September 29, 2016
I watched the Presidential Debates the other night and was disgusted. And the Old-School wants us to choose between them? Thankfully, there are other options. I cannot support Jill Stein but I can, and do, support Gary Johnson. But the Old-School media tries to deny that he exists much less that he is viable.
Someone finally commented on one of my YouTube videos and asked me to watch his counter to my video. I let two comments on his video pointing out where he is wrong. I am going to have to make a reply video discussing his errors. I am getting noticed finally.
I helped audit the Primary Election for Pima County a few weeks ago and was paid $75 on a prepaid debit card. I spent the morning checking out the balance. It is amazing how fast one can spend money without even thinking about it. I have just over four dollars left, enough for breakfast tomorrow. I don’t have to worry about past then as I get paid my military paycheck Friday. I will help audit the General Election in November and that will be another $75. So, with a Special Election that happened earlier this year I will have $225 to add to my taxable income for tax purposes when I file next year.
I live alone, I never married. So, for those of you who are married or have a live-in partner, think of you having to do all the things the other one does in order to get through life. That is me, I have to do the work of two people so to speak. Thus my writing suffers. And I’m not a social animal so I meet very few people and most of them are already taken or just do not interest me. I wish I were more socially active but then when would I get the time to write? I barely have the time now.
It rained again today for a short while. This is unusual not only because this is a desert but the summer rainy season is over and the winter rainy season won’t start for a couple of months yet. However unusual it is, I am glad for it.
The Cincinnati Bengals play again tomorrow night and I hope that they have their act together, as the old saying goes. The last two games were horrible. Not to the level of the old “Bungles”, and I hope that they do not return to that level of horridness, but it was still bad. The last five seasons gave me a chance to be proud of my being a fan and I do not want to lose that.
Oh well, to bed. I hope that I sleep as well as I did last night. A full nights sleep is so unusual for me anymore, even though a full nights sleep still means multiple trips to the bathroom.
September 26, 2016
Another day, another post.
Tonight there are two events on television that I want to watch and they are happening at the same time. Lucky me, I have a DVR. I am recording the NFL Monday Night game and will be watching it tomorrow. I will be watching the Presidential “Debate” live. And I deliberately put debate in quotation marks because I was trained in debates back in high school oh those many years ago (roughly 50 years ago). I would welcome a set of real debates where the candidates debate one issue back and forth and then at another event debate another issue and so forth. I do not like these “debates” which are closer to truncated press conferences. Besides, the candidate I support wasn’t invited even though (and probably because) he is more qualified than either Clinton or Trump.
I did get some writing done today but the largest chunk of my day was spent arguing with my phone company about a bill. Something isn’t right with this but I wasn’t able to get it fixed. Well, I kind of got it fixed as a charge was removed but their claim that my bank refused to accept my payment because I had the account number wrong is still hanging. This is a total screwed up situation.
The weather has been nice today, this is the best time to be in Tucson. The days are cool and the nights also. No extremes in either heat or chill. Not that Tucson gets extremely cold but it does drop below freezing in the winter. It rained a little bit today which is always a good event. I don’t know if it rained at the airport where the official weather station is, I will find out in the newspaper tomorrow.
I haven’t made a video for YouTube or Facebook in several days. I have to get back in the habit of getting something out on the various issues. The next video will have a theme of gun control I think. It is an issue I have been thinking about a lot lately.
Another bit of politics I got done was to send an email to both of Arizona’s Senators with the hopes that they will actually act to help American veterans of the Vietnam War who served in Thailand and were sprayed just like those who were in Vietnam itself. I doubt it but I can hope.
September 25, 2016
Watched the Bengals lose again. For some reason the Bengals just cannot get their teamwork together this year. They are not the “Bungles” of old, just not the Bengals of recent years. With a record so far of one win and two losses this season is not off to a good start. What else can I say?
I have been slacking off somewhat of late, politics has kept me busy so almost no writing and what writing I have done is rewriting. Of the eleven characters that were prominent in the first book I have killed off four of them in a behind-the-scenes manner. I did try to kill one in a book but I cold never make the story work. I am doing this, in part, to show that military service, then as now, is dangerous even without war. The only time I got shot at during my military service was far from the front lines; and it was done by a bunch of foolish Security Police – the USAF version of the Army’s Military Police. I still get the occasional nightmare about the incident.
I had a guest editorial published in the local newspaper last Wednesday and I have been getting favorable comments about it, including several at church today. Feedback that shows that I was able to get people to think. That is all I could reasonably hope for. Converting people would be a bonus.
There is a video on YouTube where a “Dead Abe Lincoln” talks about both Clinton and Trump. Great political ad, it went viral. I recommend it to anyone interested in American Presidential Politics. It has never been commercial, it has only been a Facebook post and a YouTube video, neither require paid time to air. And it is one of the most watched political ads, if not the most watched, around. I have a couple of gripes about it, for one Lincoln hated being called Abe, but it is still great.
The weather in Tucson is great now. Warm days and cool nights. The heat of the summer is over and the chill of winter hasn’t arrived yet. I am glad that Tucson rarely gets snow, my youth (until age eleven) was in Indianapolis Indiana and the summers there, as I remember them, were hot and sticky with temperatures and relative humidity on the 90’s and the winters were harsh; plus, the last two years of my USAF active duty were in Plattsburgh New York were the winters were brutal. I can stand the summer heat by staying indoors as much as I can and the winter chill be dressing warmer. We do get cold nights and the homeless suffer but we don’t get snow piled several feet high. One reason I enjoy Tucson so much.
The weather is turning colder and the daylight hours are shrinking. This is a “good thing” as far as I am concerned. Fall is my favorite time of the year in Tucson as the heat is over and winter is coming. I don’t mind the shorter days, I spend most of my time indoors anyway.
Speaking of indoors, the lights in my apartment are failing. Not all of them, just a couple so far but those two are in my main room. I need to go Monday and get a new bulb for the one and I hope that fixes it and the other I need to do some electrical work. The lamp in question is part of a circuit and it is the only item in the circuit that has failed, and changing the bulb doesn’t fix it, so I know that there is something weird going on. I haven’t done electrical (or electronic for that matter) work in at least a couple of decades so I will have to be extra careful that I forget some safety procedure and get shocked. House current can kill.
The forum I attended last Wednesday was a joke. There was supposed to be representatives from the four political parties recognized by Pima County and only three showed up. The audience was supposed to be the people of the local area and thus a mix of parties but the few that showed up were almost all of one specific party. The format of the forum was flawed as well, since no one got a chance to respond to what the others said. Granted, we only had an hour but it was still a pain to listen to someone say something that could be refuted. Oh well, it is done and over so crying about it does no good.
I am having a problem with my phone/internet provider. They say I made a specific payment that was returned and I made a slightly different payment that was accepted. And for their mistake they are trying to charge me $10. I tried clearing this up through email and I just got a reply saying, basically, “we didn’t make a mistake, pay up.” Business hours Monday I will have to call and raise hell. I can prove my case, but it seems that my email did not convince them so I will have to provide more detail and be more emphatic.
I need to get more exercise and now that the temperature has dropped, I will start walking more in the evening. I walk what I call a grand block, from the corner of two main, or secondary main, streets to another main street, to a third and then back to my start. Each segment is about a quarter mile, 400 meters, so I do a mile in total. I push when I walk so that I get some real exercise, I am not just engaged in a stroll.
September 21, 2016
Busy day today and another one tomorrow. I got some writing done on GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS and some political writing done. I attended the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting but it wasn’t a meeting just a gathering with some people from the Johnson / Weld campaign. The venue was a small local restaurant and we sat on the patio, next to a busy street so it was hard to hear anything. The food was OK I guess, but messy. At least what I ate was messy. I ended up using about four napkins to clean myself after eating and I can just hope I got it all.
Tomorrow I have a lot to get done. First thing I have to go to the VA for blood work and see the foot doctor, then I want to get a haircut and perhaps a back massage. I have to be back at home in enough time to get ready to attend a forum up in the north side of Tucson. Then home again. Once that is all done, if I can, I need to get a video done for uploading. If you have looked at any of my videos on YouTube or the Facebook pages, you will see just how shaggy I am getting.
Monday I watched the NFL game. I am a Bengals fan and there are a few teams I dislike a lot, some I either like or dislike somewhat but for the large number of the teams I watch the game to see good football. Monday night the game was in that last category but I did not watch a good game. If a game is a blowout I feel cheated. Unless, of course, the team doing the blowout is the Bengals. Monday’s game was no fun to watch and I kept the game on but didn’t really pay that much attention. If Chicago had turned the game around and made it interesting I could have watched more closely. But they didn’t and I didn’t.
The first Presidential Debate (so-called) is in the near future. Using criteria that can only be considered rigged, the Libertarians got no invite. The 15% in the national polls is rubbish. While the election is national in that the President and Vice-President are national offices, the election is not one election. There are fifty elections not one. The polls in the fifty States for that specific State is more telling than a national poll. And in a lot of States Gary Johnson is polling well above 15%, among the military he is almost at 50%, in several States he is well above the 15% goal, but the Democrats and Republicans who control the debates want to keep it to just themselves. I request that you call your local Democrat and Republican party headquarters and demand that they let Gary Johnson debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposed to be independent but it is obviously run for the exclusive benefit of the two old-school parties. If you don’t live in America, then this request does not apply, obviously.
September 18, 2016
I just got done watching the Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Pittsburg Steelers. The Bengals did not play well, not as bad as the “Bungles” days but no where near what they have been playing these last few years. I guess I will be philosophical and say that everyone has an off day. My family was living in Loveland Ohio in 1967 when I joined the USAF. Loveland is a suburb of Cincinnati and the Bengals were forming. So I have been a fan since day one, Bengals and Bungles. Indeed, at least twice during their nadir I suggested to the management that they swap the players and the secretarial staff in order to win more games. I stayed a fan the entire time so I had earned the right to be snarky.
Tucson is in the desert, I have mentioned that before, and so the summers are hot here; but, as the local saying goes, it is a dry heat – like an oven. My apartment has refrigeration for air conditioning, the other method is swamp cooling, and I have basically shut off the AC for the season. I turn it on occasionally if my apartment is stuffy or if it does get hot but otherwise I just leave it off. I will be saving a lot in my electricity bills as a result. The winters get cold here on a few nights a winter season but I don’t turn on the heater. I can dress warmly and use an electric blanket at night if I need to. I haven’t used the heater in perhaps fifteen years if not more. If I ever move away from Tucson, to somewhere where there is a real winter, that won’t work. So, among the many reasons I will stay in Tucson, that is one of the strongest.
I am getting so involved with politics that I begin to wonder if I will have time for anything else, at least until the General Election. I am an elected official that no one has voted for, three times. I am a precinct committeeman, actually the entire committee, for the Libertarian Party. Since I ran unopposed three times, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, who run the elections for the county, just declared me the winner and cancelled the election for the post. But, because I am elected I can hold a party office and I do. And I do a lot of work for the party. Look at my Facebook page or the Pima County Libertarian Party’s Facebook page or my YouTube channel and you will see an increasing number of videos I do to explain the libertarian philosophy. (Facebook and YouTube are under my proper name – Christopher Cole) Writing and filming them does take some time. I don’t write a script but bullet points so that saves some time but still, it takes time to formulate what I want to say. I never get it right on the first take for any of the videos so that adds time. When I started doing these videos I just did them for YouTube but after I has several up, I realized that I could put them on Facebook so I have been putting the older videos on Facebook most days and when I do a new one, it goes everywhere. Once I am caught up, I will start churning out videos more often.
September 17, 2016
Politics all day today. This morning I attended the monthly meeting of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission which went from 9 AM to just after 11 AM, then home and working on an editorial I am writing and rewriting for the Arizona Daily Star. And between now and November 8, the date of the General Election, it will probably just get worse.
I posted a new video to YouTube and both Facebook pages. For those not in America, the Commission on Presidential Debates is a commission owned and operated by the Democrats and Republicans to control the Presidential Debates. They do this for the benefit of the two parties, not the American public. And today they announced that only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be allowed to debate at their event. Big surprise there. Even though over two-thirds of Americans want Gary Johnson on the debate stage, even though Gary Johnson polls enough in the selected polls the Commission uses to be statistically equal to the criteria set, the Commission said no. Big surprise here. The commission is protecting their bosses, the commission does not dare allow Gary Johnson to debate. If Gary Johnson were on the stage he would show just how empty the Democrats and Republicans are. That was the essence of my video.
When I retired from the USAF I went looking for work in the civilian market and didn’t really find it. I got a couple of temporary jobs but nothing substantial and lasting. The closest I cam was with the Census Bureau but there I wasn’t offered a position that gave me the hours I wanted. So, after several years of age discrimination, and I complained to the Federal Government but they refused to do anything, I just gave up and considered myself retired. I wasn’t busy at first but now I am busier than I have been since I left active duty in 1987. None of it pays however. Which is why I have been posting my writing on my other blog, I hoped to get comments that would help me polish my writing so that I could get published. Nobody wants to comment it seems. The only comments I get are from my brother and he doesn’t comment at the blog, he does it by email.
Ah well, life goes on and what I want (what anyone wants) is not necessarily what I get.
September 15, 2016
Politics all day for me. I didn’t write anything for GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS but I did get some writing done on various political matters. I am the First Vice-Chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party and I am basically the Communications Director as well. I make and post videos on YouTube, the county Party Facebook page and my own Facebook page as well. I put about a dozen videos up on YouTube before I got the notion to put them on the Facebook pages as well. So now I am playing catch-up. Any new videos I do go immediately to all three but the older videos I am posting to the Facebook pages. I saw a powerful video on vimeo, actually the link was sent to me, and I will be posting it shortly. Check out either my Facebook page or the county party’s or my YouTube channel (Christopher Cole – be careful there are a lot of channels names that) and see a powerful Libertarian video.
So, having spent the day writing political material, I have little else to talk about. So, once again, a very short post.
September 14, 2016
If you have read ENTRANCE EXAMINATION or DREADNOUGHT you will notice that in the Empire, especially in the Imperial Navy, titles are always used, or almost always. When someone does not use a title, it is noticed and considered bad manners. In GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS I have to go back through what I have written and insert titles where I have not put them in where appropriate. I just went through what I have and corrected the title of one of the major characters and now I have to go through the draft again. I wish I had gotten it right the first time, I do not like having to go back through and correct my mistakes. I do like, somewhat, going through what I have written and proofreading the text. I find it easier for me to catch mistakes when I read hard copy. But I am a product of my youth when I would read books as often as I could. Now I still read but usually it is on my e-book reader.
I have other writing projects that I am doing, mostly political. So I don’t spend all day on my novel, I also work on scripts for my YouTube videos and editorials and letters to the editor. Not that the Arizona Daily Star publishes what I write very often but I do try to get my viewpoint heard. I sit at my desk and work with my computer far too much. I need to get more exercise.
Speaking of exercise, I have to start back up with my walks. I walk around what I term a “grand block” or along the major streets regardless of how many streets are between the major streets. It is warm enough that I do not need anything extra but cool enough that I do not have to worry about heat exhaustion or such. I just need to get started.
It amazes me just how much the stuff I have limits me. Thoreau had a point but I am not ready to throw out all of my books. My old computers maybe, but I love books too much to do more than thin my personal library. I have ten bookcases, one of which is a half case with only three shelves, that are full and I have a walk-in closet that has its floor covered with stacks of books. I could probably get rid of perhaps two-thirds of my books. I am no longer interested in Naval books but my interest in airplanes is as great as ever. I have a nice collection of science-fiction and fantasy fiction and a few books on writing. Also, I have some books on politics. Everything else should go.
September 13, 2016
In football I have only one favorite team, a few I like, a few I dislike and two I cannot stand. And for the rest – eh, I just hope the game is a good one regardless of who wins. And the two I cannot stand are based upon my favorite team – the Cincinnati Bengals. The rivalry between the Bengals and the Steelers goes back to when the Steelers were moved to the AFC. If I run into a fan of the Steelers I will make the comment that I think I am required by law to hate them. From there we can get into a conversation about football. The other team I cannot stand is the 49’ers. Cincinnati made it to the Super Bowl twice and lost to the 49’ers both times. Why am I mentioning this now? Well, the Steelers played the Washington Redskins tonight and won. The Redskins just had too many problems and the Steelers were just too good. At least Cincinnati won yesterday.
I loafed around all day. This is becoming a habit that I have to stop. Tomorrow I have laundry to do and I have to get more done on GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS. Living alone it is too easy to slough off work because no one is around to keep you at it. When I was on active duty, I worked my rear end off But now, it is too easy to sit around and watch YouTube.
I could make this a very short post and stop here, and I think I will since I have done basically nothing today.