Fire in the Wine Country

My thanks to those who have asked if we are OK given the ongoing fires in our area. Fortunately, we are in lots of smoke depending on the wind, but we’re a ways from the fires. Here’s today’s fire map. We live about where the “d” in “Bodega Bay” is on the left of the…

A Presumption of Guilt

For a little light reading, I was browsing through the new FBI crime statistics for 2016. There’s a variety of interesting stuff in there which I may write about some day, but along the way, I noticed a curious thing. They give two different numbers for how many people were arrested for the crime of rape.…

There and Back Again

Ah, the joys and mysteries of the unpredictable ocean that I discussed in my last post, Motives and Motivation. Let me set the stage by saying that I’d urged the owner to first go for sea trials before kicking it for Portland … no time, he said. And given the amount of other necessary work…

Motives and Motivation

I generally work to avoid ascribing motives, good or bad, to other people for a simple reason. I’m rarely certain of my own motives … so how could I know anyone else’s motives? This question has arisen because I’m about to put to sea again. I’m first mate on another boat delivery, this time from…

Inactivism

I gotta confess, I enjoy watching sports of all kinds. I like to see people doing things that even they might think are impossible. And as a result, I’ve been saddened by the recent controversy with football players refusing to stand for the National Anthem. It started with Colin Kaepernick, shown below, and has spread…

Too Good To Not Quote

Here’s a Letter to the Editor regarding some African students attending Oxford in England. They have been demanding that the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College be taken down on the grounds that Rhodes was a racist … which he was … Dear Scrotty Students, Cecil Rhodes’s generous bequest has contributed greatly to the comfort…

Keeping a Low Profile

I was amused to see that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in trouble for “profiling”, something which for unknown reasons is anathema in the US. The Israelis are not suicidally stupid on this subject like the US is. The Israelis assume, for example, that the people who are most likely to carry a bomb on their…