1 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We did the multi-dogs route this morning and Patches was very good again with all the barking that she had to put up with and ignore. I almost did not do the longer walk this morning, just not feeling up to it but did it and then did not go to the Dog Park. I did go to the Club House for coffee for the first time in over a week.
I'm nearing the end of the novel that I have been reading so have devoted a little bit more time to it the past couple of days. Also got a good start on the links for November's Will Rogers weekly articles. Continue to make slow progress on catching up to current again on Monthly blogs and doing nothing about getting current on new ones.
It continues HOT. Maybe 99° tomorrow then slowly cooling to low 80s by the end of the 10 day forecast. The morning lows will be dropping into the 50s within the next few days IF the weather guessers have got it right. That will also be very welcome.
It is not as bad here however as where I'm considering going next. The forecast there is 107° today but cooling to the low 80s also by the end of the 10 day forecast. I'm not leaving anytime soon so hopefully I can time it such that as it gets cold here it will still be warm there. That is my primary goal in life now: warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
This excerpt is from Cut to the chase, Gov. Romney and tell us how you're going to fix America by Edward Rollins. He is saying the same thing that others have said for the past couple of months now, I have agreed with them then and I agree with him now. I don't think the past articles nor this one by Mr. Rollins will make any difference however.
It seems that Romney is running a Campaign like McCain ran his. Neither of them appeared to have that 'fire in the belly' that is necessary to win the Presidency. Maybe it is for the best. Those that support Romney will be disappointed briefly when he looses but I think those that support the President will be disappointed for four years when he wins.
Almost all public polls are showing a momentum shift towards the president. What that tells me is whatever Romney is doing isn’t working...Telling the country that the president is a lousy leader isn’t working because most people already know that. What they still don’t know is what kind of leader Governor Romney is and whether or not he really does have solutions or if he just running on a successful business resume that is more than decade old...
What the Romney campaign has to know, just as the Obama campaign knows, is that Mr. Romney is not connecting with ordinary voters. Selling is an “Art form!” Let me speak plainly here: Gov. Romney, you’re not selling right, now you're confusing. You state that you’re going to cut taxes, but then not really. You’re going to repeal ObamaCare, but not really. You says you're going to cut the government and eliminate agencies, but you're not sure where and will have to ask the Congress for suggestions.
What I want and many others want to know is how Mitt Romney, the turnaround guru, the fixer of the broken Olympics, is going to fix the US economy. My counsel is don’t waste one more dollar, one more speech, one more campaign appearance telling me how bad Obama’s tenure has been and how many promises he’s broken. I know it and so do most other Americans.
You need to be bold! Tell me in the three debates ahead and the 5 weeks of campaign left, if you're elected what is your vision of what America will look like and what steps are needed to get us there.
2 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We did the out and back route to the south and then east this morning. Patches confronted two dogs running loose again on the way back. One of them charged toward us and Patches backed it off in a flash. There was no question about her being in protective mode and the other dog recognized that very quickly.
We went to the Dog Park again and Patches met a shaggy haired dog almost her own size. They started to get into a doggy scuffle but Patches broke off the confrontation immediately upon my command. She is a good dog! She then tried to do a run and play with the dog later but that didn't work out very well, I think the other dog was intimidated.
I was going to make up an onion and Sun Dried Tomato quiche today but did not remember the onions until I had it cooked. This time I added a little more flour, a little more ½ and ½ and a bit less skim milk. Cooked it in the Roaster but set it at 350° this time for only 30 minutes.
Some helpful advice for Romney from Will Rogers that supports what I, and many others, have been saying: “ You can’t beat an Administration by attacking it. You have to show some plan of improving on it”. This was true 88 years ago and it is still true.
3 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
A usual morning walk for Patches and myself. Then when we got home I unhooked from electric and drove to Lakeside Casino for breakfast. I thought they opened at 7:00 and they still do but it is a slow opening so I was there for awhile before placing my order for biscuits and sausage gravy. That was quick in coming however.
It was a good thing. I was freezing because of the A/C. When I placed my order I asked for coffee, biscuits-n-gravy and turn off the A/C. The waitress said they were working on it but no one had the code. I started to say “Throw the power circuit breaker or pull the plug” but if no one in the Casino had considered these options I refrained – they would not understand.
From there I went to Mickey's. That is the upholstery place directly north of the Park where I was getting a cushion and door trim. The cushion is a very dark red that goes well with the dark brown storage bench. The trim was done with the same vinyl fabric over the top of the ugly cloth fabric and then screwed to the wall around the door. It also looks very good.
I still have the left living room wall to paint and obtain a new chair and jack knife sofa. That will then complete my living room re-do. It is coming along very slowly as I can get to it and as I have the money. The new chair is my next priority then get the painting done.
It was only 96° yesterday, not the 99 that was forecast. I guess we should be grateful. The high today is expected to be 95 but next Thursday is forecast to be 72 which will feel like a cold snap. After that the following three days are to be in the low 80s.
Maybe we are finally going to get some nice Autumn weather during the month of October. October is usually Autumn and April is usually Spring in Pahrump. That leaves November thru March as Winter and May thru September for Summer.
My quiche turned out pretty good again. The edge was still slightly darker brown than I really want it so I need to experiment more with temperature and cooking time. I'll make some more next week and see how it goes.
4 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
When we got home from our walk this morning I loaded up a bag full of laundry and multi-tasked. Sat in with the morning coffee group at the Club House wile doing my laundry. I also obtained the name of someone here in the Park that could help me with another leak in my ice maker water line. I want him to cap the line where it taps into the source line.
I noticed the water pump cycling on and off yesterday and when I went outside to see if I could find a leak I saw water shooting from the refrigerator vent again. Pulled the vent off and could see a steady fine stream of water coming from a crack in the line. Shut off the water supply which took care of the problem but that also shut off the water to my toilet.
I found the fellow here in the Park to fix my water leak. He had it done in 10 minutes max at a VERY good price. It would have cost me 4X as much to have a mobile RV Service come in and do it. He ONLY does work for people here in the Park during the time of the year that he is here. Then to top it off he gave me some caulk for a spot on Desperado that needs to be taken care of.
Traded two more books at the Park library exchange after finishing my most recent novel. I then found another book in my library that I had read so when I finish the one I'm now reading I'll trade two more. The plan is to leave here with a totally fresh library of unread books which should last me until April when I come back.
I received an email this morning asking me my analysis of the debate. This is what I had to say:
I didn't watch or listen to the debate either. I'll read about it today but expected that Romney would be the winner. The main stream media needed for him to be the winner even more than Romney did himself. IF he had been the looser there would no longer be any drama nor excitement for them to report. They have been claiming that the election was over for the past couple of weeks now they can rally around the underdog with a comeback story line...
My gut says that the debates and Romney winning will not result in more votes for him. Free 'stuff' is more important to a vast number of voters and Obama offers more of it than Romney. I guess I have become cynical about what motivates the American public.
These may be the two best quote that I have seen today:
“Above all, the first debate revealed that it's not so much what you say as how you say it. And Romney said it better.” - Henry Blodget
“I think he took Romney too lightly. I think he did not expect Romney to throw that kind of heat. Romney was able to ‘out-Obama’ Obama. On the connection piece, on the authenticity piece, on the being able to tell the story.” - Van Jones, Former special adviser for green jobs
I also read that Michael Moore, Bill Maher and Chris Matthews were all on the verge of strokes because of the poor showing that President Obama made in the debate. This will NOT keep them from voting for him in November however nor will he lose many of his supporters. Then, as I said before, IF he is re-elected they will be disappointed during his second four year term.
Charles Hurt in an opinion Obama the debater: Making Jimmy Carter look awesome
for The Washington Times may have described the night best.
Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.
Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.
5 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA95 October 5, 1924
I didn't feel like a walk this morning and Patches seems to have taken it is stride, pun intended. We did a potty walk to the Dog Park and she got to run around while chewing on a tennis ball which I guess was enough for her.
I used the time saved by not walking to dump my holding tanks and take on a tank of fresh water. My neighbor came by just as I was finishing up and asked if I was leaving. Told him no and explained that I almost never hook up to water and sewer because I need to leave my site every week at least once.
I then went for coffee at the Club House before going to town. Had breakfast at The Town Diner (formerly The Pahrump Diner) which was only adequate, will not order that again. Then went to Smith's a stock up on groceries for the week.
When I got home I immediately put some of those items purchased into a bowl to whip up another quiche. The experiment today included Ricotta Cheese and Yogurt rather than milk plus 1/2 and 1/2. I had some Sun Dried Tomatoes mixed in the bowl but after pouring the mixture into the Roaster I laid in a can of Asparagus spears.
Baked it at 325° for 30 minutes which still gave me an outside crust that is browner than I want. I need to keep working with the temperature and the bake time. I'll comment on how it tasted after I have some of it for 'linner'.
The Bureau of Labor has released their non-farm job numbers for September, an increase of 114,000, which is less than the revised numbers for July and August. The media is not saying much about this, they are focusing on the huge drop in the Unemployment Rate to 7.8%. This will also be the number that President Obama will trumpet during the next month while out on the Campaign stump.
The monthly report looks even better when you look at the Bureau's historical data, by month, for Total Employed (which includes farm workers and has not been manipulated quite as much). The trend for the past five months has now become very mixed: May ADDED 422,000, June ADDED 128,000, July LOST 195,000, August LOST 119,000 and September ADDED 873,000 (the most for any one month in 29 years). There was also great news with the Unemployed going down by 456,000 and they seem to have actually got jobs.
There was a decrease in Not in the Labor Force of 211,000 which was not favorable for the President but the huge increase in Employed resulted in the big Rate drop. I have said that IF the President could go into the election with an Unemployment Rate below 8% that would probably be good enough. I think you can forget about the debates, they are stagecraft, this drop in the Unemployment Rate is much more powerful.
I wonder if President Obama knew what the Rate number was going to be before the debate started on Wednesday night? If he did it could go a long way toward explaining why he was so passive. It just might have been a political Rope-a-Dope on a grand scale.
Vice President Biden has gone and done it again, put his foot in his mouth. This is after his “the middle class has been buried during the past four years” statement of a couple days ago. I think he spoke the truth which he often does to the detriment of President Obama. What neither of them seem to understand is they can not do what they 'want'.
In 2009 the IRS collected $865,863,000,000 from ALL tax payers not just the wealthy. The 1%ers paid $318,043,000,000 or 37% of that total. That tax was collected on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $1,324,572,000,00 or a tax rate of 24% the highest of any group. It is obvious that to get another $1 Trillion in taxes from this group during 2009 would have required the government to take virtually the entire groups AGI.
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.
6 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We were back to our routine this morning by doing our 2 mile walk. It is almost all done in the dark now, just starting to get light as we finish. That will change in a month when we go onto Daylight Savings Time.
I fed Patches breakfast after we got home and I went for coffee. Came back and fixed my breakfast and read Daily blogs before going out to attend to the caulking job on Desperado. I made a bit of a mess of it because the caulk would not squeeze out of the tube properly. That being said, I do think I have sealed where the water could have gotten in.
It is good that I have got it done, there is a 40% chance of rain next Wednesday. The high temperatures are forecast to fall into the upper 70s during next week but back to 90 by the end of the 10 day forecast. The lows are now in the 50s and are expected to drop into the low 50s or upper 40s. For me that makes it perfect for sleeping.
The asparagus quiche was not too bad but I don't think the Ricotta Cheese added to it. I won't do that again after I finish what I have left on hand. I may try Cottage Cheese next as I ponder on what else I can throw in. When I peruse quiche recipes on the Web I find a lot for spinach but that seems so ordinary, I want something with a little more pizazz.
I find the liberal analysts whining that Romney lied during the first debate to be very Pecksniffian. What do they think politicians do each and every day when out on the Campaign Trail – tell lies to get votes. Will Rogers said it best: “ Shrewdness in Public life all over the World is always honored, while honesty in Public Men is generally attributed to Dumbness and is seldom rewarded”.
However, in a Campaign speech yesterday in Virginia President Obama was probably telling the truth when he said:
We do not believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country. But we do believe in opportunity. We believe in a country where hard work pays off and responsibilities are rewarded and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody's doing their fair share. And everybody's paying by the same rules. That is the country I believe in.
I can only assume from what he has said; if everyone is getting a fair shot, everyone is doing their fair share, everyone is playing by the same rules then they should all be rewarded equally for their responsibilities and hard work.
When he says that 'we do not believe that anybody is entitled to success' it sounds like he is paraphrasing The Code of Nature (1755)
by Étienne-Gabriel Morelly a French utopian thinker that influenced Karl Marx. Morelley's “Sacred and Fundamental Laws” that would tear out the roots of vice and of all the evils of a society" included:
I. Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work.
II. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.
III. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws.
This is beyond 'you did not build it'. This is beyond 'spreading the wealth around'. I think this is truly President Obama's vision of the transformation that he wants for this country. He is a collectivist and utopian in his core beliefs and this is what he wants for this country. It must have a strong ruling hand of course and he sees himself as The One that can provide that.
7 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I did not feel like doing our usual walk again this morning. Would have liked to stayed in bed longer but Patches was ready to go. I took her to the Dog Park and let her run with a tennis ball for a little while. That seemed to be good enough.
I didn't even go for coffee at the Club House. There usually is not a group there on Sunday and sometimes there is no coffee prepared. I don't want to be the one to go over there, make a pot, drink a cup and a half then leave it.
Have spent more time on the couch reading my newest novel after having breakfast and reading Daily blogs. I also caught up on a financial blog that I usually stay current but have lapsed during the busy week that I had at the end of September.
Have the Will Rogers weekly articles for November ready to link. Also made some more progress on my Monthly blogs but I'm going rather slow with them.
8 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We got back to our routine walk again this morning. There was one slight difference however. I wore my new wool shirt this morning and was glad that I had it on. Yesterday morning I had only my windbreaker on and it seemed to be rather cool so I'm guessing it is time to retire it for more warmth.
I also attended the Club House coffee hour. It has grown in number of participants since I first arrived as more people come back to the Park for a meeting in November and/or to stay for the winter. There will also be some people leave in November and December, heading for warmer climes like myself.
I made up another quiche. This one is also Ricatta Cheese, Yogurt, Sun Dried Tomato and Asparagus but I added a diced onion also. As I said before, this will be the last Ricatta Cheese that I'll use. I'm going to be changing the Roaster temperature once more in the hopes of getting my preferred coloring in the cooked edge. I'll report once more after the taste test.
I think the aftermath of the First Debate may be more instructive and revealing than the debate itself. The $5 Trillion tax cut has garnered scrutiny that time allows whereas there was not the time during the debate. Team Obama has taken the 'destroy the opponents character' approach, which has worked so well in the past, by simply saying that Romney is a liar.
This is from Obama Kicks Up Character Attacks After Debate Drubbing by Chris Stirewalt.
After President Obama’s sour showing in last week’s debate, he and his team adopted a curious seeming response. Team Obama said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a man Democrats (and Republicans) have long been saying is a stiff, awkward, un-relatable bore, was a slick and artful politician.
So Romney, previously jeered as a gaffe-prone, bumbling blueblood who couldn’t connect with voters, suddenly turned into an evil, mesmerizing, tent-revival hustler?
The basis for this abrupt u-turn is that Romney says that he is not calling for a $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy financed by tax increases for middle-class. Obama claims Romney’s tax plan would do that based on a study conducted by left-leaning think tanks that took Romney’s overall goal – to lower tax rates across the board but maintain current federal revenues by closing tax loopholes – and plugged in their own hypothetical policy points.
The think tanks said that to achieve his goals, Romney would have to jack up taxes on middle class families. Romney says not so. He says that the revenues lost from the lower rates will be made up for by the increased growth that will result from a fairer, flatter tax code and lower rates for small businesses.
That, says Team Obama, is a lie.
However, the report that Team Obama is using to call Romney a liar has been turned into a lie by the Team. Princeton Economist: Obama Campaign Is Misrepresenting My Study on Romney's Tax Plan
by John McCormick explains:
Last night, the Obama campaign blasted out another email claiming that Mitt Romney's tax plan would either require raising taxes on the middle class or blowing a hole in the deficit. "Even the studies that Romney has cited to claim his plan adds up still show he would need to raise middle-class taxes," said the Obama campaign press release. "In fact, Harvard economist Martin Feldstein and Princeton economist Harvey Rosen both concede that paying for Romney’s tax cuts would require large tax increases on families making between $100,000 and $200,000."
But that's not true. Princeton professor Harvey Rosen tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email that the Obama campaign is misrepresenting his paper on Romney's tax plan:
I can’t tell exactly how the Obama campaign reached that characterization of my work. It might be that they assume that Governor Romney wants to keep the taxes from the Affordable Care Act in place, despite the fact that the Governor has called for its complete repeal. The main conclusion of my study is that under plausible assumptions, a proposal along the lines suggested by Governor Romney can both be revenue neutral and keep the net tax burden on taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 about the same. That is, an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral.
9 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We were out walking again in the cool morning temperatures. It did feel a little warmer today compared to yesterday and when I checked Underground Weather I found that it had been 52° yesterday compared to 61 this morning.
We have what the Weather Service is calling an “unseasonably strong fall system to impact the area Wednesday through Friday”. Summary... a strong upper level low pressure system is forecast to move across the Desert Southwest Thursday and Friday... bringing areas of light to moderate rain... isolated thunderstorms... and even some high elevation snowfall to the region Wednesday through Friday. In addition... temperatures will plummet to 10-15 degrees below normal for the second week of October.
I need to go to town for groceries again on Thursday so I might get wet. The Summary does not talk about the winds but we will get them also. The daily forecast is predicting gusts of up to 60 mph on Wednesday (tomorrow) as the storm moves in. They do not say so but probably strong winds on Friday as the storm moves out.
My neighbor for the past couple of weeks left this morning. They caused me no problems and I introduced Patches the day they came in so she was fine. They had a little yappy dog that barked at me almost every time I went past but Patches was very good with it also.
I haven't felt like going to the Dog Park with her the past few days. She does well there after we get inside and she settles down. The hard part is getting her inside with 3-4 dogs rushing up to the gate barking at her. She can not maintain here cool and proceeds to bark and lunge like the fool that she is at times.
My most recent Put sale has gone nowhere with the price of Hecla in a very narrow trading range since I took the position. Today it is back about where it was the day that I sold the Puts. I still have until December for the stock to move up again.
Maybe after the election? Even if it does not and I have to buy the shares at the Put price I will still have a good cost basis. Time will tell.
10 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
This morning was warmer yet, not by much but warmer. That was probably because of a mostly overcast sky and the lack of any wind, it was dead calm. The clouds have continued to build up all day with a high temperature expected to be 77° and a 40% chance of rain. That chance of rain goes up to 60% tonight and 70% tomorrow.
Yesterday afternoon Patches and I went to the Dog Run, which is much larger than the Dog Park, like we have for most days. We were joined by the Pug that Patches has met once before and has barked at many more times. They both act like they are going to tear into each other when there is a fence between them. However, when the Pug came into the Run they got along like long lost friends.
Did nothing but my usual routine during the day. Making good progress on my novel and might catch up to current with my Monthly blogs.
In What's behind Obama's 'disdain' for Romney? by Michael Goodwin he provides a convincing argument for the reason behind President Obama calling Romney a liar. I don't think it is unprecedented that a sitting President has called his challenger a liar but it has not been done for many years; in our recent history presidents have attempted to act more presidential than that.
“Mr. Obama does not like debates to begin with, aides have long said, viewing them as media-driven gamesmanship,” the Times wrote. “Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain.”
So the president doesn’t like debates, and especially doesn’t like debating Romney because of Obama’s “disdain.” This is more circular than enlightening, and begs the question of why.
Why does Obama hate Romney?
Here’s my view: the president has been totally corrupted by power. His already excessive self-regard has grown out of control thanks to an entourage of yes men, a fawning press and the presidential bubble. He actually believes in the messianic cult of the “black Jesus” that surrounds him, and has a Nobel Prize to authenticate his personal exceptionalism.
The result is that Obama is no longer capable of dealing with ordinary disagreement and difference. He can only demonize it as unworthy and illegitimate. Honest disagreements are beneath him. Thus, Romney is a “liar.”
11 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
The weather guessers called this one right. It started to rain at 3:00 this morning and quit around 9:30. This resulted in Patches and I doing a potty walk to the Dog Park in a light rain. I then waited until 7:00 hoping that the rain would stop.
When it did not I decided to un-hook from electric and go to town for breakfast at the Nugget. They make a good omelet there for a good price. The service can be a bit slow as it was this morning but I wasn't in any hurry so it didn't bother me however it has in the past.
Then went next door to Smith's and got groceries for the week. I wanted some cod but settled for Red Snapper, at a much higher price, because they had no cod. I think the traditional pescado a la veracruzana is made with Snapper but I have always avoided it because of the cost. I'll make some tomorrow.
I then went just up the road to my UPS Store to check for mail. As I was driving up there I saw a double rainbow. The lower, or brighter one, had the most vivid colors that I have seen in a long time. I can not remember when I saw such a broad and bright band of indigo color at the bottom of a bow.
Yesterday was the first day that I did not run my A/C since I have been here in Pahrump. Today is shaping up to be the second with tomorrow possibly being the third. It will then get warmer again, up into the 80s which will be a big improvement over the high 90s that we did have.
We are a week away from the second debate between President Obama and Romney. The next one will be primarily about foreign affairs which I am predicting the media will declare to be a brilliant comeback by the President. They must do this or NO one will watch the third debate.
This past week has been very interesting in the wake of the President's defeat in debate number one. The media and Team Obama have had three primary story lines. First, the President just had a 'bad night' with a lot of excuses for why that happened (I liked Gore's altitude explanation the best). Second, Team Obama and the media have tag teamed the 'he is a liar' meme. Third, Team Obama has placed bets on Big Bird being the issue that is going to change voters minds.
It was bad enough that the President lost the debate but it seems to me that his handlers have thrown away a week of campaigning on top of that. The Bureau of Labor Statistics handed the President a gift with the 7.8% Unemployment Rate and he has done almost nothing with it. Is the number so suspect that even the President and his minions don't want to touch it?
12 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA96 October 12, 1924
We got caught in a light rain again when we went to the Dog Run yesterday afternoon. The Pug and her owner came by to visit and we had just sat down before deciding that it would be best to get home. Didn't get very wet but Patches had mud caked on all four feet that I had to wash off.
That was only the prelude to the rains to come later. We had a massive thunderstorm come rolling in at 11:00 last night. Very heavy rain, lightning and thunder. One lightning bolt was directly over the Park that had everyone talking about it at coffee this morning. I think it may have been the closest I've come to being hit.
The storm set a new rainfall record for October 11th with a total of 0.68”. About a third of that all came down during that storm starting at 11:00.
We only went to the Dog Park this morning. It wasn't raining but the ground was very sodden with puddles everywhere and I was trying to keep out feet reasonably clean. It stayed cold, compared to past days, all day with thick overcast and occasional light rain/sprinkles.
A good day to spend on the couch with my latest novel. I also did a lot of reading on-line about the VP debate. The media has given the win to Vice President Biden by a larger margin than the pools indicate; certainly a much closer debate than the first Obama-Romney one.
It seems that Vice President Biden did what the Democrat faithful wanted him to do. A number of commentators found his 'style' to be disrespectful but but that approach is what President Obama supporters needed to boost their morale. The debate does not appear to have changed much except to get the focus off the first debate.
In 2 Debates and No Mention of the Fed: How Is that Possible? Aaron Task at Daily Ticker makes the following observation. It is my opinion that the lack of discussion about the Federal Reserve and serious discussion about the deficit/debt just shows how similar the two parties policies are rather than how different. I don't expect the election to change much of anything at the Fed or with the deficit/debt.
There have been two debates and no mention of the Federal Reserve? How is that possible? The economy is the biggest issue of this campaign and the Fed is playing a huge role in the economy so it's hard to fathom that not one question has been asked about Ben Bernanke & Co. and none of the candidates have brought up the central bank.
One theory is that the "average" American doesn't care about the Fed, know what it does or who Ben Bernanke is. I think that underestimates the intelligence of the American people. They might not understand the intricacies of monetary policy but they do know they're getting almost no return on money markets and CDs and that a zero interest rate policy is highly abnormal.
Some believe the politicians don't want to mention the Fed because Bernanke's easy money is letting them get away with not seriously dealing with the deficit; all the more reason to have the discussion in these debates.
In sum, it's a black mark on both moderators and all four candidates that Fed policy — and Ben Bernanke's future — hasn't been the topic of intense debate.
There was one other question not asked in the VP debate Is Paul Ryan fit to be president
by Dr. Keith Ablow attempted to answer that. If he is correct in his assessment then I think Ryan may have lost the battle and won the war.
Coming on the heels of a presidential debate in which challenger Mitt Romney outdistanced President Obama, leaving him to chase Romney in the polls, the bulk of the American electorate really only had one question left: If Mitt Romney were, tragically, to die in office, would Paul Ryan be able to take over and be a credible president of the United States?
That unconscious question—which I believe is the last one voters needed to answer before delivering the White House to Governor Romney—was answered by Ryan with a resounding “yes” Thursday night. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his policies, whether one is Democrat or Republican, few people would say that Paul Ryan lacks the knowledge base or gravitas or commitment to be our commander in chief.
13 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Patches and I were back into our morning walking routine today. There were rain puddles still in evidence and the road shoulders were very muddy in places but I did my best to keep us out of both hazards.
The day before yesterday as we were trying to get home in the rain I met a woman that takes 3-4 dogs to the Dog Park in her golf cart. She was trying to get them back home before the rain became too bad also. Among the dogs was the black cocker spaniel that had picked a fight with Patches in the Dog Park. I have been avoiding going back because of that.
He was unleashed in the golf cart and when she stopped to return one dog the cocker jumped down and attacked Patches again. I broke up the fight before it got too far along but yesterday I noticed that Patches had been bit. It is not bad but I will NOT be going back to the Dog Park when the crocker is there, I'll also be keeping an eye open for him when I'm walking with her in the Park.
The pescado a la veracruzana that I made yesterday was very good with the Red Snapper. It was not so much better that I'm going to change to snapper from cod but it was good. I have two more servings of it out of the one fillet that I cooked plus another fillet frozen for next week.
Made up a Roaster pan full of flat meat with onion enchiladas today that will give me something to alternate day by day with the fish. Eating rather well this week. HA
I presented two unasked questions in my post yesterday. There is one more that I want to ask. Why is there no debate about our armed service members dieing in Afghanistan? This was a big issue when former President Bush was in office but now the lame stream media and the peaceniks have become VERY quiet. Why is Cindy Sheehan no longer on the nightly TV news or on the front page denouncing President Obama?
Again, I will do what the media will not. I'll show you in the table below the deaths for the first nine months of each year and the President in office when they occurred. Please note that during former President Bush's complete first term there were 1,496 casualties whereas there have been 1,761 so far with President Obama as Commander in Chief.
|Total US Casualties Iraq & Afghanistan
14 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
A very routine day. Yesterday was probably the last day that we did not have to use the A/C. The forecast is that we will back into the mid-80s starting today and for the next week. The morning low temperatures will be going back above 50° during that time also.
I finished my last novel which provided entertainment but was nothing to be recommended. Have started another one that I can already tell will be of the same nature.
I continue to believe that President Obama will be declared the winner of the Foreign Affairs debate with Romney next week. But I'm not so sure that the media is now going to be able to spin it to be a smashing defeat by the President. The Vice President has once again made things harder for his boss rather than easier. He tried to throw the State Department and the Intelligence Services under the bus with regard to Libya leaving this a tough issue for the President.
Today, in an effort to defend the President and Vice President Axelrod said the Benghazi attack is “not a matter of blaming anyone” and that “sometimes the intelligence has to catch up with what’s on the ground.” He also said Biden “was talking about what the White House knew,” not about the Defense Department and the rest of the administration.
I find this explanation beyond belief. The Defense Department and the rest of the Administration (barring State and the UN Ambassador) received accurate, and timely, intelligence reports but this was NOT included in the Daily Intelligence Brief to the President? If Axelrod had said that the President had not read the Daily Briefs for a week I would believe that, but I can not believe he was not given the same information that was given to the Defense Department.
In his debate Vice President Biden came out with some statements that are sure to be re-addressed next week. You must remember that VP Biden was chosen for his foreign affairs background to strengthen the 2008 ticket so this is not the President's area of expertise. This is from a Review& Outlook article in The Wall Street Journal, a summary of the Vice President's positions.
Don't worry, be happy may be a good campaign theme for Mr. Biden. Don't worry about a resurgent al Qaeda in North Africa. Or the escalating war in Syria. Or Iran's mullahs with weapons grade uranium, or Vladimir Putin's increasingly anti-American policy, or China's muscular antics in the Pacific. Overseas, said Mr. Biden, this Administration has "repaired our alliances so the rest of the world follows up again." He clearly knows something the world doesn't.
I think this second debate provided proof of the Taranto Principle. Said principle being: The media's failure to hold left-wingers accountable for bad behavior merely encourages the left's bad behavior to the point that its candidates are repellent to ordinary Americans. The re-match between Romney and the President may add to the proof IF the President puts his disdain for Romney on display.
15 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
A normal morning until after breakfast. We then went to pick up my new eye glasses. The office that I went to for my exam and new prescription claim to have thee optometrist, I only saw one of course. They also claim to be open at 9:00 Mon – Fri yet this morning when I got there at 9:00 they were still closed. Finally at 9:10 one employee showed up.
I was able to pay her the balance on my bill and pick up my glasses. However, after getting them adjusted to fit it was close to 9:30 and she was still the only employee in the office. It makes me wonder how they stay in business.
I then stopped at the upholstery shop and had the fellow there put in two more screws in the trim that is around the door. I noticed a few days ago that one upper corner was bowing out away from the wall. One screw took care of that issue and the second one was just for symmetry on the other corner.
When I went for coffee at the Club House this morning I took two books to trade. I now have 11 unread books plus the one that I am currently reading. I'll exchange any that I finish reading before I leave so that should give me almost a dozen to read before I come back here in April. My library is stocked and ready.
I would like the following question asked during Tuesday's debate: Have all the troops been removed from Iraq? I would be willing to bet that President Obama's response would follow the logic of the classic joke: Women always get the last word in any argument, if a man says anything after that he is starting a new argument.
Therefore I think the answer would approximate the following. All the troops were removed that former President Bush sent to Iraq, a criminal war of aggression that was based on lies. President Obama is now unilaterally sending troops back to Iraq for humanitarian purposes as he did in Libya. This is part of his 'leading from behind' doctrine and NATO forces will replace and US troops as soon as he can convince NATO to do so. This is a new 'war'.
This excerpt is from a story Syrian War’s Spillover Threatens a Fragile Iraq in The New York Times dated September 24, 2012.
The American military withdrew at the end of last year after negotiations for an extended troop presence collapsed because the Iraqis would not agree to extend legal immunities to any remaining force. Once the Americans left, Iraq celebrated its sovereignty, even as military officials in both countries fretted about the deficiencies of Iraq’s military and sought ways to work together that would not require a public debate about immunities.
Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.
16 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
A rather boring day even by my standards. The weather has become as repetitious as the way I live. The forecast is for high temperatures ranging from 84° to 82 over the next week. Then cooling some more with 72 for a high at the end of the 10 day guessing period. Pretty nice!
Patches and I take advantage of it with our usual 2 mile walk in the morning and then another mile in the afternoon. The afternoon one usually has a stop at the Dog Run where she can run IF she takes a notion. It is also there that I have been working on her Sit-n-Stay then Come upon my giving her a hand signal.
She has got that down quite well. Doesn't do nearly as well when I add a Heel command when she reaches me. Maybe gets that right a third of the time. When we are walking and I tell her to Heel she now is getting it right more than half the time.
She still reacts to dogs as we walk but not as much if they are behind a fence. If we happen upon them along the road or sidewalk it is still a problem for her and she acts the fool but not as much as before. I think she is getting better.
Started reading my Monthly blogs again before I get so far behind. The entertainment book that I'm now reading is a quick read so I should finish it soon. These lazy days induce me to spend more time reading while on the couch, especially if there is a breeze.
Although Fred Reed has lived in Mexico for a number of years now he understands Norte Americana better than most people that live here. A case in point is his comment about the American Dream from his September 26, 2012 blog posting.
The American Dream.... Politicians keep saying it. What is it, for God’s sake? Apparently it’s twenty grand on the Visa, upside down on the mortgage on a shoddily built oversize McMansion in a remote sterile suburb where you don’t know your neighbors, living paycheck to paycheck, no savings, forty-five minute commute to a job you hate with gas prices rising. If that’s a dream, better to stay awake.
17 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I awoke this morning with sore feet, a hurting right hip and a general feeling of laziness. Made a command decision and decided not to walk. My second in command, Patches, did not disagree so we went only to the Dog Park for her toilette.
I didn't watch the Presidential debate again last night. I did read a lot of the analysis and comments this morning however. The winner was certainly not as clear cut as in debate number one with each side claiming the win last night. I would say that President Obama won it by default because if he had lost that would have been BIG News.
Neither Obama nor Romney Are Worth My Vote by Jeff Macke for Yahoo Finance quotes Jim Rogers who expresses my opinion exactly. The second Presidential debate last night did not change that opinion in the least and the 3rd one will be more focused on foreign affairs rather than economics.
The Presidential Election is a chance for a national rebirth. It's a quadrennial right of passage giving Americans the chance, nay the obligation to exercise their right to vote for the candidate who best represents their interests. At least that's the way the process is sold to the masses. Famed international investor Jim Rogers isn't quite so sure.
"A pox on both their houses as far as I'm concerned," says Rogers, paraphrasing the Bard. "I will vote the protest vote. I nearly always vote the protest vote."
Rogers isn't an America basher but a citizen who feels apart from the economic policies pursued by his country. He casts a ballot for none of the above because he doesn't think President Obama or Mitt Romney can rebuild the nation's flagging economy.
In terms of fiscal and all other policies, Rogers sees one major difference between the two candidates: "One is from Boston and the other is from Chicago," he states..."I will repeat to you again; I will not vote for either one of them," he states. "I will vote the protest vote because all of them have gotten us into this situation."
Having said the forgoing I will make a prediction: Mitt Romney will win the election! I base this on one thing, one thing only, he is the tallest of the two candidates.
If my prediction comes true, there may be consequences. These are reported by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars.com
Despite numerous media outlets attempting to downplay the issue, Twitter exploded last night following the debate with new threats from Obama supporters to assassinate Mitt Romney if he defeats Obama in the presidential race.
As we reported yesterday, in addition to threats by Obama supporters to riot if Romney wins, innumerable Twitter users are also making direct death threats against Romney.
The primary reason given for Obama supporters wanting to see Romney dead is the fear that he will take away food stamps.
If the tables were turned and conservatives were making death threats against Obama in these numbers, it would be a national news story. Indeed, the mere act of hanging empty chairs from trees as a reference to Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech was hyped by the media as a deadly sign that conservatives were out to lynch black people if Obama won.
However, the major networks have remained completely silent on the disturbing trend of Obama supporters threatening to resort to violence if their candidate fails to secure a second term.
18 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I was still not excited about doing a 2 mile walk with Patches this morning so compromised by doing the one mile Dog Run walk here in the Park. This gave me enough time when I got back home to read most of my Daily Blogs. I also had one email giving me an expected delivery date for the chair that I ordered – today.
I had expected that would happened. But, I went to town anyway. Stopped at the Saddle West and had their buffet breakfast, it is adequate, at a good price, but nothing special. Then went to Smith's and got groceries for the week which included the makings of more quiche.
One more stop, this one at All Creatures Animal Hospital where I filled out all the paperwork to make them my veterinarian here in Pahrump. They provided another 6 months heart worm medicine and assured me that I could go until April without having Patches vaccines updated (just stay out of Dog Parks, dog boarding and groomers). I'll have an appointment in April for her annual wellness checkup and possible hip displacia confirmation.
Just as I was about to post this entry my living room chair was delivered. I had help from the Park Manager but there was nothing to getting it inside. It took us no longer to do that than it did to unpack it. I then had to add the chair legs which took as long as the unpacking and getting it inside combined. It is now in and looks GREAT. Feels so much better than the canvas directors chair that I have been using for years, even when I was in an apartment.
This is from The Wall Street Journal an Opinion The Un-President by Daniel Henninger. In it he writes about Obama's absence of a sense of presidential responsibility. It became a joke early in his term - 'Bush did it' - or for almost four years now - 'I inherited it'. He did it again in the second debate when confronted with the Libya question which will stick with him through debate number three.
So came the moment late in the Hofstra debate when moderator Candy Crowley looked at Mr. Obama and asked: "Does the buck stop with your secretary of state as far as what went on here?"
Staring back, the president clutched for a second. He looked like a fourth-grader being confronted in front of the whole class by Miss Crowley of all our childhood nightmares. That moment revealed the problem: At the core of Barack Obama's persona and his presidency is a constant instinct to deniability.
It's not my fault. He comes across as one of those smart kids who always had some elaborate excuse to disperse responsibility for anything bad in his vicinity. And so it was in his answer to Miss Crowley:
"Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I'm the president. And I'm always responsible. And that's why nobody is more interested in . . ." By the end, he said it was Mitt Romney's fault for bringing it up! In contrast, the bin Laden takedown was accompanied by a Lady Gaga-like White House P.R. blitz in the media.
For much of the American electorate, this began as an ideal presidency. But there is an institutional flaw at the center of Mr. Obama's understanding of the presidency. He accepts the best of it but not responsibility for the inevitable worst of it. It is making his incumbency smaller than he thinks it is. His misfortune is that in the election's last lap, the public has begun to notice.
19 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA97 October 19, 1924
I was up at 02:30 this morning taking care of a sick Patches. She woke me up and signaled that she had to GO, had to GO NOW. I turned her loose off leash and she immediately dashed over to a neighbors pristine white graveled front yard and squatted. I could not tell what she had done but when I let her out again, on leash, about an hour later I could see that she had diarrhea.
After coming back in the first time she promptly threw up. Did it again in almost the same place she has done so in the past. I have planned on getting rid of the carpet in the living room since day one and that is where she has selected to be sick. The carpet is beyond hope so that is not an issue, the cleaning it up is the problem. Why o why can she not throw up on the hardwood floor?
I had some white rice already cooked so I gave her some of that for breakfast. She wolfed that down so I fed her some more for lunch, she seems to be fine. I'll give her a regular dinner and hope for the best.
When the sun came up enough for me to check out the neighbors yard I could not see any damage done. The mess she made on her second trip I was able to hose down. A smaller mess that she made on her third trip I was able to cover over with loose gravel. That is also what I did in the Dog Park where we went at 6:00.
This week my quiche experiment used cottage cheese, Mexican white crumbly cheese, yogurt, canned diced Hatch chile and fresh pasilla chile. Cooked it at 300° for 30 minutes with no pre-heating of my Roaster and then let it cool while still in the Roaster. I'll be commenting on how this turned out after 'linner'.
'Green' economic issues have received only passing media coverage and no serious discussion in the debates. The President's “stimulus” law, where most of these funds come from, requires his administration to release quarterly reports on its effects. But “the most transparent administration in the history of our country” is now four reports behind schedule and has so far not released any reports whatsoever in 2012. Its most recent quarterly report is for the quarter than ended on June 30, 2011.
It is no secret that President Obama’s and green-energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order to make it seem like a rare case.
The truth is that the problem is widespread. The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market.
So far, 34 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.
Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($43 million)*
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.2 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
Abound Solar ($400 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)*
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($39 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy, a total of $1,603,200,000.
20 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I don't think we are quite up to par so for Patches and myself the one mile route with a stop at the Dog Run was enough this morning. It has been just under 47° the past two mornings and felt even colder this morning. That is also cooler than the weather guessers prediction that it would be in the low 50s.
The day highs have still been in the mid-80s so I have the A/C on for a short time in the afternoon. The 10 day forecast has it cooling to a lower high of only 66 by next Tuesday then staying in the 70s. That is more my kind of weather and I'm looking forward to it.
I finished the entertaining novel yesterday. I call it an entertaining novel but that is being very generous, it had a story line/plot right out of a Wile E Coyote & Road Runner cartoon. I traded it away so I couldn't remember the title but thought the author was Ken Follett. I thoroughly enjoyed his The Pillars of the Earth and thought I was getting the same quality.
That did not prove to be true and I do not find a title in the list of Ken Follett novels on-line that I recognize so he was not the author. I have one more of his books in my unread library so I'll get another chance to read his work. The disappointing read was The Power #11 in the Tweed & Co. Series by Colin Forbes (found with a diligent Google Search).
Started a Tami Hoag novel that uses the Bitter Root Valley in Montana as the backdrop location. She has changed most of the location names to protect the guilty but if you have ever been there you would recognize that is where she is talking about. I have enjoyed her books in the past and this one is starting out well.
I will not provide any quotes from this weeks five blog postings by Charles Hugh Smith but will simply recommend that you read them in their entirety. They begin on October 15, 2012 with The Future of America Is Japan: Runaway Deficits, Runaway Debts and end on October 19, 2012 Narcissism, Consumerism and the End of Growth.
21 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Patches has not completely gotten over her digestive tract upset. I noticed a loose stool yesterday afternoon and then last night around midnight she had me up again. Same thing when I took her to the Dog Park at 5:45. Then she wanted outside again around 11:00.
She is going on a fast for the next 24 hours. I'll then give her a meal or two of rice and cottage cheese. If that does not fix her problem it might be a trip to the vet. I need to have her well before we leave here that is for sure.
It was a little cooler yesterday but still over 80°. Had a nice breeze all day which made a big difference so no A/C. Today is forecast to be in the upper 70s with a stronger wind and tomorrow we will be building to Wind Warning strength.
I got a new neighbor yesterday afternoon. Patches was very good when the pulled in and set up because she had just met them at the Office while we were on our walk. She watched every move they made in getting set up but not a bark one. Sick or a Good Girl one or the other.
22 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Today is our first anniversary. Patches and I became 'family' on October 22, 2011 although I did not pick her up from the vet, after her spay operation, until the 24th. I also consider this her Birthday although the Arizona vet recorded it as being October 23, 2009 they were only guessing that she was two years old. So Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday Patches!
She wanted out again around 8:00 last night but then made it through the rest of the night. I didn't feed her dinner last night so she had been without food for a little over 24 hours this morning when I gave her some rice and cottage cheese. She ate that right up so her appetite is good. The question now is what will her digestive system do with what she ate?
High minimum temperature records were set for Las Vegas and Needles on Sunday so I'm guessing that the 59.6° was a record, or near record, here also. This morning was only slightly cooler. That all changes for the next four days, starting tomorrow, with the highs in the mid-60s and the lows around 40. We also have the winds as promised, the weather guessers usually get that right.
The chile quiche that I made using cottage cheese was pretty good, much better than when I used Ricotta. The cooking time and temperature of the Roaster also was much better giving me a nice brown edge. With that said, I don't think I'll be using either cottage or Ricotta cheese in my future experiments.
I finished catching up with my Monthly blogs once again today. Deleted 3-4 of them that I had carried on my list that had not posted anything for the last few months. That will give me room to add some more as I find them. HA
Tonight is the last debate of this election cycle. It will be primarily about foreign affairs and I predict that President Obama will be given a win by the media and the analyst. For the voter I don't think it will matter at all, they are more concerned about “what is in it for me” and foreign affairs are of very little concern.
Our military dying in Afghanistan or an Ambassador dying in Libya does not affect their day to day desire to buy more 'stuff'. The American people are also so geographically challenged that the vast majority of them would not be able to find the places that will be talked about on a globe. They have even less knowledge about those places than they do about the United States which is rather poor.
In my posting of October 17, 2012 I had a quote addressing the threat of riots and assassination if President Obama is not re-elected. That was from Infowars.com not from a lame stream media source, the media have continued to ignore the story because it reflects badly on the President and his supporters.
Fred Reed is not afraid to comment however and does so in his blog posting of October 15, 2012. He has even more to say in that posting, almost none of it politically correct, I recommend it.
I see columnists, some of them black, worried that if Obama loses the election, blacks may riot, as many on Twitter have said they would. They may, or they may not, but you don’t have to wonder whether whites will riot if Romney loses. Perhaps the presidency is a new entitlement.
23 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I think Patches is on the mend. She went through the night without wanting out and did nothing when we went for our walk to the Dog Run. I think she has firmed up, so to speak. Gave her a usual dog food breakfast and all is well so far.
After having coffee at the Club House and eating breakfast it was chore time. I saw that my gray water holding tank was registering full for the past 2-3 days then yesterday my fresh water tank dropped to a quarter full. It has been showing full which I knew was not correct so when it finally dropped I also knew it was dump and add water time.
My neighbors were short time visitors. They left today. They had what appeared to be a new Montana 5th wheel and a new pickup tow vehicle, both with state of Montana license plates. I talked to the husband briefly this morning and found out that they were from Melbourne Australia and had bought the rig when they arrived over here.
The plan is that they will mostly fulltime in the United States for three years and then sell the rig. They have a multi entry visa that is good for 5 years but must leave the country every 6 months and then re-enter. This year they are going back Down Under for Christmas and stay about 4 months but will exit to Canada and/or Mexico when their next 6 month departure comes about. Inventive way to see the USA in my opinion!
The US media have given the 3rd debate win to President Obama as I predicted. However, it was not a runaway win; there was almost as much agreeing went on as debating and I don't think it gained the President many votes. The best quote that I have found all day is in a article written for The Telegraph by Tim Stanley where he said: “It’s almost lucky that Obama isn’t running unopposed in this election because then he’d have nothing to run on at all.”
He also went on to say the following in his article.
...this was one example of many in which the President insulted, patronised and mocked his opponent rather than put across a constructive argument. His performance was rude and unpresidential. Obama seemed to have a touch of the Bidens, wriggling about in his chair, waving his hands dismissively and always – always – smirking in Romney’s direction. By contrast, Romney sucked up the abuse and retained a rigid poker face all night. He looked like a Commander in Chief; Obama looked like a lawyer. Who would you rather vote for?
24 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
We did the mile walk inside the Park again this morning. Maybe get out and do a 2 mile route tomorrow. My feet are feeling better and Patches seems to be doing well.
This shorter walk gave me time to read most of my Daily blogs before going to town. I stopped at Gold Town, owned by the same company that owns Lakeside, for breakfast. It was satisfactory, they gave me a Senior Discount (without asking) and the menu is the same as at Lakeside.
It was then a very short drive to Smith's where I gathered up groceries for this next week. Stopped at my UPS Store and check mail, nothing but junk, before heading for home. I immediately put some chicken tenderloins in my Roaster and started cutting up some sweet potatoes. My Thermal Cooker is now 'cooking' up a pot of Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean stew.
I'll be making another chile quiche, probably tomorrow, so those two main dishes will give me 'linner' for the week. This time I'll be using milk, yogurt and cheddar cheese with the chile and see how it turns out.
Jay Carney has to have the toughest job in the world. To be constantly covering for your boss has to take its toll. I think he will leave his post in January even IF President Obama is re-elected. Here is what he had to say today, in part, about the Benghazi fiasco.
Carney today told reporters that there were emails about all sorts of information that was coming available in the aftermath of the attack. "There was a variety of information coming in," Carney said. "The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgments about what happened and who was responsible."
I know it is probably just me but I thought the whole point of intelligence was to assess strands of information to keep things like Benghazi from happening. It seems it is more the point of politicians to make judgments about what has happened and to find a fall guy.
I want to repeat my prediction that Romney will win the election for President. This is based solely on the fact that he is the tallest so I have the odds in my favor. I am also faced with odds against me because he is not the incumbent.
The task of unseating an incumbent president is daunting to say the least. Consider the history of presidential elections. Americans are generally reluctant to fire their president; they will do so, however, but the cards have to fall into place at the right time and in the right way. Most importantly, the challenger has to be perceived as acceptable and as a better alternative to the incumbent by a portion of those who voted for the incumbent in the previous election
. Since the end of World War II three incumbent presidents were turned out of office–Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. A fourth, George W. Bush survived a very close call–notable because, historically, incumbent presidents are either defeated or they are reelected by comfortable margins as opposed to a squeaker as was the case with Bush in 2004.
A survey of registered voters conducted July 23-29 found that 92 percent of Americans who voted for McCain in 2008 plan to vote for Romney this fall and just 5 percent have switched sides to support Obama. But among Obama's 2008 supporters, just 86 percent are planning to do so again and 9 percent are switching their support to Romney.
The swing in support for Obama in this July poll seems to even the odds that incumbency offer. However, in those elections where the incumbent was defeated by his challenger one was taller, one was shorter and the third was a tie. Alas, this past record does not give the challenger much of and edge.
25 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I had good intentions about doing a two mile route this morning but we all know about good intentions. Patches and I did only a short walk in the Park.
This gave me plenty of time to read some of my Daily blogs. It also gave me time to gather up laundry before going to the Club House for coffee. Another multi-tasking morning; I exchanged the Tami Hoag book that I finished yesterday for another of hers, drank coffee, socialized and got laundry done. Am I good, or what.
Patches was in good spirits yesterday afternoon when we went to the Dog Run. She grabbed up a ball and was running around like a puppy. She can drop the ball, slam on her brakes, reverse directions and pick the ball up again while at full speed. I think she drops it sometimes just so she can practice that move.
With her evening dinner I added a few pieces of sweet potato from my stew. Also gave her a big teaspoon of yogurt, and let her lick the spoon, for added probiotics. This should get her system back to normal faster.
Earlier this month the Social Security Administration announced that we retirees would be receiving a 1.7% increase in our benefit checks. I have been pondering since that time what I will do with all the extra money that will be flowing in. Have now made a decision. I'll be buying Patches a more expensive dog food, one that includes some probiotics because I forget to always add some yogurt to her diet. AHHH, problem solved!
My Hecla Put position is going almost nowhere. Since I took the position on September 20th there have been 14 days that the stock has gone down (not good) and 11 days when it has gone up (good) but still down about 3.7%. The pattern has been down for 2-3 days in a row and the up 1-2 all within a range of 55¢. Maybe after the election it will gain traction again?
I find it ironic that in 2008 then candidate Obama campaigned for Change. Now, here it is 2012 and he is trying campaign on Romnesia, a new affliction that challenger Romney has when he changes. This came about mostly because Romney changed and agreed with too much of what President Obama had to say during debate three.
The following is a quote from The Daily Pfenning by Frank Trotter, President of Ever Bank. He has restated what I previously posted when I said that the debates never discussed Ben Bernanke or the federal deficit/debt and the election will make no difference.
Our long held view is that currency values are impacted primarily by four factors: relative fiscal policy – the budget and debt situation, relative monetary policy, trade and balance situation, and the core capacity of a country. It seems to me that a long term objective of the US should be to stabilize and then improve the value of the US currency by paying attention to all four of the factors mentioned. Since congress with presidential leadership controls the first one and the Fed the second we’ll assume that the defining silence on the matter clearly outlines the approach over the next four years no matter who holds the Great Seal.”
26 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA98 October 26, 1924
Cooler weather today both day and night. The high today expected to be only 70° following a low this morning of about 40. We will move back into the low 80s for a few days next week but the 10 day forecast is mostly mid 70s. About as perfect as I could wish for.
I received another package yesterday. This time it was a Bissell Feathweight vacuum cleaner from Amazon. I got it unpacked and gave the floor a lick n promise to try it out. It seemed to do the job, much better than me with a whisk broom, but Patches didn't like it at all. She thinks it is going to attack her at any moment and can not get far enough away from it.
She has a problem with anything that is a new experience to her and then this one makes noise also. It is a terrifying beast as she sees it and wants to have nothing to do with it. She will get over it but it is going to take some time I can tell.
Have made up my mind about where my next stop will be and have reserved a space. I'll be staying a month, maybe more, in Parker Strip, AZ. This is north of Parker, AZ along the Colorado River near Parker Dam.
I have also made one inquiry about where I might stay during December and January. Have also requested an appointment with the dentist in Algodones, Mexico that cleaned my teeth back in January 2010. If I can get her to do the cleaning again I will be good until I get back to Pahrump in April where I already have an appointment.
It is a little bit more complicated when you live as a Fulltimer and rely on VA for medical/prescriptions, need 3 teeth cleanings per year, want a regular optometrist or want a regular vet for your dog. Those are the most complicating things in my life so I feel rather blessed!
27 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
I got up in a very cool house this morning. Went to bed with one big window wide open all night. To make it even worse it was the coldest, at 37°, morning that we have had. Patches was all curled up to keep warm and I'm sure she was thinking “What is the fool owner of mine doing”?
After I got back from having coffee and eating breakfast it was still cold. Probably colder inside than it was outside. I put on my wool cap and gloves for about an hour because my ears and finger were so cold. What was this fool thinking?
Speaking of thinking, I don't know what the Campaign staff in Chicago is thinking, or are they thinking? It is the last two weeks before the election, excluding early voting, and they have put up a picture of Romney in a dunce hat. This is right after Obama admitted to Jay Leno that math beyond the seventh grade confused him they put up a picture of Romney sitting on a stool in a dunce cap.
It must have been thought up by the same person(s) that put together the TV ad that compares losing your virginity to the right person to voting for the right person. Who thinks up this stuff for a presidential campaign ad? Do they truly think it is going to change the minds of those that are still undecided with only two weeks left before election day?
That also brings up the question: Who ARE these people that still have not decided who they are going to vote for? What are they expecting, Divine Revelation? If they have not made up your mind by this time they have not been paying attention. I doubt seriously that more ads are going to change many minds. Therefore, the ads must be directed at those that are Obama supporters with the intent of keeping them 'fired up' so they will go to the voting booth.
28 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
A little bit warmer this morning at near 42°. The high for the day will be a little warmer also, up from the 73 of yesterday to near 80. That is about where we will stay through Wednesday then cooling down into the high 60s. The high temperatures in Parker Strip, my next home, are still forecast to be in the mid-80s.
The only thing that I have done outside of my usual routine is to prepare my 3x5 route card notes. This is also routine just not daily. I am taking a round-a-bout way to get from A to B but wanted to see some different places.
The last time I went through Las Vegas to Kingman I crossed Hoover Dam about a month before they opened the new bridge just downstream. I wanted to go across that on this trip south and I want to drive some of Old Highway 66 to Oatman, AZ. I may also get a chance to stop and see a fellow blogger along the way, or maybe not.
Everything else was same daily doings. I am making good progress on a WWII historical fiction novel that I vaguely remember reading many reads ago. Maybe I did not read it but if I did it is good to read it once more. This will be the last book in my library that is not from this Park so I'm hoping I finish it and can exchange before I leave.
President Obama said the following when questioned about Benghazi: I have always been straight with the American People. Former President Clinton said the following when questioned about Monica Lewinsky: I did not have Sex with that Woman. Former President Nixon said the following when questioned about Watergate: I am not a crook. Am I the only one that thinks history is rhyming one more time?
29 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
Yesterday was the day for Daylight Savings Time to kick in, or so thought my GPS unit. My computer still has the correct time but apparently my GPS unit is hard coded to 'fall back' on the last Sunday in October. That was the 'Rule' from 1986 to 2006 then it changed to the first Sunday in November in 2007. I was confused for a brief time this morning. HA
The stock market is closed today and tomorrow because of Hurricane Sandy. It is going to prove interesting to see what happens when trading begins on Wednesday. It is also going to prove interesting to see how people react to gas prices in the northeast now that 2/3 of their refineries have shut down because of the storm. I think it is going to be worse than what happened in California when they had refinery shut downs.
But Hurricane Sandy is a perfect storm for President Obama. It has disrupted his campaign schedule, and possibly his TV advertising, it has also given him an occasion to act Presidential. This is probably more important than for him to be out on the Campaign Trail and probably worth more votes for him also.
Speaking of votes, I am seeing News in the lame stream media that may be a trial balloon for the postponement of election day. The argument being, if the northeast does not have electric power their electronic voting machines can not be used. This would mean that approximately 50 million people would be disenfranchised.
I think this would be a perfect storm justification for President Obama to issue an Executive Order suspending voting. Such a suspension would also probably be very helpful to the President. It may not be Constitutional but I don't think the President would not let that deter him.
Hurricane Sandy isn't taking the heat off the President for his handling of the Benghazi attack however. If he suspends the elections that mess may blow up before he can benefit from the suspension – time is not on his side where this story is concerned. The more time that passes the more negative reporting there will be for the President.
FoxNews is the only TV media that is now taking it to the President but the rest of the lame stream media can not, will not, ignore the story for ever. Their desire to salvage as much of their ratings as possible will overcome the desire to protect the President. These two interviews can NOT be ignored.
Former National Security Adviser Bud McFarlane told FOX News on Sunday:
You don’t just passively allow Americans to remain under attack for eight hours at a time when you have forces within range and do nothing. The Secretary of Defense was in the White House at five o’clock within an hour of when the attacks started. He could have told him, “Yes. We have special operations people and F18 aircraft that could be deployed right away.
Then there is this as reported by Jim Hoft on a blog Gatway Pundit
. You can almost bet this interviewee will also be showing up on FoxNews before much time has passed. I tend to disagree with the interviewee about one thing; I don't think Panetta is lying I think he is trying to fall on his sword for the President. It was NOT to risky militarily but it was politicaly.
On Saturday, a California radio show called The Dark Secret Place, hosted by Bryan Suits–a combat veteran of Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Iraq–interviewed a former member of the Combatant Commanders In-Extremis Force (CIF), which was in Italy. These are the “firefighters” of the U.S. military, who are always on call. Their gear and weaponry are always packed, and they’re used for precisely what happened in Benghazi. They could’ve been in Benghazi very quickly.
This veteran says Panetta is lying about deciding that it was too risky to send in troops because they didn’t have enough information. The CIF is always sent in, regardless of the risk. He also said that the information Panetta had–real-time video from overhead, exact locations, exact identities of the Americans involved–would’ve been the most the CIF would ever have had before a mission.
30 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
The weather has become as routine as my life. Today is going to be a lot like yesterday with a high of just over 80 and a low just over 40. The forecast is that it will be getting colder by the time I leave but I'll be moving into almost the same highs and lows.
After we got home from our in Park walk with a stop at the Dog Run this morning I read most of my Daily blogs. Then went to breakfast at Lakeside where I had their biscuits and sausage gravy. I have really enjoyed that in the past and was looking forward to having it for the last time until next April.
Disappointed! They have changed the preparation and are now using diced up link sausage like Gold Town, their other property. I did not like what they had at Gold Town and now do not like what they are serving at Lakeside. Maybe it is for the best, I do not need biscuits and gravy but once a month is certainly not too much to hope for.
Made another stop at Smiths for groceries. When I got home I mixed up the sauce for pescadero a la veracruzana and set some cod marinating in the Roaster pan. I'll cook that one big fillet today and get 3 'linners' from it then have another one in the freezer for next week.
I had a question question pop into my head: How do you aim a mortar? The answer, found on the Internet, was provided by an individual that claimed to have served 28 years in the Army.
Basically, if you're in a hurry, you place the mortar buttplate on the ground, spread out the bipod, and align the system in the general direction of your target. Using the range and azimuth, plus some info on weather conditions, you can adjust the powder charge to determine how much propellant you're going to use, then you drop in the round and duck. A spotter tells you where the round hit, and you adjust fire from there to bracket -- "walk" the rounds onto your target -- and then fire for effect.
If you've had more time to prepare a firing position, then you can place aiming stakes and calibrate the system, which enables your first round to be much closer to the target, and enables much more rapid effective fire. A really good mortar crew can drop rounds onto a target with very few adjustments. But that takes lots of practice.
Does this answer support what Petraeus said when he briefed lawmakers on September 14th? He downplayed the skill needed to fire mortars, which were used in the Benghazi attack and to some were seen as evidence of significant pre-planning. General Petraeus certainly knows a thing or two about aiming mortars. Why did he say that the attack was tied to a demonstration and characterize the attack as more consistent with a flash mob, where the militants showed up spontaneously?
Spontaneously showed up with RPGs and also fired four mortars -- two missed the annex, but the mortar team re-calibrated and the next two mortars were direct hits. Does this give the impression that they were spontaneous and in a hurry or did they have pre-planned aiming stakes?
31 October, 2012 Pair-A-Dice Escapee Co-op (Pahrump, NV)
The 10 day forecast is now through November 9th, my last day here, with an expected high of 55° and a low of 34. I'm getting out just at the right time. The forecast for Parker Strip that day is 80 high and 50 as a low.
The re-opened Wall Street did nothing crazy today after being closed for two regular trading days. The last trading day of a month can get a little strange but that did not happen today either. Hecla moved up a little but is still in the same trading range that it has been in for over a month. They announce 3rd Qtr earnings on November 6th, election day, so it doubtful that much will happen to break it out of that range until then.
I made up a pot of chili with beans this morning. It is now in my Thermal Cooker until this afternoon when I'll have my first bowel for 'linner'. From the taste testing that I did while it was coming to a boil I think I may have made a good batch this time. I'll alternate this with the fish that I cooked yesterday for my 'linners' during the rest of the week. Might be enough chili to get me into next week as well.
Jack Kelly wrote Benghazi Coverup Much Worse Than "Third-rate Burglary" for Real Clear Politics.com, the following being only a portion of what he said. It appears that the President is going to run out the clock until after he is re-elected before he even attempts to defend himself regarding Benghazi.
He knows that the truth would hurt his re-election badly and he has a better chance of defending what he did after being re-elected. He is probably correct in his thinking but IF he is re-elected there is going to be a firestorm in Congress that will probably equal Watergate in its intensity. That will then reflect very badly on the journalists that have been carrying water for him these past 6 weeks and the President will loose a lot of his cover.
The ride on the Obama bus gets bumpier as more bodies are thrown under it... journalists went under the bus because the Foreign Service and career intelligence officers the administration tried to scapegoat refused to go there. They've leaked emails that reveal the White House was informed while it was still going on that the attack was the work of terrorists affiliated with al-Qaida.
"What did the president know, and when did he know it?" Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn, asked during the Watergate hearings. The answer in the leaked emails is that the president knew everything, all along.