January 4th, 2012

#3133: Of course: Romney

So Romney won the Iowa caucases. Big surprise: Iowa went for Bush in 2000, Dole in 1996, and McCain in 2008.

AoSHQ #1 on this.

AoSHQ #2: Romney by eight votes.

Aaron at Eternity Road.

I don't care if Romney wins the caucases/primaries in all 50 states. I am not voting for him.

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I should get this for my brother-in-law.

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If I could think of a use for this, I'd buy this for me. I ought to buy a few sets for my nephews....

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So it's not just me with the blahs on 1/3, then. That simultaneously makes me feel both better and worse.

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Anarcho-tyranny in action, in Britain. Yeah, it's too hard to arrest real criminals, so we'll crack down on jaywalkers. That's about it.

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It's 3:30 AM and I want to get out of bed before it gets dark, so I'm going to go to bed now.

Incidentally--I finished all the chores that I'd been putting off. Cleaned cat boxes, took out trash, loaded dishwasher, did laundry, ran the dishwasher, balanced checkbook, paid bills. Zenbu, all of it, done. Ha!

#3134: Stuff on Iowa caucus--but first, a reader question!

I'm lying. No one asked this, but I have to clarify anyway.

Q: Why did you list loading the dishwasher and running the dishwasher as two separate chores? It's two buttons, you lazy doofus.

Okay, first, fuck you for that "lazy doofus" part. Second: Water pressure. The dishwasher likes to be the only thing in the house using water, so it's best to run it later in the evening when I'm done with the showering and the laundry and-and-and. Since I loaded it, did a load of laundry, and did a bunch of other stuff first, before pressing the two buttons, it was more accurate for me to describe it the way I did.

Okay, now on to the other thing.

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Let's just spam this mother with a ton of links first:

Michelle Malkin. Mainstream media bashes Iowans as being hicks and hayseeds.

Munchkin Wrangler. GOP demonstrates once again it's the "Stupid Party".

Weer'd. He'll vote for Obama if Romney gets the nod from the GOP. I just won't vote in the Predisential election.

Eternity Road.

Og. "Barack Hussein Romney" has a certain ring to it. Pity it's brown and sounds like a bell: "dung!"

Vox Day. "Iowa Republicans prefer the status quo." ...to, you know, fiscal sanity, economic growth, etc.

AoSHQ. Santorum is apparently a "big government conservative", whatever the hell that is. Oh: approximately "George Bush". Pass.


...which is about the best summation of the whole thing I've seen.

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Other stuff:

Real f-ing science. Using Loch Ness as a gigantic spirit level for Scotland. They can sense tidal stresses from the Moon and Sun with it. Got to love the lede: "Scientists have measured the way Loch Ness tilts back and forth as the whole of Scotland bends with the passing of the tides."

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Dumbass rear-ends Og, scratches his truck's receiver. Meanwhile she's got a square hole in her Lexus' bumper cover. She didn't want a police report, so they didn't call anyone. That's more than $500 worth of damage; that's essentially "hit and run" in IL. It's not Og's problem; it's hers, as her vehicle was damaged.

Oh well. Can't fix stupid.

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Karl Denninger has the best encapsulation of this entire "recess appointment" mess that Obama has embarked upon.

Yes, the appointment is illegal. Yes, Obama's seizing more power. Yes, it's an impeachable offense.

...but if the GOP fights it, they give Obama another hammer to hit them with. Even if the GOP managed to get the impeachment, it's an election year and it would give Obama a boost in the polls. And the issue is too fine-grained for most people to care about; they're too busy trying to make ends meet and keep their heads above water to dig into the details.

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The Democrat unreality bubble continues.

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Midwest Chick brought up something I had not heard about.

Someone had the gall to change one line in John Lennon's signature tune! OMG THE HORROR! Cee Lo Green (whoever the hell that is) sang "Imagine" in Times Square on 12/31/11. When he got to the line, "Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too" he replaced the last line with, "And all relgion's true".

You know what? John Lennon was an asshole. "Imagine" is the anthem of hippie assholes. The world he advocates in that song isn't any place I would like to live; it's missing everything that makes life worth living or even sensible.

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Graumagus on the drafting courses he took in high school. "How many of you guys out there can say you use something you took as an elective in high school on a daily basis?"


I've told the tale here before; in my sophomore year I took a typing class. I use that skill every day!

...it's given me handwriting which is a one-way cypher, but damn can I type.

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You still have to love Shit My Dad Says on Twitter.

"He's nice now but he WAS an asshole. Just 'cause a piece of shit dries up and stops smelling, doesn't mean it's not still a piece of shit."


#3135: Getting things done

Now all the bills for the month are paid. There's only one thing bothering me now: the envelope from State Farm asking for money in May for insuring the dirt bike.


The statement is dated mid-October, and since I got the road bike in September (and switched the insurance within a day or two) I have no idea what's going on. I tried stopping at the insurance agent's office on my way to the bank this afternoon, but they were out. It can wait. I probably won't be riding the bike this week, and I do have the insurance card for the road bike even if I do--so it's not exactly an emergency.

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Some night this week, dinner is going to be this recipe for beef pepper steak I found in a Bible in my Bible study class. It's for a slow-cooker and sounds pretty tasty. It says to use beef broth but I don't have any; I do have plenty of chicken and turkey broth. What the hey. But first I have to get off my duff and rummage through the freezer for the meat and broth, then defrost both and get them into the cooker in the appropriate fashion. Also, take some of the frozen green pepper strips from the upstairs freezer, etc, etc. And I don't feel like doing that today, so probably I'll make spaghetti sauce and have ravioli tonight.

But I'll do the pepper steak soon, and if it tastes good, I'll post the recipe.

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A day or two more and the Christmas decorations have to come down. I might wait until Saturday to do it.

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Now both cats have gotten onto the "Where's our food?" bandwagon.

...put out a can of food when I got up after noon (which is good, considering I didn't fall asleep before 5:30 AM) and they both attacked it, but now they're acting like there's absolutely no food whatsoever.

I counted, just to make sure: one, two, three kinds of dry food plus the remaining canned food makes FOUR KINDS OF CAT FOOD FOR THEM TO EAT.

Too goddamned bad! If you won't eat any of the four kinds of food that I've set out for you, go hungry! Maybe you'll get hungry enough to eat something if you turn your nose up at it for a day or two.

What the fuck.

All I can really do at this point is to clean the bowls and make sure the food is fresh, and they can either eat it or not. But I'm not about to start opening a can of food every three hours.

I have no idea why they're like this all of a sudden. For years these animals have been given two cans of cat food per day--one in the morning, one in the evening--and have had a couple different kinds of dry food to choose from. They ate the canned food and nibbled at the dry food.

...now suddenly the dry food is plutonium and the canned food has to be changed every three hours? I don't f-ing think so.

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But: the chores are done and I feel sleepy, so I think I'll hit the hay for a little while before I worry about anything else.