Peregrinating
2018

September

1 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I had very productive day yesterday. Finished the house cleaning chores and got another month's worth of Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted. Even got some more Archive pages converted and some more of the book on Paperwhite read.

I hope to do as well today. Soon after we finished our morning walk I got dirty clothes in the washing machine and while it was doing its thing I prepared my breakfast. Then while the clothes were being dried I ate breakfast and read daily blogs and News. An example of my ability to prioritize and efficiently manage multiple assignments - multitasking is such a cliché . HA

We managed to stay dry during our walk but it looked threatening and the roads were wet from an earlier rain. Then when I went to the laundry it was sprinkling. Took my umbrella when I went to put the clothes in the dryer because that sprinkle had turned to rain. Back to sprinkle again when I went to get the clothes out of the dryer but I took my umbrella just in case. It appears that this is what will happen all day so an afternoon walk is a maybe at this time.

Perhaps the Russian government will understand the meaning of the orchestrated eulogies for John McCain. It is not normal for a US senator to be eulogized in this way, especially one with such an undistinguished record. What is being eulogized is McCain’s hatred of Russia and his record as a warmonger. What Washington is eulogizing is its own commitment to war. - Provocations Have A History Of Escalating Into War Paul Craig Roberts
2 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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A lot of cloud cover like yesterday morning but no rain. It did clear up yesterday afternoon with some winds blowing the storm farther north. Warmer this morning with the cloud cover than it has been with the afternoon temperatures being just great.

Went into town again with breakfast at Trailriders where I got their Relleno (with red), scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, flour tortilla and pretty good coffee. I think the first time I had it with green - red is better.

Stopped at a bank and got some cash which I use very little but need some for lattes at McD's if they fix the latte machine. Then a quick gathering of groceries. No unsalted peanuts. A very big offering of salted which should tell the person responsible for ordering that they need to change the order quantities of each.

Waited about 30 minutes for Western Drug and General Store to open at 9:00. Then was able to pick up the ammunition that I ordered almost two weeks ago although it did take them about 10 minutes to find it.

I also drove over to the east side of town to check on another RV Park. It is a new Park that has electric pedestals in place for double the current size. Graveled roads and graveled spaces (which appear level) only on half of the Park. There were less than a dozen RVs in the Park this morning and I doubt that it was ever full during the summer months. Newly planted trees so no shade and won't be any for another few years. From what Google Maps shows there are better walking routes available. Made a reservation for next year.

leftpic A Storm of Swords is the third of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 8, 2000, in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following in November 2000. At the time of its publication, A Storm of Swords was the longest novel in the series. It was so long that in the UK, Australia and Israel its paperback edition was split in half, Part 1 being published as Steel and Snow in June 2001 and Part 2 as Blood and Gold in August 2001. The same division was used in the Polish and Greek editions. In France, the decision was made to cut the novel into four separate volumes. - Edited Wikipedia


3 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Our afternoon walk got delayed about an hour because of rain. When we did get out there it was rather cold with some wind and water on the highway. That meant we got a little road spray except from an 18 wheeler that was on the opposite side of the road that still sprayed us the worse.

Finished the Archive pages for 2013 last night. I now have two years left to do. These are easier, with few pictures and not much other reformatting that needs to be done. I'm starting to see and end to this Project.

I had time to get a couple small salmon fillets in the Roaster. This morning I'm cooking a batch of hulled barley and oat groats for breakfast. Maybe get around to making up some tuna, barley, oats and Ricotta patties to go on the 'linner' menu. If not today then tomorrow.

I have quoted only one of James Howard Kunstler's predictions for what will be required in the national restructuring that is underway in his posting The Uncomfortable Hiatus. It is a good posting, and a suggested read, although I don't think any of his predictions will be acted upon.

This country has enough to do within its own boundaries to prepare for survival without making extra trouble for itself and other people around the world. As a practical matter, this means close as many overseas bases as possible, as soon as possible.
No way says Caitlan Johnstone in STOP. HUMANIZING. WAR CRIMINALS.
The United States is the most important player in the imperial alliance centralized around it, and therefore its citizenry are necessarily the most propagandized people on earth. You can’t have the populace of such an important nation suddenly demanding that troops be brought home and the resources being spent on bombs be spent eliminating the economic inequality on which your empire depends instead, so you’ve got to get into their minds early and aggressively to manipulate the way they think about war. Everything from flag worship to the fetishization of military personnel to Pentagon-controlled Hollywood movies are used from early childhood to install the assumption that their nation’s bloated military budget is only ever going toward good and never evil, and to prime their minds for the war propaganda they will be fed by the plutocrat-owned news media.
I want to bring this article The Senate’s Unremembered Ex-POW by Joseph P. Duggan to your attention as a counterpoint to the Establishment's aggrandizement of the late Senator (and prisoner of war hero) McCain.

4 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I didn't get the tuna patties made yesterday so should do that today. I certainly do not have much else on my agenda. More work in the Archive page conversion project and read my latest Paperwhite book is all.

The Lame Stream Media is relatively quiet today. Now that the late Senator (and prisoner of war hero) McCain is buried they have nothing to report. There is the Kavanaugh hearing but they haven't brought forth much criticism of President Trump so far except that he nominated him. I expect the spin to change that by the end of the week.

If Kavanaugh's name were withdrawn those opposed to President Trump would do a victory dance. They would then be against the next person that President Trump might nominate. They think they can just keep doing this until they once more have control of the Presidency. The Supreme Court's ability to make law is so very important to the Leftist that it can not have a majority of Conservative judges.

5 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Gov. Ducey has done the smart thing by appointing Jon Kyl to fill the Late Senator (and prisoner of war hero) McCain's senate seat. That is far and away a better selection than Cindy McCain and a much safer political choice for the governor. Maybe even a political advantage for him in his bid for re-election.

Kyrsten Sinema is the Democratic representative for Arizona’s 9th District versus Martha McSally Republican representative for Arizona’s 2nd District (my district) contesting for the open Senate seat in November. Sinema was leading by 4 points in one of the latest polls which I consider a tie. On all the issues that matter to me they are also a virtual tie. However, McSally is a McCain warhawk wanna be and for that reason ONLY I would rather see Sinema as Arizona's second Senator.

Today, America’s actions represent increasingly pronounced symptoms of a declining power, which cannot face reality without going mad. And she is going mad, domestically, as well as internationally, the only force which is capable to keep this increasingly irrational and dangerous power from committing a suicide while taking everyone else with her is a threat of a massive military defeat. Russia has this force to do so, and so far it works. But I do have my own question: do orderlies in the asylum get offended, when overpowering the violent patient and restraining it to the bed, by this patient’s insults and resistance? I don’t think so–one does not get offended by a violent mental patient. Nor, orderlies defend their honor while restraining a patient. There could be no interactions involving honor between orderly and a violent mental patient. America is not treaty-worthy party, hasn’t been since early 1990s, thus there are no interactions involving honor in Russian-American relations on the American side. - Russia As a Cat, Andrei Martyanov
leftpic The Wheels of Chance is an early comic novel by H. G. Wells about an August 1895 cycling holiday, somewhat in the style of Three Men in a Boat. In 1922 it was adapted into a silent film The Wheels of Chance directed by Harold M. Shaw. The Wheels of Chance was written at the height of the cycling craze (1890–1905), when practical, comfortable bicycles first became widely and cheaply available and before the rise of the automobile. The advent of the bicycle stirred sudden and profound changes in the social life of England. Even the working class could travel substantial distances, quickly and cheaply, and the very idea of travelling for pleasure became a possibility for thousands of people for the first time. This new freedom affected many. It began to weaken the rigid English class structure and it gave an especially powerful boost to the existing movement toward female emancipation. Wells explored these social changes in his story. - Wikipedia
Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.” –Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning – 1997

6 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Nothing much to write about today - nothing new about that. The weather continues to be great except for the occasional threatening thunderstorm. We had that yesterday afternoon but managed to do our walk and stay dry.

leftpic Another Conan Doyle book that does not involve Sherlock Holmes. A good read.

Does money, great whacks of it, destroy everything and everyone it touches, even those who start with the best intentions ? The story centers around a new-comer to town, the mysterious Raffle Haw, his obvious riches and his desire to use his fortune for the good of the people. The provenance of the money is slowly revealed to the reader (you will have to smile at the science of that one !) as the consequences of Haw's philanthropy develop. Well written, nicely spaced storyline, believable characters, this book has it all. - Customer Review @ Amazon.

I thought the Park would fill up during the Labor Day weekend and then start to empty. It has been just the opposite. I went through the weekend without a neighbor on the west side but now have one that looks like they will be here for as long as I am. The rest of the Park is almost full as well.


7 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 7, 1930

I'm not doing much and the Kavanaugh News cycle has just about reached its use by date. If the Democrats think that their antics in the hearing are going to help them win the midterm elections then they certainly know something that I don't.

If the weather forecast can be believed we will be warming up just a little. The morning lows have been a bit cool so a move up into the 50s will be great.

More time on the couch today with my Paperwhite and Patches. That will alternate with more work on Archive pages.

8 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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A quick shopping trip this morning with no waiting for businesses to open their doors. Breakfast was at Booga Red's where I had their Huevos con Chorizo which I think is the best thing they have on their menu. Then a fast stop at Safeway now that I know the location of everything that I buy every week.

I was back in my space at the Park with everything hooked up and put away by 8:30. With nothing more to do during the day other than my usual routine. More work on Archive pages and more Paperwhite reading on the couch with Patches. She did not attack her dinner meal yesterday like she normally does and that worried me a little. She went after her breakfast like always so I guess all is well.

leftpic The first half of the book is about a world war that Wells thought would occur around the middle of the 20th century. However World War I started just months after he finished writing the book. That set up the second half of the book which is devoted to his continuing theme of a One World Government. He had amazing technical precognition but a very poor understanding of human nature.

This chilling, futuristic novel, written in 1913 and first published the following year, was incredibly prophetic on a major scale. Wells was a genius and visionary, as demonstrated by many of his other works, but this book is clearly one of his best.
He predicts nuclear warfare years before research began and describes the chain reactions involved and the resulting radiation. He describes a weapon of enormous destructive power, used from the air that would wipe out everything for miles, and actually used the term "atomic bombs."
This book may have been at least part of the original inspiration for the development of atomic weapons, as well as presenting many other ideas that would ultimately come to pass. Some ideas may still be coming, including a one-world government referred to as The World Republic, that will attempt to end all wars. - Book promo @ goodreads.com

President Trump is going to rue the day that he claimed that his administration 'created' jobs and Made America Great Again. The monthly job numbers are in the same range as what the last couple of years of Obama were and are the same fake job growth. Woe to him when TSHTF.

The great mystery is how these jobs can possibly have been created when the Bureau of Labor Statistics Household Data (Table A) reports that the civilian labor force declined by 469,000 in August from the level in the previous month (July); that employment declined by 423,000 in August from the previous month; and that 692,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force in August. Year over year (August 2017-August 2018) 1,531,000 Americans have left the labor force. This is inconsistent with a booming economy at full employment.
It is not explained how during August the Household Survey found unemployment to rise by 423,000 and the work force to shrink by 692,000 for a total of 1,115,000 missing working people, but the economy created 200,000 new payroll jobs. - More Jobs Fictions, Paul Craig Roberts
9 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I don't know how many there may be in the Park but I think part of the crowd are elk hunters. The season started on 1 September and my westside neighbors behavior and truck license plate imply elk hunter.

Ordered some more Arbuckles this morning. Over the past year they have changed their online shopping web page - not an improvement. This morning I could not find the Five Pound bag that I always buy. They have changed the menu again and it is not shown on the same page as all their other Ariosa Coffee offerings. I think the day to day operation of the company has been turned over to the son/children of the owner - not an improvement.

leftpic A very short short story that was published as a book that I downloaded from Gutenberg. Watson acted alone but not very effectively per Holmes and it required Holmes to solve the mystery.

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is one of the eight stories in the cycle collected as His Last Bow, and one of the few stories in which for much of the plot Watson must act alone and try his best with Holmes left in the background. - Wikipedia

In 2008 Bush was succeeded by Obama, who’d campaigned against the warmongering of his predecessor and pledged to clean up the messes Bush made in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead he continued and drastically expanded Bush’s neoconservative war agendas, as well as expanding his Orwellian surveillance program while adding unprecedented persecution of whistleblowers into the mix as well. And now Trump, who campaigned against Obama’s interventionist foreign policy and harshly attacked his Syrian interventionism for years, is continuing Obama’s foreign policy and preparing to harshly attack Syria.
There is a pattern here. It isn’t hard to see. It is grinding its pelvis into our faces. The only reason more people don’t see it is because there’s so much narrative spin around US presidents.
If you listen to the mass media about Trump, you either believe that he is a Nazi Kremlin agent who presents a unique and unprecedented threat to America, or a populist hero who is fighting for the common man against the Deep State, depending on your echo chamber of preference. But if you mute the mass media narratives and just look at what’s happening without any partisan filters, what you see is soldiers, planes, bases and wars ships continuing to expand into other countries. You see more and more money, resources and creativity being poured into the war machine. You see a plutocratic class continuing to dictate the behavior of the US government. You see ordinary people continuing to struggle to make ends meet. You see an increasingly militarized police force, a continually expanding Orwellian surveillance system, dangerous and steadily increasing tensions with Russia, increasingly uninhibited ecocidal capitalism, increasingly unregulated exploitative corporations and banks.
You see the same bullshit with a different skin pigmentation. - Trump Minus Narrative Equals Bushbama, Caitlin Johnstone
10 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Not much news in the News. However, there is this:

David Hogg is still here. And he’s still a human whoopie cushion. Who thinks he’s a smart person as his jowls flap to make gurgle sounds. Despite a smorgasbord of evidence pointing in the other direction of mental mediocrity. Little Dave went on a trip to Canada with Michael Moore, the Democrat’s human donut, to take his douchebaggery international…
Hogg transitioned from “Canadians should give money to American politicians” to “Russia gave money to American politicians. Those bastards!” One minute, Hogg is publicly soliciting greenbacks from foreigners. The next, he’s calling for an investigation into foreigners allegedly funding Trump. “B-b-b-but this is different. Trump is a Republican and the Russians are like evil and stuff. - David Hogg Delivers Error-Filled Political Remarks in Canada, Corey Stallings
leftpic The Tragedy of the Korosko published in 1898 was serialized a year earlier in The Strand magazine between May and December 1897, and was later turned into a play Fires of Fate. The play was in turn twice adapted into films; a 1923 silent film and a 1932 talkie.
A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler", the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir at the southern frontier of Egypt, after which the Dervish country starts. They are attacked and abducted by a marauding band of Dervish warriors. The novel contains a strong defence of British Imperialism and in particular the Imperial project in North Africa. It also reveals the very great suspicion of Islam felt by many Europeans at the time, a suspicion re-awakening as a result of interactions with Islam in Europe since 2010. - Edited Wikipedia

I just remembered that the McD's here is Springerville did add a self-ordering kiosk. I don't think they needed to upgrade their electrical system for that. I ignored it and waited at the counter for a human to come and take my order. When it reaches the point that I can not place my order with a human I will probably seek out a different place to get my latte.

11 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I did some more shopping yesterday. First there was an order for more Arbuckles on 9 September. Then yesterday I ordered more hulled barley and oat groats both of those orders to be delivered General Delivery here in Springerville.

The other order was for more GoPo® from Amazon which I am having delivered to my UPS Store in Sierra Vista. I'll then have it forwarded, and all other held mail, to General Delivery. Arbuckles, Mulberry Lane Farm, and my UPS Store know how to deliver to General Delivery; I do not trust Amazon to do so.

leftpic The Wonderful Visit is an 1895 novel with an angel, a creature of fantasy unlike a religious angel, as protagonist and taking place in contemporary England. The book could be classified as contemporary fantasy, although the genre was not recognised in Wells's time. The Wonderful Visit also has strong satirical themes, gently mocking customs and institutions of Victorian England as well as idealistic rebellion itself. It is thought to have been was inspired by John Ruskin's remark that an angel appearing on earth in Victorian England would be shot on sight. - Edited Wikipedia

I sent President Trump an email reminding him that he campaigned to get OUT of the wars he inherited not START new ones. All the propaganda that I am seeing leads me to believe that The Establishment wants him to escalate the United States involvement in Syria. I don't think that will help the Republicans in the midterm elections and Trump is being played if he signs on to such an escalation.


12 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I have finished what started out as the CSS Grid Project but became much more. It all started on 5 June and I said then: That should keep me busy when I am not on the couch reading or on my Toshiba where I have Gimp to do my pixel art drawings. I also need to walk Patches her 4 miles everyday. Bored in retirement? No way!

I had no idea it would grow into the huge project that it became. Part of the additional work was when my free Google Maps API stopped working on 3 August. That required my adding a Map Key to all my maps and then when they were not working as designed I had to edit them all again.

The CSS Grid change was reasonably easy to do for all the pages on my website. What took the most time was changing the HTML coding within every page to be in compliance with HTML5 standards. While doing that I found quite a few errors in the HTML coding that should have been fixed long ago. As of today I think every page on my website is in compliance with the new standard.

In addition all the pages are now much more small screen friendly, the original reason for going to a CSS Grid Layout. Last week I knew that I had screwed up the image resizing for different screen sizes but put off trying to fix it until this morning. It took me a couple of hours but I think everything is working once again.

I had not tried to use my Toshiba laptop with Ubuntu since the beginning of August. Fired it up yesterday morning and added all the Ubuntu Updates. I was then told that my computer was up to date for 16.04.05 but 18.04.01 (the first in the Bionic Beaver series) was available to Upgrade. I elected to do that and it took hours! It also used about 1800MB of data so I will have to watch my usage more closely for the rest of this billing cycle.

I was on the couch with my Paperwhite and Patches while that was going on. It finally asked for a Restart and everything that I use it for seem to still be there and working. I'll know more after I stumble around trying to use it. I never really knew how to use 16.04 so it will not be like I have to forget how it once worked.

The only other thing that I must do is dump holding tanks. The water pump is making strange noises trying to get water so I need to fill the fresh water tanks also.

13 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I said that the CSS Grid Project was finished and all my web pages could be viewed using small screen devices. That was true as far as it went but the Archive page could not be viewed as it should be using small screen devices.

There were a couple of other reasons to create a different design for that page. After one false start I have almost finished a new layout of the page. It is viewable on all screen sizes and it does away with the "dropup' menu feature. I used this on the Archive page to overcome a problem but when used in the new design it seemed to cause even more problems. Last but not least it will be easier to add more menus to the new design. Maybe have it working by tomorrow.

I'll probably finish the latest book that I have been reading and start another. Maybe see if I can get GIMP to work in the upgraded Ubuntu on my Toshiba. I haven't done any pixel drawing in well over a month. That will fill my day. HA

14 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 14, 1930

Shopping day with breakfast at the Trailrider where I got the Tamale with Eggs. I think I'll be stopping there one more time before leaving here and will get that same thing. It is very good.

The grocery gathering at Safeway took a bit longer because the shelves were bare and I needed stockers go look for three things. No buttermilk was to be had and I settled for one container of Greek Gods Honey and one of Black Cherry versus two Honey. Friday morning is not a good time to shop Safeway here.

Stopped at the Post Office to pick up my Arbuckles which I knew had been delivered. The postal clerk knows me, as soon as she saw me at the window she went for my General Delivery packages. The order of hulled barley and oat groats had also come in yesterday. I was not expecting it to arrive until later today and I would be picking it up next week.

leftpic This is a collection of 12 short stories that mostly have a pirate or sea voyage theme. I had read 4 of them in a previous short story collection but enjoyed reading them all. There are some reviewers that disagree but I think these short stories are just as good as the Holmes short stories which made Doyle famous.

Really enjoyed this collection of storys which mainly(except for a highwayman one) are tales with a nautical flair...the storys are fun and generally have a 'Tales of the unexpected' type flair..the storys vary in being either tales of Pirates..slight suspense tales to light fantasy but are a collection that gel together and seem consistent. I got it via Project Gutenburg for kindle reading too and as such found it an interesting find and a great public domain book. - Customer Review @ goodreads.com

There is ONE reason for a Syrian intervention that is not mentioned in the blog posting that I am quoting. The midterm elections! If The Establishment can get President Trump to escalate United States involvement it is to the benefit of the Leftist and the Neocons.

The Syrian government and its allies are having military victory after military victory over the occupying militias which had taken over large territories, and they have been doing so using far more effective conventional munitions. Why, after all that success, would Assad suddenly switch to using an ineffective, banned military tactic that is guaranteed to provoke western retaliation and potentially bring about his own downfall? Even if he's the worst person in the world, there is no motive for him to do such a thing and there is every incentive not to. The only possible explanation would be that Assad receives some kind of personal gratification from committing war crimes, perhaps sexual in nature, and that this bizarre, unheard of kink is so alluring to him that it would overwhelm his desire to remain in power and stay alive. Furthermore, he would have to have only discovered this strange, unique sexual fetish a few years ago, coincidentally around the same time the US and its allies decided it was time to remove him from power. - Four Reasons Why Interventionism In Syria Is Crazy And Stupid, Caitlan Johnstone
15 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I have the New Archive page in place and working for all device screen sizes. I also stumbled upon some CSS coding that allowed me to make a cosmetic change to the Home page. I was never happy with the appearance of Older Postings with the .png arrow image. I think the new hypertext with arrowhead inline has a better appearance.

I am going to be doing some more experimenting with CSS Grid layouts. I don't know if anything will result in more changes or not but I'll see what the results of my tinkering are. The Saturday Night story included below is some of that tinkering. I used some, new to me, coding that shows the story in the center of the page on big screens but will also show on small screens in lanscape mode.

This Tweet has not been included in the Lame Stream Media's reporting narrative. Perhaps that is because Tulsi is a 'maverick' within the Democratic Party and it is only maverick Republicans that become heroes. Note: for those of you that are not conversant with abbreviations her AQ is al-Qaeda. She spells it out twice and then uses the abbreviation?

While President Trump & VP Pence give 9/11 speeches about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda's attack on our country, they are simultaneously acting as protectors of AQ in Syria/Idlib, threatening Russia and Syria that if they attack al-Qaeda, we will punish them. - Tulsi Gabbard @TulsiGabbard on Twitter 3:06 PM - 11 Sep 2018
The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas replay with Kavanaugh as the target has apparently failed.

On Thursday, Feinstein announced that she had referred the matter to the F.B.I. "I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Feinstein said. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities."
In a statement, an F.B.I. spokesperson said, "Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, as per the standard process." - A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer
Fred Reed has thrown his hat in the ring to run for dictator and presents his platform in Fred to Take Wheel of Ship of State: Will Implement Thoughtful and Reasonable Measures. He does not include some of the areas that the government needs to get out of but his platform is a good start. Suggested reading!

Saturday Night

A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.
Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk.
He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well Then one day, the rancher's widow said to the hired hand, "You have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels."
The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night.
One o'clock came, however, and he didn't return.
Two o'clock and no hired hand.
Finally he returned around two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he found the rancher's widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him.
She quietly called him over to her..
"Unbutton my blouse and take it off," she said.
Trembling, he did as she directed. "Now take off my boots."
He did as she asked, ever so slowly. "Now take off my socks."
He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.
"Now take off my skirt."
He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.
"Now take off my bra.." Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.

Then she looked at him and said, "If you ever wear my clothes into town again, you're fired."


16 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I spent most of yesterday trying to modify my Home Page content area. I found an example online that almost gave me what I have in mind but almost is not going to do it. By the end of the day I threw away everything that I had done. I'll start over by trying to duplicate the example and then modify it and see where that leads.

Will not get much of that done today. I'll be at the range with the Show Low Defensive Pistol League most of the afternoon. This will be the first time that I'll be using my new shooting glasses. I have used them some to dry fire but that is never the same as at the range. There are no scores but I will get an idea of any improvement or not.

Not much happening. Maybe have more to say tomorrow.

17 September
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Yesterday was a success. I think I shot better at the range. I could see the front sight better with the new shooting glasses and was on the target with every shot. That was the paper targets which were reasonably close.

I hit the 8" steel about 20% of the time but that is a smaller target and they were about 15 yard away. That was better than a few of the other participants and worse than a few others.

I was also able to duplicate the CSS Grid example. Then went on from that and made modifications that created a grid within a grid area that is very close to what I had in mind. What I did yesterday was also small screen compliant - something that I am now very aware of and check. Today I will see if I can use that coding in my Home Page. I think I can.

Maybe do some reading while on the couch with Patches. We didn't do any of that yesterday, need to catch up.

18 September 2018
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I spent the past few days trying to modify my Home Page content area. I found an example online that almost gave me what I had in mind but almost was not going to do it. By the end of the first day I threw away everything that I had done. Then started over by trying to duplicate the example and modify it and see where that would lead.

I was able to duplicate the example and modifiy it to give me what I was trying to achieve. Yesterday I was able to move that coding, after a few false starts, to my Test Home Page and everything seemed to be working.

Today I present it and explaining the reason in the second "Card". What I have done is split the previous 'text content area' of the overall CSS Grid into two columns with a Date/Location banner spaning them. The posting will now appear within the CSS Cards which gives me the paragraph width that I was seeking. It also has a better appearance on small screens (although the paragraphs are a little wider). I have also added a highlight to blockquotes and increased the text size which IMO is also better.

This quote was taken from Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update and More, by Kevan Lee. He provides tips on optimal lengths for tweets, blogposts, headlines, and more. It is the paragraph width that I am trying to manage in the content area of my Home Page.

The optimal width of a paragraph – 40 to 55 characters

Before researching this one, I seldom thought about the width of my paragraphs. Readers might not think much of it either, but usability studies and psychology suggest that they notice it nevertheless.
What makes this width optimal? At this width, the content appears simple to understand, and readers feel they can comprehend the subject matter.
Where’d this data come from? Derek Halpern of Social Triggers synthesized a pair of research studies to arrive at the 40-to-55 character recommendation. The studies he cited include a 2004 meta-analysis by Mary C. Dyson of the University of Reading and a 1992 study from a team of Netherlands researchers.
Don't misunderstand, what I have done is almost the same as what Blogger or WordPress users do when they change templates or themes. The difference is I built/made the template/theme; I don't care what Obama says, I built/made the template/theme that in turn makes this page.

I have started to think of my Home Page as being a bottle of wine. I use CSS, CSS Grid and HTML5 (materials made by other people) to make the bottle and fill it with wine (my words). I am not a very good vintner (writer) and produce mostly table wine. I am becoming more skilled in making the bottle and that gives me satisfaction and the motivation to continue putting up bottles of wine.

19 September 2018
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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I haven't just been working on the appearance of my Home Page although that has taken up a LOT of my time. I have also cooked a batch of breakfast hulled barley and oat groats. Yesterday I needed to make make up some more grains, chicken and peas-n-carrots for future 'linners'. Maybe get salmon fillets in the Roaster; if not today then tomorrow to give me the choice of a couple 'linner' items.

I knew that the 320X-- screens were going to be a problem and sure enough I got a Shout from Mary that they were. I made some changes in how the blockquotes are shown and reduced the fonts size back to what it was before I rolled out this 'new look'. I had a similar problem with 1024x-- screens and made changes that I hope fit those devices also.
I have some more ideas but face a Verizon data usage constraint. All this web page development work has used up more data than I would have thought. That and the big hit I took early in the billing cycle for upgrading Ubuntu has me thinking it is time to go on a data usage diet.

I will not quote from this posting Can Russia Survive Her “Partnerships”? Has Putin Made A Strategic Miscalculation? by Paul Craig Roberts but do recommend it.

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley, when he spotted a world-famous heart surgeon in his shop. The heart surgeon was waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike.
The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc can I ask you a question?" The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle.
The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I also can open it up, take valves out, fix'em, put in new parts and when I finish this will work just like a new one. So how come I get a pittance and you get the really big money, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic, "Try doing it while it's running."


20 September 2018
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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It was overcast when we did our morning walk yesterday but did not look like rain. That overcast got heavier as the day progressed and by noon it was trying to rain.

We went out at our usual time in the afternoon and there were a few sprinkles which turned into rain before we got out of the Park. Beat a hasty retreat to Desperado which saved us from getting really wet. There was a wall of water coming from the south that hit soon after we gained shelter.

This was the first time in a long time that we got completely rained out. It was still raining when it got dark and when I went to bed. It was overcast again this morning but by 8:00 it looked like it was clearing. Total rain from this storm that lasted until the early hours of this morning was 0.48".

We got our walk in and then went to Booga Red's for breakfast. This will probably be the last time I stop there this stay. I'll be going back when/if I'm in Springerville next year. Groceries at Safeway were quickly gathered but had to settle for frozen mixed berries since the blueberry shelf was bare. Then went to a barber shop in Eagar where I waited about an hour for it to open. Got this posting ready and might even get it on the host server before getting my hair cut.

While sitting in Desperado there were a couple of other people showed up to get hair cuts. They took a seat on the barber shop porch so I may have lost my place in line. We will see.

21 September 2018
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 21, 1930

It was cold this morning with the low at 40.7° and a slight breeze. The weather guessers have been forecasting the lows to be in the upper 40s and continue to do so in the 10 Day forecast. I don't think that is going to happen and I'll see a morning below my prefered 40 before I leave here.

Just How Irrational and Insane Can a Society Get? by Michael J. Hurd is one of the more rational postings about the attempt to destroy Kavanaugh that I have read - Recommended,

Ding Dong…. by James Howard Kunstler covers some of the same subjects but does it in classic Kunstler style. I quote his opening just as a teaser.

How hilarious is it in this pornography-saturated culture of anything-goes-and-nothing-matters that a long-ago session of awkward teenage necking becomes the most horrifying crime since Eve consorted with a snake in the original wayback?
Last but not least, for today, is Trump’s “Opposition” Supports All His Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense by Caitlan Johnstone saying what none of the Ministry of Propaganda will say.

I did not think the book was all that funny but the Customer Review is good for the most part. I did find one quote that appears timeless; just substitute twenty first for twentieth, U. S. Empire for Our Empire and goatherds for farmer.
The first decade of the twentieth century was for the English a decade of badly sprained optimism. Our Empire was nearly beaten by a handful of farmers amidst the jeering contempt of the whole world—and we felt it acutely for several years. We began to question ourselves. - The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman, H. G. Wells
leftpic This is my absolute favorite of all amongst Wells' social novels. Yes, he's best known for his science fiction now, but he had a genuinely brilliant eye for social satire. In my opinion, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman is his funniest, despite some indirect hints of anti-Semitism in his sometimes stereotypical portrait of Sir Isaac himself

He is not the main character, however: his wife Ellen is, as she gropes her way from a child-bride's terrified dependency upon her husband's will to finding a life and work of her own, with the help of a bumbling romantic writer of domestic comedies. (Unlike several of Wells' other novels of women's intellectual growth, Ellen does not end up falling madly in love with a scientifically-minded iconoclast bearing a suspicious resemblance to Wells, thank goodness.) Occasionally, the writer character gets a trifle preachy, but who could resist a protagonist who suddenly declares herself a suffragette and smashes the nearest shop window because the time in jail means a holiday from her husband? - Customer Review @ Amazon

21 September 2018
Casa Malpais RV Park
Springerville, AZ
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The Wells book that I just finished was the last of his that were available at Gutenberg. There are still a lot of Conan Doyle books there for me and I have selected another English author whose writing seems coeval to that of Wells and Doyle.

I'll be switch back and forth between those two English authors while reading a few short stories each time from The Complete Works Of H. P. Lovecraft. It is not his complete works but I think it is all of his fiction short stories; I don't know how many but over 14,000 locations on Kindle. He was an American writer at the turn of the 20th-century that is now regarded as one of the most significant authors in horror fiction.

Down with the Working Classes! by C.J. Hopkins is a great satire. I think I will read more of his postings. Recommended!

Dissent Is No Longer Permissible In The West, Paul Craig Roberts

Marine Le Pen, a French patriot, seems destined for the fate of Joan of Arc. The French establishment has been after Le Pen for a long time. She has already had her parliamentary immunity stripped for a tweet and faces three years in prison if convicted by her enemies for a simple free speech statement in defense of French sovereighty. Now she is in trouble for posting on Twitter images of Daesh executing people...In France Le Pen’s belief that the French deserve their own country is considered to be a sign of insanity.