Tuesday, December 6, 2016

One Thing About Islam That Like...

is its disapproval of alcohol and homosexuality.  12/6/16 Associated Press:
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish authorities on Tuesday charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with aggravated rape for allegedly dragging another Afghan boy into a forest, threatening him with a knife and raping him....
He accused allegedly filmed parts of the assault and threatened to post clips on social media if the victim went to police.
The indictment says two suspects have acknowledged some allegations, but none has confessed to a criminal act.
Stefan Wallin, a defense lawyer representing one youth, said his client neither admits nor denies the charges.
"He has no recollection of the events because of alcohol intoxication," Wallin told the AP.

Even Snow/Ice Tires Are Not Magic

I drove to Boise today for a doctor's appointment.  It was snowing, with icy roads and 19 degrees.  I got down and back okay, but even with AWD, I could still feel everyone working hard to grab.  No more driving until this cleans up a bit.

She's Learning

12/6/16 U.K. Sun:

[Merkel] said: “With us, the rule is: show your face, that’s why the full veil is not appropriate, it should be banned.”
The CDU party wants to ban the full face veil in courts, schools and universities as well as in road traffic and during police checks.
A full ban as introduced in France is thought to be incompatible with Germany’s rules.
While there is a public safety argument for the ban rather like the bans on face masks on the street that some American cities have, let's face it: the real reason is to make the more extremist branches of Islam unwilling to operate in Germany.

I wonder if this learning is because of the problems caused by bringing in so many Muslim refugees, or she is watching Trump's success.

Shrinking Appendages

I've been trying to lose weight; I may be the only American to lose weight over Thanksgiving.  One of the signs besides the scale is that my hands and feet are shrinking.  I now need three layers of dress socks, or one pair of boot socks plus one pair of dress socks for my winter boots.  I know it isn't a stretching shoe because my wedding ring is now loose.  In the summer I had it resized up 1/2 a size (and wondered if I should have gone up a whole size) because I suddenly realized during Bible study that it would not come off,  (I have long been concerned about this because of an incident reported in the late 1970s in Los Angeles.  A Russian street mob, yes, they existed then, robbed a woman on the street at night, and because her ring would not come off her finger, they cut off her finger to get the ring.)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Going Green

Money sense.  I just did an inventory.  In and around my house I have 74 light sockets.  39 of 41 have LED bulbs (two sockets empty because one 100W equivalent bulb replaced 60W incandescents in two fixtures); 26 incadescents; 7 traditional fluorescent fixtures.

Jaguar X-Type

I drove it today, because I wanted to make sure the new battery was fully charged.  I had forgotten what a nice car it is!  Inferior to the XF in acceleration, cornering, interior quiet, stereo, and seat comfort, but still a very nice semi-luxury car.  Of course, inferior is only relative.  It will do 0-60 in about 8 seconds (which was sports car territory when I was young), and with studded tires, even my driveway doing its glacier-in-training thing is not a problem.

I Hope There Are Some Adults in Charge of the Fort Worth Police Department

This recruitment ad is funny, but really inappropriate for its intended purpose.