Archive for July, 2016

Weird Al

30 July, 2016

I have the utmost respect for Weird Al Yankovic and his band. Great musicians and entertainers. Great song writers. And sometimes, his parody makes the song better. For instance “Word Crimes”

MyBetterHalf and I went to see him like a decade ago at the Paramont Theater.

This week we took the childrens to see him at the zoo. I think they liked it. But I’m getting too old to be sitting on the grass for a hours. And the Paramount had better acoustics.

MsS had trouble seeing the stage.
MrC wanted Dippin’Dots. [I do not like Dippin’Dots. They are messy, they don’t taste good, they’re expensive. I dislike them so much, I’ve instructed the childrens they can only have them when I’m not around.]

MrG and I had a nice chat on the walk back to my car. “Papa, I’m pretty good at defense” he told me regarding his football camp. Just the other day I told him he’s like Richard Sherman, watching, observing, thinking, and being in the right place at the right time.


last night

29 July, 2016

Last night, me and MsSqueaky relaxed on the sofa next to each other, it was too hot to snuggle, and we watched Secretary Clinton accept the nomination for candidate for President. Then we played with stuffed animals. We checked out our garden. Then we shot some baskets. Then went to go pick up the boys who were a friend’s church for evening VBS.


25 July, 2016

so…I’m a registrar for the local soccer club… uh… hat’s off to folks who deal with registering…sigh…


Calvin for Armchair Theologians

24 July, 2016

just finished “Calvin for Armchair Theologians”,  (previously I read “Reformation for the Armchair Theologian)…and I want to say I like this series. Much like the Very Short Introduction series, written by experts, for a lay audience. Makes me feel smart ‘n’ stuff.




23 July, 2016

we just saw Ghostbusters as a family

It was fun. I enjoyed the movie.

We’ll see how many nightmares we will have tonight…I’m sure I’ll wake up screaming “I’m not getting tenure!”

MrC sat on my lap for most of the movie.

MsS sat next to me, holding my arm.

MrG jumped a few times.

MyBetterHalf fell asleep.

All I’m sayin, “Safety lights are for dudes”


22 July, 2016

the Republican nominee for Leader of the Free World is threatening to not uphold our treaty obligations to NATO.

Don’t know.


I’m surprised the GOP is leaning this way. They don’t consider Russia a strategic threat? They weren’t invited to the annual Lithuanian Culture Night? They want to turn the US Military into a profit-making enterprise? Why the switch, Republicans? Why all the sudden want to go back on a very successful partnership?

Here’s what I’m thinking…  Trump never played a fair game of RISK or chess* as a kid. That he “won” because he was the spoiled rich brat. Because a rudimentary knowledge of strategic games would show, if you are gonna fight, best to do it some place else. Especially away from your industrial complexes.

yeah…yeah…sure… they don’t spend the proper amount of cash on their military.

But, as one small example, a benefit of belonging to NATO… I am not worried about sneak attacks from the North, because we have Canada covered. I’m not worried about sneak attacks from East, because we have that covered. From North and East, any attacker would lose surprise, and would have to count the cost of fighting through thousands of miles before they even reach America.  (How’s that supply train, bad-guys?)   [And South Korea, Japan Australia… protecting our West.]

Here’s my suggestion, next time you nominate a game show host to be the President of the United States, how about one that has categories such as “History”  and “Geography”, so you won’t be so ignorant.

*I can just see the chess games that he played… “I don’t care about my pawns, they are worthless and weak”

**Risk…”why do I care about Kamchatka?”

*** Axis & Allies “Yakut is only worth one, who cares.”

Immigration Wars

21 July, 2016

just finished Immigration Wars by Jeb Bush & Clint Bolick.

Basic premise: we need immigration reform.

People sneak in, because they love their families, they want what’s best for their families, and because it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to “wait in line”. The authors say we need more immigrants, both in high tech fields and in not-so-glamorous fields like agriculture, and we need to quickly and flexibly be able to let in the workers we need. We need to make the process easy, so people can do the right thing. (Evidently there is an industry of immigration law, because the law is too complex to understand and follow.)

They suggest changing current system, which allows relatives to sponsor immigration, instead limiting sponsors to parents and children.

Post script, a letter to his fellow Republicans, (back in 2013), which is basically “hey Republicans, thousands of American citizen, whose parents immigrated here, become voters every day. Maybe we shouldn’t insult their parents.”

It was a nice read, well written and thought out, and I wish we could have an intelligent dialog about immigration instead of short hysterics, insults and shouting matches.

(Side note: for me one of the great things about the Republican Presidential Candidate debates was having Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz argue in Spanish on national tv.)




I’m with Her

20 July, 2016

I try to avoid it, I try to say, “not my circus, not my monkeys”…but politics…

I see one reason why people follow sports religiously, something to argue about, and the results don’t matter.


  • Threatening to leave NATO will not make America safer.
  • Sabre rattling against our Southern neighbor is not helpful.
  • A trade war with China would be disastrous to the economy.

So I will be voting Hillary Clinton for President 2016.


poop on a stick

19 July, 2016

lost in the noise I saw this tiny tidbit…

ISIS claims responsibility for German train attack.

Wow, that can be devastating, trains are really important to transportation infrastructure…oh, a passenger train. Well, OK, still scary, I mean you have all those people in one place a bomb or a gun could kill a lot… just injuries? Really… why is that… because they used an ax?  What the … who promoted a 13 year old DungeonMaster to a leadership role in ISIS?  C’mon, I want to be afraid for my civilization… not joking about Orcs-on-a-train.

Really this is the best you can do, ISIS?
This is what is threatening to defeat America, a dude with an ax?

OK… I get it… you go to war with the weapons you have,…but if all you have is an ax, and your target is a train… what about using that ax to chop up some rail-ties and try to derail the train?

This just in… I hear that ISIS is now training their fighters in the use of pointy sticks with poo on them. “We now have acquired weapons that the infidels can not detect with their metal detectors!”

Update from CIA… “The Central Intelligence Agency is reaching out to the tech community, asking for suggestions on how to detect poop.”   Assistant Director Reek knows a solution to Operation We Are Fighting Terror (WAFT) will be sniffed out.

Republican candidate says: “Clearly we are at a disadvantage of having poop on sticks against our enemies. This administration has let us become weak, and our enemies will take advantage. We must increase our defense budget. Our soldiers need the most advanced poop.”

Democratic candidate says: “What we need to do is make sure that every person who buys a battle ax has a thorough background check and is properly vetted. I understand, I like chopping things just as much as the next guy, for example, I chopped celery for my tofu-salad just the other day.”

writer’s block

18 July, 2016

uh…so…not much really exciting happened today.

uh…I went and bought pants, because you see, I keep too many receipts in my wallet, and that extra pressure wears a hole in the seat of my trousers.

uh…oh yeah, MyBetterHalf sauted up the green-beans we picked on Saturday.

uh…I planted some seeds this morning…  one of these days I will actually have a garden. I think my most successful was the year I had a plot of corn. The childrens were toddlers. Stoopid raccoons ate the biggest ears. Grrrrr….