Wednesday, 11 October 2017

08:13 – It was 66.4F (19C) when I took Colin out at 0630, dark and overcast. Barbara is going to the gym this morning and then driving down to Winston this afternoon to have dinner with a friend and then return home this evening.

The guy I mentioned yesterday said he hopes I’m right but fears that there will be widespread violence extending outside the central cities. He lives in the suburbs of a medium-size city that’s had BLM protests before and fears this antifa-initiated thing could be much worse. They have a vacation cabin an hour from town, and he and his wife decided to head up there Friday afternoon and spend the weekend. If nothing much comes of the protests they’ll head back home Monday morning after a relaxing weekend. Otherwise, they’ll stay at the cabin until things calm down. Which sounds to me like a good plan.

I watched a video yesterday about canning sausage. Nothing special there, except the price of the sausage. In 2014, she’d paid $2/pound for pork sausage at Walmart. It’s now $3.60/pound, an 80% increase. I’d noticed similar increases over the last two or three years on LTS food items I’d bought. Not just at Walmart, but at Costco, Sam’s, Amazon, and so on. Not on everything–in fact, some items are actually cheaper now–but on balance prices have gone up noticeably, and continue to do so.

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58 Responses to Wednesday, 11 October 2017

  1. OFD says:

    Lotta folks in rural areas of northern parts of NY and New England often have to choose between groceries, meds and heating oil in the winters, maybe getting two outta three.

    I dunno, WRT the antifa assholes; we heard all kinds of horror stories about how they were gonna trash Columbus statutes nati0nwide, etc., etc. but not much seems to have happened. Then there is the nationwide “insurrection” they’re supposedly planning for November 4th. I guess we’ll see. My belief is that should various groups bust out of the cities and swarm the ‘burbs, they’ll be riddled like Swiss cheese. I am not, however, optimistic so far about the various small town responses, as in Shelbyville, TN, to the invasions of Afrikan musloid scum. Maybe Mr. Ray has some better intel on that…

  2. nick flandrey says:

    Yeah, my touchstone prices are about the same after a period of increased cost.

    Spiral slice ham at costco ~$2/# at the grocery, almost double that

    Australian lamb chops ~$10/# at costco – similar elsewhere

    Kirkland smoked salmon ~$1/oz – similar elsewhere

    I like looking at those 3 because they include another economy with shipping baked in, include a luxury good with inelastic demand, and a locally produced good with seasonal sales but otherwise stable pricing. they are also not subject to ‘hidden’ inflation by playing games with package size.

    Everyday commodities like milk eggs chicken are too subject to promotions and daily price fluctuations to keep track of every week.

    In defense, I try to only buy those items that periodically go on sale WHEN they are on sale. For items that don’t go on sale, I buy from our consistently low priced grocer. I try to avoid high margin items and stocking up without a coupon or sale. I typically save 10-15% on groceries at the low priced store buying items with their ‘in store’ coupons, looking for sales, and hitting the clearance shelf.

    I do the same at Costco, only buying sale items for the stuff that does go on sale. I had $20 (5x 4$) in savings on toilet paper, splenda, and a couple other ordinary items last week.

    In other words, WHEN you buy the items has a BIG impact on price.

    There are items we buy thru amazon pantry (their periodic service) that we buy for convenience. The best example is furnace filters. We need an odd size that none of the big box stores stock locally, and we change them every month. It’s very predictable. The shampoo and soap I like are also available in bulk cheaper than locally, and usage is predictable. I do have a cushion of inventory, just using AMZ for replacement.

    The other day RBT really surprised me with what he’s paying for Krusteez pancake mix. I am shocked that there is that much regional difference. I’m wondering if there are things I buy that are that different against me, too.

    n

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Actually, what I’m NOT paying for Krusteaz.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    Maybe Mr. Ray has some better intel on that

    Nothing from me. Lot of rednecks in my area, don’t know about Shelbyville but I suspect it is not much different from here. Musloid scum tearing things up would not be tolerated and would be met with some good ol’ boys in lifted pick-em-up trucks looking for some fun that would not turn out well for the musloids.

  5. nick flandrey says:

    Ay-yup!

  6. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I think about what happened to blacks in the South during the KKK era, and THEY were Christian. What’s likely to happen to muslims who are shooting at Christian churches would be a whole different level of ferocity. Like maybe–excuse the Classical reference–6,000 of them crucified on the road into Shelbyville.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    What’s likely to happen to muslims who are shooting at Christian churches would be a whole different level of ferocity. Like maybe–excuse the Classical reference–6,000 of them crucified on the road into Shelbyville.

    In Tampa, CAIR has a high profile, choice piece of real estate on the Hillsborough River. They made such local nuisances of themselves in the 90s that I’m surprised their compound survived the aftermath of 9/11, but I doubt it would be around long if musloids took up shooting at Christian churches in the area or did something stupid up the road at the theme parks.

  8. dkreck says:

    CAIR should be deemed a terrorist group.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    CAIR should be deemed a terrorist group.

    Tampa was a hotbed for musloids in the 90s. Google “Sami Al Arian USF” and go from there.

    I took Dr. Al Arian’s Digital Logic class in the late 80s. The irony is that he was a great EE/CS instructor, much better than the drunk washout test pilot from the 60s astronaut corps with whom he alternated as the course instructor.

  10. CowboySlim says:

    “What’s likely to happen to muslims ….”

    Does the ACLU claim 2nd Amendment rights for muslim non-citizens?

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Good morning all!

    It’s another glorious day watching Libturdians freak out over El Presidente Trumpio! I’m surprised an assassination hasn’t been attempted. Yay SCOTUS on the Moosloid ban.

    In other news:

    CANKLES WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT!

  12. DadCooks says:

    The fires in Kalifornication show no signs of going away anytime soon. This morning the Wife spoke to her Mom and Sister in Davis CA, lots of smoke but they don’t seem to be worried.

    May I be the first to predict that theses fires in Kalifornication will be a disaster for the insurance companies. They will cry for the gooberment to help. Nancy Peelousy will say that they are too big to fail. The gooberment will take over fire insurance just as they did flood insurance. In case you haven’t been paying attention, gooberment flood insurance is broke and billions in debt. The benefits are pennies on the dollar, if you have flood insurance.

    In any case, the economic impact of these fires will be great, far reaching, and long lasting.

    Adjusting my tinfoil hate, remember I believe I stated that when these fires started I blamed it on ISIS. I stand by my statement.

  13. DadCooks says:

    I just saw on Fox News that the Boy(?) Scouts are now going to be accepting girls into their ranks. Could have predicted that, after all they have to accommodate “gays”.

    I fondly remember my days in Boy Scout Summer Camp, working on my panty raid merit badge. At night we had to sneak down to the lake, procure a rowboat, row across Lake Napowan* (in Wisconsin) to the Girl Scout Camp, run through the girls’ tents and grab panties, then back across the lake, all without getting caught.

    Now all you have to do is steal your bunk mate’s panties. No wonder today’s boys are so limp wristed.

    *Reference: http://www.napowan.org/

  14. CowboySlim says:

    “Adjusting my tinfoil hate, …..”

    Here is mine, Cankles has not penetrated it yet!
    http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

  15. brad says:

    I just saw that about the Boy Scouts. What a shame – I was in the scouts a long time, and it was a good organization. I knew the organization had gone all progressive, but this is just idiotic.

    Boys need to have a place away from girls, and I’m sure the reverse is true as well. If you want to join a club open to both, there are plenty to choose from. It’s no different when your an adult. I belong to one club that is guys only. There is an equivalent one nearby that is women only. People interact differently, when the other sex isn’t around. That’s important. If it gets the progs all in a tizzy, that’s just a bonus.

    I used to get the BSA electronic newsletter. I’ve long since unsubscribed, and I certainly will never send them any donations. They’ve been converged.

  16. Harold says:

    Boy(?) Scouts are now going to be accepting girls into their ranks.

    Boy Scouts now Multi-Gendered Scouts ??
    Or Non-Gendered Scouts ??
    Or simply neutered children ??

    This is not what I expected of the 21st Century

  17. lynn says:

    Yay SCOTUS on the Moosloid ban.

    Huh ?

  18. lynn says:

    “Bug Allowed Google Home Mini Speakers to Record Everything”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/356714/fault-allowed-google-home-mini-speakers-to-record-everything

    So Google is now big brother ? My dad has these all over his house, my mom hates them with a passion. She feels like Google is listening to every word said in the house.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    The inevitable lawsuit:

    Las Vegas Shooting Victim Files First Lawsuit Against Hotel That Shooter Used As A Deadly Perch

    I wonder if the Mandalay Bay will settle. Maybe just brick up all the windows and drop room prices to $10/night.

  20. OFD says:

    “…I stated that when these fires started I blamed it on ISIS. I stand by my statement.”

    That guy out in eastern Washington must not have got the memo: the wildfires are tRump’s fault, just like the hurricanes and the massacre in Lost Wages. (speaking of which, the authorities locked up MrAtoz in his cushy penthouse suite but obviously failed to take away his innernet access…WTF?)

    And Mr. Ray down in Tennessee claims not to know anything about musloids taking over the state but I saw a pic of him online dressed in an orange jumpsuit on his knees with a guy all in black standing behind him with a kitchen paring knife.

    “This would certainly explain some of la Pelosi’s recent “lapses.””

    Not only her. A bunch of those criminal shitbags down there. To the wall with them all!

    WRT the Boy Scouts; I was only in it for a year or so, and then we moved again and I’d lost interest. Hey, it was the late Sixties! More fun hitching into Boston for rock concerts and demonstrations. And scoring dope inside the main gate at Cambridge Common and messing around at the Harvard Coop and the subway magazine kiosk.

    And another great Western organization/tradition destroyed.

  21. OFD says:

    “Maybe just brick up all the windows and drop room prices to $10/night.”

    I’d fly out there for that if they throw in the zombie strippers and some blow.

  22. OFD says:

    Back from VA earlier; temp MD lit fires under some asses this afternoon, apparently; Pain Clinic sending me a new script for ORAL meds that do the same or better than the invasive epidural cortisonal-type shots I had last year. And will supposedly do the whole spine and not just the one site that the needle hits. And I got my new jumbo-sized walker, which is a huge improvement over just the cane, much better balance and stability if I don’t mind looking like an old decrepit loser piece of chit, which I don’t. Molon labe, gangstas; got sumthin’ fo yo ass. Perfect!

    And I’ll keep doing the PT exercises, Gabapentin, and chiropractor stuff anyway. Just need to regain balance and mobility at LEAST as good as it was this past June.

    Furthermore, they’ll send me down the VA in either CT or Boston to consult with neuro and ortho surgeons if need be.

    When we arrived today, a guy came over instantly to help me negotiate signing in with the kiosk (I was in a wheelchair pushed by my wife). We were about to go sit down and they called me in; I felt guilty as I’d just got there and there were all these other old sad-sack loser vets still sitting and waiting, but OTOH, I simply showed up for my appointment a bit early like they tell us to do. And then we sat for nearly 30 minutes inside the offices waiting for the doc anyway, after they took my height, weight, BP, temp, etc. Down to 225 from 240 from 275. And aiming for 215, what I weighed in those halcyon daze of yesteryear, 1973, Marin County, Kalifornia….

  23. MrAtoz says:

    I felt guilty as I’d just got there and there were all these other old sad-sack loser vets still sitting and waiting,

    Sounds like a USAF reunion. lol!

  24. OFD says:

    On the Eighth Day, the Lord created Airmen…..

    ….and the Devil said…

    OH SHIT!

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    Now all you have to do is steal your bunk mate’s panties.

    Or just steal your own.

    I saw a pic of him online dressed in an orange jumpsuit on his knees with a guy all in black standing behind him with a kitchen paring knife.

    That was my ugly twin. Never liked him anyway. He played the banjo.

    The inevitable lawsuit:

    Yep, they feel they have to sue someone or something. I fail to see how the hotel was even remotely responsible. The staff of the hotel are not baby sitters. It is all just a scam by some scumbag lawyer to get some money. The hotel will settle for about $25K each person as that will be cheaper than litigating. The lawyer will get $15K, the plaintiff about $10K. If the plaintiff had waited for a few months the hotel probably would have offered $20K each. Thus the plaintiff gets cheated by the lawyer.

    Personally I hope the hotel doesn’t buckle instead taking the cases all the way to a jury trial. No reasonable jury could or should find the hotel responsible. But being on the left coast there is a very real chance a liberal jury could find the hotel responsible because there are very few intelligent jurors anymore. Mostly welfare leaches with the intelligence of a retarded sloth.

  26. SteveF says:

    and the Devil said…

    … there goes the neighborhood.

  27. OFD says:

    “He played the banjo.”

    So you’re saying that banjo players should get beheaded by musloid terrorists. I’ll be sending that information around to all the bluegrass festivals accordingly…

    Princess was learning the banjo recently, but mainly works the Celtic harp now; just did a wedding gig in beeyooteeful Plattsburgh, NY, across the lake from us here and a little bit south. Home of a former SAC base where my wife used to watch the B52s taking off and landing, and the Battle of Plattsburgh. She got $300 for the wedding gig, cash, under the table. Good, honey-pie, now do that every day from now on and get off our backs.

    Meanwhile I am withdrawing from this semester at the college; need to get myself squared away, and maybe I can do it in the next three months and then start again in the spring semester.

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    So you’re saying that banjo players should get beheaded by musloid terrorists.

    No, I am just giving you fair warning about attempting to canoe the rivers around here.

  29. OFD says:

    I ain’t worried ’bout dem old man ribbuz, hermano. Bring it, I say. Maybe Princess can slide on down wid me and play her banjo. I be playin’ the AK47. Well, not really; it’s a Ruger Mini-30 in the AK caliber, folding stock, handguard, red-dot optic, Viking Tactics sling, etc.

  30. lynn says:

    “Houston’s Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump”
    http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Houston-s-Al-Green-files-impeachment-articles-12270357.php

    I love this comment, “If there such a thing as reincarnation and I happen to come back as a pimp, I hope I look like Al Green.”.

    And this comment also, “With Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, Houston can lay claim to having elected the two stupidest Congressmen/women from the same city.”.

    Oh no, this one also, “Isn’t Al Green the love child of Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Sharpton????”.

  31. MrAtoz says:

    Another libtard screeching impeachment with no proof of a crime. Wah! tRump said this, Wah! tRump said that. If tRump runs for and is elected to a second term, we may get another civil war. It will be short. Libturdian carcasses lining the streets.

  32. nick flandrey says:

    Her lawyer is a guy who runs HUGE billboards chasing ambulance money… and living off the associations with his name – Pinkerton.

    If I was gonna sue, I would’t use a guy with a billboard on every freeway.

    n

  33. OFD says:

    “Libturdian carcasses lining the streets.”

    Oh my. Sweet dreams are made of these…

    I just hope ol’ tRump has excellent security and that his SS people don’t do him in like others down there in that damn swamp. In Roman empire times, the Praetorians all too often, or maybe not often enough, whacked their emperors. Let’s hope their bedside reading ain’t Tacitus or Procopius.

    “…Houston can lay claim to having elected the two stupidest Congressmen/women from the same city.””

    Yet another argument for severely restricting the franchise.

  34. lynn says:

    I am thinking about building a new 5,000 ft2 or 6,250 ft2 office warehouse on my office property again. Each partitioned area will be 50 ft deep by 25 ft wide, 1,250 ft2. There is a real demand for this size of rentable areas with a regular door and 10 ft by 14 rollup door. The going rate for this is $800 to 1,000/month with no interior build out to start but I will have connections for sink, shower, and toilet in each partitioned area.

    Here is the model of what I want to build:
    http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16877748/6115-FM-762-Richmond-TX/

  35. OFD says:

    Looks good, Mr. Lynn.

    I’ll be renting a couple of units for my APC and associated weapons systems and stockpiles of ammo and explosives if that’s OK with you.

  36. nick flandrey says:

    That’s exactly the kind of thing I’m looking to build or buy as my own retirement plan.

    n

  37. OFD says:

    What is this “retirement plan” you speak of, Grasshopper?

  38. lynn says:

    What is this “retirement plan” you speak of, Grasshopper?

    When his daughters leave the house in 20 to 30 years.

  39. lynn says:

    That’s exactly the kind of thing I’m looking to build or buy as my own retirement plan.

    I am trying to ascertain the cost now. My first priority is to see if a fire sprinkler system is required. That $100K system is the first deal killer. But, I don’t think that a system is required until the building hits 7,500 ft2 out here in the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County.

  40. SteveF says:

    Another libtard screeching impeachment with no proof of a crime.

    Waaah! He makes me has duh tearz!

  41. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn, I just looked at the map for Green’s district. Sugarland is *just* outside. It was the best district in Tx for the Hildabeast in 2016.

  42. lynn says:

    Lynn, I just looked at the map for Green’s district. Sugarland is *just* outside. It was the best district in Tx for the Hildabeast in 2016.

    My son lives in Al Green’s district. But my son is the only white person living in his neighborhood.

    BTW, I don’t even want to want to live in Sugar Land now. But my house is getting annexed on Dec 12 by Sugar Land, they are annexing about 10,000 homes and increasing the population by about 30,000 people to over 100,000 people.

  43. SteveF says:

    Gee, Lynn, if only you knew someone with experience in overthrowing tyrannical and overreaching so-called governments.

  44. lynn says:

    Gee, Lynn, if only you knew someone with experience in overthrowing tyrannical and overreaching so-called governments.

    It is cheaper and safer for us to move. In fact, we need to move to higher ground. Harvey (the hurricane, not the serial groper) proved that to me. Probably going to move out to this neighborhood.
    http://www.har.com/6002-blackberry-cove-ln/sale_54078496

    I told a friend that we were going to move to higher ground so she called a friend of hers and told him that we were looking. The owner invited me over today so I got to look at his house. The 2,500 ft2 3/2/2 house is located on 2 acres and is 18 inches above the street (good !). Two 1,000 ft2 four car garages. Plus the two car garage in the side of the house. He has four 1939 bright red Chevys that he totally rebuilt and retrofitted with 350 V8s, automatics, and air conditioning. A coupe, sedan, panel van, and truck. He drove the sedan to LA and back a couple of years ago. But, he is 76, his wife died last year and the place is a lot of work to take care of.

    Did I mention the miniature Shetland and miniature donkey ? They are cute and about half of the property, including the front yard, is their pasture.

  45. paul says:

    That’s a nice looking house Lynn.

  46. lynn says:

    http://www.har.com/6002-blackberry-cove-ln/sale_54078496
    That’s a nice looking house Lynn.

    Inside, it is a weird house. The fifth photo is the floor plan. The stairs going up totally divide the kitchen area from the den. If I were to buy it, my offer was $350K which he totally dismissed, I would extend the den and kitchen into the back patio by 10 to 12 ft. And I would extend the Guest Suite for my daughter.

    This is the house that I looked at today at lunch time with the pasture around the house:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/7510+Misty+Meadow+Ct,+Richmond,+TX+77469/@29.5222011,-95.7169123,141m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640e289280c8737:0x8f002db3111b7e0e!8m2!3d29.5221758!4d-95.7167592

  47. Dave Hardy says:

    That amount of dough would get us a 100-acre hoss farm in one of the small towns or villages just to our east here. But we’re too old and lame now to mess with all that; we have a compact 200-year-old brick house that’s warm in wintah and cool in summah 100 feet from the bay and the inland sea. In back of us the town park and the marsh/estuary and wildlife refuge. On the other two sides, miles and miles of farmland.

    Too bad we didn’t have half a mill twenty years ago, I guess. Oh well.

  48. nick flandrey says:

    That first one is a WEIRD floorplan. And right on the bayou.

    The second looks like a nice location, but not far from the ditch and detention pond….

    The second has some undeveloped lots near it, and yet benefits from the small businesses that will service all the jammed together homes in the development.

    n

  49. lynn says:

    The second looks like a nice location, but not far from the ditch and detention pond….

    Yup. There is no substitute for elevation (ok, levees are a somewhat substitute for elevation) and the second house is 18 inches above the road. And the road is high, very high.

  50. nick flandrey says:

    Here is a link to the ARRL newsletter this week, which has some in depth info from PR and also some info from Cali fire areas.

    http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2017-10-12

    The emphasis is on amateur radio of course, but look at how many failed gennies there were, and a hospital relocating because of a generator fire??!!

    n

  51. nick flandrey says:

    Texas Law Shield, the membership based, attorney who understands guns and defensive shooting issues on call, organization has organized a first aid for gunshot wounds class, and I got signed up.

    http://go.pardot.com/webmail/219422/118947221/a80f00606ed5a83bc748142e04142f34a1bece339e1618f6fd5551db93a294f9

    There will be several throughout TX, and I’m sure there will be similar classes in a LOT of places.

    Keep your eyes open, read your junk mail, and if available, go do a class.

    n

  52. Miles_Teg says:

    “Did I mention the miniature Shetland and miniature donkey ?”

    This is worthy of a SteveF joke… 🙂

  53. nick flandrey says:

    All the houses my wife would send me links to were to get into a better school. Coincidentally all the areas she was looking at flooded. That’s when I finally started my closet/shelter project. I’m pretty sure we’re staying here long enough to have made it worthwhile.

    n

  54. Dave Hardy says:

    “…first aid for gunshot wounds class…”

    I’d take that class, too, if not for my current decrepitude. In the old days it was “stop the bleeding and call an ambulance.” Or overseas, stop the bleeding and radio for a dustoff.

    But this is good chit to know; I echo Mr. Nick; if you get a chance, take the class.

  55. lynn says:

    All the houses my wife would send me links to were to get into a better school. Coincidentally all the areas she was looking at flooded. That’s when I finally started my closet/shelter project. I’m pretty sure we’re staying here long enough to have made it worthwhile.

    Stay dry, my friend.

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