Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

the FAA

11 October, 2018

Amongst the libertarian types, there is the feeling that government gets in the way, that government impedes on freedom, that government makes business less profitable.

I’mma gonna just say… The FAA is awesome.

  • Do they make companies do things that cost more? Yes.
  • Do they restrict the freedom of people? Yes.
  • Do they have more than 500 Advisory Circulars, (I don’t know how many printed pages, but I just sent an email asking to the FAA AC admin, becuz I can) directing everyone who has anything to do with manned flight. Yes.

BUT because of this, air travel is by far the safest way to travel.

Next time I’ll ask my libertarian friend which advisories are worthless.

(I asked, the FAA responded… there are more than 750 Advisory Circulars, some are 150-200 pages… they estimate it would take about 50 cases of paper to print them all.)



foreign affairs

10 October, 2018

It makes me unhappy that the current president quickly pulled the USA out of long negotiated multinational agreements, …because…I dunno… he didn’t like President Obama???

  • Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
  • Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Iran nuclear deal

In negotiations you don’t always get 100% of what you want. But neither does the other parties. But all can get enough of what they want.

Now…why should another country take us at our word.


Another reason I’m Voting Democrat.

voting Democrat

9 October, 2018

Just putting it out there… a few reasons that I will vote Democrat

  • Less coal used, is healthier air to breath.
  • I support Rov -v- Wade.
  • Everyone needs heath care, not just those lucky enough to be rich, or lucky enough to have a good job.
  • I support Black Lives Matter.

Seattle Women’s March 2.0

20 January, 2018

MyBetterHalf and I took the childrens to the Women’s March. They really didn’t want to go, but got ready in an alright fashion. We talked about why we are marching, one child said “because women are paid less then men”.

But…as marches go, (or maybe it’s just liberal marches that are disorganized, run late, no real plan, no one in the back can hear the speakers, not enough exits…this worries me for the 2018 elections), it was a lot of standing around, and it was cold (well, cold for Seattle) and a bit of drizzling (well, constant raining if you’re from other parts of the country), and they were bored, and hungry, and wanted to go home.

But it’s important to show up, in person, and say “I agree”.

Between Shades of Gray

28 June, 2017

Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray

“When the rest of the world finds out what the Soviets are doing, they will put an end to all of this.”  

A story of a young girl, trying to survive, during WW2, when the Soviets sent her and her family to Siberia. I’m glad I read it. It is a good read, a quick read. I am also glad that I read while the sun was shining, and not during the gloom of winter.

I recommend.




voting for Secretary Clinton

8 November, 2016

I’m voting for Secretary Clinton today, because I want to send a message:

  • Yes to NATO
  • Yes to trade negotiations
  • Yes for a woman’s right to choose
  • Yes to addressing climate change

I am amazed that Donald is her opponent. Skipping the personal reasons against him, going on his policy suggestions (which seem to change frequently)

  • I am against his proposed “extreme vetting of Muslims”
  • I am against his proposed “ten foot wall”
  • No, there should not be “some form of punishment” for women who have had an abortion
  • Saying a Judge is not qualified because of where his parents were born is wrong
  • “Keep the oil” it wrong
  • I am against torture, and targeting families of suspected terrorists
  • I am against nuclear proliferation


really – again

2 August, 2016

…and evidently MrTrump is threatening to leave the WTO.

For the record, I think the USA belong to the WTO is good.

The Devil’s Highway

1 August, 2016

I recommend Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway.

Focuses on the story of a group of men who attempted to cross Southern Arizona to help their families have a better life. The history of normal people, doing normal things, and it tragically goes wrong.

Urrea is a good writer, it was a quick and easy read. I loved the descriptions of the desert, liked the descriptions of the stages of heat stroke.

One very interesting thing for me… crossing the border “illegally” is not a felony, or even a gross-misdemeanor.


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.)