Sunday, June 16, 2019

Overflow

I have three fathers: Father, Uncle John, and Dad.

It has always seemed unfair, since I know several people whose only father is the guy who contributed the sperm and, all too often, nothing else, not even his last name.

Each one of my fathers, however, has contributed something good to the person I am.

From Father, I received an unusual heritage and a DNA-level love of language and communication. Uncle John took that raw material and laid a foundation; he taught me to read, write, and compute well before my first day in Kindergarten. And Dad has instilled in me the love of the Lord along with a healthy dose of common sense.

Why did I get such abundance?

Last year, I figured it out.

We Christians are adopted children and God the Father modeled that in my life by giving me two adoptive fathers. It was something that He wanted me to see and to tell. And, since I’m a little slow – I spent too much time with my eyes on something other than God – it took me 57 years to figure it out. By the way, God began showing me representations of Himself when I was a small child.
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God’s purpose in the modeling? To show me that's He real and that He loves His previously fatherless children, but I suspect that there's more for me to see and that pointing this out in public will lead to it. I'll let you know.

Anyway, I’m grateful to God for gifts that He gave me in these three men. Uncle John went to his final destination in 2000, but Father (80) and Dad (77) are still with us and looking pretty good, too!

Father -- Philip Ochieng

Dad: Johnny D.

Uncle John -- John Simpkins, Jr.
Happy Father’s Day, good men. I love you.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

My May 2019 Post Digest for Da Tech Guy Blog

Old-School Method of Thievery
Big Left Herds Its Enemies
It’s a war of attrition and the enemy seems all-powerful. But don’t be scared or silent. Giants can be defeated, as history shows.
Heartbeat
Simply, abortion is demonic. It is the shedding of innocent blood and it’s how these lost souls appease their father.

It is a perversion of the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ — who voluntarily shed His innocent blood to atone for the sins of all so that no more atonement is necessary.
The Left's Latest Attack Against Women
Why does the Organized Left want to destroy organized women’s sports?
The True Leaders of the Democrat Party
[T]he anti-Semitism, hard leftism, and plain old anti-intellectualism that Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bring to the Democrat Party is no accident.
You Will Be Made Accountable For Your Voting Choices
Weakness and despair are what  a combatant wants its adversary to have and to feel. And these combatants will keep trying to roll those grenades into your tent.
Um, Germany?
If [the Germans] really wanted to stop antisemitism in their country, it would be over with yesterday.

This is intentional. And that’s why it will get worse there.
Superhighway Robbery in Mexico
I’m old enough to remember when people who stuck their money in between their mattresses were called crazy and paranoid.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

An Impeachment Spectacle is in Our Future and It Will Be Glorious!


My commentary on the Mueller statement. Originally posted as a Twitter thread.

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Mueller resigns as Special Counsel and said that he won't testify in Congress to anything about the Russia Probe beyond what's in the report. But Adam Schiff wants him there anyway.


Pelosi and Schumer don't want an impeachment, period. The following is just subterfuge.

Real reason: an impeachment will expose information to the public that will hurt the Democrat Party.

Chuck and Nancy want to end it. But their charges who are unable to think strategically -- like Schiff, Waters, etc. -- will keep pushing. They'll subpoena Mueller and who-the-heck-ever else they can. They'll keep digging and digging and digging.

They'll keep hoping to reach that Pot of Gold at the bottom: Trump removed from office in disgrace.

Pelosi and Schumer are smart enough to know that this is not what's at the bottom of the hole which dimwits like Schiff keep digging.

They know what really is there: the corpse of the Democrat Party.

I bet that President Trump has already explained it to the party's leadership.

What remains to be seen: whether Pelosi and Schumer can hold off the rabid impeachment mongers in their party and among their constituents. I predict that they won't be able to withstand the storm.

Like all other types of mobs, the impeachment mob cannot be reasoned with. They want destruction and they want it now. Try telling any mob that the destruction it plans for its adversary will be cause of its own destruction -- and the mob will scoff and keep it moving.

Therefore, I say that we sit back and let the Democrat Party destroy itself.

Let the impeachment happen so that all the declassified info can be on the table -- which is what Pelosi and Schumer definitely DO NOT WANT, not to mention Hillary Clinton and Former President Obama.

And Big Media will have no choice but to cover it. They'll be live-streaming it. Regular Dems will be having impeachment watch parties.

And so will everyone else.

We will all be able to hear the particulars of how the Organized Left tried to steal the 2016 presidential election. No one will be able to ignore it.

That's what's coming if the Democrats refuse to give up this years-long temper tantrum.

So, come on with it, Dems! Ignore the Speaker and the Minority Leader. What do those fossils know anyway? 😎

Your party has been my enemy since before I was born. It will, therefore, be deeply satisfying to watch its self-inflicted dissolution.

Let's do this!

(Thanks to Thomas Wictor and Brian Cates)

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Drain Cleared and Dripping Stopped

About my kitchen sink ... Thank you, my friends.


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Necessity is a Mother: DIY Plumbing (UPDATED)

In spite of a short stint as a USAF Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, I've never been a grease monkey kind of girl.

But they tell me that change is good.



I can barely sleep with this going on. And I definitely can't concentrate on writing. On top of this, the drain is slow. I own a snake and have already tried to alleviate the clog it once. Of course it was gross and I wasn't aggressive enough in loosening up the clog, so I'm going to try it again, but, obviously, I need to fix this first.

Some might wonder why I'm not calling my landlord about this. From experience with these owners, I know that I'll be waiting for weeks until they get around to it. Example: the security door on the building's entry is encoded to each resident's phone number. When I got a new number last year, my landlord put my number in, but it's the wrong number. When someone enters my apartment number, he/she gets the voicemail of some law office instead of my cell.

I told them about this months ago and, again, two weeks ago when they came to collect the rent.

I can't fix that, but I can fix these drain things. So, this is my portion for today.


I view this as evidence that it's time for me to learn new skills. Pray for my success and ...

Hit the Tip Jar!


UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Glenn! Will post updates directly.

UPDATE: Bought: O-rings,  cartridges, WD-40 and super Drano. Changed my mind and snaked the drain first. Looks like the clog is too far out.

So now I'm trying to remove this. Tried with synthetic gun oil and WD-40. Glad I clipped my nails first! /chick

UPDATE: Taking a break to write a post for Da Tech Guy Blog.

UPDATE: I just don't have the hand strength. Looking at cheap plumbers in LA. With you fine people hitting my tip jar, I think can happen!

UPDATE: Upside to taping on the faucets with a huge hex wrench: water not flowing so freely.

UPDATE: Thank-you emails are in the future of many. When the plumber gets here in the next few days, I will put up a new post.

UPDATE: All Fixed.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Road Away From Perdition


In February, I noted certain words which President Trump uttered during the State of the Union address.
There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth. 
To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.
Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.
Emphasis mine.

Like President Reagan before him -- "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" -- this president seems to have emboldened the forces of life and liberty through "mere" declaration. President Trump spoke defeat on the murder of children.

In the wake of the SOTU speech, several states have enacted "Heartbeat" legislation, which bans abortion if the unborn baby's heartbeat can be detected -- around six weeks after the end of a woman's last menstrual cycle. And, today, Alabama has banned abortion outright.

Crimson Tide, indeed.

As many have pointed out, the new anti-abortion laws will be challenged in the courts, which, of course, is the point. It will lead to a review of Roe v. Wade.

In response to this chain of events, pro-abortionists are apoplectic, so much so that this happened a few days ago.


The beauty of this: Ms. Milano is unintentionally advocating a principle which pro-lifers -- especially Christians -- have been promoting since forever as the alternative to promiscuity which is the primary behavior leading to abortion: abstinence. And all the self-proclaimed righteous protectors of women's bodies are falling in line right behind her.

Abstinence and fewer abortions. That this may also result in fewer leftists is just a side benefit.

It's almost as if God has made the pro-abortionists so confused that they will do what He wants anyway while believing they are striking a blow for "women's rights."

God has a history of befuddling His servants' enemies. And in this case, God's servants = unborn babies.

Are these things stepping stones on the road towards our national repentance for the shedding of innocent blood?

I think they are.

Keep watch and, most of all, fret not.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My April 2019 Post Digest For DaTechGuy Blog




The US Congress is a Den of Iniquity
Congress is a den of thieves, robbers, and perverts. I couldn’t become a part of that.

Some of that iniquity might rub off and I have enough of my own crap to explain to the Almighty when my time comes.
Black Americans, Freedom, and Gratitude
I’m quite grateful to God for planting me in this country — in spite of the means of how it was done — because it delivered me and mine from idolatry and Islam. God makes all things work together for the good for those who love Him and are called to His purposes.
When Socialists Smarter Than AOC Come Along
It’s a good summation of the AOC phenomenon, if a pessimistic one.
About the Coup Attempt
... if no one pays, a coup will be tried again ...
California’s War on Plastic
Has someone informed all those illegal aliens being dumped in sanctuary cities that they should leave their plastic at home?
Invincible Ignorance from the NYT … Again
Seriously, NYT, if you’re going to write about these things, how hard is it to look up a few terms? Christ won’t reach out and smite you from Google’s search field. At least, I don't think He will.
WaPo’s Latest Weapon
[W]hen I talk about these things, getting angry is appropriate. But it’s important to let one’s anger dissipate and to appreciate those who are able to dissect this Othering of Christianity and of Western Civilization; to peel off its coating.
We’re All Making History
be sure to regularly download your social media and blog archives. You never know if you’re about to be de-platformed by those who want to keep the making of history all to themselves.
A Little Bit About Those Refugee Camps in Kenya
If you recall, the last time a person whose lineage was from that part of the world became famous, a lot of made-up information (read: lies) was spread around and, over a decade later, I still see some of it. Therefore, I’d like to get out a little ahead of information on the refugee camps, or, at least run alongside of it.
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Neapolitan


Originally posted in 2012.

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When I was a child, one of my greatest fears was being lost and separated from home and from my parents. For that reason, this real-life vignette got to me.

This past Friday, my friend and I were out running errands and we stopped by a gas station to fuel up. As my friend pulled up to the pump, he narrowly missed a rail-thin man who had walked right in front of his truck.

“Watch out, crack-head,” I said.

“No,” Todd countered. “That man is retarded. Down Syndrome, maybe.”

I gave the man a closer look and so it was. He had malformed ears and a slightly misshapen head. He was of either Korean or Chinese descent -- something which made him stand out in the area where the gas station is located.

His complexion and eyes were clear; he had an innocent smile on his face and a barely-healed gash on his right arm. He was no more than thirty years old. I watched as he headed toward the entrance to the gas station’s store, and then forgot about him for a minute.

As Todd went to pay for the gas, I sat in the truck and, like nearly everyone else in the First World, I picked up my phone to read my email and surf the Internet. But something told me to put the phone down.

I did and glanced toward the store entrance right at the moment when the store’s manager/owner -- either Middle-Eastern or Indian -- was pushing the young man out of the door. The smile was gone and the young man was resisting.

I could see Todd standing in line while watching the commotion. I steeled myself because I know that my friend has great empathy for beings weaker than himself, and that he isn’t shy about intervening to help said beings when they are being hurt. I got out of the truck.

As I headed toward the entrance, I could hear some of the other patrons saying things like, “Leave him alone,” “Stop fighting him; he doesn’t know any better,” “He’s retarded.”

Then a couple of patrons -- an older black man and a young Hispanic woman -- lead the man away from the store. They talked to him and comforted him as they kept him among the pumps and out of the way of approaching cars. He didn’t talk to them, nor did he speak during the whole encounter, but the smile was back.

Todd came back and began to pump his gas.

“Idiots in the store were saying things like ‘the hell with him; he’s not part of our community just because he’s Asian.”

“Fuck that stupid shit,” I exclaimed. “He’s a human being.” I looked at Todd.

“Please can we stay and help keep him of trouble?” I said. “I won’t be able to rest if I don’t know what happens to him.”

“Okay.”

Todd made a few phone calls and we stayed. I turned to the young woman.

“Has anyone called the police?”

“Yes, but they’re taking their time getting here,” she said.

“You want to go home, don’t you?” I asked the young man. The older man and the woman talked to him gently and tried to hold his hands to keep him from entering the store. He reacted as if they were playing with him and kept smiling at his new friends.

“I can’t stay here much longer,” said the older man, to whom the young man had taken a liking. “I have to take my sister to the doctor.”

“I’ll take care of him,” said Todd and we said our goodbyes.

So we waited and waited for the police to arrive. The young man tried to get back into the store, but Todd found gentle ways of stopping him. He and the young woman managed to corral the man right outside of the store.

“I’m having trouble keeping him out of there,” said Todd, laughing as the two played the hand-holding game. “I could do it easily but I don’t want to hurt him.”

The sweet smile remained. A minute later, one of the workers from the store -- a tall black man -- brought the young man an ice cream sandwich. Neapolitan. It stopped the struggle.

“I’m going to call the police again,” I said. I went to the truck to get my phone. Just when I connected with the emergency operator, a lone police car rolled up. I quickly told the operator what the situation was and disconnected.

One of the officers, a young woman, was going to lead the man away, but just as that was about to happen, an employee of the group home where the man lived came up to claim him and I found out why the young man liked the original older man so much: he was a dead ringer for the group home employee. Our new friend was going home.

The woman and I smiled, hugged each other, introduced ourselves, and praised God. Then Todd and I were off.

“He was just a child, a lost child,” said Todd later.

“A baby.”

“And all he wanted was some ice cream.”

I rested well that night.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Military Discriminates Against Transgender Persons -- and a Lot of Other People, Too

It’s always those who know nothing about the military that want to shape it toward their purposes, whatever those purposes may be. Of course, this never involves improving military deadliness readiness.

As an informed observer, the fun part is exposing the ignorance of the "reformers."

(Related side note: the Rathergate fraud was exposed because of several incredibly stupid mistakes the perpetrators made. One that receives less attention than the others is that official military letters are strictly formated in composition. The perps did not know this when they typed up the Rathergate fake letter and presented it to the public.)

Behold the irony.
Several Democratic lawmakers replaced the POW/MIA flags outside their Capitol Hill offices with transgender equality flags to protest President Trump’s new [sic] policy on transgender troops.
The National Center for Transgender Equality sent flags to all members of Congress, including Republicans, to commemorate “Trans Visibility Week,” Fox News reports.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted a photo of the door to his congressional office with the transgender equality flag standing in place of the usual black-and-white flag honoring prisoners of war and Americans missing in action.
Sanders’ tweet:

Sorry, Bern, but the military discriminates and will continue to discriminate.

 And many "forget" that it was President Obama who, in 2016, changed the military’s long-standing policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. President Trump simply reverted to the old policy.

Like almost all disqualifications for military service, the original transgender ban and the reinstated ban is strictly a military-readiness issue.  Simply, if your condition makes your presence dangerous for you and/or others in a war zone, you cannot enlist, not even as a Chairborne Ranger.

The old bans – those involving racial segregation and open homosexuality -- did not involve deployment risks and were merely sociological. That’s why they were discarded.

During my time of service, I served alongside several gay people -- Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell was a thing long before President Clinton made it official policy. I didn’t care about this and most people I know didn’t either. (As a matter of fact, several of my good friends have come out after leaving the USAF.)

The point is that these people served honorably and were not a hindrance to the missions of which they were a part.

And the notion that there is no place in the military for discrimination is laughable.

While I was active duty USAF, I had three career fields: Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, Germanic Linguist, and Slavic Linguist (Russian). And – pertinent to this topic – in the Reserves, I was an Aeromedical Services Specialist and an EMT.

I have many talents.

As Reserve medics, we performed the paraprofessional part of annual physicals for both flight crews and ground personnel and for some new recruits; that is, immunizations, EKGs, hearing tests, eye exams, etc. (I was the NCOIC of the Immunization Clinic.)

And it was our duty to be familiar with the regulations regarding entry into service and continued service.

Those regulations list the terms of discrimination and the terms are manifold.

Here are a few which bar entry into military service:
  • Any immunodeficiency
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Absence of one kidney
  • Being too short or too tall
  • Asthma
  • Previous cold injury (frostbite)
  • Organ transplant recipient
Disqualifications for continued service are a little different, but the point is that the military is discriminatory by its very nature.

So, all the Democrat congressional wailing about the military's transgender ban is mere floor-showing.

And, a patriotic and honest person who is transgender would understand the reality of his/her situation and that of the military. I bet there are such people out there.

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