Monday, August 15, 2016



  1. I vote for extreme vetting of Presidential candidates.

  2. I had to pass a rigorous psychological exam to enter the ordination process and, while that's vital, think how much less responsibility one pastor has compared with the President of the United States.

  3. 1/2 hour thunderstorm cooled us a good ten degrees. Grateful!

  4. Thinking of the recently reported cases of electronic abstraction and publication of politicians' computerized communications, two things impress me.

    First, any rational person must today assume that absent very serious encryption, e-mail will be read by unintended third parties; it is little more secure than a postcard.

    Second, attempting to divert attention from one's naughtiness by excoriating those who discovered it is likely to be of limited effect. To quote Justice Brandeis:

    "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."


    1. I don't think anyone's reading my email. It would take only a moderate amount of effort to do so but (yawn!) what they'd find isn't worth even that effort and they know it.

      A politician's email is different , of course.

  5. puddle! Just saw this, written by Nurse Teri:

    "Thank you Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4-D) and Rep. David McKinley (WV-1-R) for co sponsoring ‪#‎HR379‬ ‪#‎NationalNurseAct‬. Rep. DeFazio is a member of the House Nursing Caucus and Rep. McKinley serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee."

  6. Off to MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, tomorrow. I'll be "conductor" for a group of more than 30 fans taking the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Kansas City and back on the 22nd. Looking forward to a great time, but will miss everyone here.

  7. What Cat said!