Friday, September 30, 2016

The Trump Two Step

Congress is a Pack of Jackasses Who Are Mad Obama's Veto Was Overturned by Congress

So, Congress passed a law that would "allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia". This on the assumption (as yet unproven) that the Saudi Government supported the terrorists who flew the buildings into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Not just people in Saudi Arabia- but the government.  And yes, we had an inquiry into that under Bush the Younger and nothing was found to implicate the government.

Wall Street Journal Opinion Page - Obama Haters! - makes fun of Congress for the stupid act.
But there is a current law that foreign governments cannot be sued unless that country is listed as "State sponsor of Terrorism". So the law congress wrote a new law - and the Obama administration fought against the law - which says that if a country supported terrorism in any way even if it wasn't a terrorist act when it started or they didn't know terrorist would use the funds, they could be sued in US Court.
Yes, Congress blames Obama for their own actions.

The President (like Bush the Younger before him) said there were two problems with this.

First, there is no proof the Saudi Government sponsored the terrorists - despite investigations and assumptions that the government might have known.

Second, this law would open the United States and our troops to being sued for acts we do.

So he veto'ed the legislation. (link) Joining the President in condemning this legislation this were military leaders of both parties and major companies operating in foreign countries (link)

Japan notes the idiocy of it all.
The only thing Congress enjoys more than screwing over the President is grandstanding with 9/11 families before an election - so they overrode the Veto and passed the law anyway. In the US, a Presidential Veto can be overridden by a 2/3s majority - and it passed almost unanimously in the Senate (97 - 1) and strongly in the House of Representatives (348-77). So plenty of dumb Democrats (lead by Israel's Senator Chuck Schumer) voted for this.

Well... it turns out President Obama was right. Suddenly the leaders of both the House and Senate have been informed that drone attacks fall under their standard as written and the pilots can be sued.

AND anywhere we have military or espionage activities and Congress hasn't declared War (which is everywhere we have activities except Afghanistan) our military can be sured. (link)

Now, Congress is - seriously they are saying this - bitching because Obama didn't participate in writing the legislation. This is after the SAME CONGRESSMEN bitched that Obama WAS attempting to put his spin on the pending legislation. (link)

As I said, Jackasses.
Bloomberg Editorial.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some Things Are Just For Me... And Some Are Just For My Little Badger Eddie

(from the WSJ)

The Michigan Wolverines Are Back. Ugh.

A victory by Wisconsin would thankfully put an end to the insufferable swagger that Mr. Khakipants has restored in Ann Arbor.

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JASON GAY
Sept. 28, 2016 7:01 p.m. ET
There are a lot of reasons I want—no, I need—my Wisconsin Badgers to defeat the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines in football Saturday. The most obvious reason is that I graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, unequivocally regarded as the planet’s finest institution of higher learning and bratwurst (sorry, you Harvard/Stanford losers). A victory in Ann Arbor would make Wisconsin a perfect 5-0, and two weeks later, in Madison, when they crush Ohio State and its tetchy coach, Urban Meyer, the Badgers will have a clear track to a spot in college football’s daffy new playoff system.
But the main reason I need Wisconsin to beat Michigan is simple:
I can’t stand Michigan. I’m sorry.
I want to be clear: I mean the college, not the state. I love the state of Michigan. And Michigan State. Sparty, you guys are cool. And nice hat.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Well, if you happen to be in Reykjavik Tonight....

If you're in Reykjavik tonight between 10PM and 11PM, the street lights, businesses lights and many homes will be dark.

The city is turning off the street lights to better view the Northern Lights, which are supposed to be fantastic tonight.

Just saying.

(Icelandic Northern Lights)
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This is right downtown on the waterfront - a Viking Ship Sculpture

From a Hill above town at the Perlen
Someday I'll go to see them.  But I hate the cold and I tend to like long ass Icelandic days to hike during.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Thought I Couldn't Do It, Didn't You?

The first Presidential Debate was last night, and I know what you are thinking. You're not going to be able to hold back, are you Scott?

You are incorrect, I will let shit like this pass right by - like water off a duck's ass.


One Thing that Reminds Me of Home Everytime

If you have ever worked in Los Angeles (or much of California), there are those days in summer when someone brings in baskets of fruit for everyone to take home.

The home tree has made too many Oranges, or Apricots, or Grapes, or Grapefruit, or lemons, or - the best of all worlds - too many purple plums.

I love purple plums. I love them right off the tree with the juice dripping down your face while you eat them.

They are hard to get in New York. Not plums - they are available, but the big juicy purple plums that make you feel like a kid.  The kind you have to eat over the sink.

I had one today and ti put a huge ass smile on my face.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wow - this is me....

I am having such anxiety I can hardly think about it.



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And though I didn't want them to win, I never felt the way I do now when it was Bush The Younger of McCain or Mittens.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Falling Water in Pennsylvania

So now we get to why we went to Pennsylvania in the first place. A tour of Falling Water.

If you don't know, Falling Water is a super famous Frank Lloyd Wright house. I've seen pictures and read about it. Ed and I both love architecture tours, so we went last week after Ed's marathon work at the US Open.

It is spectacular. I'll describe as you see it. PS - You are only allowed outside pictures, but the insdie was great.

This is the view as you walk up to the tour. It is a series of levels, many cantilevered over the stream and waterfall that the family loved. They came to camp here in the 1910s-30s before commissioning the home. It is designed to blend into nature. (see the bridge to the lower right)

Oddly, Wright was not doing well (as an architect) before this house. It was the depression and hard to make a name for yourself. He was in his 60s when this was built, and the commissions poured in. He worked until he was 93.


This is the view from the bridge of the house floating above the water. There was a deck for indoor / outdoor space off the front room and private decks off all 4 bedrooms.

Note the steps to the water. They enter in the glass enclosed front room (where you see flowers in the center of the picture). There is a glass greenhouse enclosure inside there that can be fully opened to let a cool breeze travel up from the stream.

it was built in 1937 before air-conditioning was a thing.


This is the famous view. The rock and red windows form a trunk for the house and offset the cantilever. You can hear the waterfall even with low water (like it is in the picture).  It was great.


This is the view with the world's best husband in the shot. No further explanation needed.

Nero Fiddles

I thought "Nero Fiddles" was better than "Jesus Wept".

Our congress does nothing and it is infuriating. This pubic whining passes for "action".

 Above we have the story of Congress and the EpiPen. The Epi-Pen is a lifesaving device for people with deadly allergies.

Now the CEO is the daughter of a US Senator. In the five years she has taken over, she raised the price of the life -saving device from $100 to $600. It's out of patent, but Congress (where her father sits) and the FDA will not approve any generics.

Her mother used her position at the National Associate of State Boards of Education to require schools across America to purchase and stock EpiPens - where her daughter was the CEO of the only company that makes the EpiPens AND that raised their prices 6 fold (USA Today LINK).

The company is doing fine, by the by. Five executives have made over $300 Million dollars EACH during this.

During the Congressional "grilling" CEO Heather Bresch didn't even have the good grace to appear contrite.

The company said they only made $50 per per. But then, after pressure, they released a second "generic" for only $300.

So, there isn't even a hand-slap for this outrage. She has to sit and be yelled at for 1 afternoon. For that she makes $5,769.23 an hour (not including her multimillion dollar bonus). Or $96 a minute for smirking at us.

Congress yelled at the CEO of Wells Fargo this week too.  The company signed up consumers for extra products and charged them. Now they were fined (not by Congress but by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Comptroller of the US and the City of Los Angeles) $185 Million for this (link). There profits rose $20,000 Million (or $20 billion).

Congress brought them in and yelled at him. The CEO took "full responsibility" but isn't quitting, reducing his pay nor firing any senior managers.

The Republicans in Congress are taking action here. They have introduced legislation to disband the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. really.

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So I get hatred at Congress and the way things are. If Trump promised to waterboard the Wells Fargo CEO, the Mylan CEO and that shit Martin Shkreli - I'd vote for him.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pittsburgh

Ed and I were in Pittsburgh and this set of pictures is of the city.

First is "The Strip" - part of town where the old train yards were and the wholesale district was.  It is slowly changing to more hipster part of town with bars and lofts.


This is the Phoneix Brewery that was expanded and made into a set of lofts - very cool.



This is the old wholesale Fruit Mart. Check out the front and then see how long the building is.

This is ed's cousin Martha and her husband. We all had a great dinner and a lot of fun.

Finally, we went up an old funicular. There are a couple that go to the tops of hills and you get an amazing view of Pittsburgh.

The fountain is where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River combine to make the Ohio River. The view was stupendous.

I'm Checking Out of The Election Discussion

So, it's time for me to check out of the election discussion. I do not understand how people can vote for Trump. I understand the desire for change. I understand the need to protest. I understand they might hate Hillary.

However I cannot understand how the vote to put Donald Trump (no name calling or anything) in charge of our country, economy and military.

And I have two ways of expressing it.  The good way....

And the way I really feel....