It looks like there may be a bit of a leak in the right rear wheel cylinder. I'll keep an eye on it and see what happens. Worst case, I have to get a new set of brake shoes again (limited lifetime warranty--gimme my free stuff!) and rebuild or replace the offending cylinder.Dateline January 13, 2008.
Weather forecast for today is 46° and cloudy. It might be well for me just to pop the right-rear wheel off and have a gander at it; if I'm right, I could fix this in about an hour or so and not have to bother Og this weekend. (His reply to my e-mail said it would be fine for me to use his garage.) Or I could--at least--just buy the parts I need so I've got everything to hand when I do go over there Sunday afternoon.
The problem is, if that's the source of my leak I've got to replace the brake shoes; and since the Fiero doesn't run right now, how the hell do I get the parts? They should be an exchange item at AutoZone (I believe I got them from AutoZone, anyway) but I can't drive the truck without rear brakes.
Well: possibility #1 is that I could ride the motorcycle. It's not far and I know how to bundle up to ride the thing, so that would work rather well. The other possibility is to get my uncle to give me a ride. We'll see, I guess.
My first task for the day (after the bloggeratin' is done) will be to pop the right rear tire off and check inside the brake drum. If I find what I expect to find, then I'll head over to Advance Auto to buy oil change supplies and a new brake cylinder. (Otherwise I'll still go; I'll just buy the oil change stuff instead.) I'll have them check to see if I bought the brake shoes there.
If not--I can't remember when they opened that store and they might not have been there yet in 2008--then I'll hit AutoZone and see if they can pull up the warranty information.
(Advance was there in April of 2008, so they probably were.)
Well: it's good to have goals, I suppose, and the only other activities I have today are therapy and choir practice--both of which are held at church, which is a 10-minute walk from here. And the exercise would do me good.
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Yet another new nickname for the President: The Ignoramus in Chief.
"Daahhhh...gee, that recession is much deeper than I thought it was, duhurr!"
Actually, no; The Lying Liar in Chief is in fact lying about that. During his campaign he was saying that the recession was the worst one in the history of civilization bar none--including the Great Sand Famine of 1652, the Dirt Shortage of 1215, the Disastrous Topsoil Blight of 941, and the Really Sucky Aliens Took All Our Water In Exchange For Beads Debacle of 250 BC. He eve--wha?
Oh. Apparently he just said, "I think everybody knows now that we are in the worst financial crisis since the great depression."
Still, given that he actually said that in October of 2008, which--check me on this--was before he was even elected, a reasonable person would have to assume that he did in fact know that the recession was pretty f-ing bad. I mean, if it was "the worst since the Great Depression" that would seem to indicate that he knew things were not exactly good...right?
Or is he saying now that the recession was the worst one ever?
Okay, I'll get to the point: this is just another flavor of "It's Bush's fault!" That's all it is; Obama has had the White House for a bit more than three years at this point, and everyting he has done has only made things worse. He can't point to his record and say, "Look how much I've done for you!" so the only thing he can do is to say, "Well, shucks, those Bad Old Bush Boys misled us about how bad the economy really was!"
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Arse Technica still has not acknowledged that CRU has admitted that there hasn't been any global warming since 1997 while atmospheric CO2 continued to rise, but they've got plenty of time to worry about what the Heartland Institute pays "climate contrarians".
I'm still waiting for them to say anything about the CRU matter, particularly after their dogged defense of "the science is settled!" I'm waiting for them to say anything at all about the news, good or bad, for or against. And there's nothing but silence on the matter.
It's a good thing I'm not holding my breath.
I mean, this post is meant to further the "climate deniers are getting paid off!" meme, which itself is part of the "science is settled!" diatribe.
This article talks about what Heartland Institute pays its lobbyists--well, I have never seen anyone publish figures for what econazi lobbyists are paid, but I'd wager that the pro-econut lobbyists are not working for free. Having seen how my brother's brother-in-law (who is an Illinois lobbyist) lives, let me tell you that none of those guys makes chicken feed. Money gravitates to power (which is why so many congresscritters are multimillionaires) and there's a hell of a lot of power in being able to tell people how they can live their lives and how much energy they get to consume.
It's disingenuous for Arse Technica to continue to ignore the CRU's announcement that GLOBAL WARMISTAS HAVE BEEN WRONG ALL ALONG, and it's yet another reason why I can't take them seriously as a "science" site.
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And as Vox Day notes, global warming is still dead. Annual snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has not changed in 130 years, which demonstrates that the climate models are, well, wrong.
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Whenever a Christian kid wants to do something religious in public school, he's almost always denied it based on "separation of church and state", which is itself a misreading of the First Amendment. So what the fuck is this?
Why is the choir of a public school singing an islamic song? Why does the kid have to drop out of choir to avoid singing the song?
If the song were Christian in nature and the kid an atheist, the ACLU would be carpet-bombing that school with lawyers. Where's the ACLU?
...or could it be that the left uses "separation of church and state" as a weapon only against the Christian church? Eh?
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(Like I even need to ask the question.)
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Why are the police involved with this?
Okay: guy kills his kids, then kills himself. The police buy the grave sites next to the kids' grave so their father cannot be buried next to them even though that's what the family wants to do.
The parents of the mother of the two boys (the mother was killed earlier) have filed a suit to prevent this guy from being buried next to them. They have legal standing to do this kind of thing, not the police.
The function of police officers is to act as "officers of the court". Their job is not to effect punishment of any kind absent any kind of trial verdict.
The cops should stay the hell out of this.
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Obama wants it both ways.
1) In front of the American people, the individual mandate (that all individuals must buy health insurance or pay a fine) is not a tax.
2) In front of the Supreme Court, the individual mandate is a tax.
So far the mainstream media seems uninterested in this display of hypocrisy. The way it always is when the hypocrite in question has a little (D).
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US Military told to prepare for Iran ops.
I'm of two minds on this one. Iran needs to have its nuclear capability taken away. But Obama has demonstrated a total lack of understanding in how to use the military to achieve policy goals.
And anyway, wasn't Obama supposed to be the guy who wouldn't do this kind of thing? He certainly campaigned on it.
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Alan Caruba notes that things are looking ever more like the late 1970s. US citizens held hostage by islamic nutjobs in the middle east and stupendous gas prices.
The price of gasoline is up 83% over where it was when Obama took office. It's been three years; at 10% per year (the current rate) that's an excess price rise of 53%. That is to say, you can possibly attribute 30% of that 83% to inflation, but the rest is due to the sheer stupidity of Obama's energy policies.
As this is written, there are 19 U.S. citizens being held hostage in Egypt, but you are hearing little to nothing about that in the mainstream media.Reason: Reagan won in 1980, when every night the news featured continuing coverage of the "Iran Hostage Crisis". (Otherwise known as "Iran commits an act of war against the United States, which does nothing in response.") The mainstream media is not about to make this a free gift for the GOP.
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I agree with Boortz's stand on body modification.
The story is about a petition to include body modification in the Equal Opportunity Employment statute: in other words, these people want to make it a crime for someone to consider tats, gauges, and WTF-ever in their evaluation of someone's suitability for a particular job.
Okay, look: EOE is almost entirely based on making sure that minorities have equal access to jobs. It makes it a crime for an employer to discriminate based on factors people have no control over, things like skin color or country of origin or what-have-you.
You do have control over whether or not you get tats and piercings and gauges and such. Okay, there are no roving bands of thugs who wander around with tattoo needles and piercing guns waiting to spring on the unwary in order to give them full sleeves and genital piercings; you have to decide to get those things, endure the pain of having them done to you, and then pay for them.
And yeah, chances are it's going to have an effect on your employability for some jobs if these things are done to "public skin".
Imagine having to hire that to work as a receptionist at your law firm or doctor's office. Yeah.
No. She looks like a f-ing troll from World of Warcraft.
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And if that image was scary, just remember this handy and useful list of 13 politically incorrect gun rules. The nasty Mexican vampire woman is not immune to bullets.
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Time for an asston of DOOM! No links in it today, save one; it's just a discussion of the welfare state.
But that's okay, because I'm bringin' teh funk my own bad self!
Chart-fu showing what rotten shape our economy is in. Unemployment is particularly bad.
Karl Denninger disagrees with the New York Times' insistence that the US must get involved in Europe lest we face another huge war.
The NYT piece is merely another call for more deficit spending, which Denninger likens to an alcoholic sobering up by drinking more whiskey. You know. Or a heroin addict having another shot of "horse".
(Or an otaku like me buying a NAS box stuffed with 2 TB hard drives.) (I haven't done that...yet. But if I ever get a decent job....)
The problem is that these nations are not solvent. They are addicted to cheap credit heroin and refuse to stop their deficit spending, having made political promises they have no way to keep. This is the core of the problem both in Europe and here in the United States.The man simply never gets tired of repeating himself, even though he's shouting at the wind and knows it. I have to respect that.
Also from Denninger is this piece about Canada realizing what other nations have, so far, ignored: a government cannot spend more than it's willing to tax, because this way lies ruin each and every time.
AND a third, same guy: "Is this real?"
A written document giving firm dates and detailed actions for a planned Greek default has been in the possession of two top Wall Street bank currency trading bosses since the second week in January. The Slog has separate but corroborative sources affirming the existence of the document, and a conviction among senior bank staff that--at least at the time--the plan represented "a timetable, not a contingency". The plan gives a firm date of March 23rd for default to be announced after the close of business.March 20 is the hard date I expected to see a Greek default by; the 23rd is the Friday that follows that date.
If this is true, it means the banks have been playing us and the US financial system. Ditto for Greece and the EU.
Ready for torches and pitchforks yet?
Fourth, same source again: We're running out of people to fire. See, any given company or corporation has a certain minimum number of employees beneath which it can no longer function efficiently. You get rid of the poor performers and the dead wood when you can, but when you've trimmed out all the idiots and knuckle-shufflers and still have work to do, you can't cut any more.
The slowing rate of unemployment increase--it's not all statistical fiddling. Only most of it is; the rest is the fact that if we fire anyone else our customers won't get served in a timely fashion and we'll lose sales. You extract as much work from your employees as you can and try to keep your labor costs down while serving the customer as best you can--lose one employee and you're screwed. Shit is left undone and your customers start screaming at you. Yeah.
When the economy hits this kind of regime, it is not a good situation to be in.
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OMG this is awesome.
Watch this--the way the guy authorizes the campaign ad--GIVE THIS MAN THE NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT NOW.
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Well: if I'm going to do car work today, guess what that means? It means I need SERIOUS FOOD! Can't do car work on just the egg sandwich I had for breakfast. I'm goin' to Culver's!
...in about half an hour.