Monday, October 15, 2018

New Orleans Saturday - The Parade For A Cat

After the air show we took a breather and then headed out to a participate in my first Second Line parade ever.

It could have been held by the Crewe of Mew - it was a parade in honor of a cat.

Not just any cat, but an unnamed feline that managed to zap itself and knock out power to 70,000 people on one of the hottest days of the year.

Many in the parade felt the cat was really sticking it to "the man", and the parade was in the cat's honor.

In short, any excuse for a party will do in New Orleans.

So we headed down to where the parade was to start.

The brass band had assembles, and the crowd grew but the parade couldn't start until the police escort arrived.

Some but not all of the police escort arrived, so the starting time of 9:00 pm got pushed back further and further.

There were quite an array of characters ready to go:

The black cat:

People who thought they were cats:

Even dogs were there to honor the Zap Cat.

Then the rest of the escort arrived and the parade got started. The band and the banner led the way.

Quite a crowd paraded to honor the zapped cat.

Much bar-hopping occurred as the parade proceeded in fits and starts over 2 and a half miles.

Lot of fun was hard, my liver was exercised severely once more and thus is growing stronger, and my first second-line parade had taken place.

After such a venture where do you go to get some food to balance out all the alcohol? Why to the Tacocat Food Truck of course!

Those were some tasty, tasty tacos.

New Orleans: Saturday At The Airshow

Why this weekend in New Orleans?

Well aside from cheap airfare and an opening in my schedule to get out for a guy's weekend out, there was something cool going on.

Lots of land vehicles on static displays that would soon be moving in a demonstration.

Aircraft on static display, many of which wpuld be flying in the airshow:

There were interviews with World War 2 veterans, which was quite interesting.

Singers in period costume sang the classic songs of the 40's, and then the airshow kicked off with them leading the crowd in the Star Spangled Banner.

While the ladies sang the national anthem, a pair of F-15s from the 159th Fighter wing came over with perfect timing to do a flyby just as the last note was sung.

They then performed a few passes, including some in the pattern with deliberate missed approaches.

Then they left on afterburner to the delight of the crowd.

A great way to open an airshow.

Many more pics from this airshow to come.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Blogging From The Big Easy

Arrived Friday after work, and a weekend of merriment, fun, stuff to see and do with Murphy's Law, and outright debauchery is well underway.

Good flight in on the Greyhound of the air, Spirit Airlines, but it was on time, passengers were happy and well-behaved and many were well lubricated even before arriving in the Big Easy.

On arrival Murph met me at the airport and we headed off to dinner at Siberia and then to a bar for some drinks.

Then off to a cabaret and burlesque show to enjoy the music, yea that's the ticket.

Actually they are pretty talented musicians and the other talent wasn't bad on the eyes either.

Then a bit of wandering around bar hopping and going to a party held at a bar and drinking until it was well into the wee hours and time to crash and prep for the next day's adventure.

My Liver to me: Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Me: Shut up and hold my beer.

My Liver: That’s what I’m talking about!

The poor liver is getting quite a workout - more beer has been consumed in two days than I've drank in about 4 months.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If At First Your Tweet Doesn't Evoke That You're Woke, Claim It's Just A Joke

So a progressive writer for the Colbert Report by the name of Ariel Dumas (apparently now to be pronounced dumb-ass) decided to post that she was at least glad that Justice Kavanaugh's reputation was ruined in the slime fest against him:

Not she said "we", that she and her media buddies had a hand in it, which of course she did.

The unfounded and not credible, and factually inconsistent accusations were hurled at him at the last minute to derail or at least delay his nomination. They now seem to be rapidly fading off to "oh, never-mind" territory now that he's been confirmed, and one would think if they were true such allegations would have continued to be pursued and investigated but the accusers now are recanting or deciding not to move any further forward with their claims, it certainly looks like a put-up job just to stop his nomination and for no other purpose.

The downside of course is that in the name of partisan politics, a man who is by all reports and every measure a boy scout has had his reputation smeared, his family threatened and his honor besmirched. The proggies while sad at being unable to stop his nomination by hook or by crook, seem content to have set the smear as well as the warning to anyone in the future that if they get nominated for a position as a Republican they can expect this sort of unverifiable and ill-defined accusations to happen to them.

And thus, a happy tweet that the aim of ruining his life had been achieved was sent out as a triumphant statement.

Making such tweets virtue signals to their tribe that the person is a brave outspoken individual who is very woke.

But, instead of receiving the expected accolades on how brave she is, she apparently got some very appropriate flack for it, she did the standard backpedal of claiming it was all a joke.

Since she's a writer for the Colbert Show it does rather fit the pattern well - throw a partisan bomb out there and if it fizzles then just walk it back claiming it's all just a joke, man. It fits the overall pattern of the media and those who work within it being a tool of Democrat and Progressive party politics.

Anyone actually believe she was joking rather than emoting?

Friday, October 05, 2018

Hockey Night In Canada

Didn't used to mean beating your wife with a hockey stick.

But with Canada's embrace of Syrian refugees, it's becoming a thing. So is murder.

I had been contemplating witting a blog post on the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen, in Vancouver, killed by a Syrian Refugee in Canada, who had been in the country all of three months before committing the murder. All the fabled vetting failed, and failed rather badly.

However, Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish wrote an article that said it all far better than I ever could, so please click and read it.

One thing that strikes me in his article, amongst all the hand-wringing of the do-gooders he quotes in the article who figured nothing ever bad would happen, is their certainty that they certainly shouldn't stop bringing more refugees in and these are just all isolated incidents.

After all you can't make an omelet without cracking some eggs, and Shen and others victims were just eggs cracked for the omelet of Canadian tolerance of tolerating the intolerant and the necessary celebration of diversity.

The amazing defense of the indefensible in the name of compassion and tolerance is rather amazing.

But back to hockey night in Canada, from Daniel Greenfield's article:

Mohamad Rafia, a Syrian refugee beat his wife with a hockey stick for half an hour and then claimed that he didn’t know it was illegal. “More should have been done to educate him,” his interpreter insisted.

It used to be that ignorance of the law was no excuse.

Indeed, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that beating your wife (or anyone else for that matter) with a hockey stick is wrong, m'kay? It's pretty much a given that it is bad by its very nature.

It's funny in a rather unfunny way how the advocates against violence against women are strangely silent or make excuses when it is a member of a protected class doing the beating. How about that Keith Ellison, right?

Part of this is a deliberate diminishing and loss of confidence in Western Civilization, where other cultures that hold women in less esteem cannot be judged comparably or asserted to be inferior to Western Civ in any way.

To say that Western culture is bad and shouldn't pass judgment on other cultures tends to create some problems. After all, if Western Civ is bad, how dare its adherents criticize other cultures?

Canada now merrily removes status of its founders for not conforming to present SJW ethos. But at the same time Canada pointedly ignores or excuses a far more barbaric import in the present with a trope that they simply don't know any better, or an excuse that they just have a different culture which should be respected and shouldn't be judged or dared to be compared, or its just another isolated incident.

It used to be that Western Civilization, for all its faults, did quite a bit to protect women, and it still does for that matter, and continues to improve. The evil of "Patriarchy" and all that, I know.

But it used to be when faced with another culture that held women's lives of far less value, Western Civilization and its leaders would step forth and yes, even with all its faults, assert the superiority of Western culture, state affirmatively that the other culture was wrong, and thereby save live.

General Sir Charles James Napier, when told that the burning of widows at their husbands funerals in India was a cultural practice that should be respected had this to say:

"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."

Canada could use someone of the stature of Sir Charles today.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Stupid Criminals - And That Is Why You Fail, Repeatedly

Had an interesting call from a potential client.

Fellow was recently ticketed in two different jurisdictions for both careless driving and driving while license suspended in each jurisdiction withing a few days of each other.

To say he's a slow learner would be an understatement.

But wait, it gets better. I asked him how did his license get suspended in the first place? After all, if we can clear up the underlying offense we can start to make this better....

His reply "I've never had a license".

As in, never ever.

Yep, he's driving merrily around without a license and driving badly enough to get stopped for it on the regular.

He now has 6 tickets this year alone for driving suspended.

You would think that after 6 such tickets he'd figure out that continuing to drive is contra-indicated, but it doesn't seem to be getting through.

People like this are why your insurance goes up. It's also why you want to bump up your uninsured and underinsured driver coverage on your policy as the base amount will be insufficient to protect you if you get into an accident with one of these bozos.

Since he most recently got stopped by the Michigan State Police in one of the two jurisdictions, he'll be dealing with the County prosecutor on this, a prosecutor who is rather known for taking a dim view of such things.

Most likely he will not be retaining me, as all his money will be going to the rather extensive fines he's about to face, not to mention potential jail time. So far the past few tickets he just paid fines and went right back to driving, Jail, which is now likely, may just get it through his head that he needs to stop.

His village is calling and wants him back, badly.