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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Seriously, is this what I have to look forward to?

My project is winding down. We probably have a couple-three weeks to go, but it could be less. Could be more, but it is time to get antsy. So I am looking, and I am not encouraged at the prospects. On the upside, there are a lot of projects out there. On the downside, very few have overtime, most have a crappy rate, and many are short-term, leaving you looking for work again in a couple weeks.

And they you find yourself looking at ads for crap like this:
Hello, I am staffing a project that is expected to start sometime within the next two weeks. It is $26/hr and will last 4-6 weeks, possibly longer. To be considered, you must be actively barred in any US jurisdiction. If you are interested and available, please let me know and I will keep you informed as I receive additional details about the project start. Thank you in advance.
Wow. The bottom end of this crappy market is $30 an hour, and there are places you can get $35 or $37, just for straight document review. Privilege work and team leads can yield even better rates. Granted, that work is hard to get right now, but taking this project would require major desperation. While most of the projects out there suck, with a bad rate and no overtime, I haven't seen any that suck as bad as that one. Good luck staffing it.

Well, that didn't take long

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony led the liberal wing of the court into "finding" that the Constitution, via the 14th Amendment, guarantees a right to gay marriage despite the fact that the Constitution mentions neither marriage nor homosexuality -- why should there be a right to gay marriage when there is no right to marriage? -- Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissenting opinion, expressed some pretty serious skepticism about both the decision and the unintended consequences. Justice Roberts postulated that Kennedy's opinion made it inevitable that polygamists likewise would force courts to "find" a Constitutional right to polygamist marriage:
Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective “two” in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not. Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world. If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one. It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.
Lefties have argued for years that it is insulting to gays to suggest that gay marriage can even be equated with polygamy by reasonable people -- meaning, of course, that anyone suggesting otherwise is simply not reasonable. Personally, after reading Kennedy's opinion, I put the over-under at seven days as to when polygamists would start the process to claim that fundamental right to marriage guaranteed by the Constitution. I took the under.

I won, with two days to spare:
Given the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.
We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, "Sister Wives."

The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners.

Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality.Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine.
On Tuesday, Nathan and Christine traveled to the Yellowstone County Courthouse to see if they would be awarded the right to marry under the Marriage Equality Act.
It took five days for polygamists to pursue that wonderful, special 14th-Amendment right to marry as they choose. These guys, ultimately, will win. Mrs. Wolves, when I brought this to her attention, said she had no problem with polygamy. My response was get ready for NAMBLA, animal lovers and God knows who else. They won't all win, but they'll all try.  And some of them will win. The article quoted above is about a polygamous family -- one man, multiple female wives -- but it references so-called polyamorous families, which apparently involved multiple males and multiple females. And let's not forget that polygamous families can include one woman and multiple men. Kennedy's opinion really provides no cogent argument against these arrangements (except maybe the animals and kids).

But even assuming the animal folks lose, at what point do we draw the line on kids, since states are no longer allowed to draw the line on the gender composition of the couple getting married? The age of consent varies from state to state -- with a federal Constitutional right to marry, folks wanting to marry children will, naturally, argue for the lowest available age. I don't know what that is, and I don't know that they won't try to play limbo with that age, anyway. How low can we go?

Get out the popcorn, people, this is going to get interesting. And the people celebrating gay marriage now are likely to wind up horrified by the Pandora's box they've opened. At least I hope they're horrified. On the other hand, since I believe their goal has nothing to do with gay marriage and actually is the destruction of societal norms and institutions so that they can write new ones more to their liking, then maybe they won't be horrified.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Aren't they cute

Hat tip to SB Nation for this one. Clearly, the couple that fences together, stays together. Olivia Munn, main squeeze of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is in an upcoming X-Men movie, which might explain her practicing sword-play. Nothing explains what Aaron is doing:


I am thrilled that he is the Packers' quarterback, and not the resident ninja.

Chile checks in for the first time

Mind you, this is not a travel blog. Unless, of course, I say it is. Glad to see that Chile has joined the majority of South American countries in dropping by Eff You, so I will give you all a little background on Chile.

As my libtard friends know, Chile is pronounced on NPR as "Chee-Lay." NPR likes to give the proper Spanish pronunciation for the names of countries that have names of Spanish origin. On the other hand, they don't give two shakes of a rat's ass about the pronunciation of the names of countries in other languages -- hear about "Deutscheland" much on NPR, do you? -- so as far as Eff You is concerned, the name of this country rhymes with "Willie." Don't like it? Refer to the title of the blog.

 In any event, Chile
 officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passagein the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.
They have a lot of copper, and they export that. The Incas used to live there, but the Spaniards came in the early 1500s and killed most of them, either directly or through disease. Naturally, they stole the Inca's gold and stuff first. The Spaniards were like that, back when they were swinging a stick. It's been a while.

After a bunch of fighting with Spain, Chile declared its independence in 1818. With all due respect, what followed was mostly political instability or else oppression. Lately they've been politically stable and economically prosperous, at least relative to the region. They still do a shitload of copper mining.

Chile is pushing tourism as an economic engine, and with the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island among its possessions, they have stuff to sell. Plus the Inca ruins, like Machu Picchu. They're getting it done on that front. Looks like a bucket list item:

So everybody toss out a big Eff You welcome to Chile. Thanks for coming by, keep coming back and bring your friends.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meanwhile, on the home gardening front

Last fall, Mrs. Wolves severely cut back on my flower acreage. This spring, in one of my former prime tulip spots, she planted garlic. Yes, we are growing garlic on The Farm. Please don't ask. Late last week, she harvested. Had she asked, of course, I would have suggested waiting. Like about two months. She didn't ask.Of course, this has been looking like a good year for garlic, but we needed several weeks of hotter, drier weather before harvest. Anyway, they are small, but very well formed:

Jeez Louise, we are going to be doing a lot of cooing involving garlic. Of course, we should have no trouble with vampires.

Summertime, and the farming is easy

The move to a sunnier location has really paid off this year. The bug traps are working great,  and we are up to our butts in veggies, despite the early date. Rhyme not intended. Anyway, I went to The Farm today, and Farmer Tom had already gone batshit harvesting green beans. A week ago, the beans were flowering. Today, we could feed an army:

Yes, that washtub is full of green beans. Could have filled another, but Farmer Tom only picked the big ones. I can't can that many beans, so my neighbors scored. As you can see, the beans and, to the left, the carrots look great:

Last year, in the less-sunny location, these carrots would have been considered a rousing success. This year, this is what we get when we thin the carrots:

The cucumbers are flowering:

The tomatoes are starting to put out fruit:

And they look good doing it:

No, really, we have lots of green maters on the vine:

Pleased with the onions:

Just a few weeks until we have some potatoes:

Ditto for squash. Jury out on the zucchini:

Last year, this would have been our champion onion. New location, and this is a guy weeks away from harvest. Very pleased:

Jeb the Wonder Dog also looks pleased, but he is not the one who weeded the garlic:

But he rides shotgun like nobody's business:

Can't wait to see what is blossoming next week. Squash on the horizon, plus maters and more beans. We will be doing some new planting, too, to replace crops that are done. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The kit-tays have moved, but Mrs. Wolves follows

So, yeah, I am still posting cat photos. On Saturdays, when both Cpl. Wolves and Married Into Wolves work, Mrs. Wolves goes to the second wolf den and kit-tay sits. Because of the nature of the kit-tays, and Mrs. Wolves' nature, this results in pictures. Because I want to wake up tomorrow uninjured, this in turn means that I have a post of kit-tay photos. Deal with it.

This week, we are featuring "Kitty in a bag." I have no damn idea which kitty it is, nor why the bag was there, nor why the kitty decide the bag was a good place to hang. So I offer these without explanatory commentary:

Sure, she's cute. I have no damn idea why she likes hanging in a bag. You tell me.