Friday, November 14, 2014


I don't care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing

I'm sorry, but if some idiot's shirt is going to discourage you from pursuing a career in STEM, then maybe you shouldn't pursue a career in STEM.  It's not like you got an F in statics and dynamics or something, it's that you have to share your career with nerds.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ebola: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

We've all heard about how our government let Ebola patients into the country in the last several weeks, including poor Mr. Duncan from Liberia.  Fortunately, despite the apparent complete incompetence of those entrusted with following protocols to handle disease outbreaks like this, the Ebola cases are still limited and we may not have a huge problem on our hands here in the U.S.  There are reasons why it's a huge problem in west Africa and would not be the same huge problem here, and those are mostly cultural and have to do with hygiene more than anything.

What's so frustrating about this is how it immediately turned into a political issue.  Really?  Why in the hell does something like this have to be political?  There are very simple procedures to follow to prevent the spread of virulent diseases like this, and they have nothing to do with politics or race or anything like that.  They should have everything to do with medical science.

Suspend flights from countries with outbreaks, and lock down their borders.  This doesn't mean that you can't send anyone there to help, in fact we can and should do so.  But then those people that go there to help should be adequately quarantined before being allowed to come back.  Instead, they're allowed to fly planes, ride subway trains, and go bowling!  This is madness.

Racism?  RACISM?  Well, I'm certainly sorry that the folks in west Africa are having to deal with a serious disease outbreak.  But the fact that they are black, or that Liberia was founded by returned former slaves almost 200 years ago is irrelevant.

Fortunately, Ebola still seems to be difficult to transmit, and that is going to be the saving grace for this particular outbreak.  This will save the butts of our incompetent politicians this time, but it also shows how unprepared our systems are to handle anything that is more virulent.  Our best bet, as always, is to educate ourselves at the individual level and to take appropriate precautions, and not rely on those fools in Washington or Denver or wherever.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The world is crazy

That's my conclusion after watching the news in the last several days.  I just don't get people sometimes.  I'm just going to concentrate on being a good man, husband, and father, and let the world go screw itself.  It certainly doesn't need my help.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day Camp

So I'm at Cub Scout day camp with my younger son yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Had to evacuate in a hailstorm yesterday afternoon, but everyone was fine.  It's a beautiful day out today.

Was just thinking that before too many more years, my sons and daughters will be grown and gone off to build families of their own.  I sure hope Mrs. Astro and I are doing a good job raising them.  We sure are trying our darnedest.

Take time to love your family and enjoy being with them.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Murphy Strikes Again

Why can I not get out of debt? Stuff keeps on happening. The latest? My son busted his knee on Saturday evening while playing out front with his siblings. We tried to just elevate and ice it for a while, but the swelling got worse so we took him to the ER. X-ray showed no fractures or anything like that, but he has a very bad bruising and swelling in the knee joint. They mentioned possibly needing to see a pediatric orthopedist and maybe even getting an MRI.

Just... son of a bitch!

I can't win for losing. On the bright side, my son should be OK in a few days, and we are already near our family deductible thanks to other crap that I have had to pay for since January 1.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Screw It

We are going on some vacations this year, and not just to Texas.

The kids won't be with us forever, and I might as well use some credit to pay for something fun after years and years of paying for natural disaster recovery, auto repairs, and medical-related crap. If I could get 3 years of no budget busting items, I would be fine! That ain't going to happen, though.

Dave and Sharon Ramsey wouldn't do it, but they can kiss my ass, and so can Murphy.

Career Inertia

A career at rest tends to stay at rest. A career in motion tends to stay in motion.

Or something like that. They are keeping me too busy to really consider any other options. There's so much work to do that thinking of leaving just violates my innate desire to see the job done to completion, which is quite a ways off. Yet I have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to earn enough money staying where I am so that I can get out of debt and save for the kids and retirement. Then again, I am on a pension which, along with Social Security, is pretty much the only retirement I have so far. That pension is worth quite a lot, and if I were to leave, I would have to make, and save, at least $20K more per year to break even.

Dammit, it was supposed to turn out better than this.

Maybe we'll get that big economic collapse after all, and it won't matter.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Generational Observations

In a recent podcast, Nate and Viidad/Seven were discussing some generational observations. Mostly, they were ripping on Baby Boomers, and deservedly so. The Baby Boomers, collectively, are bringing about the downfall of this once great country. Some are working on this purposefully, but most are unwittingly bringing it about because of their attitudes and how they have lived their lives. Unfortunately, they'll be with us for a while longer. But this isn't what I want to talk about.

By the way, if you haven't checked out Nate's podcast, you should. He and Seven are a real hoot to listen to. I think Nate might very well be able to fill two or three hours daily with stuff, if he wanted to.

The thing I want to talk about is the Gen-X phenomenon of Latchkey Kids. I was a Latchkey Kid, from first or second grade on. This means that I, as a 7 or 8 year old, was responsible for getting myself up, getting ready for school, walking to school, and walking back home to do my homework and then watch TV until my parents got home. My mom was a teacher and had a 30-minute commute, and she had to drive my dad to his job because he couldn't drive. So I was alone for 2-3 hours every afternoon.

This was usually just fine, and I was able to handle it. There were a few incidents where older kids would pick on me or beat me up. I hate to say that I didn't fight back, as I was taught not to... I sure wish I had fought back. My life might have advanced down a better path in certain ways. I was pretty much a "gamma" as a kid.

The thing is, though: I have five kids, and one of them is that same age today, in second grade. I couldn't even imagine forcing him to do this! The only one of the five that I could see handling that responsibility is my oldest, but even then, our family really is blessed that my wife is able to stay home with them so that they aren't forced to grow up early and can be kids.

However, were I and my fellow Gen-X Latchkey Kids the unintended beneficiaries of being forced to grow up early? Did this lead us to become somewhat more independent in general? By the time I got to high school, I couldn't wait to get out of the house and be on my own. My family felt very constricting to me, I just wanted to bust out.

My kids aren't like that, they don't feel the same urge to leave the nest, and it seems to me that they should, at least a little bit. I'm glad that they do love our family so much that they don't want to leave, but then again I want them to be confident, independent adults.

Maybe my job dissatisfaction has a lot to do with this same dynamic: I feel forced to go to a job I no longer really like because I have bills to pay and I don't know how to break out of the employee mode and try to make it on my own. I thought it would be a good career, and I worked hard to pursue it, but over the last 20 years it just hasn't happened for me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Two Down, Three To Go

Yes, I know it's been a long time since the last post. I'm still around, just been busy, as I said. Hopefully y'all (Res and WB and whoever else) are still checking here from time to time. I am going to start posting again because there's just so much to comment on that I need to get it off my chest. Facebook is good for some of that, but I don't really want to offend some of my old friends from high school or whatever, so I don't post anything too controversial there. You might say, "Well, screw them if they don't like what you have to say!" Yes, I agree, but then again I don't see any reason to antagonize them, because there is more to life than politics.

Anyway, good news!

This weekend, my middle daughter was baptized! Our church's 4th/5th grade Sunday school classes have been going through a whole lesson plan with the kids about baptism and that culminated in 41 kids being baptized Saturday afternoon. It didn't have the traditional kind of atmosphere about it that I am used to, but it still counts.

Hope all of y'all are doing well.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


...and the lack thereof.  I just don't have the bandwidth to do everything I would like to do.  One of the things has, obviously, been blogging here.  I mess around on Facebook a bit too much, so perhaps I need to ditch that.  How do other people seem to do so much?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cultural Marxism Again on Parade

The Rose Bowl parade will feature a gay wedding on a float.  The kids have already been told they can't watch the parade on NYD.  How many years until they are marching around in their leather chaps and carrying on like it's a gay pride parade?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cultural Marxism on Parade

Some gay crap called Kinky Boots
I was warned away from this garbage by folks on Facebook before it came on in the mountain time zone.  WTH was NBC thinking?  I know what: shove gay crap in everyone's faces while their kids were most likely watching.  Good grief.  Ha ha, all those uptight Republicans will have to explain drag queens to their little innocent children.  Not exactly.  Kiss your ratings goodbye, idiots.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Historical firearms

Ok, I've been doing research for my book, but one thing I can't find yet is this: What sort of firearms were issued to US Army officers and enlisted men in 1800-1810?  What sort of uniform did they have, and what would their standard kit have been?  I'm about to start writing, and I need detail.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Maintaining Frame in the Feminist Lair

So we were having dinner after church on Saturday night with some friends, and they told us about a marriage seminar they attended.  This seminar is part of a program called the National Marriage Project, which is a government sponsored program with the worthy goal of helping people strengthen their marriages.  Being govt sponsored, the program is secular in nature, and as our friends found out, is steeped in feminist ideology.

My friend, though, was able to maintain frame in the seminar without even knowing what "frame" is: he stood his ground against some of their silliest points even when the speakers and all the wives (except his) ganged up on him.  And his wife stood her ground when cornered by other wives during breaks, while he was approached by the other husbands who quietly thanked him for speaking up.

It appears to me from what they told us about this program that they actually expect to strengthen marriages by convincing the husbands to cater and kowtow to their wives all the time.  Yes, be a good little gamma/delta, put your wife on that pedestal, and everything will be great!  That is, until she loses all respect for and attraction to you and leaves you for another man.