89 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. This is deeply unsettling to me as it does not bode well for our future.

    HEADLINE: Cash is already pretty much dead in China as the country lives the future of mobile pay right now

    54% of the mobile pay/banking is controlled by Alibaba – Jack Ma; one other company controls 40%. The Chinese gov’t has access to all of the data. Counterfeiting of the yuan is rampant. Electronic thievery can not be far away.

  2. Holiday?

    On this day in 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army.

  3. I think all the kneelers should do so when they come in the presence of Trump, you know – to protest him. . . .

    /bwahahahahahah

  4. #5 Hamous, he and all his players came out arm in arm and knelt down but stood as soon as the anthem started. This, IMHO, was a copout, caving to the malcontents while trying to placate the normal fans. He would have been better off just staying in the locker room.

  5. My wife tells me that they had tickets for the Directors Club and it was a fancy schmancy kind of place, free food/drinks but $10 beer, $8 wine. $10 bucks for a beer? I’m pretty sure that when we went to an Astros Game a couple of years ago the beer was $14 bucks.

  6. from another blog:

    14 Happy Androgynous Peoples Day!

    Posted by: Joe Biden at October 09, 2017 07:17 AM (bc2Lc)

    Made me chuckle.

  7. Well, if Columbus hadn’t brought all those slaves over here to kill the Indians maybe people would have a little more respect for him. After all, it was only 500-600 years ago, and people all over the world had a hankering for buffalo meat. If people understood all this history they would have more appreciation for holidays.

  8. Morning, chickadees. I had 5 things on my todo list but have done one already. It was easy because it just involved looking something up.

    Hubs brought his supper plate back to the kitchen last night and handed me a small piece of paper. It was a Page-a-Day calendar page featuring the Get Fuzzy comic strip, no year shown but it was likely 2011. It’s been several years since I used any of those little calendars on my computer table. I did save the pages into a plastic box the calendars are packaged in, to use for notes and todo lists. The back of this one said “Darwin IV” in my handwriting. Hubs said he found it stuck to the bottom of his plate.

    I have no recollection of being interested in the book or the TV show. And no idea how the note got stuck to a plate.

  9. people all over the world had a hankering for buffalo meat.

    Don’t forget tobacco, corn and taters.

  10. #4 GJT:

    Holiday?
    On this day in 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army.

    And a Happy Dead Che day to you as well!

  11. #19

    Another reason why the Ten Commandments are commandments and not suggestions.

    Can you imagine the halting of disease if everyone was monogamous?

  12. #5 hamous
    From what I’ve read, Jones cares a lot about his players, so maybe he went along at first in a much more limited way than most others.

    At this point, he might have had enough of the nonsense.

  13. #13 bone
    The more immediate cause is in the article. Letting herds of urban outdoorsmen set up camps with no sanitary facilities or oversight is a recipe for disease.

  14. Letting herds of urban outdoorsmen set up camps

    Who comprises these herds? There are surely lots of illegals in there. Compounding the problem is the illegals taking the jobs that citizens would have and the citizens would be getting higher wages but for the illegal horde.

  15. Good morning Hamsters. Started off at 71 this morning and we’re now bumping up against 90. This is early October and not time for 90s. Be gone, summer.

    #5 Hamous

    Jerry J. did what Super Dave described above # 7. He tried to ride two horses going opposite directions and failed at both, naturally. Umm, that always fails.

    Presume he’s noticed the negative polls of fans regarding the “protests” that aren’t protests against the flag or the anthem but look just like protests against the flag and the anthem. And the falling viewership and attendance as this mess drags on with only one side showing displeasure, umm the side that pays the freight.

    Good on VP Pence for making his appearance at the game yesterday and for leaving when his purpose there was fulfilled in view of some kneelers during the anthem. There is no reason for him to have stayed with that display. I doubt President Trump told him to leave if the players knelt. Mr. Pence can make his own decision on that, so I highly suspect the media dreamed up that President Trump said that as a slap at both of them. They can’t pass up the smallest chance to declare their hatred.

  16. I just returned from a trip to upstate New York to a huge outlet mall. On the way up I-87 there was a large 18 yd dump truck in front of me. Typically, these guys will have a sign and arrows directing people to pass on the left and not on the right.

    This truck had warnings like this in large block letters on the left and right sides of the tailgate:

    Grateful……………………………………………….Dead

    Trump…………………………………………………Hillary

  17. Cankles, the murderous hag, is reduced to selling her book at Costco. Read some funny twitter comments here.

  18. Headline up on Drudge:

    University Offers Marijuana Degree…

    Wonder if Bobo42 is thinking about going back to shool…

  19. #31 – I saw those photos yesterday. Apparently surgery is required most of the time, and even then arthritis will set in in the later years. I suspect that if he is smart, Mr. JJ will retire and preserve his body as best he can rather than wind up like Earl Campbell and spend the rest of his life riding around in a golf cart. Injuries happen in football, just like they do in ordinary life. If you watch the video, it appears that no one even hit him, he just took a twist or a knee to the ground or something. It’s part of the risk we take every day, whether working on an offshore rig, playing football, or walking down the stairs in an office building for exercise. Auto accidents keep orthopedic surgeons in groceries, sports injuries just get them hard to get tickets to events.

  20. I suspect that if he is smart, Mr. JJ will retire and preserve his body

    I really hope that he does this, retire. He seems like too good and smart of a guy to simply destroy all of his tomorrows for some more glory today on the gridiron.

  21. inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

    Astros 1 1 0 0 0 0 – – – 2 5 0
    Red Sox 1 0 0 0 2 – – – – 3 8 1

    The Astros had better get their game together!
    Bummer, formatting does not go well with the electric hamster.

  22. #24 bone
    I’m guessing most are the garden-variety societal misfits one typically finds in those communities. They flock to CA for the weather, permissiveness, social programs, etc., then they overwhelm the system.

    There’s likely more than a few illegals, but I’d bet most are legal.

  23. I want to see a replay tonight of that inside the park homerun by that Boston player in the ninth.
    Pretty rare.

  24. There’s a real tragedy going on in Napa/Sonoma Counties in CA right now.

    There are several huge fires that are not close to being contained, let alone extinguished. The area’s vineyards are not likely in much danger as they’re out in the middle of the valleys with no forests near enough to matter. Wineries, on the other hand are along the hillsides where the fires are.

    Of even more concern to you people who partake of the holy herb, is news that weed growing areas are at high risk. This isn’t 1980’s ditch weed, either. This is modern weed that’s the result of near-Manhattan Project levels of effort by professional stoners and other weed enthusiasts for a few decades. The firefighters might get too close and forget what they’re trying to accomplish out there.

  25. I’m still fuming from Saturday’s on field performance (or lack thereof) of my favorite college team, but the Astros pulling this out helps ease the pain a little. I’ve been advocating a mid-season coaching change since I’m now convinced that a change needs to be made, and it breaks my heart to say that because I dearly love the man and respect what he stands for. If these guys were out there playing hard and playing smart and just getting beat, I can understand that given the recruiting limitations and academic requirements involved, but a team that is making mistakes and self-inflicting errors indicates to me a lack of discipline and a lack of coaching. It’s that simple. Who would take over is anyone’s guess, and looks like the powers that be will wait until the end of the season to make a change, but that seems unfair to the players who have limited time to make an impact and are having that time frittered away. Let’s just say that there is a (g)rumbling going on among the alumni, many of whom are normally mild mannered, milque toast type of people, that this embarrassment has to end.

  26. #31 – JJ & I are now “Brothers of the broken Tibial Plateau”

    Hopefully he won’t half to wait 4 MONTHS to bear ANY weight on that leg like I did!

  27. Would it make any difference if it burns up or if the Patron Saint of San Andreas were to hear our prayer? I pretty sure it will all get straightened out as soon as they get rid of those gasoline powered cars out there and got all electric – at least until they discover where electricity comes from.

    Wonder if there are crowds gathering downwind of those MJ fields as they burn?

  28. Rush commented on a report made by a Canadian Engineer about the fallacy of California’s idea to make gasoline powered vehicles illegal by 2040. The report said that all gas stations would have to be converted to charging stations and that each one would need 30 Megawatts of power! Enough energy to power 20,000 homes and it would have to be new AC power because all the homes would still need power. He went on to talk about the electric cars being charged by coal fired plants but the point was it IS NOT POSSABLE! It would be an interesting transcript to read.

  29. #47 Katfish

    Was that awful fracture part of the terrible motorcycle wreck you were in?

    How is Rocket doing these days? Home I hope.

  30. Katfish / JJ – I know your situation was much more serious than JJ’s, but I had an interesting conversation with a pediatrician (20 yr. practice); who had broken his lower leg and the choice was either operate and input pins or keep a cast on for another 8 weeks. He chose the cast as he indicated that the pins would eventually cause more arthritis issues than no pins. (of course, he didn’t want any operation unless critical and his good friend was the orthopedic surgeon). Just thought it interesting that he was adamantly opposed to surgery in the first place..

  31. I’ve never had any broken bones, but I guess one can get around on crutches if you have a leg in a cast for 2 months or more.

  32. The report said that all gas stations would have to be converted to charging stations and that each one would need 30 Megawatts of power!

    I’d be curious to see how they arrived at that number. 30 Megawatts @ 120Vac would work out to 250 kA (250,000 Amps). Not saying that’s wrong (and maybe I’m just not looking at it the right way) but that seems like an awfully large amount of current required.

  33. Cold front is blowing through right now as I type. Temperature has fallen drastically from 95 degrees down to a chilly 88 in a matter of minutes. I gotta get out there and get those pipes wrapped and tell all the neighbors to get their pets in. Probably freeze by morning.

  34. Monica needs to get down on her knees and be thankful that she didn’t end up in a dumpster like some of the other Clinton acquaintances.

  35. 57 – Doooood, According to the Tesla website, their “Supercharger” requires 145 kW, and takes roughly 40 minutes to charge a car to 80% capacity. They won’t say how long it takes to get to 100%. The guy that did the math simply extrapolated to what they would need to meet current customer demands.

    A lot of charging stations!! It would make a Buckees’ look like a hole in the wall.

    A bigger question would be “where’s the power gonna come from? Cal’s Power grid is at 95% capacity now.

  36. 63 fat albert

    A bigger question would be “where’s the power gonna come from? Cal’s Power grid is at 95% capacity now.

    Texas might as well sell it to them. If they’re gonna act like idiots, we might as well make a profit while bailing them out.

  37. 64 Shannon

    If Jerry Brown and his happy band of imbeciles keeps it up, no one will be able to tell the difference between Tijuana and Los Angeles before long anyway. California will blend right into Mexico like western Europe is blending into the Ummah, the Caliphate.

  38. #57 #63 Remember, under this plan, there will not be ANY GAS STATIONS, so what the engineer did was to figure out how much power would have to come out of ONE AC Charging Station to equal the power of a Gas Station, think BTU’s. X amount of cars going X amount of miles need X amount of power or BTU’s. Remember there will only be electrics and they’ll have to be charged, somewhere, somehow. The gist of the study was to prove that it wouldn’t be possible with today’s technology. Also fat albert’s “A bigger question would be “where’s the power gonna come from? Cal’s Power grid is at 95% capacity now.” is correct and I tried to point it out with my “and it would have to be new AC power because all the homes would still need power.” If I have time, I’m going to try to find the article that Rush was speaking of.

  39. One good thing about Cali going to electric cars, none of them have the range to make it to Texas .

  40. About Monica; Imagine that you’re a man who is proud of your family name and let’s say that your last name is Pluto. Now, how would you feel if your daughter performed a sexual act on the President and from now on that act will be called a Pluto? I hate to be crude, but dang, wouldn’t you think that you didn’t raise your child right? That said; they were liberals so they don’t have the same thought process that we do.

  41. Five years ago in August, Shannon and I were sitting in a casino hotel on the Utah-Nevada border watching a steady caravan of Ryder, U-Haul bobtail trucks and personal vehicles loaded like Okies, but heading east on I-80 out of California. We were there for at least 48 hours and it never stopped. I can’t believe there is anybody left in that stupid state.

  42. My sentiments exactly:

    Ben Shapiro ✔@benshapiro
    Columbus Day is worth celebrating. Despite some awful wrongs, Western Civilization’s cultivation of the Americas is a great historical good.

  43. #63 FA

    A bigger question would be “where’s the power gonna come from?

    Wind and solar, I assume.
    :mrgreen:

  44. what the engineer did was to figure out how much power would have to come out of ONE AC Charging Station to equal the power of a Gas Station, think BTU’s.

    OK, I see. Just looking at the power density of hydrocarbons vs. electrical power.

    Going by Fat Albert’s info of 145kW… that would mean each 30MW charge station could charge a little over 200 cars simultaneously, assuming each of those chargers running at full load. Unrealistic just from the point of view of physically fitting that many cars in one station but there seems to be a whole bunch of unrealistic assumptions built into this pipe dream.

  45. Can you freaking imagine the lines of cars waiting to get their 40 minute charge?

    At least everybody will have a good excuse for being late to work.

  46. Yeah, the charging time would be a deal killer in itself. Then there is this from the Tesla site:

    Each year, owners receive 400 kWh of free Supercharger credit, enough to drive about 1,000 miles. These credits cover the long distance driving needs of most owners, so road trips are completely free.

    So in other words, if you’re already rich and don’t take road trips which total more than 1000 miles per year this is a really great deal!

  47. Wait until those yea-hoos in Kalifornia figure out how much they stand to lose if the gasoline tax goes away. Betcha its boo koo bunch of dollars.

  48. #83 – Early reports indicate this is a real tragedy. Some drugged up kid is taken into the police station and somehow reaches into his pants, pulls out a gun, and shoots the officer in the head. What, no frisking, no cuffs, no nothing? Tragic for the family of the slain officer, and tragic for the family of the kid, and for the kid himself when he sobers up and realizes what he has done. Even if you are a mall cop these days, you need to take care and follow procedures.

  49. Can you imagine the brown outs that will occur every evening between 6:00 and 8:00 PM as everybody plugs in thier cars after getting home from work?

    Would you be the guy who sets his alarm to wake up at 4:00AM so you can plug in your car so its charged before you leave for work?

    Or would you be the guy who gets in his car and gets about 5 miles down the road because you forgot to plug you car in when you got home?

  50. At least everybody will have a good excuse for being late to work.

    Work??? Work??? Once they get rid of the evil internal combustion engine there will be no need for work.

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