Several years ago, the Canon all-in-one printer I had, a Pixma 1500, started telling me that the "ink waste tank is full", and, of course, it stopped working. After reading up about it, I decided just to toss the printer and get a new one. Ka-ching! My Citeh charges a $5 fee to "recycle" such equipment.
Got the new one, a Lexmark S305 which the reviews said was a good basic printer. About $50 for the printer, but it takes somewhat spendy ink cartridges (the real reason they dump these printers on the market so cheap is to keep you buying ink). Now, after two years, the Lexmark is toast. It keeps throwing me a code which says "printhead error". Following the troubleshooter, I cleaned the printhead, but that did not fix the problem. The problem happened with no warning, which is not the failure mode of a wearing-out part on any machine. I suspect that the machine was programmed to fail after x-number of copies, but I can't afford the hi-tech private forensics to prove that. I could plunk down $95 and get a replacement printhead, but if the machine is programmed in failure mode, that won't work and I would have wasted the money.
So, I went to Fry's.com and got another sexy Lexy for $39.99. Add $20 bucks for shipping (costs about $15 gas to drive to Fry's in Wilsonville, and five bucks more for no freeway aggravation is worth it).
There's no way out of this forced-obsolescence racket.
If I could, I'd go back to my old Panasonic dot-matrix printer, which in High Quality mode, printed black-ink copies just fine. I just got tired of putting on ear protection each time I had to use it and tearing off the tractor-ends from the paper.
Today's fishwrap: "Raising your child Gluten Free"*. Right. Just put your kid to yet more stress by telling it there are even more things it must be free of.
Let's see here:
Phosphate-free (I just added some TSP to my laundry detergent for a dirty, greasy load, heh!)
Alcohol-free (but NOT Hemp-free)
Oh! Did I forget one? I sure did: "Experience-free".
Yep, your kid has about 15 years to grow up. What he or she learns in that 15 years has to carry him or her for the next 60, at least.
Do we REALLY do our kids any favors by selectively reducing their exposure to things they are sure to be exposed to in later life? So that their exposure to these things has an even chance of being a disaster?
The generations which built this Nation did so experiencing LIFE from an early age. The generations that are working to KILL this Nation have denied themselves LIFE.
Okay then, the big Spring Cleaning evolution is over for now, so here's my "get back in the saddle" blog: something that bothers the crapple out of yours truly, because I am a fan of many sports.
The general subject is sports blather, which I believe is grossly overdone. Don't believe me? How much blather goes into all the hype for the Super Bowl? You can't count the hours on all the sportz networks and neither could I.
That gripe is too general to be effective though, so I'm going to concentrate on the over-use and/or mis-use of certain specific terms in sports. Feel free to contribute your own. Here are a few of mine and their usual mis-uses:
"Hat-Trick". I've been a fan of ice hockey in bygone times, don't follow it now (didn't miss having it during the just-concluded strike), but I played hockey of the pickup variety as a yute in DeeCee, when winters in those dark ages of the Fifties almost always resulted in the Reflecting Pool freezing over and the Park Service letting the yutes play ice hockey when the ice got to 2" thick. The term "Hat-trick" then meant you scored a goal in each of the three periods of a regulation game. The term has since morphed to mean three goals scored in a game. The abuse comes when the term, "Hat Trick" is used for anything besides ice hockey. Yesterday, I heard it used to describe a Portland Timbers soccer player who scored three (soccer) goals...NONONONONONONO. This is blather-creep of the worst kind. The term applies to ice hockey, and ice hockey alone.
Next up is the term "Home Run". This is a baseball term, but I've heard it in football to describe a long running play, and car racing to refer to a driver with a good lead finishing first uncontested. NONONONONONONO, it's a BASEBALL term only, you worthless blatherers.
There are auto-racing terms such as "Put the hammer down" used to describe intense play in almost any game. We're almost immune to those gaffes by now. Do YOU know where "Put the hammer down" originated in auto racing? Answer in comments if you are a REAL sports smartie.
Bonus sportz trivia: did you watch the Azerenka/Williams match on the Tennis Channel tonight? I did, and the first thing that struck me was that both women wore some sort of hose covering their legs. The match was being played in Doha, Qatar, a Muslim country. You don't suppose those muzzies make the wimmen cover their legs, do you? I've not seen this anywhere else.
Yep, there must be a conjunction that the horoscope didn't report:
The Constellation Ignoramus is in the Seventh House of the Moon, so we may call this Teh Stoopid Rising.
Thud the First: The looney Kimmy is at it again, sort of declaring war, nuclear war, on the USA. What Teh Stoopid Norky apparently doesn't realize is that he is ALREADY at war with the USA. Way back in 1953, when I was playing sandlot baseball with my first mitt, a Rawlings Al Kaline, we ended the Korean War with an Armistice, not a Treaty. We're still under the terms of that armistice, and still technically at a state of war. One B-2 Spirit with a belly full of nuke AGM-86s ends this war. Might be as easy as a B-2 Spirit with a single Small Diameter Bomb detonating on the pillow next to Kimmy in his bed.
Thud the Second: Goes to State Rep Mitch Greenlick (D-33), Oregon. He's a white guy, but has made a political career of being a race pimp, creating a Diversity in Sports Hiring Law for Oregon a few years back, and steamrolling it through the Legislature. The Oregon Ducks just replaced Head Football Coach Chip Kelly, now coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, with Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich. Both are white. Someone put the bug in Greenlick's ear that Da Rulz had not been followed, and no person of color had been interviewed before hiring Da White Guy. If Greenlick had paid attention to the local sports press, he would have gotten all these facts, but he decided to shoot off his face anyway, and when caught short on his accusation, he doubled down on Teh Stoopid and bitched that the SPIRIT of the "Diversity" law was not being followed, apparently because a person of color wasn't hired. The law, of course, does NOT mandate hiring people of color, it is only there to see that they are given a chance at the slots that come up. Now Greenlick has to re-double down by holding a Star Chamber hearing on this boneheaded "spirit of the Law" crap. Of course, what he really wants to do is be appointed Diversity Potentate/Caliph for Oregon. Perfect Celestial Alignment of Teh Stoopid. Letter to the Editor sent.
Thud Da Toid: What can I say, it's a toss-up between outgoing Secretary of State Hildebeeste and incoming S.O.S.-Nominee John Effing Kerry. Hillary got ground up, chewed up and spit out by Sen. Rand Paul yesterday, and today, J Effing Kerry got a John McCain blow job. Perfect alignment of McCain's dripping chin with Kerry's belt buckle. GOPes rolled over on the Swift Boat Liar. One can only hope that the Liar will soon embarass himself badly enough to be consigned to the dustbin of history, or maybe better, he will invent his own foreign policy and completely screw up Obama's.
Thud the Fourth: Rocks and Shoals edition. Yep, as long as men go down to the sea in warships, some of them will have to suffer bad navigation/ship-handling, and will wind up on the shoals. Happened here. Ship had just left Subic Bay. Do you suppose all the quarterdeck crew were sober? Pretty cheap drunk in Olongapo...worse news is that the shoal is a world-recognized endangered reef.
Thud the Fifth: We don't have many Thuds in the Art World, but what good can happen to the Paris Ballet Corps now that their Chef de la Danse is a chap named Millepied? That translates directly to "1,000 feet"...(H/T to the RivrSis, my Art Correspondent).
Ah, well. Time and the stars march on, so soon this alignment of Teh Stoopid will be over. Maybe I should go back to bed and wait it out. Fighting off Teh Stoopid Rays is giving me a headache, anyway.
Cerberus just un-married Freedom Group, which also just dumped their stake in Bushmaster. Since Freedom Group controls the stock of almost, if not all, US gunmakers, is this a sign of things to come? Can we find Michael Bloomberg's fingerprints on the smoking sell-order?
Is this a sign of why Obama is playing it cool, that gun restrictions will come from an unexpected direction?
How many Chevrolets have killed folks inside and outside of those vehicles, but do we see a move to dump their stock when someone gets killed in/by a car? None. As this curmudgeon sees it, this is a radical departure from the usual calm reflection before movement of money in hedge funds. Gun stocks have done very well this past year, some making 35% ROI. This move is all emo, all the time, and it HAS to be the result of great pressure by a financier(s) or the government. Anyone want to FOIA some SEC email to Cerberus? Actually, I'd bet on a hastily put-together cabal of large investors manipulating money and thereby, the fund, acting on orders or the suggestion of either a super-investor or the government.
In related news, it's interesting that the Lanza kid was a richy-rich kid, isn't it? Mom had a quarter-mil/year in alimony from banker ex-hubby, $pendy house, and too many guns to keep track of, apparently.
Easy answer, because it's now been fleshed out by our President as a "Cloward-Piven" strategy. In other words, it will be a manufactured crisis, the mother of all such actually, during which, the President will "take charge", thereby demonstrating his "leadership" and (probably) creating an un-Constitutional power grab of the economic (appropriation) reins from Congress.
The Holy Grail for Obama is not taxing the rich, a simple smokescreen for the present, it is to be able to bust the debt-ceiling at will. If he creates a fiscal disaster, he will then tell us that only more "stimulus" spending will see us safely out of the disaster, and so he will order the Treasury to print that money, he will order it spent (likely added to present stimulus law), and we will add another few trillion to the debt.
If the House of Congress finds it's spine, and I'm NOT betting on that, all it can really do is start impeachment proceedings, but the while the (GOP) House might impeach, the (D) Senate won't convict, so that's a stalemate. Bill Clinton was impeached, and it hasn't stopped the (D)emocratic Party from calling him the "elder statesman".
After some time has passed, and with as much delay as can be arranged, Obama will have to face the Supreme Court, which will probably declare that part of the National Debt he created by fiat to be illegal.
Okay, what then?
Nothing, then. Unlike FDR, who actually stopped his stimulus programs when the SCOTUS ordered him to cease and desist, Obama won't stop. Is the SCOTUS going to hold Obama personally responsible? No. Is the SCOTUS going to hold him in contempt and order the US Marshals to arrest him and put him in jail? No, you and I would get that treatment, but Obama won't.
Obama will have ignored the Constitution and the SCOTUS and gotten away with it.
What other part of the Constitution might he ignore next? Hard to say, but all the anti-gun filk would beg him to give similar treatment to the Second Amendment. There's a physical threat to his tyranny there, after all. He might try to muzzle Internet dissent and trash the First Amendment while he's at it. Along the way to trashing those pesky First and Second Amendments in the Bill of Rights, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments will probably go away, too.
Bottom line, by the time 2016 rolls around, there will be NO doubt that Obamalamadingdong intends to stay in office as long as he wants to (read: until he can groom a "Manchurian" candidate who will take his orders), so the (D)emocratic Party will just ignore the election and not even nominate a candidate to replace him.
Blue sky theory? You bet, but it's how some of his advisers think, and Obama himself has never had or expressed an original idea, he IS the product of his advising staff.
Yep, these are Valerie Jarrett's ideas as well as mine, I'd bet on that. We know, to a moral certainty, that what Valerie Jarrett wants, Valerie Jarrett gets. What Valerie Jarrett advises, Obama acts upon.
By this time next month, it will be unlikely that this Nation will be able to be rescued from total tyranny without resort to arms, and that uprising, when and if it occurs, will be a mere blip in history, a "beer-hall putsch", a short interruption in the Greater Glory of Our Glorious Leader.
Item: Charlie Christ of Florida, Marco Rubio's primary opponent. Bought and Paid For and has reported for duty as a (D)emocrat. This may not be news, since he's been threatening this action for a while, but he will be added to this list of additional suspects:
Item;Michael Bloomberg, Dictator of New Jack Citeh, who claimed the Republican Party to be elected Hizzoner, doesn't really mean it. Probably also claimed it in the first place for the purpose of staying connected to his Richey Rich pals, before he was smart enough to figure out that most of them are closet or actual liberals. He now claims to be "independent". Riiiight. Obama just announced the price for buying Bloomie off: the lion's share of $60 billion bucks for "storm relief":
"And it would provide $15 billion for community development block grants that would fill in gaps in recovery by addressing needs not covered by other federal programs. (my emphasis)
Obama also asked Congress to provide nearly $13 billion to harden states against future storms — a key request of Governor Christie in the month after Sandy."
I'd LOVE for the Feds to pay the tab for modernizing MY city, but we don't have any faux-GOPers running it, so Obama won't get to crow like he will when Bloomie signs the (D)onk pledge.
Ditto Tubby the One Note Tuba. Chris Christie will likely be added to the D-list before the '16 Election, too. He just announced that Uncle Hussein, who Tubby praised to the skies just a few days prior to the election and probably took Romney votes away by doing so, has agreed to finance his Joisey dream-sheet as well. Christie's probably finished as the Conservative he pretended to be, his only "conservative" action since election being the trashing of his Joisey public employees' unions (but not the Big Unions, like Dockworkers). He has no other Conservative credentials at all, and damn few Republican credentials, either.
All in all, it appears that US taxpayers (or their kids and grandkids) will be on the hook for at least $28 billion of "storm aid" past the actual estimates for just-plain restoration after Hurricane Sandy. That's nothing but naked influence-peddling.
Can anyone else report any other likely candidate for the Big Switcheroo, which will become a centerpiece for the (D)onks, maybe even in time for the Congressional Election of 2014?