Nuttin.  Time to watch some videos and call it a night.

From Conservative Treehouse:

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Responds To Arizona Senate Subpoena – Go Spit, “It’s Time to Move On”
Last week, the Arizona State Senate sent a subpoena to Maricopa County election officials asking for information and voting material the county previously refused to turn over [See Here].

Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded to the legislative subpoena:

Facsimile of the letter is at the site - really worth going and reading if only to see how eloquently they were able to say: "Go piss up a rope". They know that they are facing jail time when their malfeasance is proven - defiant to the end.  When you have nothing - push the Big Lie.

300+ comments at the site.  Some fun reading...

And at the farm

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Down for the day - had a very nice burger at Hal's Drive In. A very classic American Drive-In - worth checking out if you are ever in Sedro-Wooley.

Pleasantly stuffed.  Surf for a bit and then an early bedtime.  A lot hotter here than by the water - dogs were panting as they were running around.  Got the air conditioning running so nice and comfortable.

Long and winding road - points North

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Heading directly to the farm. Bite to eat on the road. Working there tomorrow and back home via Bellingham.

Bringing the laptop.

Crimes against humanity

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An inconvenient truth - from Newsweek/MSN:

Hate Crimes Documented by Police Disproportionately List Black People as Attackers: Report
Released Wednesday, the report is a comprehensive national review of hate crime laws that shows where laws variate. It also cited widespread flaws in data collection and reporting. Though the majority of hate crimes in the U.S. are committed by white people, motivated by racial or ethnic bias, the crimes disproportionately reported Black Americans as the attackers.

In at least 13 states, Black Americans were listed by law enforcement as the perpetrators in hate crimes at a rate roughly 1.6 to 3.6 times greater than the size of the state's Black population, the report said.

"These repeated disparities ... show that — despite the fact that people of color are far more likely to be the victims of hate violence — the instances of hate violence that are actually documented by police ... are disproportionately those alleged to have been committed by Black people," it read.

Same thing for gun violence - black on black. The USA has a high number of murders by firearm but drop out Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore and a few other Democrat shithole cities and the number drops way down. We are not a violent nation, some of our cities are.

Showing their True Colors

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From My Pensieve:

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Of course, they yanked it when someone pointed out how tone-deaf it was but the internet is forever.

Psychologists call this "Projection" and this is an epic example.

Duuhhhh - they are breaking the law in the first place.  Why should they start being law abiding citizens now?
From The Federalist:

Shocker: Nearly 90 Percent Of Illegal Immigrants Let In By Biden Have Refused To Report To ICE As Required
Nearly 90 percent of the 50,000 migrants released by the Biden administration have not yet reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the required 60-day window.

While at least 27,000 of the illegal aliens still have time within their allotted 60 days to report to ICE, Axios reported that at least 16,000 of those whose window of time has expired have disregarded the honor system and “not showed up.”

“That’s 2.4 no-shows for every one that has checked in,” the report states.

Disaster. Biden's legacy.

Two from the Olympics

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UPDATE at the bottom...

A bit of schadenfreude for this morning:

Heh - Gavin was a so-so lifter.  He decided to identify as a woman.  He failed there too.

Why is it always the marginals who try and pull this WOKE shit.  Kaepernick is a mediocre football player whose only claim to fame is that he took a knee. The hammer thrower. The race car driver. The list goes on.

UPDATE: Had an interesting thought over coffee this morning.  What if Hubbard lost on purpose. This allows the tranny movement to say that there is a level playing field.  That gender doesn't mean anything. That it is totally OK for trannies to participate in events as they do not carry an inherent advantage from their birth.

Taking care of stuff on the island for a few hours and then heading to the farm late afternoon. Working Tuesday and then driving through Bellingham on my way back home - a possible camera lens and some items being held for me at Hardware Sales.

Usual morning routine first though - I got my priorities.

Busy but fun and productive. Picnic on Wednesday evening with the arts group.

First actual F2F meeting since the whole Chinese flu scamdemic.

Videos.  Zzzzzs. Get up and do it again.

Attributed to Mark Twain but not an actual quote. I like his actual aphorism better:

History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present
often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.

From The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-Day (Page 430)

Case in point - Mao's communist government.  This image is a mashup of the original and the current.

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Provincial Party Secretary Wang Yilun, being criticized by Red Guards from the University of Industry and
forced to bear a placard with the accusation “counterrevolutionary revisionist element,”
Harbin, China, August 23, 1966

If the current crop of commies get their wishes, that will be Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wearing the sign and being shouted at.  Right alongside of them will be all of the the Gender Studies professors as well as Zuck and that twitter guy.  The leadership of Antifa will be taken out and shot (too dangerous now that their usefulness has passed) and BLM?  Screw them - they are gone into an unmarked grave. Their 15 minutes are well passed. All the LGBQ activists?  Bullets are expensive - live burial in an unmarked pit for them.

People today are playing.  Unfortunately, they are playing with fire and they do not realize that the fire burns those it loves.  It burns them the worst. Beyond recovery, beyond redemption.

Every so often, the Gods smile.

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Today? They are beaming.  Go here and work your way up to the top - start at 06/09/2021:

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Here is the full text of what is being rammed through Congress:

H. R. 3684  To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

All 2701 pages of pork, glorious pork. Read the Table of Contents and it looks pretty good:

TITLE I—FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS
TITLE II—TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AND INNOVATION
TITLE III—RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION

But dig into the details?  I spot-checked through a couple random locations and there was nothing that I saw to improve or remediate existing infrastructure.  It is all pork to be delivered to the bag-men who fund these Senator's lifestyles.  Pay to play.

America has sunk deep into the waters of corruption and self-interest.  Term limits need to be instituted.
Get the incumbents out and start over. Clean slate.

Of course not - COVID

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From the MIT Technology Review:

Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.
When covid-19 struck Europe in March 2020, hospitals were plunged into a health crisis that was still badly understood. “Doctors really didn’t have a clue how to manage these patients,” says Laure Wynants, an epidemiologist at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, who studies predictive tools.

But there was data coming out of China, which had a four-month head start in the race to beat the pandemic. If machine-learning algorithms could be trained on that data to help doctors understand what they were seeing and make decisions, it just might save lives. “I thought, ‘If there’s any time that AI could prove its usefulness, it’s now,’” says Wynants. “I had my hopes up.”

It never happened—but not for lack of effort. Research teams around the world stepped up to help. The AI community, in particular, rushed to develop software that many believed would allow hospitals to diagnose or triage patients faster, bringing much-needed support to the front lines—in theory.

In the end, many hundreds of predictive tools were developed. None of them made a real difference, and some were potentially harmful.

More at the site.  The article does not mention this but I am betting two things:

#1) - the failure was much worse than they are letting on and
#2) - the reason was GIGO - they were not getting honest input data

The "science" floating around was and still is corrupted by the political narrative. There are no clear numbers to be found without a lot of digging and reading between the lines.

Finally - arrival

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Took four months longer than anticipated.  From American Shipper:

Ever Given containers finally being offloaded at Port of Rotterdam
Despite the early-morning hour, 5:15 a.m. Thursday in the Netherlands, the Ever Given “arrived amid great interest,” according to a Port of Rotterdam statement. 

Normally a container ship’s arrival in port does not warrant a press release. But the case of the Ever Given, which will be forever infamous for getting stuck in the Suez Canal, is anything but normal and prompted Port of Rotterdam officials to post a brief statement and two photos of the Ever Given’s arrival Thursday.  

The statement said the berthing of the Ever Given in Rotterdam went according to plan — well, a revised plan. The Evergreen Marine-operated container ship had been due in Rotterdam some four months earlier. The vessel was waylaid, of course, when it was lodged between the banks of the Suez Canal for six days in March.  

The Port of Rotterdam said containers will be offloaded at its ECT Delta terminal. Boxes bound for Hamburg, Germany, will be loaded onto the Ever Utile over the weekend to finally continue their journey. 

Like they say: Better late than never but better never late. Wonder what the total overall cost will be.

The deferred rent/mortgage/bill payment has ended and people are going "How could this happen to me"

From The Washington Post/MSN:

A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Only one week after New Orleans enacted a citywide stay-at-home order in March 2020, Laura Landry was hospitalized with covid-19, putting her out of work. Before she could recover, she was furloughed from her jobs as a nail technician and hotel employee.

When she found out she could enroll in forbearance — a provision that allowed those with federally backed mortgages facing covid-related hardships to defer their monthly payments — she took the opportunity. But now she owes over $20,000 on her home, and her forbearance ends next month, since the federal ban on foreclosures expired Saturday.

Landry is one of about 1.8 million homeowners still in forbearance as the safety net is removed. About a fifth of them will not be able to extend their forbearance past September. And 1.5 million more are at least three months behind on their mortgage without the protection of a forbearance plan.

More at the site.  Most forebearance plans were for 12 months, some up to 18 months. I understand that COVID hit the economy but the end of these programs did not take anyone by surprise.  If I was in that position?  Tighten my belts, sock as much money away in savings for when the program ended. Contact my mortgage holder to work out some kind of plan for repayment while resuming current payments.

There is zero need for a "Woe Is Me" attitude. In the example they gave, Ms. Landry worked as a nail technician and hotel employee. She is $20K in the hole. Assume a 12-month forbearance, that would be $1,600 monthly mortgage payment. A bit much for that level of income. Half her income?  What was she doing to further herself - was she taking classes at a local community college for welding or HVAC? Wages in these fields start at $60K and go up fast - big demand. Did she seek to refi her house?

So many options and from the article, it sounds like she spent the "extra" $1.6K and there is nothing left. Again, I feel sorry for her but there is only one real source for the majority of the blame.

I am reminded of the sober history lesson from Robert Anson Heinlein:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck.”

So true - the socialists and mask-ninnies (but I repeat myself) want to drag us into the dark ages.
The better to manage our lives. To "nudge" us into proper behaviour.
They know so much more than we do about how to run our own lives - we should be grateful for their concern.

Believe that and I have a bridge for sale - you might be interested in it.

And out for the day

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Been puttering around here this morning - ready to head out for the usual routine.

Nothing much happening out "there" that I can see. Working at home on some stuff.

Quite the payroll - Amazon

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Big but how big?  Bigger than you can imagine.  From NBC News:

Amazon now employs almost 1 million people in the U.S. — or 1 in every 169 workers
Amazon has revealed for the first time the number of people it employs in the U.S., putting the figure at 950,000, according to the e-commerce giant's quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

While the headcount was boosted by an additional 64,000 people hired in the second quarter, it does not include the thousands of contractors such as drivers whom Amazon depends on to run its Amazon Prime delivery operations.

The company's total employee count was shared in a lengthy press release, in a section titled “Investing in Employee Safety and Providing Good Jobs,” where Amazon revealed it has “introduced a new mental health benefit for all of its 950,000 U.S. employees, their families, and household members.”

Globally, the company employs 1.3 million people. It is the second largest employer in the U.S., behind Walmart, which currently employees nearly 1.6 million people in the U.S.

It is interesting that Walmart is even bigger.  I shopped at both places yesterday - some groceries at Walmart and the sign at Amazon.  Pure capitalism at work - what I want, where I want for a fair price.  Done deal.

And tired - busy couple of days

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Next week is going to be busy as well.  Sleeping in tomorrow though - day of rest.

Now? Videos and sleep.

Object of desire

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I saw.  I want.

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And...  Should have figured.  It's a thing - Twelve bucks at Amazon:

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Needless to say, it is on its way...

And still waiting...

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Oops - what kind of Doctor?

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A tweet from Dr. Debby Burnett of Colorado.  Who happens to be running for office.
Sean Davis noticed something a bit off and tweeted back:

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Yup - from Burnett's campaign site

Dr. Debby Burnett is a fourth generation Coloradan. As a veterinarian of 18+ years, she's worked with farmers and ranchers across our district

Shades of: "I just left the ER" from a few days ago.

Farm animals are now getting COVID?  OMFG - it's worse than I thought.....
Working on the COVID floor of your hospital? Pants on fire.

The opening three paragraphs of a wonderful observation.  From Old NFO:

“So he’s a dementia patient who is under a very public regime of elder abuse, with a brain dead wife who wants to be called doctor but thinks cardboard hearts will heal the country; followed by a clueless hooker who cackles when nervous…which is all the time because she has no clue what she’s doing; they have a doctor who is caught lying about everything, pretends it doesn’t matter, doubles down on debunked science to push experimental drugs for his own profit.

A bunch of pretend representatives who demand peons submit to national socialism while they are given free reign to spend insurmountable amounts of other peoples money; all while silently swapping national socialism for militarized dictatorship using “mostly peaceful protests” to prove the peons cannot govern themselves or the legal system. With a whole bunch of people who rigged elections, got caught, pretend it didn’t happen, then fight like it’s armageddon to keep people from seeing what is already known and when that fails start screaming about those evil, national terrorists known as white people.

Teachers are refusing to go to work until they can freely teach children that its okay for adult to groom them for sexual assault, to take life changing drugs before their bodies are fully developed, that only white people should be judged on the color of their skin and not the content of their character, that their parents should never be told what is being done and said to them, and that lowest common denominator isn’t low enough, we must aim lower because…race, 12 trillion “genders”, and more race.

Yeah - that about sums it up...  Crazy times... 

We are going to have one hell of a national hangover when we come to our collective senses.

Break for dinner

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Ran some errands this afternoon - the Pelican case for my new phone came in so picked that up.  Fixing a baked potato for dinner - the day stayed cool and overcast.  A welcome change but...

Quick surf while the spud bakes.

And out the door

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Much cooler today - nice and overcast.

Bringing the dogs with me for the day - walkies and then coffee.  Voted yesterday - a Primary election for school board candidates.  Interesting range of people and a lot of fun reading between the lines for what they want to bring to the classroom.

Working at home today - trip to the farm Tuesday. Back Wednesday.  The arts group is having a picnic Wednesday evening - see what the weather does...

I am outta here

Some people...

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They need to be reminded of what they unleashed:

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Mortality in Washington D.C.

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Don Surber brings to light some numbers for the two weeks from July 14th through the 28th:

20210731-dcdeaths.jpgHis comment:

Masks? Wear Kevlar.

Exactly, COVID is not the problem facing D.C. Once again, I keep thinking this:

When the people who are telling me that there is a crisis start acting like there is a crisis;
then, maybe, I will belive that there is a crisis.

And that is it - sweet dreams

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Watch some videos and sleep, perchance to dream.

Camera on the new phone is pretty decent. Not giving up my Nikons anytime soon (pry cold dead fingers department) but it is a marked improvement over the old phone.

Some numbers from the Sacramento, Ca CBS Affiliate:

Higher COVID Rate Found In Some Counties With Higher Vaccination Rate – Why, And What It Says About The Delta Variant
State workers and health care employees will now be required to show proof of vaccine or get tested for COVID at least once a week.

The governor announced the new guidance today and is urging private employers to “replicate the example.”

And the numbers:

Statewide data analyzed by the Bay Area News Group found five counties, Los Angeles, San Diego, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco, have both a higher percentage of people who are fully vaccinated than the state average and a higher average daily case rate.

Compare that to these five counties: Modoc, Glenn, Lassen, Del Norte, and San Benito, which have below-average vaccination rates and decreasing case rates.

I want to shake the hand of the person who thought to take the adverse reactions to the vaccine and to brand them as a new COVID variant.  Pure marketing genius.  There is no Delta Variant, it is your bodies reaction to being vaccinated. Simple as that.

Fun fun fun - new phone

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Just discovered it has a "Developer Mode" and you can port into it via a USB cable and SuperTerm on Windows.

Time to get rid of some bloat and have a bit of fun...

Go there later - emailed and one thing I was looking for was not there yet. It is about 90 minutes away so need to group errands together before heading up there. Home Depot to see if they have the 1" conduit fittings that were not in stock at Lowe's.  Also looking for some parts for the van. Mandatory stop at Costco and food coop.

The State gets some people off - they love the tenuous connection to power:

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These useless idiots do not realize that they will be the first to be lined up against the wall and shot when the elite feel comfortable in their acquisition of power. They have no inkling of history.

Tip of the hat to Peter Grant.

Lunch break

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Had a fun day at the store - getting quite the crop of regular customers who come by to shoot the shit and occasionally lighten the shelves. Sold a couple hundred bucks worth of stuff - the store raises funds for the local center which does the meals on wheels program, various health services for island residents, education, etc...  Good people.

Ham sandwich, couple diet Pepsis (am still too white for Coke) and back on the road.  Got some wet weather moving in sometime next week which is welcome.

Quick surf - see what's happening out there...

And out the door - long day

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Volunteering this morning and then driving up to Bellingham.  Looking at a camera lens and picking up an order from a hardware store.

Lunch in between. Leaving the pups home - going to be a hot one today.

Visiting the 1/6 prisoners

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This administration are holding many people from the 1/6 "riot" behind bars - keeping them incomminicado.
Some Representatives tried to visit them and were turned away. From the London Daily Mail:

Accused of trespass: Reps Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Louie Gohmert blocked from entering DC jail while trying to visit accused January 6 rioters

    • Gohmert, Gaetz, Gosar and Greene tried to visit detention facility on Thursday
    • Footage showed Gohmert and Greene being intercepted by a guard while they tried to enter the building
    • Greene told the group she has 'great concerns' if the attitude is any indication of how they're treating their prisoners inside
    • More than 535 people have been charged in taking part in the January 6 riots where protesters stormed the US Capitol

A group of House Republicans were accused of trespass by a detention facility in Washington D.C. while trying to visit some of the people held over the January 6 Capitol riots.

Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene attempted to visit some of those arrested following the unrest in the capital.

Footage showed Gohmert, of Texas, and Greene, of Georgia, being intercepted by a guard while they tried to enter the building.

Why?  Why are they not being alowed to contact those people being held.  Without bail. Without representation.

The left likes to go on and on about "political prisoners" but they show no qualms about locking people away.

A little dialog - guns

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Simple really - about five or so:

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Videos and bed - working tomorrow

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And then heading up to Bellingham for a few things.

Watch some video and then sleep - early start tomorrow.

Much to learn little grashopper...

I figure I jumped over about four or five generations of Android and associated apps so spending this evening finding out where they moved everything.

I understand upgrading software.  I understand adding features.

Why to they have to fsck things up and move shit around.

Trying to send a text message is a voyage of discovery.

Got it (mostly)

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My voicemail to text app only runs on T-Mobile so have to find something new dammit.

Been going through about 20 minutes of system upgrades.  Some nice new features.  Welcome to the 21st century and I have the old phone to play with. And yes, four out of five bars cell service where I live.  Woo Hoo!!!

Nothing much on the internet except it is interesting to see Nancy Pelosi turn into a mad queen.  She is the putative leader of the Capitol Police and she has started opening up branch offices in California and Florida. Now, she is going fscking bonkers with the mask protocols and many representatives are having nothing to do with it. Four headlines:

Is this a great nation or what? Sadly, we are closer to the "or what" than ever before.

Ran some errands as well as getting my usual morning routine.  Did a bit of yard-sailing - there was an estate sale nearby so stopped in there but it was all old-person's frilly stuff.  No tools or anything of interest.

Finally bit the bullet and stopped at Costco and picked up a new cell phone - my old one only went up to 3G and coverage has been getting spottier and spottier in the last couple of months.  They are halting it as of February 2022 so time to move.  Charging now - spend the next day porting apps and trying out the new camera. Fun fun fun...  I do love learning new technology but I had the old phone dialed in just the way I wanted it. Now I have to start all over again. Grumble.

Quick surf while it charges and then dive in.

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