June 11th, 2021

#7677: That was more than just the belt.

The driven pulley was misaligned, but correcting that didn't really fix the problem. The real issue was that the one-way clutch wasn't working right.

After I put the new belt in, I ran a test. It agitated all right, though it was acting a bit odd; but when it came time for the spin cycle, it would not spin.

Agitation normally involves the agitator turning back and forth. On one part of the cycle, the drum rotates in the opposite direction. It wasn't doing that; instead the drum was rocking back and forth, opposite of the agitator's motion. I didn't think much of that; but when the spin cycle started, the motor was spinning but the belt wasn't.

Wondering what was going on, I reached in and tried turning the agitator. It went THUNK and started to spin.

Me: Fuckin' spiffy.

The one-way clutch was binding. That meant taking the whole thing apart and fixing whatever was going on, and my evening had just gotten a lot more annoying.

Disassembly was pretty straightforward. Got the transmission out and, strangely, the snap ring that keeps the lower bearing housing (which also includes the one-way clutch) in place was about an inch and a half out of position.

Proceeded to spend maybe forty minutes trying to verify that the snap ring was seating in its groove. Maybe longer--but eventually I managed to verify that it was seated and should not try migrating south again.

Reassembled the washer, and it worked correctly. Agitation was 100% to spec and it spun up properly thereafter. As a bonus, I identified where the water is actually leaking from: there's about a 1-inch crack in the outer tub, up near the top, which I sealed using FlexSeal tape. That was the majority of the leak, though the upper tub seal is no longer sealing. That's essentially a giant O ring, and needs replacing to keep the water in. No problem! I'll order one, have it on hand for the next time I feel like wrestling with the washer. At least it's not the bottom hose, as I had thought previously, right?

...but it was leaking elsewhere. And just guess where I traced the leak to.

Yes, that drain hose had developed a leak. So now I actually do need to replace it. And, worse, you need to get the special part for it, because one end of the hose is a grommet that seats into the outer tub.

Feeling defeated, I put the machine back together and ran a test load. It worked perfectly but leaked water the entire time. *sigh*

So today (probably today) I'll order the drain hose and upper tub seal; and when they get here, at some point I will tear the whole thing apart again and replace those parts.

It still beats $600 for a new washer.

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By Wednesday afternoon, I was so frustrated that I put in a request to take today off, for sanity's sake.

I mean, how do I count the ways? Thursday and Friday of last week, with that recalcitrant piece of junk at the near offsite. Then the festivities with the blown network switch at my main site, which consumed all of Monday and a good chunk of Tuesday, and which had me staying late on Wednesday, too. And of course my trip to the far offsite on Wednesday, where I got buttonholed ("cornholed" is more like it) into screwing around with their tablets, which all needed updating.

In the middle of the tablet nonsense, I put in for Friday off, because WTF, I was just done.

They're trying to use tablets for certain functions, but of course the places they need these functions handled don't have WiFi, so they needed to do this and that and guess who gets to handle that? And for some stupid reason Samsung decided to include MAC randomization for wireless connections, for "security", but when your network is set up only to allow validated MAC addresses to connect, for actual security that actually works--

And I don't think that the guy who is behind all this quite understands how the guest WiFi is set up. To handle the "no wireless makes this tablet a paperweight" issue they went with a cellular-based setup, but in order to set up the tablet for this you first have to get it on the WiFi. And when you're setting up a new tablet, you can't connect to the guest WiFi because the guest WiFi requires that you log into the network on a web site, and the initial setup program will not invoke a web browser so that you can do that. But the instructions for setting up a new tablet not only say to use guest WiFi, but that you must use guest WiFi.

And to make matters still worse, some Samsung devices don't agree with the regular WiFi network over there. Do everything right, and the junk sits there trying to connect, and failing, for rather a long time before it will connect reliably. No one has ever figured out why this is, but I've seen it and seen it and seen it.

...the news that my wife had decided to give Orkin one more chance, and that they were coming on Friday afternoon, was it for me. I'm takin' the day off, damn it, I thought.

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Happened across a web site that indexed all the Bob Ross Joy of Painting episodes by the painting he did, and finally found the one I've wanted to see for a very long time.

I used to record them from PBS, when I lived in Cedar Rapids. And one fine day, he was doing a painting with the aurora borealis in it...only the tape had run out and I only saw the first five minutes of the episode. He did something like four hundred eps of that show, so it was never on again as far as I could tell. Well, that nifty web site allowed me to find out that it was season 8, ep 13, and I was able to find the ep on YuusTuub, and finally got to see it.

Thrillsville, I know.

#7678: Yet again, a point I've made time and again

John Wilder asserts that The Exorcist is a "feel-good" movie based on what the author of the book said:
William Peter Blatty summed up the reason I like horror films with this very simple quote:

"My logic was simple: if demons are real, why not angels? If angels are real, why not souls? And if souls are real, what about your own soul?"

Blatty even described The Exorcist as his ministry--it seems he's religious.
I've said, time and again, that movies about demons, exorcisms, portals to hell, and so forth, have as their very first principle that God exists, and He loves you.

And that is simple to noodle out. Look at The Exorcist. Girl is possessed by a demon, which is then cast out by a priest. (Oh..."spoilers", right? *rolleyes*) So:

A) You don't have demons unless there are angels, because demons are former angels.
B) You do not have angels without God.
C) The point of demonic possession is to corrupt humans, either directly or indirectly. There is no point to demonic possession unless humans have souls. Evidence: notice that the reported incidence of demonic possession of pets or livestock are vanishingly rare. (I can think of one, offhand: when Jesus cast Legion into a herd of sheep. Notice that the demons did not pick the sheep as targets to possess.)
D) Humans can invoke the name of God to drive out demons. God would not have allowed this to humans if He did not care about us.

Far from being a horror movie, The Exorcist is good news. One of the things I like best about The Prophesy, where Christopher Walken plays the archangel Gabriel, is that it starts from the same place: God exists. And no matter how much Hollywood tries to lampshade this by making Catholic priest characters into weirdos and perverts, they cannot obscure that basic premise when they make movies like these.

There was some movie a few years back in which nearly everyone on Earth just died, suddenly; and those who did not were being stalked by invisible horrors seemingly at random. Eventually the characters realized that belief in God was what lured the unseen monsters, that the mass die-off had been the Rapture. There was really only one logical conclusion at that point, though the makers of the movie did their best to obscure it. It was pretty inept because if you're starting with 80% of the people in the world die instantly because it's Armageddon you really can't ignore the rest of the story, but they did, instead reducing it to a simple case of "Now you're stuck on Earth until and unless you start believing in God." That was kind of dumb. But again, the basic premise was that God exists and humans have souls. Otherwise, the story is utterly nonsensical.

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Bonus points for his pun: "What don’t demons wear hairpieces? Because there would be Hell toupee."

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I don't doubt it, but it doesn't matter. 3,000 votes for Biden came from an empty building--a student residence which was closed because of the Wuhan Flu lockdown. Ballots were mailed to the addresses in that building, someone illegally filled out 3,000 "vote by mail" ballots, and mailed them back. Vote fraud, plain and simple. I doubt it's a unique case.

But the last chance we had to fix that shit was when Pence cucked and counted the votes. The supreme court doesn't care, and won't take any vote fraud case. The military is busily purging itself of patriots so that only leftists remain. There is only one way to fix it now, and I quail at the thought of what that would be like.

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It is actually much, much worse than that. You see, articles that talk about how wonderful it is that the United States now generates X much of its power with windmills always cite the rated capacity of the installed windmills.

So, you have a windmill, and it's rated to produce one megawatt. That means it can, in theory, harvest one megawatt of power from wind blowing past it. But when you look at how much it actually generates, after you build it and put it into service, you find that it never reaches that rated capacity, but instead generates about 200 kilowatts. A megawatt is the maximum amount of power its generator can pump out under ideal conditions. Unfortunately, the windmill itself cannot harvest a megawatt of power from the wind, because the whole works has mass and friction and the blades are not perfect airfoils and the wind rarely blows at a constant speed from a single direction across the entire diameter of the rotating assembly.

And so?
At 2 MW capacity per wind turbine (optimistic), 2000 of them could be good for 4000 MW of capacity. With 8760 hours in a year, that means you could get about 35,000 GWH of electricity out of the 2000 turbines if they operated all the time; but of course they don't--a 40% capacity factor would again be optimistic. That would give you 14,000 GWH of electricity from the 2000 wind turbines (at random times, and requiring full backup, but that's another issue). According to the EIA, the U.S. uses about 3.8 million GWH of electricity in a year, so these theoretical 2000 offshore wind turbines will with luck generate some 0.36% of our electricity by 2030--if we started today on a crash program to get them built.
Doing the math there, the writer notes that the 4000 MW installed capacity is good for 1,600 MW of generating capacity--but his numbers are extremely generous. As mentioned above, 20% is much more realistic, which means 800 MW of real instantaneous output, or 7,000 GWH, annually, of electricity. Or, some 0.18% of the American total annual electrical consumption.

0.18% is barely even a rounding error.

Zion nuclear power plant, just north of Chicago, generated 1.1 megawatts of power by itself. Continuously, controllably--you could schedule downtime because it had a throttle and an off switch--safely, and sufficiently carbon-negative (if you care about such things) that it more than made up for the carbon expended in its construction by eliminating the need for coal. A lot more compact, a lot less unsightly than a horizon filled with wind turbines.

The article I linked to does not go into how much 2,000 windmills will cost, instead discussing the fact that the United States does not have the construction equipment needed to build offshore windmills. Somehow, though, I doubt that these 2,000 windmills will cost less than one good nuclear power plant would.

Even with the NIMBYs and the econazis and the NRC's stupidly adversarial permitting process.

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Two comments about this article. The first: telecommuting is the growth industry right now. The simple fact is that for many "information worker" jobs there is absolutely no need for people to go to an office to do their jobs. WTF, I worked from home as a help desk technician, something that was impossible even fifteen years ago; if you can do a call center job from home, you can do just about any job that doesn't require hands on hardware. (Okay, jet mechanics can't telecommute. Sorry, guys.)

My current job requires that I go do things with physical computer hardware, so it's easiest just to go to the plant every day. Yet half the work I do from my office at the plant could literally be done from anywhere on the planet that has a good Internet connection. Yesterday I closed two tickets from my desk chair, without ever having to look at the user's system, just by accessing the right server and issuing the right commands. Then sent an email, "Hey, did that fix it?" When they replied in the affirmative, ticket resolved.

Second: two-thirds of the world semiconductor manufacturing occurs in Taiwan, that little bit of land that China desperately wants everyone to think is not a separate country. If China takes Taiwan, they have a chokehold on the semiconductor industry. And if they get it, everyone in the world is screwed.

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Another thought prompted by that post: remember how, a few years ago, everyone was saying that the PC was dead and tablets were the future? Remember that I said that was complete horseshit, because you can't use a tablet for content creation? Remember that I said tablets were useful but cannot take the place of a PC?

Well, in the wake of the lockdowns, suddenly PC sales are up some 73%. I can't believe it, but buying Iscandar and Mrs. Fungus' PC in October means we upgraded to new PCs before the shortages hit. And why are people buying computers? Because they need them to work from home, among other things.

I also have to wonder, though: the shortage of semiconductors seemed to start only after Biden was installed. I can't shake the feeling that the semiconductor shortage is an effect of something else I can't see, that's being carefully not talked about or reported by anyone. I don't have anything I can point to; it's likely that I'm just conflating two things which are completely unrelated.

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In Apocalyptic Visions, one of the main characters has a collection of documents that comes to be called the "Wailing Wall". In that world, it's common for one wall of an office to be a computer display, called a "VieWall" (though I rarely use the fancy capitalization, as it's a product name that became the generic term, like xerox or kleenex or bandaid), and this character has his computer display thumbnails of all the documents he's amassed which point to a serious downturn in...well, everything. He gets a visitor from another individual who has a similar collection, and that visit is when it gets its name, "Wailing Wall".

I keep thinking I should establish my own "Wailing Wall", because it might help me to figure out WTF is going on...and then I remind myself that I have a full-time job which actually pays me to work, that I already have too much else to do besides my job without adding nonsense...and besides, I have absolutely no power to do anything with whatever I might figure out.

Besides, by the time I did figure it out, it'd be upon us.

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A worthy read because it makes a point about slavery and its abolition that no one on the left ever mentions.

The left wants to blame American whites for slavery. That's a huge stretch, of course, but if we allow them that American whites are responsible for slavery, how then are American whites also not to be praised for fighting to end slavery? A lot of white people died in the Civil War. Are the sins of the whites who died on the rebel side not expunged through their deaths? Are the virtues of the whites who died to fight the rebels not martyrs to the cause of abolition? Credit where credit is due, guys?

Ha.

The central tenet of Critical Race Theory is that white people are inherently racist and that other races are not. Whites are, by virtue of being white, irredeemably racist and cannot ever be reformed; they can only become "good" by acknowledging their innate flaw and ceaselessly struggling not to be racist.

...that this position is, of course, nothing but pure racism is not discussed.

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Oh, wow:



The Jeep has been doing that. Og suggested it was the bushings in the leaf springs (not an unlikely cause) and I was thinking that I've got a sticking brake shoe. Maybe I ought to have a look at the slip yoke, too.

The Ford F-150 has a slip yoke in the rear driveshaft and the Jeep does not; the Jeep uses a slip yoke in the front driveshaft. Still, I don't think I've lubed the slip yoke much. Might be something to look at.

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Anyway, it's now noon on my extra day off. I've got a couple minor chores I want to take care of before the Orkin guy gets here around 4 (HA HA I AM SUCH AN OPTIMIST) so I'd better get moving.

#7679: ALWAYS read the fine print

Because sometimes it's in your favor!

...I just obviated one of my errands by double-checking payment methods for the property tax. Turns out that if you pay with an e-check (rather than using a debit or credit card) you don't pay a service fee. Done.

The only reason I read the property tax bill when it arrived was to confirm the due date. Turns out they've made some adjustments to how you can pay it, so the actual due date for the first half is in August, rather than June. They're also letting you pay in four installments rather than two. They are making tax slavery more convenient.

I just paid the first half, due in August, right now, because that way I now only need to worry about paying the second half by November. Halloween will be a good day to pay that.

The tax figure was lower this year than last, and that worried me--were valuations slipping?--but during today's scrutiny I discovered that the homestead exemption was finally applied, which is what cut our tax bill. Saved us nearly $800. Woohoo.

Makes sense, as we took full ownership of the place in mid-2019, and homestead exemption doesn't kick in partway through a tax year.

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Last night, Mrs. Fungus gave all the cats a treat--whipped cream--and Smudge turned psychotic. I have not seen that animal run around that fast, and he was attacking and licking and chewing everything that he got close to. My wife started to worry about his mental health when it came to be bedtime and he was still rocketing around at mach nine. "Hyperactive" was the word that escaped me at the time.

Probably not a good idea to give something with sugar in it to a ten-week-old kitten.

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Paying the property tax was the big errand I had to run. I'm considering not doing the others today; I took this day to have a day off from everything, yet here I am handling business. Argh etc.

Well...wouldn't hurt to go get a burger and maybe stop at the store for a few sundries. Supposedly Illinois has finally gone, more or less, mask-optional.

The left wants us to remain in panic mode over this thing, but let's face it: Wuhan Flu is over, guys. Vaccination rates have cratered. The lockdowns are easing. And by the way, Trump was right about hydroxychloroquine, and the flareup in India has demonstrated that Ivermectin works. The people aren't going to stand for any more of this horseshit, so you might as well get used to it.

If they tried to lock us down again because infection rates started going up, I feel like it would prompt a revolt. At least, I'd hope it would.

#7680: Well, that's something.

So, was going to go hit the store and grab a burger, when it hit me that I still needed to get the bike's plates renewed, so I thought, "Why not get the sticker?" Grabbed a pic of the bike's plate and headed for the DMV.

Closed? Still? No, boarded up. WTF.

...did a quick search and discovered that the location had moved to a site not two miles from where I sat, so I went.

Despite the easing of Wuhan Flu restrictions, official in Illinoistan as of today, they were only letting a few people in at a time. So I waited in line for thirty minutes.

In the sun.

On a hot, humid day.

*sigh*

But, what the hey. I can take a hot summer day. I wasn't even uncomfortable, except for the sweat trying to get into my eyes. There was a nice breeze. So after waiting outside for half an hour, when I went inside, there was absolutely no line for license plate stickers, of course.

I got my sticker; and while I'd been navigating to the new DMV site, I'd seen a Little Caesar's and thought, Man, that would taste really good right now! I liked it better than going to Culver's, so I altered my plan. Go to LC, get their $6 "mostest bestest" pizza, go home and enjoy it, then hit the store.

LC near the bunker had a handwritten note in the window: "CLOSED AT 2".

Me: Sigh.

Okay, back to original plan, hit the store first and then go to Culver's.

Hit the store...and while in the store it occurred to me that I might buy a frozen pizza. So I bought a Rosati's frozen pizza, sausage and pepperoni...for $8. And I have to cook it. WTF, Little Caesars??

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Anyway, Jeep is running hot. Not terribly, but it's at the upper range of "normal" and that should not be the case when the truck is moving, even in hot weather. I think I need to drain and flush the cooling system this weekend; and it probably would not be a bad idea to replace the thermostat while I'm at it. According to the service log--

!!!!!!!!

I last replaced the thermost in 2014, at 117k miles. That was seven years ago, and I've put a hundred thousand miles on the truck since then.

So...yeah. Probably about due for a flush and fill, then, huh? Just maybe? I'm gonna need a bottle of CLR and a couple jugs of coolant, a thermostat and a gasket for same...and a keg of Gatorade and some room in the garage because I am not going to do all that standing in the sun, FFS.

You can start an engine for a few moments without coolant without damaging it. It takes time for the engine block to get hot, especially when you're talking about a cast iron edifice like the Jeep's engine. So I can drain it, pull it in, do the fiddlybits, pull it out and run the flush, drain again, pull in and finalize.

I'd rather do all that than have the engine overheat.

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Man, it's already half an hour until Orkin is due to arrive. Where'd my day go?

#7681: Clown world.

That's really all I can say about this:
Game of Throne actress and apparent SJW actress Emilia Clarke has written--or, perhaps, hired people to write--an SJW comic with the totally-never-been-covered-before themes of feminism and normalizing and celebrating menstruation.

Because feminists never have thought to make the period into "art."

And because no feminist has ever made a comic book in which a feminist gains comic-book super-powers from her period.

This has all been done. This has all been done, and done, and done, and done, and done some more, but every time someone does it again, they decorate themselves in Stunning medals and Brave ribbons.
[H]er superhero powers are manifestations of the side effects from menstruation.

"The bloating, the hair growth, the mood swings, the [acne], all of it," Clarke explains. "We hate that when it happens, speaking for myself and everyone I've ever met who has had a period. What if we turned that around and made the period something that we can feel as this unique, crazy, superhuman thing that happens in our body? When Maya is scared, she goes invisible, when she's angry, she has superhuman strength. She can swing like Spider-Man from her armpit hair."

She added that the comic aims to normalize menstruation so that it has far less of a social stigma.
I can think of nowhere in the Western world where it's a "social stigma." I know it's a pain for women, and sometimes indirectly men. I cannot think of a single person who thinks, "Let's shun her due to her period."

Literally no one says this. Except, perhaps, in the barbaric corners of the third world.

But I'm quite sure this SJW feminist doesn't have those people in mind.

By the way, the previous menstruation super-power comic? Yeah, the authoress was attacked by transgenders for not featuring transwomen as among the women who get super-powers from their periods. I imagine this is because of the fact that trans "women" do not have periods, as they are not women.

But she was forced to apologize anyway, and deleted her twitter account.

So, Emilia--I sure hope your heroine is actually a trans-heroine! Otherwise, there will be Cancellation.
Emilia Clarke was Danyares Targaryen (or however you spell it).

Ace's comments are spot on, of course. Nowhere in the western world is menstruation stigmatized, except maybe among certain highly orthodox Jewish sects. Modern, civilized people understand that menstruation is a bodily funtion unique to the female body, there is nothing they can do about it, and that there's nothing inherently unclean or evil about it. I mean, seriously, you might as well claim that urinating or sneezing are stigmatized.

Unless Mad Queen Dany is claiming that because women do not generally announce they are menstruating, that is a stigma? That it should be polite for a woman to walk into a room and announce, "I'm menstruating!" as a conversation starter?

It's ridiculous. No one cares if you're having your period. No one's going to screech and point at you and cast you out as unclean because your reproductive system is working as designed. Most civilized people--if informed that you're menstruating--will cluck and sympathize. There are not roving bands of fundamentalists who protest to get supermarkets to stop carrying feminine hygiene products, nor are there any lunatics trying to ban the stuff.

Not in the civilized west, anyway.

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And that horseshit about transgenders? I don't give a fuck what you think you are, but if you were born with a penis you are never going to menstruate. It doesn't matter how loudly you scream about your preferred pronouns or being misgendered: you ARE NOT going to menstruate, EVER. You do not have a uterus, you do not have ovaries, and without these organs it is absolutely physically impossible for you to menstruate.

You can be as delusional as you like about your personal biology. If you want to put pads in your underwear and/or shove tampons up your ass, you go right ahead.

I will not share your delusion.

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Sarah Hoyt knocks another one out of the park.
Now imagine totalitarianism being implemented [in America] by 4th generation red diaper babies, which is what we have here from Obama downward. Commie La Whorish and Occasional Cortex are representative of this. They've been told they're very very smart, even if they can’t carry a thought in a bucket. Because "Smart" has become "parrots the Marxist line back at us" and at this point the only young people who stay in the ideology are the next thing to brain damaged. Otherwise by thirty they see through the ideology. (And I'm not going to make guesses about Obama's mental competence, except to say that families attracted to communism are usually "smartish" but not that smart, and envious of those who are really smart. And that even if he had been a genius, his upbringing and the substances he used would have damaged him. And I doubt he was a genius to begin with.
The thing is, they are managing to make Joe Biden look like he is mentally competent. He's not--it was obvious before the election that he was in the grips of senile dementia--but the appearance is that of a man who still has his marbles. How much easier is it to make someone like Obama look smart?

I'm not kidding. Obama has no facility with words; take away his teleprompter and he turns into the SCOAMF, which is Stuttering Clusterfuck Of A Miserable Failure. He's not even remotely erudite. Notice how the press attacked Sarah Palin for writing some notes on her hand; that was because she didn't need a teleprompter. So they had to attack her for writing notes on her hand, claiming that was a sign of stupidity.

Their guy: can't speak coherently without a teleprompter, great orator
Our girl: can speak eloquently from a few notes on her hand, stupid

You see?

...and remember that Obama used drugs heavily in his youth. Remember the "Choom Gang"? Habitual marajuana use does not enhance cognition and it does not make you smarter. There is a reason that stoners are portrayed the way they are in popular culture.

And the left's definition of "smart" is--always has been--"is in complete agreement with us." The person that disagrees with a leftist is always considered stupid. Look at how hillbillies are portrayed; they're depicted that way because they refused to listen to the leftists of the early progressive era. These days, obviously smart people are called "idiots" and worse, solely because they disagree with leftism. "Stupid" is always the first insult, and the first joke, pulled out of the left's butt whenever they encounter someone who effectively disagrees with them.

Failed comedian Al Franken's book about Rush Limbaugh was titled "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot", because that's the one insult they have, and the one joke. And I notice that Franken came out with that book when Limbaugh was starting to hit the heights of popularity; of course he extruded that horseshit then.

So the left in America has been reduced to "smart" people who are really only people who bought communism hook, line, and sinker. Buying into communism that completely is not the sign of a truly intelligent person...because someone who is actually intelligent will look at the outcomes of communism and conclude that it will not work, even if he buys into the philosophy.

The problem is not the true believers. The problem is the people who pull the strings, who might consider communism a useful tool to gain total control of the country, but who couldn't care less about trying to make it work.

Some time in the last months of his show, Limbaugh talked about how Obama established a set of offices in DC and has been running the Democrat party from them. He never really elaborated on what he meant or how he knew. But if Obama is running everything behind the scenes, then the whole "shit show" aspect of the last five months--and, really, the last four years--makes perfect sense to me, including the idiocy of having a brigade of National Guard locking down DC after a couple hundred people walked into the Capitol building.

The democrats really needed that to be a big thing, and it just isn't. No one cares. The only people who buy the "insurrection" narrative are the left--it's preaching to the choir, almost literally--and I don't think one person to the right of George W. Bush actually thinks that was anything like an insurrection. The news media say "insurrection" and the talking heads say "insurrection" and the politicians say "insurrection" but my feeling is that a good large chunk of the populace rolls its eyes and shakes its head, because what else are you going to do? But those people saw the video and it just didn't look like an insurrection. Aggravated tourism, maybe. The politicians were never in any danger (despite their best efforts to exaggerate) and every last item that the press pushed in support of their fake narrative turned out to be complete falsehood, right down to the number of deaths, which side they were on, and how they happened.

DC was filled up with National Guard because the politicians were scared. The congresscritters abandoned all protest of the election fuckery and certified the election out of spite, because they'd been frightened. I'm sure some of them thought they'd end up dangling from lampposts by night's end--but just the ones who weren't in on the scam (because remember that the aggravated tourism was incited by known antifa members).

And in fact they needed everything else they'd trotted out, over the past four years, to be a big thing, and nothing worked. The people liked Trump and they didn't believe the press (mainly because the press had squandered a great deal of its credibility boosting Obama). Even impeaching him didn't put a dent in his popularity.

So, next, they "fortified" the election...and they did so in a big, fat, stupid-obvious fashion.

No, I think Sarah Hoyt is right about this.

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Anyway, now it's almost 10 PM. Orkin guy distracted me, and then my wife came home, and then this and that and the other thing (including another trip to the store) and now it's getting late on Friday night.

I didn't even get to really sleep in today. *sigh*