Thur. Sept. 20, 2018 – again and again

76F and drippy wet. Puddles sat all day yesterday despite the sun and highs around 100F in my driveway. It did get nice in the shade by evening with a steady breeze. We’ll see about today, NOAA shows us in the heavy rain band.

Our political situation is becoming more tenuous. The rule of law, once a mighty hawser, is now just a frayed thread. Unelected time servers have decided they know better, and refuse lawful orders from superiors, after working to diminish those same superiors. The one thing the Trump candidacy and Presidency that is undeniable, is how it is revealing the true power structure of DC.

Time is getting short.

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added—- Nationwide test of the Emergency Broadcast Network, and the Wireless Emergency Alert this afternoon!!!!

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on September 20, 2018 (primary date) or October 3, 2018 (secondary date). The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in September 2011, 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

Let people know, so they don’t freak out!

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56 Responses to Thur. Sept. 20, 2018 – again and again

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    And Cody Wilson of printed gun fame, is either the victim of a great frame up, or in trouble.

    I’m not clear from the reporting if he KNEW the girl was young, or if he (justifiably) assumed that she’d be of legal age, and I’m not sure if that is a legal defense. Pretty sure it’s not, as people have gotten in trouble for sex with women they met in age restricted environments (ie. BARS) who turned out to be underage. I’d bet though that the girl in question lied at least once on the site, as they’d be idiots not to require a statement that you are a legal adult to use the site.

    Still, the things that make you go “hmmm” include- girl mentioned it to a counselor? Who then recognized the name? I’d have bet that not 1 in 10000 random people could have named Cody Wilson. Most can’t name the Vice President, speaker of the house, or a single Supreme Court Justice. Isn’t a mental health professional supposed to maintain confidentiality? Girl was trolling on a “sugar daddy” site? at 17? And what about the receipts/plates/video??? We still don’t have that much info on the Vegas shooter, but we’ve got all that neatly wrapped up with a bow on Cody?

    If he did do it, was there bad intent? Or did he get suckered? Shouldn’t he have a reasonable belief she was an adult based on the circumstances?

    If he did do it, WTF was he thinking? The whole .gov is up in your grill and you decide a little jailbait prostitution is just the thing for a Friday night??

    Either way, this is a distraction from the real issues raised by the ghost gunner project and Defense Distributed.

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Normally I just excerpt the daily FEMA newsletter but I’m providing the link today because it has some good maps of the flooding in it.

    https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSFEMA/2018/09/20/file_attachments/1075398/FEMA%2BDaily%2BOps%2BBriefing%2B09-20-2018.pdf

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  3. ech says:

    I’m not sure if that is a legal defense

    It’s not.

  4. hcombs says:

    I may in a conservative minority but I believe Professor Brown. I don’t believe that the incident she recounts occured but I believe she remembers what she says she does.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201502/why-we-remember-things-the-way-we-want-remember-them
    I spent a weekend recently with my brother and we compared memories of our teen years. The discrepancies were astounding. And he repeated memories of our group that I KNOW were fabrications but he completely believes them.
    Simply the fact that the accuser has been in any kind of therapy calls memories into question because of recent research into false memories.
    From Psychology Today “These reconstructive processes we use in autobiographical memory aren’t deliberate. You don’t start out intending to remember something that didn’t happen in a way that proves to be self-enhancing” So let me posit that when in therapy, discovering a memory of “attempted rape” would be self enhancing, giving yourself victim status and offering a possible explanation for current issues to the therapist. Many teen girls have been the recipient of unwanted advances or fondling by teen boys. Turning this into an autobiographical memory of attempted rape, especially in therapy, is certainly believable. So yes, I do believe Professor Brown actually remembers what she says she does. The telling thing, to me, is that there are no specifics around the incident. This indicates to me that she is truthful and not making up details she doesn’t recall. If half what my brother “remembers” were true he would have been in prison before his 18th birthday. I know the people involved and I know his memories are more wishful thinking than true recollection.

  5. JLP says:

    The very fact that Donald Trump was elected shows that the people behind the curtain are not as powerful as they thought themselves to be. They are working hard to change that before the next presidential election.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    They weren’t prepared for the level of fraud necessary, and they thought the same old tricks would work. They didn’t understand that T was bypassing the gatekeepers and going directly to the people (as gatekeepers they can’t conceive of it being effective). They also didn’t understand his lack of ‘give a f#ck’ in that they don’t have any handles on him. They seriously underestimated the lack of his caring what other people think, mainly because their whole existence is predicated on what others think of them.

    This is a guy who joked on the air that he’d have sex with Ivanka if she wasn’t his daughter… he really doesn’t care or possibly even understand people’s emotions or social signals. Possibly he’s somewhere on the autism spectrum (assuming such a thing exists, it’s a good construct for the idea.) He knows how to USE and MANIPULATE others’ emotions but I don’t think he ‘gets’ them.

    Lots of things contributed to his election, alt media is important, direct to consumer social media is important, the growing awareness of what is now called the deep state (in mainstream places, and without needing an asterisk!), and the waking of middle America to the idea they are getting screwed- all contributed to a democrat being elected against the wishes of the entire political class, and as a REPUBLICAN.

    Crazy times.

    n

  7. hcombs says:

    Nick: you nailed it.
    Trump has no ideology driving his decisions and he doesn’t rely on political power for his retirement income. He just doesn’t give a shit about the crap that DC spends all it’s time on. I think he’s a “git ‘er done” kind of a guy.

  8. CowboySlim says:

    What we now have is an upside down of our traditional justice.

    Formerly, accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty, guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

    Now, Cankles says the accuser (Ford) shall given reasonable doubt; consequently, all of her type consider him guilty.

  9. hcombs says:

    Considering that hundreds of women who know the accused, including ones he dated in High School, have gone public to stand up for him and that the three person named by the accuser have denied the incident occured, it seems that there is LOTS of reasonable doubt of the accusation.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    And the sleazy last minute nature of the timing, despite having the accusation in hand months ago.

    NO ONE is going to change their mind about voting for him or not. That is the sad thing- the votes were tallied before his name was even proposed. SOME of the people are looking to sell their votes, but there must not have been enough of those to threaten his confirmation. All of this is grandstanding, and serves only the people doing it, not the public, or the “dignity of the office.”

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  11. JimB says:

    While I certainly admire Kavanaugh, if he fails to be confirmed, maybe we will get Amy Barrett. How’s that for practicality?!

  12. Greg Norton says:

    While I certainly admire Kavanaugh, if he fails to be confirmed, maybe we will get Amy Barrett. How’s that for practicality?!

    Murkowski won’t vote for Amy Barrett. That’s how we ended up with Kavanaugh.

    As I’ve stated before, with Murkowski, isn’t as much about judicial philosphy as it is an opportunity to get revenge on conservatives for what Sarah Palin did to her father.

  13. Spook says:

    https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

    ” The National EAS and WEA test has been postponed to the
    backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

    The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the
    President with the communications capability to address the
    nation during a national emergency. ”

  14. brad says:

    Cody Wilson: there’s plenty of fail to go around, but it looks like a set-up.

    On his part: WTF is a good-looking young guy doing, paying a prostitute $500 for a quickie? Stupid, especially given his political situation.

    On the set-up side of things: why would the prostitute rat out a high-paying client? And how does it just happen to be *this* client.

    Anyway, in a reasonable justice system, mens rea would be important. She was registered on a site that only takes adults. It seems likely that he assumed she was 19, just as she claimed. If true, then he did not intend the crime, and should not be prosecuted. She, on the other hand, is guilty of fraud.

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yep, gotta wonder if she’ll be forced to repay the proceeds of her crime?

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    OK, I have a birthday present to buy, and I don’t have time to use amazon, so I’m headed to the mall. It’s astounding in this day and age that I can’t find out if any of the stores that MIGHT carry a brand and model of watch, ACTUALLY DO, and if that model is in stock. Home Depot does it. Lowes does it. The mall doesn’t do it, even with national chains.

    n

  17. lynn says:

    “Hard Disk Drive (HDD) vs Solid State Drive (SSD): What’s the Diff?”
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hdd-versus-ssd-whats-the-diff/

    “If you’re still using a computer with a SATA hard drive, you can see a huge performance increase by switching to an SSD. What’s more, the cost of SSDs has dropped dramatically over the course of the past couple of years, so it’s less expensive than ever to do this sort of upgrade.”

  18. ech says:

    I think he’s a “git ‘er done” kind of a guy.

    Not really. He’s punted on getting anything done with Congress. Don’t expect any legislation of note until after the 2020 elections, and then only if the Republicans hold the Senate and take back the House. (Even Republican pollsters think the House is lost due to the midterm effect.)

  19. lynn says:

    Wizard of ID: “There, Their, and They’re”
    https://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2018/09/20

    Oh my goodness !

  20. lynn says:

    I may in a conservative minority but I believe Professor Brown. I don’t believe that the incident she recounts occured but I believe she remembers what she says she does.

    I do too. It is sad because Dr. Ford has what I call an invented memory. Or, she has taken an actual event and assigned a face to it that she now believes did her harm.

    But I also believe Kavanaugh in that he was not the guy. He is just too clean and respected over his entire career.

    Rush Limbaugh just said that he has heard that another female accuser of Kavanaugh is going to pop up over the weekend.

  21. lynn says:

    Sweet, I am now a trend setter. One of my neighbors put up a Ted Cruz sign yesterday in their yard. I have had my Ted Cruz yard sign about a week now. So we now outnumber the Robert Francis yard signs by 2 to 1 in our hood.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    ACCUSERS can pop up like mushrooms from horsesh!t forever. Actual victims will need to come forward for me to change my mind, and the crimes would have to be current. Not a non-crime, within the bounds of cultural norms for the day, and outside the statute of limitations.

    n

  23. MrAtoz says:

    I read Ford has *demands* to testify:

    A fair hearing
    Guaranteed safety
    Won’t testify on Monday

    WTF, over? Who does this douche think she is? I wonder who is paying her lawyers? Probably all pro bono Feminazis. And *guaranteed safety*? From what?

  24. mediumwave says:

    WTF, over? Who does this douche think she is? I wonder who is paying her lawyers? Probably all pro bono Feminazis. And *guaranteed safety*? From what?

    It has been suggested in comments elsewhere that Ms. Ford’s handlers have realized too late that she is such a flake that exposing her to public view would be an absolute disaster. Yet another reason for delay, delay, delay.

  25. paul says:

    Delay delay delay. How about acting like you’re a US Senator, or even as an adult, and /stop/ acting like an obnoxious Student Council in High School prick-head?

    Would that be too much to ask? To do the job that (for some reason) you get $193,000 a year? About $100,000 too much IMO esp. considering the benefits.

    I read somewhere, I forget where, that Ford filed a similar complaint against Gorsuch. But it wasn’t used because of some kind of rule that he’s replacing a conservative judge. “Keeping the court balanced” or some such noise. But let’s use it now because a conservative judge is taking a liberal judge’s spot!

    Whooo!!! It’s gonna be a blast when Ruth passes or retires and Trump gets to choose another judge. 🙂 I wonder who that would be?

    And then the “wide latina” , er, “wise”. (The typo made me laugh. I’m a bad person.)

    Yes. I think I understand part of the scream-fest. Roe vs Wade. I don’t think that’s going away any more than gay marriage.

  26. lynn says:

    I am tempted by this tshirt ! “I’d Rather Be A Russian Than A Democrat Funny T-shirt”
    https://www.amazon.com/Rather-Russian-Democrat-Funny-T-shirt/dp/B07G7XZYBS?tag=ttgnet-20

  27. lynn says:

    I read Ford has *demands* to testify:

    A fair hearing
    Guaranteed safety
    Won’t testify on Monday

    WTF, over? Who does this douche think she is? I wonder who is paying her lawyers? Probably all pro bono Feminazis. And *guaranteed safety*? From what?

    You missed the fourth requirement. She will only take questions from Senators who swear they believe her story. I heard that on Sean Hannity radio show.

  28. JimL says:

    I’m sorry, but as much as I like to listen to Hannity (in small doses), I fact-check everything he says. It’s to the point that I won’t listen to him anymore.

    I do miss Boortz, though.

  29. paul says:

    Last night’s gruel was good. Yes, making a roux first would have been more gravy like. Duh! But whisking in a couple of tablespoons of flour worked…. I had runny gravy instead of broth. I call it a win.

    The dogs like a bit of excitement in their food. It doesn’t take much, a tablespoon of people food stirred in makes them very happy. They /really/ liked their bit of beef and a couple of tater chunks and juice last night. We are easily amused over here. 🙂

  30. Greg Norton says:

    I do miss Boortz, though.

    Boortz probably misses Boortz.

  31. JimL says:

    So is the Keystone Meats a ground meat, a chunky beef, or what? (Obviously, I don’t have any in storage, or I’d know already). Given Nick’s experiences with rodents, I’m kind of leary.

  32. dkreck says:

    I’m not sure the canned meat is much different than Alpo. (kidding – canned chicken is pretty good)

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    canned chicken is pretty good

    So is Alpo.

  34. CowboySlim says:

    She will only take questions from Senators who swear they believe her story.

    If one already believes her story, what is the point of that one asking her anything?

  35. dkreck says:

    First hand knowledge Ray?

  36. paul says:

    Keystone has ground beef. Works well for tacos. And chunky beef and chicken and turkey. I haven’t tried the pork yet, though I have a few cans on the shelf.

    What I have tried needs salt. But that’s me.

    I like the turkey more than the chicken. Canned chicken just falls apart like tuna. Might as well buy the small cans at the grocery store. The turkey holds together. And I like turkey…. I always hate to see the last of the T’day bird go away. 🙂

    I used the canned beef last night.

    You can buy the stuff on Wal-Mart dot com and have it shipped to store to get free shipping. If you buy enough they’ll ship to your house but their packaging leaves a bit to be desired and FedEx is like a honey badger as far as caring.

    Yeah, just toss it over the gate and call it delivered. Jerks. So, yes, ship to store and just return any dented cans right there.

    It’s in cans, slightly bigger than the 28 oz cans of tomatoes. They do have 14 oz cans but the price per ounce gets high.

  37. lynn says:

    The dogs like a bit of excitement in their food. It doesn’t take much, a tablespoon of people food stirred in makes them very happy. They /really/ liked their bit of beef and a couple of tater chunks and juice last night. We are easily amused over here.

    My dog will now only eat canned chicken, vienna sausages, hormel turkey slices, turkey sausage, or scrambled eggs. Or cat chow unless we catch her.

  38. Ray Thompson says:

    First hand knowledge Ray?

    Sadly, yes. Result of a dare. I ate many types of animal feed while on the farm. Mostly out of curiosity, or stupidity depending on one’s view.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    Sadly, yes. Result of a dare. I ate many types of animal feed while on the farm. Mostly out of curiosity, or stupidity depending on one’s view.

    I remember Dr. Pournelle suggesting a stash of Purina Monkey Chow on several occasions to readers who were worried about Y2k.

    Jerry said that the taste “leaves much to be desired” but the pellets offer a balanced primate diet.

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    the taste “leaves much to be desired”

    The only side effect from the Alpo was this overwhelming desire to piss on a fire hydrant.

  41. lynn says:

    “Watch–Beto O’Rourke to Black American: Illegal Immigrant Labor Needed for Cotton Gin”
    https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/09/19/watch-beto-orourke-to-black-american-illegal-immigrant-labor-needed-for-cotton-gin/

    Wow.

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, I got 98% of what I needed, got it home and had a celebration…

    The mall was empty. The stores were filled with sales people but no customers. JCPenney didn’t even have sales people. Although the perfume areas were well staffed.

    Our mall has a 30.07 sign (no open carry) but isn’t posted with 30.06 (no concealed.) The actual anchor stores aren’t posted at all so as you leave an anchor, there is a sign on a post announcing the 30.07 statute. The stand alone jewelry store is properly posted with both, but ‘ehhh’. Concealed is concealed and they can’t afford to turn customers away….

    No white people at all shopping.

    n

  43. Greg Norton says:

    “Watch–Beto O’Rourke to Black American: Illegal Immigrant Labor Needed for Cotton Gin”

    Stick a fork in Robert Francis.

    Behind closed doors, Adam “Opie” Putnum in Florida would give the same argument but focused on his family’s citrus groves.

    Again, *behind closed doors*. Even Opie wouldn’t be that stupid.

  44. lynn says:

    “BREAKING: FORMER SCALIA LAW CLERK Drops Pictures and Evidence That Blows Christine Ford’s Case Wide Open”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/former-scalia-law-clerk-drops-pictures-and-evidence-that-blows-christine-fords-case-wide-open/

    “Is this a case of mistaken identity? ”

    “The “Maryland suburban home”–the scene of the alleged sexual assault described by Christine Ford to WaPo as being ‘not too far from the Columbia Country Club’ may have belonged to Kavanaugh’s friend named Chris Garrett, says Ed Whelan.”

    You cannot prosecute anyone after 36 years without concrete evidence. Dr. Ford cannot even remember what year it was. Nor can she remember how she got to the party, nor how she left the party.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    Grandstanding. Trying to raise the cost of buying their votes. And Anti-male bias writ large.

    n

  46. Greg Norton says:

    The mall was empty. The stores were filled with sales people but no customers. JCPenney didn’t even have sales people. Although the perfume areas were well staffed.

    Penny’s isn’t far behind Sears on the march to retail oblivion.

    The iconic JCPenny store that appears the “Back to the Future” movies is now a 24 Hour Fitness.

  47. jim~ says:

    Oy vey¡ You “preppers” (Nick included) never think ahead!

    Buy turkeys on the cheap AFTER thanksgiving when stores are begging to give them away @50 cents a pound.

    Take the 1 quart Kerr jars you got at a garage sale and can the meat, after a careful dissection.

    You’ll need a nice large pressure cooker and some practice, but it’s worth the effort. I think I have one can of turkey gravy still left until this Thanksgiving.

  48. Spook says:

    Funny how any sort of accusation gets any guy fired,
    immediately… unless it’s a Supreme Court job.

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    @~Jim, I was waiting for turkey to go on sale but it never did! It stayed around $1.20/lb.

    I love turkey, but only the dark meat. The breast gets made into turkey salad, or frozen for later. I think I have a couple of turkey’s worth in the freezer.

    n

  50. JimL says:

    The standard of proof is high, and the burden of proof is on the accuser, for “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”.

    There was a pretty darned good argument for that when the Constitution was written. Why is it that folks find it easy to forget that?

    Yes, as a culture we tend to protect some groups. Yes, we probably need to fix that. No, we don’t need to give up our principles to do so.

    I have seen too many good men ruined by accusations that turned out to be false to think that giving up on “innocent until proven guilty” is a good thing.

  51. MrAtoz says:

    I nominate Mr. JimL for SCOTUS after Ruth Bader DoucheBerg croaks.

  52. JimL says:

    You are too kind, but there are too many incidents in my past. But thanks for the nomination.

    Were I to be the one, however, I’d be an originalist to whatever extent possible. Meaning 9th & 10th amendment originalist. Most things the court considers today are matters left to the states.

  53. ech says:

    BREAKING: FORMER SCALIA LAW CLERK Drops Pictures and Evidence That Blows Christine Ford’s Case Wide Open

    Now retracted.

  54. JimL says:

    Retracted because he doxed a classmate of Kavanaugh’s. Bad thing to do. Should have blurred & obscured everything about the other fellow.

  55. nick flandrey says:

    Then he can redact it and re-release it….
    n

  56. lynn says:

    I nominate Mr. JimL for SCOTUS after Ruth Bader DoucheBerg croaks.

    I second that nomination !

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