Sunday, November 29, 2015


Everyone should have had a belly full this Thanksgiving weekend. Not just Turkey or Ham but also sports and the onslaught of Christmas sales.

Fortunately, we seemed to have been spared from the politicians or at least I was ignorant of any local mal-doings.

On the national scene Carlson, who recently came under fire for comparing Syrian refugees to rabid dogs, made a trip to Jordan to get up to date on foreign policy. He visited Syrian Refugee camps there and decided that they did not want to come to the USA but return home. Therefore we must get rid of ISIS, No how or why.

Most of the others were for the greater part quiet except for Trump the favorite of Republicans in the polls who insisted on Sunday he was "100 percent right" when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion.

In a phone interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Trump said he has heard from "hundreds of people that agree" that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true.” (news media quote).

Yes the TV news did show “thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attack on the USA.

Only problem was that while glued to the TV like most of us; all I saw were episodes from Arab nations. Perhaps Trump meant that he was in Jersey City at that time and saw televised “thousands of Muslims etc.”

With Trump’s habit of shooting from the waist he continues to attract a dangerous lunatic fringe with half-truths or plain falsehoods. One can recall that Hitler began his political career in Munich in the same manner and built a following of those who felt in need of scapegoats and would destroy the system. There is such a danger in any free speech democracy.

A positive sign is that the latest poll in evangelistic Iowa showed on a 25% Trump Republican preference. However Cruz suddenly is on his tail with 23% .It us believed that Cruz is now attracting disenchanted Carson adherents.

We can only hope that some rationality will strike the Republican Party before its convention. At least there is still enough candidates left that when it comes down to the nitty gritty there will be valid choices.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


This is the blog I was not going to write! I hope all had a great Thanksgiving and can also enjoy a 4 day weekend.

My own Thanksgiving Day was a quiet one at home with Dawg but for one hour interrupted by calls from my four children and two grandchildren. The highlight was of course going out to dinner with Ron and Paula.

I don’t like restaurants on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day since they are so crowded and the service is bent on getting this bunch out so that the next shift can be seated. However this time the food was tasty and we were not rushed. There was of course two glitches, my vegetables were only lukewarm and the waiter forgot to place the bread basket on the table until requested. At the prices of “special meals” that should have been automatic.

This made up for Wednesday when I was intending to do needed house cleaning; not of the dusting or vacuuming type but (a) clearing off my desk so I could see the top, (b) placing all requests for funds that I will not act upon before January into a folder, (c) paying a few bills, (d) cleaning up email and (e) installing the Windows 10 correction upgrade. The last chore was really an installation of a new Windows 10 OS.

When I had upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 it was an easy and fairly rapid process. Yesterday was different.

I had been told that it would be time consuming so that was why I had waited. Well, everything ran as expected until 2e reached a point that the screen said 92% completed when time seemed to have stood still. One hour later the screen still read 92% and although the computer light occasional continued to blink it was obvious that the installation was stuck.

My Maven who was helping suggested disconnecting everything that was attached except the monitor, including some USB plugins. Once that was done the installation woke up and in about 30 minutes was completed

The only problem is that my external speakers are not working, and I have to move a ton of hardware to trace the cables. Also I am having a problem with the display; the toolbars are too large and cut off the “page” so that I can’t find the arrows on the bottom.

But I am sure this too will pass. However it was not the worse of my electronic misadventures. I was watching the Not Wednesday; midway through the second half UVA/Lehigh basketball game on my TV. Since it was only on ESPN3, the internet channel, here I had to use my Roku, which has never given me any problems.

Not Wednesday; midway through the second half the screen went blank and I received the message that Roku had lost its HiFi connection.

When I tried to reconnect I had to use the computer and Verizon would not accept my password. Finally I had to reinstall the sane password which Verizon accepted. By that time it was past bedtime.

Since I am not “Black Fridaying” I hope today will be better. By the way; my computer desk is relatively clean but I can’t find the attached desk due to the stuff now on it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I may not post today  due to too much "housekeeping" chores. I also do not expect  readers on Thanksgiving or the coming weekend so may devote my time to other projects. If I do post any of those days it will not be before noon.


Oops, overslept this am, however my insomnia was working full blast last night until after3am.The compensation for that fact was breakfast at 9am and then falling back asleep until past noon. Isn’t it great not to have to work for a living?

Complicating factors included the crisis in the Near East (or Mid East) which escalated overnight with the shooting down of a Russian fighter supposedly over Turkey.

Whereas the ramifications of that action could be many time more serious than the one outstanding moment of last night’s Council meeting which occurred at the end of an otherwise boring lackluster business meeting.

I refer to the complaint by School Sup3erintentent Belin-Pyles against the Administration’s message over the “robot municipal information system about the cancellation of the Youth Summit”. That turned into a she said / he said exchanged with Councilor Taylor and the Mayor

Belin-Pyles said that the Robot call message which claimed that the Youth Summit was cancelled by her “executive decision” without explanation” which constituted libel in her eyes as a defamation of her integrity, a falsification of her action which she described as a need for postponement because the task of changing the format of the High School day as mandated at a Special BOE meeting at the end of October was absorbing all the resources of the system. She claimed that she had requested only a one day postponement.

In a brief reply to Taylor Mapp said that the only message they received was that the ‘cancellation was by her “executive action” and there was no other communication. The timing of the cancellation just before the elections seemed to have a political implication between the Campbells and the “New Democrats”. Whether true or not it seems that no consideration was given to the guest speakers who most likely could not rearrange their schedule at the 11th hour.

The meeting itself was a rubber stamp action by the Council who approved of every item unanimously with the only ‘hitch” being a hesitation by Taylor before voting for the Ordinance approving the South Ave project and her end of the meeting statement that that was only the first reading and things might be different at the second reading of the Ordinance.

Patrick Teberg, the lead Developer presentation of the South Second Street project was smooth although no Council action could be taken because it still has to go before the Planning Board.

I was struck by the fact that the total area in question was only 5 acres of which over 3.5 acres were to be used by the commercial operation. That leaves only 1.5 acres for 90 units of residential buildings with enclosed parking space. I have to picture what the “4 story” units will be like.