March 3rd 2020 Travis County, Texas Republican Primary Election Voters Guide

As usual, this is for me but posted in case anyone else wants to see what I think about the candidates.  The position statements on this page are mine and if you don’t care for them then feel free to find someone you care for instead.

Donald J. Trump.  It’s not even a competition.  This man is on track to be the best POTUS in the history of the country.  He’s boorish, but he does spend his time doing the things he said he would do on the campaign trail.  High competence meets low presidentiality.  There are many imitators but no-one can compare for effectiveness and the results speak for themselves.

United States Senator
John Cornyn – has been there too long.  It’s bad.  Time to go, Johnny boy.  You know what’s crazy? He doesn’t have any position statements on his campaign website, but he has a picture of him riding a horse.
Mark Yancy – might be a good senator, but he’s not my first choice in the primary.  Too soft on illegal immigration at least and that counts for a LOT in the Senate.
Dwayne Stovall – An easy pick.  This guy, by a mile, for speaking properly to the office and the issues.
Virgil Bierschwale – deserves to lose.  He’s got a bad attitude for this race and it pollutes what could be a decent message if we could see through it
John Anthony Castro – Strike uno: wants government funded “pre-k through phd” education.  Garbage.  Strike dos: Claims to model himself after John McCain whow was hot garbage especially toward the end of his life.  Strike threeee: He says the primary goal of a TEXAS Senator in D.C. is to represent the nation over any group.  Jackass, Texans are the group you’re supposed to go represent.

United States Representative, District 17 – lots of good candidates and none that are 100% on my page
Kristen Alamo Rowin – it says something about you if you’re obese, and it’s not a good thing.  Still she seems right on the important issues.
David Saucedo – bruh you can’t have a 404 website during early voting.  Plus he looks like a thug in the only picture i could find, fwiw
Trent Sutton – another I could support in the general but not against this primary field.
Pete Sessions – a former Congressman should stay “former”.  We need fewer old hats in the House, not more.
Ahmad Adnan – HARD pass. I’d stay home if he were on the R ticket in November!  From the introduction to his website:
He’s “mad as hell at how dysfunctional our government and politics are” well then tell the other guys to not be dicks
“I want to ban money in politics” because he’s a head-in-the-clouds ignoramus. There is no other reason for this position.
“I AM A MODERATE; I am a centrist” (emphasis is his) means he is a squishy who hasn’t thought out his convictions properly.
“COUNTRY OVER PARTY.” He’d bail on Trump in a sticky vote if leaned on properly
“I WANT THE STARTING PAY FOR TEACHERS TO BE $80,000 A YEAR.” so a fool, plainly, who doesn’t understand supply-and-demand
“I want to do massive infrastructure spending” ok good we need…
“…to help grow the economy and create high-paying jobs” ugh.  State make-work to create jobs, exactly what we don’t need.  Also: let’s grow the economy by skimming some off the top of the private sector and giving it to bureaucrats.  Nice.
“I WANT TO LEGALIZE, REGULATE, AND TAX CANNABIS.”  How about just decriminalizing it from being in Schedule 1 and not exposing our vulnerable populations to another harmful “recreational” drug.
Lauri Godfrey McReynolds – Yet another good choice.  This race is looking like an embarassment of riches. But . . . there’s something in the water in Waco.  I kid, I kid, we love our wackos
Renee Swann – Endorsed by Mr. Flores, which is useful. A good choice, I think.
Elianor Vessali – Says exactly the things I want my congresscritters to say when campaigning.  I like her.  She may not be able to win the general election.  Unfortunately a Cathlic and a professional lawyer.
George W. Hindman – Another good choice on topics.  I like the idea of literally a rocket scientist for congress, plus he campaigns on the right issues I like.
Scott Bland – Another from Waco?  Also there’s something wrong with his head/neck area but we shouldn’t hold that against the man.  But I’m gonna, sorry buddy.
Jeff Oppenheim – barely has a campaign website.  You gotta do more than this, Jeff.
Todd Kent – another weird head. Looks like a movie congressman who turns into the villain.  Talks about the right issues but not quite exactly my flavor. I could vote for him in the general, but not this primary against these candidates.

Railroad Commissioner
Ryan Sitton – I’ve previously endorsed him and like to give him one more term.
James “Jim” Wright – Heart seems to be in the right place, but he provides me no compelling reason to vote against his opponent.  His main campaign issue seems to be that he disagrees with disagreeing with the idea of Don Trump being elected in 2016.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3
Bert Richardson – Incumbent judges, as always, get a heavy thumb on the scale from me. I’m for him again.
Gina Parker – May be a good judge, IDK but the reasons she finds most compelling to get rid of Richardson . . . I don’t.

All the other seats are uncontested in this primary.  Throw them a vote and show some R-team love.  All the propositions, as usual, are easy low-hanging fruit and red meat for the base.  Yes on all of them.

DIY: Add a USB cable to Broadcom BCM92045NMD Bluetooth module

DIY: Add a USB cable to Broadcom BCM92045NMD Bluetooth module

This can be done to add bluetooth devices to a PC that doesn’t have bluetooth capability. For this adapter, I could only found a clear pinout in Chinese (I think), here: So here is an english version, in case anyone needs it.

The main picture you need, in case that site goes down:

I used 3 diodes (that I had previously measured at about 1/2V drop each) in series, to burn a volt and a half-ish, instead of using a proper voltage regulator. I only wired up the first four pins (8, 7, 6, and 5) instead of joining all the ground pins (3, 2, 1) as shown in the diagram. I used a pretty janky method of soldering too:

so do better if you can. I’m going to drown this in RTV silicone to keep the wires from touching, so it’s going to look even worse in a few hours(!). This prject would have been easier if I had the proper cable to connect the Bluetooth module to a laptop, but I didn’t. I gently broke off the top of the connector and tinned the pins right on the board. Soldering to those pins was *tricky* as they are tiny and very close to each other. After the all-important “nothin’ touchin’ nothin'” inspection, I plugged this mess into a handy open USB port on my PC and Windows automagically showed bluetooth capability. It connected to my BT device with zero difficulty.

N.B.: without the cable I had to make several tries at this. I destroyed 3 connectors (wasting three adapters) before figuring out how to chip off the plastic. Use a small awl or flat-head screwdriver and pry the top of the connector shell directly away from the PCB, between the pins:

Drop a comment if you got this to work for you!

Wish List ~or~ what even do you want?

I have previously posted a wish list that included modestly priced items, mostly books, for people to find something to buy me.  It had no links and was not maintained.  Well here is one with links to purchase items, and my self-imposed restriction on expensive (for my budget) items is lifted.  Prices are pre-Christmas “sale” prices as of December 12, 2019.  Buy one, buy all, buy none and wish me a nice day, I’ll be happy either way . . . but if you want to buy me something, here’s a list from which you may choose!


Nikon D7500
with lens in a kit $1000
Or in a kit from B&H $1100
or with any lens combination, or without lens, body only new $800
Refurbished by Nikon from a Nikon-authorized dealer is perfectly fine, I’ve bought a few things refurbished from authorized dealers and it’s always been good. . . and cheaper than retail new $570

or the D750
With lens $1700
without lens $1200
refurbished by Nikon $1050


Lens: Nikon 18-140mm $496

Lens: Nikon 85mm $425

Lens: Nikon 18-200mm $587
refurbished is fine $450

lens: Tamron 18-200mm $200

Lens: Sigma 18-200mm $400

Lens: Nikon 16-85mm $277

Lens: Nikon 105mm $700 refurbished by Nikon

Lens: Sigma 105mm $470

Lens: Nikon 55-200mm $350

Still camera related with fewer numbers after the $ haha:
Focusing screen for D7000 $20

I’m not married to a brand or model, and I’m not a stickler for shiny-and-new.  Click a link or find a used working one and I’ll be good either way!

A biggish crescent wrench, 10″ or 12″ size

A small mill

A router, preferably with a cord (vs. batteries):

Albums (well, compact discs):

Metallica, Metallica

Weezer, Blue

Joe, All That I Am

Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill

Josh Turner, Icon


Cranberries, To the Faithful Departed


A guitar. If I’m picking, I’d take an Ovation with a deep back, preferably with a round sound hole as well as an integrated pickup.  Add in a magnetic picup for the sound hole if you feel like it. Surprise me with the model and style!  If you just can’t avoid a shallow-back Ovation or one with the Adamas style of sound holes, I wouldn’t mind it. If you happen to have some other flavor of guitar, send it! I have a small variety of guitars already and one more different kind will be welcome.

Buck model 182, 181, or 186 folding pocket knives, preferably with 12c87 or ats34 steel blades.  They are discontinued a long time ago but still pop up on ebay.  Other knives will pop up when you click on ebay but the ones I want all look like this  ebay search link:

A set of pots and pans, or at least one pan 12″ diameter, or a pot about 10″ diameter and 5″ deep.  Nonstick inside, steel or aluminum, with a lid.  Brand doesn’t much matter but my pots and pans are worn out!


Any flavor/color/material variant of a Walther P22

Any variant of a Heritage Rough Rider

Ruger MkIV 22/45

Any amount of any sort of ammunition in .30-06, 7.62×39, .40 S&W, .380 ACP, or .22LR

Books, in no particular order. Soft or hard cover, used or new, so long as it’s on paper!

East of Eden

Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer, William L

Hitler’s Monsters

Doctors from Hell

Killing Jesus

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

Debunking Howard Zinn by Mary Grabar

Before Night Falls: A Memoir by Reinaldo Arenas

Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him by Humberto Fontova

The Sheriff of Ramadi by Dick Couch

Ice City of the Gorgon Richard Shaver

Life everlasting David Keller

Henry Miller, Black Spring

Jack kerouack, On the Road

To Hell and Back, Audie Murphy

Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose

Mohave road guide: an adventure through time

From MACROSCOPE by Piers Anthony

RINGWORLD by Larry Niven

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Game Change

The Manchurian Candidate, Richard Condon

Mile High, Richard Condon

The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan

The Baby Boomers by Paul Charles Light

The Day Behemoth & Leviathan Died by Deal

Amazing Evidence

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson


Sadness I Will Remember Forever

The words still ring in my ears and make me want to cry. “My pony!” [deleted] I’m getting all misty just thinking about this.

When our first child was maybe 3 or 4 years old, she was all about her My Little Pony stuff. She must have had a dozen or so little horses, play sets for them, accessories, clothes, the whole works. When she got a little pink pony with purple hair from McDonalds in a happy meal, she was happy about it. She was super happy about it; she loved that pony.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home and when her door opened, the pony fell out and tumbled aaaaallll the way down into a storm drain next to where we had parked. The grates weigh like 300lbs and there was no way I could have got down there. I tried to play it off but it hurt me, to hear her plaintive cry of

“My pony!”

Sadness I Will Remember Forever

Oh man this is so [deleted] sad it still hurts me. You may think it is stupid.

When I was maybe 8 years old, M.U.S.C.L.E. figurines were the bomb. I had some and I wanted more. I would play with those things by myself and with my friends at school and I love love loved them. Had a little wrestling arena for them and everything.

One day my mom took us to a store on Highway 6 in Houston and I got a bucket of these figures and it had some of the coolest high level ones. My collection was really stepped up by having these. I was stoked.  I dropped the bucket and it spilled out all over the highway as we were crossing the road on foot. Mom had to hold me back from running across the ditch when I realized what had happened, because cars were driving through where we had just been, and running over my precious figurines.

Government: Worse at Everything

I made a note to myself when it was fresh news, to mention this as an example – but here we go since I remembered it again:

Travis Central Health had a nice program: if you need a ride to the hospital, we’ll give you one. It was initially given $19,000 but because of increased demand they put in another $9,000. By the time this made the radio news, it had given rides to 140 residents.

No, I didn’t drop a zero there. 140 people got rides, for $28,000. For the math-impaired, that is $200 per ride. You could literally hire a taxi for every drive and do this cheaper. But not if you want to layer a government bureaucracy on top of it.

And no, this is not ambulance transportation. This is *literally* hiring a cab, or giving people a voucher to get on the city bus which costs single-digits of dollars per ride.  The additional cost to get up to $200/ride is the bureaucracy.

Remember that, the next time someone says they want to put government in charge of another aspect of life. fx