105 thoughts on “Weekend Open Comments

  1. And last week researchers from the University of Calgary calculated that when euthanasia reaches the level of Belgium and the Netherlands, the country’s health system could save up to up to C$139 million every year. “Medical assistance in dying could reduce annual health care spending across Canada by between $34.7 million and $138.8 million, exceeding the $1.5–$14.8 million in direct costs associated with its implementation,” they wrote in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    The logic behind their figures is as follows. End-of-life care rises steeply in the last six months of life. In the province of Manitoba, for instance, more than 20 percent of health care costs are incurred by patients who die within six months even though they are only 1 percent of the population. Such people are typical candidates for euthanasia in Europe. But, as the Calgary bean-counters delicately point out, “patients who choose medical assistance in dying may forego this resource-intensive period”.

    Not only are relatives spared the pain of looking after the elderly, but the government reaps rich rewards as well! A win-win all around!

  2. Good mugly morning Hamsters. Overcast is working on being gloomy, started at 69 out here, and we have an increasing chance for rain. We could use some now even after the deluge a couple of weeks ago.

    Yesterday we had three mature trees removed from around the house, all of them because they were being crowded by larger trees and reduced to going straight up instead of up and out. All this took some 30 years to develop even though we had resisted planting them too close together way back then. More sunlight is needed to have any hope of restoring the lawn that used to be there before dense shade crept in over the years. But the remaining stumps look so forlorn. They will be ground up next week.

    So with that and spouse thinning young trees in the pastures that were getting too close together, our tree census is about 75 down from 90 or so. We had the arborists save 6 feet of the live oak’s trunk for our neighbor who does woodworking as a hobby. He’s made several things from our maple tree that was in the back yard and had outlived its customary life this far south but mostly died a couple of years ago. Expect he’ll also make something from the live oak for us.

  3. #3 Texpat

    This Canadian Medical Association Journal article must have come from the University of Calgary Mengele School of Medicine. Wonder what the journal editors wrote in a note before or after the article to justify even thinking to publish it.

    U of Calgary ought to be treated to a thunderous sound from many prospective donor purses snapping shut.

  4. Morning gang. Looking for another warm one out here today. The temptation is to start spring activities on the yard, but it’s at least another month until the last freeze. I’ve fallen for that old trick that mother nature likes to play on us before by putting stuff out on a nice warm day and have it wiped out by a freeze a few weeks later. So, I’ll wait, but I do plan to mow and treat some of the weeds. The trick to finding spring is to check the mesquite trees. They are the hardest ones for Ma Nature to fool. When they start budding, spring is really here.

    For now, it’s time to start digging into the bowels of the internet in search of news while I sip on my coffee cup. Looking forward to a great day.

  5. I was watching the First 100 Days last night and they had this IDIOT DC councilman, Kevin Chavous on and at one time he was blathering about the president bring the country together, as if it was Trumps fault that Obama spent the last 8 years doing his best to divide the country along lines of race, gender and rich poor, etc. Then they got to the segment about Betsy DeVos being blocked from entering an inner city DC school and he said,…I’m not kidding, he said; “Well it’s not just the Democrats blocking the school house doors, George Wallace famously blocked the schools in Alabama.”…….Yes, these idiots walk amongst us, and they reproduce. Yanno’ I was listening to Rush yesterday and he pointed out the fact that the stupid protesters didn’t really know why they were protesting, only that they were doing as they were told. Betsy DeVos is trying to give poor kids a better chance at good schooling but these useful idiots are protesting the very thing that most poor inner city parents want. The teachers union is only interested in keeping their power, and to hell with those black kids, while their kids go to private schools. There had to be a special place in hell for people like that.

  6. RE: Euthenasia article

    Logan’s Run comes to mind.

    Gotta manage the population to meet the resources available. Once the populace accepts the concept of “carousel,” then it becomes acceptable to knock off the elders.

  7. My wife just showed a lady a house, she likes it, wants to make an offer. Lady said she would get with her agent.

    Wife: You mean you already have an agent? Why did you call our office?

    Lady: My agent couldn’t show it today, she told me to call another agent to go look at it.

    Wife: AAAARRRRGGG

    Do people think real estate agents find the money and time just floating in the air to drive around showing houses? Do they think it’s out of the goodness of their hearts? Or are they just rude, stupid, disrespectful POS’s?

  8. Or are they just rude, stupid, disrespectful POS’s?

    This is the entitlement snowflake mentality. Thanks libs, thanks a whole friggen lot.

  9. Or are they just rude, stupid, disrespectful POS’s?

    Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a winner! What do we have for ’em, Johnny?”

  10. as if it was Trumps fault that Obama spent the last 8 years doing his best to divide the country along lines of race, gender and rich poor, etc.

    C’mon SD–How can you say that? Hussein the D was above reproach.

    He was hovering in the cosmos, above it all–Delivering us from evil and the MSNBC spittling spitter from tinkles down his leg.

    He could do whatever he wanted for 8 years…

    And never was heard
    a discouraging word
    from the Fakers of News
    lip-glossed babes

  11. Went outside to see how warm it will be for my run, looked up in the sky, saw that big honey glazed sun and thought of this song.

    With that big honey glazed sun up in the sky, the sidewalk kind of looks like ice cream if you squint hard,–the stairs look like cake.

  12. #10

    Great article. It is a good feeling to be able to provide a home for those who appreciate it.

    Then there are the “others” that come with the territory. The “bug bomb” folks… /sigh

  13. I asked a friend for some advice on changing the oil in my lawn mower today, and he told me to spread some newspaper around to absorb spills. I said “newspaper, what is that?” I finally decided on a used Amazon delivery box – it absorbs oil pretty well. And I heard somewhere that used engine oil is good fertilizer for prickly pear, so don’t tell anyone, but I’ll compare that little patch to the rest of it to see how well it does.

  14. And I heard somewhere that used engine oil is good fertilizer for prickly pear, so don’t tell anyone, but I’ll compare that little patch to the rest of it to see how well it does.

    I don’t know about Prickly Pear, but it’s great for Kudzu, not only does it provide nutrition, but if helps lubricate the vines as they move across the ground, especially since they grow so fast you can almost see them move. 😉

  15. Loved the article on the Landlord. It was a tribute to his Dad in the best possible way as well as a cautionary tale for anyone considering becoming a Landlord. 🙂

  16. Whenever I see or hear Chuck Schumer, I see and hear the seediest, most stereotypical, shyster of a used car salesman you’ll ever see.

    You know the type.

    He greets you on the lot and he still has mayonnaise grease on his hands from eating his baloney and olive loaf sandwich, slopped in mayo.

    When he shakes your hand, he doesn’t bother to wipe it off first and gets the mayo grease on you too.

    Realizing he has mayo grease on his hand, he runs his fingers through his hair to wipe it off and as he does so, he belches and you get a very unfortunate whiff of his baloney/olive loaf laden breath.

    He then pulls up his pants but doesn’t realize his zipper is down and says “Looking for a car?-Well you’ve come to the right place pod-nuh!” trying his best to sound like some sort of a southerner–much like J Travolta in Urban Cowboy.

    Yes, that is what I think of when I see and hear upChuck Schumer.

    And from this day forward, I hope that’s how you’ll see him too.

  17. 31
    Brah Squawk
    What a cutie:)

    Looks like Grandpa Munster in drag in which case he’d be Caitlyn Munster but not quite that good.

  18. Well, I’m making Mater Gravy, it’ s been a while, but I’ve got the bacon N Bambi sausage fried, the onions N peppers chopped up and the Hoe Cake ready for the oven, Just gotta’ start the gravy…….Good stuff Maynard. 😉

  19. Just after the 50 second mark in that number it looked to me like something was about to bounce out of its restraints – but the camera never came back to let us know what happened.

  20. Although Dr phil and Dr Brother Squawk are doing their best to keep the blog from flatlining, it’s beginning to look critical.

    I’m going to administer some of this Stat.

    What’s your prognosis, Dr Brother Squawk?

  21. I just watched the first hour of 24: Legacy and I liked it more than most of the reviewers have. I will watch hour #2 tomorrow and then decide whether to keep recording them. This is the first TV show of this type that I have watched in years.

  22. I’ve often wondered when the two pink-puddy-hatted ones, from yesterday’s O/C pic, are behind closed doors, hammering out their RINO schemed, back room deals, in another attempt to screw over their voters, if they play this game with each other.

  23. Hey, GramPa, What’s fer supper? Well, it occurred to me that I’ve not had good old fashioned Mater Gravy in a while, so I fried up some bacon and Bambi link sausage, cooked the gravy in the bacon grease, added the maters N onions/peppers, added some garlic and finished it off with an old fashioned “Hoe Cake” just like my Mom used to make. I had to use the big bertha #12 Griswold and the # 8…..Good Stuff Maynard!

  24. Brother Phil

    I think i am gonna set side all the politics and junk and just
    listen to the music.

    Sounds like a plan. Just popped a cork on a smooth, smokey, deep rich, burgundy Cab.

    Where’s my headphones?

  25. Down at the bay I noticed a deer’s head hanging in the water. Me: ‘What are you trying to catch?’. My brother: ‘Ants are too slow, thought crabs might get it done faster’. Reckon we will find out.

  26. #64, Wished I’d heard of them when they toured the States. On any given show at least one of them is blond. The gal singing lead in that plays bass, legs, and usually sings backing vocals. The one in boots and shorts sings lead and can seriously belt out some notes. Save Yourself.

  27. Good morning Hamsters. Off to a pleasant start at 69 if a bit breezy, but all this is to be enjoyed while we have it before the rains set in.

    So Obama is back to his organizing stuff on steroids. Hope conservatives in Congress and the Administration are ready for their antics, especially the violent types who need to be stuffed repeatedly every time they show up.

  28. Watching WH advisor Stephen Miller on the morning shows has been a treat.
    A refreshing change from the weenies of the Bush years.

  29. #70 Shannon, Ditto’s that, he sliced and diced them on at least two shows this morning.
    Mornin’ Gang,……Is it still morning?
    I got up early and put a pork tenderloin in the crock pot and later cleaned up my stove, I’ve been frying a lot lately and that thang was a mess!

  30. #70

    Watching WH advisor Stephen Miller on the morning shows has been a treat.
    A refreshing change from the weenies of the Bush years.

    Only got to see a few minutes of it, but he sure had George Steponallofus on the ropes. “You said something that’s not true, xxy.” GS: “No, we did ask xxz. Now on to the next question.” (before he could get boxed in again)

    Hubby was grinning ear to ear. “He’s kicking George’s a$$!” This from a man who doesn’t always get nuances in political discussions. Of course, Steponallofus wasn’t being nuanced. He’s was getting trounced on every topic that I saw. I could tell he wasn’t comfortable.

    Then the panel discussion involved some discussion about the antagonism between the president and the media. The media’s had it so easy for so long, they don’t know how to handle getting exposed for what they are.

  31. #72, Shannon, wathca’ going too do with it? I ALWAYS wrap mine with bacon layered with crushed pineapple and slow cook it on a spit with my infrared burner on the back of the grill, my Boy absolutely loves it that way. I’ve never put one in the crock pot, but since I’ve been using it an awful lately, and got the tenderloin on sale, I thought I’d give it a shot…..Oh and Kroger’s is out of fresh asparagus!!! ARRRRGHH!! I guess I could hit up the new H.E.B. over across the tracks in the rich folks neighborhood, but DAYAAM that place is a ZOO and the traffic really SUX today! I-45 doncha’ know.

  32. 70 Shannon & SD

    Lefties have been trying to portray Stephen Miller as a lunatic robot reading all his comments from a teleprompter, that it was a meltdown. I haven’t seen any video yet, but I assume that will be the politics of personal destruction memo for Monday’s 24 hour news cycle.

  33. Well, after a few days, the overhaul of my 10 year old mower is complete. Replaced the coil, checked the ignition key, changed the oil, drenched the whole thing in carb cleaner, new spark plug…Humming like a beehive, and good to go for another 10 years. Now if I just could muster the energy to mow the yard, which if I recall was the original objective in the first place last week, I could move on to something else. Nothing is easy any more.

  34. #76 TexPat, I saw him on two different shows and he quoted the laws line for line, off the top of his head. He made Wallace and Snuffaluffagus look stupid, I loved it!

  35. Late lunch of gemelli pasta in Ragu meat sauce with a couple of meatballs thrown in on the side. Kroger makes some fabulous meatballs that they sell in a package of 24 in their heat-and-eat deli section. I add these to lots of our meals, because they go well with any type of pasta, or equally as well with a brown gravy and potatoes. I don’t eat large helpings of pasta any more, but I still enjoy it very much.

  36. I remember El Arroyo from my Austin days in the 1970s, when it was brand new. Not completely clear if it is still open today in the same scenic location.

  37. Adee

    Have you noticed that you’re not seeing many ads for the upcoming Wisconsin Supreme Court election? That’s because only one person is running – the incumbent.

    Conservative-leaning Justice Annette Ziegler has no challenger this spring – it means she’s virtually assured of another ten year term on the court.

    Ann Althouse says:

    This really has become a red state.

    Or is it that the liberal candidates come across as more political and what people want — and think they are getting from a conservative — is a judge who dutifully follows the law?

  38. After seeing the reviews here of Stephen Miller vs Abc’s resident Clinton flunky cum laude–propagandist posing as a journalist, George Yousayyousteppedinwhatagus? I watched it on another website.

    If he’d of been interviewing me I’d of probably lost it and added a few of these for good measure.

    Can’t stand that pompous propagandist pipsqueak.

  39. From David P. Goldman aka Spengler’s Asia Times column recently:

    Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.”

    The much-criticized measure was a warning to the governments of the Gulf States, Turkey and Pakistan, who walk a fine line between support for Western counter-terrorism efforts and concessions to jihadists. It has had precisely the result that the White House intended, as a Dubai security official indicated on January 29. As Reuters’ Zawya.com reported:

    Dubai’s deputy chief of police and public security, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, has praised US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to temporarily ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority states, saying in a series of tweets it was a ‘preventive measure’ to safeguard the country.

    “Kudos to President Trump for his brave decisions … they (these people) can only be dealt with through preventive measures,” he said in an Arabic-language tweet dated January 29 on his official Twitter account.

    “Trump banned the citizens of countries in the embrace of Iran and prevented the Iranians from entering … sound decision,” he added in another tweet … “It is not necessary for America to host backward people, it has received enough before,” he said in one tweet. “What would a Yemini, Iraqi, Iranian, Somali or a Syrian do in America? They have destroyed their countries, they should not destroy America.”

    More importantly, Trump has suddenly won admiration in Erdoganist circles in Turkey, who held the Obama administration in contempt. Writing in Al-Monitor, Hurriyet Daily News columnist Mustafa Aykol reports that Trump is the hero of the pro-government press, despite (or perhaps because of) the immigration halt.

    Obama helped overthrow Libya’s leader Muamar Qadaffi and Egypt’s President Mubarak, and backed Syrian jihadists against the Assad government with just enough firepower to keep the civil war going without a hope of finishing it. The US allowed the Sunni extremists who formed ISIS to operate undisturbed in the hope of directing them against Assad — a point made forcefully by Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama and now Trump’s National Security adviser.

  40. #83
    Google was not my friend, regarding El Arroyo. Reports of it closing, and a different location, it was not linear info. Anyone been to it in the last couple of years? I saw a picture with the outdoor tables covered over with a tent-like structure.

  41. Shannon, wathca’ going too do with it? I ALWAYS wrap mine with bacon layered with crushed pineapple and slow cook it on a spit

    Sorry for the late response, SD. I had to go to work.

    Today’s culinary extravaganza involved salt, pepper, into the covered roaster at 350.
    Uncover near the end to brown. Mighty good.

  42. 76 Texpat

    The guy is a little robotic in his delivery.

    I don’t care. So are the media scum he’s up against.

    He’s unflappable. Cannot be distracted from message.

    Gives me hot flashes. 🙂

  43. 77
    I haven’t tried drenching my new mower in carburetor cleaner. But I’ll file that away for future reference.

  44. #82 Texpat

    Yes, this is most interesting. The hue and cry is out to unseat Tammy Baldwin next year in the Senate. The WI GOP has been on the march about it for a long time, undoubtedly encouraged by Feingold’s repeat defeat in 2016.

    The Scott Walker revolution led it all when nobody thought he had a chance against the Dem machine and rent a mobs from out of state, the invasion and trashing of the beautiful and historic Capitol, the protests by useful idiots and drive-bys. It was the 60s all over, run by aging 60s types with minds set in concrete who expected the same results and who still don’t fully get it even with Trump’s taking the state.

    And then there’s Judge Kloppenburg who’s in denial as much as Hildebeast apparently. Must check with my high school pal who lives a couple of blocks from her to see what kind of mindset seems to be current with the judge when they meet on the street. My friend and her husband are always cordial to her or her husband on their walks and sometimes speak briefly with both. Not everybody in Wisconsin has abandoned good manners, just certain segments that can’t understand losing.

  45. If you people don’t quit talking about pasta….

    By the way I lost 19 pounds. Before I started cheating again.

  46. Nikki has been schooling the Palis, the UN and the spineless wimps at the State Dept.

    On Thursday, Mr. Guterres nominated a former Palestinian Authority prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to be the United Nations’ envoy in Libya. He asked for Security Council approval. On Friday, America’s new permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, unceremoniously declined to approve.

    Much of the commentariat rushed to criticize Ms. Haley, contending she, rather than Mr. Guterres, didn’t think through the ramifications of the affair. The Trump administration, which Mrs. Haley represents, has botched a few operations of late.

    This one, though, is on Mr. Guterres, who assumed office January 1 and has yet to get administration in order. “You don’t send a nomination for Security Council approval before making sure all involved are on board, especially when it’s so full of obvious sensitivities,” said a veteran United Nations official.

  47. We had a delightful afternoon at a surprise birthday party for a dear friend who turned 91 today. It was at another friend’s home in Sienna Plantation off Highway 6 in Missouri City. The honoree was totally surprised thanks to a successful ruse devised by his daughters and son in law of meeting another couple for lunch.

    I expect we’ve known the family longer than anyone else there, having met the late wife and the two daughters at riding lessons in the early 70s. Subsequently the daughters trained several of our horses and showed them over the years, and we’ve been close friends for decades. What a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon.

  48. So we’re watching the red carpet Grammy preview show.

    About the blonde host of the show, my wife actually said, “she’s got droopy bewbs like me”.

  49. I saw a brief part of that on CBSN. At first I thought it was the freak show at Barnum and Bailey, but then I remembered that the circus had shut down. Drudge is reporting mass hysteria after one performer appeared in a MAGA red, white, and blue dress. She is apparently still at large and is being sought after by a large posse of freaky looking people (or something, maybe alien, resembling people).

  50. Relaxing after an afternoon of fun in the sun – moving Mirkwood.

    Carefully.

    I wanted to get a trench in front of our gas meter and a nearby low spot filled in before the rain we’re expecting Tuesday. That way, the rain will help the dirt settle, and I can commence moving more dirt later. Hubby said he could tell I got some sun. I think I also got a spider bite. I think right now I should also get an ice pack. Just because.

    We’re watching “The Blind Side”. I have no desire to see the freak show where they pat each other on the back for being such desirable, talented, people.

  51. El Arroyo now has a pedestrian bridge over the gully! It has been ~ 35 years since I was last there, but it is very memorable. The google maps street view looks very “developed” around the neighborhood.

  52. I just watched the 20 min video of Stephen Miller trouncing Stephanopolis. This guy is going to be fun to watch.

  53. I watching the end of this Grammy thing and just learned Bill Ham died last year. How did I miss that ?

    There wouldn’t be a ZZ Top without him.

    I’ll never forget when his wife was murdered in broad daylight in the Randall’s parking lot at Kirkwood and Memorial Drive.

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