Mon. April 23, 2018 – empty brain syndrome

51F and damp. Chilly. But the sun is out, and I’m sure it will warm up.

So much in the news, but I can’t seem to gather a cogent thought about any of it. Freakin’ FBI had the Waffle House shooter’s guns and gave them back. Now 4 people are dead. His dad should get Federal charges for the transfer to a prohibited person, and possibly accessory to murder. I think “shall not be infringed” applies to ALL the current gun laws, and they are all unConstitutional on their face, but until we get rid of them (and accept that there will be lots of situations we don’t like, kinda like with ALL the Amendments) ENFORCE THE LAW. If he’s too crazy to have guns, he’s too crazy to be walking around dressed or NAKED.


Decided what to put in the redone raised beds. It’s a bit late, but I’m going to do a row of snap peas, just in case it stays cool a bit longer. I’ll do a row of bush beans (long and purple) in front of that, with a row of carrots, some turnips, and somewhere a couple of collards.

I’m now pretty sure the onions I moved to the fence boxes are really leeks. Which is ok, but not what I was hoping for. I harvested the last beet from last year. Damnable squirrels.

Cilantro never did get big enough for harvest.

I’ll find some sort of bean or pea that will grow here, or I’ll kill them all trying….


Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

34 thoughts on “Mon. April 23, 2018 – empty brain syndrome”

  1. So she’s either dumber than a rock, or a lying weasel…. because WTF did she think was going to happen?

    “Merkel admits ‘a new form of anti-Semitism’ has emerged among Germany’s Arab refugees and admits she is ‘dismayed’ that Jewish schools and synagogues require police protection

    German Chancellor made remarks in interview on Israeli television on Sunday ”

    “people of Arab origin who bring another form of anti-Semitism into the country,”

    and when the truth suddenly leaks out —

    “‘The fact that no nursery, no school, no synagogue can be left without police protection dismays us,’ she said. ”

    Add the bill for that protection to the total for bringing in the savages…


  2. So she’s either dumber than a rock, or a lying weasel…. because WTF did she think was going to happen?

    Lying weasel. As much as I am loathe to throw the term out, Europe still has a lot of anti-semitism.

  3. Dad’s opinion based on facts, and I cannot be convinced otherwise:

    The reason for the rise/popularity of the mooslem “religion” (not to be confused with true Reformed Muslims) is that it allows, no encourages, violence and death against anyone you do not like for any reason, appealing to base human desires. It also demands that women be treated as objects for any man’s sexual pleasure and chattel for everything else.

    Until people get this through their thick skulls the world will only become a worse place as, unfortunately, the mooslem “religion” appeals to the base instincts of of man (man in the specific, and some warped women).

    I so miss being able to get OFD into a conversation here.

    I consider my religious views to be “reformed” and “enlightened”, but still based in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (throw in Moses too); and the influence of my many years association with several kinds of Judaism and the no longer openness and ecumenical position of the Episcopal/Anglican Church (now too tied up in the LGBTXYZ bull-crap and no longer in the Bible).

  4. And the Catholic Church got co-opted by the socialists with vatican II and the hippy dippy kumbaya nonsense. Since they moved their focus to the Latin Americans, socialism made sense.

    What is going on with the Anglicans and the other British derived churches is just astounding, and not in a good way.


  5. “Now he’s colluding with North Korea !”

    Funny how the ‘one world’ people are losing their minds when the leader of the US actually DOES work together with other leaders…..


  6. God, I love beets!
    I’ve been extolling the virtues of pressure cookers for years. They’ve become a bit of a rage lately, with bells and whistles and electronic gadgetry, but for my money I’d still go with Ye Olde Classic:

    Had mine for a decade or more and it regularly cooks beets and leeks, serves as an autoclave (thank you RBT: 15 minutes).

    Just sayin’…

    Just don’t cook potatoes in them. For some reason the high temp turns them jnto glue.

  7. Just don’t cook potatoes in them. For some reason the high temp turns them jnto glue.

    Glue is useful. This is where I really miss RBT. I would place good odds he would have:
    a) researched the glue-ness of potatoes
    b) devised experiments to create several types of glue
    c) discovered that Romans created a superglue out of egg whites and wild mushroom extract, or something equally interesting (I did read someplace that those wacky Romans did in fact create a form or super glue, used by soldiers to fix decorations on their armor. Sadly, I don’t recall the details.)
    d) wrote up a lab
    e) got everyone here wondering if they could make glue themselves
    e.1) had half of us wondering how we could make a solvent to release the now-stuck lid on our pressure cookers

    Here, hold my beer. Now, where is my spare pressure cooker…?

  8. including a bug out bag! Mainstream baby!

    Going after the LDS market, maybe?

    At some point, the current detente that exists between Costco and Amazon will break, and Costco will need to get creative to survive.

  9. I so miss being able to get OFD into a conversation here.

    I also miss Mr. OFD’s wicked tongue.

  10. Regarding the Waffle House shooter, I’m glad that James Shaw, Jr. was there to stop him. The poor guy stopped him, and still wishes he had done more to save lives. It baffles me that the dad got the guns back and gave him back to his son. I think dad should be charged with being a conspirator before the fact.

  11. I attended a speech by this guy last week on fossil, hydro, and nuclear energy. He had the most interesting perspective on electricity, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” by Alex Epstein:

    “For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better.”

    “Mankind’s use of fossil fuels is supremely virtuous—because human life is the standard of value and because using fossil fuels transforms our environment to make it wonderful for human life.””

    Note, I have not read his book but I plan to. He has a website at:

  12. 71º and sunny. Rode to work this morning, and looking forward to the ride home. It’s downhill to work and uphill home…

    Day 6 (7? 8?) of the SCO saga. I got the doggone thing working.
    Clonezilla to a byte-wise copy of the drive to a USB jump drive on USB 1.1
    Disk2VHD to create a .vhd file for HyperV
    Disable Hyper on my desktop because VMWare won’t run
    StarWind to convert the VHD to VMDK (and associated flat file)
    Create a VMWare VM
    Boot the machine & note that a terminal doesn’t exist (the one the GUI operated on)

    There’s still work to do, such as getting the real system image, but my replacement drives have arrived, so I have some breathing room. I think I may be able to get it done.

  13. “,,,nonwhites seem less willing than ever to forgive America’s whites…for anything. Funny how that works. It’s almost as if the more people bend over, the harder they get drilled.”

    What? The writer knows my wife’s Chinese cousins?!? 🙂

  14. I also miss Mr. OFD’s wicked tongue.

    MrAtoz, as a former military man you know the obvious follow-up: That’s what she said!

  15. I’ve been coming here since 1996, and miss Bob terribly.

    Ten dead and 15 injured and you guys are making fucking jokes about it?

    Assholes! This place has gone downhill fast. I won’t be back.

  16. Assholes! This place has gone downhill fast. I won’t be back.

    It’s called gallows humor, dammit! 🙁

  17. I thought we’d always had a good bit of graveyard humor here, including some by RBT hisownself on occasion.

  18. I believe I have noticed a shift here. RBT set the tone and steadied the site. We followed Bob’s interests with his daily posts.

    Nick sets a different tone. More prepping, more of what Nick does daily. There is also an almost daily summary of what’s going on in the world that supports the proposition that we should prep. Definitely more TEOTWAWKI than RBT’s posts.

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bob talked about carrying on when he was gone, and practically handed the keys to Nick. So Nick sets a different tone than Bob did.

    Good thing? Bad thing? I cannot say. I do understand the echo chamber effect, so I try not to feed into the parts I don’t like. I do like the people here, and the commentary is often insightful and helpful. Rick’s discussion of site maintenance and issues is fantastic. If Rick mentions something, I almost always run out and investigate for use on my own site.

    This place has vets, techs, and preppers. Those three things draw me here. And I really do miss some of the pillars of the site. I’m looking forward to OFD’s return.

  19. The blatant racism of blacks against whites seems to be a uniquely US phenomenon. I don’t seen anything quite like it here. The latest Starbucks incident as a case in point: They were loitering, and ultimately asked to leave. They could have purchased something, or they could have left peacefully. Why does anyone take these yahoos seriously?

    @bgrigg: Sometimes one makes an off-color joke, to make a point. Sometimes a joke strikes another person wrong. The thing is: we are inundated daily with bad news. A shooter here, a tragic accident there. All the global bad news, all the time. It’s not good, and it’s not healthy, but currently that is the modern internet. Humor is a defense.

    @JimL: Well said!

  20. Why does anyone take these yahoos seriously?

    Because the media feeds on such issues. How the black people are horribly oppressed and the world is against them. The media in the US is horribly biased, mostly to feed their ratings.

    Truth be told black people have more opportunities than they have ever had. Preferential hiring, special schooling, race biased groups (NAACP, Black Congrssional Caucus, Society of Black Engineers, Black History Month, ETC.).

    Black people are using this media frenzy to their advantage by making certain they get noticed and pushing the limits. Starbucks was setup, played using the race card. Such tactics will eventually backfire.

    I have seen black people cut in line and no one says anything for fear of being racist. I have seen black people enter theaters without paying and the theater does nothing for fear of causing a racial incident. Do anything to Black people and the first words out of their mouth is “racist”. Such behavior is not sustainable.

    Everything should be color blind. A person is qualified or they are not based on their qualifications. No special treatment based on skin or ethnic background. Everyone plays by the same rules.

    As it is now white people view black people with suspicion. Mostly due to black people trying to get away with theft, special consideration, etc. Black people are the ones keeping racism alive by their very actions. As long as being black gives them an advantage it is in their best interests to keep racism alive.

    It has to stop.

  21. Completely agree, Mr. Thompson! As a retired AF vet and current Fed civil service employee, I see special treatment for non-white people constantly now. Fear of retribution being the biggest workplace issue I have to deal with almost daily.

    Anyone know the definition of “privilege?” Merriam-Webster says “a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office .”

    I thought only white people have this? I’m confused…

  22. When my father died I attended his funeral. He and I and had not had any contact for 40+ years. When I was young in the middle 50’s living with my parents my father was a racist through and through. Not restricted to black people but anyone that was different but especially black people.

    At the funeral the person that got up to deliver the eulogy was black. I was shocked, absolutely stunned. The individual provided a good eulogy.

    At the dinner/reception after the funeral I approached the person that gave the eulogy and asked him how my father, a racist, and him became friends.

    He said, yes my father was a racist, so was he. They were both raised that way and would not change this late in life. They both knew it, they both told racist jokes against each other, they both made racist comments about each other. But they had interests in common that were more important. They enjoyed each other’s company and just let the racism be a part of their relationship. They acknowledged the racism, considered it nothing more than “sticks and stones…” and moved on with their common interests which were more important. The racism only affected their speaking to each other and not their actions. He then said “This nigger will very much miss that pale faced honkee who was my best friend” with a smile on his face and a tear in his eye.

  23. I thought we’d always had a good bit of graveyard humor here, including some by RBT hisownself on occasion.

    Exactly. Bob on more than one occaison said this place is “unsocial media”. Post whatever you want.

    Perhaps Mr. Nick can pre-read all posts to make sure there is nothing offensive.

  24. It’s called gallows humor, dammit!

    If I offended anyone here with my “O Canada” reply to @MrAtoz, I am truly sorry. I was mocking the fact that I have read several commenters talk about banning white trucks in several countries. It is absolutely crazy to ban the tool and to dismiss the user. I look at all of these clueless people running around screaming “Ban guns ! Ban knives ! Ban white trucks !” and wonder how we ever landed a man on the moon and brought him home.

  25. Perhaps Mr. Nick can pre-read all posts to make sure there is nothing offensive.

    I am fairly sure that is the last thing that @nick wants to do with his negative free time. He already provides us with a very nice comment to start the day with. In fact, I look forward to his daily thoughts on what is trending now. @nick is not RBT and things are different but that is the way of life, the only constant thing in life is change.

    And yes, I miss RBT too.

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