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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dispose this

Well, here it is... Thursday.  The sun is out.  The temp is supposed to get up to 33 (F) today and get up into the 40's tomorrow.  In fact, for the rest of the month temps are supposed to range in the upper 30's to mid 40's.  Could it be that winter is nearly over?  Did I just curse North America?  We shall see.
For those who don't know, there was another surprise Democratic win on Tuesday night.  Republicans are... stunned, to say the least.  I keep wondering how can anybody be as dense as the GOP.  But then, thinking back, I realize that they have always been dumb shits, every since Reagan's landslide re-election.  Anyway, from what I hear, they're on the verge of rolling their eyes in panic, still totally incapable of understanding that the vast majority of Americans don't like either them, or their policies.
And how's this for shits and giggles?  Movie theater owners are concerned about shrinking ticket sales.  That's right, fewer people went to the movies last year... in spite of an increase in ticket costs.  Am I like the only one in the world to see a correlation there?  Cost goes up, attendance goes down?  And it's not just the cost of admission - refreshment prices are through the roof.  My friend Patty no longer hits the concession stand, refusing to pay $10 for a small popcorn and beverage.  Pricing in outrageous, especially when you consider the actual cost of the popcorn was... oh, say 20 cents... maybe it's the bag that makes it sooooo expensive.
But then everything is going to get more expensive, thanks to that great Tax Overhaul.  We're all going to have a lot more disposable income... right?  Everybody and their brother has plans to tap into that new wealth, how little it may be.  If you don't believe that every retailer in this great USA wasn't busy calculating how much this tax break would allow them to raise there costs... well, then you're probably a Republican.  That's one of the reasons the stock market is going through the roof.  Every one is anticipating how much more money they can get you to spend.  Once prices go up, they are not going to go back down.  This is American Capitalism.
I, myself, am thinking of getting a new laptop.  The Samsung I have is at least 5 years old.  The key's pop off and the left CTRL key is missing.  I'm trying to convince myself it would make a nice, downstairs computer.  True, the disposable income this stinko tax bill is going to give me will not pay for a new laptop.  So, the question is:  should I buy it now or wait until everything goes up in price?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shut it down

Well, we had some snow....  in fact there are still flurries falling.  Total accumulation here is around 6 inches.  The dogs love it since... well, they're dogs and dogs love snow.  They run around using their noses as little plows.  Yesterday was snow filled playtime.  Last night their coats were so soft after all the snow had dried.  Now they're out barking at all of the neighbors shoveling their sidewalks and driveways.  I did my shoveling earlier.  Like I tell people, take advantage of the free cardio.

I saw a clip of Steve Bannon going into testify yesterday.  My, what an ugly man; the ugly inside him is beginning to push out through his skin.  I also thought he looked scared, which makes sense since he's nothing more than an arrogant, conservative asswipe.  You'll find that almost all conservatives are spinless and gutless when under pressure.  As they used to say in old, old crime movies "this canary's going to sing," when they start turning the screws.
And I saw that there are researchers out there in the big, wide world attempting to write algorithms which will translate what your pets are saying.  I'm sure my dogs have a vocabulary that's riddled with obscenities.  Nouns and verbs only, no adjectives, no adverbs, and definitely no conjunctions.  Of course I'm sure there are people out there who feel that their beloved pets speak in complete sentences which sound a lot like 'baby speak.'
Oh, and there's another plan to keep the government from shutting down.  The Idiot Jerk is, of course, blaming Democrats because they won't line up to kiss his ass the way the Republicans have.  No matter how much he whines and complains, almost everybody knows this is his problem.  My advice?  Shut it down.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The bloomin' Truth

So I went to visit my Mom yesterday.  Because of her dementia you never know what she's going to say.  For Christmas I gave her several boxes, stacked in the shape of a tower, filled with candies and snacks - she believes my cousins gave them to her.  They're empty now, so she's has them in stored in a green shopping bag because she thinks my cousins are going to take them and fill them up again for her.... not going to happen.  At one point she pointed to a silk orchid sitting in her window that that my brother and sister-in-law gave her about 12 years ago and said "look, it has buds, I can't wait to see them bloomin'."  Never going to happen.

And I had breakfast with my brother this AM.  And, of course, he wanted to bring up the Oprah connection, the idea that she might run for President in 2020, which I shut down rather rapidly.  I did this by pointing out that while it had been a minor subject in conversation, it tended to be a favorite topic of Republicans attempting to get people to talk about anything other than the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  His "shithole" comments are still reverberating around the planet.  Isn't it funny watching Republicans denying the veracity of Dick Durbin's statement; might have helped if they hadn't waited 36 hours to speak up (not really).  Unfortunately for them, those 36 hours speak volumes about their apparent acceptance of the Idiot Jerk's racist remarks.
Interestingly enough, there's been a lot of research on "fake new," and papers are now being published.  This one is from Dartmouth.  Read the paper, it's deliciously detailed.  One of the things you'll find out is that Idiot Jerk supporters were far, far more likely to follow links to 'fake new' websites than Clinton supporters, most likely to stoke their hatred.  This is rather ironic when you realize how often the Idiot Jerk brings up 'fake news,' in fact rarely does a day go by in which he doesn't utter that phrase.  Some one should tell him the bloom is off that rose.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Balance this

So, here it is Monday, the 2nd day of my 3 days off in a row... and it just happens to be Martin Luther King day.  I didn't know today was a holiday when I requested it off, I just wanted to make sure I got 2 days off in a row.  And evidently MLK day has become more popular than President's Day, which doesn't surprise me.  A while back corporations decided celebrating Washington's Birthday and Lincoln's Birthday gave workers 1 too many holidays in the month of February, so they lumped them together into Presidents Day, a holiday which represents neither of these 2 great men.  While January has Martin Luther King Day, a holiday dedicated to one great man, February has Presidents Day, a holiday dedicated to 2 great men whose names aren't even mentioned.
Oh, and in case anybody out there is wondering, the Idiot Jerk in the White House has declared that "I am not a racist," which is so very, very funny.  Republicans are tripping over themselves trying to do some sort of damage control... what a shame they didn't start until nearly 48 hours after the Idiot Jerk's comments were first made public.  Did it really take them that long to realize he was looking like an even bigger shit bag than he already was?  I doubt it.  More likely it too them that long to understand that the smoke in their eyes was actually coming from the Gateway to Hell.
At last count there were 30 Republicans from the House of Representatives that were "retiring."  That's right, they're not going to be seeking re-election.  Many a whispering that they will lose control of the House...   This is totally beyond belief to the Idiot Jerk's loyal supporters.  That there are multitudes out there who don't sing hymns to personal greed, or who don't bow down daily to Mammon, is a truth they will never fathom.  In particular this a problem for Social Conservatives who presume every pay raise, every bonus, and every tax break is blessing from God.
Anyway, when I jumped on the scale this AM I was a little surprised to see that I gained 2 lbs yesterday... of course that's not true.  This is a primary example of why they tell you not to weigh yourself every day.  There is no way my fat cells grew 2 lbs heavier in 24 hours, not did my muscle mass increase by that amount.  My water weight went up as well, which meant that I drank more than I voided, or sweated away.  Every thing will balance out in the end.

By the way, that photo above is not me... I still have hair on my head.  Besides, it's 14 (F) outside, the sky is getting overcast, and we're supposed to have some snow tomorrow.  Wow!  More free Cardio!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Morning Notes

Well, here it is Sunday morning, a day when many sleep in.  Not me.  Big Seig and Lily were ready to go 'potty outside' at 0516 so I got up, let them out, and made a pot of coffee.
We found a drowned mouse floating in their water bowl.  He's now frozen solid on the back hill, and the bowl has been scrubbed clean and filled with fresh water.  Oh, yes, I do get mice.  Every year.  They're one of the things that come with a 112 year old house with 112 year old stone foundations.
I see the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East Championship - this means they might actually go to the Superbowl.  This also means that, since they're on Anne Marie's turf, and that happens, she might have to dust off her pompoms and do a little cheer for the hometown team.  Maybe a little box step, you know?  Something like: one, two, shake, shake, three, four, shake, shake.
And about that little, What the Fuck, Holy Shit moment they had in Hawaii yesterday?  My money says someone's ass is already a cinder on the grill.
Finally, I work with a rabidly loyal Republican who, for the most part, is a nice older man, and the recent events involving the Idiot Jerk in the White House have provided me with so many moments to... torture his soul.  I'm being serious... this is like... soooooo much fun.  Yesterday, in a moment of barely controlled anger he said, "they're just doing this to get him out of office!"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fear of Missing Out

Well, here it is... Saturday, and, of course, I do get to go to work.  I will be off for the next 3 days, however, so that's okay.   And, left early yesterday... it's the time of year, you know?  Well, maybe you don't.  People rarely do 'home improvement' projects at this time of the year in this part of the country - temperature - no one wants to have their doors or windows open when it's cold outside.  In case you didn't know, the weather was rainy but balmy yesterday, now the thermometer is on the way down with 'highs' over the next couple of days in the upper 20's (F).
Yesterday I did cardio, today will be strength training with a focus on my legs.  I don't know anyone who enjoys working their legs - the largest muscle group in your body, the greatest reaction to lifting, squatting, and lunging.  Training doesn't always create soreness, but mostly it does to some extent, and soreness in the arms, or abs, or shoulders, or back, is easier to take then leg soreness.  You don't want your legs to hurt when you walk.  Still, leg workouts are a necessary evil if I want to climb hills easily when I'm out on the bike.
Oh, and I see that there is a Porn Princess Payoff in the Idiot Jerk's recent past.  How's that for a humdinger... of course, that might be what he $130,000 for... a humdinger.
One of my Navy buddies is a serious Idiot Jerk supporter.  He and I have some very interesting discussions.  We don't argue with each other, just snipe, little nips, you know?  Anyway, he said that no matter what I personally thought about the Idiot Jerk, wasn't I pleased with the economy?  So, I talked to him about FOMO.

Financially, FOMO happens when you watch the stock market rise, and that rise creates a terror in you which screams into your brain "I need to be a part of this!"  As a result you buy stocks, either online or through a broker (in today's computer world, most people do it online).  FOMO deceives you into believing the Stock Market will continue to climb and if you don't buy into it, you're going to miss out on making lots and lots of money.  As a result, you buy overvalued stocks and help to drive their price even higher, where someone in the throes if FOMO will buy them, sending them even higher.  There is a price for this greed.  A correction to the market is coming.  The steeper the overvaluation, the steeper the correction.  A drop is inevitable.  This correction is unavoidable.  Will there be people who are financially hurt?  You bet.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Just a little Nord

Well, I guess anybody who has access to the Internet now knows that the Idiot Jerk in the White House listed a number of 'shithole' countries yesterday.  I doubt very much if I'm the only one who realized the residents of all of those countries are either black or Latino.  Of course, his comments left a lot of conservatives scrambling.  Let's face it, aging, white Republicans desperately don't want to be seen as racist, and his comments definitely drop his supporters into that... shithole.  This is also a really big problem for Social Conservatives, when the scumbag they praise describes third world nations as 'shitholes.'  Evidently he also asked why we couldn't get more immigrants from Norway. 

Someone should tell the Idiot Jerk that we already do get immigrants from Norway.
Today the Idiot Jerk is denying his language - something he should have done yesterday didn't.  Does anybody believe him?  Well, I suspect his every shrinking base will shudder to his defense mostly because his comments make them look like racist pigs as well.
By the way, in 7 days the government will shut down. 
Oh, and another funny thing I saw.  Remember when the Idiot Jerk bragged about saving all of the Carrier jobs?  Well, it seems that was another lie.  Looks like Carrier is still moving it work force to Mexico.  Wait a minute... wasn't, didn't Carrier get some sort of weird tax credit to keep those jobs in the state?  And aren't they going to benefit from the Republican Tax overhaul?  Someone needs to tell the Idiot Jerk that those bad hombres he keeps shrieking about might just be living in Indiana.  Maybe we should build a wall around the Carrier plant just to keep the jobs there.