Monday, March 18, 2019

Little Things

There's bigger things, of course.  Like being able to spend hours every day doing Spring yard work.  A couple months ago I barely had strength enough to get up a flight of stairs.

But sometimes it's the little things.

So many cans have pull-tab lids:  tuna fish, cat food, canned beans.  The seltzer water I drink.  For a while I couldn't open them without sliding a knife into the tab and using it to lever the tab and lid up.   That peculiar thing neuropathy made my fingers both too sore and too numb to pull  up on the tab. Yesterday I realized that I was opening pull-tab cans without needing "help" for the first time in 3 months.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Three Out Of Four Completed

Surgery - Done
6 rounds of chemo - Done
6 weeks of daily radiation in Winchester - Done
Maintenance chemo (side effect free) every 3 weeks - In progress

Feeling much better than I did a few weeks ago.  The main problem left by the chemo is neuropathy - a weird combination of pain and numbness - in my hands and feet.  And my big toes hurt.

Yeah, that's ugly.  Sorry.  I'll be seeing a podiatrist regularly for a while.

I have a dandy "sunburn" from the radiation.  But it's not like I haven't had a bad sunburn before.  My last treatment was Monday - the itching and tenderness is already abating.   I never did have any other side effect from the treatment.  Compared to chemo, radiation was a breeze.

Despite the weather's best efforts, I walk for 45 minutes to an hour most days.  I need to start working on upper body and hand strength, though:  my forearms are visibly thinner than when this started, and I can barely rack the slide on my Kahr.  Cold wet stuff needs to stop falling out of the sky so I can tackle the yard.  A rake would do me more good than any gym can.

My taste buds are back - I'm eating anything that can't get away from me.  It took a bit after I got back in January to get out of the anemia and get my potassium up to where it should be, but all the numbers are normal now.  I guess as things heal the need for a lot of nutrients will no longer be a good excuse for "I want some of that.  And that. Yummy!  And, oh yes, THAT." 

And I have hair.  Well, sort of.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Gules, Three Lions Passant Gaurdant, Or

Even though I have some knowledge of the language of heraldry, I always want to ask "Or what?"  Gules = red. Three lions, easy enough, but passant means not rearing and gaurdant means looking towards you rather than forward.  Or = the lions are gold in color.

Since I have to wear a hat - 'cause bald in Winter = COLD! -  I figured I might as well have some fun with it.  I've been sticking pins that represent my ancestry on my favorite one.

Left to right would be my clan badge, the US flag of course, the thistle of Scotland, and the harp of Ireland.  My latest arrived in the mail today.

Yes, it's part of the arms of England.  But specifically it's the arms of the House of Plantagenet.  I'm a descendant of  Henry III Plantagenet, King of England.  Born 1207, died 1272.  I have, last I checked, about 26 million cousins world wide.   I'm having a brain fart right now:  I can't remember whether my line is from Edward I or his sister Margaret of Scotland.  I need to dig The Big Book out of storage and check.

The pin isn't quite right:  the rest of the blazon is "armed and langued azure", which means the claws and tongue should be blue.  But it's a small pin so that's forgiven.  And I can never remember that part anyway.

I need two more pins for the majority of the rest of my heritage:  Switzerland and the Alsace-Lorraine.  Switzerland is easy:

But I ran into a problem when searching the Alsace-Lorraine:

Oh, great.  Mostly French but right up against Germany, so they share search key words.  And the Alsace-Lorraine didn't even exist as an entity when that branch of my family came to America.  They arrived in Philadelphia in the 1740s:  the territory was created in 1871 when it was ceded to Germany after the Franco-German War.  So a little digging online, since I remembered that I'd seen a family tree following the line in question.  We're from the Duchy of Lorraine part.  That I can find, but the pin's a bit big.

And turns out the Swiss line is the Canton of Bern.  Bet I can find a pin for that.  Somewhere.

I  would also like to find one for my Felton line, since that's the branch I'm heavily involved in.

Gules, two lions passant ermine, crowned or.  Oddly, I've found dog tags but not a pin.  But somebody has to make them.  I just haven't found the website.

Running across the pins carrying a swastika reminded me of an irony concerning a symbol now viewed in a good chunk of the world as representing evil:  the swastika is a good luck symbol that has been around for thousands of years, and is still viewed as meaning good fortune in several eastern religions.   The word itself is from ancient Sanskrit, and in our time people would probably be surprised at its meaning:  "well-being."

3,200 year old swastika necklace from northern Iran

Greek helmet from 350-325 BCE Herculaneum, Greece
As the gammadion cross, it was widely used as a Christian symbol:

From a 4th century Byzantine church excavated in Northern Israel
Effigy of Bishop William Eddington (died 1366) at Winchester Cathedral
Which would be why visitors are probably surprised to see swastikas in the floor tiling of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling, WV.  The cathedral was built in 1926, and I wonder if their presence caused the renovation committee heartburn when they hit the floor restoration point in their planning a few years ago.

The pre-Nazi years of the 20th century saw a swastika boom that appears to have been driven by fascination with Heinrich Schliemann's discovery of the symbol at Troy and his theories concerning it.  Everybody and his brother appropriated the design.

And then, for just a very few years, the swastika was appropriated for something so evil, so opposite what it has meant for thousands of years that I wouldn't consider wearing anything carrying it even if no one else could see it.

To quote the narrator of a trivia moment on a radio station I stream:  "Weird, huh?"

Friday, February 15, 2019


Two red lights run.  Three vehicals completely totaled and at least one other damaged.  Six people, including a 5 year old, sent to the ER.  And all she got was a $250 fine and 2 points on her license.  Are we supposed to be grateful that the motion to dismiss because she was sorry was denied?

And, after waiting for their own insurance to cut a check - BECAUSE IDIOT NO FAULT STATE - they bought a used suv that turned out to have something f***ked up with the wiring.  They had it 3 days and then it went back to the dealer and it's been sitting there ever since awaiting resolution because their mechanics can't figure it out.  They had to rent a vehical for this weekend's long scheduled birthday weekend for my granddaughter.  And when SIL picked the rental up he found drugs hidden in the cigarette lighter.

They could have stayed in Baltimore and gotten immigrants who can't drive and drug stashes.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Calculation Or Two

Let's accept that the outline for the New Green Deal that disappeared from AOC's website was a stupid mistake on her office's part: someone uploaded a very rough draft.  It would have been much simpler for them to admit to that rather than offer various excuses ranging from the document never having been there (sorry, the internet is forever) to the site being hacked. The guy who wrote it also should not have gone on Tucker Carlson's show and said that he didn't have anything to do with that draft when the metadata shows that he's the author.  Again, the internet is forever.  But, as Jeff Kuhner says, "Let that go."

The actual NGD resolution is less juvenile, more professional.  It's still a unicorn farting because it's so superficial, but that just makes it more frightening.  Couch pablum in highfalutin language and it's still pablum, but a lot more people will swallow that pablum.

There is, for instance, the fascination with high-speed rail.  Get rid of cars, get rid of planes.  Everybody is on rails.  Except a lot of us who don't live in cities and have a bit of a hike to get to things don't quite understand how we are supposed to do that without wheels.  My grocery store is 8 miles away and I live on a mountain.  Are they paying for one of those little electric cars to take me?  Lots of luck getting across my road right now: the potholes would swallow one of those death-trap Smart Cars and we won't even discuss how well a light-weight car would do when there's snow on the roads here.  But, again, let that go.

Also, let go the whole environmental impact of the mining and processing of the products needed to build and maintain that rail system.

First, a map.

These are just the  cities of +10,000 population as of 2016.  It doesn't include all those little towns across the U.S. that have a population under 10,000.  But see how dense it is in some areas?  Apparently we are going to run rail between all these cities PLUS a lot of towns not shown.  But even if we don't run rail between all the cities, here's an example:  the great circle distance from BWI airport in Baltimore to LAX in Los Angeles is 2,329 mi.  You can snag a flight that takes 6 hours point to point.  It won't follow a great circle path entirely, but it's close enough for an example.

On land via the fastest highway route, it's 2,662 mi. between the two.

High speed rail, on the other hand, is considered to be 120 mph on old lines to 160 mph on new lines.  So, non-stop rail would be, at best, 19 hours on the slower end and 14 hours on the faster end if you use the great circle distance.  If you follow a more earthly route, that's 22 hours and 16 hours respectively.  However, the rail lines aren't going to follow a great circle or even the most direct highway route and they aren't going to be non-stop.  They will be city to city, with stops at various cities.  I refer back to the map:  there could be a whole lot of stops in some areas.  So folks can leave Baltimore in the morning and be in San Diego for dinner.  OR they can go back to the "good ol' days" of cross country train travel that will, in reality, take not hours but days.  Yeah, that works for businesses.  And has anyone looked up the cost of a sleeper berth on the train?

We aren't talking about somebody's tour of America train vacation.  We are talking about the need to cross a continent.

And while they are whining about 800,000 government employees getting their pay checks late, it doesn't seem to bother them that more than 540,000 people worked in the U.S. airline industry as of 2016.  That's before you count in things like the retail industry, car rental, etc., attached to airports.  Their checks won't be just late, they'll be completely gone.  Why doesn't that merit the same hysteria?

Friday, February 8, 2019

I Have a Hat

And I'm fond of it.

My hair is beginning to come back in, but it's going to be a while, and I've learned that being bald in the Winter is COLD.  

So I keep that hat at hand and wear it when appropriate, i.e., when it decides to be Winter.  I always know where my hat is.

But I don't know where THIS hat is:

The lieutenant governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax, has been accused of rape.  The accuser has given a lot of detail.  A few minutes ago I heard that another woman has come forward with a second rape allegation.  But I haven't seen or heard hide nor hair from the p*ssy hat brigade about Fairfax.

But what's a couple rapes in the face of Trump saying "p*ssy" a decade ago?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I Have A Sneaking Suspicion...

...that word came down from the dem powers-that-be that Chief Spreading Bull's presidential aspirations, due to be formally birthed on Saturday, are to suffer a late-term abortion. There's no other reason a paper as fully in bed with the dems as the Washington Post is would suddenly suffer from actual journalism.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

I Thought That Didn't Sound Right

For more than a month we kept hearing that OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING BECAUSE 800,000 FEDERAL WORKERS NOT PAID! And I thought 800,000 sounded high considering the small percentage of agencies involved.  But, whatever.

And it was going to wreck the economy and cause a recession.  Which sounded odd, so I looked up the numbers of those employed in the US: 129,630,000 full time.

If I did the math right that meant that 0.6% of the US work force was delayed in getting paid.  How does less than 1% having a delay in pay damage the entire nation's economy?  Sure, it has the potential to affect the employees concerned and a circle of vendors they use, but the whole U.S. economy?

Then last week I heard a couple things that got my attention.  First, it appears that 800,000 is an exaggeration.  It was more like 350,000.  That means less than 0.3% of the US workforce was affected.  Second, economic numbers for the affected time frame came out - and the economy boomed.

I assume they've moved on to a different narrative by today.  Being shown to be wrong over and over again doesn't seem to phase them.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Great Deformity

It's gone exactly where we said it would: the enthusiastic push for abortion up until birth, and for killing an abortion survivor if he or she has what is considered a deformity or defect.

The supporters of this have a much greater deformity than any of those they would murder - a profound deformity of the heart and soul.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sniff Sniff

So, I'm on maintenance chemo (which doesn't have side effects - yay!) and headed out for treatment this morning.  Was crawling down my pot-holed street when I remembered that I hadn't put my numbing cream on.  I have a chemo port in my chest and they have to puncture me each time to draw blood and pump in chemicals.  And it smarts.  So I have a cream that I'm supposed to put on about an hour ahead of time to numb it up a little.   You can't drive down my street faster than a couple miles per hour these days so I just rummaged around in my purse with one hand while keeping my eyes on the road, found and opened a tube by feel, and smeared a goodly glob on.  Without looking.  Sniff sniff.  Sniff sniff.  Mint?  I don't remember that stuff smelling like mint...

I thought I took the travel size stuff out of my purse when I got out of the hospital...

Sunday, January 27, 2019

What's The Difference?

Pithing a frog, pithing a child, same same to the pro-abort crowd.  And if you call your-self pro-choice and vote that way you are fine with the pithing.

Saturday, January 26, 2019


In 2011 one of the FBI's most wanted, mob boss Whitey Bulger, was arrested by 5 agents after being on the run for 16 years.  Bulger had been indicted for, among many other things, 19 murders. 

I repeat:  FIVE agents arrested Bulger, a mobster with a violent track record.

On Friday, TWENTY-NINE agents in body armor and with weapons drawn, having previously positioned media to capture the event, rousted Roger Stone and his wife out of bed and arrested Stone for white-collar "crimes" which he had not committed until he was questioned over and over until at some point his answers weren't exactly the same.

Liberals are celebrating this. So are the ghosts of the Gestapo and Stazi.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Irony In New York

The New York state legislature has passed a bill making abortion legal up to birth, removed protections for babies who survive an abortion, and removed the requirement that a physician perform the abortion.

One of the ironies lies with what that bill says to the black community of New York. Under slavery, a black child had worth. It was largely the monetary worth of livestock, but at least a negro child had the protection that monetary worth provided. Under the Democrat legislature of New York, that monetary worth has been moved into the hands of abortion mills like Planned Parenthood.  Since 1967, an estimated 20,350,000 black children have been aborted.  That's 20,350,000 black American citizens who have never been allowed to chose to love, to work, to create, to have children, to vote:  in short, they never had any choices at all.  New York has now enshrined in state law what we already knew Planned Parenthood and its compadres believe:  even when they can control their vote, blacks are worth more to Democrats dead than alive.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Oh Good Grief

Nan, you don't own Congress any more than you own our military aircraft.  From a little document called the U.S. Constitution:

Article Two, Section Three:

"He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to time of adjournment, adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States."

The "he" being the President.  Originally I was OK with Trump giving the SOTU address from the Oval Office or maybe the border.  Pelosi's response to Trump today makes me all in favor of him invoking his right to convene both the Senate and House and telling them to have their asses in their seats on the date and at the time he specifies.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Note To Self

Dear Self,

The lamp chimney is made of glass.  It gets hot.  When the power comes back on after an outage, do not absentmindedly grab the chimney with your bare hand when blowing the flame out.

And then...

...the power went off.  Peaceful, quiet, and 14 degrees out.  RealFeel of 0.  The circle of warmth around the big kerosene heater is quickly becoming very small.  Hope they get it fixed quick.  I have carbon monoxide detectors on both floors but I really don't relish the idea of running the space heaters all night. And I was watching "Vanity Fair." I love all versions of "Vanity Fair." The Battle of Waterloo is still going on...

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Real Women's March

..happened today. 

And the hundreds of thousands who gathered were largely ignored.

Decades ago, a handful of women and a couple men who had serious financial interests in the legalization of abortion determined what "feminists" were to think.  As a result, today's "feminists" have allowed themselves to be used as objects, and march tomorrow to DEMAND that they be used as such.  No matter what they say, their demands and actions lead to objectification and objectification only.  They have denied DNA and genetics, doing mental gymnastics and name-calling to avoid the reality of humanity, raising intellectual laziness and dishonesty to a fine art.  They have denied their own specialness and  denied the specialness of the women around them.  They, not any man no matter how perfidious, are the betrayers of women.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Your Move

Dear Gillette

And all the other "toxic masculinity" idiots.  You wouldn't have been able to live your ignorant little lives or build your arrogant little companies without huge injections of that masculinity. Masculine men built this country and saved others when you and your whining buddies would have pissed yourselves and died.

H/t Potomac cynic

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"...First As Tragedy Then As Farce"

The whole quote being "History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce."

History is definitely repeating itself:  see "election of socialists and anti-Semites" and "ideology without information" as proof of that.  And we've charged right into farce along with that.

Recent cases in point:

Sirius XM host David Webb was interviewing CNN analyst Areva Martin when she lectured him on his white privilege.  There's just one problem:

David Webb

Yeah, the problem would be that Webb is black. Way to keep mindlessly spouting the narrative, Areva.   With you and Acosta, the saying "You can't make this stuff up" more than applies.

And then there's the "fact checking."  The Washington Post fact-checked Trump's comment about there being a "mile high" stack of hamburgers at the White House Clemson reception.  I'll just leave that there.  You can't get much more farcical than that.

But they'll try.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Best Idea I've Heard in Ages

I've heard that TSA employees are sicking out - refusing to come to work without pay.  I've also heard that the numbers doing so have been exaggerated.  Whichever.  It doesn't really matter.

Because, as I heard someone point out this morning, we don't need them.  International airports are borders.  If we are going to have open borders, why do we need the TSA?  We should be removing security from our airports to allow free flow through them.

Oh, also heard that folks climbed over the wall at one of Nancy Pelosi's properties and demanded entry to the house.  AND WERE ESCORTED OFF THE PROPERTY.  But I thought walls are immoral and we should have open borders?

Monday, January 14, 2019

They Do Know, Don't They?

All those folks screaming that Trump should "reopen the government" and that the "shutdown" is Trump's fault do know, don't they, that he can't wave a magic wand to do that?

Jim Acosta proving Trump's point about a wall.

They do know that he has to have a funding bill on his desk to sign or veto and that Congress has not given him one.  Because the dems have been busy.

Maxine and Nancy went to the Bahamas and Hawaii.

Dem senator Bob Menendez got some sun and fun in Puerto Rico along with 30 other dems.

Because, priorities, you know.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Here They Come Again

Di Fi is reintroducing the already-proven-a-failure "assault weapons" ban.  And various RINOs have come out in favor of things like "high capacity" magazine bans.  All I've got to say was said, or sung, decades ago by the Dave Clark Five:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How come...

...when they are pushing gun laws it's "for the children" and "If it saves just one life..." but when it comes to illegal immigration, which has resulted in the loss of many lives, of many children, those same lives don't matter?

And how come when they talk about the furloughed federal workers who, they say, are suffering due to the partial shut down, they don't mention that federal employees will be made whole again after this but the people who have been killed by illegals will never again be going to work, hugging their children, having dinner with family or friends, loving a spouse?  That neither they nor the families they were taken from can EVER be made whole again?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

All He Really Needs To Do... play audios of Schumer, Pelosi, the Clintons, etc., speaking out against illegal immigration before they realized that liberal policies had insured that they need the illegals for votes.  Then simply provide the statistics provided by the government agencies involved with border security.  Trump really doesn't need to do much other than that.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Scritch, Scritch, Scritch

That's the sound of me scratching my somewhat bristly head in puzzlement.  Donald Trump is vulgar, crude, un-presidential.  But a dem saying that they are "going to impeach the motherf***er" is OK?  Huh.

Friday, January 4, 2019

It Will Be The Season...

... soon enough.  As one who has had Lyme disease, I encourage folks to brush up on their identification skills.