When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Saturday - May 09, 2020

still breathing

Sorry, not much blogging. Plenty busy at home, doing this and that.

Sun of a gun, it’s cold and windy today. There was actually a bit of snow in New York City last night. None here, and now the sun is out ... after days of rain. Awful lot of rain this year. Maybe Spring will get here at some point in June.

Right. Have to try and motor-vate myself to the store, or else it’s frozen hot dogs for dinner again. Tired of QC ... quarantine chow.

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calendar   Thursday - May 07, 2020

PC Progress

Ok, the HD power cable arrived, so with a bit of fussing about, I got it hooked up. And ... it didn’t even cause a hiccup. Didn’t even get a notice from Plug ‘N Play. It was just there. So I have access to all my old data, I think . I may have to change some permissions, which shouldn’t be so hard. Now I have to figure out how to migrate all my old installed software. Migrate isn’t the right word ... I have to get all their information into the new Registry. My bet is, there’s an app for that.

Even if I can only recover my Office 200n suite and a few of the better graphics programs, I’ll be good. Then I have to figure out how to get the Windows OS off of that drive, and get back lots of HD space.

But considering ... so far, so good.

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Trying To Be Color Blind, Failing

“Unnamed woman” shoots OK McD’s employees because drive thru only

Hey stupid: COVID, lockdown??

At least two McDonald’s workers in Oklahoma were shot Wednesday evening after informing two female customers the dining area was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. at an Oklahoma City location. One of the women grew angry over the lack of seating and opened fire striking one employee in the leg and the other in the shoulder, police said. They are expected to recover, according to Oklahoma City’s KOCO-TV.

Prior to the shooting, 32-year-old suspect reportedly got into a physical altercation with a third employee who was knocked down and suffered a head laceration, police said. The suspect then left the restaurant before coming back with a gun and firing off two or three rounds, Capt. Larry Withrow, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, told Business Insider.

The suspects were taken into custody following the incident, police said. It’s not clear yet what charges they will be facing.

The article doesn’t give their names or show their photos, so you know they’re black. And I can guarantee you they were both fat enough to date Trayvon Martin and not be able to read cursive.

What is it about McDonald’s that causes fat black women to go violently crazy? How many of these beatdown videos are out there, how many employees assaulted because the store ran out of McNuggets, how many crack hoes in the parking lot willing to trade oral sex for a cheeseburger?

So you know who did this. Had a screaming fit because the dining area was closed. WTF have you been for the past 6 weeks?? Got told NO by an employee, reacted with violence. Went out and got her gun, came back and shot people. Because she couldn’t get her way. Batshit sheeboon ghettopotamus.

And the po-po don’t know what to charge her with. Seriously? Are you that fucking stupid too? Assuming only the one of them did the hitting and shooting, then a) assault, b) disturbing the peace, c) at least two counts of attempted murder, d) any and all charges related to her possession and use of a firearm.

Lock the cow up for 20 years, as it’s also a guarantee that the entire incident was on at least one CCTV camera. Maybe they can run a test, and throw in drunk and disorderly, or search her vehicle and find some drugs, etc. Throw the book at her, and cover every page with glue so that everything sticks.

And book her girlfriend as an accesory for all the charges.

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An Un-Bridge Post

What a non-surprise. “Bridgegate” was a hit job against the Chris Christie administration. Well no shirt.

US Supreme Court Tosses Bridgegate Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out convictions against Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former Christie administration officials charged in what has become known as Bridgegate.

The court unanimously overturned the 2016 convictions of Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and William Baroni, the former governor’s top political appointment at the Port Authority, while acknowleding they “used deception to reduce Fort Lee’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge – and thereby jeopardized the safety of the town’s residents.”

But Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the opinion, said prosecutors wrongfully applied federal statutes in the case.

“Not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime. Because the scheme here did not aim to obtain money or property, Baroni and Kelly could not have violated the federal-program fraud or wire fraud laws,” she wrote.
Kelly and Baroni were found guilty in November 2016 of all charges — conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights violations — connected to the scandal, which involved shutting down several local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee as retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie for reelection in 2013. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against them in May 2015.

The foolish flunky at Port Authority, David Wildstein copped a plea to 2 counts of conspiracy and got 3 years probation for it. So no exculpation for him.

Was this whole affair of unwarranted placement of a bunch of rubber traffic cones really some kind of payback against the unsupportive mayor of Fort Lee? Probably. Maybe. Who really cares? IIRC the lanes were only closed off for a few days. So big deal, shut up, move on. The whole criminal charge thing was pretty much just the Left going into High Dudgeon mode to zap anyone on the Right as hard as possible. I’m sure General Flynn could have something to say about that.

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calendar   Wednesday - May 06, 2020

Another 30 days in NJ

Gov. Murphy extends New Jersey coronavirus public health emergency another 30 days

New Jersey is extending its public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for another 30 days, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Murphy signed an executive order that will keep the declaration in place through at least June 6.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this action does not mean that we are seeing anything in the data which would pause our path forward and it should not be interpreted by anyone to mean we are going to be tightening any of the restrictions currently in place,” Murphy said at a daily briefing.

No, what it means is that his edict continues his tyranny, and that of his chronies, for another month. Until he renews it again.

The order extends all executive orders issued under the governor’s authority through the Emergency Health Powers Act, Murphy’s office said. It also extends all actions taken by any executive branch departments in response to the virus. It expires after 30 days unless renewed.

NJ has been under a state of emergency since March 9.

By whatever metrics are used, New Jersey claims to have 131,890 cases and 8,549 deaths. And 23,345 of those cases are in long term care “LTC” facilities, with 4,261 deaths. Which means 1 case in 5, and half the deaths, are people who are NOT out in public. NJ has a population of about 9 million.

39% of all deaths have been people at least 80 years old; 28% are those 65 - 79. So 67% are NOT people of working age. The pre-retirement bracket, age 50-65, accounts for 13.5%. All told, older folks account for more than 80% of all the COVID fatalities in New Jersey. It is almost a guarantee that those older people who have died have also had at least one, if not several, comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments. Not to mention obesity and high blood pressure. Or being living black.

My little rural county of Hunterdon isn’t all that much different statistically. 45.5% of all the COVID cases are in LTC facilities, as are 64.1% of the deaths.

Conclusion? Outside of nursing homes, this plague is a lot less prevalent and deadly than the media leads me to believe.

Second conlusion: the global lockdown may have been the biggest mistake in human history.

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calendar   Tuesday - May 05, 2020

old files from old PCs




these were hiding in some forgotten corner of some forgotten thumb drive I found. They’re from 2 PCs ago, at least a decade old. Maybe 2 decades. But OMG, cute baby aminals!!

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calendar   Monday - May 04, 2020

How CDC Makes Their Numbers


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More new home reno plans

Gosh, us smart types here at our condo finally figured out that we could really simplify our renovation plans, and save a ton of money, if we just put in a stacked washer / dryer in downstairs, instead of rebuilding half the upstairs to move our side by side appliances up there. Problem with the stacked idea is that she isn’t 7 feet tall. If you stack a dryer on top of a front load washer, the dryer controls are 6 feet off the floor. Several companies (LG, Kenmore, Dexter) had dryers with the controls mounted on the bottom front panel for just this reason, but those seem to have been discontinued for the home market. The LG models I can get this way ( they call it AdaptAble™ ) are the commercial ones, with coin boxes and remote soap dispensers. Don’t need that for my house, and I don’t know if those models are even sold to the home user. Maybe stacked appliances is so 2017, eww.

It doesn’t matter if the washer / dryer costs several thousand; remodeling the upstairs would cost easily 3 times that much.

Yes, Fisher Paykel has their Euro-sized Series 7 model with this kind of base panel control, but the darn thing is puny, only 24” wide. All European appliances are undersized, even ovens and dishwashers. 

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calendar   Sunday - May 03, 2020

Back online, but not much to say

Ok, the PC is set up pretty well. I had to order a special cable to power the old HD, so I’ll get to that when it shows up. I did figure out how to mount the thing in the new machine, which has a smaller, very simple case. And a minimal power supply. And no extra RAM slots. And fewer motherboard slots. Which is what you get when you buy a budget machine. But at least they stuck in a Barracuda drive, which is a really fast one for it’s size.

A couple of COVID stories in the news, one about a newylwed couple from California who went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, wouldn’t sign the acceptance form for the 14 quarantine Hawaii has going, went outside and got arrested. How stupid do you have to be to not know this is going on? How dumb is their travel service and the airline for not mentioning this as well? Sure, you want to take a honeymoon right now. Gee, tough cookies. The whole damn world is in lock down, so put that idea on pause for now. Just like these fools on cruise ships. Giant DUH. Of course there will be infected people on your boat. Of course you’re going to get stuck there for weeks. Of course no port in the world is going to let your ship dock and let you ashore. Are you brain dead, or what?

Oklahoma had a Wear A Mask rule in place for one day. Shop owners were threatened with guns and violence. Governor backed down. Guess you Oklahomians are a selfish bunch of fucktards too. Whether or not a mask does any good, if that’s the only kind of lock down they’ve got out there, then suck it the hell up. All you’re doing is showing willing, being publicly consciencous. That’s all. Is it unconstitutional? Of course. State of Emergency, duh. I don’t like it either but you go along this little bit. So get your head out of your stuck up ass already.  No, let’s watch the numbers spike like mad in OK. And my response will be ... tough shit cowboy.

And that’s about it. 

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calendar   Saturday - May 02, 2020

Garden Groaner

Around here you have to protect your vegetable garden from critters. Not just a vertical fence, but with a lid too. A steel mesh awning. And so ...


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woo hoo!!

It seems to be a PC !!

Took a bit of set up, and I did whatever seemed obvious to retain my privacy from Microsoft etc. Installed Firefox right away. Got my contact list intact for yahoo, will work on figuring out how to get my bookmarks etc once I get the old HD set up.

But for now, it’s a functional PC, so I’m happy.

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last tablet post I hope

Woo hoo, the new PC arrived last night.  I’m getting it set up now, figuring which cable goes where, and cleaning things up in the machine’s dusty corner. It’s a lot easier to do this than back in the day, but some things never change: I have to go buy a special cable. The video output doesn’t accept the old style cable that my monitor uses. Lucky me the monitor can uses several kinds of cable, so it’s off to the store to get an HDMI. Then I can start it up, get all the bits recognized and get the Wifi going. It was a trial finding that password on our Android phones, her old mini Mac tablet, or my Android tablet. Lucky us, we’re “wired”, so it was easy to find it on the TV when we remembered it was wifi enabled too.

Right. A quick coffee, a quicker shower, then off to Walmart to get a cable.

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calendar   Thursday - April 30, 2020

still no PC

I guess 8 days for overnight shipping is the new normal. Gak. I can mount the old drive as a secondary but I have no idea how to save all my programs. Getting the data wont be hard, but I’ve got a bunch of purchased, registered programs. Some are old too; I don’t want to buy the new versions.

I cant take much more. Suffering from acute mouse withdrawl.

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calendar   Wednesday - April 29, 2020

life in the stick

NJ is too small to have more than one stick, so I can’t say I live in the sticks. Just the one.

But it has a lot of nature nearby. Clinton is a little town where 2 or 3 watercourses come together. The Spruce Run river merges with the South Branch of the Raritan River, just south of the Spruce Run reservoir, and picks up the Beaver Brook on the south end of downtown, just past the 2nd bridge below the little dam by our famous Red Mill. There is a wetland area south of town; instant wilderness 100 feet off the main road, unknown and ignored by the state highway thundering above it. Makes for great trout fishing; there’s always a few guys out there in waders with their fly rods.

I picked up a basic pizza down at lenny’s tonight. Coming out with the pie I saw a huge low flying bird. Around NJ that usually means a Turkey Vulture or a wild turkey, but this one was a Great Blue Heron. Massive thing, looked like a mini pterodactyl from Jurrasic Park. They fly with their necks pulled back in an S curve. It flapped over town a few times, then hovered down over the lower bridge to land in the South Branch and get his own take out. Most people are unaware of nature around them, and the only birds they know are the genus Perdue and Tyson. Beats me why. I celebrate it.

So a perfect Spring evening here. We added our own pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, and extra mozzarella to the pie, crisped it up in the oven, and gobbled that down.

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calendar   Tuesday - April 28, 2020

just another day

Not too much to say. I didn’t follow the news much today other than that NYT Daily Briefing that shows up on my phone.

There was a neat story there about some lab in UK that’s going to start human trials for a COVID vaccine next month. Because, hey, they’ve got lots of financial backing right now, and it worked on a couple dozen monkeys. So let’s find 6000 uninfected people to dose and see what happens. Course, this place has not had success with their style of vaccines with malaria or MERS, but maybe the third time’s the charm. The Times worried that it might be hard for them to test if the pandemic has petered out by then. Gee thanks NYT.

The other interesting story there was the “great mystery” of why so few people have died from this disease in India. Let’s see ... lower life expectancy means there are fewer old folks around to start, almost nobody in India is well fed enough to be overweight, the place is a tropical Petri dish with almost as many endemic horrible diseases as Africa, at least half the country lives on chloroquine because of the malaria, few people go to hospitals and stay there long enough to die (they die at home), doctors and medical examiners keep lousy records, and immediate public cremation means there aren’t any bodies in morgues to study. Plus they don’t have money for all the test kits. So yeah, it’s a huge mystery.

I worked all day long, finishing up one office and getting mostly done with the second office. Patching and painting takes a long time. But today was my 5th trip in 9 days, and I’m getting tired of it. I’ll go back tomorrow or the day after to screw a chair rail to the wall and paint the other side of the lab door. Then it’s all done. Takes me longer to drive there and back than I have work to do, but you can’t rush spackle or paint.

And that’s another day in lockdown.

Oh yeah; we’re bing watching True Blood, a deep south vampire series. 70 episodes to go through. It was pretty good when we watched it when it was new. Here’s the video of the minor them music from the show. It’s kind of church music. A simple sad tune asking God for help and solace. Which the characters in the show really need as they go from one dark, gory, supernatural adventure to the next.

Nope, haven’t figured out how to do embedded videos yet either. Sorry.

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calendar   Monday - April 27, 2020

Two good links, more painting

NJ has a really well done COVID dashboard site, updated constantly. As more data becomes available, the site adds more aspects. Hope your state has something like it.

The other link would be a real eye opener if the deceit and misinformation and fearmongering it outlines were new. But we’ve heard most of it many times before. It’s a long read but a good one. .

I heard from the doc I work for. He’s so happy with the painting and stuff I did for him he wants me to do similar for his other office.  So I’ve got a bit more work. Yay money!!

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