Friday, October 30, 2015

Not even one red cent! The great Obama swindle!

Way back in the heady days of 2008, my nation have a young upstart candidate who, against all odds, was elected President of the United States. His name was Barrack Obama and one of his promises to the American people was to 'spread the wealth' as money would be redistributed from the evil wealthy to us poor have nots. Trillions and trillions were spent in wild abandon! A mind boggling amount, as my Republic has now gone well over seven trillion in debt as a result.

But, here's my challenge to any of my readers. I would love to hear from just a few people who saw even one red cent of this mountain of money! (What's one trillion dollars divided by 300 million Americans)? Huh? I know I never saw a penny. I know that my roads and bridges have the same problems they had seven years ago. I know that getting work is hard to do and I know that its now a challenge to get enough food at the market from week to week without going broke!

My choice for GOP candidates who might win the nomination!

 Of the remaining candidates still running for the highest office on the GOP side in late October, I feel that by December 2015 there will only be a few likely individuals with a real shot at winning the nomination. (And, it not that the other individuals are lacking, it's just that I feel they suffer from one or more 'fatal flaws' that will not allow them to go the distance)! Note: If I had to choose a fourth, it would be Marco Rubio. What say you?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's almost Halloween!

Hi, we're from the Federal government and we're here to help! Sure!
It's late October 2015 and many a tiny ghoul, goblin or ghost will soon be making their way from door to door, collecting some great treats. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. America will be cowering at home waiting for Washington DC to pay more tricks on them and the Republic for which they used to stand...

Get ready to be scared, really scared.....

Water Heaters to cost everyone more!
On April 16, 2015, new water heater energy factor (EF) requirements took effect as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). These requirements call for higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil, and tankless gas water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape. NAECA 2015 also affects some light-duty commercial water heaters.

Wanna go hunting, ya better be old enough!
The United States Government has decided 2015 is the year to enact a new nationwide “minimum hunting age” of 21. Previously, each state has set its own minimum age for a hunter to hunt alone and sometimes a different age for minors to hunt while in the company of an adult. - See more at:

EPA to impose higher restrictions on coal fired power plants!
In his march to protect the world from climate change, Obama has set out on a one man campaign (with the support of the uber Left), to move cola fired power plants out of the picture via severe restrictions while pouring billions into research for alternative power like windmills. That plan should work out really well (tongue in cheek) as energy costs skyrocket for an already cash strapped nation. Note: For now the Supreme Court has blocked the new rulings... for now.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A nutritional salad blast!

My salads not only taste good, but they are nutritious as well! A mix of romaine, broccoli shoots, celery, bell pepper and sliced radish that was topped with a sliced smoked ham! The dressing is a mix of 1 tbsp each of apple cider vinegar and virgin olive oil with a ¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard that is well mixed!

Friday, October 16, 2015

On the last day of the RMS Titanic, a great menu was to be had!

 If I were on board the Titanic on the night it sunk, I well might have selected the 'Potted Shrimp' from the menu on that day.

Potted shrimps, as were served on the ill-fated Titanic, are a traditional Lancashire dish made with brown shrimp flavored with nutmeg. The dish consists of brown shrimp in nutmeg-flavored butter, which has set in a small pot. Cayenne pepper may also be included. It is traditionally eaten with bread. The butter acts as a preservative.

Potted shrimp was a favorite dish of Ian Fleming who passed on his predilection for the delicacy to his famous fictional creation James Bond. Fleming reputedly used to eat the dish at Scott's Restaurant on Mount Street in London where it is still served to this day.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This video was banned world wide! WTF!

Banned world wide by the weenies at YouTube! Why?
The powers that be, that's why! Well, it did get 99,671 views before it got shut down...

Oh, and please don't bother to click on the link! I'm the only one who can watch it!

Joka tapauksessa, se on Suomen useita muutama vuosi sitten ja on siitä, miten lasku on helvetin hyvä aika hajottaa!

Mediacom issues continue and continue and...!

Pingplotter software and yes, red is bad!
After having been a subscriber for over a decade, I've known service from Mediacom to be both exemplary and occasionally a little bit  horrific. Since moving into Taneycomo Terrace, it's been more the latter, as of late! The problem, I feel, is that subscribing to this company is a lot like playing Whack-a-Mole! As soon as one problem is fixed it seems there is always something new just around the corner. I'm not implying that this company has incompetent leadership and infrastructure... I'm stating it! If you have an alternative, any alternative, please subscribe to another service. If this mess of a company is the only choice you have, write the FCC and demand they get a competing service in your area!

Just getting this post published took numerous tries as the internet kept locking up! a quick glance at the graphic above confirmed the reason. A packet loss rate of over 60%! What are packets, you may ask? I like to think of them a small pieces of information that travel to and from servers. It's how we get to see stuff on the screen. When information gets 'lost' for whatever reason, the user will experience longer than normal wait times before anything 'happens' on their screen. High loss rates make working the net somewhat like walking through waist high mud. And, for those of us who pay for premium cable services, this is unacceptable.

After calling a Mediacom tech friend, I learned that they had been receiving numerous complaints (duh) and that a person would be out my way to splunk out the problem. I'll append this post in a day or so to report on any improvements...

A final note. Were I on the Board of Directors, I would strongly consider cleaning this simple post took over 2 minutes to upload! Also, a complaint was filed, by me, with the FCC. I would encourage others who have had similar bad service, do the same.

October 16 - I heard from the Mediacom people that they had been working hard on a fix. They even reported a slight improvement had been made, but also admitted that the main problem was ongoing.... No word on when this problem would be be fixed. Posting is now a real effort and requires multiple tries. My Vonage phone no longer works, (it voice over IP) and I now spend hours looking out my window... (I'm beginning to feel a little like Anne Frank). More updates to come.

October 17 - Another day came and went with continued poor network service from Mediacom. If anything, my Internet connection was even worst than the day before and nothing was heard from their office as to any progress that might have been made. Oh, and I'm pretty sure the techs don't work on Sundays.

October 18 - My overall network performance envelope was in the crapper as some sites refused to load or stalled midway through. I was informed via email, that Mediacom still did not have a handle on the problem, that they 'were working on it.' Monday will be the start of the second week of this kind of crappy service... or is it the third? Getting hard to remember.

October 19 - Woke up to find that my connectivity issues concerning the Internet had gotten worst! I couldn't access my dot-coms for file maintenance and other popular sites wouldn't load at all (Word Press, etc)!  A call to Mediacom's tech division revealed that they were experiencing 'area wide disruptions' - hmm. I'm now wondering just how deep this rabbit hole goes...

On another track, I had occasion to stumble across a sidebar, when I searched 'Mediacom, with over 132 reviews. Amazingly the average was ONE AND A HALF STARS! I've never seen a company with such a low consumer rating before... And, page after page, the reviews read pretty much the same as this one below!
And, that was one of the nicer reviews... So, let me append what I said about this company cleaning house - I would tell the CEO to definitely start the firing process at the level of Director of Customer Relations, and then work his or her way down from there...

October 20 - Another long and frustrating day working with an Internet connection that was only there part time.The video of the latency problems I've been experiencing and which was only 1.57 meg in size, never was able to load!

Oct 22 - On the day before, a tech had come out and determined that it was actually my aging Dell XPS that was the problem. How he came to that conclusion, I'm still not sure. No matter, I've decided to acquire a new system running OS 7. I'll revisit this post some week hence when it is up and running.

Oct 26 - Success at last! After about two weeks of problems, a technician came out and finally determined that it was the cable modem that was causing all my problems!! Once it was swapped out, all my problems went away. so, it must be true what some people told me - their modems suck, by and large! And now, three weeks into this bad relationship, I find that the cable line is jammed with static (aka jttr) -  a problem that leads to.... wait for it.... long delays!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Deluxe checks not a good deal!

Not counting orders that were placed by me, but which never arrived or the exorbitant prices they charge (almost $90 for two boxes of checks), I'd guess there is a lot to recommend this company. I'm just unsure of what that might be.... Then, I called Southern Bank!

The Southern Bank, located in Forsyth Missouri, is part of a large change of banks located mostly in the Midwest United States. Southern Bank has served the financial needs of America's Heartland for over 127 years, making them one of the oldest financial institutions headquartered in the region. And they've been successful, Southern Bank is now a $1 billion financial institution, with 35 locations in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Today this bank is a $1 billion financial institution, with 35 locations in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.

When I called my bank, located in Forsyth Missouri, I was greeted by a real human (Justin) who not only answered my questions, but offered to get me a box of replacement check free of charge! Now that's a bank I can live with. Deluxe? They can go fish.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stretching that chili, Cincinnati style!

If you've ever found yourself with just a small amount of chili left over in the fridge, you know almost enough for a meal, but not quite... then it's time to go 3-way!

I let some pasta come to the rescue! Spaghetti is filling, cheap and easy to make! Add a small amount to act as a base, throw on the chili and top with some shredded cheese for a dish known as Cincinnati 3-way chili! Delicious!