Fall 2019


Thursday,  November 14, 2019

Suicide by Flop

What can House Democrats really hope to achieve by the clown show they’re staging on Capitol Hill this week?

They may well have the necessary votes to pass articles of impeachment against President Trump, but then what? Can they really believe the Republican-majority Senate will vote to remove Trump from office?

Are there really enough Senate Republicans who would rather see one of these radical Leftist Democrats in the White House, and who are willing to commit electoral suicide by making it happen? They would have to be fools to think there’s any way they could escape accountability for that.

For that matter, what happens to the House Democrats seeking re-election in districts Trump carried in 2016, and which he will carry again next November? Do those House Democrats really think this exercise ends well for them?

For politicians, the trouble with burying their heads in the sand is (figuratively speaking of course) they can still be chopped off and left there.

Wednesday,  November 6, 2019


A local tax measure, earmarked for transportation projects, was defeated by almost four-to-one in yesterday’s local voting. I don’t think the local pols have any clue why it went down, either.

The county’s existing road network is in dire need of upgrades, to ensure that all the new development already approved is properly served — but the projects on the list for this measure were not aimed at catching up on delayed upgrades. Instead, a whole slew of new road projects were on offer, to be built from the ground up across as yet vacant land where, you guessed it, a whole slew of new development would be approved once the projects were completed.

And if you think the new projects would be engineered from the get-go to support all this new development, you haven’t been paying attention.

Tuesday,  November 5, 2019

Now It Can Be Told

The best part of the story is, this morning on our local paper’s website is a story about how to keep the time change from disrupting your sleep patterns. Well, we did something kind of off the chart.

Back in mid-October, I pre-changed all the non-self-updating clocks in the house to Standard Time, and then we absented ourselves from home until the day of.

We spent a couple of nights in the Central time zone before crossing into Mountain for about a week, then spent three more nights on Central Daylight time, and a couple on Eastern Daylight before returning home.

Over the course of that trip, we encountered blizzard-like snow conditions in the Black Hills, in southeast Montana, and in western South Dakota north of Sturgis. We left Rapid City on a morning where temperatures were in the teens and the pavement on Interstate 90 was icy, but the farther east we got the clearer the roads were.

We got pictures of buffalo in Montana, and of a lone bison outside Badlands National Park (click to embiggen). We were accosted in separate incidents by two ringnecked pheasant cocks while driving on a Montana back road. Our phones pinged on a Canadian cell tower though we never got close enough to the border to see it; on the way back to town I saw a badger hustle back into the tall weeds from the shoulder of the highway. We found some of the tastiest breakfasts in America at casinos in the middle of nowhere, and gave lie to online reviews accusing the places in question of being unfriendly to non-locals.

We watched diesel-electric locomotives in Montana and heard steam-locomotive whistles in Tennessee.

The closer we get to the point of going through with moving west, the more we’re examining options other than those previously discussed on this blog, and last month’s travels were part of that reconsideration. Further the deponent sayeth naught.

Monday,  November 4, 2019

Don’t Opt In to Tivo+

If you have a Tivo box that has recently updated to include Tivo+ in your Home shortcut bar, do not activate Tivo+.

If you do, your channel guide will be populated at odd intervals with Tivo+ channels that you can’t hide like normal channels. And Tivo does not offer a way to opt back out.

I now want this (and “What to Watch”, which I also don’t use) off my shortcut bar. I want to be able to hide those channels like I can hide MSNBC, and the SD versions of HD channels, and the foreign-language channels my cable provider includes in every level of my cable subscription without asking me.

And AFTER I’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO ALL THAT, I want to be able to OPT OUT of Tivo+ altogether.

And then I want all you kids off my lawn!

Friday,  November 1, 2019

Three Hundred Sixty-Eight More Days

...of this presidential election campaign still to go.

But who’s counting?

Saturday,  October 26, 2019

Busy, Distracted, Still Here

Somebody might have been wondering.

Sunday,  October 13, 2019

The High One

We lived for five years in the Fairbanks, Alaska area, and it was all but impossible to ever see Mt. McKinley from there. It was just too far away to the southwest, and from that angle there were other, obviously lesser, peaks too close to the sight line. And that’s on those rare occasions when the loftiest peak in North America wasn’t shrouded in clouds. Today, though, it isn’t. And as we discovered on a visit to Anchorage in 1996, when the skies were clear that was the place to see the mountain.

Even from Anchorage though, it’s a distant peak, far from the nearest Alaska Range prominences to the north, much less the looming Chugach range to the east. But in the webcam view above, courtesy of Borealis Broadband, it’s that tiny bright smudge on the horizon at left. It’s not quite 150 miles northwest of the city, but at more than 20,000 feet in elevation — while Anchorage lies at sea level — it’s still an eye-catching landmark. You can see why Alaska’s Natives called it Denali, “The High One.”

Monday,  October 7, 2019

Minimal Football

It was a “bye” weekend for both the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Wyoming Cowboys, so we only had one game to watch: The Dallas Cowboys hosting the Green Bay Packers.

It wasn’t pretty.

Next weekend all three teams will play again, and Mrs. McG is hoping there will be good news for all three of them. In fact I suspect she would be willing for Wyoming to lose if it meant the Bulldogs and Dallas could win again.

I’m skeptical of the idea, myself. I liked it better when they all won.

Tuesday,  October 1, 2019

October in Wyoming

Last year, Mrs. McG and I arrived in Wyoming on October 10, amid snowfalls along Interstate 25 extending some 50 miles or so from Cheyenne northward. Another snowstorm struck the state a few days later, which we watched from the window of our hotel room.

This year...

I blame Trump.

Sunday,  September 29, 2019

Oh Give Me a Home

Where the Cowboys wyome
They’re wyoming all day and all night
They wyome up the field
They never will yield
‘Til their opponents board their homeward flight

I actually forgot there were college football games last night, so today I decided not to look at the results and just watch the Tivo’d UNLV at Wyoming game, Boy, howdy. The Cowboys won, 17-53.

I didn’t watch the Mississippi State game. There was an update during the Wyoming telecast, at which time home team Auburn was leading something like 9-42. Final score was 23-56. Ouch.

Here’s hoping this merely proves to be another Cowboys week, and that Dallas will add a W tonight at New Orleans.

Update: Went to submit “wyome” to Urban Dictionary with the following definition:

To thoroughly dominate one’s opponent on the football field at Laramie.

But apparently now only people with Facebook accounts or Gmail addresses are allowed to submit. So, scroom. I will not submit.

Friday,  September 27, 2019

We Have a Word for This

This morning, I received an email from a local Italian restaurant-slash-pizza place, touting its newly established delivery arrangement with DoorDash.

This afternoon, an online security vendor emailed with news of a data breach affecting... DoorDash.

The word for timing like this is, “Oooooooooops.”

Thursday,  September 26, 2019

Could They Be Any More Blatant?

The White House released a complete, unredacted transcript of Trump’s telephone conversation with Ukraine’s president, and what do the Derp State Media do? They put headlines on a heavily and misleadingly redacted version designed to make it look as if the only topic of the conversation was “investigate Hunter Biden.” That version leaves out more than 500 words. To put that in perspective, when I was assigned to write a paper in college, a properly formatted page was expected to contain at least 250 words. If I used that estimate, I never had to count words in a paper I submitted for a grade, only pages.

The media, in their frantic haste to protect the Biden family and incriminate Trump, elided more than two pages worth of conversation.

You don’t have to like Trump to see this for what it is.

Program Note, Friday, September 27: This entry is now the first item on the Fall 2019 archive page, though it will also display on the July-August-September page, as will all subsequent September 2019 posts. I have decided to simplify my page labels by using season names, and that means each archive page will begin and end with solstices and equinoxes. The autumnal equinox for 2019 took place at 3:50 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on September 23. The winter solstice will occur at 11:19 p.m., EST, on December 21.



Fall 2019


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