Saturday, August 10, 2019

When Dad's in charge of bath time

Do the kids get clean?


Hummingbird moth

That bug came back at twilight so I grabbed my camera, set it to automatic and took fifty shots. The thing buzzes around frenetically from flower to flower back and forth across the planters then again and again. Occasionally it pauses but on the opposite side of the planters where the plants block my view.

I did poorly.

But I'll keep trying. I feel certain it will return. After all, two days in a row makes a pattern.

Maybe it was born here. It might have been one of the caterpillars that chewed up my garden.

What follows is a bunch of really crappy photographs.

Today this is the best one. They're all worse than this.

The Hunt, trailer

The reaction videos with this trailer are stupid. They talk too much about irrelevant things like thier own hair. The young people providing them want to see the film to see the bad guys (the hunters) get it in the end. 

This Powerline article by John Hinderaker is smart. His take is that Trump is awesome by getting a film knocked out of its circulation by a single tweet. The discussion is about acknowledging the good guys are actually the deplorables and the arrogant leftists are the losers in the film but Democrat party being composed of wild-@ss crackpots the film could still be seen as a good idea in the way Animal Farm and 1984 are used as How To instruction books and not as dystopian warnings, along with two politicized crackpots James Hodgkinson's and Stephen Paddock for two current examples.
I will go out on a limb and guess that Universal executives shelved the movie because of Trump’s suggestion that film violence contributes to real violence, for which Hollywood liberals “then try to blame others.” The executives, I suspect, didn’t want to do anything that might compromise the Democrats’ ability to blame President Trump. 
Without actually seeing the movie, it is hard to know whether withdrawing the film isn’t a blunder. If it is true that the hunters are the bad guys—with an EU connection!!—and the hunted “deplorables” the good guys who win revenge in the end, then maybe this movie would have been slightly pro-Trump.
Comments over at PowerLine

* Davy Jones Locker
Trump the dragon slayer. Can anyone imagine a Bush, a Romney, a McCain, a Dole, etc., etc. to challenge these sanctimonious weasels and win? We have a champion and he is not afraid to enter the gladiator pit to slay the beast. 

* Gordon Powell 
"Satirical social thriller". I guess the liberals convulse with laughter at the satire of murdering those they disagree with.

* Big Al 
I look forward to very few movies, but after watching the trailer, was going to make a point of seeing this one. What a bunch of poulet de merds, those Universal executives! Stand by your idiot writer/director!

They pulled it because they figured out that it was going to redound to POTUS' benefit - that is the only reason. Some clever person needs to pirate a copy and put it out on the 'net.

* Gary Benson 
In a perverse way I was looking forward to the movie but then I thought of how a movie caused those deaths at Benghazi and thought better of it.

* Parker Shannon 
If the movie was to open next month it means the film is finished and that means it will be released -- somehow or some way.

Thanks to all the free advertising millions will pay to see it. It will become an underground classic.

And much more at the link.

Jeffrey Epstein found dead

By apparent suicide.

And that's all you're having.


NY Post.


You should make this. It will impress the h-e-double chopsticks out of your significant other. And even more so your insignificant other.

One time I made it for a woman at my previous apartment and she was all, "Omg, can I take some of this home with me?" And I was all, "No."

It's evanescent.

It doesn't reheat in the microwave.

Tempura flour is all purpose flour + cornstarch + baking powder. Some brands have powdered egg white.

You can use soda water instead and put egg white into your batter. 

I don't like buying specialty flours when I have all the ingredients in my pantry that go into them, like pancake batter.  Screw those one-purpose things.

From the packages of tempura flour on Amazon.

I made this and similar things several times since the beginning of another food-related blog.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Topical cat

I finished reading the biography of Beniamino Bufano the other day. I thought I had read it before but it must have been another book - there were stories that I remember about Benny that weren't in this account. In any case there were plenty of other tales of the colorful life that Mr. Bufano led. What a character.

I liked his work and how he lived his life. Liked it enough to name a cat of mine after him - as I mentioned, I misspelled his name and my cat was known as Benianimo. Close, but no cigar. In the biography Mrs. Bufano is quoted as saying that she chose the name based on the old meaning "Son of my right side". I had never heard that before, so I guess I learned something by reading that book.

Anyway, my cat Beni died back in October of 2016. As he got old he stopped grooming himself so I would brush him every day. I would get these nice clumps of orange fur out of the brush. Then one day I read something about "Trump your cat!" so he seemed like a natural for that treatment so I plopped a clump of fur on his head and took his picture:

Cool cat with a cool combover! That picture is from August 2016, and at that point most assumed that Her Cankleness would be coronated our new queen. Ha! You got the last laugh, little Benj.

Here he is doing his impression of Poe's raven - And the Beni, never flitting, still is sitting,
still is sitting, in front of my pallid monitor, just above my keyboard.

There is much more to tell, but it is late, so how about some Leon?


Here are two pictures of little Beni when he showed up in July of 2000, he was just a little bitty fellow. 

Trump chopper presser

This is a good one. The tone is pleasant, the journalists are too hot to be antagonistic. They're like little puppies today. The subjects covered are China and background checks, FRB rates and a very beautiful letter from Kim Jon Un that Trump cannot discuss.


I'll make it up then.

Here goes.
Dear Mr. President of the United States๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, whom we call Trump. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’ I give you some flowers and some candy ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅ“ bacon is candy in my country and some cake ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ and ice cream ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ. Okay, here's what I want to tell you. All those missiles we shot off ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€were because China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ made me do it. They're very bossy to me. Ew, I hate that so much. Because it's not really me. But nothing against you, nothing against South Korea๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท, just China being mean again. They do this all the time. Panda face๐Ÿผ/ Dragon face๐Ÿ‰ all the time back and forth. I am so sick of them using me to snap at you. Not fair! I am looking forward to trashing ๐Ÿ—‘ those guys and hooking up ๐ŸŽฃ with you so we can have a McDonalds, ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ and KFC ๐Ÿ“ and one of those Chick Fil A things ✝️❤️, and Taco Bell ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ”” but not one of those Greens things ๐Ÿฅ™ that's rabbit food, that's just weird. We want only real fast food places like donuts ๐Ÿฉ and pies ๐Ÿฅง. 
North Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต and United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ forever. 
Love ๐ŸคŸand Kisses ๐Ÿ’‹, Kim  

Know what's kind of weird?

The public citizens gathered in back are just standing there watching Trump doing his thing with the press, basking in his glory as he does his job in his way. They cannot hear what they are asking nor what he says to them. It's all visual. They're all just really digging standing there watching his back. They're all going, "OMG, there's our president doing his thing. I just want to stand here and watch him."  And, "Boy, am I hungry." 

Tropical fish

They're all common popular aquarium tropical fish species. The shipment of 48 neon tetras just now arrived. All three species are babies. They were all fed flake food smashed to powder. They all scramble like mad. They're only now starting to settle down and form into groups.

The USPS guy dropped the box outside my door. When I answered it by then he had returned from a delivery further down the hall as I opened my door, he bent down and tossed the box inside my apartment as I'm thinking, "THERE'S LIVE FISH IN THERE!" But instead I said, "Thank you."

They settle in three distinct layers; a group of baby harlequin rasboras at top, a group of larger boesemani rainbows across the center, and tiny baby neon tetras clustered in shifting groups at the bottom.

The rainbows have not yet developed their color. Eventually they'll grow orange on the back half of their bodies and gorgeous light turquoise on the front. The neon tetras are smaller but more concentrated colors.

In the bag the neons' color was completely washed out. They looked entirely silver, while in the tank under the lights they lit up to extremely bright colors. As they grow they'll all be even more spectacular. It's a very good combination of colors, and all three species are hearty. They're very good species for beginners.

48 neon tetras
30 harlequin rasboras
10 boeseman rainbows

That's what, 88 right there.

10 more, I think, in the back bathroom waiting to be returned to the front. 

Maybe 8, maybe 10 mature harlequin rasboras
2 mature neon tetras
1 mature female betta who misses me. She comes to the top and front of the tank every time I go back there. 

They will be masters of their tribes when I put them in their new large tank in the same spot as the old tank. 

The tank is a partial room divider. These shots are from the back on the sofa. 

The tiny neons are adorable exploring the bottom of the tank. They move as amorphous clouds around the row of nine Chia Pet rams. 

As babies I'll feed them several times a day and each time the tank becomes pure chaos. It's fun watching them chase down all the little dots of food then settle in satisfied from feeding while still looking. 

Helter skelter inside Norwich Cathedral is a mistake

It's not what you might think. In Britainlandia 'helter skelter' means something different than it does in the United States. Over there in fer'ner land it means a delightful fairground ride in the shape of a carnival lighthouse with a slide that curves around the outside. See for yourself. Duckduckgo images [helter skelter]

You get hundreds of images like this:

Some are super cool and look like a lot of fun.

Others are daft.

Now the Reverend Dr Gavin Ashenden, former chaplain to the queen ...

Queen. That kills me.

... put a fifty-five foot helter skelter in the nave of historic Norwich Cathedral.

Asked why he did such a stupid thing the Right Reverend Dr Gavin Ashenden said, "Well, we're British then aren't we." 

Then continued. "The roof in here is lovely but it's hard to see from the floor." 

"But now that I see it, and hear the yelps of the children mixed with church organ music, I can see that it might have been a mistake. Plus it only goes around once. What a drag. I thought it would be a lot more fun." 

Operation Trump flag at Iowa State Fair.

While Biden is gaffing speaking.

Hand pollinate zucchini

I got no bees around here.

I saw a few wasps but those things are retards when it comes to pollinating plants. They fly all around all over the plants, tapping up the stems and across the leaves with no concern for the flowers whatsoever.

Yesterday I noticed a hummingbird but it zipped along the backside of the flowers, not the front, not going flower to flower, just quickly scanning the backs. It was ugly and plain brown.

Then tonight I saw a hummingbird moth, a species of sphinx moth that looks like a hummingbird. Is that cool or what? Two cool things in one, hummingbird and sphinx. They're awesome. A bit smaller than the bird and grey color. The ones that I saw over years come out at twilight. They're enchanting. Their caterpillar form is large and green. Oh man, that's the thing that ate five of my mint plants. Stripped each one bare. Finally the caterpillar could be seen. Stretched out on a stem.

I picked it off and ate it.

And that's how I attained my superpower of minty fresh breath.

Zucchinis have two types of flowers, a male flower and a female flower. The female flower forms at the end of an ovule, an incipient zucchini fruit that wilts if the flower is not pollinated. The male flower forms on the end of a thin stem. You can pick off a male flower and push its anther onto the stigma of the female flower. So they bump uglies and get pollen all over the place just like humans do. Normally bees do this messy job but whatcha gonna do when you got no bees?

The Denver Art Museum has bees in their flower beds but they cannot be bothered to fly all the way over here across the street just for one little balcony.

I picked the shortest videos because we gardener types talk way too much. Even the shortest videos are all yakkity-yak-yak with extra crap. Each video could be five seconds.

Eggplant, hand pollinate.

Mรถtley Crรผe frontman Tommy Lee warned Trump supporters will face payback if Democrat win back the White House

Thanks for the warning. We'll do our best to check Democrat voter fraud to make sure that doesn't happen.

Actually he said "We're going to pay you back so f'k'n hard for all this sh*t."

He's too dumb to realize the election of Trump was payback for the previous Democrat sh*t, but as it turns out Trump is much better for America and far more consequential than his supporters had ever hoped.

And Tommy Lee isn't imaginative enough to write his own diatribe. It's all lifted from Reddit user Tetranomic who posted his passionate curse filled speech last year.

Just another reason for staying off Reddit, another internet sh*thole.
Your comment will likely be removed if it: advocates or celebrates the death of another person; is racist, sexist, vitriolic, or overly crude. If it is unnecessarily rude or provocative. If it is a cheap and distracting joke or meme.

Then how is this tolerated?

Reddit user Tetranomic wants:
to turn Fox News offices into a “refugee family center,” rename all public parks “Rosa Parks” and paint the White House “rainbow.” 
Eh. That's not so bad. You know your interlocutor is a dope when they mention Fox News assuming you get all your information from Fox the way they get their own information from MSNBC and all the other discredited legacy media they accept as common received wisdom.
“You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the [White House] again because we are going to pay you back so f***king hard for all this sh*t.”
Trumpsters. This signals we're reading someone serious.
“Planned Parenthoods on every damn corner. We’re going to repaint Air Force One pussy hat pink and fly it over your beloved Bible Belt 6 days a week, tossing birth control pills, condoms & atheist literature from the cockpit. We’re going to tax your mega churches so bad that Joel Osteen will “need to get a job at Chick-fil-A to pay his light bill.” 
It's obvious comedy.

Tommy L33's plagiarized message on Twitter. That 33 there, that's leet, which is short for "elite" when you're ten years old and just starting out on the internet. It's all one paragraph.

Compilation Democrat Underground.

It's a parody of liberals. While a few liberals think that it's real and Breitbart treats it as such. Of course Breitbart chooses the strangest photograph of Tommy Lee they can find to accompany their article. See Duckduckgo images, [tommy lee] you have to scroll down quite a way to find a photo this ridiculous. Most of his photos are rather nice. Especially if you like tattoos and chicken scratch ink.

The sentences are items on a list published on Democrat Underground posted by various users, arranged as a screed by a single individual out of their mind. Published on Reddit and coped by Tommy Lee a full year later.
Speaking of Chik Fil A, we're buying all those and giving them to any LGBTQ person your sick cult leaders tortured with conversion therapy. Have fun with the new menu you bigoted fucks. Try the McPence. It's a boiled unseasoned chicken breast that you have to eat in the closet with your mother. We're going to gather up all of your guns, melt them down and turn them into a gargantuan metal mountain emblazoned with the face of Hillary Clinton. All parks will be renamed Rosa Parks asap. We're replacing Confederate statues with BLM leaders and Mexican immigrants. Every single public school will be renamed after a child that was kidnapped by this regime. And after we fumigate the WH we're repainting the whole thing rainbow. 
You already said that, Mr. Repeaty.
Fox News will be taken over and turned into a family refugee shelter. We're turning Hannity's office into a giant unisex bathroom with changing tables and free tampons. And every single time a Trumpster complains about any of the changes we're adding an openly gay character to a Disney movie.
No single worked up loser Democrat crackpot is this entertaining. Believe me we prefer them this way, if only they were,  because when voters allow Democrats even a modicum of power they're even less considerate of genuine matters of national importance and all attention goes to extreme overregulation and the full range liberal conceits. Things such as employment, number of people on food stamps and numbers of people collecting unemployment, straight up invasion by illegal immigrants in extremely high numbers, sanctuary cities, layered justice system with knockouts for society's elite and for immigrants, and worse of all, international treaties and trade agreements that work against American interests. None of that matters. What matters is sex.

Breitbart. The right's own propaganda, whose writers and assemblers cannot make out the difference between comedy and a tweet by a rocker who copied the assembled ideas of other parodists.

Chosen because this piece on Breitbart generated 17,500 comments, far more than all other posts presently, and they all seem to think that it's real.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

New acting DNI, ret. Admiral Joseph Maguire

Dan Coat's main squeeze, she of impressive partial dentures fame and Coat's natural replacement, handed in her resignation. She did not meet with Trump.

Trump chose former Admiral Joseph Maguire to replace her as acting DNI.

Of course, DNI stands for Director of National Intelligence. Expect the usurping deep state conspirators to scream bloody murder. How dare an outsider like Trump make such consequential decisions.

See what I mean.

I could be wrong. An orthodontist would be loathe to set a maxillary lateral incisor at an angle like that. They strongly prefer their fake teeth perfectly lined up. It's a thing with them. He'd be all "What? What? you got this one on the left out of whack."  

Pffft. If you say so.

Joseph Maguire

When he came to allocate a scientific name for this bird, called it Woo Hoo

Dog jumps on body board to retrieve a ball

Conservative activist organizes 200 to clean up Baltimore neighborhood

Actually, more than 200. People started joining in once it got going.

The video is funny.

The story is covered a lot of places. This video upload is by left-wing news outfit purporting to be the 'real news' but they cannot quite get the story straight. They feel evil in their hearts, they understand cynicism by practicing it, so they must see ulterior motives. Nothing is ever straightforward. Trump highlighted the condition of Baltimore, people became activated. Leftists don't do anything that isn't political therefore everyone else behaves the only way they understand behavior.

Just like my little sister at age twelve.

Commenters to this video on YouTube let the uploader have it for mischaracterizing the story, POW, right in the kisser.

*  Justin
Propaganda at its lowest, you have a lot of nerve with your Title. They Clean up an impoverished area and you call them right wing extremists.  Smh

*  NCR Forlife
Mollner II a conservative versus a right wing extremist is a pretty big difference also I don’t see you helping cleanup if you’re not gonna help then don’t slander the people helping

*  Samuel Houle
I think people dont know what extremist mean anymore hahaha

*  Mad Madigan
Right-wing Extremist?... Go see a Therapist for the Love of God.. You guys are so bitter, please go look in the mirror.

*  A Living Miracle
You fake news people are actually calling that good man a "right wing extremist?" Hahahahahahahahaha. Wow.. That is so messed up! Sick.

And so on.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

President Trump delivers remarks during El Paso visit with First Responders.

President Trump and First Lady Melania had already visited victims, their families and first responders in El Paso, then Trump delivered remarks from El Paso Regional Emergency Communications Center.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley lie about their encounter with President Trump

They deliver a false message to the media about their demand for gun control. They planned all along to lie to their constituents and media about their tarmac meeting with President Trump.

Full disclosure, I didn't bother to listen to these two dopes. I have better things to do like make a sunken Avenue of Rams at Karnak in my aquarium using Chia Pet rams.  I'm putting the video here so you can if see if you want to.

Here is their encounter with Trump on the tarmac for comparison.

Trump has his own media propaganda. He visited Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton stopping between rooms to thank hospital staff. The workers shown here and the patients were thrilled to see him. Who knows how many hid.

More of the same on his own Twitter account.

Brahms Lullaby, dad, son, sleep

I Say a Little Prayer For You

My Best Friend's Wedding.

Copter presser, Trump on his way to Dayton and El Paso

Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you.

Joe Biden had a fastball?

Sebastian Maniscalco: Navy Seals

He's very physical. His pantomime is quite good. From Navy Seal to flirting woman.

Bboy powermoves

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I made a Liszt

And I checked it twice. Been gettin' things done. Git 'er done!

There was a nice sunset:

But the best Liszt by far was the piece I heard this evening while working,

Strongest men vs strongest fish

This is something you don't see everyday. They're fishing for monster grouper.

Billy the Exterminator

This is a television show that I'm binge watching on Amazon Prime.

The show is about a goth-rocker insect/pest exterminator, and his family, who service the Bossier City/Shreveport area. That has my interest because I used to live at the Barksdale AFB in Bossier City and my first job was at the far side of Shreveport, Quality Inn, where I did pretty much everything. But that's a whole 'nuther story.

Billy appears to be a small and thinly built man compared with other men who appear next to him on the show, and his brother as well appears to be very thin with extremely lithe posture and poses. Then there will be a story in which the principal is a few inches shorter and that blows the whole theory. Both brothers are athletic and agile. I'd say around forty years of age.

"Everyone knows I don't like heights," and, "I can't stand tight spaces," and "I'm deathly allergic to bee stings." Oh, get over yourself and get busy.

A few of the first episodes include lengthy segments about the brother's failed love life and I'm all skip, skip, skippidy doo dah through all that extra female-audience crap. This show is about vermin and pests and extermination techniques. Not about women. So the production's need to include that is annoying.

You'll notice as it goes, the editing shows quite a lot of extra shots that would interfere greatly with the straightforward task at hand. For example Bill uses a clamp on the end of a pole to handle dangerous snakes at a distance. The scene is shot showing Bill poking and grabbing at a snake inside a cabinet. Then a 1/2 second shot from the snake's point of view of the grabby-pole snapping from inside the cabinet looking back at Bill holding the pole. That shot would take putting a camera inside the cabinet and having Bill snap at the camera, most likely after the snake was captured and then edited into the spot. There are several of these types of shots throughout each episode, so that means quite a lot of extra shooting and editing.

The show exposes the lives of the people in the area. Some people who call the exterminators are wealthy with beautiful homes and landscaped lawns. Several people who call for help are extremely poor and their houses mere shacks barely standing up. Tin roofs, fallen in porches, trashy back yards, peeling paint and broken down side walling, crumbling eaves. Holes in floors where snakes come into the house. Some places are real dumps. Several people living in dumps. Bill cuts into the outside of walls to expose gigantic bee hives and wasp nests that take over entire areas. And left un-shown is how all the damage Bill does to brickwork and wood siding and plasterboard interiors and suspended ceilings, broken windows and vermin-chewed wiring are patched up. It's not always clear if another company comes in to do that, or if they are left as they are.

Here's the thing that is most obvious. Cost is never explained. His mother works in the office, she's shown with the phone all time, and her sole duty appears to be directing Bill's and his brother's activities. Along with complaining about his father doing anything at all. They never discuss cost.

So I add that.

No matter the task, no matter how long it takes, no matter the obvious cost in terms of time and materials or distance traveled, at the end of the segment, two per episode, at the point of resolution as Bill explains the success to the person who called them, I put on my unselfconscious country voice and say aloud, "That'll be one hundred dollars."

I make everything cost $100.00 no matter how quick or how long and tiresome and expensive the task. Clearing out a beehive from a New Orleans porch column thirty feet up that takes all day in 110℉ summer heat, "That'll be one hundred dollars." Five minutes to catch an armadillo in Bossier City and return it to the wild, "That'll be one hundred dollars." Two days to catch and dispose of 100 rats in Chicago that takes 100 rat traps, "That'll be one hundred dollars."

That's another thing. They never reuse a rat trap. They're all one-use.

I crack myself up by adding the cost twice each episode but having no discrimination at all about actual estimated cost. Because the show makes it look they do this for fun. Bill is helping someone he knows in Chicago. He also helps another exterminator who calls him frequently, and another man who captures and resettles alligators. He helps veterinarians that he knows, and he helps a women in New Orleans who runs free lunches for homeless, and if Bill did all that for free then he'd be out of business in one week. But the show never discusses cost or payment for anything. No matter how much spray they use. While they show the home base and two new large trucks and the boat and the flashy motorcycle the family buys presumably from business cash flow and from payment from the show's production. None of the actual transactions are ever shown.

"Thank you for taking care of that fox."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for taking care of those pine beetles."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

'Thank you for removing that snapping turtle."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for removing those killer bees, I can finally use my lawn mower."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for catching those fifteen raccoons."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for removing that swarm of red wasps. Now my boy can play in the back yard."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for removing those ten thousand Mexican bats that pooped all over my ceiling."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for killing those hundreds of rats."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank God you got rid of that alligator. Now I don't have to worry about it eating my baby."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

"Thank you for removing those two peacocks. Now the children can play outside."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

Over and over and over, twice each episode, and more when they give away some exotic snake, turtle, alligator, or poisonous gila monster. *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

You see the sweat pouring off their faces from long hard work in unbearable heat for an entire day. You feel the pain of the bee stings in series, the bites from raccoons, squirrels, rats, and the barbs of porcupines. You learn the diseases carried by vermin, the filth and the piles of crap built up inside walls and in attics by vermin. They describe the intense smells of the areas they enter. They can smell bees, bats, rats and racoons.

They never show any family member stopping to eat anything or stopping to go the bathroom themselves. They never show them washing their trucks while always showing them shined up and then rolling through mud and spinning their wheels in red mud. They show the family arguing and discussing the brother's pathetic love life but they never mention Bill's wife (who quit the show midseason), or anything about Bill's wife. They show Bill's interaction with elderly, his grace with various races and the respect with all women. They show his interaction with families and with young children. They show Bill talking to children and having children explain what they saw. They show the intense interest that boys have with what Bill does and the animals that he catches.

Sometimes they include the children. For example one time a boy was stopped from being outside because an alligator took up on their property. When they caught the giant alligator they asked the boy if wanted to tape up its mouth and without hesitation the boy ran straight to the front of the alligator and whipped the tape around the alligator's mouth expertly. Quite an impressive scene. They show Bill teaching the children who watch him from safety inside how to approach the adversity presented by vermin that stopped their home activities.

"Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. You restored my girl's bedroom."

     *loud unselfconscious country voice added at home* "That'll be one hundred dollars."

Democrat Socialist

Democrat because they fall into the great American catch basin for all American political crackpots and to make them sound more palatable than plain straight up Socialists, but they're so ridiculous they would be risible were they not so worked up and vicious and arrogant and hell-bent on controlling everything starting with their strange demands on language. They're stopped before they get started.

These few similar videos are everywhere all at once for their entertainment value.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Dear Tulsi

Dear Tulsi,

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the way you bitch slapped that uppity mulatto the other night. It was a pleasure to behold.

Not as big a pleasure as when I smelt your hair when I swore you in as a Member of the House in your first term. You were not the only member that was excited that night. I remember standing behind you and rubbing your shoulders and smelling your hair. It smelt like the Beach and Hawaiian Tropiic sunscreen. Oh those were  the days. When we Democrats were in charge of everything and the Orange Man was just on a TV show.

Anyhoo it doesn't look like you are going to make the next debate. I am sorry I would have loved  to smell....errr see you again. Just hang loose because I will be needing a woman of color for my VP and you are right up my alley Tulsi.

Ma-hole-o baby.

Your pal
Uncle Joe Biden.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Bearded Carpenter wants to share with you the knowledge to build your very own log cabin whether off-grid or not.

Top rated Reddit comment:
If you have come to the comments to actually see someone hand build a cabin, I highly HIGHLY recommend this movie by a man named Dick Proenneke who went into the wilds of Alaska by himself and made a cabin using hand tools, and hiking and filming all by himself in the wilds of Alaska. Unbelievable film and one of my favorite pieces of media. --> Link

What do they (Chinese) have to do to get the tariffs eliminated?

The seven deadly sins.
1) stop stealing our intellectual property
2) stop forcing technology transfer
3) stop hacking our computers to steal our trade secrets
4) stop dumping into our markets and putting our companies out of business
5) stop their state owned enterprises from heavy subsidies
6) stop the fentanyl
7) stop the currency manipulation

These are all structural changes, you pathetic mealy-mouth little dick.

Peter Navarro delivers the smackdown to the insufferable stuffed ladies nylon puppet Fox News propagandist nepotode Chris Wallace.

I might have accidentally added one of those little clauses to what Navarro said.

This is what happens when a man with advanced I.Q. is set against a retarded propagandist with a big fat chattering mouth that never stops. Wallace keeps interrupting Navarro's answers, "let me talk, let me talk, let me talk" as he speaks through his entire interview. He doesn't want to hear anything that Navarro has to say. He wants only to deliver his Wall Street supported talking points. Wallace is a dope. Of the worst kind. Who thinks he's entitled to his haughty position as mouthy "journalist."

In comments someone says, "I like Wallace. He asks the hard questions!"

Well, you're a dope too. There were no hard questions. Only straight up Wall Street propaganda.

Tariffs on Chinese goods are 25%.

The graph taken unapologetically straight from Goldman Sachs Global Investment is 4% points stretched upward across 5 years. If you compressed the vertical axis and drew it to include all 25% percentage points of real tariffs then both lines would disappear into one nearly straight horizontal line that ends where it begins. And the real question would be, "what happened to the other 21% points? Who's prevailing in this trade war?"

I learned how graphs are drawn bear on what you want it to say very early in life. So all graphs are suspect. And this graph clearly wants you to read that tariffs against Chinese goods are harmful to the American consumer while leaving off the seven deadly sins cited by Navarro held against American manufacturing and American economy and American workers. The graph is simultaneously wide-eyed and myopic. The graph itself is clear propaganda and Wallace is too stupid to know that.

Takashi Amano layout seminar

I love the way students gather around him like adoring padawans to a grand master jedi. He is the grand master. He single-handedly altered the world of freshwater aquariums and made it what it is today. He wrote books, he developed a line of merchandise suitable to his style and to his approach.

This seminar is taking place in his own shop in Tokyo. The lighting above the tanks were developed by him. It's a minimalist style that hides all the electrical components. Originally it's a Japanese style of garden design that brings above ground Japanese gardening sense underwater. Over time his style changes to become less rigid with one large rock and three supporting smaller rocks and several much smaller fill rocks, and so on. He says the word "wabi-kusha" which means a random spontaneous wild side of nature, that being Japanese means rigidly codified. They can't help themselves. They rigidly codify everything even random spontaneity.  It means, go down to the river and pull up some mud and bring with you some plants that you find there. But make sure that it's beautiful with upright and spreading and hanging elements, and make sure that it's interesting. Boom. wabi-kusha.

Here's the thing. We're the same age. Exactly. His birthday is my birthday. He lived a few miles from where I lived on the outskirts of Tokyo and he took up the aquarium hobby at the same time and same age that my brother and I did when we lived there. He stuck with his hobby steadily throughout his whole life and literally changed that whole world and I took the abuse of "No. No. No. No. No." Until I had my own place and indulged myself a tank of the size that I wanted all along and learned about him.

Duckduckgo images [wabi-kusha]

As you see for yourself, Takashi Amano's wabi-kusha is placed just so. There is nothing random about it.

So I feel this weird connection.

He died this month in 2015.

What a bummer!

He started all this as a young man bringing home to his little apartment bottles of carbonated soda water and pouring them into his little aquarium. He wanted to see if he could get his plants to thrive with additional CO2 and with enhanced lighting without killing the fish. He writes that his apartment was overrun with empty soda water bottles. His experiment worked. He kept up to develop small CO2 tanks with a valve that release and sparges one little bubble every few minutes or so.

Sparge. It's a w-o-r-d.

The gravel was best when just so. He developed his own line of gravel. He wrote books. He made it easy to follow his way. Hobbyists followed his lead. Enthusiasts, mostly young males, sought his instruction. They latched onto him. They adored him. They'd do anything to be near him, to be part of the scene he created for himself. They climb all over large tanks and inside them to do the things he cannot do. He literally painted garden scenes with a palette of live plants, picking them up with extended tweezers and inserting them into the gravel. Observers have never seen anything like his technique. Just watching him work is fascinating. It's like watching Picasso scribble pictures.

You'll notice in this video the gravel is sloped steeply high in the back and low in the front, then after the rocks and driftwood are placed in the center, it's not shown, but more bags of gravel are added behind so a low wall of gravel is piled up behind the driftwood and planted nearly half the height of the tank.

Also not shown is you've got to get in there and constantly trim the plants or else their varying growth rates will change the design to something outrageous and unwanted. Some plants grow slowly while others are rampant. The balance goes off in the span of a month. The moss he attached to the driftwood to hide the wires will take over the entire tank and break off to get into the roots and stems of all the other plants. Ask me how I know that. The stuff is insane. I won't use it anymore. Although it has an interesting texture and you can do quite a lot with it and the fish love it.

Water moccasin Louisiana bayou

Michael Moore: Only Michelle Obama can save us from 4 more years of Trump

What's to save? Too much winning got you down? What a dope.

Have you noticed how some people do not age well at all?

He's only 3 months older than I am an he looks like shit.

I must now pray.

"Lord, thank you for sticking with me through all my trials and mistakes. You're the best. Amen."

I think young people jump to my assistance as they did today fourteen times wherever I went because I look like shit and look great at the same time. It's a dichotomy. It's like a spark of divinity that resides within me connects to the spark of divinity in them and they take notice and they stand there and hold open the door. In that moment we're divinity connected. They're extremely outwardly patient. Much more so than I was at their age. Wherever I go, and over and over and over throughout the day. It's grace extended to me repeatedly by young people who are situationally aware. They check me out closely as I pass by them. They all have truly great training. 

"Thank you for that. You're very sweet."

     "But of course."

I could just squeeze them to pieces.

While even with a fresh hair chop Moore looks like a freak. Sweaty t-shirt, boy's baseball cap, baggy pants, sneakers, snarling visage, vicious message. You can smell him from here.

I digress.

William Jacobson believes as I do that the Democrat slate is so pathetic they need to broker an untainted candidate. The problem is Michelle Obama is privileged and lazy. And she is not in love with America. They'll have to convince her she can leave all administrative duties to them and all she has to do is show up and enjoy the adulation, the power and perks. They can paint a picture that's too attractive to pass. Recall she said living in the White House was like living in a cage. She's such an ungrateful schmuck. Yet apparently she's the most admired woman in the world.

All she'll have to do is keep her dick taped down. 

Is that too much to ask? 

Jacobson describes panic setting in early among Democrats following the spectacle of their debates. 
Let the commoners like Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and assorted other Democrat hopefuls jockey for position. They do not have the star power of Michelle. It’s why there was a rush to embrace Oprah when after her Golden Globes speech — Democrats are desperate for someone who can spark the Obama magic once again, who can serve to unify and motivate various factions of the party the way Mr. Obama did.
Now Michael Moore is openly calling for help.

I have friends who wouldn't give a fat sloppy slob two seconds of their attention yet they listen to Michael Moore and repeat him with uncritical devotion. It's weird.

Haven't we all had at least one acquaintance who was clumsy slow and overweight and unkempt and physically gross in wrinkled old clothes and blown out shoes and abused belt while keenly cynical and also amusing with electrical sparks of wit and truth within dirt clods of mud-packed wrongness? Huh? I can think of a few. But then I hung around weirdos.
Seems that after Democrats on stage last night trashed her husband’s key policies on Obamacare and immigration, the notoriously thin-skinned Mr. Obama must be furious. It’s bad enough when Trump vows to erase the Obama legacy, it’s worse when Democrats pledge to do so also. 
I have little doubt that Michelle Obama doesn’t want to run for or be president, as she has stated. Or that if asked today, she’d still say no. 
But when the huddled masses, including her husband, turn to her and plead with her to save them from Orange Man Bad, don’t count it out.
Comments to Jacobson's post are solid gold.