Sun. Aug. 23, 2020 – more to do, big wind coming

Hot and humid.  Rain?  Wind?  No idea, but it’s sure to be hot.

Saturday was overcast and rained, so it was actually cooler than I expected.  I got some of the yard work done.

Mostly I was watching auctions closing throughout the day.  Preps and stuff for the house, mostly.  I got some good bargains, and I’m set for life wrt butane lighters.  I got 100 of them for $14.  I also got an arrow fishing reel, that should go perfectly with the little crossbow pistol I was talking about last week, to make a line thrower for getting ham radio antennas up into the trees.  The rest of the stuff was very mixed.  Some magpul gub parts- mainly rifle furniture, some shotgun shells, several bike maintenance items, roof rack rails, knives, and some target stuff, cleaning supplies, political items, flags, and some building supplies rounded out the list.  Mixed bag indeed.

Took a few minutes to break down and vac seal the meat I got from my grocery order, and put away all the things.  I moved stuff into the new, very small, refrigerator part of the fridge/freezer.  I think it will be fine for the stuff I usually put in the garage fridge, and it will force me to get my vac seal and freeze done promptly.   It’s very strange putting gallons of milk and cartons of eggs into what 40+ years of conditioning tells me is the freezer….

I’m going to put the old fridge on a local FB sale group.  The shelves and door system fit a ton of other fridges, so someone might want an unreliable fridge, if only for parts.  I DON’T want to have to figure out where to take it to get rid of it and my scrap yard won’t take it.

Today will be more cleaning, more organizing, more putting stuff back in place.  After getting the yard finished, that is.  And maybe some pool maintenance.  And some indoor stuff to let my brain cool…

My gardens are a shambles.  I have one cabbage left.  The corn stalks turned brown, and the ears are about finger sized.  The mini ears had full sized kernels, where the squirrels didn’t get them, which is weird.  Several of the peppers died.  The brusselsprouts are hanging in but aren’t producing the stalk or buds.  A couple of the broccoli plants are still alive but not growing.  The asparagus is about 3 feet tall and very fern-like.  Tomatoes have lots of plant, not much fruit.  I got one good tomato, smaller than a tennis ball last week.  Turns out that tomatoes and potatoes are enemies, so maybe it wasn’t just the heat that killed my potato towers.  They are right next to, and in between the tomato plants.  I did get one volunteer, either a watermelon or acorn squash.  So far it’s about 6 inches tall.  We’ll see if it continues to survive and thrive.  I need to start thinking about fall planting.  I feel like Charlie Brown and the football with this garden nonsense.

I better stack the cans a little higher, since I’m not growing anything but frustrated.

On the ‘decline and fall’ front, in Portland the cops are finally doing what Chicago cops have been doing for decades– nothing.  They decided to just let some lefties and righties fight.  Nobody got shot or stabbed this time.  The Chief says if they are voluntarily looking for fights, he doesn’t really see any way the cops could make that better… And the cops were no where to be seen when the insurgents ran through the suburbs harassing the sleeping normies.   Soon it won’t be loudspeakers and threats, it’ll be sticks and stones, fire, and gunfire.   You are on your own.  Ammo up.

Stay away from crowds.

Stack it high.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

56 thoughts on “Sun. Aug. 23, 2020 – more to do, big wind coming”


  1. under the law, the dog (K9) is a cop

    So the cop stuck part of its body into private property without a warrant, which is called trespassing, and was bitten by a guard dog.

  2. About the same as cops that knock down a door on the wrong house and shoot the people inside because the people are responding to a threat. The cops get away with it, the people are charged with assaulting an officer, or maybe even dead.

    In the case cited, the officer was in the wrong. The officer was unable to control her dog and let the dog intrude on private private proper with a proper fence. The officer put her dog in danger, where it did not belong. The officer should be charged with animal cruelty, compensate the dog owner, and be dismissed from the force and criminal charges filed.

    While I support the police and their efforts there are some idiots that need to be removed.

  3. It’s not the four cylinders that make it weak….

    https://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/audi-s-new-four-cylinder-race-engine-is-a-610-horsepower-beast-ar185011.html

    Durability becomes a problem with turbo charging. A race car isn’t a daily commuter which has to be 100% reliable or as close as possible with reasonable maintenance.

    A lot of science experiments are running around, being conducted in the name of 38 MPG CAFE. Even the engineers at the car companies either aren’t sure what will happen with the current fleet in a few years or won’t admit it. Car companies not run by The Real Life Tony Stark (TM) will be sued out of existence if it can ever be proven that they knowingly put vehicles on the road which were effectively done at 50k-60k miles.

    Ford faces such a class action lawsuit now over the PowerShift transmissions in the last model years of the Focus and Fiesta. The replacement in the lineup, the *Subcontinent-made* EcoSport is a POS with a pathetic 3-cylinder engine driving a CVT, but it is a known quantity POS, Ford having built them for a while overseas.

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  4. My father worked for a company related to Meyer & Drake during WWII. That company designed war items unrelated to the Offenhauser engine, but he said he saw drawings for parts of those engines. Of course, the engine projects were dormant, and the drawings were just in the files. There were many companies involved, especially for castings. There was no place with a greater concentration of casting technology companies than the Detroit area back then.

    I have more than a passing acquaintance with the Offy engines and their kin, but I have forgotten most of what I knew. That article posted by @mediumwave was a great memory jogger. The important takeaway is that racing engines are very different from street engines. They are purpose built for a specific race, and are often designed to be easily changed as the rules “evolve.” They operate under limited but extreme conditions, and are marvels of achievement, but they would never be tolerated in daily drivers. However, it is true that some things learned in racing can be applied to improve street engines.

    The racing rules bodies are analogous to CAFE and other government regulations. They slant the design priorities and distort the situation. Some of the best piston engine design was done for aircraft, where the only priorities were driven by physics, not artificialities.

  5. Surprise: Seattle Mayor Stomps On the BLM’s Dreams:

    The BLM has been trying to get the police defunded in Seattle by 50%.

    They had many of the city council in their corner.

    But a boatload of citizens came out in opposition to the plan.

    The city council passed a plan, but with far fewer cuts than the 50% the BLM wanted although still cutting about 100 cops and about $4 million.

    But the police chief resigned effective Sept. 2 because she wasn’t consulted over the plan and didn’t agree with the way the police were being treated.

    Now the city council and the BLM is getting pushback from Mayor Jenny Durkan.

    A glimmer of sanity, or just a blip?

  6. A glimmer of sanity, or just a blip?

    Blip. I believe that was the Seattle mayor who drove the attempt to establish city income tax via the court system, a precedent which would have resulted in serious repercussions as far away as Florida and Texas.

    Right now, the Mayor is worried about Amazon bugging out of HQ1 in Lake Union.

    As for the Chief of Police, as I posted about at some point recently, she lives in Snohomish, easily 45-60 minutes outside Seattle, a black woman voluntarily living in a predominantly white section of Puget Sound *by choice*. Imagine.

  7. They should be careful what they demand regarding shrinking the police. It takes a lot of police personnel to humanely control a mob. If there are insufficient resources, then the water cannons, attack dogs, and shotguns will have to be used. All of these are force multipliers that extend resources. Might be a good thing. If harsh measures are used, the mobs might realize the party is over. Of course, we could always send in the Marines. They know how to take control of a situation.

  8. Someone noted that BLM and the other agitators may be looking for their Kent State Moment. Sending in troops would be counterproductive if that is the case.

    n

    and since the insurgents are or can be armed with the same weapons as the troops, kicking off the slaughter wouldn’t be hard.


  9. BLM and the other agitators may be looking for their Kent State Moment

    The puppet masters want martyrs.

    The nice thing about martyrs is that they’re dead.

  10. Re Yesterday’s comment on housing.

    There was an article on Medium circulating on the future of NYC. The author was not optimistic. Rents are down 30-50%. As he saw it, there were 3 reasons to live in NYC (for the well off).

    1. Business. It is the business/finance capital of the world. But that is changing and people are finding out they can work as well out of a home office a few days a week. They may not need to fly cross country for a 3 hour meeting. Some of that is still needed. Human contact is essential to building trust and a lasting relationship. I did a project that was 80% done via email and teleconference years ago, and the kickoff meetings done in person were vital. Not so much for the meeting, but the after work socializing.

    2. Restaurants. NYC is the food capital of the US for fine dining and ethnic food. But other cities are catching up. (SF Bay area, which has other problems. Houston. etc.)

    3. Arts and entertainment. All closed. Plus, how often do you really go to the opera, Broadway, MOMA, etc.?

    So, is it worth putting up with high taxes, the crowds, etc? Many of those that fled won’t come back. And that will shoot a huge hole in the NYC budget, which was already ailing.

    California is already going down that road in SF and LA. And the state wants to make it worse by enacting a wealth tax. Will Elon Musk put up with that? Hell, no. He can move to Texas, where part of his rocket business already is located. No state income tax, no wealth tax. Others may follow to Austin, Houston, Dallas.

  11. …how often do you really go to the opera, Broadway, MOMA, etc.?

    I have known New Yorkers who don’t actually go to these very often, sometimes only once every few years, but they are adamant that they want the opportunity. This is probably changing as the cost of living in NY goes up.

    I also have relatives who used to live there for their careers, but left at retirement. One was a native, and always described the city in glowing terms. He had the means to take advantage of all those amenities. He was once sent to Chicago for a two year assignment. He said good things about Chicago, but was firm that it was no NYC. Of course not. NYC, London, Paris, Istanbul, Tokyo, and a few others are old landmark cities. Good for them. I might visit, but they are not home. I think their residents would say the same about my “city.”

  12. And didn’t Indycar used to run 4 cyl engines? (google says 6 cyl now, and I can’t find the reference…)

    Indianapolis: The Offenhauser Story – The Power AND The Glory:
    https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com/indy_offenhauser.htm

    The one I drove was a turbo four cylinder running on methanol redlined at 11,000 rpm. And a six speed automated manual transmission. Two mile track which I did three loops by myself. My best loop was 186 mph. The “advisor” was screaming at me to take it high and full throttle through the ends (210 mph) but I chickened out when I was going 200 mph a foot away from the wall. And the engine did not have enough power to pull sixth gear so he said stay in fifth. I also spun the car coming out the pit since I did not upshift from first gear and there was a rough area going from the pit to the track.

  13. California is already going down that road in SF and LA. And the state wants to make it worse by enacting a wealth tax. Will Elon Musk put up with that? Hell, no. He can move to Texas, where part of his rocket business already is located. No state income tax, no wealth tax. Others may follow to Austin, Houston, Dallas.

    Right now, the fiscal situation in Texas is not stellar. The state has a serious property tax problem, especially with regard to profligate school district spending, and the city governments in Houston and Dallas are technically insolvent due to pension obligations. Plus, the influx from CA has resumed full speed this summer — I cringe every time I see a Stevens Creek Honda license plate frame on an Odyssey minivan.

    (Look for the plate frame in your neighborhood or HEB parking lot. See what I mean?)

    The CA transplants aren’t here (yet) in numbers sufficient to turn the state “red” but they are beginning to make a difference in how the various cities are run. Austin and San Antonio have extremely Prog city governments with few checks from the state government, and serious efforts are underway to turn the Congressional delegation, this year with a lot more Subcontinent candidates than in the past, some running as RINOs.

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  14. I have known New Yorkers who don’t actually go to these very often, sometimes only once every few years, but they are adamant that they want the opportunity.

    –this is typical of “culture” supporters everywhere. It’s a status badge, but THEY don’t actually enjoy it, or partake. If you’re Epstein, you like what it brings, young and ignorant new meat, desperate for an ‘in’.

    and FWIW, you need a big pool of excess money to have those “cultural” things. Where you have big pools of money, you’ll get them. Houston is a good example. More arts in Houston than almost anywhere else in the US. Takes a lot of money to support opera, symphony, art museums…. and we’ve got all that and more.

    they attacked his parents and him for demonstrating at the DNC convention.

    –yes, and blamed the victim, and Trump. They weren’t even demonstrating, they were waiting for a restaurant.

    n

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  15. It’s not about public health but control….

    From our ‘going back to school’ newsletter-

    Immunizations

    School immunization requirements are still in effect for the 2020-2021 school year regardless of whether the student has opted for distance learning or in-person instruction. All students must be up-to-date, in the process of receiving or have a valid exemption on file when school starts on Monday, August 24.

    even if your kid isn’t going to be anywhere near other kids, they must be vaccinated.

    Anyone think an experimental covid vaccine won’t be made mandatory with an attitude like this?

    n

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  16. huh, that’s weird. I bolded the phrase in red. previously the blockquote format stripped out all other formatting, which is why I usually use the link to provide a highlight inside the blockquote…. I like being able to emphasize inside the blockquote.

    n

  17. Ummm, I wonder if our distance learning will shut down due to the hurricanes? The teachers and staff are all working from the school buildings, so I’m betting ‘yes’.

    n

  18. @Nick: bold inside blockquote will be red, that was changed a couple weeks ago. Just to make that more visible….as you have noticed.

    …but not noticed right away …

  19. …but not noticed right away …

    –I gave up on formatting inside blockquote and just use the link to provide the emphasis, until this morning for some reason*, I gave it a try. Like MAGIC it did something 🙂

    n

    *nothing to link to, since the news was in an email

  20. Re: tags in comments:

    When you first enter a comment, the bold/italic/link/quote (blockquote)/strikethrough (del) are allowed, along with the sarcasm tag. Other tags are stripped out. This is by design.

    If you go back and edit a comment, only the bold/italic/link/blockquote/strikethrough are allowed. Other tags are stripped out (by the edit-after plugin/process).

    So, you can sarcasm in the initial comment entry, but not if you edit the comment after posting.

  21. –this is typical of “culture” supporters everywhere. It’s a status badge, but THEY don’t actually enjoy it, or partake. If you’re Epstein, you like what it brings, young and ignorant new meat, desperate for an ‘in’.

    The “You Ain’t Got No Ice Cream” for the Chinese relations who live outside San Francisco is to rub it in with my wife that they have access to all the restaurants but deliberately opt for chains instead.

    One upside of moving to Texas is that this place scares the h*ll out of them. Plus, here, I’m not under any mandate to be polite after four years of taking the Number One Son nonsense on the West Coast — something that scares them even more than “Texas”.

    The last time a Chinese relation came to Austin, I banned him from the house. My wife said, “What if he insists?”

    “What if I spend the entire time giving him the finger and/or my ‘Number One Son’ flexing pose (think Hans & Franz) every time something stupid comes out of his mouth?”

    I would have been flexing all evening, and I’m sure I would have torn a finger tendon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mk1nykjnYA

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  22. Well it’s up to 108F in the sun so I might let my brain cool for a bit.

    The shade wasn’t bad and I’ve got the gardens weeded, the grape vine trimmed, the 6 bags of pecans raked up and thrown away, and the backyard grass cut.

    Def time to enjoy a lemonade and cool my brain….

    n


  23. …how often do you really go to the opera, Broadway, MOMA, etc.?

    This is presented to me as a reason why I need to visit NYC. I don’t go to that stuff HERE, (err, in Austin at the Zach) why travel to Yankee-land and pay $50 or whatever for a ticket to some “OMG, it’s a Live Broadway Play!!!”.
    Yeah, did that stuff at Taco Tech in Edinburg running lights and a little bit of sound. I’d rather watch the DVD.

    I would like to see the Statue of Liberty. The Chrysler Bldg. is suppose to be cool. Central Park? I have trees here.
    Yeah, sure, little delis are said to have great food, but I can make great food myownself.

    I’d like to see the Liberty Bell and a few sites around it like Independence Hall.

    I’d like to see the arch in St. Louis. I’ve driven past a few times but from the highway, uh, no, it doesn’t look like a place for a white guy to drive through.

    That’s about it. I went to D.C. in ’86 or so. Tourist stuff… Lincoln Memorial, Air & Space Museum, Ford Theater, Iwo Jima Memorial, and lots of interesting stuff and tired feet.

    What I wanted to do was take apart one of the subway fare card readers. Or at least watch one being repaired. Heh, a piece of index card stock with reel-to-reel tape glued on, stick it in the slot and the gate opens as your card comes out the other end. That was cool. Yeah, the subways were cool, too.

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  24. I’d like to see the arch in St. Louis

    I have done that. Took the little cars to the top. Tiny, cramped, and really bad news for people who don’t like cramped spaces. The cars click as they go up. I had this fear of getting stuck. Nice view from the top. Really disliked those little cars cramped with five people wedged together.

  25. Something Cowboy Slim or Greg might appreciate: A young man was being interviewed for TV news.

    “What brings you to Florida?”

    “Well, I’ve always been fascinated by space so I came here to see what I could do.”

    “How’d it work out for you? Were you able to join the space program?”

    “No, not at all. The rocket scientists weren’t at all supportive. They were all like, ‘What are you doing here?’ and ‘Why are you naked?'”

    This was presented as a true story, with faces and a station’s call letters and (alleged) transcript and all that. Regardless, I suspect it’s a joke. If you know otherwise, let us know.

  26. This was presented as a true story, with faces and a station’s call letters and (alleged) transcript and all that. Regardless, I suspect it’s a joke. If you know otherwise, let us know.

    “Florida Man” jokes are all the rage with the Progs right now.

    One media commenter last week quipped something to the effect that Trump voters are men in Florida with “enough money to buy a boat”.

    Considering what even a basic fishing skiff goes for these days in the showroom at Bass Pro, “enough money to buy a boat” is quite a bit of cash.

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  27. How many of these people were brought in from Europe ? I read an article recently that they brought in professional agitators from Europe recently.

    Another job Americans won’t do?

    Decapitating teddy bears is something that wouldn’t be out of place on “The Young Ones”. Maybe there is some truth to BLM hiring from the UK. What’s Adrian Edmonson up to these days?

    Well, beyond counting his wife’s money. 🙂

  28. _Persepolis Rising (The Expanse (7))_ by James S. A. Corey
    https://www.amazon.com/Persepolis-Rising-Expanse-James-Corey/dp/0316332852/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number seven of an eight book science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound trade paperback weighing 1.3 lbs. Ah, Science Fiction by the pound, cool ! I have the next book in the series and will be reading it soon.

    It has been almost three decades since the last book in the series. James Holden and the Rocinante have been keeping the peace with the Trade Union maintaining the alliance of the 1,300 colony worlds using the alien gate at the edge of the Solar System for access. But on the lost colony world of Laconia where 1/3rd of the Martian fleet disappeared to, old technologies have been resurrected and new technologies created.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,415 reviews)


  29. This is presented to me as a reason why I need to visit NYC. I don’t go to that stuff HERE, (err, in Austin at the Zach) why travel to Yankee-land and pay $50 or whatever for a ticket to some “OMG, it’s a Live Broadway Play!!!”.

    Don’t forget if you come from a shit-hole-State* you have to quarantine for 14 days.

    *As defined by shit-hole New York.

  30. Don’t forget if you come from a shit-hole-State* you have to quarantine for 14 days.

    Yet one more reason to not go there.

  31. Not to brag, but in Andrew “Metabolic Waste Product Between the Ears” Cuomo we New Yorkers have the stupidest governor in the nation. There was some stiff competition, but we’re #1!

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  32. Speaking of the Indy 500, didja know it’s a NASCAR race?

    I should stop caring that some folks are so stupid.

  33. Durability becomes a problem with turbo charging. A race car isn’t a daily commuter which has to be 100% reliable or as close as possible with reasonable maintenance.

    Many of the Ford 3.5L V6 biturbos have hit 300,000 miles now so that is a pretty good data point. Of course, there is a first generation version of that engine starting in 2010 and a totally redesigned engine block that is more beefier in 2017 that can handle double the boost of the previous engine.

  34. Speaking of the Indy 500, didja know it’s a NASCAR race?

    Ya learn sumpin’ new every day!

    No, Indy Car fans are a league unto themselves when it comes to alcohol consumption. NASCAR fans don’t even come close.

    One of the neighbors at my parents’ house in FL was a higher up in the IRL fan organization. I remember him complaining about the Indy 200 events at Disney World in the late 90s not having enough booze, with The Mouse trying to create a family event and failing to stock enough hard liquor. “Disney doesn’t understand — race fans are thirsty.”

  35. Many of the Ford 3.5L V6 biturbos have hit 300,000 miles now so that is a pretty good data point. Of course, there is a first generation version of that engine starting in 2010 and a totally redesigned engine block that is more beefier in 2017 that can handle double the boost of the previous engine.

    I’d still change the oil every 5000 miles unless the official Ford number is lower.

    I’m not really happy with 7000 miles Ford recommends on my wife’s Exploder’s non-turbo V6, but good luck getting her to take it to the dealer even for the recommended intervals.

    (To be fair, the Exploder has been a decent vehicle *except* the throttle body going at almost exactly 5000 miles — a very common problem for the 2016.)

    My 2018 Camry’s manual says 10000 miles, but I regard that as BS and pay for the 5000 mile/6 month changes the complementary ToyotaCare doesn’t cover.

  36. Something Cowboy Slim or Greg might appreciate: A young man was being interviewed for TV news.

    Yuuup, I went to CCAFS twice. Both to work on an upcoming launch as an employee of McDonnell Douglas. It all went well, sattelite was successfully launched into proper orbit.

  37. Whew. Got some stuff done today.

    Raked and cut the yard. Weeded the gardens. Trimmed stuff.

    Dug up and replaced a sprinkler head. Cleaned the pool (it’s finally back to clear. I had to rig up a second filter system to clean out all the green stuff.) Went thru two bins, pulled a bunch of ebay stuff. Consolidated and moved some stuff into a cabinet. Moved some stuff around.

    I’m sore and tired. Drank over two quarts of lemonade and still haven’t peed. I’ll drink some more.

    Kids start school tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.

    n

  38. They should be careful what they demand regarding shrinking the police. It takes a lot of police personnel to humanely control a mob. If there are insufficient resources, then the water cannons, attack dogs, and shotguns will have to be used. All of these are force multipliers that extend resources. Might be a good thing. If harsh measures are used, the mobs might realize the party is over. Of course, we could always send in the Marines. They know how to take control of a situation.

    The Marines specialize in killing people and breaking things. Everything else is a side issue.

  39. I’d still change the oil every 5000 miles unless the official Ford number is lower.

    I’m not really happy with 7000 miles Ford recommends on my wife’s Exploder’s non-turbo V6, but good luck getting her to take it to the dealer even for the recommended intervals.

    (To be fair, the Exploder has been a decent vehicle *except* the throttle body going at almost exactly 5000 miles — a very common problem for the 2016.)

    My 2018 Camry’s manual says 10000 miles, but I regard that as BS and pay for the 5000 mile/6 month changes the complementary ToyotaCare doesn’t cover.

    Yup, we change the oil in the F-150 and Highlander every 5,000 miles. The oil is changed in the Civic every 3,000 miles.

  40. The Marines specialize in killing people and breaking things. Everything else is a side issue.

    99% of the miscreants in Portland are going to be coeds and Pajama Boy types from PSU and Reed College. Marines killing even one of those will be exactly what Soros intends to happen by backing BLM and outsourcing the troublemaking to overseas expertise.

    If you think Bowe Berghdahl’s father gets too much NPR time, imagine the family of the martyred Pajama Boy. “Red plaid was his favorite color …”

    And God help the Marine(s) who pull the trigger, mistaking a can of silly string for mace.

    Seattle would be even riskier since UW is a much better school than those in Portland, with more well to do Pajama Boys, buying their snuggies at the flagship Nordstrom’s.

  41. The Marines specialize in killing people and breaking things. Everything else is a side issue.

    99% of the miscreants in Portland are going to be coeds and Pajama Boy types from PSU and Reed College. Marines killing even one of those will be exactly what Soros intends to happen by backing BLM and outsourcing the troublemaking to overseas expertise.

    The Marines won’t go in until the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in November.

  42. 99% of the miscreants in Portland are going to be coeds and Pajama Boy types from PSU and Reed College. Marines killing even one of those will be exactly what Soros intends to happen by backing BLM and outsourcing the troublemaking to overseas expertise.

    Mockery would be a much more potent weapon, something innocuous to make the “peaceful protesters” look ridiculous–or should I say even more ridiculous that they do.

  43. The Marines won’t go in until the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in November.

    The first Wednesday after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    FIFY. 😉

  44. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8655399/Police-9-arrested-1-officer-hurt-unrest-Denver.html

    “unrest” “protesters”

    Dozens of protesters are arrested and one officer is hurt after swarm of ‘armed anarchists’ wielding axes and guns descend on Denver Police HQ and ‘shoot fireworks at cops and set trees on fire’

    The group, consisting of between 50 to 75 demonstrators, were said to be wielding a varying degree of weapons – from axes to guns – on Saturday night

    n

  45. Processed our first meat rabbit tonight. The captive bolt gun from Bunny Rancher arrived Friday and we put it to good use on a rooster and the largest of the meat rabbits that were born June 2. Cleaner, faster, easier, less stressful than our other methods.

    I need to add up how much I used in rabbit pellets since June to ascertain our cost per pound for the rabbit meat. I am very pleased with the edible yield from the animal. 5.7 pound live weight yielded 3.4 pound carcass, plus I don’t know how much weight in fat that the chickens found delectable, heart, liver, kidney, lungs and feet that the dogs will enjoy, a beautiful heavily furred hide that I put in the freezer (with the head to excavate the brain) for future tanning. The waste was the intestines, stomach, and not much more than that.

    58% edible yield is great, and better than I’ve gotten on lambs and chickens in the past.

    The smallest rabbit from the June 2 litter is a hair (hah) over 3 pounds, female. The bucks are all over 4 pounds live weight.

    I also processed one of the roosters today. I didn’t bother to do a before or after weigh, however from experience I can see he will give us two meals for our family of three plus a vegetable heavy chicken soup for another meal. The chickens have required virtually no effort.

    I’m slow at processing animals. It took about the same amount of time for both. Normally rabbits would be much faster than plucking chickens, however I was taking extra care because I wanted to tan the rabbit hide. I am going to attempt tanning with the brains (not anytime soon hence the freezer).

    We also went to an open house for a gorgeous ‘Lindal Homes’ cedar home built around 1970.
    https://www.alaskarealestate.com/Search/Property/PropertyDetail.aspx?cid=/maktgb437P/96ZdBRYwiQ==&li=FSP4r80CBY46T6Y2PiQIKQ==&esf=MA
    We liked it very much, but we are not serious buyers at this point. I don’t want to go down that road unless we are forced to by losing the homeless shelter fight. Being a realist I am researching the market to see what is available in the different price ranges. I like our modest home and am not feeling good about a new mortgage in our fifties.

    @lynn
    You got me with the rabbit comic. Coffee on the laptop screen.

  46. @lynn
    Lindal Homes are not uncommon up here, and do look very similar to one another.

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