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Fri, Nov 29th - 9:20PM

November 27: Advent Wreath

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 197
160.8 miles
cold, clear

78 recordings of 58 types. 38% clear.

Victoria Knox: Message to CA Armenian-Americans: When your liberalism trumps genocide denial, you've lost the standing to bitch about it. Hope you're proud of yourselves for aiding and abetting what will be a full century of Armenian Genocide denial in April 2015

Mike Huckabee
Has President Obama ever met an American? If he had, he’d realize how laughable his latest Obamacare promotion is. His website,, is urging Americans to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to press their relatives to sign up for Obamacare. The site even offers a handy to-do list. It includes telling your guests to bring along their Social Security numbers, pay stubs and W2 forms. They also suggest subtle ways to bring up the topic. My suggestion would be: “Hey, dad, the way you’re wolfin’ down the cobbler, do you have health insurance?” They even urge you to sign a pledge to Obama that you’ll do it for him. I predict that very few actual Americans will interrupt the football game or turkey dinner to try to sell insurance to their relatives. I also predict that anyone who does do that will soon NEED catastrophic health insurance

An Obama Promise that will be Kept. (And we won't like it.)

Caroline Glick: The Goal of Obama's Foreign Policy

Ace of Spades' Talking Points for Talking With Your Obnoxious Progressive Family Members About Obamacare This Thanksgiving

The Curse of Can't Do Government.

The New York Times is asking if President Obama is simply a “bystander” to his own administration. ...
Never mind the president’s vision of can-do government; the question that needs to be asked is if the government should do it.

Obamacare undermines American values.

I was heading to Bernadette's to give her a couple of ornaments and the Advent Wreath, and I needed a purple candle, so I first visited the bank for some cash, then headed to Cost Plus. It turned out they don't open till 10 so I went over to Chik-Fil-A for a breakfast wrap.  Then back to Cost Plus. They didn't have many candles, and I settled for a reddish purple thing, but I wasn't happy.  Then, driving along Arden Way, I saw there's a Hobby Lobby close to the Kohl's, so I turned in there. It turns out I should have gone there first, since they were open at 9!  I finally located the candles and lo and behold, there was a set for an Advent wreath, for only $5.  So I was happy to have a complete set instead of the used ones I had here. Then it was half price!!  Good deal! And so down to B's where I visited for about an hour.

While I was out, Ron called. I think he thought I was listening, which I might well have done if I'd been home. I think he's going away tomorrow, so I'll call back on Friday.  I wonder what it's about? Probably just wishing me happy Thanksgiving, as I did for him. 

I rolled the olives and made some salami rolls. Yum. Tomorrow to Roni's.

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Fri, Nov 29th - 12:31PM

November 26: Awkward Phone Call

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 186
160.8 miles
cold, clear

81 recordings of 60 types. 37% clear.

I'm 3.3 pounds down this week, with borderline BP.

Susan Barrett Hyde Wow... I'd say that Obama has been the great divider. He brings up race every chance that he gets. I grew up as a military brat. We often lived on base or in communities with a lot of military kids. I went to several DOD schools. There is no more homogeneity of race and culture than there is in the military. In my schools there were kids of every imaginable culture. I don't remember kids talking a lot about color. We played together and hung out together... and it wasn't because a president or other leader told us to. In my not so humble opinion we have got to quit beating the dead horse of what makes us different and begin to discuss what makes us the same. That doesn't mean that we don't celebrate the holidays of our various heritages or that we don't value our cultures of origin... these are the the things that unite families... but when it comes to public policy, we need to quit slicing and dicing.

Don Surber:

Barack Obama has no problem because he thinks giving Iran the nuclear option merely means they will be able to appoint judges without a filibuster.
7. From Glenn Reynolds: "Because women with husbands vote Republican. Single women dependent on the government vote Democrat. Thus, a plethora of policies and media tropes aimed at producing the latter."

The real war on women. It's not that women vote with their husbands but that people mature enough to marry are smart enough to figure out how terrible dependency on a sugar daddy is.
9. From Glenn Reynolds: "When our country has accomplished great things in the past, there has usually been a great engineer running the program: Hyman Rickover with the nuclear submarine program, or Wernher von Braun with the Apollo space program, for example. Rickover and von Braun were famously stern taskmasters, but they did not substitute wishes for reality. Which may be why they were able to launch submarines, and rockets that astounded the world. While today, we can't even launch a website."

Obama thinks he's Jean-Luc Picard. Just clap your hands and say, "Make it so."

Also: Let's see 45 million "uninsured" becomes 125 million. Cue Mary Tyler Moore.

    Who did turn the world on cause he's rad?
    Who can take a small problem,
    And suddenly make it three times as bad?
    Well it's you O, and you should know it
    With each lie and every broken promise you show it

    Hope is not around, you had to waste it
    Bus is leaving town, why don't you take it?
    You had to break it after all
    You had to break it after all

Obamacare: It's the cat's meow.

I had breakfast with the ladies.  I walked over for it.  After I got home, I called Ron (because he was gone to pool so I got the answering machine) and gave my little speech. I thanked him for all the good times, and also for his honesty, and wished him the best.

Then I went out and dug up another garden bed. This is HARD. I did get the compost spread and the leaves over it, and sweated till I was dripping and my clothes were soaked. So I planned to do NOTHING the rest of the day.

But then I saw the ad for Papa Murphy's, and there was no way I could ignore that, so I went and got myself a pizza. I'm amused how they ask my phone number and say "OK, Jan, it'll be ready in 20 minutes."  This one was a thin crust, not as good as I normally have.  Lesson learned.

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Thu, Nov 28th - 6:08AM

November 25: Monday, Monday

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 176!
160.8 miles
cold, clear

79 recordings of 59 types. 38% clear.

Bernadette Durbin at Surf Xtreme:
I's so glad I'm not in the competition for the Epic Birthday Party, because I would have just lost badly.

(Afterwards, Joan took a room at a hotel with an indoor pool and had a slumber party with the littles so they could swim and swim.  What a great idea!)

Fred Thompson
CNN reports that a woman the President hailed as an Obamacare success story in his Rose Garden speech now says she won't be able to afford insurance.

Sadly, even if she could, Obamacare doesn't cover getting thrown under a bus.

The Bistromath Economy

Angola Stands up to Islam.  We Should Take Note
 It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.

Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage

Canada vs. Kerry

George F. Will: How a presidency unravels.

 Scalise said:

Obama is like someone who burns down your house. Then shows up with an empty water bucket. Then lectures you about how defective the house was.

Today was cleaner day. I did some work yesterday, but I thought I was in a big muddle today.  However, I got it straightened fairly early.

They were done in time for me to go to Adoration.  I was alone much of the hour, but had a squirrel brain most of the time.  After I'd shut everything up, natch, someone else came.  And back at my car, a woman was trying the church door. I asked if I could help and she asked if we had Adoration and I walked her back to the chapel.  That felt good.

I tried for an Italian sausage fry-up, but they'd been in the freezer too long. Ick.

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Wed, Nov 27th - 9:23PM

November 24: Sunday Doldrums

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
160.8 miles
   cold, clear

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As Oprah Winfrey whines about racism, Alfonzo Rachel has a question for her: "How are a bunch of so-called racist white people making you rich while making Obama fail at the same time?"

After Mass this morning I drove over to Bed Bath and Beyond and used my coupon to buy a harness leash for Pharaoh because I thought maybe this would keep him from pulling. I also browsed through TJMaxx.  Nice store.  I did try walking the dog and it sort of works, though I suspect it would work better with a different collar.

I decided to go to Sunday Support. I'm glad I did.  There were new people there and I think I may have been helpful.  Then I went to dinner and enjoyed it, but deep inside all day I was feeling sad.

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Wed, Nov 27th - 8:26AM

November 23: The Wizard of Oz

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
160.2 miles
fog, then sunny and cold

74 recordings of 57 types. 39% clear.

I am watching "Killing Kennedy".  The comparisons between "the responsibility is mine" over the Bay of Pigs, and later not humiliating Khruschev, "We won, that's good enough" and our current President are severe. That and the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address this week: Obama definitely suffers in comparison.

Today Bernadette and the littles and I went down to San Jose to see Genevieve and Charlotte in "The Wizard of Oz". I went down to her house early and then we packed up in her car. We stopped at Lathrop on the way down.  We got into town just before noon and to Peggy Sue's just before the rush, but that meant we finished our meal about 30 minutes too soon. So we went and watched the ball chute at the Tech, then walked through the park where they're beginning to set up Christmas in the Park. Then over to the theater.

I had seats in the front room of the balcony where we could see everything. And there was a little girl behind us who apparently didn't know the story at all, so she had a lot of questions.  Joanna and Gareth, on the other hand, were quiet and interested.  All the way through. Excellent. Monica sat with us.

The girls were good.  Charlotte was a Munchkin and a poppy and has improved enormously in the last couple of years.  Genevieve was an Ozian, an apple tree, and a Jitterbug.  She hasn't had dance lessons since her Irish dancing days but she's got a lot of natural ability. I enjoyed it very much.

Then we went to eat at Flames, which was so-so. They gave the kids their food last.  While Gareth's Mac and Cheese was cool enough, Joanna's spaghetti was too hot and she had a total "too hungry to eat" meltdown. (Which got B. going, as well. Finally we got food into both of them.) My tri-tip in the salad was tough and too salty.  They used a rub, not a marinade.  Bernadette said her tri-tip was tough, as well.  At least the girls had some nice dessert for dinner. 

Joanna slept most of the way home and Gareth conked out eventually.  Then Joanna couldn't quite make it to bed. And so I got home about 10.

Munchkin    Jitterbug DSC03686    A Very Long Day

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Mon, Nov 25th - 6:53PM

November 22: 50 Years

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
159.2 miles

75 recordings of 59 types. 39% clear.

Fred Thompson
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children under two should avoid using touchscreen devices.

We probably shouldn't allow them to design health care websites, either.

Today is Makoto and Kimiko's 11th anniversary. So I said Happy Anniversary on Facebook.

Takeuchi Kumiko: Jan Thank you so much!
We took eleven years with twists and turns.
Through Makoto, i could know you. I appreciate to him.

Then someone else asked "where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Of course, most of the respondents weren't born yet, but enough had an answer.  This is mine:

 How did I know someone would start this thread? Walking home for lunch from college, and a friend yelled the news to me from across the street. Rich and I had just started dating and had planned to go somewhere that night, but instead stayed in and watched TV.

I had planned to take a friend to Mass at 5 at the Newman Center, because in choir we were singing a Requiem Mass and since Fridays we sang I'd invited her to see the real thing. I called her and told her it was still on... of course, the chapel was full to overflowing. This is the lady I went to see in Milwaukee.. 1 year later she became Catholic with Rich and I as her godparents, and after a full career and raising her son to adulthood, and after her ex-husband died, she became a nun with Rich and I "walking her down the aisle" in 2007.

Jim Treacher: Whenever a Democrat stands on principle, it’s only to hold it down and keep it from running off anywhere until he can kill it.

 Ruth Graham:
I'm no conspiracy theorist, but isn't a little TOO perfect that Oswald shot JFK from a window in a museum devoted to the assassination?

Don Surber:

13.  From December 22, 2006: "More than 21 million seniors and people with disabilities will get prescription drug coverage as of Jan. 1, 2006, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said today. The number includes more than one million Americans who signed up for the new stand-alone coverage in the first 28 days it was offered. Another 500,000 are expected to be enrolled by the end of January."

It's Bush's fault. He set the bar too high.

By the way, 12 of the 54 votes in the Senate to pass the bill came from Democrats and 9 Democrats voted for it in the House where it passed by a single vote.


When I got up in the middle of the night, there were some flashes. It was different from the occasional eye one I get, and at first I thought the moon was reflecting, but when I looked out the window, there's no way. Hmmm.  I finally decided it might be static electricity from the flannel sheets... and was able to replicate it, (with a few little *snaps* and *cracks*!)  So indeed, static electricity. How funny.

Today was Renaissance. I was sad throughout, missing Ron.  The first mini-documentary was about  speed, Chuck Yeager and Donald Campbell.   I knew about Yeager, but the other man was new to me. He tried to beat the water speed record... and I found that half of the video boring... that is, until they showed the boat rise into the air and flip over.  OH.  Death and disaster, suddenly I'm interested.

My usual lunch of a sandwich and mocha.  This week, unlike last, the bench wasn't cold. (Last week I took my iPad out of the bag and sat on the bag with my school folder in it.)

We did the Summoner's crude Tale in Chaucer and then the lecture film was about art and artisans in the middle ages.  She didn't even MENTION tapestries.

I wasn't interested in the forum, about Obamacare, but I thought Ron might be.  I didn't see his car in the parking lot so I drove past to see if he was home, and he was, so I postponed my phone call until Tuesday when he'll be at pool.  I just really don't want to talk to him at the moment. 

En route to the bank, I see our cleaners (and all the businesses in that building behind the new CVS pharmacy) is gone, and the nearby Denny's on Watt is now a noodle shop.

I put a big dead cactus and a bunch of pomegranate branches into the green bin, so there, gardeners!
Oh, and 2 or 3 thousand palm seeds.

Really good news from Illinois. Matt will be moving to an accessible apartment in Champaign, in January.  Yay!

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Sat, Nov 23rd - 8:09AM

November 21: Random Things

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles

77 recordings of 61 types. 37% clear.

I finished pulling up the tomatoes and put them into the compost bin. I have one small Lemon Boy and a row of green ones on the windowsill.

My neighbor was working on her front garden and I asked when the kitchen remodel would be finished. It's still not done but she showed me what they're doing. I thought it was beautiful, but it was beautiful before, and I certainly wouldn't want to put myself through all this misery.

Share all the Catholic Memes!
(Bless us, O Lord and these, thy .gifs)

The palm seeds are raining and raining down.

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz Plan to Let Obamacare Happen

At a certain point, the schadenfreude will wear off and the dread of what’s about to happen to us all — thanks to the stupid, lying Democrats — will kick in. I’m not quite at that point yet. Our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters won’t let me get there.

Keep panicking, you miserable leftist idiots. You poured the gasoline all over yourselves and the rest of us, and then you lit the match. Now we’re all watching as it burns down to your fingers and you whirl in circles, looking for someone, anyone to blame.

Charles Glasser "I take responsibility, it's on me" vs "There are people invested in its failure."
Nothing like a fake apology to sink your approval ratings.

Heh. (video)

Don Surber
Under George W. Bush 45 million people had no health coverage for at least part of the last 12 months

Under Obama: 145 million

Conclusion: O is better than W.

John Steele "...45 million people had no health coverage..."

NO, 45 million people may not have had health INSURANCE, but at no time was CARE (COVERAGE) not available to them.

You've fallen for the Liberal conflation of Insurance with Care.

American Conservatives
If you want to understand why young black men are running like wild animals in this country beating people to death, knocking up any girl that will hold still for them & living in poverty with $500 cell phones, $400 jeans & $300 "kicks", THIS IS IT: Their "role models" have no respect for themselves, let alone anyone else. Their language used IN VERY PUBLIC DISPLAYS to describe the women they purportedly "love", & their desired behavior is astounding. All I could think looking at this is: she REALLY wants to live with this man the rest of her life & have him as the role model of a good husband for her daughter?!?!??! These people are living in a completely different culture that is antithesis to every necessary character trait for success. Wow. The next time you see a kid walking down the street dressed like this clown, no matter what color they are, YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE A BURDEN ON SOCIETY FOR EVER.

When you're losing, call the other person a racist.

Don Surber:
Liberals: Raise the pay of Walmart greeters but slash the pay of surgeons.

If you still believe in climate change, read this.
If any business were to submit a prospectus as patently false and deliberately dishonest as the ones used to advance the cause of the global warming industry, its directors would all be in prison by now. (C Jeff Randall)

CEO: When we go to the White House, we talk to people we wouldn't hire.

Since I didn't do much today, I'm going to play the current game on Facebook which I've been ignoring. These are 11 random facts about me.

1. My directional hearing sucks.  While I can hear very well, I have no idea WHERE the sound comes from.

2. I had a tonsillectomy at 12.  A lot older than everyone else, and I hemorrhaged so had to stay an extra day.  But it put an end to my nosebleeds.

3. A nosebleed had put an end to a 4th grade trip up in an airplane which I'd been very excited about.  My first airplane ride was in 1966, Chicago to Denver because my aunt was in hospital (and because I really wanted to go on an airplane.) I had a cocktail, not knowing what altitude would do to me. I still like window seats, though flying isn't anywhere near as fun as it used to be.

4. Actually ringing a church bell for the changes is still on my bucket list though I did do handbells for a short time before our music minister got fired/let go. A friend in England did take me to the rope room once, but I didn't get to touch the rope.

5. I spent 6 weeks on and in Indian reservation (Rocky Boy in Montana) helping the priest with a census and some summer programs with children. It was the first time I'd been away from home... naturally, I got sick before my Mom came to get me, and we all spent a night ON the reservation.  I'd love to go back.

6. I taught Rich to drive. My car was a '58 VW bug that had doubtless been in an accident before I bought it (for $1200.) It died, ignomineously, in Illinois.

7. I got a ticket for careless driving, when I was swatting at a bug and hit a parked car. $10 fine.

8. I was in court again, here in Sacramento, as a witness to a traffic accident. I had called that one in. I don't know why going to court was so scary.

9. My first Presidential vote (it was still 21 at the time) was for Nixon.  (Because of his secret plan to get us out of the war.) After that, I went for 3rd parties for a long time.

10. I can't blow up balloons.

11. For awhile, I was penpals with children's author Ellen Conford. It's not you, it's me.... I had a lot of good correspondences going, and just let them go.

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Fri, Nov 22nd - 7:39PM

November 20: Vet Visit

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles

73 recordings of 61 types. 37% clear.

This is an online jigsaw a friend set up for me when I made the usual "that would make a great jigsaw puzzle" comment.

Bre McGloughlin:
Hit the popcorn button on my microwave, but none has appeared yet. Thanks Obama.

Obama vs. Liberalism.

Take a look at his record. Any aspect of his record, from any angle excepting only his media boosters. Finance, the economy, employment, energy, healthcare, foreign each case, Obama has taken the liberal agenda and smashed it against the nearest brick wall.  He has, furthermore, left no plausible way of repairing or recovering the fragments.
The renewables catastrophe followed the standard blueprint for any given Obama scheme: no planning, no vetting, lack of due diligence, improper disbursement of funds, lack of accounting, incompetent management, and, following the collapse, a complete denial of responsibility from all concerned, both corporate and governmental. Not a single Obama-era renewable company can demonstrate any prospects whatsoever. As a legacy, several plants have been left so polluted that they cannot be sold or utilized and will require millions in cleanup costs.
Now, if you can picture the Titanic, packed with black plague victims, exploding over Lakewood, NJ, you have a reasonable picture of the enormity and impact of ObamaCare, a fiasco that will cause more damage than any other government-sponsored operation since the heyday of the Marxist dictatorships in the mid-20th century.
Finally, Obama has also destroyed what has stood as the last hope of liberalism since the New Deal. Once the liberals have blown things up, they turn to the GOP, much as a four-year-old turns to Daddy, to fix it and make it work. So Eisenhower acted as conservator of the New Deal and Nixon savior of the Great Society. Obama, with his conniving, his insults, and his rampant ego, has ruined that. While there are plenty of Republicans who would come to his aid for a handful of magic beans -- McCain, Graham, Ayotte, and Rubio, to mention only a few -- they can't. Not today, not in the second decade of the new millennium. They can't because the party rank and file is infuriated, the tea parties are out for blood, and the barbarians, led by Ted Cruz, are within the gates.
This will stand as Obama's great contribution: acting as modern liberalism's executioner. Liberalism has been running on fumes for decades. Based on ideology and wish-fulfillment daydreams, it was connected to reality by the thinnest of gossamer threads. Now even those connections are gone, severed by Barack Obama. So what do its adherents do now? Fade away? Become even more weirdly cultic than before? Or switch to the vicious brutishness of their foreign models? Thanks to Obama, we're going to find out.

Not to mention the disaster he's been to race relations.  White people voted for him, but he's lowered the discussion to the worst it's been in my lifetime.

Fred Thompson
The Department of Homeland Security said that HealthCare.Gov was the victim of an unsuccessful cyberattack.

Good to know the site's being protected from hackers as well as potential users.

The Obamacare Crisis.

In addition, the Affordable Care Act can be construed as a transfer of benefits from Medicare, which serves an overwhelmingly white population of the elderly – 77 percent of recipients are white — to Obamacare, which will serve a population that is 54.7 percent minority. Over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act cuts $455 billion from the Medicare budget in order to help pay for Obamacare. ... “The Affordable Care Act was ingeniously designed to deliver benefits to Democratic constituencies and impose costs on Republican ones,” Frum wrote.

Jim Treacher
King Barry thinks Obamacare needs "rebranding." What's the point of branding a sacred cow again after you've already killed it?

Fred Thompson
A new report shows that dead birds are being found with "singed wings" around several California solar energy facilities.

That's terrible! Won't that increase the birds' carbon footprint?

Obama's Slow Learning Curve

Returning to a common but under-appreciated motif of his presidency, Obama remarked: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.”

What deficiency of Obama’s education and of the education of those who surround him accounts for administration officials not knowing what is perfectly well-known to most ordinary Americans?

This discovery that purchasing health insurance is complex is just the most recent of the rather stunning lessons that Obama professes to have learned on the job about how the world really works....
Our colleges and universities should offer, and requires students to take, more courses in political, diplomatic, and military history. They should shift the emphasis in moral education from abstract reasoning and arcane hypothetical dilemmas to the study of the virtues necessary to exercise rights and fulfill responsibilities. They should cease to teach that left-liberalism is the only political orientation a decent person could embrace. And they should give pride of place in the curriculum to study of the American constitutional tradition, which teaches, among other things, that government’s competence and purview are limited and that nothing in politics can succeed without adjustment, balancing, and calibration.

Old-fashioned liberal education cannot prevent the forming of delusions about a world beyond politics. But it is vastly to be preferred to the new-fangled version that encourages those delusions.

David Shimm
Not just a slow learner, our affirmative action president is just ... slow.

I sure hope so.

 Eric H. @ericinva:
Blaming Repubs for Obamacare fiasco is like blaming Gordon Lightfoot for the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Rain! I gained even more weight sitting here playing TV and video games and the pumpkin cake doesn't help either.

I took Abby in for her checkup and we ended up doing an urinalysis and blood test, also trimmed her nails. She's lost about a pound, though her age may have something to do with this.

Since there was no harm leaving her in the car, I tried to take newspapers and a model airplane kit to the Wildlife Care people, who are supposed to be open on Wednesdays. No luck there.  So, while I'll keep the newspapers in the car, at least for awhile, the model kit goes back into the house. I'll give it to them next year, or to someone.

Then I went to the Commissary and picked up the olives and pickles and stuff I need for next week.

Abby was thrilled to get home.  She was nearly impossible to get into the kennel to start with, then had to be dragged out at the vet. Then she dashed into it there and flew out of it here. Funny cat.

Vince called and I told him about Ron. Rattled on about a few other things, too. And so to bed.

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Fri, Nov 22nd - 4:46PM

November 19: Quiet Day at Home

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles
cloudy, light drizzle

75 recordings of 63 types. 36% clear.

My Obamacare Cancellation
Once the sound of boiling blood dissipated, in my head I heard my Republican friends chuckling at the sight of a liberal Democrat hoisted ten stories high on his own petard. How’s the view up there, Obamacare Ollie?

[I'd enjoy these stories a lot more if only the supporters were affected.]

Mark Levin on the Republican establishment and conservatives.

Five Reasons the IRS Scandal Won't Go Away

David Shimm The difference is that Republicans put country before party and were well represented in the mob that was after Nixon to resign, but right now, the Democrats put party before country and will defend the Dear Leader no matter what.

Obama Removes God from the Gettysburg Address

Obama's Gift to the Republicans

The president has lost control of both the narrative and the politics. The Republicans, who were unable to destroy Obamacare by holding the budget hostage, are now enjoying watching it fall of its own weight. The Democrats are divided into one camp uneasily standing by their president and another wanting to put distance between themselves and this mess.

The character of the legislation is only half the story. The other half is the character of the president.

Don Surber

15. From Richard Epstein: "Ironically, the incorrigible supporters of Obamacare have learned the wrong lesson from this debacle. Both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi run up the progressive flag and fault Obamacare for not going far enough in its refusal to adopt a “Single-Payer” healthcare system that would get rid of all those pesky remnants of individual choice that are now sinking Obamacare. But this proposal is sheer delusion. No sane person who has watched the government bollix its effort to implement Obamacare could tolerate the prospect of the government displacing the existing system of private healthcare insurance subject to state regulation."

David Shimm With the IRS suppressing GOP groups, and the census bureau fiddling the #'s to help the Zero, Glenn Reynolds' appelation of him as "President Asterisk" is looking more and more apt.

We Should Be Enraged if Obama Does Show

The idea that, 150 years after a bloody civil war fought to preserve the union, and yes, to end slavery, the president of this nation, a man whose color has been used to deflect any blame or outcome from his policies, should be on that hallowed ground on such a day of reflection is the true outrage.
His continuous direct assault upon our founding documents create crisis upon crisis, his spending and monetary policy creating a debt for which repayment is unfathomable, his foreign policy mixed with amelioration of those hell-bent on destroying us, and outright support for Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, are as dangerous as could be.  His surveillance of commoners, the data mining, the drones, and the ally-snubs pile up, and you see just how much he has deceived us right from the beginning.
Remaking the nation using deception is not Lincolnesque.  The "honest" part of "Honest Abe" is legendary. From his dealings as a store clerk to his law practice, he was trusted because, no matter the consequence, he would find the truth and apply it.  What we get from President Obama is excuses, blame and claims he was not informed.

The Emperor's New Clothes (video)

Yesterday was the anniversary of my big camera drop. Also yesterday I checked out the new location of Bed Bath and Beyond.  They didn't have the "as seen on TV" bacon cooker. I did see the Nono... for $250. I went home to research it, and apparently it's no good and crappy customer service.

My weight has ballooned up 3.6 pounds and blood pressure is high.

I went over to the ladies' coffee.  Our 91-yr-old was there and talking about somebody in her neighborhood who stole her wallet at one point, and later, after he got out of jail, wanted to do odd jobs for her again.  "Go to Hell." she told him.  She was sitting next to the lady who is afraid of everything. Pat and Millie could be shaken up and split into two fairly fearless women.  I get such a kick out of Millie, she's who I want to be when I grow up.

I made a pumpkin cake in the crockpot.  That is not going to help with the weight problem, but it's really good.

After I soaked my feet, I pulled some dry skin off my foot but got some living skin too. Ow.

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Thu, Nov 21st - 6:12PM

November 18: Garden Work

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles
cloudy, light drizzle

72 recordings of 61 types. 37% clear.

Big F'ing Deal.

Don Surber

The first thing this morning, I went out and dug compost out of the old bin. I made the mistake of leaning on it at one point and shattered it. I layered it with crumbled eggshells in a bucket.  Then I went to the garden and dug up one bed, turning the soil and breaking it up, then spread the compost over it and then used the little red wagon to move leaves there to cover the bed. I now have two things on next spring's purchase list: a new compost bin (the Earth Machine is TWO HUNDRED and SEVEN DOLLARS???!!! and the design sucks (you can't get the compost out the bottom...) and a garden cart. I can't use the antique heavy heavy wheelbarrow.

That's one bed out of three, but I was so hot and sweaty and tired I couldn't do any more.

In the afternoon I went back to the computer, finished paying the bills for the month, and got fascinated figuring out my net worth. I'm still keeping even, which is the goal.  Next month I'll lose some but should be able to recoup it fairly soon.

I went to Adoration a tish early. Lots of people there today. I was able to leave just before 5 so I could go over to the WPAC Newcomer's Dinner.  I saw a lot of my friends and a lot of newcomers.  The oldies, a lot of them go to pool tomorrow. It was all I could do not to say "tell Ron hi for me." Sigh.

I'd called Gerry M. (who used to bowl with Rich) about WPAC yesterday but he didn't call back till I was out today, so he couldn't make it to the Newcomer's.  Maybe next time.

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Thu, Nov 21st - 11:47AM

November 17: Sweeping the Roof

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles
partly cloudy, cool

70 recordings of 58 types. 38% clear.

When Obamacare Mugs a Liberal.  I'd laugh if so many innocent people weren't being hurt.

Presidents and Adjectives.

You are right, Mr President. You are not perfect. But you are also not truthful. Nor sympathetic. Nor realistic. Nor humble.

You are vain. You are a dissembler. You are pompous. You are conceited. You are a player.
He isn’t chastened, because if he were, he would be in Washington now working with both parties to really fix this illegal law. Apologetic? Does anyone think he is sorry for lying to us? And introspective? Are you kidding me? He was searching for the right words that he could say, but not mean, as he was mentally already in Cleveland to discuss his wonderful economy and in Philly for a fundraiser for Democrat Senators and Senate candidates.
...Soon, I am sure there will be a court case where someone will finally hold this man accountable for this gross violation of the Constitution. Maybe Justice Roberts will get this one right. We shall see.

(I doubt it, Roberts is obviously being blackmailed.)

Democrats Dark Days Ahead.

Republicans can’t hide their glee, and I’ll admit to a little friendly piling on. But, Republicans can’t be certain of a blowout at the ballot box next November.  Twelve months is a long time, and I fear the Democrats may be in too much trouble too early. The Democrats are on notice and they won’t be caught napping. Also, it is plausible that the horrors of Obamacare will be exhausted in time to blunt some of the blow Democrats would be dealt if the midterm elections were held today.

Fouad Ajami: When the Obama Magic Died.

A nemesis awaited the promise of this new presidency: Mr. Obama would turn out to be among the most polarizing of American leaders. No, it wasn't his race, as Harry Reid would contend, that stirred up the opposition to him. It was his exalted views of himself, and his mission. The sharp lines were sharp between those who raised his banners and those who objected to his policies.
A leader who set out to remake the health-care system in the country, a sixth of the national economy, on a razor-thin majority with no support whatsoever from the opposition party, misunderstood the nature of democratic politics. An election victory is the beginning of things, not the culmination. With Air Force One and the other prerogatives of office come the need for compromise, and for the disputations of democracy. A president who sought consensus would have never left his agenda on Capitol Hill in the hands of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
There are no stars in the Obama cabinet today, men and women of independent stature and outlook. It was after a walk on the White House grounds with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, that Mr. Obama called off the attacks on the Syrian regime that he had threatened. If he had taken that walk with Henry Kissinger or George Shultz, one of those skilled statesmen might have explained to him the consequences of so abject a retreat. But Mr. Obama needs no sage advice, he rules through political handlers.

Valerie Jarrett, the president's most trusted, probably most powerful, aide, once said in admiration that Mr. Obama has been bored his whole life. The implication was that he is above things, a man alone, and anointed. Perhaps this moment—a presidency coming apart, the incompetent social engineering of an entire health-care system—will now claim Mr. Obama's attention.

The ignorant omniscience of President Obama
(Mary Katherine Ham)

He knows everything. And yet he seems to know nothing. He’s passionate about the details of domestic policy but wasn’t privy to the details of his own legacy law. He’s an academic with a command of every issue at once but seemingly only finds out what his administration is doing in news reports. He’s so brilliant every normal endeavor he’s tried has bored him, but he couldn’t bother to entertain himself with more than one monthly meeting on the make-or-break program of his presidency. He’s the captain of the Culture of Competency who has overseen the most incompetent rollout of an entitlement program in history.
...More time dealing with a problem you claim you knew about and less time spent smearing people who pointed out this problem would have been productive. So, in this instance, Obama knew the federal government’s bad track record with IT but did nothing to correct the problem.
....Apparently entirely ignorant of the process of buying insurance, the president decided to demand an overhaul of the entire insurance industry, building the purchasing mechanism himself.

...He knows everything. And yet he knows nothing. The reason for this is the animating feature of Obama’s leadership style, if you can call it that, is not presuming to know all the facts and micromanaging every project ala Jimmy Carter. Nor is it acknowledging he doesn’t know all the facts and surrounding himself with experts he trusts ala George W. Bush. And, no, it’s not combining an intellectual strength and a mind for policy detail with a populist flair ala Bill Clinton. The animating feature of Obama’s leadership style is simply making pronouncements. Making them about things he knows, things he knows not, and waiting for everyone and everything to fall in line. And, when things don’t magically come together, he pronounces his disappointment and anger. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Barbara Rossman Karberg he's acting like a teenager.. or a 4 year old.. either is not appropriate for a President.. goodness sakes.

An Answer from DOCTOR Orly Taitz to Nancy Pelosi.

It is time for us to take care of ourselves, of our families, not acquiesce to Obama-Pelosi Ponzi schemes, which already robbed 5-7  million Americans of their insurances, which they liked, severed their relationship with the doctors that they trusted with their care. The number of cancelled policies is expected to rise to estimated 129 million. Obama’s pathological lying and scheming will ultimately lead to cancellation of most if not all existing policies. Millions of Americans are now seeing their hours cut from 40 to 29, as employees cannot afford Obama-care and refuse to be a part of Obama- scheme. Further, Obama-care will rob families of 3.9%  of their house sales as an additional tax. This Ponzi scheme is exempted from anti-kickback provisions and will lead to enormous bribery and corruption. As a matter of fact, 700 million taxpayer dollars paid for a web site, which does not even work properly  and run by Michele Obama’s girl friend, is a suspect of enormous kickbacks and bribery.

So, Nancy, as a doctor and a lawyer, I am telling you: stop scaring people,

Jim Treacher
Do you know when a good time to join the Democrats is?

Not now.

Triumphalism Was His Undoing

Every president lacks legitimacy in the eyes of those who voted against him. The myth that the Supreme Court stole the election for Bush was a fundamental part of Democratic opposition.

Yet even presidents who are viewed by part of the electorate as illegitimate normally view their role as being president of all the people.

It never was that way with Obama. He won. He let us know it. And he and his supporters ruled as if those who opposed him were illegitimate.

Could it have been any different? I doubt it, given the man. I wrote on October 19, 2008:

    Barack Obama also is the deep thinker who ponders great things. And the thing that Barack Obama seems to ponder most is his own greatness. He doesn’t write biographies, he writes only autobiographies. He gives speeches which he declares to be historic. He recognizes his place in history long before he has created history. This nation is but a stage upon which Barack Obama creates his life story, and it’s all about him.
The result is what we are seeing today. An abysmally failed policy severely damaging 1/6 of the economy, treating tens of millions of people as mere rounding errors to be disregarded, and a continued demonization of all opposition.

Reassessing Kennedy.

I cooked myself a Tasty Dish this morning. This was my Granddaddy's recipe which has to be served in this one special blue bowl. It takes two slices of toast, broken up, a good deal of butter, two soft boiled eggs and salt and pepper. Yum.

It's Laurie's birthday, so I wrote that in NEXT year's calendar.

Bernadette came over in the afternoon and helped me move the cacti around, freeing up a dead one I'll throw out when the bin is empty. Then she climbed up the old antenna support and swept off the roof, and cleaned the roof gutters in back. Then she went off to the SPCA booksale and I had the kids.  It was enjoyable, though it took me about an hour to pick up after they left. She mostly got kids' books.

There weren't very many people at dinner. I hadn't signed up for the trip to the racetrack, maybe I should do so next year. Also next year I may start going to some of the parties. Ken (who used to dish up coffee) and his lady friend (wife?) stopped by. I realize if Ron gets married, I will feel better, since that is not going to happen.  I couldn't afford it if nothing else.

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Wed, Nov 20th - 10:26PM

November 16: Peter Pan

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.2 miles
cool and clear

75 recordings of 61 types. 36% clear.

Mark Steyn: My weekend column is about Obamacare. So’s everybody else’s. Democrats seem to think it can be “fixed”, and we can then move on to talking about “comprehensive immigration reform”, and the next train wreck. I think not.

Major Newspapers in Vegas and Chicago call for Repeal

Obama's Stumbling, Bumbling, Fumbling News Conference.

We also learned that when it comes to Obamacare, process means nothing. Why does the president even bother signing laws passed by Congress if he can simply alter or ignore statuses within the legislation whenever the vagaries of politics demand it?
...Though pollsters rarely measure the importance of "stability" in American life, I think it's probably one of the most vital factors driving hostility toward Obamacare from independents and moderates. Everything about Obamacare implementation has created the perception of anarchy -- the arbitrary implementation of laws, people losing the plans they have, the way it was passed and the problems it has caused in Washington -- and this news conference only reinforced that perception.

Mark Steyn, again
It is a condition of my admission to this great land that I am not allowed to foment the overthrow of the United States government. Oh, I signed it airily enough, but you’d be surprised, as the years go by, how often the urge to foment starts to rise in one’s gullet. Fortunately, at least as far as constitutional government goes, the president of the United States is doing a grand job of overthrowing it all by himself.
The legislative branch (as it’s still quaintly known) passed a law purporting to grandfather your existing health plan. The regulatory bureaucracy then interpreted the law so as to un-grandfather your health plan. So His Most Excellent Majesty has commanded that your health plan be de-un-grandfathered. That seems likely to work. The insurance industry had three years to prepare for the introduction of Obamacare. Now the King has given them six weeks to de-introduce Obamacare.
The same president who had unilaterally commanded that people be allowed to keep their health plans indignantly threatened to veto any such law to that effect: It only counts if he does it — geddit? As his court eunuchs at the Associated Press obligingly put it: “Obama Will Allow Old Plans.” It’s Barry’s world; we just live in it.

The reason for the benign Sovereign’s exercise of the Royal Prerogative is that millions of his subjects — or “folks,” as he prefers to call us, no fewer than 27 times during his press conference — have had their lives upended by Obamacare. Your traditional hard-core statist, surveying the mountain of human wreckage he has wrought, usually says, “Well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” But Obama is the first to order that his omelet be unscrambled and the eggs put back in their original shells. Is this even doable? No. That’s the point. When it doesn’t work, he’ll be able to give another press conference blaming the insurance companies, or the state commissioners, or George W. Bush . . .

Obama always gives the vague impression that routine features of humdrum human existence are entirely alien to him. Marie Antoinette, informed that the peasantry could no longer afford bread, is alleged to have responded, “Let them eat cake.” There is no evidence these words ever passed her lips, but certainly no one ever accused her of saying, “If you like your cake, you can keep your cake,” and then having to walk it back with “What we’re also discovering is that cake is complicated to buy.” That contribution to the annals of monarchical unworldliness had to await the reign of Queen Barry Antoinette, whose powdered wig seems to have slipped over his eyes.
if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The country’s in the very best of hands.
Until October 1, Obama had never done anything — not run a gas station, or a doughnut stand — other than let himself be wafted onward and upward to the next do-nothing gig. Even in his first term, he didn’t really do: Starting with the 2009 trillion-dollar stimulus, he ran a money-no-object government that was all money and no objects; he spent and spent, and left no trace. Some things he massively expanded (food stamps, Social Security disability) and other things he massively diminished (effective foreign policy), but all were, so to speak, preexisting conditions. Obamacare is the first thing Obama has actually done, and, if you’re the person it’s being done to, it’s not pretty.

Rubio vs. Risk Corridor

Obama is like a pyromaniac who sets a building on fire, lets the fire engulf the building, and then says, “Well, the fire department has my royal permission to put it out, so if it burns down, it’s their fault, not mine”. The man is sick in the head.

Today I drove 95 miles.  First down to Elk Grove to pick Gareth up, then on back roads to Folsom to the Harris Center so we could watch Peter Pan, and then back. This was Gareth's first long play. He was pretty good, a bit fidgety. I took him into my lap during the first two acts. He really liked the first one, with the flying, but got a little sidetracked watching the fog go up through the colored lights.  We explored the theater during the intermission, then he sat (semi-folded up) in his own seat for the third act.

Afterwards, we walked across the road and got a geocache, then I took the long drive back.  The sunset was magnificent and so was the moonrise. Then I drove home in the dark.  I hate that.

Two years ago was the funeral, and last year it was the first day of my trip.

I found the car keys, hanging where the keys hang. No wonder I couldn't find them. And it's so much more sensible to hang them there than keep them on top of the TV!

I had sent a former bowling partner of Rich's a Mass card for his wife, and today I got a nice little thank-you note. I'm going to ask him to WPAC.

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Wed, Nov 20th - 1:06PM

November 15: Sniff!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.0 miles
cool, sunny, breezy

68 recordings of 57 types. 40% clear.

Fred Thompson
Scientists have discovered the earliest signs of life on Earth – remains of bacteria almost three-and-a-half billion years old.

Next to it was the 2nd oldest - a Democrat trying to tax it.

Matt Walsh Gets It.

It’s true — being a mom isn’t a “job.” A job is something you do for part of the day and then stop doing. You get a paycheck.

...If your mother quit her role as mother, entire lives would be turned upside down; society would suffer greatly. The ripples of that tragedy would be felt for generations. If she quit her job as a computer analyst, she’d be replaced in four days and nobody would care.

I went to Mass for the young woman who died the day before Rich's funeral, two years ago. Her mother was glad to see me. Then over to campus I went.  The wind blew down leaves like rain but the campus is still gorgeous.

For the mini-seminar, I went to the History of Mather, and now I want the book. Among other things in the speech was the disclosure that the first base newspaper was the "Flypaper!" Charles Lindbergh visited here, as did Little Boy on its way to Hiroshima. I think maybe part of this lecture was at the History Society but this was deeper.

Then I was able to eat lunch outside and admire the great leaves.

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The Chaucer class was fun, as usual. The lecture part was about childhood. And she was wrong that "Ring around the Rosie" comes from the plague, the verse wasn't even around for another couple of hundred years.  However, Bernadette tells me "Little Red Riding Hood" comes from the 9th century.

Then I went over to the forum and sat with Ron. Jan Scully, Sacramento's DA (and Loretto graduate) gave a very interesting talk and answered a lot of questions. Very interesting. I told Ron, on our way back to our cars, about the time she told our CASA volunteers that pedophiles don't stop.  Which is why I've always doubted the claim about Father Pastor: one claim (enough to ruin his life) but they advertised all over the country and never had another. 

Then I said "let's not make it two weeks again?" and he said "remember I asked if I could bring this other woman to lunch? I'm seeing a lot of her." Well, rats.

Life is timing, and I wasn't ready to get much more serious. (Although making it through the second anniversary kind of felt like I'd turned a corner.) I'm glad he was in my life to help me get through the last 19 months, and I'm going to miss him (doing things with him), but I appreciate his honesty.

Still, sad. Not heartbroken, but sad.

I arrived home just as the moon was rising...



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Tue, Nov 19th - 8:20PM

November 14, Fish Hatchery

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
158.0 miles

66 recordings of 37 types. 29% clear.

Wil Wheaton Pushing Single Payer.

The administration has done such a bang-up job managing the current attempt to implement Obamacare, so why not go all the way and let them run the entire health care system?

“@wilw: #TeamSinglePayerHealthcare” Also known as #TeamTwoYearWaitingLists #TeamPostOpInfections & #TeamEasilyManipulatedByPoliticians.

Mike Huckabee:
It’s time to shed a little light on “dark money”…“Dark money” is money spent on political advertising by 501(c)4 and (c)6 nonprofit groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. Liberals did a lot of railing about conservative dark money, until they discovered it, too, with a vengeance. Now, according to, over 2-and-a-half-million dollars in dark money has already been spent on the 2014 elections that are still a year away. And 70 percent of it has been spent by liberal groups. Their dark money spending is up 6700 percent since the 2012 election. This is why my solution to campaign finance reform is simple. Let people give as much money as they want to a political candidate or party. But reveal all donors publicly. That way, any politician who allows himself to be bought would have to show the public the receipt. And there’s no better way to make the cockroaches run than to turn on the light.

Don't Join the Dems Digging the Ditch.

Actually, what’s going on with the Democrats seems to be less a civil war than the venting of long-pent-up anger at the president on the part of Democrats who feel they’ve been burned by him. Obama has never been known for his good relationships with those on Capitol Hill, not even the Democrats there. He’s been arrogant and stand-offish to them, too, as well as to the Republicans.

So, will Obama cave in to his party’s demands, given that he really doesn’t give a hoot about them, and no longer needs them in order to get re-elected?

Of course, he can’t get more legislation passed without the support of Democratic members of Congress. But perhaps he’s content to rest on his laurels in terms of his “transformative” legislative accomplishments (such as Obamacare), and will just continue to go around Congress by more executive orders in the future.

Good news, everybody: Obama is giving a speech.

Finally! I thought maybe this whole Obamacare thing was an unmitigated debacle, but mitigation is on its way.

Jeff McCabe I suspect he will be clear, and as he's said numerous times, he is pivoting to obamacare and no one is as upset as he is.....also Republicans are obstructing and Bush. Fore!

I drove over to the fish hatchery to meet Bernadette and the kids. We walked along the ladder, but the bottom gate was closed today.  Some fish were in the ladder. They were doing the harvesting, but we were never near the windows while that was going on.  But we looked around the visitor's center and got to feed the fish and we walked along the river and saw scads and scads of them. 


That was a great two hours. 

I accidently unplugged the freezer yesterday but found out in time today.  Whew!  The thing has a LOT of food in it! Then today I pushed something up against the coffee maker and accidently turned it on. I discovered this before I had a fire, but my electricity bill may well be higher than it should be.

I threw out the box I've been using for trash paper. Then, going through old pictures, I saw it fresh, Thanksgiving 2005.

Ron called, at last. He isn't going to Renaissance in the morning but will go to the forum and offered to give me a ride home. No, I'll drive myself, but save me a seat.  I'm glad he called, maybe I'll tell him I missed him tomorrow.

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Mon, Nov 18th - 10:54PM

November 13: Bothered

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
157.0 miles
cloudy and cool

62 recordings of 56 types. 41% clear.

Christian W. Peck If people like James O'Keefe keep misusing the First Amendment, which was only supposed to protect journalists as defined by an Act of Congress, and not teabaggers in pajamas, the pResident may need to bypass Congress and pass some executive actions again...

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” -- C.S. Lewis


Obama cheerleading harms the nation.
Poor Barack Obama. Ending his fifth year as the world’s most powerful man, he is running out of scapegoats and fairy tales. Blaming George W. Bush has lost its punch, and the ObamaCare debacle is shredding the myths he is competent and honest.

Lies Corrupt Democracy

Even more significant is his contention that he never said what he said, and that what he said was true anyhow. In interpersonal relations, such a contention is an insult that makes civility impossible; because to continue to treat with someone who makes such affronts is self-degradation of which few are capable. In political life, such an insult is a declaration of war.

Rhonda Nystrom This is our Obamanightmare. Yesterday that my mom was on the phone several times with the "marketplace." Last night she ate dinner with us. When she got home she listened to her answering machine and there was a message that said a determination has been made about her eligibility for the Affordable Health Care. There was a lot of background noise and she could barely hear the message but it told her to call back to check her eligibility status. Like I said it was barely audible so she called back the only 1-800 number on her caller ID and low and behold it was a sex site. So I called the real number today and they said they absolutely do not give calls about eligibility and the call was definitely not from them. My question is " How did anyone know that she applied to be able to call her and say that eligibility has been determined?" Who is it that got ahold of this information? How did this info get out? Was it a person who works for them that gave this info out seeing they have no criminal background checks? Was it a "glitch" in the system? Is everyone's personal information out there to get stolen? She had to give her social security number several they also have that info? Spent all morning on the phone with the Federal Trade Commission. Mind you she had perfectly good insurance until Obozo came to town. Please feel free to tell this story to anyone that wants to hear it. We honestly don't know at this point if she will end up being a victim of identity theft and I would hate to see this happen to other people. If you want more details message me call me do whatever... I would hate to see even more people hurt by this!

I called the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since I got 4 (FOUR!) membership cards which all expire in January. Apparently I got all confused on the website and actually upgraded this year's membership instead of going up for next year. Oh, that would make a lot of trouble on the tickets which I ordered, which I'll find out about at the end of the week. So I asked "what should I do?" and Carolyn (who is going to get really tired of me before this season is over, I suspect) said I needed to charge $60 more, and she would cancel this year's subscription today and get me next year's also today. OK then.

Since I wasn't invited to the concert today, I went over to the commissary.  En route (not really) I indulged in a little stalking activity and drove past Ron's. There was a SMUD truck working there, so maybe that's why he didn't call. But probably not.

I can't find my spare car keys that I keep on top of the TV. It was Rich's set, but all I recognize are the car key and the bike lock key: I took the house key off and it's what I give to Alicia. I like to grab these for the trips just to the driveway... beats finding my waist pack and putting it on. So yesterday I drove the car back into the carport with these keys... and lost them. I've looked in the car and all over the house with no luck. I especially looked in my purse, since I can picture putting them away in there.  Argh.

I went to Munch and Mingle (WPAC, every other Wednesday at Wood'ys) this evening. I met a couple who've been friends (companions, whatever) for the last 10 years. I'd hoped to check out Bed Bath and Beyond first, but they did the move to Town and Country yesterday.

I had a hangup on the phone at 7:50.  I'm pretty sure Ron knows by now that I screen my calls. Then Vince called. Niki had her followup appointment and it seems she'll have to worry about kidney stones from now on. Of course, if they keep an eye on her, she's less likely to have such a serious one in the future.

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Thu, Nov 14th - 7:44PM

November 20 and 21 last year: Galapagos 2

(about time I got back to this.)


The passage from Genovese Island back to Bartolome was a lot milder than the one up there.  When we woke up, we were looking at a remarkable pinnacle. This is the core of a small volcano. In Melville's writings, one story claims he climbed it. No way.  There were at least two other boats in the bay, too. I took a reading with my GPS.

We walked up a board trail to the top of the island.  Before that, in the dinghy, we went along the cliffs and saw a lava heron, (which looks like a green heron... only gray.)  We saw penguin poop. And a big yellow fish.  We saw a blue-footed booby nest with chick.

Darwin called the tuff sandstone. It's actually volcanic ash and sea water.  When we got to the landing platform there was a sea lion zonked out on it.  We managed to walk around him, but when we came back another one was on the step we needed to be on to get in the boats. Edgar used his backpack to urge it a little bit back.  After both boats were loaded, the sea lion gave up and went elsewhere.

There's an undersea crater that really shows up as you walk a bit up the island.  We saw grasshoppers and I was the first to see a lava lizard.  Rich would be so proud! There's a geocache (virtual: I was to take a picture and answer some questions) at the top. 

While we were waiting for the boats [(and for Faith, who again was walking very slowly at the end with Bruce helping her)] I asked Edgar about Catholics on the island.  There are two churches in his home, Puerta Ayora... St. Paul's which is staffed with Ecuadorean priests, and a Seventh Day Adventist church. His brother is SDA and yes, it upsets his mother.

Excellent mid-morning snack back at the yacht. I talked to our waiter JoseLuis. He's been working (barkeep, waiter, busboy) here 7 months. They have 6 weeks on, 3 weeks off. He's 27. He didn't understand my question as to his ambition (does he want to be captain one day, for instance.)

Lunch was fish & potato soup, chicken and rice and veggies, and fruit cocktail.  They cruised over to Santiago Island.

We walked on the lava, learning different formations of it.  Johann, the guide of the Guantanamera group, was horsing around and claimed to be trapped in the lava. We couldn't talk Edgar into joining him.  They are a younger group: I must say I prefer older folk a little slower.  Then on the boat they were repositioning for about 2 hours. We were invited to tour the bridge, where there's a very visible crucifix.  Dianne got to steer the boat! Jens, meanwhile, toured the engine room. 

Dinner was nice... Sandy and I with 4 guys!  Avocado/corn salad, chicken cordon bleu, broccoli and radish relish, and pineapple tart.

Jeanne and I had discovered that jamming a towel in the bathroom door made it stop rattling, but Edgar got the crew to use the quieter generator, at least at night, and it's much much better.  However, they woke me at 11:15 when they raised the anchor.  I had a hard time sleeping, but must have a little. I had a Rich-dream... he was back, I was happy, but somehow lost him in the markets in Folsom. Then I woke up. More dreams including one where I was trying to get enough money for stuff: Roni and Monica and my mom were there and Monica loaned me the money, but they wouldn't stay and meet everyone.

It was a rough crossing.

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I was a bit reluctant to do the morning excursion on Isabela island. It was yucky out, raining, and we had a steep hike to the top of the crater.  Edgar hoped to show us the caldera (I've seen volcanoes, I wasn't all that excited by the prospect.)  We had huevos rancheros for breakfast.

Then on the zodiacs to a real dock where (after watching a lot of blue-footed boobies diving!  It's fascinating:  They circle around, then spy a fish and fold up like a dart and plunge straight down into the water.  If they caught the fish, then they have to deal with the frigate birds, the ones that look like pterodactyls, who like to steal the catch.) where, I say, we got on a bus and were driven a few miles to the trail up the volcano.

It was a steep, wet, hike, but I did OK.  We didn't see the caldera, because it didn't clear as we got up. Lots of birds, including the Galapagos rail which we had to tiptoe around so the people on the Guantanamera group would also be able to see it.  The Sierra Negra crater erupted in 2005 for three weeks.  The caldera is 7 miles across.

I had a backache, and my knees hurt. (Thanks very much, Rich.) We saw three penguins, a female (darn) vermilion warbler, male yellow warbler, some more finches including the woodpecker finch, which uses tools, sea turtles mating and pelicans as well as the boobies.

Lunch was yummy, a delicious veggie soup and spaghetti and shrimp and cherry jello. I was feeling a little ill (I thought it was the usual crunch day on a trip, but that's usually day 9.) I did hit my head getting out of the bus.

The afternoon was one of my favorite excursions.  We went to the tortoise breeding center in the only other town* in the Galapagos Islands, Puerta Villamil.  *Puera Ayora is home to the yacht and to Edgar and is fairly large, 12,000 people. P. Villamil has about 2200.  We were back at the dock and taken by bus to the breeding center. 

They take eggs out of the nests and bring them here to protect them... each island has a different variety of tortoise and many of them are endangered.  Once the babies are a decent size, they are returned to their island. There are about 900 of them here. Our guide showed us a 4 day old tortoise.  They are educating the Galapagos children about the tortoises and the environment. 

The Galapagos is trying a very delicate balancing act: they need tourism to survive, but the tourists endanger the very reason we come. 

The yellow flower bushes are paloverde, there's a cotton plant not used by humans, 400 pairs of flamingoes in the Galapagos.  (The greater Caribbean flamingo)

After we'd toured the breeding center, we walked back to town through the wetlands, where we saw some flamingoes. Then past the hotel row, with lots of marine iguanas. In town I purchased a Coke for Jeannie [of course, she was disappointed that they didn't have diet...] and some postcards. The Coke was real Coke in real Coke bottles, which had to be returned to the little store. Some of our group toured the little church. Bill got a great picture of the lopsided light poles, which I didn't even notice. But I really liked the little town.

The bus came for us, and then on the way we spied our crew.  They'd taken the afternoon off to play futbol against the Guantanamera crew, and Yolita won, so we all cheered.

At the dock, waiting to get on the boats, a little girl was afraid of a sea lion that was looking at her, but once it went into the water she happily said "orc orc orc!" at it.

Dinner was asparagus, tuna and peach salsa, roasted potatoes. In the evenings, Edgar gives a lecture on what we will do the next day. Tonight's was a lot about Darwin. The Beagle was 73', the Yolita is 110' and of course Darwin was on the boat a lot longer, 248 weeks.  He was seasick a lot.

We started to sail at 8:30. I went up top and found Casseopeia so I knew where north was, although you can't see the north star from here. I found Alpha Centauri but nothing else. Later I tried again to find the Southern Cross.

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Tue, Nov 12th - 10:31PM

Heater Guy

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
157.0 miles
cloudy and cool

64 recordings of 57 types. 41% clear.

Mike Huckabee
Friday night, the Navy announced that two US admirals are under investigation. Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations, and his top intelligence officer, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, are on leave pending a probe into their ties to a Singapore-based defense contractor. He allegedly bribed other Navy officers into giving him classified information in exchange for cash, prostitutes and gifts, including tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. The scheme reportedly included moving ships to Asian ports where there was less oversight, so the Navy could be overcharged by millions of dollars. It could be the worst scandal the Navy has faced since Tailhook. There have already been several arrests, but nobody imagined the investigation would reach as high as two admirals in charge of Naval intelligence. Then again nobody ever imagined that anyone whose specialty was intelligence would risk his career and his nation’s security for Lady Gaga tickets.

Mike Sullivan Perhaps it's part of the purge that seems to be going on?

Amelia Stanley that was my first thought..some may not be blackmailed like petraeus, and they can't kill them all..

Mike McCabe All these Flag Officers being released or investigated? 1 is bad luck, 2 is coincidence, 3 is enemy action. We are at 200.

Dee Ann Sagor With all the dismissals of senior officers these days, I can't imagine anyone risking their career either. If it's true, then something needs to be done. Otherwise, I would chalk it up to trumped up charges by the government to further purge our military!

Hank Sims What is the real reason for the purge?

Kate Berry Jan, You're remarkable. You were before you lost your husband, and you're remarkable still. In addition to all of the cool travels you've had, you geocache regularly. My mother won't get on a damned plane despite my repeated offers to fly her here; she didn't see my sister or second oldest brother, who live in Livermore, in the 14 years since she moved from there to Georgetown, TX, all because "it's so hard to walk through the terminals, and too embarrassing to ask for a ride" (despite our offers to fly her non-stop). She calls my oldest brother, who moved from G'town to Round Rock (which requires paying $1 for a toll road or driving a round-about way) to squash spiders and scorpions. On Thanksgiving, she'll eat a TV dinner because she doesn't want to accept my oldest brother's invite to come over if his MIL will be there, nor my offer to cash in my air miles and fly her here non-stop.

You, Jan, are everything I wish my mother was: a survivor, a strong woman, an adventuress, and someone who's rediscovering the youth that still lives in the heart even when our bones feel a bit older.

(I wasn't really fishing for this, but hey, I'll take it.)

Eric Gustafson "I don't always fill out government paperwork, but when I do I lie my ass off!" -- The Most Interesting President in the World

David Shimm: This is turning out to be even more of a goat rodeo than O-care's harshest critics had predicted.

Can't the White House Rewrite the Regs to Reinstate Canceled Plans?  (No, apparently.)
Frankly, I don’t know what insurers were thinking in relying on Obama and Sebelius to have working perfectly by October 1 given the massive disruption to the industry that might result if they proved to be grossly incompetent. For people whose business is measuring risk, that was a glaringly poor measurement.

Jamie Babcock I'm praying right along with you Kathy.. what will it take for people to WAKE up? We've got dead border patrol, dead embassy personnel, more dead troops under Obama than 8 years combined under Bush, and now with this healthcare, we've got cancer patients having to choose to die rather than saddle their families with the bills after they just learned that their insurance was cancelled. How many people will die as we revisit the great social experiment of this sick administration?

Andrew Malcolm:
Leno: A new world record today in the 100 meters. Set by several Congressional Democrats running away from ObamaCare.

Yesterday I got rid of some pills I'd found in the car, in an Ibuprofen bottle, but they weren't Ibuprophen... one was red, one was white, both big and round.  I don't remember what Rich was taking, and I figured putting it into the kitty litter was the answer, so I did.

I walked over to the Ladies' Breakfast. Our 90+ year old had baked cookies for all. I plan, if I get biscochitos (the New Mexico state cookie) to bring them for everyone the next week.
One lady (only in her 80s) is online dating.  She said at one point that she's shy and the whole table erupted with laughter.

When I got home I called the insurance company.  David Moran answered... and seemed rather bored with the questions I had.  But it seems that maybe my long-term care program is safe, anyway.  And if not, I am coming after David Moran.

Fred Thompson
Climate scientists are now saying the current "pause" in global warming could last another 20 years.

Or until they get more government grant money, whichever comes first.

David Shimm
“I think actually that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage,” said DNC chairhuman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

"Please don't throw me in the briar patch, Br'er Fox," said the Republicans.

Surber's daily scoreboard, good as usual.

Fred Thompson
On MSNBC, Nancy Pelosi said of Obamacare "all of the implementation has gone very well".

Yes, "well" - a deep, dark hole where people fall in and get trapped.

My heater guy came and checked out the filters and the heater (and kicked off the palm frond that's been up there annoying me. Thank goodness.) I signed up for another three visits... if I don't need plumbing maintenance, that gets me through Spring of 2015.

On THAT topic, I got TWO letters from the Oregon Shakespeare People with two membership cards in each, all 4 expiring NEXT January, so guess who's getting a call tomorrow? I already HAVE that membership card!  Also, the amount of my donation is different in each letter, so it's probably a good thing I don't plan on itemizing my deductions.

And Ron didn't call. The phone rang about the right time, but I think he should remember that I screen my calls.  So apparently we are not an item... I don't think I did anything, he just must have gotten smitten by that other woman. Darn.  Oh, well.

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Tue, Nov 12th - 7:42AM

November 11: Veteran's Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
156.0 miles
cool in the morning, 70s in the day.

65 recordings of 58 types. 41% clear.

First thing in the morning I put up the big flag. It's beginning to fade: not surprising, I've put it out for over 30 years. I guess in a few more years I'll have to give it to B's friends at the Boy Scout camp to dispose of properly, and when I do I'll tell them about my grandfather's service. He was a Navy Captain and in the Pacific submarine fleet.  This was his coffin flag.

I asked my neighbor to help me taking it down this evening. Climbing around on the stepstool is bad enough, but it's really hard to fold the flag properly alone. I've done it, but it's no fun.

I spent the morning picking up and straightening things in case the cleaners came, and indeed they did. It's my regular team again!  Their inspector came by shortly, which may be why they forgot to take out my trash (I'd left it for them, despite how full it was, for fear that they'd dump one piece of paper if I had a fresh bag in.) I sorted through newspapers while they were here, and saw an article about John Sanders, one of Bernadette's friends. He's in Peter and the Starcatcher in San Francisco.  There was also a picture of a couple of my friends at the Crocker Art Gallery for Hallowe'en.

Then I watched some television and then went to Adoration.  I was alone at the beginning but someone else was there when I left, so I didn't close up, hope she did. This hour is so good for me. 

I had too much wine this evening and slept through The Blacklist. Oh, well.

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Sun, Nov 10th - 9:59PM

Dog Bed

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
156.0 miles
cool in the morning, 70s in the day.

64 recordings of 57 types. 41% clear.

One of my Facebook friend's daughter went to a Cinderella ball with her father last night. They posted a picture of him putting on the glass slipper... I said of course it fit perfectly and his mathematician beat out his parenthood and he said it was far too big. I protested, and there's been a fun discussion until:

Emily H. Sprague (This may be inappropriate for this thread, but I have to ask how any student who wasn't of ethnically white heritage felt about that of-so-undeniably-white-European depiction of Cinderella in the backdrop.)

Way to kill a thread, lady

Andrew C McCarthy:

Barack Obama is guilty of fraud — serial fraud — that is orders of magnitude more serious than frauds the Justice Department routinely prosecutes, and that courts punish harshly. The victims will be out billions of dollars, quite apart from other anxiety and disruption that will befall them.

Some People Don't Deserve a Living Wage.

It’s a job HUNT, bro. Go hunt. Is this how you’d hunt for wild game? Do you wander into the forest, say “deer,” wait for a minute, give up and head to Denny’s?

Bookworm Room.

This is the worst lie a president has ever told the American people. To the extent presidents have lied before, they’ve done so for national security (every wartime president, including Obama himself); because they themselves were lied to, as was the case when Saddam Hussein’s self-created Potemkin village of WMDs led the Bush administration and most world leaders to believe that Hussein did indeed have WMDs; or because they were protecting themselves from their failings, as Nixon and Clinton did.   Obama marks the first time ever that a president provably committed an act of fraud against the American people:  He deliberately lied to people, knowing that they would believe that lie, in order to get them to change their position to their detriment based upon that lie.

It’s not this lie that destroys Obama’s credibility.  This is the typical retrenchment lie of someone who was caught doing something bad.  It’s the original lie — the enormous fraud committed against America — that should outrage every citizen.

Today is the Marine Corps Birthday

Charles Kafka we are still fighting in tripoli and montezuma.
if the politicians would only let you guys do your job,
we wouldn't have to go back every 20 years.

Patrick Dorinson: Former Bush adviser Nicolle Wallace is best friends with Katie Couric and she worked for her at CBS. Then she joined the McCain 2008 campaign. Sarah Palin's first interview network interview was with Ms. Couric arranged by Wallace. Wallace is also suspected of pushing negative stories about Palin to her liberal media friends. She calls herself a Republican. She is not. She is the embodiment of the GOP consultant class and establishment who want the grassroots to vote for their candidate and then quietly laugh at the rubes and bumpkins with their 'Don't tread on Me' flags.

Mass this morning, and then afterwards was my day to help distribute Communion to the ladies at the nursing home. I liked that again.  We read through the Mass before giving them Communion and talk a little.  I talked to Doris a little afterwards about the San Francisco earthquake and about weather.

At Mass, the guy I was sitting with said I should be in the choir, I have a nice voice. The music fit with my voice today... "Come You Thankful People" for instance. I don't want to tie up my Thursday nights with rehearsals.

I cut off another hunk of the bedroom carpet and got about half a pound of dust up... AND I washed the dog bed. I had to do a little mending of it afterwards, but after the washing and two runs through the dryer, it looks a lot better. This is something else that I did after Rich died, buying the dog a bed. He was so delighted, and it was obvious he knew what it was. He still likes it (as does Abby when he's out of the room.)

I took him to a park to look for a geocache, and unfortunately, we didn't find it.

Then I went to the dinner the WPAC have after Sunday Support and had a good time talking to the people.

Father Terry died last week!  He was studying for the priesthood and got his Master's of Divinity, but then his sister died two years after her husband, leaving 4 little girls from 2 to 8.  So he adopted them, and when they were grown and married and had given him grandchildren, and he was 50, he then became a priest.  His first assignment was our parish.  I liked him so much.  The funeral is Friday... I am not sure whether I'll go there or to Renaissance.

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Sun, Nov 10th - 9:47PM

November 9: Geocaching!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
155.5 miles
cool in the morning, 70s in the day

70 recordings of 64 types. 38% clear.

Victoria Knox:     If this trend bears fruit in the mid-term elections and Repubs gain control of both houses of Congress, I'll get excited. Right now, I just feel like these people woke up 370 days too late and screw 'em.

Oh, tooooooo bad.

Victoria Knox: 15.4% of Americans (about 40 million) lacked health insurance at the close of 2012. Because the online healthcare exchange doesn't work, 80% of them remain uninsured.

To this 33 million who remain uninsured, you can add the 5% (14 million) whose healthcare plans were cancelled for not meeting the regulatory requirements of ObamaCare. That comes to 47 million people will be uninsured at the close of 2013.

ObamaCare is a miserable failure. Do. The. Math.

When is enough, enough?

Kate Berry
I know why the Obama administration can't get the ACA website to work: it's Bush's fault. It says so right there in the start of the web address: Dubya Dubya Dubya.

Heard on Bret Baier:
"Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage. Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin - all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!! And in that amount of time - this administration can't build a working webpage."

Steve Chauncey: Again, my whole issue with this Administration is the sheer incompetence of it. Any competent leader would have set out the parameters of "First, do no harm" in setting up something which has such a huge impact on peoples lives. At the Federal level, fixing an "oops" means that as we have heard, people may die. Again, as a litmus test, if this had occurred in the private sector, Obama would be on the street and his whole team with him and the company shareholders getting new leadership and tossing out the old program. With regards to comments of he is actually intelligent and this is just his way of shoving us into a single payer system I am not one for conspiracy theories, but I would have to admit his actions are that he is either incredibly callous and incompetent or that it could be a valiD theory.

Kathleen Wagner: Steve Chauncey, it's the corruption, tyranny, hostility to the rule of law, AND the incompetence that chiefly characterize this administration.

Jim Treacher: How to make an instant libertarian: Hit him with a half-ton government vehicle and then frame him for jaywalking.

So I policed the back yard and then later took the dog and went geocaching.  The idiot gardeners put the leaves in my green bin instead of the big leaf bin in back, guess next week I have to talk to them again. Argh. I filled the gas tank, too.

I was caching along a road in Roseville. I had rearranged the car and taken the dog, but unfortunately half the pinch collar stayed at the house, so I had to put him on his own collar, which meant he pulled hard. I found a parking place and walked back 4 caches, then back to the car. My next parking place was between two, but I only found one of them. Never mind, I did get 5 for the day. 

Back at home I dug up the black tomato seedlings Monica gave me, which only began to grow about a month ago. I will try to keep them alive over the winter so I can have them next summer.  We'll see. One of the shovels of dirt had a yucky grub in it. Ick.  I also started to take up the soaker hose for storage this winter and so I can dig up all these weeds (though with my green bin full for the next two weeks, grr, there hardly seems to be a point.)

My PG&E bill came. Although I'm using considerably more than last month (and last year was 0 therms/day, I assume there must have been SOME), it's still less than my balanced bill. Unfortunately, today while I was gone I forgot to turn the heat down.

Another item in the mail was from my long-term care people sending me the "requested" change of address, and since I didn't request it, this is worrisome. I won't be able to call about it till Tuesday.

And I mailed off my property tax and the money for the December lunch.

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Sat, Nov 9th - 10:19AM

November 8: Renaissance

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
154.5 miles
clear, cool

69 recordings of 64 types. 38% clear.

In the Wake of a Narrow Cuccinelli Loss, Democrats Panic

Patti Davis complains

Fred Thompson
A new report shows that America will have a shortage of 52,000 doctors by 2025.

The good news is they expect no shortage of bureaucrats telling the remaining doctors how to run their practices.

And: In California, a highway had to be shut down after 2,000 used hypodermic needles spilled onto the road.

Motorists reported being confused, saying they thought it was just a new Obamacare clinic opening.

Mary Mary Seems Quite Scaredy

Drift Toward Depotism, Mark Steyn.

I was almost late this morning to Renaissance. The first film was about robberies: the crown jewels in 1671 and the Great Train Robbery in 1963.  (there's still a LOT of money left from that last one!)  I remember seeing the Crown Jewels... the diamond in the scepter is totally hypnotic, I couldn't take my eyes off it.  I also loved the Beefeaters: full of gory stories, reminiscent of the Alcatraz guards. (And I had a panic attack in the Tower: no ghosts, but the claustrophobia kicked in for sure.)

I got my lunch at Java City as I have been doing, and discovered that I'm getting a 10% discount!  Yay!

In Chaucer, we did the Wife of Bath's Tale and then learned about marriage and family life in the 14th century.  These lectures are by a professor at Purdue, and very interesting.

The HVAC people called me: I still have one more prepaid inspection and they have a new program I can (and will) sign up for. I really like having them check everything twice a year.

I picked up my prescriptions. I'd forgotten that Simvastatin was for 3 months so more expensive (and I forgot to run my bonus card through for this, darn it.)  (On the topic of forgetting stuff, I forgot to lower my thermostat today, and yesterday. Argh.)

I ordered my Ashland tickets for next April. I'll know next week if I got them all.

Ron called... his son is visiting this weekend so he won't be going on a leaf trip. He should have gone to campus...the gingkos are stunning.

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Thu, Nov 7th - 8:57PM


The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
153.5 miles
clear, cool

70 recordings of 65 types. 38% clear.

Fred Thompson:
The Mayor of Toronto admitted that he smoked crack, but said it was while he was in a drunken stupor.

Finally - a plausible excuse Obama could try for his decision to rollout Obamacare.

Jim Treacher
Keep in mind that Obama is apologizing PERSONALLY for the stuff he attacked you for noticing yesterday.

Stuart Creque "'I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,' Obama said."

Nobody lost their insurance based on assurances they got from you, Mr. President.

MILLIONS lost their insurance because you couldn't be bothered to see to it that your Administration FOLLOWED THROUGH on your assurances.

Apologize for THAT.

Stuart Creque Obama is VERY old school, as in "amen selah" - "So I have said it, so shall it be done." He didn't bother to see what the Democrats in Congress wrote into Obamacare (neither did they) and he didn't bother to check on how his Administration implemented the law. He assumed, as an absolute dictator will, that when he says it, his people will make it happen.

It's enjoyable to see him discover that it doesn't work that way. Almost as enjoyable as watching the Senate Democrats discover that when THEY write a law, their party's President doesn't bother to see that it gets implemented properly or at all.

NYC's New Mayor Vows to Get Rid of Pro-Life Crisis Centers and Replace them with Abortion Clinics.
Because killing babies is what it's all about.

Jim Treacher
Barack Obama has lied to more people, about more things, than any other human being in history.


Obama is Gaslighting Us.

Impeach Nancy Pelosi:
Americans Say ‘It’s Not Affordable, And It’s Not Better Than What I Had In Any Way, Shape Or Form,’ ‘I Just Wish I Could Have My Insurance Back’

 If it's the 30s, There Must be a Depression

Dear God.

Heh.  I especially like #15.

 The biggest deterrent to nuclear proliferation was Pax Americana's nuclear umbrella held over it's friends and threat of Armageddon held over the rest. This is way too simple an idea for a dimwit to understand. Obama came into office with the Leftists' Goal of making the United States weaker and poorer. SURPRISE! No one trusts Obama to protect them. I won't be surprised to see the Japan turn into a nuclear power. The Saudis are rationally responding to the incentives of 'Smart Diplomacy'. The vacuum created by Obama's administration almost guarantees nuclear war in the near future. Good work, Dims.

I planted out the tulips, which really tired me out. I also soaked the front yard, and now I'm done.

The next project is the garden. And the zinnias (the daffs are starting up already.) I'll try to save some seeds. I'm going to try to keep Monica's black tomato plants, which are FINALLY starting to grow, over the winter in pots. I picked 6 oranges. I thought I thinned most of the tree, but it sure doesn't look like it. I took my neighbor half of the apples. Gave some canned goods to a neighbor kid for a drive.  Talked to another one of my neighbors. And loaned a geocaching friend some gem-hunting books. (Sigh. Doesn't look like I'll be doing that any time soon.) I did call Ron to say I could go leaf-looking Sunday afternoon so now I'll see if he's interested.

My Christmas Cacti are beginning to bloom. The mums in back are going gangbusters, too.

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Thu, Nov 7th - 9:02AM

November 6: Fun Busy Tiring Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
153.5 miles
sunny, crisp

59 recordings of 59 types. 43% clear.

Obamacare Shouldn't Have Been Managed Like a Campaign

Don Surber
Obama may believe he’s too good for Lincoln

Obama will be better off without Gettysburg and Gettysburg will be better off without Obama because while Obama thinks Lincoln is not worthy of him, the opposite may be true.

Jonah Goldberg: "If the folks running the party want the tea partiers to support their preferred candidates — when they’re the nominee, at least — it should work the other way around as well."

Mickey Kaus
The bigger obstacle would be Obama’s ego. In effect, he’d be saying he’d lost control over his most important program, or at least that he’d lost the public’s trust. That would be true. But it’s true whether he appoints a commission or not.

So, since Ron didn't call, I decided I needed to see the kids more than I needed to go to a concert. So after I finished preparing the tulip bed, I drove on down, getting there just about the time Gareth got out of school. I walked over and met the three of them to their delight. (Joanna looked pleased, but it's Gareth's greeting that really warms my heart.)  We walked back to the house and decided to go to Apple Hill. Bernadette fed us and processed some pumpkin before we were ready to go. We were on the road by 1.

We went to three places... Abel Acres was disappointing, but Larson's Barn made up for it. We looked at the museum (the kids were more interested in it this year. I was sad that the ADA meant they had to close off a lot of the old farm machinery.  Like many laws, instead of making it better for everyone, an admirable ambition, it made it worse for most.  Obamacare, anyone?) Anyway, then we went and tasted apples (Arkansas blacks are tart, a really good cooking apple. I settled for a bag of Fujis, and I hope my neighbor will take about half of them.  How can Ron not like apples?) I also got cider and a pack of dried apples. Later, at the bake shop, I got myself two apple turnovers.

Between the barn and the bake shop, we went to the park across the street and the kids ran around and looked at the waterfall, and ran around, had a snack, and ran around. At one point Gareth got tangled in a thorn bush and I luckily got to him before he made it worse, got hurt, or tore his clothes. 

Then we went down the road to Rainbow Farms where we got the hot doughnuts and went to eat them next to the Hay Bale Hopscotch Crooked Mile.  Gareth is jumping!  This was one of the diagnostic things when his Asperger's was diagnosed, that he didn't jump.  Bernadette also says he actually talked to a kid last week, "what's your name?" and other things.  A couple of years ago he said he wanted to see kids and play, but he really had no idea how.  The early intervention has done wonders for him.

Then home, where we arrived about 5.  That's when my nightmare began... I started home on 99 and traffic slowed to 2 mph through downtown... it was dark... I came close to hitting a car at one point, careful as I was being, and I finally got here at 6. I put the things in the fridge and listened to my two messages, both Ron.  So I called him back: he wanted to know if it would be OK if he asked someone else (another Jan, in fact) to the Christmas lunch.  Yes, of course. I talked a little about preparing the tulip beds but not getting the tulips, then walked out the door to go to a party and discovered the tulips have come!  I almost called him back, then thought how stupid that was. 

The party was because a travel bug is going to the Space Station.  This got me a nifty icon on my geocaching page. I was so tired when I got home, I almost didn't go to this party, but I'm really glad I did. I saw some people I haven't seen for years, and got to gripe about all the no-finds I'm racking up.  It was fun.

And then I was home in plenty of time for Vince to call. Niki had her kidney stone operation today and it went well. Other than that, he didn't have any news, and after I rattled on about today I let him go.

Very tired, all the fresh air and exercise and pizza, and so to bed.

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Tue, Nov 5th - 6:39PM

A Mass For Rich

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
134.0 miles
cool, clear

58 recordings of 58 types. 45%  clear. OK, enough with the movies already.

I'm up 1.5 pounds since last week. I'm 13-15 pounds more than when Rich died.

Yesterday I'd been looking forward to Adoration, on the theory I might just go and cry the full hour.  So what happened to me?  I go between 4 and 5.  Maybe it was the time change, but that would be backwards.... I didn't even start from the house till 4:30 and didn't even realize my mistake till I got to church.  In the end, while I did a bit of crying, I didn't spend the whole time doing it. 

Earlier, I felt really lonely and thought about calling Ron to offer to buy him lunch, but it didn't seem right. In the long run, I need to do my grief work myself. 

I did dig out the flower bed under the playroom window, which was crisscrossed with roots from the bush in front. I had to take a lopper to them. Then I planted daffs (there were still some in the bed, too) and the Golden Appledoorn (I think) tulips.

I went to bed fairly early, and apparently went to sleep right away, since I didn't even turn my "night prayer" on. 

This morning, I'd scheduled a Mass. It was in the church instead of the chapel, with a couple of the school classes.  Father mentioned Rich, thinking it was one year instead of two. He said what a giving man he was to the church.  Then I dashed over to the ladies' breakfast, which was entertaining.  And so home.

I watered the side garden and dug it out, most of it, preparatory for tulips.  THOSE haven't come yet, but I did get a beautiful bouquet and 6 Shari's Berries from Steve and family.

I'm torn about tomorrow's concert: if Ron doesn't call, I might go anyway. It's a violinist.

I took the dog for a walk, and have been getting along with the jigsaw puzzle.  (Today is day 6).

Reading: Obviously, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, though equally obviously, not really. I have it on the Kindle as well as in hard-copy, so it should be easy.  But there's a lot else on the Kindle, too.  Then there's 2 Maccabees.  I was in 1 Maccabees two years ago.  This is ridiculous. It's just hard to concentrate on it. Then there's the Chaucer stuff: Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer of England (by Marchette Chute), The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer, Who Murdered Chaucer? by Terry Jones.  Also Krauthammer's Things that Matter and Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. 

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Tue, Nov 5th - 7:04AM


Don Surber:
 But what Obama lacks in economics, foreign policy and intelligence gathering, he more than makes up in helping his friends.

Billionaires such as Warren Buffett and George Kaiser have prospered under this president.

Buffett's company owns Burlington Northern railroad, which has a monopoly on hauling Bakken field oil from North Dakota, so don't expect Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline that would compete with the railroad.

Kaiser was the principal backer of Solyndra.

Dana Loesch Shreds the "Misspoke" lie
“Misspoke” is the new “Lying one’s head off.”

Bob Doering "I didn't lie - you just didn't listen correctly!" Never take responsibility for your B.S. It's the Chicago politics way!!

Brad Benghazi Morgan: Obama plays Pigeon chess - he knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and flys back to his flock claiming he won.....which is pretty good for a ' Post Turtle' like Obama.

"I'm happy to be anywhere Juan Williams can't interrupt me" -- Dr. Charles Krauthammer at the Reagan Presidential Library Saturday evening.

Selfish and Cold-Hearted

Obama is Really Good at Killing People.
Sam Robb: He's locked in on an estimated 93 million new targets as we speak.

You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor
I had great cancer doctors and health insurance. My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I'll live.

Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.

What happened to the president's promise, "You can keep your health plan"? Or to the promise that "You can keep your doctor"? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.

For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people's ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that's a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that's the point.

Corey James wrote: "Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. He has an impressive list of accomplishments: First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number belonging to another man, from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. First President to violate the War Powers Act. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party. First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.* * * * First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. including those with criminal convictions. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN). First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal). First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists. First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 102 to date. First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it. First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours. First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers. First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.* * * * First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.* * * * First President to repeat the Holy Quran & tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences." Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.* * * * First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs. Arizona). How is Obama’s "Hope and Change" working out for you?" I believe Obama should be arrested and impeached for only a few of his "Great Accomplishments." For being best President in many of his Democratic followers eyes... I feel this Great Nation in being misled in an immorally direction away from what it was originally founded on. I pray for the safety and promising future for our children. I pray our children do not become as greedy, ungrateful, anti-christian and un-patriotic as I see our current leaders leading their lives. I commend you for reading all of this. And, I hope it has empowered you with knowledge and opened your eyes more. Thank you, Daniel S. Hudson

Another Failure

Victoria Knox: "One of" Obama's starkest failures, says the WaPo. Obama's presidency has been the starkest failure in our nation's history, including Carter's term.

Jackie Mason says O. sounds more like a maniac than a President

Benghazi Whistleblower Says he was Smeared
Victoria Knox
It goes without saying that those who were in high dudgeon over Valerie Plame are yawning over this:

"Davies was angry that his real name was published by The Washington Post and was not redacted in the Blue Mountain Group incident report leaked to the media, even though the report redacted other names. “It means I won’t work in the industry again and I can be tracked down pretty quickly with that name,” he said."

Mike Huckabee
In case you missed it, it’s no secret that I have major policy differences with President Obama on about everything---I believe in American exceptionalism, standing strong with Israel, lower taxes, de-centralization of government from the federal to the local level, the sanctity of every human life, less regulation, taxation, and litigation, and on and on…but President Obama can’t be blamed for an economy that is killing the middle class, for broken promises about taxes going up for people making under $250,000 a year, for not being to keep your health plan or your doctor, for the dismal standing of our nation in the eyes of the world—so bad that even our friends are spitting mad at us. Turns out, it’s not his fault. Because he didn’t know anything about it….any of it.
for helping uninsured children.

Amanda Kay posted - "you have got to be kidding me with this... i know they were passing a law last year to fine people giving to the homeless on the side of the streets. Their reasoning was to prevent homeless people from hanging around the businesses. In all due respect mr. pres., we will give and help who we feel like.. fine away if you must, but that wont stop us."

Brit Hume
"Purpose of Obamacare: insure the uninsured. Effect of Obamacare to date: Uninsure the insured."


The Wheels are Coming Off
Obama demanded a law to “fundamentally transform” American healthcare. The law he got is largely the law he wanted — largely through subterfuge and lies. As the chief executive of that law, it was his administration’s job to implement it, and they failed miserably. Will Americans now trust him to reform it? It seems unlikely. More likely, the country will hobble along aimlessly for another three years with low growth, poor employment, and a worsening health care system. That’s a terrible price for an entire nation to pay for the sake of one man’s hubris and mendacity.

Obama broke this, but we have to buy it — from a website which doesn’t work.

Dean Graham If you like your cancellation letter, You can keep your cancellation letter.

Amazing. I'm shocked, shocked!

Mike Huckabee
Is “smart diplomacy” just another name for weakness?...Ronald Reagan was unrelenting in calling for the end of the “evil empire” of Soviet communism. Critics said he would start World War III. Instead, the USSR fell apart without a shot being fired. Russia went through some dark times, but by adopting many of the core beliefts that made America great, like capitalism and competition, they rose from the ash heap of history. Meanwhile, America seems to have forgotten those principles that created an economic boom in the ‘80s that rolled all the way into the new millennium. We are expanding government, limiting freedom, punishing productivity, spying on our citizens and redistributing wealth…while in Russia, new millionaires are being created at a faster clip than they are here. Now, on Forbes’ new list of the world’s most powerful people, President Obama has slipped to #2, behind Russian President Vladimir Putin. Are other nations really overtaking us? Or are we just willingly stepping aside?

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Mon, Nov 4th - 8:55AM

Two Years

SO sad!

54 recordings of 53 types. 50% clear.

I'm in the 12-15 pound range more than I was 2 years ago.

I had a Rich-dream.  He was helping me as a guide to new people at Sac State and then I was going to help him in the same job at St. Vincent College.  Then I woke up.

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Mon, Nov 4th - 8:50AM

November 3: Pain

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
149.5 miles
cloudy, cool

41 recordings of 41 types. 62% clear.

OW OW OW! I had a miserable night with a major pain under my shoulder blade.

I went to church and followed with a pancake breakfast.

I really needed Sunday Support today. Many of my friends, and yes, they were supportive. Dinner afterwards was good. But I'm very sad.  At least the pain is gone.

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Mon, Nov 4th - 8:20AM

November 2: Bills

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
149.5 miles
clear, cool

39 recordings of 39 types. 62% clear.

Jeff McCabe Scorched earth? Really? Apparently that bar is set really low. Washington is disturbed that some people no longer buying into base line budgeting, an increase in spending less than the increase wanted equals spending cuts and screwing over the middle class to establish a non sustainable system is improving health care.

NAPOLITANO: Is Obama a dupe or a totalitarian, megalomaniacal liar?

[My answer: Yes.]

Five Things the 0bama Administration Didn't Know the 0bama Administration Was Doing
“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.” — Jon Stewart

Victoria Knox: The NYT writes a fair and fairly positive article about Lhota. Not that it's going to make a difference. Lhota's competence pales in comparison with DeBlasio's son sporting a humongous afro, which is the deciding factor when NYers go to the polls on Tuesday.

I reluctantly got up (had a good night's sleep) and policed the yard. I suddenly panicked that I hadn't paid the gardener, but when I went to write a check, lo and behold, yes I did, last year.

Then I went and paid bills. Later I filed the last year's worth of them. The PG&E one is interesting... when Rich was dying the house was so warm and I used so much gas that winter, and they *reduced* the payment.  Then went from $50-odd to $128 for a couple of months. Geeze. Now I'm months and months ahead, using less than $5 and paying $36.  We'll see what happens this winter. I did finally turn the heater on last week, and even the back one for the hour or so I was back there paying bills.

I hadn't intended to go out at all but then I remembered Hallowe'en sales and that I'd been interested in the metal pumpkin holders that look like spiders, so I went to Raley's and got one for $10.  SCORE! On the way a dog dashed out in front of me and I stomped on the brakes.  Still good reflexes, thank God.  The owner ran after it, and didn't even give me a little wave for not killing her dog.

I reset the clocks.  Where did this week go?

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Sun, Nov 3rd - 9:10PM

November 1: October Summary and a Bad Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
149.5 miles
sunny, cool

In October I walked 19.5 miles, rode 0 bike miles, .2 pounds up, 0 pages read.

I read 1 book, went to 0 movies and 1 play, and 7 Masses.

I found 3 caches (argh) last month, and I'm at 8330. I'm at 374th in the world, and am 23rd 

In proofing, I'm in 1183rd (out of 43624 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 873 pages proofed, 24th (out of 5406) in P2 with 23525 pages, 623rd (of 1002) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 824th place (4200) with 1020 pages (?why is it fewer than it has been?)  I really really really have to get back to this.

In Flickr I have 48796 pictures, with 908,649 views, and 270 sets to work on.

On Netflix, Deadwood season 2, disk 1,2,3,and 4 and Wizard of Oz.

31 recordings of 31 types. 70% clear.

TeaParty Headlines
To put it simply, government has not business getting in between a patient and their doctors/health care choices. Conservatives have often said that ObamaCare would give us a big government entity with the efficiency of the post office and the compassion of the IRS. For that, conservatives were called racist, haters, extortionists and were accused of simply wanting the president to fail.

Media Begins to Wonder Who's Running the Show

Great comment over on Townhall on the South Park thread, by someone named clarityseeker2:

    Bob: “Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?
    Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the State Dept. Lying about Benghazi ?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the voter fraud?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean when 3 or 4 of Obama’s GAY friends were mysteriously MURDERED when they came forward with claims he was gay too?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the drones in our own country without the benefit of law?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Giving 1-2-3 Technologies $300 Million, just before it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”
    Bob: “No the other one:.
    Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS just 3 months before they declared bankruptcy and then was sold to the Chinese?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The State Department interfering with the Inspector General’s investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it!…

A Phalanx of Lies, Mark Steyn:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been opposed to government health care because, as I’ve said in at least two books, it fundamentally redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state into one closer to that of junkie and pusher. But that’s a philosophical position. Others prefer constitutional arguments: The federal government does not have the authority to do what it’s doing. Dear old John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, twisted himself into a pretzel to argue that, in fact, the government does. But he might as well have saved himself the trouble and just used Nancy Pelosi’s line: Asked by a journalist where in the Constitution it granted the feds the power to do this, she gave him the full Leslie Nielsen and said, “You’re not serious?” She has the measure of her people. Most Americans couldn’t care less about philosophical arguments or constitutional fine print: For them, all Obamacare has to do is work. That is why the last month has been so damaging to Big Government’s brand: In entirely non-ideological, technocratic, utilitarian terms, Obamacare is a bust.

The Canadian and British health systems get by on the principle that, as bad as they are, for enough people they’re good enough, and you don’t have to think about it. Obamacare doesn’t even meet that modest standard, and it’s not clear it ever will.


I raced out of the door and made it to Mass on time.  The kids read this, which apparently is NOT actually a quote from Pope Francis, but nice anyway.

We need saints without veil or cassock.
We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers.
We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music and hang out with friends.
We need saints who put God in first place, but who let go of their power.
We need saints who have time everyday to pray and who know how to date in purity and chastity, or who consecrate their chastity.
We need modern saints, Saints of the 21st century with a spirituality that is part of our time.
We need saints committed to the poor and the necessary social changes.
We need saints who live in the world and who are sanctified in the world, who are not afraid to live in the world.
We need saints who drink Coke and eat hot dogs, who wear jeans, who are Internet-savvy, who listen to CDs.
We need saints who passionately love the Eucharist and who are not ashamed to drink a soda or eat pizza on weekends with friends.
We need saints who like movies, the theater, music, dance, sports.
We need saints who are social, open, normal, friendly, happy and who are good companions.
We need saints who are in the world and know how to taste the pure and nice things of the world but who aren’t of the world.

Then on to the campus... where I discovered I'd not brought the folder, I'd brought my diary. I kind of thought maybe I could get along without the folder, but I really want to take notes, and preferably not on the iPad, so I went home and missed the film about King Tut and the Rosetta Stone (not together, two separate events!) Rats. On the way I stopped for a red light, then ran it. Oops.

I felt pretty rocky, but came back after lunch for the Chaucer class.  My teacher brought a copy of the 14th century London map for me.  After the first part of the Wife of Bath's tale, my friend did a presentation on food and drink of the time. It was a really fascinating talk.

Back at home, I begged off geocaching in the mountains tomorrow. I called Ron to talk for a short time. And then Vince called and we talked for about 90 minutes. He told me all about their trip to Italy. It sounds wonderful.

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Sun, Nov 3rd - 8:07AM

October 31: Romeo and Juliet

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
149.5 miles

17 recordings of 16 types. 78% clear.

What a Difference Two Weeks Make!

Sarah Palin:
 Obama didn’t lie to you when he said, “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” Why? Because, you sillies, you DIDN’T REALLY like the plan you chose for yourselves! No arguing. Barack Obama knows best and he’ll tell you whether you actually liked your insurance plan or not. If you’re an elderly bachelor, your old plan was clearly “substandard” because it didn’t offer maternity care. What’s that you say? You don’t need maternity care? Well, according to the President today, he says you do, and any insurance plan that doesn’t offer it is a “junk” plan provided by a “bad apple” insurer.
For sheer chutzpah, the President closed his speech by praising America’s “rugged individualism.” Because nothing says “rugged individualism” like heavy-handed big government forcing individuals to buy a product they don’t want and arrogantly telling them they didn’t really like the product they wisely chose for themselves and could afford.

Why the Website failure really matters
If they can’t get a basic website up and running in three years… How on God’s green Earth are they going to administer health care to 300 million Americans? So, with billions upon billions of health related communications clearing through the government medicine portal annually, our very health will be hanging in the balance…Therefore, you must conclude: The Obama administration has our lives in their hands…Ask yourself… Do you trust President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Kathleen Sebelius and Jay Carney with your life? I certainly do not!

Beware the Shiny Object
the epic incompetence of this administration isn’t news. A year after the fact, the recovery from Hurricane Sandy has stalled. A victory was given away in Iraq. Guns were provided to Mexican cartels for grins. American citizens were killed in Benghazi. A friendly regime was given away to islamists in Egypt. Intervention in Syria on the side of al-Qaeda was seriously contemplated. The tax and spend Cargo Cult economics practiced has prevented a recovery. That this bunch of rubes could screw up a very complex IT project is hardly unexpected.

I meant to go out to the Retreat House this morning but didn't quite get organized in time. 

Poor Teddy has been grounded from Trick-or-Treating this year because of making trouble and throwing tantrums. 

I went to the library with a bag of Analog magazines, and stopped at the store afterwards.  Then I put the garbage cans across the carport in the hopes of stopping any burglary or mischief.  This was pointless, because my neighbor helped me by putting my garbage and recycling out while I was gone. Nice of her!  And there was no trouble on our street.

Tonight I made sure all the lights were out and I took Laurie to see "Romeo and Juliet" at Jesuit. It was fantastic!  They did such a good job. Romeo was really handsome, Juliet so beautiful.  There was a dance when they saw each other and fell in love.  The kids were not reciting the lines, they were speaking them, and I believed.  Great performance. At the end we were all clapping, and it wasn't quite over, and they had to wait about 3 minutes before they could finish.

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Sun, Nov 3rd - 7:37AM

October 30: Brass Quintet Concert

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
147.2 miles

10 recordings of 10 types. 83% clear.(it seems baseline is 90%)

Jim Treacher
Barack Obama has lied to more people than anyone else in human history.

So that's a milestone. Of a sort.

Fred Thompson
Turns out the HHS Inspector General warned that the Obamacare website would be a disaster as far back as August.

We're only hearing about this now because they FINALLY finished logging in.

Missy Lowe Poor Dingy Harry He has no problem calling conservatives hostage takers, terrorists, wife beaters, and so on...but as soon as someone says the truth about him (I personally think he is one of the biggest a$$holes in DC) he has to cry about it. I have no sympathy for him.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending?
For those on the left who seem befuddled by the train wreck that is ObamaCare, perhaps some introspection is in order. The political lynching of conservatives for the last five years has been an unmitigated lie. Everything conservatives predicted is coming to pass. Every truth they told is playing out publicly. The serial prevaricator who is our president has finally been exposed in ways that even his staunchest spinners cannot spin. The crashed $643 million dollar website, the skyrocketing premiums, the job losses, the dropping of plans by insurers, all of it is out there now regardless of the president's skin color, which was never the issue except to the extent that it has protected him from responsibility for what he has purposefully done, even to his supporters.
...The very same people angrily uttering those lies proudly voted to impose ObamaCare upon them, along with financial hardship and the loss of health insurance. Pathological liars are not especially selective. They lie about everything to everyone.

Can we finally stop pretending that they are not also lying to us about everything else? Can we stop pretending they are not lying to us about guns, and abortion, and voter fraud, and voter ID laws, and taxes, and the economy, and the environment, and education, and energy, and job creation, and national security, and international relations, and Islam, and their assault on Christianity, and amnesty, and entitlements, and stimulus, and recovery, and Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, and the IRS scandal, and a war on women, and our borders, and domestic surveillance, and weakening us militarily, and their supposed loyalty as Americans, and their phony patriotism, and American Exceptionalism, and our history, and our national character, and the historical good our country has done, and what they really have planned for us, and what we will achieve when we are out from under the heel of burgeoning socialism and despotism?

I wouldn't have gone to today's concert if Ron hadn't called last night. It was a brass quintet and they were quite good, but not my preferred instruments.  I liked the classical stuff, but not so much the modern pieces, and my least favorite had the composer in the audience.

I've begun my research on Albuquerque.  There are a couple of geocaches in walking distance. I also wrote the New Mexico State Fair people to see if there's a way I can see the Merci Boxcar while I'm there.

Last night cancelled Clark, but they said they'd call today (and didn't...) I'll have to call to confirm the cancellation next week.

Vince, dealing with Niki's kidney stone and jet lag, asked to call "tomorrow".. I pointed out it was Hallowe'en.

I met Stephanie down the street, a Mira Loma mom. She was selling coupons to help the athletic team.  Her son is a quarterback. I didn't want to buy the coupons for $20 but gave her $5 just because.

I looked up the replacement dryer knob online... $45!!! No, I believe I'll continue to use the pliers.

I'm really worried about losing my doctor. When TRICARE told me about my new doctor on base, there was a little line about how if you live close to a military clinic, you have to go there. I'm going to put my head down and hope they don't notice me.

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Sat, Nov 2nd - 7:38AM

October 29: Percussive Maintenance

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
147.2 miles

0 recordings of 0 types. 100% clear.

Fred Thompson:
There are now rumors going around that the administration faked the fainting woman at Obama's Obamacare speech.

No, it's real. Watch the video closely, and you'll see her looking at her insurance bill.

Mike Huckabee
After enjoying the world’s longest political honeymoon, President Barak Obama might finally be experiencing his first marital spat with what had been his love struck two-headed bride—the Washington Press corps and the late night comedians. What Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, snooping into reporters personal correspondence, the NSA disclosures, failed capital crony deals with Solyndra and Fisker Automotive couldn’t do, the laughingly bad roll-out of his only major legislative accomplishment of Obamacare finally resulted in the first thrown lamp and figurative shouting match.

The New Normal, 0bama's Politics of Oppression and Lawlessness

Obamacare has been the hallmark achievement for this president. The Democrats who once fawned over the absentee Senator-turned-president have seemingly realized that Obamacare may be the one achievement of this two-term president. Having invested massive political capital into this defunct overhaul, the Democrats have tied themselves to a sinking ship.

…And they know it.

Yes, the Democrats may very well be “F****d.”

The Unbearable Lightness of Obama:
The president didn't know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he's found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.

Ya think?

Elizabeth Scalia
It’s good to see the mainstream media finally exposing this unworkable governmental overreach — and the bald lies that helped create it — but it’s a little like closing the barn door after the horses have run off. And I agree with Ed Morrissey, who says the media helped this failure to happen.
Because when the king said his robes were beautiful, they all said, “yes, exquisite!” And none of them dared to question the design. And they smacked down anyone who tried to.

Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi

Matt Gray: People say circumcision doesn’t hurt. But I was circumcised when I was born and I couldn’t walk for nearly a year!

Jason Wohlgemuth And bring her [Sebelius] those dalmation puppies at once! She has coats and stoles to make! (He wins the Internet!)

I went to breakfast with the ladies.  We had 7 today, not too bad since I was in charge.  Afterwards I had a smallish list for the Commissary and went there. 

Last night I remembered one repair fix I haven't used for awhile, so before I called for a repairman for the DVR, this morning I whapped it a sharp blow upside the speaker, and then tried a reset again.  Yes, it works! One of my Facebook friends referred to it as "percussive maintenance."  I did lose all my recordings (like The Hollow Crown, and Yo Gabba Gabba's olympics, and the news when Bernadette was featured. Drat.)  But the silver lining on that is that I can look at AMC and get some movies, which I keep wanting to do but I don't have enough time.  And for Hallowe'en, there's a Vincent Price marathon coming up. That will be fun.

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October 28: The Red X of Death

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 172
147.5 miles
cloudy and cold

176 recordings of 43 types. 12% clear.

Danube of Thought:
    Five years ago 85% of Americans had health insurance, and close to 90% of them were happy with what they had. Of the 15% who weren't insured, roughly half were quite happy with their circumstance: they could purchase insurance, but preferred to spend their money elsewhere.

    So exactly whom does this Rube Goldbergian distortion-and-destruction machine benefit, and at what cost to whom? And why?

In a little more than three and a half years (December 1941 to August 1945) America was able to make what was needed not only to beat but pretty much to destroy not one but two first rate powers.

A working website, though? Too tall of an order...

Tom Canaday Dan Montgomery, my understanding is that the price was $650M and no, we can't get that money back. And Josee van Iersel, the web site designers are in Canada and why should they be unhappy? They've already banked hundreds of millions and there is much more work (and money) on the way!

Rush Limbaugh
Oh, Obama didn't know the NSA was spying? He doesn't know jack, folks. He doesn't know anything, and he's really opposed to it when he finds out. My only question is, does Obama know that he is president? Has somebody at least told him that?

Fred Thompson
The Navy is set to launch its new Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest ever built.

We're now fully prepared to keep people from looking at the Statue of Liberty during the next shutdown.

Rick Sharon At the rate our government is taking away our liberties, it wouldn't surprise me if the Statue of Liberty just gave up and walked away from us.

Rick Sharon When you couple all that with labeling Tea Party patriots as terrorists, military drills in cities, the mllitarization of police forces, reported FEMA (internment?) camps, can martial law be far behind? The tyranical puzzle pieces seem to be falling into place.

"I've got a bad feeling about this" -- Han Solo

Joe Sheridan In addition to Tea Party folks, they're labeling ex-military as well. I think they're brazen, arrogant, but very afraid, as they execute their plans for this country. The only relief I get from what I'm watching happen to this once great country is that I'm on the way out as opposed to on the way in in life.

Rick Sharon One of the things that gives me hope is that every military member swore an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign AND domestic. I pray our military and ex-military folks would recognize a coup / unconstitutional power grab if they saw it. That they'd defend the country, the citizens, not the political elite.

Don Surber:
4. From Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott: "The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment.

"Despite a carbon tax of $37 a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down.

"The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished."

Without a carbon tax, emissions of carbon dioxide in America fell to 1994 levels.

7. From 60 Minutes: "When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies.

"The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship.

"But for those who lived through it, there's nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming."

CBS discovers Ben Ghazi.

Could have you used a year ago when it would have mattered.

But as a female cuckold once said, "What difference does it make?"

Government lies.

Hey, look over there. The Koch brothers are drinking a Pepsi.

9. From Dick Cheney: "I think our friends no longer count on us, no longer trust us and our adversaries don’t fear us."

Shut up.

It's smart diplomacy.

If you don't agree with it that makes you dumb.

Just like not believing in global warming.

Or the Easter bunny.


19. From the Daily Caller: "New estimates show the federal government will spend nearly twice as much fighting global warming this year than on U.S. border security."

Imaginary problems cost more to fix.


Mark Steyn, A Fate Worse than Canada.

The President of the United States knew three years ago that this would happen to Mr and Mrs Schwab. But he went ahead and did it to them anyway, and added insult to injury by lying about it all the way. The genius Ivy League technocrats that a formerly self-governing citizenry apparently prefer to be ruled by have bet they can get away with wrecking the lives of millions of Americans whose only mistake was to make prudent and sensible arrangements for their own health-care needs. At some point, Mr Schwab and his fellow citizens need to prove them wrong about that.

Marilyn Maupin
"Obama 'Unaware on Investments"--headline, Albany (Ga.) Herald, March 8, 2007
"Obama 'Unaware of Illegal Aunt' "--headline, BBC website, Nov. 1, 2008
"Obama Unaware of Tea Party Protests"--headline,, April 15, 2009
"Obama Unaware of Backroom Deal, White House Says"--headline, Dallas Morning News website, June 4, 2010
"Blago Judge: Obama Unaware of Seat Exchange Bid"--headline, Associated Press, May 16, 2011
"Sebelius: Obama Unaware of ACA Website Glitches Before Launch"--headline,, Oct. 23, 2013
"Obama Reportedly Unaware NSA Spied on 35 World Leaders"--headline,, Oct. 28

I had yet another different cleaning team today. I'm getting tired of breaking them in, this pair wanted to clean the master bedroom. Uh, no, not ready, that's where I hide out with the dog and the cats.  This crew was fine, though they left me with no toilet paper in the bathroom.  Tsk!

I moved Rich's dresser preparatory to cutting up some more carpet. There were lots of little cards and things that had fallen off it. One was Rich's dental appointment, November 4, 2010. In exactly one year he would be dead, and we had no idea. There was also his appointment to talk to the urologist to set up the prostate operation, which I went along to. And one about his fistula, which was actually also in 2010.  I'd been doing a lot of doctor stuff with him that year, too. I sure wish we were still doing this.  

Last night I'd dropped the remote and had Spooky in my lap so I couldn't reach it. I tried very hard to get Pharaoh to pick it up... he did try to get the toy and nosed the remote but couldn't figure out how to please me. Oh, well.

Then today, I was watching Megyn Kelley and suddenly the screen froze, then went dark. I tried to reset the DVR and kept getting the red X of death. I turned off the router, still red X. So I went online and got the troubleshooting robot... I tried what they suggested, even when it involved a factory reset, gulp, which meant erasing all my recordings. Still the red X. So I went to bed figuring I'd call a human repair person tomorrow. Sulk.            

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