May 11th, 2016

#5192: Not today, pal.

Mrs. Fungus had "the phone" from work last night.

She works for a company which requires that someone be able to take calls from clients at all times. The typical overnight call volume is not great, but the calls must be taken; and last night she was the person doing that job. It happens from time to time.

...meaning that she must keep a phone near her from 9 PM through 6 AM and answer it when it rings. She took a lot of calls last night, more than usual, but the last one came around 1:30 AM and the instrument was, otherwise, blessedly silent. Even so, we were up until 3:30 AM.

We watched Deadpool, which was entertaining. It was dismayingly violent and gory, because Deadpool is not really a superhero so much as a super-vigilante, but it was still entertaining. It was light and didn't take itself too seriously, but it makes me uncomfortable to laugh at people being killed, even when they're the faceless goons of the bad guy. I enjoyed the movie rather more than I expected to, as I knew approximately what it would be like going in.

We also watched the Doctor Who episode "City of Death", vintage 1979. Tom Baker as the Doctor, Julian Glover as Count Carlos Scarlioni, AKA Scaroth, last of the Jaggeroth. This episode also features a cameo of John Cleese, and is one of the eps edited by Douglas Adams. I forgot how good the old series was; and looking at it, now I think I understand why David Tennant did such a good job as the Doctor in later years: some of the same mannerisms he used were used by Tom Baker, who's probably the most popular Doctor in the lineup.

Next on that tape is "Arc of Infinity", which I'll have to watch because it recently occurred to me. I remember Omega being turned into antimatter and trapped or confined in an alternate dimension, and somehow (for some reason) trying to get out through Amsterdam. Omega is one of the great Time Lord scientists, and in later episodes the Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy) uses a device called "the Hand of Omega" to do various interesting things.

Anyway, it wasn't a bad way to spend an evening, but we crawled into bed at 3:30 and I woke up at 10:30, unable to sleep longer. I might get a nap, later.

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Even with my recent switch to no longer caring about pot being illegal, I did expect this. Regardless of what people say, marajuana is an intoxicant, and when you are intoxicated your faculties are impared. People high on THC may be more capable than people who are drunk, but that does not mean they are as capable as people who are sober. And when your faculties are impaired, you have no business operating a motorized vehicle.

Do you know what else is going to turn out to be true about pot use? They're going to find that it causes lung cancer and emphysema, same way tobacco use does. It's essentially the same process: you are burning a plant in order to deliver a chemical into your bloodstream. It's irrelevant whether the chemical in question is THC or nicotine.

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We need to abolish the EPA. Guy gets a state permit to create a stock pond on land he owns, does so, and then the EPA steps in and tries to fine him $16 million for it. For what, exactly?

Well, the EPA never said what the problem was, except:
An EPA spokesman was not immediately available for comment when contacted Tuesday. The government had said Johnson violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and claimed material from his pond was being discharged into other waterways.
Did the EPA have any facts or figures or tests demonstrating what material was being discharged into "other waterways"?

To say nothing of the fact that the "other waterways" in question was an irrigation ditch.

Yet another example of government overreach.

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Don't believe the polls. Trump can beat Hillary. Hillary is a weak candidate, and if she wins nomination it will rapidly become obvious how weak she is.

The most interesting thing about the Democrat race is that Sanders hasn't given up--and probably won't before the convention. Sanders is on track to win the most state primaries, but Hillary has the superdelegates. (How ironic that the Democrat party uses such an undemocratic nominating process.) It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, considering that Hillary also has an active FBI investigation fluttering about in the wings.

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"MFW" means "my face when". It took me a few minutes to figure that acronym out.

Myself, when someone accuses me of being racist or bigoted or unChristian or anything the first thing I do is to evaluate their reason for calling me that, and consider their own beliefs and actions. Then I ignore what they say because any time anyone tries to tag you with that kind of label it's because they're idiots who want you to abase yourself before them: OH PLEASE PLEASE DON'T CALL ME A BIGOT/RACIST/MEANY-MEAN-HEAD I'M SO SORRY. Only I don't play that game, and I don't care what 99.997% of everbody thinks and/or says about me. My concern for the opinions others have of me took a steep, steep decline sometime after my junior year of high school, and that sort of nonsense is nothing but high school interpersonal politics: "You'd better stop saying that kind of thing or we won't like you any more!" You already don't like me, and me saying something else wouldn't help matters any; and in any case your threat doesn't take into account the fact that I don't like you and never have, and I have no desire to associate with you. I don't care about your opinion.

And, incidentally, Japan does not have muslim riots.

#5193: The back yard is a SWAMP again.

I'm not surprised. Yesterday afternoon I could see standing water in the low spot between the houses across the street. After all the rain we had in the last 48 hours there's still standing water near the sundial in the back yard. I took the tractor out back to try to cut the east 40 but there's standing water there, too.

But I got the front yard cut, so the house looks presentable.

The mower battery is going to have to be replaced soon. Today it wouldn't take enough of a charge to crank the engine over. Let's face it: this battery is eight years old and I didn't do anything to keep it from deteriorating (like taking it out of the tractor and storing it on a board in the basement in winter months).

But as you may recall, last year it was getting iffy, and this year I think it's done for. Not a really big problem; I'll get a new one.

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If the kid has a penis HE IS NOT A GIRL, and that's why other boys don't want to go out with him. It's not because the other boys are homophobes or transphobic; it's because THEY'RE NOT GAY.

Quoth Ace: "Conservatives should make it their singular ambition to ask Hillary Clinton if she believes that boys have a moral obligation to date another boy who asserts that he is a girl."

That is a question none of the "trans"-philic folks want anyone ever to ask them, because their answer--if one is ever given without obfuscation and misdirection and LOOK, HALLEY'S COMET!--is of course going to be, "If boys won't date another boy who identifies as female, they're bigots." NO, THEY AREN'T. THEY'RE NORMAL.

And by the way, any boy (regardless of what sex he thinks he is) who likes other boys is gay.

I can't believe I have to emphasize these things. Fuckin' Obama! He's been President for seven years and now no one can figure out which bathroom they're supposed to use! The IQ of the entire western hemisphere has cratered since that goon became President! WTF!!!

...you know, in our culture, we laugh at things like Nero appointing his horse to the Senate.

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"The author of that might as well have written, 'Dear America, I don't use my brain when considering politics.'" How true. The first comment to that post hits it right out of the friggin' park.

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Mrs. Fungus wanted chili for dinner tonight, so when I hit the store yesterday I got the stuff to make it. Well, she went to the store, and came home with a rack of ribs, so guess what? Heh.