A pox on their houses…

Another day, another ‘spectacle’ in DC…

Members of the United States Senate signed the “oath book” to assume the role of jurors on Wednesday afternoon, set to begin the impeachment trial for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. After the formal process of convening a court of impeachment, however, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed the upper chamber and confirmed he would attempt to prevent the trial from taking place. 

The norm-breaking, duty-abdicating move by Schumer and Senate Democrats upsets 227 years of congressional history. 

Full article, HERE.

IMHO, this tells you all you need to know about the Dem/left/MSM/swamp’s belief in the Constitution. E.g. none!

Chuck You got his wish, and much like what Harry Reid did, has pretty much ensured that ‘impeachment theater’ is going to be making regular appearances in the Senate from here on out.

And which ever side has the ‘power’ will drive that ‘theater’ in whatever direction they want it to go, regardless of the actual guilt/innocence of the chargee.

Everybody and their brother knows Mayorkas is guilty as hell of both articles of impeachment (HERE).

You need to think about this and remember it in November…

Oopsie…

Went a ‘little’ too heavy on the cloud seeding…

Dubai got a bit WET!!!

Just because you CAN overdo it, doesn’t mean you should…

A little humor…

THESE ARE PRETTY SMART FELLAS!!!

So how can over 873,000 people come off the unemployment rolls when there were only a little over 114,000 jobs created? Below is a transcript of a conversation between two eminent economists discussing this very question!

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 7.8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.

ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 7.8%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?

ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Congress said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down.
That’s how they get it to 7.8%.
Otherwise it would be 14.7%.
Our govt. doesn’t want you to read about 14.7% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on those running for reelection.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an Economist.

COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Congress.

If this is true…

There are some SERIOUS issues in DC…

Iran informed Turkey in advance of its planned operation against Israel, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters on Sunday, adding that Washington had conveyed to Tehran via Ankara that any action it took had to be “within certain limits.”

Turkey, which has denounced Israel for its campaign on Gaza, said earlier on Sunday that it did not want a further escalation of tensions in the region.

Full article, HERE from the Jerusalem Post.

If Blinken passed this back and nobody notified Israel, then the gloves are going to come off sooner rather than later, and I would expect Israel to use ALL of their weapons to put an end to this crap, US desires be damned…

Wow…just…wow…

It’s getting ‘interesting’…

In the Middle East…

Iran, through its United Nations mission in New York, issued a statement that appeared to offer Israel a way to prevent further escalation if it considers the conflict “concluded.” 

“Conducted on the strength of Article 51 of the UN Charter pertaining to legitimate defense, Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus,” the mission’s statement, posted on social media platform X, states. 

Full article, HERE.

If I had to bet, I’m betting the Iranians are counting on Xiden et al to control Netanyahu and Israel to prevent them from responding ‘in kind’.

However, I don’t think that dog is gonna hunt…

There are ‘other’ reports stating that US Navy ships shot down ‘numbers’ of drones/missiles in the attack waves yesterday, so that raises another set of issues within ROE.

Conversations with folks indicate the US ROE is so tight it squeaks, and I’ll just leave it at that… sigh

Working…

Smarter not harder… snerk…

A toothpaste factory had a problem. They sometimes shipped empty boxes without the tube inside. This challenged their perceived quality with the buyers and distributors.

Understanding how important the relationship with them was, the CEO of the company assembled his top people. They decided to hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem. The project followed the usual process: budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP, and third-parties selected.  Six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution – on time, on budget, and high quality. Everyone in the project was pleased.

They solved the problem by using a high-tech precision scale that would  sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box weighed less than it should. The line would stop, someone would walk over, remove the defective box, and then press another button to re-start the line. As a result of the new package monitoring process, no empty boxes were being shipped out of the factory.

With no more customer complaints, the CEO felt the $8 million was well spent. He then reviewed the line statistics report and discovered the number of empty boxes picked up by the scale in the first week was consistent with projections, however, the next three weeks were zero! The estimated rate should have been at least a dozen boxes a day. He had the engineers check the equipment, they verified the report as accurate.

Puzzled, the CEO traveled down to the factory, viewed the part of the line where the precision scale was installed, and observed just ahead of the new $8 million dollar solution sat a $20 desk fan blowing the empty boxes off the belt and into a bin. He asked the line supervisor what that was about.

“Oh, that,” the supervisor replied, “Bert, the kid from maintenance, put it there because he was tired of walking over every time the bell rang.”

And some groaners…

  1. King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites.  His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates , the most valuable diamond in the ancient world.

Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.

 Croesus said, “I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.”

“But I paid a million dinars for it,” the King protested. “Don’t you know who I am? I am the king!”

Croesus replied, “When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are.”
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2.  Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers.  Unfortunately, all the Swiss League records were destroyed in a fire, …and so we’ll never know for whom the Tells bowled.
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3.  A man rushed into a busy doctor’s surgery and shouted, “Doctor! I think I’m shrinking!”

The doctor calmly responded, “Now, settle down. You’ll just have to be a little patient.”
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4.  An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew, and swallow one inch of the leather every day. After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling. The chief shrugged and said, “The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on.”
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5.  A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official, who apologized profusely saying, “I must have taken Leif off my census.”
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6.  There were three Indian squaws. One slept on a deer skin, one slept on an elk skin, and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin. All three became pregnant. The first two each had a baby boy. The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys. This just goes to prove that… the squaw of the hippopotamus are equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.
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7.  A skeptical anthropologist was cataloguing South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal elder who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the elder looked him in the eye and said, “Let me tell you, with fronds like these, you don’t need enemas.

Interesting…

With the current ‘issues‘ with China, this is kinda surprising…

The aircraft carrier George Washington is slated to depart for South America in the coming months, marking the carrier’s first deployment in nearly a decade.

The Southern Seas 2024 deployment is the first for the carrier since it underwent its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul maintenance, or RCOH, starting in 2017 in Virginia.

Full article, HERE, from Navy Times.

Of course another ‘issue’ with the GW going west is the restrictions on the Panama Canal right now. Especially the ‘depth’ restrictions. GW would be within 3 feet of bottoming out, much less having to queue up for possibly days to make the passage.

I think both of those are contributory factors to the decision to go the ‘long’ way back. But I’m not sure I’d want to ride a small boy through Drake’s passage.

The liberty calls will be great though…

Stranger and stranger…

Seems like ‘some’ folks really don’t like the flag or any representation of it…

Members of a regional women’s country line dance team were reportedly kicked out of a Seattle dance convention after organizers claimed their American flag-themed shirts made some attendees feel “triggered and unsafe.”

Over the weekend at the Emerald City Hoedown in Seattle, the Borderline Dance team was set to perform, but were essentially told they weren’t welcome by organizer Rain Country Dance Association, an LGBTQ+ dance community, over their matching American flag themed shirts, Jason Rantz reported for 770 KTTH

Full article, HERE.

Funny how these ‘inclusive’ groups seem to be NOT so inclusive…

And I can’t help but wonder if they HAD changed shirts anything else would have changed.

Sigh…

SJL, Dunce, Houston, TX…

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, misinformed a group of high school students in Houston that the moon is a “planet” that is “made up mostly of gases.”

Jackson Lee, who once led the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, made several false statements that stunned a crowd of teenagers at Booker T. Washington High School during Monday’s solar eclipse.

Full article, HERE.

Yet they keep electing her…

Because Houston is, just like Austin and Dallas, a deep blue enclave in red Texas.

And yes, we laugh at her too. It’s either that or cry…

Gah…

I missed this yesterday…

I used to be a dyed in the wool baseball fan, until the strike in 1994. I’ve watched ONE game since then.

This was a piece of history I got to watch on TV back in the day. If I remember correctly, we watched this at the EM Club at Barbers Point. My grandfather followed Milwaukee for years, then Atlanta when Aaron moved over there, which got me started following them. He had been a Dodgers fan until they left Brooklyn, and never watched/listened to another Dodgers game after that…

As the crowd gathered at Fulton County Stadium 50 years ago tonight, the fans anticipated that history would take place. For one night, Atlanta was the center of the baseball universe, and Atlanta Braves star Henry “Hank” Aaron didn’t disappoint.

The media anticipated the night’s excitement, too. NBC covered the game live, and entertainer Pearl Bailey sang the national anthem. Aaron’s parents were there, as were luminaries like Sammy Davis Jr.

The fateful moment came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Aaron faced off against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing. The first pitch was a ball, but Aaron smashed the second pitch into the bullpen in left-center field, where Braves pitcher Tom House caught it.

Full article, HERE from PJ Media.

Here is the video from Atlanta last night.

He and his family were threatened a lot, but they preserved, and he did break the record, as noted. It also prompted him to become a proponent of civil rights for the rest of his life.

May he rest in peace.