Thursday, January 18, 2018

Haiti's principal city has no modern sanitation

Workers have to literally clean up the mess with their bare hands.

Cholera, which is a disease spread by human waste, is rampant in Haiti.

If Haiti isn't a shithole, then what do you call this? ( For every shithole is an asshole for a leader )

Yes, and the Clintons robbed Haiti of the resources that may have fixed this.

Durbin is the only leader we know for an absolute fact, who called any country a shithole.

Why be mad at Trump?  For telling it the way it is, if he said it?  If he didn't say it, then why not be mad at Durbin, if you wish to be angry at someone?

Whatever reason there is in using this word to damage Trump, it has nothing to do with truth, nor with helping people.  The person who used the word, Durbin, does not help Haitians by using this word.

Note:

This may gross some people out.  But here goes anyway:  immigrants to the US do not know that you can flush toilet paper down the drain.  They tend to deposit their used toilet paper ( with you know what on it ) in the trash.

If you don't know this, the check it out.


Wave election?

Scott Rasmussen has an article up at Townhall, which analyzes the prospects going forward in the upcoming 2018 election.

He says only 45 out of the 435 seats are competitive.  There are 187 likely Dem seats that won't flip GOP.  Rasmussen says that nine more are "leaning in that direction".  This also means that the GOP could flip those, if things don't go the Dems way.  Assuming all of those go Democrat, then they got 196.  They need 22 more.  He identifies 17 races that could flip to the Dem side supposedly.  In a normal cycle, this would still not be enough, as it would only bring them to 213.  The Dems need a "wave" that would swamp those that were considered safe during a normal cycle.  There are 19 of those, he says.  They would have to win approximately one out of four safe seats.

What I get from all of this is that Dems have to depend upon everything going right for them.  Furthermore, they would have to depend upon the GOP being grossly incompetent.

Both things are going to be necessary.  Merely being lucky won't be enough for them.  On the GOP side, mere competence could be enough to hold on.  If they are brilliant, it will be another disappointment for the left.


Trump didn't say it

That infamous word that he is alleged to have said?  Remember that?  How could anyone forget?  It is all these people can talk about.

I say that Trump didn't say it because they had him wiretapped before and couldn't find anything like that.  If he ever talks like this, they would have had it on tape, and they would have used it.  If they couldn't get it then, then they have to make it up.

As for the wiretapping during the campaign and transition, a lot is coming out that confirms what I have believed all along that this kind of thing was indeed happening.

It should not surprise anyone.  Especially after what Durbin just did.  These people do not respect boundaries nor laws nor rules nor etiquette.  Since they won't honor these, then what is a little wiretapping to them?????

Trump didn't do it.  So now they have to make things up.  It is the wolf and the lamb thing again.  In an argument with a wolf, you don't act like the lamb in Aesop's fable.  You out-wolf the wolf.


All caught up? Not quite.

Things have a way of piling up, causing problems that might have been avoided.  For instance, I just ran out of propane.  It is early morning, dark outside still, and I'd like to have some heat.  But no propane.

Actually, there's a bottle left.  But I have to go outside and switch bottles, which is a pain in the neck.

Even though I am caught up, so to speak, and not really out of propane, it may as well be the case.  Plus, I have no back up for the propane.  Instead of the space heater, propane was to be used.  Now, I can't use either.  Things were not kept up properly, so now I am without for a few hours.  Boo, hoo.

It's not really all that big of a biggie.  Not even a biggie.  I can deal with it.  Still, could I have done better?  Of course.

I look around the place, and there's plenty to do.  No reason to get bored.  Yet, I may decide at some point to say that I am bored.  No excuses for that.

I did get one thing done yesterday.  Maybe more than one.  I had some service work done on the van.  It has been neglected.  At least that is caught up for now.  Another thing I did was to conserve some of this propane so that I could run out this morning, as opposed to yesterday when it was still daylight outside.  Funny how that works.  Conserve a few hours of propane, and just put it off for when it is the least convenient to change the bottles.  Sometimes you cannot seem to win.  Even when you win, it seems like you lose.

Was it Satchel Page who said not to look back, something may be gaining on you?  But if you don't look back, how can you improve upon your mistakes?

In the end, what will be, will beQue sera, sera.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An example of winning through intimidation?

Robert Ringer once observed that the left has been winning through intimidation for years.

What does Ringer mean by winning through intimidation?  You'd have to read the book.  It isn't likely to be what you think it is.  That is one of his points.

Basically, this post by Ace may give you a hint about what Ringer means.  In short, Ace shows that Trump is not constrained from telling it like it is, even if that means he is not considered to be a "nice" person for having said so.

What is so wrong about seeking one's own self-interest?  If you are talked into thinking you are obligated to set aside your own self-interest just because someone may dislike you for it ( for not having been "nice"), then you have been "intimidated".  That is how the left wins, according to Ringer's short but sweet analysis.

Ringer thinks the left is going to be beaten badly, soon.  Rush seems to think so, too.  As for me, I am not so sure.  They are too many "ostriches" out there to be too confident.


AGW discussion number 100

 It may not be a hundred.  It may just seem that way.  This post will be titled this way in order to systemize posts of this type, for future reference.  Since that has not been the way so far, it may be hard to reference them all.  Consequently, ideas and so forth may get repeated.  One search produced 73 posts.  Okay, but the search filter may not have captured them all.

Whatever the case may be, I will write another one of these things.   Maybe it is only repetition of old ideas.

This post is inspired by the Wapo article referenced here.  It is not my intention to address it directly, but to attack on the premises of AGW theory.  The premise is that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will cause the Earth's climate to heat up significantly.  This is referred to as AGW  ( Anthropogenic Global Warming ).

The discussion does mention parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  One means of attacking the severity of the alleged problem is to note that "per million" is a small number.  Thus, a change from - 280 parts per million (ppm) to 400 parts per million - is not a significant move in terms of its scale.

If it were money, the difference would be 280 dollars to 400 dollars as opposed to one million dollars.  If it were distance, it would mean a difference of a hundred and twenty feet over a two hundred mile jaunt.  Parts per million is a small number.  It doesn't need to cause such consternation.

At the current level of nearly 400 ppm, the scale is about 1/2500 th of the atmosphere.   A tiny fraction, yes?  Once again, if it were weight, it would be like one pound as opposed to twenty five hundred pounds.  The comparison is like the difference in weight between a soft drink in a pint size bottle, and the weight of a car.

That much weight is going to influence the rest in significant ways?  That is quite a claim.  It cannot be proven.

For example, it takes 140 BTU to heat up a pound of water to boiling temperatures.  The same amount of BTU's would only heat up the 2500 pounds of water to 140/2500 degrees, or about 5 one hundredths of one degree.  Pour that boiling water into a tank of water with 2500 pounds of water in it, and you would hardly notice the difference.  It is doubtful that you would even notice it at all.

However, the carbon dioxide would never get that hot, anyway.  This would be the case no matter how well it could hold heat.

Water holds het better than carbon dioxide.  Try boiling that pound of water in the sun all day.  Won't happen.  It is doubtful that you could get it to boil on a hot summer day.

Even if you did, you would have to sustain that over the night period.  The water would return to normal temperature from a boil in a much shorter period of time.

In order to raise the temperature of the atmosphere, it has to retain some heat from the prior daylight hours.  If all of it escapes, then how does that warm the climate?  It cannot.

AGW is bunk.



Afterlife

Updated, 1.17.18:

Here's a thought:  What about a Dr. Frankenstein scenario, in which a dead man is brought back to life?  Does the soul that was once united with that body return to it?

That question may come up some day if artificial life is created.

The truth is a slippery thing.  But keep in mind that the truth is out there.  Post modernists like to say that there is no truth.  Not the same thing as saying that it is slippery.

Truth is truth.

Originally posted on 1.12.18 :

This seems to clear up a bit of confusion.

If there is a soul..., is there a God?

When asked that question when I was young, I said yes, I believed there was a soul.  But I wasn't sure about a God.  I was told that that made me an agnostic.

Prager says something here that shows me that ( if I were to accept what he says as true ) that what I really was, at that time, was confused.

But the confusion lives on.  Life is short, and answers to questions have a shelf life equal to one's own.  That would seem to indicate a need for urgency.

I tend to follow things closely in this life because I think it is important.  Some may think that this is a mistake.  But there it is.

If there is an afterlife, then eternity is a long, long time.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The latest accusation

Updated, on 1.16.18:

What did I tell you?  Dems love shitholes so much that they want America to become one.  Check out the story of the bluest of the blue, San Francisco.  You need a poop map to avoid stepping in it!



1.12.18, 5:20 pm:

The significance of what Durbin said can be illustrated thusly:  If Durbin characterized what Trump said in the exact same language as Trump did, it isn't news.  What is news is that Durbin said that Trump called these countries the name that Durbin (himself ) used.  Now if Durbin is lying about what Trump said, then the one who should apologize is Durbin because he used that word himself.

Calling these countries bad names is not what Trump said he said.  It is what Durbin said that Trump said.  I think that is a distinction worth pointing out.

By making it a news item, it puts some pressure on Trump which would not have existed otherwise.  Without the aid of the news media, there is nothing to see here.

Let me put it this way:  Durbin is using the news media to slander Trump.  The proof against the charge of slander of Durbin's is proof that Trump really did use that language.  Durbin cannot do this, but Trump cannot prove himself innocent either.  That's what's so evil about it.  You can lie without consequence.  Trump says he wants to use tape recordings of future talks.

When people double cross you like that, trust is broken.  That is why you don't a) disclose what is said in a private meeting, and b) lie about what was said behind closed doors.

It is a dirty trick no matter how you look at it.


12:47 pm

The people who related this information, even if true, are in the wrong for having done so.  The meeting was behind closed doors, which means it should have been kept confidential.  It only proves that those who related this information ( not an admission of any accusation ) are in the wrong.  If it is offensive, and is attributable to Trump, and even if Trump did it, they are still wrong.  They have no honor.  Moreover, if they really cared about the sensibilities of the people who might be offended, they would have conveyed that information in the manner it was given--- through diplomatic channels.  To make it public is a dastardly thing to do.  But, as I said before, these people are not above making false claims.  Trump may not have even said it that way anyway.  These people will say and do anything.  This proves it.  Just sayin'.


original post on 1.12.18 @ 10:56 am follows:


So, Trump is reported to have called certain countries "shitholes".  Seems like he is denying having said this, but so what if he did?

Instead of understanding why they are what they are, and doing something constructive about it, these people want to disparage Trump for saying it.  Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if they made it all up.  These people are not above making things up.

Do these people that make these accusations really want to keep America from becoming a third world country ( aka "shithole") country?  Seems to me that this is the goal of Democrats.  They love countries like this so much that they want America to become one.  And so it has, in many respects.

So, if Trump really said that, then don't run away from it.  Truth is truth.

Haiti is a "shithole".  Why deny that?  Why would they want to come here if it wasn't?

Liberals want to discredit people so that they will shut up and cave in to their outrageous demands.

Screw 'em.  I would rather use even a dirtier word, but this essay is filthy enough as it is.


Clinton Foundation

Updated,

3:20 pm:

Here's another story that fits in with the general idea.  The general idea is that the left only uses the black people.  They really don't help them, they just use them for their own benefit.

If the Clintons skimmed off the money for themselves, instead of actually helping the Haitians, it would not be the first time amongst those on the left.  Indeed, it is part of a pattern with those people.

In the Soviet Union, the people who were in the nomenklatura got the goodies, while the ordinary folks that they claimed to be fighting for, went without.  This pattern tends to show up again and again in leftist governments, like Venezuela or North Korea.

These people stuff themselves at the expense of their own.  Then they claim to be in service to them.  The truth is those people, under these governments, are enslaved, as they are in service to these people who claim to lead them.



10:00 am, 1.16.18:

This is a story that didn't interest me much.  Still doesn't, but it sure seems like it could be in the center of this shitstorm going on the country right now.

There are those who are claiming that the Clintons robbed the Haitians of the assistance that they were supposed to get when they had a bad earthquake years ago.

An obvious question should be how the hell did the Clintons get so rich?  Did they use their name in order to make their money?  It is a fair question.

Now, if they used their name to make money, could it also be the case that they just might have skimmed a good bit of it off for themselves?

Now you've also got a question about those emails.  Emails that were deleted.  The entire point of having a server off the reservation, so to speak, was to keep it away from prying eyes.  If that was the case, and it had to be, then what were they hiding?

The part of the email story that interested me was the national security aspect.  But the plain and simple corruption of the Clintons could be even bigger.

Always keep in mind that Seth Rich is dead, and a whole lot of people seemed to get dead quick when they got too close to the Clinton's corruption.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Spock dead? Impossible!

Originally posted 2.28.15:

Updated 1.15.18:

6:35 pm :

The warp drive allusion came from the Alcubierre theoretical warp drive.  It satisfies a number of physics-type constraints in the production of said drive.  I remember reading about this possibility of a warp drive many years before starting this blog.  Anyway, the production of "negative mass" is one of the stumbling blocks that may have been overcome.  Maybe.

Another post is here on the subject.


1:30 pm :

The idea for this update was inspired by an Instapundit post about "magic dust".  It has the property of "negative mass".  What that means is not clear to moi, but what is clear that it is all....

drum roll please..

Fascinating..

Negative mass may make futuristic type products, don't you know.  It may even allow the production of a warp drive.   Seriously.  But that speculation may be a bit much, but we'll see.

I want to use the word fascinating with a date on it so as to identify posts like this for future reference.  Spock lives!

the original post follows:


Well, that's not nice.

If you in the public, you have to be able to take a joke.

I took one of those quizzes that asked what so and so are you, and there was one about Star Trek characters.  I am Spock.

Fascinating.


Off-grid discussion, 1.15.18

There are so many posts like this, it may be a good idea to systemize it so that I can more easily reference it later, if need be.  There are posts that I want in my off-grid series, but this one won't go.  Also, I have the How to category as well.  Just one more way to find posts for later reference.

Now for the main part of this discussion...

An idea to transport the 5x8 trailer to the property popped into my head.  It wouldn't take that much to disassemble the thing again.  Just don't do any welding.  So far, I haven't.

Now, the thing that I may want to do is to attach a piece of metal to the bottom of the frame part, and then drag that behind the van.  What this does is to clear the vegetation that is in the way.  Some of that vegetation is some stuff that can puncture tires.  Once done, I can definitely drive up and down the trail without worrying about flat tires.

This would not require damaging the trailer, or so I think.  I do need a piece of metal that can be attached to bottom part of the frame so that it can scrape the ground.

Even if the frame is damaged by using it this way, I may not care.  The idea of putting a box on top of it seems a bit dodgy to me right now.  I won't be doing that.

Now, it may be possible to obtain a car dolly in order to allow me to take the little Uber car to town and back.  This is so I can a few extra bucks to pay bills.   However, a car dolly could cost some bucks, and the van needs to be set up for hauling a trailer.  Something to consider.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fair question?

Could it be that the main problem in this country now is that there are too many dim-witted people who cannot find their asses with both hands, with a Rand McNally atlas as a guide, and a GPS turn-by-turn map directions app running?

Just curious to know.

Also, if you want to know where I am coming from, it isn't from Dick Durbin's neighborhood.


Extreme Ways - Moby (The Bourne Identity)

Oh, baby!  Then it fell apart.  Like it always does.

Do you ever get that feeling?



Update: Replaced the original video with the above. I like this one better.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Posturing

That latest business, if it is the latest since I haven't looked at the news today, seems to be nothing more than posturing.

When the negotiations get serious, the posturing ends.  Then, instead of one side making sensational headlines, you get responses to the media that sound like "fruitful", and "progress", and "frank discussions".  What Durbin did was to posture for effect.  He needs something because he is probably feeling a bit on the weaker side of the table.

Indeed, he should be.  In actuality, the Democrats have little to work with.

There's a saying that may apply here:  if you have the facts, pound the facts; if you have the law, pound the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table.  Durbin is pounding the table.  He is in a position of weakness.  He has nothing on his side except emotionalism.  So, he gets emotional.  He pounds the table.

The Dems will probably try to stretch this out as long as they can.  In the Vietnam Era, the North Vietnamese didn't agree to get down to business until they agreed upon the size and shape of the table.  This went on for quite some time.

If the Dems feel that they are on the weaker side, they may wait until the elections when they may feel a lot stronger.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Now you can't say "Dixie"

Dolly Parton is taking the name off something or other she has.  She doesn't want the trouble these people will make for her.

I don't know if that is the best response to this nuttiness.








Don Surber: Proof they are s***hole countries

Don Surber: Proof they are s***hole countries: Citing two people who were not at the meeting, the Washington Post reported that President Trump decried immigration from s***hole countries...



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I didn't know that nearly half of all people in India poop out in the open!  Shocking!



But of course, Trump is wrong to say that.  ( Which he may not have even said it! )



This is just desperation on the part of Dems, who cannot be seen in an honest good faith attempt to solve the immigration issue, so they blow it up.



They blew it up just by saying this term.  If they really didn't want to blow it up, they don't say it.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The anatomy of a coup attempt

Updated,
Originally posted 1.10.18
updated 1.11.18:

Being from Texas, you would be taught Texas history because it is a requirement ( or used to be).  Thus, from the history books you would learn that the Texans of those days rebelled against great odds, and overthrew the despots who were trying to oppress them.

Is that possible today?

I'm thinking "no", because these people have no fear of the people.  If they were sure that they would be hanging from lampposts, they would not be doing this kind of crap.

There is no accountability today because the people today are not like the people of years past.  The Texans of years past would not put up with this.  Southerners did not put up with it.  But people today?  Very passive.  The globalists can do what they please because they feel pretty safe.  It is rational of them to think so.

Many of those Texans of the revolutionary days wanted to execute the dictator of Mexico, who they had captured.  Two can play the game they are talking about today, if people ever gave that a thought.  But it isn't likely.  People would just grin and bear it.


the original post follows:

Good investigative reporting over at the Conservative Tree House.

It has everything except for the bloodshed.  There was this one guy named Seth Rich....

However, if you believe the polls out, Oprah beats Trump in a landslide.

As one comedian ( Russian! ) once put it--- "what a country!"  /sarc


Feel kinda restricted

Updated,
Originally posted 1.9.18

Updated 1.11.18:


After a lot of thought, I decided to stay on course for now.  Nothing really has changed except for one thing:  this is only to be continued with the idea that it is only to be a place to stay if I need to go somewhere, and don't have nowhere else to go.  For me, that is always in the back of my mind.

I know it is not a good choice, if it should come to that.  What I am doing now is to prepare in case I have to use it.  That is so that if I have to go out there, or feel that I have to go out there, then I can go and it would have a chance to work.  This means that the experiments in off-the-grid living are to continue for the time being.

Even this much is likely to draw some "why don't you's" from the relatives.  Well, we'll cross that bridge when and if we get to it.


The original post follows:

This financial situation I am in limits what I can do.  Also, if I want to save bucks, I have to do things myself.  Trouble is, my skill level is not that good.  Finally, my health is dicey.

Anyway, the idea popped in my head to borrow money and just go do what I want.  The fact of the matter is that I still have good credit.  Getting the money to put a cabin on the property is not a deal breaker.  But the amount of debt that would be incurred makes me wonder how it would all be paid back.

The idea was to build a cabin and sell off half of the property with the cabin on it.  If there was sufficient profit, it could pay off some bills, and I could keep the other half of the 40 acres, leaving me 20.

The trouble with this idea is the risk.  The obvious risk is what if there are no buyers?  Or if there was a buyer, what if there was no profit?

That puts me back in the straightjacket.  Can't do anything.

Not to mention that I don't really like to do Uber.  Yeah, I realized that today.  Every time I go into town to work, I come back before I accomplish much.  Just don't like what I am doing for bucks.  It is okay since I don't need much.  Not sure I could make much like this anyway.  It is really more trouble than what it is worth, if the truth be told.  Plus I want to stretch out, so to speak, but cannot.  I am hemmed in by worries and restrictions of one kind or another.

Let's say I am tempted to give up on the project and move on.  I could write off the property as a loss and get rid of one of these vehicles.  My life would be simplified, that is for sure.

It is a tough position to be in.  My history with stock trading has been that I really hate taking losses.  However, I have decided to do that a few times when it became obvious that I was holding a loser.

This could work, though.  It is not clear that it is a loser.  How do you know when to quit?

I gotta get an answer to that one.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Give them a pill or something.

Art imitating life?

Fascinating.  ( almost like Spock! ) If so, it is life imitating art.  What the hell.  I don't know movies.  Either way it is bad.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Why Judge Roy Moore lost the race for Senator in Alabama

As a wrote at the time:  what do you have against the Ten Commandments and traditional marriage?

It seems that contempt for the Bible may be the reason.

In my opinion, the Judge's alleged mistreatment of women some forty years ago was a complete sham.  They absolutely could not have this man in the Senate.  That includes so-called conservatives.  There you have it in a nutshell.

At least they could be honest about it, instead of inventing this phony excuse.  If they were honest, they would be different people.  And there is where the problem is.


Monday, January 8, 2018

David Prentice: The left is like the Gotti crime family

Yeah, and Seth Rich is dead ( along with many others )

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The big question is what can be done about it?  It may take a war to clean this up.  Do people have the stomach for what should be done?




Nuclear powered airships

Updated:
Originally post many moons ago ( 9.23.12)

Updated 1.8.18:

Want to force the Norks to quit?  Show them that we can shoot down anything that they aim at us.

With this idea, we can convince them to give it up.

But we can do a whole lot more...  Just have to have the will to do it.

the original post follows:

Speculation alert.

Another brainstorm here.  Kirk Sorensen didn't like the nuclear aircraft idea.  But what if you used an airship instead?  You wouldn't have to support the weight of the reactor with aerodynamic lift, but would supply it with lift from the airship itself.

These airships are said to be quite capable of lifting heavy stuff.  I tried to get an idea of how much and if it would be enough to put a reactor on-board.  If you could get a reactor on an airship, the thing could fly indefinitely.  The only time you'd have to come down would be for resupply of the people-- not fuel as in conventional aircraft.  They could work like nuclear aircraft carriers or subs.

Instead of using light water reactors, you could use molten salt reactors.

The buoyancy of the airship would give you time to restart a reactor if needed, or go to a backup source of power until you could power up again.

It would have all the advantages mentioned for molten salt reactors, such as inherent safety of these types of reactors, proliferation resistance, and waste reduction.

What would you do with this thing if you had it?

Good question.

Intelligence gathering would appear to be one use.

Transportation to almost any location on Earth is another.  High altitudes may be out, but perhaps the thing could lift itself to very high altitudes.  If that is possible, it may also be possible to speed up to high speeds because wind resistance would be much less at higher altitudes.

Here's another idea:  Put an Airborne Laser-- not the plane, but the laser--- on one of these things.  It could shoot down anything that came against it.


You means to tell me that the Pope is not infallible?

Originally posted
1.7.18

Updated
1.8.18:

Yep.  They are becoming royalty. Just looks what happens to you when you dispute their phony claims.


the original post follows:

Also from Ace, I find the story of an American cardinal who says that homosexuality is abnormal.  The webpage puts the word abnormal in scare quotes to say what, exactly?

Anyway, not everything is hunky dory these days with the status of these most favored of people.  Why do I say that?  It seems to me that Western culture is pushing the notion that being a homosexual is supposedly a great way to be.  Better than normal, it seems to say.

Some say the Vatican might as well be a bathhouse.  I wouldn't know.  I am not Catholic.  But I do know that same sex "marriage" is the law of this land---the good 'ol US of A.  Thanks to Justice Kennedy.

It is good news that this story is out there.  Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, so I heard once upon a time.  Oops!  That was most politically incorrect.  I might get into trouble for that.


Talking about projection...

Updated,
9:00:

Dershowitz hits the nail on the head.  They did this stuff in Soviet Russia.


continued....

Now, I am no "fizzie kee uh trist" ( mangled pronunciation of "psychiatrist" by Desi Arnaz in a comedy skit mucho year ago ), but dog my cats if this b-eye-itch isn't crazy as a barrel of bedbugs.

This tortured soul wants to physically restrain the POTUS so that they can get him removed from office for being crazy, which is what SHE is.

She is crazy because...

Number one, she cannot read the Constitution of the United States.  If she could, she would know that you cannot remove the POTUS like the way she seems to believe.

Number two, the nuclear war between the nuclear powers will not end the human race.  Yes, that is right.  I am stating that a nuclear war will not wipe out humanity.  It will wipe out a lot of what is civilized, but it will not end life on this planet.  No sir, I don't believe that for an instant.  That is my candid opinion.

Radiation has been hyped up so much that people are deathly afraid of it.  Yet, in the book, Trashing the Planet, by Dixie Lee Ray, it has been shown that animal life can live right on top of a natural nuclear power plant. It seems that there are places on this planet where there is enough nuclear material to make it "critical".  Which means it self- sustains nuclear reactions.  The nuclear ash is very radioactive, yet it doesn't kill everything around it.  As Limbaugh might say, "it is a beautiful thing".

Number three, she ought to know that what she says can be debunked with the greatest of ease.  Since she doesn't seem to know, she must be crazy.


Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Has Trump really been good for the economy?  Some folks out there seem to dispute it.  There is one way to check out what is going on.  It is the number of people actually working.  You can argue about unemployment numbers all you want.  However, if the number of people actually working doesn't change all that much, well then...

So, what is the case?  What has really happened in the past year since Trump became POTUS?  Let's look at the chart and see.


Bureau of Labor and Statistics Household Data

Looks like nearly 2 million more people at work since Trump took office.

A question here:  is there data showing acceleration, or a mere continuation of a trend already in place?



Apples to apples comparison:  last year of Obama and first year of Trump
Looks like Obama did about the same as Trump.  If anything, slightly more.  Nope, there is no acceleration here.

Without digging a whole lot deeper, Trump's numbers may be better in the private sector.  Just a hunch, there.  Obama's government job machine has been shrinking a bit, or so I heard.  Trump's private sector job machine may be getting cranked up.  May have to wait a few years to see what that produces.

Not a whole lot of difference for now.

If you get past all the hype, there hasn't been any real change in the trend.  Of course, if they would just do what I suggest, and start prioritizing the development of nuclear energy, a few things might improve at a faster clip.

Even more if we prioritize space as well.  But, I am beating an old drum here.  Fact is, none of these people are going to make much of a difference.  The culture hasn't really changed, and until that does, things are not likely to change much from what is already there.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Like dogs?

Here's a post with a video about a dog that can carry a small plastic sked up a hill, and then slide back down.

Somebody probably taught the dog to do this, but it is still fun to watch.  ( I don't believe the dog was smart enough to figure this out on its own. )

Dogs are a lot of fun. I don't own one, though.  Actually, I never have owned a dog.  I will have to get one out west for sure, though.



Candor v Truth

There's a policy on this blog.  Or perhaps a theme, which is often referred to as "truth".  Truth is put into scare quotes because not everyone agrees on what it is.

Hence, people actually believe a thing to be "true", even though that may be wrong.  For example, most people at one time, believed that the Earth was flat.  When that was discovered to be not the case, the recognized "truth" had to be revised.  The actual truth never changed, just the perceptions of what is true versus what isn't.

Therefore, someone "candid" at that time, could express their belief that the Earth was flat.  But according to what is the truth, once discovered as such, rendered that belief to be a false one.  This does not make a person a liar to be wrong with the respect to truth.  It was an honest mistake.

The same could be said to be true with respect to so-called AGW.  My "candid" opinion is that it is false.  It is more than that, it is an outright fraud.  Yet, there are people who sincerely believe in it.  These people are not liars, they are merely wrong.  Now, if science hadn't been corrupted by politics, then science could answer the question that would satisfy most people.  At this day and age, science is not reliable.  In particular, government funded and government subsidized "science".  In my "candid" opinion, the fraud is being perpetrated by politicians.  The people are being seduced into believing in it.  Therefore, the people are victims of lying politicians and corrupted "scientists".

Words mean things, said Rush Limbaugh.  Yes, I agree.  That is why I am a stickler on word meanings.  Calling people liars is pretty serious stuff.  Yet, my feeling is strong on the matter in many cases, because the truth is known, but is being suppressed.  The suppression of truth is LYING, folks.  It happens with great frequency on the media.  These people are not about truth in any way, shape, or form.  They are primarily engaged in the pursuit of money first and foremost.  If truth gets in the way of money, guess which one gets ditched?

In my opinion, the people who spin the fables about AGW are about money, power, and control.  It is definitely not about "saving the planet".

Therefore, I'd like to make the distinction between candor and truth.  What is delivered here is candor, which may or may not be totally in agreement with truth.  If it isn't truthful, it is not because of any dishonesty on my part.  I am trying to say what I think.  There is no attempt to deceive.

Hopefully, this little discussion makes sense.  I often write that the truth is a slippery thing.  That is because you may think you have it, but you don't really.  For anybody can be wrong, even one who tries to be right about things.  One thing you can count on here, there will never be an attempt to hide the truth, provided that I am full possession of it.

I hope that is clear.


Has Trump gone to the dark side?

Trump ran on what is been called a populist message.  Since the tax cut seems to favor corporations, and since this has somehow united the GOP, could it be that Trump is now fully captured by the very people that he ran against?

I'm not so sure.  Trump did say that he would not campaign for insurgents.  But most of the insurgents have already shot their wad, so to speak.  For him to say that really doesn't say much.

Still, Trump seems to have united the GOP, and is pushing for peace within the caucus.  As long as he can do this, he is pretty safe from the Dems efforts to impeach.  This would still be true if the "wave" election takes place.

The GOP would rather play defense than offense, anyway.  They may let the Dems have Congress, and they will keep the Presidency.  At least for now.

But it may not be a wave election after all.  A united party may do better in the election.  A fractured party that cannot govern will not inspire confidence.

It is still a long time before the elections in November, and a lot can happen.  But right now, the Dems have a long shot in the Senate, and maybe even the House.

We'll have to wait and see, but I think the GOP has a shot at keeping the whole shooting match in place.

If that happens, a lot of screeching at the moon may ensue.  Awwwwwwwww.  /sarc


Can anybody play this game?

Updated,
originally posted 4.18.17,

updated on 1.7.18:

Here we go again.  I see that there are some Dems who want to physically restrain the president, and then have him mentally evaluated.

Am I missing something?  Even if they did this, and even if it succeeded, they still have to get the GOP onboard.  That is cuz you need 2/3rds of both Houses to remove the president.

So, why would you think that a kangaroo court of experts can get a president removed from office?

The president is due his rights like anybody else.  You cannot just force your way in and do something like this.  They wouldn't even do this to a terrorist who killed dozens of people.  Why would you do this to the president?

These people are the ones who are nuts.  THEY NEED TO BE TREATED THIS WAY.  Then watch them howl in protest about their rights.

What a bunch of assholes.



1.4.18:

The write up referenced here does not include a mention of Congress, which always has the last say on the presidency.

If the cabinet tries to remove him, he can just say "nope", all "is a-ok".  If Congress votes 2/3rds in both houses to remove him, then he is a goner.  Otherwise, it is going nowhere.  This is a tougher standard than impeachment, which only requires a majority in the House, and then a 2/3rds vote in the Senate.

More fake news?  Maybe.  What else can it be?

With around a 90 percent approval rate amongst Republicans, how can you get him removed?

Delusional.

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That was quote from Casey Stengel, I believe.  He said it of his expansion team, the New York Mets, which was at that time, the worst team in baseball.

I used that quote in reference to the ruling class, who seem to not be able to read the Constitution, and understand basic straightforward language.

The Democrats want to keep saying that Trump is crazy, and therefore can be removed from office according to the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution.  The amendment is pretty straightforward.  It provides the means by which a president can be removed from office if a disability truly exists.  It is not sufficient to say that it can be used just because you don't like him.  However, if two thirds of both Houses say that he's nuts, then he can be removed.

There ought to be a means by which to remove a Congresscritter, who insists that this amendment says what it does not.  But there is a means.  The Congress polices itself.  So, why don't the Republicans tell the Democrats to STFU?

You have to wonder about that.


Update:

Even though the Gop doesn't act like a party, they still beat the Dems, who do.  Make what you will out of that one.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy

Powerline via Instapundit

Looks like a good argument.

Another reason for sympathy could be that he could win if the law was enforced fairly, which I suspect that it is not.

originally posted 4.15.14, updated

1.6.18:

I hear that the judge may dismiss the case entirely with "extreme prejudice".  I think the use of words when I saw that was quite interesting.

A lot of things could be dismissed with "extreme prejudice".  Know what I mean, Vern?









Sugar Tax now reality in Oregon

People are getting a shock when they go buy some Coca-Cola in the Blue State of Oregon.  This is thanks to the new Sugar Tax that has gone into effect.  It nearly doubles the cost of a Coke.

Sure, it might be healthier.  But sugar is still food.  The government should not tax food on principle.

You know what?  I once said you should never burn gasohol, either.  Gasohol is made out of ethanol, which is derived from food.  People are starving in this world, and what do these people do?  Burn it!  Now they are taxing it.

Crazy!



Don Surber: How the Russian dossier may lead to locking her up...

Don Surber: How the Russian dossier may lead to locking her up...: Reading the transcript from the debate more than a year later, I realize it was America's Margaret Dumont-Groucho Marx moment. Hillary...



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Wishful thinking...



Hillary won't go to jail, as I have been saying all along.  This is because the venue will be DC, and that town is full of partisan Democrats.  Nobody in that town is going to indict Hillary, and even if there was a grand jury that would, no petit jury will convict her.



Unless the venue is outside of DC, she walks.  But, where would the venue be?  That's the trick.  My guess is that they can muddy the waters enough for her to walk.



Hillary going to jail?  Ain't gonna happen.



But try anyway.  Who knows, maybe the public will get it.  So far, they don't seem to be getting it.  The media will see to that.



The guilty walk, the innocent are punished.  It can only happen in a debauched, corrupted society.




Friday, January 5, 2018

Obligatory, 1.5.18

This week moved right along.  Here it is, Friday night already.  The new year is already nearly a week old.

The weather has moderated quite a bit.  I took a long shower.  You can be assured that with all this cold, I was in need of one rather badly.

It might be a little "soft" to not want to take a shower when the weather is cold.  Can anybody smell your B.O. if you have a lot of clothes on?  I didn't ax such a question.  If I did, I may not have gotten an answer, but a funny look.  Like, what's your problem, dude?

Times like this remind me of how soft it was living in the city.  It also reminds me of rigors awaiting me if I go out west like I plan.  Yes, that is still in the works, but it has been delayed.  As of this writing, it is at least a year away at the earliest.

I could make a trip out there this year, if conditions permit.  So far, they have not.  Unless things get a bit better, they still won't.

Nevertheless, I will continue to think and plan ahead.  It may be for naught, but I got nothing better to do, so what the heck?


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Democrats Have Painted Themselves Into A Corner – Lunch Alert!

Democrats Have Painted Themselves Into A Corner – Lunch Alert!



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The only argument that might be worth something is a conservative one that I have proposed.



But the Democrats can't make an argument like that without abandoning their questionable political positions.  Their only hope is that these cuts won't work.



As for whether or not they work, I'm not so sure either.  If they do, then they won't have a leg to stand on.  Hence, the Morris argument that they have painted themselves in the corner.  Morris argument assumes that they will work and work big time.



We'll have to see on that one.




Nice little snark

Bill and Hill's house is on fire.  It might be on the floor where they keep things they don't want anybody to see.  Bwah, hah, hah!

That really wasn't very nice. lol


Propane use way up

Updated,
Originally posted 1.3.18,

Update: 1.4.17:


The idea now is to find other ways to heat up my environs.

There was a way to run an extension so that I wouldn't be using the circuit that is causing problems.  This enabled the use of the space heater last night.  A welcome relief without the need to be so wasteful of energy.

There are other ways to get some heat.  Today, I noticed that the sun defrosted the ice pretty well.  So, I moved the car into the sun, and the ice went away fast.  This gave me an idea to sit in the car while it is in the sun during a cold day.  I'm doing that now while I type this.

May seem strange, but a dollar saved is a dollar earned.  Know what I mean, Vern?

Original post follows:

It is quite expected, but still a shock.  It took only one week to use a 30 pound bottle of propane.

So, I did a few calculations based upon what that really means.

One gallon of propane weighs about 4.2 pounds.  It contains 91.5k BTU.   That's 7.1 gallons of propane in a bottle of this size.  The BTU content is 654k BTU times 1055 joules per BTU equals approx. 690 megajoules.  Divide this by 3.6 megajoules per kwh giving 192 kwh rounded.  Divide this by seven, gives 27 kwh thermal energy use per day.

About ten times what I wanted to accomplish!  Dern.

But consider that it takes about 3 kwh thermal to get to 1 kwh electric, and you get about 9 kwh use per day.  More than 3 times what I wanted to accomplish.  Also consider that I was heating a larger volume by a significant amount, and then the numbers don't seem so bad.  Still, that is a lot of friggin' propane.

If this was a normal week and I used this much ,I would be alarmed.  This week was pretty cold, so it wasn't normal.  Nevertheless, this is a performance that could use a lot of improvement.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Don Surber: Three reasons Hatch is retiring

Don Surber: Three reasons Hatch is retiring: Orrin Hatch has represented Utah well in the Senate for more than four decades. The experts are going on about how his decision not to seek ...



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Check out the comment section of this post.  There is an anonymous comment that is full of venom.  You see, that is why I do not permit anonymous comments.  Not that I am afraid of them, no.  No, I won't do it because I won't give an opportunity for that kind of thing on this blog.  If these people have any courage, they will put their own names on what they say.  But they won't.  They use the cloak of secrecy the same way the KKK does.  Nobody decent acts that way in public.  So the cloak allows them to be indecent because they don't want to be seen as so hateful.  Evil loves the dark, which is in the heart of this individual.  Shameful!




Monday, January 1, 2018

The Fake Society

If there is anything that defines this country right now, it is that the truth doesn't matter anymore.  People prefer the fake, so that is what will be served and in great abundance.

Does that mean that Trump himself is fake?  His enemies will say so.  I'd like to defend Trump, but I just don't know how genuine he is.  Again, there are those who will say he isn't.  In my opinion, for whatever that is worth, is that the guy is trying.

But, and this is a big but, he has an enormous amount of headwind to overcome.  The institutional inertia of this government and society is such that a turnaround may not even be possible.  We may well be experiencing an avoidable slow motion collapse, not unlike the fall of the Roman Empire.

For a long time, the Roman Empire was crumbling from within.  Yet, its strength enabled it to endure for quite some time before it collapsed.  In those days, it took centuries.  In these days, which move at a much faster tempo, it is taking mere decades.

Things got so bad in the ancient empire, that, if anyone good showed up, he was quickly mowed down.  The parallels with this country cannot be ignored.  Therefore, if anybody in politics attempts to do something good for the country, the people in positions of power will quickly shoot it down.

What explains all this?  Why would a nation allow itself to be destroyed?  After all, we have a lot that the Romans didn't have.  This country ought to be able to bounce back.  But alas, that is not happening.  Recent events seem to confirm that things are on the downswing again.  Even though the GOP got its tax cut, it is a paradoxical one.  They are counting on the said tax cut to turn things around for them.  Perhaps it will, but I am not so sure.  At any rate, the POTUS' approval ratings are rather stubborn.  So is the right-track wrong-track poll.  If this was to be a good year for the GOP, the signs don't seem to be there yet.  If those signs don't show up, it could be a bad year.

Indeed, a good portion of Trump's own party does not support him.  However, he does have the GOP with him for the moment.  The danger to him appears to be at bay for now.

However, not enough is being done to improve the president's prospects.  The loss in Alabama was not helpful.  It is testimony to the power of the fake society that so many people who voted for him failed to show up and support him in the vote in Alabama.  Without enough friendly faces in the Congress, the hill may become too steep to climb.  The fake society can only become a real society if truth mattered, but that doesn't matter anymore.  Instead, it is whatever the tribe seems to say.  Yes, and the tribe seems to follow their leaders without question.  Whatever the leaders say seems like gospel to these people.  What gets lost is what really matters.  What is left over is fakery dished out by fake leaders for a people who are content with the phoniness.

The big part of Trump's problem is a revolt in his own party.  In order to get unity, he had to sacrifice whatever independence he might have had.  Now he is captive to them, and this could sink him.

Unless he is capable of exerting just enough independence to avoid the pitfalls that may await him this year.

He must avoid war.  Not easy with all the commitments he is bound to, and the ever present push upon him to honor each and all of them, or risk losing that precious support.  The warmongers will push him to war in order to keep his fragile unity.

His best chance is to deliver as much peace and prosperity as there is available.  But will the fake society allow him the room to do it?  Or will the fake society listen to their fake leaders once again, and follow the footsteps of the late Roman Empire?  Will they let a promising leader be destroyed because they are not strong enough to support it?  Is truth too hard, or is the allure of fakery too strong?

Trump got elected to make America Great Again.  The America of days gone by was not the world's policeman, nor the world's savior.  That America followed its own self interest.  It seemed to be what Trump wanted for the country, but the fakes will try to get him to divert course.  If he allows it, he may be doomed.  Even if he doesn't, the fakes may win anyway.  His best chance is not to be fake and be who he is really is.  Hopefully, that will be good enough to stave off the inevitable for at least awhile.

The Deeper Awakening, if it ever comes, must come later.  Incidentally, the prediction that America will fall has been a recurring one on this blog.  Nothing in the last few years has convinced me that this has changed.  Not even the election of Trump, which was a good sign.  But as welcome as that was, it may turn out to be a last hurrah.



Dang, it is cold

Updated, 1.1.18,
15:30:

Lest anyone think I am going off half-cocked with some of what I say on this here blog, let me remind you that I don't make shit up.  That is something the commie pinkos like to do.  But I don't do it.  I have reasons and facts to back up what I say.

Now, as far as so-called conservatives who claim to be conservative and aren't--- here's some evidence to support the assertion.   You may not need a link for this because it may be common knowledge.  George H.W. Bush voted for Hillary, or so I heard.  Now, there is no doggone way the guy can claim anything about being conservative if he does that.  Hillary is definitely not any conservative.  Makes no difference if he personally doesn't like Trump.  The point is his value system: is it conservative or not?  A vote for Hillary is definitely not a conservative vote.

There was another example which will require that I do some looking.  It is some guy in the media somewhere ( New York Times!) who claims to be a conservative and then says he wishes Hillary were president.  I'm sorry, but the guy doesn't have a claim to be a conservative.  I will get a name when I find it. ( done see link above )

I say this because people may think I make shit up.  No.

Did you hear that Sheila Jackson Lee claim that she was a queen?  Now, how do conservatives claim to be conservatives if they are not willing to take that on?  I don't give a rat's rear end if she is black, and some of these spineless wimps are afraid to take on blacks for this kind of crap.  The Constitution says plainly that there is no royalty in this country.  Every member of Congress takes an oath to support this Constitution.  If you are conservative, you don't countenance this type of talk, no matter who says it.

Nobody does that.  They are too intimidated.  Therefore, if all so-called conservatives are too intimidated to defend the Constitution, then they have no claim to leadership on the issue of conservatism.

This isn't an isolated example.  The country has moved so far off into the weeds that this kind of thing is deemed acceptable behavior now.  Sorry, but it isn't.  If you allow it, then you allow subversion of what you claim to believe.  This isn't John or Jane Doe here.  This is a member of Congress.


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Good morning, and Happy friggin' New Year, ya lunkheads.

Yes, it is friggin' cold in here, Mr. Bigglesworth.  But, I did okay last night.  Only cuz I am a fart smeller, er, smart feller.

One thing I thought up, which makes me proud to be a smart feller, was to use a little 7 watt, battery powered fan to push warmer air down from the ceiling like a ceiling fan.  Didn't cost me anything, didn't use much electricity, and didn't do anything bad that I would regret later.  What else could you ask for?  Instead of a temperature inversion, with the ceiling at 80 and the chair at 45, I now have an even 60 degrees or so.  The propane powered stove isn't even all that revved up.

Now, I know people think how deprived that sounds.  But I am having a good time here.  I love this stuff.  Fixing a problem gives me a boost.  It is better than being a dependent slob who has to be waited on like a little bitty baby.  That is what the government and the liberals want all of us to be like, a bunch of little bitty babies.  Then, they can abort us, like they abort all of those helpless little babies each year.

Yeah, Alyssa Milano, the actress, is in a fetal position, so I hear.  What did I tell you?

Yes, I am hitting hard.  Maybe even below the belt.  But why place nice with these people?  Hit them hard.  And keeping hitting them.  Not that they care any.  But if you can hit them in right spot, you can bring 'em down.  And boy do they need to go down.

It might get you killed, though.  The people of Iran are rebelling against their own insane leaders.  Just watch them for a preview of what these liberals have in store for us if they get our guns.

Of course, the media wants to collude with the hardliners in Iran.  Just like our so-called conservatives who want to collude with the commie pinkos on the left in this country.  If we could only put some backbone into these wimps.

What do I predict for the New Year.  Only that we will all get one year older by this time next year.  Actually, that is being an optimist.  But I like to think positively.