Saturday, August 30, 2014


Last year I had issues with getting my boat on the water.
Lotsa rain, high winds, work and social demands kept me from putting out until this time last year.
By that time, the humidity in the air and the ethanol in my gasoline combined to stop my boat motor from running.
I figured I needed a carb rebuild, and decided I'd do it over the winter.
The bitter cold winter hindered me from heating the garage to work on the boat motor I had put in there.
In the spring, a thaw caused a pipe to burst in my family room.
The insurance hired a company to store my goods during repairs.
The goods came back, before I was done.
They went in my garage, blocking access to the motor.
Now I couldn't even send it out for repair.

A few weeks ago, I finished the room.
Then started to unpack the garage.
Then put the motor on the boat and took it to a repair shop.
I got it back Monday.
I still had stuff to do to get it in the water.
The tongue jack on the trailer had broken, the boat had to be washed, and I wanted to replace the propeller.
I agonized over buying a different style propeller than I normally used. I had over heard the prop shop owner (Proper Propellers) talking to another prospective customer and realized I wanted the four blade over the three blade.
AFTER I make the purchase, he says, if I'm not happy, I can exchange it. That would have saved me a lot of deliberation.

Today we took it out.
We actually had to turn around from the launch when I remembered that I had not replaced the safety bolts that kept the motor from flying off the back of the boat, an event that had occurred to me twenty years ago, after having done a ring job and piston replacement over the winter.

Thank God I was reminded.

So we went back again, put in and my son called.
He and my grandson were out on that lake!
We met them on the water and watched while they tubed.
That new prop was worth it.
Seems impossible,  but I gained power taking off AND top end!

All in all, it was an enjoyable experience.
I hope we can do it again a few more times this year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Handle a Barbaric Religion/Political Entity

I'm reading Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith..., which was recommended to me by Z at Geezblog.

This book is the autobiography of a Christian missionary.
In it she relates about being surrounded by a people that worshipped a false god.
That cruelly executed Christians and westerners by the sword.
That raped, tortured and enslaved westerners.
That took explosive laden vehicles and blew themselves up to destroy westerners.

Sound familiar?

And the thing that stopped these people was the dropping of nuclear weapons on them, including "innocent" civilians.

The shock visited upon these people caused them to totally rethink their position, and today, they are allies of the United States and defenders of democracy in their part of the world.
And they gave up their belief in that false god, the emperor.

Granted, we had to nation build for a while.
But the nation we rebuilt was from scratch, not a patch job.

I once attended a seminar in a plant I worked at, and it was to motivate he union employees to reconsider their attitudes towards the workplace.
A major theme was that change often only comes with great trauma.
Illness, loss of income, loss of a loved one, loss of employment.

I think some of the Arab World deserves a little trauma about now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rashomon, Ferguson and the NLRB

I was on Bennett this morning.
I know, "What's new?".
Well, I'm pretty pleased with how it went, and if you're interested, you can listen.
First I remarked on Ferguson and the movie Rashomon.
In Ferguson, we hear many different tellings of the same tale.
Brown attacked the cop, the cop shot Brown, Brown was 30 feet away and undeserving of being shot, Brown was charging at the officer, many different points of view.
I was reminded of the movie Rashomon.

I'll save you the trouble: Rashomon.
It's a movie about four witnesses describing the same event differently.
The trick is who to believe.
I actually mis-remembered the plot, thinking that each character was correct in their description of what they saw, only from a different perspective.
Turns out I was wrong.
You heard it here first.
If Duck comments, he'll correct me.
The Rashomon segment.
BTW, Rashomon was remade as a Western, The Outrage, with Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson, and William Shatner.

At the end of that I wanted Bill to ask his next guest, Peter Kirsanow, who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board, to comment on the effects of the Supreme Court ruling (9-0) that Obama's recess appointment to that board was illegal and invalid.
Bill did, and Peter was glad he did.
More than I imagined, there were some major ramifications to that ruling that have not been reported.
The Kirsanow segment (in which I have no speaking role).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On Robin Williams (and suicide in general)

AOW has a post about Robin Williams, so I guess it's not too late to say something.

My wife was listening to a prominent Christian radio show the other day, as she does every day.
I don't have a link to a podcast of the show, but she says that she heard a therapist, who had been working with Williams shortly before his death, say that Williams had accepted Jesus as his Savior.

Now, some of you may see a problem with that.
You only need to do it once.
And, I find it a little odd that a man would come out and reveal that about a client/patient when the patient didn't, but another side hopes it's true nonetheless.

Yet Robin killed himself.

Historically, suicide has been considered a sin, even a (pardon the pun) deadly sin.
Send you to hell type of sin.
There was quite some discussion about this while Kervorkian was active.
The reason, is that we get right with God through faith in His deliverance of us, and not our own works.
To say that you go to heaven on your own effort is to refuse the free gift of God (salvation).
to say that you must add your own works to the mix, is to denigrate God's free gift, saying it is not enough.

To not have faith is to condemn yourself.
The argument on suicide as spiritual suicide is to say that you have given up faith in God to deliver you.
But if delivery from sin is a spiritual issue, then what is delivery from physical pain?
Is it spiritual?

Had a talk with a couple guys at work today about this (who asked my opinion).
I told them:
If I knew I was going to die a painful death, and I did not expect God to deliver me from the pain:
If I killed myself having faith that Jesus died for my sins and broke the hold of hell on my life and that I'd be with Him, does my lack of faith in him to heal me physically, overcome my faith that he will welcome me to heaven?

I view (from the comfort of my relative good health) suicide as a form of desertion of my post.
Yet, what if a servant felt relieved of duty? Who am I to challenge that?

My dad longed for weeks for God to take him.
But he waited to be taken.
His widow feels the same way.
But she's waiting to be taken.

What of the person, so tormented, mentally or physically, that they are impatient and can't wait?
Is the impatience the sin?
We all have many sins.
Or at least some.
All are deadly.

The one that's deadliest is to refuse God's free gift.

I'd like to think that God (Who was merciful to us sinners to send His Son, "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life") is not as picky as we might think He is.
That if someone had a mental problem (Alzheimer's, depression, etc.) or an imprecise notion of theology, that He would still recognize their faith in Jesus as their Savior.

What say you?

Monday, August 4, 2014


Most of you who frequent here (all 36 of you) probably know Brigit.
Half of you seem to know her.
If you like pictures of dogs, stories about dogs and dogs, you will like this book.
Brigit writes like I wish I could.