Friday, June 21, 2019

A Lightbulb Moment

I believe I've had an epiphany (or as Bob Hoskins' character Smee, in the movie "Hook", called it, an apostrophe).

Recently I went thru the process to request an exception to a newly-enacted policy with which I had a disagreement.  My request was denied "for reasons of safety".  I was told I should be glad the company has my best interests in mind.

The epiphany?

For all the fancy words, catchy slogans, and clever acronyms, the company doesn't give two shits about me as an individual. I'm expendable.  Replaceable. 

For all its blather about looking out for my safety, if I am injured on the job, the investigation process is going to focus on what I did wrong, which policies I failed to follow to the letter, and how I failed to act in the best interests of my own safety.

"Greasing the wheels" and taking my toolboxes elsewhere IS an option,  but at this time, a very poor one, in the grand scheme of things.

Instead, I'll swallow a bit of my pride and dignity, kill a little more enthusiasm for my job, and bow to the demands of management.

When I started this job I couldn't understand why some longtime employees seemed so jaded, cynical and unhappy.  Now I understand.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Audio

If you are using Raspbian on your RaspberryPi, have added a new user (instead of, or in addition to, the default user 'Pi') and can't get Bluetooth audio to function, add your username to the 'bluetooth' group (sudo adduser 'username' bluetooth), log out, log in again, and try Bluetooth again.

Monday, November 12, 2018

It's Really Pretty Simple

If you ignore me when I talk to you, don't be surprised when I stop speaking.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent

And it's the Winter that never ends.

Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.  I wanted a catchy title.

It's middle April - literally, today being the 15th day of a 30 day month, and there's snow on the ground, the thermometer says 30*F, and it feels like half that with the 20 MPH wind out of the North.

I got to ride to work 3 nights out of 5 last week.  That's not nearly enough wind therapy for this time of year.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Much ink, airtime and social media space is being spent calling out Trump for being 'scared of the NRA'.

Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, et al, SHOULD be scared of the NRA.

Not because it's some major source of political donations - Bloomberg spends more on anti-gun candidates every year than NRA has in the last couple of DECADES - but because NRA is a REAL grassroots organization with motivated members, not an astroturf facade for someone with money and an agenda (Bloomberg, Soros).

NRA is not Dana Loesch or Wayne LaPierre or 'the gun industry'...NRA is approximately 5 million American voters generally educated about an issue and motivated to vote accordingly.

NRA and the other 2A organizations such as SAF and GOA are comprised of a small portion of the general population of law-abiding gun owners, just like groups like ABATE are a small portion of the general population of motorcycle riders, but we all work to remind everybody that the function of our constitutional republic form of government is to protect the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

When people threaten NRA, they are threatening real people, not a faceless corporation.

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” (Alan Moore, V For Vendetta)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Prosecuting the Parkland Murderer

Another one of my percolating thoughts...not fully thought thru yet, so I imagine there are flaws in my logic; reasonable critique is appreciated; explain clearly where I'm wrong, please.

Here goes:

I'm seeing posts calling for the public execution of the Parkland FL murderer.

Bad idea. The Left will spin it as the State executing a person with diminished mental capacity and will make him a martyr.

Instead, he needs to be charged with and tried for every local, county, state and Federal firearms law he violated to illustrate how many already exist and to show why new laws are pointless.

No plea bargains - the laws are there, prosecute accordingly or explain the failure to enforce and prosecute the violations, up to and including the failures of the various levels of government to perform their required duties.

Presumably there will be claims of 'piling on' and 'overcharging' and of not being able to mount an adequate defense. This is rather uncharted territory, as it seems most of these murderers don't survive to be arrested.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brushing Off The Cobwebs and Reflecting on Franklin

It appears that I've neglected this site for some time.

Many of the writers of blogs I followed started spending more time on social media sites like Facebutt, so I did too.

Since Parkland, though, I've found that I can't tolerate the noise, so I'm back here, and on MeWe, for a while until things calm down a bit.


Ben Franklin is credited with something to the effect of "Those who will trade liberty for security deserve neither." 

Let me state for the record: 

You are free to trade liberty for security for yourself and those in your care. 

I do not grant you the authority to make that trade on my behalf, for me, or for those in my care.

Clear enough?