Friday, October 20, 2017

A Moment of Zen

Sunrise, Miami Beach, 10/20/2017.

Background in the first comment.
Copyright 2017, D.W. Drang and The Cluemeter.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Statement of General John Kelley to the press

Long, but worth watching.

YouTube synopsis:LIVE ON-AIR NEWS
Published on Oct 19, 2017
White House chief of staff John Kelly lashed out at Rep Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Thursday, saying he was "stunned" by her negative description of President Trump's call to the wife of a U.S. soldier “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning,” he told reporters during an impromptu appearance at the White House press briefing, adding he was “broken hearted” over the negative publicity surrounding the call. Wilson revealed that Trump told the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson her husband “knew what he was getting into.” “I would have thought that was sacred," Kelly said of Trump's conversation with Myeshia Johnson. Wilson was present for the call. Wilson’s statements “eroded [it] a great deal," said Kelly, a retired general who lost a son. "He asked me about previous presidents and I said I could tell you that President Obama — who was my commander in chief when I was on active duty — did not call my family,” he stated. “That was not a criticism. That was just to simply say I don’t believe President Obama called. That’s not a negative thing. I don’t believe President Bush called in all cases. I don’t believe any president particularly when the casualty rates are very, very high that presidents call. I believe they all write.” He then explained that after he told that to Trump three days ago, the president decided to make phone calls to the families of the four earlier this month. Kelly also noted that the president asked him how to make those calls.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

earworm 10/15/2017

I can now report that the building the movie was set in is gone, but the Caribbean Club, a bar in which some scenes were shot, is still there.

There's a big sign that says "Smoking Permitted", another one that says "No Dogs Allowed", and a couple of big old hounds flaked out on the floor.

The wooden carving by the door labeled "Bogart" looked more like Edward G. to me, to be honest.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sigh -- UPDATE 10/13/2017

Hurricane Ophelia

The good news is that this one is not heading to the USA. Of course, we've seen storms mill about for days and change direction.

The bad news is that Ireland and Scotland need to start battening down the hatches.

UPDATE:Ophelia May Become Ireland's Strongest Storm Since 1961 - Bloomberg

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I Ain't'nt Ded Yet

It's just, you know, so hot and humid here...

I confess, some of us have been kind of hoping that we'll see Hurricane Ruben* before the season is through...

And I already did this one, so sue me:
Which reminds me I still need to get a pic of me standing by an A1A sign...

*Alas, no.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fact Checking The Nay Sayers

I keep hearing people criticize "people who live on the beach."

Aside from the fact that many urban areas have reached the point where you build where you can and hope for the best, these graphics from the National Weather Service, besides showing how Hurricane Harvey has forced them to revise the "amount of rain" color coding of their graphics, also show the sheer extent of the storm.

San Antonio is hardly "the beach."

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Note to Everybody

Inspired by Tam's post Copypasta from my Bookface wall...

Go ahead and unfriend me.

The only way I am going back to Facebook is if they change their rules to let one post using a pseudonym with your "legal ID" not publicly available, and not searchable, without a warrant.

I'd even be willing to pay a double sawbuck (that's a Jackson for you kids, AKA an Irony Note, until Harriet replaces Andy, at which time it will be a Freedom Note, I guess) per annum for the service.

Facebook can be a useful way to stay in touch with family and friends; people evacuating from Hurricane Harvey only need a couple of minutes to post to their wall "Safe in Dallas, more later" and everyone will know they made it out OK.

Google+ could do that much, too, and anyone who has an Android phone has a Google+ account by virtue of having an Android, AKA GMail, AKA Google, account. And Google+ does not demand you post your legal ID anywhere. (Ask me how I know...)

But Zuckerberg et. al. are more interested in making piles of money and in manipulating society than in providing a simple service that people would actually like.

So feel no guilt at all about trimming your friends list by one there.

BTW, I'm still on Twitter, as of this week. Not real active, compared to some, but posting a link to the blog posts will (or used to) cross-post to Facebook, and occasionally some SJW does or says something stupid...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I Did Not Know That -- Wikiwander

So, today turned out to be amazingly quiet at work, and I got everything I set out to do early. (The boss was out with the crud, maybe that helped.)

I looked something up on Wikipedia.

I never looked at Wikipedia Portals before.

I clicked on "History".

I did not know that August 23rd was the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazi, observed in the US of A as "Black Ribbon Day." Take that, Antifa and Neo-Nazi creeps!

Then I clicked on "War."

I read about The military history of Canada.

I read about Isaac Brock, a separate article further down the page, although related. Of course, being from Detroit, I found the tone a little off-putting...

I read about the Krag-Petersson rifle and the Krag-Jørgensen rifle as well as a couple of other Norwegian rifles I never heard of.

I read about the Finnish Civil War, which I'd never heard of.

I read about Operation Downfall, which is a subject I know a bit about, but am always willing to look into, in case there's something new.

I read about the Polish–Soviet War and Władysław Sikorski and about Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to go to Auschwitz for the Polish Secret Army, through whom he reported on events there to the Allies.

I'm not saying I was reluctant to leave when my shift was done -- and I actually got a lot of the stuff I'm paid for done today -- but if I'm ever laid up in bed, my library card is expired, and my Kindle is broken, I think I'll survive a day or two on this sort of thing...