Friday, July 22, 2022

What a gob of shit

 So I got an email today from work.  It's about training, and lines of effort, yada yada umptyfratz.  Let me give you just a small little taste:

4. Training Priorities (TPs). CCH’s TLDD will incorporate the SAs six objectives of building a sustainable strategy, becoming a more data-centric Army, becoming resilient within climate change, building a positive command climate at scale, reducing harmful behaviors, and strategically adapting the way we recruit and retain talent, along with the CSA’s priorities by focusing on four TPs: TP1, Support Religious Practice and Soldier/Family Readiness; TP2, Create Data-Centric Religious Leadership and Support; TP3, Develop Religious Leaders; and TP4, Strengthen Ties with RS Allies and Partners.


What an example of useless buzzwords sandwiched into a pile of bullshit.  And this came from the TOP.  "Becoming resilient within climate change"?  WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?

You want to know why people aren't signing up to join the military?  Because the fucking SecArmy puts shit like this out un-ironically.  Is there any right-thinking person who would join up with that bullshit?  And that's on top of all the fucking other bullshit.

Fucking me sideways with a chainsaw.

Thursday, July 21, 2022


 You can now reach a suicide hotline by just dialing 988.

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

I don't know if you're ever going to need to use that number, either for yourself or someone you care about  Hopefully you won't.  But if you do, there it is.  I know that most of my readers (all ten of you!) are vets or you are friends with vets.  This is near and dear to my heart; if you know someone who needs help, you can get them help.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The corrections cometh

 To the housing market.

Mortgage demand fell more than 6% last week compared with the previous week, hitting the lowest level since 2000, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index.

Applications for a mortgage to purchase a home dropped 7% for the week and were 19% lower than the same week in 2021. Buyers have been contending with high prices all year, but with rates almost double what they were in January, they’ve lost considerable purchasing power. …

Look, the era of zero down and low interest is, and was, ARTIFICIAL.  And it's allowed home prices to fucking SKYROCKET.  I live in an area of older homes.  Three bed, one bath, no basement.  1000 square feet homes with small yards right next to a fucking interstate.  And a home identical to mine just sold for over $380k.

My house in Wisconsin, which was a beautiful old house with wood floors and a basement on a quarter acre cost me $70k way back in 2008.  It's worth more now of course, long after we sold it.  But I wouldn't pay $200k for the house I'm living in.  For over $380k?  Fucking nuts.

And all of this is being pushed by a whole slew of government bullshit and mismanagement, which in the end is fucking over the little guy.  Thank god I bought my property back in 2003.  I couldn't afford it now, and I make a hell of a lot more money now than I did back then.  Houses in my home town?  Can't touch 'em.  Neither could my cousin, and she was pulling in six figures a year.  How in the hell is a normal person supposed to live in this economy when they can't afford a damn house, or even a pot to piss in?

And let's be honest - this is the fault of EVERYONE in the government who allowed run-away spending because gosh, interest rates were low and we can just borrow money without end!  The fuckers.

So now interest rates are going up and the market is correcting itself SLIGHTLY.  It's going to get worse.  Way worse.  Because when you stop the pendulum from swinging back, when it does finally swing it's going to blow through the other side and keep going.

Running the Route

Oh yeah, baby.

Monday, July 18, 2022

I don't understand some people

 I'm dealing with a couple in a military-related organization who seem to take delight into complicating things.  Who can't seem to keep a straight story when they argue  And who quite frankly are a pain in my ass right now.  The only thing keeping me from uncorking on them is the fact that in seven months, I'll never have to talk to them again.

I don't understand people like that.  I don't know what drives them.  I don't know what motivates them.  All I can do is try to avoid dealing with them until I leave, and then quite frankly they can go be someone else's problem.