sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Guns, Pretty Girls and Great Food

(h/t Jules) LINK and LINK

There are a lot of places like Shooter's Grill (located in Rifle, Colorado), in the West. Of course, everyone is armed, it's a right, whereas something like a driving license is a privilege. It's the sort of place where pajama boys, Men for Hillary, and low testosterone males would fear to tread.  But it's safer than a bodega (corner store in a liberal elite city)  or a bar in New York City or Hollywood. 

Why would anyone feel threatened?

The Old West is long gone, but the New West is like kryptonite to liberals. Men and women armed to the teeth, jealously defending their rights, is something that the bi-coastals are working diligently to eliminate once and for all. 

An armed society is a polite society. 

Come for the girls and guns, stay for the food.

The March of Progressives

Are SOME Liberal Men Growing a Set?

Is there really a backlash? And can you blame President Trump if men are tiring of the false narrative that liberals are trying to force down their throats?

I invite you to read an article by Amy Butcher MIA: THE LIBERAL MEN WE LOVE

I laughed through the article, that Amy wrote in all sobriety, in all seriousness. She writes of the infection of liberal men by the Age of Trump. That formerly liberal men who would wear pink vagina hats, standing next to their female companions may have had enough.
"Everywhere across America, liberal unions once so strong in love—relationships founded on mutual respect and trust and commitment and loyalty—have found themselves upended, or at the very least foundationally rocked, by the political escalation as it relates, perhaps most specifically, to womanhood and gender..."
"One day, while she was picking their children up from daycare, he burned a handful of her possessions: her Nasty Women shirt, her Hillary Clinton pins."
"He’s from a very liberal family, the former fiancée said to me, baffled. And he is very liberal himself, which is why this is so alienating." 
"I’m noticing, admits another, that a lot of liberal men especially are finding it difficult to deal with the current feminist movements."
The "I'm a nasty woman" movement has some unintended consequences. The nasty women don't want to be treated like nasty women ALL OF THE TIME. What is overlooked, of course, is that, like all social institutions, the art of genteel speech in front of ladies has a reciprocity, a price, a quid pro quo. The ladies must be ladies and not salty-tongued whores and slatterns (women of the town), not termagants, scolds, or nags; and certainly not baby-killing monsters, like some witch in a gingerbread house from a fairy tale.

Miss Butcher, the author of the article, is woman who lives for the absurdities and falsehoods of modern feminism. When their low-testosterone male partners finally weary of the insane combination of feminist man-hating and female needy dependence, and express discontent, she blames, not herself, not her weak male partner, but President Trump.

The Waman (women) Only Island

More HERE

The modern, “woke” woman cannot agree on whether to go to the all women island because it might or might not also invite lesbians and crossdressers (with their courting tackle intact)“identifying” as women. What's wrong with having a mangina? Isn't that progressive? And The Guardian pokes the island as well as being an elitist thing.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Getting Set up for his Darwin Award


A Shout-Out




Venezuela

You can vote in Socialism, but you need firearms to eject socialism. Such is the nature of the decline into tyranny.

In Venezuela, police and National Guardsmen successfully prevented the delivery of 200 tons of food aid that had been stockpiled in Colombia and in Brazil. 

One report said four 20-ton trucks with aid were stopped at Cucuta. All three international bridges in the area remain closed. The most violent location was near the border with Brazil. At Santa Elena de Uairen, eight people were killed in clashes with police.

The Venezuelan Navy prevented a delivery by sea at Puerto Cabello. 

Colombia’s foreign minister said 285 people were injured and 37 hospitalized on Colombia’s side of the border.

President Maduro was delighted with the performance. He and his wife performed a salsa dance that was televised nationally, while his security forces fired at Venezuelans.

The Venezuelan defense minister described the failed attempt to crash the border as theatrics. Nevertheless, the government announced it broke diplomatic relations with Colombia and ordered Colombian diplomats to leave the country within 24 hours.

The Maduro regime won a tactical victory in that the police and militias remained responsive to the government and repulsed the attempts at delivery. Interim President Guaido promised the food would be delivered on the 23rd. The Maduro regime was ready.

Two trucks reportedly succeeded in entering Venezuela. Colombia President Duque closed the border crossing points for 48 hours for clean-up operations.

The US position is to help the Venezuelans help themselves. That does not include an invasion and military intervention for now. Some leftists are calling the American interest in eliminating misery in Venezuela, an 'oil grab'. The US and Canada have the largest oil reserves in the world. Within a decade, the US could surpass Saudi Arabia's capacity to export oil. Aiding Venezuela is not about an American need for oil. There is a humanitarian crisis and in time the Venezuelans have to stand up and end it or they have to be content with it.

Women, Stand UP and be Counted


So there you are, a 5'2" woman, and today, you've decided to be a 6' man (because gender is as fluidic as is race and height). The lines at the public restrooms are shorter for men than they are for women, and you want to saddle up between Steve and Jerry and take a whiz. No, there are no privacy guards, but as a man, you have a right to whip it out and stand hip to hip as you relieve yourself. Except that you only decided to be a man - today. That means that there hasn't been time for messy and painful surgery and you're not completely sure that you want to be a man tomorrow.

Don't worry, your neighborhood Target has you covered! Keep your Go Girl in your purse at all times, or maybe in your pocket if you're a guy that day, and urinate with Jerry and Steve meat gazing you - with pride.

It's available in purple, which is not the color of a healthy penis, but the guys in the men's room aren't going to believe that you have a schwanz anyway. Could any product be more progressive?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Dip into The Future

Robots will Win (domo arigato)

Over the past century, humankind has managed to turn the uncontrollable forces of nature—namely famine, plague, and war—into manageable challenges. Today more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals combined.

robot envy?
Self-driving automobiles and trucks will revolutionize the supply chain. It's amazing now, but it will be even more amazing without people involved in it.

Science fiction of the past is science fact today. And the minimum wage demons will price their constituents out of their jobs by forcing technology to step in and shove those low speed workers to the side. What will the redundant masses do? Now that is the question, isn't it?

Will robot envy consume those people who can't compete? And will they simply feed on welfare from cradle to grave because their part of the human species is redundant?

Or will a human-first movement emerge?

Robot sentience (artificial intelligence) is a generation away from becoming a real thing. Will Robots have Constitutional rights? Will they arm themselves lawfully and defend themselves? Or will we consider robots a race of mechanical slaves since slaves are not armed?

Will robots feed humans? Will socialists yearn for a robotic hand that will nurture them from cradle to grave? (see right)

Futurists think a lot about this stuff, and I'm not one of those. I'm far more myopic. Do I pour chili on the hot dog for dinner or do I eat it pure with nothing but mustard and catsup on it?

In the end, will humans relinquish their rights to robot overlords? It sounds like grist for a dystopian novel that I might write. Sort of a noir version of the human condition.


Monday Madness

Woman, Man or It?

CUBE posted an interesting question on her blog. You should check it out. It seems that women born as women, even if they identify as lesbians, now object to men competing in women's sports as women. The objections are odious and downright wrong. WE ARE ALL EQUAL. (more here)

This is the comment that I made:
I don't think that men should have to take hormones to identify as female athletes. Men can wake up every morning and decide which of the 31 gender options (officially recognized by the State of NY) that they are - that day - or maybe just that morning. If they want to compete against women, since we're all equal, that should be considered fair. To look at any other way would not be progressive. To be fair, women can do the same thing. One day you're Samantha (sitting to pee), the next day you're Sam (standing to pee at the urinal next to "the guys" as best you can) and the day after you're one of those other pronouns that are demanded that we somehow divine or douse, and are expected to use, trying to figure out whether to sit or stand.
I have been expecting to see female line-persons at the NFL. You'll note that there was not one person, born as a woman, who played in the Super Bowl. How un-inclusive is that? Denying women, born as women a place on the Ram's defensive line is like denying global warming, or saying that the Ayatollah's beard is a fake, stuff like that.
"Boys who identify as girls have been defeating biological girls in high school track and other sports in recent years. In one bizarre case, a high school boy who identifies as a girl won two girls' state championships — as a freshman." (PJ Media)
Going forward, it should be "let the best athlete win". There should be no discrimination!! Furthermore, hormones, steroids and performance enhancing drugs should be banned completely. 

As a high school boy, I was denied entry into the girl's shower. How things are changing.

Sometimes Words Fail

(Fox News) Liberal icon, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says that people should be asking, "Is it ok to have children?" Her contention in a nutshell is simply this, 'if we're all going to be dead in twelve years because of global warming, why bother?' I usually don't quote this puerile, foolish congress-person but she doubles down on stupid every-damned-day. By pushing the Democrat Party into full communist mode, she may be the best the best hope that the Republicans have to maintain power.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Oscars


No, I don't watch the nauseating show. I don't care two flicks about them, but do you? And if you do, why do you?


There was a time when I did, but that ship sailed a couple of decades ago.  I'll be curled up with a good book in front of the fire tonight. I haven't selected the book yet. Maybe the latest Jim Curtis novel?

Speaks for Itself


Sunday Sermonette

Meanwhile.... at the White Wolf Mine.

There isn't any mining activity going on. But the process of digging-in is underway. 


We received a LOT less snow than Payson (4') or Flagstaff (5'), and I was happy to see that. The drifting isn't problematic either.  The location is in a bit of a cove on the east side of a ridge and the storms come from the west, usually depositing a bit more snow on the other side.

This is officially record breaking snowfall - the highest on record for Flagstaff, surpassing the previous record, set in 1915. 

And still the progressives say that it's proof positive of global warming. I have no idea how you square the two, but Socialists use 'new math' in everything they do where two-plus-two doesn't necessarily equal four.

The snow meant that the painters only worked for two days last week. So the finish work grinds exceeding slow. There's also a lot of finish carpentry that needs to be done and there's also a hold on that. True, at their homes, they dealt with 4 or 5 feet of snow. (I know, Odie, there is a lot more snow at Tahoe, but this is Arizona and the mindset here is that 6" of snow is quite a bit) There was 9" of snow in Scottsdale, and that got their attention "down in the valley".

Last year, we received 6" of snow total at the White Wolf Mine - back when there was global warming.

The two white tail deer yearling bucks, Joey and Elmer are still in the area along with their mom. I haven't seen them yet, but there are little white tail hoof prints all over the area in front of the house. It means that the lions didn't get them - yet. 

I have work back in SoCal this coming week, but won't be doing a quick turn-around. That's what tele-conferencing is for. 

Finding balance in life is something that I'm working toward. It's not easy. It may not be possible. But it's worth the effort. And that's the sermonette. Worth the effort.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gibiru


You'll be hearing more about Gibiru here on Virtual Mirage. Unfortunately Gibiru is not for everyone. People who want to track your searches have no use for Gibiru. 

For the rest of us, Gibiru is something to consider using. We are concerned about how much data we give away when we surf the web.

Google, the world’s biggest search engine has a terrible record when it comes to protecting user privacy. It routinely builds detailed, personalized profiles of the sites users visit, the search terms they use, and even where they go on Google Maps. And this data is then sold on to advertisers without users providing any kind of consent.

At the same time, Google is happy to open up Gmail accounts so app developers can spy on users, has a suspiciously close relationship with governments of all types, and has a chequered record on data leaks. So finding an alternative is a rational course of action.

The first thing to understand about Gibiru search is that it qualifies as a “private search engine.” This style of search tool has become much more popular in recent years as Google’s sins have accumulated, and have then been made public. The idea behind most of them is to offer ways to search the web without giving away personal data (or at least having the chance to consent to any data usage).

The Gibiru search engine bills itself as “uncensored anonymous search”. Why do these terms matter?

When users search for terms using Gibiru search, the content of their searches is not logged or linked to an IP address. So there’s no scope for profiling individual web users.

Gibiru doesn’t sell any information to third parties. They aren’t in the data selling game.

Gibiru couples their search engine with their own Virtual Private Network (VPN). This allows users to search completely anonymously, using IP addresses supplied by the VPN, not their own. This VPN can be installed as an add-on to browsers like Opera and Firefox easily, providing automatic in-browser protection.

When you submit a Gibiru search, you’ll see “all results” and “uncensored” options. The uncensored option lets you see all results that won’t appear in Google searches – and you may be surprised by how many pages are included.

This anti-censorship tool extends to current news, giving users an unprecedented ability to search all up to date news sources – not just ones approved by Google.

Gibiru search with a key competitor, it’s worth summarizing its key security features:

Full 256-Bit HTTPS encryption
No tracking cookies
No data selling of any kind
No logs
Can be combined with a separate VPN/Proxy app to ensure that the websites you visit don’t detect your IP address.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Few Thoughts.

The "ism" Fraud

If you talk to progs, it always comes back to the "isms" and to how white people are dragging homosexuals (of all races) behind pick up trucks, how white people are attacking black people and about how white males are raping coeds on campus. The flood of complaints caused the police to start wearing body cameras to thwart the claims of victimhood, and with those cameras, came the revelations that the claims made were almost universally false. 

Enter black actor, Jussie Smollett, who has been charged with filing a false police report. He faces a possible three year sentence and a $25,000 fine. He conspired with two homosexual Nigerian lovers to create a hate crime against him, to compose hate letters, and to falsify an assault, blaming white people who support President Trump.

The incident underscores how the corrupt, lying, evil, smug, sly, filthy mainstream media will publicize anything that furthers the prog agenda without the SLIGHTEST attempt to vet or verify that information. 

Sure there are forty-fifty year old photos of people wearing black face on Halloween to worry about, if you're inclined to worry about 'nothing'... and that they all seem to be Democrats make it even more amusing.

North Korea

On 19 February, the Wall Street Journal reported that North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has exiled, imprisoned or executed suspected opponents of his diplomatic outreach to the US and South Korea. The purge targets reportedly include the donju, the moneyed elite, who are subject to asset seizures, according to a new report that details a purge of some 50 to 70 individuals.

The personnel actions are part of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign that Chairman Kim announced in his New Year’s Day Address in 2018. Corruption includes any counter-revolutionary acts and opposition to Kim’s policies.

Collectively, the reports do not indicate instability, but they do provide evidence of resistance, most often to change. After more than 65 years of daily public indoctrination about the evils of the US and South Korea, the sudden change in policy last year should have caused considerable consternation. However, most personnel changes result from crossing Chairman Kim in some fashion.

One somewhat counterintuitive recent report by The Daily NK, a North Korean defector-run news service, said that the new North Korean middle class, the donju, is against changes to the system. They profit from the limited, mixed system that Chairman Kim has allowed. Most fear they probably could not compete in a true free market, especially against sharp South Korean businessmen. The concern is not unfounded.

Anytime Chairman Kim departs North Korea, as for a summit, the entire country is locked down. Military units in particular, are kept on a short leash less they initiate a coup. A special security period was declared during Kim’s first summit trip to Singapore. There will be another lock-down during the upcoming summit in Vietnam. People are not allowed to leave their immediate home/work location.  The current lock-down will cover the second summit, and will last until the Supreme People’s Assembly convenes in the first week of April.

Global Cooling


Arctic conditions in Arizona have caused the closure of ALL roads that lead to the White Wolf Mine, from all points of the compass. A phone call to a local who is in the area confirms that there is about four feet of snow on the flat with drifting being a problem. If I was there I'd be snowed-in. But I'm in transit back, so I'm snowed-out. Yes, I know this blog's readers from Florida are laughing, but the glaciers (and if not the gators) may get you eventually.


The empty promises of global warming and the demise of polar bears are just that. The weather tax is a scam. The Maunder Minimum is replaying as sunspots become increasingly rare and Solar activity cools. (more here) (more detailed information here)
“Maunder Minimum” refers to a seven-decade-long period from 1645 to 1715 during which the “grand solar minimum” was characterized by extremely rare sunspots. That time coincided with what is known as the “Little Ice Age.”
So, we're doomed. And the polar bear population will EXPLODE as they move south, eating as they come.

(Jet Stream) A Virgin Atlantic from Los Angeles to London, Monday night ,flew into a zone of maximum winds, known as a jet streak, embedded within the main jet stream located over central Pennsylvania. That jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, cruised at speeds as high as 801 mph over central Pennsylvania. The 801-mph ground speed might be a record for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which, in the past, has reached speeds as high as 776 mph. I have no idea what this has to do with global cooling, but it must be significant.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mog or Pinz?

When you own a Unimog, this makes perfect sense (right)

I don't own a Unimog, but I am looking at a Pinzgauer, for hauling grandkids here and there on the mountain.  During Elk season, I'll hire it out with a driver (me) to help get city hunter's game out of the tough spots after I've finally retired and am living the life of a country squire. The Mog works, but for my application, the Pinz may be a better option. What do you all think?

To get the big beasts out intact, I'll install a winch in the back with some removable rollers there on the rear bumper and will just muscle the trophy wapiti aboard for a fee.

The White Wolf Mine is remote, but it's right in the heart of the prime elk hunting area in on the Mogollon Rim. I've heard that such a service would be in demand. I can advertise at the elk processing trailers where city people come to have their elk skinned, cleaned, butchered, wrapped and frozen for them.

Pinz















Or Mog

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Long War

The long war began with the birth of prophet Mohammed (may his beard fall out - may a thousand lice infest his pubic area of each follower and multiply twice daily) and the expansion of Islam. They had trouble with El Cid, with Charles Martel and saw defeat when they invaded Europe, but as every blog reader knows, they've successfully invaded Europe and Islamic Africa is producing enough people that the movement north of their seed is inevitable given the lack of European resolve to resist. Resistance is not futile, but you need to have the will to do it.

I'm not sure why Europeans are so resistant to having children, but being an American, I don't know that it's fair of me to speculate... but when did that stop me? There is a selfishness to modern Europe. The value of 'me' exceeds the value of children. We see it in the US too in the me generation. It takes a lot of commitment to raise children. They need their parents' time and love and devotion. Where time is more precious for personal pursuits, where money is more precious to buy toys, and where love and devotion is a narcissistic imperative, the population suffers. And in the German nation, they thought that the importation of 1 million military age Muslim males would offset their lack of population. What could possibly go wrong?

It's not just the West. China's war with Islam is every bit as real, every bit as profound and they are as serious as a heart attack when it comes to restraining the spread. The Russians invited the Muslims to leave. In the British Isles, "Islamophobia" has been criminalized, and drawing a picture of Mohammed is somehow evil... don't ask me to explain it. The East sees a problem (including the Eastern European nations) and the West takes a different approach to what the Russians refer to as 'human lice'.

Artist's impression of Mohammed
Islam is more of a political movement than it is a religious one. Muslims would disagree, but there is an obvious political bent. There's also a lot of weird sicko-sexual things that one associates with the movement like sexual mutilation of girls and the self-explained need for Muslim men to rape any woman who doesn't cover her head and hair. It's a violent political movement, wrapped around faith.

The war against Islam by non-muslim people will continue long after my life had ended and woe to the people who ignore the threat.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Gift Giving is Important

For the man in your life who has everything, Boeing presents:





F-4 Phantom II Ejection Seat III
Item No. "667066010538"

$12,500.00

Product Details

Get all fired up in the comfort of your own home or office. This artifact is a genuine ejection seat from a legendary McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter jet. The two-seat F-4 twinjet was one of the most versatile fighters ever built. It boasted top speeds more than twice the speed of sound and became the U.S. Navy's fastest, highest flying, and longest range fighter. Both the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration teams flew the F-4 from 1969 to 1973. This Mk.7 rocket-assisted ejection seat, built by British manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., has been professionally cleaned and refurbished and riveted to a sturdy 3/16" rolled-steel base with a natural-looking hand-applied blackened-metal finish. 

A Custom Hangar plaque is affixed to the underside of the base, and a Certificate of Authenticity is included. Each piece is unique, and actual seat may vary slightly from photograph. Measures 22"W x 43"D x 57"H. Weighs approximately 200 lb. Made in USA. *NOTE: This artifact is sold as is with no guarantee that parts maintain original function. Not for flight use.*

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If you were thinking of buying me something for my den, this would be a good choice.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Observations

This is CNN

The word 'hogwash' comes to mind when I am sitting in an airport and inadvertently pay attention to the television playing CNN. I did see some panic over the possibility that elements of the Party may not follow the other Party lemmings into the sea over the Green New Deal. There are a lot of rich progs, and while the talk of a 70% income tax is something that they talk about in public, in private, it's another story. Many of them are rich enough that they can simply live somewhere else and "make their money" there, while living a token existence in Aspen, Malibu or Martha's Vineyard. They'd pay no tax in the US because they'd have no money here. Their fortunes naturally, tied up in trusts, bonds and stock elsewhere through nominee owners or straw corporations would be far from the devastation of the progressive tax code.

The CNN progs may be reading the tea leaves correctly, which is disquieting. They really want four more years of Trump. The President and their all-consuming hatred for him is the only thing keeping their meager ratings up and the company afloat.

Liberal Icon Anthony Weiner



He's out of prison and my sense is that the Democrats need him in New York City to help patch things up after Amazon wisely dumped the Big Apple and its stupid politicians. His acute political skill may yet serve the Donkey party. 

Weiner, may team up with Eric Holder, who has announced his candidacy for President a month or so ago, may yet become the dream team of Weiner Holder. It's progressiveness personified. 

Will Weiner get back into Hillary Clinton's good graces? Will he and his ex-wife Huma Weiner get back together. The rumor runs that Hillary and Huma (lesbian partners) had their affair ruined by Anthony Weiner and his antics - and ownership of the computer that contained all of the missing Clinton e-mail (classified and otherwise). The FBI never did complete their investigation of the Weiner laptop did they? Well bless their hearts.

Spartacus has a New Friend


Will Spartacus Booker, who announced his candidacy for President in 2020, along with about 50 other Democrats, is trying to cultivate a friendship with famous prostitute Stormy Daniels. Could the team of Booker and Hooker eclipse the hopes of Weiner-Holder?

Some of you are likely saying to yourselves that this can't be true. While you say that, remind yourselves that Spartacus Booker also signed onto the Green New Deal what will eliminate air travel, cars, cows, while taxing everyone so much that nobody will work (but will still be paid as if they did).

Cyclical Human Folly

The Gods of the Copybook Headings, a poem by Rudyard Kipling, written shortly after the end of the First World War, and the Communist Revolution, comes back again and again to my recollection as does The City of Brass. There isn't much new under the Sun and all it takes is a little effort to understand why things usually go wrong. Given the vast volumes that detail in excruciating granularity the march of mankind's folly, we should be able to avoid it. Shouldn't we?

"...As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

"And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!"
                                            -- The Gods of the Copybook Headings, Kipling

The problem in the USA is that politicians figured out that they can use our tax money to buy votes for themselves from people who pay almost no taxes. Ok, it was also a problem in Ancient Rome, etc. etc. Conservatives built civilizations and "progressives" of their day destroyed them. Sort of like typhus, spread by rats, has become a problem in government buildings in downtown Los Angeles. When you embrace garbage, human detritus and decay, those sorts of diseases follow in your wake.

This sort of study should be required in every college and university, but naturally it isn't because the march of folly is encouraged. There is a difference between good and evil, and evil, by all indications, has a significant advantage.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Happy to Oblige


Does Life Exist? (Your Weekend Sermonette)

The Universe

Some scientists have posited that the universe is a giant computer simulation. (here) They assert that it's all a virtual mirage, which is, coincidentally, the name of this blog.

Then along comes Cosmos, disagreeing (here).

And will we be dead in 12 years do to either global warming or the new ice age (global cooling)? Does that mean that the simulation is ending?

That scientists have the time and funding to gather together, to discuss this might impress you. They get together to discuss a lot of drivel at scientific conferences, but this is serious stuff! It's not just PhD's working on the next thing to publish...really.

If this whole universe is nothing but a computer simulation, where is the computer? I realize that's like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

At the White Wolf Mine (in the Arizona Highlands)

Meanwhile, in the middle of the simulation that we call life, I came home Friday to the hovel, and the ENTIRE pace was masked and draped (views of the kitchen and great room below).














In order to go to bed, I had to pull back drop cloths and plastic and stuff. I called and asked, "can't you do one room at a time?" Apparently not. The simulation sucks.

The good news was that the snow had almost completely melted. I like snow, and all, but am ready for Spring to spring into action here in on the Mogollon Rim. This is a time lapse of about fifteen minutes this morning:


Yeah, whoever is doing the simulating is beginning to tick me off. 

The black line in the concrete is a steel grate that serves as a drain and dumps moisture off, down the hill on the other side of the house. The driveway drain system is not complete. The snow has kept the work from being done - and I thought that... Never mind/vain hope/more snow is here. The photo makes it look like the drain goes up hill, and that's just the way I held the phone.

Locals said that they had been praying for more snow. I need to get LSP into action, counter-praying for warm weather and global warming. My new philosophy is "give the progs the warmth they desire". The coming ice age may dash the hopes, dreams and yearning of the Hollywood elite (our betters, who pretend to be actual people for a living). 

I am leaving the White Wolf Mine to the painters, soon, for a week, so that they can complete their task, and I can generate income to pay for the continued construction. As you might have read (earlier post), the original painting company who did the primer coat, walked off the job and I went after his bond. These new guys seem diligent, even though it's only a simulation of diligence. The simulated construction work here at the shack will continue for some time, I fear. The simulators could fix it and just make it done...but no.

If you ask yourself why part of the LL fleet of vehicles is not in the garage, it's full of STUFF waiting to go into the house when the painting is complete. (simulated stuff)

Solutions

The Solar Energy Solution

I realize that the people who drift past this blog have been waiting for a solution to the energy needs of the United States (rest of the world be damned - yes, that includes England, Juliette. Find your own energy solution)

Using generally accepted numbers, solar panels convert about 10% +/- of the available energy from sunlight.

The United States uses about 4 petawatt-hours per year (4,000 trillion watts). In order to get that sort of coverage, we'd need to bulldoze and flatten a number of states. Better to stick with the states that are flat now to save money. Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, The Dakotas, Nebraska and the flat part of Tennessee. If we covered them completely in solar panels, we'd be moving in the right direction, providing that none of them were ever covered by snow (global warming should help - unless I'm right and we're headed for an ice age). None of that surface area would account for increased need in the future.

For you math majors, you need to factor in clouds, maintenance, taking things offline, terrorist attacks on the grid that take part of it down from time to time and meteor strikes that could smash a big piece of the giant black piece of glass. Contingencies mean that we need a bigger space.

In order to save the crop-producing states, it might be better just to depopulate and level Africa and cover it with solar collectors. They work better at the equator because the sunlight striking the surface on a clear day generates more electricity. We need an area about the size of Australia covered in NOTHING BUT black glass - for the US only, given current needs.

Naturally, the progs will think that would be a great idea, but there is always the law of unintended consequences as a continent sized chunk of mirrored glass and the change in albedo would clearly impact global cooling. I know, if it's at the equator, the glaciers would get to it last.

Sheets

To save the Democrat Party we need to outlaw white bed sheets.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Time to Get Green!

The day of love and restaurants with 'special menus' for the lovers crowding in to celebrate St. Valentine's Day - has past. The chocolate boxes are empty, the flowers are wilting, the dipped berries are causing loose stools, and the bottles of bubbly have been drained...in the name of love. I didn't have time to indulge, but I trust that you all did. Now, you're likely feeling some shame as the whole holiday is conspicuous consumption of vital natural resources. In the future there will be none of this frivolity under the Green New Deal.

No more jetting off to the Bahamas to impress the super model that you've just begun to date. No more jets at all. You can teleconference if you want a virtual presence. The power will come from the wind and if it's not windy where you are - no teleconference. It wasn't important anyway.

I know, we're flogging this subject to death on the blogs just as Amazon was lashed from New York City on a rail, taking their 25,000 jobs with them. "We don't need your kind," was the cry from the progressive left. And Amazon listened.

Seattle doesn't want them. New York doesn't want them, because Bezos' ownership of the left wing rag, Washington Post isn't progressive enough. They destroy trees to create that newspaper. Sure, most of the trees have been recycled a dozen times, but none of that matters.

Every day thousands of innocent plants are killed and consumed by greedy vegetarians (h/t Jules) and that needs to end as well. Soylent Green, a non-vegetable product is really all you need to eat in the brave new world. Drink down your Soylent Green and feel the love of a wounded planet as you join the ranks of the enlightened. (Soylent Green does not contain any beef either)

You know, I think that it's delightful that the Democrat Party has embraced this as their platform. All of the cool contenders for the Democrat nominee have signed on. No more business that's not government business, has become their hue and cry as they work hard to establish a socialist paradise for all of the donkeys who are disposed to vote for them. No more airplanes, no more automobiles, no more cows, yada-yada-yada.

It's telling me that we'll have a landslide in 2020.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Take the High Ground


The eight miserable years of ObamaNation ended and we may be back in the game in Space within a month or so.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. 
No one will be on board for the crew Dragon’s inaugural test flight to the orbiting outpost. 
Officials on Wednesday set March 2 as the latest launch date. If the demo goes well, two NASA astronauts will take a test flight in July aboard the SpaceX capsule. 
It would be the first launch of U.S. astronauts into orbit, from U.S. soil, since NASA’s shuttle program ended in 2011. 
Boeing, meanwhile, is shooting for an April launch of its first Starliner capsule without a crew. The first Starliner flight with astronauts would be August at best.

Venezuela

It's about granularity. Problems appears differently as you distance yourself from them. The Earth would appear as a pale blue dot if you stood on the surface of Mars (as the late Carl Sagan coined the phrase). The same is true of Venezuela and their embrace of socialism. From a cocktail party in the Washington Beltway, Venezuelan misery doesn't impact you. The canapés are passed and you pick up shrimp on a cracker and stuff it into your mouth, chased by yet another glass of champagne, as you pontificate. 

On the ground in a land where there is no food, soap, or toilet paper, the view changes. Venezuelans celebrated Youth Day yesterday, on 12 February, by demonstrating against the Maduro government, which still clings to a version of control. Large demonstrations were held in Caracas and at least six other cities.

Venezuelan opposition leaders, including President Juan Guaido, gave speeches to a crowd of thousands gathered in Caracas. Guaido tweeted, “Today all Venezuelans, in different states, accompany the relatives of the young people who lost their lives by repression of the dictatorship.” 

The Maduro government remains obdurate, but the recent demonstrations have been the first sustained large-scale protests by the opposition in two years.

President Maduro’s refusal to permit delivery of food and other humanitarian aid is not sustainable. The opposition intends to challenge the road blocks with caravans of relief goods. The stocks of US aid in Colombia undermine Maduro’s insistence that all Venezuelan problems are the result of US economic warfare.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Sermonette

In Venezuela

Things have stabilized. The Socialist dictatorship has not sent the army to kill the opposition because of dire warnings from both the US and Russia.

You never know when that may change, but for the moment, Maduro hasn't accepted exile in Russia and the newly formed and recognized government has not been able to gain the traction necessary to oust Maduro and his band of thugs.

There are politicians in the USA that really want to turn the nation into a bad carbon copy of Venezuela. Riches to rags can turn them a quick buck and living out the rest of your life in Switzerland, spending what you were able to steal, watching your former country collapse appeals to them. None of them have American hearts.

The Green New Deal

Sometimes when people sit around a bar and drink shots, the talk gets outrageous and the more alcohol is consumed, the more crazy it gets. I think that's how the Green New Deal came to pass. A bunch of progs drinking box wine and peyote had a bad reaction to the combination.
Kimberly Stossel (WSJ) By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful. #GreenNewDeal
Eliminating air travel was a fun development that didn't fly with the Hawiians. Sen Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal & trying to eliminate air air travel. “That would be pretty hard for Hawaii.” No problem, if you want to see Hawaii, take a sail boat.

In fact much of the Green New Deal works to eliminate industrial society by taking things back to the 1800's, all the while, establishing a socialist state with strict government control on everything. In exchange for giving up your freedom, they'll "take care of you". And that always works out, doesn't it?

How good is the Green Deal? Spartacus Booker supports it. That sealed it for me.

The Progressive Movement 

In order for the progressive movement to work, everything you do needs to be controlled and managed by government. Everything you buy needs to be measured and metered to insure that it meets with the current standard of political correctness. All law is fungible, which means that the "living Constitution" needs to change with the whim of the day. And ignorance of the current trend (which is the law) is no excuse. Fortunately, you can go to a re-education camp and can be taught to love Big Brother, if you're not too old. If you're old, which means unproductive as the State views it, you fall into the 'death panel' category as the ObamaCare plan envisioned it. Denial of medication, denial of care until you die. Then you can be cremated and somebody else can live in the government apartment where you once resided.
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot
stamping on a human face - forever." (Orwell)
Slaves are never armed by their masters, their betters. So you must be disarmed. If history teaches nothing else (Wounded Knee), you can't retain the ability to defend yourself. If you retain that capacity, the government (which loves the little people like you) must neutralize you, because you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Example: It's very progressive to wear a Che shirt in honor of a mass murderer. It's not progressive to wear a shirt that says, "Make America Great".

And now for the comic relief - 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Trump!

This blog is witness to my approval of both candidate Trump and President Trump. I was not a Never Trumper or a RINO. Conservatives felt that he was not conservative enough, but President Trump never was a conservative. He truly wanted/wants to make America great again and followed an agenda that would set many issues to right: defending the second amendment, trade imbalance, rebuilding the military, reversing the Obama Agenda in its entirety, building a wall and so forth. If you've read this blog before, you know that it's a MUCH longer list and I won't belabor the issue in detail.

The Trump Presidency has branded the president as pro-America, lower taxes, and protecting the nation (as we defeat ISIS, engage North Korea diplomatically rather than militarily, etc). His followers, likewise, are people with an American agenda, to benefit all Americans, rather than small knots of people with an axe to grind (the grievances), whether it be the weather, race, sexual preference, or that want to kill babies at the moment of birth.

I don't often lift quotes and drop them onto my blog, but I liked what the author said at the conclusion of a larger article about President Trump. (link)
Donald Trump’s greatest achievement may be the total annihilation of the Democratic Party in its present mutated and degraded form. The Democrats have been allowed to slither to their present state of moral degradation with the witless and spineless collaboration of look-alike Republicans who are easy to defeat, like McCain and Romney, or can be survived, like Reagan and the Bushes, or destroyed, like Nixon. 
Faced with a Trump they could not defeat and cannot destroy, Democrats appear to be entering a frenzy of primal extremism. If the Democrats go to the voters next year as the party of infanticide, open borders, a 70 percent top personal income tax rate, and the practical abolition of private health care, they will vanish more quickly, and with less distinction, than the Whigs, who at least had serious leaders like Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln before their party imploded. This thronging riff-raff of Democratic presidential aspirants couldn’t lead the country across Washington’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, and won’t get an invitation to try.
TRUMP!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dinner Guests

I'm getting ready to leave the high country to go and rake in the shekels to keep the machine fueled and oiled. I can only sit in my chair and talk on the phone so much.

I sat in my dining room eating chicken, ranch beans, a couple biscuits and potato salad (eating with LL) and the team showed up.

I couldn't get all of them framed in one cell phone shot and I was too lazy to do more than raise my cell phone up and snap a picture of the elk. So there you have it. There were eleven elk in this particular mini-herd.

There are more elk than deer in the area of the White Wolf Mine. The one in the forefront is a yearling, and I couldn't tell whether it was a bull or a cow. The rest are juvenile females or adult cows. Not a bull in the bunch. They're a subset of a herd of about forty that gather and break up, and gather that roam the immediate area. Elk are insolent any time except during elk season (when they're humble). Sometimes I have to honk the horn to get them to move. Bulls in rut can be a problem. At other times, they grudgingly move.

No, I didn't think to share my bounty with the elk in their shaggy winter coats. They can find their own supper.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Look


A series of photos of a jaguar diving for food under water. Note the intensity and the sincerity displayed by the jaguar. Some would say that it looks like John C. eating at a Waffle House, or Old NFO taking on a steak. We know that Fredd looks something like that as he tears into his Aunt Sally's banquets. WSF getting cut off in traffic - definitely.

LSP's dog (Blue Avenger) looks a lot like that if you are eating a fried cherry pie near him and not sharing. He did savage a UPS driver as I recall (or was it a FedEx driver?) who entered his turf.

I had a girlfriend once, a long time ago that had the same look as the jaguar. Yeah. I know... Kipling said it, "The Female of the Species is Deadlier than the Male." Ex-girlfriends and wives frequently are said to have the look.

The only state in the US that has jaguar populations living in the wild is Arizona. They are said to roam up in the high country near where I live but I have yet to see sign of them. There are not a lot and though they have territories, they can also be nomadic. I can't imagine strangling one to death if it attacked me. (referring to the Colorado runner who allegedly strangled the cougar)



What makes you look like the jaguar (above)?


Views

Elizabeth Warren

She thinks that she can be president, but I think that star is setting on one (former) Native American. Oh, she'll be there on the stage with the other 46 people who are seeking the Democrat Party nomination. Wild horses could not keep her from the pulpit as she spew her views. But racial appropriation has become an issue. And everyone now knows that she's a fake Indian.

It was a good run. People gave her jobs and she made a lot of money on the back of that Indian legend. But now she's a sideshow attraction and isn't ready for prime time.

She's many moons old, she's vile in so many ways, and the wants to be leader of the free world.

Karma's a Cold Mistress

And while I muse about how karma ran over Senator Warren's dogma, here in the early days of the Year of the Pig, isn't it interesting how some of the progressives are self-destructing?

All the fun that they thought they'd have advocating killing babies, which is very politically correct these days, seems to have run a little wrong.

I know, "my body-my choice", but I think that killing a baby as it's being born healthy and full term, for fun and profit, strikes most Americans as being wrong. Don't get me wrong, the research labs will be buying up all those dead baby bodies to experiment on and I'm sure that they'll pay top dollar. Getting paid for dead baby bodies is very progressive. Just ask Planned Parenthood.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How Fast can you Run?

Lions Will Eat You


(Mauling) I'm guessing this runner in Colorado who was attacked by a mountain lion had a handgun and killed it that way. Otherwise, I suspect that it would be challenging to kill a healthy young lion that was in the process of killing you.

You wouldn't see the press justifying carrying a handgun for self defense, would you? It's just not progressive. Better to be eaten by a lion. I'm sure that there are freaks out there would side with the lion...unless their child was being eaten. Then again, it's progressive to kill babies, so maybe not. I haven't seen parents taking kids to the zoo and tossing them into lion cages - while progressive onlookers cheer the carnage. But nothing would surprise me these days. (yes, LSP, there was that uncomfortable situation where Harambe ended up being killed.)

Here at the White Wolf Mine there are different carry options when it come to cartridges from .22 LR to .460 S&W. The most common lion deterrents are the Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull and the Glock 21 (.45 ACP). Before you 1911 purists start blaggarding the Glock 21, this is a Gen 1, with significant modifications to tune it to fire +P and +P+ ammunition, which I prefer when we're talking war shots. There is also a custom Lone Wolf barrel, threaded for whatever. You will note that it does NOT have silencer (hush puppy) sights mounted on it. 

Anyway, where are there large predators in the area (bear and lion in particular, but there are wolves), an investment in an appropriate firearm is called for. I carried these firearms primarily to defeat human targets, but up here we do have significant animal predators as well. These are heavy firearms, not recommended for runners. However, my suggestion to any runner is to try and carry something that will allow you a one-shot kill as opposed to a firearm/cartridge combo that require you to hit the target repeatedly to render it safe.


Happy New Year (Year of the Pig)


In Asia

Yes, today marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig in Asia, and you should celebrate by eating bacon for breakfast (or maybe bacon and sausage in a breakfast burrito!). It's said to ward off Muslims, who are far more prevalent than vampires. I think that I'm going to start off the year right and have carnitas tacos for lunch right on the heels of the breakfast burrito. How about THAT?

People will be burning hell money, setting off fireworks and doing all of the things that they do to to usher in the Pig. I've been in Asia during new years celebrations. In some places, it's a social deal. In others, people cower in their homes since it's also the Day of the Dead.

You should be able to eat as much and not gain weight during the Year of the Pig - if the universe was just... yeah, right.

greetings from Tibet

Closer to Home

Today also marks the end of the struggle that I've had with the company that contracted to paint the inside of the hovel.

This is how the square footage works out: single family dwelling: 3,866 square feet; garage/work shop: 1,470 square feet; covered deck: 577 square feet, for a total of 5,913 square feet. Roughly 550 square meters. Lots of paint.

The painting contractor walked off the job. So I went against his bond. The inspector from the insurance company came out and found in my favor, a month ago. The painter had until today to finish the job or the insurance company would revoke the bond and pay me. I was first in line. I understand that there are a score of people with claims in line behind me. With the $$,$$$ back in hand, I can finally get the painting finished.  The general contractor paid the painter, in full, up front, which is another story all together.

There was one coat of paint sprayed on, not well applied, and there hasn't been paint on floorboards, door casings, the walls and ceilings weren't repainted. The paint contractor in question was the largest in the area. (not anymore) The lack of paint has meant that I can't move all of my stuff from the garage to the house. I could but it would be in the way and I don't want it to be damaged in the process. 

It's too cold for the paint to stick on the outside of the shack. I must wait for Spring to get that part of this ordeal finished. I think that I have mentioned that I would NEVER build a custom home again. Absolutely never. WAY past time, WAY over budget, and a continual hassle. (are you hearing me, Fredd?) I still have workmen doing this and that inside the house every day to get things right. Yes, there is some light at the end of the tunnel and you'll say that it is worth the effort then. But this BS has been going on for two years of my life and I don't have two years to waste.

TV - as of yesterday, the TV went in over the fire place in the great room. It's not hooked up to anything yet, but there is a TV.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Are UFO's a Threat?

Technically if it's moving through the air and you can't tell what it is, I suspect that it's some sort of threat. Particularly if it lands on you.

(Arizona UFO Sightings on-line) There are over three times more UFO sightings in California than there are in Arizona, which would make sense when you consider that they continually land reinforcements (who vote) in San Francisco to try and keep Pelosi in office. The San Francisco connection can't be over-emphasized, anal probing being one of the alien's big claims to fame and all.

None of the Arizona sightings were in the area where I live, which leads me to hypothesize that their base could be around here and they dart out in different directions. The base would likely be in a cave, wouldn't it? I mean, it's not there, advertised on Google Earth is it. The Discovery Channel Telescope is located near me. Coincidence? I think not. They research us and we research them.

Maybe they have genetically altered abominable snowmen (big foot --  you see where I'm headed, don't you?) and they guard the secret cave that leads to the hollow Earth where they hatch their diabolical plots.

I'm sure that they're Hillary Clinton supporters. If you look at the picture above, they look just like the people who show up at Clinton rallies. The mind control device that the freak (some say genetically altered mutant) Ocassio-Cortez used had to come from somewhere. Ockham's Razor suggests that the most likely source would be extra-terrestrial in its implications.

How can you say that THEY are not a problem, not a threat?