Wed. Aug. 26, 2020 – well, better get ready

Hot and humid.  Sweaty like a fat guy’s thighs.

I did move some stuff from the house to storage yesterday.  Not enough.  Not nearly enough.  I’ve got so much loose stuff laying around that I can only hope we don’t actually get high winds, or whale oil beef hooked.

Both of my auction contacts pushed me off on taking them loads of stuff.  Jeez.  I can’t get rid of this stuff.

I did spend some time in meatspace chatting with my buddy and his wife at the gu–  toy store.   He’s gonna consign a couple of things for me.  He’s still doing a brisk business in transfers, but what happens when ALL the inventory is gone and no one can buy anything that needs transferring, and there is no new inventory?  Other people have commented elsewhere that in the short and medium run, gu— toy stores are in economic trouble, despite high demand and prices.

There was a steady stream of people looking for ammo, and not finding it.  I’ll drop a small box by today if I get a chance to sweeten the deal on one of my items.

School is cancelled for today and tomorrow, with Friday still up in the air.  It all depends on Laura, and what she leaves in her wake here in Texas.  I’m hoping for a non-event.  Prepping for a big one, but hoping for small.

And I’m watching the insurgency spread.

At some point in the not too distance past, the move toward ‘officer safety’ started.  Cops began training to avoid going ‘hands on’ to prevent them from being injured*.  At the same time, someone decided that it didn’t look good for cops to be hitting The Usual Suspects(tm) with their fists or ESPECIALLY with sticks.   So someone made a change to policy, and the end state of that is cops are trained to shoot rather than grapple or fight.  Guns are stand off weapons.  Nightsticks, batons, etc, are close in weapons.  The cops can now keep their distance, but changes in doctrine let to changes in tactics.   Policy changes led to us being where we are today.  The same people that don’t want to see a cop with a stick hitting a suspect now cry out when the cop uses the tools and tactics he’s been trained to use, and shoots instead of strikes.  How’s that working out?  Ripples turning into waves….

Speaking of that, John Wilder throws out a number in his recent post, saying ” the dollar losing 7% of its value in three months”.   Without knowing where he got it, I was caught off guard because it was the first time I saw it put so starkly.   It’s what you’d expect when .gov makes the money printers go “brrrrrrr”.  It’s what you see when you’re paying more for everything, especially metals like gold and silver.  But upon reflection 7% seems way too small.  TP is almost double.  Gold went from $1500/oz to almost $2000.  Silver went from $17 to 26 (with higher spots in the last week).  Ammo and gun prices are sky high.  Granted that a lot of the increase in consumer goods pricing is due to scarcity, the metal pricing is more purely inflation for monetary reasons.  Either way, it looks like the dollar is buying a LOT LESS than 93% of what it did in March or June.  Taking a step back, that ripple looks like it could be a really big wave if it gets going.   Ask yourself why it isn’t front page news.  And why no one is framing that decline in purchasing power in terms of inflation.  Venezuela here we come.  Everyone will be shocked when they realize we’re suddenly there “without warning”.  Consider this (and the last couple of years) your fair warning. **

Everything’s better with bacon.  And butter.  And a full pantry.  Keep stacking.

nick

 

* also about the same time, physical fitness standards were relaxed, and the recruiting pool was broadened.  A whole lot of cops were produced that couldn’t go hands on if they wanted to.

**I’m no financial guru and nothing I say is “financial advice” but I’m certainly taking a hard look at what my condition would be if all my cash and cash equivalents bought me half as much stuff, or one quarter as much, next year.   It might be a good idea to turn some of that cash into something that holds value a bit better, especially if there are bargains to be had.  Assuming I had any cash tucked away…

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

67 thoughts on “Wed. Aug. 26, 2020 – well, better get ready”


  1. Obamma got the Nobel for his novel after all

    Obuttwad got the Nobel peace prize because of his skin color. If his novel was worth the Nobel peace prize, my article in Unisys World on screen compression should have deserved the Nobel prize in physics.

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  2. Interesting. Gonna be some real insights come out of this pandemic, if the high tech world holds together long enough.

    The biggies to me:
    – The correlation between bars being open and infection rates climbing in Texas and Florida.
    – “Asymptomatic” liars and the failure to treat those infected with bug like we do TB.

    Again, I grant that there are *some* asymptomatic, but I hear the aftermath of my wife’s televisits all day long, and, more often than not, the Wuxu Flu infection came via someone knowingly sick showing up at a social event or, in one case, protest, having tested positive and hiding a low-grade fever at a minimum.

  3. “Obamma got the Nobel for his novel after all”

    Obuttwad got the Nobel peace prize because of his skin color. If his novel was worth the Nobel peace prize, my article in Unisys World on screen compression should have deserved the Nobel prize in physics.

    Should be: Obamma got the Nobel for the William Ayers ghostwritten work after all.

    That connection should have been pounded in 2008.

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  4. But upon reflection 7% seems way too small. TP is almost double. Gold went from $1500/oz to almost $2000. Silver went from $17 to 26 (with higher spots in the last week).

    Again, physical delivery. Try to get an ounce of silver *delivered* for less than $30 or an uncirculated gold Eagle below $2000. The Mint is still trying to figure out what to do with Eagles this year to make sure their reliable dealers have them.

    TP, OTOH, is essentially an agricultural commodity, and the current pricing reflects what we’ve done to the highly automated production/delivery system. HEB, Costco, and Sam’s slamming the window on returns prevented a lot of small scale arbitrage but it didn’t happen fast enough.

  5. Granted that a lot of the increase in consumer goods pricing is due to scarcity, the metal pricing is more purely inflation for monetary reasons.

    Someone has been gaming non-physical gold for a while. Plus the old relationship between gold, oil, and wheat is way out of whack.

    All the renewables and Real Life Tony Stark antics aren’t going to change modern agriculture’s dependence on oil. As Dr. Pournelle used to point out, one bushel of wheat requires input of one barrel of oil, and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is that 1/10 ounce of gold buys more than one barrel of oil, and that is unusual.

    Salesforce replacing Exxon in the Dow is probably premature IMHO. Companies use CRM to avoid their customers in my experience.

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  6. one bushel of wheat requires input of one barrel of oil

    I didnt remember, but, useful

    thanks

  7. First trip out of yesterday. Went to our nearest Costco, about 90 miles. Ate at two of our favorite places. Some other stops.

    Impressions, all compared to pre pandemic: very little traffic, although traffic is almost never an issue. Only went to a few stores, and all but Trader Joe’s and Costco were dead. Quick in and out. TJ’s was not crowded. Small store. I talked to a couple of employees, and they said this is typical. There were more employees stocking than I have ever noticed. All stocks seemed at full, but this was early, just after opening. Prices on what we normally buy were normal to slightly down from pre pandemic, a bit of a surprise.

    Costco was different. First surprise was the gas station. It is always overflowing with cars, so we normally try to time for shortest waiting. We look on arrival, but usually wait until leaving. When we drove up there was NO waiting. This was about 1015, normally a moderately busy time. The store had inconvenient shopping cart barricades at the entry, but other than that seemed about normal. Except, lower crowds, easy to navigate. We only go to this store about once or twice a year, but it is always busy.

    We use Costco’s 30 roll bulk pack TP, and normally have a year’s supply on hand. That allows us to wait for sales, usually only a couple dollars off the normal $17 price, but nice. Also, it is bulky, and we don’t typically have a lot of room on other out of town trips. We had heard that there was a limit of one, so we had planned to make two trips to get four. We usually check out separately. I was surprised to find a big stock, and the normal price. There was no indication of a limit, so we put a total of four in our two carts. When we got to the checkout, an employee said there was a limit, and removed one from each cart. We were in distantly separate lines (by plan;) each of us argued that this our closest Costco, we only buy about once a year, and could there be an exception. No. I said sorry, I didn’t see any sign indicating a limit, and was told it had been added to the usual placard over the stock. OK. So we went out to the car and loaded, comparing notes. We went back for the rest of our shopping, and another bundle each. We were courteous enough to avoid the lines we went on the first checkout. Worked. Mind you, they could have used their computers to enforce limits per account, but that didn’t happen. Easy to game the system. A win. As we drove home, I kept checking the mirror to see if we were being followed by the Costco police. 🙂

    I did notice quite a few limits on items after I knew where to look. Some seemed odd, but I can’t think of a good example. There were the usual scattered sale price items, but nothing of interest to me. One thing that surprised me was that there were no limits on vitamins. We take a moderate amount of vitamins, and get some of them at Costco. I did a modest buy, taking advantage of sales to rebuild our stocks. Maybe inflation hasn’t hit yet.

    We usually eat lunch at one of two nice restaurants, but don’t like eating outdoors. One of them has an enclosed and somewhat air conditioned patio that is wind free. It was almost as good as eating inside. A bit surprised that was allowed, because it wasn’t really much different from the inside. We didn’t have to wait, either, a surprise. In our town, only outdoor dining is allowed, and almost no restaurants have good outdoor facilities.

    Will know in a few days if we picked up any bugs.

  8. Scanner has Harris County Sheriffs working a major crash scene. Semi driver says her cargo is “radioactive” but no placards visible. The other vehicle is across the center divider and 3 traffic lanes on the shoulder. That’s a big bump.

    They’ve just closed all the lanes. No indication of exactly where they are but it should show up on the traffic map soon enough.

    Complicating things, the freeway is the border between jurisdictions, so one sheriff on the southbound side with the semi, one on the northbound side with the car.

    Only the northbound side has units on scene.

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  9. more often than not, the Wuxu Flu infection came via someone knowingly sick showing up at a social event or, in one case, protest, having tested positive and hiding a low-grade fever at a minimum.

    Some of this is habits. I rarely check my temperature. Even when I’m not feeling well. So, if I was mildly feverish (say 100.4℉) I definitely wouldn’t think to check it. Unless I’m sweating profusely while simultaneously shivering (probably 103℉ or higher) it doesn’t even occur to me to check my temp. I guess I always figured there was no point to it. If you’re not feeling well you should consider yourself contagious whether you have a fever or not. Plenty of communicable illnesses present with no fever. In which case, what’s the point of checking my temp? If I do have a fever there’s nothing I can do about it except take fever reducers which, if I’m not feeling well, I’m probably already taking. In which case, what’s the point of checking my temp? If my temp is so high as to be life threatening then I’m feeling pretty horrible and am probably already on my way to an ER or urgent care. In which case, what’s the point of checking my temp? To me it’s always just seemed like an unnecessary task. I’m not sure regularly checking one’s temp even when you feel fine is going to become the norm. As previously stated, if you don’t feel well them temp or no temp you should be at home.

    My wife is the opposite and obsessively checks her’s at the mildest symptom. She “doesn’t feel well” frequently and has noticed the eye-rolling when she says she’s not well. So, she’ll obsessively check her temperature hoping it says he’s feverish so she can prove she’s sick to all the doubters. I get a chuckle out of it. I’ve never seen someone check their temperature 12 times in a day hoping it says they have a fever.

    The problem with the pandemic is we have decades of learned behavior to undo: Employees who want to look like superstars and never call in to work (and brag about it too) and so come to work contagious. Employees who don’t use their sick days because they save them to take off when their kids are home sick from school and so come to work contagious. Parents who load their kids full of acetaminophen/ibuprofen before sending them to school/daycare so they aren’t sent home with a fever and so spend the entire day around other children contagious.

    Frankly, a lot of unnecessary exposure seems to stem around the measly standard of 5 sick days per year. If, going forward, we’re serious about preventing pandemics then people need to be allowed to miss more than 5 days per year. I don’t care if it’s paid or unpaid (employers and employees can work that out via the free market), but terminating or writing-up employees for being sick 9 times in a year, for example, creates dangerous behaviors.

    Airlines, cruiselines, and large public venues (concert halls, stadiums, schools, etc.) should have been scanning temps at the door years ago.

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  10. Just turned on the news. Hurricane Laura looks worse than last night. Stay safe, all our friends near the Gulf.

  11. Yup, I’ve got so much cr@p sitting out, I think I’m just going to push it together and tarp the whole thing. Wrap ropes around it, weight it with propane bottles, and hope.

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  12. Just the tiniest bit breathless…

    Hurricane Laura becomes a 115mph Category 3 as it churns toward Louisiana and Texas and threatens to smash homes and sink entire communities as more than half a million people flee

    Hurricane Laura became a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday morning and it could become a Category 4
    It has winds of 115mph winds as it churns toward Louisiana and Texas, bringing with it 13-foot storm surges
    Officials in both states issued mandatory evacuation orders for more than half a million people on Tuesday
    Residents waited in long lines in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas, to board buses to evacuate
    As of Wednesday morning Laura is about 280 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, forecasters have said

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  13. The problem with the pandemic is we have decades of learned behavior to undo: Employees who want to look like superstars and never call in to work (and brag about it too) and so come to work contagious. Employees who don’t use their sick days because they save them to take off when their kids are home sick from school and so come to work contagious. Parents who load their kids full of acetaminophen/ibuprofen before sending them to school/daycare so they aren’t sent home with a fever and so spend the entire day around other children contagious.

    The problem with the Wuxu Flu pandemic is that we don’t even rise to the standard of TB when dealing with the public health issue. And, as I’ve noted here before, we have effective treatments for TB.

    The consequences for both an employee and the employer would be severe if someone simply showed up for work with a known infection.

  14. I just hedged my bets by investing a little more in precious metals. I already have plenty of lead and brass. But I am cutting back on my practice with center fire rounds. Seriously looking for an alternative air rifle too.
    Took another look at my consumables and I feel in pretty good shape there. Spending some cash on home upgrades I had been putting off.
    Most of my free time just now is helping my wife get on the Transplant list. This means lots of Dr. Visits, more than normal, and invasive tests. It’s a pain but the upside would be life changing.

  15. “Elon Musk to Reveal ‘Working Neuralink Device’ on Aug. 28”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/elon-musk-to-reveal-working-neuralink-device-on-aug-28

    “We take a first step towards Musk’s vision of our ‘symbiosis with artificial intelligence’ on Friday.”

    Um, no. You ain’t implanting a chip in my head. I’ve already seen what can go wrong there.
    https://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1.html

    And the Tony Stark in the comics never implanted a chip in his head, just a reactor in his chest.

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  16. Speaking of that, John Wilder throws out a number in his recent post, saying ” the dollar losing 7% of its value in three months”. Without knowing where he got it, I was caught off guard because it was the first time I saw it put so starkly. It’s what you’d expect when .gov makes the money printers go “brrrrrrr”. It’s what you see when you’re paying more for everything, especially metals like gold and silver. But upon reflection 7% seems way too small. TP is almost double. Gold went from $1500/oz to almost $2000. Silver went from $17 to 26 (with higher spots in the last week). Ammo and gun prices are sky high. Granted that a lot of the increase in consumer goods pricing is due to scarcity, the metal pricing is more purely inflation for monetary reasons. Either way, it looks like the dollar is buying a LOT LESS than 93% of what it did in March or June. Taking a step back, that ripple looks like it could be a really big wave if it gets going. Ask yourself why it isn’t front page news. And why no one is framing that decline in purchasing power in terms of inflation. Venezuela here we come. Everyone will be shocked when they realize we’re suddenly there “without warning”. Consider this (and the last couple of years) your fair warning. **

    There is difference between inflation and people stocking up stuff for bad times which is what is really going on. Ammo will be available again in January 2021. Or maybe March 2021.

    I wonder if I should sell a few guns now ?

  17. @JimB,

    I liked The Idlespurs Steakhouse on Old 58 in Barstow for dinner.

  18. Interesting. Gonna be some real insights come out of this pandemic, if the high tech world holds together long enough.

    The biggies to me:
    – The correlation between bars being open and infection rates climbing in Texas and Florida.
    – “Asymptomatic” liars and the failure to treat those infected with bug like we do TB.

    Again, I grant that there are *some* asymptomatic, but I hear the aftermath of my wife’s televisits all day long, and, more often than not, the Wuxu Flu infection came via someone knowingly sick showing up at a social event or, in one case, protest, having tested positive and hiding a low-grade fever at a minimum.

    Or went to a convention and shook hands all over the place.
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/25/business/biogen-conference-likely-led-20000-covid-19-cases-boston-area-researchers-say/


  19. I wonder if I should sell a few guns now ?

    Don’t be talkin’ stupid shit.

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  20. Or went to a convention and shook hands all over the place.
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/25/business/biogen-conference-likely-led-20000-covid-19-cases-boston-area-researchers-say/

    Tech execs are not going to miss a conference junket, especially Chinese Number One Sons with a chance to visit Boston and rub it in with the folks back home.

    I call the thought process “You Ain’t Got No Ice Cream”, but I believe it is known as Kiasu in Singapore.

    February in Boston isn’t going to appeal to Americans or a lot of Europeans, but the Mainland Chinese will show up. The prospect of going home with a Canada Goose* parka makes the trip even more desirable.

    *Or whatever parka Erin Andrews wore on the sidelines of the football coverage the previous Fall, particularly Fox Super Bowl years.


  21. I wonder if I should sell a few guns now ?

    Only to close friends.

    Maybe me. Sometimes I think it might be a good idea.

    But I live in a pretty mostly retirement-age area, and do little travel. What travel I do is to UT and CA via car, so traveling with items out of state might be an issue. Not sure that I need it here for possible self-defense. And limited choices for practice ranges in my area (two are 30-45 minutes away, but membership required, and are outdoor only).

  22. “President Trump holds naturalization ceremony at GOP convention, and MSNBC is melting down over it ”
    https://www.theblaze.com/news/naturalization-ceremony-msnbc-meltdown

    “Critics of President Donald Trump pounced on the inclusion of a ceremony for citizenship naturalization on the second night of the Republican National Convention.”

    “Progressive cable news channel MSNBC led the chorus against the ceremony when anchor Joy Reid asked NBC analyst Jacob Soboroff about the response on social media.”

    “”Well, ‘galling’ is the word that I’m seeing being used, Joy, by immigration activists and lawyers online, that the administration, the Trump administration with some of the most restrictive, harsh, and cruel, in the words of a former administration official, a former ICE official to me, would use a naturalization ceremony for political purposes in this context,” Soboroff responded.”

    Bunch of pansies at MSNBC.

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  23. “Institutional Racism” by Walter E. Williams
    https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2020/08/26/institutional-racism-n2574936

    “Institutional racism and systemic racism are terms bandied about these days without much clarity. Being 84 years of age, I have seen and lived through what might be called institutional racism or systemic racism. Both operate under the assumption that one race is superior to another. It involves the practice of treating a person or group of people differently based on their race. Negroes, as we proudly called ourselves back then, were denied entry to hotels, restaurants and other establishments all over the nation, including the north. Certain jobs were entirely off-limits to Negroes. What school a child attended was determined by his race. In motion pictures, Negroes were portrayed as being unintelligent, such as the roles played by Stepin Fetchit and Mantan Moreland in the Charlie Chan movies. Fortunately, those aspects of racism are a part of our history. By the way, Fetchit, whose real name was Lincoln Perry, was the first black actor to become a millionaire, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 1976, the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded Perry a Special NAACP Image Award.”

    “Despite the nation’s great achievements in race relations, there remains institutional racism, namely the widespread practice of treating a person or group of people differently based on their race. Most institutional racism is practiced by the nation’s institutions of higher learning. Eric Dreiband, an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, recently wrote that Yale University “grants substantial, and often determinative, preferences based on race.” The four-page letter said, “Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants.””

    Yup, now we have reverse racism. And reverse sexism.

  24. Bunch of pansies at MSNBC.

    Who watches MSNBC? Most nights, they have a 0.0 share which translates to less than 50,000 households.

    They’re totally supported by carriage fees. If you have cable, satellite or a streaming service which includes the channel, you’re paying the bills.

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  25. Thanks Bill…

    Houston is just getting a bit of light spatter from an outer band. I’ve been pushing the pile together and just got the tarp over the whole pile. I came in to cool down and drink. It’s saturated out, so not much cooling from sweat.

    I have been playing with layers on windy.com and there are some really neat things. Look at the satellite layer, in visible, then IR. Look at wave heights. Look at weather radar vs others. Cool stuff.

    CAT4 is the serious shit. Get out of the way of CAT4.

    Houston is going to be to the west of the main storm, unless something strange happens and That’s OK with me. I have no idea what to expect, so I’m planning on “bad storm”. Charging up all the batteries, as soon as I get the driveway locked down, I’m going to work on the gennie.

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  26. @lynn, if there are guns you can’t shoot anymore, or don’t like to shoot, and you don’t think you’ll want to equip a friend or neighbor, prices are good… Texas Gun Club is about half way from you to Houston and they are buying….

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  27. Am I reading this right?

    Plugs says he is not going to leave his basement to campaign. Gonna trust what the scientists say.

    His brain must be Jell-O. Come October, when his polling is in the crapper, he’ll come out, but it will be too late.

    tRump may just win in a landslide. A landslide that will bury Plugs, Cankles, BJ and the rest of them for eternity.

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  28. A suggestion for Texans in the path of The Hurricane Which Is Totally Caused By Trumphitler And Global Warming: exercise your rights as Texans and take your boomsticks out, look toward the storm, yell “Look out! It’s coming right at us!” and shoot it. If enough of you work together you can drop that storm in its tracks.

  29. I liked The Idlespurs Steakhouse on Old 58 in Barstow for dinner.

    Looks like a good place. Looked it up on Google Maps. Then I found an announcement by the family that they were closing on Jan 22, 2020. They are looking for new owners, but I can’t tell what happened from the on line reviews.

    I haven’t been to Barstow in many years. A year or so ago, we took the 58 to 15 route to miss the construction on 395, but that is as close as we have come.

    Yesterday, we went to Lancaster and Palmdale.

  30. tRump may just win in a landslide. A landslide that will bury Plugs, Cankles, BJ and the rest of them for eternity.

    Ooooh, +1,000,000.

  31. “Fentanyl in George Floyd’s system made his lungs weigh 2x-3x more than normal”
    https://noqreport.com/2020/08/26/fentanyl-in-george-floyds-system-made-his-lungs-weigh-2x-3x-more-than-normal/

    “According to the medical examiner, he had a fatal dose of Fentanyl in his body at the time of his death.”

    “George Floyd’s death has been solely attributed by the press as well as prosecutors to former police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee being on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. Newly released information from medical examiners indicate there was much more to the story than we’ve been told.”

    “The more we learn about George Floyd’s death, the less likely it becomes that the former police officers charged in his killing will be convicted. Everything about this ordeal has been built on lies.”

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you.

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

  32. tRump may just win in a landslide. A landslide that will bury Plugs, Cankles, BJ and the rest of them for eternity.

    That there is wishful thinking. First, you are going to see an amazing amount of voter fraud. Second, the DNC has lawyers working in almost every state trying to make the laws more favorable to the dumbrocrats via friendly judges. Third, these people will not go away. When Trump wins, they will try to impeach him again.

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  33. Since the progs always accuse others of what they are doing,all you have to do is watch them. They accuse voter fraud, it’s ‘cuz they KNOW they’re cheating, so you must be too.

    They say Trump won’t leave if he loses, it’s because that’s what they’d do.

    Russian collusion? Who sold them uranium?

    It’s sad how often this works.

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    Currently blue skys and sunny here at Casa De Nick. I’ve got the driveway stuff tarped and roped. I’ve got a couple more things on the second pile then I can do it too.

    I put my two new batteries and an old one on one of my new chargers to top them all up. I’ve been topping up 7Ah gel cells for a couple of days. I’ve got about 10 ready so far. I’ve been running eneloops from my cabinet thru their charger as I come in and out. They lose charge slowly but they do self discharge.

    I am going to shift to the back patio and see if I can get some more of that stuff onto the pile in the driveway or somewhere more secure. I’ve got to put new batteries in the weather station too, and get the gennie running. Lots to do, and VERY glad it’s NOT coming right for us.

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  34. @lynn, if there are guns you can’t shoot anymore, or don’t like to shoot, and you don’t think you’ll want to equip a friend or neighbor, prices are good… Texas Gun Club is about half way from you to Houston and they are buying….

    n

    Yeah, I would have to go fish them out of the river. I am just not using my semi-auto handguns anymore.

    BTW, I did buy a slick new “sticky holster” for my main EDC (every day carry), a S&W .357 bodyguard. No strap ! And the holster stays in your pocket when you pull the gun out.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MQC6MU/?tag=ttgnet-20

    And I do want a new semi-auto pistol though. A Ruger 9mm PC Charger. And a couple of 40 round mags and a suppressor (the barrel is already threaded).
    https://ruger.com/products/pcCharger/models.html

  35. Am I reading this right?

    Plugs says he is not going to leave his basement to campaign. Gonna trust what the scientists say.

    It doesn’t matter. Anyone voting for Biden at this point knows something is wrong.

    The danger with Plugs is to set the expectations too low for the debates. If he isn’t campaigning, he’s going to be practicing packed full of the latest experimental dementia drugs. The Dems underestimated Bishop Mittens and he actually scored a win in the first meeting in 2016.

    Not that it mattered for Mittens in the end, but Biden only needs one win.

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  36. Since the progs always accuse others of what they are doing,all you have to do is watch them. They accuse voter fraud, it’s ‘cuz they KNOW they’re cheating, so you must be too.

    They say Trump won’t leave if he loses, it’s because that’s what they’d do.

    Trump will leave if he loses. He has work to do in Florida, making sure DeSantis wins relection, and golf to play.

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  37. “The more we learn about George Floyd’s death, the less likely it becomes that the former police officers charged in his killing will be convicted. Everything about this ordeal has been built on lies.”

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you.

    They’ll get a 2nd degree conviction on the officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck.

    The racket is going to make the sacrifice to keep people from asking questions about the cop’s retirement plans in Tiger Woods’ old neighborhood and who else on the city government payroll is making payments on a Windermere condo.

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  38. They’ll get a 2nd degree conviction on the officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck.

    The racket is going to make the sacrifice to keep people from asking questions about the cop’s retirement plans in Tiger Woods’ old neighborhood and who else on the city government payroll is making payments on a Windermere condo.

    Don’t they have him charged with a first degree conviction right now ? Nullification by overcharging.

    Plus the jury will get to see the entire video. I understand the first ten minutes are fairly bad for George Floyd by him resisting arrest.

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  39. Yesterday, we went to Lancaster and Palmdale.

    That was my other guess. over to SR14 and then down.

    Nowadays, we usually take I5 then SR14 to UD395 to Pearblossom rather than I15 to 395 for Kennedy Meadows as I5 and 395 are so clogged up to Adelanto.


  40. Anyone voting for Biden at this point knows something is wrong.

    Some Biden voters may not be pedophiles,
    but every single one decided that groping children is not a deal breaker.

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  41. I understand the first ten minutes are fairly bad for George Floyd by him resisting arrest.

    Yep. Even the video which was first released about a day after the imbecile died didn’t look good for him. By the standards of the day* he was resisting arrest by not cooperating.

    * I don’t agree with the standards, but cops routinely beat homicide convictions or even accusations if the “perpetrator” doesn’t instantly comply with every order.


  42. Some Biden voters may not be pedophiles,
    but every single one decided that groping children is not a deal breaker.

    X about a million up votes.

  43. Last night’s supper experiment worked out as planned. Penny ate too much… she cleaned the pan, she cleaned my plate (and yeah, I saved her a few bites of meat) and the she ate her gravy covered food.

    She’s a slug today. Oh, but cat food is /always/ on the menu. 🙂

    Good times.

  44. “Teenage Suspect In Kenosha Shootings Charged With 1st Degree Murder, Trump To Send In The Feds “To Restore Law & Order””
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/least-2-killed-during-3rd-night-violence-kenosha-grisly-shootings-captured-video

    “Teenage Suspect In Kenosha Shootings Charged With 1st Degree Murder — EXTENDED VIDEO SHOWS SHOOTINGS WERE CLEARLY IN SELF DEFENSE”

    Looks like defending yourself in Wisconsin is against the law. And when you are lying on your back in the street and two guys have been chasing you and then they jump on you, you cannot retreat anymore.

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

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  45. As for hurricane events here, 60-ish miles sorta West from Austin, gonna top off the gas in the stupid van and in the Jeep. Truck is full minus 30 miles or so.

    Might get more rain than “wet the dust down” but I’m not expecting any rain.

    Buy ammo and canned food.

  46. I got a downvote on my “Biden voters” comment, above.
    I guess a pedophile just chimed in.

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  47. Yah, either a troll or a butthurt little snowflake.

    At least half of my comments get a downvote. Most comments expressing doubts about the honesty or good intentions of SJWs, BLM, ante-fascists, or Democratic politicians (some category overlap may be observed) get a downvote.

    And any pedophiles reading my recent comments are likely to be smacking the downvote button.

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  48. Several comments with 1 down vote. I suspect a troll.

    Well, the code that does the up/down vote is JavaScript, which is not easily done by an automated troll.

    So, perhaps someone here actually disagrees with some comments.

    Wasn’t me, BTW, at least not today. In general, though, there aren’t many up/down votes on the comments….just a small one-handful. Not enough to get all worked up about, IMHO.

  49. Get worked up? No, certainly not.
    Mock and insult the physical attractiveness and life prospects of? Oh, yes.

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  50. Yah, either a troll or a butthurt little snowflake.

    Doesn’t even rise to the level of troll. Just some anonymous coward pressing a button because he dare not voice an opinion where people can read and respond to it.

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  51. where people can read and respond

    where intelligent people can read and respond

    Fixed it for you.

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  52. I upvote often, and I like the emoticons, and sometimes I use both on the same post. The upvote, to me, is as much an acknowledgment as anything else.

    But I never downvote, not here or anywhere, because usually there’s no reason to, but also because I would be reacting to the content, not the poster, yet some people seem to take the downvotes personally and I don’t want to hinder anyone’s posting. The more posting, the better the site, I think.

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  53. “Laura on the precipice of category 5 intensity as it approaches the Louisiana coast”
    https://spacecityweather.com/laura-on-the-precipice-of-category-5-intensity-as-it-approaches-the-louisiana-coast/

    “POSTED AT 8:20 PM CT WEDNESDAY: Hurricane Laura has made its turn to the north in earnest late this afternoon and evening, and is likely heading for landfall on the Louisiana coast, possibly near Calcasieu Pass, south of Lake Charles.”

    Laura ain’t coming here to the west side of Fort Bend County ! We don’t even need the rain, the cotton field behind my house is almost ready to be harvested.

    Hopefully all of the tugboats have finished their journey up the Sabine river and are tightly moored now. One of my clients ended up with a 80+ ft tugboat in their chemical plant office building parking lot after hurricane Rita in 2005, over 100 miles inland.

  54. My 81 year old father got a phone call this afternoon. The guy said he was a public defender and that I (me) had an accident in my truck and had been arrested. The public defender needed money to bail me out of jail. So my dad handed his phone to my mother and called my son on the house phone. My son answered and dad said, “where is your dad ?”. And my son said downstairs in his office writing code. Dad told him what was going on and said bye. He then got the phone back from my mother and asked the guy where he was calling from, the guy said California. Should have known, probably Mumbai in reality.

    The scams are increasing ! Don’t do anything without side verification of issues and events.

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  55. The scams are increasing !

    My MIL got hit for $1200 by someone claiming her grandson was in jail in Mexico. The scammer knew enough to convince her. What he called her, names of his family members and some other stuff. Why she never called and verified with her son is strange. The scammers are very good. I also partially fault Walmart for not questioning her about the wire transaction to a Mexico and telling her to check with family before doing the transaction.

  56. A few years ago my brother was detained on entry to the Philippines. He called me and asked for $5000 to get him a lawyer. I went to the Kroger and tried to send him the money by Western Union. They refused to do so claiming it was a scam even though I knew he was going to the Philippines and had spoken to him directly just minutes before.

  57. Well, I got everything wrapped up tight, and now we’re hardly gonna get any rain! I did do some garage organizing in between and as I was cleaning up, so not a total waste. Good practice run I guess.

    I feel for the people in the path though. That is one energetic storm.

    Hot as hades out there in the sun. I sweated thru almost a gallon of lemonade. I’m still behind, as I’ve only peed once mid day.

    Never did get to the gennie. I’ll be jumping on that tomorrow.

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  58. “Laura roars like a lion into Louisiana, but acts as a lamb in Houston”
    https://spacecityweather.com/laura-roars-like-a-lion-into-louisiana-but-acts-as-a-lamb-in-houston/

    “POSTED AT 1 AM CT THURSDAY: At midnight, central time, the northern eyewall of Hurricane Laura came ashore over Cameron Parish, Louisiana. This is about 35 miles east of the state’s border with Texas, and a bit further east than forecasters anticipated. This places the storm’s core of strongest winds solidly over the western half of Louisiana, and should spare much of the Beaumont region from the very worst of Laura. Meanwhile, a devastating storm surge is moving into southern Louisiana and has inundated some locations for dozens of miles inland.”

  59. “Some late night thoughts about Laura, and hurricanes in general”
    https://spacecityweather.com/some-late-night-thoughts-about-laura-and-hurricanes-in-general/

    “I have come to the conclusion that hurricanes are fascinating and horrible. But mostly, horrible.”

    “Three years ago, at this very hour, those first, tremendous rain bands from Hurricane Harvey were pushing through Houston. It was a Saturday night. The storm had come ashore the day before, and Houston had seen a few bouts of heavy rainfall on Friday night. Most of the day Saturday was reasonably sedate. And then, BOOM. Ten inches of rain on the west side and then the first band moves over to the east side of Houston. And then it. Just. Stopped. Twelve inches of rain in two hours at one gauge near my home. Like for many of you, that was the longest and worst night of my life. Rising waters. Flooded homes. No idea if it would ever end.”

    “And now tonight we are watching another devastating hurricane, Laura. This one is a completely different animal from Harvey. Though inland flooding from rainfall is not a concern this is a monstrously intense storm, stronger than anything ever recorded in that part of the Gulf of Mexico, pushing a wall of water toward Louisiana and lashing the state with 150-mph winds. I have never experienced that. I never want to. You run from that hell. And you run fast.”

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