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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Driverless Vehicles



Now, my two cents on driver-less cars (and trucks). 

 Isn’t it cute that a Prius can traverse a road course laid out with those cute traffic cones?  It’s also amusing that driver-less Toyotas, Mercedes and Audis are scurrying about in many American cities.  However, driving America’s highways and rural roads is a little different that tooling through some traffic cones and streetlights of urban areas.  Yes, yes, I know technology has taken into account all the possible ways this system can fail.  Well, almost.

I can’t wait for the first rock slide and the blocked vehicles are rerouted around the debris on a hastily plowed dirt road, or the driver-less semi that has to be backed up a quarter mile to an alternate dirt bypass road.  How do you say, “back that piece of shit out of here”, to a driver-less truck?  What about snow or icy conditions?  I can just see a driver-less cattle truck pulling up a grade and spinning out on the ice, with nowhere to go.

And dare I mention the car or truck that haplessly drives over a giant pothole, filled with water or snow, at 60 miles an hour.  That’s gonna leave a mark and a nice bill for a new tire and rim. 
 
In fact, I can go on and on about the various road hazards and safety issues facing driver-less vehicles that the smartest technicians haven’t dreamt about.  And how about California’s new law that requires vehicles to move to the left, when Highway Patrol or CalTrans is sitting on the road’s shoulder, taking care of business.  Bet the CHP officer won’t write them up when they take the door off the cruiser by a driver-less car. 

Speaking of liability, who is gonna insure all these driver-less cars and trucks?  Who is gonna do the payoff on the first major fatal accident caused by a driver-less vehicle.  Or how about when a driver-less truck hits the first bus load of Nuns, causing a fireball of death?  Who’s at fault?  The guy running the computer in L.A. or the brain dead engineer who didn’t see it coming?

It sort of reminds me of the flying car.  I know you can build it, but where do you fly it to and where do you park it, when you aren’t flying it.  And tell me again, who are your neighbors going to be, when you lift off at 5a.m.?  How high, or low, will you fly it?  And how do you register it?  Do you need a pilot’s license or a driver’s license?  It’s kind of like Liberals and Conservatives.  The cities are full of Liberals, but the flying car will be relegated to the rural areas, where a Conservative won’t have anything to do with it.  Sort of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Many of my friends think the driver-less car is the thing of the future.  I say, it is a future of the wet dream.  

 Like my dad used to say, “Think about it for one minute, before you do it”.  I say, it doesn’t take a minute. 



Sunday, January 08, 2017

Government Healthcare



So tell me again, where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that Americans are granted healthcare? So why are so many republicans demanding that we have a replacement for Obamacare on the same day that we repeal it?

Put another way, Americans can drink themselves to death, drug themselves to death, smoke themselves to death or even eat themselves to death and that’s okay.  It’s our right to mis-conduct ourselves to death, but there is no right to heath care, when these abuses pile up to massive hospital and doctor’s fees.  The rest of America knows this, so why don’t those really smart elected officials?

The real irony is that those who spend so much time citing the Constitution or demanding auditing the Fed, don’t know that something as basic as health care is not granted in our Founding documents.
 
Before there was Medicare and Medicaid, there was sympathy, empathy and compassion.  Not to mention charitable organizations.  Then along came insurance and the money machine.  If Congress has so much sensitivity to the oppressed masses, then why don’t THEY have Obamacare?  No, they would rather pander for votes than take their own medicine. 
 
Health insurance (or in this case Somebody else pay for my bad choices) is not really insurance, especially in the case of pre-existing conditions, when we ask someone to pay for something that we already know we have.  Health insurance should be for the things that happen OUT of consequence, not BECAUSE of consequence.

I wrote about this many years ago, when I mentioned the 400 lb. Twinkie munching, chain smoking, beer drinking trailer queens that clog our clinics and hospitals, while accident victims wait in the hallways.  Boy did I get an earful from that.  People spend years abusing their bodies, under the Rights they enjoy, then want the rest of us to pay for the consequences of their actions.  Not right, no way.
 
Government in healthcare is a multi-billion dollar boondoggle, regulated, governed and investigated constantly.  But we should note that government has never been called to answer when one of their bad decisions cost the life of a taxpayer. 

That’s the medicine that we all have to live under.


Friday, January 06, 2017

Making America Great Again


I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what Donald Trump is up to, and I don’t really care.  There is no lack of speculation on any number of actions to be taken by PEOTUS, (President ELECT of the United States) but not one of the reporters has the integrity to divulge that they are completely devoid of information supporting their theories.

If there has been one axiom floated since July of 2015, it has been that Trump is a wild card.   


Playing the Trump card

Nobody has any idea (aside from campaign promises) what The Donald is planning.  That’s the beauty of an executive.  They are planning about three steps ahead of you and giving up nothing.  So all that ink and 1’s and 0’s is destined for a dustbin or wheelbarrow, depending on how stupid they are.  
One thing is for sure, the prognosticators, pundits and pearl-clutchers will be burning the midnight oil prevaricating over their quick-draw predictions.
  
These folks make me actually feel smart.

Here’s a clue for the clueless.  Cutting regulations and shrinking government can save hundreds of billions of dollars.  Carrier, Ford, GM and Toyota are not returning or investing in America because it is the patriotic thing to do.  They are investing because they know there is a new sheriff in town and things are going to be different, when Obama’s dancing slippers will not be on their necks.  Changing the way we do business is not a slogan, it is a promise that carries dividends. 
 
Predicting the changes is a leap of faith that smart CEO’s are taking to make America great again. 

Sunny California

They say it never rains in California.  Horse hockey!  They also say it is always sunny and bright and the ocean is warm and blue.  They also say you can keep your doctor and health plan.......er, I digress


8 inches of Global Warming in my yard!

Woke up to this this morning.  It is 2 degrees here and it isn't sunny.  They lied to me!  I want my money back.

I really don't know why I'm complaining.  It was 20 below zero here 15 years ago.  But I was younger then.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Poor Lonesome Little Rich Girl



All Alone Am I ..Hillary has the sads.
 
Well, here we are.  Feeling all butt-hurt about Hillary eating all alone.  By herself, texting Huma to see what she is doing. The poor misbegotten, wronged and woeful Mrs. Clinton pouring her heart out to a supporter. 
 
Oh God.  Let lightning strike me dead.  You’ve got to be shitting me.  Right!!!!!

There are at least three Secret Service people nearby at all times.  Of course there is the person taking the “spontaneous” photo and the usual hangers-on that Clinton cannot function without.  Oh and did I mention the doctor that must accompany her at all times, in case she has a seizure.

Alone is when there is no one else there.  This is hardly alone.  This is a staged scene, where she is trying to engender sympathy.  

Alone....I don't think that word means what you think it does.

January 20, cannot come soon enough and 2020 cannot be far enough away.