Sunday December 10, 2017

It was 22 degrees and windy when I took Colin out at 8am.

The nurse said Bob was the same this morning with no significant changes one way or the other.

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48 Responses to Sunday December 10, 2017

  1. DadCooks says:

    Barbara, thanks for the update.

    Peace, hope, and love

  2. nick flandrey says:

    Thanks Barbara.

    Please let us know if a bunch of strangers asking for updates adds to your stress level, and we’ll cut it out. I’m sure none of us want that. And also, please ask for whatever help you might need, even if you think it’s unlikely. There is a large group here with a wide variety of talents and resources.

    best always,


  3. MrAtoz says:

    I’m also worried about Mr. OFD. His condition and living in a Hobbit House where you have to go upstairs to use the bathroom is not good. Maybe reconsider and find a single story in the same location. Mrs. OFD is still going to have to travel extensively to make ends meet to upgrade the HH with a bathroom downstairs.

  4. CowboySlim says:

    ” There is a large group here with a wide variety of talents and resources.”

    Yuuup, in the CB lingo: “…on the side and standing by”.

    Note from the LATimes this AM: “LA Unified closes 256 schools due to fires. However, lunchrooms open so impoverished children(those of illegal, crimmgrant, alien parents) may receive takeout meals.

  5. Barbara Thompson says:

    Hey Nick and readers,
    The updates from Bob’s readers is not an extra stress. I call to check on him every morning anyway and like to share the news. I keep it brief if there is not much to say but at least can put something up there for his readers to know how things are going.
    And, yes, I have already called on several of his readers and am not shy about asking for help. This is not an ordeal to try to do alone. It great to know folks are out there pulling for Bob to get better. The support thus far from my family, friends, and cyber friends of Bob has been wonderful.

  6. nick flandrey says:

    Glad to hear it, we are all rooting for you….

  7. Mat Lemmings says:

    Thanks very much for the extended feedback, Barbara.

    “We are all rooting for you.”


  8. lynn says:

    “California governor blames devastating wildfires on climate change and says deadly winter infernos will be ‘the new normal'”

    Wow, what a defeatist attitude !

    Hat tip to:

  9. Al Carnali says:

    There used to be forestry management to prune out trees and minimize the risk of fires but the wack jobs on the left now believe that fires are natural and should be allowed because mankind shouldn’t interfere with nature.

  10. dkreck says:

    Moonbeam’s only goal is to defeat oil, tax the hell out of carbon and reward his supporters in labor unions and government. His mantra is “this is the new normal”.
    Actually this is the old normal. California has always had the Santa Ana winds driving wildland fires. The new is the density and inappropriate buildings erected right in the wrong areas. Government has gone right along in an effort to increase property values and therefore tax revenue.

    Continued best wishes for Bob, Barbara, and OFD.

  11. SteveF says:

    I know how to draw OFD out of hiding: Hey, Dave, here’s another history podcast I just found.

    As for California’s current batch of fires: Am I the only one to recall a lot of liberals proclaiming that Hurricane Harvey was karma for Texas going for Trump?

  12. Vince says:

    Thanks Barbara. Continued best wishes for you and Bob.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Wow, what a defeatist attitude !

    This is Moonbeam’s last hurrah. In a year, we will know who is going to replace him in Sacramento.

  14. medium wave says:

    As for California’s current batch of fires: Am I the only one to recall a lot of liberals proclaiming that Hurricane Harvey was karma for Texas going for Trump?

    These are some of the same people who were asking after New Orleans was flooded during Hurricane Katrina: Why do people continue to live there?

  15. nick flandrey says:

    And vowing not to pay for the recovery….


  16. nick flandrey says:

    and by “vow” I mean ‘talk sh!t on the internet’ of course…..


  17. nick flandrey says:

    Prepper data point.

    Just took some butter out of the freezer. The date was 2 years ago. As fresh and delicious as when it went in.

    I don’t do anything special, just put the 4 pound pack from costco in the freezer. It has a very thin shrink wrap, and a waxed cardboard box, with each stick wrapped in waxed paper.

    As long as you keep air off the food, and keep it frozen, it will essentially last forever.


  18. lynn says:

    My former USMC son thought about volunteering for embassy duty if he re-upped. Then he found out that the first year of embassy duty was in Kosovo, Damascus, Beirut, or any pleasure spot in the world where the Marines wear full battle rattle on duty. That took the bloom off the rose.

  19. nick flandrey says:

    There is a scene in the mid 80’s movie “The Soldier” with Ken Wahl, where after a pretty good car chase, the protagonist (a spy) crashes thru the gate of the Israeli embassy in Germany with the east German forces in hot pursuit. The Captain of the Guard looks at the East Germans and says “You are standing on the sovereign soil of Israel with your weapons drawn, what are your intentions?” And they BACK DOWN.

    ‘Course the short war, raid on entebbe and the rest were all fresh in everyone’s mind back then. Israelis as bad-asses was the meme o the day. Time for another lesson in the middle east. It’s been stones vs. rubber bullets for too long I think.

    In any case, big changes in the world and we get to live them…


    added- it’s really odd that with all the other stuff available on youtube, no full version of the movie…

  20. lynn says:

    Wow, I did not know that about Otis Redding.

  21. SteveF says:

    For your reading pleasure.
    (You do get pleasure from laughing at clueless imbecility, right?)

  22. JimL says:

    Ruined a perfectly good Monday.

    I wonder what would happen to her if she were to go (openly) to Palestine. Saudi. Siam. I am amazed she is able to function.

  23. SteveF says:

    That, too, but mostly I was thinking about what an unparalleled delight it must be to date her.

  24. nick flandrey says:

    I don’t think for a moment that anyone in the world could get past that list, or would WANT to. No,


  25. nick flandrey says:

    Sweet jebus, that ‘woman’ is nuts.
    1. “I don’t want to have to have laborious discussions where I have to prove to someone that”.. the crazy inside my head doesn’t match objective reality…

    2. ‘Ignoring trans-misogynoir would be to deny one of the biggest, most despicable problems that we face. –Instead of, say, cultures that allow or celebrate child rape, or mass starvation, or child soldiers, or the ‘virgin cleansing myth’, or chopping up albinos for ‘medicine’, or burial practices that spread plague, or spousal abuse, or human trafficking, or……

    3. “…women are supposed to be mothers because we’re nothing but ambulatory incubators.” –NO, women are supposed to be mothers because THEY HAVE THE WOMBS and are the ones who GIVE BIRTH. If they give birth but DON”T become mothers, then they are in fact nothing but walking incubators.

    4. ” because their experience and knowledge is crucial to understanding the oppressive structures of our world.” — Yep, nothing says this person has important and insightful THOUGHTS like selling ones BODY for money. Nothing says ‘philosopher emeritus’ like sucking dick for dollars.

    5. …”being pro-Palestine and BDS [anti-Israel] is a necessary part of intersectionality.” –Yes, no one has proved themselves able to manage their own affairs than the Palestinians. How well are those greenhouses producing? Still got “refugees” 70 years later? Nothing says inclusiveness and tolerance like some good old fashioned Jew hating…

    6. …”my understanding of how Europeans committed genocide against indigenous populations here in the U.S. was fairly limited.” But I feel qualified to have opinions about it after some googling, and I’ve COMPLETELY ignored European genocide against other Europeans, Asians, and Africans…. cuz ‘Merica = bad.

    7. “That means that if you aren’t contributing to the system with your labor, your life means almost nothing.” –Hmm, THAT’S what Capitalism is? Note the conflation of ‘laboring’ with ‘worth’. Lefties have this problem as they rarely actually labor, so they struggle with self-worth. Self worth comes from DOING not BEING, one of the greatest ideas to come out of western civilization.

    8. “Can any human be illegal?” — so full of the BS she wants me to ‘miss her with’.

    “We live on a tiny planet, with land and water within a galaxy surrounded by a universe with an inconceivable number of other galaxies and planets. ” — which are all INACCESSIBLE! Despite the best efforts of white men (who remain the only humans to ever set foot on an extra-terrestrial body.)

    “Yet here we dictate where we are and who is allowed to be where we are. It’s mind-boggling that borders are even a thing, ” — says someone with a tiny mind, which can’t even hold a concept that has been the BEDROCK of human society since, well, forever.

    “so to call people “aliens” or “illegal immigrants” is so inhumane and despicable.” — not just inhumane, SO inhumane. And despicable. Yet, she has no problems at all with labeling those SHE dislikes.

    “White Americans stole this land, colonized this land, created so many borders, pushed out, killed and enslaved people of color and somehow they have the audacity to claim that this land is theirs and that black and brown immigrants are stealing their jobs, land, and homes? Miss me with that bullshit.” — yep, there were no non-Whites involved at all in that 400 year process. Not a one. Oh, and they have the AUDACITY to believe in historical precedent, rule of law, treaties, right of conquest, and all the other things that those “enslaved people of color” practiced too, in one form or another. Ask the people eaten by the Aztecs, or enslaved by them to feed their population if it felt better knowing their murders were committed by fellow brown skins?

    9. “I can’t think of any other religion which has been vilified and lied about more than Islam in a cultural and systemic way.” — cuz I’m shallow, filled with hatred, unlettered, and uneducated, and incapable of recognizing my own Jew hatred. Protocols of Zion anyone? Death to America, Death to the Jews? THE FREAKING HOLOCAUST?

    10. “humans are awful and lack empathy. ” –yep she sure is.

    My thanks to SteveF for getting my blood pumping this am…


  26. JimL says:

    All of what Nick said, but Steve’s one-liner wins.

  27. nick flandrey says:

    For advanced grievance whoring, divisiveness, envy, mis-anthropy, racism, and a whole punchbowl full of other turds, the reader may wish to further explore words used in this article like:



    Intersectional Feminism

    white privilege

    dismantling patriarchy

    toxic masculinity


    Boycott, Divest, Sanctions

    prison industrial complex

    school to prison pipeline

    Aztlan, Raza, and MEChA

    ableist slurs

    Or in other words, this one article pretty much manages to contain all that is nasty in the world on the fem/prog/globalist/racialist/etc world view. If you went thru and unpacked all the catch phrases, terms of art, portmanteau words, and attempts to redefine language and behaviour, you’d get a pretty good idea of the state of the opposition in the current culture war. Make no mistake, it IS a war, they intend to win it, and they want you dead or marginalized.


  28. JimL says:

    Shoot. You just sent me down a rabbit hole. I did not realize that such people walk among us.
    Ableism is not a list of bad words. Language is *one* tool of an oppressive system.
    They walk among us! And they breed! (That last part confuses me. HOW!?!)

  29. SteveF says:

    They breed because Trumphitler won’t pay for the birth control pills even though free birth control is everypersyn’s right.

  30. nick flandrey says:

    “from the belief that people with Down Syndrome look like people from Mongolia.”

    — hmmm, ‘cuz they do?


  31. nick flandrey says:

    offered as an anodyne: — a guy with a very soothing voice who fixes Star Wars collectibles and action figures. — customizes and restores Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars — nice model railroad layout — warning autoplay — another railroader, but with an impenetrable Scots accent… –also autoplay


    (just dropped the collective productivity of the group to near zero…..)

  32. JimL says:

    How could the god that is SteveF miss the fact that she swings towards women? She can’t become pregnant because she shuns males altogether.

    Come to think of it – she’s rather intolerant.

  33. SteveF says:

    This particular induhvidual is gay, but I took ‘how do they breed?!’ as a broader question.

  34. Miles_Teg says:

    Unfortunately I’m not as smart as SteveF or Nick so I gave up trying to figure out that article after a paragraph or two. The subscription and begging popups didn’t improve my mood either.

  35. nick flandrey says:

    “The subscription and begging popups didn’t improve my mood either.”

    adblock !

    I didn’t see any popups or ads.

    And you could safely miss the article, if you are already “woke” to the culture war against white males and normal behaviours.


  36. SteveF says:

    Miles_Teg, it’s not about figuring out that essay, it’s about marvelling at its magnificence. You might wish to substitute another word for “magnificence”.

  37. SteveF says:

    already “woke” to the culture war

    The funny thing about “woke” is that both sides use it to describe the true believers on their own side.

  38. JimL says:

    I must not be a true believer. The only “woke” I use is with my kids. “Who woke your mother up?” They do it EVERY time. And it’s always my fault.

    I don’t see sides in the culture wars. I see “leaving people the heck alone” and “forcing an ideology down their throats”. If “woke” applies to any of that, it’s in a language I don’t understand.

    Kind of like someone’s fascination with sheep.

  39. nick flandrey says:

    “woke” is a dog whistle (see what I did there?) word for the Social Justice Warrior crowd.

    Used ironically and micro-aggressively by me.


    Being Woke means being aware.. Knowing whats going on in the community
    [esp and almost exclusively]
    (Relating to Racism and Social Injustice)

    Person 1: Stop bringing racism into everything
    Person 2 : Your clearly not woke
    #racism#injustice#black lives matter#baltimore#worldwide
    by indigo.child May 20, 2015″

    From the Urban Dictionary. Note the incorrect use of ‘your’ too.

  40. nick flandrey says:

    “I gave up trying to figure out that article after a paragraph or two.”

    Ah grasshopper, you will never learn the cant if you don’t learn to read and parse lefty nonsense like this article. How will you face the pc tribunal without a passing familiarity with the left’s version of buzzword bingo?

    Clearly you are being obstructive and purposefully ignorant, and [of course] racisss, with your toxic masculinity, white privilege, ableist, heteronomative patriarchal cis-male attitudes. Your daily life is one non-stop micro-aggression after another, when you’re not burning crosses on proud princess’ front lawns, and forcing your condemnation of ‘heauxing’ down their [deep] throats…

    You need to get your cracker ass woke!

    nick <- who is not 'woke' despite my awareness- as I draw the opposite conclusions from the SJWs and race-heauxs…

  41. nick flandrey says:

    And I wish the article stevef linked was parody, or satire, or on the Onion site, but it’s not. The author has also written for these pubs, which your womenfolk probably read, at least occasionally.

    “Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, BUST Magazine, ELLE and more.”


    added- oh ick, I took one for the team and looked at her twitter feed. {shudders} but it did get me this gem:

    “This is the best how to article I’ve read on how to die alone in your apartment surrounded by 30 cats…”

  42. JimL says:

    Fortunately, the womenfolk (and girlfolk) in my house have no truck with such nonsense.

  43. lynn says:

    Ah grasshopper, you will never learn the cant if you don’t learn to read and parse lefty nonsense like this article. How will you face the pc tribunal without a passing familiarity with the left’s version of buzzword bingo?

    These people remind me of the re-education camp in the original “Red Dawn” movie.

    These people want to do that to us deplorables.

  44. paul says:

    “White Americans stole this land, colonized this land, created so many borders, pushed out, killed and enslaved people of color and somehow they have the audacity to claim that this land is theirs and that black and brown immigrants are stealing their jobs, land, and homes? Miss me with that bullshit.”

    Well, Ol’ Snowflake Dahling, if Whitey is so so evil and the evilest, how ’bout you go live in the woods or on the savannas and prairies anywhere on this planet… and stop appropriating the Evil Whitey culture? You know, stuff like the wheel, books, antibiotics, running water, automobiles, airplanes, electricity and all that gave like radio, lights, TV, cell-phones. Don’t forget paved roads and grocery stores. You know, all the good stuff that makes life easy. Easy enough for you to have the time to think of something to complain about. You’re appropriating /my/ culture. I’m not seeing the plus side here for me. Tacos and Soul Food ain’t enough effort from your side of the equation.

    *heads explode*


  45. SteveF says:

    A couple times when black or hispanic people have yammered on about appropriating their culture I’ve told them to take off their sneakers — white invention and white materials engineering. Take off their blue jeans — white invention. Take off their underwear — modern underwear is a white invention. Set down their cell phones, backpacks, and eyeglasses — white inventions. (Cell phones are half oriental, I suppose, but the point is that black and hispanic people had almost nothing to do with creating them.)

    It may surprise you to learn that not a single person stripped down and set aside their possessions. Hypocrisy, thy name is SJW.

  46. paul says:

    Schwartzer died last Saturday noonish. What is the superstition about owls? 3 AM that night hooting owls woke me. When I let Missy and Penny out about 7am, aka “just a glow of sun time” there was a large sounding owl in front of the house and a few more around the rest of the house.

    I have double pane windows…. you can hardly hear the UPS truck rattling and banging down the driveway.

    Didn’t hear an owl before the day he died and nothing since. Hmm. But we had a cold front and some rain, even the robins vanished until yesterday.

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