Daily Gnuz – HumpDay

Mornin’ critters, here’s some gnuz to munch on

The Man Who Kept Chris Christie Out Of Jail Nominated As New FBI Chief h/t C&L
He’s got experience at keeping top leadership chrome braceletless…

When will Trump voters realize they’ve been had? This historian has some answers h/t RawStory
My best guess is when they realize THE JOBS AREN’T COMING BACK

And, finality wise,
Moscow says ‘zero’ proof Russian hackers involved in Qatar crisis h/t MSN
Anytime Moscow says, ‘we didn’t do it’, you can be certain they did…

Open Thread, have at it.

RUCerious @TPZoo

16 thoughts on “Daily Gnuz – HumpDay

  1. Jake Tapper, CNN, started his show yesterday with this:
    Speaking into his lapel mike, “The tweets are coming from inside the house.” 😀

    • Yesterday, after reading you and frugal talking about fishing in the Mississippi in St Paul I looked up the spot on Google maps, just west of the Roberts street bridge. I did a street view to look around because of something I had learned earlier. It seems that in 1863 a Lieutenant in the Prussian army had been sent to the US to observe the Civil War from the Union side. It was in St. Paul Minnesota, on the Mississippi near the International Hotel when Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin made his first flight in a balloon. Do either you or frugal remember the International Hotel near the Roberts St. bridge?

      • My mind ls a little clearer this morning and I’ll re-phrase my inquiry. Do either of you have any knowledge of the history of the International Hotel of 1863 and if any of the major hotels in the general area may be built upon the site of the long gone International? Having grown up in Baltimore I read about famous and infamous people who came to town and many stories name the hotels or boarding houses where these people stayed.

        • Hi, pachy. I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the International aside from this web page.


          I didn’t know that Count Zeppelin had visited my neck of the woods though I do recall the story that it was a balloon ascent during the Civil War that started his gears turning. I also seem to recall he wasn’t much impressed with Lincoln. As a fastidious Prussian military officer he thought Lincoln looked, as I recall, “wild and unkempt” or something close.


          • Thanks Pete, political intrigue played out there. I wonder if the hotel across the state line in Illinois, where democrat politicians stayed to avoid voting back in Wisconsin, will have that story be remembered in history?

            • At this point, Pachy, I’m less certain than I would like that there will be any historians, or anyone else, to remember this era.

              Everyone knows at least a little about Lincoln but few know anything about the old count other than the airships that bore his name. Here was a guy who defined the word “conservative” but then he caught hold of a concept that is still, in hindsight, radical in nature and made it a reality through sheer force of will. And, of course, employing superb young engineers. Every so often someone proposes building rigid or semi-rigid airships but even with modern technology it would be very difficult to match the old Zeppelins. I have an old book by Arch Whitehouse called “The Zeppelin Fighters” that is chock full of accounts of those who fought in Zeppelins and those who fought against them.

              One of these days I will have to sort through my crates of old books, a bit over 600 volumes the last time I bothered counting, and set up an index so I can scan and print or send relevant parts to interested parties. Most of them are long out of print and largely forgotten.

              I have another old book by Bill Gunston called “The World’s Worst Aircraft” and one chapter is devoted to the British efforts to build rigid airships in the 1920’s. One of the two performed pretty much like the Zeppelins, though not better, but the other was an unmitigated disaster, mostly, because of screwed up politics.

              Dad dealt with British engineers over several decades and one of the worst things he could say about a piece of technology, or a goofy animal like a coot for that matter, was that it was “designed by a British committee”. He described the work of said committees like this.

              “They assemble around a table, bright and early, sometime around 10:00 AM. After an hour spent greeting each other they start sketching things on odd bits of paper. Then, around noon, they pass the bits of paper to the head of the table and he will take a look and say… That’ll do nicely, let’s head to the pub.”


        • It’s been so long since I’ve even been in Minnesota, much less lived there (moved out in 1960) that I can’t even recall the names of then-“famous” Twin City Hotels! Don’t recall hearing about Zeppelin either, not in MN History (6th grade) or beyond. Wouldn’t surprise me, though, if your question’s answer turned out to be ‘yes.’ Minnesota has a lot more embedded in its history than, say, Michele Bachman. Thank all gods!

          • Politically, Minnesota should be remembered for people like Paul Wellstone and Al Franken and people like Michele Bachmans should be studied for the causes of their innate ignorance.

            • Well, Bachman was born in Iowa. That pretty much explains everything.

              Minnesota has long needed a border wall, but I don’t think they could figure out a way to make Iowa pay for it.

  2. I just finished reading Comey’s prepared opening statement. Tomorrow should be a very interesting day – and the accompanying tweetstorm from the orange shitstain could prove entertaining? enlightening? his own downfall? (fingers crossed!)

    • What did they discuss?
      “The time has come,” the predisent said, “to talk of that thing: Of shoes and ships and sealing lips- of cabbages who would be king”

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