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Once Again, The One And Only Post

July 02, 2022

Nice concise synopsis of the W. VA vs EPA ruling in today’s NY Post.

Says what I said, but in a tighter manner. This is why I’m not a professional writer.

The Constitution set up a system of separated powers that envisioned Congress would pass the laws, the president would administer them and the courts would interpret them. Since the New Deal, Congress has shirked its accountability by increasingly giving unelected agencies the power to make decisions of vast economic and political significance.

In West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, a 6-to-3 majority ruled that from now on Congress must explicitly grant such power. The court has stopped the hell-bent expansion of the runaway bureaucracy to create its own form of laws disguised as regulations. It will be up to voters to elect people to Congress who will take back that power.

The issue before the court was whether the EPA could force coal plants to either reduce the amount of energy they produce for public use or spend billions of dollars on new facilities using alternative energy sources. Either scenario would dramatically increase the cost of energy in the name of fighting carbon emissions.

The Obama — and now the Biden — administration pursued a sweeping climate strategy in which each agency is encouraged to adopt novel interpretations of federal law to fight climate change. As Chief Justice John Roberts noted, the EPA was claiming a right to reduce emissions using methods “that Congress has already considered and rejected numerous times.” In other words, the EPA was trying to replace the Rule of Law with the Rule of Bureaucrats.

I’d mention that Rule of Bureaucrats is a neutral way of saying Tyranny.

This is the best part IMO:

The Supreme Court moved further to stop this power grab than many observers expected. In his explanatory concurrence, Justice Neil Gorsuch laid out tests for future cases that courts can use to determine what constitutes a proper statement of congressional intent. He has effectively provided a roadmap for challenging other federal agencies on their expansive rules, whether it be requiring higher gas mileage in cars or the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality regulation.

Let me be a bit snide ... What part of “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” don’t you understand?

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June 30, 2022

SCOTUS decision on West Virginia v. EPA

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SCOTUS Smackdown of EPA in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

The TLDR version:

In 42 U.S.C. § 7411(d), an ancillary provision of the Clean Air Act, did Congress constitutionally authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to issue significant rules—including those capable of reshaping the nation’s electricity grids and unilaterally decarbonizing virtually any sector of the economy—without any limits on what the agency can require so long as it considers cost, nonair impacts, and energy requirements


The decision below would thus allow EPA to decide what policy goals to pursue when structuring the electricity grid—as well as which other sectors to decarbonize, how much, and how fast. That type of power looks suspiciously like Congress shirked the fundamental questions and failed to “meaningfully constrain[]” EPA, while at the same time empowering EPA to assume Congress’s rightful role. Touby, 500 U.S. at 167. Even if Congress had enacted such a statute, this “sweeping delegation of legislative power” almost certainly could not stand.
Indus. Union, 448 U.S. at 646 (Stevens, J., controlling op.).

The petition for a writ of certiorari should be granted


.. and now my poorly cobbled together bunch of links and quotes. You can read about this decision in many news articles, but you will have to strenuously apply the bias filter. Reading the actual decision, about 28 narrow pages of content, lets you see the truth. It also lets you savor just how thoroughly the EPA is getting smacked, and reminds you just how dirty and wrong the tyrant leftist Obama was (and how his blithering moron replacement is even worse). Please read it, please understand it. This Supreme Court decision has rescued the nation from ONE of the abysses it had nearly fallen into.

This is the money quote from Mother Jones, although I don’t think they realized this when they wrote the thing:

While potentially significant for climate change, the case had also been closely watched as one that could limit federal agencies’ power to issue broad regulations. The majority opinion invoked a controversial legal doctrine known as the “major questions doctrine,” which says agencies don’t necessarily have the authority to regulate on issues of “vast economic or political significance” unless Congress has authorized them to do so.

“Unless Congress has authorized them to do so.” And authorized needs to be spelled out in detail; do this but don’t do that. And this has not happened in this case, even after many years, so flush the whole thing.

insert media quotes here, Fox Business, Mother Jones et al, and opine that the court is now 3 for 3 with proper Conservative decisions in a week. Notice that Roberts wrote the majority, and that the 3 black robed commies were the dissenters because of stupid reasons and climate change.

but first give the cat her medicine and get something for lunch

... on why the lower court ruling was wrong :
“There was therefore nothing “minor” about “one of the most consequential rules ever proposed by an administrative agency.” App. 173a. How to address climate change and “who should pay” for solutions are matters “of vast economic and political significance.” App. 177a (quoting UARG, 573 U.S. at 324). Judge Walker noted the Court has not (yet) fully resolved “the nature of major questions and limits of delegation,” but he emphasized that the doctrine’s basic premise is sure: “Either a statute clearly endorses a major rule, or there can be no major rule.” App. 178a, 180a. And no party below made “a serious and sustained argument that § 111 includes a clear statement unambiguously authorizing” the CPP’s approach. App. 165a. Finally, Judge Walker explained that even if Congress “allowed generation shifting” under Section 111(d), it would have been an unconstitutional delegation because Congress did not “clearly require it.” App. 178a. Congress must decide “what major rules make good sense” and cannot shirk that duty by passing off critical questions to “the impenetrable halls of an administrative agency.”

I. This Case Involves Compelling And Timely Questions Of Federal Law That The Court Should Resolve.

The Court has reviewed aspects of EPA’s authority to address greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act twice before. UARG, 573 U.S. 302; Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007). This case should be the third. In an “unprecedented intervention” into the previous iteration of this case concerning these same issues, the Court stayed the CPP even before the lower court had its say. App. 171a-172a. This extraordinary order signaled that the CPP’s legal framework hinges on important issues of federal law that EPA then—and the court below now—got so wrong this Court was likely to grant review.

Five years later EPA, the States, and the American people still lack resolution on these weighty issues. This case poses exceptionally important questions only the Court can resolve, and because further delay would carry serious and far-reaching costs, it should do so now.

A. This case presents unusually important questions about EPA’s power to unilaterally remake significant sectors of the economy.

The CPP was “one of the most consequential rules ever proposed by an administrative agency.” App. 173a. Even more expansively, the decision below gives EPA more policymaking power than ever before placed in an agency’s hands. In rejecting Petitioners’ (and EPA’s below) position that Section 111(d) focuses on what individual stationary sources can accomplish using demonstrated technology, the majority concluded that one portion of one definition is the only restraint on EPA rulemaking. App. 56a. That novel and atextual reading sweeps broader than the agency itself tried to go five years ago in the CPP—giving EPA power to reorder the utility power sector and mandate sweeping changes to any industry. Indeed, the majority insisted that EPA “tied its own hands” in the CPP by setting limits on the scope of its powers that Congress never required. App. 91a n.9. And it rejected concerns that its reading affords no limiting principle: As long as EPA’s purpose is pollution-reduction and it considers costs and nonair environmental and energy effects, even measures that fundamentally reshape the economy are all on the regulatory table.”

So what we had was a lower court deciding that the EPA could do whatever it wanted if the goal was to reduce “climate change”. And this decision was made AFTER the Supreme Court had blocked Obama’s CPP action, which the lower court IGNORED.

“If EPA can regulate from the perspective of “emissions” as a whole, App. 66a, not only is “planting trees” a possible “system of emission reduction,” App. 91a n.9, but nothing would stop EPA from requiring regulated parties to subsidize carbon offsets in any industry with a system it deems “best.”
The majority’s approach would therefore mean EPA could commandeer almost any greenhouse-gas emitting building, factory, or house through almost any mechanism. If this is not transformative power, it is only because (so far) EPA has stayed its own hand. “

... and now we get to the good part, the gist of this pudding, the high court’s awareness that this is extraordinary overreach by a faceless bureaucracy ...

“2. The incredible reach of the majority’s decision also makes this the right case to resolve whether and how Congress can ever delegate issues of this magnitude. The Court is clear that agencies may make “decision[s] of vast economic and political significance” only when clearly authorized by Congress.

“Yet without the Court’s review, EPA and all affected parties will be in an even worse position this third time around: The D.C. Circuit sent EPA on a “multiyear voyage of discovery” to craft systems of emission reduction “without regard for the thresholds prescribed by Congress.”

... and on and on. Because the rules were poorly written, because Congress has not done it’s job, because the lower court - the DC Circuit, is probably a bunch of greenie tree hugging commies, go things ass backwards, ... the EPA winds up with god-like powers and can do anything without being answerable to anyone. And this cannot stand.

I urge you to read the decision linked above. Even if you have never read a court decision before, this one is mind blowing. It’s a soap opera in a way. It shows how coordination between a spurious leftist agenda, a weak court in the left’s pocket, a deliberate lack of action from Congress, and an under-regulated government agency with no oversight can assume the power to “fundamentally change America” by their own leave whenever they want. This is so wrong that it’s hard to even imagine that this is the actual situation, but it is.

If the Court ultimately holds that the D.C. Circuit misread the Clean Air Act, better to shift public debate as soon as possible to the entity that can and should act: Congress. There are many pathways to address climate change, often diametrically opposed, and the choices have significant and multifaceted consequences. Economy-changing issues like these require bicameral legislative solutions, not an agency going it alone.

“States like Petitioners have much to lose under the majority’s view. The policies we pursue to address climate change and how costs are allocated are serious issues, and the States’ contributions will vary significantly. Some States, for example, are blessed with abundant fossil fuel resources, while others have extensive industrial operations like steel mills and cement plants. States like these will almost certainly bear a disproportionate share of the massive costs that restructuring mandates would require. They should not face those consequences based on the decisions of an unelected and unaccountable agency.”

The SCOTUS could not make it clearer that this is the WRONG way to do things, yet this way is the Left’s way ... make a nebulous statement or a simple Executive Order, then hand it over to some agency to implement, then accept whatever that group comes up with as if it were law, which never gets questioned.

This is tyranny, and it shall not stand.

inJustice Kagan’s moronic dissent is typical leftist BS driven by feewings and their (no longer secret) desire for an all powerful unchecked government staffed by their leftist minions.

After the decision just said that this kind of thing was the duty of Congress, not some agency, she comes up with

“The Court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision-maker on climate policy,” Kagan wrote. “I cannot think of many things more frightening.”

And the agency is only expert at being political hacks and pushing the destructive leftist agendas. We can blame Bill Clinton for that.

Holy cats what a lying imbecile Kagan is.

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June 29, 2022

Tomorrow Is The End For Justice Breyer

Breyer, who notified President Biden in January of his intent to retire at the end of the current term, updated the president in a letter Wednesday, after the Supreme Court made it known that it will issue its final opinions of the term Thursday morning.

“The Court has announced that tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active service under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b) will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon,” Breyer wrote.

The final opinions of this session of the court will include West Virginia v. EPA, which may not sound like much but could be the biggest landmark decision in a decade, limiting the power of departments of the federal government to enact rules and develop policies that impact the nation with nearly the force of law, and are done without congressional oversight. IOW, the court might finally decide that outsourcing the government to un-elected and un-answerable faceless minions is not allowed, as such duties are the sole dominion and duty of Congress.

God I hope so; it would be about high time.

Katana Action Jackson what’s her name, the pro-pedophile AA gender appointee, takes his position in the next session. Assuming the Fauci Flu doesn’t get her between now and then. Fingers crossed.


Fauci has the Fauci Flu “again” and is doing much worse this time. Even after taking the worthless treatment Paxlovid.


Pedophile pervert sex abuser rapper R. Kelly, 55, gets 30 years behind bars.

Good. Only took them THIRTY YEARS to put this scumbag away.


Gosh, what a coincidental accident!!

California AG “accidentally” puts up website that doxxed personal info of nearly 4000 legal gun owners

Surely this can’t be at all related to the recent SCOTUS decision.

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June 28, 2022

OMG SCOTUS finds in favor of God!

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution, a decision that opponents said would open the door to “much more coercive prayer” in public schools.

The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. The case was the latest in a line of rulings for religious plaintiffs.

The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices. The liberal justices in the minority said there was evidence that Bremerton (Washington) High School Coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers at the 50-yard-line had a coercive effect on students and allowed him to incorporate his “personal religious beliefs into a school event.”

Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the decision “sets us further down a perilous path in forcing states to entangle themselves with religion.”

But the justices in the majority emphasized that the coach’s prayers came after the games were over and at a time when he wasn’t responsible for students and was free to do other things.

Hey Sonya, you mean this perilous path?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Horry Clap, considering this wise Latina is on the Supreme Court, she sure is a dumbass sack of crap with the constitutional knowledge of a earthworm.

And do you really have to guess who the 3 dissenters were?


OMG2 are we seeing a slight return to sanity, even in deep blue New York?

NY Supreme Court: Only residents who are citizens may vote. AOC flips out!!

The New York State Supreme Court overruled Dem lawmakers and ruled that non-citizens can’t vote in local elections. The New York City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December.

It became law in January. The law [ allowed ] non-citizen legal residents, including those with green cards, to vote in municipal elections starting in 2023 but not in federal elections. Republican lawmakers quickly filed suit in Staten Island Supreme Court to block the measure and keep the voter rolls to only citizens.

City Council minority leader Joseph Borelli said: “Today’s decision validates those of us who can read the plain English words of our state constitution and state statutes: Noncitizen voting in New York is illegal, and shame on those who thought they could skirt the law for political gain.

“Opposition to this measure was bipartisan and cut across countless neighborhood and ethnic lines, yet progressives chose to ignore both our constitution and public sentiment in order to suit their aims.

“I commend the court in recognizing reality and reminding New York’s professional protestor class that the rule of law matters.”

Yet another instance of the lunatic left ignoring the rules to push their destructive anarcho-Marxist agenda.

How can you not understand that voting is the exclusive right of actual citizens? Oh wait, they do understand, they just don’t want to follow the rules. Kind of like that pesky Natural Born Citizen thing in the Constitution, which if followed would have denied Obama and Harris for running for office.

Relaxation with a bit of class

We watched the 2019 Downton Abbey movie last night, the one where the King and Queen come for a visit and the staff stage a subtle insurrection.

Tonight we’ll watch the 2022 Downton Abbey movie, where we learned that grandmama had a bit of a fling once upon a time, which caused her to inherit a villa in France many years later.

We washed down the watching with a couple proper perfect martinis, as I was finally able to score some Noilly Prat vermouth yesterday. There hasn’t been any around for over 2 years. Supply chain issues with France being resolved finally? One can hope. While it often costs less than the other vermouths, Noilly is simply the best. Sadly, I could only get a bottle of the extra dry, which is still very good, but the original dry is slightly better. Absolutely superb gently poured over oysters on the half shell, with some over ice in a glass with an orange twist.

A proper martini is made with gin. A perfect martini is served as cold as possible ... the gin, either Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire, lives in the freezer ... the Noilly Prat dry vermouth lives in the fridge ... glasses and cocktail shaker go in the freezer an hour beforehand ... ice made from quality spring water ... fresh queen size Manzanilla olives ... perhaps a dash or two of orange bitters or a twist of lemon peel if you like. The classic recipe is a 3:1 ratio of gin to vermouth, but this was developed when the available gin and vermouth were both low quality Prohibition-era stuff. A far drier ratio is 6:1 or even 12:1, which show case the botanicals in the gin you use.  But let’s face it, even the best martini is just a fancy rationalization to pretend you aren’t doing shots of straight grain alcohol.

Hendricks gin is outstanding when infused with some cucumber slices for a couple hours, either in a martini or a gin and tonic. And the tonic is the real stuff from Fever Tree.

Ah, it’s good to have a bit of class now and again and live the high-end life. For a couple hours.

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June 27, 2022

Project Update

Ok, we now have a bathroom faucet. Got a nice looking brushed nickel pump spout kind, in a modern squared off style. So the transitional/modern look is still working. It will be delivered in a couple days. And the Lowe’s Big Project discount plan is better than the HD plan; we get 5% off on everything we buy, whether it’s on sale or not. Every penny counts.


I’m going to get over to the building permit office before they open at 8am Wednesday. Because I know the plumbing code guy Duane shows up there that morning. And I want a 100% definitive answer on this damn washing machine drain pan & drain line question, as it impacts EVERYTHING we want to do. Worst case, it’s a necessity (even though a drain pan & line isn’t in any of the plumbing codes or residential codes anywhere!), then we can’t do it, and our kitchen reno becomes simpler and far less expensive, and frankly, pretty but pretty sucky. Moving the laundry upstairs lets us rearrange everything in the kitchen, swap out a couple walls, add tons of cabinets, alcove off the fridge for a built in look, and lets me put a big ass hood over the stove which gets moved out of the damn corner and into a place where I can work.

And we have to have an absolute answer. I get Y/N from HIC guys I talk to, so who knows? But the code inspector ... his word is effectively law.

And this is how I’ve spent most of today ... looking at more than 400 faucets online, choosing more than 70, then giving it over to her to narrow it down to half a dozen, then pleasantly debating the +/- of each one. And the Fresca Fortore wins.

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June 26, 2022

Addendum To SCOTUS CCW Decision

I would like to point out the underlying reality behind SCOTUS’ concealed carry ruling the other day.

What it did was to throw out NY’s 1911 Sullivan Act. What’s the Sullivan Act?

No matter how little you know about government corruption, it’s a guarantee you’ve heard of Tammany Hall, which was the government of New York City in the very early years of the 20th Century. Boss Tweed? Yeah, you’ve heard that name too. The government ran the criminal gangs that they used both as a source of income ("10% for the Big Guy” sound familiar?) and as violent enforcers to make sure there was no opposition to whatever they wanted to do.

So in comes Sullivan, “doing something” to pacify the upset elites, while actually making things worse. That approach sounds awfully familiar doesn’t it?

Oh, BTW, Timothy Sullivan was in the late stages of syphilis at this time. Just a year or so later he would be committed to a mental institution, but he later escaped and wound up dead, cut in half on some train tracks.

The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.

In 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.

This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.

Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as shtarkers (sluggers), enforcing discipline at the polls and intimidating the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal “sheriffs,” keeping their turf under Tammany control.

The Tammany Tiger needed to rein in the gangs without completely crippling them. Enter Big Tim with the perfect solution: Ostensibly disarm the gangs — and ordinary citizens, too — while still keeping them on the streets.

In fact, he gave the game away during the debate on the bill, which flew through Albany: “I want to make it so the young thugs in my district will get three years for carrying dangerous weapons instead of getting a sentence in the electric chair a year from now.”

Sullivan knew the gangs would flout the law, but appearances were more important than results. Young toughs took to sewing the pockets of their coats shut, so that cops couldn’t plant firearms on them, and many gangsters stashed their weapons inside their girlfriends’ “bird cages” — wire-mesh fashion contraptions around which women would wind their hair.

Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, were disarmed, which solved another problem: Gangsters had been bitterly complaining to Tammany that their victims sometimes shot back at them.

So gang violence didn’t drop under the Sullivan Act — and really took off after the passage of Prohibition in 1920. Spectacular gangland rubouts — like the 1932 machine-gunning of “Mad Dog” Coll in a drugstore phone booth on 23rd Street — became the norm.

So NYC’s first gun control act was a sham bit of virtue signalling pushed by a crooked political gangster boss who was pretty much insane by then from a sexually transmitted disease.

And it only took the Supreme Court 111 years to see through this BS.

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June 25, 2022

And In The News ...

Watching the turbo stupid reactions to the latest two Supreme Court Rulings.

• The uproar of the CCW decision, finding that New York has been playing dirty for over 100 years. No kidding. But the media and the commie politicians are acting like this is the worst thing ever and it’s the end of the world, and the whole country will become “The Wild West” with shootings going on everywehere.

Um, got news for you stupid people.

Nearly half the country, 24 out of 50 states are already permitless constitutional carry. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. Without a permit. These states have not devolved into raging gun battle zones on every street corner. Several more states are considering becoming constitutional carry. Vermont has been this way since it became a state. Which was also when they outlawed slavery.

Nearly ALL the country, 43 out of 50 states, are Shall Issue states. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. So there are 19 states (43-24) that issue CCW permits. Some require training classes.

Most of these 43 states recognize a large degree of reciprocity between other similar states. Which means you can take your gun in your pocket from one state to another without a problem.

Only 7 states have this now unconstitutional “proof of need” nonsense, and ALL of them have been run by leftists for generations. All of them are high crime areas, especially their major cities, in which the criminals (the majority of which are minorities) go about armed at all times, laws be damned.

So what this decision does is “level the playing field”, giving the law abiding citizens of those 7 states the chance to defend themselves against the armed and violent criminal masses that they live amongst. Sounds like “common sense” to me.

• The uproar of the abortion decision, finally finding that the Roe v Wade decision of 50 years ago was a crock of crap based on smoke and mirrors and feelings. And it’s now Double The End Of The World, although anyone with a brain cell has seen this coming for years, and everyone knew it was about to hit when the papers were leaked a few months ago.

Penumbras and Emanations aside, this is a 10th Amendment issue, and has always been one. State’s Rights. It is not, and never was a constitutional right.

So, what’s the upshot? 

Mainly, that the federal government is no longer on the hook to pay for the abortions of minority women who use it as a form of birth control. Gee, too bad. They’ll just have to practice abstinence, or use one of the many forms of birth control, just like everyone else. And pay for it themselves, just like everyone else.

I can triple chrome plated guarantee that abortion will not become illegal or unavailable in any urban ghetto area. Period, full stop.

And any state legislation with half a brain cell - gosh I hope we have one or two of those - will, instead of reviving dusty laws from 120 years ago that have been gathering cobwebs since 1972 - will write up some kind of bill and let their citizens vote on it. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE; their bodies, their choice. I’d put this on the ballot every 3 to 5 years. I’ve written about this idea before. Maybe the focus needs to go below the state level, down to the county or city level.  Once again, I absolutely guarantee that there will be legal abortion available in every major and even minor urban area, and in every college town in the country. But it won’t be paid for by the federal government for special people any longer. Let the states decide if they want to fund that car on the gibbs gravy train.


Bowling Blogging!

I don’t know why I bother for Summer League. We have fun, but we suck. We do have the highest total scratch pins though, but the situation is geared against us. We went 2-5 again, so we’re back in last place. Summer League is a loss leader, a “give ‘em a taste and they’ll want more” gambit, built so that the beginners always win, and then sign up for winter league where they’ll have their asses handed to them until they get better.


Project Update

We’re starting to fill up the garage with the bits and pieces we’ll need. We haven’t bought much of anything yet, but we have found some pretty good deals.  We found a bathtub, but then found a lot of confusion around it. This particular model has a dozen or so sub-models, depending on the width, length, height, color, and which end you want the drain hole on. And there has been an odd variation in the prices; often with the left drain version costing a couple hundred more than the right drain version, or the same tub priced much higher at Lowe’s or Home Despot. So we got lucky and found the one we want for $200 less at HD this time, and ordered it. No delivery available, but the store isn’t far away, so off we went.

Got there, and of course had to look at flooring and tiles first. Another nice brand of flooring HD carries exists only online. Screw that; by the time the samples get here the sale will be over, and if an LVP brand doesn’t carry the full kit of edge trims, don’t waste your time. Next!

So looking at the tile display, and of course she gravitates to the fancy stuff, which is around $13-18 per square foot. And that’s the discount HD price; a nearly identical bit of tile from the fancy tile shops costs at least 3 times as much. But while dreaming, we found a cart piled up with boxes of tile marked down for quick sale. So we looked, and we liked, and the price was right. The same brand same style tile in other colors in $12.99/sqft. This one, a grey hexagon style, had been reduced 50% to $6.50/sgft. Then the stuff on the cart was marked down to $3.50. So we bought all of it, which is more than enough to do the bathroom floor. Matching baseboard trim tiles were marked down a similar amount, to a cart price of $2.50 each. So we snagged a box of those too. But when we got to the checkout, the girl used her scanner and entered the SKUs, and the price came up 89 cents. Hey, the computer is always right, right? So we got $13/sqft tile for 89¢/sqft. Score!!

$57 for the entire floor, instead of $750. And then we loaded up her SUV and got the heck out of there before somebody changed their digital minds.

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June 21, 2022

Hello BMEWS my old friend, I’ve come to post on you again.

Not a whole lot happening here. I got the letter from the contractor that the bathroom wall isn’t load bearing, so I forwarded that to the condo association. When they approve that, they’ll write me a letter that the work we want to do is OK by them, and I can give that to the building permit people.

Meanwhile we have a tub showing up in a few days. And we’ve found the toilet we want to get, and if I take a drive over to Somerset 30 miles away and pick it up from the warehouse, I can get it for half price. Worth it!!

OK.  So her sister was here for a couple days whipping our butts into action to get this place cleaned up and thinned out. We made a lot of progress but aren’t done yet.

I’ve got flooring samples coming, as there’s a light oak toned long SPC LVP we’re interested in. While cleaning up the garage - we found about half of it - I came across two spare floor tiles from the flooring the previous owner put in in 2007. It’s Armstrong, with a gigantic click-lock edge, and the stuff is made out of wood pulp. Sawdust. No underpad, and loud as all get out. Totally not waterproof either, as we found to our dismay a couple years ago.

So she’s working tonight, and took her wholesome dinner of salad and a couple hard boiled eggs. Bleh. So I made cornbread and a mess of blackened shrimp, extra spicy. Mmm, mmm, delici-mouse!


Oh God, I just found out about RevoTile. It’s real tile, in whatever look you want, on click together waterproof plastic boards just like LVP. Put down an underlayment, snao the tile floor into place, and you’re left with perfect grout lines and the job is done in a jiffy. Grout lines are perfect, so just fill them in. Tired of your tile floor? It’s a floating floor, so just pull it up and put in something else.

Holy cow. I don’t want her to find out about this stuff. She’s already thinking about laminate or even hardwood flooring, as it turns out that at least part of the middle level is on plywood or particleboard sub-flooring. I can’t go through this aggravating and infinite process again, much less twice more.


I’m following developments in the Uvalde shooting’s police response. Video has surfaced, along with recorded radio communications, that the cops were in the building, outside the door, heavily armed within a few minutes. And then THEY STOOD AROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR while children in the classroom just feet away were being murdered.

Don’t just fire these worthless cowards. Hang them. But slowly. Tighten the ropes until they start to choke, half pull the trapdoor. And then leave them there for over an hour.

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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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