Monday, October 31, 2022

Running Errands

 While running errands today, Belle and I went by the early polling site and voted for the November 8 primary.  Here in Pineville, the early voting site is Kees Park, at the community center.  It's convenient, it is easy, and I feel like it is secure.  It takes about 10 minutes from the time you lock your car until you get back in to drive away. Voting was brisk this morning, but there were no lines.  Just walk in, identify yourself and go vote.

Louisiana is an ID Card state, and has been for the past several decades.  It is neither an issue nor a hindrance.  We are quite baffled as to why other states haven't adopted the practice.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

This And That

 We have all been barraged with the news of the prominent San Francisco homeowner who confronted an intruder, was hit with a hammer, and is in the hospital with a fractured skull.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

We turn to page two of the paper and learn of another intruder in Hidalgo County, TX,   It didn't work out that well for him.

Garcia, 36, proceeded to try to break into the bedroom where the family was located, according to authorities. 

"The homeowner warned Garcia that the police had been called and she had a gun.  When Garcia refused to leave and continued to try to get into the bedroom, the homeowner shot once through the door.  Garcia fled the house," the sheriff’s office posted to Facebook of the burglary. 

Authorities launched a search of the area and found Garcia about 100 yards away from the home with a gunshot wound to the left arm. He was medically cleared and booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center for Burglary of Habitation with Intent, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. 

That's the way it is supposed to work.  Someone breaks in, you shoot him.  Our homeowner in SanFran should have known how to do that.

Sunday Morning Dawg


Hanging out on the porch.

Thursday, October 27, 2022



Punch C1 and watch him jump.


 PJMedia is reporting that Senator Bob Menendez is under some sort of federal criminal investigation.

Who cares?  Being under federal investigation is sort of a badge of honor.  They've been investigating Trump for years now.

Until they actually file indictments, it's just rumor.

Diesel Shortage?

 Zero Hedge is reporting that we might be in dire straits.

Diesel supplies are very scarce across the Northeast and in the Southeast. Supplies are at the lowest seasonal level for this time of year, and the US only has 25 days left of the industrial fuel in storage. The crisis gripping the diesel market appears to be getting out of hand as one fuel supply logistics company initiated emergency protocols this week. 

Thanks, Joe Biden   Diesel is the life-blood of American commerce.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Democracy Dies

 If you've been paying attention to the national screechers, it appears that Republicans might be having a good year.  I doubt that they can hold it, because I call them the Stupid Party, but the other side is insane.  The latest screed is that democracy is going to die if the Rs take over.

Tucker covers it here, but there is one screengrab that tells the tale.  You know that this guy is a Democrat, and it turns out he works for some Washington fish wrap paper.

Okay, Max.  Explain to me again how democracy dies when one side wins a free and fair election?

Evidently, the Ds have finally read the Constitution and learned that state legislatures control the certification of election.  That's not news.  It's been that way since ratification.

It will be interesting to see how the voter turnout goes in Georgia under the new Jim Crow 2.0 law.  By all reports, the Georgia voters are breaking records.

Undecided Voters

 I understand that there was a debate in Pennsylvania last night, and that it was a complete train-wreck for John Fetterman.  But, at this late stage of the election cycle, I wonder how many undecided voters there are in Pennsylvania?  I know nothing about politics in that state, but I know that for the local races we will decide in Louisiana, voters have already made up their minds.  In fact, we are already voting.

Pennsylvania is a tight race. The choice between Fetterman and Oz is stark.  The choice has been stark since the beginning of the race and has not really changed.  Oz is a physician and Fetterman is a career politician.  Fetterman is a Democrat and Oz is a Republican.  Oz seems to have control of his mental faculties and Fetterman is a stroke patient.  That is not Fetterman's fault, and I wish him a clear and complete recovery, bnut that does not change the fact.

In other news, evidently Hillary Clinton has actually read the Constitution and has learned that the state legislatures control the US Presidential election.  Who knew?  It comes as a bit of a shock to her.

According to Hillary Clinton, less than two years after the “fairest and most secure election in history,” the 2024 presidential election is on the verge of being stolen.

Hillary is like the herpes of American politics.  The immune system beats it down, but never really kills it. Then, once the body politic lets its guard down, it erupts again causing discomfort and pain among the afflicted.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

High and Dry

 The USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer from the WWII era is a floating museum in Baton Rouge, LA.

Kidd was featured in the recent WWII movie Greyhound.  Tom Hanks played the skipper who took the ship on convoy duty escorting merchants and troop carriers to the UK.

Normally, she floats in the Mississippi river, providing tours to school kids and veterans groups.

Only problem now is, she ain't floating.  Too little water int he river.

Plenty more photos in the local fish wrapper.  If whoever it is taking care of Kidd, this might be a good time to do hull maintenance.

Monday, October 24, 2022


 This was the weekend that kept on giving.

After we learned that my brother had died on Friday, we were trying to adjust to the shock, then on Saturday afternoon, we learned that our Mother had fallen and broken a hip.  Thankfully, Mom lives close and had plenty of support.

The docs did surgery this morning, a complete replacement.  Mom just got out of surgery and the doc reports that she came through it well.

This weekend has been a total skunk-striped bitch.  And, any Monday I have to spend at a hospital cannot be described as a complete success.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Election Deniers

I saw this one day last week but glossed over it.  It turned up on my news feed this morning, and I decided to highlight it.

Kari Lake is running to be the governor of Arizona.  She does not suffer fools gladly.

Sunday Morning Dawg


Stretching after a nap on the porch.

Saturday, October 22, 2022


 If you follow general aviation, I'm sure by now you have heard of the airplane crash in Keene, NH that took the lives of two people.

David was my little brother.  He turned 599 this year.  David was that kid down at the FBO who would do anything for an hour of flight time.  Sweep hangers, spot planes, clean up messes, he did it all to fly.  He got his pilots lisense shortly after he got his drivers license.

David went in the Army right out of high school and did a tour in Germany, where he worked as a crew chief on UH-1 helicopters.  When he came out of the Army, he met his wife and they settled down in her hometown of Townshend, VT.  He got out of aviation for a while, but after his two kids were out of high school, he went back to it with everything he had.  I looked at David's FAA certification today.  Airplane, single and multi-engine, commercial, instrument instructor.

I last saw David in July, when he came home for a short visit.  We had the opportunity to spend an afternoon together.  He wouldn't have a drink with me because he valued his pilot's license above all else. David worked at what he called the "salt mine" during the day, then went to the airport and taught aviation for a couple of hours before going home.

According from what I can piece together from the news items, David had a student in his plane, and was about a mile or less from the airport.  Something went horribly wrong.  David and his student died.

The family is in shock.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Californians Move to Texas | Episode 3: The Church

And looks who makes a guest appearance.

Internet Access

 One of the continuing challenges of rural America is internet access.  The gold standard is cable-type Inernet, but other options exist in local markets.

Here where I live, we are served by Optimum, a cable company who provides TV, internet, and residential phone services.  We used to be served by SuddenLink, but they went away several months ago, and Optimum is the name on the building today.

Optimum sends me a bill each month.  A big bill.  I had been using my cell phone as a local hotspot for internet services in the shop but wanted something better.  The hotspot has a data limit, and when I reached that limit, they would throttle it dramatically.  So, I went down to the local Optimum office to see if I could get internet access in the shop.

I went in on Thursday, Oct 13, and they told me that someone would be out on Friday, Oct 14 to assess the work.  hung around the shop all day and never saw any cable guys, so on Monday I called the company.  THey told me that their guy had been here and said that it was impossible to put internet in my shop because it was over 300 feet from their access point.  Odd, that/

So, I went back to the store on Tuesday, October 18th.  They told me that someone would be out of Thursday, Oct 20, to re-evaluate. I stayed at the shop all day yesterday, and even made jokes about it with friends and family who dropped by, asking if they had seen a lost cable guy.  No one showed up.  So, this morning, Oct 21st, I went back to the store.  The woman at the store, who has been very helpful, checked the computer and told me that someone had come out yesterday, and said that the local access point is over 325 feet from the shop.

That is very odd.  I checked the acess point on the pole with Google maps, using the same access route that our local electric company used to put power into the shop.  It measured at just over 192 feet.

They are supposed to send a supervisor out later today.  We'll see.

Thursday, October 20, 2022


 This story out of Germany warms my heart. It seems some protesters went into a Volkswagen facility and glued themselves to the floor.  VW, by all accounts, told them to have fun, turned off the heat to the building and left.

“[Volkswagen] told us that they supported our right to protest, but they refused our request to provide us with a bowl to urinate and defecate in a decent manner while we are glued, and have turned off the heating.”

So, their basic complaint is that Volkswagen won't let them shit in a bowl?  Okay!


 The dawg has become an escape artist, figuring ways to get under the backyard fence to explore the wider world.  Belle is vocally opposed to him running loose.

He's creative, I'll give him that.  For the past week or so, it's been a game.  I'll patch one escape route, he'll find another.  His last gambit was fairly creative.  Shimmy under an old deck and exploit a gap in the fence that I didn't think a cat could get through.   So, this morning, with a little field expedient carpentry, I closed that gap. We'll see how he does with that.

He's a pea-brain, but I learned to deal with pea-brains during my stint in Corrections.  Lots of pea-brains there who learn to study barricades looking for a weak spot.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Pork Stew

 We awoke to freezing temperatures this morning, the first time this season.   After coffee, I asked Belle what she wanted for lunch, and she reminded me about a piece of pork we needed to cook.  So, a stew seemed to be in order.

I want out to the shop, lit the hater near her couch, then started prepping the pork.  Cut it into bite-sized peices and seasoned it well with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little Tony's seasoning.  I washed and chopped an onion, some russet potatoes, and some carrots.  Then browned the pork in a little oil,  When brown, I added the onions, and a little flour.  I let that sizzle for a bit, then added some brown gravy mix and water.  A little Lea &Perrins for flavor.  I put it on what trail cooks call a "slow walk" and let the flavors blend for an hour or so.

When the carrots were fork tender, I put on a pot of rice.  That's how we did lunch today.

FBI Malfeasance

 Matt Vespa, at Townhall, writes about the FBI under-counting the number of mass shooting prevented or ended by a civilian who happens to be close when the incident begins.

According to the Hoover boys, only four percent of active shooter situations are stopped by ordinary citizens when the actual number is closer to 35 percent. In 2021, the figure was around 50 percent. John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center crunched the exact figures in their new study, which also added that the FBI misclassified shooting incidents when a civilian stopped the attacker because the police later arrested the suspect (via CPRC):

So, the FBI is under-counting those situations where a civilian stops a mass shooting, and under-counting them by a factor of 10.  That doesn't surprise me. 

Just another reason not to believe anything that the FBI tells us.  They have lied to the American people almost continuously since 2001. They lock up patriots and ignore crimes committed by Democrats.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Getting Ready

 With cold weather imminent, I decided yesterday to get some propane bottles filled.  Standard, 25 lb bottles.  I took them down to the local feed-and-seed  Filling four bottles cost me $91 and change.  Last year, it was $56 and change.

This morning I was at Wally-World and passed through the camping section to pick up some small 1 lb bottles. $9.87 for a two-pack.

I can see that heating the shop is going to be expensive this winter, and I'll have to pick up one of those adapters to refill the small bottles.  Belle likes a small Mr. Heater down by her feet when we're in the shop.  It runs on 1 lb bottles, and I may have to get an adapter to run it off one of the big bottles.  But, I hear from others that the Mr. Heater really doesn't like to run off the big bottles.  Something about the hose degrading and getting trash in the heater that clogs up the works.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Freeze Warning

 The weather weenies are telling me that we have a freeze warning in effect for Wednesday, Oct 19th.

It's only supposed to get down to 30F, but technically that is freezing.

We'll see, I reckon.  I went and got some propane bottles filled today in case I have to break out the heater for the shop.

Mayorkas is a Damned Fool

 Mayorkas is now complaining that Republican rhetoric on the open border is causing a problem, because the Mexican cartels think that that border is open.

Mayorkas is a damned fool.  The reason that Republicans are saying that the border is open is because the border is, in fact, open.  Not only is Mayorkas stupid, but he is ugly.  Belle commented recently, while watching him on TV, that I have a better-looking head on my dick.

In a same world, Mayorkas would be in prison for malfeasance.  The amount of damage that he has personally done to the United States is incalculable.  If we had a functioning DOJ, Mayorkas would have already been run out of town on a rail, but with Garland in charge, he's only interested in J6 revelers and covering up for Hunter Biden.

If we take the Senate in three weeks, these sonsofbbitches need to find a hole to crawl in.

Red Wave

 PJMedia is opining that Colorado might elect a GOP senator.

Both parties quietly say the Colorado senate seat currently held by Democrat empty suit Michael Bennet could very well flip to GOP challenger Joe O’Dea — despite him lagging far behind in every poll taken so far.

I'm no politico, as I proved in my run for Sheriff, but even I can see that the Democrats have a lot of headwinds to fight against.  The national party isn't helping them much, what with energy and crime climbing at exorbitant rates.  The national Dems don't seem to be talking about the issues that affect every-day Americans.

Louisiana will do its part and re-elect John Kennedy That race is simply a requirement.  John is going back in easily.  Other states with Donk senators need to step up and throw the bums out.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

RIP, Denny

 I just finished with my Saturday festivities and sat down to surf.

I went to the Grouchy Old Cripple and learned that Denny has died.

That is a damned shame.  He's been a regular read since I started this blogging thing.  He is going to be missed, and I'm raising a glass to him right now.  Rest in peace, brother.  The rest of us will be along directly.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard: Our leaders are lying to us

Tulsi Gabbard is making noise, and more importantly, that noise is about democracy and leadership.

Recently, she left the Democrat party, and she is telling us that Democrats do not have our best interest at the forefront of their agenda.  Skip ahead to about 2:20 and she talks about the very definition of truth and how the leadership is trying to redefine it.

It will get crazy in the run-up to the midterms, and we're going to hear a lot of stuff.  What I will tell you is that the Republicans may not be able to fix all your problems, but the Democrats are the cause of all your problems.  Anyone who votes for a Democrat at any level, is voting against their own best interest.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Mayorkas Lied

 Remember the incident at the border last year?  We talked about it here.  Border Patrol agents on horseback?  Yeah, you remember.

Our lying DHS Secretary, Mayorkas said it was terrible, horrible, conjuring up images from our racist past.

Truns out, he knew it was a lie.  The whole thing.  Never happened.

According to the newly released emails, Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was aware the popular narrative that Border Patrol agents whipped a group of Haitian migrants was false hours before he declared the incident “horrific” during a White House press conference. One of Mayorkas’s staffers sent him an email less than three hours before the press conference relaying the account of photographer Paul Ratje, who took the viral photos and said the salacious account of what happened was false.

He knew it was a false narrative and he went with it anyway.  That fact proves that Mayorkas is a lying sonofabitch. He willfully and knowingly lied to the American people. He willfully and knowingly threw his own employees under the bus of racism.  He furthered a narrative that damaged American law enforcement.  

Mayorkas is the very worst of the American deep state.  He has neither shame nor honor.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The Migrant Problem

 I have a close friend with extremely close ties to the migrant community.  His wife was born in Brazil, where they met. She came over legally, did the paperwork, got a visa and a green card, and over the space of several years, became an American citizen.  They have sponsored close friends and family members who are all here legally.

My friend runs a successful business, along with his sons.  He is semi--retired, letting the kids run the business, but he keeps a close eye on things.  In the shop, they speak Portuguese, which is the native tongue of the wife's side of the family.

He dropped by my shop today to shoot the bull and we started talking about the illegal migrant problem.  He is not sure what the answer is but believes that it needs to be solved quickly.  He tells me that the legal immigrants are totally pissed off at Biden for letting things get out of hand.  The legal migrants spent tots of time, energy, and money doing it right, and they are outraged that Biden is letting people jump the line. They don't think it is fair.

My buddy also tells me that if these illegals are allowed to stay, with a path to citizenship, then at some point soon, they will become natural Republicans.  They are escaping corrupt governance and socialistic problems.  If these people are ever allowed to vote, they won't vote Democrat.

I trust his analysis. He is a lot more familiar with the migrant community than I am.


 The Producer Price Index is in, and it ain't good.  It looks like producer prices are running at 8.5%.

“Excluding food, energy and trade services, the index increased 0.4% for the month and 5.6% from a year ago,” CNBC’s report added.

If you add in food and energy, there is no telling how high the number might be. 

The Consumer Price Index is supposed to come out tomorrow, and it spells very bad news for the Biden economic plan.  Which is to say, he doesn't have an economic plan.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Duct Tape or Duck Tape

 It's duct tape.  That is not open for discussion.  It was invented during WWII as a general purpose adhesive tape.  After the war it was used as a building material, to connect ventilation ducts.  These days, better tapes exist, so duct tape has become a redneck fix-all.  I have several rolls in my shop.

There is a Duck Brand tape, but even they admit that the type is duct tape.  It's right there on the label.

It was never used for taping ducks.  That would be cruel.

Duct Tape

 From Termite:

Monday, October 10, 2022

Biden Regrets

 It seems that our commander in chief is pissed off that OPEC decided to cut production of crude oil.  

President Joe Biden was outraged on October 5 when the oil-and-gas cartel OPEC+ announced that it would cut production by two million barrels of oil per day. He had reason to be angry. The dis was personal. And the move has global implications. OPEC+ includes Russia, and rising oil prices will help Vladimir Putin, undermine Europe’s ability to keep the lights on, and reduce food supply in the Global South. 

I would remind our president that on Day One of his administration, he did the same thing.  He cut production, increased prices and started on a path of inflation that harms lower and middle income families. But, what really bothers Joe is that it comes at a time when his party is particularly vulnerable.

President Biden has been around long enough to understand the special relationship between fuel prices and presidential job approval. He’s incensed that OPEC+ may have helped the Republican opposition weeks before the midterm election.

I'm one of those guys who link presidential approval and fuel prices.  I know what I paid for fuel on the last day of Trumps administration, and I consider any price above that as abject failure on the current administration. 

The midterms are less than 30 days away, and rising gas prices do not bode well for the Democrats.


 It seems that the good folks on Nantucket are worried about a possible airplane full of migrants descending into their little slice of heaven.

Nantucket Police have issued an alert that a flight is set to arrive this week that has “many similarities to the flight and incident that occurred on Martha’s Vineyard” last month — when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent dozens of migrants from Texas to the Bay State island.

Is Nantucket a sanctuary island? If so, they should welcome these people with open arms.  However, if their sanctuary status is as solid as those on Martha's Vineyard, perhaps they should re-think their virtue signaling.

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Tyson Leaving Chigago

 Tyson Foods says that it is consolidating its executives from Chicago to their global headquarters in Arkansas.  I wonder why?

The poultry producer said Wednesday that it’s bringing together its corporate employees at its global headquarters in Arkansas, resulting in the closure of three offices, including downtown Chicago, Downers Grove, Illinois, and Dakota Dunes in South Dakota. Roughly 1,000 employees work in the three offices and will begin relocation in early next year.

Living in Arkansas beats being shot in a drive-by. Or, having your car jacked at a stop sign.

Sunday Morning Dawg


Saturday, October 08, 2022

Boiling 600 Pounds of Pig Parts in Louisiana!! RARE Cajun American Food!!!

Because it's Saturday night and I'm enjoying a bourbon.  So, it's time to watch silly YouTube videos.

Toward the end, they talk about hogs-head cheese.  It's not cheese, and it isn't made (anymore) form a hog's head, but when it's done right, it's wonderful.

Friday, October 07, 2022

Well, This is Interesting.

The news is abuzz with speculation that Hunter Biden may soon face accountability, if even in a minor way.

Will this bring down the whole Biden crime family?  Don't bet the rent.  Remember, Joe is a slippery old machine politician who happens to be a sitting president.

I seem to recall a lot of legal analysts during the Trump years who said that it is impossible, constitutionally, to indict a sitting President.  Will this bring down the Biden presidency?  Well, other than the border problems, inflation, and crime, 

Don't look for a perp walk before the midterm elections.

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Californians Move to Texas | Episode 2: The Cookout

The Decline of New Orleans

New Orleans has always been a tourist mecca.  Beautiful architecture, wonderful food, a thriving night life. History and culture combined to make New Orleans a wonderful city.

But, decades of Democratic governance have eroded the city to the extent that it is now the murder capital of the US.  These figures are not in dispute, except in the mayor's office.  The mayor of the city, Latoya (the Destroyer) Cantrell is denying that New Orleans has a problem with crime.  Of course, Cantrell has problems of her own with crime.  She is in trouble for travel expenses and other corruption that seem to follow her like a shadow.

It's so bad that even Tucker Carlson took notice.

Belle and I used to love spending the odd weekend in New Orleans.  With rising crime and a general decline of the city, we haven't been there for several years.  And, we have no plans to return.  We'll spend our tourist money elsewhere.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Helicopter Door Gunners in Vietnam - The Shotgun Riders | US Army Docume...

More FBI Nonsense

 One of the things that we rely on when tracking crime in a certain place is the FBI's crime report.  Only, it turns out that they have been under-reporting certain types of incidents, like the frequency of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a fun.  According to Jazz Shaw at

One thing we have traditionally relied on when analyzing trends in violent crime is the FBI’s annual reports covering a variety of crime statistics. But what if those statistics are wildly inaccurate? In at least one category, that appears to have been the case in recent years. A new report from John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center demonstrates that the FBI records very few active shooting incidents where armed citizens have stepped up to put an end to the killing. But according to these statistics, it happens far more often than the Bureau’s records claim. How far off was the FBI? During the seven-year period from 2014 through 2021, the agency reported that only 4.4% of active shooting events were ended by armed citizens, but Lott’s figures indicate that the number was actually more than 34%. That’s a very large discrepancy to account for. (Fox News)

Here is the link from Fox News

I trust John Lott's analysis more than I trust the FBI.  Lott has done exemplary work over the years.  The FBI, not so much.  But, if they are manipulating crime stats to reflect political agendas, I don't think they could sink much lower.

First, He Is. Then He Wasn't. Now He Is Again

 Remember several months ago, Elon Musk was going to buy Twitter?  THen he backed out of the deal.  Now, it appears that the deal is back on the front burner.

On Tuesday, we learned that tech entrepreneur Elon Musk intends to proceed with the purchase of Twitter. The deal had been mired in complex legal maneuverings, but it appears that Musk now believes he’ll be getting his money’s worth from the arrangement. Before the ink was dry on Musk’s Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, an NBC reporter, who is apparently assigned to the “dystopia beat”—we don’t know if that line in his bio is tongue-in-cheek, but we suspect not—went full Chicken Little upon learning there will soon be a new boss at Twitter.

I don't much care one way or the other.  Obviously, I have no financial stake, and I don't even play on the platform.  But, it is interesting to see the left collectively lose their minds.

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Rest In Peace, Loretta

The Brace Issue

 You know, the brace that some folks put on their pistols to make them fore accurate?  Yeah, those braces.  It seems that the ATF has once again changed its mind, and wants them regulated.  As in, buy a stamp.

Owners will be faced with two choices, GOA warns, “Give the ATF your name, Social Security number, address, phone number, email, payment information, FINGERPRINTS, as well as the make, model, and serial number of your firearm – and provide photographic evidence of your compliance OR Face jail time and pay a $250,000 fine.”

That ain't much of a choice.  

I have a better idea.  When the Republicans take Congress, simply repeal all federal firearms laws, going back to the turn of the last century.  Repeal them all.  Make the ATF the department of AT, and don't worry about firearms.  All of those ATF assholes can regulate Alcohol and Tobacco.  Until we get tired of them futzing with our drinks and our smokes, and we can just repeal those laws too.


 You hear it everywhere.  This place, or that place was decimated in the recent storm.

Historically, a decimation was a punishment for a group of soldiers who failed to perform in combat.  The unit would be formed, and one man in ten would be killed. To encourage the others to greater exertion.

Nowadays, decimation is used to describe storm damage, when the best word to use might be devastation If an area is decimated, I expect that one in ten buildings were damaged.

It's a minor critique, but the use of one word when another is more accurate or descriptive seems to be a form of journalistic laziness these days. I know that journalists are lazy, but they should not also be stupid.  One would hope that a journalist in the US would have a basic working knowledge of the English language.  That does not seem to be the case.

Monday, October 03, 2022

Monday Update

 I spent the morning helping a disabled friend run errands.  I take him to run errands on the first business day of the month, to do his banking, hit the grocers and the pharmacy.  I enjoy his company and it gets me out of the house.  It makes for an enjoyable morning.

I see that Susan Collins is worried about the level of violent political discourse.  This country has gotten stranger, and people have lost their filters.  Maybe everyone needs to dial back the rhetoric.  It doesn't help when the president calls his political adversaries "extreme".

With the midterms approaching, it doesn't help to have this type of messaging.

Apocalypse now: Democrats embrace a dark midterm message

They say that we are threatened with right-wing fascism, but I don't think they know what the word means.  They certainly hope that the unwashed masses don't know that it mans.  And, I would question the utility of worrying about right wing power after being assaulted by left-wing power for the past two years.  

In the meantime, my gut is telling me that we are approaching the noon hour, so it is probably time to see what is in the fridge.

Sunday, October 02, 2022

The Great Conundrum

So, here is the deal, and we in Louisiana and South east Texas have learned it over the past decade.

If you own a home in a hurricane zone, your storm deductible is set at about 20% of the value of the home.  And, if you don't have flood insurance, nothing is covered if you are house floods.

In the clip below, Varney talks about the economic impacts of the recent hurricane in Florida.  These impacts are on the property owners, and if his figures are correct, many of them will be wiped out.  Property in southwest Florida just got a whole lot cheaper, and I'm not in the market for any of it.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 He has something evil planned, and I doubt the cat will be a willing participant.

Saturday, October 01, 2022