Recently Read Books
- A Delicate Truth- John Le Carre (fiction)
- Perfect - Rachel Joyce (Fiction)
- The Expats - Chris Pavone (Fiction)
- An Event in Autumn - Henning Mankel (Fiction)
- Winter in Madrid - C.J.Sansom (Fiction)
- The Brothers - John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles - non-fiction
- LIfe Among Giants - Bill Roorbach (Novel)
- Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman (non-fiction)
- Woodrow Wilson (non fiction)
- Lawrence in Arabia (Non-Fiction)
- In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helpren (Fiction)
- Lesson in French - Hilary Reyl (fiction)
- Unbroken- Laura Hillenbrand (Non-Fiction)
- Venice, A New History- Thomas Madden - (Non- Fiction)
- Life is a Gift - Tony Bennett Autobiography
- The First Counsell - Brad Meltzer (Fiction)
- Destiny of the Republic - President James Garfield non-fiction by Candice Millard
- The Last Lion (volume III)- William Manchester and Paul Reid (non-fiction, Winston Churchill)
- Yellowstone Autumn -W.D. Wetherell (non-fiction about turning 55 and fishing in Yellowstone)
- Everybody was Young- (non-fiction Paris in the 1920's)
- Scorpion - (non fiction US Supreme Court)
- Supreme Power - Jeff Shesol (non-fiction)
- Zero day by David Baldacci ( I read all of Baldacci's Books)
- Northwest Angle - William Kent Krueger (fiction - I have read 5 or 6 books by this author)
- Camelot's Court-Insider the Kennedy Whitehouse- Robert Dallek
- Childe Hassam -Impressionist (a beautiful book of his paintings)
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I don’t know what Skype is. I am pretty certain the Lovely Sharon has told me what it is, but for some reason I cannot remember what it is.
Salt Lake was in the 30’s today. That is the warmest it has been for a long time.
I think Hillary Clinton did a good job as Secretary of State. If I were her, I would not run for president in 2016. I would enjoy life and do something else.
Last Sunday I played golf with the Lovely Sharon, who is a very good player and with Mina and Gary. At one time Mina was on the LPGA Tour, she regained her amateur status and a couple of years ago won the USGA Senior Women’s Championship. I think she took second the year before or the year after her Championship. This last year she was inducted in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. In her class of inducted members was Justin Leonard. Her husband Gary was the Director of Golf at a club in Texas. Gary and Mina are great golfers and wonderful people. As I have blogged before, I am a horrible golfer and that day I played worse than ever. It was humiliating. I kept my spirits up but I can tell you I was horrible. If my golf cart had of been gas instead of electric, I would have been sucking on the exhaust pipe by the 8th hole.
I wish I had a dog.
Two weeks ago I attended two funerals in four days. It made me think about my own mortality and how few good things that can be said about me when I move on. I suppose I ought to do better or not have a funeral.
I am thinking about buying a Microsoft Surface Tablet. Maybe I will, Maybe I won’t.
I had a scary eye issue a couple of weeks ago but it seems to be ok now.
In the near future I would like to go to Catalina Island. Is has probably been 45 years since I was last there.
I never cared much for Actor/Director Orson Wells.
I think NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is a terrible spokesman for the NRA. I am not an NRA fan but if I were them I would get a more effective spokesman.
I love images of the 1920’s to the 1950’s.
Ok that’s it. I have download my brain.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Well this was that moment. The Lovely Sharon and I seemingly in a tv add siutation. I listened for the music. I am pretty sure I could hear some, although it might have been the news on MSNBC. I did not expect the walls to disappear because it was raining and I would not want the furniture to get wet. So I waited for her next words. She said
"I wonder if you want to do something with me?"
She really did look good and she really seemed to have that look in her eye. I immediately thought "Are you kidding? Absolutely I do."
I was ready for the next words out of her mouth. She said nothing for a few seconds and then she said:
"Do you want to go bowling with me today?"
I responded with "What?" not believing what I had just heard, having assumed something entirely different.
She repeated "Do you want to go bowling with me today?"
I just looked at her and said "sure, why do you ask?"
She said she was bowling with lady friends on Monday and she had not bowled for years and wanted to practice. Well we went bowling. I had not bowled for years either. We boweled for an hour. It cost $25 dollars for the hour and the rental of two pairs of shoes. It was fun. I was horrible. After a slow start she played pretty, pretty good. The Lovely Sharon had a 161 in one of the games.
She did not like the rental shoes so we need to go buy her own shoes today.
I tried to give her some tips, but she is a better bowler than me.
She had a little mishap.
All in all it was fun and after bowling we had Mexican food and Margaritas.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Very interesting. If you add the miltiary spending of all countries in the world, the US spends more.
Here is an interesting parargraph from the article:
Republican President Eisenhower, a life time member of the military was concerned about excessive military spending.
Look at this quote from Eisenhower at the end of his presidency:
Lockheed Martin is the largest or one of the largest military equipment provider to the US. The New Yorker article states:
Do we really need all of overseas military bases for our protection? The article states:
Read the article if you get a chance.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I like frozen peas (I nuke them of course) but I don’t like peas in cans which are basically mushy and tasteless. For some dumb reason, a couple of years ago I was at the store and canned peas were on sale. I think I bought six cans. When I brought them home, the Lovely Sharon treated me like I was a leper. She asked me what the heck I was thinking when I bought six cans of peas. I honestly could not give her a good answer. She did even want me to store them in the pantry. I ultimately gave them to the food bank. Now if the Lovely Sharon is giving me a bad time, I threaten to buy canned peas. That is pretty effective tool of getting her to back off. Maybe that is what we ought to do in the Mideast - threaten to air drop thousands of cans of peas on the land. I think I will email the President.
Almost every morning I buy a breakfast burrito at McDonalds in their drive through. The burrito cost $1.08 including tax and is 300 calories. Cheap price and not a bad number of calories for breakfast. They may be bad calories, but ok. When I get to the ordering speaker in the drive through, they ask me if they can help me and I always say the same thing: “I would like one breakfast burrito and some mild sauce and that’s all.” Inevitably, they ask “Is that all?” and I say yes. Then they ask me ”Anything else?" and I say no. Every morning this irritates me. When I give my my order specifically as to what I want and follow my oral order with “that’s all” you would think that would clearly describe what I want. But no, I need to respond two more times that I don’t want anything else. If I were president I would issue an executive order preventing this from happening in the drive through at McDonalds.
The internet news has been full of stories about the Denise Richards dog dying. I am sure she loved her dog and she is probably very sad. When my dog Wilson died I was incredibly sad. But folks, this is not news worthy. If you recall, Denise Richards was married to actor Charlie Sheen. They had a volatile relationship and eventually divorced. The following was on Wikipedia about her:
On November 8, 2006, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called to the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C., where Richards was making a movie. After seeing two photographers taking her picture from a nearby balcony, she confronted them, and threw their two laptop computers over the balcony. One laptop struck an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The other laptop grazed the arm of a 91-year-old woman. Neither woman suffered serious injury. No charges were filed against her.
It’s a warm thought for me picturing her angrily grabbing laptops and throwing them over the rail where they rained down on elderly women. Now that is news. I can see that going viral, but her dog dying? Not so much.
Ms. Richards apparently posed for Playboy in 2004 and I am sorry to say I did not see that but I think she has had enough publicity for dead dog.
I like Mrs. Obama’s new hairdo. She now has bangs. She looks nice. But again, is this so newsworthy that it has been on every news program and in every news source for 10 days? No. I have not change my hair style since junior high school. If I were to change my hair style, now that would be news worthy.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
I feel like we're in a Noel Coward play. Someone should be making martinis.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Nuns in Assisi
This was somewhere after we left Bellagio
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Photo of Piazza Navona:
Four Rivers Fountain
Saturday, January 12, 2013
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
What does that mean? What are "arms". What is a "regulated militia"?
Does a school full of dead children with their bodies riddkled with bullets make any difference to us? Does a theater full of dead movie goers with blood dripping down the floor make any difference to us? Should everyone carry an assault weapon at all times in all places to for protection from evil doers?
District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home and within federal enclaves. The Supreme Court held:
- (1) The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
- (2) Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
- (3) The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.
Does the Heller case limit the government right to restrict body armor piercing bullets? Who primarily wears body armor? Police, right? So is the primary purpose of body armor piercing bullets to kill policemen? Should such bullets be legal?
Does the Heller case restrict registration, permits, background checks?
Did you see the video where a man threatened to kill people if gun laws were changed? The CEO of a Tennessee company that specializes weapons and tactical training is threatening to “start killing people” if President Barack Obama moves forward with gun control measures. Look at the video at http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/10/unhinged-tactical-response-ceo-threatens-to-start-killing-people-over-obamas-gun-control/
Does this fellow and this attitude, not scare you to death? What if somene threatened to start killing people if restrictions on our first amendment rights, or a fourth amendment rights or our fifth amendment rights are proposed? Would this be ok?
Did you see Former General Stanley McChrystal on "Morning Joe". Former General McChrystal, who led the war in Afghanistan, endorsed strong gun control laws Tuesday on Morning Joe.
As for me, I would ban assault weapons, I would ban high capacity magazines, I would require background checks in all gun sales including private sales and gun show sales.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC this morning and saw an interview with retired General Stanley McChrystal. He was asked about his views on gun control. The following was from
Retired General Stanley McChrystal came out in favor of gun control restrictions in a Tuesday morning appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine," he said. "And a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. That's what our soldiers ought to carry."
Said McChrystal, "I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look -- I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want -- but we have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."
McChrystal, though he resigned in disgrace in 2010 after a Rolling Stone article, is still revered by many as a top general, and his comments are significant for a former member of the military. If he does continue to advocate for gun control, he could be a significant voice in a movement whose opposition appeals to machismo.
"I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges, and I just don't think that's enough," he said.
Asked what his message was to the National Rifle Association and the House Judiciary Committee, he said, "I think we have to look at the situation in America. The number of people killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. I don't think we're a bloodthirsty culture, and we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a co-founder and backer of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, praised McChrystal later in the program. "Stanley McChrystal is a guy who has more crediblity than I ever will have in terms of guns and the damage that guns can do," he said. "He's devoted his life to public service. But Stanley McChrystal can be as good a spokesman as can the five of us."
I for one believes something has to be done on this issue.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Suggestions for Romance
The fiscal austerity crisis has been temporarily averted, but given the apparent animosity between the current leaders of Congress it's a miracle that any deal was made at all. Politico has a rather lengthy breakdown of the last week or so of negotiations that led to last night's budget bill and it leads off with an anecdote illustrating the current state of American politics. As they arrived for a much-hyped meeting with the President last Friday afternoon, Speaker of the House John Boehner spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid approaching just steps from the Oval Office. According to "multiple sources," Boehner pointed his finger at Reid and without any other fanfare said, "Go fuck yourself." When Reid asked him what he was talking about, Boehner simply repeated his curse and moved on.
So John Boy told Harry not once but twice to go*****************
Poor old Harry I hope he does not try it and hurt himself.
If you recall Dick Cheney told Senator Leahy the same thing. See blog entry
I guess these family values guys are encouraging their opponents to multiply and replenish the earth. Wait, I don’t think that works if you are the only one involved.
Republicans vs. Republicans
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is furious at House Speaker John Boehner's decision not to hold a vote Tuesday night on a Superstorm Sandy disaster relief aid package.
"There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: The House majority (the Republicans) and their speaker, John Boehner," said Christie at a Wednesday afternoon news conference as he led a rising chorus of criticism from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers from New Jersey and New York at the failure of the $60 billion aid bill. Christie likened suffering New Jerseyans to "pawns on a chessboard" who are victims of political games.
Republican Congressmen Peter King, also angry over Boehner’s failure to call for a vote on Hurricane Sandy, said New York and New Jersey residents would have to be crazy to donate to a republican congressman. The vote subsequently took place and now Peter likes John Boehner again.
More news from Idaho
Idaho Mormon Republican Senator got picked up after drinking vodka tonics over the holidays. Idaho has had interesting Senators in the last few years. Remember when Senator Craig got caught in an airport men’s’ room trying the play footsies under the stalls? If you recall he said he was not passing on gay signals, he was merely a “wide spreader”. Good one Senator.
Hillary Clinton Attack. See the following:
Hey, Fox News, guess it’s not the “Benghazi flu” after all. Turns out that Hillary—you know, the woman many of you love to hate—has a blood clot near her brain What we heard from some on the right after Hillary Clinton said she suffered a concussion last month—following a bout with the stomach flu—was that she could be faking it, since it happened just days before she was scheduled to testify about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. (That’s you, John Bolton, the former State Department official who accused her of contracting a “diplomatic illness.”)
Seems to me that kicking people when they’re down isn’t a very Christian thing to do. Haven’t many of you spent all of the advent season talking about how everyone is taking Christ out of Christmas? Faking an illness is an accusation you would hurl at a third grader who wants to stay home from school. No matter what your politics, here’s a woman who has served her country as a first lady, senator, and secretary of state. What does it take to presume that someone is acting in good faith? And in case you haven’t heard, attacking someone who’s ill speaks more to the character of the person doing the mocking.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Clinton was suffering from “acute Benghazi allergy.”
Greg Gutfeld, co-host of Fox’s The Five, said: “How can she get a concussion when she has been ducking everything?”
On The O'Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham joked that this appeared to be an “immaculate concussion.” Bill O’Reilly chimed in, saying he thought Clinton could at least make a phone call. Fox's 'The Five' co-host Greg Gutfeld wonders how Clinton could have a concussion 'when she's been ducking everything?''
Now that the news of the blood clot has surfaced, the Twitterverse has turned on the haters, demanding apologies from the skeptics who had rallied against her. Doctors now say the location of the clot—between Clinton’s skull and brain—should mean she’s out of the woods and will make a full recovery. Whew. Fire up your inner pit bull; you’ll still have her to kick around.
This last couple of weeks has been very interesting. Lifetime Network Holiday Movies and republican politics has made for a joyous holiday season
Thursday, January 3, 2013
She looked glamorous, I just tried to keep up.
We saw Santa but it was disappointing
I helped her with the dishes