Friday, December 22, 2017

Country Roads

Rural Taiwan is usually drive-through country, but we made a pilgrimage to my wife's ancestral home town in the middle of nowhere to hang out for a few days.  The winter is the only time that I care to do this.  The town where we went is losing population, so there is some considerable small town blight.  The local elementary school used to have 300 children, but now is down to only 24.  Jobs are better and easier elsewhere for the young, while the new generation neither marries nor has children.  

Something surprising is that all the country field access roads are paved, whereas they would be gravel or dirt farm tracks in the US or Europe.  Irrigation is all flowing through concrete systems, the countryside is electrified, wi-fi and mobile telephone are everywhere, the toilets are all western style sit-down ones and the water from the faucets is potable.  Country living at its finest. 

Only California would worry about snakes being endangered.

You must first stop, pick up the snake, and ask it whether or not it is endangered.  

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Picking up the Trash

My church I go to is an ethnic Chinese one with about 750 people attending on a typical Sunday.  There are many ways to help, and I have chosen to show up early on Sunday mornings and go around picking up trash from the parking lots, which includes the area around two adjacent businesses in this light industrial area.  Some would say that this is more honorable than helping in other ways, but I feel it is more cowardly to simply pick up trash and arrange things rather than attempt to engage in activities that might involve church politics.  No one disputes with me or challenges my right to pick up trash, even though I was not assigned this task.  I get a little criticism for not doing my duty when I am gone on travel.  No one is perfect.  Otherwise, I walk away unscathed, except for the occasional scratch, which is certainly not the case when some emotional church issues pops up for a church leader.

So what do I find in a church parking lot?  For one thing there are a large number of cats, and I get to pick up the food containers that the cat woman leaves.  Wondering when we are going to have a "Catman" movie.  Then there is the squatter.  This is a young Indian man who has decided that life is better living out of his broken down truck which he pushed onto our parking lot rather than getting a job.  He won't come to church or communicate with us much, but otherwise seems to enjoy our presence.  I get to pick up a lot of trash around his area, which does leave me wondering what is trash and what might be a personal possession.  Some distance is kept to avoid making an error.  It might seem a bit cold that we don't donate to him from our Agape Fund.  The pretext given is that the word of any monetary help would immediately spread and we would have a few hundred homeless squatters on our property.

The trash on the adjacent properties is a little confusing at times.  Was it done by our church attendees or their daily visitors?  If it is a Chinese church bulletin, then I don't have much trouble distinguishing.  A few empty oil cans from someone who decided that their car's oil needed replacement is a little harder for me to judge.  For the most part, I just pick up everything with the thought of being a good neighbor.  The trash picker I use makes it fairly easy to grab lots of small items, so better to do more than necessary.  There was a large stereo system in the bushes this morning which I passed over since it wouldn't fit in my waste basket and the picker wasn't strong enough to move it anyway.

The more curious part of this is the things that I find on the church property.  There are a lot of cups, plates, napkins and plastic forks from our weekly meals, but then there are lots of alcoholic drink bottles and cans which I am fairly certain were not provided by the church.  We don't tell members not to drink, but we never have alcohol as part of our events, even for communion.  Twice I have come across used condoms.  Presumably someone came here at a strange hour. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Moore's Law

I need to clarify that this is about Judge Roy Moore, and not Gordon Moore.  Not that I know much about the situation, other than he offended the Sodomites and is now running for Senate in Alabama.  From what I can tell, he is alleged to be unfit to be a senator because he chased younger women prior to being married, which was 40 some years ago.  My interest here is trying to figure out how the dots are connected between his behavior towards the opposite sex long ago and his fitness for the senate. 

So far, my theory is that the deduction of his unfitness is based on the long time that has passed and that he didn't show any interest outside of marriage.  This is clearly a sign of insufficient initiative, such as was shown by Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, and Bill Clinton, along with many others.  The other reason for this deduction is that the Democrats, who have led the criticism, regard sexual immorality as a religious imperative, so it is inconceivable that they would have criticized Judge Moore for being too promiscuous.  We have standards for our senators here in the US and expect them to comply as well as be role models for the rest of the citizenry.  Clearly Roy Moore isn't up to the task.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A Catalog of Secession Movements.

The recent events in Catalonia inspired me to do some careful research on the causes of secession movements and produce a more extensive list of the reasons behind the various efforts. 

Catalonia from Spain:  They are upset that the world thinks of Catalan as a dialect of Spanish, rather than the other way around.

Basques from Spain:  They never accepted the Roman/Latin conquest.

Pakistan from India:  To enjoy an Islamic paradise.

Scotland (~100AD):  Romans and their baths were offensive to them, per the historian Tacitus.

Scotland (recently):  When caught molesting a sheep, they want to be known as proud Scots rather than ashamed Englishmen.

Irish Republican Army:  Making bombs and blowing things up is cool.  What more reason would one need than this?

England from the EU (Brexit):  Because foreign rulers have always had the decency to move across the Channel and govern from territory within the UK.

India from the UK:  My Indian consultant on this says he is almost done assimilating the UK, and will get back to me with an answer to my inquiry when he is done.  I could hear him shouting "resistance is futile" as he was hanging up the phone.

US (from England):  The taxes were too low.

Southern US from Northern US:  This topic has been sufficiently explored elsewhere.

Canada from America:  This is a face saving thing.

Quebec from Canada:  Although Canadians have the world's most mild and unoffensive sense of humor, this is still too much for the Quebecois to handle.

Mexico from Spain: Spain wasn't providing governors who were sufficiently corrupt.

Texas from the US:  The same reason that they seceded from Mexico - they were opposed to a government imposed religion.  Catholicism was the previous religion imposed by Mexico and Political Correctness is the new religion that has been established by Washington.

California from the US:  They are offended that Texas wants to secede and must prove that their  moral outrage is greater and more sincere.

Tibet from China:  Too many Chinese are moving to Tibet in order to get away from Beijing.

Those are the ones that I know about.  Would appreciate some info about additional secession movements.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

California's Smoking

Me included.  There has been lots of smoke so that I have skipped my exercises to not irritate my lungs.  The winds bring more or less of the smoke from Napa Valley my way each day.  The attention is finally turning to apportioning blame, and the target in the crosshairs is Pacific Gas & Electric, since it seems that the fires were all started by their downed power lines.  The question is whether or not the trees near the lines had been properly trimmed.  No doubt the lawyers will have plenty to say on this so we will stay tuned.

What caught my attention was a claim that if PG&E were found liable, then we would have a moral duty to disband PG&E and turn it into a public utility.  What amuses me about this is that PG&E is already a public utility, given the level of control.  But leftists can never be satisfied with less than the ideal Marxist control, which must be clear to the public, so we now have a pretext to make the bad situation worse.  Or maybe not.  The other argument is that government control over this kind of phony private entity is greater than it would be over a mere government department, so that the government department would be less subject to destructive regulation, bureaucracy and political interference than PG&E currently experiences.  I am expecting a lot more smoke along with mirrors as these arguments are put forward.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Pondering Las Vegas

Who was Stephen Paddock and what were his motives?  Don't know.  Maybe some more info will turn up after a few days.

Theories I am tentatively considering:  He wasn't a fan of country music, so clearly he wasn't a Tump supporter since all Trump supporters are country music fans.  Given the length of time it took the SWAT Team to find his dead body, I am guessing that he wasn't a donor to the Republican party.  I am a little skeptical of the ISIS link, since he ended his life with a bullet, rather than a suicide vest. that took out the entire Mandalay Bay hotel.

Need more data.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pondering Protests

There wouldn't seem to be much to add to the rants that are out there about America's football player's protesting.  I will start with two observations:

1. The Great Society began half a century ago with high hopes for eliminating poverty and class.  It failed, which should be obvious to everyone, especially those of us in California who get to navigate through the homeless and their droppings.  As a church janitor, I now have the privilege of cleaning up around the homeless squatters on our property.  Good stuff.

2. The Great Society was organized entirely by "Progressives".  (Progressive is a fancy title that means paleo-Marxist and/or anarchist, but many pose as Christians.)  A fortune was spent and continues to be spent, while laws redirect all sectors of America according to the tenets of the Progressives.  Because it was a "secular" enterprise, anything that would not be offensive to Christians was unconstitutional, this being the current understanding of what "Separation of Church and State" means to the intellectuals running the show.  Since the Bible is all about human character and its deficiencies, this meant that the Great Society was necessarily an enterprise that was in denial about how human beings worked in the real world.  In other words, it was doomed to fail from the beginning, which should have been obvious to anyone with any familiarity with human nature.

So yes, I have sympathy for the sentiments that are behind the protests.  There is something rotten in America.  Unfortunately, the protestors will rage against the innocent for a time, and on behalf of the latest doomed-to-make-things-worse concept that the Progressives have just dreamed up.  The role of the Progressives in all this won't be examined until the Final Judgment.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Susquehanna Overlook

My older brother took me for a 7 mile round trip trek to a point overlooking the Susquehanna river.  The let down was that there was a road and a parking lot that went straight to the point, so that we didn't need to put in all that effort just to get the view, but it was worth it to get the heart running away on the climbs, and risking injury going through the canyon on the side ravine was really enjoyable.

Vally Forge

The iPhone says I did 12 miles in two big loops around the park.  According to, the route was about 13.6 miles.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Missing The Crocodile Hunter

Wondering how I should behave around these.  I really need to focus more on the specific scale patterns so I can determine which sub-species it is.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Laziness Epidemic

Was starting to research this so I could blog about it, but the first article I ran across with Google was by Paul Krugman, who is one of the world's most notable lazy intellects and produces tirades that are specifically tailored to the tastes of the mentally lazy.  Notably, the article tries to argue that there isn't any rise in the lazy deadbeat culture due to excessive government subsidies.  I have my personal take on this since I must weekly gather the trash from around a local squatter who is young, healthy and lives entirely on government benefits.  But maybe I am wrong about Paul Krugman, since it takes a certain amount of moxie to argue the economic equivalent of the flat earth theory.  This is going to take some more work to prepare the real blog post, but I will just highlight this faltering effort and head off to bed.  Too lazy to stay up and finish it.  Goodnight!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Googling Diversity

This is just pouring petrol onto the fire now.  I would say that most of corporate America, including Wall Street, has been taken over by ultra left wing fanatics who are determined to impose their world view on everyone.  Except that we must also observe that those same fanatics would have no problem with a coder working for them who moonlighted as a ISIS recruiting Imam and advocated genuinely rude behavior towards women.  The elites' concerns are only with American conservative and/or Christian views, which they want to exterminate.

Other than that, I would say that from what I have read - ignoring the miss-characterizations and lies that were put out to justify the lynching - Damore's views are similar to my own:  I enjoy working with my women tech coworkers, and want to treat them with all respect.  At the same time, I believe that biological differences between males and females exist as the result of genetic design, so that women aren't as likely to pursue engineering careers and those who do gravitate towards certain disciplines.  In engineering, that means they tend towards materials science, rather than other specialties, but you will find females in all sub-disciplines of engineering.

I also think it is time to reverse the rhetoric.  It is those who would want to shame a woman for spending some time at home as a mother who are the real misogynists. Biological differences are real, and it is no good to suppress them, and even worse to falsely accuse, defame and punish males in order to achieve some imaginary equality of outcome for females.  Now I must worry about being fired too.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Back from Travel

Not sure what all happened, but the recent events reminded me of another account that someone had to give of his travels:

"And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where have you come?'  Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it'."  - Job 1:7

So that is my answer.  Hopefully I can rest a while.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Judging Trump

"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." - Matthew 7:3-4

My apologies to any out there who truly do long to see something better out of America's president.

Still, my assessment is that The Left is offended by president Trump because they are convinced that Trump is obstructing the road to Hell.  Most of the Republicans are offended by president Trump because they fear that their reputation for total incompetence will be somehow tarnished by him.  Then there is the news media who constantly accuse Trump of illegalities and collusion, totally oblivious to the fact that the leaks they daily wallow in are illegal acts of criminals with whom they are colluding.

This takes me to one of my Sunday School lessons, where I point out to the youngsters that Christianity is the only religion that teaches that hypocrisy is wrong.  In evolutionary science, the most important scientific principle is that hypocrisy is heroic, provided you get what you want and do not allow any principle to intervene other than success.  Modernism - especially Modernist Christianity - likewise honors hypocrisy as one of its greatest values.  Hypocrisy has always been with us, but as America becomes a post-Christian society, hypocrisy is guaranteed to increase until it boldly goes where it has never gone before.

So getting back to president Trump, no matter how bad he is, at the current time he is the best that America is capable of producing.  The rage at him isn't because people long for something better, but rather they long for something far worse.  Or to put it another way, if they aren't cursing you then you aren't doing a good job.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sannyasi vs Gotta Keep Working

My ambition has been to die at my desk.  Here is a version of this.  Neither Moses nor Jesus retired.  The apostles Peter and John didn't retire either.  Gotta keep working.  But perhaps we can become spiritual ascetics and embedded in society working at the same time?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A California Marmot

The internet says that the only species of Marmot in California is the Yellow Bellied Marmot.  This one seemed pretty cool and care free as far as I could tell, but there certainly are yellow bellies in California.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Giant Sequoia

They grow over 100 meters tall and live for 3,500 years.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mark Twain Pilgrimage

This is the town of Angel's Camp, California.  Mark Twain's picture is everywhere along with pictures of frogs.  This is where he picked up a story that eventually morphed into "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country".  After reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer I would never have thought he had started out his writing as a miner here in California.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pike's Peak

Tomorrow I get to go home with no more travel plans after one month on the road.  Below is a view from the hotel parking lot this morning looking up at Pike's Peak in Colorado.  It would sure be nice to take an extra day and climb this mountain.  Instead, the schedule is packed with meetings.  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Packing, Unpacking, Packing, Unpacking, Packing, well, lets do the least amount of Unpacking possible.

I am feeling like a traveling salesman the last few weeks as I bounce all over the country.  Maybe that should be a "salesperson" instead of the sexist "salesman".  Or do we need to distinguish "person" from "perdaughter"?  I will de-genderize this with "salesperp", so it is "bouncing around the country like a salesperp".

At least I got to see my grandkids.  I get two days at home and it will be back into travel mode.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

8 Minutes

This is with regard to the London terror attack and the remark that it took eight minutes to bring down the terrorists.  The timing is on my mind since I just had my CPR training renewal and their timing was 2 minutes.  This takes quite an amount of energy and I could probably double it or maybe go for 6 minutes, but ambulances can arrive in much of the US fairly quickly, so that 8 minutes would be a fairly long response time for a random location in the US.

Last May I was in the Czech Republic enjoying Charles Square in Prague with many thousands of other people.  There were several groups of 3 or 4 well armed soldiers moving around at opposite sides of the square looking for suspicious people, which strangely didn't include me.  My guess is that anyone who pulled out a weapon wouldn't live much longer and might not get to use the weapon more than once.  30 seconds would be a good run.

The London Bridge area is quite similar in that thousands of tourists congregate and it wasn't long ago that an unarmed policeman was killed by a knife attack that certainly wasn't stealthy in the least.  The latest news shows more unarmed policemen rushing to the center of the battle where one of the knife wielding assailants was "rugby tackled".  Now I know rugby is a tough sport, but a single rifle bullet would have accomplished the same trick a bit faster.

But "Enough is Enough", which I understand is a UK expression meaning something like "I have not yet begun to be in Denial" for us Americans, to misquote John Paul Jones.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trivia regarding the Arabs

"It appears that the Saracens were descended from Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and were, in consequence, originally denominated Ishmaelites.  As their mother Hagar was a slave, they afterwards, to conceal the opprobrium of their origin, assumed the name of Saracens, as if they were descended from Sara, the wife of Abraham.  Such being their origin, they practice circumcision like the Jews, refrain from the use of pork, and observe many other Jewish rites and customs."  - Sozomen (400-450AD), The Ecclesiastical History

This history begins roughly with Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea and ends about the time of the Huns.  I should comment on this more, since I have read many histories of this period, but the flavor I get from reading an actual history is in conflict with what I have read from those that purport to be derived from the original sources on a number of important points.  A challenge here is that there are three original histories covering a similar period and a very large number of writings involving particular incidents, so that it is some work to have a working knowledge of what has been recorded.  Then there is the challenge of remembering and keeping sorted out what I have previously read.

But back to the note:  This reference being long prior to the founding of Mohammedanism, it should be of interest to anyone who studies the origin of what is now called Islam and how Islam relates to Christianity and Judaism.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Something in the grass

I have been working long hours at work, but finally had a chance to get back up the mountain.  Needing to respond to a few comments still.

The following picture was taken on my iPhone.  I wish I had been carrying the SLR.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fighting to Save Science

I suppose someone has to do it.  After all, imagine what things would be like if a selfish conservative just changed the laws of science and the thermal output of the Sun suddenly increased by an order of magnitude.  It would be a real scorcher.

Being from the San Francisco area, I am now wondering what should be our next object of protest.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Real People, Not Actors

Just saw the slogan, "Real People, Not Actors" on a commercial, from which we can clearly deduce that all humans are either Real People or Actors, but not both.  So are you a Real Person?  Or an Actor?  And what are your distinctive characteristics which put you in one category or the other?  This is to help me figure out which category I should put myself in.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Time to Retire April Fools

Part of the reason is that April Fools has long been running all year round.  My suggestion is that we formally invert the process, so that April 1st becomes the one day of the year when the news will be serious and not written by fools.  Something similar could happen in the other institutions.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Land of the Pure

The title of this post is the real meaning of Pakistan.  This is the second set of notes on the book, Creating a New Medina.  In this middle section we are treated to tedious arguments over how provinces are to be split and populations are to be moved.  The driving force is the need of the Mohammedans to rule, as their religion demands, while realizing that they cannot rule in a united India.  They refer to themselves as "slaves" in India, because they cannot rule, but then insist that they will be fair-minded towards their minorities.  At the same time, there is the "hostage population" theme, which perhaps is a better indicator of how they would view their minorities.

There are a number of idealistic themes being put forth by the Muslim League (ML) which are to be expected, as every political movement must energize followers by stirring up unrealistic expectations.  One that reminds me very much of the Communists is the MLs efforts to distinguish between degenerate "Muslim" governments and pure "Islam".  This neatly parallels the efforts of leftists to distinguish between the communism in action of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, ... vs the pure ideals of Marx, which are yet to be tried and still represent the greatest hope of mankind.  Similarly, the ML is arguing that Islam is a pure and perfect system of human governance which has yet to be tried after 1,300 years, except for the first initial stages of the caliphate.  Then there is the argument that Islam can have a power over the soul that can never happen in socialism.  This neglects to see that socialism's primary tool is envy, which is one of those universal diseases of the soul and the most powerful of all human motivators.

Pan-universal Islam is also showing up as a theme, with references to the Turkish caliphate being cited as an example.  Again, this completely neglects the reality, which is that the Turks would uproot the young men of one tribal region within their empire and appoint them to guard a rebellious tribe in a distant part of the empire, exploiting the pan-universal tribal hostility of Islam to maintain the unity of the empire.  This feature of Islam is starting to peek out from under the rug in the middle of the book as the issue of the Shia-Sunni split is impertinently raised.  I will keep an eye out as my reading continues for more discussion on how the most tribal of all religions will sell itself as a unifier of Muslims from all over the world.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Creating a New Medina - part 1

I finally had a chance to make some significant progress reading this book about the creation of Pakistan.  A bit more background might have been helpful for me before jumping into this, but thankfully we have the internet to fill in those pieces that are presumed common knowledge, like the Government of India Act of 1935 or the Lahore Resolution.

What stands out to me is the blinkered view of India by the Congress party leadership as they tried to adapt Marxist notions to South East Asia, together with Ghandi's naive efforts to make Western Unitarianism into the national religion of India.  This would preclude them from having any understanding of the Muslim League.  The Muslim Mass Contact Programme reminds me that the surreal behavior of current Western politicians towards Mohammedans is universal among leftists as they somehow imagine that they can convince ordinary Muslims that their greater interest is in the social justice offered by the Leftists, while being utterly oblivious to the Left's own fanatical religious agendas that are motivating the social justice pretext.  The early introduction in this book of recent scholarship regarding this period and the various motivations of the actors would seem to indicate that many scholars are still having trouble coming to terms with the religious motivations that drive Islam.

The third chapter introduces Ambedkar whose scientific analysis of the sectarian situation causes me to warm up to him considerably, until the remark that the Islamic mind precludes Muslims from embracing the class warfare beliefs of the Marxists.  Wondering if that was his comment or the author's?  As a Christian, I am inclined to just do away with class as much as is feasible, but don't see much point in stirring up a war over it, and/or deliberately creating class divisions for the purpose of fomenting class warfare so that I can become a hero in the war.  At this point things are moving optimistically towards a separate state solution, with some ominous comments about hostage populations.

I am about 1/3 of the way through the book.  There is a sense that this is just scratching the surface of one thread of a complex piece of history as British India is transformed into the current modern state(s).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Creating a New Medina, by Venkat Dhulipala

Per Ramana's recommendation, I have picked up this book, but am barely into the introduction.  This is a book about the politics leading to the formation of Pakistan.  A sentence that jumps out early is this:

"In this regard, it was not just envisaged as a refuge for the Indian Muslims, but as an Islamic utopia that would be the harbinger for renewal and rise of Islam in the modern world, act as the powerful new leader and protector of the entire Islamic world and, thus, emerge as a worthy successor to the defunct Turkish Caliphate as the foremost Islamic power in the twentieth century."

It seems to me that this is a recurring theme among the Mohammedans: That they would come up with the next worldly power.  For me as a Christian, my only hope is that the governments that we live under in the West will not become too efficient in their struggle to exterminate Christianity.  But God is sovereign, so I trust that He will do what is fitting and succeed through means that are in defiance of Man's power and wisdom.

The other angle to my reading of this book is that my various learning schemes have all been upset by getting myself too busy with work and swimming, leaving myself too tired to do much.  Creating a New Medina should be a good interlude.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

I ate it. I didn't eat it.

So there.  I just gave conflicting answers to the question that I was never asked, therefore, I am a perjurer.  Guilty!  Guilty!  Guilty!  So don't even think about appointing me to Attorney General.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

California Holey Rollers

I am thinking about the holey commute I have every day ... that is, a pot holey commute.  The road I roll along to work daily was re-paved a few months ago, but now every day there are a few new holes while the previous day's holes seem to have been patched overnight.  The immediate cause for the new holes seems to be the recent rains, although I do wonder how roads are maintained in places where there is vastly more rain than we get here in California.  The thermal cycling is also considerably less here than much of the US since the roads never freeze.  Maybe this is a jobs program:  If we made roads that didn't spontaneously form holes, we wouldn't need to employ people to fix the roads.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Some birds are more important than others

But are they self-important?  Or does someone else determine that they are important?

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Just pondering the definition.  Yes, this is nuts in the age of rage where reflecting on anything in a logical manner is a clear sign of mental illness.  But here goes anyway:

"owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it" - UN 1951 Refugee Convention.

Since this definition only permits males to become refugees, it was expanded later to include females with "his or her" verbiage.  Those are now the only two genders permitted among refugees.  

One observation is that you must be outside of your country first in order to be a refugee.  Thus, an illegal alien who commits a murder is formally a refugee, but someone born in the US who commits a murder in the US and is caught in the US is clearly not one.  

Then there is this religion things.  All of us claim to believe in absolute freedom of religion, but in practice we deny the rights of Druids and Mayans to perform human sacrifice and we are in denial about the Islamic command to "smite infidels".  

Another observation is that all refugees are "phobes" - that is, they are fearful of something, since fear is part of the definition.  Thus, I am not sure where they stand now that homophobes, islamophobes and the entire "phobe" movement stands condemned.  Something to point out here is that Nazi war criminals who fled to South America fully meet the definition of refugee.  On the other hand, someone who is by nature fearless can never be a refugee.  Then there are the Christians who are stuck in Mohammedan countries that they were born into.  These suffer by far the greatest persecution in the Middle East, but to travel away from their home area into another country means even more abuse and likely death at the hands of their persecutors, thus, they are excluded from being refugees.

I should leave this topic now.  Admittedly I hadn't given the definition much thought until recently, 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Suspicious Package

My wife called me at work and asked me to pick her up from a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station.  Here we go again, I thought.  It turned out to be a "suspicious package" at one of the stations, which caused them to shut down the line heading to our city.  I was about to hyperventilate over the BART system again, but this time they are innocent.  Or at least not guilty of the current turmoil.

Arriving  at the other station, there were cars everywhere and people packing doorways, since it was raining.  My iPhone directed me to my wife's location, since she had moved further away to find a place beyond the crowds and with some relatively clear parking.  Nice to have her safely back here.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Free Speech was first discovered in California!

The article being here.  Which begins with, "BERKELEY - UC Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, was rocked Wednesday night by a violent demonstration seeking to stop right-wing lightning rod Milo Yiannopoulos from delivering a talk there".  Dr. Wiki has a slightly different opinion.

Leftists will respond that Milo is some sort of fascist hate monger who doesn't deserve freedom of speech for reasons of public safety.  The rebuttal here is that all people who disagree with Leftists are categorized the same way.  My opinion being that Leftists have always bravely supported their own freedom of speech when they are in a rage, which is almost all the time.  When they don't want to hear something, however, there is never any freedom of speech.  Or to put it another way, the only freedom of speech that matters to them is their own.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Fog

It is sad to have the last day of January go by.  This morning's swim was with an air temperature of 2C and a water temperature of 7C.  As you can see, the fog was rather thick, so I didn't want to go too far from the shore and always kept a rope or buoy in sight.  The distance swam was about 1,200 meters.  This is the second year to swim through the worst of winter.  Except that my friend from Boston denied that we have a winter.  Sigh.  San Franciscan's do what we can, but I was humbled and put to silence by her.

Friday, January 27, 2017

California secession continued.

The movement seems to be picking up steam.  Call me a hypocrite, but I was much more for Brexit than I am for Calexit.  Still, we must keep in mind that the EU was more favorable to Britain than the US is to California.  There might also be some question of borders, since Calexit would likely be most viable for the Bay Area and the greater Los Angeles suburban area, while the US might want to keep Tahoe, Yosemite and the Central Valley.  Since Northern California and Southern California don't get along particularly well, they might just have two separate countries, and it is hard to imagine that Sacramento would remain the capital.  On the other hand, the meaning of the name Sacramento - Holy Sacrament - might make it mandatory to retain this as a focal point for their constitutionally mandated desecrations of everything Christian.  We will need to wait and see.

What really is on my mind is what citizenship I will have after Calexit.  Will I be a Californian or an American?  Is dual citizenship possible?  Or perhaps I should just face the fact that I am a white, conservative Christian and will most likely be expelled from the Promised Land and/or sent to a re-education camp where I will vanish.  In case that happens to me, let me just say that it has been a good life and I have enjoyed interacting with many wonderful people over the internet.  Will miss all of you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

47 degrees

Looks like the lake temperature isn't getting any lower this winter.  We have been keeping the swim distance at 1,600 yards, which is just under 1.5 kilometers.  It is nice to have some companionship this year to help our small group swim regularly.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I Have A Dream!

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - MLK speech

We can certainly thank Identity Politics that MLK's dream is dead:  Judging based on character rather than group identity is increasingly dangerous to ones position in society.  The irony being that those who killed the dream will celebrate MLK's life along with this speech this weekend as if they represent his legacy.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Russians did it! - Read the report for yourself.

A link is here.  The primary finding is that the Russian government's RT news network put out propaganda that was directed by the Russian government towards furthering its interests.  What is the world coming to?

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Russians did it!

My guess is that Wikileaks will let us know a few weeks later which Democratic campaign staffer authored the "Intel Report".