The Epitome of Stupidity

I just heard a report on CBS that was so unbelievable that I just had to verify it before writing on it. Sure enough, it’s accurate according to NPR (Becky Sullivan)

Henceforth, VISA, Mastercard and American Express will (or have) created a code for gun sales. This is in hopes of decreasing gun violence.

Sorry, that will have little or no affect. The reason can be determined by a smart 6th grader (One who does not attend public school). Those who plan to use guns illegally are not likely to use a credit card to buy a gun. Hidden near the end of the article is a stat that pretty much confirms this. About 7% of those using guns during crimes buy them legally. There is no record of the purchase of over 90% of guns used in crime.

If I decide to buy a gun without my M.C., all I need do is go to the ATM and withdraw 6 or 7 hundred dollars and go find someone interested in selling their 9 mm.

I have no such plans nor do I currently have any guns, although if the FOCs continue to run things as they do, I just might go out and buy a few automatic pitching machines with which to defend my home. I’m not sure, but I’d think it would be a good legal way of defense. Any smart burglars burglaring my home would be wise to bring their baseball glove.

As I have said before, the way to stop gun violence, or any kind of of violence is three-fold. Teach respect of human life in the home, in the schools and from the government. Pray and encourage prayer before the violence. It doesn’t help much after. Make sure everyone knows basic gun safety.

One more thing thing that would help is to lock up those who commit crimes, especially the violent kind. Many violent crimes are committed by known criminals, most which don’t use guns.

I Knew it Had to Happen!

When they came out with battery powered push mowers, I knew the battery powered rider mower would be next. I even predicted it in one of my posts.

When I visited Lowes this afternoon, I noticed two zero turn machines that had electric mower trademarks on them.

I made a point to check them out on the way in. They had a sign on it that bragged 2 acres on a charge. I actually do have a decent sized yard, but it doesn’t get close to a 1/4 of an acre. Sadly, my yard just doesn’t justify the price tag.

Even so, considering my age, I was still tempted. Maybe I could use it to make money. I could advertise a green friendly way to keep your lawn well manicured. I wonder just how many lawns it would take to justify spending $5500.

Maybe one or two of my readers can figure a way to pretend I need a zero turn rider mower.

Maybe they will come out with a little lawn tractor mower soon. Maybe they will come out with one I can afford. In the meantime, I guess I will trudge behind the one I have. At least it’s electric. That will make those “going green” nuts happy.

Oh. And by the way. I won’t have to pay road tax to cut my grass.

History of TV Reception

When TVs first came out, the TV antenna soon followed. After just a short time, a person could pan the rooftops and see the antennas sticking up from most of the houses.

Some had to settle for rabit ears. Some, me included had broken antennas and settled for wire clothes hangers. My clothes hanger worked very well. I wish I could say it was because of my great knowledge of electronics but, in my case, I had a good picture without having to alter the hanger at all.

On the other hand, some needed 40, 50, or even 70 foot masts to receive signals from a 100 or more miles away. To complicate matters, some received signals from 2 or 3 different directions. To do this, they had what they called rotors and they worked well. It was a tad on the pricey side though. Not only did one need the equipment, but it also had to be installed.

I don’t know who first thought of the idea of cable, but I noticed it being installed in rural areas in the late 50s and early 60s. It was good for the stations and sponsors as it increased those receiving their programming and ads. There is no need to say it was good for those receiving cable. That’s obvious.

Over the years, those selling cable found more customers and types of customers. People in apartments and folks who hated ugly antennas sticking up all over the neighborhood. Also, the reception quality improved.

Perhaps one of the main reasons the cable idea spread so rapidly was the increase in channels available. People in San Diego watched L.A. channels, for example. In addition, what I call pseudo-stations started popping up.

Then, to improve reception and increase features, they went to digital. I never liked that much in the past, even less now. What started out to be a way to receive a good picture for 15 or 20 a month has turned into a huge conglomerate (if I may misuse the word) of sations, most of which are mental wastelands that I spent 226 a month. That is a big bite from my social security.

I just had my cable disconnected and I am now aware of why I don’t like digital TV. If a person buys an expensive antenna, after spending hours adjusting it and fussing with it, it almost works, almost doesn’t. Mostly, gone are the days of using a hanger. Now we must use 39.95 antennas that I can’t even receive all the local channels I received just fine in the old analogs. Moreover, I keep losing the picture into wild pixelations.

I guess the FCC had us in mind as they made the decision to digitize broadcasts, or at least I hope so. Then again, maybe it would help if the 39.95 antenna worked better than a clothes hanger.

(Does anyone know where I can get a metal clothes hanger? )

Can Someone Please Tell Me?

Why do my cats prefer dog food and my dogs go nuts over cat food?

I occasionally give my dogs a treat consisting of a small can of cat food and each dog grabs her can and runs off to her corner, making sure the other doesn’t steal her little treasure. When they are done, you’d think the cans went through dishwashers.

The cats are always determined to steal dog food, even though they know the k-9s will snarle and snap at them. The cats all much prefer the canned dog food.

I’m sure those experts know what they are doing when they make that stuff but I can’t help but wonder if they have something backwards.

As for me, I find them both equally revolting, in both sight and smell. Isn’t it amazing how those guys can make so much selling that stuff to us.

A Short Word About the Oscars

  1. I don’t blame Will Smith for hitting the guy. If I were in a similar situation, I’d do the same.
  2. The media made entirely too much of it. It would seem anyone who watches a few hours of news a day have seen the replay ten to fifteen times. That is about 8 or 9 times too many.
  3. The academy should take the hint. It has been decades since anyone has talked this much about the Oscar Awards. Maybe they should have 2 or 3 cage fights during the next awards featuring actors. At least one of the fights should be between women. It doesn’t much matter if they are real or not; it would do wonders for the ratings. It just shows to go, most everyone likes to see a good show or fight. It doesn’t really make much difference.
  4. They could sell DVRs of it showing various angles. It might have more success than their movies.
  5. Afterwards, everyone can go home and eat pizza as they all talk about it. That would be the best part.

Debris !

After our recent snow, our trees lost several limbs. In itself this wasn’t the half. Some of them, some of the biggest ones landed on my storage shed. What a mess. Oh, yes, a couple of them totally mutilated my gate, which cost me me $200 and a couple of afternoons.

The steel shed, though it is now useless, did protect everything inside from physical damage. I am now considering 3 or 4 options to replace it. The thing is, no matter, I must first remove the ton, literally, of debris on and around it.

I looked here and there for some assistance, but it is to small a disaster to call FEMA. It’s one of those in between things. It’d be, maybe better had it been worse. (Now figure that irony)

So, every now and then, when I feel like it and weather permits, I take my rake, shovel and electric chainsaw out and work until I can’t. At 72, that’s not long.

For those that think I’m complaining, I’m not.

I saw a middle-aged man shoveling debris in Ukraine. He has every right to complain. He has a right to complain about Putin and his army. He has a right to complain about politicians who can and should have helped, but are more concerned about climate change. He had a lot to complain about.

Instead, he goes about his task. He is possibly feeling the pains of loss of loved ones and/or friends. He might possibly be wishing someone had sent more weapons and planes. It is not likely, but possible he wished the dems hadn’t cheated on our election. Even he likely knows that there wouldn’t be a war if Trump had been in the Oval Office. He would know that because Putin waited for Biden. Only then was there war.

No, I don’t complain about a little weather. There are many things that are far worse.

I Have Decided to Do My Part

According to those in the Biden WH, we should do our part to save on energy usage. My first thought was “Forget it!”

Then I had second thoughts. I have a fantastic idea on how I can do my part. All I need do is go out and buy a horse and buggy. Being as I am retired, I could use it for 80 to 90% of my travel and my use the car for the rest.

Actually, better yet, I could sell my car and just rent an auto when I need it. It might save me a dollar or two.

Wait a minute. What am I thinking of? I can’t get a horse. I think they have laws against that sort of thing here in the city.

Oh, well. Guess I’ll have to settle on my car, at least until they change the law. And I would really like to get a horse. I like horses . It’s maybe better anyway. I’ve kinda gotten used to air conditioning and I don’t think I can put one on a buggy. The extension cord would be too long.

Diplomacy

They say war happens when diplomacy fails.

Well, guess what. Diplomacy failed.

It failed during Obama’s term now there is no more country of Crimea.

Diplomacy did not fail during Trump’s term. We know this because there was no war.

Diplomacy failed during Biden’s term…just a short time after his first year.

I wonder. Just how many more of these diplomacy failures are we going to have before Biden’s term is over? Maybe the next one will be that little island off the coast of China. Even now, Xi is likely making preparations.

As usual, I have an aside. While China is busy adding to their real estate, Putin just might go after one or two of the Bulkens or maybe Poland. Do you think Biden can actually deal with two diplomacy failures, or maybe three. Iran just might like the idea of making Biden juggle three disasters at once. It is not likely, but it’s possible, some would say probable.

A Word for Those Who Don’t Know the Difference Between Men and Women

It would seem there are those who simply cannot tell the difference between men and women. It sort of exposes their lack of basic intelligence. Now let me think about it a little. I’m pretty sure I had a good idea about it all by the time I was 4, certainly by 5.

I don’t remember anyone saying anything. I’m not sure but maybe I figured it out all by myself. Now, it would seem we have people who hold college degrees who can’t tell the difference. It seems they want to allow men in women’s rooms and let men compete with women. Now! Tell me that makes sense!

If they really need help, I will be glad to help them. Though I barely made it through high school, I do believe I know that much about biology.

Then again, I don’t think biology is their problem but politics. It would seem that they are biased by their desires to destroy our way of life.

As for my guess as to how to set them straight, let them compete… by themselves. After going to a few swim meets without competition, they just might decide they’ve had enough of an ego trip. Also those who have forgotten the differences between the sexes might regain their memory, although I don’t have much faith in that happening. We just might have to wait for a conservative to take up residence in the White House. It would seem only Republicans have knowledge about that part of biology.

Supplying Our Needs

Some folks seem to think that Old Joe Biden just doesn’t know how to manage supplying things. They point to all the ships waiting to dock in Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. I guess they do have something of a point.

However, he is really good at supplying the important things. I understand he just almost managed to get a terrorist into the US the other day. No telling how many he managed to bring in before. Then of course there are the drugs. He is bringing drugs into the country in record quantities. It is a shame they are causing record death instead of the help that President Trump managed.

Then there is the disease he has managed to bring into the US. While he pretends to care about reducing the China Virus, he has brought thousands of cases north, just so he fire people who don’t want the vaccine. (Maybe he could reduce the cases more by testing those entering by the border.)

By the way, he just almost brought two people in who had TB. They tested positive at the border. I wonder just how many people would just love an epidemic of TB right in the middle of everything else. Perhaps he would just love to see TB or some similar disease break out in some big major hospital.

I don’t think I like this occupier of the oval office, him or his cohort. What’s his name now? Oh, yes. Fauci. He seems to be the one who managed to help him win the election without speaking hardly a word to the public. Both of them ought to be in prison.

Speaking of prison, it would seem that he also brought a few of his friends north, the type who belong in prison. This of course he does while saying we commoners have no need of guns. The police will protect us, the police who he and his friends virtually destroyed.