Sun. Jan. 22, 2023 – 01222023 – meaningless fun with numbers!

By on January 22nd, 2023 in culture, decline and fall, open thread, personal

Cold and damp again.   Never really got any warmer yesterday, and stayed overcast.   Got a bit cooler when night fell, and was 50F when I went to bed.  Clear would be nice even if it was chilly today.

Spent the day with the wife and kids watching tv.   Had fun.

Didn’t do anything else.   Had fun.

I’ll probably pay for it later, but had fun.

We’ll see what happens today, but I’m betting on NOT a full day and night of TV viewing, at least not for me.  Too much stuff to do.  Still, had fun.

Sometimes that what needs stacking.


53 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Jan. 22, 2023 – 01222023 – meaningless fun with numbers!"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    OK, I watched “Clerks”.  Uh, hard pass on any more.  Too much bad language.  OK, playing hockey on the roof of the market was hilarious.  And the cat poop box on the counter.  And knocking the casket off the stand at the wake was totally crazy.

    You forgot the necrophilia.

    What happened at the funeral home was a “lost” scene until Powerhouse Animation here in Austin created a clip for the DVD 10th anniversary release.

    Yes the same Powerhouse Animation who helped Kevin Smith kill He Man in the first episode of the character’s own reboot series last year. Peak Woke TV, and I imagine a whole lot of weed was involved in the creative process.

    I saw a panel yesterday at the local anime show with many of the Powerhouse people responsible for “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” on stage doing a Q&A. A Girl Boss type producer kept a lid on any questions about specific material with a blanket statement that they sign NDAs with clients and would not comment, but it struck me that everyone on stage was younger than 40 and thus had no clue about the can of worms they helped open until it was too late.

    Girl Boss was late 20s.

  2. drwilliams says:

    “Why is champagne such a violent beverage?”

    Lily Tomlin in trailer for “Brad for 80. 

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    52F and only 66%RH.    Nice and dry today.   Hope it lasts.   Sun is out.   Mild breeze.

    Have to retrieve D1 at some point.   Have to eat breakfast too. 


  4. Ray Thompson says:

    I go to the website for Mission belts because one of their belts I have has failed. Direct reference, no Google searching. Suddenly in my Facebook feed I am now seeing adds for Mission Belts. The website was used on my home computer using MS Edge. The ads are showing up on my MacBook Air, using Safari, using a different WiFi network.

    The cross website connections, and targeted advertising is fairly amazing technology. Also quite annoying technology. My searches, my websites, and probably my purchasing history are being used in ways that I don’t desire. My data has become someone else’s cash cow. It is only getting worse over time.

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    Of course the shooting is investigated as a hate crime. For law enforcement to make that statement is pandering to the media. Any shooting crime against multiple people is by my definition a hate crime. There is no other rational explanation.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    OK, I watched “Clerks”.  Uh, hard pass on any more.  Too much bad language.  OK, playing hockey on the roof of the market was hilarious.  And the cat poop box on the counter.  And knocking the casket off the stand at the wake was totally crazy.

    “Clerks II” is a very good script with an amazing performance by Rosario Dawson and what should have been a happy ending for all of the characters. Plus Smith got the “Bachelor Party”-inspired scene through the MPAA with an ‘R’ on the first pass.

    I’m a little older than Smith. I first saw “Bachelor Party” when I was 14. Best Tom Hanks movie ever.

    Be sure to watch the credits of “Clerks II” if only to see how Smith acknowledges Dawson’s performance.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yes, tragic incident.   Murdering scum will  be caught.   And tried.   Or shot dead while resisting.  Or end his/her own life.

    Since it is clear that the GUN bothers you more than the deaths, consider this list. 

    Or this one 

    87 dead. A disgruntled ex-boyfriend doused the club with gasoline

    24 dead. An arsonist set the club on fire in an attempt to cover up a burglary

    32 dead. This unsolved arson attack on a gay bar had been the worst attack on a U.S. gay bar

    It’s not the gun, it’s the guy murdering people with it.


  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Like this severely damaged kid. 

    Boy, 6, who shot teacher at Virginia school ‘previously threatened to burn and kill another teacher, barricaded doors and threw furniture – but elementary school dismissed complaints

    • The unnamed boy shot teacher Abigail Zwerner on January 6 in the classroom
    • Other teachers complained to Richneck Elementary that he was violent
    • He sent one a note saying he hated her and wanted to watch her ‘burn and die’ 

    how does a six yo even have that kind of language?  Want to bet the ‘severe disability’ involved years of abuse?   


  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    Oh, and some lefty domestic terrorists are ACTUALLY tearing up a US city, while the fedgov shreds civil rights to invent right wing terrorists.

    Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives

    by Tyler Durden

    Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 – 06:12 AM

    A protest in downtown Atlanta over a police shooting turned into a riot on Saturday nightas hooligans attacked the office tower home to the Atlanta Police Foundation, damaged other structures, and torched a police vehicle. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens told reporters police arrested six people — and some of the ones arrested had explosives.  


  10. Greg Norton says:

    Since it is clear that the GUN bothers you more than the deaths, consider this list.

    It isn’t about the gun as much as the condescension.

    One more week.

  11. drwilliams says:


    “Police Arrest 6 After Fiery Atlanta Riots, Mayor Confirms Antifa Used Explosives”

    Let me guess:

    All 6 from out of town and recently arrived in the area

    All of them well-known to law enforcement, with multiple cause in the past to put them on a domestic no-fly list.

    None of them having financial resources to purchase the transportation that they used to get there.

    The FBI totally uninterested in any of the above, or who they stayed with while in town, of who they were staying with before they came to the Atlanta area, or where the money came from to finance any of this.

    And the libtards in the LSM have no interest either.

  12. drwilliams says:

    Gun Wars: An Interview with Larry Correia

    His new book, “In Defense of the Second Amendment,” comes out on Tuesday.

    Amazon affiliate link from Larry’s page:

    (I don’t know if that will plat well with Rick’s plug-in, so you might have to makes your choice manually)

  13. MrAtoz says:

    I go to the website for Mission belts because one of their belts I have has failed. Direct reference, no Google searching.

    Safari and iOS/iPadOS have switch “turn off cross site tracking” that seems to do well for me. Plus, gmail is great at spam.

  14. MrAtoz says:

    So, is Asian on Asian murder still a hate crime, or nah?

  15. drwilliams says:

    Speaking of guns:

    January 17, 2023

    Why the Union Army Had So Many Boy Soldiers

    Julian was one of more than 200,000 youths below the age of 18 who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Constituting roughly 10 percent of Union troops and most likely a similar proportion of Confederate forces

    If inherited notions of the Confederate Army dragooning boys into service are erroneous, so too is the belief that underage enlistment in the U.S. was mainly limited to drummer boys. Drawing on official military records, historians have long held that children younger than 18 made up only a minuscule portion of all Union enlistees—less than 2 percent. Yet when soldiers’ reported ages are checked against census records and other sources, it becomes clear that the true history of underage enlistment has been obscured by an epidemic of official lies.

    Of Age: Boy Soldiers and Military Power in the Civil War Era by Frances M. Clarke and Rebecca Jo Plant. Published by Oxford University Press. Copyright © 2023 by Frances M. Clarke and Rebecca Jo Plant. All rights reserved.

    JEP cited an example from the Revolutionary War where a schoolteacher formed his young charges into an effective defense against the British. I have tried and failed a couple of times to find that reference. If anyone has it please post.

  16. drwilliams says:

    So, is Asian on Asian murder still a hate crime, or nah?

    Never underestimate the ability of the LSM to blame BIAPOC violence on white supremacy.

  17. Nick Flandrey says:

    and with that positive id, we’re done…


  18. drwilliams says:


    An ignorant narcissistic bore firmly convinced of his own wit and totally unable to comprehend

    the utter worthlessness of his existence while hiding his identity in his desperate quest for recognition.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    The Hammers must keep on hammering.

  20. drwilliams says:

    It’s actually more like flicking a bug off the window screen.

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    Takes less than a second.


  22. drwilliams says:

    Wash your hands when you’re done.

  23. Lynn says:

    OK, I watched “Clerks”.  Uh, hard pass on any more.  Too much bad language.  OK, playing hockey on the roof of the market was hilarious.  And the cat poop box on the counter.  And knocking the casket off the stand at the wake was totally crazy.

    You forgot the necrophilia.

    No, I didn’t.

  24. Lynn says:

    “Local Reporter Calls Riot in Atlanta “Largely Peaceful Protest” as Police Cruiser Goes up in Flames in the Background (VIDEO)”

    Oh my ! Looks like Baghdad Bob.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    In a court filing, federal prosecutors alleged that Jeremy Brown, an Oath Keepers member from Florida, drove explosives to a Virginia hotel in his recreational vehicle on Jan. 6. A second member of the group, Thomas Caldwell, was later found in possession of a “death list” that included the name of a Georgia election official, according to the document.

    I have an account to look at the Federal criminal case records, and I don’t see the filing in question in the Brown case.

    Among other charges, Brown was convicted in December of illegal storage of two hand grenades in his home, but the only mention of Virginia and any weapons I see is in the complaint statement of facts where a paragraph has Brown leaving his guns at a house outside DC before heading to the Capitol, attempting to establish proof that the defendant did indeed head to the building on Jan. 6.

    Provide a link to the source or the filing.

  26. drwilliams says:

    “federal prosecutors alleged”

    FJB said it was true

  27. drwilliams says:

    I wonder what would happen if SecServ tested FJB’s Wilmington mansion using the same protocol as the Denver library?

    Or perhaps they did and cleaned it up?

  28. drwilliams says:

    Years ago I visited with a Nueske’s employee that described the long labor and materials intensive process used to make their applewood-smoked bacon. Priced appropriately.

    I bought a 3# package of thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon from a local store last week. Sale price was $4 a pound. Nice lean bacon, cooked beautifully, but unfortunately there must have been a hole in the package–all gone. Went back to get more. All gone. Have to ask the meat dept manager next week. If I could get some into the freezer I might be able to hold it until tomatoes come in season.

  29. Ken Mitchell says:

    Nick: California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

  30. Ken Mitchell says:

    “Underage combatants”? Men 16-17 were old enough and arguably mature enough to fight in the Revolution and Civil wars; our modern notions of 18 as the “age of consent” isn’t universally applicable. And in WWII, LOTS of 17 year old men lied about their ages to enlist.

    And children in combat wasn’t limited to “drummer boys”; boys aged 8 were often “powder monkeys” on British and American Navy ships. 

  31. Alan says:

    LA County Sheriff: “Weapon was not a high-powered assault rifle.”

  32. MrAtoz says:

    LOL comment from Twitter on the shooting:

    He’ll be a Caucasian Asian by Wednesday.

  33. Lynn says:

    “D.C. Mayor to Biden: Your Teleworking Employees Are Killing My City”

    “Washington has the highest work-from-home rate of any major city. With an empty downtown, the city faces a real risk of economic peril.”

    We are paying for this crap. Why don’t we lay off about 90% of them ?

    Hat tip to:

  34. Greg Norton says:

    We are paying for this crap. Why don’t we lay off about 90% of them ?

    The Feds are starting to wake up. My wife had her telework week cancelled for this month because the new Mainland Chinese doctor went home for the Lunar New Year, claiming a “family emergency,” but the management made him take it as unpaid FMLA.

  35. Greg Norton says:

    He’ll be a Caucasian Asian by Wednesday.

    Genetically, Asians are a lot closer to Native Americans than Elizabeth Warren.

  36. paul says:
    We are paying for this crap. Why don’t we lay off about 90% of them ?

    50% for sure.  There’s stuff that needs doing and firing all the secretaries and file clerks is not the solution.  Perhaps, at most, two levels of management from secretary level, scrape the scum off of the pond.

    Oh.  And get tough on “can you, are you, actually doing your job?”  Hey, color of skin and sex don’t count. 

    Then again, there’s a lot of crap we don’t need. Like having to buy license plates.

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    90% of them are probably doing jobs I don’t WANT them to do.


  38. SteveF says:

    Get rid of unionization for federal employees and strike down all of the agreements on job protection and working conditions made over the past sixty years. Then bring in a fire-breather of a cost-cutting management consultant to go through departments with a chainsaw.

  39. lpdbw says:

    Then bring in a fire-breather of a cost-cutting management consultant to go through departments with a chainsaw.

    Please, oh please, let that be a literal chainsaw, rather than figurative.

  40. Ken Mitchell says:

    Please, oh please, let that be a literal chainsaw, rather than figurative.

    95% of the Federal government isn’t authorized by ANYTHING in the Constitution. If we’d repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments and abolish all the unauthorized departments – like FBI, ATF, Education, Labor – we could get by on the taxes that are authorized in the Constitution. 

    STATE tax burdens would go up, but I think we’d all be happier in the long run. 

  41. drwilliams says:

    Nevada school district sued after 15-year-old girl asked to read sexual lesbian monologue in class

    A mom in [Clark County, NV] reads from a graphic assignment her daughter was required to do. Her mic then gets cut off because it’s inappropriate for a public discussion. 

    Adults can’t handle hearing this content yet they readily give it to kids in school. How does it make sense?

    The board generated outrage when it cut off Evans’s microphone during the reading, with a trustee criticizing her for using “profanity” during the meeting and asking her to exercise “decorum” while speaking.

    Print it on a billboard attached to a bus and take turns parking it in front of the school board member’s houses. Let them explain it to their kids and their neighbors. They have a day job? Hopefully there’s public parking right in front. Out to dinner on the weekend? Church on Sunday? 

  42. Greg Norton says:

    Print it on a billboard attached to a bus and take turns parking it in front of the school board member’s houses. Let them explain it to their kids and their neighbors. They have a day job? Hopefully there’s public parking right in front. Out to dinner on the weekend? Church on Sunday? 

    The local ISD has its own police force with arrest powers which the Superintendant has used against parents who create a “disruption” at meetings.

    As Woke retreats, the last stand will be at the local level. Amazingly, despite making national wires for having parents arrested, all of the incumbent members of our ISD were reelected.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Hmm. This seems very different than Jan. 6 to me. I don’t remember fires in the Capitol.

    Once again, the thugs have pricey outerwear and quality graphic design on the signs, probably union shop printed.

    Plus, IIRC, fireworks aren’t available in Georgia which is why TN seems overloaded with supermarket-sized specialty stores around Chattanooga.

  44. Lynn says:

    “The California Drought is Over. Definitively.”

    “After over a month of torrential rain and massive mountain snow, the drought is over in California.  Yet with all the liquid bounty, some in the media and elsewhere don’t want to give up on it, as noted in the NY Times headline below.”

  45. Bob Sprowl says:

    Surprising solution to a network problem.  My Lenovo laptop wouldn’t connect to either the house wi-fi or via Bluetooth to its mouse.  Changed weak batteries on the mouse  but still no connection.    Verified the wi-fi was working for everything else.  The laptop couldn’t find its network adapter.  Rebooted a couple of times, tried to get Windows to reinstall the adapter software but was told the adapter was missing.  

    Gave up and put the laptop on the charger (it was at 45% of full) and went to bed.  This afternoon while watching the NFL AFC game I rebooted the laptop and very thing was normal.  Mouse worked fine and the wi-fi connection came up normally.  

    Strange that a not really low battery caused the networking to fail.  The laptop had not been shut down when I had the failure.  I had put it to sleep a couple of days ago while it was not charging (unplugged).   I wonder how the net work adapter got dropped but the most of the system worked fine (except for the Bluetooth mouse).  I was able to start MS Office and load a moderately large spread sheet.   

  46. drwilliams says:

    Manslaughter Charge Against Alec Baldwin in Shooting Death of Halyna Hutchins Fits the Known Facts

    Nothing during the 13 months since that event has changed my fundamental conclusion that a proper application of New Mexico law to the apparent facts in this case leads to anything but an act of reckless (involuntary) manslaughter on the part of Baldwin—ultimately the charge announced.

    Posted by Andrew Branca

    The article quotes New Mexico law and explains step-by-step how the two charges of manslaughter–lawful and unlawful–are supported by the facts. Either might apply, but the conviction would be one or the other.

    There is a “due caution and circumspection” clause in NM law which has a case law precedent in which a 1955 conviction was affirmed by the NM Supreme Court, writing::

    It could have made no difference to the trial of a charge of involuntary manslaughter as to who loaded the gun … . All that it is necessary to establish for involuntary manslaughter by the use of a loaded firearm is that a defendant had in his hands a gun which at some time had been loaded and that he handled it … without due caution and circumspection and that death resulted.

    Mr. Branca also makes some comments about the application of strict liability:

    So, society wants to realize the value of these various inherently dangerous instruments—but also wants to balance that value against the considerable risk of harm these inherently dangerous instruments might cause.

    That balance is achieved by imposing the following rule—anyone making use of an inherently dangerous instrument is strictly liable for any unnecessary harm that they cause, no excuses, period.  The burden is placed on the person using the inherently dangerous instrument to ensure that they take whatever steps are required in order to not cause unnecessary harm—and if they do cause unnecessary harm, they bear absolute responsibility for that harm, no excuses.

    What this all boils down to is that for any category of inherently dangerous instrument there will have been rules developed for the safe use of that instrument—follow the rules, and the value of the instrument can be realized without much risk of serious harm.  Fail to follow the rules, and serious harm becomes quite likely—and, again, the user then bears absolute responsibility for having caused that harm, no excuses.  (If safe use of an inherently dangerous instrument would not be possible even if safety rules were followed, that instrument would simply be prohibited from general use.)

    If this case goes to trial I think the outcome will hinge on whether the defense can persuade the jury that “Hollywood rules”–an agreement between private parties–can substitute or make an exception in some way.

    But as I stated before, I don’t see where NM law allows any such substitution.

    Even if there were, the apparent violation of such rules in the unauthorized person (as I understand it), assistant director David Halls handing him the firearm is a problem.

    Alec Baldwin has not helped his case with his changing public statements. The claim that he didn’t pull the trigger is doubtful based on FBI testing, but given the belt, suspenders and duct tape nature of gun safety rules –my term, but as explained by Mr. Branca, three rules have to be violated at once to have an accident–it is probably irrelevant.

    Alec Baldwin is not a sympathetic person in this case but has to present himself as such to the jury. He has a public history as a hot-head which argues that he will have difficulty doing so in the face of cross-examination under pressure, should he decide to testify.

    His lawyers have to persuade the jury that his “producer hat”, which would entail knowledge of the firearm problems on the set, is mere vanity. They also have to persuade them that his self-avowed expertise in firearms doesn’t apply or is mere bloviating. 

    Mr. Branca makes a comment on the publicity:

    Frankly, the intensity of these efforts suggests to me that they are part of an orchestrated crisis management initiative put into play on Baldwin’s behalf—and that’s a smart move by Baldwin, if in fact that’s what he’s done. It’s why such crisis management firms exist.

    All of the public and political pressure failed to prevent the charges that have been filed. 

    It will be interesting to see if this does go to trial. I suspect that discussion of a plea deal is ongoing. If there is an offer that keeps Mr. Baldwin out of prison, I suspect he will take it.

    There is a link to and Andrew Branca “law of Self Defense” episode that features Adam Baldwin. Skip the first 2:19 to get by them dealing with an echo problem.

  47. drwilliams says:

    Andrew Branca “Law of Self Defense” episode featureing Adam Baldwin:

    Adam Baldwin brings a copy of the Screen Actors Guild Safety Bulletins, which includes this statement (at 9:25)


    Andrew discusses the legal concept of “superseding cause”, which will probably come up in the trial of the armorer.

    Also discussed is Alec Baldwin’s cross-complaint against others on the set trying to shift blame.

    New information to me: The armorer was in the “B tier” of people not allowed into the church (set) due to COVID restrictions.

    The episode ends with a great personal story about the start of the friendship between Andrew and Adam.

  48. Ken Mitchell says:

    Lynn says:

    “The California Drought is Over. Definitively.”

    False, even if Anthony Watts said so.  The California aquifers have been depleted, and not replenished. (That’s why there are so many sinkholes ruining the roadways!)

    The problem is that California hasn’t built any new dams or reservoirs since the first Brown administration.  Not Jerry; Jerry’s DAD. NO new water storage facilities in 50+ years, even as the population has more than doubled. Voters, including me back when I lived there, approved several BILLION dollars in bonds to pay for new water facilities, and they never approved even one. All the reservoirs may be full right now, as they were just five years ago, but their incompetence and idiocy guarantee that they’ll be in a drought real soon now.

    One of the MANY reasons why I abandoned the place 3 years ago. 

  49. drwilliams says:

    Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Machinist Tool Drawers!

    2 years old, but one of many I hadn’t watched.

    One of those people whose videos flow so nicely at 1.5X, offering not just the project, but additional color and commentary:


    –Tweezers as EDC

    –The importance of a light touch.

    I did disagree with him on one thing: When the panel or drawer bottom is plywood there is no wood movement to accommodate and no reason not to glue it in, and you get a stronger build.

    Okay, two things. He sprayed the finish, but if he had used stain as he originally intended, it makes sense to stain drawer parts before assembly. Getting stain into corners uniformly is tedious.

    He also omitted one of the design features he listed at the beginning without explanation. Maybe it’s in the comments whether he changed his mind or just forgot.

  50. drwilliams says:

    @Ken Mitchell

    “The California aquifers have been depleted, and not replenished.”

    The aquifers cannot support the population and will never be recharged. 

    The irrigation-based California farming industry is gone never to return.

    The only question is whether the Western states that have mismanaged their development and used up the fossil water in their aquifers will be able to reach out and steal water from the Missouri river.

  51. nick flandrey says:

    One of the point’s Baldwin’s lawyers and expert witnesses will surely argue is that a movie prop is not and should never be “an inherently dangerous instrument”.   It is only the negligent actions and inactions of the people specifically charged with ensuring that it isn’t dangerous that made it so.

    There are a great many things in routine use in industry and commerce that are “an inherently dangerous instrument” and would require the policies and rules that Bracca glibly mentions.  Bleach.  Most industrial and commercial cleaners.   EVERY SINGLE POWER TOOL, ever.  EVERY SINGLE EDGED OR POINTED THING, ever.   The slip and fall lawyers would paralyze the state in a heartbeat.

    And if you applied Bracca’s interpretation, no industry or commerce would be possible in NM, and if you just applied it to the entertainment industry, that would be the end of a multi million dollar industry that NM has been courting with cash money and tax breaks for years.

    Bracca is a self defense and 2A lawyer, not an employment lawyer, or an industrial accident lawyer.   If anything, I’m amazed by the apparent hypocrisy of many people like him that are not discussing how they would defend Baldwin if he was their client.   Same thing happened when the father son duo with the unpalatable ideas shot their neighbor in the alley behind their home.  The whole defense and defensive gun use community went “oh, nazzis and whyte suppremmisists bad how would we go about convicting them” instead of acting like defense lawyers and figuring out how to defend them.  I almost canceled my insurance at an event when I asked the host (Texas Law Shield) how they would defend ME if that was ME in that case, and the guy looked like I grew horns right in front of him.  He’d been gloating over how stupid they were, and how they were gonna hang.   I want a defense attorney to DEFEND ME, no matter what kind of person they think I am, what my public persona is, if I’m considered a giant douche  by some small part of the population, or a large part.   

    I had generally good opinion of Bracca before he started opining on how best to convict Baldwin.   Now his apparent unwillingness to consider alternative views or that he might not understand the ‘totality of circumstances’  makes me question his effectiveness as an attorney, and wonder if he’s as stiff and inflexible in other areas as well.



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