Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jugearscare follies

We started looking into health insurance through the "marketplace", since we can't afford Cobra right now. All the web sites referred for us require a phone number before you can look at pricing, so I put in my FAX number.

Turns out to have been a smart thing to do - I've had at least 100 calls come in on the FAX line since yesterday.

I picked up a couple before the machine could try to connect - dead silence even after I said "Hello". For the couple that did connect me to a human, I told them this was a FAX line, and please don't call back.

There must be a whole lot of potential profit for the insurers in getting someone to sign up for them to be so persistent...

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Book of Barkley

Just finished reading L/ B. Johnson's (Brigid's) "The Book of Barkley".

She put into words so many things I have thought and felt, but have not written. She brought me to tears at the end - having had to part with several pets under similar circumstances, I know the pain of loss.

Go buy a copy. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jugears Osama hates nature!

Just found this on Drudge:

Lawmaker: Protect coal plants to help the manatees 

From November to April, hundreds of manatees huddle in the warm discharge canal of one of Florida’s biggest coal-fired plants, the Big Bend Power Station near Tampa, as camera-toting families point and laugh from a viewing deck at the gentle creatures lolling near the smokestacks.
Some two-thirds of Florida’s endangered manatees rely on discharge waters from power plants for winter warmth, according to federal biologists. It’s a fact that congressional Republicans are seizing on to challenge the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s agenda to fight climate change, a plan to slash carbon emissions that could force large-scale closures of coal plants.
So, if we want to save the manatees, we need to keep the Florida coal plants running  - or, we could do a truly green thing and replace these plants with nukes burning evil CO2, lots of warm water - and cheap, clean power...

Read more here:

More infringements

 New Jersey is one of those states where they can't understand that the Second Amendment means HANDS OFF OUR GUNS...

How New Jersey’s Gun Laws Turned Another Law-Abiding Citizen Into A Convicted Felon

New Jersey’s ridiculous gun laws have once-again turned a law-abiding citizen into a convicted felon over nothing more than an innocent mistake. This time the victim is a former security guard and aspiring police officer named Steffon Josey-Davis.

Josey-Davis legally purchased a 9mm Smith & Wesson in 2013. Shortly after he bought the gun, he made the fateful mistake of stashing it in his glove compartment to make sure his six-year-old sister wouldn’t find it.

The gun was still in the glove compartment when, later the same day, state police pulled him over for driving with an expired registration. Because it is illegal for drivers in New Jersey to transport guns in anywhere but the trunk of their car, the officer confiscated the gun and told Josey-Davis to pick it up at the police station.

When Josey-Davis appeared at the station to retrieve his property, he was promptly arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm – a second-degree felony.
Another innocent person's life destroyed because of illegal laws. Go read the whole article.

Thanks, Julie

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dealings with Ill-Annoys UI

Just mailed this off:
Illinois Department of Employment Security
P. O. Box 19509
Springfield, IL 62794

Charles A. Kuecker


Re: Claimant ID xxxxxx request for reconsideration

Recently, I received  a "Determination" telling us we were ineligible for unemployment insurance since we had not supplied proof of identification, i.e., copies my driver's license (both front and back) and of my Social Security card. We included all of this in a fat envelope, and paid extra postage registered mail to P. O. Box 19509.

We mailed this packet over a week ago. Today, I spoke to a nice lady who has the onerous job of handling calls from irate people like me who are entangled in the bureaucracy of Illinois unemployment insurance. She told me that I needed to not only send the information that I had sent, but also a formal letter requesting that you accept that data and reinstate my claim for benefits. She also said that the copy of my Social Security card was not in the scanned-in documents. It was in the packet originally mailed, so somewhere in your organization, it was lost.

So, here is that letter, asking that you please reinstate my claim for unemployment benefits, along with more copies of everything, again sent by registered mail. I am also spending extra for a return receipt, as I cannot trust your office to handle things without losing pages.

Why it is necessary for a claimant who has records on file from Illinois employers as to employment history to provide a copy of a Social Security card that plainly states "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX PURPOSES - NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION" is beyond me. Though since I am simply a college graduate electrical engineer, perhaps I am just too stupid to understand the marvelous complexity of Illinois unemployment law.


Charles A. Kuecker


Copy of Wisconsin driver's license, both sides
Copy of original Social Security card, front only (laminated in 1960-something)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Presidential Humor

Priceless - Ronald Reagan at his best:

And, at the end, Jugears, off the teleprompter...well worth watching all the way through just for the last couple minutes.

Friday, March 6, 2015


In the original sense.

Widespread outrage after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

After rampaging through Mosul's museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month, IS "bulldozed" the nearby ruins of Nimrud Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said.
Until Muslims stand up to this and end it by killing every "extremist", they are tacitly supporting acts like this.

Civilized religions do not destroy. Unless I see large numbers of Muslims publicly disavowing practices like this and all the other medieval trappings of fundamentalist Islam, I cannot consider Islam a true religion.

New product

Just found this:

South Fork Industries Facebook page.

Be Prepared!

Seems I've seen this idea a few places - from a muzzle device that would wipe pig's blood onto each round as it left the barrel, to a booby-trap that could be installed in Israeli buses to douse suicide bombers with the forbidden substance, thereby sending them straight to Hell, no stops for virgin houris...

Yep - another new ides:

AMERICAN INGENUITY! Introducing ‘Pig’s Blood Spray,’ the latest in anti-Islamic terrorism protection

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Back when I first got signed up with the Science Fiction Book Club, I got a copy of "FROOMB" - a novel by John Lymington. It was a bit adult for a 12 year old, but the title has stuck with me. It refers to a political cartoon of the world at the wheel of a car careening down a slope toward a cliff. The world cries "Fluid's running out of my brakes!".

This graph brings that image back to me - only it's Uncle Sam at the wheel:


Found at Borepatch

By 2030, if nothing drastic is done, all the income of the federal government will go to pay for Social Security, Medicare, and other "entitlements", including, of course, Osamacare, and interest on the national debt. There will be nothing left for roads, national defense, or things like the BATFE and the Border Patrol. Or for presidential golfing trips - but Jugears will be long gone by then. Nancy Pee-Lousy and Hairy Reid will likely be long dead. The rest of us, not so lucky.

FROOMB, indeed.

The spell-checker in the editor tries to change "Osamacare" to "macabre". Smart machine.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

No good deed goes unpunished

Especially in a politically correct world:

The only thing Facebook - or Jugears' minions - have done here is demonstrate how frightened they are of the truth.

Monday, March 2, 2015




More irritants for intolerant Muslims:

I particularly like the last one - reminds me of this:

The next video up was this - too precious to omit:


The local country station has an ad for a local seed and fertilizer company. they have a jingle that goes, in part, "What you put in the ground today can improve your world tomorrow".

Why do I get images of Jugears, Pee-Lousy, and Harry Reid whenever I hear that?


Exactly where in the Constitution is it stated that anyone - in Congress or otherwise - needs to ask permission of the President before inviting a foreign personality here for a talk?

Jugears sure has an inflated view of his own importance.