Saturday, December 05, 2015

Guns, guns, and more guns

Some people are once again urging that everyone who is legally allowed to have guns, carry them.  This would presumably, prevent mass shootings.  Well, this presumes two things.  One, that gun owners are clairvoyant and thus would know when the next outbreak of violence would occur, and two, that the legal gun owner, would be such a good shot that he could hit the perps and not cause more casualties.

Such a simple solution to a complex problem is not a good idea in my mind.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The holidays approach but terrorism is already here

I find it interesting that the authorities are hesitant to label what happened in San Bernardino as terror.  It is true that we do not know if the perps were home grown or recently radicalized. but mass shootings are terror, no ifs, ands, or buts.   Actually, any murder can be labeled as terror for the victim.

What bothers me now is the renewed cry for more gun control.  Yes there may be holes in our current laws but lets fact it folks, the barn doors have been open for quite a while and all the horses stolen.  So given access to guns if one really wants one, they can be obtained.  I don't think any amount of new laws is going to prevent that.

One thing authorities need to do is provide more mental health screening and treatment, where possible.  However, since there is no guarantee of anything working, I am now a confirmed pessimist and feel that this planet is now on a slippery slope to its total doom.

ISIS continues to grow and no one seems to know what to do about that threat and now France and the U.K. are involved as their respective Air Forces are now bombing ISIS sites which will only make them angrier but do nothing to reign them in.

If anyone has any ideas what to do I and the rest of the world would like to hear them.

I need a drink.  Ha!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Well, where have I been?  And when will our unusually hot weather end?  Not sure where I am going with this but I sure have a lot to gripe about with so many flaky Republicans running for President.
Say what you want about Trump he at least he has made the race interesting.   Also, what is interesting is that Dr. Carson,  Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders are are doing to well in the polls and Biden is not even an official candidate yet.

Tonight is the night for Stephen Colbert's debut on the Late Show.  I am not really familiar with him or his style so I will check out his first show via my DVR.  I really really miss Jay Leno and really really really miss Johnny Carson.  As for David Letterman, the only thing I liked on his show was his Top Ten list and I absolutely hated Paul Shafer.

More later after it cools off.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Drought continues

Yup, February was also dry and IF we get any rain it is probably two weeks off and will probably be very light.   Guess I should start stocking up on bottled water.  The only problem with the is the fact that it is very difficult to take a shower with bottled water.  Grrr....

Missed the boys of the Choir of Men and Boys at Grace Cathedral at Evensong today.  They are either on vacation of busy getting ready for Easter although it is a little early for that.  Minus those angelic voices at Evensong I discovered that there are at least three countertenors in the choir.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bi-polar weather

After a very dry year leading into December 2014, we had an extremely wet December but now it is back to the same old stuff as January 2015 was the driest on record.  This should have been our wettest month.  If everything were running normally, February could be very wet too but I don't think that will happen.  March anyone??

Anyone know how to do a Rain Dance?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Be careful what you wish for.

As recently as Thanksgiving people here in San Francisco and Vicinity were wondering if we were ever going to get rain.  HA!   Now people are wondering if it will ever stop.  We are now over 250% of normal and do not need anymore this year.  The Sierra snow pack is not fairing as well however it is turning colder little by little so there should be more snow and down to a lower elevation.

IF the current forecast holds, we should have a dry Christmas.  I hope so as I do not want to traipse over to Oakland for dinner in this rain.

 Had early morning appointment today at the SF Endoscopy Center and after that I had to get some groceries.  Now I am bushed.  Time for nap.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Medicare, etc.

Well, the City & Country of SF Fire Department has finally billed Medicare for that three block ambulance ride in March 2013.  I just hope they bill for the current date otherwise the claim might not be paid due to its being over one year old.  Sheila did know however to bill Medicare as my prime insurance and that they in turn will send along the claim to Anthem Blue Cross.  I am glad that I went down to City Hall last week as that act alone seemed to get the ball rolling.  Prior to that everything seemed to be stuck in neutral.

I've enjoyed the recent rain (finally) and now there is more on the way for this next weekend.  Yippee!  We will need several "normal" years however to recoup what has been lost during the recent years of the drought.

Thanksgiving Dinner this week with the "usual suspects" in Oakland.  They are like family now and this has become a tradition at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  BTW, that term has been borrowed from the movie "Casablanca".

Have a great holiday everyone.