July 26th, 2018

#6297: And so the vigil begins.

Luna installer is supposed to be here between 9 and 11. I'm sitting at my computer at 7 AM.

And ohh ho ho ho ho, they really can listen: we told them specifically to call my phone, and what happens as I'm sitting here? My wife's phone rings. It's Luna, calling to tell us they'll be here between 7 and 9!

Then, about 7:30-ish, installer actually called, telling me they'd be here in 20 minutes.

So, went out to start my vigil early. They arrived 8:15. For a wonder, they're actually here and isntalling the carpeting.

What an amazing world we live in, where a company actually shows up to do the work you hired them to do, and YES THAT IS SARCASM.

#6298: Now I understand.

This is what explained it to me simply enough that I got it. The whole Mueller investigation seems like an unendurable boil on Trump's backside, and he can fire all those shitheads, so why doesn't he? It seemed to me that he wanted to avoid all the political fallout, similar to what he got when he fired Comey. All of which he is 100% entitled to do.

But:
No matter how much money Mueller spends or how many prosecutors he hires, he can't save Hillary.

Hillary's lies split Mueller's congressional constituency of Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans. And if Mueller can't prove Hillary's stolen election conspiracy theory, the Democrats will be the first to turn on him. The longer the Mueller investigation drags on, the higher the expectations for its outcome grow. Like Madoff, Mueller is trapped in an investigative pyramid scheme that he can never deliver on. And so all he can do is keep growing the pyramid, branch it out and drag it on for as long as humanly possible.

That's the Washington D.C. way.

Hillary Clinton’s reverse Midas Touch cost the Democrats the election. Their obsession with Hillary's election conspiracy theories is likely to cost them the midterm elections. The average voter cares about the economy. The Russia conspiracy theories leave swing voters unimpressed and uninterested. And when the Mueller investigation runs out of every trick and gimmick, it will also be Hillary's fault.

And by the time that's done, the Democrats will have wasted three elections chasing Hillary's lies.
This is why Trump isn't getting rid of it: it's politically advantageous to him. It keeps Democrats focused on something that is 100% nothingburger and which--so far--has done more to hurt Democrats than anything he could do on his own. The investigation isn't going to find anything on him, and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets for the opposition.

He'll probably fire everyone in December, then.

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If you don't have ovaries and a uterus, you don't get periods. A biological male taking female hormones is physically incapable of having a period. The symptoms that women experience every month are due to fluctuations in their hormones, something regulated by ovaries and the pituitary. Men--lacking ovaries--do not experience these variations.

Note that I'm not saying that variations in their hormones are impossible; only that it's not a period, which is something biological that only females do. The symptoms these men experience may be due to psychosomatic causes, hormonal variations from their bodies' own attempts at self-regulation, or from the simple fact that no one takes their medication at exactly the same time every day, week, or month (depending on the dosing regimin).

Even so, I'm still leaning towards "mental illness".

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What is "democratic socialism"? Well, it's socialism, which always has the exact same endpoint of any other kind of socialism. Meaning that it ends with poverty and want and a boot stomping a human face for as long as they can cling to power.

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Suddenly the left is interested in states' rights. Trump's EPA ending California's waiver for federal smog rules is oh-so-terrible because "muh tenth amendment."

Meanwhile:
At this point, the green justice warriors may be regretting their decision to target Scott Pruitt so viciously. The new acting head of the EPA seems to have taken the driver's seat and is speeding along a road called Regulatory Rollback.
As much as you don't like someone that Trump appointed? Just be careful about ousting him, because the next person Trump appoints may be even less to your liking than the first guy was.

I, personally, love this. I love seeing California's special treatment go by the wayside. I love that California is no longer going to be setting emissions policy for the US. And I love that the eco-nazis--having gotten what they wanted from Pruitt's ouster--are now less happy with his replacement.

This is a trend I want to see continue: sure, get rid of our guy...but watch out for his successor.

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What's surprising about this? Leftists always leave a huge toxic mess for others to clean up.

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Government spending is part of how GDP is figured. It's the "G" in the equation. And it turns out that we're not really sure how much the government is spending.

$240 billion is less than two percent of federal spending, but as Vox Day points out, when GDP is less than the error in your federal spending, you have no idea if the economy is growing or shrinking.

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Having rid themselves of all badthinkers and wrongthinkers, the SJWs of WorldCon turn on each other. And we just sit back and eat popcorn and laugh at them.

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Because of Luna, asininity, I told work I'd be in late today, which is why the post is going up now instead of this evening. With the post done, I might as well get on with my day.

#6299: That's it, I need a break

Well, I did not go to work today. I laid down in bed for a bit, intending just to relax a little, and then blammo it was after noon. Called in and said I would not, after all, be in today, and then set myself in motion.

Ran errands--need to go back to the store to pick up RXes for the Mrs, but I can do that any time before about 9:30 and that'll be okay.

Got myself a couple of Whoppers, came home and ate them, and then set to work--on the basement.

We have movers bringing furniture from storage in less than a week--one reason we got so pissed off at Luna's usual horseshit--and that basement needs to be severely de-cluttered before then. I had it nice and usable last year before all the attic-cleaning and the renovations began, but time and entropy did for that. I've got boxes of drywall stuff, boxes of painting stuff, boxes of boxing stuff--all kinds of nonsense. So today I'm digging into the pile and sorting it and gleaning the last little bits and pieces which can be summarily ejected, and attempting to organize and consolidate what is being kept.

I am pleased with the progress thus far.

I've decided that anyone worth paying to make new cushions for the sofa I have in the garage will be capable of making them without a pattern to work from, so I'm (to my wife's delight) throwing away the old cushions. It's one of those sofas which has a hardwood frame with no upholstery attached to it; there are removable cushions that you set on it (one two three, across seat and back) and they are what make it comfortable.

The extant cushions are decades old. Mom preferred to sleep on that sofa; it was what she had in her bedroom for a bed and it was mere feet from her computer--and because of that, these cushions are absolutely saturated with cigarette smoke. I had thought to try pulling out the padding, washing the covers, and putting new foam inside, but I think they're just too far gone for that.

I have a pile of Halloween decorations which will go into the attic, next to the Christmas decorations.

My old backpack, which was my brother's before he abandoned it--this is a backpack with an aluminum frame, an actual backpack rather than a knapsack--that can go in the attic. I have not used it since 1993 and I could probably just dispose of it, but gee what if I want to go camping again someday? *sigh*

(Actually? Paranoid impulse: what if I need to bug out and can only do so on foot?)

There are a lot of things I'd like to shove up there but cannot, because the space is not climate controlled. Two big boxes of videotapes--but the tapes would perish if left in those conditions for any length of time. Assorted books and papers--but, what if squirrels get into there? It's happened before, mice at least. No.

What I'll probably do for the paper stuff is to get sealable plastic containers and put them in there. That should keep the rodents and the bugs off, if any, and then they can go up there. Books, papers, magazines, comics, everything.

...but after about 90 minutes' work, I needed a break. I'm not just sitting there sorting; I'm moving and lifting and shoving, too, and that's what's got me in a sweat. I needed a break.

In a few minutes I'll go back downstairs and continue the work. Whee!

#6300: Dekita!

So after the last post I resumed work. I finished sorting and repacking and threw out a whole bunch of stuff, and cut down all the boxes and put them in the recycle bin, and moved and rearranged and tucked and--

And it's fantastic. There's more room down there now than there was last July.

With all that completed--and with the attic stuff stowed up there--I hauled out the tractor and cut the grass, so I got that chore checked off my "to do" list.

So now, I will go take a shower, and then go to get my wife's RXs, and something for dinner. And then I will probably collapse into a tired little puddle.

But, oh well. Got done today what I wanted to get done, all of it, and I feel great.