74 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Comments

  1. This is a positive development:

    HEADLINE: Terror tunnels ‘will become deathtrap for Hamas in next war,’ IDF warns

    The military’s ability to counter the threat posed by Hamas’ grid of terror tunnels has significantly improved, IDF officials say • IDF also focusing its efforts on constructing a physical obstacle around Gaza meant to deal Hamas’ tunnels “a deathblow.”
    Yahalom, the Engineering Corps’ elite special operations unit, has been tasked with heading the IDF’s efforts to develop counter-tunnel measures. The unit has grown significantly over the past years, focusing its efforts on the development of rapid-response and robotic measures by which the tunnel threat can be neutralized.
    Meanwhile, the IDF is also focusing its efforts on the construction on a physical counter-tunnel obstacle around Gaza, with aim of dealing Hamas’ tunnel grid a deathblow. An IDF official explained the logic behind the construction on a physical barrier is simple: It will stop the digging of a tunnel in its tracks, and the sophisticated obstacle will alert the IDF to the new tunnel threatening to breach Israeli territory.

    Perhaps some of this technology can be employed along our southern border.

  2. Looks like another scorcher out here today. I broke down and turned on the irrigation this morning in hopes of stretching the green ground out another day or two. I think I’m most proud of the fact that I avoid making any spontaneous purchases from Amazon on their hard sell day, but I’ll admit that there were a couple of close calls on items that I really “needed.” I haven’t started my todo list yet this morning, but I’ll get around to it sometime – tomorrow if not today. Avoiding the elephant in the room, outdoor painting, is getting more and more difficult to do. Anyway, here’s hoping you all have a great day. Keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.

  3. Well, the first thing I did today was tick off Hubby. I reminded him of a rather large household project that REALLY needs some attention. The longer he waits, the worse the problem will be.

    Not what he wanted to hear.

    Gonna be a long day.

  4. I had a sleepless night, so not at all ready to face the day. Maybe I can drag out breakfast until time for an early nap…

  5. Just happened to glance down at the hand soap dispenser in the restroom at work. The “flavor” of soap currently available is Himalayan Pink Salt and Water Lily. ??? I wonder if it’s gluten-free?

  6. BC

    Squawk’s car wash.

    Now that is funny right there I don’t care who you are. But you have to understand that when the FEDS shut down our redneck water slide we had to do something to make money. As a rule the Box family Clan is modest but hey SEX SELLS so we do what we gotta do.

  7. I’ve been aware this was going on, but I’ve never been able to get a reading on how pervasive it is. I hope this administration pursues this.

    As the search for evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government enters its second year, a senior congressional Republican sees mounting evidence that Russia has been engaged in a long-term campaign to disrupt the energy agenda now promoted by Donald Trump. Today the House Science Committee sent this column the following statement from Chairman Lamar Smith:

    If you connect the dots, it is clear that Russia is funding U.S. environmental groups in an effort to suppress our domestic oil and gas industry, specifically hydraulic fracking. They have established an elaborate scheme that funnels money through shell companies in Bermuda. This scheme may violate federal law and certainly distorts the U.S. energy market. The American people deserve to know the truth and I am confident Secretary Mnuchin will investigate the allegations.

  8. Astroturfing the universe and semi-fake news.

    Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley.

    Over the past decade, Google has helped finance hundreds of research papers to defend against regulatory challenges of its market dominance, paying $US5000-$US400,000 for the work, The Wall Street Journal found.

    Some researchers share their papers before publication and let Google give suggestions, according to thousands of pages of emails obtained by the Journal in public-records requests of more than a dozen university professors.

    The professors don’t always reveal Google’s backing in their research, and few disclosed the financial ties in subsequent articles on the same or similar topics, the Journal found.

  9. Wow.

    NEW YORK — The U.S. exported 197.6 billion cu. feet of liquefied natural gas from January through April, exceeding the total for all of last year, as American influence in the international market grew.

    April’s exports alone quintupled on the year to 50.6 billion cu. feet, according to data released at the end of June by the Energy Information Administration. Latin America and the Caribbean account for 44% of exports, and Asia for 28%, said Executive Vice President Anatol Feygin of Cheniere Energy, the sole company constructing and operating LNG export terminals in the lower 48 states.

    The U.S. now exports its LNG to 23 countries. Poland began imports in June, and Japan’s Chubu Electric Power imported the first American LNG derived from shale gas in January.

  10. I think Stephen Green at Instapundit is stalking me on the internet. He just posted, a few minutes later, the same stories I did here.

  11. #21 – I used to go to a football game and watch between plays when the players would gather in a little circle on the field and then clap their hands and come out and line up. I knew at the time the reason they were gathering around out there was to talk about me.

  12. #20 Texpat

    And this is where I worry that Trump’s Democrat protectionist tendencies will start creeping in. Say someone in Poland or Japan hurts his feelings. He then starts trying to halt LNG sales to them.

  13. Via Instapundit:

    A 100 euros typewriter has sold for 45,000 euros (£40,000; $51,500) at auction, after it was discovered it was actually a German Wehrmacht Enigma I.

    The World War Two cipher machine was bought at a flea market by a cryptography professor, who apparently recognised its true worth.

    Okay, but the article closes with this:

    However, the eventual sale price fell far short of the record amount for an Enigma machine at auction, after one sold at Christie’s in New York for $547,500 last month.

    After decades in the auction business, I can tell you something smells here. There’s a lot more to be known about this story.

  14. 23 Hamous

    Yeah, but we can hope he’ll just tweet ugly things about Poles and Japanese instead of trying to embargo them. Trump’s on a honeymoon with the Polish people right now and let’s pray it stays that way.

  15. Texpat

    I think Stephen Green at Instapundit is stalking me on the internet. He just posted, a few minutes later, the same stories I did here.

    You think you got problems. My Mom is in her living room listening to Tom Jones on TV.

    BROTHER PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Oh boy–More show trial committee hearings today to confirm a new FIB SpyDuckus honcho from the esteemed panel of bumbling stumblers and fabricated forensic foreskin fumblers.

    Here’s a summary of all the questions that will be asked at today’s interrogation.

    The good news is word on the street says that darling of dastardly, Zippers Down Schumer, will be debuting his new health food line of mayo filled donuts wrapped in baloney and topped with a light olive loaf glaze.

    I think he’s going to call it the Sticky Finger Zipper Buster.

    Guaranteed to be a hit when any visiting Russian dignitary comes to town promising they have the dirt on Trump.

    That’s considered good dirt and not collusion, obstruction, hacking, sacking or acid reflux reacting.

  17. I occasionally take a shortcut through a cotton field near FM529 @ the Brazos.

    When cotton flowers present themselves they are creamy white. Over the next four days they change from white to pink to red.

    If you catch it just right, as I just did, the crop is pretty spectacular covered with white, pink, and red blooms.

  18. If you catch it just right, as I just did, the crop is pretty spectacular covered with white, pink, and red blooms.

    We need pictures!

  19. I don’t think I had ever seen cotton flowers, so was not aware that they were pretty. I find it hard in retrospect to believe that people grew cotton in rural Midland, with irrigation. Doesn’t seem economic. Had an aunt and uncle who were large-scale cotton farmers in the Panhandle. I remember once when I was there on a visit, the cotton was being harvested by hand. I was probably about 12 y.o. and I wanted to try it. I did manage to fill one bag. Or at least that is how it finished up in my memory banks.

  20. Super Dave just won’t be happy until I upgrade to an iPhone 7 and join a photo sharing site.

    The iPhone 6 camera just doesn’t cut it.

  21. I don’t think I had ever seen cotton flowers, so was not aware that they were pretty.

    She’s an imposter, boys. I suspect some Yankee miscegenation.

  22. #32

    I come from a long line of cotton pickers in Lubbock/Crosbyton area. They were all white too!

  23. My relatives were a bit further north. Muleshoe.

    And while I don’t recall what season it was that I visited and filled a bag with cotton bolls, the fields were NOT in white or pink blooms.

  24. I suspect some Yankee miscegenation.

    If you could hear my pitiful West Texas accent, your suspicions would be allayed.

  25. I cropped tobacco many summers from about 13 years old to 18 or 19. Absolute worst job I’ve ever had, hands down. Sunup to sundown, middle of summer. You come out of the fields just as it starts cooling down, only to work another four hours hanging sticks of tobacco in 120° tar-paper wrapped curing barns, top to bottom. It was in the tobacco fields where I learned the meaning of bearcaught.

  26. 41
    Messing with dry land peanuts can also be pretty brutal.
    Always in the heat of the year.
    You eat and breathe a lot of dirt.
    Especially using tractors without cabs.

    SE Texas summer bites. Period.

    My sweet niece said I look pretty good for 62. I told her all these years in the sun are catching up with me. Smile lines are quickly becoming smile grooves.
    Might as well have lived in the desert all these years. 🙂

  27. I wasn’t aware of a West Texas accent when we met. You’ve been hanging around here for too many years, I guess.

  28. Brother Squawk

    You think you got problems. My Mom is in her living room listening to Tom Jones on TV.

    BROTHER PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your mother, like myself recognizes a true musical legend and talent never to duplicated.

    It could be also a sign that you too will soon begin to celebrate the entire catalog of Tom Jones music, magic and unparalleled coolness.:-)


  29. It says here that a parsnip is that part of a covfefe plant that is dried and smoked for its hallucinogenic properties.

    I missed that one, somehow.

  30. On free TV, one of the stations has periodically been showing some kind of old Mac Davis program and Tom Jones is one of the guests along with Dolly Parton and Donna Summer.
    They all get together and sing a couple of good gospel tunes.

    But I have to turn away on the long shots of TJ in his scandalously skintight bell bottoms.

    Hard to unsee that, dude.

  31. Parsnips are a cross between a carrot and a turnip. They taste like old gym socks. You have to dig them up after the second freezes but before the ground freezes hard. If you wait too long, you have to cover them up with hay and dig them up in Spring.

  32. Headed home and there is a stunningly gigantic and towering thunderhead to the east of me. I figure it’s between the river and Brookshire or Katy.

  33. So parsnips are another of those strange root crops that starving humans decided was okay to eat but under other circumstances wouldn’t have dreamed of eating?

  34. #46 Shannon

    I wasn’t aware of a West Texas accent when we met. You’ve been hanging around here for too many years, I guess.

    It’s a relic, a trace, a remnant.

    I didn’t know I still had it until Hubs got me a small digital recorder, and I heard it in my voice when we were trying it out. Its real purpose was to wear it on a chain around my neck when I went on the most recent DR drivethrough. Used it to clean up my hand-scribbled notes regarding what we found, while punching in and emailing to HOA preezy.

  35. EL Gordo

    A Delaware-Sized iceberg has broken off the ice shelf in Antarctica.

    Can I get the bikini store franchise of your new beachfront empire?

    I expect an early bird deep discount

  36. 58

    Trump as president does kinda grease the skids for a Senator Kid Rock or a president Duane Johnson, doesn’t he?

    Or is that greazzy the skids?

  37. #60 – As soon as I heard about that iceberg I ran out and got a purchase option on everything in the western half of the county. Anything or anybody planning beach front opportunities out here will have to go through me. I got the idea from binge watching Boardwalk Empire on Amazon the past couple of weeks. Looking for partners though – send money and you can get in on the ground floor so to speak.

  38. Just heard a good line from a movie:

    Young bad news studly guy: “What’s the deal with your granddaughters?”

    Cowboy Grandpa: “What’s the deal? The deal is…you stay 10 feet away at all times. Any part of you that crosses over that line will be removed.”

    The man knows how to set a boundary.

  39. Rand Paul is right. BarryCare isn’t going anywhere.
    And the debt limit will be extended.

    The Republicans are going down big in ’18 and ’20.

    I wonder who the Commies are going to let have the presidency.

  40. I’ve heard parsnips go great with Green Eggs and Ham.

    Ted Cruz’s favorite breakfast dish.

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