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What Happened: A Review

“I can carry around my bitterness forever or I can open my heart once more to love and kindness. That’s the path I chose” This is a quote near the end of Clinton’s new book, What Happened. As I was reading her book, I came to an entirely different opinion. Reading her book through the lens of an unapologetic Trump voter I had already decided this book was written by a bitter old woman.

After reading her book, I think we can all come to the reasonable conclusion that Hillary knows what happened. She lost the election. That’s what happened. I have also come to the conclusion, that she is almost clueless about why she lost (more on that later).

Hillary blames Comey’s announcement about her emails delivered 11 days before the election as the primary reason for her defeat. Surprisingly, she also blames unfair treatment in the press as one of the reasons for her defeat. The Trump people continually complain about the anti-Trump, pro-Hillary coverage. Before reading her book, it never occurred to me that Hillary also thought the coverage was unfair. I wonder what she would have thought about the press if she had won. Finally, she blamed the Russians. So both sides complained about unfair treatment in the press, and both sides complained about the Russians working to defeat them. Hillary’s book fell short of accusing the Russians of actually hacking the election, but she made it clear that she thought the Russians could have hacked the election.

Clinton wrote about her loss in coal country. She wrote believed she knew what was best for the coal miners. By voting for Trump, the coal miners were voting against their own interests. I guess Clinton thinks she knows more about what’s best for the coal miners rather than the miners themselves.

Clinton mentioned she regretted using the term “basket of deplorables” while repeating her belief that Trump supporters really are deplorable people.

Hillary ridiculed Trump for accusing Obama of tapping his phones even though it was later proven Obama really did tap Trump’s phones.

I don’t think it had much to do with the election but she did enter into a diatribe about cops killing blacks. Even when the shootings were legally justified, cops killing blacks is a major problem. She did concede some cops are good, especially the Secret Service officers that protect her.

She also wrote about disarming Americans. She used anti 2nd amendment rhetoric such as “commonsense gun control”, “gun safety”, and “gun violence”. She repeated that she doesn’t want to take guns away from the people while advocating for laws that would make firearms unavailable and deprive people of their gun rights without due process.

Hillary believed the presidency was owed to her because, well because she’s Hillary and because she’s a woman. She denied it in her book, but after reading the book I concluded she is a bitter old woman. Clinton knows she lost but can not came to terms with why she lost.

Hillary Clinton wrote that Trump’s ideas for change were entirely different from her own.  She said for Trump, change meant “handing a lit match to a pyromaniac”. When I read that, I laughed out loud. I enjoyed that passage. Her metaphor explains why she lost. Only she failed to recognize it.  For me, that was the best part of the entire book.

In my opinion, during the 2016 election the electorate wanted drastic change. The Democratic and Republican establishment failed to understand that. Hillary didn’t understand it either. The establishment from both sides are still bitter about the way the election turned out. Now that the people have handed a lit match to a pyromaniac, only time will tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.…

We need Common Sense Pressure Cooker Safety Laws

We need common sense pressure cooker safety laws.   Since Obama and Clinton are hell bent on admitting tens of thousands of Islamic terrorists into the country, the least we can do is protect the public from pressure cooker violence. We can start by requiring universal background checks for anyone purchasing a pressure cooker. And it’s critical that we ensure there is no cooking show loophole. We should go further by banning the sale of pressure cookers to anyone on the no-fly list. After all we can’t trust them to get on an airplane, how can we trust them to own a pressure cooker? Over the last few years, pressure cookers have killed far too many people. We need to nip this in the bud before the next radicalized Muslim terrorist blows another group of innocent infidels to smithereens.…

Colorado Emissions Testing, the Bad and Good

Colorado emissions testing is an unnecessary burden and expense forced upon the people by a corrupt and oppressive government. In the Denver, Colorado area, vehicles are required to be inspected every two years before they can be registered. Welfare and food stamp recipients are required to have their cars tested but most of them can register their vehicles without passing the emissions test. People who work for a living are required to either bring their cars into compliance or spend at least on $715 repair bills.

The emissions racket does have a drive-by program. If a vehicle drives by two different mobile roadside testing locations and pass, the owner will receive a notice on their registration renewal that they do not need to bring their car into a brick-and-mortar testing facility. They will still need to pay the $25 extortion fee.

Two years ago, I worked in affluent Boulder. On my way to work I would regularly pass roadside testing sites. My renewal said Emissions Test Not Required but I still had to pony up the $25 shakedown. I later switched to a new job that was in an area only slightly less affluent than Boulder. No roadside tests on the way to work. When I took my car to the testing facility, the tester tested my car then immediately demanded the $25 fee, scribbled on the form, then finally handed me the marred form and informed me that my car had failed. When the tester started writing on the form, I immediately knew my car had failed the test even before he informed me of the results.

That was my second vehicle that had failed over a period of only a few months. After the first vehicle failed, I took it to our regular mechanic. He told me the car failed because the engine was worn out. My options were to rebuild the engine or to register in a county that did not require the test. I live only two blocks inside the testing area. Two blocks further out, I’d be in Park County and would have been able to avoid this testing nonsense. There was one other option. A new O2 sensor might help but it was a longshot, no guarantees. After picking up the car, our mechanic proclaimed the car would pass. “Guaranteed!”. It didn’t. The mechanic was not sympathetic or helpful when we told them it failed. If we wanted them to look at it again, they would charge us $100 for additional diagnosis. Up until that time we were good customers, the mechanic provided us good service and treaded us more than fairly.

As you may have noticed I do not have a high opinion of the emissions testing program.   Air Care Colorado does offer a service which I do have a high opinion of. If a vehicle fails twice, Air Care Colorado will provide a diagnosis and make recommendations at no charge. When we took our first car in, they told us if there was no warning light for the O2 sensor replacement was a waste of money. The problem was a bad catalytic converter. They recommended we replace our converter with a California catalytic converter. When we found a new mechanic, we insisted he install a California converter. He complied with our wishes and replaced the converter per the recommendation. The car passed.

After our Mercedes failed the first time, I took the car to our new mechanic. We discussed options and mutually decided the best course of action would be to replace the spark plugs. He told us we had the wrong kind of spark plugs for our vehicle, replaced the plugs and told us the car seemed to run better. I didn’t necessarily expect the car to pass the second time around, but I hoped it would at least get closer to passing. I watched the monitor as the vehicle was being tested. “Second chance test”. That didn’t sound good. In Colorado, after a fail, the second test is “free”. Is the monitor saying this was my second, “free” test, or did it mean the car had already failed and it was testing again just to make sure?

Since there was no charge for the second test, the tester didn’t demand I pony up before informing me of the results. Even before printing the form she said “I don’t think you passed”. Then she printed the form, scribbled on it, then told me I had a lousy mechanic. The car failed worse than it did the first time. My new mechanic had no idea about what do next. “Take it to another mechanic for an estimate, let them determine what needs to be done, then bring it back to me” he said.

I had good experience with Air Care’s diagnosis of the first vehicle so I took the Mercedes in for the no-cost analysis. Different analyst, different recommendation. I have a bad O2 sensor Justin said. I asked “but there was no dash light”, he said he tested it and regardless of the light, the sensor was bad. Justin then spent time with me explained in detail why the bad sensor was causing the car to fail. I asked him about other things I can do to get a better chance of passing. He patiently and professionally answered all my questions. I asked him if changing the fuel would help.

“Lower or higher octane?”

“No that won’t help.”

“Higher alcohol in the fuel?”

“Don’t do that. It won’t help and may cause damage”

So I followed Justin’s recommendation and paid a different mechanic to replace the O2 Sensor. The car passed.

I still believe the emission testing program is a racket and a scam. Emissions testing is an infringement on the people’s rights by a tyrannical government. I resent being forced to take in my car for testing and then stressing over whether or not my car will pass. But there is one high point in the program. I have a high regard for the technicians who performed the diagnosis and analysis and made recommendations about what we needed to do to get our vehicles to pass. My regular mechanics couldn’t figure out the problems. The Air Care technicians were able to determine exactly what I needed to do to pass the damn test.…

I am a Technophile

I’ve been a technophile as long as I can remember.  I think it started in the second grade when third graders came to our class and did a science demonstration with magnets.  I’ve been hooked on science ever since.  My first exposure to computers was in junior high.  For someone my age, that was a very, very early start.  In high school, I took electronics and computer classes.  In college, I continued with electronics and computers, but switched to business and computers.  I built my first microcomputer in 1978, subscribed to Byte magazine with issue #1,  bought my first cell phone early in the game, and have been a DirecTV subscriber almost since the beginning.

I graduated college on a Saturday and the following Monday, I was working on my first computer job, a COBOL programmer for a company that provided computer services to hospitals.  After a couple of years I started a new job with a newspaper, developing a database of newspaper subscribers.  When I started working for the company, they didn’t even know who the subscribers were!  I moved into systems keeping the IBM mainframe going and eventually became responsible for the operating systems, databases, networking, and support software. The system became quite expensive to operate.  The company spent $20M to save $200K per year, and that didn’t include the cost of increasing the support staff from two to five.  The company eventually migrated to DEC Alpha servers which was bought out by Compaq, which was bought out by HP.  I helped maintain the Alpha servers, along with a smattering of Windows, LINUX, and Sun servers.

So which is best?  In the computer business, as far as I’m concerned, there is no “best”.  I’m server agnostic.  That means I’m not an advocate for Windows, nor do I speak against it. Windows is terrific, as long as it is kept in its place.  Same for Linux and the others.  I have vehemently advocated against Windows for some applications while building Windows for other applications and not batting an eye.

I am a proud technogeek.  Whenever I can afford it, I always want to buy the latest technology.  I buy the latest toys sometimes even when I can’t afford it.  I set up this website as a forum for my opinions, political, technical, and otherwise.  Keep visiting, you will be hearing plenty from me.…

Support of Ground Zero Mosque a Bad Idea

Seems to me that liberal politicians are backtracking on their public support of the Islamic Triumphal mosque to be built near Ground Zero.  They came to a decision that it is unwise to support a shrine that honors the murder ot 3000 Americans.

Liberal and conservative politicians alike are starting to see the light. Americans are becoming more and more anti-Muslim. Politicians realize public support of Islam is unwise.  Although politicians generally try to remain Politically Correct (PC), they’ll drop PC in a heartbeat if they thought being so could be a threat to winning their next election.

Non politician PC folks will continue their support of the shrine.  They consider opponents of the Islamic Triumphal mosque to be taken in by mob mentality. They don’t care about the anti-US Islamic “death to America” mobs . Anyone remember the Islamic “mobs” dancing in the streets after 3000 Americans were murdered by a bunch of Islamic lunatics?

Yea, yea the PC thing to say is Islam is a religion of peace, the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful yada yada yada. If those statements were true, why doesn’t the “vast majority” come out and denounce these acts? Why do they tolerate these types of “people” in their midst?

Not many think they don’t or shouldn’t have the right to build their hate shrine. But just because it’s their legal right, that doesn’t mean we can’t object to it.

Call me a bigot for feeling this way, I don’t give a damn. (Sticks and stones….)…