Honestly. The ink was still wet on the 2 trillion dollar Wuhan flu bail-out. Congress was patting itself on their collective backsides. At last! Money would go out to the little people to help them weather the WU-FLU lock-downs. And then that shining city on Capitol Hill, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Shining because it was made from the gold the UGA had been extorting from those same little people.) fired all of the National Symphony Orchestra musicians that the budgeted 24 million was supposed to help out. Doesn't anyone in Washington care about metrics any more?
"The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter," the email says. "Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens."
The Kennedy Center, a rich-persons private dance hall, has assets of over 600 million dollars. Last year, in addition to the regular 40 million it gets from the federal budget, it also took in 80 million in donations from mega-corporation and billionaire donations. It also made millions on ticket sales to those elites wealthy enough to afford the per-seat prices. For example, if you went to see the musical Hamilton there last year and wanted front and center, you ponied up $1,000 and change per seat. Those kinds of prices are a great way to keep the riff-raff (like you and me) out.
The Kennedy Center web pages touts itself as:
"...a vibrant cultural hub that connects thousands of artists with millions of people each year — in person, online, and in their home communities."
Funny, I haven't seen any of their road shows around my place. But I'm sure that they're on their way. And since the US is blessed with fourteen or fifteen million millionaires, I'm sure the rest of their statement is true as well.
Giving these clowns money when they have tons of the stuff and can get more from their well-heeled friends is bad enough. But 24 million dollars would give 5000 people a $1000 check each week for a month. And you'd have enough left over to keep the orchestra in clarinet reeds and bow rosin for years.
I think the really annoying thing about this is that these supposedly most intelligent elites didn't see or care about putting their hubris on parade. It's time to take these publicly funded 'private' clubs out of the hands of these clowns. I'll bet the Kennedy Center would make a rockin' roller-rink.
So Idaho went into lock down. Today's stats are 189 confirmed cases and three dead. Meanwhile, there have been 25 influenza associated deaths in Idaho this season. The lock down doesn't much effect us. We've always worked from home and being long-time preppers, we pretty much have everything we need.
Never has so little been asked from so much.
These two (and their ilk) are traitors. They are monsters and the tools of the Devil. For the sake of a little more personal power for the short time they have left on this Earth, they will gladly see you, your spouse, your parents, your friends and your children dead. Shun them. Give them no quarter. But don't turn your back on them. They are rabid dogs. History will see them so. And the God they claim to follow, but do not, will judge them as they deserve.
From the Washington Free Beacon. Once again, a standard bearer of progressive liberals show their compassion for the 'little serfs'. Here's Harvard University, a private school of higher learning, with an endowment (That means a bank account) containing more money than annual revenue of the country of Ukraine, leaving it's entire dining hall subcontractor workers in the dirt because of the Wuhan flu.
So Patrice and I were both working towards deadline on separate articles for the same magazine. She was tasked with an article on staying happy while sheltering at home and I was assigned an article on things you can do during quarantine. She finished first and I was about 2/3rds of the way done. We took a break and she started to describe her article to me. I said, "Wow, we seem to have covered a lot of the same territory. You'd better email you article so I can make sure we don't overlap too much." So she sends it to me. I open it on the word processor and start reading.
For all intents and purposes it's the same piece. Even the order of the things we covered were nearly identical. We had to get together with the Editorial Coordinator and it was decided that we should combine both articles and co-author it.
So from now on, we'll need to make sure that the subjects we write about are on very different subjects.
We truly are one flesh.
Funny Monday stuff
This whole TP thing still makes me scratch my head.
Take that Gloria Steinem
Of course, so is what ever it was wrapped around.
This was my kids for 18 years. I don't remember what else we taught them.
Just keep chillin'
So yesterday's post gave a very brief history of the US census. Without repeating myself too much, the census has really only has one purpose; to count the number of people within a state to determine the number of Congressional seats each state is entitled to.
Of course, if you look at the census questionnaire you've likely received recently in the mail, you'd see that the questions contained therein have gone far beyond what is needed to fulfill it's purpose.
I'm looking at my census questionnaire right now. The very first question asks "How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?"
This question and my answer will entirely fulfill the Constitutional requirements for the purpose of the census.
My answer is three.
Having now completely fulfilled my duty as a US citizen with regards to Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, I now slip the questionnaire into the handy envelope provided and send it it. Done! It's always a joy playing my part in our representative republic!
Note: Nothing in this post is meant to be a recommendation, enticement, or suggestion as to how you, the reader, should fulfill your duty to your nation with regards to the census. Each person should handle their responses to the questions in the census in the manner that best suits their own beliefs. The Author of this post is not responsible for the reader's decisions with regards to the census.
It's funny though, I filled in my census form in 1990, 2000, and 2010 exactly the same way. (I don't believe I received a census form in 1980 because I had just got out of the Navy and really had no fixed abode at that point.) Yet each of those years I still got a visit from a real live census taker who had some difficulty understanding that there was no reason for me to fill in the optional questions, because they had no bearing on the "prime directive" of the census.
Each time, the census taker politely informed me that I was required - by law - to completely provide the information requested by the census. And each time, I politely declined, because the preeminent law of the land made no such requirements of me.
I was told by one of those census takers that I might be subject to a fine for failing to answer all of the questions. I thanked her for her concerns and wished her well.
Here's the portion of the US code that covers that:
13 U.S. Code § 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answersnext
Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested (really? How ironic.) by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.
Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.
Now despite the fact that neither I, nor anyone else, has ever been fined for failing to answer all the questions on a census questionnaire, there are a couple of take-aways here. One is the gall of threatening punishment for failing to comply with a "request". The other is that lying on a census is a much more serious situation. So bear that in mind.
Two last points. If I am fined, I may well end up paying the fine, but first I will contact a civil rights/ constitutional rights legal association to see if they'd like to take the case. I suspect that's probably a major factor in why no one ever gets fined. Just my opinion.
Sorry for the long break between posts. I've been making a 130 piece set of cups, writing a couple of articles and getting a lot of outdoor work in because the weather has been so good. I've made new kitchen cabinet face-frames and doors, built or repaired fences and worked on other aspects of the place to entice folks to buy our house. The fact that no one has been looking isn't bothering me much at the moment. I imagine no one is feeling like traveling right now.
Given all the news about the COVID-19 virus, I can imagine that a number of folks have been procrastinating about filling in this year's census.
The census is pretty amazing. It is one of the very few enumerated duties of the legislative branch that could be reasonably interpreted as compelling compliance by the citizenry.
"...Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." Article 1, Section 2
Some time after the above was written, "Indians" were compelled to pay taxes and slaves were freed, thus no longer considered as 3/5th of a person. While the slavery thing was put to rest by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, and the "direct" tax was pretty much made null and void by the 16th amendment, the sole remaining purpose for the decennial census as authorized by Constitution remains the apportionment of Congressional representatives. Specifically, the Congress is authorized to "...count the whole Number of free persons..." in each state to determine how many congressional seats that state is allowed.
There was a little bit of "mission creep" in the first census of 1790, but it was probably reasonable because it helped define just who those "free persons" were. The Congress prepared six questions for that census asking householders to provide information on the gender of residents, their race, their relationship to the head of household, the name of the head of household, and the number of slaves in residence, if any. Gender would have been important because women did not yet have the right to vote. Race mattered because even free black men could vote in only four northern states and Native Americans couldn't vote. Slaves mattered because each slave counted as 3/5ths of a person for the purposes of apportioning seats in the Congress.
But the important thing here is that these questions all went to the lawful purpose of the census; determining how many congressional seats would be awarded to each state.
That's all for today. Tune in tomorrow to find out how I fill out my census form. Indeed, how I've done so for the last 40 years.
Probably not all that funny any more. People! Toilet paper will not help with this virus! Also, if you're going to this level, at least wear a Tyvek suit.
Still more bathroom humor
A wise one. Alcohol kills the virus. (So splash a little on your hands first.)
The American spirit.
It's such a simple idea. Wonder why no one's ever though of it before? Needs a better name though. Something like walking or striding or ambling...I'll work on it.
I will have to accept reality this time. There are more than two fenders.
Nice. But where's the toilet paper?
This also isn't funny. To me, it's like the same thing every guy gets when they see another guy getting whacked in the groin.
This however is funny. And something I've always wanted to do with regards to those who fail to pay me for the services I've rendered.
I'm sure this has happened plenty of times. And at least everyone's hands are now clean.
Why the coming civil war doesn't bother me.
I am 62 years old and I've seen fads and freakouts, political correctness run amok, the celebration of mental disorders, and at least one treasonous coup attempt in the USA. But I've never seen the level of universal brainlessness that is being displayed world-wide over the "corona" virus.
Just wish I could "cuss" as good as John Astin.
As of today, after at least a month of "louts and lard-heads" beating the sheep into a run off the cliffs of insanity, we've had a total death toll of 38 people, with nearly 60 percent of those who died all located in one old-folks home and an average age of 80. And during that time, how many unsung folks here in the States have died from the common (meaning not represented by a media agent) flu? Oh I don't know, a couple of thousand?
Meanwhile, here in northern Idaho, no one has been infected by the COVID-19 virus. Or maybe they have. After all, most of the experts suggest that upwards of 80 percent of those who have been infected show little or no symptoms and have not sought medical treatment. Yep, that's right. If a 1000 plus people have been hospitalized or quarantined, that means there's probably seven or eight thousand (bet it's a lot higher) out there who had the sniffles, or a cough, or felt a bit achy and maybe took a day off from work; unless they were farmers of course, cause days off don't get the hay mowed if you know what I mean.
Fortunately, the World Health Organization (WHO) now believes that the COVID-19 virus isn't as communicable as the annual flu. Oh, and the predicted death rate percentage keeps falling. There's a lot of highly trained experts out there - the one's who can't get on the Today Show and The Five - who now think that the death rate from the corona virus is closer to 0.1 percent then it is to 1 percent.
And the whole "asymptomatic but contagious for up to two weeks" thing as also been rolled back to most people who experience symptoms will do so in five days (kind of like the flu or, dare I say it, a cold).
So...We're, closing down businesses left and right. We're building walls of two-ply quilted toilet paper and we're seriously endangering the supply of diet coke, for a disease that kills less people than the flu, apparently doesn't take out or even inconvenience kids, and is probably already well-established throughout the population. (Where's all the bodies, hum?)
Meanwhile, the idiots who invest in stock have just handed over all their money to those who really know how to play the market. Artists and craft-folk who make their daily bread at public events will starve. Productivity will plummet.
And the UGA is rubbing it's collective hands because "...a crisis is just too good to waste." New laws, new regulations, new government intrusions, more spending, more government control ( and taking everyone's minds off of the pigs like Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Hillary etc.). What's not to love?
A month or two from now, everyone will wake up from their media-induced-psychotropic-kool-aid binge drinking to a corona-sized hangover and wonder just what the F..iretruck went on? And the news will be all about how Trump hyped the whole COVID thing for world-domination. Then Harry will announce that he's always been a Duchess trapped in a Prince's body. Oh, and the toilet paper manufacturers will be laying people off due to excess inventory.
And that will be Trump's fault too.
This nonsense has got to stop! I don't actually mean the toilet paper thing, although that's stupid as well. I mean that it's looking more and more like COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the common flu virus (See Patrice's Friday post at WND.com. I just got done editing it.). I also read were there are some people considering a class-action lawsuit against the lame-stream media for all the destruction that this scam has - and will continue to do - to people's businesses, livelihoods and health (You can get pretty sick watching your once-thriving store or service business failing because too many people have been scared enough to cower at home by the lies spewed at C-N-C-ABC and the like.) Sure there's that freedom of the press thing. But...I bet if you scream fire in a crowded theater and someone breaks their leg in the panic, you can be held responsible.
You should. And you should pay dearly.
Joe Biden needs to be institutionalized
Joe is losing his mind. He calls a potential auto worker voter names and while surrounded by Secret Service agents, he threatens to take the guy "outside". twitter link
"In this video, tough guy Joe can be seen threatening to take the autoworker “outside,” as he refers to the AR-15 as an “AR-14.”"
Except Bill Clinton's buddy Epstein of course. At least we know he didn't commit suicide.
Today, Patrice and I went to the County seat to start the always-fun process of paying our 2019 taxes. While we drove through the delightful town, I as usual, admired the many old homes that lined the main street. Many of those places were as old as the town itself and they were built without government inspections or fees. These stately homes were incredibly inexpensive to build, even when the money spent back then is adjusted for inflation to a present day equivalent.
They still stand. And they'll still be standing when the neighboring modern homes have rotted into the ground.
Because Mr. President, the SC is just as crooked as the rest of the UGA. If it wasn't, then it would be ruling that 90 plus percent of current federal laws, statutes and regulations are unconstitutional. Hope that helps.
OK. Just funny. Good night.
Just put up this week's humor post (click the button above to read it). I sure hope you enjoy it, but if you don't...don't worry.