Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I Have A Dream

This morning I woke from a dream that I was dying of a neurological disease. It could have been sad and scary, but I was seeing it from the outside and in my dream, I was played by Tom Hanks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Is One The Lonliest Number, Or The Best Number Ever?

We have a small kitchen and when we’re all in it at the same time I think, “I don’t want to live in North Korea, but, man, a Hermit Kingdom sounds amazing!”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Even Satan Can Quote The Bible

Wasn’t there a craze for elephant jokes maybe fifty years ago? Like, 
Q: “How do elephants hide?” 
A: “They paint their toenails red and climb into cherry trees.”
Q: “How did Tarzan die?”
A: “Picking cherries.”
So, WE  learned at an early age that cherry-picking is dangerous, a lesson that our attorney general seems to have missed. Because when he goes around quoting the Bible to justify putting children in camps, he’s ignoring verses like these from Matthew 25:
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's Father's Day, Hug 'em If You Gottem

Fathers Day is a family kind of day, so I wrote my Senators about a family values issue. You still can, too. Here's what I wrote: I wrote to you recently to ask you to do something to end the cruel practice of separating children from their parents at the border. At the time, I wasn't sure what you could do, but now there is a bill that you can support that does just that. It is disappointing, but not surprising given the events of the last few years, that not one Republican so far has supported it. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Children’s Law Center, Young Center for Immigrant Rights and the Women's Refugee Commission. I am writing to you now to ask you to stand with families and the people that support family values by supporting this bill. Thank you.

It's a Hard Reign Gonna Fall

I listen to a podcast called, “In Our Time,” from the BBC. It features an eclectic, maybe even random, assortment of topics. They have had experts on to discuss protons and enzymes (two different shows) and the Civil War (both American and British.) The one I’m listening to now is called The Emancipation of the Serfs.” In 1861, Czar Alexander freed the serfs. That was two years before the USA, aka, Land of Liberty, freed the slaves. But, and it’s a but so big Sir Mix-a-Lot would date it, having freed them, he did nothing to allow them to make a living. The aristocrats continued to exploit them and in 1917 the population was desperate enough to bring their whole society crashing down. Probably, it’s a stretch to think that anything about private equity firms looting stores and throwing people out on the street could lead to a cataclysm, but when you watch the news, don’t we seem to already be, if not post, at least in a mid-apocalyptic period?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/toys-r-us-bankruptcy-private-equity/561758/

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sometimes He Says He’s Austin From Texas

I’m only keeping a landline so my friend, Todd, from Mumbai can check in a couple of times a day to say my computer needs service. #scam
#bl

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword, Especially If It's A Pen In A Voting Booth

Nothing else I've written to my Senators has made a difference, this probably won't either, but maybe if we ALL write, well, to be honest, that probably won't make a difference either. Voting might, in fact, it's the only thing that will.
Anyway, this is what I wrote:
When Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge, Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination. In her letter, she wrote that "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters."
In spite of this, and possible perjury during his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General, you voted to confirm him. Now that he is Attorney General, he is pursuing the most savage policy imaginable to deter people, actual human beings, from legally applying for asylum here. This is not a partisan issue, this is even more than JUST a matter of human rights. This goes to who we are as a nation. Will you be running next time as the candidate of the party that rips children from their mothers' arms to discourage asylum seekers? Or will you be the person, finally, that stands against the horrors being perpetrated daily by this rogue regime?

Friday, November 17, 2017

I'm pretty sure this won't have any effect, but I'm just so frustrated that our Congress is more concerned with bailouts for billionaires than protecting our country from a dangerous madman who is milking the government for his own gain. Anyway, maybe you'll have your own reasons.
Click-Through Catharsis

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It looks like this DOES work.

Patricia Walton Looking good.
Jody Hart Sackmann Joe wants to know "who is this man?" He said that you are so cool, and that he wouldn't have the nerve to do this!
Pamela Painter Jones O M Goodness!
David Hart I stood for the National Anthem because I’m representing, "Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” and I like to commit to my character. But I did wonder, why do they even play the anthem? Do other countries do this? Also, apparently, only two other adults in the crowd knew it was costume night, so, a little awkward for the several hundred others that showed up. Sad.
Ambre Johnson McCormick Yeah so maybe all those other people weren't told until they were about to walk out the door...you know...like you did to me...Apparently Superman doesn't like competition!😉
Rita Vukasin 😂
Margarita Melendez Nice :) Why you never wear that to work?
Shawn Prufer Awesome Dave! You have given me hope for America and Roller Derby!
Cheri Ungerecht Mattes Did you skate? David Hart That’s mean for two reasons. 1) You know how coordinated I am since you had to tie my shoes practically until I got married and 2) it’s a women’s league.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I told Karen today that I’d (finally) come up with a reason why I needed a new iPhone. I explained that the new phone's portrait mode was the best ever for taking pictures of people and that since we were going to be welcoming a new person, we should have the best camera possible. She said she thought my existing phone would be, "Good enough.”
That may be true, but it had just never occurred to me that, “Good enough,” was a standard we’d be adopting for our granddaughter. Our kids, sure, but our granddaughter? You think you know a person.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Humming an old song and realized that, "Time is on my side," is more and more becoming a cruel joke.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I only wish I was this articulate

Alone among developed nations, the United States’ approach to health care is a hodge-podge.  There is Medicare for our elderly and Medicaid for the very young, the poor and the disabled.  The Veteran’s Administration serves our nation’s finest and the Indian Health Service does the same for our native American brothers and sisters.  For the vast majority of workers, the model we settled on after World War II relied upon employer-provided health insurance.

By the turn of the 21st century, changes in society were straining that model to its breaking point, especially for workers in the private sector.  Lifetime employment with one company was no longer realistic, yet changing jobs and insurance could expose families to devastating losses of coverage.  Medical bills became the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the US as the number of Americans without coverage rose.  Emergency room visits by the uninsured increased and those costs were being shifted, in a manner both costly and inefficient, back to those who still had policies. Two classes of Americans were developing: those insured and those not.

In 2006 then-Gov. Mitt Romney, with his Bain Capital market-driven instincts, teamed up with the Heritage Foundation (often called Ronald Reagan’s think tank) and the Massachusetts Legislature to enact a law designed to cover all of that state’s population with health insurance.  Soon afterwards, policy makers in other states including Alaska began to craft versions of that bill to fit the needs of their citizens.

The central idea of what was then called RomneyCare was rooted in a classically conservative principle: each person should be financially responsible for his or her own health care.  The role of government was to try to level the health insurance playing field through reforms, and to make private health insurance available to those without it at a reasonable cost.  I’m not saying the idea was perfect; but it solved several problems at once and delivered measurable improvements.

The elections of 2008 led to the introduction of a RomneyCare-type bill in the U.S. Congress.  That bill’s passage in March 2010 as the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a ObamaCare, led us to where we are today.  You can debate ObamaCare all you want, but its conservative nature is a matter of history.  Knowing this open secret of the pedigree of our current health care law helps make clearer the dilemma faced by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell in 2017.  They couldn’t accept ObamaCare because of the last seven years of nasty politics, but there is no further room to move as you go further to the right on the health care spectrum and not be simply throwing people to the wolves.

Which is exactly what the bill before the Senate does.   Put simply, the question before our highest elected leaders is whether to tell millions of Americans to fend for themselves in the health care wilderness.

That’s wrong.  It does not have to be this way.  Health care may not be a right, in the same way as free speech or the right to bear arms, but most people would agree that health care is inextricably woven into our human existence.  Not as important, perhaps, as air, water and food, but still very very important.  And just as we work to make clean air and clean water available to all, the nature of health care seems to call out for a similar approach: collective action to protect a collective good.

The bill before our US Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, does not advance the public interest in health care.  It takes fifty years of slow incremental progress for millions of people and trades it for a big tax cut for a small group of wealthy Americans.  I can’t sit by and let that happen without raising an alarm.

This is the week for action on this issue.  Write Senators Murkowski and Sullivan.  Call them, email them, or speak to them in civil tones if you see them out in public.  Plead for them to say ‘no’ to this latest idea.  No. No. No.  Tell them to go back to the drawing board and start again.

Hollis French
Anchorage, Alaska
Okay, I've been all sunshine and light today basking in the afterglow of the East Anchorage High School Class of 1972 reunion last night, but I haven't forgotten how we live now:
From the Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/what-happens-when-a-presidency-loses-its-legitimacy/531447/

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I put on my bib bike shorts today. They're the ones that look like something Russian weightlifters might wear, if Russian weightlifters routinely wear diapers.
The shorts have logged many miles over the last few years, hanging as they have on my bathroom door. Of course, they're spandex, but even so they seemed a little tight since I last wore them in 2010. I was in them for an hour or so, and the cushioning effect was really noticeable, but I think a big part of that was because I was sitting on the couch waiting for the team to get ready. By the time they did, the moment had passed for me and I put on pajamas instead.
Still, equipment familiarization is important and now I know how to crawl into the shorts and also how disgusting using a restroom is going to be since access to that area of the, equipment, as it were, is going to involve taking off everything except my socks and simultaneously keeping straps up off the floor. To be honest, I'm surprised that weightlifting doesn't involve more spontaneous outbursts, if you will, although that could be what all that padding is there for.