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  • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 8:04 AM

    “The same people accusing Trump voters of subverting democracy are the ones who cheated in every election since the 1960s, lied to get us into half a dozen stupid wars, created Covid in a lab, and then covered that up. You are free to tell them to STFU” — Peachy Keenan

  • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 8:10 AM

    Expect Ray Epps to get disappeared.
    Lotta places to burn a carcass out there in Moab country.

  • Anne January 12, 2024, 8:11 AM

    -9F here now with a windchill of -31
    Our first real snowfall of the winter season but still it is only about two inches. In a typical winter we would have had about 4 or 5 feet by now! Those Las Vegas swimming pools may dry up down there, also time to worry about the agricultural industry in AZ. I predict this water thing will become another issue in this year’s elections.

  • Casey Klahn January 12, 2024, 8:36 AM

    Hi, Anne. Stay warm there! it’s minus 2 now and predictions of -6 tonight, with wind chills to minus 20 (that’s like a Yellowstone winter!). So says the weatherman; I just got up and thankfully my little hollow and heath has minimal wind at the moment. I’m shuddering to think what the studio will feel like this morning. BrrRRRR! Same here with white snow on the ground but not mucho.

    Ghost, your quote posted is fully correct. They be shitcanin’ democracy and calling Trump/MAGA a threat to democracy. How about arrest your populist political oppo and then roll out “Virus X”? This shitisworse than Poland, and what Poland’s got right now is the worst constitutional crisis since the Soviet days ended.

    Xhina. HFS! The fuel in their ICBM rockets is water, and their silo lids jam shut (?). Last year I toldja about the evident corruption in the Russian military, and how we need some serious HUMINT looking into the nuke force there, and here’s our other totalitarian rival in an apparent full-blown come-apart. If we gansta enough we can avoid these wars.

    Trump is speaking out about the Houthi thing and rightly saying why have any wars at all? The morons in DC are mental midgets with zero creative thought. Biden would love to promise us every war available, and his war-future reads like a lexicon of wars. No thanks!

    NEO, thanks for the beautiful birds on this post. I often and always personalize the posts and content on AD, and this one brings me back to my summers in the jungles of Central America. Parrots and Toucans are nice, but my favorite is the rare Quetzal, which I spied several times when I was there.

    • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 8:51 AM

      Todays laundry day and I just stepped out of my office to go check on it in the house and what did I see not 25 feet away staring right at me? Why, it was a big, fat hooter owl. I haven’t seen one that close in many a year. We locked eyeballs for a too brief moment and then he banked off into the dark forest beyond. Whisper quiet.

      Nothing but rain and cold and wind today and turning to snow by about 4pm. No big deal as far as I’m concerned. I picked up a new client last week and I’m working on the preliminary design for their new crib. About 5000 sf, 2 story, completely off grid, timber frame, large safe room, and he’s a gunner so he wants a large built-in gun safe. Whats cool about this one is the crib will be situated on the side of a hill and the 1st floor will be a walk out basement. The backside of the basement will be covered in dirt. He wants a 6′ diameter PVC pipe exiting the basement and continuing outward to where it will eventually exit the ground on the other side of the hill, a distance of some 60-80 feets. An escape port as it were. I likes clients that are intelligent enough to realize they don’t know everything and let experts in their own fields make suggestions.

      Even though I do what I do because I like it, so much so that even if I was independently wealthy I would still design buildings, and do so for free – but I would be a little more selective in the clientele, but it’s always a nice touch when a client is especially receptive of and appreciative of my efforts.

    • Snakepit Kansas January 12, 2024, 1:37 PM

      Colder than a well diggers ass here in Kansas. 20F now, but wind blowing like a two headed queer and gonna get down to 2F tonight.

      About 25 big utility trucks parked and idling in an open lot last night. Probably queued up waiting for where power goes out due to this cold storm, and ready to be in action. Appears to be good planning.

      Ghost is probably right. Ray Epps is persona non grata in most conservative areas and has the popularity of the plague. He is going to have to hide the rest of his life. No jail time, surprise, pfffft.

      The write up for Medal of Honor for Captain Father Emil Kapaun is properly displayed at my son’s Catholic High School. It brings a tear to my eye every time I am there and re-read it.

    • neo January 12, 2024, 6:50 PM

      Casey Klahn:
      You’re welcome!

  • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 8:54 AM

    You should be stocking at least four 1 gallon containers of unopened unscented bleach.
    Look up all the ways bleach can be helpful to you and even save your life.
    I’d suggest pool shock but there’s a learning curve.
    I stock both.

    • Snakepit Kansas January 12, 2024, 1:57 PM

      Good point. I am going to grab a couple more next time I am at the WalMartz.

  • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 10:41 AM

    Is there any sector of human existence that these rotten people will not infect with their poison?
    Get a effn rope please!

    Bloomington bars must turn on closed captioning under new law

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A first-of-its-kind law in Indiana will require public places in Bloomington, such as restaurants, bars and doctor’s offices, to turn on the closed captioning on their TV sets.

    The new law, passed by the city council, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2025, allowing plenty of time for establishments to get up to speed on the new requirement.

    The council said the new law not only makes the community more inclusive for the hearing impaired but increases the public’s access to information since televisions in crowded or noisy establishments tend to be difficult to hear.

    The ordinance states that closed captioning is required to be activated on public TVs during business hours only and doesn’t have to be on every single TV if multiple TVs are playing the same channel. For example, if a sports bar is playing the same game on 10 TVs only two are required to have captioning turned on as the ordinance specifically states that only one out of every five TVs displaying an identical channel are required to turn on closed captioning.

    The Herald-Times quoted a memo written by council member Stephen Volan about the new ordinance. In the memo, Volan said that while captioning “may seem to the casual observer like a requirement too trivial to be deserving of an ordinance, it’s significant to those with hearing loss. It removes a barrier, relieves an obligation to request accommodation to be treated equally in public, and relieves the indignity of having to reveal, explain or justify the need for accommodation.”

    The law was suggested to the city council by a representative of the Indiana Association of the Deaf, according to the Herald-Times.

    While Bloomington would be the first city in Indiana to adopt a closed captioning law, it would not be the first in the country. Boston recently implemented a similar law as did Portland, Oregon, and Rochester, New York, amongst others.


    Here’s what that piece of shit Stephen Volan looks like.
    What can you say about a full grown adult dressing up as a chicken in public?
    I’d like to see this asswipe gutted like a chicken on the way to the spit.


    • DT January 12, 2024, 4:19 PM

      I almost took a job near Bloomington (Crane). My impression was Jesus and basketball – not necessarily in that order. Nothing to do with Bloomington but I took a different position.

      • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 5:22 PM

        You’re partly right.
        But Bloomington is a college town (Perdue) so that figures into the mix.
        They have all the “big town” stuff going on in Btown.
        You know, criminal stuff, diversity, all of it.

  • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 1:16 PM

    Been thinking about putting “The Sopranos” on our suppertime TV watching line up.
    Is it worth watching?

    • Terry January 12, 2024, 5:51 PM

      “Is it worth watching? . . .”

      ghost, NOTHING ON A TUBE is worth watching. You should know that by now. I cannot understand the addiction to the TV.

      Be a local hero, smash the TV screen in front of your family immediately. Do it! Then throw your arms up toward the ceiling and yell, thank you lord for giving me the strength to defy the devil.

      F* *k Obozo/Byden

      • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 7:34 PM

        Terry, an hour or less per day is hardly an addiction.
        It’s at suppertime.
        8 days out of 10 we watch a DVD of an old series from the 50’s.
        Almost all of modern TV is not watchable in my opinion.

    • Casey Klahn January 12, 2024, 7:15 PM

      I heard about this John Ford movie from ’49 or ’50, called Wagon Master. Someone said it was Ford’s fave western, but that sort of lie gets told often enough. Anyways, it has all the great character actors from the John Wayne movies we all love, only without the Duke.

      I recommend it.

      That tunneling client…is he Jewish? JUST KIDDING

      • ghostsniper January 12, 2024, 7:34 PM

        I’ll look it up. Thanks.

  • ghostsniper January 13, 2024, 8:14 AM

    You knew it was coming.
    That plane door blew off because of diversity hires.
    Multiple levels of.

    My dad was an Air Force plane mechanic stationed in Japan from 1949-1953.
    Before that he was a car-truck mechanic and bodyman.
    In my yoot he schooled me in the right way to deal with mechanical stuff and how to use tools properly. In the many instances when he and I would repair our home vehicles, and before that lawn mowers, go karts, outboard boat engines, etc., he’d slip in little tidbits about his air force days.

    All bolts and nuts had safety wires installed in such a way they always kept positive tension on the bolt/nut so as to prevent them from loosening. And, bolts were always installed, when possible, from the top down. That way if the nut did come off gravity would cause the bolt to continue to function. The ends of all safety wires were twisted and then set with a press and a lead bead that stated the serial number of the person doing the pressing. Comes in handy when doing crash or mechanical failure forensics.

    My dad’s favorite plane to work on was the Fairchild C-119 “Flying Boxcar”, a cargo and troop carrier plane. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_C-119_Flying_Boxcar

    It had the legendary Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp, 28-cylinder four-row radial piston aircraft engines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%26_Whitney_R-4360_Wasp_Major

    Go take a close up look at that monster.
    I know my way around an old skool car engine very well and I understand the principle of the radial engine but that P&W just takes my breath away.

    Planes-Jets today are even more complicated than 70 years ago and the people that are charged with the design, construction, and maintenance of them must be top of the line as air space is a hostile place for land based bipodal carbon units and there is no room for error. By favoring diversity over meritocracy the entire system gets skewed and failure is the guaranteed outcome. People will die. Because the rule makers are criminal children.

  • Anne January 13, 2024, 10:06 AM

    The folks in close proximity to Boeing in Edmonds, have been hearing about “the bolts” for a long time now.

  • DT January 13, 2024, 3:39 PM

    I worked at Boeing outside Seattle (Kent) about 35 years (OMG!) ago. It was a rotten company then; I don’t see any evidence they’ve improved in spite of mergers and relocations. They cut so many corners, they have spheres. But they did show expertise in CYA language. One of three companies during my career I grew to absolutely despise.

  • Joe Krill January 13, 2024, 4:51 PM

    Quote from Ayn Rand–Atlas Shrugged. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed.

    • ghostsniper January 13, 2024, 5:24 PM

      Thanks Joe. Probably one of the best books written. Easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to agree with, if you’re truthful and honest. Any conversation about “that woman” will soon bring out the criminal parasites she pikes.

  • Anne January 13, 2024, 7:02 PM

    Dear Ghost:

    I have run out of bread! Pushed two days of toast into my mass production of homemade Swedish meatballs for the freezer! It’s gonna hit -19F tonight with wind-chill of -34F. I really don’t want to get in the car and go for bread and I don’t want to bake a loaf. I remember you posted a recipe for Krusteas Honey Cornbread and I thought I would write and ask you to post it again so we will have something to much on tomorrow!

  • Anne January 14, 2024, 8:35 AM

    Sorry Ghost, I thought for sure it was you! Yes you found the right link–it’s good stuff and I hope whoever did post the recipe with add ons will step forward and re-post. It is 0930 here on Sunday at -11F !

  • ghostsniper January 14, 2024, 8:55 AM

    Mr. Jones’ Plantation
    Take a look, I double dog dare ya.


  • ghostsniper January 14, 2024, 1:20 PM

    Jeez, this place is turnin’ into granny’s attic idn’t it?
    Somebody ought to spin a meaty yarn, maybe that would stir some juices.

  • ghostsniper January 14, 2024, 1:24 PM

    Is it 4:20 yet?

  • Casey Klahn January 14, 2024, 9:45 PM

    Barring some particular fukgery, tomorrow will be an historic ass whuppin’ by Trump in the Iowa caucus. If it doesn’t go down that way, we’ll know the fix is in.

    He polls at @50% to Halley’s 20%. if the vote goes that way, he’ll have more than doubled her. I looked it up, and if I read it right, Reagan doubled his nearest rival at the Iowa caucus, and Obama bested Hillary by 1 vote, and he bested John Edwards by 2 votes.

    Heads will explode, demoncrats will shriek, pundits will pun…but if Trump over-doubles Nikki Haley, the Deep State candidate, then you’ll have a good idea of how the odds will set up for the election year. Buckle up.

  • Casey Klahn January 14, 2024, 9:49 PM

    Barring some particular fuggery, tomorrow will be an historic ass whuppin’ by Trump in the Iowa caucus. If it doesn’t go down that way, we’ll know the fix is in.

    He polls at @50% to Halley’s 20%. If the vote goes that way, he’ll have more than doubled her. I looked it up, and if I read it right, Reagan doubled his nearest rival at the Iowa caucus, and Obama bested Hillary by 1 vote, and he bested John Edwards by 2 votes.

    Heads will explode, demoncrats will shriek, pundits will pun…but if Trump over-doubles Nikki Haley, the Deep State candidate, then you’ll have a good idea of how the odds will set up for the election year. Buckle up.

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