Oh no! They can't even measure snow right in Washington

Washington, D.C., snowfall total called into question after improper measurement - The Washington Post

Wait till the Ted Cruz finds out about this.

The big blizzard of aught-16 winds down

Oh go ahead, tell us what you really think

With Trump and Palin, Republicans get what they deserve - The Washington Post

"Like previously conjoined twins who had shared a brain before Ben Carson separated them, these two anti-everything, post-lamestream media instigators presented themselves as political doppelgangers, a he/she, yin-yang, sis-boom-bah political marriage of the carnival barker and the bearded lady."

Cue the R with the snowball

You know it's gonna happen, right?

Just crawl down the hole and kick the tires, dude

Or even if you're avoiding work entirely

Hillary Clinton Defends Speaking Fees Paid by Wall Street Firms - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

"'What they were interested in were my views on what was going on in the world,' Mrs. Clinton said. 'And whether you’re in health care, or you sell automobiles, or you’re in banking – there’s a lot of interest in getting advice and views about what you think is happening in the world.'"


Things seem to be getting a little weird in Virginia

The Wicked Storm of the East

National Weather Service says:

Saturday A slight chance of snow after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night A chance of snow, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Weather Underground says:

Fergedaboutit. Ain’t gonna happen.

We say:

We’re eating the Spam anyway.

Panic much?

Clinton: Sanders is 'establishment'

[A video from CNN.]


Hype? Nooo

D.C., The Snow Is Coming For You | FiveThirtyEight

"There may be some hype involved, but this storm is very real and could be very powerful. It may deliver record amounts of snow to the Washington area, though there is still some doubt about how it will affect areas farther north."

In any case we are farther enough north that we are seeing only a 20 percent chance of short snow showers sometime mid Saturday. Nothing to get excited about, although we have the grocery store has sold out of Spam.

How big is a barn?

List of unusual units of measurement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"One barn is 10−28 square metres, about the cross-sectional area of a uranium nucleus. The name probably derives from early neutron-deflection experiments, in which the uranium nucleus was described, comparatively, as being 'big as a barn'. Additional units include the microbarn (or ‘outhouse') and the yoctobarn (or ‘shed')."

And more at the link.

And it's not likely to end anytime soon

Discovery Of Ancient Massacre Suggests War Predated Settlements : The Two-Way : NPR

"The oldest known evidence of warfare — the Jebel Sahaba graveyard, in modern-day northern Sudan — is estimated to date to around 13,000 years ago."

You just can not make this stuff up

Republican Party Grapples With Prospect of a Trump Victory - WSJ

"Mr. Trump as nominee 'would pose a profound threat to the Republican Party,' wrote Peter Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.'

What? A Murdoch paper taking sides?

Great big planet discovered to replace crappy little Pluto | New York Post


Wait, irony's not dead after all

Penthouse plans to retain magazine, launch overhauled site

"'We are truly committed to the magazine,' Kelly Holland, managing director of Penthouse Entertainment, said Tuesday. 'There's gravitas about the print page that you can't replace.'"

No kidding: Gravitas.

Rigged much? Now Hillary wants more air time

Hillary Clinton Gets One More Shot to Take Down Sanders | Vanity Fair

"Clinton has seized on a new strategy: clinging as hard as possible to the Obama brand, and casting Sanders as someone who would undo his legacy.…On Wednesday, she published a laudatory essay titled 'What President Obama’s Legacy Means to Me,' in which she swore to 'defend President Obama’s accomplishments and build upon them.' Clinton, who previously attempted to distance herself from her former boss, added that his policies 'shouldn’t be dismissed or taken lightly,' doubling down on her implicit swipe at Sanders."

This kind of thing is why I’m not a Democrat any more. 

Oops, I guess it snowed in Washington (the DC one)

An inch of snow, icy roads, unleash 9 hours of traffic chaos across D.C. region - The Washington Post

"And the scene proved once again, though no proof was needed, that Washington, when taken by surprise, is woefully unprepared, not just for a blizzard but for any 'snow event,' and how little it takes for the region to descend into a long night of traffic chaos: more than 1,000 reported fender-benders (unofficial numbers via Waze), six- and seven-hour trips home, jammed arteries and impassable frozen exit ramps."


This is something that should be read

Robert Scheer: Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That’s a Rotten Shame - Robert Scheer - Truthdig

"Who are these Clintonites who now have the temerity to blame Sanders for the economic hustles they authorized?"

Bad day at the co-op

But no canal


Only the peons do time

Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear | The XX Committee

"More consequential was Hillary’s ordering a staffer to send classified talking points for a coming meeting via a non-secure fax machine, stripped of their classification markings. This appears to be a clear violation of Federal law and the sort of thing that is a career-ender, or worse, for normals."

I carried a full-length mirror crosstown on the Canarsie line once so this doesn't sound so bad to me

This guy brought WHAT on BART?!


So now you can get blasted and feel fine the next day

North Korea claims it developed hangover-free alcohol


Once in a while it just works out

This woman’s Twitter handle just became very valuable | New York Post

"GoPro director of communications Lara M. Sasken has been operating under the handle @LaraMS since 2008. Given that Twitter handles are not case-sensitive, Sasken effectively owns the rights to the would-be LA Rams presence on the social platform."

And speaking of the oil glut

Holyoke Fire Department: Fuel company accidentally pumps oil into basement of home with no tank | masslive.com



Wednesday is Thursday this week

The rule is, if a holiday comes before Wednesday in any week, that week’s trash pick-up day on days that follow the holiday (in said week) come a day later thus, for us, Thursday is the Wednesday that week. Which means tomorrow I don’t have to run out to the curb in the 17º early morning—I can wait until Thursday morning, when it will very possibly be a toasty 19º.

Clearly, this works out well. I’m all for it.

Oh go ahead, tell us what you really think

Sarah Palin Backs Donald Trump, Murders Irony - The Daily Beast

" No failed governor or tinfoil-hat wearing radio host or white supremacist making robocalls on his behalf can reflect poorly on his character, perhaps because we suspect he has none."

This is starting to seem a little repetitive

Americans missing in Baghdad kidnapped by Iran-backed militia - Yahoo News


Not the most technically informative piece you'll ever read, but worth it anyway.

Hillary Clinton Continues To Say Ridiculous Things About Encryption... Without Ever Taking A Real Position | Techdirt

"Hillary Clinton certainly has a reputation as a true 'politician' -- able to say things without actually saying things. And it appears that's absolutely true when it comes to questions about encryption and backdoors."

(It’s not just about Clinton, it’s about everybody else as well.)

Hillary or your lying eyes?

Hillary Clinton’s Caymans-tax-dodge hypocrisy | New York Post

"Meanwhile, the Clintons’ family wealth has grown big-time thanks to firms with significant holdings in places like . . . the Caymans."

This is DC they're talking about so, no…

Forecasts converging on severe, potentially historic Friday-Saturday snowstorm - The Washington Post

"A high-impact snowstorm for the region is nearing inevitability and there is some chance it will be historic, paralyzing travel and disrupting normal routines."

…it’ll be historic if it doesn’t paralyze traffic.

PS: We might get some snow here too, maybe a foot, on Saturday. But look at us: We’re two-thirds through January already. Spring is right around the corner.

What if she came to the party and nobody cared?

Hillary Clinton Gets Set for a Long Slog Against Bernie Sanders - The New York Times

"Even though the Clinton team has sought to convey that it has built a national operation, the campaign has invested much of its resources in the Feb. 1 caucuses in Iowa, hoping that a victory there could marginalize Mr. Sanders and set Mrs. Clinton on the path to the nomination."


Making a note

No, Virginia, irony is not dead

The story is here.


There's a reason they call those lakes great

Dave Sandford photographs the chaos of Lake Erie - Business Insider

"Lake Erie may be the warmest and shallowest of North America's Great Lakes, but it's more beast than beauty. The world's 12th largest lake is notoriously stormy and has been known to pound boats, break walls, and beaches with waves reaching 25 feet."

Pictures at the link.

H/T Some Guy from Seattle

Also: More about the Great Lakes

And: Seahawks down

In the end is the beginning (What? Really?)

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran After Prisoner Exchange - The New York Times

"WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after lifting sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, the Obama administration announced Sunday that it was imposing new sanctions on Iran for violating United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests."

Elsewhere in this morning’s Times: The Clinton campaign sweats a little, Donald Trump is in an “existential pickle,” and bad news from Skinflint, Michigan.