Wonderduck In HospitalWonderduck has been admitted to the hospital with what has been diagnosed as a...blood clot. Many of you know he's had cardiac issues, so this is even more troubling than it normally would be.However, word is that the prognosis is good.
Please go send him some good cheer in his comments.
I'm a little worried, it's been 3 full days since Ben broke the news on 2/28. Mr. W.Duck was supposed to be in hospital overnight, but you know how hospitals are: they can kill anyone. Remember your sister's FIL?
On The Importance of not Becoming the Monsters One is Fighting
First let me say that I condemn and disavow those who stupidly decided yesterday to get in touch with their inner Antifatard and charge the Capitol building.
This was stupid.
This was foul.
This was wrong.
The purpose of the exercise is to oppose the left, not BE the left.
These idiots are jus as bad as Antifa, BLM and all the other thugs we suffered from last year.
And that is an important component of trying to understand how we got here.
( Note to the linguistically impaired: Understanding is not endorsing, or defending. These actions are indefensible.)
For some time people have had the following explained to them in the most sanctimonious and arrogant way possible.
And anyone who disagreed was called everything but a child of God.
None of this excuses the vile shit that went down at the Capitol yesterday, but it does put it into context.
I and many other conservatives are denouncing these fuckwits in exactly the same way we denounced the riots of last summer... and while it's good to FINALLY have a bipartisan denunciation of political violence, in stark contrast to the previous situation, if AOC and her co-religionists can't disavow their previous statements in favor of insurrectionists, they only make the problem worse.
Because the message that the riots, and the election sent is that only those who violently protest will be taken seriously.
Trump is a carnival barker and a narcisist. But Trump did not do this. He sure as fuck could have chosen his words better, but he did not start this riot. The rioters are people, with agency, and they chose to be little shits.
Furthermore, the left has spent a year normalizing political violence.
This does not excuse the vile actions that took place yesterday. It makes them even more reprehensible, because those stupid actions served to malign the hundreds of thousands of protestors who were there to peacefully protest and it deprives the public at large of any hope that either side denounces violence.
I have seen it noted on other blogs that this wasn't any different from the many times that lefty loons broke into the Capitol during hearings, votes or state of the union speeches except that the capitol police did not shoot any of those protestors to death....
Outside the Supreme Court 2018
...which almost seems like a fair point until you realize that our side is the one that is supposed to stand against this darkness. Another fact frequently noted is that aside from the broken windows, this was a remarkably sedate riot, with little looting or burning, and while that is, indeed true, the riot was still a damned RIOT. Furthermore, the sacred nature of the venue rather negates that argument.
There is one big caveat however.
This is not a defense of this indefensible action but a fact and a warning.
If riots are the rules by which the political game is to be played going forward, both sides are eventually going to follow those rules. The only thing that had kept conservatives from responding in kind ( Instead famously leaving protest areas cleaner than when they showed up) was a faith that the system could work for them, the bourgeoisie values that were the key to their standard of living and a sense of civics. All of these have been under constant attack, especially in schools to the point that the younger generations are starting to see those cultural checks as indicators of gullibility.
This is a dangerous place we are in, and if the nation goes over the precipice, a fair amount of the blood spilled will be on the hands of those who acted so stupidly yesterday. And on those who have unimaginable cultural influence and have so normalized this sort of behavior when it was their allies doing it.
Most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s, as the company is known
to hire young animators as regular employees and conduct in-house
training, while many other studios tend to rely on skilled freelancers.
Except for the I-10 bridge getting taken out, it's barely Harvey Jr. in Houston. The area of 40" rain from Harvey was bigger by 2x than 20" from Imelda. West side got off very light. Not that 20" (30+" actually) is to be sneezed at. Beaumont got hammered.
But damn, that I-10 bridge. If you haven't seen the pics; there's nothing left of one column but a few chunks and rebar. It's the lowest bridge over a major waterway that I've ever seen, too narrow at rush hour, and needs to be replaced with a proper navigable waterway span, i.e.: tall and no supports in the river itself. Second time it's gotten hit in 18 months.
Posted by: Ubu at Sat Sep 21 04:40:26 2019 (UlsdO)
The damage does not look severe enough to warrant a replacement of the bridge (perhaps unfortunately).
A Note to Our Canadian Readers
Those of you in Newfoundland and the Maritimes are probably looking at the wind speeds of a category 1 or 2 Hurricane and thinking "we get Nor'easters as bad as a that, no big deal!"
Well these are much different sorts of cyclones. They are wetter, dropping insane amounts of rain when they hit land, and they have significantly more storm surge than a North Atlantic storm of comparable wind speed. This thing looks like it will be Category 1 or 2 when it hits Canada. If so, it will surprise you.
Please. Take it seriously. If Dorian follows this track, it is going to be a bad time in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland early next week.
On a personal note. A hurricane eye is slated to pass right over my parents house again for the second time in 10 months. They'd JUST finished repairs on the barn.
Imagine if you will a city of two million that serves as a crossroads and transportation hub as it exists on a great lake between two countries, with a modest lake port, roads and an international airport.
Ebola has reached a transportation hub of of 2 million people, Worse, the people are living in pretty terrible conditions, many without power. This is not an isolated rural town or a city with modern facilities and where the first victims were fortuitously caught and quarantined like happened in Lagos, Madrid and Dallas. No, this is people coming out of the jungle, and crawling into a shanty-town where there are basically no facilities outside of the tourist(?!) areas. This is close to a worst case scenario. Rwanda closed the border yesterday, but due to international pressure re-opened it today.
Apparently 'international pressure' is unfamiliar with basic epidemiology.
Fearing the Worst; Hoping for the Best for Steven DenBeste (UPDATED)
On October 14th, Steven DenBeste posted that he anticipated there might be an interruption in his posting due to an approaching Typhoon. No one has heard from him since. I've called his landline, others have attempted to contact friends, and Wonderduck and Ubu both contacted vendors he's blogged about using since they are assumed to have his mailing address.
9 days on, the power in that part of Oregon has been restored (and his landline is ringing)., many of us are beginning to fear the worst.
In addition to the storm Steven has been in failing health of late, so his absence is of particular concern.
Steven is an atheist, so he won't appreciate prayers...but they can't hurt....
In the Hopes That it Will Amuse Steven: Pious Bunnygirl with kitten by Juji Amo
UPDATE: Earlier this evening I contacted the police with my limited information, which consisted of a phone number and the city (gleaned through the first six digits of said phone number. A few minutes ago I was contacted by the Beaverton police. There were three addresses that it could have been, the second was Steven's family. The officer had offered to escort them to Steven's house, but they said they would handle things in the family and declined further assistance. That is all I know at this time, and as I'm not family it's all I am likely to discover. It does not sound good.
Thanks Brickmuppet. Getting worried here, but I don't have any contact details apart from his email address.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Oct 23 18:29:26 2016 (PiXy!)
The text messaging service on my network appears to have coughed up a lung just as we were ending our conversation. In reply to your last, I've been trying to say "Okay, thank you." for the past 15 minutes.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Oct 23 21:25:54 2016 (vZvpB)
I tried contacting what we believe is his apartment complex this morning, but on a Sunday nobody was answering the phone. I'll try again tomorrow.
Posted by: David at Sun Oct 23 21:28:17 2016 (9UHFZ)
I called the police earlier tonight. They said they'd get back to me.
Please confirm Beaverton.
Please don't post his apartment complex, he's gotten death threats in the past.
A Most Horrid Deed
The other day, on the way to work, I noted that Merrifields Boulevard was blocked by a barricade of sorts. An uprooted street sign and a large box had been placed in the middle of each lane.
I was short on time to get to work and it was raining so I did not get out and pull them out of the street as I normally would have. Instead, I pulled over ,called 911, and told them about the idiot prank before proceeding to work.
I have had a week to ponder the repercussions of that decision.
I made the call at about 03:35. At 03:45 a young lady returning from work apparently swerved to avoid the obstruction (or hit it) and careened into the subdivision's greeting sign, demolishing it and killing herself in the process.
The police were still there after I returned home from work, and I offered a statement but had little of use to provide.
I imagine the barricade was kids being jerks, but whoever they were, they have blood on their hands.
In the 80's when I lived in Massachusetts, somebody dropped a big rock off the edge of an overpass on 128. Their timing and aim were perfect; the rock hit the driver-side window of a car, went in and crushed the chest of the driver, killing him.
So far as I know the rock-dropper was never found. But afterwards the state spent a lot of money to put big screens on both sides of every overpass in the state, so that it couldn't happen again.
There are persistent reports about scientists saying that Ebola could mutate and become airborne...well a lot of things COULD happen, but this does not appear to HAVE happened. There seems to be nothing other than Niberuistic speculation and doesn't serve much purpose. In the vanishingly unlikely event it goes airborne, we're screwed anyway, so it seems better to focus on the matter as it exists. This short video shows what it takes to deal with the actual disease.
Ebola is quite infectious as it exists now and even with its limits could cause some serious issues. , I suggest you read this whole thing. There are further thoughts on how to protect oneself here. Both are very informative, neither is encouraging.
So what to do?
I suggest that, if there is an outbreak, if possible, avoid mass transit, and don't shop or eat out (eat out of the hurricane chest..that's what it's there for). In other words, one should keep ones disaster stock current and be prepared to stay in ones home for a month or so in the event of a quarantine or lockdown. Above all, don't panic.
Steven Den Beste, who was one of my inspirations to get into blogging and now runs the highly regarded anime blog Chizumatic has reportedly had a stroke.
He is in the hospital and thankfully seems to be recovering. Go send him some good wishes.
UPDATE: It's bad. However he is conscious and lucid enough to post this comment.
My brotheri s loaning me a laptop which I can use on the hospital's wifi.
Looks like Thursday morning, I'll be transferring to a rehab place
where I'm probably going to be staying for a week. I'm not looking
forward to it but I'm also not thrilled about being profoundly crippled
for the rest of my life, either.
I don't know if I'll have wifi access at the rehab.
In the meantime, my left hand is useless and I'm typing this with one finger.
Breaking: US Congressman Leonard Boswell (D Iowa 3rd) Attacked by Gunman in Home!Boswellwho is 77 heard his daughter screaming and found an intruder on top of her with a gun in her face. He reportedly tackled the intruder and the two wrestled until his grandson entered the room with a shotgun...at which point the intruder fled. The assailant is still at large.
This is a big deal. There is no indication as I write this that this was anything but a home invasion....but this was a United States Congressman so something bigger can't be ruled out. Coming so soon after the Giffords assassination attempt this has got to have people on edge regards congressional security. I hope the powers that be don't overreact as US Representatives and Delegates are about the only federal officials the citizens have any access to.
In any event it seems that the asshat who is now on the lamb picked the wrong Congresscritter to bother...
Boswell was drafted into the US Army in 1956. According to his Congressional website, he reenlisted and became an army aviator who was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Soldier’s Medal, two Bronze Stars,
an Air Medal with V device, and numerous other awards and decorations.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety said authorities had arrested
Cody John Rollins, 19, of Lamoni. He's charged with first degree
burglary, assault while participating in a felony, going armed with
intent and three counts of first degree robbery.
He was held on $50,000 bond, and a lawyer hadn't yet been named.
Police also were searching for David Palmer Dewberry, 20, of Fremont,
Neb., who is considered armed and dangerous and may have fled the
It looks like just a couple of lowlifes who picked a house with a war hero and a shotgun inside. It still bears watching though.
Fingers are Crossed
Raymond Pritchett, better known as Galrahn, is really one of the best naval policy bloggers out there. Now he has gone on hiatus for undisclosed reasons, but the fact that he has requested prayers for his oldest daughter does not bode well.
The Korea Herald reports that there have been Naval engagements...
Naval ships from the two Koreas have engaged in a number of bloody clashes in the West Sea on North Korean provocation.
...though is unclear if this is referring to recent events. There have been several clashes at sea between the two countries over the last few years.
Coming as it does during the potential disruption of the Presidential transition this is an even more worrisome development than it would normally be. This is most likely bluster by the Hermit Kingdom, but it certainly bears watching.
Note that the US and South Korea are still technically at war with the North. The armistice is still in effect but no peace treaty has ever been signed.