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Yesterday, I learned that a Muslim is a person who practices the faith of Islam. I learned that the friend has relatives in three countries and each of those family members is impacted by violence by, for, or against people living in those countries.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

I remembered that verse because we sang it in 9th grade choir. Every American is either on of those or a descendent of someone who came to America for a better life. Even the Native Americans are descended from Asians who crossed a land bridge 13,000 years ago looking for a better life.

Is America no longer a “shining city on a hill?” Often attributed to President Reagan, the quote actually comes from a Puritan preacher, John Winthrop in 1630.

Are America’s fears and problems so great now that we cannot offer promise to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”

Americans seem to fear violence to such a great degree that they will impose violence to keep themselves safer. That is a true oxymoron. Americans have a crisis of intellect in that they fear violence but they see it as a solution to their problems.

I remember the Sunday School Story about the Warm Fuzzies and the Cold Pricklies. If you substitute peace in the story, we will never have Peace until we learn to share it and promote it and see it as the solution.

So, I wish you Peace for the Holidays and for you to set a New Year’s resolution that Peace is a Solution.

During Easter Week of 1982, I was serving aboard the USS Drum (SSN-677) and we made a port visit to Perth, Australia. I had occasion to visit an Apple Computer store and was given the gift of 27 pages of Computer Taglines. After 33 years, I return these gems to the Internet.

“As a matter of fact” is an expression that precedes many an expression that isn’t.
But officer, I was only trying to gain enough speed so I could coast to the nearest gas station.
I don’t think they could put him in a mental hospital. On the other hand, if he were already in, I don’t think they would let him out.
Lord, please let me find a one-armed economist so we won’t always hear “On the other hand…”
– – Edgar R. Fiedler
The student in question is performing minimally for his peer group and is an emerging underachiever.
$100 placed at 7% interest compounded quarterly for 200 years will increase to more than $100,000,000—by which time it will be worth nothing.
—Lazarus Long
‘Tis better that a man’s own works, than another man’s words should praise’ him.
— L’Estrange
‘Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue.
— Campbell
‘Tis not the fairest form that holds the mildest, purest soul within; ‘Tis not the richest plant that holds the sweetest fragrance in.
— Dawes
‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
— Shakespeare
‘Tis strange the miser should his cares employ to gain the riches he can ne’er enjoy.
— Alexander Pope
(a) Completion of any task within the allocated time and budget does not bring credit upon the performance personnel–it merely proves the task was easier than expected; (b) failure to complete any task within the allocated time and budget proves that the task was more difficult than expected and requires promotion for those in charge.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Cost consciousness and sophisticated design are basically incompatible.
— Richard F. Moore
The less management demands of engineers and scientists, the greater their productivity.
— Richard F. Moore
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7:30, Channel 5: The Bionic Dog (Action/Adventure) The Bionic Dog gets a hormonal short-circuit and violates the Mann Act with an interstate greyhound bus.
8:30, Chan. 7: Bewitched. Tabitha gets carsick and turns Darin into a plastic bag.
9:00, Chan. 5: I Dream of Jeannie. Jeannie and Major Nelson discover new things to do with Jeannie’s bottle.
A “critic” is a person who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative people. There is logic in this; he is unbiased–he hates all creative people equally. — Lazarus Long
A Smith and Wesson beats four aces.
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. Hitting a tree is simply bad luck and has no place in a scientific game. The player should estimate the distance the ball would have travelled if it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there, preferably atop a nice firm tuft of grass.
— Donald A. Metz
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed in the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough. Such veering right or left frequently results from friction between the face of the club and the cover of the ball and the player should not be penalized for the erratic behavior of the ball resulting from such uncontrollable physical phenomena.
— Donald A. Metz
A bathroom hook will be loaded to capacity immediately upon becoming available. This also applies to freeways, closets, playgrounds, downtown hotels, taxis, parking lots, wallets, purses, pockets, and so on. The list is endless.
— John Joyce
A bird in the hand is safer than two overhead.
A camel is a horse planned by a committee.
— Vogue Magazine
A carelessly planned project takes three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned project will take only twice as long.
A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often.
A clean limerick is a contradiction in terms.
A college education shows a man how little other people know.
— Halliburton
A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
— Elbert Hubbard
A company is known by the people it keeps.
A compromise: the art of dividing the cake in such a way that each one thinks he is getting the biggest piece.
A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
— Marvin Kitman
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
— H. L. Mencken
A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern.
— Edgar A. Shoaff
A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
— James H. Boren
A fake fortune teller can be tolerated, but an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved.
— Lazarus Long
A fool, indeed, has great need of a title. It teaches men to call him count and duke. And to forget his proper name of fool.
— Crowne
A foot is a device for finding furniture in the dark.
A free people always has the right to dismiss its rulers—whom it regards as its servant—at any time.
— Harry V. Jaffa
A friend of mine stopped smoking, drinking, overeating, and chasing women–all at the same time. It was, a lovely funeral.
A gift of flowers will soon be made to you.
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
A good name will wear out; a bad one may be turned; a nickname lasts forever.
— Zimmerman
A great fortune is a great slavery.
— Seneca
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
A guy has to get fresh once in a while so the girl doesn’t lose her confidence.
A journalist, is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
— Napoleon Bonaparte
A king’ s castle is his home.
A lie in time saves nine.
A light heart lives long.
— Shakespeare
A light supper, a good night’s sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero out of the same man, who, by indiscretion, a restless night and a rainy morning would have proved a coward.
— Chesterfield
A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.
A little ignorance can go a long way.
—Solomon Short

A lost ounce of gold may be found, a lost moment of time never.

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Entropy has us outnumbered.
—Solomon Short
Epperson’s Law: when a man says it’s a silly, childish game, it’s probably something his wife can beat him at. .
Erma Bombeck’s Rule of Medicine: Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Ertz’s observation: Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Ettorre’s observation: The other line moves faster.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Even if it can’t, it might.
Even paranoids have enemies.
Every man desires to live long, but no man desires to be old.
—Jonathon Swift
Every man has three characters–that which he exhibits, that which he has and that which he thinks he has.
Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles. and lets it go at that. —James Matthew Barrie
Everybody has 20/20 hindsight.
Everybody lies about sex.
Everybody should believe in something–I believe I’ll have another drink
—Mary Steele
Everything is for sale; only the price is negotiable.
Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler
—Albert Einstein
Examine the contents, not the bottle. —The Talmud
Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
–John G. Pollard
Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Experience is directly proportional to equipment ruined.
Experience is the one thing you have plenty of when you’re too old to get the job.
Experiments must be reproducible–they should always fail in the same way.
Exploit the inevitable (which means, take credit for anything good which happens whether you had anything to do with it or not).
FIELD TEST: Putting your software out to pasture.
FIELD TESTED: Manufacturer lacks test equipment.
FOOLPROOF OPERATION: No provision for adjustment.
FUTURISTIC: Can’t figure out another reason why it looks as it does.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
—Aldous Huxley
Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.
Finagle’s Creed: Science is truth: don’t be misled by the facts.
Find happiness in your work, or you may not find it anywhere else.
Fine’s Corollary: Functionality breeds contempt.
First draw your curves–then plot your data.
Looks fade. Are you willing to love the person when they’re ugly? Is their heart enough? Are their morals enough? Do your insides love their insides?
Ayiiia
Food that tastes the best has the highest calories.
Fools are certain, but wise men hesitate.
For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill.
—Richard Clopton
For every proverb that confidently asserts its little bit of wisdom, there is usually an equal and opposite proverb that contradicts it.
—Richard Boston
For perfect happiness, remember two things: Be content with what you’ve got. Be sure you’ve got plenty.
For the first time in history, one bag of groceries produces two bags of garbage.
—Robert Orben
For they can conquer who believe they can. —Virgil
Forecasting is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future
—Edgar R. Fiedler
Forget your opponents, always play against par.
—Sam Sneed
Fried’s 23rd Law: Ideas endure and prosper in inverse proportion to their soundness and validity.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says, “I thought I was the only one.”
Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.
—John D. MacDonald
—Rozanne Weissman
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
—Publilius Syrus
Fuch’s Warning: If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren’t well enough to travel.
Fudge Factor: A physical factor occasionally showing up in experiments as a result of stopp1ng a stopwatch a little early to compensate for reflex error.
Fudge Factor: The numeric factor by which experimental results must be multiplied
to be in agreement with theory.
GIGO: Garbage in, Gospel out.
Generally, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.
—Felix Cohen
Get ahead!!! You could use one.
Get a shot off FAST! This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect.
—Lazarus Long
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please
—Mark Twain
Give him an inch and he’ll screw you. —Dave Farber
Go kiss a Wookie!
Go where the money is.
—Bank robber Willie Sutton
God gives us relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.
Good judgment comes from experience. And experience–well that comes from having bad judgment.
“Greener’s Law: Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.
HAND CRAFTED: Machine that is operated without gloves.
HIGH ACCURACY: Unit on which all parts fit.
HYPOTHESIS: A prediction based on theory formulated after an experiment is performed designed to account for the ludicrous series of events which have taken place.
Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.
—Solomon Short
Harris’s Law: Any: philosophy that can be put “in a nutshell” belongs there.
—James Gibbons Hunekerm
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
—Machiavelli
Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.
—Robert Cody
He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
—Sydney Smith
He hated to set precedents; those who do so were sometimes promoted, more frequently they joined their ancestors.
—Robert A. Heinlein
He that lives upon Hope dies farting.
—Benjamin Franklin
He that uses many words for the explaining of any subject, doth like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink. —Ray
He that would have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.
—Shakespeare
He travels fastest who travel alone…but he hasn’t anything to do when he gets there.
He who can will. He who can’t, will teach.
—M.M. Johnston
He who envies another admits his own inferiorities.
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
He who has not a good memory, should never take upon him the trade of lying.
He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it.
–Rousseau
He who laughs last probably doesn’t understand the joke.
He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass
—Edgar R. Fiedler
He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.
—Charron
He who reforms himself has done more toward reforming the public than a crowd of noisy, impotent patriots.
— Johann Kaspar Lavater
Hell hath no fury like a computer scorned.
Hell hath no fury like a pacifist.
—Solomon Short
Hell is a place where the motorists are French, the policemen are German, the traffic patterns are Bostonian, and the cooks are English.
Hell is truth seen too late.
—H.G. Adams
Herman’s Rule: If it works right the first time, obviously you’ve done something wrong.
History proves nothing. I —Bill Gray
History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history
—Clarence Darrow
Honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a sauce to sugar
—Shakespeare
How can I miss you if you won’t go away?
How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed.
How you look depends on where you go.
I accept the refugees. You cheat death everyday. There’s danger everywhere but the way you end that is with peace, acceptance and love. And if that kills me, so be it, at least I’m dying with a good heart.
Ayiiia
I am not a crook.
I had to hit him, he was starting to make sense.
I buy too many shoes and not enough clothes.
Ayiiia
I gave her the ring; she gave me the finger.
I have a SPONGE that’s drier behind the ears than you are!
I have a feeling that at any time about three million Americans can be had for any militant reaction against law, decency, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, compassion and the rule of reason.
—John K. Galbraith
I have discovered the art of fooling diplomats: I speak the truth and they never believe me.
—Camillo Di Cavour
I hate when girls say: I need to find the Jay-Z to my Beyoncé. You can’t expect a man like Jay-Z if you’re no where close to being a Beyoncé. Sit down.
Ayiiia
I just DON’T understand human behavior. —C3PO
I like work; it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours.
I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and drove over the embankment.
I went to the race track once and bet on a horse that was so good that it took seven others to beat him!
I’d rather go whoring than warring.
—Bill Gray
I’d rather have ‘a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens
—Woody Allen
I’ve seen better heads on a half pint of beer.
IT’S HERE AT LAST: rush job; nobody knew it was coming.
If A equals success, then the formula is A = X + y + Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
—Albert Einstein·
If God wanted us to be brave, why did he give us legs?
—Marvin Kitman
If Patrick Henry thought taxation without representation was bad he should see how bad it is WITH representation. ‘
If a ball rims the cup, it is deemed to have dropped. A ball should not go sideways. This violates the laws of physics.
If a ball stops at the brink of the hole and hangs there, defying gravity, it is deemed to have dropped. You can’t defy the law of gravity. —Donald A. Metz
If a man is happy in his work–exerting himself to the full extent of his capacities, and enjoying it–I’d say he’s a success. —William Romain

James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—conclude that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. Courtesy of Slate.com. Link to Hansen’s Report

Impact of Sea Level Rise

What does that mean to the San Diego Metropolitan area? To put it most vividly, Interstate 5 will be under water in at least 8 places south of Camp Pendleton and the jets landing at Lindbergh Field will need pontoons.

San Diego Map of Sea Level Rise Impact

The blue areas of San Diego will be under water with a 10 foot sea rise.

San Diego is hardly the most threatened city in California. At least 300,000 people will be underwater in the corridor from Stockton to Sacramento. The Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach face a much larger challenge than our city.

If San Diego does nothing, we will lose over a trillion dollars in real estate, recreational area and, most importantly, maritime industry including our Navy Harbor. Is there a solution?

Solution to Catastrophic Sea Rise

I propose that we go Dutch. Twenty-six percent of Holland is below sea level. I propose that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) immediately begin plans to construct a 20 foot tall sea wall and levee system from Puente La Playa in Tijuana, Mexico to Point Loma. A separate stucture would be built to preserve Mission Bay. This would require that the Tijuana River be rerouted to the bottom of San Diego Bay.

Preserving commerce in the bay would require that a locking system be built at Point Loma to allow sea traffic in and out of the bay. The ecology of the bay would be preserved by allowing sea water to flow into the bay at the mouth of the Tijuana River but it would have to be pumped out at Point Loma. It might also be necessary to temporarily separate the flow of the Tijuana River into the bay in case of sewage contamination and that would require marine structures to be built.

Will there be challenges? The minimum cost for this project will be $50 Billion in today’s dollars. Wait a few years and the price will double or quadruple. The environmental impact and the engineering challenges will be significant. The Not-in-my-backyard crowd will stack this up in the courts for years.

My response to those concerns comes from the words of God to Noah as spoken by a recently disgraced comedian from his comedy routine of the sixties, “How long can you tread water?”

<November 23> Items compiled from various sources including the Crime Statistics Bureau – San Francisco.*

1. Driving a car to work.
2. Living in a city where citizens are permitted to carry guns in public.
3. Walking out in the open during a thunder storm.
4. Getting into a confrontation with a police officer while black.
5. Swimming in the ocean off Ballston Beach, Maine at dusk.
6. Living in a home with a depressed individual who owns a gun.
7. Being without health care in Alabama.
8. Being a woman whose only option is to get an illegal abortion.
9. Falling out of Bed
10. Being a Muslim in the United States.

*A west coast think tank cited by leading Republicans

<November 28> Before I posted this 5 days ago, I deleted one item as too far-fetched and too argumentative. I add it back now upon reflection.

11. Working in a Planned Parenthood Center

America has a domestic terrorism problem. It is exemplified by the event yesterday in Colorado where a lone gunman entered a Planned Parenthood Clinic. Two civilians and one police officer are dead. At least 9 others are wounded.

Four Planned Parenthood clinics were the targets of attacks in the past four months, including a Washington state clinic that was set on fire and one in California that was fire-bombed in a similar fashion.

Our militant Christian churches radicalize these jihadists. Our gun manufacturers and the NRA arm them. Our GOP presidential candidates cheerlead for them. Our Republican Congress facilitates their access to weapons. And FoxNews glorifies them.

Pregnant women who seek to control their bodies and their destiny are the targets.

Satisfy the Customer Corporation

Happy Thanksgiving! I had a reasonably pleasant turkey dinner at Black Angus in Chula Vista but one part of it reminded me why I detest corporate restaurant chains.

The Turkey Dinner comes with the basic fixings including mashed potatoes. I asked to substitute the au gratin potatoes for the mashed potatoes. Everyone seemed to be well aware that the corporate office forbids substitutions on the turkey dinner.

The single most important thing you can do for your business is to get to work building true customer loyalty, one customer at a time.
—Micah Solomon, Forbes Website

So I asked the manager to explain and he stated that the turkey dinner was priced out a certain way and he said, “If we do it for one customer, we have to do it for them all.” I am sure that he knew he was sacrificing my customer loyalty to serve his corporate superiors.

The business model for corporate chains is the opposite of mom and pop or as I call them, one-off restaurants. The one-off is competing against the restaurant down the street, including the corporate stores. The employees know that they are working for me, the customer. They provide quality service, I deliver loyalty.

When I walk into a corporate chain, I feel like I am treated like a revenue unit rather than a customer. For example, as a single male, I am always pointed to a barstool rather than a table. My experience at Black Angus in Chula Vista is probably not the worst but it is exemplary of the dedication of the employees to the corporation rather than the customer. I am not that old but I am old enough to remember a time before the corporations began to force down our expecations to this level.

I told my waitress that it is too bad that she will never grow old enough to remember a time when the number one rule in business was, “Satisfy the Customer.”

Last evening, I received a chain email from a friend. It was the one that accused President Obama of dissing the troops and saying that they are whiners and should pay for their own health care. I copied about a sentence of it and googled it. Politifact popped up and debunked the email as a ridiculous lie.

Explain to me how people who are normally reasonable can look at something that is so obviously false and just believe it. Worse, they pass it on to their friends and colleagues as factual information.

There are many issues with which the opposition could respectfully disagree with the Obama Administration, some that I disagree with as well. Opponents might make telling points on his handling of the economy, the debt, foreign policy and social programs. While many pundits endeavor to form legitimate, logical attacks on these issues, many find this too difficult and ineffective. So, they make stuff up. They use radical forms or rhetoric and argument. They pull many different cards from the deck including race, Hitler, communism, socialism, Christian Muslim, birther and many more.

In this current climate, the Truth has a Liberal Bias. The political right understands this but couches it in terms that their constituency will more effectively understand. Terms that describe the mainstream media as having a liberal bias like Lamestream Media. They create villains like Rachel Maddow. She’s gay, liberal, single, outspoken, and sarcastic at times. That is why that it is obvious that she is bad but they never seem to argue effectively that she is wrong. The reason for this is that she and other effective commentators like Jon Stewart are so effective at allowing the right to state their case in their own words, in context and on camera. We all understand the moral of The Emperor’s New Clothes but the political right wants us to believe that the child who points out the Emperor’s lack of textiles is the villain who should be scorned for pointing out the obvious.

Our great freedoms in this country give us the right to have any opinion that we want and the further freedom to stand in the square and shout it at the top of our lungs. Our citizenship, though, assigns us the responsibility to make sure that those opinions are based on rational facts and that they serve the needs of our country and her citizens and are not self-serving and designed to disdain our opponents. Obama campaign aide Robert Gibbs said it most effectively on ABC’s “This Week”, “I think it’s time in our politics that we get rid of this mindset that if we disagree, we have to disqualify each other”

If you receive an email that has questionable veracity, highlight about 10 words and google it. You will quickly receive a number of links that either support the fact or debunk the lie. Quickly respond to the sender and appeal to reason and right and ask the sender to withdraw or qualify the message. It probably won’t happen but at least you did the right thing. For yourself. For your friends. For your country.

THE .22 CALIBER HOMICIDES

By William Barrons

This is the first in his four-novel (and more coming) series about the San Diego Police Homicide Detail and featuring Sergeant Jack Leslie; much revised from the original, published as “The .22 Caliber Killings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NUDE BEACH HOMICIDES

Second novel in his series about the San Diego Police Homicide Detail and featuring Lieutenant Jack Leslie; much revised from the original, published as “Cops Can’t Cry.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE COLDEST COLD HOMICIDES

Third novel in his series about the San Diego Police
Homicide Detail and featuring Detective Paddy O’Dean.

 

 

 

 

 

FOREVER HOMICIDES

Fourth novel in his series about the San Diego Police Homicide Detail and featuring Sergeant Kevin Williams.