Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Brrrr

11 degrees F outside. One one. *We didn't get to single digits, but they did a few miles from here)

And it ain't even Thanksgiving yet.

I can't handle much more of Mr Gore's Glowbal Warmeinzing.

Oh, yeah, I forgot, when it is record cold it is just "weather".

Whatever. Still cold. It's warmer in Anchorage.
Ah don't like it aytall. 

71 %

The people of Tucson voted overwhelmingly for the rule of law...and against an invasion of non citizens.

Liberal City of Tucson, AZ Overwhelmingly Rejects Sanctuary City Proposal

Watch the video in the article.
She seems to think that just because someone has family here in the US they have reason to flaunt our immigration laws....that they have the RIGHT to be on US soil without permission. That they have the right to work. That they have the same rights as citizens of the US.

The people of Tucson felt otherwise. Good for them. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Say "Thank You"

Today, here in the US, it is Veteran's Day.

Take time today to thank all of the Veterans you know, or that you come across today. Their service, whether in peacetime or war, no matter what branch of service,  is what has kept this country free.....Kept your way of life possible.

Do say "Thank You". Honor their service. Buy 'em lunch or pay for their coffee. At least give your thanks.

Personally, all year long I thank every vet I meet (those that I can identify, anyway) for their service to the citizens of this country. I buy a fair number of lunches and such. I think it is worth it as a token of my esteem for those who signed up to serve.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Witch of November

Nov 10th, 1975.

29 crew gone.

The ship sunk.

So tragic a maritime accident that there were ballads composed about the loss.

The Edmund Fitzgerald.

Gordon Lightfoot did the most famous telling of the story, I think.


pretty much all the wrong things:

From September 7th....The NTSB has just released the accident report:

 So, a single seat airplane, carrying two people,  with 2500 or so lbs of "Pink Water"....flying low and slow.

What could go wrong?

Plane crashes during "Gender Reveal" stunt. 

Pretty much everything that they taught me not to do,

In other words, fucked up by the numbers.

Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

But stupid, poorly planned stunts usually lead to stupid failures.

At the end of the day, one has to realize that cropduster pilots are insane and take terrible risks. (They are also pretty good pilots, at least normally). 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

IF the colors were reversed,

People would be crying "Racism" and such.

Possibly even "Hate Crime"

Teacher brutally beats student. 

Not a proportional response. If a teacher can't handle things better than this, they should not be allowed to be  teaching students.

In the day, a parent or another adult family member would have handled this sort of issue and there would be a lesson learned. And people would have expected things to happen that way. I'd insist on jail time were that my kid. 

Records:

Gonna be cold the next week to 10 days..

Really cold.
Near record cold, Like at or near single digits here in the greater Chicago area.

I call Global Cooling.

We MUST produce increased amounts of Methane, CO2, and other greenhouse gasses in quantity to prevent an ice age. It is a crisis. There may well be a consensus of affected people.

This isn't just weather here, folks.

Update: It appears the arctic air will (likely) set records across the US, from the Central Plains all the way to the Deep South.

But no worry? It is just "Weather" not "Global Warming" "Climate Change"....


Friday, November 8, 2019

'Twas pointed out to me yesterday evening

That it is time to do Christmas Decorations...and I had better get started:

" Because, unlike Epstein, they won't hang themselves"

I had no cogent reply to that. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Winter planning

Pulled the gas out of the chainsaws yesterday. filled 'em each with a teaspoon full of a mix of Coleman fuel and the appropriate amount of oil, and ran them dry.

All the other 4 cycle equipment that won't (probably) be used until spring got a similar treatment (minus the oil, of course) Run empty, refilled with a bit of fuel that will evaporate and not leave residue or varnish behind, and run until completely empty.

This ensures they will start when needed after sitting for months.

I recommend this for all gasoline powered equipment.
Especially stuff you might need in an emergency.

Proper storage matters. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

You gotta wonder why....

Many restaurants have really bad coffee. Like they only buy floor sweepings from a Starbucks roasting plant or something....

And they know it, you can tell. They take really bad coffee and make it really strong. So you end up with coffee that is mostly undrinkable. (perhaps so they never get asked for refills??)

Its like the Liberals.and their programs..something doesn't work, a government program returns shitty results, so we should do it more.....only harder.

Same same with coffee.
Coffee isn't hard, one simply needs to start with a good product, and do it right...proper proportions brewed correctly.....which makes for a good cup.
Shitty ingredients are NOT improved by heavier dosing.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Thought for the week:

You only have the right for which you are willing to fight (And possibly die).







We have a Ballot Box. We SHOULD be using it.
Yet the lies, cheating, and fraud make that box much less effective than it should be.

We have other boxes, but when to use them? 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thought for the Day

"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get..."

Joe Ricketts, founder, TDAmeritrade.

Analysis: True (in most cases)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Gonna be a long day

We are doing a Hunter Ed course today at the range.

27 kids registered. Plus likely 4-6 walk ins. (We don't ever turn anyone away as long as we can fit 'em into the classroom)

I'll be working 'til 5 or 6.

But it is paying it forward, and all that. 

It occurs to me

That the Democrats must really, really believe that each and every one of their candidates would lose against Trump in 2020.

Otherwise they would not be spending so much political capital in their efforts to drive him out of office with their push to impeach the man.

He must really scare them, and they must realize how badly they will lose against him in an election where they cannot manipulate vote counts easily. Trump won against them, beating the "Margin of Fraud" once, and they know they cannot manipulate the votes to the same magnitude the next time. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Just a point:

If you watched Blade Runner, then realize this:

It is NO LONGER THE FUTURE.

Blade Runner was set in....November 2019.

Also, if you knew what "Blade Runner" was referring to, then you ARE old.

Still no flying cars though. 

A climate record

The most snowfall on Halloween:

A 96 year old record smashed. Yet no claims of "Climate Change" since it doesn't fit the meme of Thermageddon.

But, according to the "Climate"Experts"", this is just weather, not evidence that the climate is cooling or anything.
Of course not.

Odd how records that are broken to the warm side are "evidence" of Global Warming....But those that show (possible) cooling are just weather. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

That strange sound at 2 AM

So I awoke about 2 AM, not knowing why....

I laid in bed for a while, trying to figure out what had awoken me....

Then I heard it. That sound that I could not identify.....

Now, if you are a guy, you likely know each and every sound that your house makes (and why), each sound of every piece of machinery, the creaks and groans, the noise every mechanism makes, the sound every pipe makes as it expands and contracts, the groans that the structure makes as it cools or heats up, etc.

This one was none of those. It didn't fit. Wasn't "normal".

So I laid there for a moment, trying to figure out what it was.....
'Twas a low hum.
then it quit.

then it came back.

Then it quit again.
Pretty much about on a 4 minute interval.
Then it came back. More or less 60 hz. Kinda like what a battery charger makes at high amps.....

Strange.

I got up, walked the house....couldn't identify it. Couldn't even localize it.
Put on a pair of shoes and went into the garage. Nothing.
Went down to the basement.
It got a bit louder.

I tracked it down to the east wall. There are only two pieces of equipment there, plus the washer and dryer, both of which are not turned on....but I unplugged them just to be sure that they weren't the source. (They weren't).

Wasn't the water softener, either.

What WAS making that sound was the sump pump.
Seems that the motor (or impeller) was locked up. The motor was TRYING to start, but couldn't turn. So it sat there, stalled, for about 2 minutes, humming gently. Then the thermal cut out would shut off the power and it would cool down.
Wash, rinse. repeat.
(The usual failure mode for these pumps is the bottom bushing wears and they become too noisy for me to tolerate, necessitating replacement)

The sump pit was full, at about 150% of the normal level.

Luckily, (or perhaps it is just good planning, I dunno) I had a spare all set up and ready.
Unplugged the power, pulled the pit cover, unscrewed the union connection to the standpipe, pulled the pump out, put the new pump in the pit, connected the union, plugged it in.
Let it run while I put the pit cover back on.
Total time to change it out was less than 10 minutes, and that long only because I was still only half awake.

I firmly believe that if you need a sump pump, you need a spare on the shelf. "2 is one and one is none" and all that....
Today I gotta go buy a new sump pump.


ETA: And, of course NO-One has the pump I need in stock.
(I still have 2 serviceable, but worn and noisy units as a backup though),



Book recommendation:

If you read this blog regularly, then I think you'll like this book. IF you were born from the mid sixties to the mid 70's then you'll get most of the references.

HIGHLY recommended reading. One of the few that are worth the price:

The Heretics of St. Possenti by Rolf Nelson.

Well written, well thought out, well researched.
And just a damned good book.

I was not compensated for this recommendation. I just think it is a good read. As good as (although different than) the Grey Man series






Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Y'know...

Most people have forgotten by now that Jeffrey Epstein was (very likely) killed in his jail cell by persons unknown to keep what he knew quiet.

If he was a suicide case, then I still want to know how it was that the cameras and monitoring guards so conveniently were ineffective? Were those guards fired for incompetence? Were the whereabouts of all the other people working at the facility checked and accounted for?

You know (or at least, if you have more cognitive ability than cauliflower or cilantro, strongly suspect) that Epstein's death wasn't a suicide. Yet the media and our politicians have decided to let the case die a death by being ignored.
It shouldn't be ignored.

At worst, those "Guards" should be tried. Anyone close to the area should be watched for 5 or more years to see if they got a sudden financial windfall (or are strangely and suddenly killed in a freak bowling accident or something).

No matter how we slice it, it appears that Epstein was silenced. And our government, Law enforcement, and our Media is allowing whomever orchestrated that death to get away with it.

So much for the rule of law. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Our "betters" would tell us differently though:

You rubes just don't know as much as Pelosi and her ilk do...

Yet this from a Microsoft poll:


Do you agree or disagree with Colonel Vindman's assessment that President Trump's request to have Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden "would undermine U.S. national security"?
14%
Strongly agree
2%
Somewhat agree
7%
Somewhat disagree
75%
Strongly disagree
3%
No opinion / Other

And , oddly,

No doubt after a great deal of coaching, the Democrats were able to find a witness to TheDonald's conversation with the leader of Ukraine.

Where has he been all this time? Hiding? Choosing to not say anything? Being coached on what (and likely what NOT) to say?

This is like Kavanaugh's accusers, or Anita Hill many years ago.

Why didn't this dude show up back when the accusation(s) were first made? Why wait until now? Yes, he told some other diplomatic staffers, but the Democrats knew all about this and withheld him until....now? Why? Why wait, (unless there was a carefully crafted information campaign to discredit Donnie)? 

Curious.




Truth:

"History does not repeat itself, but often rhymes"

Attributed to Mark Twain


Monday, October 28, 2019

That's because it is subsidized by taxpayers

US green economy has 10 times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry

What with federal and state governments tossing money at those projects with no worries about profitability nor reliability, what do you expect?