Wednesday, January 22, 2020

There Is A Crack In the Universe

It was a dark and stormy night. Also icy.  Stop me if you’ve already heard this one.

Image result for ice storm nightOK, there was a full moon so it wasn’t actually dark.

We had an ice storm in Michigan the night before our departure for points west. By morning everything was still icy but road crews had done their thing and the major roads and highways were reportedly clear and wet so we proceeded with our plans. We had packed the car the day before and left it in the driveway overnight as it doesn’t fit in the garage with the car top carrier on so needless to say it was covered in ice. Raj warmed it up to clear the  ice off the windows.(BTW, that is illegal here in Park City, land of the woke; no carbon spewing car idling for you!)

Imagine our surprise to discover the melting ice left behind a yuge crack from the middle of the driver’s side to the middle of the passenger side. Best we could tell it grew from a tiny chip that appeared last June but oddly hadn’t broken through either side of the glass. In fact when we had the Safelight tech out to repair it he said he really couldn’t as the chip was completely contained inside the window. He’d have to break through the surface in order to inject his epoxy and that would cause more damage including the possibility of – you guessed it – creating a much larger crack. Nothing to do we were told but wait for it to grow worse on its own.

And sure enough, 6 months later, at the most inopportune moment, it chose to “get worse.”

Image result for cracked windshield“What light through yonder window crack breaks.”

I thought we should delay a day and have it fixed. Raj determined it to be fine as it was mostly below eye-level and like the original chip was completely contained within the glass. Fine, except for the caveat that we would be embarking on a cross-country trip with a weakened and compromised windshield making it more vulnerable to shattering if hit with the stray rock or ice chunk. And then there’s weather: despite having a forecast that gave us a 4 day window of clear weather all along our route when we only needed 3, experience has proven time and again that weather forecasts 3 days out can change on a dime.

Well, the windshield held out but the weather didn’t. The last day was indeed a hellish mix of wind, snow and ice. But we made it to our destination intact. I assumed once we landed in Park City we could get the Safelight crew to come to the house and change the windshield out, like you see on TV. Which of course they could…as long as the temperature remains above 32 degrees which, when we made the appointment, it wasn’t. Also given the amount of electronic sensors built into our model’s windshield which need calibrating and testing they prefer to do it in the shop, oh, and takes about three hours. Once again all the advanced technology intended to make you safer, happier and your life easier fails to deliver, at least on that last part.

So we drove into Salt Lake yesterday and dropped off the Jeep. Fortunately Salt Lake has proclaimed itself to be a “progressive city” – which they certainly are based on the city policies and the elected officials for the past 10 years. And no truly progressive city worth it’s salt (cwidt?) would be without a first class mass transportation system. So while we waited for our new windshield we were able to hop on the TRAX (“UTA's light rail system, offers convenient connections to community destinations, shopping centers, schools and universities”) and spend the morning at City Creek.

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City Creek is a massive mega-billion dollar urban renewal project encompassing retail, office and residential space in the center of downtown. The project was conceived and financed by the Church of the Later Day Saints (What!? Urban renewal, not done by the government!?) It encompasses 3 entire city blocks and contains a lot of upscale retail space, as well as a real live stream stocked with brook trout.

So I spent the morning window shopped for conflict free diamonds:

Botswana!

enjoyed an overpriced latte:

And marveled that they welcomed dogs into the enclosed mall area where they presumably were also welcome to do their business as doggie bags of a different sort were provided for dealing with the aftermath of that “business.”

And then we hopped back on the TRAX and headed back to pick up the Jeep with it’s sparkling new windshield embedded with sensors and who knows what else.

Now I’m not telling you all of this because I think you really care about our windshield travails, nor do I expect you to be interested much in Salt Lake’s non-government dependent urban development. I just see this little story as an allegory. A tiny chink, a minute defect, embedded deep within the infrastructure of an otherwise strong edifice left unattended will one day manifest itself as an insidious crack threatening the integrity of the entire structure. At that point it must be dealt with categorically, radically, decisively. The damaged component needs to be chucked and replaced with something stronger, more reliable, more true.

The Deep State may have begun as a small fissure but it has grown into a deep fracture in our governmental agency. It, not PDJT, is what must be removed and replaced.

Image result for crack in the universeThere is a crack in our universe: it must be resolved

Ladies and gentlemen, I rest my case.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Worst White Supremacist Rally

Worst White Supremacist Rally ever. No White nationalists showed up to commit violence and create havoc, as suggested and promoted by the MSM.

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Nope, nothing but a bunch of Pro-Second Amendment advocates, exerting their right to gather peacefully and petition the government. Just like the Founders imagined. Only one arrest was made, a young woman who refused to removed the bandana over her face.

In fact the Virginia rally participants were so well behaved you’d almost think they were Canadians.

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Except maybe the Marines.

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It reminded me of the Tea Party rallies of yore – you know, those violent racist hoards that descended on D.C. en masse back in 2009.

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Like then,

the pre-ordained narrative will trump the facts. But I’d suggest the media and our government overlords start paying closer attention to what people are actually saying.

Tea Party rally, 2009

Because unlike lying journalists *spit* and forked tongued politicians, when the people speak they mean it.

Image result for virginia gun rights rally heavily armedThis time we didn’t.

Your move.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Day 2020

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... – Martin Luther King

It’s Martin Luther King Day, and all across the land people are once again expressing outrage over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees. It’s like 2015, the first time Hollywood people of color protested #OscarsSoWhite.

selma obama oprah photobomb copy2015: Obama joined David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," and Oprah, who produced the film, in protest against the Academy’s racism.

This year USA Today was compelled to ask “Is this progress?”

Monday morning's Oscar nominations delivered more frustrating certainties than happy surprises.

Black British actress Cynthia Erivo was the lone person of color nominated across 20 acting categories…The rest of the acting nominations were white…And out of five directing nominations, all nominees were male.

But the snubs. They span Jennifer Lopez ("Hustlers"), Eddie Murphy ("Dolemite Is My Name"), Awkwafina ("The Farewell"), Lupita Nyong'o ("Us"), Song Kang-ho ("Parasite"), Alfre Woodard ("Clemency"), Jamie Foxx ("Just Mercy") and Zhao Shuzhen ("The Farewell").

To put the shock in perspective, 28 out of 32 industry experts on awards prognosticating site Gold Derby predicted Lopez would receive a nod, and 20 out of 32 predicted Awkwafina's name would be among nominees.

Just to keep things in perspective I would point out that 99 out of 100 political experts on polling prognostication sites also predicted that Hillary would win in 2016, but she didn’t, did she?

I don’t know what’s more pathetic about this odd entitlement attitude: the fact that the Race Hustlers have imposed a de facto racial quota system on every aspect of our society despite the Supreme Court having ruled such quotas unconstitutional, or the irony that 50 years after Martin Luther King’s death those same (Black) Race Hustlers – some of them close friends and colleagues of Dr. King – refuse to let us judge people by the content of their character and the quality of their work rather than the color of their skin. For their part they seem quite satisfied “staring into the starless midnight of racism.”

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

If Donald Trump Had a Dog…

It’s equal time for doggies day.

What do you suppose makes this little Jack Russell Terrier pup so appealing?

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Is it the stocky little body? The swagger? The authoritative stance? The self-assurance that his presence just exudes?

Is it the set of those almond-shaped eyes? Or perhaps his unusual coloration: the white spot on his nose, the black eye, the black smudge above that determined little mouth?

Or wait, maybe it’s the tail, held high and proud? You can tell this little guy knows where he’s going and means to get there.  Yes, I think it’s definitely the FU tail.

Alpha-dog, for sure; who wouldn’t want to be in his pack?

If Donald Trump had a dog it would definitely be this little guy.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Caterday: Preppy Edition

What!? It’s Caturday again already? I’m calling for an international slow-down as I’m no longer able to keep up.

As Sid Able (RIP), beloved Detroit Red Wings announcer, used to announce when a time out was called: “we’ve a pause in the action.”  That’s what I need.

Let’s make it a really big paws 

Carry on as you wish, but I’m not going to push my luck with this backup computer after it’s complete malfunction-junction meltdown the other day. But please: no costumed felines.

If cats were supposed to sport preppy haberdashery they’d all be called Chatsworth T. Osborne Jr. (h/t el Rushbo).

Tucker Carlson

Bow ties look silly on everyone - and I say this as a woman who once sported this bizarre fashion look in the 80s in order to be taken “seriously” in the office.

Image result for woman wearing power suits with bow ties in the 80sPrincess Di steps out in her bow-tied tux

Even the Ginger Prince’s Mum looked silly.

So don’t do this to your cat, they will resent it. And trust me, they will find a way to get even.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Dems Move the Cantina into the Senate

Was it just me or did the march of the ‘peachment remind anyone else of the bar scene in Star Wars?

Hakeem Jeffries, Sylvia Garcia, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren and Jason Crow: just as diverse, nearly as weird as the original Cantina patrons.

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Four men - 1 Muslim, 2 Jews, 1 white guy who could pass as a Native American if need be; Three women - 1 black, 1 Hispanic, 1 suburban white mom. How Democrat of them: much more representative of the Dems victim group patronage than their Presidential debate panel earlier this week.

And speaking of Star Wars and Democrat presidential candidates many people continue to be underwhelmed by Tuesday’s game: “Doesn’t anyone want to be president?” asked James Freeman in the Wall Street Journal.

Oooh, oooh, oooh!  I do, I do!!

Six competitors took the stage at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate at Iowa’s Drake University. But nobody wanted to compete… Do any of the leading Democratic candidates want the job?

It that’s actually the case, I thing Tom Steyer would be the Dem’s best bet.

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He appears to be styled after C-3PO, a droid programmed for etiquette, customs and protocol intended to facilitate communication between different species.

Unfortunately, like C-3PO he appears to be rather oblivious of nuance.

Sanders, Warren, SteyerAwkward!

But he is useful in that he provides needed comic relief when the narrative bogs down. Plus, as the first total droid presidential candidate, he could help the Dems create an entirely new special interest group.  

“Hello fellow Droids, I’m Tom Steyer and I want to be your leader.”

Just imagine the dialogue in his presidential debate with PDJT:

“Something's not right, because now I can't see. Oh, oh, yes, that's much better. Wait... wait. Oh, my. What have you done? I'm BACKWARDS. You flea-bitten furball. Only an overgrown mop-head like you would be stupid enough to...”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Trump Flushes Away Yesterday’s Environmental Restrictions

Remember when dishwashers actually cleaned your dishes? Toilets required only one flush? And faucets had more pressure than an IV drip? Well so does President Trump. Here he is, at the rally on Tuesday, addressing all of the above…plus showerhead pressure. If you’ve recently redone your kitchen/ bathroom or have checked into newer hotels you have firsthand experience with that of which the President speaks.

Democrats think the country is held in thrall by their impeachment antics but in fact real people are far more concerned with government intrusion into every aspect of their lives, dictating everything from what kind of lightbulbs they can buy to how much water they can use while brushing their teeth. But the elite can’t relate, they can only ridicule.

Trumps bizarre rant about toilets and dishwashers might be his strangest moment yet

Donald Trump has a history of going on bizarre rants about all kinds of stuff but he arguably reached his apex on Tuesday evening.

At a rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was taking place at the same time as the Democratic debate, the president spoke at length about household appliances such as toilets, dishwaters and lightbulbs.

With his adoring supporters cheering him on, Trump talked about his administrations plans to block a requirement on all Americans to use energy-efficient light bulbs, which he believes gives him an orange hue. - UK Independent

Their studied refusal to understand the President’s point regarding environmental regulatory overreach will cost them the election. Which is a shame as they’d much prefer someone willing to impose draconian energy restrictions on regular citizens in order to stop the earth from getting warmer. Poor darlings, they’re going to have another 4 year sad.

Funny thing, people seem to have strong preferences about lighting. Including the Democrats’ own lightbringer who never used “energy saving” lightbulbs and was not overly concerned about saving energy when it came to his own charismatic appearances.

But  yes, Trump’s the bizarre one.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

White Supremacy: You’ll Know It When You See It

What’s it like barreling through mountain passes in whiteout conditions – translation for the uninitiated: the combination of snow and wind that results in zero visibility? It sucks. Nobody enjoys it: not thrill seeking adrenaline junkies, ordinary junkies, type A or B personalities, liberals, conservatives, not global warmists or deniers…NOBODY. You are unsafe at any speed and you know it.

Allow me to share a little of the “thrill” for those of you south of the Mason-Dixon line who’ve never seen the necessity of learning how to steer into a skid:

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Yes, that about captures it. I know you can’t see anything - zero visibility, remember? And there you are, in a 5000 pound SUV, traveling 40, 50, 60 - even 70 mph, depending on the condition of your nervous system, hurtling up and down grades more suitable for mountain goats than wheeled vehicles. Throw in an endless stream of tractor trailers, aka semis, playing hopscotch with each other and you are living the dream, baby.

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I’d say everyone should do it at least once but no, really, they shouldn’t. It’s insanity of the highest order. Right up there with the delusion that gender-queer is a real thing.

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Add to the specific insanity of driving through the mountains in a snowstorm the fact that you are doing it with another bunch of people as insane as you are and we’ve moved into an undertaking at least as deranged as a Democrat debate. I don’t know what it says about me that I’ve done it now at least a dozen times.

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Although right now I’m feeling both crazy and stupid. Maybe I should get some sleep.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Open Thread Tuesday

I heard a rumor there’s a Democrat debate tonight. I also heard that the British monarchy drama continues to play out.

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It’s enough to make you want to go hole up somewhere with a buddy till all the drama’s over.

She takes her stuffed dog everywhere she goes

Or if you prefer the British way:

Monday, January 13, 2020

American Journalism Is Alive And Well in the Jemez Valley in New Mexico

I’m doing a “guest” post today, although Betty Ann (aka Mellow Lemoncello) doesn’t know it yet. She’s been doing her part to save journalism in the age of fake news. This is a screen shot of page 1 that Raj took. Then he combined the other 7 pages of the first edition into one pdf, uploaded it to the interweb and created a link to the whole paper. Btw, we are on the road, heading to the Rocky Mountain bunker. We stopped n Des Moines last night enroute to Park City. So far so good. Say a little prayer, the next 2 days are usually the worst.

Now I give you without further adieu BA’s page one of her first publication, with a link to the other 7 pages. Thanks BA! America needs more patriots and journalists  like you – people who don’t really hate America doing real news. Keep up the good work.

Click to Download The Whole Paper

Alternate Link If Scribd Doesn’t Work For You

Big congratulations BA! Very few people can say they’ve published a news paper, fewer still can say they’ve published one that tells the truth.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

“The Decade’s Over When I Say It’s Over.”

Remember the kerfuffle about the end of the decade?

Image result for the decade ends when I tell you it endsHopefully 2020, regardless of which decade you think it’s in, will see the end of this meme

In an election year it’s always nice to have something irrelevant to argue about, which is why I don’t intend to re-litigate the case between the decade originalists and the living-decade crowd. But if the decade isn’t pragmatically over how could the American Dialect Society  (ADS)  have already selected their “word of the decade,” hmmm?

The personal singular pronoun “they” has been crowned the “word of the decade” by the American Dialect Societysingular “they” was recognized for its growing use to refer to a known person whose gender identity is nonbinary**.

I’ve got news for the ADS, the conscious use of “they” as a singular pronoun is hardly new, it’s been used that way for 50 years. Journalists, corporate supervisors, advertising copywriters and managers have agonized over how to handle this dilemma ever since radical Feminists in the 60s dictated the end of the “sexist” use of male pronouns to generically refer to both men and women. Should they pepper communications addressed to both men and women with multiple repetitions of the awkward “his/her,” he/she” construct or blatantly choose to employ improper grammar by using the plural pronoun “they” when referring to a singular person of either sex? Most eventually chose the latter, the cowards way out.

So the gender-related, decades old intentional misuse of the singular “they” turned out to be a slippery slope. The new gender-related intentional misuse of the singular pronoun “they” also entails the intentional misuse of the previously non-gender-related  term “nonbinary.”

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And on that note I’d just like to remind you that the decade’s over when I say it’s over. And I say it’s over; it’s definitely time to start over, this time with PDJT at the helm.

**Non-binary, or genderqueer, is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍—‌identities that are outside the gender binary.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Caturday: Economic Genius Edition

Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize winning economist who’s been wrong about everything from the internet to economic cycles (repeatedly)

has - gasp! - had his IP address embarrassingly compromised!!!!

Or so he claims. Some critics are a bit dubious, claiming he’s pulling an Eichenwald and trying to get out in front of the story (pardon the French, but we’re talking about progressive pervs here).

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I ask you, does this serious economic journalist look like a pervert to you?

Of course he does but don’t hold that against his cats, they were brought there against their will.

Image result for paul krugman cat“Yeah, I’m with pedo, but it’s strictly an economic arrangement; he buys me anything I want to eat and I leave hairballs in his shoes.”

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Friday, January 10, 2020

It’s Friday; Don’t Do Anything You’ll Regret…

Like take an ax to your computer.

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Given my computer situation – new one’s on the blink and old one’s a dinosaur that’s nearly as unstable as the one I’m having fixed  – I will be pre-posting threads for today through Monday. I won’t be around much so you know the drill: have fun, behave (not mutually exclusive) and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

Should you by some chance reach the end of the internet and have nothing else to talk about might I suggest you go back and replumb the Megxit story. Such royal virtue signaling is so full of comedy gold you could easily work this one story until long after my computer problems are resolved.