April 18, 2019

At the Thursday Night Café...

... you can talk about anything other than the Mueller report.

Put your Mueller musings in the previous post. This thread is for relief from the day's obsession.

89 comments:

mccullough said...

Dodgers and Brewers have picked up where they left off last year. Fun to watch good teams play each other

steve uhr said...

And bucks best basketball team with best player. Wisconsin could have mvp in basketball, football and bb this year

MadBohemian said...

NL central gonna be a beast of a division.

wildswan said...

Daffodils are blooming. They went right on through that last spring snow without noticing.

Ann Althouse said...

Watched a beautiful sunset 🌅 today.

Michael K said...

Drove from LA to Tucson today. Good to be home.

Family wedding.

MadBohemian said...

I’m gonna plant SOMETHING on Tuesday. If it frosts I’ll get more. But I gotta put some flowers in and drink coffee as I marvel at them with a morning sun shining. Yeah baby!

wildswan said...

I did some reading on the guy who showed at St. Patrick's with gasoline and lighters. Terrible though it seems that anyone could be so trivial about terrorism in a cathedral, I began to think that he wanted publicity for his book (now no longer available on Amazon) and also that he thought women would find him attractive as a terrorist. He wasn't having much success on Tinder and it's as if maybe he turned to another kind of tinder to light the flames of romance. There's something ... obvious ... about him that makes these speculations occur. Why go in the front door with your gas cans in your hands?

Big Mike said...

I wonder whether Mayor Pete Buttigieg would be as openly gay if devout Christians really behaved the way he is trying to insist that they behave.

Ken B said...

Listening to 17th century French harpsichord music.
Reading about Protestant Reformation in England.
Watched a bit of the BBC Woman in White. I read it 41 years ago.

Fen said...

Freedom for our two mice captures this Saturday. Near a lake. Silly of me, but I'm worried they will be cold hungry and get eaten by owl and snake. I know, they are field mice so they are wiley.

Internet says their lifespan is 12 months so I don't think they should spend it in a cage, no matter how elaborate.

FREEDOM!

MountainMan said...

Took a 25 mile bike ride this morning to enjoy the beautiful spring GA weather. That’s about 60 miles over the past 3 days. Driving back to my other home In TN tomorrow to spend the Easter weekend. Got some quality time in with our 2 beautiful grandchildren this afternoon, too. It’s been a good week.

David Begley said...

Saw Sen. Gillibrand tonight in Iowa. Said Trump is a coward. Hillary is a role model.

Rusty said...

got an apple watch to monitor my heart rate. It does other cool stuff including telling time. Planted some merigold seeds. They're seeds from last year. Or the year before. I don 't remember.
Rereading Boorstien.And the Federalist Papers. I uusally have two or three going at the same time. One of my cruel children found an unused NYT crossword puzzle book at goodwill. It's reserved for the bathroom. I don't know about anyone else but I do a lot of reading in the bathroom.

narciso said...

The Express said they discovered a exo planet circling one of the centauris

Etienne said...

I read something today, which I don't understand. The thinking is a polar opposite of my learning. A Law Professor who writes:

"Imagine being detained in a tent city with your kids, indefinitely, as summer approaches."

This sounds quite ominous. It's like saying "imagine you are in a jail after getting caught breaking a law". There, now that doesn't sound quite so ominous.

The professor goes on to say "Unless you’re OK with that for your own family, we need to protest the Trump Administration continuing to do this to other families."

Well, of course breaking the law, and projecting the blame of this incarceration on someone is something that is self-preserving. We don't want to sit in a jail, or sit in a tent. Obviously the added factor of "summer is coming" seems to imply that the tents will become more unbearable. However, unbearable in relation to what?

Living in a tent in the summer is actually pretty nice. I lived in a tent in both Egypt and Arabia for six months at a time in the summer with temperatures well over 100 degrees.

Obviously the law professor means, compared to an air conditioned home in the suburbs.

So you can see that I am "OK with that for my family," or any family for that matter.

Especially if that family snuck across the border and broke the law.

I seem to be her polar opposite. Thus, I don't need to protest to anyone, let alone the President of a country.

What is wrong with my thinking? Why should I join the forces who say that passports and visa's are obsolete. That vaccinations and communicable diseases are OK. Why am I so out of touch with this new reality.

I mean, obviously this law professor is right, and I am wrong. There is no half-way, is there?

Professor Statement

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

I drove to San Angelo, TX from my home in McKinney, TX (North DFW) and I've never seen so many wildflowers. The bluebonnets dominate but there are other colors interspersed. There really are a lot of cows in TX, as well. I have been taking business in different parts of the state and running in the state parks. I ran in San Angelo State Park Monday evening. The week before I was in Amarillo and ran in Palo Duro Canyon State Park two days. Last month I flew to El Paso (it's a little longer drive than I had time to budget) and ran and hiked in Franklin Mountains State Park. They say they are the southernmost remnant of the Rockies but I don't know about that. I started at 4300 ft. and went to the peak of North Franklin Mountain which is 7200. One of the miles had 875 ft. of elevation. I wasn't running there, in fact I was almost climbing a couple of sections. It was a real workout. Lots of colors in TX in flowers and rocks. The cows are pretty varied as well but mostly Hereford and Longhorn. I saw a donkey with a herd of cows on the way back yesterday. That's common here. They don't like coyotes and other predators.

FullMoon said...

So, how 'bout that Jeopardy guy?
Like an early Mike Tyson or Tiger woods. A complete destroyer of the competition.

Yancey Ward said...
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traditionalguy said...

It felt like a lazy, hazy summer day here in ATL. Everybody is working and spending money on things like crazy. And Holy week is going strong starting tonight. I am very glad to still be alive.

Etienne said...
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iowan2 said...

"Imagine being detained in a tent city with your kids, indefinitely, as summer approaches."

Imagine you pack up your children for a long difficult journey. Destination is a tent in the SW United States. Imagine you get exactly what you planned for.

Yancey Ward said...
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Yancey Ward said...

I didn't see that qualification, Etienne. I thought it was the normal cafe.

Fen said...
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Etienne said...
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Yancey Ward said...

I transferred both comments to the previous thread.

Charlie Currie said...

Pulled the rear drums off my '66 Falcon wagon just to see how they were doing - I've got 50k miles on them - maybe slightly more than half gone. Doing a disc brake swap on the front next week. Looking forward to that.

Then helped my buddy replace the pressure side power steering hose on his '40 Ford Delux, with a 351 Cleveland in it. Had to go buy another length of hose and swap the fittings - no leaks.

Had my neck arteries scanned first thing this morning at the VA. Got there early and had eggs and bacon in the canteen - $3.00.

Wife made taco salad for dinner, and we watched the first episode of the new season of Bosch. She's read all the books.

All in all, it was a good day.

William said...

It's crass and low class to disapprove of illegal migrants. It shows class and good breeding to disapprove of people who disapprove of illegal immigration.

Fen said...

Etienne, I fed the hamsters some coffee and:

"Imagine being detained by MS13 with your kids. Indefinitely."

When he infers you're talking about Americans, correct him - you are referring to the immigrant family he claims to care so much about, so how come his first thoughts didn't run to them.

Bay Area Guy said...

"13 Days" with Kevin Costner is a good little movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. A little too pro-Kennedy, but not over the top. Real events of the day, not bullshit subpoenas and reports and cable news shows.

I recommend!

Guildofcannonballs said...

Andre the Giant used to release half-minute farts that would make pilots throw up.

They had their own modulating tones, unique pitch and timbre.

narciso said...

Well it's based on Schlesinger's hagiographix account, you would never have guessed that exiles had been telling kemmedy for months about the missiles and the troop contingent in Cuba.

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Fen said...

Living in a tent in the summer is actually pretty nice. I lived in a tent in both Egypt and Arabia for six months at a time in the summer with temperatures well over 100 degrees."

You understand because you have direct experience, he doesn't understand because he's an academic who only experiences througb papers and video.

When we were in Somolia, patrols were hard. Much like the trek up from Venezuela I suppose (sans the Rapey Coyotes). Tired swealtering and dirty. Sleeping on rocks. Too dehydrated to have an appetite. Salty sweat stinging sunburned skin. The potential of lethal threats around every bush. But after a few days you settle in and the grudge becomes the new normal.

The march back to tent city put a swing in your step. Cold showers, hot meals, soft rack and pillow. Clean clothes. Medical care for whatever thorn you had in your side. And security. Your comfort zone extends for 100s of yards instead of 10s of feet.

That professor is ignorant. He should not have appointed himself to represent the people who's situation he knows nothing about. I bet he hasn't even bothered to visit one of those tent city "nightmares" he is SO concerned about.

Bay Area Guy said...

@Narciso,

Yeah, I hear ya. During the '60 campaign, JFK talked recklessly about going after Castro to score political points against Tricky Dick, but after the election he got all bolloxed up with Cuba (Bay of Pigs, Operation Mongoose and Cuban Missile Crisis). Scorpions in a bottle.

It seems much more vital and concrete compared to today's ridiculous Kabuki theater,

narciso said...

Well he screwed up the first from the get go (tip 1, dont land in front of Fidel's guest cottage) deploy at Trinidad the base of the resistance. Mongoose was a less structured op like the escambray front that held out for thrs years

eddie willers said...

we watched the first episode of the new season of Bosch.

Thanks! Now I know what I'M doing this weekend.

StephenFearby said...

wildswan said...
"I did some reading on the guy who showed at St. Patrick's with gasoline and lighters. Terrible though it seems that anyone could be so trivial about terrorism in a cathedral, I began to think that he wanted publicity for his book (now no longer available on Amazon) and also that he thought women would find him attractive as a terrorist..."

I think maybe he's just a garden-variety schizophrenic graduate student majoring in philosophy:

'...The devout but deranged defendant [Marc Lamparello, 37] was later transported to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric exam, interrupting his plans to board a Thursday night flight to Rome, sources told the Daily News. But his strange fall from grace actually started two days earlier on the other side of the Hudson river.

On Monday night, an obstinate Lamparello was arrested on a charge of defiant trespass inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., where he attended evening Mass and then refused to exit the massive house of worship unless police put him in handcuffs.

“I’m not leaving!” Lamparello screamed as he threw himself on the cathedral floor. “God wants me here! I know all the sins the priests have committed!”'

"...The suspect is a CUNY student seeking his Ph.D. in philosophy. He has worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Lehman College philosophy department, and held teaching positions at Brooklyn College and Seton Hall University — the latter a Catholic college in South Orange, N.J."

'...Lamparello’s stunned father, in a chat with The News, described his son as a “brilliant” college professor who sounded fine in a phone call just hours before his arrest.

“Extremely out of character,” said the distraught dad Leonard, 79, about his son’s behavior. "He’s a brilliant professor. His writings — other professors can’t even understand his writings."'

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/ny-st-patrick-arrest-dad-speaks-20190418-j4cetm56gjfmjkbl4vlghwvs3u-story.html

Bruce Hayden said...

“got an apple watch to monitor my heart rate. It does other cool stuff including telling time”

Got one at he first of the year. Love it. Initially bought it for the safety and health features. But use it mostly for other stuff, like the phone and finding my iPhone and iPads. Truly is a Dick Tracy watch - I sometimes forget my iPhone, but can still I make and, maybe more importantly, take calls anyway. Much easier to talk on the phone when driving than using my iPhone. My partner is insistent that I answer her calls, and can do so while driving. So far the fall detector has only detected false positives and one false negative. ECGs are easy, and all apparently look good. I also watch my pulse. Finally, I do sometimes forget to breath, and it alerts me. Also, I like the breathing exercise function. One of the best calming devices I have ever seen. I think that it was around $500. Far better purchase than a 4th iPad at almost twice that price.

Ty said...

FullMoon said...

So, how 'bout that Jeopardy guy?

Hell yes! Ratings gold. James Holzhauer is a professional sports gambler out of Vegas. Absolutely killing it. He's already claimed the top three one-day records. In one game, he intentionally won the exact money that was his daughter's birthday ($110,914). Also seems like a decent guy and does shout outs to his family. He's my favorite player since Turd Ferguson.

readering said...

For all the commenters who won't read about the hoax, weighing in at 440 pages, may I recommend reading a presidential biography instead. (Inspired by attending Caro interview the other night. He recommended Truman and Team of Rivals. Although his favorite book is Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)

Huisache said...

I work in Eagle Pass, where we recently had a caravan come through. The night of the State of the Union Address, in fact. Students missed my night class because of a traffic jam at the bridge when they were coming across from Piedras. Everyone was kind of freaked about about the sudden omnipresence of law enforcement officers. One on every block, they said. I counted 30 state trooper cars between the BP checkpoint and town. At night they had their high beams directed across the highway in long lines and were pulling people over right and left. Frankly, it seemed excessive to me, but what do I know. I'm just the jerk who gets pulled over twice in the same day for having a 15-year-old license plate frame that's slightly too wide.

I have a hard time seeing these people -- the Hondurans -- as "invaders" and "lawbreakers." What would I do if I had three kids and lived under extreme poverty & the threat of violence? I don't know. There's an ethical tradition that someone who takes a loaf of bread to keep from starving isn't stealing. Maybe that's not what this is, but I don't have enough information to judge. That said, I know that the BP is pretty much maxed out, and something's got to give.

I used to always get interrogated / searched / detained but now I get through checkpoints with no trouble at all. Possible explanations: (a) they're too busy with real smugglers; (b) the agency faces higher scrutiny under our current president (my worst experiences were during Obama's first term); (c) my I'm-just-an-ordinary-professor-returning-home-from-night-class act has gotten more convincing over time.

What I'd like to see is a national conversation about what, ethically, is the right thing to do in this situation, and what the conditions really are in Central America, and how much responsibility our country has, given its long history of intervention & exploitation down there, and what the best answer is in a practical sense. Right now it's just this big unproductive shouting match between two parties neither of whom have any real interest in finding a humane, workable solution.

Mid-Life Lawyer: The back road from Uvalde to Eagle Pass is amazing this time of year what with all the blooming acacias. Looking out from the escarpment over the Nueces you see oceans of white green-gold under a hazy blue sky and not a house or tree in sight.

narciso said...

Irwin gellman the contender is about nixons rise in a way you haven't seen before. He had a follow up about him and Nixon which also broke new ground.

Etienne said...

To put this in perspective: Americans are like Palestinians, and the Central Americans are like Jews coming from Europe and Russia.

What will we do when the illegal immigrants start building Settlements and pushing us off our land, and cutting down our olive trees?

narciso said...

They all started moving on up six or eight months ago, like camp of the saints, you expect us to believe that now the last administration had some part with castaway the fast and furious quartermastering spinoff

narciso said...

No Israel is like we were 150-175 year ago, it was in a rough neighborhood surrounded by foreign powers

Fen said...

Apologies, lower-case chuck, for earlier. I was arrogant. I'll make a better effort to sort you out from you-know-who. That must suck for you and you're completely innocent, you don't deserve that.

Fen said...

"What I'd like to see is a national conversation about what, ethically, is the right thing to do in this situation, and what the conditions really are in Central America, and how much responsibility our country has, given its long history of intervention & exploitation down there, and what the best answer is in a practical sense. "

We have no obligation based on intervention. That path leads to a tit for tat that goes back to Cain and Abel, and will just create more of the same.

Ethically, we have a moral obligation to control who comes into this country, to weed out 9-11 hijackers and prevent the rape and murder of our own people by those who never should have been here to begin with.

Emotion cannot guide our decisions. Every one of me knows a thousand deserving Iraqis and Somolis we would let through and that's simply not pratical. The ethical thing to do is liberate and nurse failed states into the 1st World and, as we saw with Iraq, Americans simply don't have the patience for the decades that would take.

Immigration is good for this country. It is what made us strong, assimilating the best parts of each culture in our melting pot. But we need to have rules. And those rules must be enforced.

Fen said...

"I think maybe he's just a garden-variety schizophrenic graduate student majoring in philosophy"

His father's remarks keyed me into wondering if he has a hyper-perception that looks like madness from our perspective. I almost went the philosophy route and it led me into a black hole I barely got out of. I bet he makes connections others can't see and feels like no one understands where he is coming from.

Fen said...

AceofSpades has a "what a world we live in" link. Apparently the Notre Dame cathedral restoration may rely on meticulous interior and exterior scans that were done to render the buikding accurately for the video game Assassin's Creed.

I'm sure Kevin Bacon is in there somewhere.

Fen said...

Since I appear to have the room-

Althouse: I will cultivate a salon of sophisticated thinkers and

I'll run around with scissors.

Weeeeeeeeee!

Althouse: oh nevermind...

Unknown said...

Finally saw "Shazam". It was OK, about mid-level for a superhero movie. They've set themselves up with a problem though in that their kid cast will age out of the roles pretty rapidly. The guy playing Sivina was not that great however, and he *will* be coming back.

The theater is part of a program showing classic films (not Fathom Events, some sort of rival to that) and will be playing "Singing In The Rain" Easter & the 24th. One of the best movies ever made -- check your area theaters.

Yancey Ward said...

I have made the recommendation before on this blog- Bosch is a great show- well written and well acted. I binged the first three seasons about a year and half ago, and season 4 was just as good.

narciso said...

Really I thought mark strong is generally pretty good (leave out green lantern where he plays sinestro) lord blackwood the Jordanian spy chief, the assistant director of kingsman.

narciso said...

Hes half sicilian hence he can play anything from Brit to indian.

Unknown said...

I liked him in "Kingsman", but I didn't like him here. Maybe because he's saddled with those hokey "sins" as sidekicks but he just didn't seem like a larger than life supervillan. I also didn't like Cate Blanchett in "Thor: Ragnarok" for somewhat the same reason. (Otherwise that was the best Marvel movie so far).

Crazy World said...

Looking forward to a wonderful 3 day weekend, hitting the surf and watch my hubby’s canoe club race hopefully. Glorious!

BUMBLE BEE said...

Seen AOC's "Save the World" video yet comrades? The predisposition of the immigrants toward socialism seems troublesome to me. I sometimes think Obama was doing battlefield prep for his eight years.

Tina Trent said...

Today is Good Friday, a day of planting flowers and scary weather and earthquakes and digging in the dirt at exactly 3 p.m. while thinking of the dead.

My Italian grandmother instilled in us the trembling uncertainty of Good Friday. As I get older I understand it's about being with mortality for a while, visiting it in its place, and not fearing it.

And so we are having a windy, stormy morning in North Georgia. The thunder woke the dogs who woke us to tell us about the thunder. Dog news is always local news. I am waiting for sunrise for the coyotes to go wherever they go and see if the hoop house survived. I have 300 tomato plants panting to go into the ground. But they can't go today.

Big Mike said...

What I'd like to see is a national conversation about what, ethically, is the right thing to do in this situation, and what the conditions really are in Central America, and how much responsibility our country has, given its long history of intervention & exploitation down there, and what the best answer is in a practical sense.

@Huisache, I recommend you start by talking to Angel Mothers.

I admit to having no patience with people who point to things the US did decades ago and sometimes centuries ago. Then was then, this is the 21st century. Chose to live in it or go kill yourself.

There’s your dialogue.

stevew said...

Watched The Highwaymen this past weekend, liked it very much. As has been written, it turns the story around from the 1967 Bonnie & Clyde flick in that the outlaws are not the sympathetic characters, the lawmen are.

Weather looks to be lovely today, mid-60's and sunny. Yesterday was high-40's, overcast, and wet. I love this time of year.

Finishing up a bulletin board made from wine corks for my daughter, then headed up to Maine, we're watching the grand kids next week while son and daughter-in-law are in Aruba for her mother's wedding. And make no mistake, the aforementioned "we're" is actually my wife, I've still got work work to do and travel to the measles infested NY area next week.

Clyde said...

A storm is coming. Even if I hadn’t seen the futurecast radar, I’d have known. When it’s 75 degrees with 89% humidity at 5:00 a.m. on a Florida April morning, that’s abnormal. The cold is coming, sweeping warm humid air in front of it like a push broom. The wind is going to blow, the lightning will flash, the thunder will rumble. A hard rain is gonna fall, washing away the dirt and grime. Take that as a metaphor if you wish.

exhelodrvr1 said...

'"A reporter then brings up his use of the word "unprecedented."
"Is there another precedent for it," Barr asks.
"No," the reporter answers.
"OK so unprecedented is an accurate description."'

This perfectly illustrates the idiocy of the 90% of the media that pushed the collusion narrative.

Clyde said...

I was listening to random music on my phone this morning and The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” came up, off the remastered Sticky Fingers album. The song holds up remarkably well, considering that it was recorded in April 1970, and released on the album a year later. I also have a live version by Steve Earle from the deluxe version of the Copperhead Road album that I went and listened to immediately after. It’s good, but it’s hard to beat the original.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Yancey,
Bosch is a good show, but doesn't it bother you that a divorced policeman is able to afford a house that must cost $10M?

Humperdink said...

"What I'd like to see is a national conversation about what, ethically, is the right thing to do in this situation, and what the conditions really are in Central America, and how much responsibility our country has, given its long history of intervention & exploitation down there, and what the best answer is in a practical sense.",

It greatly disappoints me to read comments such as this. The US, on the whole has been a force for good in the world. Typically the first country to send aid when a natural disaster strikes - anywhere in the world. US citizens are one of the most generous cultures in the world.

Has our country made mistakes? Sure we have. But I would suggest those mistakes pale in comparison to the positives.

BTW, the term "national conversation" causes me to gag.

Rory said...

"BTW, the term "national conversation" causes me to gag."

Yeah, the national conversations we should be having start with whether we believe in the rule of law. That greatly narrows the scope of any conversation about illegal immigration.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"The US, on the whole has been a force for good in the world."

Especially considering our overwhelming degree of superiority at the end of WWII, and what we could have done if we were evil.

Tank said...

Just finished Andrew Roberts bio on Churchill. Great book, and what an exciting life Churchill led. Soldier (on horseback!), polo player, poet, writer, artist, statesman, PM of England during WWII, and more, much more. Many great accomplishments, along with lots and lots of mistakes and misjudgments. A great part of the book is reading many of his speeches, along with many of his wonderful put downs of other Members, it really was an art form.

Rusty said...

Blogger exhelodrvr1 said...
"Yancey,
Bosch is a good show, but doesn't it bother you that a divorced policeman is able to afford a house that must cost $10M?"
The back story is that he was a consultant on a highly successful police movie and with the proceeds bought the house.

Charlie Currie said...


Blogger exhelodrvr1 said...
"Yancey,
Bosch is a good show, but doesn't it bother you that a divorced policeman is able to afford a house that must cost $10M?"

He paid for it with the proceeds from a large settlement he received. I don't have all the particulars at hand, but I'm sure you can look it up.

Rusty said...

I also watch my pulse. Finally, I do sometimes forget to breath, and it alerts me. Also, I like the breathing exercise function."
Are we related? Yes. Forgetting to breathe. My normal resting heartrate is in the 50s. Always has been. And yes to the breathing exercise. I like that I can access my phones camera remotley. Very cool tech.

iowan2 said...

"What I'd like to see is a national conversation about what, ethically, is the right thing to do in this situation,

Maybe each of the states could pick a few of their citizens to represent their interests, meet all together to have the discussion and agree to some rules that would address how to handle those people seeking permission to enter the US.

Just a thought.

mockturtle said...

Iowan2 suggests, tongue firmly in cheek:
Maybe each of the states could pick a few of their citizens to represent their interests, meet all together to have the discussion and agree to some rules that would address how to handle those people seeking permission to enter the US.

Just a thought.


What a great idea! But it would work only if these representatives entered into the discussion in good faith rather than from a purely partisan perspective.

Bruce Hayden said...

Exciting on our end - we completed our yearly spring migration yesterday. House is still cold, or as my partner says “brisk”. She likes brisk. Me, not so much, esp as she puts her fingers places on my naked skin to warm them up. Quarter inch of pine needles over everything - will need to make a dump run or two Sat or Sun. The good news is that the Black Beauty (which she calls the “Black Beast” - a black 2000 Silverado Z71 pickup) was where I had left it in the driveway, with the battery disconnected and on a trickle charger. Hooked it up, and it started right up. After it warmed up a bit, it ran well. Helps that I had also filled it up with ethical free gas last fall. She kept threatening to have had her ex tow it off over the winter, and the trail be so cold by spring that I couldn’t pin it on him. Maybe next year. You really do need a truck up here in rural America - she was just immune from it before we started living together because her ex had a farm five miles away. Now he is remarried, so running my partner’s errands is off the table. Turned most of the water back on, and the hot water came up quickly. Do have some cleaning and dusting ahead of us though. Town hasn’t changed (it rarely does) though the trailer I was eyeing last fall is gone, presumably sold. Feels good.

We spent the night before in Butte, in the “Presidential Suite”, since Obama stayed there in 2008 while campaigning for the Dem nomination. High point was at Murdock’s. Had just picked up some 9 mm at Walmart, but they don’t carry 10 mm. Murdock’s there does, and there is some stuff made locally that the sales guy swears by. Bought 200 rounds of FMJ target ammo. And 100 of solid cast bear ammo. Expect that they are seeing more brown bear out of Yellowstone there than we are seeing out of Glacier. In any case, no reason really to carry 10 mm back in AZ. Definitely not the case here in MT.

mockturtle said...

Bruce observes: Helps that I had also filled it up with ethical free gas last fall.

I know you meant 'ethanol free' but it amused me to think I may have been using unethical gas for years.

Fritz said...

"Let's have a National Conversation" is liberal Newspeak for "Shut up and do as I tell you."

rhhardin said...

Google has an on-campus outbreak of measles, says the radio news.

Etienne said...

“It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” said the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham.

That doesn't sound right. I've never done it, but I always thought a civilian arrest was legal. In fact I've seen video's where cops instruct citizens to make a citizens arrest, and then they make a police arrest. The object being, that the civilian will show up for trial to assist in the prosecution.

If the civilian refuses to make a citizens arrest, the cop assumes the civilian is not serious, and he leaves them to work it out among themselves.

Etienne said...
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Etienne said...

I looked it up. The Governor is wrong:

New Mexico law, like all state laws, gives citizens who are not law enforcement officers the ability to arrest upon:

The private citizen’s observing you committing a felony or a misdemeanor that breaches the peace.

"Breaching the peace" covers just about everything, to spitting gum on the sidewalk.

Nichevo said...

She likes brisk. Me, not so much, esp as she puts her fingers places on my naked skin to warm them up.


Everybody pay attention to Bruce here. Now THAT'S how you do a humblebrag! The only thing you left out was working the word "model" in there somewhere.

Etienne said...
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Mid-Life Lawyer said...

"Mid-Life Lawyer: The back road from Uvalde to Eagle Pass is amazing this time of year what with all the blooming acacias. Looking out from the escarpment over the Nueces you see oceans of white green-gold under a hazy blue sky and not a house or tree in sight."

Thanks, Huisache. I'll try and make it down that way soon. I've been to New Braunfels and San Antonio several times but never south of there yet. I moved to TX in Dec. 2017.

mockturtle said...

And Mid-life lawyer, while your down there, visit [preferable in fall] Big Bend National Park. My favorite place on the planet. Too hot in summer.

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

Huisache: I have a hard time seeing these people -- the Hondurans -- as "invaders" and "lawbreakers." What would I do if I had three kids and lived under extreme poverty & the threat of violence?

For cryin' out loud, the point isn't that a particular group of poor people migrating from south of the border (or anywhere else in the world), in a particular limited time period, is the equivalent of a legion of orcs. Or that people *just don't understand* that they're really poor and their homelands are shitholes.

C'mon, think a little harder about this.

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

mockturtle: And Mid-life lawyer, while your down there, visit [preferable in fall] Big Bend National Park.

Second that. Nice in the winter, too.

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

Mockturtle and Angle-Dyle, Samurai Buzzard,

They have several ultras down there and I will make it soon. But, yeah, the heat gets crazy and I don't like running in hot weather. I just registered for my first 100 miler and it's in S. Illinois in November. It's a flat race but I do real trail stuff, usually, and that's why I like the state parks. I'm going to be in Amarillo twice in the early part of May and I will hit Palo Duro Canyon for sure. I like to run early in the morning so I can usually avoid the crazy heat if I am not out there long.