Saturday, April 21, 2012

The level of disgusting involved in this is, well,

Well, you say, why are those Jewish kids going to a Jewish school? Why don't they go to the regular French school like normal French kids? Because, as the education ministry's admirably straightforward 2004 Obin Report explained, "En France les enfants juifs — et ils sont les seuls dans ce cas — ne peuvent plus de nos jours être scolarisés dans n'importe quel établissement": "In France, Jewish children, uniquely, cannot nowadays be provided with an education at any institution." At some schools, they're separated from the rest of the class. At others, only the principal is informed of their Jewishness, and he assures parents he will be discreet and vigilant. But, as the report's authors note, "le patronyme des élèves ne le permet pas toujours": "The pupil's surname does not always allow" for such "discretion."
Read the rest of it. And remember why President Sarkozy says the common citizens shouldn't be allowed to own guns for self-defense: ... I understand the fear that your wife and daughter may have but the answer is in the efficiency of the police and the efficiency of the judiciary process, the answer is not in having guns at home. Well, Mr. President, the 'efficiency' of your institutions isn't very damned efficient, is it? But I guess you consider raped/dead/terrorized people just the price your 'republican values' has to pay for the commoners to be disarmed as you prefer.

So, if I doubt AGW is going to destroy the world

I have a mental condition and should look forward to arson; and the people saying so also think democracy should be trashed in order to save us all...
No thank you.

And arsonists should know that setting my house on fire would be a hazardous activity.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Well, we know what Leon Panetta's word is worth,

as he's using that oath to uphold and protect the Constitution to wipe his ass with, probably on one of those weekend trips home he feels so bad about.
Panetta said Obama would act pursuant to the War Powers Act if opting for military intervention, but would not promise to secure Congressional approval before taking such action.

“The Constitution indicates that the Commander-in-Chief should act when the American people are in jeopardy,” he said.

Forbes pressed Panetta further, wondering why the administration would give assurances that they would secure the approval of the global community before taking action, but would not do so for Congressional approval.

The administration “would take steps” to seek approval from Congress, Panetta said, if the decision was made that military action was warranted.

“As long as I am secretary, we won’t take any action without the proper authority,” he said.
Except they can call it 'kinetic military action' and say Obama doesn't have to talk to Congress about that. Just like Libya.

Wonderful, isn't it? Some troops do something distasteful and he has fits and wants heads, but when it comes to betraying his oath, THAT'S not a big deal.

Angela Corey's not looking real good, and it's due

to her own words and actions. To borrow a bit,
After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”

Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie."

JOM has more on the bail hearing, and the prosecution does not look- well, they look fairly awful, in fact.

Well, Dr. Phil, you can kiss the ass of any troop

willing to let your sorry face close to it.
Dr. Phil, arguably one of the most popular talk show hosts on the planet, decided to feature this issue on his show this week. And while he could have taken a reasonable approach, he went straight for the gut instead. Titling the show “From Heroes To Monsters”, he painted a picture of vets with PTSD as ticking time bombs of violence, describing them as damaged goods who “destroy families” and “dismantle marriages”.
You'll note his star 'witness' doesn't give a full name, so they can't find out if his stories are true, or even approaching truth. And considering the number of fake 'combat vets' who've come out of the woodwork the last years, I'm not willing to consider it true without some background confirming it.

Good news for the nation,

bad news for idiots with badges:



If spiders bother you, do NOT

go to the link Uncle has.

'Food deserts' my ass

Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.

Within a couple of miles of almost any urban neighborhood, “you can get basically any type of food,” said Roland Sturm of the RAND Corporation, lead author of one of the studies. “Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert,” he said.

I'm sure the Baghdad Bob of the TSA will tell us

this doesn't count for anything and a study showed it didn't actually happen, or something.
He and his 85-year-old travel companion have two replaced knees, a replaced hip and a pair of wheelchairs between them. What they didn't anticipate was being subjected to full-on "humiliating" TSA private-room pat-downs. "Do I look like a terrorist?" he asked.Link

Worst of all, the TSA agent made Petti empty his pockets, including a money-clipped $300, which had disappeared from the screening area by the time he was released. Petti has filed police reports and TSA paperwork but hasn't gotten any satisfactory answers -- or his money.
Just effing wonderful; I wonder how Pistole will excuse this as 'unfortunate' or something?

As I recall, it was one of the fusion centers

that announced that people with Gadsden flags, and 2nd Amendment and Constitution stickers should be considered terrorist suspects, which doesn't help me think of them as useful; still when the EffingBI does something like this you wonder why?
The FBI has responded to our exclusive reporting this morning that they had cut off intelligence sharing of Terrorist Screening Center watch encounter reports to fusion centers nationwide. According to several fusion center officials interviewed today, the FBI is now saying that they will resume sending TSC watch encounter reports beginning next Monday. However, these reports will no longer contain Personal Information Intelligence (PII) related to the subject on the terror watch list.

As one official said, “This is like promising us free bags of M&Ms, but without the M&Ms. There is practically nothing we can do with these reports without PII, which seems to be the FBI’s intent. They want to keep up the appearance of intel sharing without actually sharing intel.”

Looks like Obama's "No pipeline" isn't going over too well:
The latest action happened Wednesday, when the House passed a measure to move the pipeline forward. Before the vote, Obama issued a veto threat. The House approved the pipeline anyway -- by a veto-proof majority, 293 to 127. Sixty-nine Democrats abandoned the president to vote with Republicans. That's a lot of defections.
End of the piece says ... Barack Obama has mostly hurt himself by trying to stop it. Thing is, he seems to be a True Believer willing to take that harm if it'll help push us into a hole.

ABC: "We have discovered evidence of just how full of crap we are; please look at this and forget what we did before." No, no evidence at ALL Zimmerman was injured...

What you're paying college costs for your kids to be 'taught'. Or paying off student loans for the next decade or more for the privilege of having been 'taught'.

McMillan says Bank of America cut them off as a customer because "You're making guns." If so, then anybody who owns a gun ought to cut off BoA as a customer; since I'm sure they don't want to dirty their hands with money from nasty gun owners they shouldn't mind.

There was a lot of moaning about Mike Wallace' death a few days ago; didn't much care. I remembered this, and it took care of any impulse to mourn the bastard.

On idiot journalists:
I will point out that the keyboard on which she's exercising her First Amendment rights, which is practically identical to the one used to write The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf, is legal in all fifty states and she didn't have to show any license (or proof of the ability to think clearly) before setting down at it and letting fly in public.

It should be noted that the Secret Service interviewed Nugent last night and concluded- gasp!- that he didn't plan to kill the President & Co. No word as to whether they'll talk to Calypso Louie about actually talking about killing people. Or the New Black Panthers for calling for kidnapping and murder. Or...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Well, #17 may be scary

but #21 could be either good or bad....

At some point I'd reach for the shotgun


Found at Robb's place

So is Obama lying? or, as Ace put it, "Where did Bill Ayers

eat dog?"

On the other hand, he just obtained this; so who knows?

Ah, the EUnuch approach: if it's a problem for our view,

it didn't happen.
They have been arguing, for example, over diverging interpretations of events such as World War II — which EU enthusiasts risibly call the ‘European Civil War’.

Farcically, it’s been decided to omit any exhibit on which agreement cannot be reached.

And because of their differing views about World War II, the museum will begin with an EU ‘year zero’ of 1946.

You'd think Feinstein knows we can call her on her lies

Or maybe she just doesn't care.
"Imagine that a man who has been convicted of a domestic violence crime against a woman he had been dating seeks — and obtains — a permit to carry a concealed firearm from his state of residence," she wrote.
Uh, Liar Feinstein, if he's convicted of domestic violence he can go to jail just for picking up a gun and looking at it; which I'm sure you know. But the lie just serves you so well, doesn't it?

And remember: this comes from a clown who has a carry permit in a area where a common citizen has about zero chance of being able to get one, and yet she still says they shouldn't be allowed...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Well, of COURSE Officer Griffin is still on duty; all he did

was go to the wrong address and shoot a dog that barked at him.

“We are not going to second-guess our officer,” Sgt. David Daniels told KSEE-TV. Oh, Deity no, can't do that! After all, he followed procedure, and that excuses anything, right? They're lucky he didn't make it a double and shoot the owner; then they might've had to second-guess the officer.

By the way, there's liable to be a market in "Screw the module" work in the future. And, somehow, it doesn't surprise me Reid and Boxer are pushing this.

Remember that article on the FBI lab screwups and falsehoods

linked to the other day? It gets better and better:
If the Justice Department was secretive, the agency’s independent inspector general was not. Michael R. Bromwich’s probe culminated in a devastating 517-page report in April 1997on misconduct at the FBI lab.

His findings stopped short of accusing agents of perjury or of fabricating results, but he concluded that FBI managers failed — in some cases for years — to respond to warnings about the scientific integrity and competence of agents.

The chief of the lab’s explosives unit, for example, “repeatedly reached conclusions that incriminated the defendants without a scientific basis” in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Bromwich wrote. The head of toxicology lacked judgment and credibility and overstated results in the 1994 Simpson investigation. After the 1993 World Trade Center attack, the key FBI witness “worked backward,” tailoring his testimony to reach the result he wanted. Other agents “spruced up” notes for trial, altered reports without the author’s permission or failed to document or confirm their findings
'Disgusting' barely begins to cover this.

Van Jones, racist bastard and general communist dirtbag.

House acts to protect hunting, and to tell the friggin' EPA(again) "You don't have the authority to ban lead in ammo, don't try it."

I'll believe the IRS takes this 'seriously' when they find who did it and can him; unless they do, it's just more 'Say the right words to make people shut up' coverup.

Hey, Kennedy, Obama is already working on that, you moron

As gas prices continue to soar around the country, Joe Kennedy III, the Democratic candidate for Rep. Barney Frank’s seat, wrote an online letter to supporters calling for an end to “cheap oil.”

“Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama — they’ve all talked about the same thing: the need to wean ourselves off our debilitating dependence on foreign oil,” Kennedy wrote.

“The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop,” he continued. “Forty years is enough.”
Of course, HE'S a KENNEDY, which he(and a bunch of other idiots) consider a magic talisman leading to election; if I recall, he's also another rich Democrat(who inherited his riches) who whines that 'the rich aren't paying their fair share'; I'm guessing $4-5 gas doesn't bother him in the least.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The only proper answer would be "None of your damned business"

According to Phillip Levine of the Houston Free Thinkers blog, shortly after Lee gave her press conference the operation went straight into effect, with DHS and Metro Police officers questioning passengers who were exiting buses about their destinations and their reasons for riding the bus.

“When I arrived at Wheeler I got off the stage and instantly noticed the massive police presence. The police presence consisted of DHS, metro police, HPD, TSA, and Harris county police officers. They were going on to buses searching and stopping people for questions. Apparently Sheila Jackson Lee was there pushing for more security like what I was viewing. I asked the TSA agent if there was gonna be a bigger presence of metro or TSA. He said both,” Levine said in an email.
Really? You're on a bus and that somehow gives them permission to search you and your bags? This crap needs to be stepped on, badly.

You'll notice the National Socialist Democrat pushing this garbage; apparently NO level of screwing with our lives will ever be good enough for her.

Looking back: Dogmatyx

Couple of years back I mentioned when sons' dog died. Told someone about him at the Schutenfest and there was a request for a picture. Turns out have very few of him, here's about the best
Half Irish Wolfhound, half beagle. And one of the smartest dogs I've been around. He's missed.

I don't think I'll be buying anything from Taurus

I'd heard of QC problems, but it seems they've also got very bad customer service problems.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
From the last, on a .40-caliber pistol:
So, I finally sent it in and waited well over a month for its

Upon receipt, I returned to the range and found little, if any
change. They also thoughtfully included a test target with my
returned PT109AF. The only problem was the holes were from a .22
caliber handgun, and the target was noted as such.

The latest justification/excuse from Newell & Voth:

The prosecutors made us do it.

I wonder how the prosecutors like being the fall guys?

My response to President Sarkozy:

Screw you, you statist bastard.
I would like to say one thing, in what is my conception of the Republic, security is the responsibility of the State, I am against militias, I am against the private ownership of firearms, and I’m trying to make you think about that. If you are assaulted by an armed burglar, he’ll use his weapon more effectively than you anyway so you’re risking your life. If the criminal is not armed and you are and you shoot, your life will be ruined, because killing someone over a theft is not in line with the republican values that are mine. The private ownership of firearms is dangerous. I understand your exasperation for having been burglarized two times, I understand the fear that your wife and daughter may have but the answer is in the efficiency of the police and the efficiency of the judiciary process, the answer is not in having guns at home.
So, according to the leader of France,
Better for you to be robbed/beaten/raped/murdered than have a gun, because you being armed infringes on 'the responsibility of the State'.

If you are assaulted by an armed burglar, he’ll use his weapon more effectively than you anyway so you’re risking your life. Hey, Mr. President, has it occurred to you that your life is ALREADY AT RISK with the bad guy attacking you? Hmmm?

Better for the police and courts to demonstrate their efficiency in (hopefully)punishing your attacker than you(you filthy peasant) actually use arms to protect yourself.
And you'll notice that that efficiency will be demonstrated AFTER you've been robbed/raped/beaten/murdered. Which doesn't do you a whole hell of a lot of good, does it?

It do put on a show

Big solar flare

The Washington Post: If we can't ignore it,

we'll try to bury it.
Washington Post columnist Patrick Pexton made a rather startling admission in the paper’s Sunday edition: The Post never meant for their recent story about how President Obama’s health care law expands the budget deficit to become a viral Internet sensation. In fact, they deliberately tried to bury the story.
Putting the story (inside the paper) on A3 was the right judgment for a print publication. (Story author Lori) Montgomery urged her editors, correctly, not to put it on the front page: it wasn’t worth that.
Translation: "It looks bad for Obama and Obamacare, so we didn't REALLY want people to see it."

I wonder how ABC will reconcile this with their "No injury to Zimmerman!" video? If they even take notice of it, that is.

"We REALLY don't want people to vote on Obama's record!" Well, if I supported the National Socialist Democrats, I wouldn't either.

So Australia has the kind of gun laws the VPC and Brady groups would like to see here, but they still can't keep the bad guys from getting guns... kind of like those islands of (fG)Britain, isn't it?

Putting this all together, we find that the monetary benefit of guns (by way of DGUs) is roughly 1.02 trillion dollars per year. Trillion. With a ‘T’.

A fine example of why I became so disgusted with major media: they throw out crap like this, and insist people trust it to be true.

Oh, bleep, she's right... and I want one too.

'Trust the FBI', 'Trust the prosecutors' my ass

Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people nationwide, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.
Read it. Breakables warning in effect, and some of the breakables should include a bunch of EffingBI people and a bunch of prosecutors.

Oh, the EffingBI says they met their 'legal and constitutional obligations', which apparently included telling ONLY prosecutors and keeping the study secret. Reminds me disturbingly of "We may have kicked in the wrong door and shot your dogs and torn up your home and terrified your kids, but we followed procedures so screw you."

As to the prosecutors who were informed and didn't bother(or didn't want) to notify people, or 'claim they disclosed findings at some point to other lawyers but failed to document doing so'... at the very least they ought to be disbarred; I don't give a rats furry ass if telling someone causes you a problem, it's the only right thing you can do. And do you really believe a prosecutor would notify a lawyer of such and not document it? Really?

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help. And screw peoples' lives over. And try to keep anyone from finding out about it later."

Monday, April 16, 2012

I think (very)Special Prosecutor Angela Corey really,

REALLY screwed the pooch; not having listened to her speech, I hadn't heard this before:
I was stunned listening to Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey Wednesday evening, speaking of praying with Trayon Martin’s parents and of her desire of “justice for Trayon,”...
That's got to be one of the more idiotic things I've ever heard come from a prosecutor; could she have said anything that more indicated she's choosing sides? Which is supposed to be a big 'no-no' for a prosecutor.

Yeah, I'll bet Panetta really regrets it

Panetta said he’d try to find some savings, with each round trip costing approximately $32,000.
Ok, park your overpaid, overprivileged ass in a cargo plane that happens to be going in the right direction; there should be space for your comm gear and ass-kissersassistants.

So it's now the People's Republic of Michigan; things are going to hell even faster than realized. Assuming the information is true, there's a bunch of people who need to have their badges taken away, and if they did lie to get the warrants they should be prosecuted for it.

Well, Rep. Issa, I damn well hope so; because if they walk then everyone involved in letting them should be canned.
Preferably in something airtight.

Well, well, that absolutely lousy affidavit somehow overlooked something else:
George Zimmerman tried to follow Trayvon Martin, which was entirely legal (those who would argue otherwise need to bone up on Florida’s stalking law). After the dispatcher seems to grasp Zimmerman is most likely attempting to run after Martin, he says ““Okay, we don’t need you to do that.”

Zimmermans’ response? He says “Okay,” and seemingly terminates the pursuit. He speaks to the dispatcher from his current stopped location for another 93 seconds.

A minute or so after that, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher, “Oh crap, I don’t want to give that all out. I don’t know where this kid is.”

Zimmerman’s own 911 call strongly suggests that he was not following Trayvon Martin
I'd imagine, if a judge doesn't crap on the case over the affidavit, the defense is going to have fun with this.
I wonder, if it can be shown the prosecutor knew about this and ignored it, would that count toward prosecutorial misconduct?

Dammit, I forgot about Buy A Gun Day; of course, not in a position right now to buy something anyway.

Yet one more reason to consider the IRS and a bunch of Congress the enemy

Efforts to pass a bill that would allow the IRS to deny travel rights to U.S. citizens who the feds merely claim owe $50,000 or more in delinquent taxes represents a de facto move to revoke the citizenship of Americans without due process and in complete violation of the Constitution.

Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a recently passed Senate bill, the suitably Orwellian entitled ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’, includes a provision that allows the federal government to revoke passports of Americans accused of owing back taxes
And it would NEVER be abused, oh no...
A: Any politician who votes for this should be taken out of office. Preferably immediately, after suitable application of petroleum and avian products.
B: Any government agent who wants this power should be fired immediately. And barred from ever again working for a .gov agency.
C: ARE there enough lampposts in DC?

What Brent Staples doesn’t seem to understand

is that it isn’t white racism that is stalking young black men. It’s black dysfunction. It’s 15-year old girls having babies without ever having husbands. It’s men who are fathers, but only biologically. In the entire recorded history of our planet, there has never been a greater voluntary abandonment of children than there is now by black men in America. More than 70 percent of black kids grow up without fathers in the house.

It’s a short but all to predicable leap from fatherlessness to hoodies and baggie pants and menacing demeanors and worse. That’s what Brent Staples ought to be worried about.
But if he was, he wouldn't be the RWPP jackass he is, and he'd be out of a job at the NYEffingTimes.

So next time the warmenists call some scientist 'bought-off by big oil',

point them to this.

Why we're winning

Two things observed at the range this morning:
Guy bringing his friend in to shoot for the first time(both in their 20's); he brought every firearm he owned, a pile of ammo and a stack of targets, and as of the time they left they were still working on it, with the new shooter taking pics of every target.

Guy bringing his little girl along for the first time, she so excited she was bouncing. Along with comments like "I want my OWN gun!"

Whereas the gun bigots have lies, ignorance(or more lies), and anger.

So the corrupt Democrat John Corzine seems to have walked

after stealing more than a billion dollars from people who trusted him; anyone think the IRS will actually do anything? Or are they too busy screwing with tea party groups to be bothered with another crooked politician?

And the effing morons going after this ship captain ought to be keelhauled. Which really ought to delight them as they'll get a real closeup of the sea life on the bottom of the boat.

Some thoughts from Hanson on RWPP bastards and their enablers:
Many of the publicly reported “facts” of the yet to be tried Martin case really were in error and in error by design. Indeed, George Zimmerman was not white; he really did have head injuries; he did not employ a racial epithet on tape; he did not voluntarily profile on tape Martin as a “black”; there was indeed an altercation; Mr. Martin was not a preteen, tiny, and a model student; Zimmerman did not outweigh Martin by 100 pounds.

But such constructs were all necessary for the narrative of a white Germanic-sounding vigilante, who, after uttering racial slurs, executed a little African-American boy, then lied about a fight and injuries, and got off due to a racist police department and by extension a racist America. We don’t know what happened (murder, manslaughter, self-defense?), only that the above narrative did not happen.
One day, Rev. Wright, the president’s former pastor, is once again railing against Jews and whites; while on the next, Louis Farrakhan tours the country warning of the dangers of racial intermarriage and declaring Jesus a black man. No one rebukes such overt hatred. Revs. Jackson and Sharpton, as is their wont, flew to the center of the Martin case controversy, to be photographed and to “organize.” Al Sharpton is now rebooted from the days of his involvement in the Crown Heights and Freddy’s Fashion Mart cases. No one wishes to remember his derogatory comments about homosexuals, Jews, and Mormons, much less the Tawana Brawley matter in which he lost a defamation case after falsely accusing a state prosecutor of being one of the assailants. He has a nightly MSNBC show where he reports on his earlier daytime heroics; in some sense, he has eclipsed Jesse Jackson as the black community’s premier civil rights leader. I say that without irony but based on the official praise from the country’s leading officials.

Attorney General Eric Holder lauded the defamer of state prosecutors “for your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill,” and said of the ongoing Trayvon Martin case: “I know that many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.” Holder’s “lost to the ages” quote bookends the president’s comment that Martin resembled the son he might have had. Whether those editorials will influence the jury pool in Florida no one knows, but I cannot remember a president and attorney general editorializing about a local criminal case before it has even gone to trial. If before the O.J. trial Bill Clinton had said that Nicole Simpson looked like the daughter he might have had, or had Janet Reno said Nicole was lost to the ages, well, fill in the blanks.

Speaking of RWPP bastards, here's a list of some of them. Including Sharpton, Jackson, Dees and Wright.

The Oceans: via XKCD

No, Romney's not a particular ally of gun owners; Obama is flat-out the enemy. This also covers the "Hey, Obama hasn't attacked gun rights!" crap.

If a gang of white American thugs attacked African-Americans, and defended their action on the ground that they were protesting Robert Mugabe’s seizure of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, the world would laugh at their foolishness even as it condemned their bigotry. This isn’t quite how it works when goons around the world attack Jews and Jewish buildings and defend themselves by saying that they are angered by things the Israeli government has done. Efforts are made to ‘understand’ the perpetrators even as their actions are condemned. Somehow these events are seen as justifying, even requiring tough diplomatic measures against Israel — rather than demanding aggressive programs of civic education aimed at confronting the psychology of hate.
Those canaries better have gas masks, and plans to get the hell out, because I doubt the EUnuchs will do anything about this until far too late. After all, it's only those nasty JOOOOOOS getting hurt.

Man, that's one hell of a test drive.

And now I must go out and trim the grass again. Or it'll get tall enough to look like shortgrass prarie

so the penguins aren't disappearing after all?

The first census of penguins at the South Pole has found nearly 600,000 – twice the number previously thought to be there.

Using state-of-the-art satellite imagery, scientists found 44 colonies of emperor penguins.

Seven colonies were previously unknown, and many of the known ones were bigger than expected.
Kind of like how the polar bears up north aren't disappearing either, isn't it?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tornadoes are sneaky bastards

Authorities said a signal tower for Woodward's tornado sirens was struck by lightning and hit by a tornado early Sunday morning. Police Chief Harvey Rutherford said the tower that was supposed to send a repeating signal to the town's tornado siren system was knocked out.
The other night I mentioned the 1947 twister that hit Woodward; the museum in Norman used to have a display of it and one item really stuck in my mind: it's a brake drum from a car or pickup with a big splinter of oak flooring punched through it. Yes, actually through the metal.

Britain's Greatest Foe:


George Washington (1732-99) – 45 per cent of the vote in the final round

Guided the American rebels to victory over the British in the War of Independence. Often outmanoeuvred by British generals with larger armies, his leadership enabled him to hold together an army of secessionists from 13 different states and keep it in the field – and ultimately prevail – during the protracted struggle.

Stephen Brumwell, author and specialist on eighteenth century North America, said: "Washington scores highly as an enemy of Britain on three key grounds: the immense scale of damage he inflicts upon Britain's Army and Empire – the most jarring defeat that either endured; his ability to not only provide inspirational battlefield leadership but to work with civilians who were crucial to sustain the war-effort; and the kind of man he was. As British officers conceded, he was a worthy opponent."

Right now it's thundering a bit and raining, but

it's just a normal spring thunderstorm; All the severe happened yesterday evening/last night and up northwest.

At two different times the cell doing most of the nasty in OK in the evening produced paired funnels, along with a lot of singles and hail and nasty winds; yet they somehow managed to stay out of cities and towns for the most part, until that bleeping thing dropped on Woodward at midnight.

Five dead and a bunch of injured, some critical, last I heard, and that's light compared to what it could have been. What it was in 1947. I'm guessing all the warning from the stuff earlier: all three big news stations in OKC had choppers and ground chasers following the cells, and when that kind of crap is going on you tend to stay ready to run, either out of the way or into shelter. Fast-moving bastard, from time first reported to hitting Woodward less than a half-hour, and looks like it spun up and strengthened fast shortly before hitting.

Don't know what all this mess has done in other places.

Added: Wichita and Salina in KS, and more in Iowa