, North Korea are pulling out of meetings because of continuing joint military exercises.

      I can see Kim Jong_un’s point….

      As president I would cancel the current military exercise saying ” The exercise was planned nine months ago, before we became friends. ”

      As president I would not be backing down, just thanking Kim Jong_un for pointing out something I had overlooked.

      AND the ones here with military experience and knowledge know that simulated exercises are going on all the time. They involve computers and real serving military.

      The only use for a joint live fire exercise is to test weapons. The strategy is done elsewhere in dimly lit rooms.

      So my point? As president I would tell Kim Jong_un “Good point buddy!!!!! ” Live fire exercises are canceled.

      Reall progress…


    18. Possum
      19 | May 15, 2018 7:33 pm

      Possum wrote:

      If I were President….

      In the last few weeks the situation in Korea changed dramatically. North Korea and South Korea leaders had talks.

      The end of the Korean war officially was close. (It was a truce when the fighting stopped, not an end)

      A meeting with Kim Jong_un and president Trump was scheduled.

      Now, North Korea are pulling out of meetings because of continuing joint military exercises.

      I can see Kim Jong_un’s point….

      As president I would cancel the current military exercise saying ” The exercise was planned nine months ago, before we became friends. ”

      As president I would not be backing down, just thanking Kim Jong_un for pointing out something I had overlooked.

      AND the ones here with military experience and knowledge know that simulated exercises are going on all the time. They involve computers and real serving military.

      The only use for a joint live fire exercise is to test weapons. The strategy is done elsewhere in dimly lit rooms.

      So my point? As president I would tell Kim Jong_un “Good point buddy!!!!! ” Live fire exercises are canceled.

      Reall progress…

      Been in the dimly lit room many times…

      🙂


    19. Possum
      20 | May 15, 2018 7:56 pm

      Laughing….

      And remembering the time in the mid 80’s when some official prick severely ripped me a new asshole for not turning my back on him as he typed his password to let me have access to the system.

      He was actually correct. It was procedure to turn away when usernames and passwords were entered. I didn’t say anything but “sorry” and he didn’t report me.

      Fact is, my security cleared credentials were way above his. But no offence to the guy, he was obeying the rules. I should have deliberately looked the other way.


    20. RIX
      21 | May 15, 2018 8:00 pm

      Tom Wolfe has died. RIP


    21. eaglesoars
      22 | May 15, 2018 8:19 pm

      That jackass Pat Davis is on Tucker. and I’m sorry to insult jackasses.


    22. eaglesoars
      23 | May 15, 2018 8:25 pm

      RIX wrote:

      Tom Wolfe has died. RIP

      The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test was our Bible in high school. “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” was our class motto and I, as editor, put it in our yearbook (yes, there was a fight about it)


    23. eaglesoars
      24 | May 15, 2018 8:31 pm

      ach, I going to power down, I’m getting alerts from all over about heavy storms coming in and to prepare for power failures.


    24. RIX
      25 | May 15, 2018 8:33 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      RIX wrote:

      Tom Wolfe has died. RIP

      The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test was our Bible in high school. “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” was our class motto and I, as editor, put it in our yearbook (yes, there was a fight about it)

      He did have an impact.


    25. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      26 | May 15, 2018 8:33 pm

      doriangrey wrote:

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      http://newstalk955.com/pelosi-tester-featured-in-hilarious-new-ad/

      Time to lighten up. Here’s an ad taking shots directly at Flattop Jon.

      That’s good old fashioned campaign politicing. When your opponent does something incredibly stupid, make damned sure you remind the voters as often as possible.

      Something the “right” had forgotten until Trump. All the Republicans running in our primary are running as Trump Republicans.


    26. lobo91
      27 | May 15, 2018 8:38 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      My company, in its infinite wisdom, had decided that job titles and descriptions will be standardized throughout the company. Interview questions (both for new hires and for internal candidates) are also standardized, and based on these job descriptions.

      Makes sense, at least for the security staff. Their jobs are pretty much the same everywhere.

      Not so much for the rest of us.

      My current job, for example, has almost nothing in common with the published description. NMCD has some of the most arcane procedures in the country when it comes to calculating sentences and “good time.” It’s all done by hand. USBOP, on the other hand, does everything by computer. Inmates get out when the computer says so. I’m literally not even sure what the case managers do in those facilities.

      The job description for unit managers is just as bad. The biggest part of their job is supervising the case managers and approving committee actions. Obviously, that means you need to understand my job.

      Not according to the job description, or the interview questions.

      If you were to rank the case managers in not just our facility but the entire NMCD, including state employees, I’d probably be in the top 5%. There’s no question that I’m the best at our facility. You’d think that would make me a shoe-in for the supervisory position, but you’d be wrong.

      I came in third, behind someone who transferred to HR after trying to do my job for 3 months and utterly failing, and someone else who’s spent his entire career in security.

      That’s why I’m looking for a lawyer.


    27. lobo91
      28 | May 15, 2018 8:51 pm

      Check out the Palestinian “martyrs”


    28. Possum
      30 | May 15, 2018 9:02 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      My company, in its infinite wisdom, had decided that job titles and descriptions will be standardized throughout the company. Interview questions (both for new hires and for internal candidates) are also standardized, and based on these job descriptions.

      Makes sense, at least for the security staff. Their jobs are pretty much the same everywhere.

      Not so much for the rest of us.

      My current job, for example, has almost nothing in common with the published description. NMCD has some of the most arcane procedures in the country when it comes to calculating sentences and “good time.” It’s all done by hand. USBOP, on the other hand, does everything by computer. Inmates get out when the computer says so. I’m literally not even sure what the case managers do in those facilities.

      The job description for unit managers is just as bad. The biggest part of their job is supervising the case managers and approving committee actions. Obviously, that means you need to understand my job.

      Not according to the job description, or the interview questions.

      If you were to rank the case managers in not just our facility but the entire NMCD, including state employees, I’d probably be in the top 5%. There’s no question that I’m the best at our facility. You’d think that would make me a shoe-in for the supervisory position, but you’d be wrong.

      I came in third, behind someone who transferred to HR after trying to do my job for 3 months and utterly failing, and someone else who’s spent his entire career in security.

      That’s why I’m looking for a lawyer.

      Hey Lobo now I may be full of shit but the reason you are not promoted is they need you to remain doing the job you do now.

      Happened to me in the early 90’s

      Increases my pay above managers and even regional managers.

      Gave me share options.

      Company understood that they needed managers but they also needed experienced people doing the work.

      Traditional career progression is take skilled workers and promote them to hands off management positions

      Fuck that… they paid me a lot of money, more than my “supervisor” or my ” “manager” and I got shit done.

      Even now I have the same attitude. The only reason I need a “supervisor” or a “”manager” is someone needs to sign my time sheet.


    29. Deplorable Bumr50
      31 | May 15, 2018 9:08 pm

      Possum wrote:

      Traditional career progression is take skilled workers and promote them to hands off management positions

      Those days are GONE.


    30. lobo91
      32 | May 15, 2018 9:15 pm

      @ Possum:

      That’s never going to happen where I work. We’re on a state contract. We have a vacant case manager position right now. When they hire someone for that job, they’ll get paid exactly the same thing I get (and it will be 6-9 months before they’re actually productive).


    31. coldwarrior
      33 | May 15, 2018 9:25 pm

      RIX wrote:

      Tom Wolfe has died. RIP

      huge legacy.


    32. yenta-fada
      34 | May 15, 2018 9:25 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ Possum:

      That’s never going to happen where I work. We’re on a state contract. We have a vacant case manager position right now. When they hire someone for that job, they’ll get paid exactly the same thing I get (and it will be 6-9 months before they’re actually productive).

      Your intelligence must threaten them very much. (((lobo)))


    33. coldwarrior
      35 | May 15, 2018 9:29 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      YENTA!!!!!!


    34. yenta-fada
      36 | May 15, 2018 9:30 pm

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      I read that you have a job interview. That is the job you BELONG in.
      You have the leadership skills already. You just needed the right place to use them. (((Bumr50)))


    35. yenta-fada
      37 | May 15, 2018 9:31 pm

      coldwarrior wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:

      YENTA!!!!!!

      ((COLD!)))


    36. coldwarrior
      38 | May 15, 2018 9:32 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      i hope all is well, welcome back.


    37. lobo91
      39 | May 15, 2018 9:33 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      Long time no see


    38. yenta-fada
      40 | May 15, 2018 9:37 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      Looks like the whole “Palestinian civilians slaughtered by Israel” thing was fake

      Shocking, I know.

      I checked the UK Daily Mail that day which is another ‘blame Israel’
      newspaper. They played up the poor oppressed paleos as usual. There were very few comments of Brit outrage relative to previous years. In fact, there were things like “The ‘protesters’ could have just stayed at home.” Paleos have passed peak victimhood.


    39. yenta-fada
      41 | May 15, 2018 9:40 pm

      @ coldwarrior:
      @ lobo91:

      Merci. Feels great to be back. The political & social winds have shifted. I still need better drugs…


    40. yenta-fada
      42 | May 15, 2018 9:41 pm

      @ Possum:

      (((Possum))) Hugs to Calo too!


    41. coldwarrior
      43 | May 15, 2018 9:42 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:
      @ lobo91:

      Merci. Feels great to be back. The political & social winds have shifted. I still need better drugs…

      fear and loathing in toronto.

      😉


    42. yenta-fada
      44 | May 15, 2018 9:46 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      I read a couple of your essays here. They were, imho, pretty brilliant. I think you have tightened up & ‘fine tuned’ your writing
      skills. (((Dorian)))


    43. yenta-fada
      45 | May 15, 2018 9:50 pm

      @ coldwarrior:

      Hunter! The Press is always screaming OPIPIOD CRISIS. It scares the Doctors out of prescribing appropriately.


    44. Calo
      46 | May 15, 2018 9:52 pm

      {{Yenta}}. Nice to see you back! I’ve missed you. I get tired of Eagle’s yammerings.

      We need your input.


    45. coldwarrior
      47 | May 15, 2018 9:56 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      Hunter! The Press is always screaming OPIPIOD CRISIS. It scares the Doctors out of prescribing appropriately.

      we’ll never get this right


    46. yenta-fada
    47. Deplorable Bumr50
      49 | May 15, 2018 9:58 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      Thanks, Yenta!!

      Great to see you!

      (((Yenta)))


    48. yenta-fada
      50 | May 15, 2018 10:01 pm

      @ Calo:

      {{{Calo}}} Eaglesoars does not yammer. You do remember I asked her to marry me, right?


    49. yenta-fada
      51 | May 15, 2018 10:02 pm

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:

      Thanks, Yenta!!

      Great to see you!

      (((Yenta)))

      I meant every word. PLUS, you are fun to be with!


    50. yenta-fada
      52 | May 15, 2018 10:06 pm

      @ coldwarrior:

      How are your princesses?


    51. coldwarrior
      53 | May 15, 2018 10:10 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      How are your princesses?

      perfect.


    52. yenta-fada
      54 | May 15, 2018 10:18 pm

      coldwarrior wrote:

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      How are your princesses?

      perfect.

      Wonderful. And probably full of wonder as well.


    53. Calo
      55 | May 15, 2018 10:20 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ Calo:

      {{{Calo}}} Eaglesoars does not yammer. You do remember I asked her to marry me, right?

      That made me laugh. We need a bit of levity around here once in a while.
      I got nothing, FLOTUS has goregous clothing. POTUS is doing what he said he would do, so far.

      The only thing I want to ask is to Rix and the apparent proposed theft of Illinois in the name of property tax hikes for the next 30 years. Rix, what in the world? Is this just pipe dreams in the IL legislature or does it look like it wil come to pass?


    54. yenta-fada
      56 | May 15, 2018 10:26 pm

      @ Calo:

      Wanna gossip about the Royal Wedding? That Meghan is a tabloid darling in the making. She likely has Prince Harry enchanted, but she is trouble. It’s already a running soap opera with her small group of relatives. When Ms Markle lives in a palace, she will find out that she is not as skilled as the royal pros.


    55. AZfederalist
      57 | May 15, 2018 10:26 pm

      Calo wrote:

      The only thing I want to ask is to Rix and the apparent proposed theft of Illinois in the name of property tax hikes for the next 30 years. Rix, what in the world? Is this just pipe dreams in the IL legislature or does it look like it wil come to pass?

      One continually asks what it will take before the people take to the legislature with pitchforks, torches and rope. I’m thinking that if this doesn’t trip the threshold, nothing will. Who would want to own a house? What would this do to rental prices? Everybody gets their property and domiciles taken from them.


    56. rain of lead
      58 | May 15, 2018 10:42 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      (((yenta)))
      *smooch*

      so glad to catch you on


    57. Calo
      59 | May 15, 2018 10:43 pm

      @ AZfederalist:
      I guess it’s like putting frogs in a pot of cold water and slowly turning up the heat.

      Funny a thing I discovered on my work register the other day. I pushed a “blank” F9 key on it by accident and it rang up 25 cents – item was a CA merchandise bag. So, yeah, CA charges customers per bag for merchandise purchases. The retailer then has to account for each bag sold and reimburse the state per month. The retailer purchased the bags but the state gets the retailers purchase price, shipping costs, plus a hefty commission for what?


    58. yenta-fada
      60 | May 15, 2018 10:46 pm

      rain of lead wrote:

      @ yenta-fada:

      (((yenta)))
      *smooch*

      so glad to catch you on

      ((((RAINY))))


    59. yenta-fada
      61 | May 15, 2018 10:52 pm

      @ rain of lead:

      (((Momcat & Readergirl)) I read about the girl’s archery skills. She is so gifted. If she ever has time, ask her to stop by & grace us with her high spirits. I think I can get some agreement on this.


    60. coldwarrior
      62 | May 15, 2018 10:52 pm

      Night shift…day off (today) then 2 night shifts. Bastards.

      I decided to sleep today and stay ‘on shift’ so…

      A steak and a nice red! Its lunchtime!


    61. 63 | May 15, 2018 10:58 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      They were, imho, pretty brilliant.

      Awe, shucks mam…


    62. yenta-fada
      64 | May 15, 2018 10:58 pm

      @ Calo:

      The global hunt for taxes is what Armstrong calls it. Canada will legalize marijuana this year. Looks like we have found ourselves a new natural resource. Gov’t has its sticky fingers all over this.


    63. Calo
      65 | May 15, 2018 11:03 pm

      @ yenta-fada:
      Too true, wise one.


    64. yenta-fada
      66 | May 15, 2018 11:06 pm

      @ Calo:

      More wiseass than wise, but I’ll gladly accept a kudo. 🙂


    65. 67 | May 15, 2018 11:08 pm

      OK, got another job interview tomorrow. QC for a injection plastics company. Its at 2:30pm, I’ll let ya all know when I know something, or don’t, whichever.


    66. Calo
      68 | May 15, 2018 11:09 pm

      Nice chatting a bit here, but I need sleep.

      I have a store to continue to deconstruct tomorrow. I’m selling ou


    67. Calo
      69 | May 15, 2018 11:10 pm

      @ Calo:
      Selling out and on my way to becoming a hermit.


    68. coldwarrior
      70 | May 15, 2018 11:14 pm

      @ doriangrey:
      Excellent!


    69. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      71 | May 15, 2018 11:15 pm

      Crap, A week by myself and no cigars. No money for them either. Still haven’t mastered keeping a pipe lit. Though, tonight has gone pretty well, kept it lit nearly a half hour.


    70. yenta-fada
      72 | May 15, 2018 11:17 pm

      Calo wrote:

      Nice chatting a bit here, but I need sleep.

      I have a store to continue to deconstruct tomorrow. I’m selling ou

      Sounds like an upgrade to me. 🙂


    71. rain of lead
      73 | May 15, 2018 11:33 pm

      @ yenta-fada:

      yup
      she’s had a good year
      and this summer she will be a consular at the camp she’s been going too.

      I’ll tell momcat to pop in and say hi asap, chop chop


    72. AZfederalist
      74 | May 15, 2018 11:48 pm

      Calo wrote:

      So, yeah, CA charges customers per bag for merchandise purchases.

      We went to a wedding in CA a few weeks ago. Went to Coronado island and needed to get a wedding card. We found one a the local Walgreens, when we went to pay for it, Mrs Federalist asked for a bag so that it wouldn’t get smudged as we walked back to the car. The cashier stated that would be an extra 10 cents. Mrs Federalist looked a bit perplexed and I blurted out, “Oh yeah, we’re in California, they went stupid!”. I think it took the little girl behind the counter a bit aback, she started trying to mumble some explanation, I just told her, “Yeah, we know, don’t bother” We decided to be careful with the card on the way back to the car, Mrs. Federalst flat out said, “I’m not paying 10 cents for a plastic bag”


    73. AZfederalist
      75 | May 15, 2018 11:49 pm

      doriangrey wrote:

      OK, got another job interview tomorrow. QC for a injection plastics company. Its at 2:30pm, I’ll let ya all know when I know something, or don’t, whichever.

      Best of luck to you


    74. coldwarrior
      76 | May 15, 2018 11:52 pm

      @ Deplorable Martian Overlord:
      At Thompson Cigar the Oliva factory seconds are a great bargain. I’ve got a humidor just for them and they are really nice to have around. They are about two bucks a stick and are go to for daily smoke.

      Check them out next time you’re buying.


    75. coldwarrior
      77 | May 15, 2018 11:53 pm

      Monte Cristo Espada and a nice Clos du Bois….nice way to end a porterhouse.


    76. coldwarrior
      78 | May 15, 2018 11:55 pm

      @ AZfederalist:
      That happened to me the first time I went grocery shopping in Berlin. Then I just started taking my rucksack with me.


    77. momcat
      79 | May 16, 2018 12:03 am

      Hi Yenta!So glad to st see you on, I have been missing you and praying for you! all is well here the gir lis awesome and rains birthday is tomorrow,and the panther is still the boss.


    78. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      80 | May 16, 2018 12:08 am

      coldwarrior wrote:

      @ Deplorable Martian Overlord:
      At Thompson Cigar the Oliva factory seconds are a great bargain. I’ve got a humidor just for them and they are really nice to have around. They are about two bucks a stick and are go to for daily smoke.

      Check them out next time you’re buying.

      Might. I’ve had bad experiences with Thompson in the past. Prefer local. My usual go to is about 5 bucks. If MT didn’t think they were a liberal state, they’d be around 3.50.


    79. momcat
      81 | May 16, 2018 12:23 am

      I just saw and ad on facebook where you can see the royal wedding in theaters. wow, i did not read further to see if it was free or not,


    80. momcat
      82 | May 16, 2018 12:25 am

      They are selling tickets for the 3 hour event.


    81. coldwarrior
      83 | May 16, 2018 12:27 am

      President Trump ally Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., secured the Republican nomination Tuesday when he won the primary contest for the Pennsylvania Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

      Trump supported Barletta, who has been a member of the House since 2011, and officially endorsed him in February. Barletta was expected to win Tuesday’s primary against state Rep. Jim Christiana.

      The Associated Press called the race for Barletta after 52 percent of precincts had reported their numbers. At that point, Barletta had obtained 59 percent of the votes, while Christiana only had 41 percent.

      Barletta will run against Casey, who was elected to the Senate in 2006, in the general in November.


    82. RIX
      84 | May 16, 2018 6:07 am

      https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/steinberg-undocumented-immigrant-diploma-pomona-college-commencement/
      @ Chicago Sun Times
      Good morning. This article takes a few minutes to read, but very illuminating.


    83. momcat
      85 | May 16, 2018 6:21 am

      happy b-day to me

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dV1myAW2Cs


    84. rain of lead
      86 | May 16, 2018 6:22 am

      @ momcat:

      me that is


    85. 87 | May 16, 2018 7:28 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test was our Bible in high school. “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” was our class motto and I, as editor, put it in our yearbook (yes, there was a fight about it)

      When I was a HS Sophomore, I wrote a review of Richard Pryor’s TV series. I thought the Editor would pitch a fit since I used one of his album titles as a reference: “That Nigger’s Crazy!”
      Nope! Not even a whisper…!


    86. 88 | May 16, 2018 7:29 am

      @ yenta-fada:

      Hello Yenta. Good to see you again!


    87. 89 | May 16, 2018 7:44 am

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      Still haven’t mastered keeping a pipe lit. Though, tonight has gone pretty well, kept it lit nearly a half hour.

      ROTFLMAO… I’ve been smoking a pipe for, well, I guess just over 30 years now. On and off as it were. That trick took me nearly 20 years to master. Not because I am particularly stupid or anything. But because I didn’t know anyone else who smoked a pipe.

      There is a trick to keeping a pipe lit. You have to smoke it like a pipe. I figured it out on accident, actually while driving. The pipe has to stay in your mouth and you take small little puffs with your cheeks occasionally inhaling and exhaling partly through your nose and partially through your mouth, with your mouth mostly closed. You should get a small curl of smoke coming back out of the pipes bowl. Because you are ever so softly blowing back through the pipe.

      Here is the key. Pipe tobacco has twice as much moisture in it as cigarette or cigar tobacco does. I’m sure you have noticed that by now. The consequence of that is, that unlike a cigarette or cigar the pipe tobacco will not continue to burn if you are not constantly puffing on the pipe. So, to keep a pipe lit, you clench the pipe in your teeth and keep it there for fairly long periods of time, 4 to 5 minutes at a time.

      You constantly make small draws from the pipe, not from your lungs, but with your cheeks, little puffs, then then occasionally drawing from your lungs. Also, as I said before, you have to occasionally softly exhale through your mouth with the pipe still clenched in your teeth allowing/forcing a small amount of air through the pipe.

      You can keep the pipe lit this way until nearly all the tobacco in it has been burnt up. Again, as I said before, I figured this out on accident while driving.


    88. 90 | May 16, 2018 8:20 am

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.


    89. 91 | May 16, 2018 8:47 am

      right_wing2 wrote:

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.

      That’s pretty fucked, most people have to work their asses off to make $108,000.00 a year. Not do nothing while dozens of kids are butchered.


    90. RIX
      92 | May 16, 2018 8:47 am

      right_wing2 wrote:

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.

      Yeah. , Iheard that this morning. Sorry to hear anything good happening for that jackass.


    91. 93 | May 16, 2018 9:37 am

      Levin was playing audio from the snotty MSM pundits, first of course decrying the evil IDF protecting its borders from terrorists and rioters, and then moving on to snotting that the “Art of the Deal” Trump didn’t make any demands from Israel vis-a-vis the Pali’s in exchange for moving the embassy to, you know, the effing CAPITOL of Israel.

      My response to which would be to ask them to list precisely WHAT conditions were laid down by Obama to the repressive regime in Cuba in exchange for the reestablishing diplomatic relations.


    92. 94 | May 16, 2018 11:56 am

      @ The Barbarian:

      The problem of course, is that the MSM Shittalking heads are Marxist Liberal Traitors. No matter what Trump does they are going to criticize him and it.


    93. RIX
      95 | May 16, 2018 1:13 pm

      @ The Barbarian:
      Perhaps the Palis might switch and claim Washington DC as their capital. The MSM would probably support that.


    94. RIX
      96 | May 16, 2018 1:31 pm

      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/05/video-peaceful-palestinians-brought-giant-catapult-to-protests-on-israeli-border-on-monday/
      @ Gateway Pundit
      Medieval savages bring medieval catapult to Israeli border. This is news, why?


    95. 97 | May 16, 2018 1:50 pm

      I’ve got a surprise phone interview in about 45 min for a TL position on my old project- the one I was on for about 3 weeks. And I applied for another TL position on the project that’s coming in.


    96. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      98 | May 16, 2018 3:04 pm

      doriangrey wrote:

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      Still haven’t mastered keeping a pipe lit. Though, tonight has gone pretty well, kept it lit nearly a half hour.

      ROTFLMAO… I’ve been smoking a pipe for, well, I guess just over 30 years now. On and off as it were. That trick took me nearly 20 years to master. Not because I am particularly stupid or anything. But because I didn’t know anyone else who smoked a pipe.

      There is a trick to keeping a pipe lit. You have to smoke it like a pipe. I figured it out on accident, actually while driving. The pipe has to stay in your mouth and you take small little puffs with your cheeks occasionally inhaling and exhaling partly through your nose and partially through your mouth, with your mouth mostly closed. You should get a small curl of smoke coming back out of the pipes bowl. Because you are ever so softly blowing back through the pipe.

      Here is the key. Pipe tobacco has twice as much moisture in it as cigarette or cigar tobacco does. I’m sure you have noticed that by now. The consequence of that is, that unlike a cigarette or cigar the pipe tobacco will not continue to burn if you are not constantly puffing on the pipe. So, to keep a pipe lit, you clench the pipe in your teeth and keep it there for fairly long periods of time, 4 to 5 minutes at a time.

      You constantly make small draws from the pipe, not from your lungs, but with your cheeks, little puffs, then then occasionally drawing from your lungs. Also, as I said before, you have to occasionally softly exhale through your mouth with the pipe still clenched in your teeth allowing/forcing a small amount of air through the pipe.

      You can keep the pipe lit this way until nearly all the tobacco in it has been burnt up. Again, as I said before, I figured this out on accident while driving.

      Thank you. That would explain why I had better luck last night. I was using some fairly dry tobacco.


    97. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      99 | May 16, 2018 3:05 pm

      RIX wrote:

      right_wing2 wrote:

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.

      Yeah. , Iheard that this morning. Sorry to hear anything good happening for that jackass.

      That’s over four times what I make in a month, including my VA disability.


    98. coldwarrior
      100 | May 16, 2018 4:48 pm

      The operation against Trump was called Crossfire Hurricane. Trump used the Stones tune You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

      Coincidence, I think not.


    99. 101 | May 16, 2018 5:41 pm

      Mother fucker…… I just missed my interview. I got 1/3rd of the way there and ran out of fucking gas.


    100. Deplorable Bumr50
      102 | May 16, 2018 6:04 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      Call them.


    101. 103 | May 16, 2018 6:12 pm

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      @ doriangrey:

      Call them.

      I did, it went to voicemail. Left a message. Still does not look good.


    102. Deplorable Bumr50
      104 | May 16, 2018 6:32 pm


    103. RIX
      105 | May 16, 2018 7:05 pm

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      RIX wrote:

      right_wing2 wrote:

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.

      Yeah. , Iheard that this morning. Sorry to hear anything good happening for that jackass.

      That’s over four times what I make in a month, including my VA disability.

      That is a travesty.


    104. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      106 | May 16, 2018 7:11 pm

      Just caught Colbert’s monologue. (Was watching to see Deadpool). See that the jackass is still claiming the fake intelligence report about the russian prostitutes is true. Loser really needs new material.


    105. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      107 | May 16, 2018 7:15 pm

      RIX wrote:

      Deplorable Martian Overlord wrote:

      RIX wrote:

      right_wing2 wrote:

      That coward deputy in Florida is getting a $9,000/month pension.

      Yeah. , Iheard that this morning. Sorry to hear anything good happening for that jackass.

      That’s over four times what I make in a month, including my VA disability.

      That is a travesty.

      Eh, beats living in a crappy city and working a job that’s going to reduce my health of lifespan further. Still BS this dirtbag is pulling down this kind of money when all he should be getting is lawsuits.


    106. lobo91
      108 | May 16, 2018 7:15 pm

      @ RIX:

      It’s about 3 times what I currently make


    107. Deplorable Bumr50
      109 | May 16, 2018 7:21 pm

      @ lobo91:

      It makes you ill.


    108. 110 | May 16, 2018 7:51 pm

      doriangrey wrote:

      Mother fucker…… I just missed my interview. I got 1/3rd of the way there and ran out of fucking gas.

      As if just to prove that things can always get worse… My nephew hit me in the head with a refrigerator a few minutes ago. We were throwing it into the dumpster… and he heave hoed on 2 instead of 3 and it landed on my head and right elbow instead of going into the dumpster. Yes, now on top of missing my job interview, I have a whooper of a headache.


    109. RIX
      111 | May 16, 2018 8:05 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ RIX:

      It’s about 3 times what I currently make

      But that goof ball Sherrif gets that sweet deal pension.


    110. RIX
      112 | May 16, 2018 8:06 pm

      sheriff.


    111. RIX
      113 | May 16, 2018 8:08 pm

      @ Deplorable Martian Overlord:
      This sheriff should probably be in the slam.


    112. Aussie Infidel
      114 | May 16, 2018 9:14 pm

      Open a Music Shop in your bedroom. I’m sure Mrs. Coldwarrior will understand!

      HEH!

      🙂

      coldwarrior wrote:

      Before work last night I went over to this old music shop. The guy is retiring and clearing the joint out…much vinyl and guitars and such. If I bring home another guitar, mrs coldwarrior might get upset… well, I made a lowball offer on ALL of the LPs.

      He took it. Oh crap. Ummm, its gonna take me weeks to sort through all of this. Jazz, big band, Sinatra, tons of dimeola.


    113. yenta-fada
    114. yenta-fada
      116 | May 16, 2018 9:24 pm

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RAIN!

      I know you had a GOOD dinner with cake. *smooch*


    115. yenta-fada
      117 | May 16, 2018 9:32 pm

      momcat wrote:

      I just saw and ad on facebook where you can see the royal wedding in theaters. wow, i did not read further to see if it was free or not,

      I think we get the wedding live here starting at 4:00 am. Because it’s Canuckistan. I’m sure U.S. TV will give it a lot of coverage since Meghan is American.

      It is REALLY great to see you here again {{{momcat}}}


    116. yenta-fada
      118 | May 16, 2018 9:38 pm

      @ Aussie Infidel:

      Hi Infidel. 🙂 I trust you are all well & that Clohe (spelling)is talking a mile a minute.


    117. yenta-fada
      119 | May 16, 2018 9:43 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      Maybe you should be checked for concussion? Getting hit with a fridge is NOT okay or normal. Seriously.


    118. momcat
      120 | May 16, 2018 9:56 pm

      since mothers day his birthday and our anniversary , which is Friday are so close together we usually go out at celebrate them all at onc. We just need to find te time to do it,
      h


    119. 121 | May 16, 2018 10:00 pm

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ doriangrey:

      Maybe you should be checked for concussion? Getting hit with a fridge is NOT okay or normal. Seriously.

      Why do people keep telling me I need my head examined?


    120. yenta-fada
      122 | May 16, 2018 10:26 pm

      doriangrey wrote:

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ doriangrey:

      Maybe you should be checked for concussion? Getting hit with a fridge is NOT okay or normal. Seriously.

      Why do people keep telling me I need my head examined?

      No, really. This time is different.


    121. yenta-fada
      123 | May 16, 2018 10:31 pm

      momcat wrote:

      since mothers day his birthday and our anniversary , which is Friday are so close together we usually go out at celebrate them all at onc. We just need to find te time to do it,
      h

      All good things, so it’s not important which day you celebrate. I get it.


    122. yenta-fada
      124 | May 16, 2018 10:33 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ RIX:

      It’s about 3 times what I currently make

      At least YOU get paid in U.S. dollars./ We’re gonna drop like a cement guppy.


    123. Aussie Infidel
      125 | May 17, 2018 12:45 am

      lobo91 wrote:

      I came in third, behind someone who transferred to HR after trying to do my job for 3 months and utterly failing, and someone else who’s spent his entire career in security.

      Never and I do mean NEVER trust ANYONE associated with HR. They are the dregs of humanity and should be immediately transferred to a windowless room!

      🙂


    124. Aussie Infidel
      126 | May 17, 2018 12:48 am

      yenta-fada wrote:

      @ Aussie Infidel:

      Hi Infidel. I trust you are all well & that Clohe (spelling)is talking a mile a minute.

      Very well indeed and yes Chloe appears to be inoculated with a gramophone needle with the amount that she’s talking …. mostly asking questions! Which we all attempt to answer to varying levels of skill!

      HEH

      🙂


    125. rain of lead
      127 | May 17, 2018 7:20 am

      morning y’all


    126. RIX
      128 | May 17, 2018 8:34 am

      https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/ugly-times-in-america-bring-out-vicious-stabs-at-humor/
      @ Chicago Sun Times
      This article takes a few minutes to read, but worth the invested time. The guy nails how guttural political satire has
      become, and how despicable the practioners are. Trust me, you’ll like it.


    127. RIX
      129 | May 17, 2018 9:28 am

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omQaizYGLZw
      Yo, dis guy got s guy. Capeche?


    128. 130 | May 17, 2018 9:38 am

      Ok… The end is officially upon us.

      Pack Of Wiener-Type Dogs Maul Oklahoma Woman To Death

      A pack of seven dogs with legs shorter than an adult hand attacked an Oklahoma woman, inflicting injuries so severe she later died.


    129. 131 | May 17, 2018 9:49 am

      This Maltese Professor May Hold The Key To When The FBI Really Began Surveilling The Trump Campaign:

      http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/15/maltese-professor-may-hold-key-fbi-really-began-surveiling-trump/

      What if Donald Trump is wrong? What if the Russia collusion investigation isn’t a witch hunt? What if it was a set-up—from the get-go?

      That’s one—maybe the most—logical conclusion to reach after gathering the crumbs dropped over the previous two years in light of the Washington Post’s story last week confirming the existence of a “top-secret intelligence source” involved in the 2016 presidential election.

      Somebody is finally starting to get it. There is a reason I keep calling this whole thing a 18 US Code 2384 & 2385 Coup attempt.


    130. 132 | May 17, 2018 9:53 am

      coldwarrior wrote:

      Before work last night I went over to this old music shop. The guy is retiring and clearing the joint out…much vinyl and guitars and such. If I bring home another guitar, mrs coldwarrior might get upset… well, I made a lowball offer on ALL of the LPs.

      He took it. Oh crap. Ummm, its gonna take me weeks to sort through all of this. Jazz, big band, Sinatra, tons of dimeola.

      I do the same thing with percussion. Although I’m going to go back to keyboards soon. Can’t hold the sticks like I used to.


    131. 133 | May 17, 2018 10:15 am

      10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times’ Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign

      http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/17/10-key-takeaways-from-new-york-times-error-ridden-defense-of-fbi-spying-on-trump-campaign/

      The New York Times published an article yesterday confirming the United States’ intelligence apparatus was used to spy on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

      Here are a few quick takeaways.

      Here is the New York Slimes, doing what they always do… Lying their fucking asses off.


    132. 134 | May 17, 2018 10:28 am

      I’ll probably go to hell for saying this, but with regard to the protest in Gaza, I would not have put it past Hamas to shoot women and children in the crowd just to increase the body count.


    133. 135 | May 17, 2018 10:29 am

      @ doriangrey:

      The probably buy into Jonathan Gruber’s belief that the American people are stupid.

      No, American LIBERALS are stupid, including phony conservatives Jennifer Rubin and David Frum.


    134. Guggi
      136 | May 17, 2018 1:25 pm

      I formally apaologize to the US-American People for this stupid decision made by stupid EU-politicians like Tusk und Junckers

      EU to reactivate ‘blocking statute’ against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

      http://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-reactivate-blocking-statute-against-us-sanctions-on-iran-for-european-firms/a-43826992


    135. RIX
      137 | May 17, 2018 1:43 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I’ll probably go to hell for saying this, but with regard to the protest in Gaza, I would not have put it past Hamas to shoot women and children in the crowd just to increase the body count.

      Sure they would. If they didn’t, they just didn’t think of it


    136. Deplorable Martian Overlord
    137. 139 | May 17, 2018 4:44 pm

      Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe

      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/17/report-inspector-general-will-declare-fbi-doj-broke-law-in-clinton-email-probe/


    138. rain of lead
      140 | May 17, 2018 6:13 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      so will anyone be arrested over this?

      Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
      *gasp*
      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
      *stop*stop*
      *yer gonna make me pee*

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


    139. Aussie Infidel
      141 | May 17, 2018 6:45 pm

      The latest report from the crater edge in Hawaii:-

      Lead Items:
      – I now have 34 people on my “update” list. Am thinking of asking ABC,NBC,CBS, FOX, and CNN for royalties.
      – Down side of being popular. Since 08:00 Tuesday morning and throughout the day Halema`uma`u has been billowing dark gray smoke in a spectacular cloud. Many have seen this on National news coverage.
      – For those of you who have been to this area this means that the entire Golf Course parking area and both sides of the only road in and out of our neighborhood have been packed with tourist cars who stop, park, and without looking open their car doors into traffic, and jump out in the road to take pictures. This makes it really hard to get safely in and out of our neighborhood.
      – Gets worse out on HWY 11 heading towards Volcano Village and the Main Park entrance. About the 29 mile marker when I went to get mail today there are also scores of cars illegally stopped on both sides of the two lane highway doing the same open door/get killed drill. Thankfully Halema`uma`u’s show is beginning to quiet down as the ash cloud diminishes so maybe some of our new visitors will go elsewhere?
      – The National Park who “own” HWY 11 from the 27 to 41 mile markers have put out a traffic warning sign telling folks not to stop between Mile 27 and the next ten miles. Hopefully this will keep folks frommaking bad traffic choices. Our only access road is at the 30 mile marker so our neighborhood traffic will still be entering and exiting HWY 11 at that point.
      – As my former CSM used to say to me “Quit bitching Boss and pick up the pace,” I’ll stop complaining and move on to the May 16 update.

      Challenges.
      – Despite “the Sky is falling” nature of many National News stories, remember on an Island of over 40,000 square miles…the Puna lava events cover an area of barely ten square miles down on the beach on the south east end of the Island. Halema`uma`u is essentially a “point” target inside the National Park and is 35 miles away from the Puna lava flows. All Hawaii Island airports are open, the Kona side, Hilo, Hamakua Coast, Waimea, Kohala, Waikaloa,; all the vast majority of the island is normal and open for business.

      Update.
      – The rock fall ash cloud was pretty from our house but not an issue for us. The strong NE trade winds kept blowing the ash cloud SW away from us. Not a good thing for lower Ka`u District however. The south coast towns of Pahala, Naalehu, and Ocean View will probably get hit with lots of air pollution. This includes the popular beaches such as Punaluu Black Sand Beach and Honuapu (Whittington beach).
      – Civil Defense has put out a warning that if you can possibly avoid it, do not drive on HWY 11 between Volcano Village and south Ka`u (Pahala, Naalehu, etc.) because of the ash cloud issue. The Aviation Color Code is now RED. Flight restrictions in the area south of the Big Island are in effect. The ash plumb exceeded 12,000 feet at it’s peak.
      – Fissure number 20 opened up last night in Puna. The possible danger at this point is the expanding lava flow is moving toward the intersection of HWY 132 and HWY 137 near Kapoho. Should either of these roads be blocked access to all of lower Puna district would be cut off. Fissure 6, near Leilani Ave is also active again. The fissure line is approximately 1.5 miles long.
      – HWY 130, the direct road north into Pahoa which has been blocked has cracks in the road which are still emitting steam. CD has placed steel plates over these portions so limited travel is possible.
      – Other options are to re-open the Chain of Craters road west into the National Park which is currently blocked by the 2014 lava eruption. Not sure how this would help much since this option just gets you into Volcano National Park which is itself closed due to activity at Halema`uma`u Crater.
      – Another plan is to re-open Railroad Avenue north towards Hilo. Part of Railroad Ave is on private land so the access issue would have to be resolved.
      – Toxic Gases remain a major issue in both the Puna lava area and down wind of Halema`uma`u. The short answer is NONE of the Amazon, Target, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. dust masks or high tech expensive filter masks do any good. These do not filter out Sulfur Dioxide. The best answer for anyone with breathing issues in an affected area is LEAVE. Do not trust your breathing to a painter’s mask, car spray mask, or “wet handkerchief”!

      Good News.
      – Other than XXXXX’s bitching about crowds for tourists “in the ‘hood”…the XXXXX’s are doing fine. Just hope we don’t get another rock fall on Wednesday as the trade winds are supposed to go away for a day or two. If we get light and variable winds here in Volcano, life will get “interesting”.
      – Two Red Cross operated shelters in Pahoa and Keaau are doing a great job of caring for many of the 2,000 plus evacuees. Many local families and friends are also providing temporary housing for the displaced. Again, this eruption is not over yet.

      – My Best News Yet closing line remains….no lives lost!

      BOTTOM LINE: The 07:58 rock fall and earthquake in my May 15 A update registered 3.5 There is something to be said about becoming so used to earthquakes that you don’t even notice the less than 3.something ones anymore. Not sure that’s a good trait to have.


    140. Aussie Infidel
      143 | May 17, 2018 6:52 pm

      The Barbarian wrote:

      I’ll probably go to hell for saying this, but with regard to the protest in Gaza, I would not have put it past Hamas to shoot women and children in the crowd just to increase the body count.

      The Gazan baby girl who died story has now revealed the truth.

      Her family are members of Hamas and the grandfather was killed by the IDF years ago when he was involved in bombings

      They baby’s family willingly took the baby to the war zone knowing that she was gravely ill with breathing difficulties

      The family deliberately exposed their own child to tear gas knowing the effect it would have on a baby

      The baby girl returned home with her parents and died in their home well away from the action

      This family of activist terrorists deliberately sacrificed their own child for the sale of the propaganda effect it would have

      These are degenerate murderers who sacrificed their own child to their wicked islamist god Moloch will burn for their perfidy


    141. Aussie Infidel
      144 | May 17, 2018 7:20 pm

      The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Marine Aboard Battle Group is transmitting Suez as we speak to link up with the reinforced USS Truman Carrier Battle Group in the Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria.

      ’nuff said !

      🙂


    142. Aussie Infidel
      145 | May 17, 2018 7:22 pm

      Just in from the folks in Hawaii:-

      07:25 Hawaii Time:

      Chill out folks!!! Contrary to the worst case scenario/photos/videos on various news/social media outlets, we are not in the middle of the Book of Revelations this morning on Hawaii Island.

      There are some challenges so remember I’m not an expert but here’s the best “boots on the ground” ground truth as we see it right now:

      Fact:
      1) There were a couple of eruptive events early this morning in Kilauea crater between 04:00 and 06:30 (that’s a.m. for you non Military folks). They generated an ash cloud which caused the FAA to raise the warning level ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF Ka`u District and Hawaii Island to 30,000 feet.
      That said, both Kona and Hilo airports are open.
      2) Remember of the 40,000 square miles of Hawaii Island both the Puna lava flows (about ten square mile area) and the Kilauea/Halema`uma`u events (a small ‘point target’ area inside the National Park) are are on the south/south-east end of Hawaii Island.
      3) There has been a very light dusting of ash in our neighborhood. Due to light and variable winds this ash cloud sort of sat there and slowly spread out mostly south east toward Puna.
      4) Our trade winds have started to build back and are expected to be strong by later today. They have already begun to bring us traditional Trade wind showers (it’s raining at my house as I type) which will help clear the air and roadways.

      BOTTOM LINE:
      1) The ash dust in our area is about the same we get once or twice a year when there are light and variable winds and Halema`uma`u is doing her normal “thing”.
      2) Folks with respiratory issues should be and normally are staying inside and/or wearing masks. It’s a hassle but again, somewhat normal with Vog generated by the Pu`u Oo vent and Kilauea over the years. It’s usually just a day or two with loss of trade winds so the last two weeks has been more continuous.
      3) I’m heading into Hilo in a hour or so to run errands and meet a commitment I made earlier. Other than driving carefully and looking out for tourists from Asia who drive on the “wrong” side of the road (I’m watching out for you, Peter!)…I don’t expect any big issues.

      GOOD NEWS: The State of Hawaii and approximately 39,990 square miles of Hawaii Island are fine. Other than normal Vog events across the State, we are open for business.


    143. 147 | May 17, 2018 7:45 pm

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gkrheaWuShU

      Tom Lehrer


    144. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      148 | May 17, 2018 9:26 pm

      Well, looks like Tester has just decided to flat out have lies in his newest ads. For some reason he was able to find over a dozen Vets willing to back up his lies. Big Pinocchio moment was when they said he was fighting to get local care for veterans. He has in fact opposed all attempts to allow local private care for veterans. He has no interest in allowing us to leave the VA.


    145. Aussie Infidel
      149 | May 17, 2018 11:45 pm

      @ Deplorable Martian Overlord:
      How does it feel to be used as a hostage by these cretins
      ? There is an especially bad place reserved for folks like these arse-wipes !

      🙂


    146. Deplorable Martian Overlord
      150 | May 18, 2018 12:17 am

      Aussie Infidel wrote:

      @ Deplorable Martian Overlord:
      How does it feel to be used as a hostage by these cretins
      ? There is an especially bad place reserved for folks like these arse-wipes !

      I’m getting used to it. The hard part is that people like Tester have positioned themselves as the hero of the Veteran, and I can’t get people to believe he is actively working against veteran interests. Even my chiropractors office aid and several people at the VA are shocked when I say that. Then he has all these ads with dozens of vets, and people tell me that he can’t be bad if that many vets support him. It’s sick.


    147. coldwarrior
      151 | May 18, 2018 4:39 am

      Grrrr….drug addled patient wrecked my shoulder. I’m in a sling.


    148. 152 | May 18, 2018 6:53 am

      Aussie Infidel wrote:

      The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Marine Aboard Battle Group is transmitting Suez as we speak to link up with the reinforced USS Truman Carrier Battle Group in the Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria.

      ’nuff said !

      I would also hope the USS Ronald Reagan CBG can get in on the upcoming action!


    149. rain of lead
      153 | May 18, 2018 7:14 am

      @ coldwarrior:

      sling low, sweet chariot, gonna be to carry my arm…


    150. 154 | May 18, 2018 7:51 am

      I interviewed on Wed for another TL position. Found out yesterday I didn’t get it, but I also applied for the latest TL slot on the new project. Maybe…


    151. 155 | May 18, 2018 8:25 am

      Aussie Infidel wrote:

      The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Marine Aboard Battle Group is transmitting Suez as we speak to link up with the reinforced USS Truman Carrier Battle Group in the Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria.

      ’nuff said !

      Good god, who wrote this? In the US we do not have “Amphibious Marine Aboard Battle Group” Or “Carrier Battle Groups”…

      What we have are, Amphibious Ready Groups, OR Marine Expeditionary Units and Carrier Strike Groups. Moreover, US Naval Vessels do not “transmitting Suez”, they “Transit the Suez”. One last thing, USS Truman Carrier Strike Group would be in the Mediterranean, not the “Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria”, as the Truman likely will not get within 100 miles of Syria.

      If the Truman is headed there to conduct strikes, they would not get close enough to be targeted by land based weapons systems, if you want to take a shot at the Truman, you’re going to have to earn it. The Truman on the other hand has about a 7000 mile radius arm-span. She can sit anywhere in the Med and pound Syria to rubble without ever exposing herself to any weapons systems that might be in Syria.


    152. coldwarrior
      156 | May 18, 2018 8:27 am

      rain of lead wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      sling low, sweet chariot, gonna be to carry my arm…

      Lol

      Gin sling for me!


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