Wed. July 1, 2020 – July here we come!

Hot and humid.  Tending toward more humid.

Yesterday was exceptionally nasty out.  Just standing outside would soak you to the skin in no time.  I’m hoping for a break as it was nicer late.

I went to my client’s house, got a bunch of stuff done. I let him know I’d be back 14 days after his 4th Party.  He thinks it’s unnecessary but he’s also understanding.

Kids have the last couple of days of swim team today and tomorrow and it would be nice for them to go back to say goodbye.  Of course, all the reasons we STOPPED last week are still there, and are even worse.   It’s sentimentalism like this that gets people sick.  LOTS of sick people right now that don’t know it yet.

The crazy continues to build.  Some things to be aware of– the ‘protestors’ shooting the SUV driver in Utah as he drives through the crowd.   If you can’t avoid the crowd, and you can’t go some other way, I can’t recommend anything other than DON’T STOP, keep moving, and keep your eyes open.  If it was an ambush, as some people are saying, that is a serious escalation. Best plan is “Don’t be there.”  Recognize that sometimes, “there” comes to you.

Maybe Waze will start routing around street ‘demonstrations’.

The funny thing is, with MSM attempting to control the narrative, alternative voices went online.  Now with the NewMedia attempting to control the narrative, alternative voices need to find new platforms.  If they don’t, and they can’t find a new outlet, and the need for them to express themselves continues to grow, they may end up out in the streets-where the footsoldiers for the left are already well represented, funded, and practiced.  And as is becoming obvious, the left has some guns too.  That won’t end well…

Think about what the irish troubles would look like played out here, where we’ve got hundreds of thousands of well armed veterans, some on each side, little geographic separation, and 10 times the population.

Start prepping for that- at least as a contingency.

And keep stacking.

 

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

45 thoughts on “Wed. July 1, 2020 – July here we come!”

  1. I find the story about “Russians paid the Taliban to kill US troops” kind of bizarre. The Intel community deemed it was unreliable and discredited. Now it’s the latest “GET tRUMP!” meme. Who would think in our lifetime the Dumbocrats would go all in just to get tRump. He’d be gone in 4. Instead they want Plugs in. Is there any greater proof of a swamp cabal behind all of our politicians? It’s like reading a novel.

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  2. Instead they want Plugs in.

    Plugs, whom the party sent to the showers 32 years ago along with Gary Hart, Al Gore, and the rest of the 1988 field.

    The Dukakis campaign didn’t simply win the nomination on ideas. The Tank Commander and the kind folks from Hah-vahd Yahd destroyed political careers with their op research. It worked especially well on Biden.

    The Clintons had (and still possess) Plugs FBI file. I still don’t count her out.

  3. Ok, if I fall asleep in my chair, and wake at 4am, then go to bed at 5, I’m not going to wake up again until 10. AND I get a stiff neck for my troubles.

    Geez.

    n

  4. Currently 97F in my driveway with a reasonable 67%RH. I’ve yet to step outside and verify that though.

    Got a bunch of stuff to do at my secondary and some auction pickups (mainly for household stuff for wife and family.) I’ll be out and about most of the afternoon. Hope no one decides to get frisky ahead of the holiday weekend.

    n

    And something worth keeping in mind for planning purposes in the upcoming unpleasantness… https://www.zerohedge.com/political/seattle-police-dismantle-chop-after-protesters-threaten-mayors-7-million-house

    I’m not even commenting on the massive hypocrisy of the MSM and BLM regarding the shooting of two black teens by SPAZ “security” the other night. Not peep after the initial reporting. Once again, WHO kills blacks is the most important aspect of whether it’s important or not.

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  5. @dkrek, what happened to your little symbol-thingy. On two of my systems it shows as a very dark blue, almost black dot. Gremlins? Admin gone wild? :0 Just curious.

  6. dkreck’s gone emo on us, JimB.

    True quotes from dkreck, and you know they’re true because I wouldn’t make up stuff like that:

    “I’d forgotten how much feelings hurt.”
    “My feelings? Why are you asking about what I feel? No one cares.”
    “Suicide isn’t the answer. It’s the question, and the answer is Yes.”

  7. @jimb, that thing is a ‘gravitar’ and somehow, if you sign up thru at least two different but related somehow things, you can choose how it appears on blogs that support it….

    That said, like fighting with various microsoft accounts, it wasn’t clear, nor easy to figure out what the 4377 I was supposed to do to get mine set up. And I’ve got wordpress and blogger accounts.

    I gave up after about the second or third signup/login/new/old account.

    n

  8. Blue dot on mine too.
    Damned if I know! (that’s a quote)

    Yeah Nick I’ve played with it too with zero luck. Nothing recent however.

  9. @all:

    Gravatar is considered a “potential tracker” by the EFF’s Privacy Badger, although it doesn’t yet block it. I’m considering a block off my own bat. If I do, it’ll join Google Fonts and Google Tag manager.

    G.

  10. Leaving my personal opinion about abortion to the side: the issue has nothing whatsoever to do with conservatism. By insisting on bringing in a religious issue, conservatives in the US cripple their ability to make progress on issues of a political and governmental nature.

    Wanting small government, wanting conservative finances, wanting people to take responsibility for themselves rather than leaning on social programs – those are important conservative issues. In the other basket we have “intelligent design”, school prayer, abortion, etc. – all of which are based on religion, and belong no where near any sort of election or governmental policy.

    Given that I am a fundamentalist Christian, I totally agree with all these points. The last place that I want to live is in a theocracy. Sooner or later, Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy starts up and the Inquisition starts running things for a hundred years.

    Of course, we are living in the modern version of Rome when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. I fully expect to see babies sacrificed to Baal soon just like they did back then. Or left on the outskirts of the cities for the wild animals.

    That said, we need to outsource all of the schools. If you don’t care if your kids are being taught to worship Gaia (global warming), that is ok with me. Or that they are being taught that my two daddies is mainstream society. Me, I find it very disturbing and prefer to give my kids a religious backed education.

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  11. Ok, if I fall asleep in my chair, and wake at 4am, then go to bed at 5, I’m not going to wake up again until 10. AND I get a stiff neck for my troubles.

    Geez.

    You ain’t the only one. I have binged watched Netflix and Hulu until 4 am WAY too much lately. Brings to mind the old saying, “what were once vices are now habits”.

    Am binging “Homeland” now. I am not sure about it yet.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeland_(TV_series)

  12. If you just want to start the day with a laugh instead of all the dreary news…

    https://ogdaa.blogspot.com/2020/07/this-videos-too-good-to-hold-until.html

    That reminds me of the WWII movie with Tony Curtis and Cary Grant, “Operation Petticoat”:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Petticoat

    After lifelong observation, it appears to me that some women have trouble with 3D visualization. And just that statement will get me into serious trouble. Apparently I am overdue for several beatings by the wife already.


  13. Given that I am a fundamentalist Christian … prefer to give my kids a religious backed education.

    I’m an agnostic or atheist or whatever, and I’m perfectly happy to pay more than I can easily afford to send my daughter to a private school founded by religious people. I’m not thrilled with some of the classroom presentation, but the nonsensical parts* are more easily isolated than the pervasive garbage taught in the public schools and the non-religious private schools I checked.

    * eg, the partially historical but mostly fictional ruler Gilgamesh knew himself that he was an imperfect ruler because he was setting the stage for the one true King of Kings.

  14. I’m not thrilled with some of the classroom presentation, but the nonsensical parts* are more easily isolated than the pervasive garbage taught in the public schools and the non-religious private schools I checked.

    I am not thrilled either. The people claiming that the planet, solar system, and galaxy are 6,500 years old are completely loony and doing grievous harm to our young people’s belief.

    But the Gaia worshiping and constant doom threats must stop. They are making us paranoid.

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  15. For grins I checked the UPS tracking of the water softener. It’s coming from Illinois. Ordered yesterday and it’s suppose to be here tomorrow? With UPS Ground?

    I’m not holding my breath.

    In the meantime, I need to air the tires on the hand truck. It’s an annual routine. They don’t go flat, just soft. Still usable if the load isn’t too much.

  16. re: Gravitars …

    WordPress sez:

    WordPress integrates Gravatars into every WordPress site. Once registered with Gravatar, the service matches your WordPress profile information to the email address registered with Gravatar and displays your custom Gravatar image next to comments and (optionally) elsewhere on the WordPress site.

    You register (and change) your Gravatar here: https://en.gravatar.com/site/signup/ .

    The settings on this site generate your avatar based on your email address. (Not the gravatar you set up above.)

    WordPress allows for you to select what image you would like to display when a commenter does not have a Gravatar account. Selecting one of the “generated” icons give you and your users some of the benefits of a Gravatar without requiring them to have a Gravatar account. The icons that say “generated” next to them take the email of the commenter and link it to an auto-generated image. Now, every time that commenter posts to your site, they will have the same unique image next to their name.

  17. “LA City Council approves first step in replacing LAPD with community responders for non-violent calls”
    https://www.foxla.com/news/la-city-council-approves-first-step-in-replacing-lapd-with-community-responders-for-non-violent-calls

    Look at all the women marching. Who do they think that they will call when they are being raped in their homes ? Or their work ? Or on the bus ?

    I see that four people were shot in Chaz ? Chop ? and the police could do nothing. Crazy.

    The USA is going to become a country of armed enclaves. You will have to take private security with you for protection from street people and roving gangs.

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  18. @lynn … Actually, many PD’s have ‘community service patrol’ people (usually volunteers, because they are cheaper) to handle non-violent stuff. Like handing out parking tickets for disabled parking enforcement, and minor accident reports (like in a parking lot).

    Some of them even ride around in PD marked cars. Have seen them in UT, CA, WA (smaller cities).


  19. many PD’s have ‘community service patrol’ people (usually volunteers, because they are cheaper)

    AKA the Karen Empowerment Patrol.

  20. Just got groceries. Prices are up again. Ouch. I want to go to the restaurant supply store again but between their business hours, their distance from me, and my family and work schedule I haven’t been able to get there.

    I was the only person I saw in the large grocery store with no mask at all. (I had a “face covering” in my pocket in case a manager asked me to wear one. They’re in a difficult position between annoying customers and being shut down by over-enthusiastic enforcement of illegal executive orders, so I don’t give them grief if I don’t have to. Note also that the only time I got within the magical six feet of someone was the cashier and there was a large plastic shield between us.) However, a large fraction of the “masks” were bandanas or similar and at least a third were worn over only the mouth, over the chin, around the neck, or pushed to the side. On the one hand I’m pleased to see the defiance of illegal orders regarding an item which serves little to no purpose for most people. On the other, I’m annoyed at the chickenshit method of defiance, wearing a mask but wearing it pointlessly. Man up and go without.

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  21. @lynn … Actually, many PD’s have ‘community service patrol’ people (usually volunteers, because they are cheaper) to handle non-violent stuff. Like handing out parking tickets for disabled parking enforcement, and minor accident reports (like in a parking lot).

    Some of them even ride around in PD marked cars. Have seen them in UT, CA, WA (smaller cities).

    Some of the security firms have managed to get a hold of the retired Marine Corps lists. My son is getting called every day to go work security in Atlanta. The rate is $600/day plus hotel room and food expenses. You bring your own side arm (hand gun) and lots of tan pants and black shirts. He emphatically tells them NO but they won’t stop calling. Apparently over half the police force in Atlanta has quit since the Atlanta DA charged the Rayshard Brooks shooting officer with 10 felonies.
    https://www.ajc.com/news/local/bond-granted-atlanta-police-officer-charged-brooks-killing/uPoZD6Voj4HjuD3MaH710M/

    Who knew that being in the US Marine Corps was preparation for working high paid security in the USA ?

  22. @lynn … Actually, many PD’s have ‘community service patrol’ people (usually volunteers, because they are cheaper) to handle non-violent stuff. Like handing out parking tickets for disabled parking enforcement, and minor accident reports (like in a parking lot).

    Some of them even ride around in PD marked cars. Have seen them in UT, CA, WA (smaller cities).

    I doubt that they will send those people out for domestic disturbances. I suspect that it is a total blast to pull up to a house where everyone has been drinking and some people are looking for a fight. Not !

  23. I was the only person I saw in the large grocery store with no mask at all. (I had a “face covering” in my pocket in case a manager asked me to wear one. They’re in a difficult position between annoying customers and being shut down by over-enthusiastic enforcement of illegal executive orders, so I don’t give them grief if I don’t have to. Note also that the only time I got within the magical six feet of someone was the cashier and there was a large plastic shield between us.) However, a large fraction of the “masks” were bandanas or similar and at least a third were worn over only the mouth, over the chin, around the neck, or pushed to the side. On the one hand I’m pleased to see the defiance of illegal orders regarding an item which serves little to no purpose for most people. On the other, I’m annoyed at the chickens*** method of defiance, wearing a mask but wearing it pointlessly. Man up and go without.

    I am wearing a disposable mask in the various businesses around here. Even though I am not sure that it helps. Just being compliant in a small way.

    I bought about ten ten-packs of disposable masks and a dozen hand sanitizer bottles for the office.

    I am thinking about buying a can of Lysol and spraying some in each office.

  24. @lynn
    My son, retired marine and former cop, is looking for high paying temp work right now. He might be interested as long as they are not looking for cops but private security.

  25. Who knew that being in the US Marine Corps was preparation for working high paid security in the USA ?

    Last year’s management brilliance was that they were only going to hire Army Signal Corps guys to install our systems with the idea being that they would follow orders to the letter, don’t ask many question, and die on the wire in terms of travel and overtime. Of course it was a stereotype, and the concept didn’t work.

  26. @lynn
    My son, retired marine and former cop, is looking for high paying temp work right now. He might be interested as long as they are not looking for cops but private security.

    It is cop work for the City of Atlanta. A freaking disaster.

    My son did not like that duty in Iraq. He thinks he would hate it even more here as he might be able to understand what they are screaming at him.

  27. “Tesla Overtakes Toyota as the World’s Most Valuable Automaker”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-overtakes-toyota-world-most-135317352.html

    Yup, just more crazy.

    Robinhoodlums.

    Not one of the most popular stocks on Robinhood ?
    https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/robinhood-stocks-most-widely-owned-bought-held-june-traders-popular-2020-7-1029360312#

    How does Robinhood make money if they are zero commission ? Oh wait, if it is free then you are the sold item.

  28. Would the pay include health and lie insurance, or at least access to group rates?

    Body cameras?

    Indemnification or qualified immunity for actions taken on the job? I can see $600/day turning to nothing if they need to hire a lawyer after arresting someone and being “too rough”.

  29. “Thousands of hotels facing foreclosure as pandemic persists”

    Here comes another shoe dropping to a quiet thud. A lot of them will make a big thud.

    We drove through crazy today to get out to an old mini golf course I wanted to play and photograph before it was gone. Florida has changed more in the last decade since we left than it did in the entire 40 years previous when I lived there.

    The drive took an hour to go 40 miles because of all the traffic from condos along the beach where none existed even 5-10 years ago. A lot of Airbnb Superhosts are going to get skinned alive financially when the FL moratorium on foreclosures lifts in August.

    The mini golf was actually steady. The irony is that they may outlast the condos going up all around them.

  30. Would the pay include health and lie insurance, or at least access to group rates?

    Body cameras?

    Indemnification or qualified immunity for actions taken on the job? I can see $600/day turning to nothing if they need to hire a lawyer after arresting someone and being “too rough”.

    No idea. He was told to bring a copy of his DD-214, his sidearm, and lots of tan pants and black shirts. Sounds like a job for desperate people and he is not desperate.

    And you forgot body armor in your list.

  31. Not one of the most popular stocks on Robinhood ?

    How does Robinhood make money if they are zero commission ? Oh wait, if it is free then you are the sold item.

    Volume on TSLA has been light. One story I saw briefly today blamed the price runup on Robinhood, but TSLA isn’t something I play. Toyota in San Antonio alone in real terms is probably worth more than all of TSLA, but building V8 trucks with six speed transmissions doesn’t peg the “cool” needle.

    Robinhood gets paid to direct market price orders to various big players for fulfillment from their dark pools. Controversial but legal. The sheep seem to line up for the shearing none the less.

    All brokerages also technically own any cash in their clients money market accounts, a big change that took place in the last 10 years through a combination of legislation and precedent.

  32. Robinhood gets paid to direct market price orders to various big players for fulfillment from their dark pools. Controversial but legal. The sheep seem to line up for the shearing none the less.

    All brokerages also technically own any cash in their clients money market accounts, a big change that took place in the last 10 years through a combination of legislation and precedent.

    I will stick to Fidelity.


  33. I doubt that they will send those people out for domestic disturbances.

    All the cops I knew regarded domestic disturbances as potentially the most dangerous calls they had to respond to. Concentrated crazy in a double (or more) package.

  34. All the cops I knew regarded domestic disturbances as potentially the most dangerous calls they had to respond to. Concentrated crazy in a double (or more) package.

    Exactly the sentiments of the late, lamented OFD.

  35. All the cops I knew regarded domestic disturbances as potentially the most dangerous calls they had to respond to. Concentrated crazy in a double (or more) package.

    Exactly the sentiments of the late, lamented OFD.

    Yup, that is where I picked that up also. OFD preferred an old fashioned biker bar fight to a domestic disturbance.

  36. Spent the afternoon driving down to Alvin, then up to the Hobby airport area, then just north of the northern part of the 610 loop, then home. Light traffic in my direction, with occasional very heavy traffic in the other. No idea why.

    It did get a bit cooler later in the day, or maybe just in the areas I was in.

    Spent the evening breaking down bulk meat from my costco supply drop, and freezing it. Most into the new (old) freezer, even though it’s not in its final location. I needed the room in the fridge and didn’t want to take a chance of the meat aging out, so I jumped on it.

    Subsequently, it’s later than I think.

    n

  37. I was vacuum sealing meat for the freezer yesterday evening too. The wife spent a good chunk of our P-EBT money on meat for the new freezer. I will have quite a bit of space – I’ll do a Costco run soon to help remedy that.

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