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Archive for May 17th, 2014

spring salad

Yep, we’re approaching that time of the year when bodies will start to be exposed more and more and we’ll want to start eating lighter meals to get into those swimsuits, shorts and the like.  Harrumph!  Harrumph I say, harrumph!  If i were to try to wear, ahem, beachwear, and should I get into the water, I’m afraid someone would try to crack a bottle of champagne on me to christen and launch me!  Suffice to say I won’t be going near the water this upcoming summer season.  And so with that, let’s move on.

So I wonder if Scully and Mulder were on this?

Stuck in the middle of nowhere is this:

If you were to think this Meereen from Game of Thrones I wouldn’t blame you. However, it is North Dakota and is part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota.  It was built in the 1960s to shoot down incoming Soviet ICMBs.

Built at a cost of six billion dollars in Nekoma, North Dakota, the site was a massive complex of missile silos, a giant pyramid-shaped radar system, and dozens of launching silos for surface-to-air missiles tipped with thermonuclear warheads. It included a PAR “backscatter radar” site, designed to follow missiles being fired from Russia, which it would shoot down over Canada.

However, due to its expense, and concern over both its effectiveness and the danger of detonating defensive nuclear warheads over friendly territory, the program was shut down, having only been operational for less than three days. Its massive tunnels were flooded. Today it is a military-industrial shell in the middle of nowhere, or in the words of one writer, “a monument to man’s fear and ignorance.”

Here’s a nice image of the entire complex:

There were supposed to be three of these installations under the Safe Guard Program, but after this one went operational it dawned on someone that the idea of using nuclear tipped missiles to shoot down other nuclear warheads (and esp. over the “homeland”) probably wasn’t a good idea.  You can go here and see some more of the photos and several of them are while the complex was under construction. (Sigh)  Your tax dollars at work.

Okay so what is it with Waffle Houses and Georgia?

You may recall that I had written previously about a Waffle House in Loganville Ga where a police officer caught a couple “engaging in the sex act” in the backseat of a Dodge pickup truck.  The officer told the couple to get dressed and the man complied.  However the more inebriated (?) woman had difficulty.  “The officer had to tell her numerous times to put her clothes on, the report says.”  And that’s when she attempted to put a cheeseburger on her foot as if it were a sandal.

So recently there was another “event’ at a Waffle House, this time in Norcross Georgia.  This time it involved a man who tried to rob a Waffle House with a pitchfork.  😆

Police say Jeffery Willard Wooten entered the Waffle House wearing a blue ski mask and threatened employees with a pitchfork, forcing them toward a back room. Police Chief Warren Summers explained in a press release that Wooten then tried to pry open the register and, when unable to do so, just picked the whole thing up and left. “As he was leaving the parking lot, he tripped and dropped the pitchfork.”

Seeing Wooten’s fall, one of the employees picked up the pitchfork and chased him into a Rite-Aid next door. He then fought with the employees while attempting to get into his truck, and was struck with the pitchfork. The Waffle House employee also managed to use the pitchfork to shatter a few of his truck’s windows. (Ugh, pitchfork! You’re supposed to be on his side!)

The man took off and, when police attempted to stop him, he he drove off of the road and abandoned his truck. He has not yet been caught.

Chatblu I have to ask you:  What is it with the Waffle Houses in your home state?  😆

You never know what you’re going to come home to
especially if the “home” is gone when you get there

So, Ana Maria Moreta Folch of St. Johns County, Florida decided she wanted to have a mobile home and septic tank demoed so she called a company to do that.  After she showed an equipment operator that she had a key to the home the guy went to work and demolished the place.  But there was a problem:  Ana Folch didn’t own the trailer she just had demoed.  Rather, it belonged to her neighbor, Maria Gottfried, who showed up to see what was going on.

Ms Gottfried called the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy arrived, Ms. Gottfried explained that she had owned the mobile home since 2006 and that she had never given Ms. Folch a key., citing an arrest report, says that Ms. Folch claims she had the trailer bulldozed because, “people who had lived there were unsavory and she suspected they had broken into her car. She said she considered it a favor to her neighborhood.” This ‘favor’ wound up causing approximately $25,000 in damage. Ms. Folch was charged with criminal mischief.

That was an expensive “favor’.

Some assorted youtubes

A dog helps out a disabled little kitteh.  The kitty has a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

Cute kitteh hug – precious!

You may have seen this one:  Tiny Hamster eats tiny burritos.  The “chef” makes little tiny burritos for his hamster.  (I guess you can pass a day doing this)

And lastly, to give you dear Widdershins a chuckle here’s Louie Gohmert giving one of those general speeches to an empty House chamber where he compares gay rights activists to…Nazis.  Yep, ole Louie went for Godwin’s Law right at the beginning.  Listen to his comment about Moses and what Moses said-according to Louie.


Okay Widdershins, that’s all I have.  Let me know in the comments how your day is going.  This is an open thread.




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