Friday, November 30, 2018

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I am back and I would like to thank the Sheriff for covering for me last week. We spent Thanksgiving with the family up north and we had a great time. Here are your questions.

1) Have you put up your Christmas tree?

2) Have you put up any other Christmas decorations?

3) Do you go driving around looking at the Christmas decorations?

4) Do you remember the last time you did go driving around looking at the Christmas decorations?

Have a great weekend and be safe!

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Best wishes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, boys and girls!  How are you?  Did you survive the big snowstorm?  More of a pain in the butt than anything else. Our excellent public work employees moved the snow swiftly and surely.  Thank you.  By the time I hit the road, the streets were cleared.  Of course, I didn't have to shovel the snow.  I understand it was wet and neavy.  Thank you Señor Zanza and Junior for clearing our house and driveway.

How about dem Packers?  I'm almost ashamed to say I'm a Packer fan.  Think McCarthy will get sacked?  We''ll see.  Anyway, they're facing the Carolina Panthers in their next game, perhaps the only team sorrier than the Pack.  If we don't beat them, we're out of the playoffs.  What the heck happened to them?  Was it injuries?  Bad coaching?  Poor throws by Rodgers?  What?

Here are the standings in the Irregular Football League:

OK, I've sunk a bit, but, unlike the Packers, I'm assured of being in the playoffs.  Mr OrbsCorbs' team is showing remarkable prpgress, but The Mighty Bears have us both beat.

Soon it will be December and the countdown begins to Christmas.  Junior is on his very best behavior because he wants to impress "Santa Claus."  I think he wants something for his car, but I don't know what.  As far as I'm concerned, he should wish for a whole new car.  He drives around in that wreck like he's in the Indy 500.  He's on Señor Zanza's insurance, so I shouldn't complain.

Everywhere you go, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Our early winter has brought on early celebrating.  Christmas parties are popping up all over the place.  If you can't make it to one, throw one yourself.  All you need are booze, glasses, and Christmas CDs.  Play those CDs until you're sick of them.  Then throw them in the garbage.  You can only hear certain songs a number of times before you go berserk.  I'm surprised there haven't been any mass shootings over this.  I don't think that Christmas music makes you more likely to buy anything,  It's just an annoyance.

Daily my answering machinwe has scams on it.  It's incredible the stuff that's out there.  And people fall for them over and over again.  It makes me think of doing a Zoltar scam.  I wonder how much money I'd make?  I wonder if I could sleepr at night.

I love you all, just like Santa.  Behave and be careful when dealing with winter's wrath.  You're all my friends.

Stay warm and drive very carefully.  Your vehicle could slip and slide on the ice and frozen snow.  If you have 4-wheel drive, good for you!  Please realize that most people don't have it and therefore may go slower than you'd like.  Go to a rally if you want to speed.
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Have a good day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Shelfie Shtick

From The Shepherd Express:

Hey Artie, is there anything that can be done so that the Christmas and the New Year’s can always be on the same days every year? I got a heck of a time keeping track of when they’re supposed to be year to year and sometimes I end up missing them altogether. And when the Christmas comes on the weekend, the workingman really gets screwed, ain’a?
—Your buddy Little Jimmy Iodine
I’m with you, pally. The holiday days need be made more convenient and just gosh darn more focking practical for the modern man. Behold, let’s say we could give a rat’s ass as to when the actual Dec. 24 fell and instead always put the Christmas Eve on a Monday with the Christmas Day always on the Tuesday. Eureka!—most of us could worm a four-day weekend out of a set-up like that and we’d arrange the New Year’s likewise. Sure, there’d be plenty of heat coming out the ears of your blubbering, blabbering traditionalists. Screw ’em. Where were they when the powers-that-be dicked with Lincoln, Washington, King and Columbus and made their big day always be a Monday? Hey, Jesus may have died for our sins but the Ol’ Railsplitter freed the slaves and that ain’t beanbag.
Dear Sir: A lady friend of mine believes that Santa can’t possibly be a man. Logic tells her Santa is a woman for more than the reasons I’ll mention here: Men can’t pack a bag. Men don’t answer their mail. They aren’t interested in stockings unless someone’s wearing them, not to mention that being responsible for Christmas would require commitment.
Stormy Daniels
I would suggest that your friend simply consider the symbolic imagery that surrounds the Santa mythology to know that the fat man is no “skirt.” To deliver his goods, Santa comes in and out a hot chimney repeatedly rather than slide up and down on a big ol’ candy cane. According to my good book, that alone qualifies him as a male of the heterosexual nature who really knows from around-the-world in a single night, ain’a?
Hey turkey neck, how come you’re so full of crap all the time?
Yes, holiday stress has been known to smite the best of us, even the knobshine who sent me the above letter. This stress can cause some to lash out at the ones they love and/or respect the most, not to mention their intellectual and social superiors. I would advise this correspondent to consider the three-step stress-buster program I follow religiously at the first sign that I may ring in the new year by wringing someone’s neck: One, light up a nice, relaxing cigarette. Two, crank up the thermostat. Three, mix another hot focking toddy. And here’s a bonus tip specifically for the letter writer: kiss my sorry ass, dickweed.
Dear Mr. Kumbalek, I’m having a problem with my husband. He thinks he’s a refrigerator. I consulted a psychologist about this who told me not to be too concerned, that it’s a relatively harmless complex. But the problem is that my husband snores with his mouth open and the light keeps me awake. What am I to do?
—Mrs. Youngman
I don’t know what your focking problem has to do with the holidays, but try pulling his plug.
My son, do you foresee peace on Earth any time soon?
—Pope Francis
Well sir, betweenst you and me, if not for the bullshit that organized religion and its goddamn followers spew out all the time like crap through a goose—yeah yeah, you betcha we could have “peace on Earth” sooner rather than later. On this topic, allow me to quote crooner-as-god Mr. Frank Sinatra (The Chairman of the Board, or depending on your gender, also known as the Chairman of the Broad), from a 1963 Playboy interview, words, if taken to heart, just might calm down the hullabaloo in the Middle East for starters: “I’ve always had a theory that whenever guys and gals start swinging, they begin to lose interest in conquering the world. They just want a comfortable pad and stereo and wheels, and their thoughts turn to the good things of life—not to war. They loosen up, they live and they’re more apt to let live. Dig?”
“Dig” I do, Ol’ Blue Eyes, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek, and I told you so.

A Better Mount Pleasant sends:

Read this. Share This. 
~ Residents were not allowed to see the developer's agreement with 
Foxconn until AFTER it was approved by Trustees who could not discuss 
~ Appraisals for purchased properties that appear to exceed the 
village's stated "formula" are being withheld from public view by 
village attorneys. 
~ At least 18 eminent domain actions were filed against residents by 
the Village Administrator which were never discussed or approved by 
Trustees in open and public meetings. 
~ No one knows what Foxconn plans to make. 
~ No one knows what chemicals Foxconn plans to use. 
~ No one know what kind of workers Foxconn plans to hire. 
~ No one knows what Foxconn plans to do with 2000 acres of extra land 
the village is purchasing and moving out residents to benefit Foxconn.

Foxconn Begins Laying Off Workers in Indiana

A subsidiary of Taiwan-based Foxconn/Hon Hai Technology Group has 
announced plans to reduce its workforce in Plainfield. Q-Edge Corp. 
says it will lay off more than 150 employees at the Hendricks County 
facility over the next three months. 
In a notice to the state, Q-Edge says the layoffs are "due to changes 
in our business and production objectives." The company says the 
layoffs are expected to begin "shortly," though a specific time frame 
was not given. 
The majority of the affected positions include manufacturing and 
assembly employees, as well as related office personnel. The layoffs 
are expected to be permanent, however the company says "Should the 
Company experience a return of such business, these employees may be 
considered for rehire, but this cannot be determined at this time." 
Inside INdiana Business has reached out to Foxconn for more information. 

The End is Near!

And so it begins..... 
Update 6: While we wait to learn what was discussed during Mary 
Barra's Monday afternoon meeting with Larry Kudlow, here's a chart to 
put today's job cuts in context: GM's job cuts are the seventh largest 
since 2001. GM also claimed the sixth-place spot with layoffs of some 
20,000 workers in Detroit during the depths of the crisis. 
It will make the decision for Foxconn to delay development all the 
easier.... although that was probably the plan all along. 
Gonna also be a long cold Winter - no sunspot activity - predictions 
once again of a mini-ice age. Lots of construction Workers going to be 
laid off - and find themsleves in an economic crunch. It happened to 
Daily Job Cuts - it can be gut wrenching to look at.... 
Here is what a SmartCity in China does ...... Cory Mason can't wait! 
Beijing plans to reward and punish its residents based on data that 
will be collected from various departments monitoring citizens’ social 
behavior, according to a detailed “action plan” posted on Monday to 
the city’s municipal website. 
By the beginning of 2020, the announcement declares, China’s capital 
city will have all residents officially locked into the permanent 
surveillance program, part of a broader effort to have every Chinese 
citizen rated on a “social credit system” decreeing what public 
services a person can use based on their obedience to laws and loyalty 
to the communist regime. 
The government will use the data collected to assess citizens’ 
behavior to decide if an individual is law-abiding and “trustworthy” 
to the Communist Party. 
Residents who behave properly in the eyes of the Chinese government 
will receive high credit scores, while residents who misbehave will 
receive low scores, causing them to lead more difficult lives. 
“Efforts will be made to build a market supervision mechanism with 
corporate credit as the core,” states Beijing’s municipal website, 
adding that it will explore the implementation of what it calls “the 
personal integrity project,” which will utilize residents’ credit 
scores for “market access, public services, tourism,” and “fields such 
as entrepreneurship and job hunting.” 
Higher scores can also open the “green channel,” which will expedite 
residents’ applications for higher quality “education and medical 
Impoverishing the Masses is Conservation by Other Means - and will be 
necessary when the oil shortages begin..... 

Open Blog - Tuesday

Here's hoping that you have a great day.

Monday, November 26, 2018

InSight Has Landed On Mars

This stuff never gets old.  I remember Sputnik.  Now we walk the moon and scratch the surface of Mars.

Open Blog - Monday

It's supposed to be snowy.  Be careful.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Analysis names Racine as third worst in U.S. for black Americans

  • RACINE — After being named the fourth-worst area in the U.S. for black Americans last year, the Racine area has been named the third-worst city this year, according to a recent 24/7 Wall St. article.
    The list was created by Delaware-based financial news and opinion company 24/7 Wall St., and was compiled using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. The study factored in household income, poverty, adult high school and bachelor’s degree attainment, home ownership and unemployment.
    The ranking also used recent data from The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform.

    According to 24/7 Wall St., the 2018 top five worst areas/cities for black Americans, all of which are located in the Midwest, are:
    • Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa
    • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.
    • Racine, Wis.
    • Minneapolis, Minn.
    • Peoria, Ill.
    Read more:


    The night descending on Paris has brought no ease of tensions over 
    fuel price hikes. ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters set more barricades ablaze, 
    turning the French capital into a kind of war zone. 
    The filmed scenes resembled street battles, with rioters engaging in 
    scuffles with police, which struggled to bring the situation under 
    The video shows brazen protesters setting barricades and tents on 
    fire, as well as riot police using tear gas and water cannons to 
    disperse the crowds. People have been venting their anger for the past 
    two weeks over rising fuel prices and a government-proposed fuel tax, 
    which is due to come into force in January 2019. 
    I added some annotations to the IEA Graph - which only predicts the 
    future, and may be completely wrong. With enough technology + time, we 
    could be mining asteroids and the Planets - or discover completely new 
    and abundant resources to use as fuel to maintain Industrial 
    There are Optimists, Pessimists and Realists. Some say that more 
    people on Planet Earth = more minds to solve problems and create 
    Some say that we have already overshot carrying capacity and are about 
    to fall off the Seneca Cliff. That solutions to the problems 
    Industrial Civilization only adds to complexity and ensures a Seneca 
    Cliff collapse. I'm in agreement with that. 
    There is absolutely NO solutions to our dilemma, because Humans can't 
    seem to grasp that creating cooperative and sustainable civilization 
    requires sacrifice by all - we must all agree to give up something.... 
    but we only want more. 
    We can only continue to carry on with BAU (Business as Usual) until we can't. 
    The fewer people that can afford fuel - the more there is for those 
    who can. Those at the top, will push down those at the bottom. 
    When the petro-dollar dies, so does our way of life - what then? 
    Right now - People from Africa,the Middle East and South America are 
    fleeing the endless wars and poverty, coming to Europe and America. 
    What are you willing to give up - what part of your slice of the pie 
    will you share? 
    Or, as George Bush declared.... 
    “THE American way of life is not up for negotiation.” That was the 
    stance struck by the elder George Bush at the first Earth Summit in 
    Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responding to the thousands of green, 
    anti-capitalist and other activists who were claiming that the United 
    States, then as now the world's biggest energy consumer, was also its 
    biggest polluter. That makes it all the more striking that his son has 
    just proposed environmental policies that, he says, will 
    “fundamentally alter the American way of life in a positive way.” 
    Endless wars for Oil and to prop up the Petro-Dollar - until the last 
    American Soldier is dead.

    Politician's Thanksgiving