Friday, October 24, 2014

Questions To Ask About The Attack On Cops In NYC

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3856568790001

The reporter asked the ex-cop if the police officers who reportedly shot an innocent bystander did anything wrong and he says "No, absolutely...". He may be right and he may be wrong on that point. You need to ask some questions: Are the police suddenly no longer responsible for each and every shot they fire? Was the threat perceived as being so great that it overrode the precaution not to fire with innocents in the line of the shots?

They are responsible for each and every shot they take and its not time to spray and pray when something like that happens but nonetheless it may have been time to shoot. If the imminent threat was so great to others (the officers and or the public) that it was necessary to fire immediately and the threat posed by police bullets was less than that posed by a guy armed with a hatchet, then they may have been justified even when innocents were in background of the line of fire. Regardless, I think you safely can bet that when the woman files a lawsuit she will win a substantial amount of compensation or the city will just make a settlement with her.

One other thing of note, listen to the part about the police officers all posing for photographs for which a supposed photographer had asked them to pose. Okay, they made a rookie mistake and stopped paying attention to their surroundings but maybe it was more than that. Maybe the photographer was in on the attack and set them up by diverting their attention. I am not alleging that was the case but bringing up the point that I have not heard one mention of that possibility from the police but I hope they are investigating it.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Can Predict Who Gets A TSA Pat Down

Really, I can and it's easy to do. Scroll down and you'll see what I mean:









keep scrolling...














just a bit more...














here you go:


 
 
It's going to be the guy with the grey hair and white t-shirt because that's the way TSA rolls.
 
All the best,
GB

 

Correction On Dr. Craig Spencer & Ebola In NYC

In my last bog post on the subject, I said that it had been reported that Dr. Craig Spencer reported himself with a fever of 103 degrees and that he subsequently tested positive ,for having Ebola, at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. It has now come to light that initial reports containing that information were incorrect. According to more recent news reports, he reported himself when his temperature was 100.3 and not 103. According to the NY Times:

"Health officials initially said that Dr. Spencer had a 103-degree fever when he reported his symptoms to authorities at around 11 a.m. on Thursday. But on Friday, health officials said that was incorrect and that Dr. Spencer reported having a 100.3-degree fever. They said the mistake was because of a transcription error." (source)

So it seems that Dr. Spencer followed current (hopefully adequate)protocols and that his fever did not suddenly blossom from nothing to almost nuclear in the wink of an eye. Hopefully that will mean that he as not able to infect others with Ebola in the days prior, to his self reporting and being put into quarantine, while he was free to roam one of the most populous cities on earth.

Let's keep him in our thoughts, well wishes and prayers and hope they have contained it in his case before any further spread of this dreaded disease.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Talking About Close To Home...

...how about close to work. This afternoon, at about 2PM, on Jamaica Avenue near 162nd Street (about 9 blocks from one of my work locations) a hatchet wielding man attacked and wounded two police officers, in a group of four of them all recent police academy graduates. One of the officers, hit in the back of his head, is undergoing surgery in critical condition. The other wounded officer sustained a wound to one of his arms. At least one, maybe both, of the uninjured officers opened fire, killing the suspect. During the shooting a woman passerby, about a block or so away, was also injured either by a stray shot or ricochet; she is reportedly out of surgery and recovering. More info here.

Surveillance video, probably from a local business, caught the assailant just as it appears he is winding up to swing the hatchet at one of the officers. Video link below:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10766975

The hatchet wielding man has not yet been identified. I am almost willing to bet that Muhammad is somewhere in his name but that is only a guess so I am only almost willing to make that bet. Anyway, here is hoping that the officers make full and speedy recoveries and likewise for the woman who also was shot. As for the guy with the hatchet, it seems he got what he deserved.

All the best,
GB


Ebola May Be A Whole Lot Closer To Home...

...for me and mine, and many millions more New Yorkers, than anyone would have believed just a month ago. A doctor, identified by MSN as Craig Spencer, who did humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders reportedly is currently undergoing quarantine and Ebola testing at Bellevue Hospital in New York City tonight. (source)

Oh shit, I just got done typing the above paragraph and went back to the article to get more info and the link and there was an important update. It is no longer suspected that he has it, he has tested positive for Ebola and definitely is infected with it. (source 1 and source 2)

Man oh man, that is way too close to home for me. I live within about 20 miles from that hospital. I must say this is an alarming development if for no other reason than NY City is a metropolis of at least 8 million people and if Ebola spreads there it may spread like wildfire. Mind you, such a spread might not only take place in the city but also across the world since NYC is a major national and international travel hub. Of course, NYC's Mayor DeBlasio is assuring folks that:

“Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him,” (source)

The thing is though he reportedly came back to NY from Guinea, one of the hardest hit Ebola stricken nations, on October 14 and his been free to roam about the city or wherever else at will. It has been reported that:

"Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley and then took a taxi home.
 
"The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public." (source)
 
Get that! This guy reportedly was traveling around NY City wherever he wanted to go and only after he had a fever of 103 degrees did he decide to report himself. I have to wonder, and maybe you do to, did his fever suddenly explode out of nowhere from a normal temperature of 98.6 to a high fever 103 OR did it develop, as it seemingly has in others with Ebola, from a lower temp over a day or two before it got that high and thus maybe put many others at risk as it was developing. One also must ask, should he have called himself in to authorities as possibly having Ebola a day or two before he actually did so! I can only hope the fever came on suddenly and that he was not contagious while on the subway or at the bowling alley or in the cab or wherever else he may have been over the last couple of days. (10/24/2014 - Edited To Make A Correction: According to the NY Times, it was incorrectly reported, at first, that Dr. Spencer alerted medical authorities after his fever had reached 103. It is now being reported that he alerted authorities when he had a fever of 100.3 not 103; there supposedly was a transcription error when the original information was given out.) (source)
 
As far as mayor de Blasio assuring folks that very few had direct contact with him, how about the guy who wore the same pair of rental bowling shoes or who stuck his fingers into the holes on the same bowling ball after Mr. Spencer? How about the people who sat in the same subway seat as him or those who ran their hands down the handrail of the stairway leading to his train. How about anyone who was in the same taxi he took home. It may be all well and good to say it is highly unlikely that they will catch it from him but try selling that to scared New Yorkers, let alone to the families of the over 4,000 poor souls who have succumbed to Ebola during the current outbreak.
 
One thing in New York's favor - hospitals in NY State claim to have been preparing for cases of Ebola for months now and Bellevue is reported to be one of eight that has been specially set up to handle Ebola cases. It has one of the best trauma units in New York City and hopefully one of the best infectious disease/quarantine units too. Regardless, this is way too close to home not to make me feel concerned for my family's safety at least a little bit.
 
Right now though, I will admit I am more worried for Dr. Spencer, those he came in contact with, and those who will come in contact with him by way of treating him at Bellevue. Him for obvious reasons, he has it and needs our best wishes, thoughts and prayers. Those treating him as they are much more likely to come down with the disease than anyone else after exposure to him and those with whom he came in contact because there is a chance they could get it.
 
Let's hope and pray that Dr. Spencer gets well without infecting even one other person.
 
All the best,
Glenn B
 
 
 
 

And They Say Men Use Guns As An Extension...

...of their lacking manhood. Does this mean she wants to be a man.


All the best,
GB

When You Wish Upon A Star...

...you had best hope you don't piss off whatever lives in the solar system where that star is located. That is unless you are hoping to get them pissed. Lately I find myself wishing that a full scale alien invasion (as in from Mars not Mexico) would take place so that we could get our minds off all of the bullshit that currently besieges us and so we actually would face something on a united front - I miss a UNITED States that much!

We can't seem to unite on any front now or so it seems. We stand divided on almost every issue such as man made climate change/global warming versus the natural course of events, gun control versus our right to keep and bear arms, unity versus diversity, true patriotism versus being a hyphenated-American, terrorism versus the war on terror, drug abuse versus the war on drugs, religion versus atheism, traditional marriage versus same gender unions, reporting the news versus using the media to push an agenda, politics such as left versus right or liberal versus conservative (and note there sometimes is a vast difference between those two sets), tyranny versus government by the People, education in schools versus an upbringing at home, justice versus injustice, police militarization and brutality versus police protecting and serving, supporting our troops versus calling them baby killers, being green versus destruction of the environment, taking responsibility versus blaming George W. Bush. No wonder that zombie movies and shows are so popular; people must secretly be wishing that they could start shooting 'the other guys' at will and that the other guys would be as easy to identify and as heinously vile as are the walking dead who, by the way, are good for nothing other than trying to take the life right out of you which is much the way we seem to see one another lately if we differ in opinion on anything. Yep, a full scale attack on earth by little green men, the Borg or Cylons might do the trick of getting us together on a unified front; well, at least for a month or three. Then I am almost certain that some large number of us would side with the aliens.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Enjoy An Updraft...

...every now and again if only for the fact that it does this:

 
 
I have to say though that while that shot of Marilyn is nice, I much prefer this one to Marilyn's:
 

I don't know, maybe it's that she's packing a pistol or that the dress is camo or maybe something else but this is much, much, much more to my fancy.

All the best,

A Calibration Error...

...or was it a rigged computer system illegally stealing votes from Republicans and giving those votes to Democrats? I find it hard to believe that this was merely an error, a computer glitch, since it happened repeatedly. What happened was that each vote cast for a Republican candidate was miraculously switched to a vote for the Democrat candidate.

I would think that a complete investigation into the possibility of voter fraud is warranted; after all, this happened in Illinois, the home of Chicago Politics (which translates, I think, to corrupt Democrats and corrupt politics). I am certain that if this had happened in reverse and that the votes had been switched from Democrat to Republican, the leftists would be up in arms and this event and the demands for an immediate investigation would be a major news story in the Mud Slinging Media instead of merely a blurb on Fox. More here.

All the best,
Glenn B

It's Getting Better For Officer Darren Wilson

PO Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO back in August. As you are probably well aware, riots broke out based on claims and so called witness accounts that Brown was running from Wilson with his hands raised in the air in surrender when Wilson shot him. Well, in light of witness reports, even I was quite skeptical of Wilsons claims that he was justifiably defending himself but I would not condemn him until more facts came to light. Now it seems the condemnation he got from many may not have been justified. 

The official autopsy report has finally been released and the findings clearly do not support witness claims that Brown was running from Wilson nor that he had his hands up in the air. In fact, the autopsy results reportedly support PO Wilson's claims that Brown tried to wrest his service weapon from him (Brown had one shot through his hand) and that Brown was charging at him when he fired more shots at him, including the fatal shot. The autopsy clearly showed that Brown's hands could not have been up in the air with palms facing Wilson, as witnesses claimed, because of the angle of the wounds to his arm and because of the travel of the bullet that hit him in the arm. It further shows that the shot to Brown's head (the fatal shot) came as Brown was either falling toward or lunging at Officer Wilson and not while he was running away or from the rear or while he as on the ground. Of course, these results contradict the independent autopsy that the family had done to some extent; however, the results of yet a third autopsy - by the feds, have not yet been released. (source)

While Officer Wilson has not yet been exonerated of any wrong doing, one has to see that for him - it's getting better. Along those lines allow me to parody a 1967 song by The Beatles - Getting Better:

Getting Better
 
It's getting better all the time
 I defended myself in the hood (No I can't complain)
 Then the autopsy showed I did as I should (No I can't complain)
 He wasn’t running from there (Oh), his hands not in the air (Oh)
 Coming at me full steam I shot that fool (He wasn’t cool) 
 
 I've got to admit it's getting better (Better)
 A little better so please don’t riot and shout (It can't get worse)
 I have to admit it's getting better (Better)
 It's getting better since the facts came out 
 
 He was a law breaking angry young man
 He attacked viciously when I gave a command
 Violently at me came this turd, shots finally heard
 I'm doing the best that I can 

 
 I've got to admit it's getting better (Better)
 Please don’t riot and shout (It can't get worse)
 I have to admit it's getting better (Better)
 It's getting better since the facts came out
 Getting so much better all the time
 It's getting better all the time
 Better, better, better
 It's getting better all the time
 Better, better, better
 
 He was cruel to the convenience store man
 He strong armed him and stole his cigars
 Man he was mean but I forever changed his scene
 And I'm doing the best that I can (Ooh) 
 
 I admit it's getting better (Better)
 Please don’t riot and shout (It can't get more worse)
 Yes I admit it's getting better (Better)
 It's getting better since the facts came out
 Getting so much better all the time
 It's getting better all the time
 Better, better, better
 It's getting better all the time
 Better, better, better
 Getting so much better all the time
 
 
 
That  is all.
 
All the best,
Glenn B



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What In Hell Were The Police Thinking...

...or were they simply not thinking at all and just reacting? In July 2014, police officers in Stockton, CA had a running gunning battle with three bank robbery suspects. The surviving suspect apparently fled with a woman he had taken hostage at the bank. Somehow, for some reason known only to the officers, they decided to keep pursuing the vehicle in close proximity, then got into a blazing firefight with its occupants firing at the vehicle over and over and over again with a hostage in it. In all, some 33 police officers fired at least 600 rounds that hit the car (just over 18 rounds each on average). The female hostage was killed and it reportedly has been determined that all of the ten shots that hit the woman had all been fired by police officers.

My source is this brief blog post and this video  (it came out last week) of the attorney who represents the victim's family:



Did you pay attention. The police reportedly had a helicopter following the vehicle, yet the officers reportedly broke protocol and, were in hot pursuit of the vehicle and somehow wound up in a final gun battle with the suspects while firing upon the vehicle with full knowledge that there was a hostage within the vehicle. What the fuck ever happened to backing off, letting the chopper do the following, and calling in the hostage negotiations team???? What in Hades ever happened to not firing if it endangered the lives of innocents.

In my mind, if these officers actually did that of which they have been accused, if they knew a hostage was in the vehicle, they should be facing manslaughter charges at the very least. Of course, there has got to be another side to this story, so I am not going to condemn anyone in my mind just quite yet. I sure would like to find out though, what is the other side and how they arrived at the conclusion that they needed to fire 600 shots into a vehicle containing a hostage whom they knew was there instead of doing something seemingly more reasonable and safer for the hostage!

I just did some looking, here is what I could find of the other side. The police reportedly wanted to call in hostage negotiators but did not have the chance (attributed to Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones) to call them in. One has to wonder if they did not get the chance because they continued the hot pursuit and possibly forced or caused a final shootout with the alleged bank robbing - kidnapping -  hostage taking  - dirtbags. The police reportedly also feared that the bad guys might take more hostages or take over a school (again attributed to Chief Jones). (Source)

As to additional hostages, the reported facts are that the suspects took a total of three hostages from the bank, two employees and a customer, one Misty Holt-Singh, the woman who was killed. The other two hostages were somehow ejected from the vehicle during the chase; either by being thrown out, falling out or jumping out, it was not determined in the linked article at the time it was written. Now don't go thinking that the police officers thought all three hostages had gotten out of the vehicle before the shootout. According to the same linked article above, this one, the police knew that the suspects were using one of the hostages as a human shield at the time of the final shootout! The real irony of that is that the surviving suspect was allegedly reported by the police as the one using Mrs. Holt-Sing as a human shield. They shot her dead but not the bad guy using her as his shield - there is something major wrong with that in my mind, something terribly unjust and unfair and very sad indeed.

So, the thing is the police reportedly admitted they knew there was a victim in the bad guys' car and that she was in fact used as a human shield. Why on earth would they get into a gun battle with the dirt bag scum if such was the case and if already engaged why would they continue to fire at least 10 bullets that struck the hostage instead of ceasing fire for her protection and taking cover or backing off? Remember the helicopter when you think about that. Why did they not back off and let the chopper follow it or the suspect if he was out of the car at that point. Why did they not avoid a violent confrontation in the first place in order to protect the hostage? How did it devolve to the police killing the hostage in a hail of their bullets?

Did her life mean that little to them? What would my life or yours or our kids' lives mean to them? I would like to get some answers, see some valid justification as to why it was allowed to evolve into a blazing gun battle with a hostage in the car, to see something that could justify it all because I don't want to believe the police were as fucking stupid and as outright callous and unconcerned about the life of a citizen as they seem to be accused of. If however, it turns out that they broke protocol, that they were reckless, that they needlessly caused a situation that likely could have been avoided by following tired and true methods in such cases, and that is what led to her being killed - manslaughter charges will be too good for them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Why I Prefer Backpage Over Craigslist

So why do I prefer Backpage over Craigslist? It is pretty easy to figure when you read the terms of service for both of these sites that offer the user a free forum through which to post classified advertisements. In answer to my question, I'll let them do the talking, so to speak.

Here is a list, verbatim, of items, services and content prohibited from Craigslist Note, according to them it is only a partial list of things they ban from posting on their site:

"Here is a partial list of goods, services, and content prohibited on craigslist:
  • any good, service, or content that violates the law or legal rights of others
  • false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent content; bait and switch; keyword spam
  • offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or malicious postings or email
  • anyone’s personal, identifying, confidential or proprietary information
  • spam; miscategorized, overposted, cross-posted, or nonlocal content
  • postings or email the primary purpose of which is to drive traffic to a website
  • weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc
  • ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials, gunpowder, fireworks, explosives
  • US military items not demilitarized in accord with Defense Department policy
  • child pornography; bestiality; offers or solicitation of illegal prostitution
  • pet sales (re-homing with small adoption fee ok), animal parts, stud service
  • food stamps, WIC vouchers, SNAP or WIC goods, governmental assistance
  • alcohol or tobacco; unpackaged or adulterated food or cosmetics
  • prescription drugs, medical devices; controlled substances and related items
  • recalled items; hazardous materials; body parts/fluids; unsanitized bedding/clothing
  • stolen property, property with serial number removed/altered, burglary tools, etc
  • ID cards, licenses, police insignia, government documents, birth certificates, etc
  • counterfeit, replica, or pirated items; tickets or gift cards that restrict transfer
  • lottery or raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries, slot machines, gambling items
  • postings or email offering, promoting, or linking to unsolicited products or services
  • affiliate marketing; network, or multi-level marketing; pyramid schemes"

You will note that I highlighted, in light purple and boldface, those that I might want to sell or want to buy with some regularity. Now, let's take a look at what Backpage has to say about those items that I highlighted, again, verbatim from their site. Also note that, unlike Craigslist where they listed prohibited items under a special section for them instead of in their terms of service, Backpage very openly shows the following in its terms of service as they do everything else in that is normally covered in a TOS.

"18. Posting any material advertising weapons the use, carrying, or advertising of which is prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. You are solely responsible for complying with any and all laws and/or regulations applicable to the transfer of firearms under both applicable local, state and federal laws. The transfer of firearms is heavily regulated and restricted, and failure to strictly comply with all such laws is a serious crime and may result in criminal prosecution. All transfers of firearms, whether by sale, lease or loan, including private transactions, must go through a licensed firearms dealer. Any exception to these laws, such as air guns, knives, accessories, certain antiques, and some gun parts that may not require transfer by a licensed dealer, should be first confirmed by you prior to purchase. It is your responsibility to comply with all such laws, including any and all city, county, state and Federal laws when accessing or using this site. It is also your responsibility to locate one or more licensed firearm dealers in your area and/or the area of any buyer or seller listing here who are able and willing to assist you with any such transfer. We do not offer any assistance with respect to locating a licensed dealer for your transaction or otherwise with respect to your transaction. By listing any firearm, you represent and warrant to us that you legally own and possess the item you wish to list here and have fully complied with and will continue to fully comply with all laws and regulations applicable to your listing, transfer and/or sale. By agreeing to purchase any firearm, you represent and warrant to us that you are of legal age, and are not otherwise prohibited by law from purchasing, transferring, owning, or possessing the firearm listed, and that you have fully complied with and will continue to fully comply with all laws and regulations applicable to your transfer or purchase; "

Wow, did they just in essence say that legal sales of firearms are permitted through their site and only sales of illegal ones are forbidden? Yes they did, ammo and other weapons are allowed too. They are not control freaks as they seem to be at Craigslist. You will note that Backpage terms do not even mention pets or animals and yes they have a section to advertise them for sale unlike Craigslist that would seek to control and ban you from even doing that. In other words, Craigslist it seems is, in sum and substance a liberal leftist type of sales site exercising maximum control and offering less service while Backpage is much more conservative in allowing its users much more of a free market. I use both of them to one extent or another but I much prefer the policies of Backpage, they are much more in keeping with the ideals of America (at least the one in which I grew up) than with the apparent control freaks who want to ban this and that while keeping a tight rein on the rest of us. Overall, I much prefer Backpage to Craigslist for their classifieds. Why more folks don't utilize Backpage is beyond me!

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not Your Average Beware Of Dog Sign


Truth be told, I know absolutely nothing about the company's reputation or reliability but figured this was worth sharing because of the humorous sentiment on the sign. It's excellent and I ordered one. You can order one here.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, October 19, 2014

No Blogging Yesterday...

...because I was just too damned busy trying to make some money by running a garage sale. Actually it was a driveway sale, I wasn't letting anyone into my garage. On Friday, I pulled out a load of junk of stuff that I and other family members were not using any longer, cleaned off whatever of it that needed cleaning, put an ad on both Craig's List and Backpage and made a few signs that I hung on telephone poles in the neighborhood. I also remembered to go to the bank to get plenty of fives and ones for change. Then, in the evening, I started putting price stickers on most of it. Once that was done, I cracked open a couple of beers and a bottle of 12 year old single malt Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey (a present from my brother-in-law the younger) and enjoyed it with my son and one of his friends (the other two of his friends there when I cracked it open were  too pussy
not whiskey drinkers - thus more for me for later.
On Saturday, I got up early, set up four tables in my driveway, threw all the crap items that would fit onto them, laid some more on the ground all around the drive and sat my arse in a folding chair awaiting customers. My son also hung another two signs for me. As for the customers, they came but not in droves. Most of the cheap bastards browsers who showed up did not spend even a buck (the lowest price I would accept on anything).

In all, I sold only eight things or $146 worth of shit our belongings to a total of six buyers who were kind enough to spend some of their money at y place. One buyer bought three items for a total of $50 and the rest bought one bauble each and then there was the Red Foot Tortoise that I sold for $80. As for what I was selling, I thought actually had some nice things out that for which there was little to absolutely zero interest such as a compound bow with arrows, quiver and counterweight, some framed Goebels' mini M.I. Hummel plates, a weight bench in excellent condition, collectible beer steins, some milsurp ammo, a Moroccan Koumaya, a nice ZSchrrade olt Timer (made in USA vintage fixed blade sheath knife), some firearms accessories (some in new condition), fishing lures & tackle (also brand new) and some other decent offerings; and yes there was also a lot of rubbish for sale. Some of the other things I sold were on the junkier side, like a nylon handbag and a broken (maybe fake) pewter stein. Go figure!

I took the $80 from my tortoise sale and put that in my pocket. Then I took the remaining $66, divided it by three and gave $22 each to my daughter, daughter and son. At the least they can buy a few gallons of gas for their cars although I would bet my son spent his while out getting sloshed last night. I spent around $140 on supplies at a reptile show today where I was helping to man the Long Island Herpetological Society's table. Well, I really only made $100 in purchases, the other $40 was a donation I made to the society. The $80 for the tortoise helped out considerably with today's outward cash flow; still though, I wish I had moved sold totally useless pieces of trash good stuff yesterday. Luckily the urge to buy a new herp did not bite me today or I would have spent more. That could have been because, while at the show,  I adopted a Crested Gecko for free -  so why bother buying one.

A final thing about the sale yesterday - after it was over, I put away the good things and then smashed up all the junk and threw it in the garbage; I did not want anyone who attended the sale (and who bought nothing) coming by and finding anything worth taking in my trash. That just made me think, I have to put that trash out tonight and also have to go take down the four signs we put up before I get a summons for them. Gotta go, later 4 U.

All the best,
GB

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some Classical Music - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart Never Envisioned This)

Yes folks, I am going classical but only up to a point. You can bet that while Mozart maybe would have liked to have seen this, it never even crossed his mind in his wildest dreams. Then again, maybe it did and maybe that is why he wrote such excellent music.



That was truly refreshing, don't you think? Too bad it did not last through the whole piece.

A hat tip and my thanks to Lenny D for that one.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Time For a Garage Sale

Or maybe I should call it a yard/lawn sale or better still a driveway sale because I sure as hell am not letting anyone walk around in my garage or my yard. What I have in my garage is my business and what little grass I have on my front lawn and the flowers I have in my yard need all the help they can get and that includes keeping peoples' clod-hoppers off of them. So it will be restricted to my driveway.

I am going to try to pull it off tomorrow and have advertised on Craig's List and Backpage. So far, it seems that the weather will cooperate. What I need to do, is finish writing this blog post, get off my old arse, pile everything outside on my patio (so it will be less work to set-up tomorrow). I also have to take photos of some of the items and put a new posting on both Craig's List and Backpage with pics. Finally, I'll need to make up some signs to staple to local telephone poles. I had one of these sales before and was told by customers that if I had put up signs locally, I likely would have gotten more business because they drive around looking for them. So, I am going to give that a try. Then again, nothing will get done if I don't get going; so - later 4 U.

All the best,
Glenn B

CRASS

crass

                
[kras]
adjective, crasser, crassest.
1.
without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid:
crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
2.
Archaic. thick; coarse. (source)
 
The word almost defines the practice of what is going on in this photo:
 

Yes folks, that is a drive-by window at a funeral parlor. Photo found here.

I think that the cold hearted motherfuckers bereaved who put their dearly departed on display by way of a drive-by window are colder than the stiffs being viewed - much colder. More here but really, what more needs be said!
 
All the best,
Glenn B

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Don't Know About You Guys And Your Level of Disaster Preparedness...

...but I am doing some preparation for a possible outbreak of Ebola. I really am not all that worried about it but am taking precautions nonetheless especially in light of the cavalier attitude of some health care officials and some politicians (like our president Barry the bumbler) in regard to Ebola, its potential to spread and their already apparent failure to contain it.

We already are somewhat prepared for an emergency here at our house. We probably have enough extra food to last us at least a few weeks. If you wonder why just think of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. We also have other emergency supplies like some first aid stuff, batteries, candles, (don't forget waterproof matches), a camping stove and fuel. I also have gas masks for everyone in the immediate family. Just lately, I have made a few more purchases and plan to make additional ones of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other survival necessities for SHTF (shit hits the fan)situations or heaven forbid for TEOTWAWKI. Mostly though it is all just precautionary I am not really worried that any of it will ever be needed. Still, it is a comforting feeling to know we are somewhat ready - just in case. Oh yeah, don't let me forget, we have guns and ammo too, they are to protect us while we protect our supplies (because having our supplies for us, and not stolen from us, could mean whether we live or die).

Like I said, I have made some recent purchases of PPE. Yesterday, I ordered half a dozen hazmat suits. They can be used as disposable or reused as you want. They are fairly inexpensive if you buy them at the right place. I have seen the same suits that I just ordered going for as high as almost $25 each (and you had to buy a case of a dozen for that price) but I ordered them from a reputable dealer for about $11 each and did not have to buy a whole case of them. The places offering them at the higher prices seem like fly by night websites or maybe just are run by unscrupulous dealers trying to make more during a potential pending crisis that may promote panic buying. In fact, the suits can be had at even less than what I paid but they were not in stock for immediate shipment and or I had never heard of the dealer before so I avoided buying those. Also, many places only sell them in bulk (12 to 25 to a carton), I was able to purchase individual suits.

As for the suits themselves, the ones I ordered are level B/C. They are good for use against infectious diseases, light chemical spills and so forth. They each have elasticized wrists and hood, integral boots/socks and taped seams (very important when considering use to defeat spread of infection). They are bright yellow and while I dislike them being bright yellow all I can say is 'oh well, we will look like rays of sunshine if the SHTF'. I also ordered several pairs of nitrile gloves that are 15 mil thick, they were one of the thicker general use gloves out there. There are much heavier/thicker ones but I wanted gloves I can feel through and with which I can operate a certain type of machine that requires my index finger fitting inside of a certain type of guard and onto a slightly curved lever of sorts. We already have a full box of nitrile exam gloves and they are okay for common everyday contact with other people and objects (or as I usually use them for cleaning my reptile tanks and firearms cleaning).

Finally, I ordered some gas mask filters from another source than the gloves and coveralls. Man oh man - they are expensive for brand new ones and very hard to find. Luckily, I found a reputable (as far as I know from past dealings) dealer who has Swedish milsurp filters that were made in 2002 and have a 20 year shelf life and are said to still be inside of vacuum sealed packages. If the vacuum seal has not failed that is good enough for me and they were affordable. I will try to order current manufacture US made (and more expensive) filters when I can but for right now these will have to do. I ordered everything but the filters from the same source and did that yesterday. This morning, I received an email saying my order has shipped for the gloves and hazmat suits. I am still waiting for a shipping confirmation on the filters.

I plan to get some other things too. One of those things is something I use with some frequency and that I expect others who are more handy around the house use frequently. I am talking about what are usually referred to as dust masks. Normally I prefer to use a 3M brand model 8210 which has an N95 rating (in essence stops 95% of particulates, of a certain size, from penetrating the mask). They are recommended for typical household jobs like sanding but are also recommended for use in pandemics. Even though they receive that recommendation from the manufacturer, 3M, I am considering another model mask from them, one that is effective against oils and also contains a layer of carbon. The 3M mask models I am considering, model 8577 and model 8576 are more expensive by far than the ones I normally use but I figure the added expense may be worth it considering the potential for a pandemic in our near future. They offer the P95 particulate rating instead of N95 as does model 8210. The main difference between the N95 and P95 rated masks is that the N95 does not offer resistance to oils and the P95 is supposedly strongly oil resistant - source CDC web pages reference then NIOSH N95 and the NIOSH P95 particulate filtering respirators. In addition the models 8576 and 8577 offer resistance to either organic or acid vapors depending on which model. I like the idea of a layer of carbon because I know it has purification properties that can remove toxins from the air you are breathing.

The tripping (over his own twisted tongue) CDC chief and bumbling Barry Obama may both be promising that Ebola will be completely contained and that they can handle any spread of it (note if it has spread it already means they are not handling it effectively); yet, the truth is that the Enterovirus D68 is rapidly spreading. The further truth is they have also screwed up with Ebola and they most certainly have not, as per their arrogant former claims, been able to either completely contain or control it within our borders. So why exactly again is it that we should not be precautionary in that regard? I choose caution and if it turns out I did not need this stuff, well then it means nothing in the greater scheme of things. If though, the time comes that we need it and don't have it - then what?
 
Now mind you, as I have tried to already get across, I am not doing this out of an abundance of fear that Ebola will spread like wildfire. I am though being very cautious. I hope it will be found that I was overly cautious but if not I at least am somewhat prepared to protect my family and we will stand a better chance of making it out okay. That is something, I think, you should be considering for yourself and your loved ones. When and if you do give it some thought, bear in mind that everything I have done to date to prepare for possible disasters can be used in various different situations. For example the gas masks and hazmat suits can be used in the event of something as terrible as a terrorist attack involving nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. They also could be used for something of a less dastardly nature such as an accidental explosion at a chemical plant, and heaven knows we have had our share of those in the US in recent years. People have had to have been evacuated from wide areas because of toxic fumes spread during such events. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to don your PPE and flee in relative safety. Even one of the 3M masks I mentioned might be of help during such a calamity. Of course, there are more everyday uses for some of that PPE. The 3M masks can be used for such chores as sanding, grinding, scraping paint, rust removal, cleaning out a sewer line, or cleaning out the garage.

For example: I used my last two 3M model 8210 masks just a couple of days ago cleaning out the shed in my backyard. Normally, I would not do so (that is both not clean the shed or wear a mask if I were to do so) but my wife told me she saw that a bag of grass seed had been torn open and the seeds were all over the place. She suspected mice, she was right. I took one look and saw about 500 (or more) mouse turds mixed in with the seeds in about 1/2 the shed. I decided to go in and take everything out, and I mean everything, and give it a decent cleaning and hosing off and also to get rid of the mice. The only clue I had as to the type of mice was that it could have been any of the indigenous species here in NY. I figured house mice or maybe field mice.

Since it is a known fact that certain species of mice on Long Island carry and spread the hantavirus, and that it has been transmitted to humans on LI who probably got it sweeping out their garages (that variety is called the New York Hantavirus), I decided to take precautions. After all, it is pretty easy to catch hantavirus through airborne transmission when particles of it in rodent urine or droppings are stirred up into the air while sweeping/cleaning. So, I donned nitrile gloves and a 3M model 8210 mask and equipped myself with a spray bottle of chlorine bleach based cleaner (I sprayed everything almost before touching it or sweeping it), a broom, a dust pan and some trash bags. I am guessing that there had to have been at least a quarter pound of mouse crap in there or in other words an awful lot of mouse droppings and that means more than the 500 I first estimated. After I was done, I took off the PPE and disposed of it. Then, I scrubbed myself off as good as I could and washed all the clothing I had been wearing. I hope I did not wind up breathing in anything from their crap.

It wound up that the mice were of the species Mus musculus otherwise known as the House Mouse and I probably did not need to worry about hantavirus because I am pretty sure that house mice are not vectors for the hantavirus. Do you think though that I went overboard and should not have taken precautions just in case! Even though they may not carry the hantavirus, I figure why take chances, after all - who knows with what else they might have been infected. Regardless, the last person whom I remember to have died on Long Island due to hantavirus took no precautions, such as wearing a respirator mask while doing something seemingly benign as cleaning his garage; too bad for him and I really mean it. I don't want to be the next to catch it or something else that is carried in mouse shit and then having someone say too bad for me that I did not take precautions. Think about it. 

As for the mice, there were two of them. I got one of them - as in killed it. I went into the shed, turned on a lantern, closed the doors, moved one of the two remaining sets of then empty shelves and it came scrambling out. I whacked it with the blade of a garden hoe and luckily that one was the fatter one, the one I suspected of being female. After a few hits with the hoe, I confirmed it was a female and saw she had been pregnant. She had been carrying at least six babies. Had she escaped to wherever, like maybe into my house, she would have popped them out and they would have been eating and ruining our stored food and shitting all over our home. As for the other one of the pair, he escaped, I guess he took off for safer climes while I was cleaning and had the doors of the shed open.

Anyway, it winds up that I need to replace my dust mask supply since I have run out after the mousecapade. The only question about it is which masks do I want to use to resupply my now zero stock of them. Should I go with the tried and trusted model 8210 or the more expensive models with the carbon layer. Right now I am edging toward the 8210. After all, if a manufacturing plant near my home goes up in an explosion and spews toxic fumes or vapors, we already have gas masks for something like that.

As for all the other precautions, think about the times in which we find ourselves. There are constant threats of terrorist attacks and have been several failed attempts in our country in recent years and some successful ones not too long ago. There have been numerous natural and man made disasters and even police action induced situations (whether justified or not - I am not finding fault with the police at this moment) that have led to rioting, looting and curfews. I don't want to find myself suddenly realizing that we need food for supper the same night that there is rioting going on near our home or when the local supermarket is being looted by opportunistic savages. I certainly do not want or need too fight my way into a supermarket and then back out and toward home only to wind up maybe being arrested by the police for suspected looting or worse yet because I had to shoot someone in self defense while out trying to buy dinner. I would rather stay at home and open some cans of green beans, corn and spam.

Again, my advice to you - think about it. Which do you think is better, being fairly well prepared or being unprepared. I think it is a whole lot better to prepare for the worst now and never need to utilize any of my preparations than to not prepare and then suddenly find myself lacking in all regards. As for you, you need to figure that out for yourself cause you sure aren't going to be allowed to come to my house to freeload!

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Question To Ask Yourself Before You Vote In November

 
I am sure that this campaign ad will not be used by Obama, the demoncrats or their supporters.
 
All the best,
GB

Where Is Eric Frein? - A Must Read

I found the following piece, 'Where is Eric Frein?' on Facebook. It is a work that asks some tough questions of the government and also one that should get you wondering and thinking about exactly what has been going on with our government in general, and law enforcement in particular, over the past decade or three (I don't think it references a timeline but I can assure you what is discussed has been happening for at least that long). Read it and think about it and prepare for the outright tyrannical oppression that has been forming and is almost sure to overtake our way of life unless We The People do something to stop it.

With permission from the author, here it is in its entirety:

"Where is Eric Frein?

I honestly didn't think that I'd be talking about this guy again, but at what point do you say, "enough". I'm beginning to think there is something else going on here because, who does this?

I don't want to sound insensitive or disrespectful of an officer's death but seriously, at what point in time should we start asking questions? Let's look at this from an unbiased perspe...
ctive...

Do multiple law enforcement agencies regularly assemble for a manhunt when a citizen OTHER than another LEO is murdered? No, they do not.

Does the State typically spend in excess of $1 million dollars per week for weeks on end searching for the murderer of a regular citizen?

At the expense of the taxpayers, would law enforcement agencies bring in specialized equipment and trained officers of multiple agencies, including the FBI, and militarized swat units from OTHER municipalities for just any murder investigation? Nope, nope.

Is it alright to burden the citizenry with endless police presence, countless road blocks, hundreds of warrantless searches, curtailing of daily activities (like hunting season in 7 counties), imposing of curfews, door to door interrogations, and NOW postponement of all Halloween festivities?
For the purpose of capturing the murderer of a single person who happened to be a state trooper...

So, why are they doing this? Seriously, WHAT is it that makes this one particular officer, who was tragically gunned down by a random crazy person, entitled to the exhaustive efforts that are being used to capture his killer?

I don't know about you, but I'm going to say it....

This isn't about just catching a killer, there has got to be something more. It's almost like theater for a long term martial law drill...

None of this makes sense, and does anyone else here feel like they aren't getting the whole story? It is my opinion that Eric Frein is long gone, and if I am almost positive of this, why isn't anyone else; especially those making the decisions to continue this manhunt...

Anybody else have any thoughts on this because I would sure like to hear them...
#NewRevolution ~ Orphan"

Source:

https://www.facebook.com/ANewAmericanRevolution/photos/a.1506935822887111.1073741830.1506847159562644/1520054564908570/?type=1 My thanks to Orphan for allowing me to reprint that.

We need to reform the government (our chance is nigh, elections are forthcoming) to be able to reclaim our rights and exercise our liberties as we see fit and not as the government sees fit to restrict and we need to do it before it is too late. How can we do it? I believe that we justifiably can use whatever means are necessary to topple the unlawful, Constitution disregarding, tyranny under which we now live. There are three basic ways to do it and so far we have used two of the three but let me point out that so far standing on the soap box has failed, we may still be able to do it by way of the ballot box but time is running out for that option too. If we cannot accomplish the defeat of tyranny from the soap box or at the ballot box that leaves only one option. That one is a box I always have hoped would never have to be opened in opposition to our own government but if it comes to it then so be it to defeat unlawful tyranny while protecting our rights, our liberties, the Constitution of the United States Of America and our Constitutional Republic.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Would Hope It's True But I Fear The Con Of The Millennium Is In The Making

A Chinese company, Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd, is reportedly claiming to have created a drug that cures Ebola. They are trying to fast-track it though China's pharmaceutical drug approval process for commercial use but it reportedly has already been approved for use by China's military. (Source.)

Who knows, maybe they have found a cure but I have been around the block a few times and have seen the Chinese make bold but empty claims before about scientific findings and have also seen them screw the world more than once. I fear this to be nothing more than a con by which they will try to get investors (like other countries) to pay big bucks for what they claim is an Ebola cure only for those countries to find out they wasted their money and put lives in jeopardy by accepting the claims of the Chinese that this stuff works. Or maybe even worse, maybe if it spreads, they will give it out for free knowing it is useless and as other nations use it and their people die the Chinese will advance whatever evil agenda they have in the making. Of course anything is possible though, maybe China has suddenly become a genuinely munificent nation and is willing to give it to the world for free to save humanity (should it come to that bad of an outbreak). If so, let's hope that they really have hit upon a cure.

All the best,
Glenn B