Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Senator Leahy Displays His Ignorance

In questioning today during the "Sh*thole Gate" hearing, he made the statement that:

Now, last week in the Oval Office,  President Trump reportedly said the most vulgar and racist things I've ever heard a President of either party utter."
Oh, please, Senator.  You are displaying your ignorance.  Certainly, during your lifetime, you know of Presidents who used vulgarities, even racist vulgarities, in the Oval Office.  Lets's take Lyndon Johnson, for example.  He used the word "n**ger a" lot. 

Senator Leahy, being a Democrat, certainly knows that LBJ was a racist.  That's common knowledge.

Regardless of what President Trump may or may hot have said, ti's certainly no the most racist thug ever said in the Oval Office. Senator Leahy is an ignorant jackass.

Quick Potato Soup

Sitting home on a snowy Tuesday, Belle ad I were casting about for something to cook for lunch, and she mentioned that she was hungry for potato soup.  So, I started looking in the freezer and found a bag of Tater Tots I had bought for the grandkids, and in the pantry, I found a box of chicken stock.

I put the tater tots in a soup pot, and added the chicken stock.  Belle looked in the freezer and found a couple of leftover pieces of good tasso ham.  I defrosted it, chopped it into small cubes, and dded that to the pot.  Let it simmer for an hour or so, until the Tater Tots had simmered to pieces and the little potato chunks were tender.

We added some half-and-half, let that heat through, then got out some soup cups.

Garnish with shredded cheese, and serve with saltine crackers.  Now, after lunch, my belly is warm and I don't care if it snows the rest of the day.

Tuesday Morning

At daylight, we have freezing rain and the temps have already hit the high for today.    PawPaw is home, snug and warm (for the time being), and surprise, surprise, Belle's office just called, they are closed for the day.  We expect the weather to be crappy all day long, with the freezing rain changing to snow later this morning.  This does not bode well for central Louisiana, and prudent folks are staying home if possible.

My heart and prayers goes out to those folks who can't bunker up, and must go out in this weather.  Cops, jailers, hospital workers.  Those folks have to provide care an comfort to those people in their charge.  Belle and I have both pulled that duty during our working careers, and are now in positions that doesn't require that level of dedication.

In yesterday's post, concerning coffee, maggiek reminded me how to make coffee when the power goes south.  Thanks, but I've been doing this for a long time.  Not in ice, so much, but other natural disasters peculiar to these latitudes.  I've made coffee every way imaginable.  I've used percolators, I've used drip pots, I've even used an athletic sock to make "cowboy" coffee.    The one tried-and-true method I keep returning to is the old, standard drip coffee pot.

You can still get a brand new one on Amazon for over $50.00.  A decade or so ago, I wore one out and needed a replacement.  I refused to pay what the merchants locally were asking, so I started hitting flea markets.  Found a replacement for well under retail.  It's served me well during disasters and I'm never without the ability to make coffee.

Belle and I are fine, snug and warm at home, an we'll watch the weather and piddle inside today.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Storm Update

I went today and got the butane bottles filled, and stopped at Wally-World and got some little one-pound canisters for the Coleman stove.  I don't expect a power outage, but if it happens, Belle can have coffee when she awakes.  It's one thing to be without power, it's another thing entirely to be without coffee.  That ain't likely to happen around here. 

Schools are closed locally, I'm told.  The announcement ain't out officially, but scuttlebutt from folks I trust tell me that the announcement is coming soon.  We're expecting 1/2 to 2 inches of white stuff, which doesn't seem like much to my brethren from the frozen north, but we don't do salt here.  We just barely have sand to put on bridges and overpasses.  A thin skim of snow will shut-us-the-hell-down until it melt.  Which won't take long.  When it snows tomorrow morning, it might last a fulll day if the temps stay below freeing. 

It is what it is, and we're finally having a winter, after four or five years of not much at all.  The good news, is that as far as I know, we're still having church services tonight.    I'm looking forward to it.  I haven't been able to make services in a couple of weeks, and I've missed it.

Winter Storm Inga

Turning on the Weather Channel this morning, I learn that they've started to name winter storms.  Who knew?  Anyway, this one is named Inga, and she's shaping up to be a bitch.  Here's a weather map from 5:00 a.mm.

It appears that she is going to push down all the way to Louisiana.  The weather weenies are telling us to expect a "wintry mix" tomorrow.  with temperatures in the high teens by Wednesday morning.

Oh, joy!  This global warmening is killing me. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

If You Want More Of Something, Subsidize it.

Which state has the highest level of poverty in the United States?  Not Mississippi or West Virginia, but... drumroll please.... it's California.  Yeah, really!
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
That's what happens when liberalism runs wild.  They throw money at a problem, and make it worse.  We could draw numerous parallels to the War On Poverty from LBJ during the '60s.  It's the same thing that my economics professor told us when we were studying macroeconomics.  "If you want more of something, subsidize it."

We've been subsidizing poverty for a long time.  That's why we have so much of it.

The President's Plain Realism

Oh, he threw a crap grenade into the world press last week, describing some countries as "sh*tholes".  The media exploded in outrage, the media was shocked, the politicians from that other party were apoplectic.  It was an outrage, the very thought that the President of the United States would stoop to such a hateful, derogatory, racist, unseemly adjective sent them into spasms of collective virtue-signalling.

But, the rest of us knew what he was talking about.  Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of all stripes knew just exactly what he was talking about.  But, lest I be accused of assuming something not yet in evidence, let me give  few examples.

If the country in question has recently opened slave-markets, that is a sh*thole country.
If the country in question treats women like chattel, that is a sh*thole country
If the electric power grid depends on the local warlord, you live in a sh*thole country.
If you live in a country where Malaria is the leading cause of death, you live in a sh*thole country
If your economy has hyper-inflation, you live in a sh*thole country.
If you have a toilet paper shortage, you live in a sh*thole country.

I could go on, but I find it amazing that many people don't know what the President was talking about.  The moral preening, the feigned outrage, the political double-speak, is all baffling to those of us who realize that some places are just horrible places to live.

But what I really find amazing is that only President Trump could make the adjective "sh*thole" go viral overnight.  It is what it is, and the President was speaking with plain realism.

Sunday Lunch

With outdoor temps in the high 20s, we opted for comfort food today.  Something simple, warm ad filling.  Taco Soup.  T he recipe is right here.

Belle got a new crock pot for Christmas, and decided to give it a whirl.  It's a big ole ceramic cooker, an 8-quart model, and she made a double batch of taco soup to see how it would do.  What I like about meals like this is that you can brown your meat in a skillet or dutch oven, then start transferring stuff into the ceramic cooker.  Put it on low, let it bump, and you don't have to stand over the stove stirring and wondering.

With corn chips, shredded cheese, and maybe a little sour cream, it will fill bellies with warm goodness.  Taco Soup, it's what's fer lunch.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Shop Update - Shooting

 This morning we held our first club shoot n the new shop.  Brother Herb Dickerson led us in prayer and dedicated the building to the Greater Glory of God, and we commenced the gunfire.

L-R Cookie, Blue Eyed Belle and Dustin
Moon, announcing.  Blue Eyed Belle coaching, and Brother Herb learning the electronics.
L-R Major D, Moon, Big Bill, and Cookie on the line.
It was cold this morning, hovering around freezing outside, but we had a heater in the shop, knocking the chill out of the air.  As soon as the temperature moderates, I intend to have the whole building spray-foamed with closed cell insulation.   Until then we'll use it as-is and put up with the chill.

Friday, January 12, 2018

In A Fast Warming World (Snerk)

Scientists say that last week's cold wave may be increasingly rare.
The record-crushing cold that rang in 2018 was like a blast from the past that will become increasingly rare.
Those idiots should really pay attention to what is happening before they make a prognostication.  Yesterday I was walking around in shirt sleeves, today I'm freezing my gizzard.  Tomorrow is supposed to be colder, and by the middle of next week, we're supposed to break some old records.

Locally, they're predicting 18F for next Wednesday morning, which is as cold as it got on New Year's.  Increasingly rare, my ass.  That's twice in three weeks.  In central Louisiana, which is not noted for much "wintry mix" (which is also predicted for next week).  I will remind the congregation that I have a grandson who didn't see snow until he was ten (10) years old.  He's seen it several times since then.

The TaxProf Blog

Professor Paul L. Caron, continues to do the yeoman work of explaining the continuing controversy relating to the IRS discriminating against conservative groups during the Obama years.

Those of you who have been reading here for a while will recall the tale of Lois Lerner, who apologized for discriminating against conservative groups, then took the 5th repeatedly in testimony before Congress, then was allowed to retire.  In a later lawsuit, she gave a deposition which she is trying to keep sealed, because;
Lerner and Paz have said the release of their depositions “would expose them and their families to harassment and threat of serious bodily injury or even death.”
If what Lerner and Paz did is so horrific that the release of the deposition will make people want to kill her, then it must be horrific indeed.  But, if she did it as an agent of the government, it's a poor reason to keep i the deposition sealed.    Lois Lerner is an object lesson on why government agencies should not be weaponized against citizens of any political stripe.

What Lerner, et al, did was wrong.  Very wrong, and it should be exposed as a lesson to others who might want to hide their actions.

Shop Update - Comments

BobF said...
Thank you very much for posting the progress of this project so regularly. I have found it most interesting and now that you are almost done I'm going to have to turn my chair around and watch those we'll-never-have-a-place-like-that home rehab shows my wife insists on watching. I guess it could be worse -- could be soap operas.
Thanks for the kind words.  But, I'm not nearly finished with this project.  Right now we are in a weather hold.  The next step is to insulate, installing an inch of closed-cell foam on the walls and roof.  That will help with both the winter heating and the summer cooling.  I already have an installer laid-on, but he can't install it in cold weather.  He claims that the process requires a certain minimum temperature and we're below it.

And, I am going to have to pull everything (including lights) out of the shop before we insulate, so I am only putting in the bare minimum until we can do the insulation.  But, I built the shop to shoot in, to have a place where we could shoot and not worry about weather, so I've installed the range temporarily. 

But, we're not nearly finished, not by a long shot.  I've shown you the range, which takes up half of the building.  On the other side, I intend to install a half-bath and an open-concept kitchen, complete with 'fridge, sinks, stove/oven, and my personal favorite, a flat-top grill.

Stand by

Thursday, January 11, 2018


The prisoner, 29-year-old Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez, was found unresponsive in his cell during a morning roll call, and had been transferred to a hospital mortuary in a body bag when pathologists heard something strange.
Snoring. Coming from inside the bag.
We've all hard the horror stories of people being buried alive.  Mostly from the late 19th, early 20th centuries.  The practice of embalming has pretty much put an end to those stories.  Once you are pumped full of embalming fluid, the chances of waking up are pretty slim.

Go Ahead, Senator

Our senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy, spoke the truth yesterday.
“I don’t think we need more gun control; I think we need more idiot control,” the Louisiana Republican told NOLA.com, blasting a new bipartisan gun control bill that appears to be aimed at preventing more of those so-called idiots from purchasing firearms.
You tell 'em, Senator.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Getting There

I got home this afternoon and hanged the wing wall.  The range now takes up half of the shop, but someone can sit on the other side of the wing wall in perfect safety.

I still have some creature-comfort things to install, but I think we're ready for Saturday's club shot.

Here we go!  Shooters on the line!

Taxes - The IRS Quandry

The IRS is facing its first big challenge implementing the new tax law: deciding how much in taxes to withhold from millions of Americans’ paychecks.
The agency is under pressure to take as little as possible so people will see big increases in their take-home pay ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
But that would come at a cost: smaller or even nonexistent refunds next year, though millions rely on them to plug holes in their family budgets. Democrats are already accusing the Trump administration of plotting "phantom windfalls" ahead of the November contest that will come back to haunt taxpayers next tax season.
Don't get me started on the IRS or Withholding.  I've long been of the opinion that we won't get true tax reform until withholding is abolished.   When taxpayers have to start writing quarterly checks to the Treasury quarterly, then you'll see a general tax revolt.  People will demand extreme austerity form the government, and many welfare entitlements will just dry up and blow away.

Yes, I know that withholding is relatively painless, and that many people count on a tax refund during the first quarter of the year to help balance their budgets or provide a small windfall for projects.  But, that's money that the government has used interest-fee for several months.   Just because something is painless doesn't mean that it's good for you.