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Current location: Left Coast
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About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

Journal Archives

I lost my GSD today

I am out of town for work and my wife had to put her down. She had taken a sudden turn for the worse this morning. My office will never be the same.

Greta was my 4th Shepherd, and they have all been wonderful dogs, each in their own way. I look forward to seeing then all again one day.

It just won't be heaven without dogs..

A day later and I've lost another furry friend. My rescue beagle StanLee has gone home to be with his big friend Greta. I hope my week gets better.

Elon Musk's Boring Company plan for a 69-station 'Vegas Loop' is anything but nice

The Verge tells us about Musk's digging "successes" in Lost Wages, NV.

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s mostly unreliable tunnel digging venture, has won the approval to expand its “Vegas Loop” system to — wait for it — 69 stations. Nice? Not really.

The tunnel system is Musk’s supposedly futuristic idea to alleviate road traffic by shifting some of that bumper-to-bumper traffic underground. The expansion, approved by the Clark County Commissioners, allows The Boring Company to construct 25 miles of additional tunnels for a total of 65 miles and 18 additional stations.

Of course, Musk’s promise to revolutionize transportation with underground tunnels is, in practice, rather underwhelming. Rather than being whisked along through a futuristic tunnel by an autonomous, high-occupancy shuttle traveling at impressive speeds, riders instead are forced to sit in a Tesla operated by a human driver at speeds often less than 30 mph. Sometimes there’s traffic.

It bears repeating: Musk has simply recreated underground the same failed above-ground systems he claims to want to conquer.

Trump to call hotel Doonbeg on the Ocean because 'we have the ocean and nobody else does'

The delusional twice impeached rapist is claiming exclusive ownership of the Atlantic Ocean it seems.

This come in from the Irish Times, where the locals are amused by his antics.

Former US president Donald Trump has said he will be calling his hotel in Co Clare Doonbeg on the Ocean because “we have the ocean and nobody else does”.

Speaking after he played his round of golf at the resort on Thursday, Mr Trump said:

“It’s called Doonbeg on the Ocean,” he said. “It’s not a new name, but we’re adding the word ‘Ocean’. Because I said to myself, ‘it’s on the ocean, if it’s on the ocean, we call it Doonbeg on the Ocean, we have the ocean, and nobody else does, so that’s what we’re calling it”. He said the name Trump would remain on the property.

He also spewed many lies about his rape trial that were covered in that same article.

The GOP is all for law enforcement...

... except when they aren't.

Florida DJI drone ban grounds $200m fleet and angers police and state officials

A Florida law passed in 2021 has gone into force, grounding all State-owned DJI drones, and the police aren't happy. A law, backed by Florida governor (and US Presidential hopeful) Ron DeSantis, banning the use of Chinese drones in Florida has gone into force, grounding millions of dollars worth of police and state-service-owned drones overnight.
The law, Florida statute 934.50, is an unfunded mandate, meaning there is no new money for departments operating drones to replace their Chinese – usually DJI or Autel – drones with alternatives, and, as many have pointed out, the alternatives often aren't up to the job. DJI is the largest supplier of non-military drones on the planet, with a wide choice of the best DJI drones(opens in new tab) for most tasks.

Lieutenant Michael Crabb, of the North County Sheriff's Office, told the Florida state senate said: "If there are national security issues with a DJI drone, then show us what it is." He also said: "I'm an American, and I wish we could buy all American-made drones [but] there are limitations with American-made, unfortunately." He indicates that, of a fleet of 25 drones used to monitor active crimes and in other police work, 19 were DJI and would now be grounded.
There is not even agreement over this within the Republican party. Senator Tom Wright has been an enthusiastic proponent of using drones in car chases and other police businesses. He said, "This would require law enforcement agencies and fire departments across our state to throw away nearly $200 million of DJI drones.” He has sponsored a bill, SB1514, to delay the law, but it has not yet been heard.

Jack Daniels, a squeaky toy, & SCOTUS

Yes, the iconic Jack Daniel's is taking the maker of a dog toy to the Supreme Court today.


Amazon stops selling subscriptions

I got an email from Amazon today saying that they are not selling magazine or newspaper subscriptions any more. My WaPo will be ending soon because of that.
big whoop

What happens if us dudes all start using a period tracker?

Would we be subject to the same searches women must endure? Which app should I use?

The Mrs baby beagle

She loves this tiny little girl. 2yo, and 11 inches tall. She's a real outgoing character.


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18 months sober

As of yesterday. From now on, I'll be counting my birthdays in years instead of months. God is good!
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