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It’s Cold

It is hard to type in mittens. At 10PM CST the temperature is 34°F. The forecast is for 30° before morning. We are warmer than the North County because of the temperature of the bodies of water that surround us. This is way too early for this stuff. This happens in January not November. I really want to hibernate.

November 12, 2019   No Comments

Veterans Day

PoppyOne hundred and one years ago at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns fell silent. The Great War, The War to End All Wars, was over…for a couple of decades.

The red poppies of Flanders fields became a symbol of that war and the veterans that returned from it. Known as Remembrance Day in much of the world, the poppies will be in evidence. Remembrance Day observances have more in common with the American Memorial Day as a day to honor those who have died in war.

First called Armistice Day in the United States, the name was changed to Veterans Day, and its purpose changed to honoring those who are serving, or have served in the military. The change was made to avoid a conflict with the existing Memorial Day observance that goes back to the Civil War era.

A heart felt salute to everyone who managed to survive basic training. We can hope that sooner, rather than later, there will be no need for another generation to put on uniforms.

November 11, 2019   No Comments

The Mexican Murders

After the horrific murder of 9 U.S. citizens in an ambush in Mexico, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas thinks invasion and war might just be the answer. Cotton is apparently unaware of the reality that the victims were also citizens of Mexico, part of a group of Mormons who began settling in Mexico in the mid 19th century as ABC News points out: What to know about the Mormon community in Mexico following brutal ambush killing of Americans.

As for Cotton’s call for invasion, George Santayana was right: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Senator Cotton should read the history of US-Mexican relations to learn that the US has tried that approach before and it failed.

Those closer to the victims have a different solution: A Mormon family mourns their dead in Mexico and calls for the US to rein in its guns.

November 8, 2019   2 Comments

Trump’s Buddies

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Washington, DC (CNN Business)— Federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, allegedly used their access at the social media giant to gather sensitive and nonpublic information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department said in a criminal complaint.

The case, unsealed in San Francisco federal court, underscores the efforts by the Saudi government to control anti-regime voices abroad. It also recalls a move reportedly directed by the country’s controversial leader to weaponize online platforms against critics like Jamal Khashoggi.

Mohammad bin Salman takes care of critics with the same techniques used by Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – hunt them down and take them out. Trump envies all of them and wants to join the “club”.

November 7, 2019   3 Comments

Mango the Bore on Fire Protection

Just like last year the Resident is displaying his ignorance about wildfires: Trump threatens to pull federal aid funds because California has a Democratic governor.

As I wrote in November of 2018:

For those, like Trump, who don’t know and are too lazy to look it up, the state of California owns 3% of the forests in the state, private companies and individuals own 40%, and the Federal government owns 57%. If the wild fires in California were caused by mismanagement of the forest it would be a Private/Federal problem. The reality is that these are brush fires, not forest fires, and they are caused by the Santa Ana winds which are getting worse because of climate change. All it takes is a spark of any kind with 50+ MPH winds, temperatures in the 90s, and humidity in single digits for a major disaster.

Trump thinks he’s a world traveler because he has seen the inside of aircraft, limousines, hotels, and resorts at various locations. Golf courses are as close as he gets to “nature”, with Camp David as the most natural location he has ever stayed.

November 4, 2019   No Comments

They Are Late

Washington Post: Border agents say smugglers in Mexico are sawing through parts of Trump’s border wall. They are also using rope ladders and rebar ladders to get over the wall. I have been pointing out the problems of using a fixed barrier for almost a year.

Lifetime New Yorker, President Trump now says he’s a Florida resident. I heartily approve of Trump moving to Mar-a-Lago. He can see the effect of not believing in climate change as his property sinks below the Atlantic. The Republican government of Florida has done nothing to mitigate the problem.

November 3, 2019   2 Comments

US Clock Change This Weekend

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time will end in the US Sunday morning, November 3rd at 2AM. It will become 1AM and you get an extra hour of sleep, unless you work the “graveyard shift” or forget.

“Fall back – Spring ahead”

November 1, 2019   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Rebekah – Day 3

Post-Tropical Cyclone RebekahPosition: 40.6N 29.0W [ 4:00AM CDT 0900 UTC].
Movement: East [095°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↑.

Currently about 140 miles [ 225 km] North of Faial Island in the Azores.

The storm has lost all tropical characteristics. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 1, 2019   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Rebekah – Day 2

Subtropical Storm RebekahPosition: 40.8N 31.3W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 995 mb ↑.

Currently about 300 miles [ 485 km] Northwest of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 31, 2019   No Comments

All Hallowed Evening

Bonus Cat Blogging

Jack o' lanternWhether you celebrate Celtic New Year’s Eve [Samhain], the evening before All Saints Day [Halloween], or the anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 [Reformation Day], have a happy one.

Wikipedia does its normally thorough job of covering all of the bases on the holidays that share October 31st.

These are my remembrances of a traditional American Halloween.

Locally we are having preemptive lawn drowning to prevent people at the ‘Autumn Festival’ from parking on our grass.

October 31, 2019   4 Comments

More Irritations

The BBC reports that US-Russia surveillance flights treaty under threat. Yet another agreement that Trump wants to withdraw the US from – the Open Skies Treaty. This allows unarmed surveillance aircraft to overfly the territory of potential enemies to avoid sneak attacks. He doesn’t understand why we want to do this, so he wants to withdraw.

Former Mattis aide describes what it’s like trying to brief Trump: Guy Snodgrass, the man who was communications director under Secretary of Defense James Mattis wrote “It seems that military members are all honorable when we close our mouths and hold our tongues, but when we give ourselves a voice, when we dare speak truth to power, well, then our honor is questioned”

Or as Stephen Colbert puts it: GOP is ‘Fracking America’s moral bedrock’ in Vindman attacks.

The problem with briefing Trump is that Pixar can’t get enough animators cleared to create the briefings. 😈

October 30, 2019   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Rebekah

Subtropical Storm RebekahPosition: 38.5N 38.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [080°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 987 mb.

Currently about 640 miles [1030 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 30, 2019   No Comments

News Briefs

Trending: Baghdadi: Trump tweet inspires ‘declassified’ dog pictures. That’s right, Trump generated a meme…

Finally Boris Johnson wins something in Parliament: UK set for 12 December general election after MPs’ vote. A new election is all they can agree on in the age of BREXIT.

We remember “compare and contrast” papers from English classes: Jimmy Kimmel’s Mash Up Of Obama Vs. Trump Post-Raid Speeches.

Oh, about booing Trump at the baseball game: The Office of the President wasn’t at the game, only the current occupant. If the Resident had shown a little respect for the Office, he might have been due a little respect.

October 29, 2019   6 Comments

More Al-Baghdadi

John Oliver on Trump’s Syria Policy: ‘Genuinely hard to get it this wrong’. This is 20 minutes of reality check.

A body language expert analyses Trump’s situation room photo. I don’t disagree with her opinions but she missed all of the disconnected cables on the table. If they were actually following the action like was implied, there would have been laptops on the table. Oh, there was apparently no audio and the video was infrared to avoid making targets of the ops team.

The thing everyone agrees on is that the dog is awesome.

October 28, 2019   No Comments