Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Impotence of Being Earnest

     Every job has its ups and downs. Everyone from the trash guy (sorry, sanitation engineer) up to the President has good days and bad. There are even some days the job of press secretary can be a big drag. You announce the painfully obvious. You get hammered by friendly fire. But so far in the massive game of spin played in D.C., this has to take the cake. I don’t know who is writing his lies these days but Josh Earnest really needs to work on his plausibility. After having to spout garbage like this, it’s a wonder people aren’t calling for his firing.

     Go read the article and watch the video. I’ll wait. Now for your daily dose of reality.

     If safety of the American people is such a big concern, let’s first check all the other things that do make us safer. Wearing a seat belt makes you safer. Putting an alarm system on your house keeps your belongings safer. Cooking your food thoroughly makes you safer. Building a fence around the White House made it safer. Wait, bad example. What do all these have in common? Keeping the bad thing (thieves, E-coli, ejection from a moving vehicle) away from you or your belongings.

     The point is that avoiding contact (by several thousand miles) is a good way of keeping Ebola at bay. We aren’t playing Tag or Dodgeball here. You can’t keep dodging out of the way forever when plane-loads of sick people start landing. When this game of life-and-death started back in March, the best place to be was on another playground completely. We were there until only a few weeks ago. And just by luck too. Now the game is in our court. We need to eradicate it with decisive and unflinching action. We don’t need vacillation, dithering, spin, misdirection, double-speak, platitudes or falsehoods.

     All this boils down to one simple point. When all you are is left to spin wrong into right to an unbelieving audience, it’s time to find a new line of work. Or boss. Preferably one who has some actual forethought and competence.

     I will admit, it is sadistically funny how quickly this had gone from foreign issue to national security issue to farce. All in just a few short months.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Finished this over the weekend. Just need to figure out what to keep in it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Finished my “nose art.” Riveted aluminum scraps with magnets on the back to stick it to my tool box.

I need to check my mail more often.

I need to check my mail more often.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mt. Gretna in PA.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014

One-afternoon peg game. Made it before leaving for Ukraine. It’s all scrap cedar with a spray varnish that didn’t dry ‘til about 4 days later.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The sky over Ukraine. Same as home.

The sky over Ukraine. Same as home.

This is from a couple of weeks back. A wine bottle holder made of pine.
And the little giraffe I made too. Just to test my skills with the bandsaw.

This is from a couple of weeks back. A wine bottle holder made of pine.

And the little giraffe I made too. Just to test my skills with the bandsaw.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mark Meredith rebuilt this Super Chipmunk over the last 5 years. I like to call it the Raging ‘Monk. It won Outstanding Vintage Custom at the 2014 Airventure in Oshkosh.