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Cowboys defeat Falcons

Two days in a row.

At home on Saturday, the University of Wyoming Cowboys eked out a late win against the Falcons of the Air Force Academy. On the road today, the Dallas Cowboys scored a tie-breaking field goal in the last three seconds against the Atlanta Falcons.

It was a good weekend all around for us, kicked off by Mississippi State's 6-52 win at home against the Arkansas Razorbacks; we assume Starkville feasted on barbecue pulled pork last night.

It wasn't as good as a win against Alabama might have been, but we'll take it.

©   Kevin McGehee


Tag! You're It!

Georgia renews car tags on the owner's birthday -- if more than one name is on the title, the birthday of the first person named -- and that means we get to renew our tags this time of year.

What used to require either a visit to the local tag office or the sending of a check by mail and a nervous wait to see whether the check ever arrived at its intended destination, now can be done online with a credit card. Even the "convenience fee," a pittance collected on each online renewal batch, has been abolished, which means if I wanted to, now I could renew our utility trailer as soon as the notices arrive, and do our respective cars immediately upon the smog checks having been done. This was something I didn't know until minutes ago when I batch-renewed all three tags, and I don't know whether I'll stop doing them in a batch next year.

Any renewal method that requires the tags to be sent by mail, however, does carry a $1 mail fee. It's still less than the "convenience fee" was.

Another savings stems from the recent opening of a new quickie oil change place not far from Mrs. McG's work commute, which charges (for now at least) only half what other places charge for the smog check. Clearly this service is a loss-leader, subsidized by what they charge for their other services. My usual oil change place hasn't been keeping me impressed like it used to, so I may give this new place a try next time the oil-change dash light comes on.

Of course, if all goes as hoped in the next few years, smog checks will be a thing of the past for us. Unless, that is, the new House majority somehow manages to enact a mandatory national emissions check requirement regardless of local need, and it somehow manages to get past a GOP Senate and President Trump.

©   Kevin McGehee


Two Down

One to go.

Senator Bill Nelson, both Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams have -- ungraciously, kicking and screaming the whole way -- lost their respective elections. One hopes that when the hand recount ratifies Gov. Scott's victory for the U.S. Senate seat you temporarily occupy, you will draw a contrast with your two fellow Democrats by accepting the outcome with dignity.

After all, a losing candidate who questions the legitimacy of an election is, as none other than Hillary Clinton reminded us all just before the 2016 election, un-American.

Update, Saturday: Nelson and his people all seem to realize he can't win, but the party is shamelessly fund-raising off the futile hopes of millions of low-information Democrats. Dignity, so it would seem, is for chumps.

©   Kevin McGehee


Riddle Me This

Q.: If you don't like crowds, what's the best day to go to a seafood restaurant?

A.: Taco Tuesday. Unless the place serves fish tacos.

Q.: Like crowds or hate them, what's the worst day to go to a seafood restaurant?

A.: Throwback Thursday.

©   Kevin McGehee


Criminal Mastermind Alert, 2

So you ducked out of the jailhouse and called your mom to pick you up, just as she was getting pulled over for blowing a stop sign, and you decided the first thing you wanted to do with your stolen freedom was have pancakes?

Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Boswell says it just so happened that during that same phone call, Pence was pulled over for running a stop sign, so authorities identified her car, and tracked her phone to the Newnan IHOP.

Gullatt had been slated for work release. Now he’s charged with felony escape and his mother is charged with aiding and abetting.

D'oh!

It seems fitting, since the item from the other day took place in Wyoming, that I should link to this one via a Wyoming news site.

©   Kevin McGehee


Waving Triggers Snowflakes

Just like Charles Johnson of Little Green Foot-in-Mouth mistook the Tennessee state flag for the emblem of a South African pro-Apartheid political party, and wacko leftist NPCs have bought a 4chan hoax meme about how the "OK" sign means "white power," it now appears that almost any waving gesture triggers the snowflakes as resembling a Nazi salute.

About the only wave likely to be safe from misinterpretation is the childlike one employed on stage by the late Red Skelton. But I'm sure that wouldn't last.

©   Kevin McGehee


Criminal Mastermind Alert, 1

So you gave a false name to avoid getting thrown in jail for something you did. And you got thrown in jail anyway for something the guy whose name you gave, did. But his sentence was only two days, so it was still a win, right?

While in jail, Sheriffs realized Heller did not match the appearance of the other man. He was immediately charged with perjury, forgery, and interference.

D'oh!

Next thing you know, people with outstanding warrants will start selling their own identities.

©   Kevin McGehee


It's All About Redistricting

Why are Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams acting like such sore losers in their increasingly futile quests to become governor of Florida and Georgia, respectively? It's because they want Democrats to oversee the redistricting process in these two states -- indeed, as many as possible -- after the upcoming 2020 census.

The Democrats have become dependent in recent decades on California to provide them with a big chunk of their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but after the 2010 census California failed to gain seats for the first time since it became a state in 1850. It's not unreasonable to think that it will even lose seats after 2020 -- especially now that the longstanding citizenship question will be restored to the census questionnaire after a relatively brief absence.

They may be nuts, but they're not stupid. They know that holding onto (or perhaps regaining) a House majority past 2020 depends on squeezing more blue districts into other populous states to compensate. Even with a Republican-majority Legislature, any district map unfavorable to Democrats would have to overcome a gubernatorial veto if either Gillum or Abrams succeed in their efforts. And that's even before the inevitable lawsuits. Politics may be hardball, but redistricting is Calvinball -- and what's at stake is who gets to be Calvin.

The new House apportionment will be interesting to see, and the new district maps will be in place for the 2022 election cycle. It will be a fascinating four years.

Stock up on popcorn and antacid.

©   Kevin McGehee


The Great DMV Battle of 2004

Over at Dustbury, Charles shows us yet another example of Yahoo! Answers imbecility for our entertainment, in which a car buyer wants to know how to take 600 miles off the title of a car that had all of 92,400 miles on it when he bought it -- the seller had estimated 93,000.

As it happens, I know of a way -- but he ain't gonna like it.

Back in 2004, with Mrs. McG's blessing and assistance, I bought a 1996 Ford Bronco. I'd had one previously, a 1981 we'd bought in Alaska in 1999 in driveable (and I use the term loosely) condition and driven the following September some 4,500 miles to our present environs. It had no air-conditioning, though, which made it uncomfortable to drive in a Southern summer, and got somewhere south of 12 miles per gallon. Long story short, the '81 wound up getting towed away in 2002, and I hadn't yet managed to get the Bronco-owning out of my system. So a couple of years later, here I was at the county tag office trying to register the '96 -- only to be told the title couldn't be generated because of an odometer discrepancy.

Turned out that the seller had had the truck long enough to decide to sell it, but not long enough to have transferred title and gotten it registered in his name, until the day we met so I could test drive it. On his own title application, he had estimated the odometer reading, and then I, boy scout that I was, had ignored the number printed on his title and written down the correct number -- which was lower than his estimate by a few hundred miles.

The DMV instructed me to have the seller sign a notarized waiver agreeing that my figure was correct, and that's what I did. Assuming that would be the end of it, I sent the papers back to the DMV in Atlanta and waited to receive my title.

Instead what I received was a directive that I must now find the previous seller -- the person who'd sold it to the guy I'd bought it from -- and have them sign off on the odometer reading.

That's where I dug in my heels. I wrote letters to my state legislators and to the then-Governor, Sonny Perdue. I laid out several reasons why this new requirement was unreasonable and would be counterproductive. I also pointed out that the whole point of policing odometer readings was to prevent fraud, but that the difference between the seller's estimate and my reading was insufficient -- on a truck with nearly 100,000 miles on it -- to have made an appreciable change in the value of the truck.

I heard back from one legislator (who went on a few years later to be elected to Congress and even briefly be considered for Speaker in 2015 instead of Paul Ryan), and it's possible he communicated with Gov. Perdue's office about it. At any rate, I finally got my title, along with an apology from the then-director of the agency. I forget how long I was driving the Bronco around without a title, but it was long enough that being one of the few people who ever won an argument with Patty and Selma was a significant consolation.

So, if the Answer Yahoo really wants to raise a bureaucratic stink over 600 miles on a title certificate, I can assure him he will have driven off that 600 miles (if he hasn't already) long before he gets his way.

Which, unless he is already known and respected by certain politically influential people, as I was 14 years ago, he may very well not.

©   Kevin McGehee


Could Be Worse

The Democrats could have somebody sane and/or coherent to be the next Speaker. I'm with Dennis on the long term outcome.

Ed Rendell wants the Democrats' new House majority to get things done in the next two years: Don't just investigate, legislate! Dream on, Ed -- virtue signaling is the most important thing for the Left now. It affords the opportunity to say things that will sound good to their fellow Leftists without having to find out whether the things they say will actually work. By the time the presidential nominating process for 2020 is underway, the federal government may look even more Republican than it did last weekend.

Here in Georgia, our election for Secretary of State is headed to a runoff, thanks to a Libertarian spoiler. For Governor, Stacey Abrams can't win -- but Georgia's stupid runoff system means she may get a chance to lose again next month -- depending on how the count from last night ultimately turns out.

By contrast, Wyoming -- in the Mountain time zone, so that the polls stayed open an additional two hours while we here in Georgia were already counting -- settled its races long ago. There's something to be said for being the least populous state. There was a Speaker squeaker when the count initially showed the next state House Speaker-to-be losing to his sole opponent, a Libertarian, but absentee ballots saved him and he won by a few dozen votes. It wasn't even midnight yet out there.

©   Kevin McGehee


Got Pie?

I do. Found a zipfile online with the upgrade to Android 9.0 formulated for my Nokia phone, and followed the unusual instructions to install it. It didn't even involve invoking the bootloader; put the file on the phone (in the right location), use the phone app keypad, and let 'er rip.

I wasn't even absolutely sure I was doing it right, but it worked. I don't know if this procedure is just for Nokia phones, or for all Android One handsets, but I like it. Google should adopt it OS-wide for those of us who don't want to wait however long the passive wait-until-it-appears-on-your-phone way might happen to take.

©   Kevin McGehee


What Just Happened!?

The sky is getting light and it's not even 7:30 a.m. yet!

I blame Trump!

©   Kevin McGehee


Duck Season? Wabbit Season?

Nope. Spam season.

After months of averaging less than one piece per day in my spam folder, now I'm getting inundated. And no, the political stuff has actually dwindled in the last week or so. These are notices of singles in my area, offers of shiny new non-prescription alleged medications, alerts of security breaches (about to happen) to my online accounts, that sort of thing.

No Nigerian royals asking for my help in spiriting billions out of their country though -- those types of scams have given way to the robocalls about how I will be taken under custody by the local police, or the like -- though (knock on wood) I haven't gotten one of those in, well, a while. Small favors, and all that.

©   Kevin McGehee


Okay, if Not Late September...

...how about the Tuesday before the fourth Thursday in November?

That way the following Thursday really would be a giving of thanks, that that's finally over with. For at least a couple of days.

©   Kevin McGehee



 
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