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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Michelle Obama public library in Long Beach, California, has presented to children who are part of its young readers program a huge array of diversity and "inclusion" agendas.

In one shot.

It was when Xochi Mochi arrived for a visit.

That made the program pro-LGBTQ.

And transgender.

And drag queen-friendly.

And Satanist-approved, with the character's red-tipped, demon-like horns.

All to read to children for LGBTQ History Month.

The following is a video of another such event, this one in New York. read more


A good buddy of mine and former squadron mate, Dave "Sex" Fravor, has one of the most bizarre aviation stories of all time. It is a story that stretches credibility, so I'll start off by building up Dave's bona fides.

For what it's worth, I know him personally -- very well. We flew A-6s together for a cruise back in the Dark Ages before he matriculated into the Hornet world. He's a funny guy. Smart and sharp witted, with a typical fighter pilot's overestimation of his skills. (He'd read the SHB article and assured me his was way better than anything Nasty could do. I called B.S.–pretty standard.) In the air, though, Dave was all business, as professional as it gets.

It's easy to get a sense of who and what he is because his squadron was featured on the 10-part miniseries Carrier that aired on PBS. You get an excellent and accurate impression of him from his screen time as Commanding Officer of VFA-41. read more


Dubai police have announced they will soon have officers buzzing around the skies on Star Wars-style electric hoverbikes capable of speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.
GIF: A pilot flies the Hoversurf Scorpion

The Hoversurf Scorpion was unveiled at the Gitex Technology Week conference, Gulf News reported.

The Russian-made craft can fly at a height of five metres and carry a police officer over congested traffic in emergency situations, First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad told Gulf News.

"The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to six kilometres," he said.

"It can fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300kg of weight at a speed of 70kph." read more


Monday, October 16, 2017

Life is not so different beneath the ocean waves. Bottlenose dolphins use simple tools, orcas call each other by name, and sperm whales talk in local dialects. Many cetaceans live in tight-knit groups and spend a good deal of time at play.

That much scientists know. But in a new study, researchers compiled a list of the rich behaviours spotted in 90 different species of dolphins, whales and porpoises, and found that the bigger the species' brain, the more complex – indeed, the more "human-like" – their lives are likely to be. read more


Following Monday's bizarre impromptu Rose Garden press conference where President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pretended to like each other and pledged unity in giving their rich friends tax breaks and dismantling the healthcare system the president is actively sabotaging, the two leaders shared a tender moment while leaving the presser and returning to the White House. read more


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You know what snoofy? As a sheltered white middle-class white guy who didn't grow up in abject poverty in high crime gang-ridden neighborhoods, I can understand how you fall for communist propaganda. You've never faced hardship and had to rise above it. And later in life, when your parents sent you to college, you never bothered to take the college level history courses they offered, so you don't understand what communism is actually like (hint: 200 million dead).

Granted, I have never had a positive interaction with the police. For instance, when my car was stolen, the first thing they did was to accuse me of stealing my own car for the insurance money.

I keep hearing stories that the justice system is "about 90% accurate". That means that about 10% of people in jail are innocent.

I've been to jail, and you don't want to be there (especially if you are innocent, which nobody I ever met claimed to be while I was there), because it's full or real criminal assholes.

But I have occasionally had to call the cops, every time for gun-fire in the neighborhood. One time, I heard 9 rounds from an automatic pistol, followed by a shotgun blast. I was sure someone just surprised a homeowner. I told the 911 operator "send a hearse". It took cops about 120 seconds to arrive. No sirens. No lights. You never saw the cops so pissed. They where crawling through the back alleyways with flashlights set on a low intensity setting that made it hard for you to pinpoint them.

Weirdly, they never knocked on my door to ask why I called. They just carried out their sweep, and left. I guess 911 really is supposed to be just a tip line. One would think they would be knocking on doors, but it was thieves hours, about 2 am.

Go figure.

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