Wednesday, January 09, 2019

It Is Laughable

"Lapses in appropriations are nothing new.
... Such lapses are not in any sense government "policy"; rather - let us talk plainly - they are simply an abdication by the President and the Congress (which could override a presidential veto) of the duty to govern responsibly to the end that all the laws may be faithfully executed.
... Imagine a major corporation engaged in various litigation both as plaintiff and defendant. For whatever reason, it decides not to pay its attorneys and instructs them not to interact with the Court lest they have a plausible claim on the corporation for their services.
Then the corporation says to the Court, “We greatly regret any disruption caused to the court and to other litigants, but please stay all proceedings until we get our act together.”
This does not constitute “good cause” for any stay.
In fact, it is laughable."

- Judge William G Young (a Reagan appointee, not that it matters)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Bread Pudding Frugality

Continuing my forced exercise in frugality (no income does that): I had the remainder of a bag of rolls that had sat in the fridge for too long and got hard enough to pound nails. Normally I might toss them but instead I soaked them in milk for two days. This softened them up enough to bake with vanilla and lots of cinnamon. It made a great bread pudding!

For The Love Of Literature ....

I posted on Facebook:
For the Love of literature, the first five people to respond to this post will be given a book, from me, sometime this year... and, only the first five. The book will be chosen by me specifically for the person who will receive it. I will decide how and when the book will be delivered. It will be a surprise for you!
The only expectation is that you post this challenge to your wall, offering 5 books to 5 people. They don’t have to be your books or new books, just books selected for each individual.
Let’s spread books in 2019!!
(I got this idea from my work buddy Candice Wells - thanks!!)
  • Cathleen Barszewski Falconer
  • Gail Alison 
  • George William Spear 
  • Sue Fischer 
  • Ilysa Koltonow 
  • Robin Lindley

West Seattle Birdplane Chorus

I needed to talk a walk (to get my 30 minutes of exercise in without using my hurt muscle). Too bad about the wind noise, it was really interesting being there and hearing the squawking that was beautiful in a way. It's at Westcrest park, up the hill from my house.,-122.3425093,99m/data=!3m1!1e3

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Friday, January 04, 2019

Adam Troy-Castro to the Anguished Trump Supporter

'An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?"

The serious answer:
Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters - the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't...
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem."
That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue."
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?"
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!"
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be."
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense."
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!"
That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.

What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.

Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.'
-- Adam Troy-Castro

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Lunch With Pat

I had a great lunch today with fellow Northwoodser Pat Odum McGregor and caught up on a bit of history. She was active in U of MI's earliest internet development so it's kind of fun that we reconnected via FB. I don't think that was anticipated at the time!

College Education Should Be As Free As High School

Life is more complicated now. My dad could get by with a GED and some trade school but today you need college or an advanced technical school if you want your family to have a good life and our community to benefit from your skills. So why not handle college like high school? Ppl who want to pay extra for private schools, fine, but everyone else should get 4 yrs of college/trade school as part of their future contributions. It would be for the best. Some have argued with me over this meme (which was composed by someone else.) It may be inaccurate in spots, and certainly some of those countries have unpleasant features - none of which have to do with education. So take such wisdom as ye may.