CNN on Shootings, Volleyball on TV, Brady on the Pats, debate question and rabbits No surprises under the fedora

Not alot of surprises under the fedora today

I’m typing this on Monday at my favorite lunch place that had CNN on one of their TV with no sound. They as you might guess are talking about the two shooters in Dayton and El Paso.

Whenever they mention the El Paso shooter the bar at the bottom speaks about his beliefs and reference Trump, however whenever they reference the Dayton shooter, a fan of Sanders and Warren & antifa they don’t.

No surprise


On another TV they have international women’s volleyball. That might not have been a surprise except that instead of beach volleyball where the women are wearing nearly nothing it’s snow volleyball where the women are completely cover because, well it’s snow volleyball.

Yet the bar has it on.



Oddly enough at this bar none of the TVs are on channel’s talking about Tom Brady’s new contract giving the Pats the option to keep him through 2021, perhaps it’s because everyone was speculating about why Brady wasn’t signed and if the Patriots were finally moving on etc. I strongly suspect that the reason why it took so long for deal that it helped overshadow the 1st Patriots season post “happyending gate” but in the end the Patriots in general and their owner in particular decided it was a bad idea to send the NFL’s biggest cash cow to the glue factory

No surprise there.


Democrat candidates have “pounced” on this weekends shootings in the hopes of generating or sustaining buzz for their campaigns the same way I pounce on frozen Kentucky Derby pie when it’s in sight.

It will be no surprise to see the next debate featuring perhaps multiple questions to candidate linking the El Paso shooter (democrat though he is) to President Trump and candidate after candidate blaming the president for the shooters actions.

However it will be a great surprise if at that same debate they note the political beliefs of the Dayton shooter and ask either Senators Sanders or Warren who he expressed support for if they bear any responsibility for that shooter’s acts.

Now That would be a surprise


Finally for the last several months there have been a bunch of rabbits in the neighborhood. I think they’re been living under our low back deck and over that time a day rarely went by that I didn’t either leave for work or come back from work without seeing a rabbit sitting in the back yard waiting to see what direction I would go in.

Two days ago I saw a cat in the neighborhood for the 1st time in at least a year walking down the street by my driveway.

I haven’t seen a rabbit since.

no surprise there.

Update All the Site Moves, Fixes etc will cost me $1000 What do you say are we Worth It? Apparently we are!

We finally have solid quote on moving and fixing the site

Here is the price

$475 for the move

#120 annually for the SSL

$35 a month for hosting & mail

Or in round figures $1015

The best part, we are absolutely positively guaranteed that our site will not be censored or removed for being a conservative site, offering conservative arguments and conservative content including support for our current president. For me this was a sine-non-qua for any move.

However the real question is this. Given my current level of debt and our current subscriber base, is there enough demand for the site to lay out the cash? Unbeknownst to most of you we did a private fund raiser to try to eliminate our debt and while it covered our PintasticNE expenses and allowed us to double our writer pay cushion to two months vs one it failed to reach its goal which ironically would have been enough to pay for this.

So a 2nd public fundraiser is necessary. Our goal is modest by Aug 20th we want to raise



$500 plus 4 $20 a month subscribers.

II’s a modest goal and it’s flexible.

If we only manage to make half of it I can still pay for the move and will set the wheels in motion in the hopes an improved site gains us new subscribers to cover the monthly costs. And of course if we do better I can pay down the existing debt which would be a Godsend.

And if we fail to make the goal in the by the 20th. Then I will know that there just isn’t enough support for the site to justify continuing on.

During that time we’ll still have no link/image posts here (lots of hoops to jump through to make them) and regular posting at our backup site (great piece by Christopher Harper there today btw)

So I leave the choice to you, I hope you decide we’re still worth it, but even if you don’t speaking for all of us thank you for keeping us going for the 10+ years we’ve been around.

It’s been a bit of work, but it’s also been fun.