Well, it's just the first quarter, so we'll see how the rest of the year is.
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Okay! I just got back from about an hour's ride on the motorcycle. It's gorgeously warm outside (lower fifties) and I was all bundled up, so I wasn't even remotely chilly on my ride.
Sweat pants under jeans; boots; hoodie under parka--I was fine.
...except for my left wrist.
Owing to the bike being cold-soaked for the past three weeks (since I rode it last) the clutch cable is stiff; and the fact that the clutch still needs adjustment means I was having to exert too much strength near maximum extension because the catch point of the clutch is so far out.
Not just strength, I might add, but fine control on top of it, since the aim is to ease the clutch on. You know how that works.
Wrist: IT! HURTS!!!
So though I could have ridden comfortably for much longer than I did, I decided that discretion was the better part of avoiding an RSI and came home. Anyway, it's three; we'll only have about another half-hour of good light before "dusk" starts to settle in, and it'll get cold and people will be driving like idiots because of rush hour anyway.
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Leftists and liberals are afraid of post-Obama America. I personally am afraid of an America where Obama's policies are allowed to continue.
...I say "Obama's policies" but they're just More Of The Same Old Socialism, which comes in a more-or-less straight line right from FDR and the socialists of the 1930s. Same playbook, different players--and it doesn't work. "Sooner or later you run out of other peoples' money."
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Karl Denninger analyzes today's favorable jobs report.
Despite the positive spin on the jobs report, the Dow lost fifty points; and Denninger points out that the jobs report is actually just the result of statistical fiddling:
Here's the problem with this report -- the non-institutional working-age population went from 240.441 million to 240.584, a gain of 143,000 people of working age. But the number of employed people went down from 141.070 million to 140.681 -- a loss of 389,000. Adding the two, which is the correct way to look at it, the economy on a population-adjusted basis lost 532,000 jobs.Emphasis removed.
...the facts are irrelevant. Obama needs unemployment to be below 8% in order to have any chance at reelection, so it's going to be below 8% regardless of what reality says.
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Not if Obama has anything to say about it. Not just Obama; Democrats in general, actually. Democrats have consistently and continuously opposed each and every possible avenue for America to exploit its own natural resources--especially fossil fuels.
We need that energy and we need it to be a hell of a lot cheaper than it is right now--but Democrats don't care about that. Piddly little things like the economy and personal choice and freedom of movement--none of that is nearly as important to them as being in charge of everything.
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Let the headline speak for itself: "History uncovers Romney’s [Democrat] leanings". (I replaced "Democratic" with "Democrat" because Democrats ain't democratic. Fungus policy. Suck it.)
The lede is good, too: "Supported Tsongas, others in opposition to GOP candidates".
The man is a political opportunist on par with Barack Hussein; he's a liberal and not a conservative.
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I've now managed to read some 32 chapters of the Hayate no Gotoku manga. That gets me through about 10% of the extant chapters.
I finally made it to the introduction of Hinagiku, though, and as usual she's made of awesome, so it's all good.
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MASSIVE TIME SUCK ALERT. Back issues of 122 different magazines on-line. Holy smokes. It's a melange; politics and pulps, side-by-side.
Most hilarious title: Ranch Romances. (No, I didn't look to see if it was a bunch of Brokeback Mountain stuff. But what else could it be??)
In the United States real bars still exist, corner joints in blue-collar Chicago, the Last Chance Saloon at the top of the Florida keys, maybe the Sunset Grill in Wasington, a million others. Yet the trend is toward the unpleasantly clean, obsessively controlled, captiously regulated, and over-policed with cops lurking outside with Alkasensors. However spelled. From a Commie under every bush, America has moved to a Mommy behind every bush. Can I have my Commies back?Whenever he is not bemoaning the US military and its adventures, it is very hard to argue with Fred. I don't like his take on military issues, but everywhere else he's spot-on.
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Tenshi na Konamaiki"Zombie" is nearly over. Good series, nicely entertaining.
The World Only God Knows
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka
WOGK, after one ep, seems pretty harmless and entertaining.
Shuffle! is--you know, the annoying thing about anime is when large groups of high school boys try to pulverize a guy because several girls like him. It's always in the context of, "We'll keep you from victimizing her!"
...without even stopping to consider that perhaps the girl wants to be "victimized" by the guy.
Other problem: Rin has Sia and Nerine after him, the princesses of the god and demon realms respectively. He has to pick one; and whichever way he goes, he's going to end up ruling either "heaven" or "hell". The problem I have with this: there's little apparent difference between the "gods" and "demons" in the series.
Well: I've seen four eps of it. Maybe everything will make sense later on.
Usagi Drop is kind of fun, cute, and a "palate cleanser".
Tenshi na Konamaiki continues to have animation that's uneven at best. Megumi Hayashibara is still awesome, though scenes where she can really shine are not very common.
I'm not sure what will take the place of "Zombie".
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Thanks to HnG manga and a bout of hypoglycemia, I didn't get to sleep until well after 7:30 AM. And I only slept until noon. I think I need to go take a nap....