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dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Trump’s numbers are the highest ever.

This after the Left and the media have been blaming him for everything, non stop.

It’s almost as though you can’t cry “wolf” over and over and not lose credibility.

https://youtu.be/6d8tHP2vPU8

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Thursday, GN!

Hi, dv8!

We are all indoor cats now. (Although I draw the line at carping in a sandbox, but that’s just me.)

Hope Harper’s feeling better today and that all of you are doing okay…or better.

CorporateToolK is under-teh-weather but not running a fever. I think it’s mostly severe stress from “Teh Second Bestest Place Evar”. She pretty much tossed one of her lazy cow-workers under the bus this morning; he’s had it coming for months. Brenda’s craptastic manager walked out a few weeks back and she’s seizing the opportunity to (hopefully) extricate herself from the Brobdingnagian pile of bovine excrement which has been -- quite unfairly -- piled on her.

At the risk of repeating myself: Congress is asshoe. The Dem’s blatant politicization of the bailout profoundly appalls even cynical, jaded jaundiced li’l ol’ me.

On the plus side, it seems the largest bid JimCo has on its plate right now is lurching toward a deal. “Job one” today is to prepare a written response to a positive conversation I had with the president of the HOA last evening. (Spent an anxious ninety minutes or so last night reviewing quintuple-checking numbers which have been bandied about since last November and was very relieved that everything “adds up” properly.)

And that makes putting the response together fairly easy. It’s also quite helpful on a number of counts that the board president is an aerospace engineer who seems to be a nice guy with a warped sense of humor.

BBL.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Well, Sven Called the blame game. But that was not a truly hard call, to be honest. Still Prognosticator of Prognosticators Sven is awesome!!

Fatwa, I’m not sure I understand the Dem’s strategy. How does delaying the aid package for more than a week do anything but hurt them?

As per my above post, Trump finally cracked his ceiling approval ratings and his Corona approval is in the high 50ies or low 60ies.

What can they be thinking?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  dv8

What can they be thinking?

Aside from “Orange Man Bad” and “”never let a crisis go to waste”, not too much, IMO.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

But like… it keeps backfiring on them. At some point they should realize they have to adopt a different strategy.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

It’s an insane sell. I guess they are banking on low information voters, but there are fewer and fewer of those, I think.

Plus the #walkaway movements are having an effect. Black support for Trump is around 20%; that’s about the breaking point where Dems start to lose all elections.

One pollster, I can’t remember which, said if Black support for republicans hits 30%, Dems cannot win another election.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

As to your last paragraph, I agree.

I guess politicians always try to get whatever benefit they can even if winning elections isn’t one of them. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thank you.

They must be beside themselves at this point though, because…

Finally… they got the economic downturn that they thought they wanted--the only thing that would derail the Trump Presidency, but the numbers continue to improve for Trump! They must be so confused.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Fatwa, it seems a lot of bidding processes come down more to personalities and politics than numbers, even with committees. Only Ayn Rand heroes don’t give a F*ck about personalities and only care about numbers.

I guess in reality, a guy want’s to have a pleasant experience with a contractor, especially if it’s not actually his own money he’s spending.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

principal, yes, personality, not so much. But one point she made was that a principled man would have a principled demeanor. So Principle would affect personality to some degree.

Her characters are actually much more varied and interesting than the stereotyping and good natured ribbing by her fans suggests. Having read all her work, plus reread her novels every 5 years or so, I can attest that her characters are more interesting and multidimensional the older I get : )

But with all of them, profit had to come of actual achievement rather than manipulation of laws or politics. Plus they knew that such models were not sustainable, so ultimately, better to move to Galt’s Gulch rather than soldier on.

Although the conflict between standing their ground and abandoning it was part of the internal conflict in Atlas. That’s is why Galt needed to show up in the dead of night and give them a talking to before most of them would actually quit.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Also there is this mathematical notion that stolen, ill gotten, gains are worthless ultimately. As in: they converge to nothing, re: game theory. Stolen money creates no value hence negates it’s own gain.

Not as true in a single iteration, but ultimately true in the long run, I guess. That’s how game theory sees it.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

true enough. I think the game theory view is that the net gain on the whole population is zero when nothing productive is created.

This also is a theme in Atlas Shrugged. The whole country is circling the drain, but people are still trying to steal a little piece of the pie. Eventually all the lights go out, and the trains stop running and no one can replace any tech or machinery.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, dv8, Fatwa, and Mac!

Fatwa -- good luck with the contract! I’m sorry Ms. Brenda is having to go through such carp. I hope things improve and her contributions are recognized.

dv8 and Mac -- interesting discussion. Democrats have often used other means to achieve ends that could not be reached through the legislative process. In this case I think they hoped that the go-along Republicans would pass their bill “for the good of the country”, as they often have, and were surprised at the amount of resistance and backlash they faced.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

that sounds true enough. The thing is, I keep thinking there must be something I’m missing, because Nancy Pelosi just can’t be as stupid as it appears she is. She must be playing some kind of odds that I don’t get. Because it would actually help the Dems if they put the Orange Man Bad rhetoric away for a few months and pulled together for this Corona Crisis. Instead they’re doubling down on Identity politics and other Marxist bullshit, and every time they do, they slip a bit more in the polls and Trump Gains ground.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

Under Dubya’s first term that’s what happened. Even Rosie O’Donnell, at the time, stated publicly that we have to support the president during such a crisis, and pull together.

The thing is, I think there can be no doubt that, love him, or hate him, Donald Trump loves this country and wants it to do well, regardless of whether you think he’s got good ideas or not.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Good morning -- hoping Miss Brenda and Miss Harper are both feeling better today.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Good morning, Sven! I hope you’re feeling better, as well.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Thanks, Paddy. I can see shapes and colors out of my right eye, but not much detail. Pain has been manageable. Does make it challenging to work though.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Morning Sven. Miss Harper has big trouble with migraines, among other things. And right now, we’re in that cycle where insurance won’t pay for the only drug that works. So we have to at least pretend to try all the others, for the umpteenth time, to get the effective one approved.

It’s strange too, because the one that works is not the most expensive one by a long margin. And every year or so, they have to waste money on 2 or 3 drugs that don’t work and it starts all over again each year.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

so she has to make due with strong coffee and other tricks like that to tide her over. it’s very difficult and so she sleeps a lot so she can sleep through the worst of the migraines. It sucks for her, and it’s lonely for both of us. I’m already lonely enough up here, and all the more so, mostly confined to the house.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

Is she taking a daily med or for when they strike? Most, and only, effective drug for me was Maxalt. I also had good results over the years with butterbur herbal supplements. I recall Tex having migraine problems as well.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Actually she gets three things. She get’s botox directly in the cranial nerves, and a maintenance medicine, and a rescue medicine. The first two make it so she doesn’t have quite as many migraines, but ultimately she needs the last one.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

it all works pretty well together. It’s been 20 years or so since she’s had to go to a hospital for migraines. She used to have to go about once a week when we were young.

X_LA_Native
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2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Maxalt and Sumitriptan(?) were the ones I took. Maxalt was for headaches with little warning and the Sumatriptan was if I caught the halo in time.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Seems appropriate for this week.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

I’ve kind of given up trying to figure out the left and their mindset/principles, Dv8. I can’t figure out if they truly believe the carp they spout or if it is all about power.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hey, Mac, Sven and Paddy!

Wish I had more time to play here today, but nah…

I guess in reality, a guy want’s to have a pleasant experience with a contractor, especially if it’s not actually his own money he’s spending.

True, although it is partially his money which he’s spending since it’s HOA fee dough. (And his unit isn’t in our proposed Phase 1 scope-of-work.)

They got shoddy work from their last roofer; as a result, they got very poor value for their (probably low-bidder) money. I’m sure we were quite a bit more expensive than the low-bidder this go-round. But being an engineer-type, this guy “gets it” re all of the suspenders-and-belt stuff JimCo does on shingle jobs.

Personality-wise, he seems like a customer who’d be “tough but fair”, which are our favorite kind of people to work for. Sure, all of the wrangling over a deal may be a PITA but then -- so long as we do what we promised -- things generally go very smoothly.

I also like that he said if we get the job, he’ll give us a list of all the “problem children”, complainers, etc. along with a script for how to deal with them…and there’ll be a second script with swear words in the event the first one doesn’t work. 😉

(We’ve already determined that we’re both sarcastic bastards, which I take as a good omen.)

Brenda’s doing better right now; hope Harper is as well.

*Poo-t*

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Break time, so I checked the attic. Interesting. Eight traps and only one was sprung -- the one with maple syrup. The others were untouched and still set. Some nuts that I scattered around the traps were gone -- so someone is up there. Odd too -- no scat at any of the sites.

Speaking of vermin, Jack Tatum returned home this morning. He’s very tired and needy today and is now sleeping upstairs.

X_LA_Native
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2 years ago

Good Gerbilly Evening from the still-too-quiet SE Texas prairie!

I can completely commiserate with CorporateToolK. I hope she’s able to get out from under.
I hope Miss Harper’s head hurts considerably less, and you sound comfortable, Sven.

I made my run for a coupla needed things, and masks and gloves are starting to show up on Wal-Mart patrons -- and for out here in BFE that was unnerving. Then again, the first case was diagnosed in our county yesterday -- to be rapidly followed by two more today.
Figures the first case would be a City employee, so now the courthouse is online or appointment only.

On the other hand, apparently our HEB is the star of their line-up -- they’re busing workers in from other stores. It shows, the place is damn near spotless they’re all hustling.

But the one thing I’ve noticed in all three of our grocery stores? They’ve all a seemingly unlimited supply of Vienna Sausages. They’re never out!
:: shudder ::

So I guess we’ll really know the end is near when all that’s left are Twinkies, Vienna Sausages … oh, and since it’s almost Easter…Peeps!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  X_LA_Native

Hey, TeX!

I remember eating Vienna Sausages as a kid on cross-country trips. I think I’d rather stick with SPAM. It would be hard to make Vienna Sausage musubi.

I’m glad your HEB is clean. Wait. That didn’t sound right.