The Ghosts of Christmas Presents Past

I want you all to think of all the toys you ever got.  For Christmas, for your birthday, or whatever.

You may not recall receiving some of your earliest toys as gifts or even playing with them, but there's a good chance you remember the toys themselves.  Perhaps they were handed down to a younger brother, sister, or cousin, or maybe they just got stashed away in a attic or basement and your mother mentioned that they once belonged to you.  Whether you remember actually playing with them or not, chances are that the last time you remember seeing them, they were in perfectly usable condition.  Baby toys are the most durable of all toys.  Often such toys are saved for children of the next generation.

Now, I want you to think about your favorite toy you ever had.  Chances are:

  • It wasn't anything like the toys in the pictures above.
  • It wasn't a baby toy.
  • You received near the end of the period of your life in which you played with toys.
  • It was relatively expensive.
  • It was relatively complex.
My favorite toy I ever received was a remote controlled cane like the ones used in shipyards.

That thing was awesome.  It gave me weeks of enjoyment, but alas, one by one, the buttons on the remote controller started to fail.  By Easter, it was useless.  I couldn't bear to throw it away.  Not right away anyway.  That summer, my mom took care of the sad deed for me.  It was kind of like burying a pet.

All of this is just my long winded saying that complexity and durability are inversely related.

Well duh, who doesn't know that?

Ooooh, it's been along time since we've heard from you, Mr. Liberal who speaks in italics, and this isn't even a political subject.

Anyway, I sure that almost everyone is aware of it.  I just don't think that most people appreciate it.

Mark my words, the computers, the internet, cell phones are not going to be around forever, and most of you reading this will live to see it happen.

How is it going to happen?  I don't know.  There are dozens of possibilities.  This post I saw at The Real Revo (Great blog except for they don't like Trump) explains one possibility.

Another possibility is (what I feel is) the certain upcoming financial collapse, as either the cause or result of it.

My point is that we all must start becoming for whatever may happen, NOW.  By the time you can do so without everyone calling you crazy, it will be too late.

I don't know where they come from, but they sure do come

Cuddling kittens can kill you, warn scientists

Bettina Strenske / Alamy Stock Phot
Scientists found the scope and impact of a potentially deadly cat-borne disease was wider than they thought CREDIT: BETTINA STRENSKE / ALAMY STOCK PHOT
Cuddling a kitten may always make you feel better - but it could be dangerous to your health, according to experts.
Doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US conducted a large-scale survey of the cat-borne bacterial disease cat scratch fever.   < Da na na!

Why are the streets littered with dead dogs?

Photo credit: Cambodian Restaurant Supply

This is really becoming a nuisance.  I can't even walk out my door without tripping over all the dead dogs.  Dead dogs for as far as the eye can see.  It's even more of an inconvenience when I'm driving my car, swerving around all the dog carcasses in the streets.  I can't help but hit a few here and there.  What a mess!

I'm starting to become concerned for their survival as a species.  What's happening?  It's simple: Virtually EVERYTHING is toxic to dogs.  Don't believe me?  See here.

Better stick to just giving your dog bones, Right?  Wrong!
source: The Telegraph

Give the dog a bone? Vets warn pet owners not to do it

For generations of pet owners feeding bones to their dogs has seemed as natural and healthy as letting them run free across fields and meadows.
But vets are now warning people not to give their dog a bone, because it could kill them.
The PDSA veterinary charity has issued the warning after its vets and nurses reported seeing dozens of dogs suffering from damage to their digestive tracts and blockages caused by bone splinters or larger pieces.
The advice appears to run counter to many dog owners’ assumption that their pets benefit from chewing on raw or cooked bones as a way of absorbing calcium and other nutrients and cleaning their teeth.
But Rebecca Ashman, a senior vet with the PDSA, Britain’s leading veterinary charity, said: “We don’t recommend bones as treats because unfortunately our vets and nurses regularly see dogs with digestive tract damage and blockages caused by splinters or larger pieces of bone being swallowed and becoming stuck.”
Red more.  Don't you dare!
Having been a farmer, I lost confidence in the judgment of vets in general, long, long ago.  Just look at this again:
Rebecca Ashman, a senior vet with the PDSA, Britain’s leading veterinary charity, said: “We don’t recommend bones as treats because unfortunately our vets and nurses regularly see dogs with digestive tract damage and blockages caused by splinters or larger pieces of bone being swallowed and becoming stuck.”
Using Rebecca's logic, no one should ever take their dog for a walk either, since there have been occasions when people and the dogs they were walking have been hit by cars, fallen off of cliffs, hit by lightning, etc.
People have been giving dogs bones for 10,000 years and now some vets are trying to tell us that its a bad idea?  Given the choice between trusting a practice that has existed since before recorded history or some crazy idea that some vets just came up with, I got to go with the 10,000 years crowd.
Oh, and by the way, the streets are NOT littered with dead dogs.  That fact alone should give you the confidence to go on giving your dog exactly what you (and all other normal people) have been giving dogs all long.

Not a civil war.

Pushing out foreign invaders does not constitute a civil war. 
source: The Sun

AN ISLAM expert has warned of a civil war across Europe as more young Muslims are being increasingly radicalised.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, claims a growing number of Muslims with poor job prospects are forming a “Jihad Generation” to continue to commit acts of terror across Europe.
Eventually, Europeans will have enough of this shit. 
It happened in the 1400's, and it will happen again. 
Financing Columbus wasn't the only thing King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella did.
Check your history books.

Weewee? Oui! Oui!

Paris is a post-apocalyptic hellhole of public urination and litter. Hurrah for the incivility brigade

Johnnie Dorman Rocks!

Hey there!

I just got back from Vegas!  I'd tell you all about it, even post pictures, but I'm sure you all hate hearing about other people's trips as much as I do, plus my "A" and "2" keys still don't work. I figured out how to get by, using my on screen keyboard, but it's a big pain it the ass.

Anyway, did you ever get verbally attacked by someone who is so far out in left field, that you consider their assault, a compliment?

Check out the comment I received on one of my posts from way back when, while I was away.  You might want to read the entire post too.  It's one of my favorites. I reprinted the first part of it below.  Click here to read entire post, liberal weenie, Johnnie Dorman's comment, and my response.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red Flags and Spider Bikes

I was the last of four children in my family.  There’s plenty of old black and white photographs of my older sisters, and even a few of my brother, but by the time I came along, my parents had pretty much “been there, done that” with the kids' pictures thing.  My family was too cheap to buy anything like a home movie camera, and consumer video cameras had not been invented yet, so there’s almost no record of my childhood existence.  All I have is my memories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I consider myself lucky, because I realized what I just wrote in the preceding paragraph, when I was still quite young. That encouraged me to commit as much of my life experience as I could to memory.  I remember thinking to myself, “Now remember this, you’ll appreciate that you did someday.”  I remember how I was feeling at particular times, 30, even 40 years ago and more.

I remember how I viewed the world when I was young.  I lacked the knowledge and experience that I have now, but I also wasn’t the least bit jaded, bitter, or disappointed.  My evaluation of most things was based more upon whatever instincts I had at the time than anything else.  I did a lot of thinking when I was young, probably much more than most other kids.  I’d often ride my bike or walk my dog to some secluded place with a good view, to ponder whatever issues I may have been interested in at the time.  

By the way, this is my idea of what a bike should look like...

...and this is my idea of how they should be used and who should be using them.  Kids on an empty neighborhood street...

This wasn’t me, but it just as well could have been.  I kicked ass.

...not adults impeding traffic on a highway.  Here’s what should happen to them:

Every motorist's fantasy. Luckily for the grown men playing with children's toys on a public highway, they were all wearing their faggy little helmets, so none of them got hurt.

What will they say if it becomes undeniable?

It's one thing to deny something that is singular and involves you and you alone.  In such a cases, it usually becomes  matter of "your word against theirs".  Chances are, your word will win out, unless there is a mountain of evidence against you.

It's quite another thing to deny something that has come up several times in the past, is an issue at this very moment, and could very well be even worse in the near future.

The mainstream media is taking a big risk in categorically denying that Hillary has any health problems.  I'm not a doctor, but I have seen some people's health deteriorate incredibly rapidly.  I'm not saying that Hillary is ill, but I'm not saying that is not outside the realm of possibility either.

What is the MSM going to say if Hillary's health does start to go rapidly downhill? - That they didn't know what they were talking about last week, but they do now?

If her health does obviously begin to fail, Trump should start to really turn up the heat on the issue.  Predictably, the MSM will accuse Trump of being mean.  Trump could then respond, "What are you talking about?  A few days ago, you were telling everyone that she was just fine."

What would the MSM say then? 

Stolen from Proof Positive

Yeh, e hospitel room.
note: pleese excuse the misspelling es I cnnot type enny of the letters tht come immeditely before the letter "B".  Cn't type enny numbers tht come immeditely before the number "3" either.

Cheap Crappy Chinese Parts

I haven't been posting recently because the letter A key and the number 2 key stopped working on my computer.  Wife's not home tonight, so I'm using her's.

Here's what's happened since my last post:

I still think Trump's gonna win.  More now than ever, since it appears that Hillary's nervous system seems to be failing.

I finally broke down and got a smart phone.  It's pretty cool.  It can take pictures and everything. Here's the first photo I took with it:

"What's that?", you ask.  It's a head gasket that failed after being installed less than one year ago on my Honda Civic.  See the four small holes between the two highest cylinder holes?

I bought that gasket on line at Amazon.  I couldn't believe how cheap it was.  Now I know why.  Replacing it with a Felpro and never using cheap Chinese head gaskets again.

OK, so why after all this time, did I break down and get a cell phone?

I going to so something I never do - travel.  My stepson's getting married in Las Vegas, so I figured as long as I'm in the area, I'd go see what I was talking about in my last two posts, in person.

Figured a smart phone would come in handy with the GPS, and now, I'll be able to take pictures, look up local attractions, find motels, etc.

If I can, I going to try to take a picture from the exact same vantage point as the picture in the previous posts.  Maybe a selfie.

More to come if and when I have any time.

Boy, That was quick!

Thanks Irish, and all the other people who helped me out so quickly! In less than a day, I had the answer to a question that had been haunting me for almost fifty years. Willy Kanos, wild Rivr Ranger, and anonymous were correct. Thanks again, everyone! 

P.S. Does anyone know anything about old photos printed on glass? Was that a common thing back then? I know that photo negatives were glass in the old days.

Mystery solved:  Location is: Canyon de Chelley on the Navaho Reservation New Mexico.
 Thanks Wild River Ranger!!!

Almost a perfect match!
...and in COLOR!

Can You Help Solve a Fifty Year Old Family Mystery?

What is this? 
and more importantly, 
Exactly, where was this picture taken?

My grandparents passed away in the 1990's, and my father received this when his brother, sister, and he were dividing up some family heirlooms.  A few years later, he gave it to me.

I don't know anything about it, other than my grandfather had it at least as long as I have been alive.

It is a photo printed on glass.  It's huge, about 2' wide x 3' tall.  I assume it was taken in the late 1800's because in the actual picture, you can see a horse drawn wagon and a couple of men dressed in clothes from that era.  Plus, it just looks like a picture from that time period.  It appears to have been taken at the Grand Canyon or some place with similar geology.

If anyone knows anything about this picture, particularly it's exact location, please leave a comment.  I don't travel much, but I am going to visit that area very soon.  It would be pretty cool to visit and see in person, a location that I have wondered about for almost half a century.

Been too busy to blog recently, but I just HAD to post this

I've been telling you for years that the Tesla car is an overpriced P.O.S., and now this...

source: CNBC

US regulators investigating Tesla over use of automated system linked to fatal crash

Read more. and see video

This fatality would not have occurred if the driver was in a Ford Pinto.  Why?  Because the Pinto is a much, much better car.

To find out why click here.

It Works Both Ways, Charlie

With each passing day, the anti-Trump crowd appears even more ridiculous.  It's gotten to the point where their actions aren't even worthy of comment.

Hey, Bill Kristol, do you realize that right now, David French is at his very lifetime height of public name recognition?

If any of you reading this, don't know who David French is-  that's my point.  Don't bother Googling him.  It's not worth the time, effort, or your memory capacity. 

Speaking of name recognition and memory capacity, ask anyone you know who is not actively following U.S. politics, if they ever even heard of any of "prominent" anti-Trump-ers.  Once again, that's my point.  I guarantee, they all know who Trump is.  They knew who he was, decades ago.

The anti-Trump-ers are like gnats on a wet dog or flies on a cow, irritating, but insignificant and totally incapable of directing the action or movement of the much larger, more powerful organism, other than provoking the occasional chomp at, or swat from a tail.  If anything, the anti-Trump insects cause many otherwise indifferent onlookers to sympathize with and support the larger life form.

As I said before, the problem I have with anti-Trump-ers is that all of their criticisms of Trump can just as easily be applied to any of the other candidates, either present or past.  In other words, I have never heard the give any credible evidence that Trump is any worse than whoever they currently or previously support(ed).

The same goes for the ant-Trump-er's criticisms of Trump supporters.  They'll either come right out and say, or try to imply that Trump fans are stupid.  Check out this video of Charlie Sykes "warning" people to beware:  If you choose to support Trump, you must also embrace everything associated with him. (Including all the bullshit that he and other anti-Trumpers said about him.  Never mind whether it's been proven untrue) 

Well Charlie, I suppose it works both ways, so I'm warning all you anti-Trumpers (You know, cause I'm so concerned with your well-being.), that if you embrace the things that anti-Trumpers like Charlie says, you also embrace all things anti-Trump like in the video below:

Everyday, support for Trump grows.  You can see it in the endorsements he receives and his rising poll numbers compared to Clinton.  This also necessarily means that everyday, the support for the #nevertrump movement dwindles.  

Why don't all you anti-Trumpers just admit that you lost, shut up and go home?

I challenge you... come up with the name of someone who has been wrong:

  • more quickly
  • more often
  • more consistently
  • and more completely
than Milwaukee conservative talk radio host, Jay Weber, concerning Donald Trump.

He may want to consider quitting his job, and taking up some career that doesn't involve making predictions.

Here's the latest example: (Jay has said over and over that Trump will never have higher poll numbers than Hillary.)
source: The Last Refuge

‘Splodey Head Alert – Oregon Poll: Donald Trump 53%, Hillary Clinton 26% (Independents)…

Oh my.  A recent Clout Research poll from the State of Oregon (full pdf below), not exactly well known as a bastion of all things republican, shows candidate Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton 44 to 42%.
However, with Independent Voters, Donald Trump is CRUSHING Hillary Clinton by 27 points 53% to 26%.   The Monster Vote effect:
2 candidate trump vs clinton Oregon Poll
In addition to the 27 point lead with independent voters, Donald Trump also has a 13 point advantage with male voters – and the deficit with female voters is only 9 points.
Oh dear.  More media narratives fizzling like cheap bottle rockets….  *pop*

Remember to Remember

Memorial Day is about more than cookouts and get-togethers. 

Without those who gave all, we would have none.

OEM: Outrageous, Extravagant, Markup

OK, so the solenoid on my John Deere Gator had been on its last legs for about two years.  It was no biggie though, that's what screwdrivers are for.  (as an added bonus, you can also use them to drive screws)  

About every tenth start, I would have to short out the big and little solenoid terminals.  Recently, that frequency had increased to every fifth start, then every other start, and then finally, even the mighty screwdriver failed to do the job.  Time to get a new solenoid.

My wife would have preferred that I fixed the thing properly at the first sign of trouble, but that's not how I roll.  I like to milk every last drop of life out of something before I'm am forced to spend money on replacing it.

I think my wife had a bigger problem with it because she doesn't know how to short out a solenoid with a screwdriver, so every time it failed, she was dead in the water.  I never felt too sorry for her because she had a two years to figure it out.  I call that a missed learning opportunity.

Anyway, I had to finally get a new part.  Just for fun, I went to the John Deere dealer to see how much they wanted for one.  I knew it would be pricey, but if it was thirty dollars or less, I just might have bit, because that would have only been twice what I think they are worth and then I wouldn't have had to mess around with ordering one online.  (I hate fuckin' around typing in stuff on the computer.)

Well, I asked the parts dude how much a new one was and (are you ready for it?) he said eighty two dollars without even blinking an eye.  Eighty two dollars?  Eighty two dollars?  That's over five times what I think the damned thing is worth.

While I was there, I checked the price of a new fuel pump for my Scag riding mower.  That unit had been acting similarly to the Gator, occasionally failing with increasing frequency.  I temporarily solved that problem by strapping a gas can on top of the fender and sticking a longer fuel line into that, straight to the carburetor.  (Gravity feed, eliminating the need for a fuel pump)  My wife thought that looked too rednecky and dangerous, but Danger and Redneck are my middle names.  That didn't matter here though, because She drives the Scag (while I do the hard stuff, like trimming and mowing where no one would dare take a riding mower), so I had to fix that particular problem immediately and correctly, which is totally not my style.

Now, how much do you think they wanted for this thing?  That photo above is darned close to actual size.  All it is, is two pieces of plastic that sandwich a rubber diaphragm.  I imagine it has a little check valve in it too, but that's just about all there is to it.

Bear in mind, that you can buy a brand new printer for your computer for about forty five dollars, and there's a lot more plastic and a lot more of a whole bunch of other stuff in a printer than a fuel pump.  

I bet that they make a whole bunch more fuel pumps than printers too, so even if they were of the exact same complexity, economies of scale would dictate that the fuel pump would be much, much cheaper than a printer.

They wanted sixty two dollars for the fuel pump.  How is that even possible?  I suppose it's entirely possible that  a solenoid could be eighty two dollars and a fuel pump could be sixty two dollars, but here's the really incredible part.  They had both items in stock.  That means that there enough idiots out there, willing to just bend over an  pay whatever they're asking to justify having them on hand!

Needless to say, I ordered both parts online and paid thirteen and nine bucks for the solenoid and fuel pump, respectively.  I also had to pay five dollars shipping on each item, but big deal.

What about quality?  It's irrelevant in these two situations.  Both parts are easy to get at and replace if they should ever fail again.  One of the studs on the new solenoid did strip out of the housing, but I was able to just steal one of the studs out of the old one and it worked just fine.

What about value?  I only paid about thirty two dollars total, for these items.  I believe that if I my online purchases had resulted in receiving nothing more than empty boxes, I would have gotten more for my money than if I had paid the dealer almost one hundred fifty dollars.  

Coolest Photo I Ever Saw

I saw this at Just a Car Guy and I just had to post it here.
Check out that running engine flying in mid air.

Wisconsin Conservative Talk Radio Hosts Continue to be Wrong

Among the many wrong things said by Charlie Sykes, Jay Weber, and others, was that Trump would never get much support from young people and therefore he would never be able to win the general election. 

Well...  lookie here.  
source: Gateway Pundit

AMAZING! Trump Surges 36 Points With Millennials After Exposing Clinton Sex Scandals

What should worry Democrats most is Trump’s gain with millennial voters.
Trump is now in a virtual dead heat with Hillary with voters 18-29 years old.
That’s a 36 point swing in one month!


At this point, I going to stick my neck out and declare the #nevertrump movement dead.
It might not know it yet, but it is.

And the Wisconsin Conservative Talk Radio Show Hosts are Wrong Again

I just can't tell you how much I am loving this.

Why don't they just cut their losses and admit that they were wrong?

source:  The Last Refuge

National Poll – Trump Dominates With “Independent Voters”: Donald Trump 46%, Hillary Clinton 30%…

It is worthwhile looking at the breakout of “Independent Voters” within the latest Fox News National Poll.  – DATA HERE –

Independent voters (the largest growing segment of the registered electorate), and Monster Voters (newly registered previous non-voters), will absolutely determine the next President:
2 candidate trump vs clinton - Independent - Fox News National May 18
Read more.


They said that Trump will never poll higher than Clinton.  Well look at that, and Trump's just getting started.  I know that anything can happen, but so far, it looks like Trump just might be able to do away with Clinton, just as he did with his Republican rivals.

I was wondering what the Wisconsin conservative talk radio show hosts were going to do, now that they have painted themselves into a corner.   

Well, Charlie Sykes chose the route of being an idiot (Never Trump, even when he's kicking ass).  It looks like Belling and Weber are going the worm route.  They are squirming and wiggling ever so slowly, trying to change their previous positions at a extremely slow rate, hoping no one will notice.

 If Trump defeats Clinton this November, they will as a group, have been wrong about more things in a period of about 15 months than any group of people I can think of.

And... AND, I will have been Right about most of the things I said about Trump during the same period of time.  Maybe they should fire one of those guys and put me in his place.  

Horny Barack - He'll never be the pro Bill Was

source: Fast Company

Why Does President Obama’s Twitter Account Follow Porn Stars?

President Obama’s Twitter account, which is run by his "Organizing for Action" staff, follows 636,000 accounts. Many of them you might expect: Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry. Even Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg don't really raise an eyebrow. But several accounts on the presidential follow list fit a different theme: Asa Akira, a porn star who has 653,000 followers and, in her Twitter bio, states "I have an award-winning asshole." Joanna Angel (390,000 followers), who describes herself as a "multiple award winning punk porno princess;" Penthouse Pet Of The Year Nikki Benz (808,000 followers); and Ashley Steel (138,000 followers), who writes that she is a "Porn Star, Doggy mama, Happiness Junkie, XXX Model, Buddhist, & Total nerd."
So why is the official Twitter account for the president of the United States publicly following adult movie stars? Of course, American porn stars are just as American (and just as worthy of the President's ear) as anyone else, but this interaction is nonetheless an unusual move for an elected official's campaign-managed social media account.