Saturday, September 30, 2017

Obligatory, 9.30.17

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

I was going to go to work this morning, but the car seemed to have a problem, so I stood down.  If there's a problem, I don't want to be caught out there stranded.

It turned out to be a dead battery.  Problem appears to be fixed.  But it cost me a day's work and the cost of a battery.

When it rains, it pours.  At least it happened in a good place.  Better here than in Philadelphia.

Next week, I go back to Irving for a follow-up MRI for my proton therapy treatment.  I think I am doing much better, but an MRI will show what's going on for sure.  Hopefully, the news will be good.

This NFL thing has gotten way out of hand.  Little kids are now "taking a knee".  If this is what our future holds, then I am glad I won't be around to see it.  But it is truly sad.  This is a great country, and it is being destroyed by people who do not have the best interests of the people at heart.  Do these people "taking a knee" really want to have this country become like Venezuela or Zimbabwe?  Many people who bad mouth this country really do not know what they are saying.  Or if they do, they should never be trusted, for their intentions are not good.  Does Shannon Sharpe, former NFL player, really believe what he said after the opportunities that he had in this country?  Would he have found these opportunities anywhere else?

If this is truly about a real problem, will these people show where the real injustice is?  Because of those celebrated cases, I could not see where their problem was.

It looks to me like a bunch of people are now engaged in faddish behavior.  It is a serious matter.  If you lose your country, what will you do?  You must honor and defend your nation.  You wellbeing and very life may depend upon it.

Friday, September 29, 2017

If I said it once...

I have said it a hundred times.  It is not liberal to tax corporations.  Unless you think the US Constitution was written by a bunch of bleeding heart libs...

The original constitution said that there was not to be a "capitation tax, or direct tax".  The sixteenth amendment did away with that.  Do away with the sixteenth amendment.  Get rid of the capitation tax.  That would be conservative.

But if you cannot tax individuals, then who do you tax?  Ahem, ahem, ahem.

The whole point of import taxes and taxes on corporations deals with the priorities of maintaining individual freedom.  Yet, even "conservatives" don't get this.

That's why there really aren't very many conservatives in this country anymore.  Many of them, or probably all of them, don't know what the hell it is.  If the original constitution ain't conservative, there ain't no such thing.  And that is where we are today.

I had to correct these dudes before.  The work never ends...

Don't just do something, stand there!

Yeah, it's a joke.  Hey, the joke is all on us, you people.

I've spent some time thinking up this title.  On serious subjects, such as the state of our country, one is inclined to be serious.  Only problem is, is that nobody is truly serious about anything anymore in this country.

That's right.  You cannot be serious, because you have not thought it all out.

If you are going to secede, you have to think it all out as to what that means.  But nobody does that.  They shout:  "secede!", and it all comes to nothing, because they are not at all serious.  It happened in Texas, and it is now happening in "Collyfornia".

Now, the left-wingers might be more serious.  But I wonder if they really are.  If they were, they would have to think of how to run a country when they cannot run their own state.  Most of what the left seems to be about is unsustainable.  They would be conquered if they tried to split off.  Their idea is not feasible.  But those shouting it the loudest are not serious people.  Or are they?  We'll I guess we'll see, won't we?

Now to the POTUS.  He is talking about the NFL.  But he cannot be serious either.  Here is this guy who says a lot of things, but nothing comes of it.  If he were serious, he would shut down the NFL.  But no, he is doing it for political effect.  If he were serious, he would have thought this all out.  If he thought it all out, he might conclude that people elected him to do things, not to just talk.  John McCain can do that.  What do you do when the NFL refuses to follow the law?  Shut them down!

So it is all a joke.  Have a good laugh, but it won't last.  There are serious people in the world, and they will kill you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Austin, Texas

Originally posted 9.10.17, updated on,

Still working on the problem of learning this city.  In Houston, they have a company called Key Maps.  Before all of this high tech stuff came along, you would use it to look up addresses for places, and find the place you are looking for with that map.  I still have an old Houston key map from back then, and it is rather tattered.  It reminded me of this resource, so I looked up an equivalent for Austin.  Don't see one.

There's plenty of that high-tech stuff around.  I can tell you this about high-tech:  it is good for certain things, but it is definitely not fool-proof.  The last time I worked in Austin, their turn-by-turn instructions left a great deal to be desired.

Austin may turn out to be a very, very interesting place.  I may even begin liking the place.

One rider compared Houston to Austin in terms of its freeways, traffic, and public transportation.  He says Houston is better.  Frankly, I like Austin's train system much better than Houston.  Houston's train system is stupid.  Austin has their train system stopping at park and rides.  There is only one route, and it is  heavy rail system, which appears to be built on top of the existing rail system.  This to me seems smart.  You use what's there, not build something completely incompatible with what is already there, like Houston did.

However, Austin's freeway and toll roads leave much, much to be desired.  The traffic on them is awful.  Houston has the reputation for traffic, and yes, it can be bad.  But Austin is ridiculously bad.  Houston is working on it, though.  They want to tear up Pierce Elevated in Downtown Houston.  Why?  I suspect it is make Houston's traffic much worse so that people will get out of their cars.

Why not work with what is there?  Again, people do not want solutions.  They just want the continual warfare.  We can do better.

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Well, the way things are headed, I may have to work again.  If I am to work for Uber, I need to know this city a lot better.

Not any good solutions for this.  Anything I do costs money, yet I am limited in what I can make.

The money part isn't very good.  Is it worth it?  May not have a choice.

Dang.  Lemme change the subject.

Anyway, for the last few weekends, I went to Austin to drive the streets a bit.  These jaunts tell me if I can handle being behind the wheel for very long.  Trouble with this set up here is that it is an hour and fifteen minute commute--- each way.  That's not as bad as Houston from here, but it is definitely a strain.  May be fun at the start, but it doesn't last.  By the time I get to town,  I am feeling like coming home.

Interesting layout to this town.  You can get the country feel next to the big city.  You're driving around seemingly in the middle of nowhere, then there's the town.

So much for the exploration part.

That is all.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Who'd a thunk?

Earlier today, I heard something from one of my older brothers about a conversation that he overheard back in the eighties.

The idea was to hold back the USA so that the rest of the world could catch up.

Guess what?  I had always suspected that this was the case.  That is to say, this has all been deliberately done to the American people.  It was done through regulation, taxation, and immigration.

So none of this should be a surprise, if you read this blog.

If the molten-salt reactor doesn't get built, well , just give it away!  That's what our government did.

Anybody in the world can have the fruits of success, just not the American people.  For whatever the reason, our leadership class has turned on us.

Do you believe this, or do you believe that they really give a rat's rear end about you?  Many people vote for bigger government because they believe that the government will definitely take care of them.  They'll "take care" of you alright.

When has bigger government ever worked?  It is amazing to see how failed models like this continue to get support.  In Venezuela, former teachers and doctors are forced into prostitution.  They were tricked into voting for Chavez, and this is what they got for their gullibility.

It's coming to America if we don't stop it.  Time is running short.

Time to get serious

Oh, yeah.  I'm loving it, but the fun has to end sometime.

So, the serious stuff is what I am doing these days.

I'm working again.  Or trying to.  Stuff keeps happening, so I am not very efficient at all.  Perhaps nothing much can be done about it, but I "endeavor to persevere".  ( another joke )  Not ready to declare war yet, but one of these days...

The water experiments are concluded.  Based upon what I learned, I may be able to construct a device to reclaim water.  But all of that takes time and money, which is in short supply.  I will continue though, as always.

It has rained lately.  With my tarps in tatters, I can capture rainwater again.  It filled up a ten gallon waste container even though there hasn't been all that much rain.  It proves to me once again that significant amount of water can be captured this way.

I don't suspect water to be a big problem out there anymore....

Been thinking about the other big problem for the "moonshot".  That is, power.  Housing construction is set to be designed that will take care of some of that problem, I hope.  I was thinking the south side of the place should be open to sunlight, but not in the summer time.  In the summer, the sun must not enter.  How?  With large enough overhangs, it will be possible.  I have noted that a ten foot tall roof will need about three feet of overhang to achieve this.  This is just enough to keep out the sun, but not too much that it keeps it out in winter.  An "open side", with lots of glass, will admit the sun, and help keep it warmer inside during the winter months.

In such a scenario, the trailer cannot be used.  An entirely new structure must be built.  Aye, yi, yi.  More money.  I'll figure it out.  One of these days.

What does it all mean, Basil?

Does it mean "spooky actions from a distance"?

Bwah, hah, hah!

Are we sufficiently "woke" yet?

Bwah, hah, hah!

Roy Moore wins in Alabama


Trump gave 'em what they wanted, and they lost anyway.  Heh again.

They probably outspent Moore, and they lost anyway.  Heh yet again.

What does it all mean, Basil?  "It's a bit, nutty."  Bwah, hah, hah!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Investigators Close In On Phony Dossier – Lunch Alert!

Investigators Close In On Phony Dossier – Lunch Alert!


Has this investigation turned a corner?

Instead of going after Trump, it may start to go after the Dems.  At least, Dick Morris seems to think so.

Virginia Senatorial Candidate calls for ending NFL anti-trust exemption

Granted by Congress, the limited anti-trust exemption gives the NFL broad power to negotiate massive television deals as a single entity on behalf of all the teams.


It may have legal justification, and not merely political motivation.  The exemption does not allow politics to enter into the league's mode of operation.  Therefore, this looks like a violation of their exemption.

Maybe these yayhoos really stepped into this time.

Monday, September 25, 2017

What happens after firing of Mueller?

The left wing has its final meltdown.  Maybe then the real coup attempt. At this point, they can be crushed for being the traitors that they really are.

But there are those who think the following strategy works out well for Trump.  I am not so sure.

Does the public really give a damn about the truth?  The tribes have already settled into their opposing camps  It matters little that Mueller has nothing and will have nothing to use.  Eventually he will have to be fired.  The above was written on the belief that it will make a difference politically.

It might if the truth mattered.  If the truth mattered, Hillary wouldn't have been the nominee.

Politics is not about solving problems

Because it seems to me that nobody really wants to do that.

When I say "nobody", all I have to do is look at the experience of this blog.  If this blog has been about anything, it is about solving problems.  It is also about the political class' total disinterest in doing anything like that.

No, the NFL nonsense is designed to make people mad.  That isn't going to solve any problems.

Colin Kaepernick took a knee because he wanted to piss off a lot of people who pay his bills for him.  He has the right to disagree.  He does not have the right to disrespect the nation while making a spectacle of himself, and then expect no blowback.

John McCain refuses to honor his promise because he just wants to make people mad.  He also gets some love from people who don't really give a damn about him or anybody else but themselves.  If John McCain really meant it about public service, like he claims he does, he wouldn't cooperate with Democrats to sink a bill that would honor his own promise.  He would at least serve his constituents who voted for him.  But what does his constituents think?  Do they really like what they get from this bozo?

People want red meat because it is fun to bash the other side.  They all love it so.  Me too.  I admit it.

But the problems remain.  We are no better off for all this nonsense.  Except the politicians seem to continue in their jobs, and the problems mount.

If we really have to divide up into opposing camps, then I might be on the side of those who call themselves "the right".  I probably shouldn't though.  For to do so is letting them off the hook for not getting anything done.  Their time is now, not some unforeseen moment in the future when the time is right.

There are no more excuses.  Suck it up, and get it done.  My vote is no longer something you can count on, assholes.  It is time to stop being assholes, and do your jobs.

John McCain

Update, 9.25.17:

You know, even I didn't know certain things about John McCain.  There are people who blame him for an accident on the USS Forrestal.  Could it be that McCain is no hero after all?

Don't have the time to do a full investigation.  People lie on all sides.  I see no evidence that McCain did anything wrong.  Doesn't mean he's innocent, but where's the evidence of wrongdoing?

It is worse to make accusations on dislike that may be false.  Better to concentrate on what is directly in front of you.  He definitely made a commitment and now he is reneging.  He has a history of doing this kind of thing.


John McCain says he won't vote for any healthcare bill unless it is bipartisan.  Did he vote for Obamacare when it was passed?  So, what changed?  No GOP Senator voted for Obamacare.  So, why is any GOP Senator refusing to repeal it now that they have the chance?

Could it be that their original vote was a sham?  Just a slight possibility that they may have lied to us?

John McCain only plays up to people in order to exploit whatever he can get from them at the time.  Nothing he says or does is authentic.

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A thought struck me awhile back.  When McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton, did he crack up?  If so, when he cracked up, did he find a way to parlay betrayal into wealth and power?

I suspect John McCain is only doing what he always done: screw somebody so he can get ahead.

That's why the Dems love him so much.  Until a black guy runs against him, then he is garbage.

The Dems are better at it than he is.

That why the Dems love anybody who disrespects the flag, and runs the country into the ground.

Is The Deep State Conquering Donald Trump? Lunch Alert!

Is The Deep State Conquering Donald Trump? Lunch Alert!


A rhetorical question.  Of course they are!  Morris discusses how they are doing it.

What's the answer?  Primary the hell out the John McCains and their ilk.  Get them out.

Fight harder.  Fight smarter.  Fight with determination.  Don't give up.  This goes for everybody who supports this president.  Otherwise, he will be lost to the Deep State.

The Spreading Cloud

Richard Fernandez,  Belmont Club on Pajama Media:


     Fernandez is basically summarizing the problem with the left-wing right-wing paradigm.

Ronald Reagan spoke against this in his famous speech that began his political career.  It is amazing to me how few people seem to get this.

Reagan didn't seek to "work with" his opponents.  Instead, he identified what areas that Americans can agree upon, and then, enacted it with vigor.  He won big time.

Since then, the GOP has reentered its descent into the left-wing right-wing ideological war that doesn't solve any problems and doesn't do anything but increase polarization and ultimate disintegration if it is not addressed and defeated.

No, it is not the way when John McCain repudiates what he promised.  It is no better than when George H. W. Bush said "read my lips, no new taxes".  You run on something you do you damndedst to enact it.  You don't repudiate it as soon as it becomes necessary for you to back up your own words.

None of this stuff would be possible if the so-called conservatives actually followed Reagan's model.  Reagan had the left wing on the ropes.  Bush let them off, and now look at them.

No, and Limbaugh doesn't get it even though he praises Reagan.  Limbaugh is just a guy using the radio to make a lot of money.

It s not about right vs left.  It is about freedom in a civilized society.  The left-wing seeks the cultural war.  To defeat them focus on solutions.

That's what I have tried to get across on this blog.  After seven years, I just don't know anymore.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL nonsense


Somebody has got to pay for this hanging.  I am friggin' glad Trump is making an issue out of it, and making the left defend their own outrageous behavior.

But will it make a difference on election day?

Just a reminder:  Hillary would be POTUS if it weren't for the Federalist nature of our Constitution.

Final analysis:  maybe it helps, but maybe it doesn't.  But I like it anyway.

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Hey, if the GOP has any gonads, they would threaten to take away the anti-trust exemption for any professional sport operation that deliberately dishonors the national anthem, and disrespects the country.

That might get somebody's attention.

But the GOP is typically a bunch of weenies.

The NFL and other professional sport operations are a bunch of spoiled rotten brats.  Once they lose their privileged status, then what will they do?

Maybe they will stop abusing illegal substances, amongst other things.