Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Dog's Fault

Banner News

Some readers like Banner stories. Last week, for the first time in the 4+ years he has lived with me, he didn’t attack his supper. The next day he was at the vet. Complete blood workup showed him slightly dehydrated but nothing else. He has unlimited access to water. Two days later he was his usual self. Despite my vigilance I suspect he ate something bad. Blasted dog will eat just about anything. Sisty suggests he just needed a good poop.

The vet noticed he has gained five pounds in six months. He suggested a change in dog food which has been taken.

The biggest reason for the weight gain is he has stopped taking me for walks.

Wind farms are wonderful?

Advertisement that appeard at the top of the Cowboy Daily. Somehow I don’t think that is ‘full disclosure’.

Wind Farm

Who knew coal is ‘green’?

I like learning new things and this is new to me.

Skin Care

The biggest question is how Kemmer/Diamondville will handle the housing and associated water and poop infrastructure to accommodate 12,000+ new residents?

Entrepreneur spirit

Are some politicians, all big government advocates, and many government employees operating with a perverted entrepreneur motivation? Empire building?

Model Citizen. Four Dui’s? 

Bad Girl

Dumb shits will be dumb shits. 

The gun grabbers are delighted by the actions of this dumb shit leaving a handgun in a state capital restroom. Naturally, the long term (P)regressive pimple on the Fourth Estate’s ass is all over the story.

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 Your GPS is wrong

Map reading is a lost skill and people putting blind faith in their electronic devices are, IMO, deluded. Wyoming’s take on the issue? 

Blind Trust

In my paper hanging job, finding addresses is crucial. I have three separate GPS devices with me. Before I ever go out I use my computer to look at every address. Often, I will view a picture of the address. Getting wrong directions from one or more device happens so often I no longer even bother to cuss.

One example. I needed to find an address in Morgan Heights (Fort Morgan). I knew I was looking for a two story stucco three car attached garage house. Two GPS directions took me to the other end of the street. One wanted to take me to Castle Rock, CO.

My Congresswoman 

Liberal Loser

Hope she is a one term representative. I put the time and effort into a letter on an issue that mattered to me. Sent one copy to her local office and one copy to her D.C. office. No response/reply. Staffers probably file 13d it.

My sister approves of her. My sister has spent thirty years of her life as a volunteer in a community health organization. Caraveo is a strong supporter. Sorry Sisty, I’m not a one issue voter.

Good and kind people

This morning I was reminded there are good and kind people in the world. My neighbor across the hall is 87 and in declining health. A resident of our building is taking her to see her doctor. This person, a LDS widow, is constantly helping others. She takes care of their dogs when they are in the hospital. She takes others grocery shopping. She does all of these acts of kindness quietly and without any fanfare. Some of her acts are motivated by her religious beliefs but I think mainly she does it because she is simply a good and caring person.

IMO, in our day to day lives we overlook how many good people are in our world.

PETA

They recently held a rally at the Wyoming capitol building. Other than the four protesters, nobody showed up. I’m not bothering to link the article.

Firearms control

The tyrants never stop with a death by thousand cuts against legal and lawful firearms owners (I don’t use “gun” unless talking about smooth bores).

Fiddling while Rome burns

What this effort should be labeled is avoiding serious issues while appearing to “DO SOMETHING” with a seasoning of hysteria.

As always YMMV

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Need Glass Belly Button

I once told my ex wife I was buying her a glass belly button so she could see where she was going with her head up her ass.

Had a two page working document with lots of stuff to post as a blog. Got crazy with AVG, didn’t save it, and wiped it out.

Two days ago I tried to help a lady with a dead battery. I didn’t know you can buy jumper cables in any colors except red/black, orange, or yellow. Hers were purple and pink.

Just a thought. Perhaps I could have phrased my remarks to the ex differently?

As always, YMMV

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Unapologetic Deplorable


 Ruining my social credit score

Meme swiped from Knuckledragger and reposted on FB. Instant reaction. False information gray out instantly. Click on the “why”, goes to a USA article and 30 seconds later AVG “blocked the threat” – URL blacklist.

Will this post cost me my cot by the stove in the reeducation camp? Will this useless eater even make it to the camp? 

Lipstick on a pig – EV Colorado 

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EVs may, just may, make sense as commuter vehicles along Colorado’s Front Range. Anywhere else? You need an intervention, IMO.

Jowl Shaker

Disclaimer. I’m not a baseball fan but got caught up in a click bait that read,

Rockies introduce new menu items at Coors Field. Among the new offerings this season to distract fans from the on-field product”

Not going to link. I did read some of it and was amazed to find several vendors are offering burgers with ‘vegan’ cheeses of various types. No mention if the burgers are meat.

Dodged another bullet

Click bait involving pesticides and kale didn’t get read. I don’t eat the stuff.

Old West lives again – on the taxpayer’s dime

Seems the current wolves attacking livestock remedy is to hire range riders. In the old west range riders shot the damned things. Should you want to dive into this feel free.

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 Personally, having a taste of range riding in my youth, I will say it is a hard, lonely and thankless job.

More Nanny State and race belittlement

There is ongoing effort to ban menthol tobacco products. ‘Studies’ show among blacks who smoke, 81% smoke menthol flavored tobacco. The message I get is,

 “Oh, you poor black people. You can’t make good decisions on your own so we will make them for you”.

As a heterosexual Caucasian male senior citizen, I’m not to have an opinion.

Seasonal disorder

This time of the year, should I use the sunscreen in my windshield or the windshield cover? Both, to be safe?

The trees are starting to bud. Too often we will get a wet spring snowstorm after the leaves are out and lots of branches get broken. A cousin in Boise experienced that a few days ago.

Banner’s new post COVID record

During the COVID lock down, in one day, seventeen people petted him. In a building of seniors, many who don’t/can’t drive and with few visitors, he was a godsend to many. Wednesday, eleven people petted him and four gave him treats. A few even spoke to me.

Banner gracefully accepts all the attention. When treats are in the offing he gets quite animated. The treat givers usually make him “sit”. That is a problem on tile floors as his butt slowly slides across the floor.

I supply the treats because I want to control what he eats. When questioned, I threaten to leave him and his flatulence in their apartment.

 As always, YMMV


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Riveting Clickbait Title (Not)

 Disappointment follows – just the usual WSF’s wandering mind

Wyoming Cattle Barons today

The West has seen a wave of Eastern and European “investors” since the indigenous tribes were subdued and forced on reservations. Many were broken by the Great Depressions, sheep men, and homesteaders. Others were taxed unto fleeing (Japanese investors in Steamboat Springs, for instance). Still they persist as outlined by this very long article about an effort to create a new Jackson Hole.

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Whose ox is being gored? Artificial intelligence and elections

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This is a problem when done by conservatives. OK by others, for our own good, since we aren’t smart enough to make our own informed choices.

Responsible  LGBTQ

There are many people who identify in this subset who are just that, people. I’ve known several, worked with several, hired and promoted ‘gay people’ over the years. I found this interesting, someone telling the truth and getting smacked down for it.

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Wokeism, DEI, youth violence and 18,000,000 Illegals

Please bear with me as I try to connect some dots. We have a coalition of race hustlers with mail order divinity degrees, people with no marketable skills who are intelligent, and cynical opportunists that have weakened this country. The nexus? Obama.

Youth violence is being encouraged, and glorified, by evil rap music, IMO. (Music is used very loosely here)

What will happen when those 18,000,000 million illegals get cut off from the government tit? Gangs on a scale we have never envisioned.

The government tit? The country is going broke and our currency worthless. If you use gold as a baseline, and currently trading around $2,270+/-,  a dollar is really worth $.22 (look, I’m not a math major so correct me if I’m wrong).

Trivial Pet Peeve – Man vs Woman

Pathways. Left to their own devices, women arrange furniture in a way that allows easy passage for them. We men are broader of beam and need more room. Too often I find my body at a 45° angle while navigating female arranged spaces. Add a 80 lb lab on a leash if you want a challenge.

Law Enforcement where I live



Copied from the Facebook page

 Weld County Sheriff's Office

  · We enforce the laws, what will you do?

The suspect had an active felony warrant out of Adams County that he failed to appear in court on. Despite this, no one could stop, or predict what he would do next that would disrupt the peace in several northern Colorado communities.

To give you a brief background, the person’s actions we are talking about here have warranted WCSO SWAT to be activated to assist other Northern Colorado law enforcement agencies, twice in the past. For more context, this same person was on parole from May of 2022 to March 4, 2024. Now that you have some background, lets take a look at the most recent criminal event this same individual was recently arrested in.

In late March of this year, just shortly after he discharged his parole sentence, he allegedly fired a handgun into an occupied building located in the Town of Windsor. The suspect’s vehicle description was reported to law enforcement in this incident.

A short while later, two citizens approached a WCSO deputy and reported traveling near Intersand America Corp. in the Town of Windsor, and a male in a similar pickup truck allegedly pointed a gun at them. The motorists provided the vehicle tag number of the suspect to law enforcement. Based on the description of the vehicle in the first incident, the suspect’s vehicle tag, and nearby security camera footage, the suspect vehicle was identified by law enforcement.

Other WCSO deputies responded to assist the town of Windsor, along with the Eaton, Ault, and Severance Police Departments. The suspect vehicle was later located, and several police departments followed, and eventually pursued the suspect’s vehicle. The pursuit lasted for nearly an hour, and ended in unincorporated Weld County when the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody by the Severance Police Department.

The suspect’s bond was later set at $5 million cash/surety for the charges that took place in the Windsor Police Department’s jurisdiction, and $3 million cash/surety for the charges that took place in the Severance Police Department’s jurisdiction.

Thankfully, in this most recent incident, no one was injured, but the building the suspect fired into, and several surrounding vehicles did incur minor damage. It is worth noting, several law enforcement vehicles that engaged in the pursuit were damaged. Also, Windsor residents had an approximate two-hour shelter-in-place around the immediate area surrounding the building where the shooting took place.

If we haven’t explicitly communicated it in the past through social media posts like these, we will make it clear now, law enforcement and the communities they serve are deeply connected. You cannot separate one from the other, and what effects one effects the other. The person discussed in this post exemplifies the failures in our justice system that need to be addressed and cannot be solved by law enforcement alone. Remember, we enforce the laws, we do not write them. We enforce the laws; we do not determine a suspect’s bond. We enforce the laws; we do not determine if someone gets paroled; or if the courts entrust them to appear for a court date at a later time which they fail to appear for. We enforce the laws, so what will the people who live in our communities that are affected by crimes like this do to legally address problems such as these to keep our communities safe? In a society where there are less penalties for criminal offenders, more permissive drug laws, concerns about vigilante justice, and the state is restricting the rights of gun owners; it is important to get engaged with the legislative process and make your voice heard. So, what will YOU do to fix our broken justice system?

All charges are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in a court of law. #staysafeweldcounty

 Grease is cheaper than machinery

Tomorrow the Taurus goes into the shop for an oil change and look over. Likely the bill will be $100 or so. I can’t do my own work anymore. The mechanic (not the ‘technician’) I use is as grouchy and grumpy as I am so we get along. Everything is from NAPA and all synthetic lubes. Some things I don’t go cheap on.

I didn’t know my car had a cabin air filter. Simple job to replace and Sisty’s renter helped me. We found the one in the car was the original, circa 1992. Gross doesn’t begin to describe it.

The car is gray, devoid of any stickers and completely anonymous. That is useful in my work. A local chain of car washes offer unlimited washes for $18 a month so the car is kept clean. Other than having a handicapped license plate, there is nothing calling attention or likely to stick in anyone’s memory.

AARP

An organization I loathe but used to help prepare my tax returns. No, not because the service was free. Rather, camouflage. The Colorado revenuers and I have been battling for decades. My hope is they see that AARP preparer stamp and won’t look further.

Some may call it selling out and I won’t argue.

As always, YMMV

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Colorado Weather - Beware


 Springtime in the Rockies

My maternal grandfather would always say, “I don’t care if you go naked, bring all the clothes you got”. Toponas, CO circa 1956 an April blizzard shut down both the highway and railroad for four days.

For today, Banner is enjoying his sunbath on the balcony.

A Colorado government program that actually works as intended?

Works more or less as intended. It hasn’t been hijacked (yet) by (P)regressives.

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Volunteer funding by people who are bad at math is a great idea, IMO, and I am one of the volunteers.

Faster than a speeding train

Banner hearing the refrigerator door open

Drones

My sister in an independent insurance adjuster who is often called to investigate truck wrecks in Wyoming and Nebraska. Most are on I-80 and she must contend with traffic speeding by. She is exploring using drones but is hampered by Wyoming winds. More experience will lead to better results. I’m all in favor of anything that lowers her risks.

My criminality thwarted

Recently I parked across the street from the barber shop and jaywalked. Haircut complete, walked up to the curb with car keys in hand and waited for traffic to clear. A Greeley police car pulled up behind my car and sat there until I walked up to the corner and pressed the crosswalk button before moving on. Oh well, exercise is good.

Francis Scott Key Bridge failure

Disclaimer. I’ve no knowledge or experience in ship handling. What surprised me was the damage to one structural support could bring down so much of the bridge. Was that because of faulty engineering? From available pictures it appears the structural steel portion collapsed.

 Some sixty years ago the Army spent several weeks teaching a few of us the rudiments of destroying structures. We were taught bridges have built in shear points. Failure of one portion would be isolated from the rest of the bridge. We were taught to look for these shear points and exploit them.  An example used in our instruction was the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

Just to be clear, only enough of the bridge remained intact enough to get troops across to secure a defensible bridge head. Soon a float bridge was across that could support heavy vehicle.

Californication guide

TABOR

Colorado is unique in having passed a Constitution amendment called the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Two important points are all tax increases must be subject to a vote by the taxpayers and excess taxes collected be returned to the taxpayer. ($800 this year).

IMO, this is the only thing preventing total Californication by (P)regressives. Recently a water district got a TABOR smack down. 

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By national standards home taxes in Colorado are among the lowest in the country. Without TABOR Portland, OR will happen. Portland? Median home value is taxed at $14,000+ annually.

Spendthrift politicians are always seeking ways to get around TABOR. Fees are popular.  For those interested, here is a long and somewhat arcane explanation.

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 As always, YMMV

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Ignored Colorado

 

When many people think of Colorado they envision 14,000’ mountains, deep canyons, and skiing. What they don’t realize half the state lies east of the mountains and is mainly high plains. There is much to see but you need to make an effort. The mountains are in your face.

Between my years in the car biz and my present work, I’ve spent a lot of time and driven a lot of miles in the plains.

The people are a hardy lot; they need to be. Many are of German, Mexican, Germans from Russia, and Slovak descent. They are Trump supporters and the (P)regressive and trust fund snots try to ignore them.

Rural Yard Art

What is slimeball Bill Gates up to now?

Are the environazis changing their view on nuclear energy? Looking for another public stranglehold?

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Environazis, Colorado chapter, want a “conversation” about gas and oil



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My guess is many people in Colorado are tired of their posturing and they are losing popular support (and donors, especially donors). Solution? Bitch louder.

Visiting Colorado in the near future? Be prepared, those all season tires won’t get you anywhere but stuck.



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New ways Climate Change will kill us, infectious diseases.



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Isn’t it more rational to recognize the climate will always be changing and to prepare for the change.

Can’t drive for shit club meeting

Pass by this body shop most Sunday mornings. There is usually double the number of cars parked across the street Sunday mornings.

Guardian dogs

Old friends are Routt County ranchers. In their late seventies, they still  do ranch work but are leaving more and more to their son who is now the 4th generation rancher on a 100+ year old ranch. Several years ago they started using livestock guardian dogs.

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My knowledge of livestock dogs ends with border collies.

They have preserved their ranch against the trust fund snots invasion but are surrounded by recreationists of all stripes, hence their efforts to possibly educate people.

 My friends assure me that a .30-.06 round three inches over interloper heads is no longer acceptable.

 As always, YMMV

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Slippery slope to serfdom. It is here.


 China Model and the end our freedom

It starts with your new automobile purchase. This lawyer lays it out in 20 minutes worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwaVO1sPFi8&ab_channel=HamptonLaw

I, for one, will never buy a vehicle with this technology.

 

As always, YMMV

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Colorado Politics and Low Humor - Read at Your Own Peril

(P)gressive bastardy (Sorry, oxymoron)

Several things going on in Colorado now and planned for the future.

First, having the public hear what affects their future is irritating so let’s plan it in secrete. Emperor Polis signed into law a bill to do just that.

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Next, raise the cost of renting a car by $3 a day to fund Front Range and Mountain rail Federal grant monies. 

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Brilliant! All those visitors don’t vote in Colorado.

Environazis and trust fund snots (but I repeat myself) know more about proper animal husbandry that those doing it, wolves subset.

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Sideshow. 

Rep. Ken Buck (R) CO 4th is a piece of work. For years he has made a great living as the Uniparty’s loyal opposition. As a founding member of the ”Freedom Caucus” he manages the headlines while undermining the results. He often appears on American Mainstream Maggot (h/t BZ) television shows to give, “fair and balanced” optics. Not content to decline running for re-election he is resigning this month. This will trigger a special election that roils the upcoming primary election. Well done, blivet! (Blivit. Two pounds of shit in a one pound bag.) 

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Other states have falling acorns. Wyoming has fowl play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKmnJgXyZpU&ab_channel=NBCNews

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Is this why Virtual Mirage relocated to remote Arizona?

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Now we have a clue. Discrete contacts? 

Are some now clients? Probably best not to ‘probe’ too deeply.

As always, YMMV

True, WSF has too much time on his hands and an internet connection.