Thur. June 4, 2020 – the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…

Hot again, wet.  Probably rainy as well.

Yesterday was all that with some serious downpours depending on what part of town you were in.  We got hammered at the house, and I got hammered on my errands.

The sun did come out late in the afternoon, but everything was wet and the humidity was at saturation.  Not pleasant.

Dinner was canned pulled pork from Costco, at least a couple of years past best by, half with bbq sauce, half without, served on hamburger buns, with pasta and canned corn (of course) as a side.  Kids gobbled it down.   We’ve been using 2 cans whenever I make something from storage, but my planning was for one can and more rice or pasta for a really long term condition.  Still got plenty so it makes sense to stick with small variations on our normal meals for now.  Reading the Little House books, they eat a lot of salt pork as their meat, and have a lot of meatless meals.  In last night’s chapter Ma writes down her recipe for 3 meals for the itinerant preacher that will be “baching”  and cooking for himself.   She figures he’ll probably make himself sick with his own cooking.  He figures he’ll learn to cook as he goes.   Both are probably right.  (Also, a jar of pickles was a major treat for the girls, like something they’d never tasted before.  We live in an age of unheard of abundance.)

Swim team practice this morning, then I’ll head over to my secondary and do some cleaning and organizing there.  Maybe I’ll fire up the forklift to move some stuff closer to the dumpster.  I’ve got to get aggressive and make some room.  It would also be nice to finish a couple of the projects I’ve got started here too.

Meanwhile, I don’t know how this rioting ends.  It’s clearly getting outside support.  It also has a parallel governing structure.  Those are two of the requirements for a successful insurrection, which is very concerning.  It won’t end with them having their demands met.  70% of the country will not accept them, and the rioters don’t actually have any idea what they’d accept to stop.  Like all of the left’s demands, they are designed to NOT be meet-able.  That lets them stay in a perpetual state of agitation.

The wuflu is not going to ignore the rioters and protesters either.   We’ll either see more cases, or we’ll know it’s no longer a threat.  I’d love for it to not be a threat, but I expect cases to rise dramatically, especially in the cities.  Texas is already seeing an increase, likely due to our early relaxation of restrictions.

On top of the wuflu, the protests/riots, and all the shifts in geopolitical alignment, we’ve got all our (ab)normal election year drama coming up too.  It’s not gonna be calm.  It’s not going to be ‘normal’.  I expect a LOT of domestic terrorism and unrest.  Localized violence.  Maybe even worse.

Get ready for all that.  There is still some time.

Keep stacking.

 

nick

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

72 thoughts on “Thur. June 4, 2020 – the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…”

  1. Bad news in Texas … well, according to The Statesman. Take that for what its worth.

    Still, it is concerning because Newsom’s money people won’t activate the big cashflows in the US Senate race until after the July Dem primary, and the incumbent isn’t at 50%.

    https://www.statesman.com/news/20200603/quinnipiac-poll-trump-biden-too-tight-to-tellrsquo-in-texas

    The facemask numbers in the polls are also interesting. The sheeple want to live in fear.

    I lost one of my disposable kabuki masks yesterday because Sam’s dropped the requirement for shoppers to wear them in the local store, and I absent-mindedly left mine in the cart at the end of the weekly trip.

    Thank God we don’t have an actual home improvement project with sanding/painting in the works. Arbitrage is still rolling on that aisle of Home Depot/Lowes. We’ve needed to replace windows, but I dread what that PPE surcharge would look like so the project will wait.


  2. We live in an age of unheard of abundance.

    Quoted for truth.

    And the wreckers are trying to take that away from us. I don’t think that’s their intent, most of them, it’s just that they’re too stupid to realize the fragility of the entire system that gives them Nikes and phones and a place to live even when they produce nothing.

  3. The wuflu is not going to ignore the rioters and protesters either. We’ll either see more cases, or we’ll know it’s no longer a threat. I’d love for it to not be a threat, but I expect cases to rise dramatically, especially in the cities. Texas is already seeing an increase, likely due to our early relaxation of restrictions.

    Regardless, people won’t return to lockdown, especially since we aren’t even appyling *TB* level standard procedures, proven effective and enforced by statute, with the known sick.

    Vomiting blood but have that Disney vacation booked for July? No temperature? The Mouse says wear a mask.

    At this point, what happens happens. The Lake Buena Vista World of Disney gift shop had three hour lines just to get into the place last weekend after opening for the first time since March.


  4. The Disney Springs gift shop had three hour lines just to get into the place last weekend.

    Crazy.

    My wife commented that’s it’s been 5 years since we’ve been to DW. We were planning to go next year before the wuflu hit. Now, who knows.

  5. There’s a marvelous irony in the rioters texting each other on their iPhones while rioting to smash capitalism.

  6. Crazy.

    My wife commented that’s it’s been 5 years since we’ve been to DW. We were planning to go next year before the wuflu hit. Now, who knows.

    Last weekend was the traditional time for “Gay Days”, an unofficial/official LGBTQXYZ event sanctioned by The Mouse to fill what is usually a slow weekend, and a lot of people were probably around to see the rocket launch, only an hour from Eisney property using the toll roads.

    It is hard to say what the numbers truly meant without looking at video of the line and knowing the “Gay Days” secret clothing code color for the weekend.

  7. A Cast Member told me last time we were there, There are no more ‘slow’ times. They have been very good about expanding and bringing in special events (like HS Band, Chorus, etc), marathons, Food and Wine, and others to fill up all the ‘slow’ times. Now it’s just busy, and real busy.

    n

  8. A Cast Member told me last time we were there, There are no more ‘slow’ times. They have been very good about expanding and bringing in special events (like HS Band, Chorus, etc), marathons, Food and Wine, and others to fill up all the ‘slow’ times. Now it’s just busy, and real busy.

    They’ve been very successful in making Orlando a once-in-a-lifetime Disney trip. That has pluses and minuses. In the pandemic, it necessited closing the parks for longer than anyone anticipated because of the few well-documented cases in March where people ignored/hid their symptoms — I’m not kidding about vomiting blood in one case — to have that experience before going home to die on a ventilator.

    I’m actually surprised they’re opening anything in Florida other than the Magic Kingdom at this point. Disney has been very careful to keep the fetish properties out of that park, limiting to the traditional IP, and it would be a good rehearsal for opening the other gates by testing, seeing what works and what tourists will tolerate in terms of Fear Masking requirements, before moving on.

  9. Geez.

    James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

    I like Mattis and thought he would *just fade away*. As soon as I hit his “Nazi” reference, I knew he is now about lining his pocket. Not a word about Lord Obola’s constant WHITEY! is rayyyciss for 8 years. Yeah, Obola was the Great Uniter. Fcuk Mattis. The only people who are a “threat to the Constitution” are those rioters, looters, BLM, Antifa, ProgLibTurds, etc. They are the ones who want to take a dump on the Constitution. Mattis probably thinks he should be President and “would fix it all” ’cause he’s so righteous.

    Vote Republican.

  10. The Floyd autopsy shows he had COVID. Therefore he died of COVID, right? Case closed.


  11. The Floyd autopsy shows he had COVID. Therefore he died of COVID, right? Case closed.

    That would be in keeping with current COVID-19 statistical reporting.

  12. 80f on the porch when I finally rolled out of bed this morning.
    Today is the unusual day when we don’t have to get up early to run to dialysis or a doctors appointment so everyone slept in.
    The splash pad in the local park opened this week and the pool opens today. It’s about a block away so an easy walk even in the hot sun. We dropped by the splash pad yesterday and found that one of the mothers there had just called 911. No, not a creepy staker or BLM rioter but a colony of fire ants that needed eradicating from the picnic area. This is what passes for an emergency in small town OK.
    Update: I was planning a lazy day but the Internet just informed me that one of my ATMs is out of recipt paper so I have to go out to load more. While I am out I will fill up some of the nearby machines that are getting low. No more than two hours tops.


  13. My wife commented that’s it’s been 5 years since we’ve been to DW. We were planning to go next year before the wuflu hit. Now, who knows.

    Our June DW vacation was moved to July 11 in March and it looks like DW will honor our reservations. With attendance to be kept to around 25% capacity they are not doing FastPass now. We were scheduled to stay at the Animal Kingdom Resort. While the main hotel rooms will not be open yet our travel agent says she can get us transferred to one of the hotels Deluxe Villas with kitchen for no charge. We hope to hear the final detail by Friday.
    Yes, we will have the hassle of wearing a face mask while in the park, security theater in my opinion, but with no crowds it will be bearable. I have watched YouTube videos of people at the newly reopened Oralndo Studios and it’s not too bad.

  14. Update: I was planning a lazy day but the Internet just informed me that one of my ATMs is out of recipt paper so I have to go out to load more. While I am out I will fill up some of the nearby machines that are getting low. No more than two hours tops.

    Ah, the future is here. The machines are the masters and we live to service them.

  15. James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

    I like Mattis and thought he would *just fade away*. As soon as I hit his “Nazi” reference, I knew he is now about lining his pocket. Not a word about Lord Obola’s constant WHITEY! is rayyyciss for 8 years. Yeah, Obola was the Great Uniter. Fcuk Mattis. The only people who are a “threat to the Constitution” are those rioters, looters, BLM, Antifa, ProgLibTurds, etc. They are the ones who want to take a dump on the Constitution. Mattis probably thinks he should be President and “would fix it all” ’cause he’s so righteous.

    Most old generals just fade away, fishing on their favorite pond and polishing all their medals. And then there is Mattis spewing forth vomit all over the place.

    Trump has had at least 20 people surrounding him with baseball bats since the day he took office. Now it is 100 people surrounding him with baseball bats. A lesser man would have written off the USA by now.

    Mom noted that Trump looked old and tired in his Rose Garden speech on Tuesday. Not good leading into an election season.

  16. “Walter Williams: If US Poor Were a Nation, It Would Be One of World’s Richest”
    https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/walter-e-williams/walter-williams-if-us-poor-were-nation-it-would-be-one-worlds-richest

    “Imagine that you are an unborn spirit in heaven. God condemns you to a life of poverty but will permit you to choose the country in which you will spend your life.”

    “Which country would you choose?”

    “I would choose the United States of America”

    “As early as 2010, 43 percent of all poor households owned their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. The typical poor American has more living space than the average non-poor individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens and other cities throughout Europe. Ninety-seven percent of poor households have one or more color televisions — half of which are connected to cable, satellite, or a streaming service. Some 82 percent of poor families have one or more smartphones. Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher. Most poor families have a car or truck and 43 percent own two or more vehicles.”

    Good night he has a lot of stats in there.

    And we are a rich country in the USA.

    So what are these people rioting and looting for ?

  17. Bad news in Texas … well, according to The Statesman. Take that for what its worth.

    Still, it is concerning because Newsom’s money people won’t activate the big cashflows in the US Senate race until after the July Dem primary, and the incumbent isn’t at 50%.

    https://www.statesman.com/news/20200603/quinnipiac-poll-trump-biden-too-tight-to-tellrsquo-in-texas

    I have not been polled in decades. If I were to be polled, I would not answer due to fear of persecution. I suspect many of my fellow conservatives feel the same way.

    The true poll comes on the first Tuesday in November. Everything until then is fake news.

  18. Most old generals just fade away, fishing on their favorite pond and polishing all their medals. And then there is Mattis spewing forth vomit all over the place.

    The upper officer ranks of the military are another racket, especially the commands with big budgets and fiefdoms away from DC. It doesn’t matter who is President to them.

    Mattis must want Defense Secretary in the Plugs administration.

  19. Looks like New Orleans is going to get a cleansing next week. I wonder if any of the pumps work ?

    I’m about to take my cars to the gas station. The HEB near my house will be crazy tonight.

  20. Home from swim team and the kids are in our pool. Keeping the pool clean will use up my water purification bleach pretty quickly. I’m going to have to switch to pool chemicals which will put the pool off limits as a drinking water reservoir. That’s ok as I’ve got hundreds of other gallons stored.

    Sun came out and it’s 102F in my driveway. 52%RH feels swampy with no breeze.

    n

  21. Home from swim team and the kids are in our pool. Keeping the pool clean will use up my water purification bleach pretty quickly. I’m going to have to switch to pool chemicals which will put the pool off limits as a drinking water reservoir. That’s ok as I’ve got hundreds of other gallons stored.

    You can still use the pool water to flush the toilet in a pinch. Old Florida hurricane trick.

    High chlorine, whether from the pool water or the automatic cleaning tablets will eat at the flap, however, so you’ll want a spare or two under the sink.

  22. “Protests Expose Lockdowns And Social Distancing Shaming As A Farce”
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/04/protests-expose-lockdowns-and-social-distancing-shaming-as-a-farce/

    “It was just more than a week ago that crowds gathered at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. With the celebrations however, came sharp criticism over the lack of social distancing featuring fearmongering elites shaming those relishing the springtime sunshine.”

    “Former Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was among those quick to demonize the apparent selfish behavior as “embarrassing” for her home state.”

    ““Hope none of them have parents fighting cancer, grandparents with diabetes, aunts and uncles with serious heart conditions. Because clearly they could care less,” McCaskill wrote on Twitter.”

    “When it comes to the massive protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody however, McCaskill is cheering them on, retweeting somber images of the demonstrations and calling Missouri’s decision to deploy the National Guard to Washington D.C. after days of rioting as “disgusting.””

  23. It’s surreal that 10-13% of the country is trying to control it. Without the usual race baiters, hustlers, pimps, and WHITEY! ProgLibTurds, none of this would be happening.

  24. “Protests Expose Lockdowns And Social Distancing Shaming As A Farce”

    Even before Floyd’s death, it was readily apparent that people were over the lockdown as of Memorial Day.

    My local Sam’s Club, located within the city limits of Austin, dropped the mask requirement for customers sometime before I stopped yesterday. Employees still need masks, however.


  25. I’m going to have to switch to pool chemicals which will put the pool off limits as a drinking water reservoir

    Not really. Most of the harsh chemicals, such as algaecide, dissipate fairly quickly, within 24 hours, the rest are in parts per million that are too low to be of any real concern. Most of my chemical treatment is basically adjusting the PH and the calcium hardness, neither of which is harmful to humans. The chlorine level in parts per million is less than what is in the city water. If push came to shove, no city water, no other reserves, I would drink my pool water in heartbeat.

  26. Not really. Most of the harsh chemicals, such as algaecide, dissipate fairly quickly, within 24 hours, the rest are in parts per million that are too low to be of any real concern. Most of my chemical treatment is basically adjusting the PH and the calcium hardness, neither of which is harmful to humans. The chlorine level in parts per million is less than what is in the city water. If push came to shove, no city water, no other reserves, I would drink my pool water in heartbeat.

    Me too. I also have life straws and other ppb level water cleaning equipment. I always carry a life straw with me in my travel bag.
    https://www.amazon.com/LifeStraw-Personal-Camping-Emergency-Preparedness/dp/B006QF3TW4/?tag=ttgnet-20

  27. @ray, it’s the algicide and biocides that I want to watch out for. Not that I really expect to use it as a reservoir, but habits die hard.

    n

  28. “Candace Owens: ‘George Floyd Is Not My Martyr’”
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/04/candace-owens-george-floyd-is-not-my-martyr/

    “In the 18-minute clip, Owens clearly condemns police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder of Floyd but also examines Floyd’s criminal record and challenges the narrative that celebrates him as a hero. “I am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the black community has to offer,” she insists. “Nobody thinks he should have died during this arrest but what I find despicable is that everyone is pretending this man lived a heroic lifestyle when he didn’t.””

    “Owens notes that Floyd was high on fentanyl and methamphetamine at the time of his death, according to the autopsy report, and goes on to cite his record which includes jail sentences in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007. His 2007 arrest, she continues, was for participating in an armed home invasion against a pregnant African-American woman, where Floyd held a gun to the pregnant mother’s stomach.”

    “Owens challenges the idea of lifting Floyd up as a hero. “We are the only people that fight and scream and demand support and justice for the people in our community that are up to no good,” she says. “We are being sold a lot of lies and at the detriment of the black and the white community and at the detriment to America as a whole.””

    “Owens also questioned the narrative of police brutality. “A police officer is 18 and a half times more likely to be killed by a black person than the other way around,” says Owens.”

  29. It’s surreal that 10-13% of the country is trying to control it. Without the usual race baiters, hustlers, pimps, and WHITEY! ProgLibTurds, none of this would be happening.

    Rush Limbaugh was talking today that the riots and the looters look disturbingly like the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Before you line me up against a wall for being smart and using my brain, I will take a few of the oppressors out.


  30. So what are these people rioting and looting for ?

    There was some psychological study once upon a time: Would you rather earn 75k a year, while all of you neighbors earn 50k? Or would you prefer 150k, but all your neighbors earn 250k?

    I’m sure I have the details wrong, but the upshot was that people preferred having more than their neighbors, even if it was less overall. Jealousy, one upmanship, whatever you want to call it. The riots aren’t about improving anyone’s lot – they’re about pulling the neighbors down.

  31. There was some psychological study once upon a time: Would you rather earn 75k a year, while all of you neighbors earn 50k? Or would you prefer 150k, but all your neighbors earn 250k?

    Much better to have the neighbors making more money … unless you live in a Florida HOA.

    I think most of my neighbors have a household income right around the same as ours, and I don’t doubt most make more. Everyone is pretty quiet about it, though, except one house that entirely scrapes and replaces their front landscaping every spring, even this year, at the height of lockdown.

    I don’t care. Just don’t expect me to do the same with my yard.

  32. @Lynn

    I love flyover country Americans, having spent quite some time in the USA including selling ice cream as a student in Nebraska. However, you won’t be surprised if I say that my country of choice would be the UK, particularly North England – mainly good hearted straight talking people. If you then pushed me, I would probably go Australia number two, and New Zealand number three. Just my personal preferences.


  33. My wife commented that’s it’s been 5 years since we’ve been to DW. We were planning to go next year before the wuflu hit. Now, who knows.

    We spent a few thousand dollars to spend a week waiting in lines back in 2014. Lines can be avoided to some extent, bu I don’t care for vacations where 6+ months before the vacation I have to decided that at 2PM on Tuesday I want to ride this ride. I guess I’m lazy, but vacations just shouldn’t be that much damn work. I don’t get the obsession other than being able to say “been there done that.”

  34. It’s surreal that 10-13% of the country is trying to control it. Without the usual race baiters, hustlers, pimps, and WHITEY! ProgLibTurds, none of this would be happening.

    Between the rioting, looting, and vandalism on the one hand, and the Great Society, affirmative action programs, Medicaid, etc., etc., ad infinitum, on the other, how much longer can the USA afford to support–and I mean economically, not just figuratively–such a disruptive and unproductive segment of the population?

  35. >”Ah, the future is here. The machines are the masters and we live to service them.”
    You can look at it that way, but I prefer to think of it as using machines to let me serve other people more profitably.
    I have noticed, though, that software is trying to usurp people’s jobs. Outlook keeps trying to suggest replies to the emails I receive. Microsoft has some crappy Clippy descendant that wants to suggest to me that I should be interacting with certain co-workers. I say “wants to” because I managed to turn it off. They have some other crappy Clippy descendant that tries to tell me what I should be working on. It seems to me that Microsoft is trying to create a bureaucracy that is dependent on its products to go through cargo cult rituals that they hope no one will question.

  36. It seems to me that Microsoft is trying to create a bureaucracy that is dependent on its products to go through cargo cult rituals that they hope no one will question.

    Microsoft wants to transition to a subscription/advertising-based model for all of their software, including the OS.

    Kinda scary that Microsoft is data mining email like that with Outlook. However, a lot of the drones who just drive spreadsheets for a living probably appreciate the “help” doing their jobs.

    Over the last year, we’ve hired a bunch of new people who don’t seem to enhance the bottom line of the organization, and it wouldn’t surprise me they were taking career advice from Clippy.


  37. I don’t care for vacations where 6+ months before the vacation I have to decided that at 2PM on Tuesday I want to ride this ride.

    Yeah. Heck, just traveling across the country is unplanned. Hey, I’m getting hungry, let’s try that place. It’s getting dark, time for a motel.

    Go explore. It works.

  38. >”Go explore. It works. ”
    More than a decade ago, I did this to explore the South Island of New Zealand. I did some research, and carried a guidebook, but other than Akaroa, where it seemed reservations weeks in advance would be prudent, we didn’t make any reservations. It was their mid-winter season, so there was more danger of finding an inn to be closed rather than full. My wife was uncomfortable with this, but after a few nights got used to it and developed some confidence that we would always find a place to stay at a reasonable price. On our last night, in Christchurch, we had a man actively lobbying us to rent a room from him in the late afternoon. He frankly stated that he knew if he didn’t close the deal right then he wouldn’t see us again. We managed to agree not to ask for a discount, but got an upgrade instead. She was pleased with that outcome. I think he was, too.

  39. DreamHost is pushing an “Action Required – Please Update Your Contact Address” e-mail that they want me to change my contact address.

    “While “—– @remsset.com” is working great for now, we could be unable to reach you in the event of an emergency should your DreamHost account be impacted by billing issues or unforeseen technical issues.”

    And do what? “We’re only asking that you change the primary email address on your account to be one that is externally hosted. A free account like those provided by Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, your ISP, or any number of other providers would be a great choice.”

    My ISP doesn’t provide e-mail. Hotmail went away years ago due to the sheer amount of spam. Gmail? Err, I have an address for my phone. I’ve never used it for mail. Why would I want Google reading my e-mail? Can’t they get a copy from the NSA?

    Yes. Change the primary address. Not add Gmail merely as a back-up.

    So, I’d never see domain renewal messages or anything else. If my main address stops working, I’ll notice real quick.

  40. With the un-planned traveling, I tend to land at little mom and pop motels. The kind where the room next to the office is where the family lives.
    I have learned to ask to see the room first. One place looked nice but… yeah, my socks stuck to the carpet enough to pull them off of my feet. So, look first. 🙂 And ask them where to get supper that’s not fast food. 🙂

  41. “The American Left Is Copying the Chinese Cultural Revolution”
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/06/04/the-american-left-is-copying-the-chinese-cultural-revolution/

    “And the best way to understand what’s happening in America today is to go out and learn about the Chinese Cultural Revolution. That is what is underway. That’s what the American left’s model for all of this that’s going today and the attempt to re-indoctrinate the way everybody thinks, to get everybody going and apologizing for being whatever they are and for kneeling down, the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I’ll give you a little head start on that with the aid of this piece as the program unfolds.”

    Points to “The Struggle Sessions Are Here, And They’re Not Going Away”
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/04/the-struggle-sessions-are-here-and-theyre-not-going-away/

    “The model at work here is the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with its mass “struggle sessions” in which anyone deemed insufficiently sympathetic to the proletariat, or thought to have an excessively bourgeois lifestyle, was subjected to public humiliations, paraded through the streets, assaulted, denounced, and put on display as objects of scorn. Often these struggle sessions ended in false confessions and pleas for mercy.”

    Wow.

  42. I don’t care for vacations where 6+ months before the vacation I have to decided that at 2PM on Tuesday I want to ride this ride.

    Yeah. Heck, just traveling across the country is unplanned. Hey, I’m getting hungry, let’s try that place. It’s getting dark, time for a motel.

    Go explore. It works.

    You and me both. I love just taking off and driving somewhere. I am going to go try to watch a SpaceX Falcon fly sometime this year.

  43. “The model at work here is the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with its mass “struggle sessions” in which anyone deemed insufficiently sympathetic to the proletariat, or thought to have an excessively bourgeois lifestyle, was subjected to public humiliations, paraded through the streets, assaulted, denounced, and put on display as objects of scorn. Often these struggle sessions ended in false confessions and pleas for mercy.”

    Only members of the racket are permitted a bourgeois lifestyle.

    Like the cop planning retirement in Windermere. For those of you unfamiliar with greater Orlando, among other celebrity homes, that is where Tiger Woods lived until his wife attempted marriage therapy with a golf club upside his head.

    The racket is going to throw that guy under the bus.

  44. >”Go explore. It works. ”
    More than a decade ago, I did this to explore the South Island of New Zealand. I did some research, and carried a guidebook, but other than Akaroa, where it seemed reservations weeks in advance would be prudent, we didn’t make any reservations. It was their mid-winter season, so there was more danger of finding an inn to be closed rather than full. My wife was uncomfortable with this, but after a few nights got used to it and developed some confidence that we would always find a place to stay at a reasonable price. On our last night, in Christchurch, we had a man actively lobbying us to rent a room from him in the late afternoon. He frankly stated that he knew if he didn’t close the deal right then he wouldn’t see us again. We managed to agree not to ask for a discount, but got an upgrade instead. She was pleased with that outcome. I think he was, too.

    Mom and Dad rented an RV on the north end of New Zealand about 15 years ago and drove to the south end, taking about a month. They had a great time and really enjoyed themselves. Having the RV meant that they did not have to find a place to sleep that night. I suspect that they got lost several times and just pulled off the road and slept in a parking lot.

  45. “Los Angeles Mayor Bows to Anarchists, Defunds Police”
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/06/04/los-angeles-mayor-defunds-the-police/

    “The police union head said, “We do not like to be dragged through the mud when you’re calling for reform for things we’re already doing. That’s to begin with. But, secondly, when you cut the police budget and call for salary cuts, that is a line in the sand.” There’s gonna be a war. The cops are gonna let the crime stats skyrocket to reflect badly upon this, to show that these cuts are wrong. And it’s gonna be anarchy in the streets. It’s gonna embolden the criminals. The cops aren’t gonna get out to enforce. They’re gonna be under attack. And if I was a property owner or business owner in LA, I would be packing up and getting the heck out while I could.”

    Get out of the big cities now.

  46. JimM

    More than a decade ago, I did this to explore the South Island of New Zealand

    We lived there at the time. Loved New Zealand and explored for years. Very little to no traffic outside the 4 or 5 cities. Easy to find a comfortable B&B or lodging almost everywhere. Biggest mistake I ever made was to move back to the US. We left because of NZ restrictive national medicine laws kept us from getting private insurance coverage for my wife’s heart condition. Just months after we left they removed the restrictions and allowed people to purchase excellent private insurance to supplement their health care.


  47. And it’s gonna be anarchy in the streets. It’s gonna embolden the criminals.

    So, when the Korean shop owners lock and load, nobody will arrest them? The looters will call the police:

    Looter: Help, I’ve been shot!

    LAPD: *dial tone*


  48. One place looked nice but… yeah, my socks stuck to the carpet enough to pull them off of my feet.

    I once stayed at a place where the door mats were there to protect the outside. Sure seemed like it.

  49. “if I was a property owner or business owner in LA, I would be packing up and getting the heck out while I could.”

    –If you’re a business owner, and aren’t tied to Silicon Valley or the movie industry, why the lleh would you still be in LA? They were driving out businesses when I left in 2003 and it hasn’t gotten any friendlier.

    Plus, taxes are out of control. No climate or weather is worth being beggared.

    n

    Added- when I left, LA was already the first or second largest “xxxxxx” city in the world, where XXXXXX = third world shifthole. IE, “LA is the second largest Guatemalan city in the world….”

  50. Sharpless is on TV sqawking how “Blacks ain’t got nowhere, ’cause you got a boot on our necks.” I guess he means WHITEY! by saying *you*. This will all blow over, or the Black population is going to drop a couple of percent by their own doing. Blacks will never be in *power* nor will there be reparations. Saying that is not raycisss. It’s just the way it is. Hispanics aren’t going to help Blacks. They are seeking their own power.

  51. So, when the Korean shop owners XXXXXXX local citizens lock and load, nobody will arrest them?

    Now that sounds like my community. Front loaders and dump trucks parked along the parade route.

  52. “as Minneapolis mayor sobs uncontrollably at gold coffin”

    –what the everloving F? Mayor and city council run the cops. Chief of Police is usually appointed by the Mayor. Choke holds, and kneeling on detainees are approved for use by MPD. Detainee is a career criminal that threatened a woman’s unborn child while robbing her. Weep for America you disgusting hypocrite.

    n

  53. And it’s gonna be anarchy in the streets. It’s gonna embolden the criminals.

    So, when the Korean shop owners lock and load, nobody will arrest them? The looters will call the police:

    Looter: Help, I’ve been shot!

    LAPD: *dial tone*

    Nope. The LA cops won’t come get their rifles this time so they won’t need to go to their trunks to get another rifle.
    http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2020/04/celebrating-diversity.html

    “So when confronted by LAPD on the point, the Koreans handed over their rifles, and LAPD did what they did best in the riots: they beat feet and hid again.”

    “Whereupon the Koreans, being no dummies, waited until the black-and-whites drove off leaving skidmarks, went to their trunks, pulled out their second set of arms, returned to their rooftops, and prevented many a mob from doing to their stores what happened to thousands of others.”

  54. Rain just started pounding down out of a blue sky.

    Blue sky ? Yup.

    No clouds ? Yup.

    Hotter than h-e-l-l ? Yup.

    Raining like crazy ? Yup.

    We are in south Texas. Enjoy while you can.


  55. Obama-era intelligence official guarantees $250,000 bail for ‘best friend’ NYC lawyer suspected of hurling Molotov cocktail at cop car during George Floyd protests

    Attorney Salmah Rizvi guaranteed the $250,000 bail of a New York City lawyer arrested for allegedly tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle
    Urooj Rahman was arrested for the alleged fire bombing which happened early Saturday morning during a protest decrying the police killing of George Floyd
    Rizvi said she would guarantee the large sum identifying herself as an associate at Ropes & Gray in Washington, DC, earning $255,000 a year
    The lawyer insisted that Rahman was her ‘best friend,’ when she agreed to cover the amount that got the lawyer out of jail
    Rizvi had worked for the Defense and State Departments when President Barack Obama was still in office

    –for “suspected of” read “caught on video”

    n

  56. How one full-time homeschooling family spent the quarantine: a new song every day. Check out their play list! We’ve been watching them for a while, they are cute as can be. Just fun and happy.
    https://youtu.be/ArFcfpaGNa0

  57. “And the winner is…”
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/06/and_the_winner_is.html

    “There is one big… wait, make that yuuge winner in the sacking of major American cities that has been underway since mobs started with looting Target in Minneapolis and spread all the way to Macy’s Herald Square flagship in Manhattan and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Scott Adams took to Twitter to spell it out: I did not appreciate how profitable fake news could be for Jeff Bezos. If the Washington Post can support the protestors long enough, there will be no retail store competition for Amazon. Almost there. I’d give it a week. — Scott Adams”

    Heh.

  58. @PaultheManc

    I say that my country of choice would be the UK, particularly North England – mainly good hearted straight talking people. If you then pushed me, I would probably go Australia number two, and New Zealand number three.

    We lived in those places.
    We lived in the UK for several years till 2000. It really felt like home. Nice people, milk delivered to the doorstep in the morning, a bakery on every high street. London and Manchester had their share of troubles while we were there but nothing too serious. The English hooligans will happily break your head if you are for the wrong footbal team but it’s all in good fun. However the downsides were that rent on a tiny terrace house at the end of the Central line took over half my pay. That’s after taxes took over half. In the UK you get LOTS of holiday (vacation) time, starting at 3 weeks going up to 6 as you rise in management. We had lots more holiday time than we could afford to use. The NHS (National Health Service), a seperate 10% tax not free, was horrible. Our assigned doctor didn’t speak english and you could only visit him on the days they provided an interperter. His mistreatment of my wifes hypoglycemia brought her to the brink of death and early onset of type 2 diabeties. The NHS dentist I saw was astounded than an American would ever vist him. He told me point blank, travel back to America and get decent treatment. So there were downsides but we had planned to stay there permanently. However since we left things have changed dramaticaly for the worse. London went from being a city I felt safe in day or night to one with random stabbings, theft, and acit attacks. Our friends tell us we were lucky to leave before it got bad. The HUGE influx of “immigrants” brought violence and chaos.

    We lived in New Zealand from 2002 to 2006. First in the amazing capital at Wellington, then a little town outside Auckland. WE LOVED NEW ZEALAND. After 2 years I was working on getting permanent residency. NZ is like the UK was 40 years ago, even nicer and more slow going. I greatly regret having to leave for my wifes health.

    We visited Melborne and Perth and visited all the many theme parks with our little granddaughter. I would rate NZ over OZ simply because in OZ, every animal and insect seems to have dangerous venom.

  59. I did not appreciate how profitable fake news could be for Jeff Bezos. If the Washington Post can support the protestors long enough, there will be no retail store competition for Amazon. Almost there. I’d give it a week.

    People waited for three hours to get into the World of Disney store at Lake Buena Vista last weekend, despite much of the same merchandise being available at Amazon for a lot less money.

    I only use Amazon as a last resort. I gave up on them for books a decade ago.

  60. @hcombs
    New Zealand is lovely. My father was a New Zealander (Morrinsville), and both my sisters were born there in the 1960’s. Mom and dad met when she visited New Zealand shortly after graduating high school. He was a drummer in the band The Beatniks. She brought him to the states in the late 1960’s. At times I wish I too had been born in New Zealand but satisfy myself with being half a kiwi. It’s a different lifestyle.

    I visited there in the early 1990’s and met many of my cousins, aunts, and uncles (Whakatane region). Blue collar salt of the earth folks. Spent most of my youth corresponding with my NZ granddad. I miss that. Current crew aren’t much for writing.

    I’d like to take my husband and child to meet that side of the family, some day.


    In other news, the kits are growing nicely. The chicks are growing nicely. I’ve honky hacked a solar heating system for the pool and we had our inaugural swim tonight. It was darn cold. Not sure whether I or my daughter were making the better dolphin impression. Husband wisely refrained from swimming and took photos of our swim instead.

    One of our high schools is having their roof replaced. The contractor posted on Facebook marketplace sheets of foam, 4×8 4″ thick, for $2/sheet. Used, stained, but in pretty good shape. 330 sheets were gone in 1 1/2 hours. I scored 10 sheets with help from family member with a truck. I’ll reinsulate the chicken coop, try an insulated raised garden bed (one way of extending ones season up here), and make panels to help keep the rabbits warm enough to continue breeding through the winter.

    Finals for ‘Data Mining and Machine Learning’ and ‘Comparative Programming Languages’ this weekend. Phew.

    Too disturbed by the things happening in our world to offer much commentary. It is grim out there. Be safe. Be aware. Be as self reliant as can be managed in your personal situation.

  61. “PA Health Secretary Twists Himself Into a Pretzel Trying to Justify Limitless BLM Protests While Standing by COVID-19 Restrictions For Small Businesses (VIDEO)”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/pa-health-secretary-twists-pretzel-trying-justify-limitless-blm-protests-standing-covid-19-restrictions-small-businesses-video/

    So Pennsylvania has a mentally ill transgender person as their Health Secretary. It looks like Cousin It who happens to shave occasionally. It says that protestors gotta protest but the rest of us have to obey their crazy fake rules.

    What has happened to our country ? People have the right to be crazy but they cannot force the rest of us to be crazy too. And they want us to respect and be a part of their crazy. No thanks.

  62. @Lynn;

    Classic Orwellian doublethink.

    1984 was not intended as an instruction manual.

    G.

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