Thursday, November 15, 2018

Counting all the votes in Florida

Florida is counting and recounting votes for senator and governor. We hear over and over “We just need to count all the votes.” From the Democrats on behalf the of candidates who are behind. I oppose what they want to do. Because they don’t tell you something very important: when they say that they mean to count illegal ballots and invalid ballots.

Illegal ballots. Only registered voters can vote. Noncitizens cannot vote. 
- You can vote only once; a second vote in the same election is illegal. 
- Felons: In Florida it is very difficult for a person convicted of a felony to regain the right to vote, so it is illegal for most to vote. (This provision is about to change.)

Invalid ballots. There is a deadline for mail-in ballots to arrive; a late ballot is invalid; cannot be counted. 
- Signature: The signature when voting is checked against the one collected when registering; non matching signature makes the ballot invalid. (Washington has a process to allow the voter to correct an error on this.)
- There surely are other actions that make a ballot invalid.

So when Honorable Chuck Schumer of New Your says “Just count all the votes,” he is demanding the county officials of Florida to violate the law they work under and count illegal and invalid ballots.

So what?? Every illegal or invalid balot cancels out the vote of one legally registered citizen. They cancel out your vote and my vote.  I say count all legal and valid ballots/votes and none of the others.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Eclipse - we saw it!

We drove to central Oregon to the see August, 2017 total exlipse of the Sun. (About 360 miles each way.) We reserved a hotel in The Dalles, Oregon, over a year in advance. We paid more than we usally pay, but they honored their regular rate and did not try to gouge us.

Totality was at about 10 am. So we had breakfast at the hotel and left at about 7 am. We would have aimed for the eclipse center at Mitchell, Oregon, but having a nursing mother (and 3-week-old son) along, she required a shorter trip. So I assumed a group of 3 adjacent parks about 10 miles SE of Fossil, Oregon would provide us public bathroom. On arrival we found a campground with bathroom and an open meadow perfect for viewing. About 150 people joined us, including a group who set up a 10-inch telescope set up for sun viewing and gave everyone a chance to use it. Almost everyone had protective glasses of various sorts (My son-in-law sold for $10 a pair he paid $2.00 for!) and some had pin-hole viewers - trivial to make; a paper plate with a pinhole will do,

It was spectacular. Amateur astronomers present had phone apps that gave the instant of totality to the second, so they shouted out when it was safe to remove glasses, then when necessary to put them back on. Totality creeps up... It gets darker and darker... then the dark sun has a halo around it that is not uniform, but has some streaks. Spectacular!!

It is an experience of a lifetime. It's worth traveling 720 miles and two nights in a nice hotel. This was my second. In 1979 there was a total that we only had to drive 110 miles from Seattle to view so I took off from work to go see it.

(This was in my drafts for over a year.)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sound Transit lied to Legislature and voters and ...

Sound Transit lied to the Legislature, lied to the public and violated the Washington Constitution.

According to a study by the Washington Senate when they got permission for the huge Sound Transit 3 tax increase. Dow Constantine (King County) and other board members told the Legislature in 2016 that the highest amount it wanted was $15 billion, then asked the public for $54 billion - more than 3 times as much. Constantine lied. Sound Transit exec Peter Rogoff coordinated lobbying by multiple groups to the Legislature, violating the prohibition of lobbying by public agencies.

Marilyn Strickland (Tacoma) and the ST board mislead voters about the size and scope of tax increases. And what has the public seeing red: ST misrepresents the value of your car in calculating the annual car tax. That is hitting people this year, and hard!! Their schedule is based on manufacturers suggested retain price, which is more people pay. The difference is often 10% and sometimes much more.

Tim Burgess’s predecessor Mayor Murray (Seattle) and the ST board improperly gave the Yes campaign the emails of 172,000 people. They said it was an accident. Yeh… they know better. But  no ST employee was disciplined for that violation of law … oh it's just a convenient mistake. The State Public Disclosure Commission joins in the guilt on this one. Lead by Anne Levinson, they said “Oh, maybe the disclose was unintentional.” But for people like you and me the intent doesn’t matter, just the violation.

The violation of the Constituion is too technical to be of interest. My source for this is a Senate committee chair, but many Demos feel violated also.

Senator Padden

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Medicaid has big troubles - now!

Politician logic: Since Medicaid is going broke let’s put more people on it. Man on the street: But won’t that double the crisis? Politician: Yes, I mean maybe. But… I get points for covering more people. (Even if they don’t get the care they need, I get to say “they have gained insurance.”)

The intent of Medicaid was to help the poorest Americans. Its costs were rising before Obamacare. but Obamacare caused the increases to be even steeper. And the needy are getting poor care and poor availability.

Meanwhile it is not serving those it was intended for. While Illinois expanded the population eligible, 800 of those previously eligible died - died - while on waiting lists, according to Foundation for Government Accountability.
A start would be refocusing Medicaid on its original mission of caring for the poor and those unable to do it for themselves. That means changing the program’s incentives to allow people more responsibility for their own health outcomes. It also means giving states the freedom to explore options like health savings accounts, direct primary care for Medicaid patients, and systems to remove enrollees who abuse the program.
WSJ Requires subscription, I am afraid.

What’s particularly perverse is that ObamaCare pays states more for the able-bodied adults newly covered under the Medicaid expansion than for people with serious disabilities under the original program.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Founders of the US. Original documents

For American history lovers Jay Cost at the Weekly Standard highlighted the current online resources for documents of the founders. Article: Founders’ Keepers. The occasion is the new or newly completed Founders Online at US National Archives. And he gives some other valuable sources.

The big one: Founders Online at US Archives

Three more important ones:

And one university press digitizing books:

Friday, March 17, 2017

The ban of DDT killed millions of people

The US banned the use of DDT in 1972 and millions have since died due to that decision. Seattleite William Ruchelshaus was EPA administrator and made that decision. He did do despite the science. Yes, despite the science, not because of it.
EPA appointed Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney to evaluate DDT. In 1971-2 he conducted a seven-month hearing. EPA actually participated, testifying against DDT! 
Judge Sweeney, after 80 days of testimony from 150 expert scientists, ruled that DDT “is not a carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic hazard to man” and does “not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wild life. There is a present need for the continued use of DDT for the essential uses defined in this case.”
Ruckelshaus in April 1979 told American Farm Bureau Federation that he imposed the ban for political reasons. And millions died. 

The UN World Health Org allowed limited use of DDT in 2006 and several African countries are using it to combat malaria, so Ruckelshaus’s damage now continues at a lower level.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Alabama Democrats support Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump chose Senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Senate hearings have started today.

The headline charge against him is over 30 years old and very thin. That he had called a black man “boy,” and said positive things about the Ku Kux Klan. Sessions denied the charges and there was no supporting testimony at that time. in 1986 - 30+ years ago.

In Alabama there are a lot of good words about him. A group of black pastors from Alabama held a press conference Monday saying they know him, have worked with him for years and that Sessions is a good man who has done good things. Quote from CNS News:
 … “We know in Alabama who Jeff Sessions is,” Bishop Kyle Searcy, senior pastor of the multi-racial, nondenominational Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, Ala., told
“And it’s important to me that the truth comes out about him,” he added, “that he’s known for who is, he’s known for the good things he’s done in Alabama. 
… Also speaking at the event organized by the Family Research Council (FRC) was Rev. Dean Nelson, director of African-American outreach for FRC's Watchmen on the Wall, a ministry to pastors, and chairman of the board for the Frederick Douglass Foundation.
Nelson noted that Sessions helped prosecute and insisted on the death penalty for Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member Henry Francis Hays, who had abducted and killed a black teenager. 
“Senator Sessions has consistently demonstrated respect and care for people of all races while serving in his home state of Alabama,” Nelson said. “He has, in fact, worked relentlessly on the side of desegregation and justice.”
And at my favorite blog they have found similar support.

Power Line has several testimonials at - The down-home truth about Jeff Sessions

Power Line has more at Son of civil rights leader prosecuted by Sessions endorses him. Even though Sessions prosecuted his father he says Sessions was always fair.

He has been in the Senate for a long time. The Demo senators know him. I hope they will treat him fairly. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016


This site uses cookies, because it is at Blogger. The European Union requires that every web site in the world that is seen in the EU post a warning and, in some cases, a request for permission if using cookies. Google tells me they provide such a notice on this, my blog. But I am responsible to make sure it is seen. But, but since I am outside the EU I cannot see it. So I can't make sure it works, even though I am responsible.

I almost appreciate Google helping me comply with this. But, but, but I can't know whether or not I am complying.

Giving thanks

Today is the day we stop to give thanks. To think of what we have received and who it came from. Then we are supposed to say so - "the giving" -  but I don't do very well on the action part.

I thank God for my wife, my family, our church and our community of Lake Forest Park, WA.

Church: New Hope International Church in Bellevue, WA

Family: I attended the retirement party for my brother Rick yesterday. He worked for Seattle Pacific University for 18 years.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Growth of our economy brings more jobs, higher paying jobs and challenging jobs. We need it badly.

This year Hillary Clinton offers more Obama stagnation. The 2008 recession ended in 2009, but we have little growth since. Obama's drop in the unemployment rate is NOT due to more people working but to people giving up on the job search and sitting on the side line.

Donald Trump is far from perfect, but he is far, far better than Mrs. Clinton on jobs and the economy.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Temper tantrum in Congress

My congressman was in the group that threw a temper tantrum and shut down the House of Representative. The Democrats already got the vote they are demanding. The Senate voted on the same bill and they lost. Adults would have said "OK. We lost this time." But they ...

Monday, June 06, 2016

An honorable Marine and a Secretary of State

When a young Marine committed a single security violation he followed the Marine honor code and turned himself in - with consequences.

A Secretary of State violated Department policies  -- set up an email server with minimal security to avoid the disclosure required by law. Then stored classified material where foreign governments could get access. (Did they access it?) She expects her violations to be excused and to be rewarded with the highest trusted position in the US.

Phillip Jennings in USA Today.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

When will Bezos pay to locate an Amazon facility in space?

No. He doesn't plan to risk his business by putting it in space, but yours! He expects Boeing to!! In order to "Save the Earth" of course.

His comments at the Code Conference on May 31 via

Bezos says tasks that require lots of energy shouldn't be handled on Earth. Instead, we should perform them in space, and that will happen within the next few hundred years."Energy is limited here. In at least a few hundred years ... all of our heavy industry will be moved off-planet," Bezos added. "Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial. 
You shouldn't be doing heavy energy on earth. We can build gigantic chip factories in space." Solar energy, for instance, is more practical for factories in space, he said. 
"We don't have to actually build them here," he said. "The Earth shades itself, [whereas] in space you can get solar power 24/7. ... The problem with other planets ... people will visit Mars, and we will settle Mars, and people should because it's cool, but for heavy industry, I would actually put it in space."
The reporter adds:
No word yet, however, on when Bezos plans to move Amazon fulfillment warehouses beyond the surly bonds of Earth.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Still slow posting

I still haven't solved the tie-in between my blogging SW (both on Mac and IPhone). And I have other problems now! The SSD in my Mac froze. I have replaced it but am only part-way restored from my back up. My situation is not straight-forward for Apple's Time Machine. And I am being very, very careful not to mess up my only back up.

A family member asked me which I would vote for: The Donald or Hillary Clinton.

Response: My only vote for Hillary is "Guilty." She violated State Department rules and stored Secret and Top Secret information on her own private server. That made that classified info available to foreign governments - friends and foes. If I had done inadvertently a fraction of what she did  I would be behind bars. She did it intentionally and expects you and me to elect her president.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Does Bernie Sanders want GE to remove 1,500 jobs from Vermont?

Bernie Sanders of Vermont complains constantly about immoral corpoerations. Generally without any examples. But recently he cited giant GE. Does Sanders want GE to close two plants and remove its 1,500 employees from Vermont? And stop buying $40 million of parts and services per year in Vermont?

GE's CEO Immelt responded  in Washington  Post:
The senator has never bothered to stop by our aviation plant in Rutland, Vt. We’ve been investing heavily (some $100 million in recent years), hiring and turning out some of the world’s finest jet-engine components in Vermont since the 1950s. The plant employs more than 1,000 people who are very good at what they do. It’s a picture of first-rate jobs with high wages, advanced manufacturing in a vital industry — how things look when American workers are competing and winning — and Vermont’s junior senator is always welcome to come by for a tour. 
Elsewhere in Vermont, GE Healthcare employs more than 340 men and women in South Burlington. Yearly, GE does about $40 million worth of business with dozens of suppliers of parts and services across Vermont. Nationwide, we have 200 GE plants, including 15 that were built in the past five years — all with the aim of making GE the world’s premier industrial company.
And Immelt defends GE's global business.

Would Vermont be better if GE took those jobs to another state? Via Powerline Blog.