Grandma Stevens died

Went to see Grandma Stevens in ICU in Kalispell on Sunday. She died Tuesday afternoon about 10 minutes before 4pm (PDT.)


Me and Kelsey went shopping at the mall yesterday evening.  She got strawberry sorbet and I got Mora.  Hers was better.  We also read a little from a book that she picked up at Borders in Coeur d’Elaine.  She’s finding out new things about herself.

Memorial Day in Montana

Guess I can do something about that. I’ll write something.

We went to Montana for Memorial Day weekend.

Friday I got home from work and Kelsey was stressing over some wedding photos that didn’t come out as well as she’d have liked. It was pretty much the first time she used her new digital camera, so I think that’s to be expected.

I didn’t want to add any additional stress but eventually told her what I’d done. On the drive, we sorted it out.

Snoqualmie pass was a snarl, took an hour or more to go the last couple miles, and I really had to go.

We stayed the night in a dive hotel in Spokane and picked up Amy and her boyfriend.

Saturday morning I did a little casting, later I took my snorkel into a hole and didn’t see any fish. Libby creek is still real cold. Ask me about my Sunday morning bath before Church sometime.

There were probably 100 people who showed up to the Luau. I got out of most of the work by playing with the kids. Cheri’s boys and Dana and Danell’s and Critter. I misplaced my snorkel and wallet, but eventually Kelsey found the latter right before leaving.

The pig was perfectly cooked, the turkeys good too. There was a big debate about whether it was done. My dad poked a finger in it, and we all started eating. I think I got the second bite. I feel sorry for the latecomers who didn’t get warm meat.

Lots of fun playing on the tractor and building fires and playing in the creek. Sam still loves to throw rocks more than anything. Especially into the water. Ever since he was 1 years old that’s been our thing.

Haven’t written in a while

Wonder if this blog will go by the wayside.

There really should be an easy way to post in WordPress without going to some “Admin” page.  If it can detect you are logged in and add “edit” links  to the page, it should be able to include “new post” link.  And I still don’t like the way categories are forced together unless you explicitly ask to filter.  And can you do complex filters?

Electoral Issues

Here’s a starter list of likely Electoral issues:

  1. Immigration (illegal aliens, amnesty, guest workers, H1-B visas, border security, etc.)
  2. War on terror (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, etc.)
  3. Economy (Oil prices / housing bubble / inflation, etc.)
  4. Health care (free medical services or government funded insurance)
  5. Abortion/judicial appointments
  6. voting fraud (probably only after the election)
  7. global warming

Some of them won’t come up, some won’t be mentioned, and some will only become important after the election.

Global warming will only really be an issue if Al Gore jumps in. Everyone else (especially democrats) will tiptoe around it because they don’t want to draw him in.

Likewise, Hillary won’t mention Health Care, at least not after the primaries.

Expect Democrats to frame every issue through “protectionist” lenses.  Immigration will be about H1-Bs (see Boxer vs. Kennedy on the senate floor today about guest worker visas for Mexicans.)  The war wil be about withdrawing to our pre-1941 borders.  The economy will talk about H1-B visas more and mention an embargo on Taiwan.  Underhanded, they will attempt to turn anti-Arab attitudes to anti-Indian.  (Pakistani Muslims and Indian Hindus look alike.  And Sikhs just look scary.)

Republicans will frame everything from a security standpoint.  They’ll avoid immigration problems (knowing they’re against the electorate) and stress a border wall, which won’t stop anyone, but it will drive up the price of smuggling.  Health care will be an anti-immigration issue — illegal aliens receive free health care already and make it more expensive and make taxes higher for the rest of us.

The primary lodestone for Democrats will be anti-war, and for republicans, anti-abortion.

Voting fraud will be a big issue after. Predict more Gore/Rossi-like recountdowns. Republicans stood up in 2000 but have blinked and will back down to any challenges.  They’ll consider “saving the union” a priority over “winning the election.”  Though I’ll disagree with the Anti-Hamilton Hamiltonians that the union is more important than the constitution.