This week's humor piece is all about fencing (something I was doing today). You can check it out by clicking the link above.
Last night was the weekly potluck. We had about 22 people (more or less - kids move quickly) and the big topic of discussion was the Wuhan coronavirus. No surprise there because Impeachment is a yawner. Lot's of the neighbors were comfortably concerned, meaning that no one actually was more than academically worried. One neighbor on the other hand was concerned enough to talk about asking one of his kids to skip a already started semester at college and come home.
Readers of mine (and therefore Patrice's), relax.
I'm not saying that there's nothing to worry about, but I am saying there's nothing to sweat at the moment and likely this whole thing will simply blend itself into the average 40,000 deaths per year in the USA as a result of the flu. Most of those deaths occur because of infections in people with reduced immune systems.
Try to avoid getting your 'news' about the Wuhan virus from agony sites like Alex Jones. While you can't really expect to get the straight facts from China, there are plenty of independent medical sources who are keeping abreast of the situation.
"Self-sustaining human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is the only plausible explanation of the scale of the outbreak in Wuhan. We estimate that, on average, each case infected 2.6 (uncertainty range: 1.5-3.5) other people up to 18th January 2020, based on an analysis combining our past estimates of the size of the outbreak in Wuhan with computational modelling of potential epidemic trajectories. "
The 2.6 number above refers to a medical/mathematical number designated by the term R0.
"R0 tells you the average number of people who will catch a disease from one contagious person. It specifically applies to a population of people who were previously free of infection and haven’t been vaccinated. If a disease has an R0 of 18, a person who has the disease will transmit it to an average of 18 other people, as long as no one has been vaccinated against it or is already immune to it in their community."
Here's the R0 numbers for some of the past and present infectious diseases:
As you can see by the above, the 2019 novel coronavirus (Wuhan) isn't nearly as infectious as a number of the other diseases that plague mankind. And the R0 number can (and is) rendered less telling when measures are put in place that limits contact with infected people.
The Wuhan virus is estimated to have an incubation period (meaning how long until symptoms appear) of 1 to 14 days (just like a lot of other flu viruses) and the disease is likely communicable during that period (just like a lot of other flu viruses). It seems to spread by person to person contact, either by touch or by fluids. (Again just like most garden variety flus).
In other words, and until new information from credible sources appear, the Wuhan coronavirus is really nothing out of the ordinary.
It's important to remember this; so far there have been something like 150 incidences of the Wuhan virus outside of China. Despite an estimate of 4% deaths per those infected, there have - as yet - been no deaths from the virus outside of China. There will be deaths. (just like the average flu) But so far, so good.
China's medical systems are not on par with the western nations and have already been overloaded. China can not be used as a predictive model for the USA or other western nations.
So keep an eye on things and avoid the bomb-thrower media sites. There will be more cases in the US. And there will be deaths; especially among the elderly and those with impaired resistance. But as things stand now, there's no reason to run to the hills.
Funny or interesting
I know this is supposed to be funny. And I suppose it is. But I do things like this all the time. Sometimes you just need to get the job done. It's worked for me so far.
My golden retriever Darcy is just like this. Only there's no way he's giving up that stick.
Another Canadian in danger because of global warming.
Your cheatin' carb...
Modern optics. Amazing
1. slang US a person who swindles or deceives others
So this diatribe is about Senator Romney. But before we get to him, a little background is in order.
First, despite the efforts of the lame streamers, the goings-on in the Senate are not a trial. At least not in the way those of us who grew up on Perry Mason reruns understand the concept.
Per the Constitution “...the House of Representatives ‘shall have the sole Power of Impeachment’ (Article I, section 2) and‘the Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments … [but] no person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present’ (Article I, section 3)." The reasons to impeach are for 'Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.’
Lots of people yammer over just what's included in 'high Crimes and Misdemeanors' but they ignore the very important small qualifying words 'or other'. See, those two little words tell you that any other reason to impeach must be as equivalently pernicious as bribery (I assume either getting or giving.) or treason.
Nothing in the two articles of Impeachment delivered belatedly to the Senate from the Representatives can legally be considered as criminal, let alone treasonous. The Senate is therefore being required to 'judge' the relative levels of 'butthurt' experienced by the D-rats over the last 3.5 years of failure in being unable to remove Trump from office and legally keep him from reelection.
The D-rats know they have no case. But since they're already over there, they want to have the Senate call the witnesses that they couldn't bother to call themselves. But the problem is, since this isn't a real legal trial, the Senate isn't required to call any witnesses at all, because the D-rats were supposed to have done all that that already. In fact, Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler already called their submitted Impeachment evidence compelling and irrefutable. That being the case, the Senate is fully within it's rights to simply listen to the D-rat impeachment managers followed by the President's legal team rebuttals, ask a few questions from each party, and then call for a vote from the Senator-jury.
And that would be the best way to do this for the Country. Quick, complete, Constitutional, and done. So of course rather than that, it looks like the Senate will likely allow for more non-witnesses to be called, to describe events that they weren't at, and to repeat things that they didn't hear said, but which didn't occur.
No modern US criminal or civil court would allow this...but...well...A-holes.
Which brings us finally to Romney. At this time, there aren't enough (barely) Republican Senators to vote on the two articles of Impeachment without requiring additional witnesses. I mean sure, we already know Senators' Collins and Murkowski are political whores who are simply D-rats in drag. But Romney, the self-described conservative Senator from Utah is a special case of excrement. And Romney, a poster boy deep-stater hates Trump.
He probably always did. But occasionally the wind changed:
Now I know it's to be expected that politiians always speak with a forked tongue. But Romney speaks from both ends of his body. He's already suggested that he thinks calling more witnesses is a good idea, even though he knows that the President has commited no crime and that this is just another witch hunt by the D-rats. To damage the President is now what he lives for...or maybe there's something else driving him to damage a duly-elected President from his own party. Whatever. Romney is a UGA member plain and simple.
This week's humor piece is finally up. Ran a little late tonight because we had a visit from Orangejeepdad and family. Nice folks. Anyway, you'll find the new piece by clicking the link at the top of the page.
Don't recognize the name? You should. Read the article. And never forget him.
(Couple of edits. It was 4 years. Also, the article link is pretty even-handed. But here's a couple more links you should see:)
LaVoy Finicum’s Family: New Video Release Shows Police/FBI Shooting Was “Murder”
Evidence shows that FBI planted gun on Finicum
A perfectly reasonable summation:
A comment on my last post.
Daithi Dubh • 9 hours ago If Trumps is acquitted (a near certainty), there'll be continuing trouble. If Trump wins here in 2020 (another near certainty), then we still have trouble. And on, and on, and on . . .
Again, Trump, at best, buys us some time. Use it wisely, because the middle ground of compromise is nearly - if not already - gone. While those who regard infanticide as a right, along with the myriad other forms of tyranny they espouse as progress, should constitute a mission field for us, there is no dwelling together in amity within the same union.
Something to look forward to. Whee.
And yet more reasons you should buy my house
No. Really. If you're a New York resident you have to pay park and rec 30 bucks for a star gazing permit at local parks (60 bucks for out-of-Staters). Some say it's so that you can use the the parks after closing, but as one commenter pointed out. If you're allowed into the park after dark, it's not really closed, is it?
What could possibly be wrong with this?
Here at the ranch, we got one police force: the County Sheriff. He's a pretty nice guy. Had him at a couple of neighborhood barbecues. He and his deputies handle the law around here. But since we don't really have anything in the way of crime, and because each of my neighbors are 'well-heeled', I've only had to call for a deputy's help one time in sixteen years.
We spotted an unknown vehicle driving past our place during a potluck Friday. Since there were only three homes past us, and since one of those at the potluck was one of those home owners, and the other two home owners were not at home, we decided to check out the vehicle.
The 'Texan' and I grabbed a couple of force multipliers and headed out. (actually I grabbed mine. His was already in his truck.) The vehicle in question was parked next to my closest neighbor's house (We knew she was at work.) down a long driveway. We watched a guy carrying stuff out of the house repeatedly, so we put the truck across the drive way, called the Sheriff's office and waited. Took the deputy about 40 minutes to get there (It's a pretty big county.)
Turns out the guy at the house was just retrieving some things of his own (but he hadn't told the home owner he was coming.) and everyone was fine.
Point of this apparent digression is that we don't have enough cops to form a team that would be dedicated to investigating, well...us. And none of us believe in 'hate' crimes. I've yet to come across a criminal who loves their victim. I don't care in the slightest what your motivation is. If you do the crime, you should do the time.
Half way to what????
"Funded with a $2.3 million allocation from the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Transgender Initiatives, the 'Trans Home' on Washington Street will provide a 'safe shelter and supportive services for 13 new residents, who will share a three-story building with 13 bedrooms, three kitchens and a common living space,' according to the report."
Sooner or later I'll write my piece here on Transanity. But for the moment:
You should buy my house.
Yup. Just a boring day. I have a big order to go out before the end of January, so I spent a large part of my day in the shop. Should be pretty busy for at least the next month. All for the good, because Jan-Mar is usually my slow time income-wise. I've also got a couple of articles to finish up for Backwoods home magazine.
Because I'm something of a news junky, I normally wear a pair of radio headphones while I work. My normal listening schedule is Rush Limbaugh from 9 to noon, Hannity from noon to three and Buck Sexton from three to whenever.
But today I skipped my usual programs and listened to a couple of audio books instead; "The American Revolution part 1 read by the incomparable George C. Scott and just for fun; Monkey Business, a book about the pre-fab four of my youth.
So why the change? In a word: Impeachment.
I'm sincerely sick and tired of this whole thing and I think I can safely say that I share this feeling with a majority of the American public.
And that's a shame and quite worrisome.
For four weeks, the completed non-criminal articles of impeachment, which were slammed together from the testimony of second and third hand 'witnesses' about the mysterious content of a phone call (The transcript of which is available online) were held up. Pelosi finally delivered this stinking ball of innuendo, hearsay and bald-face lies to the Senate because keeping it on her desk, after declaring that it's creation was a national emergency, was actually making her look like the doufus she truly is.
And for the last two days, the forsworn Schiff channeled Satan channeling John Adams as he described a litany of evil and traitorous behavior by a high government official: a list that he is intimately familiar with, because it's his own Curriculum Vite.
Even I, news junky that I am, can take no more. My only immediate lament is that the days of horse-whipping have ended. On a longer timeline, I'm extremely worried about the world that's ahead. The certain not-guilty vote that's coming in the Senate doesn't end anything. President Trump will simply hit back harder. And a whole bunch of replicrats will soon find themselves forced to defend themselves, their family, and friends for the literally billions of dollars they've scammed from the public trough for many years though shady foreign and domestic sweetheart deals.
And these people who will kill to keep their ill-gotten gain.
It's going to get very very bumpy soon.
This is how you do it.
Just a couple of things to add here: Kaepernick was born to a white mother. His dead-beat black sperm donor left her before he was born. Kaepernick was given up for adoption to a white couple who's last name he bears. He was raised in a solidly middle class home and attended college on a football scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno. Kaepernick maintained a 4.0 grade point average during his college years and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business management.
No point in getting into why he turned into such a baby. He is what he is. But I got to say that a 4.0 in college and a bachelor's degree apparently doesn't mean that he learned anything.
Colin. The people of Iran are Persians. They are not black or brown. Ethnographers classify the Persian people as Aryan. One of their principle ancestral origin points was the Caucus mountains. (Read that as where the word Caucasian come from.) General Soleimani was not an Arab. He was not black or brown. If you want to get into color, I suppose you could say that the white Soleimani was executed by the orange Trump. Hope that helps.
And finally, for the youngsters - past and future - who tell me that I just don't understand what it's like to be a youth in today's world...
There's a new humor piece up that can be accessed by hitting the 'current humor piece' button link above. It's called "Butterflies and Blizzards"