Good morning, Mutts.  It is a whopping 20° F outside and I am here in my office nestled between two stadiums in Seattle at 0400.  Apparently, our HVAC units in the restaurant won’t work because it is too cold outside.   It’s called an ‘ambient lockout’, meaning that if the outside temp drops below 30° F the compressors lock out and “emergency heat” takes over.

Small problem:  the wattage on the electric heat strip is too low to heat the entire restaurant.

This is a new unit.  The Socialist Marxists of the former Seattle City Council decided a couple of years ago to ban natural gas from new and existing commercial buildings.  The heat strips are NOT enough to keep up, so we are sitting at 63°F in the restaurant.

Same problem with our ballroom on the top floor.  The Roof top unit is locked out on ambient temperature, and the electric heat strip isn’t enough to warm the room.

*sigh*

I took today’s featured image from my living room last night at sunset.   That there is the Puget Sound.

Anyways, here are the headlines for today.

Headlines That Caught My Eye This Morning

Item 1:  Trump easily wins the Iowa caucuses

With the lowest turnout in twenty-something years due to the frigid weather.  But seriously, was anyone surprised by the outcome?

It’s a Republican caucus.  As was pointed out here the other day, only 27 percent of the population identifies with being “Republican”.

Item 2:  DeSantis team cries foul after Iowa called early for Trump

DeSantis does have a point.  The entire state caucus was already called within minutes of the first opening.  Many of the counties hadn’t even started, before CNN called it with less that 1 percent of the tallies had been taken.  This pretty much too the wind out the sails of any other county’s vote, which probably caused many people not to even bother to brave the weather.

Item 3:  Why the World Is Betting Against American Democracy

Like the rest of us here, the world also went through four years of a Trump presidency, when he was still fairly constrained by the law and Congress.  The know that if Trump manages to get back into the White House again, the entire world order will radically change for  the worse, because from that point on, the Unites States will no longer be considered a reliable partner in ANYTHING.

Item 4:  ‘Exhausted’ Donald Trump sparks health fears after ‘suspicious’ video at latest appearance

Well, he IS 77 years old, and no matter how much you try to convince us otherwise, to say the man is not healthy would be a massive understatement.

Item 5:  ‘This Country Needs A Dictator!’ Trump Fans At Iowa Rally Say ‘Absolutely’ They Want Dictator Trump Over Biden

This is the typical anti-American MAGA voter these days.

Item 6:  Woman At Trump Rally Says ‘Absolutely’ She Wants Biden To Be Executed For ‘Treason’ — And Jesus Would Be Cool With It

Because THIS sounds ‘American’.

Item 7:  These are the unhealthiest states in U.S.

Here.  Let me save you the hassle of guessing:

1.   West Virginia
2.  Mississippi
3.  Tennessee
4.  Arkansas
5.  Kentucky
6.  Alabama
7.  Louisiana
8.  Oklahoma
9.  Ohio
10. Indiana

No real surprises here.  All of them “red” states.  The next eleven are also “red” states.

Item 8:  The Internet Is Being Ruined by Bloated Junk

If this site were any indication…

Item 9:  Iran’s Revolutionary Guard deployed in Yemen

Oh good.  Iranian targets.

Item 10:  Divisions in Israel’s War Cabinet Emerge as Gaza Conflict Enters Pivotal Stage

No surprise here.

Item 11:  Ukraine President Zelensky calls in Switzerland to organize peace deal as Russia hits back

With Republicans in Congress ready and willing to suck the tiny dick of Vladimir Putin, and cave into his aggression towards Europe, Zelensky really has no other option than to try to sue for some kind of peace.

Item 12:  New John McCain Musical Depicts Lindsey Graham as BDSM-Loving Character Who Calls Trump ‘Daddy’

Oh, so it’s going to be a non-fiction musical.

  

What In The Hell Did I Just Watch?

Signs – Netflix

The story takes place in the fictional town of Sowie Doly, in the Owl Mountains. When a woman is murdered at the lake near a local mine, commissioner Micha? Trela, the new commander of the town police, who recently moved to Sowie Doly with his daughter, takes on the case. During the investigation, threads from previous years appear, relating both to the recent murder and that of a student a few years before, whose case was never solved.

Music I found on the Rott Server

Today’s selection brought to you by the letter

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Memes From the Meme Box

I receive dozens of memes in my Meme Box on a daily basis from people all over the landscape.  Some are political, some topical, but most are just everyday events with a little fun inserted.  My absolute favorite are just photos that will speak those thousand words clearly.

You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered “mentally unstable.

BUT… In Michigan, he’d be called “the last white guy still living in Detroit.” In Arizona, he’d be called “an avid gun collector. In Arkansas, he’d be called “a novice gun collector.” In Utah, he’d be called “moderately well prepared,” but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food. In Kansas, he’d be “A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend.” In Montana, he’d be called “The neighborhood ‘Go-To’ guy.” In Idaho, he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial candidate.” In Georgia, he’d be called “an eligible bachelor.” In North Carolina, Virginia, WV, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Minnesota he would be called “a deer hunting buddy.” AND,OF COURSE, In Texas, he’d just be “a guy who’s a little short on Ammo.”

 

The view from my living room last night

 

So a non-fiction musical?

Just because he is a member of the “lucky sperm club” doesn’t make him a smart businessman.

 

Hunter Biden isn’t the only First Child addicted to cocaine.

This is also the reason why Nikki Haley will never become POTUS.

 

 



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