October 25th, 2014

#4430: The economy, septic tank, blah blah blah, etcetera.

Did you hear this? The median income in the US is $28,031 per year. That means that fifty percent of workers in the US make less than that. $28k as a median income stinks, but the news gets even better: 39% of American workers make less than twenty grand a year.

Best estimate is that it takes about $50,000 a year to support a family of four in a middle class lifestyle, which includes a modest home and a new car once a decade and a decent hope of retirement, with the kids managing college on their own (one way or another) and no expensive luxuries like boats or quarterly vacations or-or-or.

Median income has declined since 2000, and is now where it was in 1995 when the dollar was worth more than it is now. In 1995 you could buy an economy car for $12,000; now they start at $15k and rapidly climb to $18-20k if you want more than basic transportation. Butter did not cost $4 a pound in 1995, and neither did ground beef, nor did bacon cost $6 a pound.

As the article points out, "The way that our economy is structured now, both parents usually have to work as hard as they can just to pay the bills."

Just to pay the bills. Utilities, food, insurance, housing--forget about saving for retirement or taking a vacation. Yeah.

And because of this, people are starting to economize everywhere possible, even with personal care products. Faced with the choice between $5 shampoo and $1.50 shampoo, people are starting to choose the cheaper product because they don't have the money to spend on the premium brands.

(I've used the cheap stuff for decades, because I realized that the $15 a bottle stuff I got from the hair stylist didn't do anything the cheap stuff didn't do, and regardless of what I wash my hair with I always have bad hair days. If my wife ever lets me have a crew cut, I'll start using soap instead.)

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It turns out, incidentally, that we didn't really vote for this. 1.4 million fraudulent votes cast in the 2008 election, cast by people who are not eligible to vote--and who do you think they voted for? (Hint: not John McCain.)

There is one major political party which consistently opposes any and all attempts at requiring a photo ID to vote--something as simple as showing an election judge your driver's license or state ID before you're given a ballot--on the nebulous theory that this is somehow racist. Just one party opposes it...and it happens to be, coincidentally enough, the party that benefits most from all those illegal votes being cast.

(Again, hint: it is not the Republicans.)

If you are not angry about this, you're either stupid, or a Democrat.

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The first part of my hell day is over; I got to work at 7:30 and was there for 2.5 hours.

I rode the bike today, too, because the weather report promised no rain. It was cloudy, hazy, and chilly, but I had a fine ride in, and an even finer ride home. I'm going to do this as often as is reasonable for the remainder of the year, but I don't know how many decent riding days there are left. What I do know is that temperatures below about fifty degrees will be officially "too damned cold" for riding to work, so that'll have to be my benchmark.

I stopped at the store on the way home to pick up onions, green peppers, and ginzo bread, because this past week Mrs. Fungus and I had a ham, the bone-in kind. It was a medium-sized one, and we had it for dinner one night, then had ham sandwiches for dinner the next; I've had a few other ham sandwiches besides that and this morning I took pretty much the last of the usable meat off the thing. So, into the crock pot with an onion, green pepper, minced garlic, and the contents of a 15-bean soup mix (minus the powdered soup stock packet). On low, it should be ready to eat by the time I get home from work tonight, and I will enjoy it.

Right now, however, I have a few hours to myself, and I think I want to get a little more shut-eye.

#4431: This is what they are.

John C. Wright pens an excellent piece demonstrating what the left is. Leftism is composed of hatred and violence and horror, and little else.

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Speaking of leftists, Obama has kept his promise to force energy prices to skyrocket. He's wanted that all along, and promised he would do everything in his power to make energy more expensive...and now people are shocked and surprised that--gosh!--energy is costing more than ever.

You people with the Obama bumper stickers who are bitching about the high price of gasoline--shut the fuck up. You voted for this.

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What is 26 times 4? Hint: it is more than 100.

Here we see that Common Core is attempting to teach kids that you have have a pie chart which adds up to 104%.

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Copper is a vital industrial commodity. There is no electrical product you can buy which does not contain copper, so if the world price of copper is crashing it is very bad news.

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Then on my way in to work for the second time today, after I had parked and was walking in I noticed how stupid some fuckin' retard parked.

He backed his car into a spot, but left perhaps 1/3 of the car sticking out of the space. At first I thought he was just a dumbass with lousy depth perception, but then I saw the shopping cart trapped between his rear bumper and the car behind his.

Meanwhile I parked across the lane from him, exactly two spaces farther from the door, and got all of my vehicle into the space. But this asshat would rather partly block the lane than walk fifteen extra feet to get into the store.

Idiot.

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Today, as stated previously, I made ham and bean soup.

It's good.

The ham was a butt portion, so when I was stirring the soup and removing the bones I pulled out--to Mrs. Fungus' horror--part of a pig pelvis and the upper part of a pig femur. I was fascinated but she did not share my fascination, so I had to toss the bones into the trash and cover them with newspaper so she wouldn't see them.

Well, the soup's done and I no longer need the bones, anyway. And let me say it again, this is good ham and bean soup. O man, it's good.