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Monday, November 19, 2018

I was blind, but now I see

Last night I re-watched Stargate: The Ark of Truth. It was a movie continuation of the Stargate tv series and dealt with how the good guys finally managed to defeat the bad guys from another galaxy who worshipped evil ascended beings called the Ori. The way they did this was not through force of arms but by finding and using a contraption built by good ascended bings, known as the Ark of Truth ... a relic that causes people to realize the reality of a situation, despite their previous mistaken beliefs.

Here's a clip that shows our heroes confronted by the one remaining evil Ori and her high priest (Julian Sands as the Doci) and the Ark of Truth. The good guys manage to turn on and open the Ark, changing the heart of the high priest and through him all the hearts of those around the galaxy who had worshipped the Ori, thus rendering the Ori vulnerable. The high priest says, "Have mercy. I was blind, but now I see." ...



I wish there was an Ark of Truth that could change the hearts of Trump supporters.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

You Like Me Too Much

Another of my favorite Beatles songs, from their second movie album, by George - You Like Me Too Much ...


Yard photos

It's cool but sunny here. Out in the yard with the cats ...

Here is Lucy ...



Here's a Thompson Seedless grape leaf, a bit beaten up ...



My step-father planted the grapes long ago and now they've gone wild ...



Here's Hansel, sitting on the stump of the deceased magnolia tree ...



Here are my little clones :) We need more plants because so many have died in the drought, so I'm trying to make cuttings to get more plants without having to buy them. These are from a Photinia bush ...



Here's Snowy, trying to nap ...



And her mom, Marie ...



Leaves. So many leaves. I see a lot of raking in my future ...


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The fires

Very smoky here today because of the fires ...



It's really hard to think about all of the people and animals killed in the fires - burned alive. Things like this make me wonder what Christians believe about a God who lets such suffering happen. When I say my prayers at night and ask that all my loved ones be safe, I have to wonder what the point of doing that is. Does God care about us? Does he even exist?

Monday, November 12, 2018

RIP: Stan Lee



As someone who grew up reading Marvel comics,I was sad to see today that Stan Lee has died. From Wikipedia ...

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber /ˈliːbər/, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher. He was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

In collaboration with several artists—particularly Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and—with his brother, co-writer Larry Lieber—the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. In doing so, he pioneered a more complex approach to writing superheroes in the 1960s, and in the 1970s challenged the standards of the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies ....


Stan often appeared in funny cameo roles in the Marvel movies. My favorite one is when he played a FedEx delivery guy who misreads the name on a package for Tony Stark (Iron Man) in Captain America: Civil War ...



A lot of people credit their family or their church with having raised them with a certain ethical foundation. I do credit my family, of course, but I also owe a lot to all those comics I read. The guys like Captain America and Thor and Spider-Man and Reed Richards and others taught me how important it is to be honest and kind and brave and persistent. I'm not always those things, but I learned that they are goals worth working toward because of Marvel comics :)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day: WWI



My grandfather actually served in WWI (1914-18) in the Army Air Corps ... he was born in 1894, which seems impossibly long ago. Here's a pic of him when he was young (far left) and his father (who immigrated here from France) and his brothers ...



Here's a pic of him later when he was a bird colonel in the army ...



And here he is even later, with me and my sister :) ...


Saturday, November 10, 2018

John Oliver: immigration

Immigration: one of the biggest issues used by Trump to stir up hate and fear among his zombie horde of supporters. This despite the fact that Trump's grandfather was an immigrant from Germany, his first wife was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and his third wife was an immigrant from Slovenia. . Here John Oliver discusses the immigration situation ...

Friday, November 09, 2018

Paradise is burning

Outside it's very smoky and the sun had been reduced to a little red orb. About 100 miles north of here in the Sierra Nevada foothills is the town of Paradise and it's on fire ...



I've never been to Paradise but I always wanted to visit after having watched the old tv western of the same name. It's scary and sad to see so much devastation.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Kitty pic

Still looking at my pile of floppies. One disk I opened had a picture I made in an art program ... back in the olden days we were playing around a lot with different graphic programs. Here's a kitty I made :) ...



Floppy

Lately I've been trying to figure out how to get some extra money and the thought occurred that I could self-publish my ancient book-length story written many years ago. Amazon makes it easy to self-publish kindle books. It's free and you can keep 70% of the selling price. My brother-in-law does this: here's his vampire novel, The Shake ...



But anyway, I looked for my copy of my old story in the bottom drawer of my grandmother's dresser (on which the computer now sits) where I have all my ancient floppies ...



Then I realized my present computer couldn't read floppies and had to send away for a floppy disk drive. Then when I downloaded it to the desktop, I couldn't open it because the program I had been using, Claris, was so old. I was pretty depressed but my sister suggested I try to open it with BBEdit, which worked. Except then all the formatting was gone. I put it in Word for Mac but I'm having to go through it line by line, formatting.

It's been so long since I wrote it that I can't remember all that happens in it and I'm having to rewrite a lot of it, but it takes place in San Francisco, mostly at Golden Gate Park, and an anaconda snake is involved. It's going to take a long time - I'm only on chapter 1 of 30 chapters - but it's kind of fun to be taken back to when I wrote it in the late 90s :) Hope something comes of it.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Religious belief and voting

Pew has some research on how various religious groups voted in the 2018 midterm election. It's kind of depressing - about half of all Catholic voters voted for Republicans and half for Democrats, but almost 80% of white Evangelical Christians voted Republican. If this election really was a referendum on Trump, that means that a majority of Christians voted for the policies of a man and party that are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus. They chose hate and fear and greed instead of love and kindness and self-sacrifice.

How religious groups voted in the midterm elections

California :)

While there were electoral disappointments in other parts of the country, here in California things went pretty well. As soon-to-be governor Gavin Newsom said in his victory speech ...

"To those who wonder whether polarization is permanent, who think today's big dreams are tomorrow's broken promises, who question whether a 40-million-person melting pot of different faiths, families and futures can live and prosper together — California is your answer!"

John Cox, the conservative Republican who ran against Newsom, was a Trumpist, a multimillionaire businessman from Illinois, who said that he was in the race to help all the people in California who couldn't afford housing, gas, and food in this ill-run state .... why do I find his stance disingenuous?

My senator, Dianne Feinstein won - yay! - and although a rent control proposition I had hoped would pass did not, prop 12, the Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act, did pass. It was hard to decide how to vote on that because some animal welfare groups like PETA were against it as being too wimpy, but I voted yes, thinking that I shouldn't let the best be the enemy of the good - the SPCA and many other animal welfare groups agreed with me.

Overall, it is good to be a Californian.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Now the Dems have the House ...



All the votes are not yet counted, of course, but it looks clear that while the Democrats lost sadly in some important races, they will have control of the House. What will they do with that control?

Some say we should be nice and work across the aisle to support bipartisan deals. That's ok. But some say we should not start any investigations. That's insane - of course we should!

There has not been such a corrupt president/administration in Washington in our lifetimes, but for the last two years the Republican members of the House have acted as Trump's spineless henchmen, enabling every rotten thing done instead of providing oversight. You can kiss that syncopathic situation goodbye.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Vote!



Don't forget to vote tomorrow, if you haven't already done so. I voted a couple of weeks ago by mail This is the first mid-term election in which I've voted for everybody and every thing on the ballet. I picked organizations whose opinions I share - the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and the Democratic party - and checked their voting guides to help me choose. This could be one of the most important elections in which I've voted. If the Democrats are able to win the House (and Senate?), they could slow down Trump and his agenda, if not stop it cold. So, vote!

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Goodby, Goldy



This morning when I was outside feeding the cats, I saw that a small possum was dead in the back yard. Sad. I couldn't tell how he had died with my bad vision, but my sister was coming over today so I was going to wait for her to decide what to do.

But then later that morning, when going around to the other side of the yard, I found Goldy. I couldn't tell what had killed him either. It seems too much of a coincidence that they would both die at the same time, so I called the lady at Animal Control about it but she wasn't there and I had to leave a message. Meanwhile I wait for my sister to come and help me decide what to do.

As I wait, I've been thinking about Goldy. He first showed ho here a little over a year ago as a kitten ...



He was really afraid of me but he became one of the many cats here in the yard and eventually got used to me. We got him neutered this spring. He was a sweet cat, never aggressive, and I will miss him. It seems so sad that he got to live such a short life, that he didn't get to be someone's indoor pet, that I am the only one who will know of him and love him and cry at his passing. Goodby, Goldy.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Trump: what women want



Trump gave a speech on the immigrant caravan yesterday from the Roosevelt Room, in which he said, among other things, that the army would consider rocks that were thrown at him as firearms and shoot back (which, if on American soil and if lethal, would be manslaughter/murder).

Trump also opined that the women of the US don't want those scary male migrants coming here and that what women really want most of all is "security". He's not speaking to women here, of course, but to other white men, and the message is "hey guys, we can't allow our property (women) to be appropriated by those out-group males".

Women aren't domesticated animals or pieces of cake - we are people who want basically the same things men do. The reason Trump thinks women want security is because the only women who spend time with him are those who want money/power.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hey, Yoda ...

Wake up from your nap so I can take your picture ...



Ouch, let go of my knuckle ;) ...


All Saint's Day

A song for All Saint's Day: Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Donovan, from the movie about Francis of Assisi ...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Birthright citizenship



Trump has said "we're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous and it has to end."

A lie (shocker!). Actually many other countries have birthright citizenship, including Canada and Mexico.

This is all about the 14th amendment to our constitution, adopted after the Civil War to establish the citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws for former slaves and their children. That Trump and his henchmen (Pence, Graham, etc.) want to do away with birthright citizenship is another example of their racism.