Friday, December 8, 2017

Where'd this come from?

Last night's weather forecast said we'd get some mid to late morning snow showers.

No mention of anything overnight. No mention of accumulation.

And I wake up to this...

The only road up and down this mountain is narrow, steep, and has a tremendous drop off.

Looks like I'm staying put for the time being.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Jerusalem shuffle

Democrats are especially quick to criticize President Trump's decision to move the U.S Emabassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Take note how senate Democrats voted when the move was approved as legislation in 1995:

S. 1322 (104th): Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995

December 7 remembered. And a photo from December 8, 1941...

Friday, December 7, 2012

One more Pearl Harbor remembrance photo

Never forget 2402 American lives were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the Pearl Harbor raid. These burial ceremonies took place on 8 December 1941, the day after the attack. U.S. Navy photo via NHHC.


At the very least, tainted in perception. Very likely tainted in actual undertakings. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Glitchy game

Must've been a huge online audience for Saturday's SEC championship game. The CBS online stream we're forced to watch at the cabin (no access to cable, and trees preclude a dish) kept choking, freezing, and rebuffering.

We ended up listening on radio, and watching the defective delayed stream as snippets of after-the-fact highlights.

We enjoyed the Dawg's radio commentary more than that of CBS.

BTW, CBS stream quit glitching as soon as the game ended, so it appears it was an overloaded server, bandwidth, or some such problem during the game.

One more thought: If viewership of a football game can choke online television, what might happen in the event where a panicked audience piled on in a national emergency or some such thing?

Online TV is great, but it seems it's still got some bugs in it.

Record Black Friday gun sales

Don and I took a stab at some analysis on last Friday's program.

But the idea that Black Friday 2017 again delivered record gun sales took us both by surprise.

Among my thoughts: Where the heck are people putting all these guns they keep buying?

How many of the guns bought in the past few years have yet to be taken out of the box and fired?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

The DC shuffle

Seen the headline?
House Republicans Pass Tax Reform Bill

I wish they'd quit trying to pass off what's being done in Washington as "tax reform." At best, it's a tax shuffling. You might call it a can-kick.

If it's reform, some of it goes the wrong direction. Fewer people will pay any tax at all. Fewer people paying anything at all means a larger pool of people who will vote for stuff knowing someone else will bear the burden of providing it.

They call it more progressive. Are those pushing this learned enough to know it was Karl Marx himself who pushed the idea of progressive income tax?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

More questions raised than answered

It's reported Roy Moore hung out at the local shopping mall and high school football games. The allegation is he used such locales as pick-up zones. But these are exactly the kind of places a local aspiring politician would frequent to interact with voters, to have a "face" in the community.

It's also been alleged to be an open secret that Moore dated teenage "girls" in the late '70s, implying validity to the allegation he was a sexual predator. But are we really to believe "everyone" at the courthouse, and in the district attorneys office "knew" Moore was predator, but they said nothing for 40 years, waiting only until less than 30 days before an special U.S. senate election?

Also lost in the telling of the story is the difference in societal norms today versus 40 years ago. What might be deemed innocent flirting circa 1979 (or thereabouts) might be considered sexual harassment today. Also in the late '70s, teens were more mature. Eighteen was seen as being an adult. It was still in an era when many entered the work force right out of high school as opposed to going to college. And yes, many young women (and men) still married shortly after graduating high school. 

I have no personal knowledge of what transpired with Moore in Gadsden, Alabama 40 years ago, but the attacks so far are no slam dunk.

I'm also curious why both Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell were so quick to publicly profess they  believe the allegations are true. Is there some "dossier" being passed around among GOP establishment? If so, who wrote it, and who paid to have it produced?

Based on the timing, an orchestrated fabricated smear, like those apparently attempted against Donald Trump last year, seems plausible. A rush to judgment by political establishment in DC, with no obvious effort to vet the allegations, should raise more questions than answers.