Sorry if I scared anyone for not posting

Ended up coming to Colorado early. Access is so so, but I came down with something. (NOT URI; not the Koof.) Could be paint fume poisoning 😉

191 thoughts on “Sorry if I scared anyone for not posting

  1. I just assumed that you were very busy or napping. 😉

    Still, Take Care.

  2. Goof Off got me once (tight stairwell). Told the contractor that for the rest and every other time, he could get the painters who dribbled the paint to do their own damned cleanup.

    1. I once used paint stripper (Methylene Chloride) to work on a wall in a house I was renovating. Stupid me didn’t bother to open a window and I got a reminder that a metabolite of the stripper is carbon monoxide. Mercifully, I realized I was getting lightheaded in time, so I could open a window and hang my head out in the fresh air.

      If memory serves, that was the last of the chloride-based strippers I ended up using. That stuff is *nasty*, both in fumes and after it destroys a pair of rubber gloves. (Looks at massively cracked skin on right hand–I had some toxic substance exposure issues with that hand over the years. Dry air and/or working in dirt is not a good thing.)

      1. I learned about MEK after the guys at the shop told me to go wash parts, and didn’t warn me about the stuff in the pan. They were, ah, let us say a touch nonplussed to find me splashing gently, wrist-deep in the pan of MEK, pushing the parts back and forth with my bare hands. Outdoors at least, since the weather was good, and that’s where they’d left everything. That was when I got taught how to read MSDS pages and the guys got taught about “not everyone knows everything already.”

        1. MEK got me so high I was looking down on the north pole of the sun. Nasty nasty stuff. Since I was 17 the guy who told me to use it got an arse chewing.

      2. I can sympathize. I spent yesterday stripping paint and hardened polyester resin from my camper in preparation for some rebuilding. I was outside, using the “safer” stripper, with a light breeze, and it was nasty enough.

    2. Paint fumes got me, spray painting a small compartment below deck on a ship. We got it done, then spent about an hour sitting on bollards up on deck getting our breath back. Looked at each other and said, “Some idiots do that on purpose?!”

      I have found that Go-Jo or other waterless hand cleaners do a good job of cleaning up paint. Also tar.

      1. they just moved a department into the building I am in and one lady was complaining about having to paint . . . in a 2 acre building with an open garage door 20 feet away from her. me- “Demand an Organics filtering mask” (they are making them diaper up, but that does nothing for fumes)

  3. Costco had a mini (12″ wide) floor dryer squirrelcage blower for $70, by Lasko, may be available elsewhere, or rent a bigger one. The mini puts out about a 30 MPH stream.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    I need your writing to keep me sane in this world of WTF. 🙂
    Thanks, John

  4. Side note. Finally got around to reading “Other Rhodes”. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will post an Amazon review as soon as I’ve got time on my desktop to type it up.

    I do love the somewhat skew vision the 30ks have of the 1920’s. I’m hoping that one becomes a long running series. Sort of a scifi version of Nero Wolf.

  5. I doubt you scared anyone – I suspect most of us simply thought you were taking much needed and highly recommended Rest & Recuperation. I ought have known better.

    Paint fumes suck.

    Speaking of suckage …

    Superman Gets WokeThe new Superman (son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane) is going to begin a relationship with another man, DC Comics has announced.

    The New York Times, in an article celebrating the news, notes that it is only the latest example of the great woken-ing of Man of Steel comics:

    That same-sex relationship is just one of the ways that Jonathan Kent, who goes by Jon, is proving to be a different Superman than his famous father. Since his new series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, began in July, Jon has combated wildfires caused by climate change, thwarted a high school shooting and protested the deportation of refugees in Metropolis.

    “The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Tom Taylor, who writes the series, said in an interview. He said that a “new Superman had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world.”

    There’s no particular reason to get worked up over a comic-book character, of course. This development — as well as Superman getting more political — just strikes me as a boring and lazy way to try to generate headlines and put the iconic franchise on the correct side of the cultural divide. But the latest turn also seems to be a bit behind the times — in 2021, a character being gay does not quite generate the shock value it did decades ago.

    I guess the whole “invulnerability” thing makes him/her/it/they/xie/whatever being transsexual problematic, but they’re probably working on it.

    1. The second young white male character at DC to come down with Sudden Bisexual Syndrome in a month.

      Hmmmm . . .

    2. Hmm I see the folks at DC have never read Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex by Larry Niven. Given the implications in that for any physical object of a Kryptonian’s physical affections Jonathan Kent is going to burn through boyfriends at a fierce rate. Of course Jonathon’s mere existence begs some of the same issues. Its a continuation of their roll left and die maneuver all though DC rolled left long ago, and seems only to be becoming deceased by inches.

      1. Jonathan Kent is going to burn through boyfriends at a fierce rate.

        At least he (nor they) won’t have to worry about AIDS, eh? Nor any of the other myriad STDs out there.

        Hmmmm … I have an idea for a red kryptonite story … Does DC still have the rainbow of kryptonite or did that get ret-conned out of existence?

        Jon Kent getting a little screen time with his mentor.

          1. That’s what I figured, but I have something in common with Superman’s writers: I haven’t read any of his comics since he “died” and they haven’t read any prior to then.

            1. The student-run record store at U of Redacted had Marvel comics in the open rack, and never objected to people getting a free read. Close to 50 years ago, and I suspect it was more like 10 years prior to that for when I actually paid money for comic books.

          1. There were MANY flavors of kryptonite. Larry Niven suggests using some of them to solve some of the issues in “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex”. There was even apparently Pink kryptonite which has one potentially relevant effect it seems to change the sexual orientation of Kryptonians. Though it sounds like that’s been retconned away. Truthfully much of that silver era madness was just ignored by the ’80s and later Superman.

              1. Huh never paid much attention to DC when I collected comics. Byrne’s name I know from some early X-Men runs never realized he had moved to DC. Not surprising really only 2 major comic companies to work for in the 80’s and 90’s and independents rising and dying all the time. DC and Marvel today combined probably sell less than those indies did in the 90’s when they tanked.

        1. His boyfriend has the superpower that he “cannot be harmed.” Now, obviously one can see a lot of problems with this. You can see them far, far ahead. But the comics writer thinks this is glorious.

          Also, his boyfriend has a crush/worship relationship where he desperately wants to be just like Lois Lane. His boyfriend’s mom. Hands up anybody who see a problem coming along with this.

          Also the boyfriend is described as “brave,” even though he has the superpower that he cannot be harmed.

          Also he’s a refugee from the Wildstorm Universe. No, seriously. And he has an Asian name and heritage without looking at all Asian, but that’s not cultural appropriation because SJWs are doing it.

          1. Ok prediction here: l predict Jonathon Kent’s paramour will decide he is really a women and start dressing up like Lois Lane. This will provide some interesting Oedipal issues for the new superman as well as other issues :-). If this happens I claim a No-Prize!!! (sorry that’s Marvel)

          2. Interesting he has that power, given Superman had a remote descendent in the Legion of Superheroes (Laurel Kent) whose only power was invulnerability.
            I gave up on DC when they worked over the Legion universe. So it’s been a while.

            1. Oh, and apparently Jon Kent was kidnapped by Ultraman (evil/crazy version) for seven years (during which Superman somehow could not find his own darned kid), just so that they could age him up to an adult in a few pages; and then they stuck him in the 31st century, and then had the telepath Saturn Girl as his girlfriend (with a scene where she talked about how she could sense that he was only interested in her, out of the entire Legion).

              So yeah. This character has absolutely no issues, and has suddenly discovered that he was always bi all the time.

      2. In discussing this with Beloved Spouse it occurred that the writers are missing an opportunity to address a complex and interesting issue: the problems faced by kids of highly successful, widely admired fathers. Living up to a legacy like Kal-el’s might be more than a little intimidating (there are also the problems of the father, trying to create space for his son’s development and growth.)

        Not that any of those writers have successful fathers, but they may notice such stories in the news.

        I eagerly look forward to tales centering Jon Kent’s addiction to Krack (Kryptonian Cocaine), relatioins with hookers of both various sexes and his finding redemption as a bold, experimental artist.

        1. Heck it sounds like most of these authors crawled out from the primordial slime under a rock somewhere so having a father at all might be an issue.
          As for the art thats fine as long as Kal-El gets his 10% cut

        2. Yes. I don’t remember if it was here or somewhere else where I was speculating, if you wanted to do Batgirl right, she’d be the result of Bruce Wayne scandalously allowing himself to be taken advantage of by Cat Woman, and all the personal dynamics that would bring to it.

          1. They partially explored that with “Damian Wayne” as Robin; he was the supposed offspring of Bruce Wayne and Eas al Ghul’s daughter Talia.

          2. Personally I would give her a different title so she’s not obviously a palette switch.

            Turning Batgirl into Oracle was a good career move.

            Then, having a new name, we work out a background.

            1. Normally I agree, but here I think it could work because one of the core conflicts is about identity and what it really is to be the Batman.

              She has this idealistic view of what it is to be a super hero, and sees it as a sort of escape from a world where she feels like she does not fit in anywhere.

              He has actually lived it and is adamantly opposed to her getting into that life.

              Basically it’s not that she starts as Batman, rather, she think she wants more than anything to become Batman, and what that actually means.

              As I’m thinking through this, I’m also shifting away from calling her Batgirl, too. She is not trying to be the spunky female sidekick: she wants to be the original, to live up to that legacy. And I sort of think Batwoman has to many syllables, so I’m leaning on how ‘man’ also refers to humanity in general.

              And I think it all caps off a climactic battle between Bruce Wayne and the Joker.

              “You? Bruce Wayne, the multi-millionair playboy chump, are going to actually fight the Master of Mayhem, the Clown Prince of crime?” Joker laughs maniacally.

              Bruce holds his stance and does not respond.

              Joker: “Ah, after all we’ve been through, this is what it took? You’re more of a fool that I thought. Bring it old man!”

    3. The blogger who shall remain nameless has a comic book line that seems to be thriving on Marvel and DC rolling left and dying.

        1. It is at a different but similar url, and own-hosted, presumably.

          The individual in question is definitely a fan of the PRC these days.

          1. Searching on his nom d’internet will lead you to the URL. [Note: if you don’t know the name, you don’t need it…]

            He got nuked by Blogger; just a matter of time.

            I ignore his boomerhate, try to ignore the PRC crap, but he seems to be getting good information on the wonderfullness [sarc] of the non-vax killshot. Since he has comments on a members only website, it’s easy to do a quick scan and move on.

    4. I guess the whole “invulnerability” thing makes him/her/it/they/xie/whatever being transsexual problematic, but they’re probably working on it.

      I take that Whately has not been a good chunk of your superhero genre reading?


      (Way back before trans went ‘mainstream’, there was a site hosting stories in an original setting, and a bunch of the writers were deeply into trans. I liked some of the stories a bit.)

      1. Gender-swapping was a Thing in published SF back around 1980 (works by M.A. Foster and Ian Wallace leap to mind).

        1. No coffee? No wonder you feel miserable. In all seriousness, get well and feel better and get all the rest you need.

  6. Actual tweet from CNN:

    If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.”

    Hold on to your butts, folks.

    1. Like I told some left-wing asshole on the Weber Forums: “You must be happy now. We’ve got stores full of empty shelves, just like communist countries!”

      1. Nyah – they won’t be happy until we’ve got gulags, too. Just like the Soviets, Chinese, Cubans and North Koreans.

        They’re making up lists of whom to denounce when the ball drops.

        When they say “Build Back Better!” hardly anyone contemplates what they consider “better”.

        1. They won’t stop until everyone is living in shacks and tents, one, two, or three, steps down from camping. Um, liberal sister, and husband, do not like camping. Their daughters are okay with Glamping, but rude wake up call, that isn’t what TPTB liberals, will allow.

        2. Well gulags might be needed to house those members of the Biden-Harris regime who aren’t tried and executed.

            1. Good idea. Or drop them in the Aleutians and let them fend for themselves. The ones not decorating lampposts, that is.

                1. Yes.

                  If you don’t automatically answer those questions yes, the environmentalists will walk all over you.

        3. Notice how the same people who complain about “Rape Culture” are also the same ones who take away our choices and force us to accept things we don’t want?

        1. There are already several thriving lines of “Miss me yet?” posters bearing his name or image… I’m thinkin’ a few more, say plastered on every vertical surface, wouldn’t hurt.

            1. Apparently there are stickers of Brandon pointing saying “I did that!” or “I made that happen!”, and people have been putting them on gas pumps.

              1. I may have missed something while deliberately avoiding ‘news’ and social media. What is ‘Let’s go Brandon’ about?

                1. About a week ago, a racer named Brandon won a big race. While he was being interviewed, the crowd in the grandstand started chanting “F Joe Biden!” The interviewer said something along the lines of “Listen! They’re all saying ‘Let’s go, Brandon!”

                  Very kind of them to provide us with a new code phrase.

                2. A reporter was talking during (after?) a sports event and in the background a Fuck Joe Biden! chant started up. The reporter tried to pass it off as “Let’s Go Brandon!”.

                  So everyone decided to take that and beat the idiots bloody with their own lies.

                  1. Proving yet again that even the sports reporters are just Democratic Party operatives with bylines, to quote someone far more famous than I am.,

    2. When I read, there was a very strong attempt within the article to minimize and even make it seem a good thing–only focusing on junk food, and niche junk food at that. There’ll still be plenty, just limiting production to the more popular items, and leaving more esoteric flavors etc off. With several commenters buying it hook line and sinker; who needs seventy flavors of ice cream, Americans eat too much ice cream already, and why are we relying on shipping anyway instead of buying local.

      Bah. The careful framing (the reduction of a decadent people, enforced by fate) is as precious as it is hollow, and staggeringly transparent for those with eyes to see. The extended implosion of the supply chain will not carefully trim away our vices, and any negative outcomes will be painted as stupid and selfish louts unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary for the plan to work. Clearly, time to dissolve the people and elect another.

      If we truly cared we’d learn to eat grass.

      1. Wait until the Certified Organic Health Foods run short. And the latte’s. Soyboys will riot in the streets!

        Of course, most folks won’t notice any difference.

      2. You know, in pretty much every other religion I’ve studied, you don’t get virtue points for abstaining from that which is not available in the first place – alcohol, meat, physical congress (marital or extramarital), luxurious clothes . . . The hypocrisy is strong with CNN.

        1. Essentially what they are trying to push is that Venezuela style scarcity and starvation is necessary to “save the Earth”; of course the political nobility and their propagandists at CNN and elsewhere will of course, like all such regimes, be exempt from the suffering the masses are told they must go through “for their own good”.

  7. Like the others I figured it was move stuff and possibly health too and figured you were taking much-needed time to rest if you weren’t busy. Good luck from me and the kitties like always and hope L deciding to join in the kitty pic fun helped too!

  8. First though was maybe altitude sickness? Your body’s had enough of the “high life”?

  9. In still other news …

    Kamala Harris’s NASA video featured child actors
    The first installment of Vice President Kamala Harris’s YouTube Originals space series featured child actors who auditioned for their roles in the project.

    Trevor Bernardino, a 13-year-old actor from Carmel, California, and one of five teenagers featured in the video, was asked to submit a monologue discussing something he is passionate about and three questions for a world leader, according to an interview with KSBW TV. Trevor then interviewed with the production director.


    Bernardino was joined by Derrick Brooks II, another child actor , Emily Kim, likewise a child actor , Zhoriel Tapo, a child actor and aspiring journalist who has interviewed former first lady Michelle Obama , and Sydney Schmooke.

    “All five of them are actors,” Bernardino’s father, Carlo, told the Washington Examiner in an interview Monday.

    “He’s a child actor — he’s been trying to do this type of thing for a while. And so he has a manager and an agent in LA and they send him castings,” Bernardino said. “This was a casting call, a very specific one where he had to write essentially a monologue about what he’s really passionate about and he wrote a monologue about the environment.”


    Last week, YouTube Originals announced Get Curious with Vice President Harris, a series that aims to get more children interested in space. The project was produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment, an Emmy award-winning media company based in Toronto that specializes in live-action programming, according to its website.


    The video, which by Monday had garnered some 114,000 views on YouTube, as well as 1,900 likes and 2,800 dislikes, was shared online by the vice president’s aides and supporters. A trailer for the show drew 48 likes and 136 dislikes. Comments on both videos have been disabled.

    “I am so so so excited this project is out!” wrote Emily Keller, a YouTube executive overseeing progressive civics content partnerships, according to her LinkedIn . She was the Democratic National Committee’s social media director until June.

    “We are over the moon to be working with Vice President Harris on this exciting special that encourages kids to ask questions and explore space,” said Nadine Zylstra, head of family, learning, and impact for YouTube Originals. “Upholding our commitment to inspiring kids’ interests and learning, this special delivers quality, educational programming to our young viewers around the globe — and it’s pretty cool to have the Vice President of the United States and astronaut Shane Kimbrough help us do it.”


    [T]he producers may have seen this coming given Harris’s position as a lightning rod.

    “If you go to the YouTube link, what’s interesting is I think the producers anticipated this — there’s no comment [section], so you can’t [add] a comment, and if you look at the thumbs up and thumbs down, there’s actually more thumbs down, which is a shame, because I think this is a great thing to draw attention to the space program,” [Bernardino] said.

    Emphasis added. Is it possible there are some jobs Hollywood and New York production companies are unwilling to do? Or did the Veep’s people think by shooting it in Canada word wouldn’t leak? I look forward to Jen Psaki’s answer (albeit with breath unabated.)

    1. Sinking Ship Entertainment? 😀

      James Cameron made a hit out of a sinking ship. I think they’re going to make the opposite out of theirs.

  10. The more we see of Kamala the better. Not that I’m watching, shudder, but the camel has the unique ability to make Zho Bi Den look almost sane. All the but mean tweets people need to have camel dung rubbed in their faces.

    1. That’s her function…. assassination insurance (for all values of abrupt removal). Even Dems eye the 25th, consider Kamala, and fervently hope Zho Bi Den staggers along til the term ends.

      1. Yup as Zho was for Obummer so the Camel is for Zho. I suspect “Dr.” Jill nudged her spouse to that choice so she could play Edith (and I don’t mean Archie Bunker’s Edith…).

          1. Fascinating…. That certainly looks a bit suspect, although as you note there seems to be variability. Though that said fine motor control has a tendency to tank in the face of severe aging issues. Honestly Zho Bai Den has outlived my initial guesses by at least 4 months. Of course I’m a Software Engineer not a Doctor, I was looking at Hilary in summer 2016 and figured she’d be pushing up briars by the end of that year, and she still lives on somehow even with the fit of apoplexy she must have had with the election. Possibly she drinks the blood of young women (not virgins, Bill gets them first)?

            1. Compare the B in Biden. The most recent clearly match Jill’s signature, very different from anything Joe ever signed.

              Now my brain is trying to fit that into…
              Joe and Jill went up the Hill to sign a pile of papers
              Joe fell down and broke his crown, and Jill signed ever after
              Yuck. Someone else can do better.

              Pretty sure Hillary has been a zombie since somewhere in Obama’s reign… has one of those funny paintings in her basement…

              1. Hillary is in the situation of can’t make it into Heaven and too unlikable for Hell. Thus she is doomed to wander Earth until the end of days.

                1. What did we do to be subjected to her haunting? Can’t we catch a break? Come on Hell you’ll take anyone!

                    1. “The Devil he bowed his head on his breast and rumbled deep and low: —
                      “I’m all o’er-sib to Adam’s breed that I should bid him go.
                      Yet close we lie, and deep we lie, and if I gave him place,
                      My gentlemen that are so proud would flout me to my face;
                      They’d call my house a common stews and me a careless host,
                      And — I would not anger my gentlemen for the sake of a shiftless ghost.”


                    2. Come on people. Dang it! There has to be some level of Hell the devil can stash them. A closet, a trunk, something in the lowest basement, where they’ll be tortured, before stored away, and being forgotten forever (their worse torture).

                    3. I suppose such an assignment could be used as a punishment detail for insubordinate devils.

              2. But it’s weird, because Biden has an autopen that would show his official, older, nice-looking signature from back in 1972.

                Everybody in Congress who’s high enough has an autopen, because printed signatures turn people off. I suppose somebody in the office could have accidentally thrown the autopen away, because signatures don’t matter if you have so much fraud that you no longer have to be supported by your constituents.

                1. Or perhaps they just haven’t sufficient respect for the nation to bother hiding the two-dimensional nature of their façade. Being contemptuous of the bourgeoisie is the thing at which they’re best.

      2. As I have noted previously, even if Biden dies in office they will trot him out Weekend at Bernie’s style as if he were alive, simply because if they lose Harris in the Senate due to ascension to POTUS, they lose their tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

        1. So how does that work?
          Harris becomes POTUS
          Harris nominates her new VP
          and then the 25th decrees: “Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.”

          Good luck finding someone enough Democrats can agree on (note it doesn’t say it can’t be some random person if her acquaintance, tho you know it’ll be either 1) whoever Pelosi approves, or 2) some Broad Squad member, most likely AOC, in which case the infighting would be glorious, tho some RINOs would probably vote with ’em. But if not…

          At which point one could hope that Congress would go into gridlocked paralysis until we can eject enough Democrats to take back the Senate and maybe the House, and then the VP position could be stalled until Harris is hurled into the void in 2024.

          Lot of could be/maybe if, but potentially better than the present situation, despite that Harris would be a trainwreck in the Oval Office. OTOH, I hear tell the staff are learning to hate her, so this may not be such a bad thing.


          When I was a little kid, I was under the misapprehension that POTUS and VP had to be from opposing parties. Now I see why.

          1. If you look at the Constitution as originally written, POTUS and VP did come from opposing philosophies. That got changed after the Jefferson-Burr deadlock. (12th Amendment). So you’re not too far off.

            1. Huh. I must have absorbed some history lesson before I was old enough to understand it, and stashed that part in the back of my head. (In my defense, I was probably 8, and we DID have Civics class.)

              1. I’ve always kind of wondered about this. I looked into it for amusement sake when it seemed like we’d have Hilary as President given her health looked bad. That said I am Not a Constitutional Lawyer, nor do I play one on TV (though I’m certainly more of one than the 44th president). Three cases I could see

                1) President Elect dies before electors meet.
                Here I think the Electors are free to vote for who they would (state laws may apply). Given electors are party stalwarts I’d expect them USUALLY to vote for the VP candidate of the party that nominated them as president. They could vote for the VP president or VP as VP and (deceased) President elect as president elect. Lots of room for confusion here, if not coordinated or if you get lots of electors going rogue you could end up with LESS than a majority of electors for either (or both) president/VP and that tosses it into the house(president)/senate (VP).

                2) President Elect dies before Congress meets to count electoral votes. This one baffles me as 20th amendment seems ambiguous

                If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President-elect shall have died, the Vice President-elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President-elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified;

                I THINK the “the President-elect shall have died” clause ALSO applies to the second sentence. If so the VP elect (Kamala in FICUS’ case) would be acting president with the House acting to select a president (which of course could be Kamala). If I misinterpreted that it gets real vague

                3) President dies AFTER congress certifies the electors but before inauguration. Here the first sentence from 20th amendment applies and Kamala is made president. Issue getting a VP due to senate split becomes interesting

                If FICUS shuffles of his mortal coil before Dec 25 this year Kamala becomes president, However she should be very careful who she takes drinks from ESPECIALLY anyone related to Nancy Pelosi…High likelihood of being Epsteined.

                1. There have been rumblings (including pictures) that an actor/body double is walking around (better than Joe Mk 1, according to a video description–didn’t try to load it, bandwidth issues) in a Xiden mask.

                  “Joe Biden just isn’t himself!” Could it be truer than an idiom?

                  1. Basic problem with strategies of official ‘we will lie to you, obviously, so you know about it, and you can just accept it’, it opens up all sorts of possibilities for rumor.

                    Even if the more extreme hypotheticals aren’t true, have no evidence in favor that is based in reality, the fact of official falsehoods opens the extremes up to reasonable discussion.

                2. Whatever is going on, we can all see that the squatter in the White House is nothing but a dummy being (ab)used by multiple ventriloquists. A mumbling, bumbling, stumbling buffoon, losing the ability even to read prepared scripts, or find the exit.

                  I’m surprised there’s not a big sign on Biden’s back:

                  IF FOUND
                  RETURN TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    2. I was watching commentary on her video presentation earlier today and it occurred to me that I’ve lost all respect for Willie Brown.

      1. Maybe he was into partly white girls who wore saris. Shrug.

        Or maybe she used to have a personality and smarts, before she sold her soul. Not uncommon for corrupt men to enjoy corrupting women, but this one was just enough of a lawyer that he probably couldn’t ditch her entirely.

        1. I suspect it’s all rather base. Crazy women can be … entertaining …. as long as they don’t know where you live. just sayin.

        1. Some, yes. He seemed at this distance to be competent enough to herd the legislative cats of Sacramento and to avoid straying into the far, far, far left lanes (taking into consideration that California has fourteen-lane highways, which means there are six left lanes.) And as mayor of San Francisco he seemed (comparatively) restrained. So he was a corrupt political boss but a competent one, for certain definitions of competent.

          I can respect the standard of old-fashioned graft which keeps the street cars running on time, albeit at thrice the cost.

          But, dear lord, there had to be better mistresses available! I always presumed that, while a man wants his woman to lie to him he wants her lies to be within the bounds of credibility. Imagining Kamala moaning “I want you, I want you desperately to do me, your the best, you make me so hot” is nightmarish.

          1. BTW – more insight into this video travesty (which the vice-President’s office did not cast — they merely hired the production company which cast the child actors) comes from Michelle Malkin:

            What the “Get Curious With Vice President Harris” clip really shows is how deep the incestuous ties between the Biden-Harris (mis)administration and Google/YouTube run — and why every parent should be very wary about allowing their children to be exposed to GooTube’s commie-style programming masquerading as educational entertainment.

            Did you know, for example, that the creative executive and producer for YouTube Originals is a veteran Obama-Biden operative, consultant on the Biden-Harris administration’s vaccine education campaign, and close former aide of Michelle Obama? YouTube Originals’ staffer Lauren Vrazilek tweeted last week that she “had a blast” making the Harris video. She tagged four top Harris staffers in her tweet: VP communications director Ashley Etienne, VP digital strategist Brenna Parker, VP director of press operations Peter Velz and VP personal aide Opal Vadhan.

            Velz promoted the “Get Curious” video last week, tweeting that Harris invited “five kids from around the country to her residence at the Naval Observatory to learn about space and be inquisitive.” He called it “super cute,” but failed to mention that the young performers were not just naturally “inquisitive,” but had all been auditioned beforehand to ensure they could ask Harris questions on cue.

            For those who are, ahem, curious, Vrazilek served as former first lady Michelle Obama’s media consultant on her “Becoming” book tour in 2018-2019. Prior to that, the YouTube Originals creative director and producer worked for the Obama White House for nearly six years as an intern, director of correspondence, associate director of digital engagement, and deputy press secretary to Mrs. Obama.

            So multiple experienced high-level political operatives had their fingers in this and noticed nothing off about it. (I wonder what the outtakes are like?)

            Pay no attention to the gaslight.

            1. While I am on the topic of gaslights …

              Katie Couric Tried to “Protect” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
              According to an article on a new memoir by journalist Katie Couric, Couric admits that “as a big RBG fan” she edited out of a 2016 interview Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comment that NFL players who knelt during the national anthem showed a “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.” Couric says she “wanted to protect” Ginsburg and thought that Ginsburg had a “blind spot” on racial justice. She also says she thought that Ginsburg, who was of course then in active service as a justice, “probably didn’t fully understand the question.”

              In fairness to Couric, I’ll note that her interview did include Ginsburg’s comments that kneeling during the anthem was “dumb and disrespectful,” “stupid,” and “arrogant.”

              Just a reminder that, over the course of her four decades as a D.C. Circuit judge and Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg hired only one black law clerk among her 140 or so law clerks.

              So there’s that.

              1. So, Couric edited out one of the smartest things ever said about those NFL ‘protests’ to ‘protect’ Ruth Ginsburg from looking bad. Looking bad to who, I wonder?

          2. “Hey, baby, talk dirty to me”


          3. Old-school graft at least provides some value (grossly over-priced) for the monies. Garbage gets collected, roads repaired, social chaos kept to a semi-tolerable minimum. The current corruption? Fuhgedaboutit!

            1. The second oldest municipal building still in use in NYC was built by Boss Tweed and cost only twice what it should have.

              1. From the Preston Sturges’ Oscar-winning screenplay (1940) of The Great McGinty: “If it wasn’t for graft, you’d get a very low type of people in politics. Men without ambition. Jellyfish.”

      2. Maybe he watched Future Diaries as a kid, and decided that Yuno was the perfect woman?

        I mean, he’s a Millennial, right, so this is totally plausible, isn’t it?

        Editor: Bob is not correct here.

        Another Editor: Kamala is more like Malty from Shield Hero.

        Return of the Son of A Different Editor: If Hillary Clinton is like Gihren Zabi, Kamala Harris is like Full Frontal, drunk with a lobotomy and strung out on meth.

      3. In all seriousness:

        a) sexual favors for power may in fact be bad for the psychology of a lot of women. See suburbanbanshee’s ‘sold her soul’ model.
        b) women who do not strictly avoid recreational drug use may ‘self medicate’ for the psychological problems with drugs.
        c) Drugs can cause brain damage, and/or personality changes.
        d) It is hypothetically possible that she has used recklessly enough that she is actually on a cognitive decline curve.
        e) Assuming she is smarter than BArack and Joseph, she may have realized that she has gotten herself into a pickle, and have retreated into drugs to cope with the situation.

        1. e) Assuming she is smarter than BArack and Joseph …

          She can be smarter than both of them put together (I leave as topic for discussion whether that would be addition or multiplication, as well as which would be the greater result) and still be dumber than the average Midwestern fencepost.

          1. Barack is canny and has survival skills. That’s more cunning than intelligence, and it’s self-focused, rather than policy focused. For all his many faults, Bill Clinton was outward focused enough to see that survival and success lay in adapting to the political winds, rather than trying to force a bad-for-him political situation. The results were less-bad for the country, at least in the short run, possibly medium run.

  11. I remember when they remodeled at an old job. Paint fumes and carpet glue at the same time. I had a migraine for days.

    1. Old college roommate had severe crippling permanent scent sensitivity problems triggered when her office was remodeled, carpets, paint, the works. She never recovered. Can’t be around any commercial scents put off by objects or worn by people.

      I have too have instant headaches with minor remodels, painting, and carpeting. Open windows and doors for venting, or else.

      1. I made the mistake of cooking something on a gas cooktop (at the opposite end of the house) after using Copper Green, with a petrochemical solvent. The smell was horrific. (Used to be an appliance cleaner with the same solvent. Could empty a kitchen in minutes just from the pilot lights.)

        Worse, I ate what was cooked. Paging Ralph O’Rourk!

      2. Trash bags. Who decreed that trash bags must be perfumed? With some horrific chemical that makes my eyes water and gives me a rash. I’ve had to throw several boxes of brand-new trash bags away (different brands) because they stank too much to use.

        1. Scented trash bags comes under “It depends”. Same with other scented products. One of the reasons I drive hubby nuts, especially during the pandemic shortages. Heard while shopping (he doesn’t go with often, but …) “They are out of X, but they have Y.” … Me. “We can’t use Y. I can’t handle the scent!”, Him: “Just this once?”, Me: “NO!!!” … Either I can’t handle the scent, or I’ve had a reaction to it (soaps). One of the worst is the Snowy laundry detergent and soap lines. This was recommended for using with a newborn in the house as it is “scentless” … um, no it isn’t. I also can’t handle Irish Spring or Tide products. Needless to say, I rarely experiment (only when something is discontinued or “improved” so I can no longer tolerate it), do not price or coupon shop between brands, those early marriage household saving tips got tossed a long, long, long, time ago. Again. As sensitive as I am, I know my problem is minor compared to what others experience. But it can still feel like someone took a 2×4 to my head, if I’m not careful. (Never actually been hit by a 2×4, but I really don’t know how it could be worse, without actually killing me and then the paid would be brief.)

          1. Dreft. For gentle-load and baby stuff? Ye gads, the perfume makes even me back away, sleeve over nose, and I don’t have any known perfume allergies. yet.

            1. I thought the problem was I couldn’t wear perfume, regardless of *quality*. Then being a good first time mom, getting advise from, well, everyone. Got the approved clothing soap and liquid soap. Less than 24 hours, without opening it, it was donated. OMG

              We have cats. So I have to have some fresheners to help beyond cleaning the boxes at least daily if not more … I also like candles. But I have to be very, very, careful, what I get. I mostly stick with Cinnamon varieties. Used to be able to stand lighter citrus, not anymore.

              I regularly get told that I can’t have a scent sensitivity because I’m not sensitive to “everything”. Really? My response has dropped to “go away”.

              1. If you want something to absorb the ammonia instead of cover it, we use this in the catbox – it’s a blend of zeolite and activated charcoal. (Since artificial scents == asthma attacks for me. I fear the scented candle section.)

                1. I can’t walk into a candle store, or a Bed & Bath, barely can walk by; Nail salons, OMG, those I have to cross to the other side and not breath … Store isles comes under “depends”.

                  Never has asthma … another bone of contention with those “in the know” …(not you or anyone on this blog, just general whine) Never have said I have breathing problems with it … it is the dang migraines that get triggered.

                  Which brings up another point. I’ve been told my migraines aren’t “bad enough” because they typically don’t floor me, I can still function-ish; the triggered visual migraines OTOH … when you can barely see, hurting or not, OMG. Honestly the migraines don’t floor me because since childhood it was “buck up”, “deal with it”, never, ever, allowed to use it for an excuse, not ever. Not something that suddenly you go “oh, gee, I’m sick, sorry”, not when your career starts out where you are in the middle of a steep slope in the brush and trees. No one is hauling your ass out of that hole but you, as long as you are mobile. Imagine my surprise after getting into computers to have someone call in sick due to migraines! Wait! What?

                  1. My ex has scent sensitivity that triggers migraines as well. The migraines have been there since puberty, but the scent triggers started when she had Pregnancy Nose and never went away. She’s had to threaten ADA complaints to get a private office because people at her work (another large company you’ve definitely heard of) just won’t stop wearing perfume. She’s very happy to be working from home permanently.

                    1. I bet.

                      I have not seen college roommate in decades. Lost contact just before our son was born. I think she had to stop working, but IDK.

                      Yes. Pregnancy made it worse.

                  2. $SPOUSE and I dislike strong scents (I recall the musk cologne era with horror), but have found that Kirkland Free and Clear laundry detergent has been acceptable. YMMV

                    Hmm, since my run-in with the Coof in 3/2020, I can walk by the scented candles without major issues… Funny that.

                    I’m shopping solo again, because she hates the mask mandate more than I do (OTOH, I ignore it 95% of the time abd only comply in medical situations), but she dreaded the Christmas season cinnamon pine cones. Right at the entrance, or in JoAnn’s case, in the damned vestibule. (Smell the power of a fully operational scent bomb!) When Commie Kate had severely limited store occupancy, the logical place to wait was the vestibule. I prayed no misguided soul would leave the things there.

                    1. Kirkland Free and Clear laundry detergent has been acceptable. YMMV

                      That is what we use (because I buy it, so entire household does).

                      Hmm, since my run-in with the Coof in 3/2020, I can walk by the scented candles without major issues… Funny that.

                      Still can’t. Not even masked.

                      dreaded the Christmas season cinnamon pine cones

                      Love the cinnamon smell. But even that is overwhelming to me. A tiny whiff, okay. Walking into a wall of it, not so much.

                    2. “Hmm, since my run-in with the Coof in 3/2020, I can walk by the scented candles without major issues… Funny that.”

                      Perhaps not; given that one of the major symptoms is the loss of taste/smell, it may have basically rewired your receptors or the processor so that reaction is lessened. Hmmmm.

                    3. Yep. I was writing with tongue in cheek.

                      My round with it was fairly mild; merely the worst case of flu I’ve ever had. I’ll take that as a win.

                      Apparently, I was in the leading edge in March ’20. My family practitioner, one J. Mengele, insisted it couldn’t have been the Coof since there were no official cases until April. He’s now the not-Vax pusher for the hospital/clinic system. Sigh. There are downsides to living in a rural county. Not many, but a few. Lack of alternative doctors is the current leader.

                    4. I looked at $SPOUSE’s stock, and she also uses Oxi-Clean free & clear for the more difficult cleaning jobs. Our (late) Lab-Aussie would occasionally pee in her crate at night and the stuff would get the bedding decent again.

        2. I suspect it’s to keep the bugs out of the bags while they’re still in your kitchen. The last thing anyone wants is ants (or worse) finding their way in after scenting what’s in the bags.

          1. Better the bags and outside garbage than my kitchen. Bags I spray before putting in outside garbage.
            Outside garbage containers can be sprayed too. I think it is to hide the smell of garbage VS insect repellent. Also don’t put stinky garbage in can inside. Food goes down disposal. Stinky stuff gets double bagged and immediately goes into container outside.

  12. I watched a video of Rand Paul. After it, YouTube yacked up an ad that starts off with a grossly fat black female with at least 2 1/2 chins complaining that working conditions at Kellogg’s are so dismal her family can’t afford food.

    All I could think was, “You sure don’t look malnourished to me.”

    How many cell phones does that starving family have, I wonder? How many pairs of $150 sneakers? How much expensive junk food do they consume?

    1. I see the problem; it was the unspoken part. Her family can’t afford food sufficient to sate HER appetite.

      The day Youtube decided that I must watch a 30 minute unskippable ad before I could see 5 minutes of some fluff video was the day I installed an adblocker. (Presently uBlock works well.)

      1. Some VPN services have ad-blockers as well. I use Nord. Easily disabled if I visit a site I don’t mind making money from my eyes.

        1. My experience is that over the last 2-3 years, more and more sites (Amazon being one of them / CloudFlare hosted sites such as Patreon for another) simply won’t allow access to the IP address range VPN providers like Avast have been assigned. Usually they put up a message warning of “possible malware”.

          1. Fanfiction dot net is/was on cloudflare.

            I use calibre with the fanfic download plug in for a lot of my fanfic reading. Still use it on Royal Road and AO3.

            On Dec. 31/Jan. 1 or so, cloudflare started blocking the fanfic download tool from scraping FFN.

            I eventually figured out that was the issue, and that updating calibre wouldn’t fix things. I haven’t checked in a while.

      2. On my linux boxen, I use nMatrix (actually a “nu”) for scripts/cookies and AdBlock Prime for the others. Pale Moon doesn’t handle all video–neither does my metered bandwidth, so I have an unprotected copy of Firefox for select items.

  13. Sarah, I miss you posting; but I don’t “worry.” I know God will take care of you. Many of us pray for you and your family.

    As you often write, “this too shall pass.”

    And Joe Biden is reviving the stereotype of stuff made in China being of inferior quality…

  14. It has been more than forty-eight hours since this blog post went live and NOBODY has addressed the elephant in the room:
    Sorry if I scared anyone for not posting.

    For? For? Shouldn’t that be by? As in by not posting?

    Into what kind of deranged hell hole universe have we descended that prepositions no longer matter? Sure, the blogstress has been ill and English is her second third nth language, but this is the type of thing up with which we must not put, lest all standards fall into the morass of Bidenism!

    1. The same world where I have had to threaten students with German academic essays – translated literally, clauses of clauses by clauses for subclauses and all – as reading assignments in order to get them to use punctuation.

    2. I’m much too crazy and/or selfish to have noticed.

      And if I had noticed, I would have been very inclined not to mention it.

      a) I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a dozen interactions of “OMG, professional writer, typo” and “not written for profit, deal with it”. b) Even I, if I bothered to consider it, could work out that it would be reasonable for me to give Sarah a pass right now. c) I’m probably too much of a humorous scold right now to tease /anyone/, and have any one at all amused.

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