The current administration has what can best be described as nitwits in high positions. While some may ignore the fact, the fact is the administration is a sinking ship, and when the rats start leaving, the problem will be obvious.
In Case You've Wondered
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Back in the late fifties, and early sixties, my early years were accented with days that went on forever, and were filled with exploration. They're mostly lost, but moments are preserved forever.
We were barefoot during the warmer months. Our feet were as tough as leather. Walking across a shell parking lot, or hot asphalt, was only a minor inconvenience. Stone bruises were the same, and a cut was forgotten, until a blade of grass found its way into area that no bandage could secure.
In the evening, when supper was over, the light had finally faded, and we knew to go in, unless we had permission to wander with flashlights to find frogs, we'd take our bath to wash away the sweat beads. Although washed, our calloused feet were still deep brown; like permanent moccasins; a testament to long days of exploring.
In the late Summer, with the grass high, we'd lay in the yard, watch the clouds pass over, and listen to the drones of high flying airplanes. Jets were few, and the deep rumble of large rotary engines was comforting; almost mesmerizing. A few moments of in activity would have led to a nap, but there was so much to be done, so we'd be off to take advantage of every moment available. School was soon to start, and the next real time of being free was the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving was arriving at my grandparent, turning their doorbell ringer, and walking in to a house almost too warm. The small space heaters would be on low, the kitchen almost unbearably hot, and the glorious aroma of the soon to be enjoyed feast was intoxicating. We'd say our hellos, scamper through the den, where my grandfather would be watching football, and head out the back door; my grandfather's pipe smoke following us as we left.
Outside rewarded us with a brisk breeze, the light smell of burning leaves, and an azure sky that almost hurt our eyes. We only had a little time before the meal, so our wanderings were close. We'd look at the garden, now full of winter vegetables, and go look at the burning barrel; now almost empty, with only a few wisps of the smoke of leaves. We'd look, but not venture, down the alley. The neighbors had two territorial Siamese cats that wouldn't hesitate to attack. It only took one event to determine a cat was as dangerous as any dog.
We'd be called for dinner. The turkey was surrounded with dishes of mashed potatoes, Kentucky wonder beans, sweet potatoes casserole covered with marshmallows, cornbread stuffing, hot rolls, cranberry jelly, and a gravy bowl filled with a deep brown gravy swimming with giblets. There was always homemade preserves for the rolls. My grandmother would announce: "Save some room for desert", and we'd ignore the advice to insure our afternoon would have moments of being so full, we'd have to slow down for a few minutes to avoid discomfort.
Desert was apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie. That, a blueberry cheesecake, homemade cookies, and fresh brownies. Whip cream was in a bowl in the middle to for those that wanted the extra touch. How we managed to eat more is unknown, but we did. We'd finish, be shooed from the kitchen, and outside we'd go again.
The afternoon was lazy. The ancient swing my grandfather built in the thirties was still well used, and if that didn't satisfy our play, we'd drag out the stilts he built for my mother and her sisters. The short ones were soon an easy task. The taller ones were only for those willing to take a chance. The afternoon would end, when he were called for supper. We'd eat again, containers were filled with tomorrow's meal, and we'd soon be leaving in the twilight; the deep orange in the west a brilliant announcement of the approaching night.
They're all gone, except for my sister. Age took my grandparents, and mother. My father, and brothers, all passed away too soon. The hole they left is partially filled by my wife's family, who honor me with their acceptance, but the memories tug at me, almost like scars that lead to an ache as they pull. Things change, and leave only memories. I cherish mine, and pray I never forget.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Last week, the hummingbirds crowded four feeders, which led to me filling them twice a day. I had the feeling some were only passing through, had been feeding at other feeders, and after replenishing their energy, were off with their migration.
Early this week, I noticed they were lasting more than a day, so I removed one, and only filled the others halfway. The feeders lasted through the day, and yesterday, I noticed they weren't completely empty at sunset.
This morning, I removed another one, and filled the other two, with one only a small feeder about the size of a jar of baby food. I haven't seen any hummingbirds this morning, so it's obvious most have gone toward South America, where they spend our winter.
It's a beautiful morning. Azure skies, with wispy cirrus to the east. Our first strong cold front passed through during the night, and the high temperature will only be in the low seventies. This will really start the leaves to turning, and it won't be long before most are on the ground; swirling in a stiff north wind.
I'll leave one feeder up. There may be stragglers, and a warm winter may bring some species that are native to the Mexico border area. I hope they come. I like hummingbirds. They brighten up a day.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
According to this report, the Navy will discharge anyone refusing the jab. According to many of the comments at the bottom of the article, this is an acceptable practice, and those serving should suffer the consequences. This makes me think of where the line is drawn for unconscionable, dangerous, or mission failure decisions by a senior officer. What are the recourses for those that disobey for any of the reasons above? Is there any real military justice? Is there any method for junior officers, or enlisted troops, to relieve those endangering lives, demanding unconscionable actions, or placing the mission of defending the United States at risk?
If someone knows, the comments are open.
If you look at the abysmal people in the capitol, think of their actions, and listen to what they say, they're ignorant and incompetent. They are the epitome of EEO madness, university indoctrination, and isolation from the rest of the United States. To add insult to injury, the President is a doddering old man, unqualified to run a lemonade stand, and only is in office because of deception, with criminal activity. When you add the treasonous activities of some of the top military officials, it doesn't take much logic to realize the United States is under attack by it's own officials.
The rest of the world are not our friends, although too many in the capitol want us to believe they are. At best, they're friendly business partners, but when it comes right down to it, they'll pick through the bones of the United States, when the opportunity arises. Regardless of their appearances, most foreign nations only want the wealth of the United States, and how they achieve some of this isn't stopped by integrity. The simmering war of aggression is always right below the radar, and when the opportunity arises, they're ready to strike, and cause damage.
From my perspective, the influx of foreign money, influence, and corruption of our education system led to most of the problems we now face. Our founders suffered the same things, established the Constitution to throttle the government, and never envisioned the corruption the United States now faces. Time will tell how this all works out, but if you dig through the daily media garbage, you find the majority of citizens have had enough.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Commerce requires money to stay in the local economy. That's the impetus for investment, growth, and the ability to increase income by increasing the demand for the location. That's not what is happening in my home town. The majority of new citizens have no intention of investing in the community, much of the income they make goes back to their country, and they save for retiring in their home country. They don't want to assimilate. They want all the free things they can find, and abuse the resources they basically steal.
The result of this activity? The city is dying. Home values are dropping, tax revenue is falling, businesses are closing, and there is very little to attract U.S. citizens. Without the local petrochemical industry, the city would have never survived the initial development, and now the only thing that keeps the city afloat is what little of the service industries are still willing to stay in the city limits. There are taxes to be collected from the petrochemical facilities, but they fight what are sometimes unreasonable assessments, and have won huge amounts of money in court. Still, it's not enough, and the incompetent local government is far from being fiscally responsible.
In the grand scheme of things, my hometown is expendable. Those that really cared moved away years ago. The best of property was reduced to crap real estate by the Obama mandates to put Section Eight housing in the only real areas that could attract those willing invest in the city. Those that can't move will probably live out their lives where they are, but their children will have no desire to stay. This type of environment attracts crime, and those willing to survive on public assistance. Neither have a dog in the hunt, and accept what a healthy neighborhood would never allow. Large sections of homes have already been purchased, and razed, by the large petrochemical facilities. This prevents law suits, and provides a buffer.
How will this end? If I had to guess, I'd guess the city will eventually go bankrupt, a larger adjacent city will annex it for additional tax revenue, and the area will continue the downward plunge. Industry will take in large sections for its purpose, and the homes left will be inhabited by low income families. History will be the only reference to what was, and the heritage will cease to exist.
Retirement, or age, sure changed my sleep habits. I stay up all day, feel like I could sleep for days, go to bed early, and snap awake in the middle of the night. Rolling over doesn't work, so I get up, go pee, and make a cup of coffee. That's when I go on the porch to observe the night.
I've worked nights for extended periods of time. Night is when you see what hides during the day. That, and the people that probably only go out at night. While some fear the dark, I know it's usually just neutral. Something that can startle me will probably startle the something just as much.
Working on the interstate at night was probably most interesting. The drunks start wandering through around midnight, and this would continue to about an hour after closing time. Some would hit a barrel, which usually only was an inconvenience, unless you were in the path of the flying barrel. That hurt, and would leave a bruise. I'd watch the traffic more closely, so I could warn the crew if the oncoming car was having a hard time staying in its lane.
One night, a group of college girls stopped, flashed their boobs, and sped away laughing like hyenas. the crew took about a half hour to settle down, but considering how mundane the work could be, the memory for them probably lasted as long as mine. Such "Did you see that?" moments aren't forgotten.
Cats were interesting to watch. The feral ones were easy to spot. Where a domestic cat would saunter through a parking lot, smell everything to be smelled, and poke at a dying bug, a feral cat darted with purpose, and used the shadows, while it paused to survey the surroundings. Considering the shape of some I saw, such behavior was probably the only reason they weren't laying bloated to be the meal of scavengers.
Working at night led to an entirely different mindset. Flashlights were demanded, and a headlamp was a necessity. The little things you set aside while working are now carefully placed in a set location, or conveniently placed in a container. One wrong move, and something necessary could become lost by rolling only a few feet. Light towers would help, but even then, the light only shined on what wasn't in the shadows. Some tasks were nearly completely by feel, since trying to see with a headlamp led to positions that were uncomfortable.
Given my proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the nocturnal thunderstorms would put on a light show. They'd start out with an occasional flash, grow larger, and the lightning soon to come would turn the clouds into bulbous, angry masses of constant bright flashes. Bolts would streak from the clouds, spread, and the mesh of lightning would be dazzling. Morning light would reveal the remainders of these storms; anvil heads of cirrus on a column of virga.
What I most remember is the humidity. Regardless of the temperature, there was no relief. Sweat would pour from my hard hat, and run into my eyes. With the temperature not dropping below the upper seventies, and humidity near 100 percent, the work at night was as draining as working during the day. The only difference was there was no bright sun to burn your skin, but the mosquitos would fill in with their misery.
It's time for another cup of coffee. I think I'll go outside, sit on the porch, and try to determine why the neighbor's dogs are barking. That, and to relish the quiet of the night.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The local section of interstate is under construction for dozens of miles. It's necessary, since what is being replaced was built in the late fifties and early sixties. It's a mess, and with what we call the walls of death, with the lack of a service road for miles, a fender-bender can shut it down for hours.
A local news report told of the frustration of those taking a busy exit, the huge number of tire-busting potholes, and made me think of my experiences in the past. It, also, made me wonder who's watching the contractor and insuring safe travel.
In Texas, highway projects have a bid item for detours. There are also force accounts, or change orders, that are used to take care of unforeseen problems. All only require a little extra paper work, and the dreaded demand for more money by the contractor.
Before I retired, my experience with TxDot wasn't that good. There were a few inspectors, and engineers, that were what I considered qualified, but not enough. With the invasive micro-management so rampant, the loss of good people by attrition, and budget concerns due to plans sometimes assembled without good review, too many problems that had easy solutions could shut a project down, while waiting for a change order. Where in the past, many change orders only required a handshake on the project, now the unwillingness to pay for the work leads to additional costs, and claims, until an official piece of paper finally makes it through the bureaucracy.
As for the pothole problem? I have a feeling there is a demand to fix the potholes, and the paperwork is in the works. That, or the contractor, and inspector, really don't care. Either way, the problem could be fixed by a crew with a backhoe, and a few tons of cold mix asphalt. The project is so large, the cost to do this is inconsequential to the final total cost. How it reached this point is beyond my comprehension, but that's how it is, and one of the reasons I retired.
Monday, October 11, 2021
A neighbor is having a pond dug. It's, from what I know about how it works locally, is free. The contractor digging the pond sells the dirt to cover expenses and profit. This can take some time, unless there is a high demand for the dirt. Eventually, my neighbor will have much less grass to cut, have a large deep pond to enjoy, and can enhance their property value, which the county will tax accordingly.
About a week ago, we had ten inches of rain over a three day period. The pond, which was about half excavated, completely filled with water. Since the contractor appears to know their craft, they were excavating, and shaping, their way to a single point. This allows the better material a deeper depth to be excavated. This material, which is rich in clay, is the best material for structural strength, and can lead to firmly compacted soil only requiring a spread footing for a building. The problem is the amount of water that can accumulate in the pond during a rain event.
After years of construction, and watching the contractor, I was a little amazed at their method of bailing out the water. My experience told me a 4 inch pump was the minimum amount required to pump the water in an economical time period. A six inch pump would be even better, but the cost of the pump can make the prospect too expensive for a small contractor only excavating small ponds.
The contractor, a little to my dismay, only had a 2 inch pump, which would take days to remove the water. He supplemented the pump with his half yard excavator, which he ran all day bailing. He'd dip, swing, and dump the water to where it would drain. He did this for over a day, and made me wonder if he really understood costs. His time, which has to be worth something, and the cost of fuel for the excavator were much higher than the cost of a larger pump; even if he rented one.
So, with the three inches of rain this morning, he'll have a full pond again. This, if he follows his past method, will give him over two days of down time with expenses, and long hours to haul dirt to make up the loss of revenue...if there is a customer for the material.
It's looking like the wetter season is here, rain will fall at least once a week, and some might be heavy, with large accumulations of water. My neighbor, who hasn't had to cut nearly as much grass, will probably have the rumble of machinery and trucks for most of the next six months. In my opinion, it's a win for him, unless the contractor runs out of money, or just gives up. Time will tell, and I'll sit on the porch to watch the show.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
The easy way to tyrannize a nation is to create emergencies, take away firearms, force the people to do things against their conscience, and eventually create complete control. The hard way is to do all of the above, except not succeeding in convincing them to give up their firearms.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Apparently, Pfizer uses aborted fetal tissue in making their potion for the jab. Otherwise, they have to kill unborn babies to peddle their potion, furnish the money to pay off politicians, increase their profits, have no legal liability, and laugh all the way to the bank.
A less polite society would have heads on staffs at the town gates.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
I went to bed early. My sinuses have been affected by the dryer weather, which led to some lethargy and a demand to rest. It's a good thing, but sometimes - like tonight - I awake, and a cup of coffee calls for me to go sit on the porch.
It's quiet. The early Fall air doesn't have even the slightest stir of a breeze, all the air conditioner units are not running, and the chilled air is invigorating. Looking at the heavens bring the reward of a dark sky filled with stars that hang like jewels on black canvas.
The owls are busy. A hoot owl calls. Another call brings the answer of a female. Their conversation is interrupted by the trill of a screech owl. Another answers in the distant, and the night becomes a haunting cacophony of owl songs. To those unfamiliar, their hair would stand up on the back of their necks, as the sounds used to add fear to a scary movie become real in the night.
These are the moments that could last forever. That's probably why I like this time of the year best. The heat of Summer is broken, the night insects leave, frogs become dormant, and the only sounds - if there are sounds - are those of the night birds and maybe: the low stirring of a light wind in the pines.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Our car developed a rattle on Sunday. Inspection revealed a cooling fan with a wobbling blade. A little research of costs, lack of availability of the part from the parts house, and how a dealer waits for such opportunities, led me to taking on the task of replacement.
I found the fan on the internet, but was suspicious of buying from the sources. Two things crossed my mind:
One was knowing the third party manufacturer could unload what they know as substandard parts onto the market at a reduced price.
The other was the time for delivery and how the wrong part could lead to a long time of an inoperable vehicle.
I disassembled with a little help from a online video. I wasn't complete, but insured my effort to do the job myself prevented a huge cost from a mechanic. The factory recommended replacement called for evacuating the AC system, and the additional costs to replace a dryer, with the refrigerant. One bolt that required a little ingenuity to reach was the reason for the extra step.
After finally removing the fan, I inspected the blade. The bearing in the motor was completely worn, or the housing for the bearing failed enough to prevent keeping the bearing in place. Regardless, removing the blade, and replacing the motor, was out of the question. It's all plastic, the blade is pressed on, and any attempt to remove either would probably destroy the housing, if parts were available.
A call to the dealer for the part led to a few moments of trepidation. The first words from the counter man was: "It's been on backorder. Let me see if it's available." After a few moments, he continued: "I have four, and can have it here tomorrow." He told me he would send me a text with a link for payment, and he would order the part as soon as I completed the transaction."
I paid for the part ($448) and called to confirm the order. After confirmation, I went on to other tasks and hoped the man at the counter wasn't telling me a fib to sell a part.
Tuesday morning, I called the dealer to ask about the status of the part. He told me he was about to text to tell me the part was in. A 20 mile trip to the dealer, a little over an hour of my time, and I was ready to put the car back together.
I was slow with my replacement to guarantee not forgetting the order of reassembly. After completion of the task, starting the vehicle, a short test drive, and some relief, the car was back in service. All in all, it took about five hours of my time, but with skill and knowledge, a good mechanic could do it in less than two hours.
I was a little amazed at how much of the vehicle was plastic and held together by push clips. It seems flimsy, and I wonder if the plastic will age as badly as plastic parts in the past. It is what it is, and the demand for lighter vehicles had led to where we are.
So, another major/minor problem is handled. Onward I go through retirement, and thank God for the ability to do some of the things that can bankrupt those on a fixed income. It's my blessing and gives me peace.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
The first amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Unfortunately, all petitions are basically ignored, since there is no meat to any petition, unless there is a government required amount of signatures, which is then suspected of being fraudulent, until all signatures are verified. To make things worse, the petitions are used to gather the names of dissenters, become public record, and the dissenters can become harassed by the same government that is the reason for their petition. It was a good thought, but was easily subverted by the profession that's least restricted by the Constitution.
An individual can petition the government, but in reality, it's a futile effort. The supreme rights of the individual are basically gone, since individual liberty is in the same position. It's a sad thing, but what everyone now faces. Regardless of how much someone is wronged by the government, they have no recourse for an equitable solution, unless they can afford to pay for what can be a futile effort to sue in court.
There is a moral responsibility for any government employee, whether elected of hired, to correct any wrong, make a diligent effort to keep public costs to the minimum, and understand they are subservient to those that pay their wages. Unfortunately, moral responsibility is something that can't be legislated. Government officials realize this, and over time abandon any effort to be responsible for insuring every individuals has the rights of the most powerful of government official. It's always been this way, but if integrity is demanded, and practiced, the opportunities for corruption, or incompetence, are reduced.
Monday, October 4, 2021
Facebook was down, it appears the DNS was the problem, and the best description is all servers "forgot" on how to find Facebook. Whether it was malicious, or just an error will probably never be known. What is known is that millions couldn't get their fix.
Oh the horror!
Sunday, October 3, 2021
I've had a blog for around 10 years. I started it when someone with a blog told me I should have a blog. I followed their advice, and after time, people would start visiting and commenting. At first, the lack of visitors was disconcerting. I would check, and the lack of traffic was making me wonder if I was wasting my time. Eventually, after someone with a lot of daily visitors linked me in a post, I was rewarded with a huge amount of visitors in one day. The result was somewhat astonishing, and added many more daily visitors.
I'm writing this post to give a new blog what little head start I can add. They might not have as much time as they'd like, and having a network of people to share their thoughts is more than necessary. They blogged in the past, quit for awhile, and now want to accomplish a goal they've had for 30 years. Go visit. You might like what you find.
Friday, October 1, 2021
According to witnesses, Capitol Police bludgeoned Roseann Boyland continuously until the damage was terminal. To make matters worse, some of the witnesses have been held without bond since their arrest. That, to me, is a clear sign the police state is out of control, and those allowing it to continue, or deliberately not making an effort to report this, are traitors. A curse on those involved, and may they burn in Hell.
A few decades ago, Austin was a place to go. Plenty of good restaurants, live bands by more than talented musicians, and surrounding sights wonderful to see. Things are different today. The police have decided to not respond to non-emergency calls. That means most crimes that an officer doesn't feel involves the threat of immediate harm will not be answered. When you really think about this, shoplifting, petty theft, muggings, burglaries...etc., become mostly just paperwork shuffling, and those affected are left to deal with it themselves.
I've avoided Austin for years. The decline has been notable, and from my perspective, the lack of judgement by the local officials, and citizens, only reinforced my belief the most dangerous places to be are where politicians gather. There are too many people scrambling for the fat, and there's a tendency of local politics to be infiltrated by outsiders looking for power, with mostly ill gotten fortunes. To add insult to injury, the economy is corrupted by people that really don't produce anything. When multiple generations of these people are too much of the citizenry, the fact they exist only by the will of those that produce is ignored. They feel their tasks of producing legislation, and bureaucracy, are more important than producing the goods that keep their sorry lives intact.
It is what it is, but the surrounding communities of Austin are inhabited by hard-working folks that are not the same as those that waste their resources. They will be more prepared for their visits to the city, well armed, and many arrogant criminal will find their crime has a capital punishment.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
We put up four hummingbird feeders last week. After watching them at the in-laws, we decided to hang ours up for the little critters. It's been interesting.
We had one that decided one of the feeders was hers. She wouldn't venture far, perch on the top, and chase off any that decided to stop. She did this for days, and finally left. Her perching was only interrupted by feeding, and leaving for the night.
Another one was on the chubby side. The small feeder on the porch was her favorite. Between sitting on the fence, or on the hanger bracket, she did little except feed. She left, and I'm assuming she was an older bird, knew about the trip south, and getting ready.
The birds come and go all day long. At times, none are to be found. At others, there are dozens flitting around for a chance to feed at the full feeders. All, from what I've seen, are ruby-throated hummingbirds, and of all ages. Whether they're mostly the same birds all day is hard to tell. Some, seem to be in known groups that will chases away a straggler. Others seem to like to feed alone and chase away any coming to the feeder they're on.
I've heard two sides of when to remove the feeders. One advice is to remove them in October to allow them to leave the area. Another is to leave it up until the really cold days. This allows the stragglers a meal, or the old to survive until Winter finally ends their days.
All, in all, they're fun to watch. Their loud buzzing is pleasant to hear while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning. It adds to the peaceful experience, and clears my mind from anything but watching their antics.
Friday, September 24, 2021
The U.S. has more jobs than workers, those that want to work are having dealing with jab mandates, government officials are demanding unreasonable restrictions, and hundreds of thousands of illegals are flooding across the border. To exacerbate these conditions, these same illegals are free from any Covid mandates. What does logic dictate about this? My logic says there's a strong effort to change the U.S. to less educated workers that will be more easily controlled and willing to accept servitude for supposed safety. A less polite society would be hanging traitors daily.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
I hadn't reached 20 years of age, was working offshore, and could help my brother get to work at the shipyard on my days off. My schedule was in the day mode, and in a few days, I would switch back to nights on the offshore platform His car was in the shop, and would soon be out. He was working the three to eleven shift, which was better in the cold months. In the summer, the heat became oppressive at 3:00 pm and was only bearable at 11:00 pm. His work as a welder was to fill in his college schedule, which he never finished, but his later successful career in electronics pretty well showed it was wasted money. It's strange how thing never turned out as planned.
It was cold. Not the cold of up North, but the cold we get. The temperature was in the low forties, and the damp chill was almost overbearing. My '63 pickup was modified, since I had to retrofit a radiator to fit the frame. The added cooling, and lack of thermostat, pretty well insured any heat was minimal.
I parked in the parking lot, sat, and waited for the shift whistle to blow. Out in the shipyard the push was to complete the drilling rigs scheduled for drilling in the near future. Huge sections were visible. The quiet was broken by the loud crackling of arc-gougers and the banging of ship fitting.
Soon, the whistle blew, and the workers started to come through the gate. Over time, my brother appeared, found my truck, and I asked if he felt like driving. I was tired, and would rather be a passenger, so I could nap.
I sat, watched my brother shift through the three-on-the-column gears, felt satisfied, and leaned back in the seat. I knew I could catch a short nap on the thirty minute trip home, but was soon faced with a predicament.
It was cold. The hole in the floorboard on the passenger side was allowing a huge amount of air to blow through the floorboard. What little heat from the heater wasn't nearly sufficient to break the chill, and I was soon shivering.
I realized the driver side was a much better place to be, how uncomfortable the passenger side was, and was regretting my decision to let my brother drive. I soon had a "fix".
There was a small piece of cardboard from a brake shoe package on the floorboard, which I placed over the hole, and place my foot on to keep it from being displaced. It helped, but it was still cold. The heater was nearly useless, and my ignorance didn't allow me the sure fix of placing a new thermostat. I endured, although it was far from comfortable.
We got him home, I switched to the driver seat, and was soon home. A hot bath broke the chill, and I was rewarded with a good night's sleep.
Time reveals many memories, and sitting on the porch brought back a cold evening over forty years ago. I guess that's our destiny. We shuttle the current moments away, when the rich memories of the past appear.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Bluffing, and going all in, is risky, but the reward is great...unless you're called, and your hand is a low pair. That's where the seditionists are at this point. They think their bluff is working, since it worked in the past. Unfortunately, the past is only a reference, and reality is they've pissed off the majority of those unwilling to trade their liberty for supposed safety. To make their predicament worse, all their efforts to remove self-defense from citizens failed, and if they weren't so desperate, they'd know the upsurge in self-defense sales are not only to prevent a petty crime.
Too much of the media is complicit in the sedition, but considering those that are involved, the years of corrupt colleges created their irrational perspective. They think they're doing the right thing, while never considering a tyrannical government doesn't need many of their kind; and if they become unruly, they'll be the first to be removed. After all, they can't produce anything but truth, or propaganda. Neither is important to those willing to sacrifice millions for their power.
People are pushing back. It's starting by refusing illegal mandates, and relocation. How it ends is yet be seen, but the signs of the government beginning to crack are appearing. Some things that aren't being hid any longer:
- Russia Gate was a setup, and rogue government officials were involved.
- Voting is not sacred, and the fraud is not only apparent, those involved are open with their crimes.
- The judicial system is in terrible disarray, and the solution is harsher penalties for criminals.
- Immigration needs to be stopped until it can be placed under control.
- The Covid scare was an effort to subjugate, and destroy the U.S. economy. To make things worse, the supposed vaccination is not only killing people, millions will be dependent on injections sold by manufacturers that have no liability.
- The military higher brass is filled with traitors.
- The President is not only unable to lead, he's a puppet, and terribly demented.
There's more, but it doesn't take much effort to find the things too much of the media is trying to hide. People are pushing back, and those who are called "common folks" are realizing they have the winning hand. The bluff will probably not work, and if those in charge are wise, they'll start doing what's right.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Over that last few weeks, early morning revealed Orion higher in the sky. It started as right above the horizon, to where it is now: about 40 degrees above the horizon. Sirius, which was only visible right at sunrise, is now high above the horizon. Regardless of how hot it's been, Fall is arriving.
The hummingbirds are thick. The feeders stay full, and the constant buzz of those waiting to feed fills the air. The sultry uncomfortable evenings are almost gone, and sitting on the porch allows the wafting of cooler air that drifts from the surrounding woods. While most of the trees haven't turned, it won't be long until the leaves accumulate, and will be found swirling in the darkened shadows of late evening.
The weather wizards are forecasting what we call the "first real front" on Wednesday. There's not a high forecast of rain, but the mid-fifties at the end of the week may demand turning on the heater for a few minutes too break the morning chill.
This is my favorite time of year. While those that may soon deal with the ravages of Winter have a different opinion, to me, it's the first relief from our brutal Summer. The hot, humid 80 degree sunrises are replaced by temperatures below what the air conditioner can provide, and evenings will yield a chilled breeze full of the aroma of burning leaves.
The bacon is ready, coffee is brewed, and the porch is calling me to greet the sunrise. I'll sit until the early light chases away the deep shadows.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Biden is at the beach. Meanwhile, Milley is still a traitor, we are being invaded, and Pfizer is pulling its vaccine due to a cancer risk. When you add the fact the feckless military leaders bombed a civilian, instead of terrorists, it doesn't take any keen thought to know the United States is a ship without a rudder on a stormy sea.
The protest over the political prisoners held by the jackboots of the Biden Gestapo is not showing many protesters. Why? Those that know the government is trying to complete tyranny, and will round up dissenters to destroy their lives. The absence of people is a clear sign to the government thugs they're on the losing side, and if they're smart, they'll abandon their masters and do what's right.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
My only exposure to members of the military was through mostly former enlisted personnel, and lower ranking officers. My brother served for over twenty years, and his good commanding officers wouldn't get in his way, since they had enough sense to know all the spit and polish wouldn't get things done. Sometimes it's best to leave someone alone; especially when your career is on the line when that person allows you to do something really stupid.
I haven't seen anything from former military folks under the command of Mark Milley. How did they perceive his command abilities? Was he liked, or was he a yes man with the ability to feather his cap and advance through ass kissing? Was he an officer that was promoted to avoid having to fill out a huge amount of paperwork explaining why he should be demoted to private? It would be interesting to find out, since it appears he's the pivot man in a circle jerk that needs to be court martialed.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
I've endured a few hurricanes, and tropical storms. Bonnie was my first. The storm developed rapidly, came ashore overnight, and tracked to the north during the day. By that evening, the winds were over, and I had to tarp my roof.
Another storm, which I don't remember the name, went ashore to the near west, brought a lot of wind, but little rain. The aftermath was a short period of time without electricity, and a plethora of the huge mosquitoes that live in the saltwater marshes to the south. While priming my well, after the electricity was returned, I literally had to rake them off my arms and face to finish my project.
The many tropical storms were usually periods of high wind, torrential rains, maybe a brief time without electricity, and only some leaf raking. Flooding was usually the lower areas, and soon drained.
Rita was the first major hurricane. I ran from that one. I ended up in Northeast Texas in a small motel. It was agonizing to deal with, but the storm traveled rapidly to the north, and I went home within two days. The damage was terrible, since my area hadn't had a major hurricane in decades. People forget, the older building codes didn't cover many of the structures, trees were allowed to grow near power lines, and hurricane force winds piled the entire mess up. I was on the west side of the storm, so the surge didn't affect my area. Other than a few missing roof shingles, and a large broken branch, the only damage was my health, since the intense heat, and long work hours, were exhausting.
Ike was the next major hurricane. I stayed for that one, and soon found out my plan B to leave if the storm seemed too intense was not a working plan. You can't venture out in hurricane force winds, and watching horizontal winds send large debris whipping across what little was visible in the night without electricity guaranteed I wouldn't make that mistake. The deep train engine rumble of passing tornadoes was something to hear. If I hadn't known better, I could have assumed I lived near a railroad track. Since I was on the east side of the storm, the surge damage was something to behold. Ditches 30 miles from the coast were polluted with salt water. The majority of the nearby Bolivar Peninsula was reduced to a large expanse of mostly empty sand. Structures that had been there for decades were piled across Galveston Bay among the large trees denuded by the wind.
We soon had Humberto, which formed quickly, and came ashore in the early morning. I was on the fringe, but was reminded of the power of even a small storm, when first rain band reached my house. It was as though something large slapped the side of the house, which startled me. The storm moved quickly, so the next round of storms passed to the east. I had no damage, but there was plenty only about five miles to the east.
Harvey was officially a tropical storm, when the worst of the rains fell, which lasted for days. A strong hurricane at landfall, and without any steering currents, it slowly worked up the coast and inundated all of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. I had 42 inches of rain, and in a nearby city, the total was at 60 inches. Most roads were impassable for days, and even anticipating electricity was a waste of thought. It took days for the water to drain, and some never recovered. I had no damage, but was trapped by flood waters for four days.
Imelda followed the next year and the torrential rains inundated many of the areas harmed by Harvey. I had moved, but a former neighbor told me the water was 18 inches higher than Harvey. The road where I live flooded, but the worst of the rain bands never made it to my house. That was luck. If they had, some of the locals would have had to deal with flood damaged homes like after Harvey.
Last year's storm Laura was one I watched closely. I would have left, if the track had bobbled. I had tropical force wind, but nothing near hurricane force. About 40 miles to the east was a different story. At the edge of the worst of winds, the town of the home of office of the company I worked for lost some roofs on the storage areas. We spent time cleaning up that mess, and those of our customers. The work at that time reinforced my plan to retire. I'd cleaned up enough of the damage of others, and the thought of doing it again wasn't pleasant. The sodden, stinking piles of moldering debris is bad enough, without adding heat and humidity. I would have seriously considered retiring even earlier if we had faced the same damage of those eighty miles to the east.
Nicholas has been a different critter. The spaghetti models were accurate to landfall, but from then they don't seem to have any consensus. The center of circulation has slowly worked up the coast, and from my perspective, the current trajectory doesn't match the current anticipated trajectory. From what I'm seeing, the storm isn't moving north at all, and is slowly working its way down the coast. Since it's so near the Gulf, I wouldn't be surprised if it move offshore, and gets stronger again.
Right now, satellite shows the surface circulation has decoupled from the upper atmosphere. There are no strong bands of convection, and the only rain is light, but easily shown as light green on the radar. Still the wind is steady around 20 mph where I live, and nearer the center, it's reported at 40 mph.
I've only been catnapping over the last 36 hours, and will probably do so, until I'm 100% sure this storm won't do something unexpected. They all can, and will. Letting down your guard might have unexpected consequences.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Somebody keeps cutting the microphone on Biden. Who is doing this? What is their official position? And the biggest thing to think of: Why is this tolerated? I want to know who has more power than the President of the United States, and have them explain who elected them to that position.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Over the last few years, we've had two significant rain events. One was during the slow motion of hurricane Harvey. Harvey dumped up to 60 inches of rain. My area at the time was lucky, since we only received about 42 inches. The flood didn't bring water in my house, but it did isolate me for a few days. The aftermath was terrible to see, since the flood waters caused considerable damage. Some areas never really recovered, and many just gave up and left.
Imelda was next. The rainfall amount wasn't as much, but faster. A large band of rain basically set still for hours, and the fast accumulation of water flooded many of the areas flooded by Harvey. I was isolated for awhile in my new home by flooded roads. Again, the devastation was more than some could handle. Abandoned houses can still be found from this event, and Harvey.
Southwest of us is Nicholas. It's forecast to be a strong tropical storm at landfall in the middle Texas coast tomorrow. That's when it becomes interesting. Forecasters aren't really sure about the amount of rain, but the forecast is for up to 15 inches of rain in some areas, and my home is in one of those areas.
I filled up the gas cans today. We already have our hurricane supplies on hand, so now we wait. It's another weather event we're prepared to deal with, and all hope it won't be as severe as in the near past. We'll know over the next two days.
Friday, September 10, 2021
When I was young, a trip to the beach was rare, and the possible severe sunburn just as rare...but with consequences. At that time, I don't think many thought of the long-term effects. Even worse, it was acceptable for a "loving" sibling, or friend, to slap you on the back to enjoy the reaction of the pain.
I remember one long day at the beach, the severe sunburn, the lack of relief from Noxema, and the huge water blisters that formed everywhere except the area covered by my swimsuit. After the blisters dried, I looked like a big, shedding lizard, which only added to the discomfort from the event. I thought little of it at the time, but a trip to the dermatologist this week reminded me of the consequences.
As with a previous visit, a biopsy was performed on some suspected spots, and the rest were treated with what is called cryosurgery. For those that don't what that is, a device that looks like an oil can is used to pour measured amounts of liquid nitrogen on areas of the skin. It's not pleasant to have this done, especially after a few dozen areas are treated. The burns it leaves soon blister, and like all burns, the pain lasts.
So, now I'm scheduled for some more treatments in about two months, and will be informed if any of the biopsied areas require treatment for cancer. It's the result of ignorance, and a warning to those that willingly bare their skin to the sun. Ultraviolet radiation is an ionizing radiation, even though it doesn't penetrate deep into the skin. Cellular damage is severe, and like all ionizing radiation, ultraviolet radiation can cause damage to DNA. This can, and will, lead to dangerous cellular mutations.
Monday, September 6, 2021
Sunday, September 5, 2021
This link shows what gives me some problems during the year. The Saharan dust comes and goes, but when it's here, my sinuses react. Sometimes it's minor, but other times leads to some antihistamines, and annoying sinus problems. During the times with lots of pollens, it only makes things worse.
The bright side of having the dust is it can weaken, or prevent the formation of a hurricane. From my perspective, it's a good trade.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
I was down at the in-laws, and was a little surprised at the number of hummingbirds already here. At least thirty were hovering, or in the landing pattern around their feeders, and being the usual turds they can be. All think it's theirs alone, chase off the others for a short time, and then are overwhelmed by the numbers.
Fall is approaching, which can be a slow process in my neck of the woods. Temps are still in the mid nineties, and the humidity will drown a house fly. Still, it won't be long until we get a front, and the relief of cooler weather will arrive.
Friday, September 3, 2021
I was listening to a conversation, and the conversation was about the Three Gorges Dam in China. One individual said it had collapsed, which I think would become a huge news item.
I went to Google Earth, typed in the search requirements, and was rewarded with a satellite photo of the dam taken in March this year. As I zoomed in, something odd about the dam caught my attention. I looked at the surrounding area, which showed the usual, although fuzzy images of objects, such as trees, or small buildings. The damn looks like a 3D cad drawing.
Go look for yourself. I find it interesting, and wonder why the photo has a computer generated dam. Security? Or is it really gone?
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Hurricane Ida, like all hurricanes of that magnitude, caused substantial damage, and the ignorance abounds after the event. Comments on news reports are full of the usual anger about government rebuilding with public money, and the damning of the individuals that live in in hurricane prone areas.
Government assistance ends after one claim. Help from FEMA, which doesn't allow enough money to rebuild, requires those that were helped to acquire insurance, or take the chance they won't have damage in the future. Otherwise, since there have been enough major hurricanes along the Gulf Coast over the last twenty years, the rebuilding costs are mostly covered by insurance. The same goes for flood prone areas. The result of this is either relocation by individuals, or the demand new buildings follow strict building codes, and hefty insurance costs.
In the end, damage from hurricanes leads to higher real estate values. If there is a known economic advantage to rebuilding, it will happen. Property that is no longer viable for development is abandoned. This can lead to pricey vacation property, and the cottage industries that supply those with enough money to invest in the real estate. Businesses in these areas already know the stakes, and stay because the demand for their services outweighs the risks. The costs to stay are included in the prices.
Another thing: People stay where they know the area, or cherish their hometown. Generations of families may continue their heritage, or keep a family business thriving for those that either enjoy a hurricane prone area, or have work that demands the proximity to the coast. Usually, these types of people are more self-sufficient, have strong family roots, and really don't care what anyone else thinks. They don't ask for any special favors, and can take care of their own. Belittling them shows ignorance, and a lack of character.
Monday, August 30, 2021
After years of watching the different hurricanes, and the data buoy information, I've found the winds reported on the news don't match the winds of the data buoys. Sure, sustained winds can be over one hundred miles per hour, but none of the data of the buoys show winds as high as reported by the government, or the media.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm suspicious of anything coming from the government, or the media. If someone can clarify why the buoys are so far off, Id sure appreciate the information.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
The suicide bombing in Afghanistan, from what I've seen, wasn't an act sanctioned by the Taliban. Considering how they've operated in the past, there will be hell to pay by those that coordinated the bombing. They seem to have some kind of honor code, which leads to tribal warfare, and civil war.
Time will tell how this works out, but the past reveals the resolution won't be by talking.
Friday, August 27, 2021
The current problems in the capitol have given me thought: What contingency plan is in the play book of the military for a worst case scenario? By worst case, I envision the lack of a President, Vice President, and Congress in disarray. The House Speaker will be the next in line, but their power will be limited to what the military allows. Congress would become a clown show of magnificent proportions.
I'm sure there is a protocol somewhere that specifies the accession of duties of military leaders, and how the country will be protected during a crises of such magnitude, but doubt many are privy to the process. The entire country will basically return to what it was before the government was created. The military would focus on security for the nation, and politics would probably be ignored, if the politics were in violation of the mandates of protecting the nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. How that would be defined is the big question. Would the military do what's right? Or, would the military be subverted by foreign influence?
It's obvious Biden is a danger to the United States. While the media, and many in government, ignored his ties to foreign influence, it's there, and they have him by the short hairs. Harris is nothing but a one trick pony, and her hiding in Southeast Asia speaks volumes on her ability to run a country. In a way, it's dangerous times for the United States. In another, it might be the best thing that ever happened since the corruption by foreign money, and the greed of politicians.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The dermatologist's office set my appointment in early September. I know what's coming, which will involve some surgery, and whatever processes are necessary. Hopefully, there won't be the need for skin grafts, but if that's what it takes, that's what will happen.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Our military has been full of men with honor in the past. I'm sure their still are, but the current higher ranking officials have shown they'll ignore their oaths, and allow U.S. citizens to be terrorized by stone-age criminals with an agenda to destroy the modern world. How this ends will not be good, and they should be shot for their cowardice.
Friday, August 20, 2021
Those in the medical profession are trained to observe, and make decisions on medical treatments. This, to anyone with some logical thinking would cause some alarm, when those professionals have the largest percentage of individuals refusing to take the Covid 19 supposed vaccination. Why would they hesitate? What about the injection concerns them?
From my viewpoint, the answer is simple: there's the possibility of something dangerous happening after injections, and the injection offers no protection from the virus its supposed to prevent. That should cause some alarm, especially when thousands of medical professionals were fired for refusing the injection. To them, the injection is so dangerous, they're willing to take on financial problems to be safe.
There are many different sources that warn of the problems of the injection, and those trying to share this information can have their social media accounts suspended for their effort. This should be more than a concern, and those promoting the injection should be recognized as being foolish in their haste, and their efforts as dangerous.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban, which the U.S. furnished with weapons at one time, and then after years of training with aid, the U.S. sent thousands of young military members to kill in a fashion that resembles a horrible science experiment gone wrong. The private sector military complex made billions, politicians were rewarded with monetary gain, and the entire mess was financed by the hard earned taxes confiscated by the government.
Next, we'll see the tyranny of the Taliban whip the populace back in line. Sharia law will be upheld with violence, and many will suffer horrible deaths. It's how they live, and they don't care what the rest of the world thinks. They've suffered through invasions throughout history, and two of the most powerful nations in the world left in disgrace for their meddling.
Eventually, the country will return to the tribal conflicts that leave the country in constant turmoil. Those willing to throw decency to the wind will take advantage of the poppy crops and reap huge fortunes. The tribal politics will demand constant retribution for supposed infractions by others, and violence will be the method of solving all perceived problems.
New reports show China is entertaining the idea of relations with Afghanistan. They might be successful in their endeavors, since they've practiced ruthless methods for centuries. It might be the big change for the country, and the citizens that never really moved past the times of the past will find the same results of the rulers of the past. The carnage will be terrible to see, and the population will be reduced to numbers that will take centuries to replace.
Sunday, August 8, 2021
There's a huge pile of pork floating around Congress, and most of them are not reading the bill. They have huge staffs to do that for them, which makes me wonder why the hell they're even up there; except that's their job. When it finally is determined how much more they need to increase the heat on the frogs, Biden will skip his nap to sign the bill into law. Of course, he has no idea where he is, much less on what's in the piles of paper demanding more money from taxpayers; with interest. A less polite society would have millions standing in line to start the tar and feather process.
At 5:30 in the morning, it's usually quiet, but on most days, there is the occasional car engine starting, the rumble of a truck up on the highway, or the sound of a train in the distance. This morning - maybe because it's Sunday - it's extra quiet.
I was sitting on the porch, when I started listening to the local roosters starting their crowing. The usual close neighbor roosters started, but as I listened, more started, and as I started counting, I soon reached a count of 12 separate roosters crowing. It was as though they were communicating....maybe they were.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Employers that mandate the Covid vaccine will be liable for any adverse effects, since they mandated the jab as part of a workplace requirement. I suppose worker's comp will cover the costs of treatment, but as all employers know, claims increase rates, and high rates can remove an ability to compete, or make a profit. Employers can try to skate liability by offering incentives for voluntary injections, but the duress is really still there, and any pressure on employees can be construed as workplace harassment.
So, what will happen? I don't know, but the manufacturers of the vaccine have no liabilities, and the insurance companies can use the leverage of increased rates to cover additional costs. When you add the possibility of death due to a company's decision, the tort sharks will circle, and have a feeding frenzy.
This will be interesting to watch, but I have a feeling the bankruptcy courts might find increased business.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
With all the information being presented that contradicts the mandates embraced by the politicians, who will be the first group of attorneys that have big enough cojones to sue the crap out of some deep pocket company? It's a huge profit possibility, and I can't believe there isn't some brilliant attorney out there willing to be the first. Millions have, and will, be harmed for either taking, or refusing to take, the supposed vaccine. The class action suit can't be ignored, and the Supreme Court will either confirm the suspicion they're nothing but rubber stamps for Communists in the government, or shine for upholding the rights mandated by the Constitution. Either way, they'll be forced to show their true intentions.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Local rags are proclaiming the supposed variant of Covid is as contagious as Chicken Pox. Really? Is that why so many illegal aliens are crossing the border unchecked? Are the feds that incompetent, or are they that corrupt? There are no other answers to these questions, except "both are true".
Today is supposed to be a repeat of the last few days. With official temperatures in the mid nineties, and humidity running around 60%, the heat index will be in the triple digits. That's when sweat doesn't dry, and body temperatures rise to the danger point. It's brutal on the ill-prepared, and can kill.
I don't miss working on days like these. In the past, when pouring concrete, there was no relief from the sun, and heat. Regardless of how I felt, the concrete had to be finished in the proper sequence, and neglecting the task would lead to a ruined pour. That was expensive, and unforgivable.
So, I'll take my time with any outdoor tasks, relish the ability to just say no, and enjoy the day.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
The Tenth Amendment is specific about the rights of the states, and the people. It specifically states that anything not specified in the Constitution are reserved to the states, or the people. This a powerful part of the Constitution, since it removes the federal government from wandering beyond the bounds specifically described. While some may misconstrue the amendment as pertaining only to states, it also pertains to the people, which have just as much power, if the meddling of the federal government is contrary to beliefs, or rights enumerated in the Constitution.
The current Covid debacle is a good example of the failure of many states from the overreach of the U.S. government. Regardless of the personal opinions of politicians, or bureaucrats, each state, and their citizens, have sole authority on whether they want to follow the guidelines of the CDC, or any other federal entity. It's a right specified in the Constitution, and the blind following of the supposed authorities led to financial distress, the loss of loved ones, and opening the door to tyrannical actions by bureaucrats.
I'm seeing signs of a strong unwillingness to accept more mandates from those that are using corrupt science to pursue more power. That's a good thing, and those that attempt to remove a person's ability to work should be warned, and punished, regardless of whether they are a public, or private entity. Every person has a right of autonomy, and liberty when it comes down to personal health decisions. Being skeptical of an experimental medication, and those that recommend useless masks, is a right, and forcing either by duress, or imprisonment is, in my opinion, illegal.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Supposedly, those worried about Covid are vaccinated to prevent them becoming ill from the virus. That, and those that have supposedly had the disease won't get it again....but...those that had the disease are still becoming ill from a supposed new variant. That, and in supposed areas of high disease rates, everyone is now being recommended to wear a mask. To make things worse, people that refuse to be injected with what any rational scientist would call an experimental medication, are now being vilified, or are being forced to take the injection to keep their job. It's really amazing, but what is more amazing is the high level of stupidity being exposed by the entire response to Covid.
Meanwhile, for those paying attention, all other illnesses are becoming more scarce, although there is no rational explanation for the lowered rates. Logic says the only reason for this is a misdiagnosis, a falsification of death reports, financial gain for those that figured out how to game the system for some quick cash, or all of the above.
I think logical thinking took the last train out, and dumbassery will certainly take over.
Monday, July 26, 2021
It's glaringly apparent the last Presidential election was corrupted by illegal methods. It's just as apparent that the current President wasn't elected as prescribed by law, and shouldn't be in office. That, according to those that like to obfuscate with B.S., is an event that is not described in the Constitution, and we should spend billions litigating, while the current madness continues.
What should be done? Ignore the fact the Constitution doesn't have a remedy for this unique situation, and do what is right. Kick the scumbags out of office, prosecute those involved with the chicanery of corrupting the last election, and hang all necessary traitors as soon as possible. It's an easy solution, and the majority of the good people in the country agree. Today is a good day to start the process.
So, who will be President? That's another easy solution. Trump won legally, and all B.S. litigation won't change that fact.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
I wonder how scientists allowed their profession to become the way it now is perceived. Instead of respecting the effort to provide accurate data, people are becoming skeptical to the point that is unhealthy. That, and to make things worse, too many people are not willing to do even a little research to determine what's reported has actual science to back up claims. Anthropogenic climate change is one glaring example of this. Those skeptical have good reason for their belief, and those unwilling to weed through the information embrace the cult with enthusiasm.
Time will tell how this all works out, but with the current Covid hysteria, things appear to becoming worse.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
I've watched cities, both big and small, spend beyond their means for decades. Most are suffering from their foolishness, and the results terrible. Infrastructure fails, crime increases, taxes increase, the inept hire their inept families in created positions, and the schools are high dollar failed efforts to teach children that have horribly ignorant parents.
Can they go bankrupt? Sure, and I doubt the final results are contemplated by those affected. Funds are allocated by a judge, and the creditors with the most money involved can vote for a plan that substantially reduces the amount owed, but allows some recovery of their lost revenue. Bond holders, that loaned money, when there was not enough available to pay for the rainbow bubbly, have a large amount of money involved, and will get their money. Those that supply city basic necessities also will receive their money. Pensioners? They may find they're last in line, since their payment has always only been a promise on an underfunded account.
Regardless of the smoke and mirrors involved, bankruptcies are Federal litigation, and citizens of cities involved may find they're just collateral damage, since they are ultimately responsible for their city officials. Their ignorance becomes their sentence, and the financial punishment is severe.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Some Cubans - and there are many - are protesting the treatment from their government. Their Communist leaders, who live a life of luxury on their backs, can't allow the protest, so they will use terror, murder, torture, and long confinement to punish those that dare to not allow them to forever keep their slaves. It always happens, and the world will watch in silence. The world watched in silence as the same people were starved, denied medical care, and subjugated to tyranny.
About a month ago, when we had some really hot days, I noticed my AC was running more than it should. That concerned me, so I took a look at my condenser unit outside. The coils needed cleaning, so I did, and was rewarded with a more efficient unit, and the knowledge I did something that would extend the life of my air conditioner.
The evaporator coils inside needed some cleaning, but what surprised me was the amount of pollen the filters didn't catch, and had adhered to the coils. Some of the spray cleaner available from the box stores handled the cleaning. With how accessible the coils are, I only had to spray on the cleaner, turn the AC back on, and allow the cleaner to perform its magic on its own. As the coils condensated, the cleaner, and grime, were rinsed into the drain pan.
Since then, I've cleaned both of my sister-in-law's units, which probably will help on their electric bills. The coils were surprisingly dirty, and over time, would have shortened the life of their units, which should last decades, if properly maintained.
So, why am I writing this post? It's to make people aware of how a one hour job can lead to years of more use for an air conditioner. I never knew this, until my years of neglect on a unit lead to an early demise, and an expensive replacement. The task is simple, and the good cleansers are available at any HVAC wholesale store. Even if you pay a technician, the cost is a small percentage of the price of a new AC system.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
I can, and will, be up at different times of the night. The regular shows end, and the television hucksters abound. They smile, expound the wonderfulness of their products, and hope you will share their enthusiasm. Some of the wares are crap.
There's an airless painter that will paint a wall in hours. How do I know this? By watching the commercial. I'm sure many won't recognize how abysmally slow the painter is, unless they've picked up a brush during their life. When you take in account the weight of the machine, someone that doesn't want to spend a decade painting their house will go buy a roller frame, some rollers, and a pan.
Another fine product is a small circular saw that can cut up to 1/2 inch material....if you have the rest of your life to cut. Not only is it slow, it's terribly expensive for how little it can do. I'm sure there are a few thousand of these things sitting on a shelf, or sitting on a table at a yard sale. Anyone that want's to get something accomplished would have abandoned what is basically a toy a long time ago.
My favorite is the air brush for putting on makeup. The results are spectacular, but I wonder how long the results would last in our 70% humidity. I can imagine the embarrassment when the powder starts running, and the user is out on a date.
Exercise machines make me scratch my head. They're expensive, and usually end up cluttering a room. Everyone I know that has one stopped using the machine after only a short period of time. Many can be found at garage sales, and and observation of the seller tells me that weren't really that serious about getting into shape.
There are other things: special cooking devices, air fryers, pasta machines....the list goes on. All have free shipping, if you're one of the first fifty people to make a purchase. Considering how this part of the deal is always available, I wonder if they'll ever sell their first fifty. Operators are waiting for your call...and probably bored.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Trump is lead representative in class action suits against some tech giants. The reaction is across the board, including those clamoring to become part of the suits, and those discounting the suits as a waste of time. It's interesting, but may be a tremendous lesson in civics.
Discovery will take time, but considering the years of censorship, Trump has a treasure trove of evidence that shows the censorship, which is legal by constitutional standards, unless the censorship can directly be shown as collusion between government officials and the tech giants. Then there's not only civil penalties, there are criminal penalties for using the color of law, or public position, to deny constitutional rights. The discovery might be more than enlightening, and if the evidence is indefensible, the smoke and mirrors of the defendants will only be more support of the suits.
Trump has an advantage, since he filed suit in Florida, which isn't a bastion of liberal judges like in Washington D.C., and New York. Not only are the judges more conservative, the jurors are too. The path of appeals is also to his advantage. The Fifth Circuit is the federal appeals court, and it's far from liberal. with the path to the Supreme Court to his advantage, and compelling evidence to support his suits, the tech giants might find the civil penalties are more than severe.
When you add the fact the tech giants are totally dependent on those that use their services, a large amount of people stopping to use their services will add to the financial burden of defending what could become a destructive law suit. That, and if the suit is lost, those that supported them over the years might find a financial bonus.
This will be interesting to watch. From my perspective, the effort to silence Trump over the years proved an effort to prevent information from being available for a thoughtful vote. That's not healthy for a good society, and those involved with the subterfuge should be exposed, and punished.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Reports are surfacing of damaged concrete in the columns holding up the condo in Miami. This explains much, and makes me wonder.
I worked for years in the concrete construction industry. The work consisted of every aspect of concrete, including the rehabilitation, and demolition of concrete exposed to salt water. The reports state the concrete was spalling, and reinforcement was exposed.
Concrete is a brittle, and dangerous construction material without reinforcement. Where the reinforcement rod can displace a load, without the "rebar", a crack can lead to the complete failure of the concrete. The failure can be as little as a chipped edge, or as severe as a structural column failing. Both damages are preventable, but the most critical step is in the initial construction. The rebar needs to be far enough into the concrete to be removed from the exposure of the elements. Normally, this is one and one half inch, but in extreme environments, it's increased to three inches.
The spalls in the reports indicate only one thing: The rebar was exposed to moisture and started rusting, Eventually the rust became so severe, the swelling of the rust caused the concrete to spall away from the reinforcement, and the exposed rebar lost structural integrity without the concrete for stiffening.. With structural components, this is a sign of a possible catastrophic failure, and a wise engineer will inform the owner of the necessity of removing enough of the concrete in a small area to determine the structural capability of the rebar. If there is enough deterioration, the load rating of the structure is lowered to accommodate the reduced strength. This is good for bridges, but with a tall building, the structure itself is the major load, and a sufficient reduction in the concrete strength requires removing occupants until the building can be rehabilitated (probably too expensive) or demolished.
There are multiple ways to repair concrete, but only two basic methods:
One method is to remove the spalled concrete, clean the rebar with only surface rust, and applying a coat of repair grout. This method is costly, since the removal requires small chipping guns, abrasive cleaning, and preparation of the good substrate for new cementitious material. That, and the expensive methods to gain access to the damaged concrete. Some areas might be at ground level, but others may require scaffolding, or barges. The repair grouts are expensive, and can cost over a thousand dollars a cubic yard.
The other method, which is required for severely damaged concrete, requires removing the damaged concrete, removing and replacing the damaged rebar, and placing a fiberglass jacket around the concrete. The oversized jacket is then filled with either a high strength grout, special designed concrete, or and epoxy that has a sand filler. Usually, the jacket remains in place. If there is no clearance to allow this construction, false work has to be placed, the damaged structural component is removed, and a new concrete structure is placed. Retrofitting in this environment is a nightmare, and has an unreasonable cost. With the expensive materials added, such repairs are usually only performed on exposed concrete structures, such as a dock.
There are variations of both types of repairs, and combinations of both. The best construction methods prevent the corrosion by the application of coatings on the concrete. The coatings, which some only allow moisture and block salt, let the concrete "breathe". The elastomeric coating doesn't allow salt to penetrate the barrier, while allowing the moisture to transfer through the membrane. The best coatings are flexible, and don't crack with the movement of the concrete. All add costs, and are avoided, unless absolutely required.
The report of exposed rebar, and spalling concrete would have concerned me, if I was asked my opinion. Without being able to determine the extent of the damage, and the fact people were living above this damaged column, if I was asked for my suggestions, I doubt they would have acted on my suggestion, and evacuated the building, since the lost revenue would have been astounding.
So, how did the building get to this level of disrepair without someone raising a red flag? That's the big question, since the failure led to multiple fatalities. Was the city informed? Were those informed aware of the danger, and if so, why didn't they act to prevent this disaster?
If I had to guess, there were a lot of people crossing their fingers, and hoping for the best. The owner would hope they could keep on collecting revenue, and eventually sell the property. The city officials would hope their head turning would allow them to retire in the future, and the engineering firm would hope their inaction, or sloppy inspection, would never come to light. My experience tells me this is probably what happened, since that's what usually does happen.
I have to add to this post to add information that is now becoming available.
According to newest news reports, the HOA was informed of the damages, and the property owners have dragged their feet, due to the tremendous costs involved. The wait, and further analysis of dangerous conditions, allowed the damage to reach the point of failure.
One report said that a remediation contractor refused to repair some damage after preliminary work exposed structural members corroded beyond repair. I can understand their concern, since the change requires a detailed new engineering analysis, a new bid, and the consent of the owners for the work. Such things usually take months, if not years, and the slow monster of the city has to approve everything.
What I don't understand is how the building was allowed to be occupied after the contractor pulled off the job. At that point, the danger was not theorized, and became apparent. Failing to act, or hiding the information, is unconscionable.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The projections of the next Federal election abound. The contenders, possible outcomes, polarizing, opinions, and posturing fill the "news" with straw poll numbers. Of course, the experts weigh in, and all forget one thing: the last election was filled with fraud. So, unless this changes, those that count the votes will decide; not the citizens.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
I've had some projects over the last few weeks. The weed trimmer was one. That, and building a small fence around the rose bed to keep the ducks from tearing up the roots to build a nest. The day before yesterday was one I'd never done, which proved to be enlightening.
My wife, and I, decided our porch needed something more than a box fan for keeping a breeze. We decided on a ceiling fan, which required some research. The one important thing, which turned out to be the final determination, was having a junction box rated for a ceiling fan. After removing some items, I found a stamp on the box stating the box was indeed rated for a ceiling fan weight. So, the project was on.
The fan came with everything, except the two screw to hold the fan bracket on the junction box. The existing screws were too long, so I had to go to the hardware store for shorter screws, which were too short. My wife made a trip, while I sorted out the parts, and waited to install the hanger bracket.
The bracket was fairly easy, except on a ladder, with a small workspace, made it tedious. Even more tedious was placing the fan motor, and connecting the wires. One good thing was the amount of wire included. Cutting it just long enough to place the motor on the top of the ladder, while I connected the wires allowed an easy connection, and the base allowed storage for all the excess wire.
The fan brackets were only had two screws, and the snap on plastic fans allowed placing the brackets without the blades. Completing the entire project took about an hour, but my inexperience, and studying time, stretched it to two hours. That was plenty long enough, since it was 95 on the porch, and the heat was catching up with me.
The difference is notable. A moving breeze allows any cooler exterior air to balance out the hot air on the porch. It's still hot, but when the sun is low, or set, the cool air allows time to sit on the porch. That's when relatives will come to visit, and we can enjoy the evening with something to drink.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Lack of trust causes many things, but one of the worst is the final result of the original dishonesty. No matter if those dishonest turn away from their dishonesty, trust will never be returned. That's where we are. Enough fraud is presented about the last election to demand accountability, yet those content with the outcome are convinced there's no reason to not trust those involved; regardless of how absurd their argument has become. They don't realize they've chosen sides, and the outcome won't have any "oh gosh" moments. The trust is gone, dishonesty is rampant, and tens of millions are seething with anger that can't be removed with words. The die is cast.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Biden is supposed to meet with Putin. So, what can happen, when a former ruthless KGB official, with military training, meets an elderly, demented, lifetime politician without any legislative history, except raising taxes on the elderly? I think anyone that has some ability for rational thinking knows this won't go well for Biden, or the United States. Maybe we can convince them to drop Biden off somewhere in Europe instead of bringing him back.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Much of what is written below is easily found on the internet with search engines. I didn't post links because I'm lazy this morning.
Biden is attending the G-7 summit, which is euphemistic for the big poker game. Cards are played, faces are examined, and the pot is basically all the money in the world, although the players want you to believe it's not. Backers will be watching; shady characters that don't want the public to know how much they're influencing the players. Fun will be had by all, and Biden will find showing his cards is not a good way to win. That, and if we're lucky, he doesn't go all in with a pair of deuces.
Crime is up in large cities. Regardless of how the problem is spun, the basic problem is people without, want what they didn't earn, and really don't feel bad about killing someone in the process. Of course, the police are part of this problem, since they don't want to work in these large cities. I wouldn't either. Crime pays, law enforcement becomes the plaything of politicians, and honest officers realize Mayberry is a much nicer place to work.
Someone will pay 28 million dollars to take a trip in space with Jeff Bezos. I think this person is flat out nuts. Jeff Bezos? Couldn't they pick someone else?
Lumber prices are out of sight. That, and home prices are grossly inflated. What can go wrong with this?
The audit continues in Arizona. The results will be interesting, if not outright entertaining. I have some popcorn, and recommend staying armed.
A lobster diver was swallowed by a humpback whale. Most find this hard believe. I feel the same.
The Southern Baptists are disagreeing on their future. For that matter, most all denominations are doing the same. This makes me wonder, since the rule book is concise, and the rules are basic. Maybe they should read the rules. The penalties are harsh for not doing so.
The Covid fiasco continues, with a huge push to get everyone an injection of a serum made in a hurry, without long term testing, for an illness with results far below what any rational scientist would call a pandemic, and there is no legal recourse for anyone that is harmed. If this doesn't fit the description of insanity, then nothing does.
Congress is in full swing. As usual, there is enough posturing to cause nausea. The media drools over the progress, believes some great thing is happening, and ignores the fact the only arguments are about spending more money; not how to spend less.
Texas is proposing to build it's own border wall. I think it's a good idea, but shouldn't stop at Mexico. Ignorant Yankees are sure screwing up the local economy, and I'm suspicious of the motives of some. I'd sleep better knowing they have to jump through hoops to come to Texas.
It's hot around here. Too hot for this early. Usually, that means an extra hot Gulf of Mexico, which means a larger chance of some kind of tropical system. What happens is to be seen, but I'm doing everything I can to avoid staying in it.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
It's obvious the current administration isn't qualified to run the United States. Biden has mental problems, and Harris is as the epitome of EEO madness over the last five decades. Neither is actually in charge, and those running the country are running it like having someone drive blindfolded, while a person gives instruction from the back seat. Something has to change, and what will it be?
Personally, I see Harris taken out of the picture first. She's a cackling imbecile, and continuing to let her stay in her position will lead to disaster for the puppeteers. How this happens remains to be seen, but she's too much of a liability.
Biden can keep his low profile, and the media will continue to cover his constant inabilities. They'll push paper in front of him, he'll sign the papers without any real understanding of what he's signing, and the cringe worthy moments of public appearances will be avoided, or downplayed by the media.
The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to continue allowing the Chinese to run the show, and allow the deep state to manipulate the government; including the military. That's well in play, and over time, they will continue to allow us to "rent", while they continue to buoy their economy with our money. Over time, they'll destroy the Constitution, and eventually have unbridled control.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
It's 80 degrees this morning, the humidity is 94%, and there is no dew. According to the weather folks, the chance of rain is 20%. Otherwise, it's going to be a brutal day; if I want to work in the yard. I might, but I'll work really slow, and drink plenty of liquids.
If we get a shower, it will be one of those brief, heavy showers, with plenty of lightning, and gusty wind.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
I wrote about my annual property tax assessment in this post. I received a letter, and some of the assessor's "evidence" a few weeks later. The letter - the reaction after I protested my assessment - had the date, and time, for my hearing. That happened last week.
The hearing was by telephone, so I was rewarded with the noises of shuffling, multiple voices, and the fading of voices, when the speaker turned away from the microphone. Of course I couldn't see them. That guarantees no recognition if we happen to bump into each other at the grocery store.
It was a brief hearing, with explanations, and how the evidence they provided indicates that the property in the photos is their reason for the assessment value. I countered that the real estate market is inflated, and the prices are not an actual value, and even if I wanted to sell my home, I don't think I could receive the appraised value. Also, I stated it sure looks like the state, and the county, are giving themselves a 10% raise on my fixed income. They countered with they are mandated to appraise at a high percentage of the market value. They used the word "they", so I asked who "they" is. Who is they? The state of Texas.
I told them I call such things extortion. I don't think they liked that, but there is no better description. The crime family needs more money, they demand you pay, or they break your leg, which with public entities, they do worse. They take your home, and if you don't leave, they throw your possessions to the curb, and threaten to send a bill, and a trash truck, if you don't move it.
So, there you are. If you don't quite understand how a civilized society can reach such levels of depravity, you now have an example. The overlords speak, the minions cower, and the citizens are tyrannized.
The hearing ended with a motion to end the hearing, and the assurance I would have a written determination shortly. I have a feeling they didn't reduce the assessment. What's worse is that I have no hope there will be one. Public entities have no integrity, and those we elect are only bagmen for those with enough money to buy politicians.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
I have a Stihl FS74 line trimmer. Made in the early 90's, it was a commercial grade trimmer, and much better than the "throwaway" trimmers I bought before. It's been a good machine, and basically trouble free, until late last summer.
After a few minutes of running, it would die. If I let it sit for a short period of time, it would start again, run for a few minutes and die again. It sufficed for being late in the season, and I knew I would need to find the problem.
Three weeks ago, I removed the tank, changed the fuel lines, and the filter. It started right up, ran for a few minutes and died. To make things worse, gas was dripping from the carburetor. Knowing I either had to rebuild the carburetor, or replace it, I did some web searching for what I needed.
I found a new carburetor, with gaskets, filter, fuel line, primer bulb, and a spark plug for about 20 dollars. I was hesitant to buy online, but thought if it wasn't right, the twenty wouldn't be a big loss. I spent the same amount on the new filter, and fuel line from the Stihl dealer.
The kit came in, I installed the carburetor, primed it, and held my breath. A few pulls and it started, but died, when I tried to speed up the engine. A little adjustment of the jets, and a long afternoon of trimming showed the problems were fixed, and maybe...I can get another thirty years out of the machine. I'll have to cross my finger, because they quit manufacturing it a long, long time ago, and some parts might not be available in the future.
Friday, June 4, 2021
I don't like fire ants. They have a purpose, but not in my yard. They build mounds, and give me a target.
There are two basic types of insecticides for fire ants. One type is placed on the mound, some require watering after application, and the mound is supposed to die within a short period of time. I found it works, but only for a short period of time, unless rain is immanent. The poison is extremely toxic to the ants, and sometimes doesn't kill the queen. The ants will migrate, and a new mound will be formed.
The other is a bait. Instead of placing it on the mound, it's scattered around the mound, and best if the mound is not disturbed. The ants will forage in the morning, and evening, bring the bait into the mound, and eventually all are killed; including the queen. This one I like, since the final result is complete eradication of the colony. It takes day, but the ants are eventually terminated.
At the start of this season, I had around a dozen fairly large mounds in the yard. With a little effort, I only will find an occasional small mound. Usually this happens after a rain event, and I think the ants are from somewhere else. Large mounds can have swarms of ants leaving, and they can fly a substantial distance.
For those that don't know fire ants, they have a stinger like a wasp, which they use to kill anything they perceive as an attacker. Stand on a mound, and within seconds, hundreds of stinging ants will swarm up your leg, and start stinging. The stings leave painful pustules that can become infected. That, and some are allergic to the venom, which can lead to anaphylactic shock. Enough of the venom, and even the strongest can succumb. We had a local motel find a guest swarming with ants, and the report said they are what killed the man.
After years of watching fire ants, I realized our highway system was instrumental in their spread. The highway is full of dead insects, trash with food, and road kill. The mowed edges, abundance of food, and unimpeded spread are a perfect environment for the ants. Over time, they've now reached any parts of the U.S. where the ground doesn't freeze to a depth that kills the ants.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
In order to continue the narrative that the Wuhan Virus is really, really dangerous, Fauci will be sacrificed to continue the effort to remove liberty from citizens. It's a standard ploy, and what's sad is how many people will follow the narrative, be stupid with their programmed reaction, and thousands of petty tyrants won't be tarred and feathered for their collusion in the madness. A less polite society would have ended this crap months ago, and some people would be wondering why their punishment is so harsh, and praying we don't vote keel-hauling back in as the accepted form of punishment for such things.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Politics suck. So do the "dynasties" that have corrupted the United States for a long, long time. We've had Roosevelts, Kennedys, Bushes, and their chosen few to allow liberty to be slowly shuffled out the door. Regardless of how the Presidency is supposed to be a separate power, history shows the rest of the powers in government are either minions, or integral parts of the effort to make the nation one that answers to the whims of a ruling class.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
We usually have at least one pair of red belly woodpeckers every year. They rob the feeder for food, fly away, and over time, they will bring their hatchlings to the feeder for food. Eventually, they chase the young ones away, and the cycle starts again next year.
We had an occasional redheaded woodpecker last year. The eventually brought their two youngsters for food, chased them away when they were ready, and they disappeared.
About a month ago, a redheaded woodpecker decided the feeder was in his territory and would chase away the other woodpeckers. As we watched, we realized he would take peanuts, go to the power pole, and push them into crevasses in the wood. The amount was amazing, and if I had to guess, there were over two dozen to be seen.
The day before yesterday, when the redheaded woodpecker was away, the red belly male robbed his peanuts from the pole. He succeeded in taking them all during the day, and the redheaded woodpecker could only chase it away, when he discovered the trespasser in its territory.
Yesterday, the redheaded woodpecker started its hoarding again. There aren't any peanuts to be seen in the crevasses this morning, although I watched it place them during the day. I have the feeling the effort is fruitless, and it's labor will be in vain.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
It's rained for the last five days. Some have only had a brief shower. Others were torrential downpours that left some areas reeling from as much as 18 inches in a few hours. I've seen times like this in the past, so only the true climate cult members can blame it on weed whackers and lawnmowers.
We've only had about 8 inches, but that's been spread out over days. It keeps us from flooding, but those that live where outfalls are located are experiencing the rise of water that cuts off roads and floods homes. Our road can flood, but so far it's not impassable.
According to the weather wizards, we have a few more days of rain, with a chance of heavy rainfall in isolated areas. That can mean little, or for those already flooded, their efforts to clean up the mess may be futile. I feel for them, but many are on their fourth flood. According to news reports, many will call this the last straw and try to sell their home, after they have repaired the damage.
So, it's been an exceptional, but not completely abnormal, Spring. Even a month ago I was wondering if we would have a drought. We've had those too: Dry Springs, with hot, dry Summers. The damage can be as great, since the undergrowth in the woods becomes tinder for unaccompanied fires. The result can lead to thousands of acres, and homes, reduced to ash.
Summer is close, and for the first time in almost fifty years, my work won't demand I suffer in the heat. That's going to be a new experience. I'm looking forward to having the option of staying indoors during the worst of the oppressive heat.