Mrs. Fungus' car has needed new tires for a while. I rotated them in October (?) because the fronts were down to the wear bars and the backs still had tread on them, but with winter finally switching on we figured it'd be best to get that taken care of. Pep Boys has free installation, which is bascially paying for the four-wheel alignment that the car has needed for a couple of years, at least. $430 with taxes and alignment and etc, which is a deal I couldn't find anywhere else, so they got the nod. Kelly tires, too, so they're not some weird no-name brand from outer mongolia. (Like the "Runway" brand tires that were on the Jeep until 2018.)
But they had a guy call off today so they're very busy. They close at 8 and we'll probably be picking the car up after dark. No biggie.
And, by the way, Palindrome Day: 1/2/21.
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If one quarter--one eighth--of this is true, it's heap big juju. Vox himself opines, "Given that some of the objects of his criticism have publicly threatened defamation lawsuits, either Lin Woods is off his rocker or he is in possession of hard evidence." Lin Woods does not strike me as a man who is prone to broadcasting wildly inaccurate charges.
Woods later made an awfully specific suggestion to justices Roberts and Breyer. He suggested that they "... should resign from their positions on the United States Supreme Court by Noon ET tomorrow, January 2, 2021."
Further, It looks as if the Senate is not going to vote to confirm the election.
I think all of this is going to come down to January 6th; that's going to be the day on which it's decided whether we still live in a free country or not. I'm not terribly optimistic; I have zero faith in the Republican party to do anything that even approximates fighting for what's right. No, with certain exceptions in the past sixty years the GOP's motto has been Perdet est gratia! Sub pugnatum est nobis. ("Lose with grace! Fighting is beneath us.") and they wouldn't stand up for what's right now even if they were assured that they wouldn't lose the next election, because they'd get frozen out of the cocktail party circuit.
How do I know that last? Trump. He fights and the people love him, but the entrenched government is doing its best to cast him out, to the point that the GOP itself is trying to help the effort without being too obvious about it. After all, they have to rely on the same voters that elected Trump to retain their jobs. And they know that if they are too obviously anti-Trump, they will probably also get "de-elected".
(We leave aside, for the moment, the question of how they expect to win elections when the Democrats are allowed to cheat whenever they want to.)
Nixon's concession in 1960, rather than fighting a stolen election, was not the mark of a statesman, but a coward--someone who believed that the left's victory was inevitable. I am, in fact, trying to think of one politician--Republican or Democrat--from recent decades that I could regard as a true statesman, and I am drawing a blank. And don't try to tell me that Nixon's resignation was the mark of a statesman, either. I used to think that way, myself; but now I realize that earlier generations' unwillingness to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work has led us to where we are right now. Nixon probably would have been removed from office, but the result would have been the same, and the Democrats would have expended a good chunk of political capital to make it happen...and things might have been different at the end of 1976. Certainly they would have been different by 1980.
I mean, let's face it: who the hell was Jimmy Carter? How did he win the nomination? Were there no other Democrats out there who had more standing than he? Sometimes I think that Jimmy Carter smells a lot like a throwaway candidate, someone you nominate when you're sure you can't win. Certainly he did not represent the best thinking of the Democrat party in 1976? I was there, but I was 9 and didn't care about politics all that much.
Regardless, this thing goes one of two ways. I don't have any faith at all in the GOP (see above) and Trump is one man. But conversely, I spend my time on doing things other than studying constitutional law and all that horseshit. I expect Trump has hired some very very smart people to assist him with this. And the man has read Sun Tzu, and apparently understood him well enough to incorporate his wisdom in how he does things.
The worst thing the left has done (and continues to do) for its own fortunes is to dismiss Trump as a pusillanimous fool. I don't think he's either; he's very smart and relishes a good scrap. It's true that the GOP--particularly its leadership--is largely composed of pusillanimous fools, but Trump's not one of them. And because I'm not privy to his plans, I expect to be pleasantly surprised on the 6th.
But it's not a sure thing, and the amazing thing about Trump is how he's won every time the left has challenged him, such that I keep expecting him to lose the next one. This would be a bad time for the dice to come up snake eyes.
And on the gripping hand, it's not luck that led him to where he is. It's skill--careful thought, planning, and execution. Everything that's happened since Nov 3 has felt as if Team Trump were following a series of steps. Try A, then try B when A fails, then move to C when B fails, and so forth, exhausting every last possible avenue of success before he rolls up his sleeves and starts doing the hard work. I further feel as if he's been expecting to have to use "Z" all along, but knew that going right to it would weaken his case for using "Z" in the first place.
Whatever "Z" happens to be.
Still no idea if the US will return to being a free country with a democratically-elected government, or go the rest of the way to being a socialist totalitarian shithole. We find that out on Wednesday.
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Military people are taking money out of their banks for some reason. Prior to seeing this article, I'd already made the determination to have some cash on hand, myself, because if this thing breaks wrong, I'll need to have cash to last me a couple of weeks. I'd expect, in some of the worst cases, for the debit card not to work. I don't think my money would disappear from the bank, but I wouldn't have access to it. As convenient as it is not to carry cash around, not being able to use your debit card when you need to buy something is the same thing as not having money at all. ("Checks"? Good luck with that.)
It would, however, be exactly typical of my life that just as I managed to get my head above water for a couple of years, so that I could actually maintain a savings account, the banking system fails and everything disappears.
Nothing would please me more than for me to be overreacting and worrying about something that won't happen. The downside to being optimistic here is that if I'm wrong and stuff hits the fan, I'm pretty well stuck. It's better to have some options, even if you feel like a fool when trying to put them in place.
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There are a few things wrong with all this. I think the people that get disgusted with the police for not dealing more harshly with antifa are missing a point. The police are a civil force; their job is mainly to apprehend lawbreakers and to keep the peace. But antifa is not a protest group; they're a rebel army, and their efforts at taking and retaining territory demonstrate that point. They're not rioting but rebelling; their actions are not protests but insurrections. The police are not equipped or trained to deal with insurrection; that's the job of the militia: the national guard or whoever.
Of course, the police are usually the first line of defense. They've been hamstrung by the leftists in charge of the local government, who are sympathetic to the rebel cause.
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The idiots at Earth First have once again covered themselves in glory. Damaged a gas pipeline so 3,500 homes are without heat, in sub-freezing temperatures.
The asshole eco-nazis do not, of course, give a rip about the comfort of people. The more people that they can cause to suffer, the happier they are. They're leftists, after all. Leftists get off on human suffering, so attempting to shame them for causing it is a losing proposition.
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This is why that young woman in England was arrested for taking video of an empty hospital. The governments have decreed that the Chinavirus is a crisis, and so no evidence to the contrary will be tolerated.
The thing is, hospitals are not designed to stand empty. You don't pay people to stand around waiting for patients. Hospitals are designed to carry a certain steady capacity, which is enough for the owners to make a profit, with some overhead capacity in case there's an unusual circumstance. The article says 85% is "breakeven" and 90% is "profitable", which are probably PDOOMA but not entirely inaccurate. The point is, a hospital with a lot of empty beds is not making money.
...which is why, as the post makes plain, many American hospitals laid off staff at a time when they were supposedly crammed so full of Chinavirus patients they had them laying in the halls. The hospitals were empty. Statistically "empty", that is, having far fewer patients than normal--either because state governments decreed that hospitals keep as many beds open as possible for the inevitable deluge of Wuhan Flu patients, or else because people were staying away from hospitals of their own volition less they get sick with the thing.
The media is saying "Hospitals are near capacity!" but hospitals are always near capacity. They're built to work that way.
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Speaking of which, President Trump has done more to lower the cost of health care with this one policy than the entirety of Obamacare ever could, even in theory.
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So now we're waiting for Pep Boys to call us. It's been almost four hours since we dropped the car off. Like I said, they close at 8, so we'll probably be waiting a little while.