Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Don't try this at home

 Found at knuckledraggin.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Truck diver’s lunch log

 Driver for Buddy’s Plant Plus in Ballinger, Texas, October 2019.

 Monday – Veggie meatball sub with salad.

 Tuesday – Cauliflower wings with salad.

 Wednesday – Asian sesame zucchini noodles with Tofu.

 Thursday – Fish tacos, cauliflower tacos.

 Friday – Camp.

Buddy’s manufactures agricultural chemicals. The log was a photograph from Google on Buddy’s.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Promised Land calling**

Amy Alkon

“An hour and a half after I’d called 911, officers arrived. And it was then—noon, on Thursday, August 20th that I had an upsetting revelation: We citizens can no longer rely on the police to show up. And then the thought hit me: I need to get a gun.

“You’ve got to love the irony. It’s the Democrats who push for gun control, yet it’s the Democrats in power in my city who are leaving me with no choice but to arm myself.

“As I told the cops who came out to try to help us, this will end in violence. The mayor and council members have security details protecting them and their homes. But absent an empowered police force, the rest of us have only hoses, fists, and—in some cases—guns.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

** Chuck Berry's 1964 song, when California was considered truly the Golden State, before Democratic politicians and voters went all bat-shit crazy.

A good breakfast

Last night my wife and our daughter fixed two homemade pizzas for supper. Crust from flour, water and yeast in a mixer; sauce cooked from crushed tomatoes. The hamburger was not homemade, but was home cooked. Cheese, from a package.

We ate less than one pizza, which meant:

Pizza for breakfast!

My wife does not believe pizza is a breakfast food. I do.

For lunch yesterday, my wife and I went to the only Tex-Mex restaurant we have found in the Bradenton area. I was barely able to eat two chicken fajitas. That means:

Fajitas for today’s lunch!

Friday, September 25, 2020

California burning

Every year we see hundreds of videos of dozens of California fires burning tens of thousands of acres.

And, each year we read accounts and opinion columns on why fires are bigger than ever. For the last decade, we have been hammered with proclamations that big fires in California are caused by climate change, aka global warming.

From The Spectator.

"Because loggers weren’t allowed to thin overcrowded stands of trees. Because grazing animals weren’t there to thin out the undergrowth. Because anytime the Forest Service or large landowners tried to start a project to manage the land, they got tied up in court and buried under years of environmental impact ‘studies.’ Because any fire, regardless of cause or location, was put out as quickly as possible for decades. Because any controlled burns were restricted by overzealous and shortsighted pollution thresholds set by the California’s Air Resources Board.  Because politicians and bureaucrats stopped listening to the people that actually lived in the forest. 

“And all of those things happened because well-meaning morons at organizations such the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council managed to get a stranglehold on state politics and the courts. It’s because of ‘concern for natural conditions’ that we’re in this mess; because of a myopic focus on certain species, entire ecosystems are being overtaken by flames. But they’ll never accept responsibility.

"They persist in blaming fire conditions in today’s West solely on climate change. Even if every single thing that they claim about climate change were to be true, it wouldn’t undo the consequences of decades of mismanagement driven by their ‘advocacy.’"

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Aliens on vacation

That is what makes up most UFO reports. George Jetson and family – his wife, Jane; daughter, Judy; son, Elroy; and Elroy’s dog, Astro. Or the equivalent families from universes as yet to be discovered.

Vacationing aliens do not land and tour Earth because their credit cards do not work here. Also, aliens on holiday usually just take a look, and photographs, lots and lots of photographs, and then leave, bound for another look-photograph world.

The aliens are much like visitors to the Grand Canyon, looking around but seldom taking a trip to the bottom.

The aliens who are not vacationers cause all the problems. Flying around nuclear missile bases and nuclear power plants, at least in the United States. We have no record of aliens visiting Soviet or Russian bases or power plants, but then, the Soviets were never exactly open about their nukes, and the Russian government has followed the Red example.

Alien physiologists also cause problems, with their kidnapping and probing and such. Those are not so different from our wildlife investigators, who drop nets on running animals or shoot darts into swift antelope just trying to get away from a helicopter.

Vacationing aliens play tricks on us Earthers. They know how to stir up controversies and give “alien astronaut theorists” air time on television. They are not stupid, our alien visitors. If they were, they would be unable to travel so far across space.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Doucette Texas -- not quite in the middle of nowhere

Doucette is an unincorporated community in central Tyler CountyTexas, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 69 north of the town of Woodville, the county seat of Tyler County. Its elevation is 331 feet (101 m). Although Doucette is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 75942. -- Wikipedia

A few miles southwest of Doucette, is a Starbucks, on U.S. Highway 287. The Starbucks might be said to be in the middle of nowhere, but it is just off a U.S. highway, so nowhere isn’t where the Starbucks is.

Photos at the Starbucks show pickups and cars waiting in line to by what has been described as “burned and overpriced coffee.” Given the location, I cannot imagine a Texan ordering a double latte spritz cappuccino with chocolate and cinnamon no sugar. Or however Starbucks coffee is ordered. The one time I went to a Starbucks, I ordered coffee. That’s it. That cup of burned coffee cost $6.

In another photo, a blonde barista is at work behind a sign that says “Blonde Espresso.”

The Handbook of Texas has a bit more information than does Wikipedia, but no mention of a Starbucks.

“Doucette is on U.S. Highway 69 and the Southern Pacific Railroad three miles north of Woodville in central Tyler County.

"In 1834 Elijah Hanks received a land grant in the area. A community coalesced around a sawmill built in 1890 by Alva Carrolls and for a while was known as Carrolls' Switch.

"In 1891 Carrolls was bought out by William McCready, a Mr. Bodev, and Pete Doucette, for whom the community was renamed. A post office was established in 1893, and sawmill operator William McCready was the first postmaster. The sawmill was eventually bought by Samuel F. Carter and his brother, whose partnership firm was called the Emporia Lumber Company. Before Emporia ceased operating the mill in 1906, Doucette had become one of the leading towns in East Texas.

"The Emporia Lumber Company was followed at Doucette by the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company, which later sold out to Fidelity Lumber Company. Fidelity was succeeded in 1911 by Long-Bell Lumber Company and in 1956 by International Paper Company, which still maintains an office and yard in Doucette. However, the sawmill there has been closed down since 1944.

"During Long-Bell's ownership of the mill, Doucette prospered. The company had a commissary where everything "from bassinets to caskets" could be purchased. The town also had a drugstore, a doctor, a bank, a railroad station, and a post office.

"Civic and cultural aspects of the town included groups like the Masons, the Woodmen of the World, the Boy Scouts, and the PTA. There were traveling circuses and medicine shows, a little theater group, baseball, and church revivals and picnics. On the darker side, the Ku Klux Klan was active locally.

"During the 1920s the population in Doucette reached its height at 1,800. In the 1930s it fell to around 500 people, served by about eight businesses.

"From 1943 to the late 1960s the population remained 250, and from 1970 to 1988 Doucette had 130 residents and four businesses.

"Though the heyday of lumber production at Doucette was during the early decades of the twentieth century, as late as 1946 the mills there were producing thirty cars of poles and piling each week. Doucette managed to retain a small amount of lumber and shipping business, which with the addition of newer sources of small business income kept it a small but viable community. In 1990 and 2000 it had a population of 131."


Many Southeast Texas towns were established because of timber and associated railroads, prospered for a time and then became low-populated places where people live.