Sunday, April 26, 2015

Poking the Bear

Third Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment recently finished a 1,100-mile drive through former Warsaw Pact countries to let the Russian Bear know who those countries have friended.


And in Poland:

3/2 Cav drove 1,100 miles.

It’s OK -- They were doing it to ‘their own people’

“’At the time [the 90s] there were no managers for TV personalities in the Latin market.” According to Luis Balaguer, the man who would become (Sofia Vergara’s) manager, the lack of representation was due, in large part, to Univision, which had a virtual monopoly on Spanish-speaking talent: ‘You needed to be careful. You needed to behave, because if Univision fired you, people would never hear from you again.’ And Univision did more than discourage the hiring of managers. It also insisted that talent sign a contract—written in English, even though so much of the Univision talent could only habla espaƱol—in the room and on the spot, no lawyer to run a magnifying glass over that fine print. (Univision, incidentally, declined to comment for this article.)”

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Department of what?

Eric Holder: “I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you all did and say this was another golden age.”

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Friday, April 24, 2015

American-built base used by Russia, China special forces

“The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding joint exercises with special operations forces from Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan -- and they're doing it at a military base in Kyrgyzstan that the United States spent $9 million to build.

“The U.S. particularly focused on training and equippingKyrgyzstan's special forces; in fiscal year 2012 alone U.S. special forces soldiers conducted six-week training courses for 880 of their Kyrgyzstan counterparts. The Scorpion base at Tokmok was the centerpiece of this effort …”

H. Clinton: You are going to have to change your religious beliefs and tenets

In order for all women to have access “to reproductive health care and safe childbirth … deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

How can she link “reproductive health care” (abortion) and “safe childbirth?”

Maybe she, like President Obama, will not stand silent and see Islam vilified. Christianity, yes; but not Islam.

Computercide: ‘It was glorious. Angels sang on high’

By Ryan Parker

A Colorado man finally had enough of his troublesome computer and did what pretty much everyone has fantasized about: He shot and killed it.

Lucas Hinch, 37, was issued a summons by Colorado Springs police after he shot his 2012 Dell XPS 410 eight times in an alley, police said.

"He was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months," according to the police log.

Under most circumstances, it is illegal to fire a gun in Colorado Springs, which is about 60 miles south of Denver. There is no law on the books about machine homicide, police said.

Hinch "was very matter-of-fact about it and cooperative," said Lt. Catherine Buckley, a police spokeswoman. "He had just gotten a new gun and had enough of his computer."

Hinch told the Los Angeles Times he has no regrets.

"It was glorious," he said. "Angels sung on high."

The Dell kept giving Hinch the "blue screen of death," he said of the machine's final moments.

"It was extremely frustrating," he said. "I reached critical mass."

Hinch then reached for his new 9-mm pistol.

"It was premeditated, oh, definitely," he said. "I made sure there wasn't anything behind it and nothing to ricochet."

Hinch was issued a summons for discharging a firearm within city limits, which Hinch called a small price to pay for justice.

"That computer had a bad day," he said.

Police said that Hinch faces a possible fine but that any jail time is highly unlikely. They did, however, confiscate his gun. It's unclear when he will get it back.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Solitaire 76638 and Crawford, Texas Zip Code

Census estimate 789 in 2005. In 2004, the Crawford Pirates were state 2A Division II football champions, going 16-0. (Wikipedia)

“Crawford is at the intersection of State Highway 317 and Farm Road 185, eighteen miles west of Waco in western McLennan County. Settlement of the area began in the 1850s and centered around Tonk Crossing (also called Crawford Crossing), a ford of the Middle Bosque River two miles east of the present town. The community was probably named for Nelson Crawford, who graded the river crossing. As early as 1867 the inn at Crawford was used as a changing station by the Brownwood stage line. A Crawford post office was established in 1871 with John Hamlin as postmaster. In 1881 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway laid track from Temple to Fort Worth, passing two miles west of Crawford. The focus of the community shifted to the railroad, and by 1890 Crawford had steam flour and corn mills, two general stores, three groceries, a cotton gin, four churches, and 400 residents; cotton, wheat, hides, and corn were the principal shipments from the area.

“In the 1880s and 1890s Crawford had a series of short-lived weekly newspapers, among them the Yeoman, the Democrat, the Banner, and the Advance. The Crawford Sun was established in 1928, and except for the years 1943 to 1947 continued to be published weekly until 1969, when it merged with the McGregor Mirror. When Crawford was first established, community affairs were managed by a group of five or six elected trustees. Residents voted to incorporate on August 12, 1897, by a vote of fifty-one to forty-two; it may have been at that time that the city adopted a mayor-council form of government. A private bank opened in Crawford in 1901 and was reorganized eight years later as the First National Bank of Crawford. The town reached one of the high points in its development in 1910, when it had 600 residents and thirty-five businesses. The depression hit the community hard, forcing the bank and several other businesses to close. The population fell to 491 in the early 1930s and to 471 in the early 1940s. Still, Crawford was the only town of any size in northwestern McLennan County, and as such it was the natural focal point when small area schools began to consolidate with those in larger towns in the 1930s and 1940s. By the mid-1940s the Crawford Independent School District encompassed nearly seventy-eight square miles. The population of Crawford fell to 425 in the 1950s but rose again to 480 in the 1960s; it remained fairly stable through the 1970s but rose sharply in the 1980s, as more residents decided to live in Crawford and commute to work in Waco or nearby McGregor. The population was reported at 667 in the late 1980s. In 1990 it was 631. The population was 705 in 2000, when the town gained fame as the site of President George W. Bush's "Western White House."