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2018-10-22 12:24 by Karl Denninger
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Gee, really, he's a model citizen:

NEW YORK — Pablo Villavicencio, an illegal immigrant and pizza delivery driver who gained national attention after being arrested by ICE in June has been arrested again for criminal mischief.

A reminder on what the Judge who let him go said:

“Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has otherwise been a model citizen.”

Model Citizens apparently include those who damage other people's property on purpose ("criminal mischief" is the legal term for someone who damages, defcaces or destroys someone else's property with criminal intent.

So here's my shocked face that someone who doesn't recognize the validity of US law would not only continually engage in criminal conduct by being here but also thinks it's perfectly ok to destroy the property of others. 

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2018-10-22 08:44 by Karl Denninger
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May I remind you what Trump the liar said he would do if the Mexican government didn't stop the caravan?

He said he would send our military to the border and close it.

Well, not only has the Mexican government not stopped the caravan they are now escorting and effectively guarding it!

Could they stop it?  Sure.  But they haven't.

So now Mr. Putrident you lying sack of crap, where is the closed border you promised us?

Next up must be a complete shutdown of all Mexican access to the US financial system, including all remittances.  No more!

I'm early voting today or tomorrow and I am not voting for any Republican anywhere up or down the ballot unless the border is closed before I get to the polls.

I do not vote for those in the same party as a liar in chief.

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2018-10-21 09:57 by Karl Denninger
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Nice story here.

Now I want you to pay attention to something, which I've noted in a whole bunch of other images shot since Michael came ashore.


Where's the reinforcing / vertical through bars in that block construction?

Missing.  There is no sign of it anywhere.

It takes longer (read: costs more) to build a block structure with said vertical reinforcing anchored in the slab and tied to the roof structure because you have to thread the blocks over it during construction.  Then, depending on how you engineer that you might also have to fill the slots so the reinforcement has something to anchor to and the structure is unitized.

It's still cheaper to use cinderblocks like this than poured reinforced concrete of equivalent thickness (which is even stronger) but without any sort of reinforcement this type of construction is only strong in one direction -- downward.  Well golly gee, winds in storms don't blow downward all that often do they?

Didn't think so.

Am I surprised this building failed in a strong windstorm?

Not in the least, especially if the building's roof structure was as well-anchored as those walls were reinforced!

And by the way the GPO published a document on this -- in 1986.  They're hardly the only ones to have done so over the years.

There's plenty more to yell about but this will do as a start.  I get it that there are a lot of buildings out there that aren't hardened (and if you're in one and a big storm is coming the smart thing to do is run) but may I ask what Lynn Haven was doing putting their cop shop and EOC in one of them?  Isn't the entire point of an EOC in a zone where the most-common emergency is likely to be a hurricane to have it survive intact through anything reasonably expected?  Is not a Cat 3 windstorm not only possible but reasonably expected every once in a while?  Is something even stronger not possible?

And before you scream "storm from forever!" please realize -- no it wasn't.  Yeah, it was nasty.  And?  We live on the coast where hurricanes do show up from time to time.  I get it that ordinary people might shrug but professionals know better or they ought to shut the hell up and that not only includes city EOC installations it also includes chartered utility companies that can have standards imposed upon them by the cities and towns they obtain said charters from to harden their infrastructure.  It's not like they get a monopoly on selling you power, phone, cable and similar from said cities and towns or that we don't know that even 90mph storms break trees (and power poles made from them), right..... oh wait.

By the way if you build for "once in 200 year" wind events (which roughly means once ever experienced, or less, in the documented history of the United States in your location) then your cumulative odds of getting hit by that during a 30 year period is about 14%.  If your standard for "aw crap" is one human lifetime -- roughly every 70 years -- then it's more than double that, or about 30%.

Suddenly building to "once in 200 years" doesn't sound like it's such a good bet does it?

Maybe you ought to be building to sustain a once every 500 year or even once every 1,000 year event, eh?  Maybe we ought to make building codes a function of statistics and science rather than politics and sucking off developers who threaten to go elsewhere if city councils and county boards don't do as they want -- like, for instance, not levying impact fees on their developments which would provide municipalities the funds necessary to harden critical infrastructure.

Incidentally if you build to 100-year risk rates for a house then over a 30 year timeline your odds are roughly one in four of getting screwed.  That ought to sober you up fast considering that the most-common mortgage is for...... 30 years.

You don't really like your house.... right?

PS: One guy over on Mexico Beach did like his house.  It's also still there while most of the others are not.  That's not an accident.

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2018-10-21 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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This is how the liberal media lies to you.

A fetus is an unborn child.  A child that is born, no matter how quickly said child dies after birth, is either a baby or an infant -- it ceases to be a fetus as soon as said child emerges from the birth canal (or is cut out of the uterus if a C-Section.)

Custody of the remains — found at the Perry Funeral Home, on Trumbull just north of Warren Avenue — was turned over to state investigators, who immediately declared the business closed and its license suspended, according to a statement from Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Of the grisly total, there were 36 fetuses stored in boxes and another 27 found in freezers, police said. Friday’s discovery of the decomposed remains followed a similar grisly finding last week at the defunct Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit’s east side, where 11 infants’ remains were found after an anonymous letter arrived in the offices of state regulators in Lansing.

There were no fetuses found there because a fetus is not taken to a funeral home.  An infant that dies, however, is taken to a funeral home.

This is how the lieberal media is attempting, on purpose, to make legal the practice of killing born children -- by equating them to a fetus that someone had the misfortune of having been expelled through miscarriage.

They are not the same thing; the legal and social distinction occurs at the moment of birth and irrespective of how quickly said child perishes after that point in time it is an infant or baby -- not a fetus.

Craig said police were tipped off to violations at the Perry Funeral Home by a father involved in a civil suit over the improper burial of his infant daughter.

Note that the father involved properly-characterized his deceased child as an infant -- because she was.

Friday's findings point clearly toward criminal offenses of state laws regulating funeral homes that could be felonies "punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $50,000 or both," said a statement from the agency.

Not if the LIEberals have their way since a fetus is just tissue according to them and can be discarded however is desired.  How many hundreds of thousands are every year?

We can have a fair debate on abortion but what is going on here is nothing less than trying to legitimate retroactive abortion as they would like to call it.

Civilized people call that infanticide or, if you prefer, murder.

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2018-10-20 11:59 by Karl Denninger
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Oh yeah, we're supposed to believe that there were rogue actors -- in a Consulate?

We're also suppose to believe those "rogue actors" were present and did their thing while in the presence of people known to be connected at a high level to MbS?  Because, you see, there were such people there.

I'm sure the nice private plane bringing some of them in -- and then back out -- was just a coincidence too. Tail numbers aren't exactly secret, nor where they go.

Or the latest horsecrap run late yesterday -- that he was "accidentally" killed in a "fight"?

Let me guess -- the presence of a bone saw and him being cut up and disposed of instead of the death during the fight being reported was also an accident?  Or maybe we're supposed to believe that if someone decides to try cutting off your fingers you would not fight -- right?

Now we're adding lying to the mix I see.

Of course the screamfest about our "national interest" has been loud and long.  Meh.  **** that, **** Iran, and **** the Sauds.

Where is the "concern" for our national interest caused by the Sauds spreading their Wahhabi bull**** all over the world for the last 30+ years?  Anyone remember that little problem and what it's done to Americans -- over 3,000 dead, I do believe, and that's not counting the faux wars we got involved in as a result of the lies out of the so-called "great religion of pieces."

Fox has an interesting article up on the so-called "balances" involved here.  Again, I say meh.

This is what happens when you coddle jackasses over decades and let them get away with both spreading Wahhabi bull**** and promoting Sharia in all its forms Let's cut the crap on this eh -- anyone who ascribes "greatness" to someone who thinks marrying six year olds and screwing them when they're nine or ten -- when the chief pedophile was 53 is a sick **** -- period.

Oh by the way the very same people claim that this child******victim then went on to tell other people how to behave and we should take her word for it too -- she's credited with, allegedly, something like 2,000 hadiths.

Incidentally it was she that started the veiling, that is, the taking of women as effective slaves of men -- if you believe the so-called "scriptures" of the faith.  For those who argue that we should all "coexist" if you're a woman I assert that you're certifiably psychotic.

So here we are with a group of barbarians -- which (big ****ing shock) has a monarch and a son who thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants.  Up to and including, it appears, cutting off people's fingers, murdering them with a saw and disposing of the pieces to try to prevent anyone from figuring it out.

Too bad some people figured it out, eh?  I guess blowing up 3,000 people and getting away with that tends to embolden.

And by the way, there is one solid point in all of these articles written on this over the last week or so -- don't point fingers at Republicans if you're a Demoncrap.  Syria is the direct result of Obama's bull**** which has led to a half-million deaths, mostly civilians, and all of them are on your bloody ****ing fingers Demoncraps.

Screw them all, says I.  Embargo Saudi oil and bar them from all FedWire/Dollar transactions.  At the same time, no parts or service assistance for you on all those nice weapons -- for openers.  The so-called "kingdom" would last all about a month was that to be done and we should do it -- here and now.

Do I personally give a **** if Iran "fills the gap"?  Not a bit.  These savages want to fight, let 'em fight.  Make damn clear, however, that one American that gets shot, blasted, nuked or otherwise beyond their borders and we're not going to talk, we're not going to sanction we're going to flatten a city of our choice per American harmed.

Make it explicit, clear, and yes, odds are high you won't be able to walk on that land for a thousand years.

We should have done exactly that the day after 9/11.

Enough from the camel-****ers.

And by the way we'll be just fine oil-wise.  We have fracking now and if we get off our ass we can completely replace all existing oil resource requirements (and no, not with electric or any other such pie-in-the-sky nonsense either) before the fracking runs out.  We can solve the problem for the next 500 years.  I've written on this before in terms of energy policy -- years before.  Go look it up.

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