January 8, 2020

Signs of the midwest.

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78 comments:

Curious George said...

815 is northern Illinois. Road trip?

FullMoon said...

The plumbers said they are getting crank calls today from all over the country.

Scott Patton said...

I work with a guy that uses an old flip phone. Just the other day he showed me what he sees when someone sends him a txt message containing an emoji. Just empty squares, just like the signs in the second picture.

Ralph L said...

Is that the remains of an old Texaco sign in the lower photo?

Titus said...

Is that in Westport by Nelson park?

Francisco D said...

That really looks like small-town Wisconsin where you can always find pretty decent beer and brats.

Jim in St Louis said...

Not the most attractive time of year, but beauty can be found when one looks for it.

Beasts of England said...

’thought it read, Septic and Drag.’

I did, too. Still laughing...

wild chicken said...

What a weird winter.

Equipment Maintenance said...

I'm guessing Wilmington, IL.

Ralph L said...

Prince Harry does a bunk like Edward VIII. Prince Andrew breathes a sigh of relief.

FullMoon said...

Those pics taken today, between 10 and 12. About an hour apart, is my guess.

narciso said...


well psychology might be helpful in dealing with the congress,


https://nypost.com/2020/01/08/dr-drew-may-challenge-adam-schiff-for-his-congressional-seat/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons

Ann Althouse said...

Home from a short trip.

No “slots” signs in Wisconsin, as far as I know.

Theses views are very Illinois.

stevew said...

Resembles parts of southern New England, southern MA and northern RI and CT, south of Worcester.

It is a strange winter. Been cooler the last several days, high of 29 predicted for tomorrow. Then we shoot up to low 60's on Saturday, mid-40's Friday and Sunday. I'm skiing the end of the month, hoping we get enough colder weather in the mountains so at least they can make snow. I love this time of year, however strange this one may be.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

it's missing the "TFW", but otherwise schadenfreudelishus:

https://gab.com/system/media_attachments/files/028/300/168/original/2b1bd050b07771ba.jpg?1578524404

tcrosse said...

All of a sudden I'm hungry for the prime rib, house salad, au gratin potatoes, and a couple of brandy Old Fashioneds.

FullMoon said...

Salacious ?

Judge orders GOOGLE to turn over Jussie Smollett's emails, data...

Lucid-Ideas said...

When I see things like, I know I've entered flavor country.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Looks like the photos from rhhardin's blog. Worth a visit.

narciso said...

http://meaninginhistory.blogspot.com/2020/01/briefly-noted-stefan-halper-update.html

Narr said...

I use an old flip phone. People are always sending me stuff I can't access, and asking me to send them things, which I can't do and don't want to learn.

Narr
Oh well

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

-Flub Or Felony: 17 FISA Errors Submitted Four Times?

https://truepundit.com/flub-or-felony-17-fisa-errors-submitted-four-times/

- Inside Iran’s Secret & Deadly Terror Committee; Death Squad Headed by Khomeini Decides What Gets Blown Up, Who Gets Murdered Across the Globe

https://truepundit.com/classified-inside-irans-secret-death-squad-headed-by-khomeini-decides-what-gets-blown-up-who-gets-murdered-across-the-globe/

-Babson College Professor Urges Iran To Bomb 52 American Cultural Sites

http://tbdailynews.com/babson-professor-urges-iran-to-bomb-52-american-cultural-sites-to-own-the-trumpsters/

William said...

There were three parties in the Covington kids incident: A Native American activist with a checkered history. The Black Hebrews who were shouting grotesque insults at the students. The Covington students who were shouting school cheers. Some of them wore MAGA hats....Guess who the media decided were the demons among these three. It takes a powerful amount of presumptive bias to look past the Black Hebrews and find fault with the students. Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist, had his reasons, but there was no excuse for the media to single these kids out for abuse.....Well, give CNN credit. They certainly chose the right day to settle. Maybe NBC can settle on the day Ghislaine Maxwell suffers a tragic accident while indulging in auto erotic asphyxiation.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

the enclave of commerce in pic #1 is missing a sign saying

... "Home of the World's Largest Ritz Cracker"

narciso said...

well hes crawled out of his burrow,


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/08/iran-launches-missile-attack-us-bases-iraq-latest-news/

Known Unknown said...

The top picture reminds me of Dennis Hopper.

Tommy Duncan said...

This seems to be near Joliet. Were you visiting Jake and Elwood? I think they should be getting out soon.

StephenFearby said...

After considering the various proposed causes for the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, I believe it was more likely than not a bomb.

It is tempting to believe the idea that:

It Sure Looks Like the Ukrainian 737 May Have Been Accidentally Shot Down in Iran

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/iran-plane-737-crash-in-tehran-was-it-shot-down.html#comments

...since the Iranians won't release the recovered black boxes to Boeing. But that doesn't mean they won't release the boxes to Ukraine. The French have good experience in black box analysis and the Ukrainians could easily farm the job out to them.

Wikipedia
Timeline of airliner bombing attacks

"...in the latter part of the 20th century, assassination and political and religious militant terrorism became the dominant motive for attacking large jets."

"...This is a chronological list of airliner bombing attacks. All entries on the list should have their own article. Explosions deemed to have not resulted from a bomb should not be included on this list":

"10 October 1933 United Airlines Chesterton crash
A Boeing 247 was destroyed by a bomb, with nitroglycerin as the probable explosive agent. A Chicago gangland murder was suspected, but the case remains unsolved.[2] It is thought to be the first proven act of air sabotage in commercial aviation."

There have been 10 airline bombings since 1994. The great majority were associated with Islamic terrorist groups.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_airliner_bombing_attacks

If I were an Iranian official, I'd be looking for an airport baggage handler hailing from a Sunai region of Iran who has suddenly disappeared.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Has anybody else seen this? Is it real? Ayatollah Khomeini going batshit crazy.

https://mobile.twitter.com/breslov1282/status/1214310366202793986

Calling Narsico for his google-fo.

Clyde said...
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Clyde said...

Amazon Music recommended the soundtrack for the movie "Yesterday" and I listened to it a few times, then I did something I don't normally do and rented the streaming movie. It was really good. The premise is that a struggling musician in England is hit by a bus during a worldwide power blackout; when he wakes up, he is the only one in the world who remembers the Beatles and their music, so he starts putting out their music as his own. Himesh Patel does a great job performing the Beatles' music. It's really a feel-good movie.

Yesterday Trailer

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

and the uppermost sign in pic #2--

...makes me want to buy a vowel. Or hell, even a consonant.

Fernandistein said...

Re. the Sandmann settlement and case - even if the MSM's fictional version of events had been true, it was hardly worthy of mention in the national news, except as anti-white and anti-Trump propaganda, because...nothing much happened, even in their version: nobody was robbed, nobody was murdered or assaulted or hurt, nobody was verbally abused or threatened by those supposedly evil white kids. At worst an Indian was made to feel uncomfortable in a public place...in the MSM version.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Remember psychotic killer abortion doctors in Maryland and Indians are "local news stories."

A teen who smirks from discomfort at people trying to get a reaction is the biggest national news story for a whole day.

Ralph L said...

Ken Jennings shows his true colors on the first Final Jeopardy! Hammer and Sickle.

walter said...

Bill,
In the response thread there it is revealed to be at least 10 yrs old:
Ewe toob
Who knows if the media covered rocket launch video is current.

walter said...

Hunter Biden relinquishing custody of old baby so he can focus on new baby.

Drago said...

walter: "Hunter Biden relinquishing custody of old baby so he can focus on new baby."

Hunter Biden as "Hunter Biden", or as Ghost of Hunter Biden's Dead Brother?

Hagar said...

An "old phone" lives in a mahogany box screwed to the wall.

walter said...

That's keeping his legacy alive, Drago.
Maybe he role-played with Beau's/his wife too.

FullMoon said...

As mentioned by others, suspicion of missile downing plane:

Iran Refuses to Hand Over Black Box From Fatal Boeing Crash Near Tehran – Nose of SAM Missile Discovered Near Crash Site…

J said...

Speaking of flip phones, I was thinking of ditching my smart phone for Lent. But the process of going to a “feature phone” is daunting... and I’m a millennial. My kids say I’m on it too much, so gotta figure out a way to break the addiction. Preferably cheaply. Coming here will have to go.

traditionalguy said...

They still have a Bush yard sign up, misspelled as it is. And that neighborhood doesn't have their Whole Foods Store yet.

walter said...

"Beer" while you get your septic pumped.
Shitty all around.

gilbar said...

here's a sign o' the times!

A $1.2 billion homeless housing bond was approved by L.A. voters in 2016," said Fox Nation's Tomi Lahren. "And what, over three years later, do we have to show for it? A single housing project offering, get this, just 46 housing units."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the housing development on Monday. It's one of three facilities that were slated to open in 2019, yet it's the only one to be completed so far.


so! 1.2 BILLION dollars (or, 1,200 Million, as they'd say in briton)
That comes to a little over 26 MILLION per housing unit; which Seems high...
BUT, if we assume the other two units (someday) come online, without cost overruns; it would come to UNDER NINE MILLION dollars a housing unit! that's a GREAT Price, isn't it?

edward said...

Looking a cheap place to land my cabinet shop. The lower pic looks it might work. Where is it?
Edward1960 at hotail dot com

Nick said...

Looks like Mississippi.

Narr said...

Nick, that's because Mississippi IS America.

I read that white one on the left as Midwest Septic and Dairy.

Narr
And thought, that doesn't seem like a good plan

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

ok-- Ruth Bader Ginsborg --C'mon, man!

They cure Hilldog's pneumonia and severe dehydration in an hour,
... and RBG is 'cancer-free' 4x?
what sort of magic potions they gotz to pump up these old birds?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbIWC7z5H3Q

walter said...

Narr,
It's a great combo if lactose intolerant.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

a beautiful, moving, portrait of Lady Liberty:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1215043166329606145

...and...a sick Bern:

https://freebeacon.com/politics/bernie-sanders-asked-leave-hippie-commune/

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

... and a little more on Uncle Sam's sibs

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/when-america-was-female/273672/

Known Unknown said...

Is that the remains of an old Texaco sign in the lower photo?

Yep. My grandfather ran this one a long time ago. Sign still looks surprisingly good. Pumps are gone, but it still looks like something goes on there.

narciso said...

Its an ayatollah slappy but its not the big cheese and the tape is 9 years old

Kyzer SoSay said...

If you're near Braidwood, you're near me. I don't know those particular signs though - I rarely go thru that town, it's just nearby.

David Begley said...
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David Begley said...

My Twitter a count is suspended. See below.

Violating our rules against abuse and harassment.
You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.

David D. Begley
@DavidDBegley1
@AmbassadorRice @mitchellreports All in your opinion. You and Obama should have killed him years ago rather than hand him billions in order to kill Americans. You sure have a lot of gall.
12:18 PM - 8 Jan 2020

Who did I harass? Susan Rice? And is it a violation of Twitter rules to wish that the Obama Administration had killed the murdering terrorist general sooner? That would have saved American lives.

I got almost 100 Twitter likes today as I pushed back against the Dems on this Iran thing.

Amazon terminated my book review privileges and deleted 31 reviews going back over 20 years because I’m not a believer in the global warming scam and said so in a satiric book review.

These Leftwing fascists simply can’t tolerate free speech and opinions not in agreement with theirs. But this how they roll because they are insecure and their arguments are so weak.

The actions of these fascists is quite ironic because tonight I saw “A Hidden Life.” It was the story of an Austrian Catholic who was executed because he wouldn’t swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler. IOW, he expressed his opinion that was contrary to the majority.

These Leftwing fascists better prepare for Trump’s re-election.

FullMoon said...

WARNING! Potentionally Disturbing image at link. Parental Guidance suggested
Feinstein Fed Up with Pelosi Delay Tactics – Demands She Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate as Speaker Clings to Articles, Refuses to Let Go

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Nick said...

Looks like Mississippi.

You wouldn't have the beer signs in Mississippi.

StephenFearby said...

FullMoon said...
As mentioned by others, suspicion of missile downing plane:

Iran Refuses to Hand Over Black Box From Fatal Boeing Crash Near Tehran – Nose of SAM Missile Discovered Near Crash Site…

Thanks for the link. If the photo of the guidance cone of what seems to be a TOR SAM is real and was found near where the airliner went down, that would appear to kill the bomb theory.

In the comments, this guy significantly improves what was previously spit out by Google Translate:

merrob6258 says:
January 8, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Looks like bad google translate. My Farsi is rusty by I translate it as

“One of the local people sent a view in a water canal near the crash site of the Ukrainian airplane of the control part of a Tor-M Missile”

Photo: https://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/missile-ukraine-1.jpg

Compared to a photo of the Russian Buk SAM guidance cone that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH1 over occupied Ukraine:

http://lugansk-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/InRussia.jpg

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/08/iran-refuses-to-hand-over-black-box-from-fatal-boeing-crash-near-tehran-nose-of-sam-missile-discovered-near-crash-site/

Does Iran have these SAM's? Yup:

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force
In December 2005, Iran entered into a contract to purchase 29 TOR-M1...mobile surface-to-air missile defense systems from Russia worth more than US$700 million (EUR 600 million).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Republic_of_Iran_Air_Defense_Force

Tor missile system

The Tor missile system (Russian: "Тор"; English: torus[1]) is an all-weather low to medium altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for engaging airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and short-range ballistic threats (Anti-Munitions). Originally developed by the Soviet Union under the GRAU designation 9K330 Tor, the system is commonly known by its NATO reporting name, SA-15 "Gauntlet".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_missile_system

So, again, if the photo of the guidance cone of what seems to be a TOR SAM is real and was found near where the airliner went down, now the question is whether or not Iran will allow non-Iranian inspectors to view the wreckage before Iran makes the damaged parts of the plane that incriminate them disappear.

Unknown said...

RIP Buck Henry.

I only knew him from SNL, but always liked it when he was the host.

Unknown said...

Gas Stations

Kyzer SoSay said...

Weirdest thing so far of 2020 just happened tonight. I am just getting back from the gym. When I first left the house and drove to the gym, the parking lot was full. I work out at night to avoid crowds and waiting time, so I decided to take a little cruise and give it time to thin out some. Usually only happens once a month, but it's happened 3x so far since New Years (all those new members probably). My path took me to I-55N/S near the 236 exit, and I turned north on the east-side frontage road. As I was turning around in the parking lot of a bar, I noticed something. I stopped. I stared.

I know exactly where Althouse was when she took the first picture. She was at Snooker's Bar at the intersection of Washington St and Strip Mine Road, Wilmington IL. Less than 10 minutes from my house.

It was the signs that caught my eye. I didn't notice the bar at first in that picture - my brief glance at the background left the impression of a convenience store. I had been focused on just the road signage, and seeing them right there, even in the dark, rung a very loud bell in my mind.

Still not sure where the dilapidated Texaco sign is at, but I've got a mission for tomorrow. What the Hell brought you to the area around my humble little Coal City, IL, Althouse?

Crazy World said...

Oh yumm tcrosse 558

Hercules, not that one though said...

Narr...I have a Flip Phone. Leave it in the truck. Once a week I bring it in to charge it. I live in Northern Idaho. I think I'm the only human being left that is not glued to a 'smart phone'. I have internet access though, obviously. Broke down last year. Called for a tow-truck. Didn't have to hike to a payphone. Pretty cool. Can't think of any other reason for it though.

Ken B said...

Begley
You expressed a wish someone had killed a dead mass murderer. According to this it’s a banning offense to wish von Stauffenberg had succeeded!

I am almost tempted to join Twitter and tweet that, just to see.

Lance said...

Love these photos. Make me miss home a bit.

Mr. Forward said...

Making a sequel to “The Blob” called “The Blog”. Althouse is scouting locations.

“An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.”

“Sgt. Jim Bert: Well what was it? Out with it, kid!
Steve Andrews: Well it's kind of a - kind of a mass. It keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

“Elizabeth Martin: I looked in both their rooms, they're both gone!
Henry Martin: Are you sure?
Elizabeth Martin: Yes! Yes!
Danny Martin: Well maybe they're down here.”

“Sgt. Jim Bert: Wait a minute! It's one thing to make a fool out of yourself but it's another thing to make a fool out of the entire police department and the whole town!”





Gahrie said...

I think I'm the only human being left that is not glued to a 'smart phone'.

I have never owned any type of cell phone.

Ralph L said...

I had a pay-as-you-go for 2 months in 2016 but never replaced the battery after it died.

stevew said...

Off topic from what you all have been chewing on over night but I have to share the headline from the Boston Globe that greeted me this morning, "Trump avoids escalating crisis with Iran — but all is not well between the two longtime enemies". ROFL. This is why Babylon Bee is misunderstood, you can't make this shit up. Also, they list it as 'Analysis'.

Big Mike said...

@Hercules, our land line went down early in the Verizon strike of a few years ago and stayed down until it was over. That’s the value of cell phones.

Phidippus said...

Althouse channels Lee Friedlander to pleasing effect.

Narr said...

There's at least one person posting here who has never visited Mississippi.

Narr
Be proud

Mr. Forward said...

Only been to Mississippi one time just long enough to fill up the gas tank. Lady stepped out of an old fashioned phone booth and asked me if I had four quarters for a dollar. I gave her four quarters, she kept her dollar, walked past the phone booth, got in her Cadillac and drove across the road to the casino.

Hercules, not that one though said...

There was a time many years ago when I found myself in Jackson, Mississipi on a Saturday night. Was doing a US Tax Court thang, had to stay over the weekend. Wandered around Jackson on a Saturday night. Eh. Not impressed. Sometimes popular songs create images that do not carry over to reality. Duh. Still, Jackson, Mississipi on a Saturday night has a good ring to it.

Hercules, not that one though said...

Big Mike... Your landline was off? No longer have one, but thinking of restarting it. I'm disturbed that your landline was off. BTW...hate cell phones. I'm starting a group of Luddites to END CELL PHONES NOW. Ha Ha. Gonna take an EMP to gain traction.