I couldn't ask for a better morning.
October 31, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I haven't cleared this with my friend, Chuck. So he isn't asking. I am. I don't ask for much. But I'm asking now.
Chuck Adams is a controller from Grand Forks, ND (GFK). He's served his country his entire life. He's served NATCA for as long as I can remember. He is one of the finest humans I know. And he is my friend.
He is currently recovering from surgery. He's out of leave. And then the other shoe drops. His wife was just diagnosed with cancer. She finds out today how bad it is.
If you're a NATCA member, I'm asking you to help him out. Donate some leave. Ask around, find out how it's done. You can start with this link but you have to log into the member's area of NATCA's page. Chuck is on the VLTP list. Help him out. If you don't know how to do it, ask your Facrep.
I hate asking but I'm asking so he doesn't have to. We can take care of our own. Thanks.
October 30, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
For weeks, I've been trying to come up with a better title. Something that "sings". Forget getting around to the article itself -- writing about how the Republican Party has become the Party of the Confederacy, how it is falling apart and how it will leave the South politically isolated.
I've procrastinated long enough that someone else has written it for me. Never mind the few details where we differ. Gene Lyons has the big picture correct and he actually got around to writing his article (unlike me.)
Thanks to my friend Tommy for pointing it out. Yes, I noticed that The Arkansas Times misspelled "Strategy". But they'll actually let you read the column, unlike most other newspapers. By the way, if you're new to the game and haven't heard of the Southern Strategy, you can get an education here.
The end of the Southern Stategy
"Nor, however, are their fears entirely irrational. Because if the polls are right — and a disinterested observer would have to say that professional pollsters have grown increasingly accurate at predicting recent contests — the 2012 presidential election may not bring about "The Rapture," but it could definitely mark the definitive end of a political era.
Specifically, it doesn't matter how badly President Obama loses the five Deep South states won by Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968 — along with, say, South Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. Should he prevail in most of the nine "swing states" where everybody agrees that the contest will be decided, and where Obama currently appears to lead by strong majorities, the white, GOP-accented South will find itself politically marooned.
This part is only to show you this guy isn't pulling any punches.
"The temptation for Southern Republicans would be to double down on the crazy, because "conservatism," so-called, can never fail, only BE failed. Also because religious melodrama is really what an awful lot of them are really about. That, and Koch Brothers money. They're not actually conservatives at all, in the classical sense, but sentimental fanatics seeking to purge the nation of sin; adepts of "limited government" with their noses buried in women's panty drawers; apostles of a lost Utopia located in a non-existent past, most often in Sixties sitcoms like the "Andy Griffith Show.""
October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I walked up it, loaded up with my camera backpack and tripod. That's probably 20-25 pounds of gear. The trail sign said it would take 20 minutes. It took me 33. But I made it.
P.P.S I *hate* the new interface for Blogger. (Just sayin' Google.) I'm sick of trying to get it to format like I want it so I give up.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Being retired just means the location changes. I'm still doing the same thing I do every day. I doubt if there will be any blogging for the next two days. Maybe a couple of tweets.
I'll be putting up a lot on Flickr. You might want to look around when you get there.
October 7, 2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Monday, October 01, 2012
Sorry, I'm writing elsewhere this morning. I came across some good words from Thomas Jefferson. Words that I don't have space for but are too good not to use.
"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the Despot abetting his abuses in return for the protection of his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them."
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."
Hat tip to Wikipedia. (Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson with Wikipedia?) Find and click on the banner on the right. Donate. They deserve it.
October 1, 2012