Famous the Uncle Jay will explain- no...it will take too long. Uncle Jay will sum up all the weird shit happening around him. Famous!
There is a container boat, the El Faro based here in Jacksonville that's gone missing on its route from Jax to Puerto Rico.
It was last heard from near Crooked Island in the Bahamas, it's path taking it through the feeder bands of tropical storm (now hurricane) Joaquin...
33 crew are missing.
Just saw that the USCG found a life ring from the vessel 75 miles north of the last know position... not a good sign.
If you are on a first - name basis with a major deity, please put in a good word for the captain & crew, would you?
At the table next to mine this AM:
Waitress: "I'll bring you some more Holiday sauce."
(TBGs ears perk up at this...)
Customer 1: "That will be lovely."
(Illiterate waitress leaves)
Customer 2: "What's she bringing?"
C1: "Holiday sauce. For my Eggs Benedict."
C2: "Oh. Ok."
Constant Readers will be proud of me; I did not head-smack either of the customers or the waitress...
I did throw up in my mouth a little, but no actual projectile vomiting occurred.
Question: How much violence should be allowable to visit upon people that butcher the English language?
A email server in a bathroom, emails turned over the Gummint, investigations of emails, investigations of aides, etc etc.
Weird... Seems to me there isn't a lot of concern regarding her situation there.
Perhaps it's because she knows that all of that can be dealt with via an executive pardon. (And if you think the current animosity between the Obama administration and Hillary would preclude that, I have a bridge to sell you... Progressives might bicker, but they protect each other when it comes to the big picture.)
Seems to me that there are lots and lots of things that need to be investigated and that could bear some tasty fruit...
Her not-so-subtle connections with foreign governments, dealings with the Clinton Family Foundation, and all the contributors thereof. Many things.
A quote that might bring some things into perspective:
'If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.'
-Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
He's right you know...
Think about it.
One meeting done. One more to go.
I'm in a shuttle bus heading to midtown Manhattan now for my next meeting.
Might have time for a nosh before the meeting so... yeah. All good so far.
As for 'planes trains etc', it's actually more like:
Motorcycle (30 miles in rain), shuttle bus, plane, train, Uber car, another shuttle van, my size 14s, a taxi, another train, another plane, and another 30 miles on two wheels back home.
Probably still in the rain.
I love my job...
Sitting at the airport. Again.
This is a fast kamikaze trip to NYC, outbound flight at 5:50a, two meetings then a 9p flight home.
(So left the house at 4:10a, back in the door around midnight.)
Except for a drizzle on the way, no issues getting from the beach to JAX, through TSA, and to the gate. (Knock wood)
Looking through the 'blog under the 'travel' and 'travel issues' tags.
The crap I've gone through in the last 10 years when it comes to getting from one place to another...
Don't know how much longer I can keep from giving some TSA moron, airline idjit, or some (other) asshat passenger a well-deserved thumping... Seems as time goes by, the shorter the fuse gets.
I can take solace, after reading back through some of the stories, that I have avoided the no-fly list thus far, but time will tell.
I'm sure there will be camel back breaking straw somewhere down the line, but for the moment, you find me in seat 7B, cussing under my breath and nursing a sore knee.
Update from NJ/NYC shortly.
(from PBS.ORG)But of course, you have to read further to see the fine print:
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it “pains me to no end.”
“It is really a tragic and very unfortunate incident, and EPA is taking responsibility to ensure that that spill is cleaned up,” McCarthy said. “I am absolutely, deeply sorry that this ever happened.”Only cleaned up? What happened to full responsibility?
“As president and commander in chief I take full responsibility for all counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovani.”So...
"We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it up, and where people can present legitimate claims for damages we will honor them. We are going to be very, very aggressive in all of that," Tony Hayward told Reuters in an interview on Friday.
* There have been 39 people shot in Sydney (in 2014), most related to an ongoing bikie war.Sydney gun crime: city suffers three shootings in three hours
* Conservative estimates say there are more than a quarter-of-a-million illegal firearms in Australia.
* Gun ownership in Australia is back at pre-Port Arthur massacre levels.
* Carrying a gun is becoming more common and ingrained in outlaw culture.
* Gun amnesties barely put a dent in the number of weapons.
* Innocent people are being caught up in gun battles.
* There has been a steady increase in gun-related crimes over the past seven years.
So if you want to be outraged because ISIS destroyed a beautiful piece of architecture, have at at. But be outraged at everything else, too, and push to do something about it.Fuckin'-A right Johnny.
Because we can always rebuild a ruin and say “this is what it looked like,” but we can’t undo the murder of thousands.
(Just spent several hours enjoying "hospitality" at Beijing Capital Airport.)
I am getting to the point that I hate airports, airlines, airport personnel, airline employees, airline passengers, aircraft, and air travel in general.
I'd take the train everywhere if I hadn't found bedbugs on me during the trip on Amtrak in February...
Time for some serious decision-making.
More in 15 to 17 hours.
On the flight from MCO to ORD,=============================
I have the Weather Channel on the in-flight entertainment system...
They are ginning up all the enthusiasm they can muster for a very marginal tropical storm (Guillermo) in the Pacific...
You know, it's got to be killing them that they don't have a Cat-4 or 5 storm so far in the 2015 hurricane season.
(Considering that they have way overestimated the number of Cat3+ storms the past few years this is quite an embarrassment for them.)
Sadly (for them) all they can doomshout about is the "record-breaking heat" and the probable effects on the Arctic icecap.
Of course, when a Climate Denier mentions record cold or consecutive below - zero calendar weeks, he is admonished that "current weather is NOT 'climate'", and not to mistake months of record breaking cold over large areas as any kind of indicator of climate trend...
ChiFly: "Hey. You're new around this shithole. Where are you from?"
FlaFly: "Hi. I'm from Florida."
ChiFly: "Wow. How'd you get here?"
FlaFly: "I flew, of course."
ChiFly: "Damn. Respect."