Fri. Jan. 4, 2019 – appointments today, and kids at home

36F and wet out. That feels pretty dang cold BTW.

Up early because it is family dentist day, YEA! Or not. We’re all in pretty good shape so there shouldn’t be any uncomfortable surprises, nor expensive ones, but I’ll touch wood just in case.

Making sure your health care is up to date is an important prep. Don’t let things fester. Literally.

I guess we’ve got a couple of days to see what the world and markets do now that we’ve put Nancy and a bunch of haters in the House. Anyone think we’ll get a new Camelot? No? Didn’t think so. Pity that time travel doesn’t exist. Imagine a world where Teddy died in a ditch alongside Mary Jo. No change in immigration policy from europeans to third worlders for one. That would have a HUGE impact. Now take out Bill Ayers and eliminate that long game. Those two edits alone might have been enough to save what we had. Maybe interfere with Woodward and Bernstein just enough to prevent the toxic erosion of faith in government, and creating the idea that the activist was the highest form of journalism….

You see Johnny, one person CAN make a difference.

n

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68 Responses to Fri. Jan. 4, 2019 – appointments today, and kids at home

  1. JimL says:

    36º and sunny, with a high of 46 predicted. Looks to be a good day.

    Hypothetical: Could you go back in time and shoot Hitler in the head, as a youth? How about Churchill? Mussolini? Grant? Lee?

    Nobody knows what would have happened had Teddy not had a few too many drinks that night or had he died as well. Somebody would have proposed ending the immigration ban. Teddy just happened to be the one that brought it up.

  2. Harold Combs says:

    44f, overcast, and a wet day ahead.
    I enjoy a good alt-history novel too but suspect that any meddling might turn out for the worse.
    I have recently run across something called the “Mandela Effect”. A term used to explain mostly faulty memory, but some of the things they show aren’t true, I WOULD SWEAR used to have been true. Now I know for a fact that Nelson Mandela did not die in prison in the late 80s because I was on a plane with him from NYC to DC in 1994. Has anyone else heard about this so-called “phenomenon”?

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Nobody knows what would have happened had Teddy not had a few too many drinks that night or had he died as well. Somebody would have proposed ending the immigration ban. Teddy just happened to be the one that brought it up.

    The first Kennedy immigration deal was done in … ’67 (?). Teddy drowning at Chappaquiddick may have affected the next scheduled amnesty which happened in the mid-80s, but Kennedy was not as much of a factor in pushing the mid 2000s bill compared to the impact of RINOs such as Congressman “Opie” in FL and Lindsey Graham.

    Teddy not liquored up that night might have meant another Kennedy Presidency in ’76 with Reagan booting him out of office in ’80. No Carter Presidency.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    No change in immigration policy from europeans to third worlders for one. That would have a HUGE impact.

    Yup, and Teddy deserved to die with Mary Jo even if Immigration still changed.

  5. Harold Combs says:

    Uh Oh … not good
    The wife visited her doctor yesterday because of sudden swelling and other symptoms. The doctor called this morning telling her to check into hospital ASAP as his tests show her kidneys are failing. So I am off to drive her to hospital again. She has been fighting diabetes for over 25 years now and it looks to be winning.

  6. MrAtoz says:

    Our “new” Congress

    ’We’re Going to Impeach the Motherf*cker!’

    How is this “better” than tRump?

    Oh, yeah, Black,female, lawyer and Dumbocrat. Say anything and do anything then use it as a strawman, gaslight, projection, etc. Palestinian lover.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    Oh no Mr. Combs, please keep us informed. My best wishes for your wife’s health.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Geez, how could I miss Tlaib’s a Mooslim, too.f

  9. DadCooks says:

    @Harold C, praying for the best for your wife and comfort and hope for you and your family.

    I have been living with Type II Diabetes for more than 30 years, the maternal side of my family has a history of Type II Diabetes going back 3 generations and its complications have been not been conducive to long life. The “treatments/medications” play havoc with the liver and kidneys. You would think that by now better treatments and medications would have been developed, but the fact is that Big Pharma does not seem to be inclined to do better and medical coverage (particularly by Medi-don’t-care and Medicaid-not) is a continuous hassle compounded by doctors that are really not up to speed.

    It also complicates things that complying with regimes to live with Diabetes is hard. Not to make excuses, but living with Diabetes is not fun or easy.

    I’ll get off my soapbox and end with more prayers for hope and comfort for all.

  10. nick flandrey says:

    @harold, I’m hoping for the best for you both…
    n

  11. Vince says:

    @Harold, prayers for both of you.

  12. lynn says:

    Our “new” Congress

    ’We’re Going to Impeach the Motherf*cker!’
    https://www.mediaite.com/online/new-congresswoman-rashida-tlaib-goes-off-on-trump-were-going-to-impeach-the-motherfcker/

    How is this “better” than tRump?

    Oh, yeah, Black,female, lawyer and Dumbocrat. Say anything and do anything then use it as a strawman, gaslight, projection, etc. Palestinian lover.

    What a lovely example of the religion of peace, islam.

    Meanwhile, the middle east, the birthplace of Christianity, is burning and the number of Christians martyrs over the last few years is in the hundreds of thousands. The numbers of Christians living in the middle east has steadily declined due to them fleeing in any direction.

    My friends, in the voice of my friend OFD, I give you Europe in a generation. Convert or die !
    https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Saints-Jean-Raspail/dp/1881780384/?tag=ttgnet-20

    And now the muslims have a toehold in the USA. Wonderful, just wonderful.

  13. lynn says:

    Wizard of ID: Alternative Math
    https://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2019/01/04

    Heh. I do not resemble that this year, thank goodness.

  14. Ed says:

    Anyone here have any experiences with Protonmail on OSX and iOS Apple products?

    One of my resolutions for this year is to transition off Gmail, Yahoo, and the rest. It’s going to be a hassle after all these years.

    I seem to recall some discussions about alternate email providers on this site last year, and wondered if anyone had made the move.

    I’m not plotting to overthrow the government, just tired of the creepy electronic stalking.

  15. MrAtoz says:

    Anyone here have any experiences with Protonmail on OSX and iOS Apple products?

    Mr. OFD was the King of Secure email. Perhaps search for his posts and what he used.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    I seem to recall some discussions about alternate email providers on this site last year, and wondered if anyone had made the move.

    My non-Gmail personal mail account is a paid att.net address, legacy AT&T WorldNet.

    At this point, it is rebranded paid Yahoo mail, but the paid account is not mined for advertising. I use the account for personal business, job searches, and anything else I don’t want Google to know about.

    I’m not overly neurotic about privacy. My big concerns with Gmail are:

    1. I think the black swan which will end “The Cloud” migration is a huge security breach. My money is on everyone’s Gmail going online with a nice index for keyword searches.

    2. Google still views Gmail as an experimental service which means it is subject to end at any time.

  17. nick flandrey says:

    Wow, when the coming economic collapse and prepping are mainstream enough for a comic strip…..

    n

    Returned from getting my fangs cleaned, as our friend would have said. Orthodontia is definitely in my child’s future. I guess I better start another coin jar…..

  18. nick flandrey says:

    “And now the muslims have a toehold in the USA. Wonderful, just wonderful.”

    Far more than a ‘toehold’. And there will be those who will support them just to poke israel.

    n

  19. lynn says:

    Uh Oh … not good
    The wife visited her doctor yesterday because of sudden swelling and other symptoms. The doctor called this morning telling her to check into hospital ASAP as his tests show her kidneys are failing. So I am off to drive her to hospital again. She has been fighting diabetes for over 25 years now and it looks to be winning.

    @HaroldC, I prayed for your wife also.

  20. nick flandrey says:

    Something seriously wrong in the world when a headline can say this ‘with a straight face.’

    “Meghan’s $500K wardrobe: How the duchess wore new clothing worth FIVE times more than any other royal woman in Europe in 2018 – while Kate’s spend was a modest $86K”

    n

  21. lynn says:

    2. Google still views Gmail as an experimental service which means it is subject to end at any time.

    Are you sure of this ?

    We have our domain MX record moved to Gmail since 2002 ???. Works wonderfully. We are still grandfathered in and they do not charge us a penny which I find amazing.

  22. nick flandrey says:

    and “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6557791/Houston-teen-charged-shooting-dead-friend-no-lackin-challenge.html

    Alajil, who is a Syrian national, had his bond set at $250,000 bond after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and that he presents a danger to the community.

    At the time of Estes-Johnson’s killing, Alajil was out on $50,000 bond awaiting trial in an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon case.”

    Just two teenage youths,
    Hangin’ out in the ‘hood,
    Fightin’ the system like
    two modern day Robin Hoods….

    well, at least one was a robbin’ hood…..

  23. nick flandrey says:

    Dumpster diving as a lifestyle hits the front page…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6557699/Dumpster-diving-mother-reveals-saved-12-000-selling-garbage.html

    Search on youtube to see how many people are doing this, and how many WATCH.

    n

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Are you sure of this ?

    We have our domain MX record moved to Gmail since 2002 ???. Works wonderfully. We are still grandfathered in and they do not charge us a penny which I find amazing.

    When Google Chat shut down, I saw an article from one of the pundits, maybe Dvorak, speculating about the questionable permanence of all Google services, including Gmail.

    Granted, Gmail would be very difficult to shut down at this point, but I know a lot of groups with zero budget or security restrictions against messaging service who depended on Chat, including the infrastructure group I worked with at the university.

    Regardless, keep in mind the true cost of the service when the monetary price is zero.

    And I still believe that Gmail will be the subject of the black swan event that ends the cloud fascination by git IT departments. Even a partial breach would be devastating to the entire *AAS industry.

  25. nick flandrey says:

    Wonder if she’ll get a public indecency charge and have to register as a sex offender like a male would? Naw, that would be too fair.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6556213/Antifa-protestor-flashes-bum-riot-police-Portland-Oregon.html

    chickie has a smooth bottom, I’ll give her that, but the crazy, stay away from the crazy fellas…..

    n

  26. Greg Norton says:

    Wonder if she’ll get a public indecency charge and have to register as a sex offender like a male would? Naw, that would be too fair.

    Oregon law permits public nudity in certain contexts. Political protest is probably one of those. The city certainly does not lack for strip clubs … or homeless stripping down to bathe in the fountains.

    Recent case law is this situation from a few years ago:

    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/07/portlands_airport_stripper_joh.html

    I completely forgot about the naked bike ride. The entire Nortwest experience is the one time in life I wish a “do over” was possible.

  27. mediumwave says:

    chickie has a smooth bottom, I’ll give her that, but the crazy, stay away from the crazy fellas…..

    “When that doesn’t get his attention, the flasher turns and sticks the middle finger up at him while shouting expletives.”

    Her parents must be so proud.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    The wife visited her doctor yesterday because of sudden swelling and other symptoms. The doctor called this morning telling her to check into hospital ASAP as his tests show her kidneys are failing. So I am off to drive her to hospital again. She has been fighting diabetes for over 25 years now and it looks to be winning.

    Thoughts and prayers.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Her parents must be so proud.

    I have no doubt that my wife’s Prog former associate and her husband are involved with Antifa. The girl kinda-sorta looks like the associate, but so do a lot of women in Portland.

  30. JimL says:

    @Harold – I’ll say a little prayer. And think good things.

  31. nick flandrey says:

    I wonder who she’ll call when her boyfriend starts beating her? Maybe her cell leader? Or possibly…………………………………………… the police?

    n

    added- they were able to dox the bike lock professor, so with those eyebrows, and that nose, they should be able to dox her. Wonder what her FB looks like? Also, love the nice purse… reminds me of a song lyric, “rich punk rocker, silver spoon and a paper plate.” Also, LOVE how these femen and the other female protesters can’t wait to get naked to “show you”. What more would a male chauvinist pig want than naked chicks? Oh PLEASE don’t throw me in that briar patch….

  32. lynn says:

    Granted, Gmail would be very difficult to shut down at this point, but I know a lot of groups with zero budget or security restrictions against messaging service who depended on Chat, including the infrastructure group I worked with at the university.

    Regardless, keep in mind the true cost of the service when the monetary price is zero.

    Yeah, I know. I keep on waiting for Google to say that we have to pay $5/month/email address any day now. Yes, I am cheap XXXX frugal.

    And I still believe that Gmail will be the subject of the black swan event that ends the cloud fascination by git IT departments. Even a partial breach would be devastating to the entire *AAS industry.

    Not GMail (Google has been burned a LOT and is careful) but, one of the social services (Facecrack, etc) will have a black swan someday.`

    Being in the SAAS desktop software business, security is tough, very tough. I cannot imagine the maelstrom that is the SAAS server based software business.

  33. lynn says:

    And the Brazos River is heading into minor flooding next week at the Richmond gauge.
    https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=HGX&gage=RMOT2

    However, the next gauge downstream (about 30 miles as the river goes), is going into moderate flooding with a continued journey to major flooding ?
    https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=hgx&gage=rost2&prob_type=stage&source=hydrograph

    We have yet to raise our levee three ft and rebuild our pumping stations here in the Greatwood subdivision of Sugar Land. Or add the new third pumping station.

  34. paul says:

    Yeah, I know. I keep on waiting for Google to say that we have to pay $5/month/email address any day now. Yes, I am cheap XXXX frugal.

    DreamHost. I have the Crazy Domain Insane plan. $120 a year. Unlimited discussion groups, announce lists, and e-mail addresses. It just works.

    You could change your mx records to your-domain.com to mail.your-domain.com.

    They have web mail, too. The spam filtering seems to work well.

  35. lynn says:

    “When that doesn’t get his attention, the flasher turns and sticks the middle finger up at him while shouting expletives.”

    Her parents must be so proud.

    The wife and I used to watch the “Dharma and Greg” tv show with our daughter. Dharma’s parents would be proud.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118303/

  36. nick flandrey says:

    For my business email, I have five addresses with my domain host, godaddy. There isn’t a lot of storage, and I use the webmail exclusively. It forwards to my gmail, which gets it to my phone. That was easier than setting up something else.

    Since I have personal domains registered, but nothing built for them yet, I haven’t set up any emails on those domains. I’ve even got “flandreyFamily.com” if that was the name my family shares…..

    I might set that up soon. I’ll just add it to the list.

    n

  37. nick flandrey says:

    I’ll add that aol.com used to have really good spam filtering. After the yahoo merge, I’m getting a significant increase in spam.

    n

  38. lynn says:

    You could change your mx records to your-domain.com to mail.your-domain.com.

    They have web mail, too. The spam filtering seems to work well.

    I have a dedicated server that I could change my MX record back to in a heartbeat at https://www.pair.com/ . But, we get joe-jobbed DAILY. Gmail blocks all of that nonsense for us using the old Postini software. In fact, I was getting ready to pay Postini to filter our email when Google bought them.

    You have never lived until you get 10,000+ email bounces back to your server using my office administrators email address. My office administrator started crying around 4,000 bouncebacks and went home at 5,000. I telneted up to our server and started deleting the emails directly out of the email queue using vi. Took me hours but we only had a T1 (or maybe it was an ISDN ?) at the time and it was saturated when the emails came down.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_job

  39. lynn says:

    “Trump says he will be ‘proud’ to shut down the government for YEARS if he doesn’t get his Mexican wall and says he might declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY to build it as ‘contentious’ White House talks end in stalemate”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6558117/Pence-suggests-DACA-table-theres-no-wall-no-deal-Dems-made.html

    I am ok with this. What do you want to bet that some Kalifornia judge will have a problem with this ?

    Hmmm, no IRS for years. I wonder what the income tax compliance rate will be after a year ?

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  40. lynn says:

    I’ll add that aol.com used to have really good spam filtering. After the yahoo merge, I’m getting a significant increase in spam.

    About 10 a day out of my daily 200+ emails are spam. All XXX most of those go into my spam folder at gmail.

    Before Gmail, my email was running 50/50 spam/good email. And that was on a good day. I had an intricate Procmail script (several thousand lines of rules) but it did not work very well.

  41. paul says:

    I use POP on the PCs and IMAP on phones and Kindles.

    Phones and Kindles are for reading mail. Perhaps deleting the fluff.

    POP is to download, sort, save and then delete from server. Because I store saved mail on my PC and not “in the cloud”. So far, so good, I have mail back to May 1996.

    Now, I do go into the webmail interface once in a while to delete mail saved on my PC. I don’t really need to, messages time out after 60 days or so.

  42. Ed says:

    @lynn,18:46.

    Yeah. Been there, done that. I’d rather someone else deal with it these days.

  43. lynn says:

    chickie has a smooth bottom, I’ll give her that, but the crazy, stay away from the crazy fellas…..

    Don’t worry, the forthcoming muslim brotherhood in the USA will take care of that attitude problem.

  44. paul says:

    After a few days of no Sun and rain, today was sunny. Made it all the way to 60F. Pretty nice if out of the wind.

    Why do dogs eat grass? And then wander around to barf what looks like snot?

    And not just any grass. They don’t eat St. Augustine. Then again, neither did the cows or donkey. They don’t eat the whatever grass, Bermuda?. Crab? I don’t know what it is.

    They snack on the native grass.

    I could Google but….. I expect it to find a pile of stuff similar to “Orange Man BAD!!!” complete with stomping feet.

    Well, dogs do dog things. And then want me to feed them. Which, according to Penny, is RIGHT NOW.

    She’s kind of pushy. 🙂

  45. MrAtoz says:

    Wonder if she’ll get a public indecency charge and have to register as a sex offender like a male would? Naw, that would be too fair.

    When AOC and Bernie get their way, that chick will get the cop’s baton on the back of her head.

  46. MrAtoz says:

    “Trump says he will be ‘proud’ to shut down the government for YEARS if he doesn’t get his Mexican wall and says he might declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY to build it as ‘contentious’ White House talks end in stalemate”

    I read on Drudge some TSA pukes are calling in sick.

    If the TSA folds, will the airlines be able to step in with their own folks? Does the “law” forbid the airlines from providing their own “TSA”? Will I have to wait in line for hours for my upcoming trip to San Antone?

  47. mediumwave says:

    The wife and I used to watch the “Dharma and Greg” tv show with our daughter. Dharma’s parents would be proud.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118303/

    Jenna Elfman can moon me any time she wants to. 😀

  48. lynn says:

    Jenna Elfman can moon me any time she wants to.

    She is in “Fear The Walking Dead” now. It took me a while to register who she was because, she got older too.

  49. mediumwave says:

    … she got older too.

    And she’s had a couple of kids since D&G.

    Nevertheless … 🙂

  50. Ray Thompson says:

    Hmmm, no IRS for years. I wonder what the income tax compliance rate will be after a year ?

    They will catch up with the non-compliers, charge them interest, maybe penalties. All those refunds delayed? No interest.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    The wife and I used to watch the “Dharma and Greg” tv show with our daughter. Dharma’s parents would be proud.

    Abby and Larry occasionally expressed regret at the way they raised Dharma, and, if the update provided by Chuck Lorre via a cameo of the couple on “Two and a Half Men” is accurate, Dharma’s personality is now the second coming of Kitty except with leftist buzzwords.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJTNsDLdAjA

  52. hcombs says:

    Thanks everyone for your prayers and support.
    Wife went into hospital with kidney in almost complete failure. That’s why she’s suddenly bloated up with water retention causing heart stress and breathing problems. Treatment has already restored some function. The doctor says we have a 50/50 chance of avoiding dialysis. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  53. nick flandrey says:

    Do you think ANY one of the protesters realizes how much they are counting on modern western males to continue acting against their base nature, as they’ve done in society for only the last few hundred years, when an unaccompanied fit young female can TAUNT a male on a public street with her naked genitals, and NOT get immediately gang raped and beaten insensate?

    Try that sh!t in India for example, where they’re raping babies because they have their skirts up while pissing in a field. Try it in any of the muslime countries, even the ones outside of the middle east. Try it in the Philippines, Malaysia, indonesia, Thailand, or anywhere in Africa. In fact, try it in Detroit, without the cops standing there, or Baltimore at 230am, or NYFC anytime after dark…

    Tell me again how you want to pull down the patriarchy, so you can really be free…..

    n

  54. nick flandrey says:

    Harold that is great news, and we’ll continue to hold you both in our prayers.

    n

  55. lynn says:

    Thanks everyone for your prayers and support.
    Wife went into hospital with kidney in almost complete failure. That’s why she’s suddenly bloated up with water retention causing heart stress and breathing problems. Treatment has already restored some function. The doctor says we have a 50/50 chance of avoiding dialysis. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Good news !

  56. Greg Norton says:

    Tell me again how you want to pull down the patriarchy, so you can really be free…..

    Ironically, Daddy’s checks pay the rent money while SNAP covers the trips to Whole Foods.

  57. lynn says:

    Tell me again how you want to pull down the patriarchy, so you can really be free…..

    Ironically, Daddy’s checks pay the rent money while SNAP covers the trips to Whole Foods.

    And Medicaid pays for her birth control …

  58. nick flandrey says:

    I was gonna make a crack about her personality providing all the birth control she needs, but let’s face it, SOMEONE will go there…

    n

  59. Ray Thompson says:

    I was gonna make a crack about her personality providing all the birth control she needs

    Well played sir.

  60. Greg Norton says:

    And Medicaid pays for her birth control …

    Nah. Discounted at Planned Parenthood of Portland.

    I have two Prog female friends whose fertility was screwed up by PP “care”, but they’re still believers.

  61. lynn says:

    And Medicaid pays for her birth control …

    Nah. Discounted at Planned Parenthood of Portland.

    I have two Prog female friends whose fertility was screwed up by PP “care”, but they’re still believers.

    Those people do not “pay” for anything. They believe that their total existence should be paid for by the “government”. Hence the FSA, the Free Stuff Army.

  62. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn wrote:

    “And Medicaid pays for her birth control … ”

    Thank goodness for that.

  63. Miles_Teg says:

    Nick wrote:

    “I was gonna make a crack about her personality providing all the birth control she needs, but let’s face it, SOMEONE will go there…”

    There’s a joke about female supporters of the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League..

    Q. What do Collingwood women use for contraception?

    A. Their personalities.

  64. MrAtoz says:

    What do Italian women put behind their ears to atrract men?

    Their heels.

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