Sunday, December 3, 2023

Gaia Keeps Turning


Several bloggers on the sidebar have a much better insight about the world and current events. I urge you to read them. As for myself, I’m hunkering down and focusing on local stuff.


Your opinion on who has benefited by ‘Build Back Better’ may differ from mine but at the local, micro economic level, I can say with certainty the car biz sucks. The reason these vehicles are in this storage lot instead of the company retail lots is the retail lots are full of vehicles that are not being sold.

 Friends still in the biz tell me the auction houses are severely limiting the number of vehicles they will accept because they are full and what is there are not getting sold.


Enjoying the new cover on ‘his’ futon. The last one lasted about six months. This one is waterproof and seems to be of more durable material.

Ho, Ho, Ho

The management provides an artificial Christmas tree for each floor. The residents then decorate the tree. My one and only contribution is to un-box and erect the tree. After the season is over and the decorations put away, I take the tree apart and re-box it.

Interact with several senior ladies deciding how to decorate? I would rather have a full time job herding cats.

Some residents add their own decorations around their doors.

Mine isn’t as elaborate.

We had a nice breakfast this morning with friends and family at the Evans, CO VFW. Larger crowd than usual. Lots of carbs and saturated fats.  Ymm!

As always, YMMV

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A Yawner


Colorado bankruptcy filings are up 35% in the same period over 2022. My delinquent mortgage assignments are pouring in keeping me busy. The money is nice but I’ve been ignoring other things like this blog.

A story that warms my cold, cold heart. Mayor steps on his pee pee.



Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-3) gets a backhand endorsement

President 10% was in town fund raising and promoting green energy. He took the opportunity to bad mouth her. Given the demographics of her district, that will get her more votes.

Winter Driving

So far this has been a mild winter along the Front Range. Last week we had a storm which got me to thinking about all these nifty spoke wheels that seem popular. Let that slush freeze over night and then wonder why your tires are so out of balance.

Computer Woes

Being a Latter Day Luddite who loathes reading instructions, I find myself often frustrated using computers, tablets, and smart phones.

 This is written on an old HP with Windows 7 Professional. I have a new HP all in one with Windows 11 which I’m slowly learning. I’m frustrated with Microsoft Pictures. I have 11k+ digital pictures scattered around CDs, thumb drives, and this computer. I need to organize them.

Can someone recommend a library program that is easy for a rank amateur to use? I simply want to catalog the pictures by category. When I need to rework a picture I use Window Picture Editor and find that easy to use. A useful feature would be switching formats. Most are JPEG but not all.

As always, YMMV




Monday, November 20, 2023

Umbrage Button Pushed.


 Conspiracy Nut

Among other duties, Colorado County Clerk and Recorders conduct elections. While this particular one may be a taco short of a combination plate, her duty was to insure an honest election. Her method displeased the (P)regressive cabal and they have MADE AN EXAMPLE of her as an example for the other sixty three County Clerk and Recorders in the state. She hasn’t gone quietly into the night.


As per American Media Maggot s.o.p., we find “false conspiracy theories” early in the article.


Colorado Special Legislative Session

As expected, another (P)regressive assault on TABOR. Chaos, i.e. SNAFU.


Not to be outdone, the RINOs chime in. 


UPDATE. Seems something got passed. Republicans voted nay, (P)regressives aye, and the mess will soon be on Emperor Polis’ desk to be signed.

Money to be made? China to be pissed off?

The country has ample deposits of rare earths, lithium, cobalt and petroleum. Developing the resources is a political problem. Maybe a part answer to the problem is here.


So, as usual, WSF goes contrary. The ‘tree hugger’ environmentalist’s crowds are not without a valid point of view. Tour the Colorado Gold Belt areas some summer and see the huge amounts of waste left behind when the mines played out. See the sludge oozing out and contaminating watersheds. Travel any old oil fields, big or small, anywhere in the country and see old wells abandoned but still leaking methane. As a species we are terrible polluters.

So glad to be retired from retail vehicle sales

Seems dealer inventories are high and sales slow. Dealerships are cash flow machines. Cash flows one way or the other. In simple terms the dealer receives a vehicle and starts making payments, usually 10% of the cost, after thirty days. Each month thereafter, another “curtailment”, i.e payment which escalates until the 120th day when the dealer pays the manufacturer in total. When the dealer sells the vehicle within thirty days, the profit margin is huge. After 90-120 days the dealer costs mount and the cash flow is negative. Obviously, there are many variations in ‘floor plans’.

A savvy buyer can make a better deal on a vehicle the dealer has had in inventory a long time. There is no exact way to know this. However, at the bottom of the ‘window sticker’ you should be able to locate the month and year of manufacture. Inside the drivers door are placards showing weights and other information along with the month and date the vehicle was built.

Almost all big ticket items (boats, Rvs, farm equipment, etc.) will be on a floor plan.

 Here we go again, Climate Change edition. (Hold on to your wallets)



Jungle system used in some states, like Louisiana. I would rather see efforts toward honest elections but that is a pipe dream. Any opinions on this type of elections?


Freak of Nature?

I haven’t had a flu shot in ten years, or any COVID poison, and haven’t gotten sick. Seems I’m not alone and there may be a reason.


Cue Sisty. “You are a freak”.

 As always, YMMV

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Dog

Banner Rules

With all that is going on surrounding Gaza and the murderous scum (there and around the world) nothing else seem to push my umbrage button at the moment.

 Banner isn’t spoiled; simply well cared for. He rules the backseat and must have the passenger window down enough, summer and winter, to sniff the passing air. Yesterday, sitting in the left turn lane waiting for a green light, two women in the next lane were flirting with him.

 He never jumps on anyone, or even bumps into them. That is good, considering the several elderly neighbors in walkers and wheelchairs. What he does, with people he likes, is gallop at full speed towards them then hit the brakes, stops, sits and waits for treats. The resulting laughter and grins is heartwarming.

 Banner is my litmus test now when dealing with other people. Anyone can pet him and he rarely, if ever, is aggressive. He doesn’t approach everyone. If people don’t meet his approval, my interaction with them is guarded.

 Banner isn’t brave. The Long-haired Chihuahua down the hall bullies him. He hates tile floors. Even after four years of walking our lobby he resists walking. However, if he sees one of his treat grandmothers he gets braver.

 Downside? He sheds which compels me to seep floors and vacuum more frequently than I might otherwise.

 As I often say, I won the dog lottery when I acquired him.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Good Dog


He has been with me now for four years. Every year he gets a vet checkup, shots, and a year supply of heart worm protection. Still in good health, he gained three pounds from last year (80 to 83) and now has a lot of gray hair. Despite his best efforts, I’m still not fully trained but he hasn’t given up. There are at least eight people in our building who give him treats including one who comes to our door. The best thing about him is the smiles and laughter he generates as we make our rounds. I won the dog lottery with him.

Because of him, I get “positive affirmations”. The Abuela neighbor across the hall, “Banner, I feel so sorry for you! You have to live with that grumpy old man”.

Others. “Oh, it is Banner! And frank.”

Bear Story

A story of drunken grizzly bears getting run over by trains in Montana brought to mind a past incident.

 Circa 1972 driving North on Idaho Hwy 93 North of Salmon, ID (a narrow, steep, and winding two  lane road) coming around a corner I saw a pickup truck with a bed mounted camper  wedged against the bank on the passenger side. The driver had his window down and was vigorously waving. Seems he had run over a black bear that was now wedged under his truck directly under the driver side door and pawing the air every time he tried to open the door.

While assessing the situation, he asked me to retrieve a rifle from his camper and shoot the bear.

Noticing a handyman (high lift) jack mounted on the front bumper I used that to lift the truck off the bear. The second the bear was free it bolted across the road and down a steep bank.

Cancer News (Hopeful)

A deeply personal subject. While cancer free, some 60% of extended family member, both paternal and maternal, have died from cancer or currently suffering. This report is good news.


Despite billions spend worldwide every year searching for answers, the question always is, why not a cure? Is the “cancer industry” too lucrative that cures would break too many rice bowls?

Up yours, Emperor Polis (and not by your husband)

Proposition HH, a convoluted (P)regressive attempt to circumvent TABOR under the smoke screen of ‘property tax relief’ was soundly rejected by Colorado voters by a margin of >20%. This was  a way for the state to gain control over setting taxes. As it now stands, this is the way property taxes are determined.

Each year county commissioners, city councils, school boards, governing boards of special districts, and other taxing authorities determine the revenue needed and allowed under the law to provide services for the following year.

Each taxing authority calculates a tax rate based on the revenue needed from property tax and the total assessed value of real and personal property located within their boundaries. The tax rate is often expressed as a mill levy.

Back when Colorado was a ‘Red State’ the Taxpayers Bill or Rights (TABOR) was added to the state constitution. It limits how taxes can be raised and requires the state to refund excess taxes collected and mandates a balanced budget.

This alone has prevented the complete Californication of Colorado and drives the (P)regressives into fits of rage.

The fallout of the failure has even unhinged hardcore MAGA hating (P)regressives.


Emperor Polis has called a special session of the state legislation November 17th to try and undo the election. Right now, the Dims have control of both the House and Senate. Based on the trends in this off year election, the vote is slanted to the right and the next election may end the (P)regessive stranglehold.

The only real tactic the RINOs have is in the Senate. If enough Senators don’t show up, no quorum is possible. Even so, some RINOs are in favor of a Special Session. They seem to think they can score political points. Typical RINO circular firing squad thinking.

Since Emperor Polis is term limited, he has his eye on the Presidency. Failing that, the Senate, IMO.

 Blog Comments

Some comments have viewpoints that have little to do with what I post. So long as they put a name to their comment I let it go. Free speech, and all that. What is clearly stated on the header is anonymous comments will be deleted. Want to use this blog to spread your message? Fine, so long as you put your name/handle on it.

Facebook Humor

The History of the Middle Finger:

Well,'s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentalfricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing. Didn't yew!

Passive Aggression

Local story. A man pissed at traffic past his house took action. Nails and screws on the roadway and driveways.


Our county has fallen in love with traffic circles. Nearby a botched traffic circle project has kept two roads closed. The contractor was fired and the half finished traffic circle is keeping the roads closed. While I have some sympathy for the individual, he seems a taco short of a combination plate.

As always, YMMV




Saturday, November 4, 2023

Rantings from a Wannabe Domestic Terrorist


Pity the Rich

The horror! Standing in line like dirt people.


Freedom of Choice – Evs

Does it occur to the buyers that their options for recharging their vehicles are very limited? Internal combustion engine users have tens of thousands of places to refill their tanks.

Take that jab? Hell no!


F**K You, Feds III


Wyoming isn’t alone. Moab, UT is hard hit. 


Arizona isn’t  immune.


The new leadership in the House of Representative weighed in.


RINO out

Rep. Ken Buck, CO 4 th, has announced he will not run for a 5th term. He has made big bucks being the “loyal opposition” and has recently appeared often on the ‘liberal’ news channels (lip service to fair and balanced). Best bet is he joins CNN (lipstick on a pig).

 Alas, there is no I f**ked up Olympics. Gold Medal Winner here.


No Thanks


3,000 mile trip with no problems? I call bullshit.

Addendum: A 2016 Tesla was listed for sale. Poster bragged about taking a 3.000 mile trip with no problems and free charging.

Facts vs Feelings Logging Truck Edition

This man knows what he is talking about – arrest him!



Seems to be the generational phrase of those under thirty. Doesn’t offend me, just makes me feel old. Whatever happened to “groovy”?


Not being able to find much information on Al Gore’s invention, I’m wondering how well the F-35 is performing in the Gaza campaign. Does anyone have creditable information?

It isn’t free market driven, EV lover

A small start up company making solar powered charging stations is expanding. Should you read the whole article; the last two paragraphs have the gruesome details. Spoiler – taxpayer funded subsidies.


 Thus ends this rant. As always, YMMV

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

F**K You, Feds II


 Bureau of Land Management Plans

A prior post was about the BLM’s plans in Wyoming seemed to spark some interest among readers. This is a follow up. Key.

“That’s because it represents an attempt by the Biden administration to exercise authority over public land that only Congress has,” he said. “Congress declares how this (BLM) land is to be used. And it’s for multiple use, not preservation.”


Another point of view, tree hugger edition.


Note the snide reference to Cliven Bundy?

Future Tech or Current Booddogggle?

As a Latter Day Luddite I can’t decide. Along the lines of even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally, a federal program might achieve something of value. Bluntly, my math and science skills are so woeful I don’t understand the technology or theories.


Smug Liberal Unicorns and Rainbows.

 At first, this wasn’t going in the blog. Total bullshit. What changed was rethinking the way her message is written.


This is clearly an educated person who writes a well crafted opinion.

What comes through, to me, is the clear liberal mindset that those who disagree with them are ignorant. She points this out in what, may seem to her, a kind way much like one speaks to a child. A faint tone of irritation seeps through. Why would anyone doubt her brilliant conclusions? Her other opinions posted on The Colorado Sun have the same “better than thou” tone.

The rag leans left but has enough content the America Media Maggots (h/t BZ) ignore, I find it  of some value. Whether I continue to pay to subscribe is under consideration.

A rebuttal. Colorado is more than the Front Range, Fort Collins to Pueblo. The state is 103,641 square miles. Much is sparsely settled. Much of the state isn’t favorable to electric vehicles. The state has extreme climate variations. I wonder what, if any, electric vehicles are suitable for a trip from Boulder to, say, Cortez in March?

I’ve personally driven 100,000 miles in a Prius. I was paid to drive one 420 miles a day, three days a week, from Northern Colorado to Wheatland, WY, then Scottsbluff, NE, and finally DIA. I have a very low opinion of the two the employer supplied. Real life, 42 MPG, dangerous on snow covered roads and no protection should you hit an animal.

Civilized Civil Disobedience


Yellow Journalism doing Government Bidding


For second year in a row, domestic violence deaths in Colorado reach all-time high in 2022

Devil in the details. In 2022, 94 deaths. In 2021, 91 deaths. Clearly, a need for more robust Red Flag laws. Colorado 2021 population was 5,812,000 + or -.

For the record, I abhor domestic violence and have never struck a woman . Rarely raised my voice no matter how angry or provoked. Tried to set the right example with my three sons.

All Aboard the Boondoggle Train

Five million dollars is chickenfeed, right? Provides employment for people to ‘study’, not to implement anything.


Why not just give the Union Pacific the money with the stipulation it is used to restart rail service? They are more likely to know how to run a railroad.

 As always, YMMV