Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yes, of course the GOP didn't ask tough questions

The GOP really doesn't want the truth, but wants to keep faking it.

Let's all act relieved that Trump wasn't in trouble, after all. (fakery)  But nobody asks the deeper questions.

Then, when someone does answer those questions, maybe we can talk about such silliness as James Comey.

It is all being spun as a Dem defeat, but is it really?

Mr. Hart

The title is somewhat misleading.  I was looking for the Professor to explain what the Socratic Method was, but this only shows Mr. Hart's difficulty with the Professor.  Okay, that's good enough.

The Socratic method from James Somers on Vimeo.
A brief clip from the film, The Paper Chase, to serve as an example of the Socratic method.

Obligatory, 6.9.17, Updated

Finally began work on my screen.  It is intended to keep some of the sun off the trailer, and therefore help with climate control.  It really gets hot in here, unless you run the a/c all of the time.  I want to do something to control that heat, and cut down on the a/c usage.

As of the moment, work has stopped because it is too hot, my feet are killing me, and I ran out of screws and nails.

I took a break to cool off and to plan for a trip to get some more supplies.  I didn't think I would run out of screws, but I didn't check close enough, I guess.

Maybe I will update this today.  If I feel up to it, I may finish up the job.  There's not all that much left to do.

Update :

Finished!  Time to celebrate.

6.10.17, 6.50 am :

A short blurb here.  Since I finished up at about nightfall, I didn't have much of an opportunity to inspect my work.  This morning, at the crack of dawn, I went outside, and had a look.  It looks sound, but not what I'd call professional.   That is okay, since I am definitely not a carpenter.

I am satisfied with it, construction wise.  Now, let's see if this thing will help control the heat.

Comey follies

How could anybody take James Comey seriously?  After last year?  Come on.  Comey was a media creation.  He is useful to them so that they could gin up ratings.  Nothing he could say could have any consequence.  People had to know this.  Therefore, they were just using the dude to pump up ratings.  If you were one of these people following it closely, you probably were let down a little or maybe a lot by what this guy didn't say.  Who do you blame for that?  Maybe the Russians.  /snark

Comey by his own admission is something of a putz.  You cannot take the guy seriously.

Hopefully, we can move on to more important matters.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

U Can't Touch This --- MC Hammer

Here's the trouble with these clowns in DC.---  Democrats have the attitude that you see in this video.  They don't give a hoop about anything.  On the other hand, the GOP lets the Dems walk all over them for nothing.

If only for one minute we could get somebody in the White House who had an MC Hammer like attitude.  He'd say --- U can't touch this!  He'd make it stick too.  If Slick Willy can do it, so can anybody.

Hit the road, Jack!

If only we could tell the swamp creatures this, and they would actually do it.  Sounds like a dream, huh?

Hound Dog

Lots of those around here these days.

[ I'm at the washateria, where they have free wifi.  I wouldn't watch these videos on my own bandwidth.  See, you really can do something about your own problems without being a 'hound dog'.]

Obligatory, 6.8.17

Yesterday, I went to a doctor for a check up.  There still needs to be a blood test, so I have to go back into the big town near here.  While there, I will pickup my stuff I ordered yesterday.  Meanwhile, I won't be available for blogging for at least half of the day.

Not that I have been blogging all that much lately anyway.  The news media is ridiculous, so it really isn't worth responding to any of that junk.

There was something else that I thought of, but it is too much to attempt to post it for this morning on the fly, so to speak.  I hope I won't forget it, so this little blurb is a reminder to myself.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hitting a wall already... Updated 6.7.17

I'm spending a lot more time on my feet, and now they are hurting me a bit.  The burn on my butt still hurts, and now I am slowing down a lot.  It may well take a lot longer to make it through my list of things to do.

Now I managed to get the supposedly damaged phone working again.  Evidently, the Verizon guy couldn't get the phone to work either, and so they ought to be paying me to work there.

Anyway, I now have an extra phone I cannot use.

It is getting hot, and my shade won't be ready in time to avoid some heat.


Just read some news on Insty.  He asked if the GOP wants to hand the Congress back to the Dems.  Yes, I think that may well be a possibility.

Staying away from the news improves my mood, but moving around more makes more sore.  I'm a poet and don't even know it.

Update (s)  15:15:

Since I have some down time, some thinking is going in the screen porch/deck.  I think I can put it together with minimal effort by way of the following procedure.  I will make two 8x4x8 frames, which will be covered with metal on top, some fencing toward the sun, and screen all around.  There will be a deck that rises above ground level.

Now, each of the frames can be fabricated from 2x4's.  There will be four concrete pillars that set upon the ground.  The deck/porch will set upon these pillars. There will be posts rising from these pillars, and two of these posts will be attached to the side of the trailer, and two more posts four feet away from the trailer.

The prefabbed frames with be fastened to the posts, and to each other.  These won't be load bearing, so they should be strong enough.  The deck will have cinder blocks under a separate 2x4, which will run down the center part of the frame that comprises the floor area.  Finally, the deck is finished with 4x8 piece of plywood on top of the 2x4 prefabbed frame with 2x4 running down center supported by the cinder blocks.

The metal roof and rest is easy enough to visualize.

5.26.17, 3:36:

This project will be in two steps.  Each frame will be built separately.  I am doing it this way in order to determine the soundness of the plan.  If it appears sound, I will finish off with the other half.

In order to complete one frame, I will need the following materials:

4 4x4x 8' posts
4 concrete pillars
15 2x4x8' studs
4 cinder blocks

I have got leftover nails and screws from my shack project two years ago.

For the deck, I need a 4x8' by fairly thick piece of plywood sheet
For the roof, I need some corrugated metal, size available?
more 2x4's most likely for the roof, sides,  deck, and door (s)
sides will need sufficient metal screen, and some fencing planks

may need something to cut the screen to size, as I will need at least one door for access

5.27.17, 18:05:

adjustment to the materials list:

(2) 4x4x 8' posts  cost: 20 bucks
(2) concrete pillars:  15 bucks
(5) 2x4x8' studs:       20 bucks
(16) 6 ft fencing planks:  25 bucks
straps and rope,               20 bucks
total                             100 bucks

The procedure is to nail the fencing planks to the studs, which are in turn, nailed to the posts.

The posts are sitting in the concrete pillars, and are connected to the trailer, the rope and straps secure it to the trailer.

It may be desirable to further anchor the screen to the ground via rebar and some concrete.  Not too sure that I need to do this.


Another concept just popped up into my head:  Don't do a screen at all.  Use a swamp cooler instead.  The idea here is to cool down the limited area in the bedroom as I did during the winter months.  The window can be opened, but there is no screen around it.  Don't want bugs, so I can make a screen around the window, and crack it open in order to admit air, if required.  May need to use outside air, but on humid days, I can run the dehumidifier and the swamp cooler inside the trailer.  Running both together will probably use less power than the air conditioner alone.

The materials for this are much simplified.  Will need 2x4's, perhaps as few as three.  Some screen, and I am in business.   Tack the screen into position after securing it against the trailer.  ( This may require a bit more planning )

Will need a swamp cooler though.

5.28.17, 8:58 :    

I am leaning towards just getting the swamp cooler, and letting the dehumidifier and the fan on the stove to move air outside.

This may use almost as much electricity as the a/c with uncertain results.  But I can use this as an opportunity to purify the water through the use of the two devices.  It is worth trying.  If it doesn't work, I can still build the other things.


Done!  Will be arriving on Friday.

5.29.17, 16:11 :

Considering this idea again.  Just have this urge to build something.  I shopped at the local hardware store today and found the stuff I could use.  Now it is up to three of these, but only part of this needs to be bought at a time.  Once emplaced, the posts can be taken down and used again.  Same with the pillars.

northwest side materials list:

(2) 4x4x 8' posts  cost: 20 bucks
(2) concrete pillars:  15 bucks
(5) 2x4x8' studs:       20 bucks
(16) 6 ft fencing planks:  25 bucks
straps and rope,               20 bucks
total                             100 bucks

southwest side materials list:

reuse  4x4x 8' posts  cost: 0 bucks
reuse concrete pillars:  0 bucks
(5) 2x4x8' studs:       20 bucks
(16) 6 ft fencing planks:  25 bucks
reuse straps, rope ,               0 bucks
total                             45 bucks

southeast materials list:

reuse  4x4x 8' posts  cost: 0 bucks
reuse concrete pillars:  0 bucks
(2) 2x4x8' studs:       8 bucks
(5) 6 ft fencing planks:  10 bucks
reuse straps and rope,               0 bucks
total                             18 bucks

Let's say I'm off by 30 bucks or so.  All three can be done for less than 200 bucks.  Is it worth it?  Maybe I should wait and see how the swamp cooler goes.

Update, 6.4.17,  6:41 :

Altered the materials list slightly

northwest side materials list:

(4) 1/2 x 2' rebar  cost: 8 bucks
(6) 2x4x8' studs:       24 bucks
(16) 6 ft fencing boards:  25 bucks
straps and rope,               40 bucks
total                             97 bucks

The other two sides can reuse the straps and ropes.  One side can use screen instead of boards.  Still around 200 bucks.

The idea is to use the straps and ropes to hold the screening against the trailer.  It will sit on the group, and the rebar will help anchor it to the ground.

The thought just occurred to me that an extra 2x4 may be needed at about floor level so that the rope and strap can be even with the trailer.  If it weren't there, the rope would pull up on the 2x4 on the ground.

10:50 :

May do away with straps and rope.  Instead, pour a little concrete into some home made pads through which the rebar will pass.  These will act as a stand for the shade.  That means that the connections to the trailer will have to be stronger and capable of withstanding the wind.

This brings each side down to less than sixty bucks.  But there is a risk that the thing may not hold up.

I'd better think this one over for awhile longer.

...after a few moments the following idea occurred.  I can get an extra long board to put under the trailer and on top of the concrete pad.  This will give a wide base to the screen, and should be tough enough for the wind.

I will need concrete and two boards per side.  Two boards, four homemade pads.

What about awning repair ?  Well, I don't want to try it myself, and I don't want to hire somebody.

Looking at material list now:

most recent update 6.7.17, 19:08 :

Planning is advanced, I may order any time now, changes will occur to the list below only.

northwest side materials list:

(1) 1/2 x 4' rebar  cost: 4 bucks
(2) 1/2 x 2' rebar  cost: 4 bucks
(1) 2x4x10' boards   7 bucks
(4) 50 lb bag concrete 7 bucks
(6) 2x4x8' studs:       24 bucks
(16) 6 ft fencing boards:  25 bucks

total                             71 bucks
Actual including tax was a little over 80 bucks.  Had to buy at lowes and home depot.

Done!  Will pick up tomorrow.

Rainwater experiment... updated 6.7.17

It has been raining  a bit here lately, so I am collecting the rainwater in a five gallon bucket.  The water is fairly clean looking, and tests out at less than 10 ppm of dissolved solids.  However, I don't think it a good idea to use it directly.

I got an idea to run it through a filter, but it is taking too much time.  Next thing was to add Clorox to it, and then run it through my commercial filters.  That may not be a great idea.  The Brita filter is slowing down, and the Zero water filter is doing something strange.  I tested the Zero water filter output, but it isn't a good number.  It actually is worse than the input.  Therefore, I think adding Clorox was not a great idea for the health of these filters.

At present, it remains to be seen if these filters are ruined.  If so, I will have an expense that I didn't anticipate.  Call it an expensive lesson.

Clorox treated water may need to sit awhile so that the clorine can dissipate out.  That could be the next experiment.

original post on 6.6.17, current time is 12 pm:

It definitely looks like the Zero water filter is messed up.  The clorine didn't dissipate out like I hoped.  It won't get water as clean.  As a consequence, I will use this filter for cleaning up the rainwater collected.  It will be utilized in the evaporative ( swamp ) cooler.  I won't miss this water, and it may actually get recycled up to a point.  That is because the a/c condensation water rolls down and collects in my rainwater bucket.

Zero water filters aren't cheap, so I can get more use out of it this way.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Is there a method to the madness?

Betsy Newmark critiques the Trump presidency so far, and some aspects of it are not very good.  Now, if the Dems would concentrate their criticisms like Newmark just did, there would be a lot more trouble for Trump.

Actually, all the Dems are doing is keeping the Trump supporters with Trump and their own supporters with themselves.  It is tribalizing the politics, instead of governing the nation.

There's just no rhyme nor reason to it all, unless that is the only point.

Update (s) 6.6.17, 17:25 :

I must also mention that even if Newmark is totally correct, it is not a reason to blow up a good idea.  The travel ban is definitely a good idea.  If the terrorists can't get here, they can't do any harm.  Of course, we have to follow really dumb ideas, like invading other countries at great cost to lives and treasure, if those ideas are executed better. /sarc

Scotus should uphold the ban, or whatever it is you want to call it.

Travel ban, hell yes

These people.  They try to blame Trump for any of the terrorism, when it is their behavior that the jihadists are targeting.  It is their corruption, and their deviancies that are attracting the attacks.  Trump is not provoking it; but rather when we project weakness to the jihadists.  This makes them think that our civilization is ripe for the taking.  Unless the downward trajectory is altered, we are headed towards far more disorder and chaos.

What did the people of Europe do to be attacked?  Those attacks have occurred even before Trump was a candidate.

Here's a quote obtained via Barnhardt.  It is attributed to Osama bin Laden:

"Our  talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue; one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice, and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of  the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually? Yes. There are  only three choices in Islam: [1] either willing submission [conversion]; or [2] payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or [3] the sword, for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”
–Osama Bin Laden
(The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 42)

These people are like dogs.  If you act scared and run, they will chase you.  But if you confront them directly, the chase ends.  Either the dogs scatter, or they will have to be killed.  One by one.

Actually, Trump is rather mild.  He is rather like Bush in that regard.  We need to get tougher.

Update (s): 8:18 :  

Here's something that might work well enough to keep Trump in power, and give the world a choice between civilizational war, or a chance at peaceful coexistence ( for the meantime ).

Number one:  there cannot be the continuance of the idea that the Islamists have a right to our shores, or the right to push violence as a means of proselytization.   Therefore, all communications with Islamic nations should be monitored and / or censored for content.  That means Al Jazeera needs to be monitored and censored.  Also, all people attempting to enter must be extreme vetted according to Trump's proposals.  This includes European nations.  Those who do not wish to comply will have to be monitored themselves.

to be continued....

10:30 :  

Secondly, the Persian Gulf should be blockaded.  Only countries willing to cooperate with us will be allowed transit.  Mine the Iranian ports.   Do not let unfriendly regimes to get away with making war against us without our response.

If it causes the price of oil to rise, so be it.  We don't depend upon this oil anymore.

Monday, June 5, 2017

News blurbs

Maybe somebody should tell her to shut up.  That's cuz there's this DNC guy who got offed, and nobody really wants to start talking about him. That dude is so obscure, nobody knows his name.

Democrats say there's a lot of smoke in the Russian election hacking bravo sierra.  If there's a lot of smoke, they are blowing it.

Yeah, we "provoke" them, so it is all our fault.  Terrorists are just so misunderstood.

Does Comey has any credibility to torch?  Even Dems don't like him, or do they?

That's all I care to write about.  I know it isn't much, but the news doesn't impress me anyway.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Paris and Climate Change; A legend in their own minds

Borrowing a phrase from a Dirty Harry movie.

A most apt description of this treaty that isn't came from Betsy's Page.  Newmark said that it is a useful tool for progressives to bash their opponents.  Indeed.  It appears to be the only real use for the treaty.

No matter what GOP candidate won the Presidency in 2016 or beyond, he would have had to deal with the same situation as Trump did--- a really bad non-treaty that the progressives insist is binding.  If the GOP president said no, as Trump did, he would receive the same response that Trump is receiving.  On the other hand, if he gave in, the Dems would have gotten a victory that, in effect, would be unearned.  To put it another way, it was a huge bluff.

The bluffing didn't work on Bush, and now it hasn't worked on Trump.  But one of these days it might.  Each stood tall, like Dirty Harry.

The bluffing does work sometimes, though.  The special prosecutor was a similar bluff.  The GOP should never have allowed that.

Update (s)  6.4.17, 17:15 :  

Note how many times the Dems admit that there is no evidence of "collusion", whatever that means, and leaving door open that there might be.  Democrats are just totally fake right now.  The way to combat fakery is with unrelenting and unwavering truth.

Not with getting wobbly.