Tuesday, 10 October 2017

09:17 – It was 66.3F (19C) when I took Colin out at 0715, with full overcast and a heavy fog. We ended up getting just short of 5 inches (12.5 cm) of rain.

I got email from a reader asking what I expect to happen on November 4th, when BLM, antifa, and the rest of the racist terrorist groups are calling for “peaceful protests” (i.e., violent riots) across the US, with the goal of driving the Trump administration from power. Yeah, like that’s going to happen.

The short answer is that I’m not expecting much. Pretty much what’s now become commonplace. Rioting/looting/burning in large cities, mainly by blacks and useful-idiot whites, with the cops standing by just watching. Maybe using tear gas and water cannons if things really get out of hand. Lots of property damage, burned police cars, etc., but very few arrests and a low body count.

But this is not a one-day event, and things could escalate. If the rioters restrict themselves to urban centers and blocking highways, it’ll probably just be the usual mess. But if masses of rioters start heading out from the city centers into the suburbs, things could get dicey. Middle-class people expect the police to protect them and their property. If the cops won’t do it, they’ll do it themselves. If something like that develops, there could be a very high body count, most of whom are likely to be progs.

I’d be stunned if anything at all happened in little Sparta. Progs are an endangered species up here in the mountains. The population is overwhelmingly white, conservative, and church-going, and the relatively few blacks and Hispanics generally share the same values.

But November 4th and the days following would be good days to avoid big cities and crowds. Of course, that’s true of any day.

110 thoughts on “Tuesday, 10 October 2017”

  1. Reading the sad tales of the people in Northern California who have lost so much to the fires. I remind everyone to scan all important or at least important to you, documents and back them up in the cloud. If, heaven forbid, my house were to be destroyed, all my family photos, videos, important papers, and memorabilia would be safe in the cloud.
    We can’t protect everything but it only makes sense to protect what we can at such little cost.

  2. A few years ago, when a good friend’s family fled brushfires in SoCal, the thing she most regretted forgetting was the family Bible. Decades of history there, and would burn like tinder. The fire missed them that time.

    They make a ‘thermal safe’ specifically for Bibles, but I’m not sure it is thick enough to actually do anything. Better to get a used fire safe filing cabinet cheap at an office furniture store. They are good for guns and ammo too.

    n

  3. When we lived in the hills of Mill Valley CA (Marin County), one of our neighbors had installed lawn sprinkler heads on piping running on his roof ridgeline and under the eaves of his house to spray the roof and walls. Good protection as long as the water held out.

  4. November 4th I’ll be here and Mrs. OFD will be in New Zealand. Both of us fah, fah, from antifa antics.

    Another gorgeous day with sun, blue skies and that colorful New England foliage thing.

  5. Mrs. OFD will be in New Zealand

    I am jelous. Lived there three years and if I’d of had any sense I’d of stayed. Was about to file for permanent residency when I lost my marbles and decided to move to DC instead. The worst part of NZ was the single payer health care but shortly after we left they realized the flaws and added private insurance option.

    Wellington is the most plesant and walkable capital city and Aukland has all the advantages of a “big city” without most of the problems.

    Visited there a couple of years ago but can’t retire there because they have REAL immigration laws and won’t take anyone over 55 without $1 million (NZD) investment. Sigh.

  6. 75F and 70%RH this am…

    Need to get some stuff done today. Those veg aren’t gonna plant themselves. And the last of the attic stuff for the closet needs to be done before it gets super hot.

    n

  7. She’s only staying a week, at an AirBnB house and that will be another item off her “bucket list,” I guess. I don’t have one of those. And she’s paying for it with her Jeopardy money. Looks like she’ll combine the return trip via Sodom-on-the-Bay with a several-days’ visit to the grandkids, assuming the state hasn’t burned down by then. She and MIL have seen the kids/grandkids MUCH more often out there than they ever did here in Vermont or Maffachufetts.

  8. Millionaire thugs doing mass virtue-signaling with MSM accomplices. As the NFL loses money hand over fist, ticket sales, viewers, and is now at dead last for pro sports popularity.

    Nice work, bozos, and I’m looking at you, thugs, and you, owners. You’ve just gang-tackled yourselves and won’t be getting up soon; OUT for the season, like J.J. Watts and Odell Beckham, Jr. and Julian Edelman (completely torn ACL, yikes. But an $11 million contract).

  9. Millionaire thugs doing mass virtue-signaling with MSM accomplices. As the NFL loses money hand over fist, ticket sales, viewers, and is now at dead last for pro sports popularity.

    Disney ran the “Star Wars” trailer during the game last night. Was it an example of “corporate synergy” or a cheap ratings stunt?

  10. I never liked American football. Probably because I was forced to play it as an uncoordinated kid, and got trampled into the mud a few too many times.

    Regardless, the players apparently think that people care about their political views. They are much mistaken – people care about seeing them perform their tricks. Why would anyone care what they think? Expensive mistake, that…

    Of course, the same can be said of Hollywood. I cannot imagine why anyone cares what some actor or actress things. Apparently, they make a big deal of their political positions at various awards ceremonies. Yawn…didn’t watch, don’t care.

    On a vaguely related note: I find it a real shame that the top athletes are paid millions, while athletes only marginally less gifted are paid basically nothing. For the NFL, a bit of surfing turns up the highest salary at over $31 million, and the average salary at around $2 million. Meanwhile, playing for some “development” league that might let you get noticed by the big teams, you get $50k per year. Seems to me that the sport (indeed, any sport) would be a lot more interesting if this skew were massively reduced. It would give a larger field of “up and coming” players a better chance.

  11. if this skew were massively reduced

    Odd how there doesn’t seem to be much outcry over this disparity, unlike the outcry over the disparity between CEO pay and custodian pay.

  12. I guess I’m pretty much done with sportsball; I’ve learned my lesson, and if I can recover from this latest malady, I plan on getting outside a lot more, like wife and I used to do up here.

    More from the Chit We Can’t Do Chit About Department:

    https://forwardobserver.com/2017/10/syria-has-essentially-turned-into-an-iranian-base/

    Things are heating up nicely in the Middle East and the north Pacific. None of this bodes well. Stay tuned, sportsfans.

  13. I never liked American football. Probably because I was forced to play it as an uncoordinated kid, and got trampled into the mud a few too many times.

    DITTO. Living in the rest of the world we came to enjoy real Football (soccer). No long pause between plays, no helmets, no pads, just teamwork and skill and all action.

  14. “…unlike the outcry over the disparity between CEO pay and custodian pay.”

    Or the cacophony for decades now about the infamous “glass ceiling.”

    At GE Healthcare, there were roughly 21-23 levels between us IT drones and Jeffrey Immelt. At IBM over four years ago there were maybe 7 between us and Ginni the Engineer, with the Rose-Marie hairdo.

  15. “Seems to me that the sport (indeed, any sport) would be a lot more interesting if this skew were massively reduced. It would give a larger field of “up and coming” players a better chance.”

    The same could be said about corporate and board room compensation. And an end to golden parachutes, most of those who have recently got them deserve a golden shower by the stock holders, particularly the ones who cannot buy voting shares.

  16. At GE Healthcare, there were roughly 21-23 levels between us IT drones and Jeffrey Immelt. At IBM over four years ago there were maybe 7 between us and Ginni the Engineer, with the Rose-Marie hairdo.

    I saw stories within the last few weeks that IBM crossed a point where the number of Indian employees exceeded the US headcount.

  17. Yes, IBM’s vaunted Indian subcontinent drones outnumber Murkan drones now. Ain’t dat sweet? There are other swarms of IBM drones in Slovkia and Mexico, but the same PHB manglers are still there down at the Williston-Essex Junction plantation and down and over in the Vampire State around Armonk and Peekskill and East Fishkill.

    And Mr. DadCooks is right on the money about those deserved golden showers, as with the recent execs bailing from Equifax and countless others over the decades.

    And the VA got back to me within the promised hour from the “triage” personnel; yet another appointment down in Burlap tomorrow AM with a different MD, as my PCD is “out for the week.” I will insist on an out-of-network consult with a neurologist and maybe an orthopedic surgeon, as I am being a good do-bee and doing the chiropractic and PT stuff and have touched the various bases for two years now. Before this chit gets any worse.

    Looks like school is going on the back burner; I gotta get this dealt with one way or another ASAP.

  18. Odd how there doesn’t seem to be much outcry over this disparity

    As is the disparity between the skin color of the participants. People demand racial equality at work or in the movies where people of all color must be represented equally regardless of the ability to perform. Yet in pro sports that seems to be completely ignored to the point that many college and pro basketball teams are entirely shaded in one color.

  19. Disparities amid diversity….yeah, it’s alliteration, an Anglo-Saxon attribute…

    So many contradictions among the Left it’s truly awesome that they can keep track of them all and not be dismayed or confounded by them. When you point them out, they shriek and scream and curse and threaten. Sorta like little kids having tantrums.

  20. But an $11 million contract

    Only if the contract was guaranteed. Very few contracts are guaranteed, especially for the full amount.

  21. OFD, I have the solution to your back troubles: You need to stretch everything out and let it all pop into place. Lucky for you, you’re a right-wing monster, so there’ll be any number of right (left) -thinking heroes of social justice who’d be glad to put you on the rack. Unluckily, most of the nominally male pAntifa members are too scrawny and pathetic to actually turn the crank. Luckily, Martha the Tool Dyke outweighs you and is willing and able to spin that wheel until your spine is six inches longer.

  22. “Barclays Report: Oil Demand Will Plummet by 2025 Due to Electric Cars”
    http://www.hybridcars.com/barclays-report-oil-demand-will-plummet-by-2025-due-to-electric-cars/

    “Thanks to electric vehicle adoption, global oil demand could be reduced to 3.5 million barrels a day by 2025.”

    First comment, “From about 100mil barrels a day to 3.5mil barrels in 8 years. Is Barclay taking bets on this?”.

    Uh huh, pull the other leg, it has a bell on it.

  23. “Barclays Report: Oil Demand Will Plummet by 2025 Due to Electric Cars”

    And where does Barclays say the electricity will come from? Solar? The energy has to come from somewhere, gas, coal, oil, or nuclear.

  24. You know the best thing about electric cars? The power to run them is free and comes from the sun or the wind or something and it’s infinite and renewable and has no effect on the climate or ecology or anything and everything will be beautiful in electriccartopia!

  25. “Barclays Report: Oil Demand Will Plummet by 2025 Due to Electric Cars”

    I’m waiting for the Tesla implosion. Won’t be long now if they keep producing Model 3s at the astronomical rate of 10 per day. “Hand built in California.”

    The current TSLA stock price is based on the belief in The Valley that Apple will use their cash hoard to buy out the car company in order to have Elon’s “mojo” on the payroll.

  26. the thing to remember about sportsball, in all its flavors, is that it is ENTERTAINMENT, not competition. The highly paid individuals get the money because of their ability to sell merch, and their value as entertainers. It’s only loosely coupled to “talent”.

    n

  27. The current TSLA stock price is based on the belief in The Valley that Apple will use their cash hoard to buy out the car company in order to have Elon’s “mojo” on the payroll.

    I was wondering why the TSLA share price was so high.

    You know, Apple just might do that. Apple could do far worse. You know, like the current CEO.

  28. “Barclays Report: Oil Demand Will Plummet by 2025 Due to Electric Cars”

    And where does Barclays say the electricity will come from? Solar? The energy has to come from somewhere, gas, coal, oil, or nuclear.

    As usual, http://www.hybridcars.com/ did not refer to the underlying report with a link so I don’t have a clue. So, my SWAG is that the electricity will come from magic fairies turning teeny tiny generators.

  29. I was just watching a Brian Lunduke video on YouTube, in which he points out that Mozilla’s support of open source includes a $100,000 contribution to RiseUp, an organization that provides secure email services to anti-capitalist organizations like Antifa. He also pointed out that Antifa is classified by the Department of Homeland Security as a domestic terrorist organization.

    At the moment I use Vivaldi as my primary web browser, I’m never going to use Mozilla software again. We have two laptops with Linux Mint on them, and I’m seriously considering going to the trouble of removing Mozilla software from them.

  30. One of my bros just sent me a link to an article on how all the truck drivers will be replaced soon by autonomous trucks. As it is, they’re super-micro-managed now by front-office staff wallahs and their spreadsheets, so that’s gonna be another dead-end job. Assuming the country doesn’t just implode by then, with a tanked economy and finances, and another world war on multiple fronts.

    The high-tech developers, engineers, sales hucksters and carny barkers, whether Greenies or not, always have the next Insanely Great Thing to sell us and it will be, as SteveF says, beautiful. W/O any regard for other realities on the ground or potential consequences.

    Yeah, sportsball is becoming dead for me now. Need to get fixed, because Outside Lies Magic.

    https://www.amazon.com/Outside-Lies-Magic-Regaining-Awareness/dp/0802713408

    Highly recommended, along with several of his other books.

  31. “At the moment I use Vivaldi as my primary web browser, I’m never going to use Mozilla software again. We have two laptops with Linux Mint on them, and I’m seriously considering going to the trouble of removing Mozilla software from them.”

    Roger that. I’ve imported all my bookmarks to the Brave browser here and now use Quant as my search engine, sometimes DuckDuckGo. No mo’ Mozilla or Google. Soon, I will be stamping out the last vestiges of Microslop rubbish, too.

  32. One of my bros just sent me a link to an article on how all the truck drivers will be replaced soon by autonomous trucks.

    And yet Warren Buffet just invested heavily in Flying Pilot J.

  33. From the Wikipedia article:

    “Rebate fraud[edit]

    Pilot Flying J Chairman/CEO Jimmy Haslam
    On April 15, 2013, the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, was raided by FBI and IRS agents as part of an “ongoing investigation”. On April 16, CEO Jimmy Haslam reported the investigation involved claims of failure to pay rebates to trucking customers.[22]

    On April 18, 2013, an affidavit used to secure various search warrants was made public. The documents alleged that several members of the Pilot Flying J sales force, as well as company president Mark Hazelwood, were either involved or aware of the alleged scheme.[23][24] Three sales employees’ private homes were also raided as part of the investigation.[25]

    On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, a federal judge in Arkansas granted preliminary approval to a proposed settlement agreement between Pilot Flying J and several trucking companies that had sued over allegations of fuel rebate fraud.[26]

    Pilot Flying J paid restitution to customers and agreed to pay a $92 million penalty pursuant to a Criminal Enforcement Agreement.[27]”

    Now I KNOW there are honest people in this country and honest dealings between them but man, some days just ain’t the day. Already today one story after another of venality, graft, grifting, chicanery, and outright theft and murder.

    I should slide down the stairs on my butt and crawl on my hands and knees to see and smell the flowers in our backyard and gaze out at the inland sea. But by the time I got out there, it would be sundown.

  34. You know, Apple just might do that. Apple could do far worse. You know, like the current CEO.

    Tim “I’m Gay, it’s the best thing God could have done for me!” Cook may be on the way out. I read an article that board members and shareholders are tired of his political bullshit. We’re Green if you don’t like it, sell your stocks. Let’s donate to every Libturdian cause there is. Fuck tRump. The latest iTunes is shit. The iPhone 8 is really an iPhone 7S. The iPhone 10 looks to be a gimcrack. Who gives a shit if it can put “cat ears” on your videos. Failed to use facial recog during the demo.

    Where’s the new stuff Jobs supposedly had pipelined before he croaked.

  35. I broke out the popcorn to watch Hollyweird implode over douchenozzle Weinstein. Cankles finally weighed in after taking $$ millions for her campaign and Klinton Krime Family Foundation. She tweeted 38 words. lol! You *know* BJ was following Weinstein around picking up his scraps. He apparently tapped, fapped, and groped every fem in Hollyweird, including some house plants. Typical Libturdian.

  36. You know, Apple just might do that. Apple could do far worse. You know, like the current CEO.

    Tim Cook is an operations guy. He doesn’t have “the vision thing”.

    I’ll give him credit for avoiding a fiasco with iPhone 8. It would have been ugly if they had put an ‘8’ on a technology status symbol Apple couldn’t make in mass quantities before the next Chinese New Year holiday season.

  37. _Once Upon an Apocalypse: Book 3 – Gathering Home (Volume 3)_ by Jeff Motes
    https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Apocalypse-Book-Gathering/dp/1946321125/

    Book number three of a three book post apocalyptic EMP series. I read the excellent POD (print on demand) trade paperback. I do not know if there will be more books in the series but if so, I will buy them.

    This book is a sequel to the first two books which run in parallel. The first book is about two people getting home after the EMP destroys their cars. The second book is about the people at home dealing with the new reality after the EMP has basically destroyed all electric devices.

    Things are tough at home. A large biker gang ambushed the County Sheriff’s office and took it over. After a couple of weeks, people are having trouble getting food and reuniting their families. Even clean water is tough to get.

    The book performs an in-depth examination of an individual who refuses to accept the new reality. And that person’s compromised ethics make things worse for other people as they work around that person’s manipulation.

    The author, an degreed Electrical Engineer and a licensed Professional Engineer, takes the point that an EMP over the USA will be so destructive that all computers in phones, control systems, and cars will be destroyed. He even thinks that LED light bulbs will have their inner circuit boards destroyed. I think that this thinking is a little extreme as car computers live in a horribly noisy and hazardous environment. Should the USA get EMP’d, I think that car computers will get locked up but a simple reboot (restarting) will clear the fault. But, I could be totally wrong !

    BTW, there are frequent mentions of Christianity in the book via prayers and such. At least once per chapter and sometimes several times per chapter. I have an acquaintance who is an atheist who was offended by the amount of prayers in the first book. I am a Christian so I appreciate the amount but others might not.

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (122 reviews)

  38. I should slide down the stairs on my butt and crawl on my hands and knees to see and smell the flowers in our backyard and gaze out at the inland sea. But by the time I got out there, it would be sundown.

    Get a rug and ride that bad boy down the stairs ?

  39. Wow, MrAtoz is certainly on a roll today! I wish somebody had given out a trigger warning, yikes! Micro-Agression City! Of course he’s probably Confined To Quarters while the local authorities are busy dreaming up all kinds of new plug-ins for their Narrative.

    “Get a rug and ride that bad boy down the stairs ?”

    Great idea except I’m 240 and would smash right through our front door here. Or via the back porch stairs, sail off into the bay. Plus I’d catch holy hell for ruining a rug.

  40. Now I KNOW there are honest people in this country and honest dealings between them but man, some days just ain’t the day. Already today one story after another of venality, graft, grifting, chicanery, and outright theft and murder.

    Living in Vantucky, I used to hear unreal stories out of Ridgefield, WA concerning the antics of the UHaul founding family’s squabbles. Forbes gets the basics.

    Still, UHaul.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/luisakroll/2016/02/10/inside-u-hauls-rollercoaster-ride-from-nastiest-family-feud-to-market-dominance/#48539dee3bb5

  41. Imagine that, an ugly fat fuck, in a position of power, in HOLLYWOOD, likes to coerce young actresses into sex. Huh. Who would have thought it?

    Only EVERY SINGLE PERSON whose ever worked in Hollywood. There is even a cliche’, the “casting couch” FFS.

    The better question is WHY NOW? What did he do that cut him off from his support? or was it really fallout from Hillarity losing the election? No more friends in high places?

    n

  42. The better question is WHY NOW? What did he do that cut him off from his support? or was it really fallout from Hillarity losing the election? No more friends in high places?

    Rush said this morning that Weinstein is running out of money. The hyenas are circling.

  43. I have long recommended Hollyweird as a naval gunnery practice range. That, of course, also goes for Sodom-on-the-Bay, Babylon-on-the-Hudson, and Mordor-on-the-Potomac.

    Ah well, the day is coming when most Murkan derps won’t be able to support all that kinda chit, whether Hollyweird or sportsball or Microslop and Apple.

  44. Got to not click those damn Forbes’ links. They insist on whitelisting an’ I ain’t gonna do it.
    As to Apple/Tesla. No room for Elon and Timmy’s egos together there.

  45. Planned to hit the bank this morning for some walking-around money before going to the grocery.

    Got off to a late start.

    By the time I finally arrived the bank was closed.

    It had been robbed just around the time I had originally intended to show up.

    Fortunately, no one was hurt.

  46. “It had been robbed just around the time I had originally intended to show up.”

    Doncha hate it when that happens? I always enjoy a good shoot-out and am always heeled when I go to the bank and stores.

    “… some walking-around money…”

    Why go to the bank for that? Simply hang around in the right ‘hoods during elections.

  47. As to Apple/Tesla. No room for Elon and Timmy’s egos together there.

    Timmy isn’t an egomaniac. That’s the problem in the eyes of many people.

    Tim Cook does understand manufacturing, and he knows that Tesla is a lost cause. It would be a terrible waste of $260+ billion to hand it to Elon.

  48. Imagine that, an ugly fat fuck, in a position of power, in HOLLYWOOD

    He is so damn ugly the only reason those women were with him was for a chance at a film. Desperate people indeed which, in my opinion, got what they deserved. They pursued the ugly pig, agreed to his demands, and now feel they are due something. If I was as ugly as that gross pig about the only date I could get would moo when I went to kiss her. Money apparently can make ugly look good.

  49. “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement through her spokesman Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

    Really you skank? That is pretty much what your slivering slimeball of a husband did for his entire career. Apparently you thought it was OK because it benefited your vision of being president one day. Once that was off the table suddenly such behavior offends you. Hillary Clinton you are one fat ugly piece of skanky sub-human flesh.

  50. I don’t do any of the ‘gig economy’ shite.

    No AirBNB, no Lyft, no Uber.

    I want inspections, insurance, licensing, and for all of it to be completely legal.

    n

    (the ride stuff def shifts business costs onto the ‘contractor’ that should be borne by the company, and subletting is illegal in a whole bunch of places.)

  51. Yo, Mr. Ray on a roll today, too, and still no trigger warnings from anybody. Good thing I’m up in my safe space this afternoon, with my teddy bear and coloring books. (the teddy bear is actually one of our roaming black bears that came up to say hi, and the coloring books are all about what colors you want your rifles to be when you’re ready to cerakote them…)

    Plus I have a barf bag handy because of that picture in my head that got there when both Weinstein and Cankles were mentioned and I automatically thought of a buffalo raiding the warthhog pen.

  52. thought of a buffalo raiding the warthhog pen

    And you had the guts to get on my case about a trigger warning. I cannot go to sleep tonight because of that vision and having nightmares. You got even, and then some.

  53. All Harvey Weinstein proves is that there a lot of people out there who will suck anybody’s dick in hopes of getting ahead. I feel no sympathy for the people who pleasured Harvey. (since we no longer know anyone’s gender I am using people, and I doubt Harvey really minded what was pulling his train)

  54. What’s that, y’all are wondering which starlet was the meat in a Harvey-Hillary sandwich?

    The thing that strikes me as I catch a few headlines here and there is that all of these principled, well-known actresses are claiming that Weinstein hit on them, they said no, he accepted it, they left, and they went on to successful careers. Not one, that I’ve seen, has admitted that she put out to advance her career. Not one, that I’ve seen, has claimed that she said no and her career was spiked. There are a few claims of rape, but twenty-year-old he said/she said with no evidence would be thrown out of any fair court. (Which means his conviction is virtually certain.)

    Note that I haven’t been looking into the situation at all, merely catching the unavoidable bits as I bop around the internet. It’s possible there are claims of actual harm, not just sleeze.

  55. “Rush said this morning that Weinstein is running out of money. The hyenas are circling.”

    Hyenas? Like Gloria Allred? Saw here on TV this AM with one of his victims. He’s done.

  56. “All Harvey Weinstein proves is that there a lot of people out there who will suck anybody’s dick in hopes of getting ahead. ”

    Who did Monica pleasure? And Cankles called her a liar? (But not after the dress surfaced….but no apology either.)

  57. Holy smokes, Allred must be a couple of hundred years old now; I remember her from YEARS ago, a real class-act ambulance-chaser, with a phony interest in womyn-as-vics.

    I won’t bother addressing the long, sordid and sleazy history of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Klinton, except to say, that you owe it to yerself, if you have a shared interest in some of the Murkan history that has so enriched our lives, (most of us on this board), to read Roger Stone’s books on the Clinton and Bush crime families, and his ass-kicking expose of LBJ. I hope he’s doing one on the Obamas, too.

    Once you’ve done that, go back and read through all of Pat Buchanan’s books.

    From there, “From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition”, by Professor Clyde Wilson, our greatest living historian.

    And “Conceived in Liberty”, by the late Murray Rothbard.

    For fun, most of the historical fiction by the late Gore Vidal, mainly “Burr” and “Lincoln.”

    C’mon, most of us are retired or semi-retired or working from home; turn dat dam tee-vee off and pick up a book; be a role model for your grandchillunz.

  58. be a role model for your grandchillunz.

    Ain’t got no grandchildren. And no prospects in sight.

  59. It’s possible there are claims of actual harm, not just sleeze.

    There is an eyewitness account of Weinerstein emptying his noodle on an innocent fern.

    Plants have rights! Didn’t L Ron Hubris’ tomato/Xenu meter show plants have feelings, too, or at least an atomic ghost from Xenu land.

  60. I read Weinerstein’s wife is leaving him.*

    And the Ofukstiks weigh in. They’re disgusted. What’s disgusting is they said nothing about BJ Klinton. I wonder how much Weinerstein gave to the Ofukstiks? And, please, nobody knew about this in political circles? Bull chit.

    *Before the money runs out.

  61. a) I don’t have a TV. (Well, strictly speaking we do, but one is connected to the Wii and gets regular use and the others were used as computer monitors and now just sit there.)

    b) Role model? Me? All I can think of is that you make the funny. After a nephew got married last year, his bride was introduced to the family. The nephew and a couple others were at a loss for how to introduce me. I suggested “the appalling uncle” and everyone latched onto that with relief or enthusiasm.

    c) I don’t have any grandkids, not unless one of the boys has neglected to tell me something. The best I can do is corrupt the various nieces and nephews. And my daughter’s friends. There’s nothing quite so fun as telling the pure, unvarnished, un-sugar-coated truth to kids who’ve been lied to all their lives — mwa-ha-ha!

  62. One or two of our boyz in the vets group a few weeks back spewed a coupla things about tRump, in a snarky way. Another vet blew his stack and shouted “You dint say shit for eight years while that half-n****r was in the White House destroying the country!” And it went downhill from there, real fast. The first two guys were a little shocked that anyone would jump dead in their shit about that, but there it is. We hear nothing about the Klintons or Obummer for many, many years, but they never STFU about either Bush or tRump and when do the tit for tat thing, they lose their minds.

    And then the guy who blew his stack ended up in the hospital for weeks with some kind of intestinal blockage, etc. He and I are both gun nuts, of course.

    I told them boyz to quit paying attention to the fucking tee-vee shit every night but they can’t seem to help themselves, and the shit just boils around in their guts from week to week, and probably can’t bug their wives and kids about it anymore, so every once in a while someone cuts loose in our group. Which is kinda what we’re there for, but the rule is, no politics, no religion. Shit gets heated up real fast in either case and we have bigger fish to fry.

    Anyway, I’ll miss quite a few of the next meetings, looks like. Missed the Planning Commission tonight. Pretty much useless.

  63. “There’s nothing quite so fun as telling the pure, unvarnished, un-sugar-coated truth to kids who’ve been lied to all their lives — mwa-ha-ha!”

    I share your enthusiasm in that regard. Our own two kidz think of me as the very appalling stepdad (but I’ve been making some headway in absentia with Princess on guns, primarily because I think she’s found herself having to defend this country to her Canadian friends, hahahaha), and the grandkids aren’t quite old enough to grok WTF I might be saying to them.

  64. Pretty much useless.

    At least you haven’t gone ass over teakettle down the stairs, yet. Perhaps slide down on your rump as suggested above.

    Tried acupuncture yet? I hear a few needles in the testicles clears a lot of stuff up.

  65. And no prospects in sight.

    Ditto. With the large number of divorces and other drama in the families, I think both sons have been scared off the idea of marriage. I probably didn’t help when I cautioned them to be very careful about dating and especially sex because of the legal environment in the US, but I don’t accept any blame for that; that’s entirely on the judges and college administrators and HR departments and police departments who apparently can’t conceive of the possibility that a woman is lying when she claims to have been abused, assaulted, or raped.

    And the Ofukstiks weigh in. They’re disgusted.

    They’re pissed off. They gave Weinstein their daughter, ugly and stupid though she is, and expected to get something in return. Now they find out he’s broke and no longer a power in Hollywood. They feel ripped off.

    Didn’t L Ron Hubris’ tomato/Xenu meter show plants have feelings, too

    Don’t know about that, but the average plant is more intelligent than the average Scientology cultist.

  66. Tried acupuncture yet? I hear a few needles in the testicles clears a lot of stuff up.

    That will certainly make you forget about ALL of your other problems.

    And now we have successfully driven the rest of the ladies off. Bummer. The video with the dogs jumping in the snow in Alaska ? was cute.

  67. “At least you haven’t gone ass over teakettle down the stairs, yet.”

    Not our main stairs, no, but I did attempt the Icarus thing off the back porch stairs twice. Lotta fun.

    “I hear a few needles in the testicles clears a lot of stuff up.”

    I’m about ready to try that if I knew it would work instantly with no more paralysis or pain ever again.

    “…because of the legal environment in the US…”

    The money quote.

    “… he’s broke and no longer a power in Hollywood.”

    Like Mr. Nick says, it’d be interesting to know why this is, and why so sudden, when it was common knowledge for many years.

    “…the average plant is more intelligent than the average Scientology cultist.”

    Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, Juliette Lewis, Priscilla Presley, Travolta, Greta van Susteren, et. al. Yup, the average plant wins.

  68. Hey Travolta is no dummy. He’s a multi engine jet rated pilot. Whether you believe or not, being a scientoligist in LA is like being in AA. Pretty much something to do to further your career.

    n

  69. Oh, I knew that about Travolta; but I maintain that even having the pilot licenses, you gotta be a total cretin if you’re a true-believer Scientologist. I’d rather be in AA: better stories by far. I have plenty of my own, too.

    My favorites are the ones by guys who didn’t touch a drop for YEARS, in one case nineteen years, and then one day or one night they got sidetracked for a few seconds with Satan or one of his demons at their elbows and thought, gee, one beer won’t kill me. I can handle it.

  70. The wife has been watching the Leah Remini series about Scientology.

    I caught the episode where she discusses how “Xenu” is revealed when you reach Clear Level 3 (after about $450,000 of classes!!!). Her mother called it quits then. There were a couple of very high ups who dropped out that discussed it. They said they just couldn’t believe how dumb they were. And the IRS was bullied into giving them “exempt Church” status after years of fighting. Wonder what changed at the IRS? You apparently can’t take a dump at the Scientology Centers without paying.

  71. [snip] I think that this thinking is a little extreme as car computers live in a horribly noisy and hazardous environment. Should the USA get EMP’d, I think that car computers will get locked up but a simple reboot (restarting) will clear the fault. But, I could be totally wrong ! [snip]
    The key to my (15 year old) car has a chip in it, the purpose of which is to talk to an anti-theft circuit in the car. If the chip goes bad, the car doesn’t run. My pockets aren’t EMP shielded.

    [snip] Money apparently can make ugly look good. [snip]
    Thanks, I learned something new today. 🙂

  72. Syria has now become a forward operating base for the Iranians, and Israel is getting very antsy about it.

    To top it off, we have some guys talking to the current National Administrator who kinda make my hair stand on end, well, one guy and one gal. They’re doing their damndest to get us into yet another hot mess war:

    https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/10/empire-destroying-wars-are-coming-to-america-under-trump-part-1/

    Exactly what I did NOT wanna see under the new administration and what I most feared from a Cankles regime. Of course, we could all be dead now from hers, I guess.

  73. I agree with Whitehead on what’s been going on in FUSA for a long time, but do not share his apparent optimism that we can do something about it legally and currently:

    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/power_corrupts_a_culture_of_compliance_breeds_despots_and_predators_short

    I believe that much of this stuff will cease once the money runs out everywhere and we’re all more or less in the same boat for a while. Once the regime can’t pay its cops and troops, GAME OVER!!!!

  74. “we have successfully driven the rest of the ladies off. Bummer. The video with the dogs jumping in the snow in Alaska ? was cute.”
    @lynn

    Not driven off dear sirs. Lurking. Up to my ears in family and work junk and making an attempt at earning a college degree via University of the People (ahh returning to school on the wrong side of your forties – that’s entertaining).

    And nothing useful to post since Mr Steve beats me to ‘heads on pikes’ and variants.

  75. Not driven off dear sirs. Lurking. Up to my ears in family and work junk and making an attempt at earning a college degree via University of the People (ahh returning to school on the wrong side of your forties – that’s entertaining).

    Cool and congrats. You and OFD might be able to commiserate if he gets his butt back in class.

    I’ve been going to the school of life for the last 35 years and am learning something some days. Too hard headed to learn something every day.

    I would like to learn how to increase our sales by 50% every year. Now that would be some useful knowledge to me.

  76. I don’t see the problem with Mozilla promoting a secure email service? That’s laudable. Sure, such services will be used by people we don’t like, but they are also available to people we do like. Anything that reduces government’s ability to do arbitrary surveillance is a *good* thing.

    —–

    Following the Weinstein thing. First, I had to search: who the hell is Weinstein. Now that I know, I’m not sure I’m really any wiser: apparently the guy behind the curtain for lots of awards and such? Anyhow, yep, it’s common knowledge that lots of offices in Hollywood have “casting couches”, and we all know exactly what they are used for.

    Why now? Maybe Hollywood’s influence in general is waning? I don’t thin Netflix, Amazon, and all the rest are producing their stuff in Hollywood – it’s no longer the only game in town.

    —–

    @Dave: I feel for truck drivers. You’re right, they are given these incredibly tight schedules. For some companies, they are (or pretend to be) independent contractors, which means that the company can load them with 12 hours of deliveries, and it’s the driver’s problem if he/she can’t get through them in 8 hours.

    My wife’s company has no loading dock, so we always specify that the truck has to have a tail lift. Half the time, they ignore this and send trucks without lifts. Yesterday was typical: the dispatcher put our delivery on a truck with no lift. Worse, the loaded the truck in the wrong order: we were apparently one of the first deliveries, but our stuff was farthest from the tail gate. So the driver had to somehow shift everything around in the truck to get to our palettes, and then had to disassemble the palettes and unload them box-by-box. We helped, of course – it’s not the driver’s fault. I hope she strangled the dispatchers when she got back to the company.

  77. They might be able to automate some ‘trunk’ lines, basically duplicate the train system, but the “Last mile problem” applies in trucking and freight delivery.

    My experience shipping high value freight all over the US and most of the world is that the forwarders are terrible. They will stack freight when they shouldn’t, even going so far as modifying your crates if necessary. They will tip, and drop, crates even with ‘tip-n-tell’ indicators- and blame everyone else in the chain for their damage. Since 5 companies have touched your freight, NONE will accept liability.

    The only way to ensure that your freight gets somewhere in good condition and on time is a dedicated truck. Even then, there are companies that are better at it than others.

    No way will they be able to automate the last mile. Not for a long time anyway.

    n

  78. @brad, you mentioned “she” (are you sure?) when talking about your truck driver. It could be that her(?) company is doing that to her(?) intentionally.

    @OFD, you need to get to bed earlier good ol’ warrior, staying up all night perusing the internet may be adding to your stress level.

  79. I note that in the sales tax article, never once was there consideration given to the fairness of sales taxes, or the option to decrease Amazon’s “unfair subsidy” by eliminating local sales tax on brick and mortar stores. It’s only ever MORE MORE MORE, GIMME MOAR!!!! from the .gov.

    The article is a hit piece, with a strong editorial slant. Interesting to see it so blatant.

    n

  80. I crashed at 23:00 and have been up since 08:00. I’m not yet at the stage where we hit the sack at 8 PM and get up at 4 AM. But once SHTF and we’re back to the year 1900, we’ll be rising and setting with the sun, probably.

  81. And now we have successfully driven the rest of the ladies off

    Would it help if I self identified as female? Or a rock, walrus or whatever is considered socially and politically OK? I will, however, draw the line at losing the ability to write my name in the snow while relieving myself. Good thing I can do cursive writing.

  82. I note that in the sales tax article, never once was there consideration given to the fairness of sales taxes, or the option to decrease Amazon’s “unfair subsidy” by eliminating local sales tax on brick and mortar stores.

    There are essentially 4 types of taxes:
    – sales (VAT, transfer, and excise fall here)
    – income
    – property

    If you eliminate one, you have to increase the others to some degree. In Texas, eliminating the sales tax would cripple most governments, to the point of laying off cops and firefighters. At least in Texas, property tax increases are capped, there is no income tax, and sales taxes increase as population and the economy grow.

  83. “In Texas, eliminating the sales tax would cripple most governments”

    You say that like it would be a bad thing.

  84. @DadCooks: yep, definitely a “she”. As to intent, who knows? But I’ll go with the old saying: no need to assume malice, when incompetence is an adequate explanation.

  85. Worse, the loaded the truck in the wrong order: we were apparently one of the first deliveries, but our stuff was farthest from the tail gate. So the driver had to somehow shift everything around in the truck to get to our palettes, and then had to disassemble the palettes and unload them box-by-box. We helped, of course – it’s not the driver’s fault. I hope she strangled the dispatchers when she got back to the company.

    So, when the trucks supposedly get automated driving, will they send along a robot to unload the truck ?

  86. At least in Texas, property tax increases are capped

    Speak for yourself dude. The property taxes on rental and commercial property are not capped at all. I had a 30% increase in 2016 and a 5% increase in 2017 on my commercial property.

  87. “will they send along a robot to unload the truck ?”

    Nope it’ll be self serve, like the bank, the gas station, the grocery store, the hardware store, and all the other places they are trying to replace people with machines and shift the labor to the customer.

    n

  88. “will they send along a robot to unload the truck ?”

    Nope it’ll be self serve, like the bank, the gas station, the grocery store, the hardware store, and all the other places they are trying to replace people with machines and shift the labor to the customer.

    That is not going to work. That means that each one of the delivery customers will need to get a pallet lift and other such heavy equipment. The delivery customers will find a new delivery company posthaste that brings the pallet life with them. Or else the delivery truck will spend a half day at each customer as they pull the pallets off by the piece like Brad’s driver did.

    Of course, they could do the military way. Just throw the pallets off the rear of the truck and drive off, leaving the broken pallet of stuff laying on its side.

  89. I have a pallet jack just to move 1500# book pallets in my garage. The delivery guy will roll them in with his jack (I have to help him up the driveway slope), but if I want to move them later I’m not lifting all those boxes.

  90. It’s an old, old trick by the local pols and hacks and crooks, but I repeat myself: threaten to lay off cops and firefighters and nurses and “vital” services UNLESS we pay more in taxes and quit bitchin’ about it. And they’ll do it, too. Fine by me; bring it. Meanwhile the taxes never go down, always up, up, up. We’re being ripped off at every turn, from womb to tomb.

    “… they could do the military way. Just throw the pallets off the rear of the truck and drive off, leaving the broken pallet of stuff laying on its side.”

    Good point. I was the victim one time of a very minor version of that, while guarding a flight line in northeast Thailand one night, long ago….Lifer maggot NCO came bombing by in his jeep and tossed my crappy lunchbox in my general direction in the pouring monsoon w/o stopping or even slowing down. It splattered in the mud and I was really hungry at that point.

    Next daylight he came round again to pick me up. I sauntered over to the jeep and yanked him out of it and started banging his head on the hood while I throttled him. Took the two Thai MPs using their batons to pull me off him, and I got charged under Article 15, which I beat by having a lineup of character witnesses for the squadron commander. (also an AF lawyer). No hard feelings against the two Thais, either; we smoked bongs and drank Laotian rice whiskey and played cards on numerous occasions together out in the sticks. Far, far away from the base. Unauthorized. Like I gave a fuck. What’re they gonna do, send me to ‘Nam?

  91. You’re thinking inside the box and seeing only the walls. Automated, unmanned delivery trucks could be designed with integral forklift on rails for removing the pallets in order and dropping them on the customer site. They might be designated for use only for customers with on-site staff to do the unloading, or only for customers with automated (or guided, but mostly automated) unloading facilities built for this purpose. (Think of container ships and how they go between ports designed for them.)

  92. At least in Texas, property tax increases are capped

    Speak for yourself dude. The property taxes on rental and commercial property are not capped at all. I had a 30% increase in 2016 and a 5% increase in 2017 on my commercial property.

    Sigh. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was a 25% increase in 2016 and a 2% increase in 2017. 7% increase in 2015 after a rare decrease in 2014 when I called them out on their fraud (they added a second fake warehouse to my property). I am incompetent now on my good days.
    http://fbcad.org/Property-Detail?PropertyQuickRefID=R34391&PartyQuickRefID=O0569960

  93. I was just watching a Bryan Lunduke video on YouTube, in which he points out that Mozilla’s support of open source includes a $100,000 contribution to RiseUp, an organization that provides secure email services to anti-capitalist organizations like Antifa. He also pointed out that Antifa is classified by the Department of Homeland Security as a domestic terrorist organization.

    So today Bryan Lunduke has a new Youtube video responding to people calling him a Nazi after he made the video pointing out that the Mozilla Open Source foundation donated $100,000 to RiseUp which provides secure email to Antifa. Interestingly enough he is Jewish and has voted for President five times without ever voting for a winning candidate.

  94. I also got notified of security updates now available for Thunderbird; I don’t use that anyway and am ditching Firefox. Buh-bye also to IE. Leaving us the Brave browser, DuckDuckGo and Quant for search engines.

    As soon as I finish the taxes I already started on here with TurboTax, this Winblows o.s. goes away, too. Not sure yet what Linux distro I wanna put on it for our main desktop but it won’t be Mint.

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