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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pathetic snow event

OK, so Monday it snowed basically all day and all night into Tuesday morning -- sometimes it was sleet, some rain, but a lot of snow time -- and the snow was so light that we got, in more than 24 hours of winter precipitation, what appears to be less than 3 inches of snow. Seriously, fuck me:

Seriously, this barely covered the grass. Yet, the area shut down for this. Sweet baby Jesus, I am surrounded by major league pussies.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Why would you send your kids to college if this is what they are learning?

Arizona State University is now offering a course called "The Problem With Whiteness." 'Nuff said.

Holy Shit! Mongolia came by!

That's right, after I begged, pleaded and offered bribes, the homeland of Genghis Khan has decided to represent, Eff You-style! Just about fell out of my chair when I saw that in the stats. Without further ado, we bring you the first-time visitor travelogue on Mongolia.

Mongolia is a landlocked parliamentary republic in east-central Asia, bordered by Russia on the north and China on all the other sides. Ulaanbaatar (often spelled Ulan Bator), the capital city, is home to nearly half of the nation's roughly 2.9 million people. The economy traditionally has been based on herding and agriculture, although a boom in mining of a number of important minerals has driven industrial development.

And I wasn't kidding about the yurts:
The traditional Mongolian dwelling is known as a ger. In the past it was known by the Russian term yurt, but this is changing as the Mongolian term becomes better known among English-speaking countries. According to Mongolian artist and art critic N. Chultem, the ger was the basis for development of traditional Mongolian architecture. 
Here's one:

And let's not forget Genghis Khan:
In the chaos of the late 12th century, a chieftain named Tem├╝jin finally succeeded in uniting the Mongol tribes between Manchuria and theAltai Mountains. In 1206, he took the title Genghis Khan, and waged a series of military campaigns – renowned for their brutality and ferocity – sweeping through much of Asia, and forming the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in world history. Under his successors it stretched from present-day Ukraine in the west to Korea in the east, and from Siberia in the north to the Gulf of Oman and Vietnam in the south, covering some 33,000,000 square kilometres (13,000,000 sq mi),[21] (22% of Earth's total land area) and having a population of over 100 million people. The emergence of Pax Mongolica also significantly eased trade and commerce across Asia during its height.
Mongolia is at a high elevation, with hot summers and very cold, windy winters. Ulaanbaatar has a mean temperature of 0 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest world capital. I guess they're OK with that.

Mongolians are known for their horsemanship. The nation is often known as "the land of the horse." Traditional Mongol culture centers around horses. The breed is reputed to be largely unchanged since the days of Genghis Khan:

So there you have it. Let's all give a big Eff You welcome to Mongolia. Come back soon, and bring your friends.

Goin' to Central America, y'all

Actually, I'm not. A young lady I know on this project left a couple weeks ago for some big tour of Central America, and she asked to be put on leave of absence so she could return to the project if it is still going when she returns. Looks like it will be.

Naturally, this got me to thinking, so now I, too, am going on a leave of absence, starting tomorrow, so I can go to Central America. The "trip" is only supposed to last two weeks, but there will be significant overtime on this particular tour. Can't wait. I've always wanted to see Central America.

Wow, who could have seen this coming

I'm sure no one predicted when President Doofus proposed normalized relations with Cuba without bothering to get any kind of reform commitments from the Castros in return that Cuba would, in fact, insist that the U.S. normalize relations while Cuba maintains its tyrannical dictatorship just as it is. Yeah, nobody. Absolutely nobody. So I guess this news comes as a complete shocker:
HAVANA - The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country's struggling economy.
Following the highest-level open talks in three decades between the two nations, Cuban officials remained firm in rejecting significant reforms pushed by the United States as part of President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties and rebuild economic relations with the Communist-led country.
"One can't think that in order to improve and normalize relations with the U.S., Cuba has to give up the principles it believes in," Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, Josefina Vidal, told The Associated Press after the end of the talks. "Changes in Cuba aren't negotiable."
Yeah, that one came straight out of left field, huh? Who would think a dictator would insist upon maintaining his absolute power while we make all the concessions? Yet another foreign-policy "success" for the emperor. Not sure how many more of these successes we can stand.

Barry mailing it in

I get it -- Barry's just marking time until he can golf everyday without anybody giving him shit. But could he at least stop embarrassing the country overseas?
President Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India.
"In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday. In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president," reports the Times of India.
It's even worse than it sounds:

India's prime minister is talking to him. Barry is playing with his gum.

It's not the first time, of course. In June, at D-Day commemoration ceremonies in France, he angered his French hosts (not to mention the British) by chomping gum throughout and managing to get himself filmed doing so while applauding Queen Elizabeth's arrival. And in November, the Chinese, used to very formal appearances by leadership, were aghast to see Barry get out of his limousine, chewing away like a waterfront hooker. Oddly enough, USA Today described the incident accurately and described it like this: "Obama emerged from his car chewing gum; he's a well-known user of  Nicorette, the smoking-cessation gum."

Haven't we been told for six years that Barry quit sucking on butts his first year in office? And that he quit smoking at the same time? I guess we can file that with a bazillion other statements by Barry that are "no longer operative."

RIP, Ernie Banks

Somehow I missed this over the weekend, but former Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died Friday. Mr. Cub was 83.

Banks was the first National League player from a losing team to win the MVP, topping Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for the award in 1958. He won it again in 1959, even though the Cubs stank again. Banks, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, personified the best in baseball with his unflagging enthusiasm despite playing his entire 19-year career with the Cubs, never making the postseason and only topping a .500 record six times. Banks' catch phrased says all you need to know about his love for the game: "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two!'' Take one deep, Ernie.