19 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA369 January 19, 1930

The third and last volume of Lord Of The Rings. This is the shortest of the three with half the book comprised of Appendix A to F plus an Index. The story for all practical purposes is complete about 1/4th of the way through the third volume. The more I read the less I liked the total book. I guess I just don't appreciate the fantasy genre but don't understand all the gushing praise that the book received. I have read it but doubt that I will be selecting any more of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Trying to put together a camp circuit for 2018 and have been contacting dental offices for my August cleaning. The first office did not respond to 3 messages on their web page Contact Form. The second office did respond to the second message but wanted to do a full exam, periodontal pocket probings and xrays. Thanks but no thanks, I pay for all that in April. The third office has not yet responded to message number 2 and the fourth office has not responded to their first message. I may have to pick a different town but there are still some dentist offices I have not tried yet. HA

With all the NEWS about sexual harassment I thought that this story might shed some light on what might be a contributing cause. I think it is an old story.

A good looking biker stops by the Harley shop to have his bike fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.
On the way home, he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and an anvil. Next, he stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, he now had a problem, how to carry all of his purchases home.
The owner said, “Put the anvil in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand.”
“Hey, thanks!” the biker said, and out the door he went.
But in the parking lot, he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, “Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?”
The biker said, “Well, as a matter of fact, I live at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. Let’s take my short cut and go down this alley. We’ll be there in no time.”
The little old lady looked him over cautiously, then said, “I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me against the wall, pull up my skirt, and ravish me?”
The biker said, “Holy smokes, Lady! I’m carrying a bucket, an anvil, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?”
The lady said, “Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens.”

A more serious article on the subject of feminism is Blaming the Victim by William S. Lind.

"Fortunately, both in the United States and in Europe, the day of moral collapse are coming to a close. Reality is returning as a political force. Reality tells us that if we want to keep men and women from sexually harassing each other (bat your eyelashes, girls), we have to keep them separate. Reality facilitates doing so, because it recognizes that men and women are not interchangeable. They are inherently different, their minds work differently and their traditional social roles reflect their inherent differences."

18 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

The NEWS is all about President Trump's annual medical check-up. The Media hammered the White House doctor with some 80 questions, many of them not questions at all but rather statements that he was expected to confirm. When he did not confirm them he was branded a liar. When The Hillary doctor issued her a clean bill of health the Media claimed that was all that was needed to dispute any talk of her being in poor health.

The really BIG thing seems be how tall is President Trump. If he is 6' 3" then his BMI indicates that he is overweight but at 6' 2" he is considered obese. So assuming he is 6' 2" he would need to lose #6 to have the same BMI as he now has assuming he is 6' 3". Is this something that anyone other than the Media really care about?

I think the entire issue of his health could be settled once and for all if he would just open a pickle jar at a White House News Briefing.

Gold and silver prices have been increasing since the beginning of the year, especially these past 4-5 days. Not much of that increase has 'trickled down' to the stock price for Hercla unfortunately. My smaller holdings in a gold fund is tracking the increase much better but I need to see Hecla prices get with the program.

17 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Another shopping day and another breakfast at Los Manjares De Pepe - Foothill. I had a slightly different shopping list today so it took me a bit longer to find everything. That worked out just fine because I needed to stop at the Post Office which did not open until 8:45.

When I got there I found only one clerk open and had a to wait a few minutes. A second clerk opened her window, retrieved my Arbuckles Coffee that I had shipped General Delivery and I was out the door while clerk one and her customer were still hard at it.

When I got back to the Park I knew that there would be somewhat of a problem for me to get into my space. I now have a neighbor directly in front of me where I have been able to pull in and the back straight into my space. To make it even harder both that neighbor and the one to the west of him park their 'toads' in front their RVs which narrows the street. I got 'er done but it was not as simple as it once was.

That about does it for today. Get this posted and get 'liner' ready and I'm through.

16 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Another routine day which included the holding tank dumping routine. The fresh water tank has been rather low for three days and I have been putting off filling it, I prefer to do both chores at the same time.

The Shout Box is back. There seems to be a known 'bug' that results in the situation where a new post deletes the previous one. So only the most recent posting is shown. I may have activated that bug when I tried to include an Emoji that was not part of the Shout Box offerings. So my account has been fixed but I think the 'bug' remains.

I think I'll have 1/3rd of the second cushion cover pixel drawing completed by the end of today. It has been an easier draw that the first one I did. I have also been making good progress reading volume III of Lord Of The Rings. The history tome is coming along but there is a LOT remaining.

15 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I'm not sure why but the ShoutBox is now trashed. It will only show the last message posted. I have asked YellBox to fix it but past experience was that took some time and probably a few more requests before it gets fixed.

I look forward to your continued Shouts but they will not show up if I or someone else responds. If it is not fixed within the next couple of days I'll take it down

I didn't get that salmon fillet in the Roaster yesterday but plan on doing so today. That plus reading the two books that I have on the Paperwhite and drawing the second cushion cover pixel art is all that I have going on.

James Howard Kunstler has another good blog posting today Who Moved My Xanax?. I have quoted his closing but the entire posting is good. I also noted that he self identified as being an "(ex-)liberal". I don't recall that he has ever done that before but have noted the change in his writing from left to right.
"The immigration quandary remains, with its vexing questions. What if there isn’t enough of an American common culture left for anybody to assimilate into? Are we obliged to admit everyone in the world who wants to leave their own country? Do we care about how people get here, or how they behave once they are here? Does anything go, and nothing matter?"

14 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Franco's RV Wash & Wax showed up a few minutes after I posted to my website yesterday. They got Desperado washed and while it was drying before being waxed they washed the woman's pickup slide in camper that is in the space on the west side of me. There were at least 3 others in the Park that stopped by to talk about getting their RVs washed. Desperado is looking FINE; except for the parking lot scars that now show up when the dirt is removed.

I made up another batch of dessert this morning but that is about all I am going to do today. There will be the daily routine of reading and some more pixel art drawing. Morning and afternoon walks of course because Patches is hard to live with if I don't do that.

"..[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank... sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world." - Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, Carroll Quigley

Not much has changed since 1930 has it?

13 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to make the pastel colors brighter on the second cushion cover that I have started drawing. I tried changing the Saturation values which worked with one of the pastels but then it was too close in color to the contrasting second color. I ended up changing the Saturation, Hue and RGB color mix of that one until I found something that I liked. I may change them all again before I finish this cushion but for now it looks good.

I had my neighbor call the mobile car wash fellow yesterday and he was not here this morning at 8:00 as he said. Yuma sort of operates on Mexican Time like Algodones uses Arizona Time. Still not here at 9:00 Arizona Time, he may show up later today and then maybe not.

The only other thing I had going on was making some more sardine and potato patties for future 'linners'. I'm having some chicken pozole today that I made up a few days ago and should have one more meal of that remaining. Maybe put a big salmon fillet in the Roaster tomorrow.

12 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA368 January 12, 1930

Now that I have the had Desperado's trim replaced the next thing to do is give her a wash and wax. There have been a couple mobile wash guys come into the Park. One of them stopped by and gave me his card and then a few weeks later I saw him washing a neighbors RV. I'm going to get him to come and do Desperado soon.

I didn't miss much in the News yesterday. Perhaps I missed the shitstorm that president Trump created with his disavowed shitstorm comment but that should continue for a few more days. He does have a way about him that keeps him on the "front page' everyday. HA

Not doing much today. Making progress reading Return Of The Kings, that is volume III od Lord Of The Rings as well as Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. I have started another cushion cover pixel drawing. This time I am going to see if I can do something to 'enhance' the pastel colors. Not sure what that might be but I'll experiment.

11 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

This is the first of 7 two color cushion covers that I will be drawing. I turned this into 3 colors by changing the background from white as shown on the cross stitch web page. It was drawn as 201x201 pixels and that is what you see here although it looks very good at 200% also. The pastel colors do look washed out on my Acer Chromebook at either size, much more so than when viewed in Linux GIMP.

Almost all morning was spent at Foothill RV getting the vinyl insert trim replaced. The job took a couple hours but the guy that did it was an hour late showing up to do it. Not pleased.

While I was waiting for him to show up I went next door and got their Greek Omelet again. Forgot to specify that I wanted homefries and got hash browns - get the home fries. The omelet was a good as the last time, it is the Tzatziki sauce that really makes it special!

Then when I got to Fry's to get groceries there was a crowd because it was nearing noon. Plus there was an accident at one of the entrances that had happened not long before I got there. Not much trouble getting in but they had not cleared the exit by the time I was ready to leave and the parking lot was a madhouse.

That has put me way behind on my regular routine. Don't have the 'linner' salad made. Don't have the yogurt dessert made. Don't have this posting ready for my website. Have not even looked at any of the News nor daily blog reads.

10 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

When I went into Sprague's yesterday at 9:30 the wind was just starting to pick up. By the time I came out an hour later it was blowing an official 25 mph but I think it was even more than that. There was sand blowing across 3rd Av as I drove back to the Park and visibility was reduced to maybe 5 miles. It was coming from the south southeast which is unusual, normally it comes from west northwest.

Then around 3:00 the rain came. Not a lot (.17" officially) but it rained during our usual afternoon walking time. When it stopped around 4:00 we did go out but I cut the walk short when I was getting a lot of spray from passing vehicles - especially trucks!

My shooting yesterday was good and bad. The good was I shot better than what I did with the Governor. At distances up to 15 yards I was on the 'paper' with every shot, at 25 yards I had 3 out of 5 which is good for me. The bad was the recoil. Not bad where I was expecting it to be but rather in the web between thumb and index finger. Overall the hands took it reasonably well.

I now need to do a LOT of dry fire. I do not have a nice smooth, uninterrupted squeeze which resulted in a locked up trigger - not good. A LOT of dry fire will also soften up the trigger pull as well as strengthen my index finger. I'm pleased!

The Democrats are following Hollywood's lead with plans to all wear black for the State Of The Union Address. I have sent a message to the White House: "I would like to see President Trump return to the historical State of the Union annual message to a joint meeting of Congress. Mail it in!
The Democrats want to turn the joint meeting into circus. Give them something that will really blow their minds especially the media."

9 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I had planned on having breakfast at the original Los Manjares De Pepe restaurant on the west side of Yuma this morning. But the plans were for naught because the restaurant was closed for repairs. From the look of the exterior it was probably in need of them.

I then went to Coco's where I had been before while in Yuma and got their Mediterranean Omelet. Not very good, lots of grease came with the home fries and the flour tortilla. All for a higher price than I like to pay. Not recommended!

The reason for me being out and about on a non-shopping day was to see if my hands were capable to shooting the S & W 442 that I traded for back in November. I tried to dry fire it when I first got it and it hurt so much to squeeze the trigger that I quit that. I have tried again off an on since then and today was the day selected to see what the recoil will do to my hands and wrists. I'll report tomorrow.

There is an indoor range at Sprague's where I shot a couple years ago and that is where I went this morning. I guess I could have walked to the top of a desert ridge on State Trust Land not far from the Park where I have heard people shooting but don't like to do that. There is also one outdoor range northeast of Yuma off AZ95 that I could have gone to but I don't know if they have targets or target stands. Ajo did not.

The only other thing that I have going on is the download and starting to read Volume III of Lord Of The Rings. I'll be switching back and forth between it and the very long history book, probably finishing it first.

8 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I received a reply from one of the two RV Parks where I was trying to get a monthly rate. This one wanted $650/month. I will not be staying there. After sending 3 emails to the second RV Park I have received no reply; I will not be staying there either.

Patches was not feeling well yesterday. She threw up her breakfast when we went for our afternoon walk and then seemed to be better. Still acting listless this morning but I think she is doing fine, still has a good appetite.

I'm doing much better. I have been able to almost make a closed fist with the right hand for the past couple of days. Can't do it with the left hand but it is better also. Less knee and shoulder pains although those were not very bad before starting this latest ibuprofen cycle.

I did not like this book as well as the others of Merrick's that I have read. The lack of Customer Reviews may be an indication that it has not been read by very many people since it was published in 1892. If you want a look at what life was like for a single woman in the late 19th century this book will paint a good picture.

Russiagate Turns On Its Originators by Paul Craig Roberts is a good article. I have no quotes from it just suggesting that it be read.

7 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Another very quiet day. When I say quiet I speak of the absence of activity on my part. There may be things happening but not involving me.

One of those happenings is the Park has really filled up since the beginning of 2018. As I walk out of the Park to get onto 3rd Ave I see less and less empty spaces. Don't walk to the west but can see from where I am parked that all of the western part of the Park has also filled up.

It might be that all that cold weather in the East has convinced people that Yuma with 80° daily high temperatures might be the place to be. We do have a slight chance of rain on Tuesday with the high temperature predicted to be only 70 on Tuesday and Wednesday then back up to near 80.

I have still not received any reply from the two RV Parks that I have asked for monthly rates. I'm not very optimistic that I will hear from them so have changed my idea of where I will travel this year. Sent an email to a dentist office requesting an appointment in August and if I get that I'll then try to find a RV Park near by.

I have been reading Victoria: A Novel of Fourth Generation War by Thomas Hobbes (nom de plume) online in serial postings on traditionalRight.com. This along with the two books that I'm switching back and forth reading on Paperwhite is about all that I have going on.

6 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I completed another cycle of ibuprofen and acetaminophen on 3 January. I was taking 2400mg/day of the ibuprofen again but reduced the acetaminophen to 1500mg/day. As each of the 10 days on the acetaminophen went by my hands hurt more and more. After only one day back on the ibuprofen they felt much better.

Fire And Fury by Michael Wolff will now become the source document for the push to remove President Trump using the 25th Amendment. The 'golden shower' dossier was the basis for an impeachment attempt that has soured and looks to be a blowback against those that tried to use it. I am of the opinion that this 25th Amendment attempt will fail also but hope that it drags out until 2019.

I have noticed that in reporting this recent Eastern USA severe weather that the politically correct terminology has shifted once more. Algore originally sold Global Warming but when that rallied the disbelievers it was changed to Global Climate Change. Now the prefered term seems to be Extreme Weather yet the believers will quickly argue that extreme cold snaps do not disprove Global Climate Change/Warming yet extreme heat waves prove the theory.

There is some Good News however. Maybe Sex Robots Will Make Men, Not Women, Obsolete by Cathy O'Neil is a feel good story in this age of War On Women.

"My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein." - George Washington

5 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA367 January 5, 1930

Shopping at Fry's where I got groceries for me and gas fo Desperado. Patches did not get left out, I stopped at Tractor Supply and got her some more Earthborn Meadow Feast.

While at Tractor I looked for some Carhartt Cargo Pocket pants that they offer online. Wanted to have a hands-on experience before buying but they had none in the store. I'll now wait until I get to Sierra Vista and if the store there does not have any I take my chances with an online purchase.

It was also time to do laundry again. So while that was in the washer and dryer I put away groceries and got today's website posting started. Not much to say which is not news. Still no email reply from either of the two RV Parks that I have asked for their monthly rates. I am looking for others, if they can not tell me what their rate is I probably do not want to stay there. "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it." - J. P. Morgan

I also noticed that I used a lot of Verizon data yesterday. Checked to see what version of Chrome I was running and saw that I had been updated to 63.0.3239.116 which had been released on 15 December 2017 but not for me until yesterday.

The only addition that I will make to this photo and caption is that the award was made in 2015.

4 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I misunderstood the introduction to the Merrick book and therefore wrote that it was another collection of short stories. When I wrote that I had only read a few 'pages' of the introduction. It is a novel but I will still be switching back and forth between the two books.

The big thing that I have on the agenda for today is to get holding tanks dumped and fresh water tank filled. The fresh water being the most important. I could probably put off dumping for a few more days but the water tank is almost dry.

In this article Roger Stone is making predictions that I think will probably come true. The Russian collusion will fail during 2018 and most likely the 25th Amendment effort. The longer that takes the better for President Trump's life expectancy because when that fails I think the Deep State will try to kill him. What the Deep State does not understand is killing him will not keep them in power; they are going to have to kill all the 'deplorables' also.

"Longtime Donald Trump advisor and confidante Roger Stone warned that the globalist establishment would do everything in its power to stop the president from draining the swamp, even if it means taking him out John F. Kennedy style. ..The Deep State's “Plan A,” Stone said, is the imploding “investigation” into alleged “Russian collusion” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If and when that fails, which Stone suggested was likely, the establishment would move to “Plan B.” In essence, that plot would involve trying to get a majority of Trump's cabinet to declare him unfit for office. This would allow Trump to be removed under the U.S. Constitution 25th Amendment — another scheme Stone said would probably flop. Last but not least, though, if all else fails, Stone warned of “Plan C”: Killing the president." - Deep State “Plan C” Is to Kill Trump, Advisor Roger Stone Warns by Alex Newman.

"In four decades we covered the distance that had taken Rome three centuries. As late as the mid-1960s—God, it’s hard to believe—America was still the greatest nation on earth, the most productive, the freest, the top superpower, a place of safe homes, dutiful children in good schools, strong families, a hot lunch for orphans. By the 1990s the place had the stench of a third-world country. The cities were ravaged by punks, beggars, and bums; as in third century Rome, law applied only to the law-abiding. Schools had become daytime holding pens for illiterate young savages. First television, then the Internet brought the decadence of Weimar Berlin into every home." - from the Preface, Victoria: A Novel of Fourth Generation War by Thomas Hobbes (nom de plume)

3 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Not a lot happening today, a lot like most of my days. I did cook up some sardine and potato patties this morning for future 'linners'. They could be the high point of my day.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time on the Internet looking for future camps in 2018. I will be staying in my 'domicile' Park during February - April. Sent an email to a Park that I wanted to stay at in May and received a prompt reply that my reservation was confirmed. I know already that they are a Park that I want to stay at - they respond to email! No such luck with two other Parks that I asked for their monthly rates - too busy?

The other thing that I have done in this New Year is 'thin the herd' of blogs that I read on a daily or semi-daily basis. That does not mean that I'll be reading fewer because I have added some but so far there has been a net reduction.

I have started reading two books. One of them is by Merrick and like his previous two is comprised of short stories. These short stories will be read as breaks from a history tome Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley. It is 1,348 pages in hardback and over 28,000 locations on Paperwhite. It will take some time!

2 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I noticed a bit of shuffling here in the Park during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Some RVs left and others arrived. The Airstream that was a couple spaces west of me has left and a new arrival is now parked a couple spaces to the east. Similar changes happening at other places in the Park.

This book, published in 1895, was H.G. Wells's first literary publication in book form. The pieces in the book were drawn from thirty or more articles by Wells published in the Pall Mall Gazette beginning in 1893. So it is a book but not a novel but rather a compilation of prior published magazine short stories. This was very common at the turn of the 20th century for many authors. The 'Uncle' has a lot of good sense and I did not detect any socialist leanings in his conversations nor in George's. A very quick and enjoyable read. Recommended!

James Howard Kunstler has posted his predictions for 2018 Forcast 2018 - What Could Go Wrong. He does not have a very good track record forecasting economic happenings but he just might get 2018 correct. I think he does better with some of his other predictions but they are all a fun read.

Not much happening here. The good weather continues although there is a guess that we have a 30% chance of rain one day next week. Maybe get high temperatures of 80-81 this Friday and Saturday while the East is freezing and buried under snow.

1 January 2018 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )


I heard a few firecrackers just before I went to bed but that was very early in the evening. I don't know what happened at midnight but it could not have been much nor very close because I slept through the start of the New Year.

I have no plans to anything different today than any other day. Started another H. G. Wells book that will keep me entertained. When I need a break from it I do some more drawing on the cushion cover pixel art.

As for New Year Resolutions - I don't make them. There are things that I would like to see happen but I do not possess the firm intent to make them happen. Like losing weight - at the beginning of last year I would have liked to lose 10 pounds. Here it is the first day of the new year and I have only 15 pounds to go! HA

I was disappointed in this short book. The author devoted most of his writing to propagandizing the then (1928) relatively new profession of public relations. I have quoted almost everything that I found of interest with one exception. He made reference to TV advertising in connection with radio. This was the beginning of the 'Golden Years' for radio so he was way out there on the 'bleeding edge' when he wrote about TV. Television was available in crude experimental forms in the late 1920s but did not become commercially available until after WW II.

"The political apathy of the average voter, of which we hear so much, is undoubtedly due to the fact that the politician does not know how to meet the conditions of the public mind. He cannot dramatize himself and his platform in terms which have real meaning to the public. Acting on the fallacy that the leader must slavishly follow, he deprives his campaign of all dramatic interest. An automaton cannot arouse the public interest. A leader, a fighter, a dictator, can. But, given our present political conditions under which every office seeker must cater to the vote of the masses, the only means by which the born leader can lead is the expert use of propaganda…
Politics was the first big business in America. Therefore there is a good deal of irony in the fact that business has learned everything that politics has had to teach, but that politics has failed to learn very much from business methods of mass distribution of ideas and products." - Propaganda, by Edward L. Bernays

Just one of the many predictions for 2018 that will be forthcoming by any and all those that try to predict what will happen in this New Year.

"We will be witness to the collapse of the world’s foremost empire. This is not mere conjecture. The US has all the symptoms that historically precede a collapse, and we’re now coming close to the final stages.
And, if history plays out yet again, as it has repeatedly, we can expect that, in the lead-up to the collapse, the controls by governments will become increasingly draconian. As we consider “more to come,” we should be braced for the likelihood that the worst controls are yet to be revealed." - More To Come by Jeff Thomas

31 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Another beautiful Arizona Highways sunrise which 90% of the Snowbirds will have missed. They will OH and AH over sunsets but few of them will get up to see the sunrises which in my opinion are even more spectacular.

I didn't find any Customer Reviews for this book by Rex Beach. I doubt that many people have read it within the past 20 years so it is not surprising that there were no reviews online. I did not think this was some of his better work so giving it a pass may be not all bad. There are some good descriptions of Sicily, New Orleans and the Mafia in both locations. Much of the action leads up to a fictionalized account of the March 14, 1891, lynchings in New Orleans. There were a series of lynchings of eleven Italian Americans, for their alleged role in the murder of police chief David Hennessy. It was the largest mass lynching in U.S. history.

I am cooking up another batch of breakfast barley. Soon after I post this to my website I'll finish next months Will Rogers weekly articles. Then it will be back on the couch with my Paperwhite and Patches. Maybe get some more pixel art drawn after doing nothing on it for the past couple of days.

A very pleasant 47° during our morning walk. There were scattered clouds which made for the the great sunrise but they coalesced into a cloud cover and it has stayed near that same temperature through 9:00. While the rest of the country freezes we will have a high on New Years Day of 77° if the weather guessers are right. The Chamber of Commerce will love it as will all the Snowbirds!

"Universal literacy was supposed to educate the common man to control his environment. Once he could read and write he would have a mind fit to rule. So ran the democratic doctrine. But instead of a mind, universal literacy has given him rubber stamps, rubber stamps inked with advertising slogans, with editorials, with published scientific data, with the trivialities of the tabloids and the platitudes of history, but quite innocent of original thought. Each man’s rubber stamps are the duplicates of millions of others, so that when those millions are exposed to the same stimuli, all receive identical imprints." - Propaganda, Edward L. Bernays

30 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Just another shopping day. The only things that made it different were it was the last one I'll do in the year 2017. The other thing was that I went to Foothill RV and made an appointment to have the vinyl molding on the outside of Desperado replaced. The molding that I had the Navarro's instal was poorly done, a poor fit and has discolored a lot from being in the sun.

Yesterday the only things I did were re-do all the Will Rogers weekly articles from 6 October 2017 to 8 December and read a Rex Beach book.. I have two more weeks to do and then can start on next month. I don't know what happened to cause them to disappear but I don't want it to happen again.

President Trump has used the expurgatory 'Drain The Swamp' but I find the following to be an even better description of what he faces. He may cut some grass and remove some dirt but has not even touched "the rock", if anything he has protected the rock.

Those that are generally thought of as the powerful in the world are the politicians, but this is part of the illusion of government. When we look at politicians, we are as it were, looking at the grass on a hill. The grass is not the hill, and in fact the grass adds very little to the hill. But it's what we see. Like grass, politicians are seasonal. They sprout up quickly, put on a show and then vanish into the soil, their demise bringing life to the next seasonal explosion of drama, as the new generation of politicians reach for the sky. Politicians hold a temporary but obvious position that, no matter how it appears, has very little power. If you dig deeper into the hill you find the grass is rooted in the soil and the soil provides the nutrients that determine if the grass lives or dies. The soil is critical to the dramatic performance of the grass, so in that sense the soil, or better stated, the dirt in our metaphorical hill is the massive network of unelected bureaucrats, party bosses, lobbyists, and the permanent understructure of men and women that do the actual running of the day to day functions of government. The grass comes and goes, but bureaucracy stays. These people, the dirt of governments, do the actual developing of the policies and laws, they hand down the regulations, they introduce the politicians to the right lobbyist, to the right donor, and to the right power people in corporations and banks. These people determine when, where, and how tall the grass grows. And yet, the dirt is not the hill. The hill is in reality the rocks that thrust up from the valley floor. The corporate giants and the banking cartels are the rocks that are almost unmovable. The rocks determine if there is or is not a hill. The rocks are the true power. Everything else is on the surface protecting the rocks from exposure to the elements. So long as the rocks remain covered they don't erode and the hill lives on. Take away the dirt and the grass vanishes and the rocks begin to crumble and weather away.

29 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA366 December 29, 1929

I had a crowd show up yesterday. There was a woman with a pick up slide in camper (a big one) a couple spaces east of my neighbor on that side. She is now in the space right next to me on the west side and has taken the camper off the pick up so it appears she is here for awhile.

Then there was another Airstream park next to her on the west side. Later in the day I got another neighbor across the street at a slight diagonal, next door to the Park model that had the Sheriff visit (they stopped by again a day or two ago but no one was at home). There has been a lot of furniture moving so I think the woman that lived there was probably renting that Park model and is in the process of moving.

I got my web archive pages set up for next month/year. Later today I need to get next month's Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted. I also need to redo EVERY week starting at 6 October 2017; lost all of them in some kind of screw up at my host server. That project will carry over into tomorrow unfortunately.

The House Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, an associate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), over his connection with the controversial dossier containing unverified allegations about President Trump and his ties to Russia. Kramer is expected to appear in front of the House Intelligence Committee on January 11th, 2018; a spokeswoman for McCain's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sen. John McCain said he did 'what any citizen would do' in turning over the dirty dossier, which contained unconfirmed secrets about the president-elect, over to the FBI. I look forward to Kramer's testimony supporting that statement.

28 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I wore my new Woolrich wool shirt jacket paired with a flannel shirt this morning. A perfect combination for the 47° temperature but probably will not be warm enough to go much below 45 especially with some wind. About the same warmth as my previous wool jacket so I am pleased plus it looks much better

The chores that were postponed yesterday are on the agenda for today. I have vacuumed the cab area this morning but the window and mirror washing will happen after it warms up some more. Counter and stove top after 'linner'. I'll then have that all taken care of for another 3-4 weeks.

One other domestic thing to do today is cook a big salmon fillet in my Roaster. That will give me four maybe five 'linners' when I reheat servings of it along with some Chinese Stir Fry.

The rest of the day will be devoted to another Rex Beach novel and the cushion cover pixel art drawing. I did no drawing yesterday so that project didn't advance, maybe make some progress today.

27 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

I got most of my house cleaning taken care of yesterday. Today I was going go get Desperado's cab, windows and mirrors washed. I also need to wipe down the counter and stove top but that has all been postponed until tomorrow.

I also almost finished repairing one of two cabinet doors that keep falling apart when I open them. They were constructed using tongue and groove that fit tight when built but the wood has dried out over the years in the low humidity where I live. I had a third one that I fixed a little over a year ago using some Gorilla Glue that has stayed together so I'm hoping that I can fix these two.

The chore postponement was caused by my checking the Woolrich package shipping. On 21 December I wrote about providing them with the Park address but I think they did nothing because the Tracking showed that it was being held for pick up at the UPS Customer Service here in Yuma.

The label on the package did show General Delivery and don't think they would put in on a truck to delivery to the P. O. They might have if I had also included a street address. The P. O. where I also picked up two General Delivery packages today said that IF UPS had delivered it to them they would have accepted it but there would have been Postage Due.

I have received everything that I ordered but it has been a struggle. There has to be a better way. The forwarding charges from my UPS Store in Sierra Vista for accumulated mail and VA med mailings works out fine but is expensive. I need to talk to them about cutting those cost as well as forwarding other packages.

Running around town picking up packages has been my excitement for today. Now back to the usual!

There were a lot more 5 star reviews of this second volume, Books 3 & 4, of Lord Of The Rings. The Customer Review that I have selected and edited is somewhat is closer to what I thought of the book. The 5 star reviews are just way over the top with their gushing praise with the 4 star reviews sounding like 5 star wannabes. I'll take another break before reading volume III.

I enjoyed this second book in the series but I have to say, it was a lot slower than the first one. Due to events that take place at the end of the first volume this book is split in half; the first half follows the fellowship, and the second follows Frodo and Sam.
I found that the first half of this book was incredibly interesting and I got through it in one or two sittings. The plot was fast-paced, there was action and new characters were introduced. The Ents were introduced also and I loved the chapters following these creatures and Merry and Pippin.
However, the second half, which follows Frodo and Sam on their way to Mordor, dragged for me. I don't find this thread of the story interesting but am excited to carry on with The Return Of The King. - Edited Customer Review goodreads.com

26 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Started my house cleaning routine this morning. Got the bathroom finished except the floor. I'll get to that later this morning which will be a test of how much better, or not, my hands and wrists are. Doing that and trying to pick up my cast iron skillet one handed are good indicators of improvement or lack thereof.

I'll leave some of the cleaning for tomorrow so I have something to do. HA The rest of today's activities will be more reading of The Two Towers, maybe finish it. More cushion cover pixel art drawing - not close to finishing. I can only work on it for about and hour at a time before I start making mistakes so it is best not to push it. I'll get it drawn but it is going to take time. I think all the cushion covers that I plan on drawing will be like this.

"[T]he public wants desperately to believe the media/entertainment industry. Deep down inside the public knows that if they question the media and if the media is found to be lying, then they (the public) will be forced to do something. And the public hates it when they have to do something, especially if by "do something" we mean research the truth, weigh facts, learn new things, and then act on that newly found information. It's easier to just trust the guy with the perfect hair and gleaming smile that they watch every night on the magic talking box." - Bad Quaker

"We shall not grow wiser until we learn that much of what we have done was very foolish." - Friedrich August von Hayek

25 December 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )

Merry Christmas

Compared to most places in the country we had a relatively warm Christmas morning with the low at 42°. It is rather slow in warming to the expected high of 72. That will be about what we had yesterday and it was great.

All I wanted for Christmas was relief from the PsA that has had me hurting since September-October. I am better so that wish has been granted but still not quite there yet - better but not great. The hands and writs continue to be the problem.

A good article, Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle, by James Howard Kunstler that was posted on The American Conservative website. Rather ironic since Kunstler is a lifelong Democrat. I think he has become more and more conservative in his writing over the past 10 years however. I don't think he could have written an article like this 10 years ago and have it accepted by The American Conservative.

This is good News not to be found in the Lame Stream Media that is obsessed with removing President Trump. The $285 million sounds like a lot of money to us 'deplorables' but that is less than 10% of what the United States gives to the United Nations every year. It is a good start but 4 times that cut would not have been too much.

"Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.), announced Sunday night that the federal government has reduced its contribution to the U.N.’s annual budget by 285 million dollars." - by Breitbart News