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Had to go get my pills; and on the way back I decided I'd go to Jewel and get Pepsi since I'm down to one sixer and the weekend is nigh.
The store was a zoo.
I was able to pick up my wife's pills without it taking too much time, but trying to get the damned Pepsi--it's a union shop, so they never have as many cashiers working as they really need, and everyone in the universe was checking out just as I was trying to get to the soft drink aisle, so it was totally jammed up front. Get to where I'm going and no Pepsi because if you buy 5 6-packs they're $1.49 apiece. Then go to the four corners of the store seeing if they have more, and each leg of that trip entailed waiting for some dumbass to get his cart out of the only path through the people who are shopping. In the soft drink aisle itself there was a pallet of water sitting there, and of course the one person in the aisle is where? Standing by that pallet, in the only way through, his elbows on the shelf while he texts someone.
Finally went to the front of the store again to check there, and then had to wait for people to s-l-o-o-o-o-w-l-y amble through the 4' wide space left between teh huge stack of merchandice by the windows and the carts of the people being checked out, sitting there for refilling by baggers; and just as things clear up and I can go, then some store douche comes up and parks his cart full of backstock right there, constricting the pathway beneath the width of my cart. I pushed forward, thinking there was room, but blang and he says, butthurt, "I left you enough room!" NO YOU DIDN'T YOU FUCKING SHITHEAD I thought, but didn't even look at him and pressed on. Ah, there is diet Pepsi! Four of those and...wait, no diet Dew up here? Okay, back to the drink aisle and while I was at it I got bread, too, and then repaired to the self-checkout lane to skip the throng of asshats waiting for registers.
And out of about eight self-checkout machines, two of them were not flashing for help. Those two had people who were merrily checking their groceries, taking their time. The rest of the thing was total clusterfuck, and the lone attendant was standing at one machine fucking around with the bags instead of, you know, helping people.
Three or four cleared up at about the same time, so I barreled in and started running my stuff through. Got it all paid for, then headed out, and had a straight shot for the door; but then elderly lady decides she's going to back right into my path without looking because obviously there's no one else in the frigging world but her, and in order to avoid hitting her I had to veer right, and blang there's one of the fucking carts at the bagging station.
Despite Jewel's best efforts, I was able to get what I needed reasonably quickly and get out of there with most of my sanity, and was home before 1 PM as I'd hoped to be.
Now, contrast that shopping experience with that of Walmart, which is not union.
Walmart, I walked in, breezed over to the pharmacy, got razor blades and Chapstick, stood in line for my pills, and was out of there in about ten minutes. Plenty of room in the aisles and no choke points other than the obvious one at the pharmacy counter. At Jewel it took ten minutes just to get the pills, and another fifteen to get my other stuff and check out.
Fer friggin' my snack.
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Coincidentally enough last night I watched another of Heinlein's visions of the first trip to the Moon: Destination Moon. I wanted something on that I didn't have to listen too hard to, but didn't want music. That worked. I had intended only to watch some of it, but ended up running the whole thing.
Definitely not as good a story as Rocket Ship Galileo but the science was right. (Well--once you gave them "nuclear rocket with water as reaction mass", only they never treated the thing as if it were radioactive after use.)
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We're seeing the stage version in a few weeks. I don't expect it to be that terrifying.
Okay, guys--sometimes ordinary stagecraft is fine and you don't need to use CGI.
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The next model Corvette will be mid-engine and have a base price of $60k. *shrug* And? GM has been trying to make the thing mid-engine for decades. They finally got around to it, I guess.
I just can't care all that much about it, though. They say "dual-disk clutch" and "eight-speed transmission" but that sounds as if you're not rowing gears yourself. Well--Corvettes generally end up being penis exensions, anyway.
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Abortions for the trans crowd are an actual thing. So says Dr. Eugene Gu, whose opinion is at least as credible as Drs. Moreau, Mengele, and Doolittle. Gu last week tweeted that "It's a scientific and medical fact that men can get pregnant and also have abortions. Trans men and non-binary individuals are human beings who deserve to be acknowledged by society. They choose their own identity — not me, not you, not any doctor and certainly not any politician."I'm not sure what medical science Dr. Gu is referring to, but the science I learned says that men cannot get pregnant, because they lack the essential organs for doing so.
That would be a uterus and ovaries. A birth canal of some kind would be handy, which means we need a vagina connecting the uterus to the outside world.
Generally speaking, if you are born with a uterus and ovaries--sex organs which identify their owner as female--you are not also born with the sex organs that identify you as male: penis and testicles.
It's really not all that difficult to understand:
Man: Y sex chromosome, penis, testicles, no boobs.These are easily identifiable sexual characteristics. There are vanishingly few cases where someone with a Y sex chromosome is born without a penis and testicles, and when it does happen it's considered a birth defect. Likewise for a person with an X sex chromosome who is born without a vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Hermaphrodism is something that happens, but it's not common, and in these cases alone the individual's opinion about the correct sex overrides mere biology. Mainly because "mere biology" has voted "present", and not made that decision.
Woman: X sex chromosome, vagina, uterus, ovaries, boobs.
A man cannot get pregnant. A man therefore will never need an abortion. So if you are capable of getting pregnant--if you have a uterus and ovaries--then you are a woman regardless of how you dress and what you look like. It doesn't matter if you wear a crew cut and had your tits chopped off and took male hormones to deepen your voice; you are not a man. You're a woman who's been surgically altered to resemble a man.
The reducto ad absurdum retort to that argument is, "Well, then, any woman who's ever had a hysterectomy is a man!" The fallacy there is obvious to anyone of reasonable intellect. The corollary reducto ad absurdum retort is to say that all eunuchs are women, which is equally fallacious. A eunuch may self-identify as a woman, but that does not make it so.
No matter what you do to the human body, you cannot change the basic biological fact of sex. It is immutable and the sexes are not interchangable. You cannot make a man into a woman by surgically altering his genitals to resemble those of a woman. The same thing goes for female-to-male transsexuals.
The only possible way to make it work, to actually make a man into a woman (or vice versa) would be to put the brain in a body of the opposite sex--and at that, it might not work, because I have no idea if the anti-rejection drugs work across the blood-brain interface. So figure on making a clone of the patient, only with the other sex chromosome; and that might not even work. How different does your genome have to be before the immune system gets antsy? Is one different chromosome enough to set things off, or would that be okay?
If it is, then that's the only way to do it--but if that won't work, then there is no way.
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Feds raid the home of a lobbyist who worked intimately with Mike Madigan who is still, for now, da capo of Illinois. Be nice if the feds were closing in on him. Only problem is, there's too many more from whence he came, and what if the next one is a moron? I mean, Madigan's control of the state is pretty fricking total, but it's attached to his office rather than him personally. You put someone into his office that's a total retard and who knows what will happen?
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Even though he could just take it to them, he has to send it via a parcel service, because federal law says so. Stupid as it is, especially considering the story posted at that site a few weeks ago about a gun that mysteriously went missing from the UPS facility.
But no! Read the comments: apparently other manufacturers don't have that requirement. So it's a Taurus/Rossi thing, not a federal thing, meaning lying shitheads who don't need my business.
...if I ever get my FOID card back.
Speaking of which, though--I have to wonder where that case is at, that overturned the FOID law as unconstitutional? Illinois said it would appeal it, so I assume it's there, but I've heard nothing about it. I suppose we have to wait for the judicial system to grind onward. *sigh*
Be nice if I could just sit back and wait, and then go buy a gun after the law's overturned for good.
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So, members of the Chicago Teachers' Union are doing the "useful idiot" thing in Venezuela. I bopped over to the link provided by Second City Cop, and found this lovely gem:
Did you know thousands of private and public companies have been taken over by rank and file workers in Venezuela? Companies like GoodYear and Kelloggs locked their gates to stop production and sabotage the economy in an effort to make people’s lives harder. However, the result of this attempt was the exact opposite of the companies expectations – workers returned the next day with bolt cutters and reopened the locked gates to run the companies themselves.What a lovely bit of communist propaganda that is! Let's fisk it!
A lot of this was due to the new law passed in 2018 by the Constituent National Assembly (ANC) and the Constitution Law of Productive Worker Councils. This gave workers the support of the state to form worker councils (CTPs) to take over and change production to meet the people's needs rather than the profit motive. To be very clear – this was already happening in many Venezuelan factories. The difference is that there is now a law that provides the state's official support.
Did you know thousands of private and public companies have been taken over by rank and file workers in Venezuela? The government of the country nationalized them, seizing ownership and control of private property.
Companies like GoodYear and Kelloggs locked their gates to stop production and sabotage the economy in an effort to make people’s lives harder. ...because they had spent millions of dollars investing in these facilities and didn't want to have that investment stolen from them by government thugs.
However, the result of this attempt was the exact opposite of the companies expectations – workers returned the next day with bolt cutters --and a few squads of infantry armed with automatic weapons-- ...and reopened the locked gates to run the companies themselves. In other words, government took over the facilities without compensating the companies that owned them. 100% taxation!
The last paragraph rambles on about the communist government of Venezuela supporting these spontaneous expressions of workers' rights, but the fact is that Venezuela under Chavez (and then Maduro) didn't need a law to do these things; they nationalized everything right away, only eventually getting around to putting a veneer of legitimacy on it by passing that law ex post facto. This wasn't the people rising up; it was the government taking everything at gunpoint.
And Second City Cop summarizes Venezuela nicely:
It's a communist shithole where government officials are running over protestors in the streets with armored personnel carriers...supported by their fellow travelers - the useful idiots of the CTU.You see, this kind of bullshit is why I don't support unions, why I think they have far outlasted their utility.
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There is one technicality here that I need to point out. The case is that a young woman is murdered and her baby cut out of her womb by a psycho. The baby is rescued from the psycho and hospitalized, but dies. The hospital then goes to the dead woman's family and presents them with a bill for $300,000, not just for the baby's care, but for the care of the psycho that murdered the baby's mother.
The one technicality I can see here is that I can see a hospital billing the decedent's estate for the medical bills for her baby. The decedent's estate is not her family's, though, and if the estate lacks assets sufficient to cover the bill, her family does not magically become responsible for the remainder.
Karl Denninger is right, though: the medical bills are not the family's responsibility. The late woman is an adult and is responsible for her own bills, and no one but her can be held responsible.
But if you read the article you learn something interesting. There are two women who are responsible for the mother's death, and they are still alive. They got arrested on a variety of charges.
The baby would not have been in that hospital if they had not killed its mother. The perpetrators of that crime are therefore the ones who are responsible for those medical bills, particularly considering that one of them brought the baby to the hospital and posed as the dead woman.
The hospital, of course, does not care, which is why they sent these bills to the grieving family. "Someone's gotta pay me," says the hospital with its hand out. Well, perhaps you should have verified the woman's identity. Made her show a photo ID or something. Then you'd have a correct billing address.
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Second City Cop talks about the Car2Go mass theft.
The entire article is a cautionary "how to" completely miss what the real world is capable of when they put their minds to crime.No kidding.
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Because he was critical of muslims, that's why. Because islam is the darling of the international left, we are not allowed to be critical of it, even when gangs of muslim men rape young girls.
Good article on what it's like to live under communism.
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I cannot help but love the tears of a socialist.
If Tom Friedman sees it, then everyone must be able to see it. Today's Democratic Party seems hellbent on re-electing Donald Trump. The party has embraced radical policies that are designed to provide every manner of benefit to those who do not belong here while ignoring those who do.That's because that's the voting bloc they are importing.
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I can answer this question.
...where all these guys when you need them? Where are they when CNN compares Trump rallies to Nazi parades? When have they ever called out the anti-Americanism of the commie Squawk Squad? Or when some idiot on MSNBC says that all Trump supporters are racists?They are on their knees, sucking off the left. That's where they are.
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There's a time and place for that sort of thing, and "everywhere in sight" is not it. Unless, of course, you have a private island which is reachable by "The Lolita Express".
Holy crap what a perv that guy is!
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I like how the landing stage of the LEM is visible on the right side of this video clip. Left side is from the Eagle on July 20, 1969; right side is computer animated from images taken by a satellite orbiting the Moon.
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We have a homeless problem because millions of illegal aliens are choking the welfare system.
Guess there are no homeless in Massachusetts!
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I never knew this. (Picture warning: at that link is a picture of a carbonized lump that is unrecognizable as a human body, but it is exactly that.)
When we are told about the space race, the USSR is presented as competent at space flight. This is a story I've never heard before:
The plan was to launch a capsule, the Soyuz 1, with Komarov inside. The next day, a second vehicle would take off, with two additional cosmonauts; the two vehicles would meet, dock, Komarov would crawl from one vehicle to the other, exchanging places with a colleague, and come home in the second ship. It would be, Brezhnev hoped, a Soviet triumph on the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution. Brezhnev made it very clear he wanted this to happen.But if he didn't fly? His backup pilot was Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
The problem was [Yuri] Gagarin. Already a Soviet hero, the first man ever in space, he and some senior technicians had inspected the Soyuz 1 and had found 203 structural problems--serious problems that would make this machine dangerous to navigate in space. The mission, Gagarin suggested, should be postponed.
The question was: Who would tell Brezhnev? Gagarin wrote a 10-page memo and gave it to his best friend in the KGB, Venyamin Russayev, but nobody dared send it up the chain of command. Everyone who saw that memo, including Russayev, was demoted, fired or sent to diplomatic Siberia. With less than a month to go before the launch, Komarov realized postponement was not an option. He met with Russayev, the now-demoted KGB agent, and said, "I'm not going to make it back from this flight."
Understand, this is how it worked. When the State said you go, you went, whether you liked it or not, whether it was safe or not. You did what you were told to do.
The entire stunt was a clusterfuck. The first Soyuz went up; the second did not. There were so many system failures in the Soyuz capsule that they canceled the second launch, and when the guy de-orbited the parachutes didn't even work. He raged and swore all the way down, and went "splat", because the USSR didn't care enough to build him a spaceship that worked.
So when The New York Times writes "How the Soviets won the space race for equality" what the really mean is "How the Soviets also treated a woman like expendable objects to be launched into space on faulty garbage." I guess there is equality in known that a tyrannical government treats both men and women as disposable, but I have a feeling that's not the type of equality that most Americans like to think about.I remember how the Democrat-media complex got the vapors when Ronald Reagan referred to the USSR as "the evil empire" but that's exactly what it was.
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I knew it. I knew it, from the very beginning, that the "strange creature" in Woodstock's nest was an egg. And not because I'd read that series of strips before.
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So, January 30:
Today, July 19:
Wind chill on 1/30 was -33°. Heat index today is 122°. So, a difference of 155° in what the temperature felt like. A difference of 121° in the actual measured temperature.
And I just checked the temperature of the pool: 85°. Almost warm enough for a bath.
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And now, a mere 3.5 hours of work separate me from my weekend.