RANT: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Friday, September 18, 2015


Untangling Pileup of Miscues in Giants’ Loss
SEPT. 14, 2015

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Sometimes football can seem so simple: Throw the ball, catch the ball, kick the ball.

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Sorry, it’s Eli’s and Couglin’s loss.

Either could have locked up the win.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Case against Temple physics professor after making evidence error

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


America drops sale-of-secrets-to-China case against Temple physics professor after making embarrassing – and crucial – evidence error

  • Dr Xi Xiaoxing had been accused of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China
  • The FBI said he had sent details of a secret sophisticated device known as a ‘pocket heater’ to Chinese scientists
  • The federal agents claimed they had the blueprints for the heater that Dr Xi had passed on as a ‘spy’
  • It now turns out the blueprints weren’t for the pocket heater at all
  • All charges against Dr Xi have been dropped –  four months after he was led away in handcuffs, his career on the brink of ruin   
  • On Friday he lashed out at the FBI for putting his family through hell for no reason whatsoever, saying: This is not a joke. This is not a game’ 

By ASSOCIATED PRESSPUBLISHED: 23:54 EST, 11 September 2015 | UPDATED: 05:31 EST, 12 September 2015 

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An American scientist who was accused of being a spy for China has had all the charges against him dropped after the FBI admitted it had made a massive mistake in arresting him in the first place.

Federal agents had claimed they had evidence that Dr Xi Xiaoxing sent the secret blueprints for a sophisticated U.S. device called a ‘pocket heater’ to Chinese scientists.

But months after the physics professor was led away in handcuffs from Temple University, where he works, the FBI admitted the blueprints they found were not for the heater at all – but for a totally innocuous gadget.

On Friday night, Dr Xi, 57, said in a phone interview reported in the New York Times: ‘I don’t expect them to understand everything I do. But the fact that they don’t consult with experts and then charge me? Put my family through all this? Damage my reputation? They shouldn’t do this. This is not a joke. This is not a game.’ 

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Maybe the agents have been listening to the Donald and his anti-Chinese rhetoric?

In actuality, the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And here’s an example.

Black Eye for the FBI.

Guess they have to go back to setting up fools for charges.


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ADMINISTRIVIA: Blood Drive July 1st, 2015 in New Brunswick NJ

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 blood drive

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Herding Cats: Texas Independence Faces Challenges From Within

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In an interesting post, Longcore points out that we need to focus all our attention — laser like — on liberty and property rights. I’d have said “life, liberty, and property” cribbing from the Founding Fathers. But , if you just have to focus on one, to me it’s “liberty”. Hope others among “We, The Sheeple” listen. Especially when the Oligarchy reprised it’s favorite mantra “We have pass these internet regulations for net neutrality, so you mundanes can see what’s in them” yesterday. Argh!


by Russell D. Longcore

Herding Cats Herding Cats

Have you ever thought about herding cats?

Cats are known for their aloof independence. Sure, your cat will curl up in your lap and purr while you pet him, but how often do you see cats sit…or speak…or fetch on demand? Nobody trains guard CATS. There are no Feline Units in your local police department. So the visual image above of cowboys herding cats is meant to be absurd, showing that corralling a bunch of snooty independent cats is a tough job.

“Herding Cats” also accurately describes efforts to get independence-minded patriots to work together. Let me tell you a story that illustrates this phrase well.

Back in the decade of the 2000s, I shifted from being an activist, conservative, Marine Corps-loving, pro-war, pro-gun, rock-ribbed Republican to being a Libertarian. I had read book after book about liberty, and it became quite clear in…

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Change is the only Universal constant

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Looks like I’ll be “unemployed” at the end of February.

That’s why last week and this week’s issue is and will be a little thin this week.

Working on my future plans.

Rest assured, my Jasper Jottings addiction will continue.


“Change is …”

“Change is NEVER good.”

“The only universal constant isn’t Pi π, or Euler’s number e, or even Pythagoras’ constant √2 — it’s change!”

(That’s a “Ferd-ism” as captured and collect by one of two my summer interns in 2012. A “disrespectful” lad with a good sense of humor. He survived my “supervision” and went on to gainful employment despite my warped advice.)


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RANT: The spin turns to whirlwind

Sunday, June 8, 2014


How Obama’s media strategy unraveled with recovered POW
By John Podhoretz
June 7, 2014 | 11:41am

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The bottom line is that the president settled on a controversial, high- risk strategy here in a difficult and problematic manner — and then sought to use his mastery of pop culture to change the story to a more palatable one. But some stories just can’t be gussied up.

More important for the president’s future fortunes is this lesson: You can only spin for so long before you start spinning yourself. Spin and spin and spin and soon you have a whirlwind to reap.

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1. We negotiated with terrorists putting Americans further at risk.

2. We released dangerous men back into the wild.

3. Why do we have Gitmo? Shouldn’t we be killing those that attack up?

4. This President is inept at best.

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RANT: Taxpayer cost?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

And I wonder what this cost the taxpayers?

Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell L.A. Clippers, Drop Lawsuit

Donald Sterling, the L.A. Clipper’s embattled owner, has agreed to sell the basketball team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and is dropping a lawsuit against the NBA, his lawyer said.

Mr. Sterling initially vowed to fight a deal struck last week by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team to Mr. Ballmer for $2 billion. The NBA in April set out to force him from the league after racist comments he made became public in a recording.

The league’s board of governors must approve any sale.


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