Some Notes on a Saturday

How long does a modern TV last? This morning Jen started thinking about a new TV. We don’t need a new TV, I said. When did we buy our current living room TV, she asked. Off to the blog I go!

The blog holds all the answers. The new TV was purchased on September 28, 2014. Just shy of six years ago. The blog is wise. The blog knows.

So then we asked how long do TVs tend to last these days? Off to Google Jen goes! 5-7 years. Well, that settles it then. Conspicuous Consumerism dictates that we need a new TV. We’re going to hold off until Christmas… I think. We agreed to that, but Jen is hovering around BestBuy.com which means maybe she won’t be able to wait.

Second Saturday note: UPS again… oh boy. Just when I came to grips with the fact that I was going to have to file a claim with GuitarCenter.com over the amplifier that will never be shipped, UPS updated the tracking number to say that once again (take three) it is on a truck and out for delivery. The estimated delivery date/time is today by 9:00PM. I’m taking bets on what time this afternoon they change that date to Monday. Anyone?

The third Saturday note is the only actually important one. There is a story suggesting that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers. It is also being said that trump knew about it and did nothing.

I don’t know if any of it’s true. I’ve only seen it on Twitter. I haven’t read any of the source articles. I don’t know if it is true or not. I just know this:

The 51st State

Ever since I learned about civics when I was a kid, I have wanted something. I learned that there were 50 states in the USA but 50 was not a fixed number. We could add more. I thought that was awesome. Like, how do we go about getting state #51? Let’s do it! Let’s add a star to the flag!

There are about 700,000 American citizens living in Washington, DC. More people live in DC than live in either Wyoming or Vermont. Because they do not live in a state, they have no representation in the US Senate. They do have a representative in the US House of Representatives, but that rep does not get to vote.

How is it possible that in the year 2020, 700,000 Americans are not represented in Congress? Wasn’t the question of representation one of the reasons we fought for Independence in the first place?

Let’s fix this. The US House of Representatives is scheduled later today to take a vote on granting statehood to Washington, DC. The bill will reduce the size of the US Capital to just include the main Federal buildings and the Washington Mall. That will leave the Capital outside of any state and free up the rest of the city to become a state for itself.

I am on board. Let’s do this! I want a new star on the flag. I want all Americans to have voting representatives in both houses of Congress.

Of course the republicans in the Senate and the nazi in the white house will never let this happen. They live on the policy of voter suppression. They will never do anything that increases the number of votes. Still, it’s a nice idea.

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He’s Finally Building a Wall

The fascist cheeto orange crush said he’d build a wall, and now he is… around the White House. He said yesterday that when he was rushed to a bunker during the protests the other night he wasn’t hiding, it was just an inspection.

So tell me, donnie, is this for an inspection too?

Is Mexico paying for this one too?

We the people… Right? It’s time for the rest of the Federal Government to demand he resign. This is just ridiculous now.

The Fascist States of America is the laughingstock of the world. Rightly so.

Resign, you nazi twat.

Mars

Remember that company a few years ago that was looking for volunteers to start a colony on Mars?

The more I follow current events the more I think that actually moving to Mars for the rest of my life is a really good idea. Of course the “rest of my life” part would probably be less than a minute, but it still sounds pretty tempting.

If you have a problem with Black Lives Matter, or Coronavirus lock downs, or LGBT rights, or equal rights, or anything like that, why don’t you just go ahead and close the browser window and forget that this silly little page exists.

Sound good? M’Kay? Thanks

Pedals… or… RIP My Fulltone Pedals

Sometimes it sucks having a conscience, but what’s a red head to do.

Look back through this page and you’ll read me singing the praises of a guitar pedal company called Fulltone. Also notice that you never see me singing the praises of a guitar pedal company called JHS, but that’s another story.

I own three Fulltone pedals. Two are OCD overdrives which are hands down the best higher gain overdrive pedals I’ve ever played. The third is a Clyde Deluxe Wah. I have been chemically dependent on wah pedals since the first time I heard “White Room” back when I was in Junior High School and I will go to my grave feeding that addiction. I’ve owned a bunch of wah pedals over the decades and the Clyde Deluxe is so much better than all of the others that there is no comparison.

Fulltone is a guy named Mike Fuller. Yesterday he posted some stuff about the Black Lives Matter protests that make me never want to touch any of his stuff again. I hate it when politics get in the way of something unrelated to politics, but I have to listen to my conscience because, unlike many of my fellow Americans, I like to think I’m a decent person.

Mike had it out with a guy who runs the “Fulltone Pedals” Facebook page yesterday and some screen shots were posted to reddit. I am going to try and post them here but I don’t know if reddit requires permissions to view their images without a login. If you can see it, cool. If not, oh well.

So I have an OCD on both boards. On the main board I will replace it with the Dan side of the Keeley D&M Drive. That circuit is based on the OCD and it sounds fantastic. I don’t know what I am going to do for the back up board. Is it time to buy a Rat? For the Clyde though…

I’ve never played anything that was even close to as good. I don’t know what I’m going to do about that. I’ll have to buy something. Wah pedals are like water to me, I can’t live without them for very long. I’m looking for suggestions. It’s research time.

Control

Remember all those posts from Sunday when I was talking about needing to feel like there is something in this screwed up world that I have control over, even if it’s totally an illusion?

I took the trash barrels out to the street this morning and I have to say that my lawn looks great today.

I miss living in a country I felt proud of. After yesterday, I don’t know that I will ever be able to feel that way again.

Lights Out

Has there ever been a time when the President of the United States had to barricade himself inside of the White House out of fear of his fellow Americans?

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/at-the-white-house-the-lights-were-off.html

Last night the fascist in chief did exactly that. Then today he had the nerve to tell a group of governors that they were weak. The pussy grabber hid from the scary mean people, but it’s the governors, who are actually trying to be leaders in these painfully difficult times, who are weak?

I swear, if that fascist were any more tone deaf his head would literally fall off of his shoulders.

We need to remove this prick. November can’t get here fast enough. If he had even a shred of human decency he’d resign tonight, leave the country, and never come back. It was confirmed earlier that he spoke to Putin. Maybe he was asking Putin if he could come stay at his place until things calmed down here.

They are never going to calm down here, cheeto. Not for you.

Another Night

Another night of violence on the streets of The United States.

I have never, and will never condone violence. Never, ever.

I’m afraid we’ve reached a point where there is no other way to affect change. I’m devastated that it’s come to Boston, but if this is the only way to affect change… Due to the luck of the gene pool draw I will never know how they feel or what they are going through, but I know they are in the right. Even though I believe violence is wrong, they are in the right. This is a nightmare.

The president was moved to a secure bunker last night. I never dreamed I would live in a time when protesters in the streets would cause the president to hide in a secure location and I wouldn’t be outraged by it.

I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to do. I watched a bunch of live streams of protests in Boston and Washington last night and there was a crushing moment when two Periscope App users turned a corner and saw the national guard on the street. In Boston. Armed troops on the street in my city.

Now I’m hearing that there was a total media blackout (social and otherwise) in Washington last night starting at about 1:00am. What the hell is going on there? Why is the whole city blacked out?

I don’t know what to do, or think, or say, or feel.

I found a site that is accepting donations to help pay bail for people who are arrested during the protests. I will send a couple of bucks. If it turns out to be a scam I’ll do what I can to bury the fuckers, but I think it’s legit. I hope. We’ll see.

Be safe out there, please. Keep your masks on. Keep washing your hands. COVID-19 isn’t pausing because America is collapsing. Be safe and stay healthy.

Grass Part 3

All done. Front and back. Suck it, universe, fatty is in control.

Now I’ll just sit here until my back stops screaming at me and then I’ll go back inside and be miserable about the state of what used to be my country again.

Grass

My country is burning and there is nothing I can do. I feel powerless. I feel impotent. Our neighbors are being murdered in the streets for the crime of having the wrong color skin, more neighbors are dying of a plague that should be simple to avoid but isn’t because so many of my neighbors feel that their comfort is more important than other people’s lives.

I need to feel like I have control over something or else I’ll loose my mind. The grass. I have control over the grass. It’s way too long so I’m cutting it all even though doing so makes my back hurt like you wouldn’t believe.

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in this place that used to be called America.