Thursday, May 28, 2020

FINE, Harris Tweeter

If the only meat you are gonna put out that is on my shopping list is grass fed NY Strip, then I guess I am eating steak 3 nights in a row. 

I kinda miss the shake n bake pork chops, tho.

It is pretty good steak.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Book Detail

I asked for recommendation for something clever to read.  Some of your recommended I try a guy named FfordeThe Eyre Affair.

Right!

I'm a quarter of the way in.  Not what I expected, but still good. Set in England in the mid 80s, and the Crimean War has been going on for 130+ years.  Heh.  Parallel universe type stuff.  I'm liking it so far

The main character is a special operative law enforcement type.  She gets bumped upstairs to more exciting work . (Read:  dangerous...)  And expecting trouble her supervisor provides were with AWFUL, horrible, beyond-the-pale immoral ammunition for her pistol to help her get an edge over an extra dangerous quarry.

She could get fired if Internal Affairs catches here with it!  Fired, if she is lucky.  The existence of said items is practically a Crime Against Humanity, is how they act. 

What kind of ammo?  Regular self-defense ammo.  'Holler points,' we might say.

Ok ok, I am cutting the author some slack.  He is British, after all.  Writing in 2001.  Regular folks in America aren't tuned in to what self defense ammo does and is for.  So regular folks in England are even further behind.  Plus, parallel universe.  Lots of things go wonky when you introduce that level of fantasy, so getting a slight case of the vapors over what is essentially Federal Hyrda-Shoks could even be intentional.  Like most gunnies, I roll my eyes a little bit and just read on, going with it.  But I put the histrionics here because I need the fodder.

I don't let it put me off my feed.  Get this, the main character is named Thursday Next.  She has a pet dodo (cloned extinct specimens... everyone has one as a pet there days!) and her career path up to this point in Special Ops is tracking down literature crime.

As I said, I am not regretting picking this up.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

This week is momentous

At work.  A banner week

Lots of folks that took time off I work with are coming back.  Yes, from the Rona fears, but also one had back surgery in early January.   Timed that surgery well.  Those of you that know folks that get vertebra fused together know recovery takes a while.  Plus you need a few days to get off your morphine habit. 

So that'll be fun.  Getting the band back together.

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Grocery stores round here are still iffy.  But.  I've seen TP on more than one occasion.  I've gotten yeast.  Flour is back, just not overloaded with it. 

'Normal' will be "Terlet paper there every trip, and hand sanitized and disinfectant wipes are on the shelves too" I guess.

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My brother is in the Navy.  He has taken advantage of all this to grow a Grizzly Adams beard.  Good and bushy, but he had a baldspot on the front of the chin.  It's weird. 

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I miss the range.



Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

Grandpa.  Silver Star, Peleliu.  Posthumous. 


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Yo Vote

It's all vote by mail in Maryland June 2.  I'm told.  Haven't gotten my ballot yet.  I wonder if I will in time...

It's not too important.  Just a primary.  I hope Governor Hogan opens up the polling places, though.  I'm of the opinion that if you don't vote in person, you don't vote.

"What about military folks serving overseas, T-Bolt?  Would you disenfranchise them?  They vote for the same stuff YOU like, so that's an advantage."

Yup.  No vote.  You give up rights when you serve.  It's part of the deal.  If you concentrate the voting situation to one day, one place, in person, you can wrangle it better.  Can you cheat like that?  Yes.  But it is easier to lock it down and keep an eye out for cheaters.

I got no problem making that Tuesday a federal holiday.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Geography

As a kid, my younger brother got a 'jigsaw' puzzle that was made of wood.  But instead of puzzle shapes, there were state shapes.  It was a puzzle map of the USA.  I was a bit outgrown for it, but he played with it constantly for months.

So he knew all his states from an early age.  And I did not.

Oh, if you gave me a map with all the borders, I'd get 40 states right, and quick.  At age 12, say.  But he'd have gotten all 50 from age 8, easy.

It'd usually be things like "I know one is Vermont and the other New Hampshire, but which is which..." or "Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming are here somewhere... "

Now that I am old, I am more solid.

How?

I made no effort to get better with geography and cartography.   Certainly not with the the states.  But it all gelled somehow, without trying.  THAT is definitely Wyoming.

Heck I can draw a decent USA, now, on a blank piece of paper.

Slow knowledge accumulation, I guess.  Now I can go ahead and go senile and start forgetting it all.

I am weak on furren lands, at this point, though also growing stronger every year.  Europe was much easier when you only cared about the West, and let the Warsaw pact countries fend for their ownselves.  But I can hit Hungary and Romania on the first try, now.  I do halfway decent with French towns and German states.

I know the north coast of Africa, the southern parts, and a few on the was coast and the bight.  Call it 30%.

South and Central America is 60%.  Asia a bit better.

I guess my knowledge depends on how interested I am in a place. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Pardon Obama?

Hey, I said it first!

Back on the 8th.

Disc Shaped Hole

I mentioned Heretics of De'Ath, a Brother Hermitage book, a monk at De'Ath's Dingle monastary.  Solving murders in 1066, Ye Olde England.

I am reading that book because I have a Terry Pratchett sized hole in my reading pile.  Nothing can replace Terry, obviously, but I am looking.  Maybe Howard Warwick can help.  So far, it is clever, but not Pratchett clever.  The humor sneaks up on you, and you have to be a bit wise in the ways of the world.  A start, but not a rip roaring hilarious romp.  Still, it's the first book of a series.  I may well let Howard of Warwick find his footing.   It's good enough to make me just go ahead and buy book 2.   (the first two are $.99 on Kindle, so... easy enough decision, pocketbook-wise.) 

But what about YOU?  Any of you find a book or series that comes close to tickling your fancy like the Discworld did?  I need something like that.


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Wait, there is this.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Bupkis catching up

I got no blog fodder.

Thanks to the Chinee Rona, I haven't wanted for fodder for weeks and weeks.  It's a record.  There was a time where I came up empty every Monday, so it's been a decent run, actually.

Now the free associate comes in...  Books?  No fodder.  I am reading about a monk near Lincoln that solves crimes in 1066.  Heretics of De'Ath.  But no blog fodder, there.  Movies?  Haven't watched much.  Last one was Knives Out.  Which was decently entertaining.  Tried to make fun of Trump with it's characters but ends up subverting itself.  Trump does that without trying.  The ol' 'I'm rubber, you're glue' strategy.  So what I am saying was that it was entertaining in SPITE of the purposely annoying bits that self-sabotage.   It's fun seeing James Bond talk like Foghorn Leghorn.

But see?   Off topic.

I already talked about SCOTUS looking for a 2A case this term.  Which fills me with both thrilling expectation AND trepidation.

Conditions of the lockdown are loosening some, even in my state, hit middling hard.  Nobody is accusing Governor Hogan of policies that ended up deliberately endangering nursing home residents, like they are with Governor Cuomo and Whitmer, but even if no such policy is in place, our nursing homes took the Covid in the shorts.  So maybe even if Whitmer and Cuomo DIDN'T screw up, they'd have at least a similar shambles.  To one degree or another.

Not that I want to excuse either of them tyrants.  Hogan isn't even that high on my list, he's indulged because alternatives are worse.

I do want to know what Maryland's policy was.  We know from stated policy that regarding Nursing Home the gov ordered "do what the health secretary says!"  Did we get New York Outcomes with Florida Policies, or were what the Secretary-Stated policies close to New York's anyway?


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What?! LIVE ammo?

So. I was in a wiki wander and reading the article on James CagneyNeo-neo had referenced Hope and Cagney dancing, as is her wont... highlighting dance.

So Cagney became a star when he did the movie Public Enemy and I was looking for a movie where he displayed his Yiddish skills.  Turns out it was the next one.  Taxi!

I came across this bit:

"Cagney's first film upon returning from New York was 1932's Taxi!. The film is notable for not only being the first time that Cagney danced on screen, but it was also the last time he allowed himself to be shot at with live ammunition (a relatively common occurrence at the time, as blank cartridges and squibs were considered too expensive and hard to find to use in most motion picture filming). He had been shot at in The Public Enemy, but during filming for Taxi!, he was almost hit."

What?  Blanks and squids are expensive.  Worth much more than the life of a mere actor.  Well, a mere actor that is just paid middling.  If a big star requests it we'll stop shooting em at him.

The absolute hell...

I know in Wild Bill Hickok's stage days in Cody's Wild West Show he'd shoot a lot of wax rounds, but it sorta sounds like Cagney dodged lead.   Actual lead.  Down range.  For the realism.  And for budgetary economy.  Wow.  It was the Depression and all.  Glad to have a job making $1000 a week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

No Range Time

I haven't been to the range in a while.  I can feel my meager skills fading.  I'm sure I can sharpen them up, but that entails going shooting.

I haven't even swung by my range.  Larry Hogan, the Guv, left gun stores open as essential bidnesses.  And my range is also a gun store.  Let me swing by, now, virtually...  Nope, store is open but range is closed.

No matter.  I wasn't going to go anyway until this clears up a bit more.

"Why, T-Bolt?  Do you hate freedom?  Are you scared?"

Well, no, but...  I have gone to work in an office with a full compliment of people every workday without fail.  Other parts of the enterprise have either been non-essential and stayed home throughout, or went alternating watches.  Half come in one week, the other half the next week.  Not us.  Too much stuff to keep running.  We are like the electric company.  People don't like it when you turn off their power for seven days every other week, they don't like it when I don't do my stuff.  Keeping my part of the whole IT department running.

Well, it would be bad if I went to the range and caught the Sino Lung-AIDS, then spread it to co-workers.  Or went to a restaurant, or a bowling alley, or what have you.  Management would forbid it  if they had the power to, but the hell with them.  They have done a poor job during this whole thing, and would piddle on them if their hair was on fire.  No, I refrain from going so as not to endanger my co-workers.  Not for me, not for management, but for them.  And to keep them servers running.  If the lot of us went down sick at once that would be sub-optimal.

I don't like how this whole thing went down, but I don't want to be inconsiderate to my co-workers.

 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus AAR

Two years from now, when the dust settles, what will be the After Action Report for this pandemic?

A buncha obvious ones.  Don't trust China.  Have extra TP and masks at home, just in case.  Keep up with the good handwashening techniques all the time for the next hundred years, minumum.  All that.  I don't think it will be "NEVER EVER go to a live concert again."

Two years from now we will better know what degree of shutdown will be optimal, but we don't know what this level is now.  We are still finding out.

My personal biggest takeaway will be...  Avoid going to a nursing home for as long as possible.  Absolute death traps depending on the policy of you governor, and that policy is out of your control.  If you were in a nursing home in New York on January 2020 your life expectancy is VERY different than if you had moved to Florida for your nursing home needs.  And that is arbitrary and scary to T-Bolt, 30 years from now.

What else?  Keep CDC focused on the D part of their name.  That D stands Disease.  Not "advocate for gun bans".  We gunnie types have known that for a while, naturally, but now we can better convince the straights that CDC got out over their skis. 



Sunday, May 17, 2020

I better put this marker down

I think Neil Ferguson said there would be 2.2 million US deaths from WuFlu because he extrapolated from from the Spanish Flu in 1918 and adjusted for population inflation, and then made his computer model hit that number.  He faked it.  And has since come a cropper.

I could be wrong, but when he is exposed in 3 months for exactly this, I can't just say "I thought so" and have you believe me without this here.

Tar and Feathers

How come that went out of favor?  Tar and feathers. I feel like that could make a comeback.  I would properly re-focus recalcitrant officials.



"It went out of favor. T-Bolt, because it is felonious assault and battery.  You don't see as many fist fights these days, either."

Yeah yeah, I know about that.  Crime and all.  And if you were to tar and feather a governor, say, well that governor has a whole State Police infrastructure to draw on, after.  Sub optimal.  You have to have the law enforcement apparatus sort of on your side to pull this off.

"You know those people were stripped nekkid and SCALDING hot pitch was poured on them, right, T-Bolt?  Serious injury potential."

Yeah.  Agreed.  But modern problems can require modern solutions.  Instead of severe burns, maybe use a room temperature construction adhesive for the stickum.  Or gallons of maple syrup!  And feathers aren't as readily available now.  How bout blown pink fiberglass insulation?  It won't kill, but you'll wish you were dead for a few days from all the itching.  Failing that... dried onion bits?  Source from home centers or grocery stores

Victim selection is very important.  You have to pick someone pretty universally disliked.  No one liked tax collectors 250 years ago.  They had no real constituency.  If you 'tar and feather' a Governor Cuomo or Whitmer, for example, for killing grandma, expect some swampy group of Antifa types to return the favor to a Senator Cruz or Representative Scalise at a future date, for not passing a Universal Basic Income bill. 

So who would be universally disliked and a proper candidate to get coated with Corning insulation these days?   I can think of plenty of pols I personally dislike, but they all have hordes of people that DO like them.

So, maybe you are right.  It's not a very workable scenario.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Filling in the Blanks

This Mike Duncan guy.

I raved about his History of Rome podcast.  It fills in a section of history I was weak in.

Now he is filling details in another section.  Europe after Napoleon and before Bismark.  In his Revolutions podcast.  Plus I was weak on the nitty gritty of the French Revolution, and he ties in Haiti's and South America's revolution and ties them all together.

"But wait!  Yoorip was all peace and happiness after Napoleon until 1914, T-Bolt."

They should BE so lucky. Sure they wasn't megadeath continent raging battles, but it sure wasn't boring.

He's totally hooked me.  Like listening to a GOOD History professor.   In my car in the 40 minutes of commute I have to get to work.  Then back.

And I am serious about that.  If he was standing at a lectern doing the same stuff with more details to take notes about, I could study those notes, read the required reading, then take the test...  Pretty much like any 200 or 300 level college course I sat in 30 years ago.

But it is eating into my NPR time, which I listened to to see what was going on on that side of the political spectrum (Heh!  to-to, on-on...)

Hey, if you know a history podcaster as good as Mike and aren't sharing?  Foul!  Gimme the deets!  Expand ol' T-Bolt's mind.  Tides of History?  Ever listen to that one?  Duncan doesn't pull down modern politics into his stuff, I don't want that.  I don't want to hear about cis gendered Napoleon or that Julius Ceasar was one quarter plains Indian so he got his first Praetorship as a diversity hire, or summat.

His Revolutions series is at 10 separate revolutions, so far.  He's on the Russian right now, in real time.  But I am only up to 7, so far, his back catalog.  The 1848 revolution.  And he is going in chronological order for the most part.  English, then American, then French, then Haitian... etc.  I kinda hope he eventually expands to the Industrial Revolution, but kind of doubt it.  The interplay between people in that kind of revolution is vastly different than between folks in say...  a Bolivarian revolution.  Duncan seems to enjoy the latter style or interaction over the former. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Grain

There are 435.5 grains to an ounce.

POINT FIVE?  Sheesh.  Why a half grain?  Now I gots to know.

The two were units linked.  32 grains makes a silver penny, and 20 pennies makes and ounce.  640 to an ounce.  But that's 1200 years ago, and the two plainly shifted in intervening centuries...

Ah, in 1824 and 1855, one pound was set to 7000 grains.  And a 16th of 7000 is....    435 and a half.  After 1855 metric starts to infect proper management as it crosses the channel like a panicky Wuhan resident fleeing his home country for Western medicine.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SCOTUS watch

10 gun cases SCOTUS might consider.   To maybe grant them a writ to be heard before the larger court.

That Mance one is one of my faves.  IF that one goes through and wins I am taking a road trip.

Though the split Circuit stuff about CCW is also good.  SCOTUS is gonna have to face those one day, maybe it is now.  More than half of the potential case involve that.  People suing to make May-Issue into Shall Issue. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WuFlu by Zip

Here is a map of the zip codes in my state.  I've showed it before.  I'm in the dark blue areas circled in red.  We have lots of apartments, lots of Central American immigrants, and lots of old folks homes.



But, hey, what the deal with with that one area in the flat, agricultural Eastern Shore part of the state?

That's Salisbury, Maryland.  A smallish town, surrounded by 'country.'  But like Logansport Indiana, it is the headquarters of a particular industry.  Chicken processing, instead of pork.  Purdue is headquartered there.  So they get a few cases, too, because of peculiarities of that industry.




"What peculiarities T-bolt?"

Well, killing and cutting up animals for food is a hard job, but does pay at least somewhat decently. It attracts poor people that want to go to the next step up above flying a cash register at WalMart or Family Dollar. And it doesn't require much education. You can be a 6th grade dropout and get work. But, no, it isn't pleasant, and folks burn out or get hurt with all the repitition. There are incentives besides personal ones of self enrichment to keep you from tapping out for a day, taking a break. Some places pay you an extra dollar or more an hour if you work a full 40 hour week. To cut back on absenteeism. But these perverse incentives work against a community during an epidemic. Because it encourages folks to work even when sick. And then the virus spreads among workers, who take it home to the small apartment with roommates, and the not so good healthcare coverage... So you get a darker blue zip code.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Panic buying ammo

April was a good month for gun sales.  And at the beginning of this panic ALL the ammo was gone.  Just like last time... 2013?

But ammo is back!  Lots available from online purveyors.  Even .22.

I suspect there was a lot of new gun buyers recently.  And new owners aren't like gun nuts laying in 2,000 rounds when they get jittery about future availability.  Since the last panic us gun nuts took it to heart and have had 5 years to top off the stocks and we did, so the panic only made us surge a little bit.  That's by theory at least.  I didn't even look for ammo back in March.  And if I was I wouldn't be shopping for something 10,000 this time.   Maybe I'd have gone for 1,000 of practice ammo and a few hundred HSTs?  If I was needing to top off, and, like I said, no need. 


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"Have a baseline in stowage, T-Bolt, just draw from that in lean times."

True.  And I did, last panic.  But last panic coincided with me going to practice nigh-weekly.  After a few months of even light practice weekly, I was eroding the stocks too much and Causing Concern.  I should have readjusted my mindset before that panic when I had ramped up my usage.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Good for you Larry



Governor Hogan vetoes the ban on private sales of rifles and shotguns in Maryland.

It'll probably get overturned, but it's better than going along with it.  And hey, maybe it won't get overturned.  The legislature is a bit distracted. 

He vetoed other stuff.  Like a big education spending thingy that give teachers raises and pays for Pre-K daycare.  Good idea since state tax revenues are gonna crater. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Cost Disease

So if increasing productivity causes manufactured goods prices to fall and wages in those areas to rise, but that in turn causes costs and prices in high labor service sectors to RISE.  If we make TVs and hamburgers more expensive, then musical theater and college education and nursing homes will get cheaper.

Mehhh, I'm talking out my butt, I am sure.   And if we actuallly did let gov't get on the tariff merry go round, it would just go faster and faster until we Smoot our Hawley.  Politician can't be trusted not to screw it up.  I'm always trying to think of way to encourage policy makers to do LESS.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Regarding General Flynn

Obviously, Barack Obama is at the center of all the FBI criminality we are looking at, post Flynn vindication.  Looks like the former president committed major crimes on his way out that would have made Nixon blush in shame.

Go after Obama?  Naw.  What Trump should do is let his AG go after everyone, but cut the Obama prosecution off at the knees and preemptively pardon him for any crimes he may have committed, ala Ford.  Like, do this next week/month.  Trump should claim he is trying to 'heal' the nation.  It makes Trump look merciful and make Obama look SUPER guilty without garnering him or the Democrats any sympathy if he is the target of a LONG investigation.

Then go after everyone else involved and throw them in Leavenworth.

The sputtering will be epic.  "I don't need a pardon" he insists.  Oh?  you want to bring this up now that you are out and safe?  Ok. Let's examine YOUR role then...

Obama can't win, and Trump can't lose. Folks that want to see Obama imprisoned for his crimes will enjoy watching him squirm over a pardon just as much.  And that he owes everything he has after today to Trump.

"a pardon carries an imputation of guilt and that its acceptance carries a confession of guilt"

Lessons

Ok, what did he do wrong?


Minor issue, played the piano.  Fixing his position to anyone familiar with the derelict building and it's contents in earshot.

He fled.  Good.  Looks like he's got a .22 bolt action, and he's alone.  (Keep your finger off the trigger buddy, I bet there is no more ammo down at the store.)  But he fled in a straight line out in the open.  Keep to cover.

Fire at night in hostile country.  Shoulda cold camped, even with the discomfort.

"You got no weapons, that means you're not here to kill me."  He is close enough to you that he could get your rifle and kill you with it.  He has a weapon.  There are sticks and rocks all about.  He has a weapon.  He can throttle you with his hands.  He may well have a WWI era bayonet in his boot the way you searched him.

Let his guard down.  Out of lonliness, and what can you do about that?  Lonliness can getcha kilt tho.

Traps?  Good.  Why didn't it get the mute guy, tho...?

Yeah, madness is not a good survival skill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVlzqev8npM

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Grocery report

I needed eyedrops.

Paper towels there, but TP gone again

No pork, but lots of beef.

No buttermilk, but they had butter with a picture of an Indian maid on it. 

Wait wait wait...

You snitched on people to the cops.  People weren't behaving exactly like you thought they should, so you informed men with guns they might want to take their guns and go investigate that behavior.

But then your snitch report went public because it is a public record.  Now your neighbors and the person you snitched on know it was you.

And now you feel threatened.

Well, at least people KNOW you feel threatened.  You initiated the whole thing with what you thought was a SECRET threat.  Those people were blissfully aware that you put them in danger. Exposed snitches are at least forewarned

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Data!

My State's health department has some DATA under its belt now.

Snapshot:  1290 deaths.

Here is the age breakdown:





Check out a close up of that showing deaths a bit closer:


Over age 60:  553+311+199 = 1,043
Under age 60:  86+32+17+9 = 144
(83 insufficient info on age)

Wow.  

No kids.  Gen Z bounces back.  Millennials at 26, Gen X at 118.

The old people are hit hard.  And nursing homes extra hard.  They are taking it in the shorts.  525 residents struck down:






My zip code is one of the hardest hit in the state.  What lies in my zip code?  Leisure World.  A very large retirement and assisted living community.

So far, for every 10 Marylanders that die from the Chinese Communist Covid 19, 1 is under 60, and 4 lived in a nursing home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hey T-Bolt!

"Maybe check the grocery store on a day that isn't Thursday?  Maybe they have TP on Mondays."

Capital idea, citizen!  And you were right.  The sign said to take no more than 3 packs.  But I am not a total sociopath.  I took a single 24 pack of Quilted Northern and was pleased enough. 

Also, taco fixins'.  For tomorrow.  You know. 

Walking in the tall cotton.  So to speak.

Monday, May 4, 2020

They got the Chinese bug

"After exposure, didn't know it, had no symptoms, and recovered with no difficulty."


You've all heard reports like that.  If true, it is great news.  If.  I don't trust the veracity of most of the very good or very bad news anymore.  I barely trust the middling news.  Sweeping conclusion-guesses on little data is only part of it.  Ration of static to signal is another. 

Anyway.  Beyond Covid 19.  Does this sort of thing happen frequently?  In my fiddy years have I been exposed to scores of varieties of virii I have no antibodies for, contracted said virii, but my immune system fought off the buggers without me even noticing or exhibiting the least symptom?

Is this just normal operating procedure?

If so, this is kinda neato.

It'd be cool if one day science could have a quick and easy test of a person's blood and catalog all the hordes of anti-bodies accumulated due to successful exposure outcomes.  I remember getting chicken pox, and I've had flu a time or two in my life, and a head cold more, so those would be there.  All my vaccinations would show.  But then a big long list of mystery exposures listed. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Law == Force



So she will have her cops shoot and kill people that defy her will and commit the crime of... visiting people and drinking a beer?

You dared to have a drink at a friends house and now you are dead because you wouldn't follow her rules.

Game of Thrones

It's been over for a while.  The TV show, the books are never going to be finished, you will never see another one by GRRM. 

Know what I know now, which faction would I back? 

You know, none of them are any good.  The Starks are sort of the least bad, but even them... meh.  Cersei?  No.  Daenarys?  No.  The Crows?  No.  The Greyjoy?  No. 

All awful in their own way.  Let the zombies have them.

What a great dream

I dreamt I moved into a new house, and my bedroom was extra long.  Door at one end, windows along one wall that faced northeast, and an alcove at the far end with a wrap around window that was shaded by the building a bit to the northwest.

It was probably 12 feet wide, but 4 or 5 'bedrooms' long.

The southwest wall was shelves for books, and doors for closets and a small alcove or two, an enclosed phone booth, and one for a bathroom.

I was setting it up like I was some kind of powerful official that summoned underlings to his chambers.  A sitting area or lounge near the door, desk and file cabinets in the middle, bed at the window end.  All decorated in Art Deco style.

Even with the simple Deco lines it still seemed too fancy.  Opulent, even.

But at least I was able to keep all my books in one room.

No way I could afford this.  Unless that was the ONLY room in my house. 

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Heh.  Sorta like this but less tall and wide



Saturday, May 2, 2020

I got a Mantis in my pantis

Any of youse ever try out the Mantis trainers?

I've seen this gizmo before, but now it is popping up more prominently.  Online reviews are pretty positive but I was wondering if folks I 'know' through here have played with it.



Or have you tried any other types of apps on your phone for dry fire tuning?

I'm looking for some social distance toys to play with that are on topic.

Friday, May 1, 2020

PM

I loved Popular Mechanics as a kid. 

Dad had some back issue from before I was born.  He saved them like some save National Geographics.

Fusion power has been right around the corner since long before I was born more that fiddy years ago.

First

First, the IHME models were wildly pessimistic.  Looked like you'd be lucky to get a spot on the linoleum in a hospital in Maryland when you need an ICU bed.

Now are they wildly pessimistic?


The increasingly implausible IHME model with which we’re all familiar imagines deaths in the U.S. dropping below 1,000 per day just three days from now. Yesterday we registered 2,700. Today, according to the latest data, we’re slightly north of 2,000, which is worse than the 1,700-1,800 we were registering on weekdays last week. If you believe IHME, we should see daily deaths nationwide sink below 500 on May 10, then below 100 on May 25, and then reach single digits on June 13 before dipping to zero on June 30. That seems wildly unlikely.

These dang predictive models have sure done a lousy job predicting.  And I don't know about you, but I find that frustrating.  Are we gonna drop to near zero, have a slow but constant burn for months with occasional spikes, or just get another hump?  Dunno.  Ask the experts?  They appear to be guessing and doing about as well as me.

Also, that linked pessimistic article is Allahpundit, so assign credibility based on that as you may.

How I become part of the problem

I eat bacon and eggs.  I normally store the bacon and eggs I am going to eat in two weeks at the grocery store.  There in the refrigerator cabinet there that holds it for me.

But because there appear to be shortage on that shelf, I get worried.  When I go shopping in two weeks will there be fewer choices of thick cut?  No extra large eggs laid by organically fed happy hens?  There was bacon last week, but few eggs.  There is plenty of eggs this week, but low on bacon...  Maybe instead of storing my bacon and eggs for May, here, at Harris Tweeter, I'll store them in my fridge at home.

I have no idea if the guys killing pigs or gathering eggs are going to be able to keep that up.

Yeah, I better get all of May's now.  Maybe some of June.

BOOM!  Same amount of eggs and bacon in the world, but it looks all gone because it is in a million packed home refrigerators.

Same with the other stuff.

Now, if the pig and chicken farmer DO fail as a business and have to close.  And no one else steps up to take their place.  Yeah, I might never see another egg I don't rob myself, from a nest.  But I don't think that is going to happen.  I think all this blows over, sooner or later.  I hope sooner.

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Grocery Report:


No pork chops.  Or pork.
No chicken thighs.
Otherwise meat was ok. 

Hey, look, baloney!

A tiny bit of flour, no yeast yet.  People at work say their grocery is low on spices, but mine was fine. 

A tiny bit of paper towels

Not much regular cooking oil

No TP.



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Marked Safe from Shingles

Got my second and last Shingrix vaccine yesterday.

So now I have low-grade flu symptoms.  Bad timing, that.   But I am sure it is from the vaccine.  The first dose did the same in December.

And another one

Got the third case of Wuhan Flu at the office.

Big Management heard on the 19th.  Didn't bother telling the peons on the 29th.  And they haven't told us what floor this time, yet.  And only supposedly cleaned the area of this individual on the 22nd.  Wherever that was/is.  The office continues to remain open and largely staffed with our plethora of essentials. 

Bastards at the upper levels have really underwhelmed me with this whole thing.   The way they've handled it and communicated with us.  Usually they are 3 days behind, waiting for what THEIR upper levels tell them what to do, I think.  This time, 10 days behind.

If I get it and die, well, my family knows all this information.

I am disappointed.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Starving to Death

No, we are not going to see Americans starving to death in the streets because the food supply chain is showing cracks and potential failures.

(Or are they....?)

At least not for a while.

You'll see people in countries like India and Egypt and whatnot doing that first.  If you see multiple people getting shot and killed in food riots in poor countries, you will see that before you see it downtown in your city.

You might see some lean times.  You might eat more potatoes.  Less steak.  Or you might have less ribeye and more cube steak.  I ate a LOT of cube steak in the 80s.  And when I got steak steak it wasn't choice ribeye.  But cube steak is why they invented A1 sauce!

Get a good cornbread recipe.  And buy some bottle of A1 before there is a run this fall.

But Germany in 1918, with sawdust bread and turnips if we're lucky?  No, not for a while.

What the heck, maybe play around growing potatoes in your yard!  Just to learn and in the back of you mind as a precaution.  You need an old trash barrel, or just about anything.  Plenty of how to's on youtube.  People don't grow a lot of their own potatoes because potatoes are cheap.  You grow your own for when potatoes aren't to be had for any price because they aren't there.

But like I said, that is a long ways off.  Like, months.

Lovely thing about potatoes.  Popular in war torn lands long before countries that did a lot of winning.  So Germany adopts potatoes in the 30 years war and France doesn't go for them until their population out grows the land's ability to grow enough wheat for bread.  Potatoes are harder to burn than wheat fields, you don't need to harvest them all at once, and you get twice as much calories per acre

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

1917

Saw it.  Finally

It was a'ight.  I liked it.  Seemed to be more of a vehicle to do their long shots gimmicks with the camera.  Only three or so real 'cuts'.  But a lovely cast of thousands.

To make German soldiers seem like bad guys Hollywood tries to make them look like right bastards, and they did it here.  Oh sure, they also have the one young innocent bystander German, that dies tragically.  Another trope that often has to be included.  But the ripe ass Bosch is prevalent.  Boo!  Germans!  Like Nazis but from before.

Of course propaganda at the time 100 years ago was way ahead of Hollywood, and may have been include in the movie 1917 in the parallel Earth where there was no WWII, too.




It was easy to make the damn Hun the bad guys before that Hitler fella came around.  Got 4 years of hate against em for the rape of Belgium, the Brits did, oy.




Monday, April 27, 2020

Huh

I made a mistake.  I looked at my 401k.  Woof.  That seems bad, but you know....  I threw some money at it from my e-fund at one of the 'bottoms' but it wasn't a real bottom.  So... regret.

But wait.

I happened to record the total on February 29th.  Not counting the contribution it is actually up almost 2% since then.  Hey, good job.  My perspective and anxiety made me think the very same number was much worse when it is actually slight positive.  Good job, brokerage.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Been Fantasizing About Food

Food I can't get right now.  Pub food.  In a pub.  I just have a hankerin' for a steak and cheese sub and bad crinkle cut fries brought to me by a waitress with pints of keg beer. 

I hope that shushi place survives, but I'll need that or some other sushi joint when this thing is over.

So, those are my work thoughts.

As for home menu's.

I used to have a more varied menu plan.  I'm in a rut.  Port chops, then steak, then braised chicken thighs, then stew, then spaghetti, and then home made fried chicken.  All good but I need to mix it up.


  • I haven't bought a packet of tortellin in 20 years.  That and sauce would be good.
  • I need to make burritos a bit more frequently.  Tuesdays!
  • ersatz crab cakes with canned tuna and bread crumbs.  Hmmm, I can afford the crab these days, I'm no longer 24 years old.
  • More fresh fish filets.  Big piece of cod or sockeye.  Fried in butter 4-5 minutes a side, with salt and pepper, dash of lemon juice.
  • 10 years ago I braised short beef ribs.  Need to do that again.  
  • And would it hurt to do a pork tenderloin now and again?


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Been Talking to Oldsters

Trying to get a feel for this Covid thingy and the Hong Kong Flu from when I was a wee infant.

HK killed 100,000 Americans.  But that's 150,000 if you account for population inflation.

Mom and dad both got it.  It was miserable, they say.  I don't remember their reactions from that time.

C19 won't kill that many.  Probably.  Maybe 60,000 with this Influenze Like Illness (ILI)?

"So that makes Hong Kong much worse than the 'Rona, right, T-Bolt."

Yes and no.  If Covid 19 emerged in 1969, and Hong Kong Flu first appeared in 2019, would Covid only take out 40,000 folks and HK flu hit 150,000?  I doubt it.  Circumstances are totally different.

In 1969 we had a redux of wartime personnel moving around that you also saw in 1918.  It was probably the vector for the disease to get into this country.  And there were fewer treatment option.  Not just chloroquine, but all the anti-virals and better drugs for pneumonia we have today (which were better in 69 than they were for the 57 Asian flu pandemic... and so on).  So, any bad virus in 1969 means bad outcomes.  And today we are fighting it different; movement and large gatherings restrictions alone means a world of difference.  I doubt HK flu today would be as devastating.  Even without societal restriction, what with no big war and better treatment.

What I am hoping REALLY doesn't repeat is the bad outcomes from the HK flu era vaccine that was rushed out in the mid 70s.  For a nasty swine flu.  Some folks had been wary of  vaccines since the invention of the vaccine 200 years prior, but this one causing Guillain-Barre in some people, 45 years ago, certainly didn't hinder the emergence of the modern anti-vax movement.  And worries about a repeat of similar side-effects makes it hard to convince pharmaceutical companies today to get into the vaccine game.



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Aside:  Been reading up on family histories.  My grandfather was 12 for the Spanish Flu, and I'd love to ask him his memories, but all I have are his typed records.  He lived in Carthage New York, and his best friend's father died of it "like so many other Carthagenians."  I remember no other family lore about 1918's pandemic.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Ray Milland

Almost out of his depth.


Texas

Texas and Maryland have about the same projected deaths by the time Covid is over, according to this, From IMHE.

I wonder why.  I mean Maryland and Texas both have poor people.  Both have urban centers.  Texas has a LOT more population than Maryland.  Maryland might be a bit denser, statewide, but parts of Texas to equal Maryland's population numbers are about as dense. 

Layperson Epidemiology can screw with your head.  Added to the shifting IMHE numbers as they re-adjust over time with more and better data. 

Truth?

Yeah, I don't know if any of Roscoe's statements are true here.



Ok, in 1911 there were different and fewer product liability lawsuits.  Drop tests and firing pin blocks were doable, but not a priority.  The thumb and grip safety were feature requirements for the Army, so in a way the final customer was worried about liabilities, just not in a courtroom so much.

I don't know that 100 years ago soldiers learned weapon operation any harder than they do now, and in cases the opposite can be argued.

Design the piece to the lowest common denominator?  I don't know what modern weapon system he is thinking of, but ease of use has a utility for all. Skilled and tyro.  The American soldier of that era was getting lowest bidder items just like now.  Other consideration besides fighting utility were considered in the selection process, and that sometime lead to hard lessons in battle.  I like the Krag, but the Army could have used something better.

Today's fighters get weapons because of international deal making or factory in a congress critter's district?  That's true now, that is true before Browning was born, that is true at our founding, and hell, Browning DID international deal making.  FN would make designs Winchester didn't want to develop, after all.

I do love the 1911, tho.  On that, Roscoe and I agree.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Grocery Report

Meat was much better.  80%.  Eggs were better.  50%

Frozen veggies were sparse.

Bread slightly better than last week.

No TP, of course. 

Still no Ginger Ale in a flavor I like. 

Easy/Hard

It's easy to find the perfect pistol.

You know what's hard?  Finding the perfect holster.  And if you DO find a perfect holster?  You'll never find a perfect pistol to put in it.

Wait.

I may be getting a little screwy.

"What is the perfect holster, T-bolt?  You seem super knowledgeable, with nigh-perfect judgement, good taste, and are very trustworthy."

Yer shining me!  I don't know doodily.

"C'mon."

No, seriously.  I haven't laid my eyes on even a fraction of the decent holsters out there, much less all the chaff.  I'm practically groping in the dark.

"Well, where do you lean?  Personally.  You and imperfect ignorant trying to make your way as best you can and have chosen something to use.  What solution are you using now?  A flawed as it might be."

Now you are asking the right questions.

I can tell you what I like and why.

I like to have a holster for every pistol.  That way I gain a measure of safety handling an uncased pistol, because all guns are always loaded.  Since that is the case, a thing that protect the trigger area so I can't get my finger or thumb in there inadvertently is something I like.  I semi-stiffened $12 Uncle Mikes nylong POS holster was what I used on the S&W 686 revolver.  I'd never strap that to my belt, (it's a crappy holster for all other purposes) but it was fine for securing that pistol, loaded, in my gun cabinet. 

For my J-Frames, I use a pocket holster.  Uncle Mikes may be find for this, but mine was getting soft over time.  I don't want a supple holster, personally.  It could lead to exposing what is inside that trigger guard.  DeSantis pocket holsters are what I prefer.

For a belt holster, it depends on what I am using if for.  Competition style draws from the holster?  Walking around open carrying in public?  The first I want little to no retention protection, the latter I want a LOT.  But a Safariland Kydex types in both cases.  Decent quality, and duty grade.  I like the convenience of a paddle, but I am getting away from those and preferring to use the loops.  I don't have much call for a belt holster.  I wish I did.  Training and competition and whatnot.  Not ever again for 'duty', at this point. 

I have a couple of kydex IWB holsters, but my preference is my Milt Sparks VM2 is my favorite.  It looks good (tho few people can admire a IWB holster, really, besides the owner) but it is also well made, and has wide apart belt loops I like.

Is this the be-all end-all recommendation for holsters?  We already established it isn't.  It's just the way I went.

I see others talking about "This is a GREAT holster, the bees knees!" and I go to their website and find out there is no left hand option a lotta times.  So I am kinda limited. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Multi-Tool

I get bombarded by survival shovel ads in all forms of social media.  Twitter, YouTube, Facebook...

Now I am not against multi-tools, per se...  But let's say... some forms are better than others?

And they are not a new concept, clearly.  I have a rosewood handled one around here somewhere from the turn of the century.  No, last century.  Like this one.

I first became enamored and aware of such from a Gilligan's Island episode.  The Spy Gilligan episode.  I had a Swiss Army knife, later, like everyone.  And I like and use Leathman style multi-tools today.

But the shovel?  That is also a hatchet and a saw and whatnot?  That's stretching it a bit too far.

My love of multi-tools and their do every job but be a master of none was hammered in by hard experience from the get go.  The Swiss Army Knife saw was sub optimal.  I learned a mid sized axe was nigh useless.  Get a hatchet or get a real axe, the neither fish now fowl axe shaped object could do the job of neither with any satisfaction.

And a soldier with a folding shovel?  Just the regular, robust, does just the shovelling, GI shovel, was a compromise.  A a real shovel would always be preferred but it's too hard to tote a real shove on your web gear AND carry a rifle.  These ads for the wonder shovel that does everything makes me thing they took a sub-optimal stop-gap necessary solution and asked it to take a bridge too far.  The shovel with a saw blade on the side is Arnhem Bridge, I say.

Like this Foon.  I like a good spork, but this is too much.

KnifeForkSpoonBottleCanOpenerCarabiner.  I think a multi-tool, too be good, has to know when to stop adding features, and that is sooner rather than later.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Lucifer's Lettuce

Stay away from it.


No, I'm serious.  It make you paranoid then you try to fight cops and cops like to shoot people fighting them. Wanna feel better? Instead of getting baked, take a bath. You need one. If you were about to spark up a doob.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Well, Shazam

Another study by Captain Obvious.  

"Homicide victims are criminals, too."

Noooooooooooo...

I'm half tempted to insist the data collectors suss out Red on Red homicide.  Crook on Crook.  Felons shooting Felons.  Omar never raised a gun on no citizen.  So those homicides shouldn't be counted when making gun-control policy, tyrants, you already told all them 'no.'

But it's dangerous to do that.  I mean, there ARE convicted felons that get murdered and certainly don't deserve it.  You can't just right them all off.  You can't say a felon has no right to self defense.  Felons do indeed have rights.  Convicts do indeed reform and walk the straight and narrow path and still get tangled up as a bystander.

It'd be easier if you went "11,020 people were killed with firearm homicide in 2021.  998 were justified DGU between cops or citizens airing out bad guys.  6,566 were felon on felon where both felons were still really bad people doing really bad things.  So don't count either of those categories."

It would excessively hard to get that kind of statistic.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

YIKE!

This is a mile from me.


American Rifleman

"Ten Firearms That Shaped Our Nation"

Ho hum, they are gonna pick 10 models and give a little history lesson about those models.  I've seen this countless times.

Nope, they picked 10 individual firearms wielded by a specific person.  Like, not the 1911, but Alvin York's 1911.  Abraham Lincoln's Henry rifle.  Captain John Parker's musket.  Walker's Walkers.  That sort of thing.  Ok, that's much more interesting, and I appreciated this much more.   Nice.


Just noticed

The Marine at 1:18 of this Bourne Identity scene has a carbine with rail, but no sights.

The actor makes it look ok, I guess. And he shows up a bunch of times in the seconds thereafter, looking all butch.  His DI would plotz.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Why?

[Update;  I asked my Mom about the Hong Kong Flu.  That was the year I was born.  She got it, and so did Dad, she says.  Was miserable during it.]

Why would school look different after the pandemic has subsided, you ninny?  "Not sure if school will ever be the same."

Things returned to normal after the Spanish Flu.  After a bunch of polio scares until the vaccine.  After the 1957 Asian Flu.  After the 1969 Hong Kong Flu.

Pandemics happen.  This one isn't even so bad in history.  Don't let this Pandemic make you Perpetual-Panic.  Hogan needs to fire the state school's superintendent.


Grammar

Let's eat, Grandma.

Let's eat Grandma.

Different things

Grocery Report

Out of an abundance of caution, I didn't go grocery shopping last week.  It's been more than 2 weeks.

Most had masks because the governor said you have to wear masks in public in this state now.  Fine.  Plenty of distancing.  They at least has wipes for your hands at the door if not on the shelves.

Plenty of meat.  Except dark meat chicken.

Eggs were low.

No flour.

Devilled ham in the can is back!

No diet ginger ale.

There was bread, but not my usual brand.  No biggee.

No terlet paper.  Still.

Line were longer and slower, I think because of store staffing?

There was a more of a mood of hopelessness.  Maybe that's just me.  You all need to go back to work.  No one is listening, so, you need to promise me something:

In the coming economic meltdown, you'll know it when your state can't pay your cops because the revenue stopped and the Feds can't back stop the state because not even they can float bonds...  When you get real hungry...  Eat the politicians and media hype-propagandists that insisted you stay home for a, yes, serious, but typical pandemic, first.  EAT THE POLITICIANS FIRST.

ETPF.

Tell politicians that.  If you have to, you will catch and eat them first.  Promise them, if it comes to it...  They can't hide.  I imagine the governor of Michigan will be one of the first in the marinade.  And the governor of Virginia deserves it for plenty of other reasons besides.  NJ's is skating on some thin ice banning the first amendment in his state not.  But they ALL have to know the priority.  It might focus their efforts better.   AND focus them away from tyranny.  Meat is on the menu.

And don't eat your father first.  Especially before the food runs out.

Biden, His Time

Maybe Joe Biden is only pretending to be confused.  Lulling the president and the GOP into a false sense of security.  Then he'll come ROARING back, sharp as a tack, and deftly run rhetorical rings about Trump in the debates, swinging political Joementum toward him and his allies, and coasting toward a powerful November victory with coattails.  Surprise!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dennehy

I always like Brian Dennehy's performances.  Folks have been mention First Blood and Tommy Boy, but he was in Cocoon, too.  HUGE movie at the time.  Silverado.  I liked him all those. 

But not just that.  He was a great blonde, doughy, huge, character actor.  And he was my father's age. 



I found this story odd

Rita Wilson's story.  Her and Tom Hanks tested positive for Wuhan Flu before March 11th, in Australia.

She's fine now, great, but she got chloroquine and warned about side effects, maybe being not worth it.  Vertigo and nausea, that sort of thing.  Playing down that treatment as untested.  Maybe ineffective.  She had “extreme side effects”. From the treatment, she says. Maybe it helped her, maybe it didn't.  Fair enought.

I don't know if she is a liberal.  Probably.  I don't know if she never wants to say something nice about Trump, or give him any credit. Maybe.  I mean she isn't going full Rosie O'Donnell here.  She's not being rude about it.  It's just the vibe I get.

The article also says: She was given the drug about Day 9 of her illness, she said.

When did Trump first mention it?  Was it on the 19th?   Did Rita or her doctors in Australia get the idea of a possible treatment directly from Trump?  Is it BECAUSE of Trump (admittedly, Trump heard about from other sources, and so did I, before Trump mentioned it, her doctors could have been already on this trolley, too.)

Well, she's ok.  And so is Tom.  And so is my buddy I camp with (he only got Arithromyacin and 12 hours in the hospital.)  And one guy at work.  Another guy at work only went positive recently.  No I was not in contact with any of these.  So, lucky me.

I had a dream

I had a dream that jet packs were a thing.

It's 2020 after all.

Everyone had them, they were infallible and safe, and were relatively short ranged.  If your office was 3/4 of a mile way?  You could commute to work.  Let it charge for 7 hours, commute home.

So what did people use it for?  To get from the front door of their office building to the top deck of their parking garage, a quarter mile away.   Then walk down the ramp to your car.  That's it.  That's the utility.  We waited this long to get jet packs and we only use em to save 5 minutes of walking.  We are all gonna get too fat to use our jet packs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

What a Bargain

Only $300 for a gently used police turn in from Cincinnati?  Awesome!  That's Hi-Point prices for a much higher quality gun.  I am sorta in the market for one...  Just lemme check.



Well.  "We're sorry, this item cannot be shipped to 20878 for the following reasons: ~ Firearm cant ship with mag over 10rds"

Thank you, Democrats in Maryland.  Lucky for me I have accumulated a pistol or two over the years prior to this.  But what of the Marylander that needs to defend home and hearth NOW?  I guess get some bear spray, you. 




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Predictions for MD

I guess it could still zoom up there, even now.


Data Porn

My state's health department made a map showing cases per zip code.

The darker the color, the more cases.  From white to light blue to DARK blue. 

Guess where I live?  One of the Hot Zones. 





Monday, April 13, 2020

Rx has a cold

Not COVID19.

Like the conversation at work:

"What are you doing back at work, I thought you were all quarantined?"

"My kid just had strep."

"THAT'S AWESOME!"

We humans

Are just awful at judging risk and probabilities. 

Ifn' you are gonna bug out

You gotta do it BEFORE the other sheep.  Like LONG before.  You have to go there around New Years 2020 for the Chinee Lung Rot.  You should also have a more remote bugout property than a popular vacation getaway.  And you gotta be cool about it.  Quiet as a mouse.

Most of you weren't cool about it.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Golly I wish I had put this on record sooner

Remember when folks said 2.2 million Americans would die of the Wuhan Coronavirus?  When that number came up I noticed that it was the same number that died of Spanish Flu 100 years ago, but adjusted for inflation.  I thought then that that wasn't a coincidence.

Why did I think that?  Because I was joking with co-workers using that number back in late January.

Recession Aid

You know what would drive down recession unemployment numbers?  Expedited deportations of illegal aliens as part of emergency federal action to spur recovery.

Nah.  Never happen.  The Dems would squeal SO much.  The president wouldn't want his opposition to loudly defend something unpopular with a majority of voters in an election year, even is nothing of  substance occurs.  Would he?

But if you want to give stimulus to illegal aliens, kicking them out of here and sending them to their homes would be stimulation, wouldn't it, Governor Newsom?

Saturday, April 11, 2020

What do you mean 'not ready'?

We've flattened the curve.  The 'worst week ever' wasn't that bad.  The curve is WAY flattened even with the over pessimistic modeled.

Why NOT get things up and going now, and certainly by May 1st.  They are snowing us.  Keep treating the precautions seriously, keep isolating the vulnerable, wash your hands, avoid crowds, but GET THE ECONOMY RESTARTED.  Now.

That settles it

Now I know the whole push for vote by mail is a fraud.  Hillary and Fauxcahontas are for it, that means it's for cheating.  It's for making it so Republicans can't win ever again.  Republicans are flawed, but they are the only creatures with any help keeping this system as much like a Republic as possible.  I wish they were better at it.

I'm of the stripe that there should be no absentee ballots or early voting.  You vote in person on election day and that's it.  If you are sick or deployed of homebound, well, you don't get it.  You can vote when you are ashore, Sailor.  Or when you have a DD214.  It's ok.  I dont care if you make it a holiday.

(P.S.  Also Barry the dog eater.  So you really know it is a bad idea.)

Friday, April 10, 2020

Go back to work Monday

Spend your money.

If you run into a Communist, take all their food.  They want you to starve to death anyway, might as well.

Better to die there than to die huddled in your home after the epidemic peaked.  The economy IS life and death.

There is no longer enough red light camera money to pay you welfare.  Your money is gonna stop sooner than you expect. 

The Democrats had a choice

Between a senile credibly accused rapist dunce with pedo tendencies, and a Communist.  And they chose the pedophile as the lesser of two evils.

Based on the Commies' record that might have been the more moral choice. 

Starting to hear of people

I'm starting of hear of people... REAL people I've run into in the elevator in the past 3 years... that were positive, got sick, are feeling better now, and didn't need a hospital, and will be back to work after they get cleared in a week or two.  

So, sick, but mild.

No one I KNOW-know has come up with the Sino Sinus Syphilis yet.

Mom sent a mask.  I made other masks out of a tshirt sleeve I cut off.  (Double layer.)  I look like an ass, but it may well protect other folk, so...  Good.  

I feel fine, as of right now.

Making my own snacks out of chex cereal.  Not need to swing somewhere to get a bag of tater chip.  

Speaking of which, I have lots of taters.  

All of the above is good for personal morale, so far.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Submit to Authority!

Also, wear a mask.  Secondary effect:  When you don't submit, Authority has a harder time figuring out who to come after later.

Death Experts

My state's death prediction for August 1st went from 1766 10 days ago to over 2000 this past weekend to 1094 today.  https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/maryland

Which is good, but...  Faith in expertise takes a hit.  Remember this when they throw models and predictions about (the more complicated subject of) global climate at you that extends four decades into the future instead of four months.

It's been a long while since experts really covered themselves in glory.  The moon landings, maybe?  Also the zenith of US Gummint competency. 

Crazy Busy

Yet parking at the office gets better every day.  These two things might be related.

Because I am concentrated on work tasks, I have no mental cycles to think about blog fodder.

Because things are peaking between now and Easter, I'm not even going to look at the grocery.  Or beer store.  Or gun range.  The gas station tomorrow, I have to go to that.  That's it.

They are restricting grocery stores.  But if I had to guess, restriction will start getting lifted starting Monday.  Just a guess.  It's post peak, the models are all recognized as over-pessimistic, this is a thing to take seriously, but so is economic existence.  And that's where the signals are pointing.

GLORIOUS weather yesterday.  I went for a walk around our parking lot.  Smells like tree pollen tho...

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One thing I'd like to get at the grocery are the 3 ingredients for this. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Bupkis

Hunkered down.  No stores.  The only people I see are the folks at work.  Still lots of meeting but they are 100% video style, even when the other person is 2 cubes away.  Busier than a one-armed paper hanger.

Still plenty of provisions.  Still surrounded by existential dread, and low on blog fodder.

The masks I ordered should arrive in June.  Late June.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You dang gun nuts

"You are like that show Tiger King."

Lady, I have guns to PROTECT myself from the kinds of people you see on Tiger King.

Of course not.

"Stand-your-ground laws aren't racist"

Of course they aren't.  Pro gun laws that apply to everyone are really bad if your intent is to racially discriminate.  Now, gun CONTROL laws, those are racist.  Almost universally.  Ask anyone.  Well, not race mongers.  They were disappointed.

"When the Commission undertook this project, the plan was for the Commission to conduct empirical research on “Stand Your Ground” laws and to produce a report containing both that research and a discussion of “Stand Your Ground” laws based in part on the testimony produced at the briefing but also on the Commission staff’s independent research. Alas, when the empirical research did not support the preconceived view of the Commission’s majority that “Stand Your Ground” laws harm African Americans, the project was shelved."

Monday, April 6, 2020

From where I sit

The problem isn't the guns that are in the Amerian people's hands.

It's how do we get a few hundred million guns into the Chinese people's hands?

Regular, ordinary, Chinese people.

Shoot, this article is from New Years.  When Hong Kong's struggle to resist Winnie's tyranny was still top of the news.  Different Chinese propaganda flavor then compared to what we get fed now.  But at least they know it is propaganda then:

"The Communist Party of China-sponsored tabloid painted the U.S. as a lawless society with no answers for citizens seeking redress from a gun violence epidemic."

What about Chinese citizens like Uighurs and the people of Hong Kong seeking redress from your Government Violence epidemic?  Or the world seeking redress from your epidemic epidemic?


Sunday, April 5, 2020

This data model

That I mentioned before seems to going further and further from on-the-ground numbers.  https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections

It's not jibing with New York, for example.


And that's a good thing, as that model is more pessimistic. 

It means Maryland, which now has two dozen deaths, might not get to the projected 1,766 in August, too.  Let's hope. 


Maryland is Weird

Sure it has bad control, but also lots of gun control laws that are feckless and poorly written. When there is a push, they enact bad laws, but the rest of the time it is mostly just benign neglect that the pols don't pay too much attention to.

Everytown musta got to their Democrat cat's paws and whinged.

"Republican Governor Hogan!  Close the gun stores!"

Yeah, I bet he don't.   Not if he has designs on the big chair in 2024.

Plus it is too late for the most part.  The gun stores have had plenty of time to sell sell sell.  Even in Maryland.   Barn doors closing weeks after the horses have left.  So this is all on orders from the Dem's higher ups, doing their bidding, to bring the issue to the people's attention, I guess.  Totally symbolism, no substance. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lays of Ancient Wheaton



Then out spake brave Horatius, 
The Captain of the Gate: 
"To every man upon this earth 
Death cometh soon or late. 
And how can man die better 
Than facing fearful odds, 
For the ashes of his fathers, 
And the temples of his Gods." 

Haul down the bridge, Sir Consul, 
With all the speed ye may; 
I, with two more to help me, 
Will hold the foe in play. 
In yon strait path a thousand 
May well be stopped by three. 
Now who will stand on either hand, 
And keep the bridge with me?


Friday, April 3, 2020

So, how YOU doin?

How's house arrest treating you?  You still alright?  I hope if you get it, it's the mild version.

I kinda wish I'd get exposed to a known carrier, but not get it.  Just be forced to stay home for 14 days.  Being essential has nice parts (I get paid) and bad parts (I DON'T WANNA GIT SICK AND DIE!)  At this point I need a rest.

I am reading this book right now.  The Good Shepherd.  C. S. Forester.  Re-reading it, actually.  Tom Hanks is in the movie of it coming out soon.  I may have mentioned it.  This is my third time, at least, reading this book over the past 30 years.  I am 10 years older than the protagonist and was an naval officer but it is only now that I have the life experience to properly follow it, I think.  To keep the ship's movements to mind while also evaluating leadership and ability of the people around me as we complete complicated tasks, some vitally important.

"Are you like him, T-Bolt, with your essential job, battling a dreaded foe.  Facing fearful odds?"

Nooooooooo, not exactly.  He in command.

"Oh so you are more like the Gunnery officer, spitting hot death at the enemy, the tip of the spear."

No.

"You help the guy spit hot death?"

More like I help one of the guys in the engine room keep things running down there.  The 'fun' stuff is all topside.  So to speak.  Like the guy that keeps the plumbing working at the Pentagon?  Try to run a war when that building has to all use portapotties.  CAN'T BE DONE!  Important work.  Not sexy.

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Have you noticed that Blooger took away our spellcheck?  How does THAT save them money?

Anyway, time to make the donuts.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Statistics

Yeah, I'd be more comforted with all the Wuhan Coronavirus graphs and charts if the numbers at least somewhat gibed with each other.  But they don't.  That's the thing with statistics and computer modelling.  Is it garbage in, garbage out?  Who knows!

I disagree

"First time gun buyers should not be allowed to buy."

I think that during an emergency the first time buyers should be forced to buy TWO guns.  Punishment for waiting too long.  Like a stupid tax.  Kinda like price gouging, raising the cost of entry, but not permanent, because they can sell the spare gun after everything is over.  And the flush of post panic guns coming back to the market will much more quickly bring the prices down to pre panic levels or lower.

In fact if a state of the federal gumminst declares a national emergency the background check system should be suspended for affected locales.  Cut through some of the dang regulations.

"But then felons could buy guns, T-bolt, whenever a hurricane came along!"

That'd be illegal, fair reader.  Felons are not allowed to buy guns.  But you know what... an ex-con has a right to defend himself, too, ya know.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Masks

Now the word here, and other places, is masks are good.  We should have masked up in the beginning. 

The reason 'they' told us not to mask up so that there would be masks available for emergency workers.  (Fair enough.  I begrudge that less, now.) 

But there were no masks to buy even back in January.  I imagine word got out in China and the ordinary people bought em up.  Even with a CHICOM information crackdown, folks hear.  But that's just my guess.

I have 2 dozen masks.  I am saving them for if I get sick, or exposed.  I'll wear it going to the doc or the store or whatever.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Oh nice

Maryland runs out of hospital beds on April 21st, and we disease peak May 1st.  But it's a gentle curve.  No f-ed like New York's. 

PA, VA, and WV do much better.  Neighboring states.

I have friends and relatives in Indian, Ohio, and Florida, and their states do pretty good too.  Cali as well.

So, don't come to Maryland for sanctuary.  We don't got it. 

Hoarding Strategies

Ok, one day, soon, this panic will end.  Now you have to prep for the next one.

Toilet paper was the item in short supply, this time.  When the next panic comes...  Will people make a run on toilet paper?  Because now it is in folks' head that that is a think you do.  Like with a blizzard.

Or will more of us in the general population have a stash to weather a future trouble because of this one?  TP doesn't have to be the go to next time.   We saw that in gun buying and ammo panics.  Depending on the threat from Obama.  Green tip 5.56?  GONE.  No wait, it's back.  .22lr that one awful 11 months.  Nothing.  Nigh everything ammo that other time and got me thinking about buying WWII surplus .45 with corrosive primers.

But I, personally, with have an extra 2 dozen rolls of Quilted Northern in a cool dry place, yessir.  

Monday, March 30, 2020

Can you imagine

If she had won and been president right now. 



I didn't so much vote for Trump as I vote against this harpy, and I think people of the same bent ended up putting him over, and, boy was that a serendipitous result.

You know who they'd be blaming right now for the pandemic is Hillary had won?  George W. Bush.

Such an awful person, and has been in China's pocket since the 90s.

Stimulating

So they passed a $2 Trillion Stimulus Package.  We heard a lot about all the pork it was larded with.

  • NPR
  • Kennedy Center
  • Museum and Library Union
  • Windmill

and so on.

I was wondering, how come all the pork goes to Democrat constituencies and never GOP leaning ones?  I mean, fair is fair.  $25 million for the Kennedy Center, why not a couple mill to the Second Amendment Foundation?  NASCAR race track spectator parking lot improvements.  History departments that teach history instead of SJW type Hyphen-Studies.  Throw money at Prager U.