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This week 6 people not far from here died from cocaine laced with fentanyl, and the dealers...

have been found and are on ice.

They will most likely be charged with manslaughter on top of the drug charges, but there's a push to charge dealers with homicide if they kill their customers.


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Aug 20, 2021, 02:45 AM (9 replies)

Just listened to Inslee talking about Covid-- that's Plain Speaking...

and as clear as it gets.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Aug 20, 2021, 02:18 AM (4 replies)

Been seeing this forever on clickbait sites and finally found out what it is...

Not what I thought. (Although I'm, not sure what I thought, actually)

It's a Japanese wrinkle remover. Works on your face muscles to tighten them. Called the Face Slimmer. Anyway, that's what they say.

Riiight... Just like this is for relaxing those tense neck muscles:


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 10:38 PM (5 replies)

I'm listening to a Danny Trejo interview on NPR...


This guy has a hell of a story.

updated interview:

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:29 PM (0 replies)

I am even more lost now than I was when I last posted about Afghanistan...

As I once said, there are normally many meetings, with lots of discussion and disagreement over something this big. Eventually, a decision is made, for better or worse.

Every five minutes the news changes. No shortage of bad news, but a vast shortage of decent news.

Somehow, the Taliban seems to be letting people get to the airport, even opening routes, but still the screaming goes on about how no one can get there.

Border crossings? Anyone watching for an exodus into Iran or Pakistan? Just pix of assholes hanging off of airplane wheels.

The Taliban of 2021 is not the Taliban of 2000. They seem to have learned that wildly chopping off hands and heads does not help their cause.

But all the reporting is about an hysterical population terrified of Taliban, and how no one can get out. No mention of ID and visa problems getting our employees out. And no serious look at whether or not they really have to fear the Taliban this time.

The whole thing is a mess, and most of the press isn't helping to clean it up.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 03:24 PM (11 replies)

Was up at the VA for a Cscan and saw a bunch of vax signs, so I asked...

about a booster.

"We haven't heard yet. We'll let you know when we do."
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 03:03 PM (1 replies)

Shark alert on Long Island...


And this morning they shut Smith Point Beach because of sharks. Nobody bitten yet, but Jaws rentals are big.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 02:52 PM (3 replies)

Another reason I prefer NPR to cable nooz...

Today on Fresh Air, Billie Jean King was interviewed. She's an incredibly together person, and was friends with Riggs until he died. She fought like a demon for equity, but accepted the Battle of the Sexes for the show it was.

And she made it through the Marilyn debacle without major damage. That alone would try the best of us.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 17, 2021, 08:50 PM (3 replies)

I have decided I have no opinion on all this. That's because I really have...

no idea what happened.

Sure, I know we pulled out, the Taliban own the place without hardly firing a shot, thousands are stuck there, and the whole thing stinks.

But the back room deals, small decisions, compromises, and other myriad things that go into an operation like this won't be known for years.

We're dealing with war, and some very bad people. Not as bad as the Mongol hordes, or some others who tortured and killed for sport, but bad enough. And things have to be done, maybe some of them not so nice. Italy allied itself with Germany so Mussolini could get some African colonies back. Half of France said OK to the German occupiers, not wanting to relive the horror of the previous war. We let thousands die on the beaches on D-Day basically because it was easier to storm the beaches than other options.

And we dropped an atomic bomb, killing thousands more Japanese than we already killed firebombing Tokyo.

Bad shit happens. And sometimes you simply have to charge in and let the bodies fall. It shouldn't be, but as long as we have war, that's the way it is. I don't like it, but I'm not a God who could stop it.

Even today, we're arguing Saigon, and studying the options for the final surge into Germany. Did Ike really go for the long front because Monty wanted more action and didn't want to be Patton's anvil?

So, Biden gave the order. Maybe he could have done it better, and no doubt there were weeks of arguing over it before it happened. At some point he just said "Enough! This is what we're doing." And we did it.

And it sucks, but life sucks. And it could have been worse. That's no comfort-- no more than knowing many books will be written about all the plans and arguments.

So, it happened. It's over. And it sucks.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 17, 2021, 12:17 AM (20 replies)

Listening to BBC radio last night-- they estimate 2 months until Taliban...

completely take over Afghanistan.

Why are there so often no good answers?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Aug 12, 2021, 03:51 PM (12 replies)
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