I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Colossally Stupid

Well, here it is Friday.  I don't work today, but you might... that's life.  The alarm was set for 0530, it went off, I turned it off, and laid back down for a couple of seconds and woke up an hour and half later.  That is also life.  And I just finished a small bag of caramel corn left over from our Holiday Party, sealed of course, not stale, and I thought it was pretty tasty.
My plans for today are not that complicate:  go to the supermarket, put the final coat of pain on the dining room ceiling, and go for a bike ride (hopefully 10 - 15 miles).
I find it rather amusing that there are people out there who believe that the Idiot Jerk's idea to arm teachers is pretty good.  They have no idea how close that would get us to living in a Police State, all because there are some people who just can't give up their guns.  Let's be honest here.  The idea of using an AR-15 to go hunting is simply ludicrous.  Putting 15 bullets into a White Tail Deer is not hunting.  Nope, that is killing for killing's sake.  Going to a shooting range, pointing an AR-15 at a target and pulling the trigger as fast as you can?  That's not target practice.  You're not aiming.  Just because you get your jollies from pointing and shooting doesn't make it a sport.
The 2nd Amendment does not guarantee you ownership of any or every weapon you want.  Of course the NRA wants you to be able to own any fucking gun that you want, not matter how crazy you are.  Mental instability should not be a barrier, they shriek.  And for a small group of people, around 5 million members, they have a lot of political power, thanks to the bullet makers who pump their coffers full of dollars.  You see, it's the ammunition makers who make a financial killing; bullets are expensive.  And no Republican is going to turn down those buckos.
Just as amusing... well, no, a hell of a lot funnier was the reaction of most people to the Idiot Jerk's suggestion.  The one comment I thought to be strikingly pertinent was the one that called it "colossally stupid."  Isn't that a nice word?  Colossally?  Bigger than immense.  And stupid?  Well we all know that the Idiot Jerk is the king of stupid.
And another funny thing is that there's a special election coming up in Pennsylvania and the Republicans are shitting bricks!  They're guy is in such bad trouble they're planning on bringing in the big guns.

No, no, no, they're not sending in the Big Guns Bobble head from Fallout IV.  If they were wise enough to do that, I'd have to tell you to stand back.  Nope.  Pencil Head Pence will be showing up to try and erase some of the growing animosity among the voters in the Western part of the state.  He's also supposed to be preparing the ground work by a visit from the Idiot Jerk.  You know, that guy loves playing to small crowds.  They don't seem to understand that his showing up might just be... colossally stupid. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Crib notes from Hell

Yesterday the temperature hit 82 (F) around here - hot, humid, muggy as hell, and then showers moved in making it cooler, but still humid and muggy as hell.  Today the temps are forecast to be a more seasonal 46 (F), though right now it's still fairly humid.  Today is also a dumbbell morning... and also my last day of work - 2 days off, then 2 days on, then 2 days off.
The dogs are outside right now, but because of the on again, off again showers, their paws are getting muddy.  This is life.  We all have to deal with a little mud now and then.
Mud is okay, shit is a lot worse.  Like yesterday.  There was a lot of shit happening yesterday.  I understand Marco Rubio was at a Town Hall and things didn't go well for him.  You know who I'm talking about?  The Latino, Republican from Florida who sold his soul to the NRA for Campaign Cash?   Evidently he got booed... not a good thing, and jeered... people yelled things at him... and then when asked if he'd stop taking contributions from the NRA?  Well, he avoided that question.  They're saying he was grilled.  I wonder if he understand that those teenagers, some of whom are already 18, and many who will be turning 18 this year, want gun control and they are going to vote for the person who gives them what they want.  They are not members of that minority group, the NRA, but rather individuals who are learning that their votes count, and they will use them.
And then there was the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  When I heard he had actually suggested to a group of grieving parents and student survivors from Parkland that they were considering arming teachers and administrators in order to keep students safe, I wanted to hit him upside his head with a brick.  This is America.  We should not have to arm teachers and administrators because a minority group, the NRA, has twisted the 2nd Amendment so crazily to the right it now holds sanity contemptible.  Making this ignoble insult even worse, the Idiot Jerk in the White House sat there among these grieving parents, beside these students who had seen their friends shot to death, holding crib notes.

This turd of a human can't even think of appropriate questions to ask.  He needs them written down, no doubt by John Kelly, who most likely said "don't forget to ask these questions, they'll make you look sympathetic."  The time has come to flush this turd.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bump Stock Scam

Wednesday, middle of the work week - well, kind of, I only work 4 days so I don't really have a hump day.  I got a little over 5 miles in on the bike this AM - in 20 minutes, I'm pleased with that, averaging about 15 mph.  I used my Fenex 3HR rather than the Suunto, which I tend to prefer for cycling indoors.  The Suunto uses an algorithm to calculate mileage which almost precisely matches the mileage I get from Rouvy.  For the Fenex to provide mileage, I'd need to invest in a 'cycling pod'.  Riding outside, both the Suunto and the Fenex do a great job using GPS to track mileage and speed.
My Mom's meds bill arrived yesterday and I have to call Trinity Pharmacy - there are 9 copay line items from 12/4 ($81).  I need to find out why they're billing me 2 months after the fact.  They will need to explain and provide backup as to why these charges weren't billed earlier.
Yesterday the son-in-law of a Russkie oligarch was charged and pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe, which is funny.  Seems to me as though they're prepping the Idiot Jerk's administration for one hell of a colonoscopy.  Maybe, when it comes to the Idiot Jerk, we should all start chanting "lock him up!, lock him up!"
Oh, and I see that the Idiot Jerk in the White House has said he would back a 'bump stock' ban.

I'm sure some people out there said, "my, isn't that nice, maybe he's coming to his senses."  Wrong.  Way back, after all those murders in Las Vegas, the NRA had actually... in their own way, green lighted the banning of bump stocks, most likely because they knew it would never make it through Congress.  The Idiot Jerk's comments amount to nothing more than a scam.  He's trying to sell a phony bill of goods.  He knows the NRA has bought enough Republican souls they have no worry about bump stocks being banned. But then, what more can you expect from the lying sack of shit in the White House.  Mueller can't move fast enough at flushing this turd.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vote Blue

I was going to go to the gym this morning but it was foggy out... so I decided to throw around some free weights - dumbbells: 15 and 25 pounders.  The only way to grow muscle is to work muscle.
And for those who didn't hear it or feel it, yesterday there was a Republican Shit explosion in Pennsylvania.  The state Supreme Court issued the new district voting map for the state.  I spent some time looking at different websites and news links to see what the general consensus was:  as noted in the New York Times, most think it's very fair.  One of the words I'm seeing is 'partisan' in which all parties are fairly represented.  However, that's not how Republicans view the new map.  You see, the map they wrote favored white, Republican males, those who most supported the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  The new map eliminates that advantage, and I don't use the word 'eliminate' lightly.  Evidently shit must have shot out of every possible Republican orifice.  Lucky for me, none were standing nearby.  Below is the old map, and the new map.  Holy Republican Shit Storm.

This is going to mean big changes, not only in Washington, but in Harrisburg as well since Democrats, the majority in the state, will now have fair representation.  Vote Blue.
Yesterday was also a weird day at work - President's Day, you know?  A holiday for some, but a lot of others had to work.  The store was busy in the morning and early afternoon, the flooring desk exceptionally so, but then everything died off.  As I was ready to leave for the day, I had some customers come up to the desk who'd had their windows measured for blinds.  The Specialist they were working with had gone for the day, before he'd left, but he'd spent 3 hours designing 2 sets of blinds for them to review.  We are running a special, 20% off select blinds - the styles of blinds they'd chosen don't get the discount.  Unfortunately, we don't know which styles are on special. These customers wanted faux wood, and faux wood rarely gets the discount.  Of course, they wanted me to sit there and go through different vendors to see if any of them were offering the special of faux wood blinds.  Sorry, that wasn't going to happen.  This customer wants cheap blinds and a 20% discount to boot.  Custom made blinds are never cheap.  If they want cheap, they need to buy the grab and go.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Souls for Sale

Well here it is, Monday and I get to go back to work.  Now I know there are a lot of people out there for whom today is a holiday.  Not for me.  They're jumping around all skitty happy because they have a 3 day weekend.  That's nice, because while they will all we working on Friday... I'm off.  No work.
Anyway, my dining room ceiling is nearly complete.  Just one more coat of paint and the job will be finished.  I think it looks nice.  I am seriously debating on whether or not I should replace the ceiling fan since it's 30 years old.  I usually only the use the fan in either the spring or the fall, during those days when it's cool enough that I don't need the Central Air, and warm enough that I don't need to turn on the heat.  I will have to wait and see on that one.
Oh, and I saw this interesting article this AM on how Social Conservatives have been selling their souls to the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  I've been saying this for some time.  For them, it's not about faith or belief, rather their focus is mostly on dictating control.  The fact that their killing their religion doesn't even occur to them.  They don't understand that the Idiot Jerk in the White House gives them what they want because they praise him, they love him, and they bow their heads in his presence... well, I don't know for sure that they do that last one.  Hhhmmm, yeah, my money says they do.
Oh, and in case you didn't hear, Gates is going to plead guilty... and then drive a stake into Manafort, who probably puke up some sort of plea bargain to keep from going to jail... and losing all of his money.  The dominoes are beginning to fall.
Bloomberg pointed out how the Idiot Jerk was blaming everybody but Russia, in fact the Idiot Jerk shrieked a Tweet about how Russia was laughing their asses off... and they are... at him.  He is exactly what they wanted in the White House: a total fuck up.

On a side note, Bob Casey Jr, PA Senator, asked that Mueller not do any indictments close to election day.  I can understand why.  Just imagine if Donny Jr. was indicted 3 weeks before the election.  All of those Social Conservative souls bursting in to flame at one time?  Talk about a conflagration.  You might not be able to get to the polls for months after that.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Well, weather forecasters said we might get some snow yesterday... they were right.  Around 4 PM we were put under a winter weather warning.  Snow was falling at the rate of 1 - 2 inches an hour and we got snow.

About 8 inches.  The dogs loved it.  Of course, Big Seig over did the fun and fell asleep early on the futon.

Anyway, I did spend some small amount of time yesterday checking out reaction to the Russian indictments and, just to find out what the crazies were saying, clicked on Fox and Friends.  Holy Shit.  I actually got to hear some imbecile say "now that the FBI has exonerated (the Idiot Jerk) they need to focus on the Democratic Party's collusion with the Russians."  Isn't it sad there are people out there who believe this shit?  Then I remembered that Fox and Friends is one the Idiot Jerk's favorite shows and they were definitely playing to their Number One Fan.
Oh, well, the sun is out, the snow is melting, not fast enough though, so I'd best head out and clean off my sidewalks... and my car.  I have to go to work tomorrow.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Not Compelling Enough

Well, it's Saturday.  Weather forecasters are calling for snow.  How much?  They can't decide so a good guess might be anywhere from 1 to 6 inches.  Right now it's sunny in Central PA.
Yesterday I went to see my Mom.  She has 2 remote controls for her television.  About 3 weeks ago she lost one of them and my sister bought her a 2nd, then sometime last week the one she'd lost turned up.  Both work.  She's fine as long as she doesn't think one of them is her phone.  She does that every now and then and presses the wrong buttons and the TV tries to play something from a non-existent BlueRay player.
Mueller announced 13 (lucky number for the Idiot Jerk) indictments yesterday.  The Idiot Jerk and his supporters are totally avoiding the most obvious implication:  that the Ruskies were working really, really hard to keep Clinton out of the White House.  I'd say that's a pretty good indicator they don't have any 'golden shower' videos of her.  You know?  The kind they can use for blackmail?  And his supporters are so funny, especially since this is rather bad news for them.  Just think how many of them voted for him because they Ruskies knew which of their buttons to press.  It's either that, or they're just plain stupid.
I watched some of "Altered Carbon" last evening.  It's not bad.  The idea of putting your consciousness into a different human sleeve is rather intriguing.  I kept thinking that this is what "Blade Runner 2049" was trying to be, and what it never quite accomplished.  I think it suffers from the same problems many of these episodic series have; not every episode is essential in the telling of the story.  Joel Kinnaman, who plays the lead, does a fine job at looking good, but his character comes across as too cool, too unsympathetic.  He does things to help others not because he cares, but sees these actions as necessary to get something else accomplished.

Will I watch the rest of the series?  Probably not.  As I said, I find it intriguing which is, however, a lot different than being compelling.