January 14, 2018

False Missile Alarm in Hawaii

\Dana Mathewson

Must be something in the water there. Courtesy of  Urgent Agenda:

"I WOULD HOPE SO – FROM DAILY MAIL: A Civil Defense employee is set to be retrained after a shocking blunder on Saturday morning, when a mistaken alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile sent thousands fleeing for shelter. The false alarm was caused by a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee who 'pushed the wrong buttons' during an internal drill timed to coincide with a shift handover at 8.07am. The all-clear phone alert was not sent until 38 minutes later. Incredibly, officials said the employee who made the mistake wasn't aware of it until mobile phones in the command center began displaying the alert. 'This guy feels bad, right. He's not doing this on purpose - it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it,' said EMA Administrator Vern Miyagi in a press conference Saturday afternoon. Retrained? Was he ever trained in the first place? I don't think we've ever had an incident like this. It requires a major investigation, probably at the Congressional level."

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History buffs among you may remember that our (admittedly primitive) air defense radar picked up the incoming planes from Admiral Nagumo's attacking forces at Pearl Harbor in 1941, but were dismissed by Sunday-morning analysts as "flights of seabirds" or other anomalies. It will never be known if we might have gotten at least some of our planes off the ground in time, if not to mount a counter-attack, then perhaps to save some of them. All of our planes were destroyed on the ground by Japanese bombers.


And just how true is this "mistake"? I suspect we aren't getting the whole story. Maybe there actually was something out there, perhaps North Korean or Chinese. And maybe this guy was not just guilty of pushing the wrong button. I fear we will never know.

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Climate Gulag Archipelago

Timothy Birdnow

University of Adelaide particle physicist Tony Thomas has unearthed a 2008 document fantasizing about exiling climate change deniers to gulags on the kerguelen Islands as well as South Georgia and the South Island of new Zealand.

Climate Futures – Responses to Climate Change in 2030”, From his article in Quadrant:

Take the deep-green Forum for the Future, which cheerfully anticipates penal colonies for sceptics:

fasces IVThe Kerguelen islands are horridly cold and windy specks near the Antarctic, populated by a few score of French scientists and several thousand sheep. But to a leading British green group, Forum for the Future, it has enormous potential as an internationally-run penal colony for global warming sceptics. more...

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Blatant Blue State hypocrisy

Paul Driessen

This wide-ranging discussion of economic, energy, climate and free speech – as practiced by Blue State governments and activist allies – explains why America is lucky it’s governed by President Trump, a Republican Congress, and mostly Red State governors and legislators, instead of by certain potential alternatives. Those alternative entities are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, and anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly. Worse, they show no signs of abating.

These politicians are desperate for scapegoats – anything to deflect attention away from their failures and incompetence.

So New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has resurrected the Superstorm Sandy zombie. "I remember how desperate it was,” he railed at a recent press conference, where he announced he’s suing oil companies for changing Earth’s climate. "This tragedy was wrought by the actions of fossil fuel companies,” and the $20 billion he expects from the litigation will help NYC "build resilience against rising seas, more powerful storms and hotter temperatures.” Nice try, Mr. Mayor. But not many people are buying this nonsense anymore.


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January 13, 2018

The Priest and the Marquis

Timothy Birdnow

A Catholic pastor in Mascoutah, Illinois, a far-flung suburb of St. Louis, has been arrested for possession of child pornography and meth. According to the Belleville News Democrat:

"The Mascoutah priest facing child-porn charges used an email address with the prefix "subpigboy4u” to exchange images via the internet, according to police documents.

The police documents, obtained Friday by the News-Democrat, say the Rev. Gerald Hechenberger paid to join porn-sharing sites, had leather chaps in his possession when arrested, and sent messages to others seeking to exchange pornography."

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So this priest liked to look at sexually explicit images of children, and he also apparently enoyed hooking up with men who beat and sodomized him. Also from the article: more...

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Germany again tries to force unemployed into brothel work

Jack Kemp

Sex & Relax' Job Center Apologizes for Offer in Bordello

It's happened again: A German job center has tried to line up a position for a young woman in a brothel. The job was just serving drinks, but the issue has rekindled the debate about how far the government should go to get people back in the workforce.

Read it all at Der Spiegel more...

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Another "s-hole" place

Jack Kemp

New York's Kennedy Airport, while going through some surface appearance improvements, has been called a Third World Airport many times. A few days ago, when it was around 17 degrees, pipes broke in a terminal and water flooded over the baggage claim area, causing chaos. Maybe they should get some advice from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport people on how to handle cold weather...

according to Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flooding from a water main break forced the temporary suspension of some flights at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days.
A worker attempts to remove water following a water main break in the arrivals area of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, U.S. January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Water poured from the ceiling onto a check-in counter and covered large areas of the floor of Terminal 4, video on CNN showed. The disruption occurred while the U.S. Northeast continued to endure bone-chilling weather with the New York temperature at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius).

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January 12, 2018

Fifty Shades of Greitens

Timothy Birdnow

Missouri's Republican Governor Eric Greitens, a former Democrat who switched parties to run on the GOP ticket last year, has been caught in a Fifty Shades of Gray moment, photographing a bondage sex session with a woman in 2015. His wife was pregnant with their child at the time.

KMOV in St. Louis has the story. more...

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Trump: A Lying Moron You Can Believe In

Daren Jonescu

One day, Trump says DACA is a "bill of love,” he’ll sign anything Schumer and Feinstein put on his desk, and there will not be a real wall. His idolaters scream "treason.” On Thursday, Trump promises to "build a Great Wall” and complains about immigrants from the "s—hole countries” of Africa and the Caribbean. The cult is in heaven again. more...

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Truth on DACA: We’ve Already Granted Amnesty to These Illegals

Selwyn Duke

In our through-the-looking-glass world, we so often view matters backwards without even realizing it. Take DACA (actually, leave it), where even many conservatives consider it a given that the individuals covered under it must somehow be granted amnesty. Overlooked is that they’ve already been granted amnesty.

Consider: Imagine you return from a trip to find someone has broken into your home, is squatting there and is eating your food and using your services. Might you not call the police? Might this invader not be charged with various crimes, such as breaking and entering, trespassing and theft? more...

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How the Free Market Spanked Seattle’s Government After It Tried to Dictate How Its Citizens Lived

Dana Mathewson

Yes, folks, consumers are not necessarily sheeple. Even in blue state-blue city Seattle.https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2018/01/10/free-market-spanked-seattles-government-tried-dictate-citizens-lived/

The next-to-last paragraph contains the kicker:
It will be interesting to see how businesses report their earnings with customers looking elsewhere for their Dr. Pepper, but with customers shopping elsewhere, it won’t be good. If they’re being driven to different stores in order to shop for drinks, there is little doubt that customers will do the rest of their shopping there as well. It won’t just be soda that’s affected.

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Single Slayer

Wi Wirtanen

A vote against single payer

From the article:

"Today, breast cancer kills 39% fewer women than 25 years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52% fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet.

XBut watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government-run health care. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Single-payer advocates intend to make their scheme affordable by slashing the use of costly medical technology and new drugs. That's a death sentence for many cancer patients. It robs them of what they need to beat their illnesses."

Read it all!

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January 11, 2018

Well, everybody else is asking, so I will

Dana Mathewson

Will this photo sink Oprah's possible candidacy?

Prob'ly not. She's black, a woman and a Democrat.

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And here's a guy who says that if O runs, she could win

Dana Mathewson

Not that she would, but that she could. And he has some good arguments.


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Huma Remaining a Wiener?

Dana Mathewson

"In order to reduce any impact of these proceedings on their child, the parties have decided to reach a settlement swiftly and privately,” Abedin’s lawyer, Charles Miller, and Weiner’s attorney, Margaret Donohoe, said in separate statements.

But family law expert Michael Stutman said they’d still have to file a divorce settlement in court for it to be legally binding.

Stutman, a prominent Manhattan divorce lawyer who’s not involved in the case, speculated that Weiner and Abedin might want to stay married to invoke spousal immunity. [emphasis mine]


I doubt they'll be living together once Carlos Danger emerges from the slammer.

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About that Trump/DACA Meeting...

Timothy Birdnow

There has been quite a bit of analysis of the Trump meeting with Congress in which he appeared to promise to sign any DACA bill put before him. While some in the conservative movement are wailing and gnashing teeth, others are sunnily dismissing the issue. So, which is it? Did Trump throw us under the bus or did he outmanuever the Democrats?

I see a nbumber of strategic issues involved which, if Trump actually is faithful to his campaign promises (something still not clear after all this time) then he has a variety of reasons why he would do this. Let me explain.

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Jolly old Minnesota

Dana Mathewson

A little bit of England comes to Minnesota

And it's not what you might think. No, we're not replacing lutefisk with steak and kidney pie. (Although one might wish it were so.)

Hey Mo...

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Rumors of the Death of Chocolate are Greatly Exaggerated

Dana Mathewson


Chocolate may go extinct as soon as the year 2050, according to scientists from the University of California, Berkeley. more...

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Why Liberals Need to Look Down on Conservatives

Selwyn Duke

A common theme among progressives is that conservatives aren't just wrong; they're dumb.Reagan was dumb.G.W. Bush was dumb.Trump is dumb."Knuckle-dragger," "mouth-breather," "stupid," and "uncultured" are typical pejoratives hurled at conservatives, who apparently tend to live in trailer parks, require dental care, handle snakes, and marry first cousins.Why, I had a liberal actor (excuse the redundancy) tell me once that I wasn't necessarily bad, just not as "evolved" as he was.(I had a great retort at the ready, but I decided just to lash him with my tail instead.)

The reason for this arrogance isn't as simple as many may think.Rather, it relates to a deep psychological phenomenon that makes it difficult for those afflicted to evolve out of the leftist primordial soup.

I'll introduce this with a story.Many years ago, I was at an affair attended by a very chauvinistic, left-wing Greek fellow who would expound upon the superiority of Greek culture while at times demeaning the U.S.He was like the father character inMy Big Fat Greek Wedding, only with an anti-American twist.Desiring to take him down a peg and do a little face-to-face trolling, I finally said with a smirk, "If all that's true, why is Greece now like a third-world country?"(For those offended, know that I have great respect for ancient Greek accomplishments, just love moussaka, and have the physique of a Spartan hoplite.)


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January 10, 2018

Remember, Oprah Winfrey Is Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman

Dana Mathewson

Amid all the excitement generated at the Golden Globes by Oprah Winfrey's speech, with empty-headed liberals (but I repeat myself) touting a run by her for the White House (ironic, yes?) in 2020, there is this excellent article from The Federalist, which I found on Lucianne.com this morning, and which I commend to your attention. The title is particularly provoking, though the author leaves out a number of instances he could have used to back it up.

The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing her as "OUR future president.” Her long-time consort Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, "She would absolutely do it.” Meryl Streep got so carried away she told The Hill, "Now she doesn’t have a choice” but to run. It continues to amaze me that there are actors in Hollywood who can portray intelligence on the screen without possessing a scrap of it themselves. Acting is truly a magical art.

There are a great many reasons Winfrey should not run for president. Chief among them is that she has built her career, not just as a charismatic daytime television star, but also as our nation’s premier snake oil salesman. She is responsible for promoting a whole variety of quack medical nostrums and launching the careers of questionable experts. She may not be as prolific as Gwyneth Paltrow—to my knowledge, she has never tried to sell us a coffee enema—but she is far more influential.

She invited Suzanne Somers onto her show to peddle hormone injections and an absurd vitamin regimen. . . . Oprah also brought on Jenny McCarthy to peddle the anti-vaccination scare.

One of her favorite guests has been Dr. Christiane Northrup, who "has written about how she has used Tarot cards to help diagnose her own illnesses.”

If all this weren’t enough, Oprah is the one who anointed Mehmet Oz as "America’s Doctor.” Dr. Oz has a long history on his own show—produced by Oprah’s company—of hawking miracle cures and bogus weight loss pills. Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience has documented some of the "magic” and "miracle” hokum Oz promotes to his millions of viewers without any supporting scientific evidence. A group of his Columbia University medical school colleagues went so far as to publish an op-ed taking him to task.


You could attribute Winfrey’s history on this to ruthless cynicism—getting rich and famous by telling the suckers what they want to hear. Or you could attribute it to her own gullibility, scientific illiteracy, and tendency toward subjective emotionalism and outright mysticism. Neither possibility is very reassuring, but both are oddly familiar. Let’s see: a lowbrow TV star with a tendency toward gushing hyperbole and relentless self-promotion, who shows a tendency to be influenced by bogus experts and crackpot theories. What could possibly go wrong?

There's more, of course. The entire article is found at http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/09/remember-oprah-winfrey-premier-national-snake-oil-salesman/

I'm trying to remember: some years ago there was this dude who wrote a sob-story book that she promoted the daylights out of -- not a word of it was true, of course, and he had to come on her show and admit it. She still insisted the book was worth reading... naturally, since she'd put a bunch of bucks into promoting it.

Come to think of it, this shows real political potential, but I think she'd do better as a senator than a president. If Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein can get away with the kind of chicanery they pull just about every day of the week, she could too.

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January 09, 2018

Apologies for Light Blogging

Timothy Birdnow

Blogging may be a bit light today and tomorrow; I, chief editor and Big Kazoo from the 'Lou here at The Aviary, have a lot on my plate, so I may be a bit behind.  Please bear with us. Hopefully Dana or Jack will have a few goodies for you, oh noble readers.

We will be back on track no later than Thursday.

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