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Christopher Rufo on when the Philadelphia School District encouraged teachers to brush up on transgender “wellness”: 

Chase Ross, a transgender activist and YouTuber, hosted a series of sessions on “packers,” “masturbation sleeves,” and “prosthetics for sex,” demonstrating various devices from his collection of more than 500 genital prosthetics. “I have tried and touched many dicks, right—prosthetics, real dicks, all dicks. This is one of the most realistic feeling in terms of like the inside of a penis,” he said during one demonstration. “It’s a big boy, this is, like, gigantic.”

Apparently, you can’t teach English or chemistry to any pupils who may think themselves transgender unless you know everything there is to know about puppy fetishes, polyamory, and “artificial ejaculation devices.”

If your own knowledge of such things is insufficiently comprehensive, Mr Rufo has several educational videos from the conference.

Comments

Jacob

"wellness"

🤡

David

It’s not just a question of the assumptions and subject matter – bobbing, mommykink, leathersex and sluttiness, for instance – it’s the dismal quality of the supposedly educational presentations. The pitiable people giving them – the ones being paid to educate others - seem to be unfocused, flaky, disorganised, and utterly self-involved - just incompetent misfits.

Em

his collection of more than 500 genital prosthetics

ᕙ(⊙‸⊙)ᕗ

Em

And a belated ping!

David

And a belated ping!

Bless you, madam. Should your shower head spring a leak, may the solution be a gasket costing pennies.

sk60

unfocused, flaky, disorganised, and utterly self-involved - just incompetent misfits.

What else would any sane person expect?

David

What else would any sane person expect?

Well, quite. The whole thing practically screams room full of poseurs and messed-up losers. But it’s the thought of assorted schoolteachers sitting through this farce and either nodding with approval or pretending to feel all enlightened and “inclusive.” Which presumably entails not noticing the actual shitshow on offer and not acknowledging the irony of the word wellness.

NJH

I knew it. Post pinging remorse. To think I gave encouragement to our host, and he then finds it fitting to blight my soul with execrable content dredged from the fetid minds of freaks. No refunds I presume.

David

No refunds I presume.

Credit note only.

Stephanie Richer
The conference began with presentations promoting puberty blockers, hormone treatments, breast removals, and genital surgeries. In one session, “The Adolescent Pathway Preparing Young People for Gender-Affirming Care,” Dr. Scott Mosser, the principal at the Gender Confirmation Center in San Francisco, explained that he has performed “over two thousand top surgeries,” which involve removing girls’ breasts, and that there is no age limit for beginning the “gender journey.” “I do not have a minimum age of any sort in my practice,” he said, explaining that he would be willing to consult with children as young as ten years old with parental consent. In another session open to children, “Gender-Affirming Masculine and Feminizing Hormones for Adolescents and Adults,” Dane Menkin, divisional director of LGBTQ services at Main Line Health, endorsed treatments ranging from puberty-blocking hormones to manual breast-binding for “masculinizing” adolescent girls. “I’m a strong proponent that you can bind for as many hours a day as you can tolerate binding,” he said.

Until the lawsuits start. And, oh, they will - my prediction is that in about 10 years, maybe sooner, the growing "detrans" movement will lead to malpractice cases against doctors, therapists, counselors and the like by former patients. We might call them "ambulance chasers" but plaintiff attorneys are a powerful lobby in our litigious society and when there is money to be made, they will jump at the chance. Think of the lawsuits against Big Tobacco - how much more sympathy will juries have for plaintiffs who were children when the harm was done to them?

I hope people like Mosser and Menkin are ruined completely when that time comes.

Felicity

Is that Menkin or Mengele?

pst314

I knew it. Post pinging remorse.

Don't be troubled, that's normal. As Ovid said, "Omne animal post donationem triste."

Captain Nemo

I hope people like Mosser and Menkin are ruined completely when that time comes.

And not just ruined. I think many of these people ought to spend a large amount of time behind bars.

David

Is that Menkin or Mengele?

Somewhat related.

Jack Klompus

As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia I can assure you what you likely already know - the public school system is a festering turd sandwich that churns out scores of illiterate "graduates" with little if any prospects since the local government does everything in its power to kill any meaningful economic development in sectors that once provided good paying jobs.

The city government is, of course, all in on the dopiest woke policies and has one of the most insufferable Soros tools as its DA, Larry Krasner. Krasner, naturally lives in a high walled expensive home in the toniest downtown zip code and when the pressure gets too much he high tails it to his swanky shore home.

Philadelphia is a pit. It's full of angry, tightly wound, ill mannered louts. Neck tattoos and pitbulls are the key identifier of a Philly person in addition to their illegal dirt bike they ride on the sidewalks in posses throughout the residential areas. Awful, awful city.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...transgender “wellness”...

Speaking of that of which there is a dearth, a trans couple has questions.

WTP

Until the lawsuits start. And, oh, they will - my prediction is that in about 10 years, maybe sooner, the growing "detrans" movement will lead to malpractice cases against doctors, therapists, counselors and the like by former patients.

I find your faith that somehow, by magic or something, the future will resemble the present. This isn't McMartin Preschool stuff anymore. This idiocy is on a much, much broader scale and the government AND THE COURTS TODAY are totally in on it.

David

And on the general topic:

[M]any expressed concerns that the child was being used as a tool to ‘affirm’ the man’s gender identity. Another user questioned whether the hormone-induced discharge from a man’s nipples would be healthy or safe for babies… Retired physician Dr Maja Bowen said she had “several concerns” about the practice. “What comes out of a man’s nipple is not mother’s milk, but a watery substance devoid of antibodies and nutrients that are found in mother’s milk, the composition of which changes as the baby grows up.” Dr Bowen says that the few previous studies done on trans-identified males who have induced lactation show a paucity of evidence the discharge is nutritious or in equivalent of a mother’s breast milk.

More here, at Mick Hartley’s place.

Sue Sims

Speaking of that of which there is a dearth, a trans couple has questions.

There's a superb response in the Comments, which sums the whole thing up: 'not bonking because bonkers?'

Captain Nemo

Professional miserabilist Zoe Williams wants to share with us the deep thoughts she has about literary festival attendees:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/17/im-sure-rightwingers-read-books-but-youll-never-meet-one-at-a-literary-festival

She clearly didn't attend the Oxford Literary Festival event I was at a few years ago, where Douglas Murray talked about his latest book to an absolutely packed room, and then signed our copies of it afterwards. It must be nice to live in a bubble.

Captain Nemo

Gah, wrong thread. Meant to post the above in the thread with the creepily painted toes.

David

Gah, wrong thread. Meant to post the above in the thread with the creepily painted toes.

[ Gathers firewood, agitates mob. ]

Captain Nemo

Look, I'm sorry, OK?

[ Tries to look small and harmless. ]

Jack Klompus

[Looking off into the distance]

Wow check out all those pitchforks!

anon a mouse

"realistic feeling in terms of like the inside of a penis"

Hmm. Out on a limb here, but 'cept for surgeons or urologists, most aren't terribly familiar with the "inside of a penis"

500, you say? And I'm supposed to regret 10X that in ammo?? :)

WTP

Retired physician Dr Maja Bowen said she had “several concerns” about the practice. “What comes out of a man’s nipple is not mother’s milk, but a watery substance devoid of antibodies and nutrients that are found in mother’s milk, the composition of which changes as the baby grows up.”

Yet at the same time “fact checkers” are having the vapors because older people who know how to make baby formula from milk and Karo and such from recipes well known 60-70 years ago have the audacity to pass them around during a government manufactured shortage of baby formula. More shit you could not make up.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the child was being used as a tool to ‘affirm’ the man’s gender identity...

10-4, Eleanor.

The post, titled “Oh my God I’m breastfeeding my daughter,” details how the user worked with a lactation consultant and his gender physician for several months prior to his female partner giving birth....

For all we know, the mother is breast feeding and he is using the baby as a prop. What is the benefit to the baby here? It seems to be all about him and his needs.”

Indeed we do know.

...the user states the child has been alternating feedings between his wife, formula, and himself.

An attention seeker making things about himself? Unpossible.

asiaseen

And a belated ping!

I read that as a deflated ping, perhaps in the contexted of the previous post 500 genital prosthetics maybe understandable.

David

Hey, I’m just sharing.

ccscientist

Children cannot imagine being an adult and loving someone sexually. Seeing adults kiss is "ewww". The fact that the hormones alone will prevent them from ever being sexually normal is not something they can grasp. At all. That you might not ever be able to have kids after hormones and surgery is again not something they can appreciate. We don't let children sign contracts, get tattoos, buy a gun, buy cigarettes, or join the army. But they can volunteer for surgery? It is child abuse.

MarkL

genital prosthetics

Band name.

David

I think he means no.

Or at least not in any meaningful sense.

Daniel Ream

This isn't McMartin Preschool stuff anymore

Ray Buckey spent five years in jail for crimes that never happened (including "flying through the air", according to his schizophrenic ex-wife), and not a single prosecutor, therapist, counsellor, detective or media talking head suffered a single consequence for their part in destroying the lives of an innocent family or the innocence of dozens of children.

In nearly all of these cases, the surgical mutilation is being done with parental consent. It has to be, there's anaesthesia involved. That shields the doctors from any legal liability.

There's going to be a lot of broken families ten to fifteen years down the line, either from suicide or murder, but the sadists who did the actual deed are going to walk. Gary Plauché would not go free today.

WTP

Gary Plauché would not go free today.

Indeed. Video of that incident was included in a montage in Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine anti-gun movie. Presumably without any context. I wouldn't know myself.

Darleen

Forget about bathrooms ... school tried to force girl to sleep with trans-identified boy.

David

school tried to force girl to sleep with trans-identified boy.

On a school trip to Costa Rica earlier this month, three female high school students in the Eudora school district were assigned to a two-bed hotel room with a transgender student who is biologically male — meaning one of them would have had to share a bed with the trans student — and school officials refused a request for a room change. One of the girls objected and told a chaperone she didn’t feel comfortable with the arrangement, but she was told to “deal with it.”

I do hope the teacher in question is about to “deal with” unemployment. At the very least.

anon a mouse

"Eudora school district"

Ah. Kansas, no? "Tragic Prelude" is looking a bit apt here...

pst314

I do hope the teacher in question is about to “deal with” unemployment.

Make that permanent unemployment.

pst314

Egg catastrophe on Texas highway. Farnsworth should be required to prove his whereabouts.

semi retired conservative

Is that Menkin or Mengele?

Apropos of bugger all, it reminds me that we had an inexecrable band here in Canaderp called "Me, Mom and Morgentaler**"

I was always incensed by their name.

They spelled "mum" wrong.


**he was an "infamous" abortionist.

pst314

an inexecrable band

That reminds me of a controversy of the sixties over "flammable" vs. "inflammable": For generations warning signs had said "Caution: Inflammable", but starting in the sixties some people complained that the signs were confusing or deceptive because "inflammable" simply must be the opposite of "flammable". I never did find out how many of these people were insufferable pre-internet trolls and how many were lawyers and activists looking for a cause to champion. ("Your honor and the jury, how was my client supposed to know that he should not smoke while working with the defendant's product? After all, the label said "inflammable" so he thought it was safe. My client deserves to be awarded huge damages for pain and suffering, and even greater damages to send a message to those corporations.")

WTP

Meh. That's likely why the other half of people don't understand that infamous means famous in a bad way and not super-famous. Somebody always ends up nonplussed one way or the other.

Adam

“Deal with it”

At least they didn’t charge the girl with sexual harassment.

I dimly recall a story from a few years back, where a girl in a UK school was assigned to a lab group consisting of herself and three Pakistani girls who did not speak English. When the girl asked to be transferred to another group so she could complete the project, she was accused of racial bias.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Farnsworth should be required to prove his whereabouts.

I’ll be ever’where — wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people don't have to eat eggs, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy for not eatin' eggs, I’ll be there. If Casy knowed, why, I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’ — I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready, and they're knowin' it ain't eggs. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise that ain't eggs an’ live in the houses they build — why, I’ll be there.
Fred the Fourth

Off the top of my sadly aged brain: In Dubious Battle?

pst314

So we've finally come to it: Farnsworth is going to write The Eggs of Wrath.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In Dubious Battle?

Same author as PST noted...

pst314

Perhaps I should write a sermon titled Egg Haters in the Hands of an Angry God.

Or maybe I can figure out how to rewrite Zelazny's Holy Shoes prayer...

Regardless, Farnsworth's refusal to enjoy breakfast in the Right Way cannot be countenanced. Wrong Fun must be expunged!

pst314

Perhaps tomorrow I will thumb my nose at Farnsworth by ordering a large bacon-cheddar-spinach omelet. (Although it has been a very long time since I've ordered sausage biscuits. Almost cannot remember what they tasted like...)

pst314

And to honor that other English tradition I mentioned earlier, I'll buy some sort of sweet cake and a wedge of Wensleydale. And experiment to try with black coffee.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Perhaps tomorrow I will thumb my nose at Farnsworth by ordering a large bacon-cheddar-spinach omelet.

Tomorrow I will raise a two fingered salute in return by ordering a sausage, cheese, and egg biscuit (real 'Merkan, not a cookie) and throwing the egg onto the street where it will be repeatedly driven over. Altogether far too good a fate for the Devil's Detrius.

David

“We trust you to develop our children academically. And leave the rest to us.

pst314

Although it has been a very long time since I've ordered sausage biscuits...)

Good grief, I must have been getting sleepy without realizing it. I meant biscuits with sausage gravy at the local restaurant. It would be silly to be nostalgic for a McDonalds sausage biscuit.

David

sausage biscuit

I recognise the words, but not in that order. What is this heathenry of which you speak?

pst314

I recognise the words, but not in that order. What is this heathenry of which you speak?

A McDonalds "breakfast sandwich": Sausage and egg on a (American) biscuit. It's not exactly great cooking, but it's cheap and quickly made. An acceptable alternative when there is no time to cook breakfast or even to wait for the restaurant across the street to make a delicious bacon-and-egg panini.

sonny wayz

I meant biscuits with sausage gravy...

After a moment, I realized that's what you must have meant. Any other interpretation would have been inconceivable.

Dagnabit, now y'all got me hankerin' fer a road trip south.

pst314

"Forget it, Jake. It's Portland."

WTP

Cheese. You forgot the cheese. Eggamuffin is the one remaining thing I will hit McD's for. That and the coffee. Good on-the-road breakfast, available at decent quality virtually everywhere. For a short while there they were experimenting with double sausage. Everything else they do is crap. Idiot Bloomberg and his saturated fats, or whatever, dictatorial mandate ruined their french fries for not just NYC but apparently the rest of us 20 years ago. If I need to grab a lunch on the road, Hardy's has been pretty good. Otherwise I don't do fast food. I apparently don't even know how to anymore. Last time I went inside a McD's they had some sort of malfunctioning computer interface that you had to be a regular customer to understand. Then instead of just handing you the food...you know, like...fast food...they gave me a number and brought the food to my table.

David

Sausage and egg on a (American) biscuit.

An American ‘biscuit’ looks like a… scone...?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What is this heathenry of which you speak?

The true breakfast of the gods. A genuine made from scratch biscuit, preferably buttermilk, cut in half, and with a sausage patty in the middle. Cheese is optional, eggs are right out. Only a truly starving person would get one from Micky D's.

The other is biscuits and gravy - not "biscuits with sausage gravy" - damn yankees - one or more of the afore mentioned biscuits cut in half and covered in white gravy containing chunks of ground sausage.

Similar to your beans on toast, only edible.

David

one or more of the afore mentioned biscuits cut in half and covered in white gravy containing chunks of ground sausage.

Well, this is outrageous.

Prepare my galleons.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An American ‘biscuit’ looks like a… scone...?

Looks can be deceiving.

Scone:

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup butter

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

American Biscuit (BIRM), as the gods intended:

½ cup butter (1 stick), frozen

2 ½ cups self-rising flour

1 cup chilled buttermilk

2 tablespoons butter, melted


pst314

An American ‘biscuit’ looks like a… scone...?

Sort of, I suppose, but it's been a long time since I've eaten a scone. But I do remember that scones are denser than American biscuits.

David

Sort of, I suppose, but it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten a scone.

The situation grows more dire by the minute. We must take food parcels to the colonies.

Bring cabbage. And Marmite.

pst314

Well, this is outrageous.

This, from a man who thinks baked beans and blood pudding make a breakfast better. [ French ancestry causes nose to reflexively lift 12 millimeters in sneer. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...white gravy...

Great googly moogly, white gravy, country gravy - I suppose "white gravy" is yet another thing misnamed in the old world, probably made with pureed jellied eels and clotted cream.

David

Speaking of that progressive utopia, Portland:

Portland would have riots every night for over 100 days. By August 25, 2020, roughly three months after the riots began, a bunch of companies had already moved out of Portland. The first quarter of 2021 saw a 19.4% vacancy rate in Portland’s central business district. By October 2020, 20 businesses had closed permanently and 170 had closed “temporarily” or were only doing business online. Today, Louis Vuitton is permanently boarded up and people can shop by appointment only. In most cities, you can go to Starbucks, snag a coffee, and shop for water tumblers and coffee mugs. Not anymore. Today in Portland you pay for your $6 mocha choca latte yaya and you have to leave. The seats are gone, as is the Starbucks swag they use to sell. In Portland, shoplifting is a right because, you know, equity.

Onwards, comrades!

WTP

Only a truly starving person would get one from Micky D's.

Or you know, regular people doing regular things in a normal life who haven't time nor patience for the prissies of the world who cannot suffer being seen engaging in regular, normal tastes, not even when life necessitates mere convenience over quality because...well...we got other stuff to do.

Relevant or not, as we will head back up to north GA from central FL this weekend, my wife mentioned to our doctor yesterday about it. He apparently spends some free time in Dehlonega, which is in the same general direction and was complaining of the traffic, which is often indeed quite horrible despite recent "improvements", going through Atlanta. My wife questioned going through Atlanta. It was apparently beyond his comprehension that one could get off of I-75 and take back roads. I've used US 441 when necessary. It's right there on the map.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Or you know, regular people doing regular things in a normal life who haven't time nor patience for the prissies of the world who cannot suffer being seen engaging in regular, normal tastes, not even when life necessitates mere convenience over quality because...well...we got other stuff to do.

I can't believe how prissy we are here in East Weevil stopping for a gas station/convenience store version, made on site from scratch, instead of a microwaved Micky D's.

Of course you are right, the gas station/convenience stores are not nearly as convenient, what with having to make reservations, putting on a top hat and tails to get in, the sommelier suggesting what vino cardboardo would pair best, and so on. Honestly, a simple one course meal of sausage biscuit and hash browns could take hours.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in Australia, congrats to this fetching new champion!

Depressed as hell, Lowerson gave up surfing, shaping, but once she [sic] decided to transition and the female hormones kicked in, woke up one day in February, felt a little better, called up Surfing Australia and said,

“Umm, this is me, the last time I competed in your Australian titles I was third, what are you going to do?

Grow you hair and use a female name, I guess.

pst314

I can't believe how prissy we are

Sometimes five or ten minutes can make a big difference: I got carryout breakfast sandwiches when I had overslept and would eat at my desk: At McDonalds I could get a sausage biscuit with egg just a minute after placing my order. When I had ten minutes to spare I would get a made-from-scratch panini from the restaurant across the street from the McDonalds. Also: When I am on the road and unfamiliar with the quality of local restaurants, a chain like McDonalds is pretty reliably consistent from one restaurant to another.

WTP

I can't believe how prissy we are here in East Weevil stopping for a gas station/convenience store version, made on site from scratch, instead of a microwaved Micky D's

Well gosh that IS helpful. I will in the future make sure all my trips make an early morning pass through East Weevil. Totally blows my point out of the water. I am humbled by your superior logic and geographical preferences.

Meanwhile, Da Beast. Got one of these in East Weevil?

pst314

This “authentic food” disputation is supposed to be all in fun, right?
I don’t really care if people dislike eggs, or like baked beans on toast. And in spite of jokes about Perfidious France, I would own a second home there if I could afford it. (Or in the English countryside.)

Darleen

Otherwise I don't do fast food.

I don't do the national fast food chains, either. But after we move out from SoCal next year, I am going to miss some of the small, family-run taco joints.

Steve E

Awoke from a cryogenic sleep to find myself in the middle of the breakfast sandwich wars. David, please tell me there'll be a Phryday Ephemera.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Sometimes five or ten minutes can make a big difference...

IOW, about the same time it takes at a gas station/convenience store, maybe a few minutes more if you get gas, an item I've not seen at a Micky D's (which here in East Weevil the only is a PITA to get to if one were mad enough to go there), though there are gas station/convenience store with other fast food franchises.

Well gosh that IS helpful. I will in the future make sure all my trips make an early morning pass through East Weevil.

I know, right, because the only place that sells freshly cooked food at gas station/convenience stores is in East Weevil.

We'll be happy to help you find the best if you want to detour, the second best are at the Inland stations, and we all know there are none of those in Florida or Georgia.

Of course if don't like and them and choose to use I75 for your house commutes, there is a Buckees north of Cartersville, one in Warner Robbins, one each in St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach. I'd be willing to bet there are plenty of other places too, but if you are too prissy to eat gas station food and like microwaved biscuits, knock yourself out.

OTOH, I am still more than little amused by a guy who thinks my preferring gas station fast food is snobbier than liking McDonalds.

Got one of these in East Weevil?

No, OTOH we don't have a Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried, or Stacy Abrams, so we got that going for us, which is nice

David

Awoke from a cryogenic sleep to find myself in the middle of the breakfast sandwich wars. David, please tell me there’ll be a Phryday Ephemera.


Rest easy, my son. There is.

sonny wayz

vino cardboardo

Is that copyrighted? Asking for a friend who can't seem to orepate his kyeboard at the moment.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Is that copyrighted?

No, no, feel free to use, also Vino Collapso AKA Vino Plastico (after the plastic bag inside, of course).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in Wichita...

WTP

I know, right, because the only place that sells freshly cooked food at gas station/convenience stores is in East Weevil.

Sigh...so that's the way it's just gonna be. See, smart people. Smaaaaaaaart. Just like my doctor who cannot understand how to get through Atlanta without using I-75. But kinda mirrored logic. Yes. East Weevil. When I am leaving Turnipcart, AL or Frogcrotch, MI I will most assuredly consult Yelp or maybe just stand on a corner and yelp to find out where in the local area I can go that has a quick drive-through with good coffee (oddly, I find people lie about this item a good bit...not sure why) and an decent egg sandwich easily consumed while driving (oh, noes!!! the danger!!!). This really, really isn't hard to understand and admittedly silly to argue about. But this right here is a big symptom of the Thing. Doctors, Lawyers, and Indian Chiefs just refuse to take the 'L' even when it's bloody obvious 1) you're wrong in regard to situations other than those with which you are most familiar, 2) and yet you persist, 3) it's silly, 4) I forget 4. Probably something about baby formula. Everything is about baby formula these days. Or Ukraine.

Similar to my rocket scientist friend (no really, he has the specific degree), good Republican (in the Bill Kristol sense now I guess), supposedly conservative but..."conservative"...who in response to Roe v. Wade decision (which has still not dropped...this and WWIII...wtf Putin?...you promised) posts a whine that "Step 2!!!!" is banning all birth control. Because of one AZ senate GOP primary candidate who supposedly said this. But no, he did not.
They (other smaaaaart people) inferred that from his contention that Griswold was bad law as well. The candidate clarified, in spite of the fact that it was dumb to infer such. I provided the clarification link to my friend. Ah...but my (once) good friend persists. The candidate deleted tweet! Deleted a tweet! argle bargle something something. Because, see...my friend, someone I once trusted over most people I know, is smaaaaart.

Come on Vlad, drop The Big One. Save us from the smaaaaaart people. Boom goes London and boom DC, more freedom for you more freedom for me. And no apologies to Randy Newman. Just not feeling it today.

pst314

my preferring gas station fast food

Just stay away from the gas station sushi, okay? ;-)

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"In Wichita"

When you realize someone's reputation gone to **** when it crops up in unexpected places:

“We’ve already confirmed that this is NOT Amber Heard so please stop calling and emailing that info,” the department quipped in the comments.

WTP

No, OTOH we don't have a Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried, or Stacy Abrams, so we got that going for us, which is nice

Two of which are not in office and likely never will be, at least on a state-wide basis in FL. Can't account for what goes on inside the fence around Atlanta. Fried will likely be gone soon as well. Or you better pray she will. I don't see TN or wherever East Weevil is, leading the Freedom Parade. Even Texas is cowering in its boots letting the wokies cut the dicks off of their little boys. And admittedly, we in FL were lucky to get DaBeastis. Nearly half of even this state voted for the drug addicted, gay-prostitute client of "banana hammock boy"...or wtf that is. Again...Putin...the Bomb thing. Do you think even one of those things will actually work?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Just not feeling it today.

Nice rant, not that it has anything to do with anything other than yelling at clouds. Take a nap, after that I am still dying to know why gas station fast food is snobbier than McDonalds - truly a mystery for the ages.

pst314

Again...Putin...the Bomb thing. Do you think even one of those things will actually work?

Trent Telenko says that the Russians have not been maintaining their nukes, and estimates as follows:
* 1/4 Fully operational
* 1/4 primary detonations of 5-7 kt without fusion or secondary fission
* 1/4 'fizzles' that have incomplete fission
* 1/4 complete duds

Adam

What time did everyone start drinking this morning?

I feel like I lay down for a 10 minute nap and woke up on a runaway freight train.

WTP

Take a nap, after that I am still dying to know why gas station fast food is snobbier than McDonalds - truly a mystery for the ages.

See...now you're just trolling. And not in a good way. Where did I say gas station food was snobbier? YOU said "Only a truly starving person would get one from Micky D's." Not saying you invaded Poland in 1939 or nothing but ...nah, too over the top even for me.

Trent Telenko says that the Russians have not been maintaining their nukes

Yes, I've been following him as well. While, again, I question his judgment on some other things it starts to give me doubts. See "smaaaart" people...though he himself has properly smacked down the smaaaaarter people. Plus he's a tad too rah-rah Ukraine, though I think he is conscious of that. The question remains though, would Putin know how to pick two...just two, but if he can spare one for SF and Sacramento...well, not my direct concern but...I digress...which two that would be from that first "fully operational" group? My lips to God's ears.

WTP

What time did everyone start drinking this morning?

I used to have a hard rule about not drinking before noon. But then Kim Wilson broke my heart that sad day in Algebra class and...well, you know the rest.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

See...now you're just trolling.

Not saying you are approaching Hal levels of odd rants or nothing, but...nah, too over the top even for me.

Anger management, it's not just for breakfast anymore.

Directrix Gazer

@pst3145

The thread you link has some useful information, but take the caveats Trent offers seriously. One thing that did surprise me was his use of Exchange rather than Parity Purchasing Power dollars for budget comparison. Maybe it's just that I'm coming from the force-structure side of the house where that sort of things comes up more often, but it's very important to remember that each nominal currency unit goes a lot further in a country with lower labor costs. More than twice as far in Russia's case. I'd also want to see actual hard data on their refurbishment and maintenance activities, but of course any intelligence on that is classified.

Fred the Fourth

So my wife and I have a restaurant quality metric.
It's the ratio What you get / What you expected when you walked in.
Anything over about 1.5 is great. 2.0 might be life-changing.
By mutually agreed convention, McDonald's is 1.0.
But on-the-road coffee? Only the Arco gas station at Applegate, on the way Over The Hill to Truckee, matters to me.
Btw, if you're ever in that area (Auburn, in the Gold Country), absolutely do not miss Ikeda's. Do Not Miss.

WTP

on the way Over The Hill to Truckee, matters to me.
Btw, if you're ever in that area (Auburn, in the Gold Country), absolutely do not miss Ikeda's. Do Not Miss.

See, this is the thing. Thirty years ago I tried and I tried and I tried, while trying not to over do it, to tell people things that would be relevant and important for today. Today people tell me things that would have been relevant and important to me 30 years ago. The secret to comedy is...

sonny wayz

...congrats to this fetching new champion!

So, by my count, XY chromosonal females are superior to the XX type in:

Track
Swimming
Cycling
TV trivia
Weight lifting
And now, surfing

ISTR a beauty contest, but I've only just gotten out of therapy over that, so I'm not looking for citations.

Dan C

I am still dying to know why gas station fast food is snobbier than McDonalds

I guess you’ve never visited a Buc-ees. https://buc-ees.com/

pst314

Directrix Gazer: Agreed. Many uncertainties.

pst314

So my wife and I have a restaurant quality metric. It's the ratio What you get / What you expected when you walked in.

Not a bad metric, but I think an absolute scale matters even more. I'll take a restaurant with great food over one with ordinary food but an appearance that promises poor food. And then there is the need to avoid really bad food when passing through an unfamiliar town. A key reason why chain restaurants and motels proliferated in the sixties was that they assured the traveler of a predictable level of quality, and the traveler could choose a level that fit his/her budget.

Sam Duncan

“Forget it, Jake. It's Portland.”

Seen in the sidebar: “Everything you need to know about groundbreaking LGBTQ+ romcom ‘Bros’”

Nothing. There is literally nothing I need to know about that.

pst314

Awoke from a cryogenic sleep to find myself in the middle of the breakfast sandwich wars.

Rapidly concluded that this was the wrong time to invite lurking commenter Samir Iker to make funny criticisms of American food. Fortunately, there is no Chef Boyardee of Indian food. Yet.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I guess you’ve never visited a Buc-ees.

You would be wrong, but Bucees is hardly typical gas station food, let alone a typical gas station.

I'll take a restaurant with great food over one with ordinary food but an appearance that promises poor food.

Then there are those that look like dumps, but have fantastic food, and vice versa, which leads us to...

...the need to avoid really bad food when passing through an unfamiliar town.

Which is mitigated by noting whether the parking lot is packed with local cars, or asking a local.

There are a lot of great places that get passed over because of looks - there was (before Katrina) a place on the West Bank in a house built in the late 40's early 50's that was one of the best restaurants in the New Orleans area, and the only way to know it was - no signs, no ads, just a phone number in the regular white pages - is if a local told you.

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