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How to Break a Tire Bead March 13, 2021

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So… many of you are wondering why you would need to break a perfectly good Tire Bead, in the first place.

Three of the tires on the Camp Geezer Horse Trailer had leaking valve stems. All of the tires on the trailer are over 10 years old so no licensed tire repair shop will touch them (it’s probably Federal Law). I needed to drive a total of 4 miles to go get Mrs. Geezer’s horse but I had 3 flat tires. To replace the valve stems, you need to remove one side of the tire from the wheel so you can insert the new stem from inside the tire. I didn’t think it was possible to break the bead without Big Machinery but YouTube showed me how to do it quickly and safely.

All of the neighbor kids are bored and volunteer to help us often. I used the above method on one tire and the 13 year old girl did another one and her 11 year old sister did the last one. I watched the whole procedures to make sure they were safe.

The horse was moved successfully and everyone was delighted.

How are things in YOUR town?

Not So Far Removed from 1776 March 5, 2021

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I’ve been trying to limit my intake of current events, because I’m too angry about what’s been going on for the past year. But I am weak, so I was reading today’s Morning Rant over at AoSHQ. In the rant he talks about the Dems’ prospective changes to voting laws. Here’s a snippet of the rant:

What about illegal aliens, excuse me, undocumented immigrants? I’m glad you asked. If they try to vote, they’re protected from any consequences. Or if they are erroneously allowed to vote, they’re Also protected from any consequences.

There will also be nationwide same day registration.

They’ll be a boatload of new restrictions on the ability of states to remove ineligible voters from the rolls.

There are provisions regarding registering minors to vote. It effectively lowers the voting age to 16.

States aren’t allowed to ask for voter ID, not even for absentee ballots

Mandating that states allow ballot harvesting.

So my vote is not worth any more than any non-citizen who may not even be residing in the country. Might as well open our elections to the entire world.

The devaluing of my vote is accompanied by Biden’s plans to raise taxes (which we pay for either directly or through increased prices/decreased services). This creates a wonderful vicious circle:

  • Raise taxes
  • Improve benefits for illegal immigrants with tax money
  • Incentivized, more illegal immigrants pour in
  • geoff’s vote is further devalued
  • Dems dominate elections, having essentially paid off the immigrants to do the voting that Americans won’t do
  • And, deciding they need new incentives for their voting bloc, they raise taxes

Making me pay so that my vote can be diminished reminds me of an old, old battle cry:

No taxation without representation!

Murmuration II March 5, 2021

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Y’all may remember 7 years past, when we linked to a video of murmurating starlings. The New York Post had a similar video up today, but in this one, at one point the starlings make . . . a starling.

Here’s a still:

Here’s a link to the video (or just click on the picture).

Fractal starlings.

COVID-19 Vaccinations, Biden Style February 25, 2021

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There are a lot of articles about how Joe Biden is on track to exceed the “100 million vaccinations in 100 days” benchmark he established on December 8, with few of the articles acknowledging the fact that the Trump administration had already put the country on that track, having administered 21 million doses by the time Biden was inaugurated.

So it is with great mirth that I present to you the following chart, with daily doses in blue bars and the 7-day moving average as the red line (chart lifted from the CDC):

Yup, a month after Biden took office – just about the time you’d figure his policies started taking effect – the doses administered started to drop.

There are, of course, caveats associated with this chart. The darker blue bars are preliminary data and may increase as tardy reports come in. And there was that nasty cold spell that delayed vaccination shipments and people’s travel to the vaccination sites.

But given how braggy the Biden administration has been, and how little credit they’ve given to their predecessors, I’m just going to ignore the caveats and enjoy a quiet chuckle.

An Orwellian Malaise February 10, 2021

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Orwell anticipated Pelosi:

…do not forget this, Winston— always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever. ”

George Orwell, 1984

I know this quote is overused, but it seems more and more like George Orwell was a time traveler. I mean, he really finished writing 1984 in 1948? Really? Over 80 years ago?

The story about the SF school board president who deliberately rejects historical accuracy when deciding which names should be removed from school buildings reminded me of another overused quote:

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

Getting Your Slapstick Fix February 6, 2021

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If you’re wondering how you can entertain yourself with that highest form of humor, you could do far worse than check out The Goes Wrong Show. It’s a British mini-series about a theater troupe which puts on a different play in each show. Of course, every production goes disastrously . . . wrong.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

(Image from Wikipedia)

COVID-19 Update: Through 2/4/21 February 5, 2021

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COVID cases hit their peak in early January, but are now on a very encouraging downslope:

…and it looks like daily deaths are starting to follow

These graphs were screencapped from Worldometer.

Mysterious Watercolor of Mystery February 3, 2021

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I painted this:

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Go ahead and start speculating about what it means.

Wags Wage Wage Wars February 3, 2021

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When you base your humanitarianism on the use of other people’s money, bad things inevitably happen:

Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, will soon shut down two of its stores in Long Beach in response to the city imposing a “hero pay” increase of $4 per hour for some grocery store workers.

The Ralphs at 3380 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal and the Food 4 Less at 2185 E. South St. are slated to close on April 17, the company said Monday. . . .

“This is truly unfortunate for the Long Beach community, its grocery workers and consumers, but not surprising given the magnitude of the Council’s actions,” Ron Fong, the group’s [California Grocer’s Association] president and CEO, said in the statement Monday. “We repeatedly warned that a $4/hour increase would have major unintended consequences – including potential store closures, the reduction of work for employees, and higher grocery costs for customers.”

Cue equally inevitable whining about food deserts and corporate insensitivity to displaced workers’ sufferings. Despite the warnings, and despite the fact that Kroger had already bumped up worker pay by $2/hr to compensate for working during the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s comforting to know that this is Joe Biden’s plan for the entire country via his $15/hr minimum wage.

Black Velvet Bass January 23, 2021

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It’s no secret that I wanna be like Dave in Texas. One of the ways I can emulate him is by learning how to play Bass Guitar.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately. It’s Tom Bornemann’s Bass cover of Black Velvet.

Black Velvet was originally recorded in the key of Eb.

The lowest note on a 4-string Bass is E so how the heck can you play in Eb without re-tuning? (it’s hard)

Thankfully Tom changed the key to E instead of the original key of Eb. Bless you, Tom.

Fun Factoid: Here are a few popular songs in the Dreaded Eb key that have absolutely nothing in common but the Key signature, except two of them are by Don Henley.

Brooks & Dunn My Maria

Carrie Underwood Good Girl

Don Henley Boys of Summer

Don Henley End of the Innocence

Eddie Money Take Me Home Tonight

Evanescence Lithium

Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower

Josh Turner Would You Go with Me

Kool & the Gang Celebration

Metallica Turn The Page

Stevie Wonder Superstition

The McCoys Hang On Sloopy

Jason Aldean She’s Country ~ This song is done in Eb drop Db. Why, Jason, WHY?

Well, that’s my story… How are things in Your town?

Ukuleles and Legs January 19, 2021

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Maybe Dave in Texas will get inspired by watching this video.

Daddy-Daughter Success Story January 4, 2021

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You’ll like the sound of this duo.

Father and daughter Mat and Savanna Shaw began singing duets together at the onset of the pandemic and quickly became a hit sensation for their heartwarming music. (Photo: Russ Dixon)

Father and daughter Mat and Savanna Shaw began singing duets together from their kitchen table at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. After they posted their first song on social media, the pair were shocked by the response they received.

Here’s the link: https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/12/23/from-kitchen-table-to-recording-studio-a-daddy-daughter-success-story/