Friday Open Thread

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall
Layin’ soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall

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  1. Good Friday the 11th morning Hamsters. Friday the 13th comes on Sunday this month. Maybe a good omen. Another day closer to that first cold front.

    The Chron is getting so unreadable other than the comics and a few nonpolitical articles that manage to sneak in, it’s time they ought to pay us to subscribe.

  2. HEADLINE: Do You Trust Snopes? You Won’t After Reading This.
    Snopes is now 50% owned by an ad agency (Proper Media) and they make money by generating millions of views on the 3rd-party advertisements on their website. It simply makes sense for them to seek out articles that are viral to “debunk”, so that they can piggy-back on that traffic and generate more advertising revenue.

    I have long believed that Snopes is crap.

  3. One of the problems we have in Amerika is this thought that all kids should go to college. My high 2ndary school education counselor insisted that I take college bound classes and I ended up voluntarily, willingly, it is what I wanted to do, became a moderately successful trucker.

    There was a day

    When High Schools Shaped America’s Destiny
    An early-twentieth-century grassroots movement for mass secondary education positioned the nation for world leadership.

  4. Merde! I switched puters and I have to remember where the Snopes story is so I can produce the link.

  5. 5 BC

    These stories have been around for many months:

    The founder of mythbusting website Snopes, which was recently tapped by Facebook as one of four “fact-check” organizations patrolling the site for “fake news,” embezzled $98,000 in company funds before spending it on “himself and the prostitutes he hired,” according to legal documents filed by his ex-wife reviewed by the Daily Mail.

    After divorcing from his first wife, Barbara Mikkelson, David Mikkelson married Elyssa Young, a former porn star and current escort who now works for Snopes as an administrator, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Daily Mail also revealed that top Snopes “fact-checker” Kim LaCapria claimed on her personal blog that she has “posted to Snopes” after smoking marijuana. As TheDC previously revealed, LaCapria describes herself as “openly left-leaning” and once claimed that Republicans fear “female agency.”

    and this,

    David wanted his salary raised from $240,000 to $360,000 – arguing that this would still put him below the ‘industry standards’ and that he should be paid up to $720,000 a year.

    ‘As I said, based on industry standards and our revenues, my salary should be about 2x to 3x what it is now,’ he wrote in an email to Barbara in April 2016. ‘I’ll settle for $360K with the understanding that it’s to be retroactive to the start of the year.’

    Barbara responded that his request was ‘not even in the galaxy of reasonable’.
    So bitter was the dispute, that they even fell out over the arbiter they had appointed to settle disputes, meaning that Facebook’s arbiter cannot even agree on its own arbiter.

    The court papers also detail the substantial financial rewards ‘fact-checking’ brought the former couple – and how they have even fallen out over remuneration.

  6. I was pushing my son’s charter school to start a vocations training program. The board decided to concentrate solely on prepping students for college.

    My son was one of those not-ready-for-college students. He loves working in the HVAC field. He did eventually go back to junior college and, despite his learning challenges, received his associates degree. I guess he needed the proper motivation to make him want to open the books. Mom nagging him to read and study wasn’t good enough. He had to motivate himself. I’m proud of him for overcoming.

    I remember the days when I was told he’d never become a fully functional adult. I refused to believe that. I never believed he’d be president (though THAT bar has been dropped pretty low, so you never know), but I never gave up on him being able to take care of himself. It was like a twelve year war with the school district. I remember the 8 hour ARD meeting where we weren’t allowed lunch breaks and barely got potty breaks – their attempt to make me cave. I remember how the Ice Queen Area Superintendent tried to sabotage my efforts to have Handsome Son properly tested and placed. Handsome was lucky to have some (not all) really good teachers who cared for him. The HISD administration was what sucked. They tried to warehouse him in programs that wouldn’t develop him, wouldn’t teach, and that offered little hope for a future. They didn’t appreciate a parent trying to stick her nose in their decisions, either. We had no options other than the college-bound programs.

    If Handsome had been offered vocational training along with his school work, I wonder if he would have succeeded a little earlier than he did?

    I remember metal shop, DECA, and all those other vocational programs my high school had. IIRC, they were quite successful. When was it decided that college was the end-all and be-all of the educational system?

  7. Super Dave says:
    AUGUST 11, 2017 AT 6:24 AM
    Oh and Sarge, your #58 and #62 from yesterday was pretty good.

    Pretty good?

    I merely saved Austin County, and the entire nation by extension, by exposing a nefarious plot is all.

  8. 12 Tedtam

    The debt load of American former and present college students now exceeds one trillion dollars. Approximately 55% of all higher education employees on campuses are non-teaching administrative bureaucrats.

    Scamming Americans into sending their kids to colleges for which they are unfit and then seducing them into borrowing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed the payroll and pension plans of repugnant overgrown administrations…

    …is where the money is.

    This entire corrupt Leviathan was designed and implemented by your Congress and federal government.

    The well to do plumbers, electrical and HVAC contractors I know don’t owe a dime for college loans and the only pension and payroll plans they contribute to are their own.

  9. Tedtam
    My high school had a decent vocational curriculum. I hated high school and just wanted to learn a trade. I was at least smart enough to know I needed a high screwel edumuhcation so I did not drop out. I got out of school with no idea what to do so I joined the Air Force. I did my time and honorably discharged To continue in my AF job in civilian life I would have to got to college. Not what I wanted to do. But I did. Call me foolish but I did go to college and dropped out needing just a couple hours for a degree. Hired on with a trucking firm and as they say the rest is history.

    The point is statements to a parent that there kids prolly will not become a functioning adult is cruel. I have seen kids with major cases of autism go on in life and become productive human beings contributing to society every day. Each one of them had a loving parent who believed their child was so much more. Me? I was just obstinate enough to “do it” my way. It is the danged school agendas that get pushed rather than listening to the desires of the student and what they want to do. Had my high school had their way I would have become a college degreed Walmart grocery stocker or something like that with a raging addiction to Benedryl and Schlitz beer with the propensity to become a mass murderer.

    Thank God your son had a loving mother who cared enough to stay involved in her son’s life.

  10. Those flies and mosquitoes around Sarge’s house are actually spy drones. And they follow him on his hammock adventures.

    (Shannon, I think you should activate the buzzard drones now. That always adds an ominous tone to the situation)

  11. Maybe I’ll mow today, maybe not. The skunk is still at large. It’s not showing up every day, so I have to stay on guard all the time, then run out to bait the trap once I see it. Mr. Fox was expressing a lot of interest in the trap last evening, so I had to go out twice and chase him away. OK, I’m off for my walk around this morning, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll find something that needs to be fixed. I have to be real careful not to look up or I might notice that the house needs a paint job.

    And a very special shout out to Sarge for developing the expose on the goings on in Austin Co. This march toward socialism, funded with our own tax dollars, has got to be recognized for what it is and stopped dead in its tracks.

  12. In case you missed it…

    On Twitter from Twitchy:

    Lee Doren @LDoren

    The New York Times is claiming the Palin case should be dismissed because it is unreasonable to assume the Editors read the New York Times.

    4:44 PM – Aug 10, 2017
    14 14 Replies 59 59 Retweets 49 49 likes

    Theater of the Absurd

    Even if Sarah Palin fails in her suit against the NYT, she has already made them a further laughingstock among their own peers.

  13. Shannon is either too busy monitoring our drones or he’s too shook up over the OC photo to comment.

  14. #6 Squawkster, great article and it’s about time to return to those days. This caught my attention;

    None of this would strike contemporary readers as new, but in 1953, only a small portion of the grandparents of these Davenport students would have had anything like this kind of schooling. Before the early twentieth century, few Americans had been educated beyond the eighth grade; the same was true in other countries.

    Back in the day, high school was first and foremost, there to prepare a student for college. Changing to Vo-Tech was a good idea after the war, with the industries booming. The biggest bill of goods sold to the millennia’s is that they HAVE to go to college and get a degree, even if that degree is totally useless. Of course, the worst thing ever, was student loans, driving up the cost for everyone and leaving a lot of poor young IDIOTs in debt up to their eyeballs. “I’m from the Government and here to help you”,……the scariest sentence ever spoken.

  15. I am going to do a bunch of small jobs outdoors today. A little hand trimming. Maybe some pole saw trimming. Need to dig out some intrusive grass from a small shrub bed near the front curb. Time to pull out some small ferns that grew from those underground root balls. I pulled up a ton of that stuff after the freeze, but you can never get all of it. Plenty to keep me busy this morning.

  16. Shannon is either too busy monitoring our drones or he’s too shook up over the OC photo to comment.

    Or the Bund, having been exposed, is going underground as we speak.

  17. #22 Iron Mary, so, your hand needs trimming and your pole saw is too long?!

  18. That’s going to be my new line: You have a better chance of being killed by Hillary Clinton than you do of being [* insert horrific death here].

    struck by lightning
    attacked by shark
    in a plane crash
    swallowed up by a sink hole
    hit by a meteor
    attacked by wolves

  19. so, your hand needs trimming and your pole saw is too long?!

    Along those lines, that reminds me of the importance of capitalization of names when typing. For example, suppose you needed to explain how you helped your Uncle Jack off his horse.

  20. 6 SQK

    My brother in law has a Phd in Soil Science from A&M and drove a truck for the rest of his career.

  21. My Hand Needs Trimming. (well, my nails do)

    I Haven’t Even Gotten My Pole Saw Outa The Garage. (it’s too darned hot and humid)

    I got an hour of Hand Trimming and pulled up some Ferns, about 3 5-gal buckets full of vegetative discards. Dunno if I am Taking a Break or Done for the Day.

  22. The always interesting and intelligent Megan McArdle on James Damore’s famous Google essay.

    Have you heard about the Google memo? Have you heard nothing but “Google memo” all week? James Damore, an engineer at Google, wrote a memo suggesting that maybe there weren’t so many women at Google because women are less interested in sitting around and staring at code all day. The internet erupted. James Damore is no longer working at Google.

    and this,

    Until the age of 26, I was employed as a technology consultant by a small firm that served the financial industry. I built servers and workstations, mostly for banks, and in a happy foreshadowing of my future writing for Bloomberg View, I installed some of the first PC-based Bloomberg terminals for a Japanese firm’s office in New York.

    Finance back then was heavily male, as it is now. And technology, the same. At the intersection of the two … well, I can count on one hand all the women I worked with directly during almost four years of consulting.

    It was very male-centric. I heard about client outings, involving strippers, to which I was obviously not invited. And the sexual harassment (entirely from clients, not colleagues), could be spectacular.

    Which has nothing to do with why I left. This will make me sound a bit dim, but at the time, it never occurred to me that being a female in this bro ecosystem might impinge my ultimate career prospects. Nor did I miss having women in the room. I liked working with the bros just fine. And the sexual harassment, while annoying, was just that: annoying. I cannot recall that it ever affected my work, nor that I lost any sleep over it.

    No, the reason I left is that I came into work one Monday morning and joined the guys at our work table, and one of them said “What did you do this weekend?”

    I was in the throes of a brief, doomed romance. I had attended a concert that Saturday night. I answered the question with an account of both. The guys stared blankly. Then silence. Then one of them said: “I built a fiber-channel network in my basement,” and our co-workers fell all over themselves asking him to describe every step in loving detail.

    At that moment I realized that fundamentally, these are not my people. I liked the work. But I was never going to like it enough to blow a weekend doing more of it for free. Which meant that I was never going to be as good at that job as the guys around me.

    HT: Glenn Reynolds

    I tried to explain this to a middle aged female friend who was frustrated by her young, tech obsessed colleagues who were outperforming her in sales and PR. I asked how many times she used her smartphone, computer or laptop away from the office. She left her laptop at work, didn’t have a computer at home and barely touched her phone unless it was a call when away from work. I tried to tell her the kids she worked with lived and breathed with their phones around the clock immersed in social media. She just couldn’t grasp it.

  23. #32 Texpat

    But I was never going to like it enough to blow a weekend doing more of it for free. Which meant that I was never going to be as good at that job as the guys around me.

    So I guess that explains why I did as well as I did in IT. I ***fondly*** remember a number of weekends when I continued working even when I was the only person in the building. Not to mention that memorable Thanksgiving Day — after I had retired as a programmer but was rehired as a contract QA engineer — when one tester (me) and one developer, each working remotely from home, delayed our family holiday in order to get a bug isolated, fixed, and retested.

    It was no big deal. One day delay. So I chopped celery for the dressing on Friday instead of on Thursday.

    I am getting verklempt with nostalgia for those final 30 years of my working life.

  24. Recovery from the viral flu-like beast continues apace, with each day having a bit more time feeling normal before fatigue moves in for several hours and naptime calls.

    This is an ugly beast that we hope mutates itself into something less nasty rather than becomes the dominant virus for this fall and winter.

  25. My brother in law has a Phd in Soil Science from A&M and drove a truck for the rest of his career.

    His Viet Nam vacation in the late sixties left him with a low tolerance for fools. So ten hours a day as an owner operator suited him just fine.

  26. OK, my lawn is mowed, what’s up next? Think I’ll switch bait in the trap and maybe get some canned cat food instead of chicken bones. The trigger on this trap is not as easy to spring as others I’ve used, and the varmits are pretty crafty at getting the bait while not springing the trap. The last time I tried catching a skunk, it took five days I think. This time, it’s taking even longer – but I’ve only seen the skunk once this week, so it may be roaming a larger territory than the last one did. OK, canned cat food it is – the trick is to dig a hole under the trigger part of the trap, plant the can of food in the hole, then place the trap on top and make the li’l varmit go in there and dig for it.

  27. So my nightmares of being eaten alive by Hillary and / or clowns will be replaced with nightmares of being eaten alive by hippos. Sheesh.

  28. Mosquitoes kill more humans than any other multi cell creature on the planet. Think about that when you’re sipping juleps on the veranda

  29. If you outlaw mosquitoes only mosquitoes will… no… that’s not it.

    If you outlaw mosquitoes only people will… no… not that either.

    Ehhh… never mind.

  30. Rumor has it Ferris Mueller ordered a predawn raid on a bakery that sold imported Tula gingerbread because they had a Trump bumper sticker on their shop window.

    Collusion in the crust
    Jelly-filled pastry lust,
    but no fingerprints found
    on the Monica bust

    A Sweet tooth delusion
    a fabricated illusion
    SpyDuckus he flocks us
    while the Media crocks us

    Taxpayer dollars
    Spent on a hoax
    They levy the charges
    When the Deep State does coax

    So in the land of the free
    and the Harem of the shameless
    A charge is Trumped up
    even if you are blameless

    yet the DNC runs wild
    with scandals and snares
    but they get no coverage
    from their colluders on air

    It’s the ultimate plan
    for the dolts and the dupes
    whose brains are spammed out,
    mayo stained, fruit loops

    So the next time you wave
    your red, white and blue
    the Deep State Inc
    just might come after you

    For no other reason
    than they don’t like your hair
    or for shampooing your hog
    at the county state fair

  31. Just received an announcement that Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of W. VA. is running for the Senate to oppose Democrat Joe Manchin.

    This is gonna be interesting as W. VA. is now a conservative state.

  32. You have to believe that the Chinese know exactly where Lil’ Kim is at any given time and if he gets too wacky they’ll just ghost him. I’m betting they have behind-the-scenes operational command and control of his military systems too. North Korea will soon become another province of China.

  33. If you outlaw mosquitoes only outlaws will carry pathogens?

    That’s it. And ducks. Ducks will also carry pathogens. In the mayo.

  34. #55 – I’ve got to agree with you. I expect that Li’l Kim will just wake up some morning and be gone. Disappeared without a trace.

    Finished watching Chosen on Crackle. All I can say is that most of them are terrible shots. They can’t hit anybody at point blank range with and a machine gun. Except of course occasionally when a novice has to make a precision shot that’s about as likely as a hole in one on your first day on the course. But, it’s something a little different.

  35. #55 Hamous

    The Chinese certainly can’t afford to have crazy Kim on the loose that close to them.

    They must have agents inside NK to keep tabs on him and be ready to eliminate him if he goes off the rails.

  36. mayo stained, fruit loops will never be topped!

    Hmmm, mayo’ed fruit loops might be a popular new brunch dish.

  37. Manchin goes to Energy because Perry has been wandering around trying to find it since he got to D.C.

  38. This is from the Global Times, a Chinese newspaper focusing on international issues and though not always a mouthpiece for the communist leadership, it has been in the past and most likely is in this instance.

    “China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” it added. “If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

    The warning comes at the end of a week of threats and counterthreats between Washington and Pyongyang, and as the United States weighs its options to deal with the threat of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program.

  39. I am watching the original Star Trek, the episode is Gideon. Spock just said something of great significance: The job of a diplomat is to prolong a crisis.

  40. It’s a good thing that tomorrow is another day. Cuz I sure didn’t get much done today. I’ll try harder tomorrow. 🙂

  41. From yesterday:

    Thanks again to Darren for bringing Mrs. Bonecrusher back home safely from IAH. If you are going to be gone for more than a couple of days, using Darren’s Taxi Service to the airport and back is the best, most convenient way to go.

    You’re very welcome. It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. Many years of happiness to you both and I hope her trip’s purpose turns out fruitful at her work.


    If you use the Uber app, no, you cannot pick your own driver, at least not by name. You can view drivers around your immediate area and pick by ratings but That’s as specific as you can get. Bonecrusher called me directly and he and I and his wife communicated primarily by texting. He paid me directly (which is always welcome) so he never used the app. If you care to arrange a pickup contact me email. I have one if your email addresses already so I should recognize you but we can always use your blog to confirm it’s you and vice versa.

    School starts next week but I don’t think I will go in to sub regularly until at least October so if you need to arrange a pickup and/or droppoff, rhe next few weeks will be ideal for me. Contact me and and we’ll go from there.

    Cheers to ya’ mate (That’s what my British and Australian riders tell me 🙂 )

  42. More evidence that not only the Mexicans but also the Brits have infiltrated and intend to take it all back.

  43. And I still cannot post pinpoint any precise difference between the British and Australian accents when they get into my car. However, one time I asked three gentkemen in my car if rhey were from Great Britain or Australia and they answered, “New Zealand”. “Ah, so you all are Kiwi,” I asked. They were quite impressed that I knew to refer to them as Kiwi.

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