A little late but…
But barely, LOL.
Just a short update to let followers know what’s going on.
Moving is still progressing slowly. It’s been a 240 mile round trip every day for the last week and a half, on top of cleaning both places, packing and unpacking. Sunday is the day the movers pick up the remaining stuff. We will have internet at the new place on Friday also. That means after Sunday the only thing that should be left is a trip back here to finish cleaning the place, turn over the keys and tell the apartment management to perform an anatomical impossibility, LOL.
We did manage to put in some solar powered lights to help us see the driveway at night also:
Look great right? Box said they stay lit for 8 hours too.
Dead an hour later. Don’t waster your money; they’re junk even after being out for years.
Anyhow, that’s my update and consumer tip for the week. I should be back after Sunday if all goes well.
As recently promised, it’ll be relatively drama free however.
Mainly I just wanted to let folks know that we’re pushing HARD to be out of this apartment in the next week and be settled in our new place by Thanksgiving. Will we make it? Hard to say. Technically we have until the 6th of next month, but we want our peace, quiet and sanity back.
Bottom line though, I’m busy as heck, and I’m likely to stay that way for another week or two. I’m doing my best to at least keep up with my followed blogs, but even so, I’m 60 emails behind right now. I really am anxious to get the blogs fully rebooted again too.
Then there’s the new and semi-new followers also. I haven’t forgotten any of you, and you’re all appreciated. I intend to give your blogs closer looks as time allows.
We actually signed the lease on our new place on Wednesday, otherwise I’d have done a Veteran’s Day post or re-blogged my one from last year. The trip was quite an adventure in itself too.
We got caught in heavy rain, and the Subaru hydroplaned and then fishtailed, and I mean royally! We literally got half way to sideways 8 different times before I got it back under control. It swerved one way then the other and seemed to fight me every step of the attempted recovery. STILL, without the all wheel drive and traction control system, we probably would have rolled over. At least there would have been airbags also in that case. Not so much so with the F-150 (only front air bags) or the Mustang (nothing).
So yeah, we got a good scare, and happily there were no cars around us to put in danger, BUT it worked out fine.
Another thing that worked out fine:
I canz has Baby Yoda Tervis Tumbler. 😀 *happy dance* I’m even vaguely less upset about the election now, LOL. As for the rest of you, never fear. Disney is hard at work motivating it’s exploited third world child labor force to make sure you can have goodies also:
Yeah, I know… killjoy, LOL. Not like I haven’t said the Mouse is Sith though.
No, not the election, although the idiocy I’m seeing on both sides makes me wish I had my political blog up and running. I’ve got rants building up, LOL. NO, this time I’m revisiting our ultimate devourer of the universe; COVID-19
I’m seeing persecution and vilification of people not wearing masks, the media hyping “worst month ever” every month, and today I was in the shopping and saw the store was cleaned out of toilet paper AGAIN. MAYBE that has something to do with Biden’s 4 to 6 week lockdown talk, I don’t know. Either way it’s crazy.
You’ve been warned though; get a small stockpile yourself before it’s gone again.
“Worst month ever” I’ve seen every month for the last 4 months. You know what I’m NOT seeing though? The pictures of bodies piling up so high in New York City that they were being loaded on trucks using forklifts. That WAS happening back in March and April though. There was evidence of sick people back then. I’m not seeing even that in the last month or so. Yes, I’m saying I believe the media is lying, AND the CDC’s own stats would support that. April was still the worst month for deaths by far. I’m sure the disease is still out there doing it’s thing, just not quite at the level advertised.
That CDC web page says that in the U.S. there have been 225,683 deaths directly attributable to COVID. That’s one in every 1475 people roughly. A *typical* flu season kills around 50,000 people in the U.S. So yes, it’s roughly 5 times more dangerous than a garden variety flu. It’s also a little less contagious than measles per recent reports (which makes it pretty contagious).
We’re up to 1,309,703 deaths worldwide also, BUT the 1918 Spanish Flu killed 45 times that number of people. SO, as I keep saying; it’s dangerous and to be respected but it’s NOT the end of the universe.
Mask Derangement Syndrome: Before I get going here, let me state that I *do* believe they work and are a good preventative measure. This hysteria that anyone not wearing one is spreading COVID is insane though. First, there are legitimate medical reasons for not wearing them; primarily breathing issues.
I get touchy about masks around food myself. That’s an ideal situation for germs to travel. I don’t go out of my way to persecute people or assume they’re automatically infected though.
It also seems to be forgotten that COVID can spread via contact too. Door handles, toilet seats, table and chairs, etc… Using gloves or these silly hook tools that I see don’t do anything long term either since the germs will cover the gloves or tool and then jump to the person. They’re short term protection at best.
Those antibacterial wipes and sprays only create super germs also. “Kills 99.9% of germs” means that .1% becomes resistant and continues to multiply. So, not only are there no guarantees in life, sometimes the “cure” only adds to the problem.
Bottom line, if you want a fairy tale existence that guarantees you’re never going to run any risk of exposure, stay at home. Otherwise you’re going to have to accept the 1 in roughly 300 chance that you MIGHT come down with it, and mitigate the odds by wearing your own mask. There’s a 98 to 99 percent chance based on current and recovered cases, that if you get it, that it’s going to be relatively mild also.
Stay safe also, but in the name of humanity, the hysteria is worse than the actual virus.
Today was actually a reasonably productive day. Also why I’ve been slow to get back to WP despite a fair number of comments on yesterday’s post. More there in a bit.
Today largely consisted of getting the F-150 emissions (smog) tested, and registered, and then a trip to Nashville to go to the bank and get funds for the deposits, etc… for the new rental we will be moving into SOON.
In a bit of irony, the first place we tried to rent FINALLY got back to us 4 or 5 days late and said we were approved to rent it also. Almost a shame since that place has alot of charm, but it’s smaller, fairly poorly laid out (the door to the back porch is in the second bedroom?!?), and the property management company just plain made a bad impression on us by taking 5 times longer than promised and not even contacting us; just emailing the lease to sign digitally.
The truck passed it’s smog test fine. Not surprising since we went over everything thoroughly and repaired a few things that we found. I’d go into details, but I’d lose most of you, or bore you with detailed descriptions of the systems.
Net result though; 4 parts per million of Hydrocarbons, and ZERO Carbon Monoxide… in a 26 year old truck.
Tell me again how gasoline engines are dirty…
For those who get lost on the parts per million thing… that’s 4 particles of hydrocarbons for every million particles of air coming out the tailpipe. In people terms… New York City has 8.33 million people. The HC coming out of the tailpipe would amount to 33 people in that population of 8.3 million.
And since Tennessee has a good 100 different license plate designs to chose from, I picked the Gadsden Flag one as my own little protest to what’s going on in the country:
Funny (sad)… I considered putting that same plate on Ginger (the ’67 Mustang), but I decided it felt a little confrontational at the time, and opted for the Bald Eagle conservation plate. NOW, I see it as my way of saying I’ve had enough without going out and picking a fight. Which brings up to a brief comment on yesterday’s post
That post was the culmination of over a decade of frustration over being called every name under the sun by the far left; racist, sexist, homophobic, yadda yadda… all because while I essentially supported many of their social ideas, BUT I didn’t take it as far as they wanted, and I didn’t want them taking what little I had that I’d worked my rear off for, so they could give it to somebody else.
The voting irregularities scare me also, because it means we’re heading towards being Russia, where choice is a complete illusion.
Trump himself… I know I sounded like I was defending him, BUT I can’t stand the guy on a personal level. Even when I’ve agreed with his idea in principle, his obnoxious way of handling issues played right into his opponents hands and alienated allies.
Take the “NATO members need to start paying their fair and agreed upon share of NATO’s operating cost” as an example. It’s only 2% of their GDP after all, and on the surface that sounds reasonable.
A) I don’t recall hearing him acknowledge that some other NATO countries DO pay their share, and more. The UK and Germany in particular IIRC, and
B) There are a million more statesman-like ways to ASK the other members to sit down and work out something instead of going into the situation throwing a fit and threatening to take our toys and go home.
Playing the heavy may work when you’re kicking old ladies out of their homes to build a golf course (something Trump literally has done in the past), but is not how you handle relationships with long term allies.
So, while I think Trump was better than Biden, and I do NOT like the funny business in the election… Personally, I was pulling for Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio in the 2016 primaries. I’d have been happy to see Trump drop out and let Pence run this time also.
NOW… I just have to sit back and wait to see if my fears are justified regarding the Far Left doubly down on their hate speech and persecution. I’d be VERY happy to be proven wrong here. Long winded explanation, I know, BUT I do NOT want people thinking I’m a mindless Trump-bot. I’m just tired of being blamed for all the world’s woes.
Another Conspiracy Theory:
It was tossed around by people more readily accepting of conspiracy theories than I am, that the COVID-19 epidemic would magically go away as soon as Biden won the election. Tin-Foil hat stuff, right? *I* said that was taking things too far.
BUT… Here’s Andrew Cuomo all but saying the Coronavirus will end in two months when Biden takes office:
That’s a top Democrat on a liberal site saying that, not some Fox talking head misquoting somebody.
And with THAT, I truly am done with politics here. It’s just getting too Alice in Wonderland and as predicted, I lost multiple followers yesterday.
My last political post here. As promised last time, politics will be banished to another blog soon. This will be a long one too. I’m going out with a bang. I challenge everyone to read it all the way through.
The Election Results:
Yes, the leftists and the people who never questioned the constant attacks disguised as news are happy. I’m not. It’s not that I like Trump. He’s an insecure narcissist. His lack of communication skills have made even the best ideas sound horrible. We MAY very well be better off without him.
What greatly disturbs me however is the twisted election results. Trump had a nearly 20% lead (18.9% if I recall correctly) in Pennsylvania for days, and then it just suddenly evaporates? The same thing happened on smaller scales in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.
This is different than Hillary’s loss four years ago also. At least she kept gaining votes as the counting continued. Trump pretty much stopped gaining any votes after the polls closed. Anybody care to tell me how it’s possible that Biden got over 90% of the remaining ballots when he was projected to lose all those states?
Yes, I know… It’s all a conspiracy theory. Tell that to the people of Maricopa County who say their votes were blocked:
Does THAT look like the county that flipped Arizona for Biden? We’re supposed to believe it was.
Votes not being counted DOES happen too. My other half and I had a poll worker in Sacramento refuse to take our absentee ballots in the 2016 election (you have the option to drop the envelope at a polling station instead of mailing it). Not only that, the dropped off ballots were being tossed into open cardboard boxes instead of locked, sealed ballot bags.
Bottom line here; the allegations of fraud SHOULD concern everyone. It was investigated thoroughly in 2016 with the only evidence after years of looking being that Russia trolled everybody via fake accounts on social media. If there’s nothing to hide, the Left should welcome a thorough and transparent investigation like they demanded in 2016.
Fair and honest elections should be everyone’s priority.
Biden’s Claim of a “Mandate”
Yes, he’s already made multiple statements in between saying he wants to bring everybody together, that he has a “Mandate” to proceed with all the Far Left plans that he and Harris campaigned on. Here’s the reality of Biden’s “historic” win:
That’s a county by county map of who voted Biden and who voted Trump. Biden’s “Blue Wall” looks an awful lot like a sea of red to me. Even California has several counties that went Red.
Most of the country realizes his proposed policies will turn the country into a shithole like California with high taxes, no jobs, skyrocketing crime, people having no voice, and higher prices on everything.
To consider his win a mandate is the kind of hubris Trump is accused of (but is really present in all politicians).
This bothers me also. Not just the forcing his completely unqualified drug addict son Hunter onto the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company while he was Vice President AND in charge of US foreign policy and aid to Ukraine. Not just his withholding foreign aid to Ukraine to get the prosecutor looking into that company fired…
There’s also his crazy gaffs like how Obama “has a big stick, and knows how to use it, believe me, I know!”
How about the fact that Biden was also behind the 1993 crime bill that clogged our prisons, and he called black men “predators”? At least he didn’t call them “super predators” like Hillary. I’m very pro law and order, but this law was overkill.
How about the fact that Biden was behind and pushed HARD for the failed 2005 attempt to reform bankruptcy laws? That would have made it all but impossible for Americans to declare a chapter 7 bankruptcy, and made a chapter 13 a financial prison sentence? He was SOLIDLY in the pocket of mega-banks and credit card companies, but this is the guy we’re supposed to believe will look out for the little guy?
The man couldn’t even keep his word to his dying son to NOT run for President.
Maybe he will be the uniter he’s claiming he wants to be. Time will tell. I had the same hopes for Obama though, and all I got was eight years of “White folks’ greed runs a world in need”.
Another major concern. A free society depends on a vigilant and honest media. We don’t have one. I’ve cataloged case after case here. Trump’s saying that he realizes “the vast majority of Latinos are honest, hard working people who just want opportunity, but that a few bad hombres do come across the border with them” being turned into him calling all Latinos criminals being a prime example. I heard the speech live, I know firsthand how the media took the remark out of context and changed it.
I’ve repeatedly challenged people to show me ONE SINGLE INSTANCE where the mainstream or leftist media showed ANYTHING Trump did in a positive light. MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc… Even so much as a picture of Trump with a story that did NOT make him look like an ogre.
Biden has a campaign rally, it’s a great thing. Trump has a campaign rally, he’s spreading hate and coronavirus. Again, I’m not the guy’s biggest fan by any means. BUT I was a victim of alot of bullying in my day, and I HATE what I’ve seen over the last 5 years from the media; a unified effort of misrepresentation and bullying. Joseph Goebbels was right; a lie repeated often enough has become truth. People HATE Trump because he’s arrogant and the media have told them to.
60 Minutes, the same folks who rigged their investigation of the Ford Pinto with a lit rag in the gasoline fill pipe, and whose unbiased lead reporter “got a thrill up his leg” when Obama was elected, is the latest example. They ran a story tonight covering Pennsylvania’s vote count from election day on, to disprove Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
So how did they know that Pennsylvania would even be an issue? Trump was winning there handily until the 6th. Election night, he crowed about how he had a tremendous lead there. BUT 60 Minutes was there ON ELECTION NIGHT, covering his charges of voter fraud that didn’t happen until days later?
The only major counterpoint to all this is Fox News, which is just as blindly biased in the other direction. Net result; this country is SCREWED.
BTW: One last one from the not that distant past: Anybody remember that Mitt Romney during his presidential run said Russia was our greatest foreign threat, OR that Biden and Obama along with the media mocked him mercilessly for it? “The 80s called; they want their foreign policy back”. Funny how there was no apology to Romney during the 4 years we heard nothing but Russia Russia Russia.
The Real Nazis:
This is the part that concerns me more than anything the leadership or media has done. They can’t accomplish anything without a willfully ignorant public.
Ever since the start of the Obama administration, all I’ve heard out of the FAR Left is name calling, charges of racism, sexism, homophobia, hate, and on and on.
Conservatives and moderates who don’t tow the far left line are censored on social media, told we have no right to an opinion, mocked, harassed, and even physically assaulted. Antifa and the rest of the Far Left are using the exact same tactics the Nazis and their brown shirts used to silence opposition. Oh and Mussolini’s fascists when they were on the rise to power… Not to mention Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin and Lenin.
Great company some of you are keeping, and others of you are supporting with your silence simply because your hate of Trump, and what you THINK he stands for, is more important than how your fellow man is treated.
I’ve put up with being called a homicidal maniac, and a supporter of school shootings because I own a gun. News flash; 120 million Americans own guns; over 1/3 of the population. If we were all homicidal maniacs, everyone in the country would be dead.
I’ve been told I’m racist just because I’m White. Labeling somebody as something because of their race is the very definition of racism.
I could go on and on here until this blog post looked like some sort of manifesto. The reality is simply this; most of us moderates, and conservatives too, want everyone to have an even break. We’re tired of being vilified, threatened and even physically attacked though. So, NO we do NOT trust Biden to govern fairly given his past. We remember the Obama economy also.
Mostly, we just don’t trust the hypocrisy of preaching unity, enlightenment and inclusiveness when anyone who doesn’t tow the party line gets treated like a Jew in Nazi Germany.
I realize that most liberals are more moderate than what I’ve described above. HOWEVER, you’ve stood silently by while the extremes of your party have used those tactics, OR even applauded because you just hated Trump and anybody who stood even partially behind him by simple association.
You all want national unity and support for Biden? You’re going to have to put the brakes on the hate and get the loony elements of your party under control. Until I see that, and Biden acting like a real leader who needs to unify instead of declare mandates…
A mixed personal and blog update here.
has kept me fairly busy the last couple of weeks. We’ve got a new place in a different town lined up and NOW I have to contend with packing everything within a month to get us out of here. No problem. It only took us 15 months to pack for the move out here. *headdesk* So yeah, I’m expecting to not have much free time to blog as I’d like. I’m going to try my best though. I’m really fed up with drama messing with my work here.
I recently wrote about my frustrations in the NSFW Blog, as part of discussing my writers block. It’s similar to the grumbling I’ve done here in the past. After a week or so of pondering the big picture, I’ve decided I need to make some changes:
FIRST; I’m going to start a separate blog for political and social issues. I’m tired of readers dropping here over political stuff, and I want to be able to be a little more open with my feelings and opinions also.
Personally, I’d prefer to just stay in my own little corner of the world and ignore the rest of it, BUT this election has shown me that (Un)real life is just going to keep forcing it’s way in. I have NO illusions that I’m going to make a difference, BUT at least when this life is over I’ll be able to say I made the effort instead of deciding it was too awkward or inconvenient to stand up for what’s right.
Next; I’m going to start writing in my spiritual blog again also, in the hopes it will keep me grounded and remind me of lessons already learned. Being an Empath (or HSP if you’re a complete skeptic in anything beyond the material world) is a PITA when you forget said lessons.
Followers and Following: This has been my massive frustration lately. That’s because I’m putting HUGE amounts of time into networking with other bloggers and it’s NOT paying off the way it (theoretically) should. I’m literally spending a couple hours a day following blogs and responding to notification emails about others’ posts. Here’s just under a month’s email totals for me:
That is with me being less active lately also. I had it go as high as over 7000 once or twice before. It would all be awesome if it was somewhat balanced, but 85% of it is notifications about others’ posts or a like to my reply. Another 10% is “hit and run” likes from people I know never read anything I wrote.
So, I’m going to be slowly and deliberately separating the wheat from the chaff; eliminating followed blogs that have never visited here after initial contact, don’t respond to my comments, never like or comment here, etc… The goal being to focus time on the people and blogs who ARE genuine. I want to spend more time commenting on their stuff and exchanging ideas. The heck with the users.
I’m also really hoping that trimming the fat will also fix the (lack of) notifications problem I have with a few followed accounts that I really like. We shall see.
Working towards a niche: This is one of those things I’ve had to be honest about being a shortcoming in my blogging. I’ve been all over the place with topics and information. Gaming, politics, cooking, etc… Cristian Mihai is right; people like consistency. They don’t want to go to a cooking blog and read about auto repair (to pull two examples out of the air).
To be real, I don’t know if I’ll ever fully get this down to a single specific topic. More likely it’ll end up a broad generalized topic that encompasses some of my more frequently blogged about topics, and lumped together under something like “Modern Living”.
I do know politics is gone. Social issues I may touch on lightly. I’m going to cut WAY back on personal posts also. There’s an adage that nobody wants to hear (or read) your drama day after day. I’ve seen a few people build quite a following that way however. Granted most of them were cute girls that complained about their sex life while flashing cleavage in pics… That’s another rant though.
The bottom line is we’ve all done it. It’s perfectly understandable in small doses also, but too many personal rants start to become psychic vampirism level pleas for attention. I don’t want to be *that* person. It’s also better to do something about problems than complain about them.
As a final note, I’m also going to do my best to work towards getting a daily topics schedule restored for the blog, so people know my food posts are on Monday (as an example from my former schedule).
Where to even begin on this, other than many of my predictions are coming true. It’s safe to say even I didn’t see the level of games and corruption that would be a part of the actual election itself though.
California and Oregon were called for Biden as soon as polls opened. It’s a fore-drawn conclusion, BUT there were numbers posted with those calls; large numbers.
The count is taking WAY too long. If you say it’s mail-in ballot related, then how do you account for the large numbers with CA and OR when polls had just opened? Georgia has been struggling to get it’s last 4% of ballots counted for longer than it took to do the first 96%
ALL the states that were left undecided as of midnight on the 3rd had sizable Trump leads, double digit percentage leads in some cases, just evaporate out of nowhere. It’s almost statistically impossible to have the last minute ballots in ALL of those states vary that widely from the previous results.
During live coverage, I saw those same states were being performance analyzed county by county and Biden was polling almost 10% worse than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. These were the “Blue” counties that Biden would have to carry by a wide margin to win states like Michigan and Wisconsin.
I had mentioned prior to the election that there were stories of bags and boxes full of fraudulent Biden ballots found around the country.
Phoenix / Maricopa County, which supposedly flipped Arizona for Biden is diehard Republican territory. The chances of Biden pulling off almost 100,000 more votes in that county alone are astronomical.
Trump only got 5% of the vote in Washington DC. Again, almost statistically impossible. Only 5% of the nation’s capital is conservative? OR, maybe it’s just that the Qanon crowd is at least partially correct and the entrenched power elite want Trump the outsider gone at any cost.
Something here decidedly stinks. At the very least, voting tabulation should not take this long. They’re all designed to be machine counted, even the mail-in ones. The reversals of numbers has been too dramatic and involved too many delays.
I’ve said many times in the past that I don’t like Trump. He’s an incredibly poor speaker and he’s used to his businesses where his word as CEO is law. That’s made him a fairly toxic leader, BUT it’s his knowledge of business and economics that makes him a better manager for the country. It’s why the economy has thrived under him up till the Coronavirus outbreak, and is still doubtless doing better than it would have under a Democrat administration today.
Another prediction; the economy will not only go into the tank (impacting the Asian and Euro economies also), but Biden will blame it on Trump and his “mishandling” of the Coronavirus, just like Obama did with Bush, even after 8 years of bad economy. Watch the Stock Market the day Biden is officially declared winner; see what happens. That’s your indicator of where the economy is headed the next 4 years.
It’s more than the economy though; it’s about the undermining of democracy and the non-stop attacks that Trump and conservatives in general have endured since he took office. Don’t think the U.S. or YOUR media is biased? Show me ONE, just ONE story that paints anything Trump has done in a positive light.
Even Trump’s visiting the troops on Thanksgiving was painted as grandstanding, a waste of taxpayer dollars, and an unnecessary security risk. Biden rallies drawing large numbers was great. Trump rallies were people spreading coronavirus.
Show me even ONE picture that MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS or NBC have used that doesn’t make Trump look like a complete goon.
Democracy is pretty much dead. It was killed by a lying, manipulative media and a public too stupid to care how it was being led around by the nose.
I’m overdue for a food post here. 🙂 I did this one a while back, and have just had too much drama to deal with.
Almost as fun as the cooking for me. It all started with the bottle of spice in the upper right corner of the picture. We found a cute little shop that sold spices for just about every kind of cooking you can think of. One of the bottles we bought was for fried chicken seasoning.
When it came time to do the chicken for dinner though, we were already behind schedule for the day and stressed out. I just plain didn’t feel like the mess of creating a batter dredge for the chicken. The end result is we decided to put the chicken on the smoker just using the seasonings without all the extra flour and oil.
Chicken that tasted exactly like fried chicken but with a deep smoke flavor also. It was really juicy and tender. Total winner; all the flavor of fried chicken with none of the fat and carbs!
We had it plain the first night, but the leftovers got served with veggies and topped with a bit of cream of mushroom soup as gravy:
This one was a fun experiment that turned out much better than I expected. It just goes to show that there are options for making classic unhealthy food into something healthy that still tastes great. It’s a process of discovery I’m enjoying more and more.
While I did mine on our Rec-Tec pellet smoker, this could just as easily be done baked in an oven. I’d recommend on a wire rack to let the skin crisp just a little as it bakes.