Tues. Nov. 17, 2020 – the wheel turns…

Cool, damp, but sunny and clear.  I hope.

Stayed cool and clear all day yesterday. It was 45F at midnight but 70s and maybe into the low 80s at some point during the day.  Cool in the shade though.

I got stuff done around the house.  Moved the rest of the insulation into the attic.  Broke down a whole bunch of scrap.  Messed with the pool liner so it will hopefully finally dry out.  Poked at a couple of other things.

It doesn’t sound like much but it was forward progress.

On the other hand, my cough and sore throat don’t seem to be getting better.  I’m going to try to get a test today or tomorrow.  I don’t have a fever, or any of the other serious and definitive symptoms, but I’m supposed to be driving to Florida to spend a week with my mom at the end of the week…  I’m still not comfortable with that, and especially so if I’m not feeling well.  Maybe I’ll try a rapid test this time, and pay for it.

I’ve been feeling tired and run down, but then I’m not sleeping enough either.  Being tired is a natural consequence of not sleeping.  Anyway.   Better to test if I can.  And if I can trust the results.  And if I can actually get a test.   To be honest, I stopped paying attention, and the pictures out of El Paso shocked me.  Daily Mail had this to say,

it has become a particularly heavy burden upon rural America.

Counties with fewer than 10,000 residents now have the highest rate of new daily coronavirus infections per capita of any size county, according to an Axios analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

These rural counties – referred to as ‘non-core’ by the National Center for Health Statistics and US Census Bureau are suffering an average of 60.4 new cases per every 100,000 people, whereas 35.4 out of every 100,000 people living in large central metro areas are being diagnosed a day.

As a result, the national rate of infections seemed to be climbing more slowly, but hospital systems are more likely to be imperiled now than they were during the first spring peak of the pandemic in the U.S.

Rural areas have fewer beds to begin with, meaning that they can quickly become overwhelmed, as El Paso, Texas, has. That means that even if the absolute numbers of new cases and hospitalizations remain low, facilities may run out of space and personnel to treat patients, and people may die faster than space an be made in small local morgues.

Aesop and others had mentioned this very scenario way back in the early days…  Other than total deaths, most of what was outlined before this became political has remained on target.  Waves.  Of decreasing size.   For years.  Rural areas with no resources quickly overwhelmed.

No one called the political aspects. Always there are second and third order effects.  Those are much harder to predict.


Violent rhetoric and  actual violence against conservatives are increasing.  The radical elements on the left are becoming emboldened (or the ones who are in the know are becoming desperate.)  If I was a conspiracy guy, I’d say we’re due for a major incident that will overwhelm the election stories.  Bonus if it kills Americans, bonus if it can be used to bludgeon Trump for not giving up and letting Biden in the door.  And if it looks like Trump might actually be successful in his challenge, expect someone to try for him.  It’s kinda amazing that he’s made it this long considering the forces aligned against him.  They’ve tried smears, they’ve tried legal action, they’re trying election fraud, what’s left?  And Harris is waiting in the wings to step in…   The flip side is some antifa/blm/black bloc kids get sacrificed to create a narrative that Trump’s nazzi white supremacist thugs are out of control and need more crackdowns…

Or dozens of other potential scenarios, most of which end in increased violence and lead toward civil ware…..

The good news is, if you are prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for most of the rest of the threats too.   Don’t get caught short this time.  Stack what you need.  Stack it high and deep.

nick

 

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

76 thoughts on “Tues. Nov. 17, 2020 – the wheel turns…”

  1. All you have to do it make three stacks of votes. One stack for Trump, one stack for Biden, and one stack for other. Then count the number of votes in each stack.

    Agreed. Counting paper ballots is not difficult. For that matter, for a rough count, you could just use high accuracy scales. It seems to me that the bigger opportunity for fraud is the route the ballots follow, before being counted. The easiest route to fraud is dumping in an extra box of ballots.

    Electronic voting is a different matter, of course. Joe Average Voter must trust the voting machine. Those of us who know something about computers…well, we won’t, unless both hardware and software are open-source. And no company is likely to invest in open-source voting, because that limits their earning potential. It’s best and easiest just to stick to paper ballots.

    @Jenny: Congrats on the house closing!

    As for philosophy, well, the founders also put on their pants one leg at a time. It’s hard to really see them as people from a couple hundred years distance, but they certainly had all the same human weaknesses that anyone does. That said, they did have the courage to take a huge gamble – revolutions actually rarely go well – and they put a lot of thought into the result they wanted.

    It’s unfortunate that populism has taken over. Restricting voting to people with “skin in the game” makes a lot of sense. Originally, it was property ownership. Simpler might be: You must pay more money to the government than you receive. Anything else leads to bread-and-circuses.

    The other thing that really strikes me, now that I am living in a much smaller country, is this: size is bad. National politicians in a country with 300 million people are so extremely far removed from their constituents. Here, we may well see them on the train, right along with the rest of us. That makes for a serious difference in the way they are regarded, and (hopefully!) in the way they regard themselves. The US started out a lot smaller – 200+ years of growth have caused a lot of today’s problems.

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  2. We took a break and took our 8 year old to see the 40th anniversary release of Flash Gordon. Wow that was fun. Not entirely age appropriate but such campy fun. The good guys win and the bad guy gets stabbed by a spaceship.

    MeTV still runs the Gil Gerard “Buck Rogers” late on Saturday nights. It must be popular. They’re currently back in the high camp/big guest star episodes of the first season.

    NBC heavily censored the pilot when the series ran 40 years ago, but MeTV puts some of the best material back, including what I imagine was Mel Blanc improvising and an almost perfect recreation of “Lachiem!” from “Soylent Green”.

    No kid would get that. Gil Gerard’s Buck character disabling the Princess’ bodyguard, Tigerman, with a groin kick is another story.

  3. On the other hand, my cough and sore throat don’t seem to be getting better. I’m going to try to get a test today or tomorrow. I don’t have a fever, or any of the other serious and definitive symptoms, but I’m supposed to be driving to Florida to spend a week with my mom at the end of the week… I’m still not comfortable with that, and especially so if I’m not feeling well. Maybe I’ll try a rapid test this time, and pay for it.

    “Cedar Fever” season started here in Austin.

    If your test comes back negative, it isn’t hard to avoid the bug driving to FL on I-10. Just don’t be tempted by the Buc-ee’s in Robertson, AL.

    We survived the weekend of the 4th in FL, the last time cases peaked, without incident. We mostly ate at small places or out of the Publix deli.

    Like Texas, Florida seems to have a strong correlation between the virus spreading and alcohol-centric events. I think people being careless is even easier to spot in FL, however, thanks to the presence of Jimmy Buffett music.

  4. “thanks to the presence of Jimmy Buffett music.”

    –so Jimmy Buffett music causes CV? Or was that correlation, not causation?? 😉

    n

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  5. “thanks to the presence of Jimmy Buffett music.”

    –so Jimmy Buffett music causes CV? Or was that correlation, not causation??

    I’ll go with correlation. Stay out of Margaritaville and/or Jimmy’s restaurants. The real cheeseburger that inspired the song is on Cabbage Key, accessible only by boat.

    Causation would be Bertie Higgins, who still has a huge career in China. 🙂

    No, okay, I’m mean. Bertie is an alum of my high school, possibly our most famous graduate.

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  6. Subbing again today, tomorrow and Thursday. Same teacher as last week. She is in quarantine as someone in her family tested positive. Must be isolated for 21 days.

    Eye appointment tomorrow courtesy of the VA. Going to a private practice as the VA has no vision facilities within 30 miles of my home. Supposed to include new glasses. Wife will come to school and take over for me while I have the appointment. It took 60 days to get this appointment so I really don’t want to reschedule.

    I have never been to this doctor before so it will be interesting. My primary eye doctor is the one that did the cataracts and some sort of procedure to remove some film. Also did my Lasik and my wife’s cataracts. I liked him. He is the brother of my former boss, the one I had before I retired.

    I am curious what the VA offers for glasses, on in this case reimburses the eye place. Good frames? Maybe as the VA provides good hearing aids. Are the lenses high density polycarbonate? What about coatings, anti-fog, anti-glare, etc. If not good stuff I will take the prescription to Costco and new lenses put in my existing Costco frames.


  7. No kid would get that. Gil Gerard’s Buck character disabling the Princess’ bodyguard, Tigerman, with a groin kick is another story.

    I still remember seeing the theatrical release of BR in an El Paso theater in 1979. I was at the Air Defense Artillery Officer’s Basic Course at Ft. Bliss, TX. I had just been accepted to flight school so the two events will always be with me.

  8. “beedee beedee beedee, what’s up Buck?”

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    That and some white jumpsuits = my total recollection of the BR series.

    n

  9. I am curious what the VA offers for glasses, on in this case reimburses the eye place. Good frames? Maybe as the VA provides good hearing aids. Are the lenses high density polycarbonate? What about coatings, anti-fog, anti-glare, etc. If not good stuff I will take the prescription to Costco and new lenses put in my existing Costco frames.

    I’ve given up on Costco and hit Walmart for single vision lenses. Polycarb, no coatings, decent frames. ~$100 on my HSA which means about $75 with the tax savings factored in. Walmart got really serious recently about optical, with a new lens cutting facility in Bentonville.

    The Walmart Zeiss progressive lenses cracked on me after five weeks, however, and I’m undecided about where I will go to try progressives again.

    I’ll ask my wife about optical at the VA in Austin if you’re driving through regularly. Temple would probably have it for sure.

    Optical is tough because, in addition to the warehouse clubs and Walmart, the online places sourcing directly from China do a really good job if you have the OD numbers already in hand and only need single vision lenses. We’ve used Zenni for a specific cosplay look a couple of times, and have been impressed.

  10. That and some white jumpsuits = my total recollection of the BR series.

    The theatrical cut of the pilot is 70s mega cheese but also an interesting watch if you can find a DVD set cheap. In addition to putting a lid on Mel Blanc, the series discarded some of the deeper themes of the pilot as well as Erin Gray’s Wilma being a true equal for the title character. Glen Larson clearly needed Donald Belisario, who was working on the “Magnum PI” pilot by the time “Buck Rogers” went to series.

    CBS desperately needed to keep the Hawaiian facilities rolling to justify what they spent chasing Jack Lord’s perfection streak on “Hawaii Five-Oh” for more than a decade. Lord also had a pilot that year to replace “Five-Oh”, “M Station: Hawaii”, but dailies were looking awful headed into Christmas ’79.

    I bought my “Buck Rogers” DVD set for $5 from Amazon one Black Friday.


  11. I’ll ask my wife about optical at the VA in Austin if you’re driving through regularly

    OK. Will be driving through somewhere around the middle of February of 2021.

    Before I had Costco and the VA my last set of glasses was $650.00 by the time I got done paying for the frames, bifocals, and the expensive (overpriced) coatings. I think Costco was about $350.00 with $150.00 being the cost of the frames.

    Like hearing aids, there is little reason for glasses and hearing to cost that much. There is a lot of price gouging and charging whatever they want for the devices. People with little to no funds suffer from not being able to afford something that is really medically necessary.

    Meanwhile I continue to be impressed with the streaming device the VA provided for the TV. Hearing a lot more than I did before, even with just the hearing aids alone. I also now get true stereo sound. Recommended if a person has hearing aids.


  12. I thought CAMEL/plugs had some super plan to eradicate COVID?

    The vaccine will not be available until after January 20. The democrats will make certain of that release date. Then plugs will take credit for the vaccine and saving thousands of lives. May even put himself in for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Physics Prize, and the Nobel Literature Prize. Maybe even the presidential medal of freedom. After all, he will have claimed to single handedly provided the cure.

    Make no mistake about Covid and the vaccine. Democrats will claim credit and blame republicans for causing the problem. Covid will be a political windfall for the democrats.

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  13. Like hearing aids, there is little reason for glasses and hearing to cost that much. There is a lot of price gouging and charging whatever they want for the devices. People with little to no funds suffer from not being able to afford something that is really medically necessary.

    I have one pair of Zenni single vision glasses I bought for $20 on the HSA (effectively $15 after tax savings), and they are exceptional. Sadly, they were purchased for one cosplay theme at the anime show last year, and I wouldn’t use them for daily wear.

    The key with online is to have a very good pair of OD numbers. Costco used to put them on the receipt, but Walmart/Sam’s does not.

  14. Just completed a minor item on my readiness list.

    Checked that the sat phone still takes a charge and powers up. Checked into plans. They are cheaper and more flexible than 10 years ago, and you can just order a sim card from sellers on amazon. It used to be you had to find a seller, do the fax/phone/email dance, and sell a kidney…

    IIRC I compared using my ATT global cell phone with roaming, and the iridium sat phone when I went to China for business. The sat phone was actually a bit cheaper, but the chinese don’t like sat phones in country. I’m sure that’s gotten worse in the years since then.

    The sim cards are even available as prepaid now, and you can get one to have, without activating it right away. Still need grid up to activate, and once you do the clock starts ticking on the card whether you use it or not. One month and 75 minutes for ~$150 is cheaper than buying a year for ~$650 which is what I remember it being 10 years ago.

    Although I haven’t looked closely, I’m pretty sure that one of the two way messaging devices would be a cheaper and better choice for most people, if they were looking for some satcomm options now. Especially if you buy the device ‘lightly used’ on ebay.

    If you are headed out into the back country, satcomm is not just for .gov and .mil secret squirrels, or well healed expeditions anymore. It’s cheap insurance now.

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  15. Meanwhile I continue to be impressed with the streaming device the VA provided for the TV. Hearing a lot more than I did before, even with just the hearing aids alone. I also now get true stereo sound. Recommended if a person has hearing aids.

    Trump spends money on the VA. I think it is the modern equivalent of his Central Park ice skating rink — a little money and steamrolling the bureaucracy made a lot of people happy.

    My wife is mystified by the vets who show up for care at the new Austin clinic and cr*p on Trump, especially recently. The Austin space is a lot better than any equivalent private practice facility in town, and certainly a cut above what most of us will visit under Medicaid for All.

    Sadly, the food carts have not returned to the VA in Austin, leaving everyone at the mercy of the canteen, the one downside of the building. The canteen gets a cut of the food carts’ sales, and that may have been a sticking point.


  16. The canteen gets a cut of the food carts’ sales,

    What effing genius thought that one up? Cui bono?

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  17. It’s government. All the money belongs to them. The carts are stealing money from the canteen, so they must be taxed (in the sense that the mob uses the word).

    n


  18. I thought CAMEL/plugs had some super plan to eradicate COVID?

    Maybe he believes his own propaganda, that Trump is directly responsible for all the deaths?

    Even if his plan is an exact copy of what Trump has been doing, the TV will make it out to be all new and so much better.

    Which reminds me… from the 80s for other UK readers, when Bruce Forsyth was doing that card game show and would tell the audience they were so much better than last week’s. The joke being that they taped several shows back to back 🙂

  19. Even if his plan is an exact copy of what Trump has been doing, the TV will make it out to be all new and so much better.

    What? Plagiarism? Biden? I’m shocked. Shocked!

    My generation of political operatives cut their teeth sending guys like Biden and Gary Hart to the showers before the game even started in the 1988 Presidential election. Gary Hart’s antics are still well known — though subject to recent revisionist history now that all the players involved *but* Hart are dead — but Biden’s have faded into obscurity a bit.

    Search “Joe Biden Neal Kinnock” for the gory details.

    I knew people who worked for Mike Dukakis. Heck, my wife *voted* for Dukakis. The Tank Commander had some sharp elbows and was light years smarter/tougher than Biden.

    And, oh, yeah, search “Dukakis tank commander” for the image that arguably contributed to the Governor’s loss to Bush 41 that year. The “Monkey Business” picture endures for Gary Hart, but people have largely forgotten about Dukakis.

    I saw an interview with Dukakis before the last election. He told the reporter that his advice to Biden would be to not believe the poll numbers. Mike knew.

  20. It’s government. All the money belongs to them. The carts are stealing money from the canteen, so they must be taxed (in the sense that the mob uses the word).

    The canteen at the VA is a bid concession. The food isn’t terrible, but the food carts are better.

    The carts are cash and we tip well. My wife has a few $20s in her purse from me reserved for the cart tip jars whenever they return. All of the cart owners are extremely nice people who work hard.

    And, yes, the canteen workers are also nice, but the cart owners could go home at the end of the day without breaking even.


  21. Here’s your daily dose of WTF?, courtesy of Seattle’s uniquely unfathomable progressive logic.
    Dear Seattle: You can dismiss Trumpism. But how’s that working for you?
    Those who demand unearned respect are the least deserving of it.

    From the article:
    “It should not fall to those who bear the greatest brunt of racism and homophobia to also have to do the work to get others to understand how they are being hurt.”

    Well, actually, yes it does fall on them because they are the greatest beneficiaries of any change here. If they can get help, that’s nice, but they should lead and do most of the work if they want the problem fixed. (The cynic in me thinks this author would be out of job if the problem was fixed, but it is a big problem so little chance of that anytime soon.)

  22. Progressive lenses – the quality of the optician is critical. I usually go to an old guy, with ancient equipment, but he’s a wizard. Once I couldn’t – I broke my glasses while he was on vacation, and we were leaving on a trip in a few days. So I went to one of those optical centers. Super modern, fancy machines, but the glasses were always just a bit off.

    I went back to my wizard last week, and I am really looking forward to having perfect glasses again. Man, I hope he never retires.

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  23. Super modern, fancy machines, but the glasses were always just a bit off

    Run by idiots who have little clue other than how to press a button, make a few mouse clicks, and upsell features. A good ophthalmologist is also a good choice. I have used one of those places in the mall before. Took three times to get the glasses correct. Every time something was a little off as you say. Optical center, bifocal transitions did not match (or worse not horizontal). Costco did a good job of producing my last set of lenses. But I did not use them for the exam instead getting the numbers from the ophthalmologist who also did most of my eye surgeries (exception was the vitrectomy done by a retina surgeon).

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  24. “Hospitalizations nationwide surged to a record high of 73,000 yesterday, which is now well above the previous peak of 59,000 hospitalizations back in April”

    10K more people sick enough to be hospitalized, than even at the worst point previously.

    That’s a lot of sick people.

    n

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  25. Panic buyers across U.S. empty shelves of toilet roll, food and disinfectant as 40 states see record daily increases in cases and 20 states report all-time highs in deaths

    –once again, I consider this to be “prudent” buying. Get enough so you don’t have to venture out during the lockdown. Have enough to stay home and avoid the increased number of sick people. PRUDENCE to have extra.

    n

    (although everyone HERE should already have enough, right?)

  26. I watched Greenland last night. Not a bad End Of The World flick. I like Gerard Butler. It’s more about a family’s tribulations with dick-head Hew-Mons.

    I also watched Tremors: Shrieker Island. You can’t go wrong with Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass-Blasters! The end of Burt Gummer. Montage at the end.

  27. I watched Greenland last night. Not a bad End Of The World flick. I like Gerard Butler. It’s more about a family’s tribulations with dick-head Hew-Mons.

    I guess that I will wait for it to make Amazon or Netflix. HBO Max is beyond us for now.

    I did watch the first two episodes of Baby Yoda season two last night. It was a hoot seeing the “Marshall”. And Baby Yoda should be ashamed of himself for eating that lady’s eggs !

  28. –once again, I consider this to be “prudent” buying. Get enough so you don’t have to venture out during the lockdown. Have enough to stay home and avoid the increased number of sick people. PRUDENCE to have extra.

    The only retail situation which I haven’t been comfortable with in the last year was Buc-ee’s in Baytown and Robertson, AL on the weekend before and after the 4th, respectively.

    I view the chances of infection from a Sam’s run as being quite low. Even with a run on paper goods, there isn’t a FOMO factor with a warehouse club like there is with a bar — or a Buc-ee’s, evidently — which I believe has been key to the bug spreading.

    The downside of the media stirring the pot is putting FOMO back into grocery stores just as things were starting to get sane at our local HEB. They didn’t get their Labor Day gas shortage like two years ago despite all the hurricanes making landfall around the Gulf.

  29. “Auditor called Trump votes for Biden in Georgia recount”
    https://www.independentsentinel.com/auditor-called-trump-votes-for-biden-in-georgia-recount/

    “Project Veritas released a new video today exposing Trump ballots being called for Biden during the ongoing Georgia recount process.”

    “A Republican National Committee monitor in Georgia’s election recount, Hale Soucie, told our undercover journalist there are individuals counting ballots who have made continuous errors.”

    “Soucie said that one auditor called out votes for Biden “three times in three minutes,” but a second auditor went on to correct the record saying: “No, this is Trump.””

    Oh this is not good.

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

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  30. Not a problem. Invalidate the popular election results in any state in which fraud is proven and turn the allocation of the electoral votes over to the state legislatures. Used to be commonplace and it’s still provided for by law.

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  31. Not a problem. Invalidate the popular election results in any state in which fraud is proven and turn the allocation of the electoral votes over to the state legislatures. Used to be commonplace and it’s still provided for by law.

    I am fairly sure that the dum-bro-crats have a plan for that eventuality. They seem to have gamed this out well.

    Like I said, this election will end up in the House, one vote per state delegation, with Nancy Pelosi presiding.

  32. “And I guess any Philadelphia Recount is over. The City will become a Medical Concentration Camp on Friday.”
    https://gunfreezone.net/and-i-guess-any-philadelphia-recount-is-over-the-city-will-become-a-medical-concentration-camp-on-friday/

    “Do it for the children!”

    Like I said, the dum-bro-crats gamed this out and are weaponizing the virus. I am serious that the virus is a joint venture between the Chinese and the dum-bro-crat party.

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  33. A lot of marketing hype there. Does sound fast though.

    Hopefully, clever hackers get Linux running before too long.

    Chipzilla needs to wake up.

  34. I am fairly sure that the dum-bro-crats have a plan for that eventuality. They seem to have gamed this out well.

    Like I said, this election will end up in the House, one vote per state delegation, with Nancy Pelosi presiding.

    Senate gets the VP in that scenario. So if GA goes Dem and the Senate splits 50-50, Pence breaks the tie vote on Jan. 6?

    Crazy. So what if Stretch rigs the House and Biden croaks before Inauguration Day? Pence becomes President?

    More crazy.

    I’m starting to see why Trump gave the Payola Supreme Court seat to Pence instead of DeSantis.

    DeSantis will be rewarded down the road. He’s young.

  35. Got my fangs sharpened at lunch time. The lady said her 71 year old dad is part of the Pfizer testing for their new vaccine. He does not know if he got the vaccine or the placebo yet. And his reaction to the initial shot was mild. She did not mention the second shot.

  36. A lot of marketing hype there. Does sound fast though.

    Hopefully, clever hackers get Linux running before too long.

    Chipzilla needs to wake up.

    It is all about the cores, man.

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  37. There isn’t any chip fast enough or a motherboard with enough ram to stay ahead of the bloatware industry.

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  38. “Credit for the Vaccine” By: Bill O’Reilly November 17, 2020
    https://www.billoreilly.com/b/Credit-for-the-Vaccine/46308498160346426.html

    “It hasn’t happened thus far, but I will continue to search for a news organization that will credit President Trump for the upcoming Covid vaccine. Mr. Trump, of course, headed up “Operation Warp Speed” which has apparently come through with a virus inhibitor.”

    “What’s interesting is that no other country has developed a vaccine but we have two operations that have come through. God Bless America!”

    “You can be sure that if Joe Biden or Barack Obama had headed up a successful vaccine hunt, the media would be throwing rose petals. This is not a defense of Mr. Trump, but another undeniable example of the corporate media absurdity.”

  39. Trying out some preps…. I was too lazy to cook last night. Just not hungry. A couple of cans of stuff did the job.

    Chef Boyardee “Chicken Alfredo” in the can. Smells good. Nice garlicky scent. Tastes pretty decent. The pasta has that canned pasta texture but what do you expect? It would be much better if there was actually any chicken in the can. I have another can, maybe it has chicken. If they sold just the sauce I’d buy it.

    Then a can of Chef Boyardee “Spaghetti and Meatballs”. No surprise here. The spaghetti has the same texture. The meatballs are weirdly chewy but I like them. Spaghetti-O’s but not as mushy.

    All in all, I prefer the ravioli. But for some variety, I’ll get a “few” more cans of last night’s experiment. “Few” as in four cans of each.

    Tonight’s glop is a couple of pork loin chops browned a bit in the skillet. Some pepper, some weirdo salt & herb stuff that comes in a pepper grinder like container, and a tiny shake of garlic powder. A can of diced tomatoes and a can of water. A couple of hands of macaroni. Ok, more water. Mix it up and add salt. It’s on low simmer.

  40. FWIW, I’m getting REAL TIRED of folks around here (around my house) saying Biden won. And Trump should concede. Mr Dementia hasn’t won regardless of what the effing TV says. He IS NOT “President Elect” until the Electoral College votes.
    The mainstream media doesn’t decide when an election is over.

    But the same folks yelling Russia and Not My President for the last four years now say we are haters and they just “want to heal”. Err. No.

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  41. No offense Paul, but I’m not hungry either after reading your post.

    None taken. It’s not high cuisine but good enough if the power is out or on a camping trip.

    Tonight’s Glop is an unknown. Smells good so it should be good. 🙂

  42. Healing:

    Rep. Bill Pascrell calls for the ‘widespread investigation and prosecution’ of members of the Trump administration

    “Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” Pascrell writes. “He has engaged in treachery, in treason.” How? By ripping families apart, poisoning the Census, and throttling democracy.

    All fantasy crimes.

    LET THE CRITICAL RACE HEALING BEGIN!

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  43. FWIW, I’m getting REAL TIRED of folks around here (around my house) saying Biden won. And Trump should concede. Mr Dementia hasn’t won regardless of what the effing TV says. He IS NOT “President Elect” until the Electoral College votes.
    The mainstream media doesn’t decide when an election is over.

    Didn’t someone famous say something about the big lie repeated often enough …?

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  44. Tonight’s Glop is an unknown.

    My aunt used to make something my brother and I called “Slop and Biscuits”. Really good. Homemade biscuits, opened up and smothered in this concoction she created. On cold winter evenings it really hit the right buttons.

    My aunt was an outstanding cook. She could mix just about anything and make it taste good. Cooked a lot of stuff in saved bacon grease, heavy iron skillet, never really cleaned, just wiped out. Fried chicken, cream gravy over baked potato. Good stuff.

    Except one time. The four of us sat down to eat, each took a mouthful, looked at each other, spit it out, laughed and had pancakes.

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  45. Didn’t someone famous say something about the big lie repeated often enough …?

    I think it was Barack Hussein Obola quoting someone famous…

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  46. Chef Boyardee “Chicken Alfredo” in the can. Smells good. Nice garlicky scent. Tastes pretty decent. The pasta has that canned pasta texture but what do you expect? It would be much better if there was actually any chicken in the can. I have another can, maybe it has chicken. If they sold just the sauce I’d buy it.

    Sam’s has thee packs of Classico Alfredo sauce. At least, the Lakeline store in North Austin always seems to have it when I’m re-stocking our pasta stash.

    I just saw it this weekend.


  47. @Paul
    The Overstuffed Italian Sausage Ravioli is your best bet

    well I think so, but I never would have said that to my sainted Italian grandma…

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  48. ugh. The canned pastas taste like bile and stomach acid to me. I can’t eat them at all.

    Tonight we had frozen meatballs and spaghetti. Just butter, salt, and garlic powder on the spaghetti. The meatballs are the teriyaki ones from Costco. Ate every scrap. Kids love it. They’ve never eaten pasta with red sauce, and when I served it as a option during one of their sleepovers, their friends were very relieved to get some, but my kids ate plain.

    n

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  49. FWIW, I’m getting REAL TIRED of folks around here (around my house) saying Biden won. And Trump should concede. Mr Dementia hasn’t won regardless of what the effing TV says. He IS NOT “President Elect” until the Electoral College votes.

    Glad you clarified “(around my house)”.

    Around here as in the message board, I don’t think anyone believes Trump should concede, but I’m getting concerned that the fanatics’ will frighten the female swing voters in the Atlanta suburbs sufficiently to put Raphael Warnock in the Senate.

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  50. Around here as in the message board, I don’t think anyone believes Trump should concede, but I’m getting concerned that the fanatics’ will frighten the female swing voters in the Atlanta suburbs sufficiently to put Raphael Warnock in the Senate.

    Nah. It will be those one million mail in ballots that appear in the middle of the night in an 18 wheeler.

    If Biden’s election fixers get away with this, we will never have a repuglican win a seat ever again in a contested state.

  51. well I think so, but I never would have said that to my sainted Italian grandma…

    My sainted Flemish grandmother could not cook very well, just the basics. But my sainted German grandmother could cook anything (squirrel !) including her specialty of blackberry strudel cobbler that was two inches of ultra sweetness and dough with an eighth inch of crystallized sugar on top made in a full sheet cake pan.

  52. If Biden’s election fixers get away with this, we will never have a repuglican win a seat ever again in a contested state.

    As things currently stand in GA, no one would believe Warnock won legitimately, even in the African American community.

    Ossoff-Perdue is more likely to go Dem legitimately. The Libertarians created that mess, however.

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  53. Rocco’s Sauce

    Ingredients:

    1 lb or more of Italian Sausages
    3 chicken thighs (he didn’t always use chicken, but it is yummy)
    1 lb lean ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 hot pepper, seeded and chopped (optional to serve on the side)
    1 large Bell pepper (Red if possible)
    2 large cans of tomato puree
    2 sprigs of fresh sweet basil, chopped and oregano (dried herbs work fine)
    Good olive oil, salt & pepper

    Instructions (paraphrased):

    In a large, heavy pot, Brown the sausages well in olive oil, set aside. Brown the chicken thighs well in the same pan, set aside. Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in the same pan, taking care not to let the garlic burn.

    Add the sausages and chicken back into the pot, and pour in the tomato puree. Stir, bring to boil then turn down to simmer.

    Add the chopped bell pepper, hot pepper (if using) “some” salt and ground pepper, a few pinches of oregano and basil and stir.

    Let it simmer covered for an hour. After the first hour, cover with lid ajar so the sauce doesn’t get too watery.

    If one is using tomato sauce instead of tomato puree, one’s mileage may vary at this point.

    Let simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Debone chicken if you used it, (and if you can find it whole at this point.) Taste with a hunk of Italian bread dipped in the sauce to see if it needs more seasoning.

    It is much better the next day, but enjoy.

    NOTE: This recipe is from a friend’s father’s privately published cookbook. It is flexible and not difficult. I prefer to use canned sauce from garden tomatoes, and usually add some sun-dried tomatoes to amp up the tomato flavor. Each ingredient you use from your own garden just makes it better. If you have more than one kind of garlic, even better yet.

    Use Italian cheese cut from the block, such as parmigiano or pecorino, or one of the nice domestic versions from BelGioioso.

  54. “ANOTHER pro-Trump Georgia county just ‘found’ thousands of uncounted ballots”
    https://noqreport.com/2020/11/17/another-pro-trump-georgia-county-just-found-thousands-of-uncounted-ballots/

    “No, this is not a repeat of a story from yesterday. This is another example of voter fraud in the crucial state of Georgia.”

    Sigh.

    BTW, the Dominion vote tabulating machine software was apparently written in Venezuela in that bastion of democracy in a company owned by Hugo Chavez. High trust enough for 27 ??? states in the USA to use it ?

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


  55. My aunt used to make something my brother and I called “Slop and Biscuits”.

    I make something I call “Meat and beans and rice and vegetables”. Hazard a guess what’s in it.

    It starts in the morning, throwing a pound of dried beans into the crock pot and cooking on low all day. Choose the type(s) to your preference; my daughter and I prefer 15-bean soup mix. When it’s time to cook the stuff, get three or four pounds of meat (ground beef, sliced cooked sausage, cubed chuck, or pretty much anything). If the meat is raw, brown it in a 2-gallon stock pot. Dice an onion and brown that. Throw in about three cups of rice and brown that. Throw in six-ish cups of water and bring to a boil. Add seasonings while it’s heating, to make it either spicy or herby. After the water is absorbed, drain the beans and throw them in. Throw in a two-pound bag of frozen mixed vegetables or chop up any vegetables you need to use up. Stir and heat.

  56. (from a note to a friend. Echoes what Jenny said yesterday)

    What’s bugging me is how risk averse society has become. Not just Covid, but everywhere. Kids on bikes with helmets and elbow guards. Playgrounds with rubber floors!?! Airbags, seatbelts, fricking smoke detectors required by law “for our own good”. Death and hurt are a part of life; you can’t sanitize, disinfect and protect yourself against it. To me it seems we’ve become terribly insecure and look to authority and in particular, medicine, much the same way folks took reassurance from religion. And the people doling out the pabulum for the masses are amassing wealth from the enterprise much the same way the Church did.

    So if you can’t beat ’em, join’ em! I’m enrolling in the Church of Greta, Gore, and Fauci tomorrow. How about you?

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  57. If Biden’s election fixers get away with this, we will never have a repuglican win a seat ever again in a contested state.

    I fear a widespread perception of illegitimacy of elections for *anything* and therefore a perception of illegitimacy for the entirety of the dependent institutions.

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  58. I am fairly sure that the dum-bro-crats have a plan for that eventuality. They seem to have gamed this out well.

    Like I said, this election will end up in the House, one vote per state delegation, with Nancy Pelosi presiding.

    Senate gets the VP in that scenario. So if GA goes Dem and the Senate splits 50-50, Pence breaks the tie vote on Jan. 6?

    Crazy. So what if Stretch rigs the House and Biden croaks before Inauguration Day? Pence becomes President?

    More crazy.

    I’m starting to see why Trump gave the Payola Supreme Court seat to Pence instead of DeSantis.

    DeSantis will be rewarded down the road. He’s young.

    BTW, this is the 12th Amendment.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    Which is also changed by the 20th Amendment.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twentieth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    I think that we should vote separately for the President and VP of the USA, just like we vote separately for the Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas. Makes for more interesting times ! Of course, the Lt. Governor of Texas is President of the Texas Senate and controls the Texas Senate agenda. Also makes for more interesting times.


  59. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Tuesday that President Donald Trump would have been victorious in Georgia’s election had he not discouraged people from participating in mail-in voting.

    “The number of ballots discovered so far is not expected to alter the results of Georgia’s presidential election. Many media outlets have already called the state in Biden’s favor. After the ballots discovered in Fayette County were added to the total, the margin between Trump and Biden shifted by fewer than 500 votes.”

    https://www.newsweek.com/georgia-secretary-state-says-trump-discouraged-24k-gop-primary-voters-voting-november-he-would-1548203

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  60. BTW, the Dominion vote tabulating machine software was apparently written in Venezuela in that bastion of democracy in a company owned by Hugo Chavez. High trust enough for 27 ??? states in the USA to use it ?

    The Venezuelan professional class is currently cooling their heels in Collins Ave. condos on Miami Beach, waiting for the US to do the dirty work of regime change in Caracas.

    Wherever Dominion had the work done, it wasn’t in Venezuela. Maybe Cuba.

    Yes, Cuba has a software industry. Bernie wasn’t wrong about the high literacy rate, just Fidel.

  61. BTW, the Dominion vote tabulating machine software was apparently written in Venezuela in that bastion of democracy in a company owned by Hugo Chavez. High trust enough for 27 ??? states in the USA to use it ?

    The Venezuelan professional class is currently cooling their heels in Collins Ave. condos on Miami Beach, waiting for the US to do the dirty work of regime change in Caracas.

    Wherever Dominion had the work done, it wasn’t in Venezuela.

    The initial coding of the Dominion software in the late 1990s ? early 2000s ? was in Venezuela. Looks like the recent changes to the Dominion software were here in the USA by this guy:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/denver-business-owner-dominions-eric-coomer-unhinged-sociopath-internet-profile-deleted-erased-audio/

  62. Why aren’t NG35 masks available? It has been over nine months and there are none for sale on Amazon.

    Quote: FDA guidelines: N-95 respirators not for use by the public! Unquote. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks#s1

    Why? These masks should be available by now. And at least as inexpensive as before the WuFlu (COVID-19) break out as they should be in mass production reducing their cost.

    I just posted this on Instapundit. The response (or lack) may be interesting.

  63. “Why Does Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Need To Be Kept Colder Than Antarctica?”
    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/17/935563377/why-does-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-need-to-be-kept-colder-than-antarctica

    “One big reason? One of the front-runners in the vaccine race — the one made by Pfizer — needs to be kept extremely cold: minus 70 degrees Celsius, which is colder than winter in Antarctica. Moderna has said that its vaccine needs to be frozen too, but only at minus 20 Celsius, more like a regular freezer.”

    “Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine candidates use a new approach to unlock the body’s immune defenses. The approach uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, to turn a patient’s cells into factories that make one particular coronavirus protein.”

    “That protein kicks off an immune response as if there was a real coronavirus infection (to be clear, since it’s only one virus protein, there’s no way the vaccine could actually infect someone or make them sick with COVID-19). Then, if someone who was immunized gets exposed to the coronavirus later on, their body’s immune system will be able to fight it off more easily and they’re more likely to avoid serious illness.”

    “It’s a vaccine technology that’s so new, no mRNA vaccines have ever been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”

    Huh. Interesting.

    I just hope that we are not going too fast on inoculating the USA population with these. Potential side effects may take a while to show up. Or not.


  64. We’ve used Zenni for a specific cosplay look a couple of times, and have been impressed.

    I’ve got two pairs from them, one trifocals and a set for computer use. My wife has several sets and likes them.<


  65. It’s a vaccine technology that’s so new, no mRNA vaccines have ever been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    True, but Moderna had several that were in phase 3 trials under the old process, so it wasn’t as if it was totally untested. The key points to tell some of the conspiracy theory people out there:
    – it doesn’t alter your DNA. The mRNA is a “read once” instruction to the cells it targets
    – Bill Gates didn’t put a tracer chip in it. Dolly Parton seems to be the only famous person that had a hand in it, some grant money from her to Vanderbilt was used for come COVID R&D.

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