** October 31 is a holiday in Nevada (State Day).
** I’m tall when I’m young, I’m short when I’m old, and once a year, I make heavy pumpkins light. What am I? (answer at the bottom of the blog)
** WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced the government is moving forward with developing a new version of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb. The bomb, designated B61-13, would have a yield similar to the B61-7 and replace some of those older gravity bombs, the Pentagon said in its announcement. The B61-7s yield is higher than the B61-12, the most recent bomb added to the military’s arsenal.
** (link) Washington loves to pass omnibus legislation that spreads the lard thick on everyone’s slice of bread, but Speaker Johnson is resisting that approach for now.
** Jules is rushing from here to there in her latest entry into Inktober. What will she do when the month has passed into history?
** Fifty-four-year-old actor Matthew Perry died over the weekend. There are reports he died in a hot tub in his home, with the cause of death at this point undetermined. I am uneasy with the social-media-driven frenzy of people who never met Mr. Perry and who may never have spent time in the same state as Perry, mourning openly for his loss.
** Jules offers her final entry for inktober – FIRE
** The Grift – “Hi – we don’t feel guilty and we’re not giving you any money. Go out and earn it yourself. K bye!”
** CNN reported, “The United Nations warned Sunday there are signs ‘civil order is starting to break down’ in Gaza, reporting that thousands of desperate Palestinians are taking basic items like flour and hygiene supplies from warehouses.” Gaza has turned into New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.
** Gaza – The IDF expanded their area of operation 3km into the Gaza Strip, this time from the south of Gaza city. This advance has cut one of only two main roads out of the area marked for evacuation. The other being along the coast.
There is a lot of chatter about the IDF taking things too far, but I don’t see it that way. Politically Israel has no choice but to create a situation in Gaza where Hamas will never be able to take the lives of Israelis again – ever. I support that move completely. There is a lot of handwringing about World War 3 but I don’t see it that way. If Iran attacks Israel from the north through Hezbollah proxies, Israel has the right to strike Iran so that it no longer has the capacity to fight in Israel or elsewhere. The time for coddling the Palestinians has ended.
Ep. 35 Start another war, send millions more anti-Western refugees to the West. Starting to notice a pattern? pic.twitter.com/93dQaVfbNF
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 30, 2023
Tucker asks who should take the two million unwanted Palestinians from Gaza.
** In Satan’s Vatican – Support for terrorists as you’d expect.
From the Virtual Mirage Short Story Collection
Halloween in Arizona
When the Jupiter 2 returned from its voyage to Alpha Centauri, which took a little longer than expected because they were lost for a while, they brought back a few space aliens.
NASA demanded that the aliens enter the work force and find employment including self-employment that would better mankind.
Homer and Karen had been married for twenty years during which time they may have had one good year together. Karen was a Halloween enthusiast who handed out candy to children and Homer preferred to sit in the living room and watch the World Series (D-Backs vs Rangers) while eating loaded nachos and drinking a Diet Dr. Pepper.
Karen hated baseball and truth be told, all sports. She stood in front of the television, blocking Homer’s view of key plays, and talked over game commentary on most evenings. On Halloween, she serviced the trick-or-treaters and Homer was able to see most of the game without Karen’s usual game-day antics.
At least 100 children had come and gone, when the doorbell rang five times.
“Aren’t you going to get off your lazy ass and hand out some candy, Homer?”
“Carroll is up next with runners on second and third. The D-Backs tied in the bottom of the ninth with one out.”
Karen grunted, passed gas lavishly, hoisted herself from her favorite reclining chair and shuffled to the front door in her fuzzy slippers to greet the children.
Homer heard a bump and a thump and then the doorbell rang six times. Putting the game on pause, he walked to the door and opened it. A 10′ Cyclops stood at the door and handed Homer a half-eaten fuzzy slipper, sprinkled with blood. Cyclops held out an iPhone with a card reader attachment. Homer pulled out his credit card, swiped it on the iPhone reader, smiled a little, closed the door and returned to the game.
Trick or treat…
Today is also Taco Tuesday in Arizona
From the Days of Fighting Sail
Whistling for a wind
Sailors often try to whistle up a wind when they realize they are on dry land (but only then, otherwise it is an absolute no-go as it calls for winds you don’t want), which refers to the sound of the wind whistling through the rigging.
The basic rules were to never whistle while on watch (as this is a sign of boredom and could tempt the sea gods to send a lovely hurricane to keep you busy, see above) and to always face the direction the wind was supposed to come from. However, these rules did not apply to the bosuns, who everyone knew were minions of the devil.
We only know this term from the emotional or mental realm. That is when someone is overwhelmed by their feelings. But originally it had a different meaning. The term comes from the Middle English word whelven, which means to turn upside down, a vessel is said to be overwhelmed when she has capsized or has turned upside down in the water.
In the 17th century, the term capsized appeared more and more, until it finally replaced overwhelmed in nautical terms and this term slipped into the emotional world.
Identify the Aircraft
Identify the Armor
It’s a way to get a-head…
Answer to the riddle: A Candle