Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Anchors Aweigh

Big Load

Renowned photographer Ansel Adams in northern New Mexico Photographer: David Roybal Date: 1978

The retardation is strong in this one

Of Course...

White Swan, an Omaha man. - 1883

Your good news of the day

Another huge win for civil rights was scored in today’s Wrenn v. DC decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District of Columbia Circuit, of all places.   The decision invalidates the District of Columbia’s prohibitionist “good reason” constraint on the lawful carry of arms in public for purposes of self-defense.

The case involved a request by the plaintiffs for a preliminary injunction of DC’s “good-reason” law, which constrains the right to carry a firearm in public for personal self-defense, while the law was being challenged on the merits in District Court.

So, it's not really a final win, as the losers will certainly appeal to the Supremes, but it is a very encouraging sign that even on a hyper liberal court there are judges who will protect our constitutional rights agains the liberal assault.

California should take notice, given the recent passage here of state laws intended to make law abiding gun owners into criminals, and making owning a gun very difficult due to the many legal hoops that it is necessary to jump through to buy or feed a firearm.

Always, the Democrats/Progressives seek to take away our individual rights, and socialize us into a mass of squirming, squealing dependents with no will or motivation other than to appeal to the whims of our political rulers.

Came to work Monday to find this in the parking lot.

Turned out the couch was a fold out bed too.  Heavy.  We figured someone dumped it in our lot late at night, and this guy just came along at some point and moved in.   Probably a comfortable place to crash, if you're homeless.

Fun with TOW missiles

via Xbrad

Monday, July 24, 2017

Loading nice blue bombs in a B-18 Bolo

You will pay for your insolence, dog.

This is hilarious: Sticky-fingered socialist Bernie Sanders is apparently stealing his neighbor's Washington Post subscription, as any good socialist might do.

Don't know if this is really true, but it should be.

A man living next to Sanders apparently called the Post to complain that he was hardly ever receiving his subscription. After an investigation into the matter, the paying customer realized that it was his neighbor, Senator Sanders, who was stealing the paper right from under his nose. 
Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane when they are in Washington DC, live in this house on Capitol Hill, ok? Part of their vast real estate empire. They’re like wannabe Trumps with their real estate holdings.
The next-door neighbor…their neighbor on Capitol Hill called the Washington Post and told the Washington Post that they were cancelling their Washington Post subscription because their very expensive Sunday Post stopped showing up. Not there this week, last week, the week before, then it was there one week but the week before it wasn’t delivered, so I’m cancelling my subscription to the post because your delivery person never gets to me. I’m paying for it but it never gets to me.
The Washington Post said, “Please, do not cancel your subscription to the Washington Post. We will investigate with the delivery person and we will get back to you.”
So the Post investigated. They got back to the person cancelling their subscription to the Post and they said, “Listen, we talked to the delivery person. Our delivery person claims has seen you come out of your house again and again and grab the paper on Sunday mornings. Immediately as the paper delivery person delivers the paper, they’ve seen you come out of your house and pick up the newspaper. So, sir, you are lying to us.”
[The neighbor] said, “Oh, ok, I’ve been coming out and picking up the paper?”
“Yes, and we got a description from the delivery person. You are an older man with gray hair, balding, and little round glasses…”
And the guy said, “I’m like, you know, in my 50s and I’ve got a full head of dark hair. But, my neighbor is Bernie Sanders.”
And Bernie Sanders has been coming out every  Sunday morning and stealing his next door neighbor’s Washington Post.


Tahoe is full for the first time in 11 years, and stunningly beautiful in all its blue-water glory.

In the first three weeks of January alone, the region received nearly a full winter's worth of snow. Then came February, and the Sierra Nevada was slammed yet again with moisture-packed chains of storms fueled by weather systems known as atmospheric rivers or the "Pineapple Express."

By winter's end, the Sierra snowpack was among the largest in recorded history.
And then the hot weather hit, the snow began to melt, sending water pouring down the mountainsides into the lake. 
When the first heat wave of the season hit in mid-June, more than 12 billion gallons of water flowed into the lake in a single week. Between June 16-23, the lake level rose four inches. 

To further understand the significance of a four-inch gain in a week, consider that during the spring snowmelt season in 2015, the lake only rose 2.5 inches over several months.
On July 9, the lake level peaked at 6,229 feet, a hair shy of 6,229.1 feet above sea level, the point when it reaches full capacity. The last time it reached near full capacity was 11 years ago.

Mondays, they're like that

50% of Canadians live south of the red line

And apparently they also drank up the Great Lakes.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Emilia Clarke rocks the caterpillars

Your good news of the day

Who would you vote for?  Awesome rocker?  

Or up tight church lady?

"Stop that right now young man! And wash that filthy hair!

Lithuanian Forest Brother Partisan in 1919 Wearing German Helmet

Amazing, kid! Now turn that ear into a fortune.

Cue the Jaws music

Man Skills

New moon, Big Hill Lookout in the El Dorado National Forest, and a visit with the Milky Way.

The youngest daughter and I went up to the Big Hill Lookout last night, just to the west of Ice House Reservoir in the El Dorado National Forest, to do some night photography, as it's a new moon and very dark.

Got there early, with about an hour and a half of light left.  Fortunately, the smoke from that Detwiler Fire was in a long strip to the west, over the valley, and it was nice and clear up in the pines.

Below, a view of Union Valley Reservoir and the rolling hills of this part of the forest

30 miles away to the south east, Round Top where Highway 88 crosses Carson Pass, our normal area of operations.

Directly east of us, the Crystal Range, starting with Pyramid Peak on the far right, bathed in alpenglow.  Just over those mountains is Desolation Wilderness, and just beyond that, Lake Tahoe and finally, just beyond the curve of the Earth, the Silver State, Nevada.

Getting dark, and the daughter adjusts her gear.

Wonderful blue as the light fades behind a lonely pine.  We painted the tree with a weak flashlight to make it pop out a little.

The Milky Way streaks across a wheeling sky.  Campers fires light the night below at Union Valley.

One of the towers at the lookout reaching up towards the Milky Way, with lights from the central valley of California behind.  The streak of dark orange just above the horizon is the smoke cloud from the Detwiler Fire far to the south in Mariposa County.

Got back to the house at about 1:30 in the morning.  The air up on the lookout was cool and pleasant, a nice change from the burning heat during the day.  All in all, it was a productive evening out with the kid, and we learned some tricks to make the night sky look good. 

Hot days make me think of cool coastal beaches

Milky Way from the Big Creek Lookout last night.

Baby Devils

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I feel the same way about those big green caterpillars that materialize from nowhere on tomato plants.

Gonna have to be real careful tipping that one back on its wheels

Ribbon Eel

St. Paul Basilica, Jounieh, Lebanon

Sheep: not smart, but they are sure footed.

Saturday Porch Picture

Anybody remember these?

Freckles, they are good

Easy Saturday fun in the water

Fail, Fail, Fail

Just missed it

Bad Cat

The Detwiler Fire from space

On July 20, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a natural-color image of the fire and smoke spreading across central California. Data for the second image was acquired by the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on the Landsat 8 satellite and is overlaid on a digital elevation model of the area. TIRS observes in wavelengths of 10.9 micrometers and 12.0 micrometers, revealing the amount of heat (thermal energy) radiating from the fiery landscape near the start of the fire. Cooler areas are dark, while warmer areas are bright.

A hot time at the lava lake inside Halema‘uma‘u, Hawaii.

Friday, July 21, 2017