Monday, February 25, 2019
Picked up another six inches of snow yesterday. The metal roof sheds the snow so I don't have to go up on the roof and shovel;
The view from our windows is dwindling, the cats can no longer watch the turkeys.
I have no problem with winter snow; but our pattern this year has been snow, sleet followed by rain. Normally we have nor-easters that come off the coast and belt us with massive snow. This year all of our storms have come inland from the south - highly unusual.
Tonight the temperature will be 7 degrees and tomorrow the high will be 14 degrees and the lows minus three. We currently have winds at twenty miles-per-hour and gust up to fifty - the same for tomorrow. It is quite likely we will lose power for a day or so.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
There is a discussion in Maine whether to continue teaching script (long hand) in schools. Perhaps it is time to leave behind the hand-written word. Perhaps in the near future there will no longer be a need for children to write longhand, or even print; because all communication will be through tweets and word processors.
But there was a time before computers when handwriting and beautiful script was appreciated. Cards and letters came through the mail. People looked forward to receiving hand written notes, cards and letters; and personalized correspondence was valued and often saved for years and even decades.
Now, in the days of texting and twitter and e-cards that require no effort and little thought, correspondence is forgotten as soon as it is sent and soon as received.
For those of us old enough to remember the pre-computer and cell phone world, the loss of personalized correspondence seems a shame. But, or course, the world has moved beyond us, and changing generations brings about changing values.
Children that can’t read cursive will not be able to read historic documents.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Buzzards circle overhead and ride the drafts to amazing heights, and the view from up there can be illuminating.
Here is the Ol’Buzzard’s view of the Democrat field of Presidential hopefuls and the obstructions that could reelect Donald Trump.
1. We do not need an ‘old person’ for President. Experience is helpful but old people tend to stick to the ‘tried-and-true’ and see things from their view of their past. Most old people are not totally comfortable with the technology and innovations of the present and the view of a future that they will not experience.
2. Youth is not the answer. Just as older persons tend to have set ideas and are less flexible, young persons lack world experience and tend to be idealistic and are overconfidence in their own views.
3. We do not need a ‘cult leader.’ When voters line up fanatically behind a candidate it is often to the detriment of their own party; resulting in the election of the opposition party.
4. Democrats are liberal in their views; but we must remember that the most important outcome of the next election is to defeat Donald Trump. We cannot let race, sexual orientation or gender be the basis of our support.
5. We must not vote for the coronation of ‘the next in line.’ This is always the choice of lawmakers that are awaiting their turn; and these people tend to carry a lot of controversial baggage.
My view: It bothers me that Bernie has such a fanatic cult following held over from the last election. Also, the Democrat ole-boy network is waiting for Biden to announce – and in my opinion, Biden is past his sell by date.
I really like Buttigieg, but his sexual orientation would undoubtedly alienate both Catholics and Fundamentalist Christians and most other religious organizations, some of which would likely support other Democrat candidates. It is a shame that religion plays such a detrimental part of American life.
If we are looking for a sure win, the Ol’Buzzard’s choice would be Michelle Obama. The rest of the field is all-right; but I fear they are more conservative than their presentation and they just don't have the ZING.
|Michelle for President|
She would kick Trump's ass.
Buttigieg is not some cartoon play on words. Peter Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
I admit, I never heard of Buttigieg until he was interviewed on the Morning Joe show on MSNBC. I was blown away about his intelligence and demeanor. Unlike the other people who have declared, he is not spouting catch phrases and canned talking points; he actually addresses questions in a logical narrative that shows he can think beyond, “what do the people want to hear.”
I am proud that the Democratic Party has fielded a diverse group of candidates spanning race, gender, age and sexual orientation; but so far, I have only heard expected talking points. Until now.
Buttigieg is a breath of fresh air and sanity and I hope he gets traction.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Why have a holiday to celebrate Presidents? There have only been a couple in my lifetime that I actually appreciated. Most people can't name a half dozen. Today's school kids probably even less.
Past Presidents get enough recognition; and their retirement ain't half bad. If we are going to give a day off every year it should be in November, for voting.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
If you like cozy mysteries in the manner of Miss Marple and Herqule Poirot then you would enjoy this series written by Alan Bradley.
Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old brilliant and adorable savant, obsessed with the chemistry and poisons. She lives with her father and two sisters in a run-down mansion in rural England.
As an eleven-year-old child Flavia can meld into the background of a ghastly murder scene, committed in an English village, and her quick mind can often make connections before the local authorities.
Death, corpses, mayhem – nothing disturbs this inquisitive young sleuth, who is as comfortable inspecting a dead body as a woman is selecting undergarments at a department store.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is the first book of the series, and the tenth book, The Golden Tresses of the Dead has just been released.
As a rule, I do not like books and movies about children’s adventures; but Flavia de Luce is my exception.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Old men can’t help but talk about the weather – it seems to be part of the aging process.
Wednesday night we had a mixture of snow and sleet turning into rain Thursday morning, with temps at 34 degrees – just above freezing.
Friday temperatures reached 49 degrees and sunny in the afternoon.
This morning (Saturday) the temperature is 9 degrees with winds at 20 mph. gusting to 40.
We have a major snow storm predicted for Tuesday
I love a snowy winter; but this sucks:
We have ice banks (frozen snow) three feet high lining our road and the surface of the road is solid ice.
Whatever deity is controlling the weather is an ice-hole.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Remember when you could lock bumpers and push another car down the road without sustaining damage to either car?
They just don't make them like this any more.
I slid into a snow bank at five miles an hour and damaged my car's plastic bumper. A $500 ding.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Religion is a perfect example: people believe what they want to believe.
Instead of using the scientific method and starting with evidence and building to a conclusion – people start with a conclusion and try to collect incidents to justify their premise.
Recently there has been a resurgence interest in UFO’s. The History Channel (the name doesn’t fit the programming) is running a new series: The Blue Book (proof of alien visitations.)
Let me state this categorically: NO – space travelers are not covertly traveling to the earth and abducting people to probe their ass for farts.
Astrophysicist and astronomers constantly use microwave telescopes, inferred telescopes, radio telescopes, telescopes in space and satellites with cameras; NASA can track asteroids, smaller than a mini-car, hundreds-of-thousands of miles away that may have a close encounter with earth – they can track a wrench lost on a spacewalk, among space junk, that may threaten the space station. The military blankets the surface of the earth with surveillance technology that can detect a nuclear missile within minutes of launch, they have cameras in space that can watch an ISIS soldier crapping on a sand dune.
I am not saying that there is not other life in the universe - the odds are there is; but, the nearest planet in our solar system that falls within the (life as we know it) zone is over a million light years away; which means that a traveler from that planet would have to travel at the speed of light for over a million years to reach earth.
People like to believe in fairies, ghost, angles, vampires, werewolves, gods, zombies, Big Foot and things that go bump in the night.
I have a friend that absolutely believes in Big Foot. If he finds bear crap in the woods it is proof of Big Foot. There was a woman who claimed that Big Foot often looked in the window when she was bathing at night: I don’t know why she didn’t pull down her shades.
I was intrigued when I first heard stories of Big Foot when I was ten years old – almost seventy years ago. In those seven decades no hunter has ever killed a Big Foot, no body or skeleton has ever been found, Big Foot (who often crosses roads) has never been hit by a car: in short, no animal that size could exist in the United States without some hunter hanging his head on their wall.
Let’s face it: the human race is gullible. We invent religions that then take over our lives; we blindly follow charismatic con men, we seek allegiances with groups that reflect our ideals, we can be incited with patriotism to the point of risking our life and limbs.
And, we are not as bright as we think we are, which leaves us gullible to fantastic beliefs.
THE FALLACY OF RELEVANCE: The premise is not sufficient to the conclusion.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The State of the Union Speech given by Trump last night was stark in its whiteness.
The Democrat side of the House was a mass of women dressed in white and the Republican side was all old white men.
Trump read the speech that he has no intention of honoring, while Pelosi, sitting behind him, confronted him without having to speak.
It was no doubt that Democrat women had control of the House chamber last night.
Pelosi is thinking: ' when you are a powerful woman you can grab him by the balls and squeeze them. When you are a powerful woman you can make him do anything you want and he will let you.'