Saturday, August 5, 2017

Solar power arrives?

Originally posted 7.31.17, updated on, 

8.5.17 :

Been monitoring this for the last couple days.  It does appear to work, but power is a bit lower than I would like.  It stops charging at 13.7 volts, or so I think.  At 5 amps, that is only 70 watts, compared with the 100 watts I thought I would get.

However, by putting a load on it, I may get that difference, or some of it.  Thinking of adding a second battery, which I thought I may need anyway.

At best, I may get 600 watt hours per day out of this thing.  Not a whole lot, but enough to power some small devices.



Looks like it is working now.  I ran a lot of things off of the panel, while keeping the battery charged up.  One thing that will take getting used to is all the fluctuations in the voltage.  It runs up and down, and it may be because of a cloud covering the sun, and lowering the output of the panel.  At least, I hope so.

Crossing my fingers, and hoping this thing is really working now.

6:00 :

Spent the last hour reworking the mc4 connectors at the solar panel.  It may be inaccurate to blame myself for this failure, as the solar panel itself was already wired when I bought it.  Therefore, it was wired incorrectly.  Why should this surprise me?  The first panel I bought didn't work at all, now this one isn't wired correctly.

Well, at least I can stop beating myself up.  In the bargain, maybe I am learning how to wire these things correctly.  If for nothing else, at least that is worth something.

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.  It hasn't been tested yet.  For that I must wait for sunrise, in less than an hour.

I work before dawn because of the heat.  This part of the day is the coolest.  But the bugs are out, and complicates things a bit.


Frustrating turn of events.  I thought I had it fixed up, but wrong!  Evidently, the wiring is still wrong.  Don't know what it is about these mc4 connectors.  I thought I had 'em figured out.

The panel checks out at about 100 watts.  The battery is now charged at about 13 volts.  Not quite fully charged, but close enough.  Not sure about the controller, but the new one arrived yesterday.  It has different connectors, so maybe I can try hooking this up that way.

Still have an mc4 connector problem though, at the solar panel itself.  Why these are so popular, I don't know.  They seem foolproof, but if that's so, why these problems?  I'm not sold on them, that's for sure.

My cooling plan for the bedroom is discombobulated at the present.  It seems that the battery became discharged more than I thought.  However, the solar panel will be charging that battery, while the grid electricity will charge the battery that runs the bilge pump.  I may need to beef up that battery system with an extra lead acid battery, like the one that is already out there.

It's frustrating, but it can join the list.  Lots of things frustrate me at this juncture.


Everything is now hooked up, and it appears to be working.  The battery needs charging, and the solar panel will do the job, provided it is working properly.  By the end of the day, we will see.

I will run small stuff off this panel.  Nothing big.

original post follows:

Well, it looks like my work was flawed.  The controller really seems to work after all.  The problem seems to be with the wiring.  This type of connector was supposed to be idiot proof.  However, this idiot seems to have found a way to screw it up.

In spite of all that, now it does appear that the solar panel will work.  Or so I think at this moment.  The panel produces power, that much I verified today.  The controller works, and now the wiring works.  It is just a matter of connecting them all together and let's hope it all works when assembled.

If memory serves, the panel will produce 100 watts.  So, it is a rather modest little output.  Starting modestly is the only way at this point.  No need to buy a butt load of stuff and not know how to put it together.  You have to be able to crawl before you can walk, walk before you can run, and so on.

With this modest of an output, all I could run would be some battery chargers and some led lighting.

The bilge pump will draw too much current.  Don't want to add another battery to beef that up, so the bilge pump is out.

It has been a long time coming, and to get this thing to start producing something useful is a milestone, to say the least.  I have had this equipment for over two years.

One more thing may about to be crossed from the list.  Yay, team.

Yeah, that's a good one

Over at Insty, you might wanna have a look see.  Trump with a wig on, pretending to be a woman, so he can claim to be the first woman president.

But, I disagree with Insty, I don't see Trump doing anything like this.

All the same, it is funny.

Friday, August 4, 2017

This is bullying, plain and simple

There seems to be an effort once again to shut down Hannity.

It is a favored tactic of the left to make you shut up.  Do you remember the video that Klavan made on the politics of shut up?  Well, here it is again.

Somehow, the opposition has to fight back and beat this.  It is like getting beat up and them taking your lunch money.  Trump was elected fair and square.  Crying and complaining about the bullies won't stop them.  They will have to be stopped with more aggressive tactics.

Appealing to the public won't work either.  People don't respect a weakling.  The GOP just looks like a bunch of weaklings who complain about getting beat up.  Sorry, but you are going to have to do better than that, GOP.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Everybody out

Where are they gonna go?  Out.

Yep, if only.

Jetson, You're Fired!

Ah!, If only the people would do this to the political class en masse.

My thoughts are a lot darker than this, but it would be better not to write it down.  I could be arrested!

America is being overrun by the fakes

It would be an occasion to say "Good Morning", but the mood isn't good, so it is just "Morning".

Grumble, grumble.

When I got like this at home, mom would say "stop your growling!"


Everywhere I look, it seems, I see nothing but fakes.  Fake patriotism.  Fake regard for the Constitution.  Fake religion.  Fake everything.  So, I came here today on this here little blog that nobody reads ( because the fat cats haven't bought me off )  to call out the fakes.  And nobody reads it because they prefer the fakery.  It is all glittery and everything.

No "capitation" or direct tax, said the original document once known as the US Constitution ( which they do not honor nor respect ).  Yes, and then we were free then.  Not anymore.  Thanks to the fakery of the "progressives", we got the income tax.

Okay, if you must tax, then tax the corporations.  Not the people.  Stop stealing our freedom.

The fakes are on the take, you see.  They get paid for their bravo sierra, and they are rewarded handsomely, I strongly suspect.  Meanwhile, they steal our freedom.  The money changers pocket the dough.

People follow the fake at your own risk.  There is safety and freedom in the truth, if you believe in Jesus Christ.  Yeah, even the clergy is fake.  There's money in the God Business.  Look at the fine cars they drive.

Sorry to get so preachy on you people.  But Jesus Christ also said that those who trust in riches shall hardly see the Kingdom.

I follow what Jesus Christ said because it is the TRUTH.  Something seldom seen in the Republic of Fake that we now live in.  Put all your faith in money, and what you get is lies.  The lies come running.  Even from those who pretend to follow Christ.  Especially from those.  Now they want us to believe in false doctrines, like ISLAM.  All of them in the name of Christ, who they DENY.

This country is in danger of being attacked by North Korea of all places.  That's not supposed to happen.  They ain't rich!  Well, if  ICBMs work, it would be as good as the damage ours can do, which cost a lot more money, I am sure.  You get what you pay for ( maybe, if it isn't faked out).

Put your faith in money, and the money changers  will be safe, but what about YOU?

Everything coming from DC reminds me of how phony they all are.  Why listen to these fakes?  Time is running short.

Christ overturning the tables of the money changers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Obligatory, 8.2.17

Nearly the whole day without a post.  Oh, my.

Today was a rainy day, and a break from the heat.  I resolved to do a few things around here, and so I have been rather busy with that.

At shortly after noon, I conked out, and slept for a few hours.  Before you know it, the day is done, and surprisingly little got accomplished.

Looks like I will have do some work in the future.  That means some driving.  Need some bucks.  As a consequence, there will be even less time for blogging.

Not that I do much anymore.  What is there left to say?  Seems like I covered everything at least once.

One other thing I did around here was to battle the ants.  Maybe that is why it seems like I accomplish so little.   If it isn't the ants, its the heat.  Then you get tired and fall to sleep for awhile.

But things are getting tougher, and I will have to get busy.

Stuff still needs doing around here, so I don't know when I go back to work.  Hopefully before the week is up.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Polls say Trump's tweets not helpful

Rather high number, too.  Something like four to one.  When that many are against you, there's a problem.

Unfortunately,, too many people out there do not understand the nature of the problem.  You cannot trust the media to report accurately.  As Trump says, it is the only way to get the truth out there.

If the public doesn't like it, then one must conclude, sadly, that the people don't care about the truth.

There is no excuse really for people not to want to hear the opposing viewpoint.

People must be shutting down their minds.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jeff Flake on NPR

Yes, good ol boy Jeff Flake is talking to the NPR crowd.

You know who the NPR crew is, right?  To the left, please.  Way to the left.  Way way way over to the left.

Flake won't attack Trump directly, so he goes through Bush.  Some of what he said seems plausible, but I'm not buying into it.

For instance, he said that Bush expanded the government.  That sounds good to conservatives, but what does that have to do with Trump?  Trump has been the most limited, small government minded GOP politician since Reagan, in my estimation.

No, it has to do with trade.  Trump's ideas on trade is what the target is.  So, to listen to Flake, you have to be a Globalist in order to a be a true conservative.  That is not consistent with history.  It is a philosophy more in keeping with post FDR policy than the policy that preceded the New Deal.  In that sense, it is definitely not traditional conservative thought.

Trump seems the most conservative guy since Hoover.  But he is no Hoover. Trump isn't talking about "no trade', but fair trade.  That isn't protectionism, nor is it xenophobic.  It is common sense, something entirely missing in Washington DC today.

So, what I gather on Flake is that he is an ultra Globalist.  Not even the slightest criticism of Globalism is to be countenanced.


I may add that this interview was supposed to be about GOP troubles.   The real trouble with the GOP is that too many of them are not very bright.  Hence, the "Stupid Party"nickname.

Here is a golden opportunity to make a big difference and these numbskulls are blowing it.  It cannot get much dumber than that.

A new party is needed, if for no other reason than to improve the IQ of this bunch.

Furthermore, if you add dishonesty to the mix, then you have an unwinnable combination.  But losing is what the GOP seems to do best.

17:46 :

Readers may be familiar with Bill Whittle.  The first time I learned of Whittle was with his column called "Tribes".  He compared conservatives and liberals in the modern fashion, but did not use the colors of Red and Blue.  No, he used the colors of Gray and Pink.

Of course, the Gray's were the good guys and the Pinks, not so good.

Others may argue it wasn't about conservative and liberal, per se.  Just about how people collect into groups, or tribes.  Gray and Pink was a way to categorize the tribes.

But Whittle is more conservative than liberal, so I think it really was about that.

One thing I want to make clear.  If all you do is vote the tribe, then that is not very intelligent.

No way Hillary should be POTUS just because she's a Dem and so are you. Trump does not apply because the GOP didn't want him anyway.

Anybody who voted Trump did not vote tribally, by definition.

Those who don't want Trump are acting tribally, even the GOP.  That is not smart since the GOP can no longer win national races.  They needed Trump, but for some stupid reason, seem intent on sabotaging him.

If I was like a lot of people...

Then this discussion of Obamacare would have no relevance to me, and consequently, I wouldn't care.

My goals are to live on my land out west.  What does that have to do with Obamacare?

Lots of people out there may be wondering why I give a hoot about it.  Either way, it doesn't matter to me.  Indeed, if I followed my interests entirely, and without regard to anything else, then I would be on the Democrats side.

Why?  Because it doesn't matter to me.  Screw anybody else, just give me mine.  If I got what I want, then who gives a crap if somebody else gets screwed?

The reason I give a damn is that this is not a good way to be, but that does appear to be the way a lot of people are these days.  Screw everybody else, just give me mine.  Might as well be on the tombstone of the great American experiment.  Yes, and the tombstone has a way of showing up when you least expect it.

A New Party ( repost from years ago )

Originally posted in 2013, Updated on

The election of Trump was more in spirit with the idea of a new party, but the old party won't allow itself to be remade.  This is what Trump must do:  remake the Party.  For if the old guard succeeds in maintaining control of this decrepit organization, the country is finished.

I wrote that I am proud of having written this.  I am even more proud today.

Preface to the repost:

I've reread this post and I must say that it makes me quite proud to have written it.  It has withstood the past year quite well, which must mean it has virtue.  I'd say everything here is more true than before, because now we have had a primary season in which the Tea Party ran unsuccessfully against many of the GOP senators up for reelection.  Thus, nothing substantially has changed.  The Tea Party has had no effect.  There are those who claim otherwise, but if you lose, you lose.  You get power by winning, and they are definitely not winning.  Yet the Tea Party probably represents the rank and file of the party better than those at the top.  Those at the top are bought and paid for and are corrupt.  All the more reason to separate from them.  

To do something so drastic as that must entail great risks.  The greatest risk is of an even more catastrophic defeat at the hands of the Democrats.  If the Democrats were to win huge majorities as a result of this action, we may we see the beginnings of the one party dictatorship that the Democrats covet so much.  Therefore, it looks self-defeating.

If there's to be a separation, what will come afterward will be political defeat and then what?  At that point, you'd have to make up your minds between being a slave and a free man.  That could mean that you will have to fight against the oppression of the Democrat state apparatus.

But isn't this happening anyway?  It will hasten the day no doubt, but that day is coming anyway.  Perhaps it is better to force the issue.  Perhaps not.  I say damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!

The original post follows immediately....

This post should receive a speculation alert.  That's what I give when I start talking out my ass, which I have a bad habit of doing.

This is about politics.  Usually, the speculation alerts were about science.  I have a very slight knowledge of some sciences and such.  What I propose in the scientific area is tainted a bit by a lack of knowledge, which I admit freely.  Also, with respect to politics here, I am not well versed, so take the following with a grain of salt.  Just say it is from a concerned citizen who has been watching the scene and who has come to a few conclusions about the state of affairs in this country.

The main conclusion is that our leadership is failing us.  The economy peaked about 1970 or so, and hasn't really recovered to that level since.  It has been reflected in many ways and in many statistics, but most of all, I have lived through that time.  There were indeed better times, but why has this happened, and what can be done about it?

There is no accountability.  Sure, Nixon was forced to resign, but Clinton was not.  The accountability seems one way.  If the GOP screws up, they will be punished.  Not so for the Democrats.  The Dems did lose power for awhile, but now they are back, and they are definitely intent upon making themselves the majority party for a long, long time.

Something is wrong with the GOP that prevents them from being an effective opposition party.  The Democrats will say the GOP is racist, homophobic, and bigoted.  They will say that the GOP is a warmonger party.  But the only party that benefits from race and class differences are the Democrats themselves.  Why can't the GOP fight back?  How can the GOP fight back?

I have come to the conclusion that the GOP can't fight back because they don't want to fight back.  They are quite content with being the minority party, and this implies something.  Why would you be content with being in the permanent minority unless there was something that you were getting in compensation?  I think that the GOP, especially the leadership, won't fight back because they are corrupt.  They are being bought off for their acquiescence in the Democrat majority.  The Democrats will tolerate the junior party as long as they aren't a threat to them.  On the other hand, if the junior party doesn't like being the junior party, the Democrats will crack down.  And so they have.  And the GOP is now assuming their usual submissive posture.  Thus, we have no accountability when the Democrats screw up.  The GOP just doesn't have the stomach for it.  It's that or they aren't any different from the Democrats in principle, even though they are pretending to be.

Since there is no accountability in the GOP, which means they cannot hold the Democrats accountable, there has to be some corrective action to ensure that there will be accountability.  That would mean a new party.  This new party will have to have a way to ensure compliance with its core principles.  That is to say, if a wayward member violates the principles of the party, then there will be corrective measures to bring that individual back into compliance, or in extreme cases, to expel that member.  If such measures already exist, it is a mystery to me.  If it is a mystery, it should no longer be.  Therefore, such measures should be made public and transparent.  This will ensure not only the compliance with principles, but with the integrity of the enforcement mechanisms.  Personally, I don't believe that the GOP has any such thing unless it is enforced by personalities only.  That is not acceptable either.

There's too much personalities in politics.  It should be about principles, not personalities.

The problem here is how do you enforce compliance with principles?  Also, what are the principles?

Starting with the latter, the new party should be rock solid on the Constitution.  In letter and in spirit.  If a member cannot follow the Constitution, the member doesn't belong.  The document implies limited government.  If the government is not to be limited, then why do you need a Constitution in the first place?  Why do you need checks and balances if you can trust politicians to do the right thing?  The checks and balances imply that politicians won't do the right thing.  The right to vote also implies that you can't trust politicians, for if you could, you wouldn't have to face the people with what you have done with the powers given to you.  It may be argued that the system already does this, but that system is not working.  The party system and cult of personalities are overriding the fail safe features of the Constitution and are imposing a type of coup against the sovereign, which is the Constitution itself.

To be a member, it has to be determined if a prospective member is dedicated to limited government.  In order to find out, a member must be vetted absolutely throughly.  It must be determined why that individual seeks public office.  Is it to serve, or is it to be served?  A personality test should be administered in order to see what makes an individual tick.  If that individual lusts for power and control, he or she doesn't belong in a party dedicated to limited government.  For that person will seek to override limits upon himself or herself.

The vetting process should ask the most personal type of questions.  For an individual must be willing to bare his soul to the world.  If he or she is hiding something, it must be assumed that this thing would make that person unreliable.  It may be argued once again, that our system already does this.  But it doesn't.  Barak Hussein Obama is hiding a large part of his past.  That should not be allowed in the new party.  The system is failing us, and this causes our leaders to fail us.

Recapping the principles of this new party, and a few additional ones not covered so far, it should:
  1. Be dedicated to the principle of limited government as directed by the Constitution
  2. Be dedicated to the principle over principles over personalities
  3. Be dedicated to the principle of accountability
  4. Be dedicated to the principle of transparency
  5. Be dedicated to traditional American values and organizing principles such as
  6. Christianity
  7. Free enterprise
  8. And the rule of law
Once again, it may be argued that the system already does this.  I would submit that it does not.  The new party is necessary to ensure that it does.  It MUST enforce these principles, otherwise there would no reason for its existence.  Therefore, the enforcement must be strict and without exceptions.  It must be swift and certain.  It cannot allow itself to be overturned and overridden.  It must not allow infiltration by an entity that would wish to corrupt it and defeat it.  For that is what we are dealing with now and why this new party is necessary.

Do people know that things are falling apart?

There are signs of it everywhere.  Therefore, it is a fair question.  Could it be that people simply do not know this?  Or is it the case that people know it, and just don't care.

Well, if it is the latter, when things get really bad, will they care then?  I would think so, but by then, it will be too late.

Of course, you'd like to know, wouldn't you, if the piano is about to fall on your head, right?  Maybe people would rather not know.

There are people like that, you know.  I have seen them.

When there is a problem, the first step is to acknowledge that there is one.  However, if denial is your choice, the problem won't get solved.  Very simple concept, but it might as well be rocket science these days.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

No kidding?

I would have never thought of that.  /sarc

The biggest liars and frauds on this planet are cooking up this Russian collusion thing on the basis of their patriotism.  If these people had any patriotism, they wouldn't be doing what they are doing.  All of a sudden, we are to believe that they really like this country.

Still waiting to hear about Seth Rich's murder.

But we are worried about Russian interference in our election.  Ree-gaw-damned- diculous.

After all this time, there is still this clown show under way.  When does it end?

Collusion, the fairy tale debunked

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker


A bigger scandal lies underneath the surface, but the voters will never be allowed to see it.  The truth is being hidden, but if it became known, justice may be possible.

But not in Wash. DC.  DC is hopelessly corrupt.

Obligatory, 7.30.17

Another month has just about passed its way into history.  This will be a short break from the political commentary.  That stuff may drive you crazy.  Ooops!  Already there.

In the meantime, I got out the solar panel and controller and the wiring.  I'll check this thing out and see if I can make it work.  At the present, something is wrong, as the controller does not seem to be working.   Either it is not receiving a current, or something inside it is broken.  I think it may be the latter.  For I was very careful setting up the connectors this time.  I do not think it is the wiring.

The solar panel itself should be good,  I checked it out in the late winter months before going to Irving for two months.

While I am at it, I will try to do something about the ant infestation.  The "coffin" has a few cracks and crevices that these nasty little critters like to use in order to gain access to my abode.   It is a constant war against them and this blasted heat.  So far, I am not losing it.  But I am not winning it either.  It is a standoff.

On other topics, it looks like SSA is trying their best to kill me off.  No back pay, and now, no help to pay for sky high insurance premiums.  I will have to go to the state of Texas for help.  Something tells me that they won't be much help.  It may well be that I will have to work.  Work!

Maynard G. Krebs had an allergy to work.  Yeah, laugh it all off.  If you didn't laugh, you'd go crazy.   Yeah, I know I am already there.