Hillary – Bin Laden Situation Room Photo

5 of the individuals seated at table took time to visit with Seal Team 6.


In her speech to the American Legion last night, Hillary was 30 minutes late in arriving from her fund raising event in the Hamptons.  A few of the notable attendees at the fundraiser were Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney, and Jon Bon Jovi.

In her speech (14:45/44:22) she highlights her role in the Bin Laden takedown.  She cited “the picture of all of us crowded in smaller situation room”.  Rob O’Neill, on Fox and Friends this morning commented that of the six individuals seated at the table only one couldn’t find the time to visit Norfolk and meet with Seal Team 6, after the takedown.  That one was HRC, the same one who was also 30 minutes late for her speech to the America Legion.  Didn’t she also comment that the VA was doing a fine job back in March?

Speech to American Legion, Situation Room @ 14:45

Sound on Centre

6:00 PM Friday, Sept 2, 2016

This month’s Sound on Centre features the Beach Street Blues Band – Dan Voll, Jeff Malone, Mike Hawthorne, Jay Mac Pherson and Ronnie Stoots – playing music from different backgrounds and traditional (blues, rock, New Orleans jazz and R&B).

2011 Performance

Hopefully tropical storm Hermine will allow the performance, forecast 60% chance of rain, 20 mph winds and 80 degrees.

Weather Forecast (weather.gov)


Immigration Reform

What I would like to see.

In order to “control the border” at our southern border and northern border if it becomes a problem create a “barrier” vice wall/fence that serves the perimeter security function of delaying until a response force arrives.  Such as two fences 50′ apart with consterna wire between them and detection capabilities.

Create, and fund, a bipartisan blue ribbon panel, with staff, to collect existing legislation, review and recommend a new, coherent, set of immigration policies, that occupy less than three 3-in notebooks.  The panel would have one year to create the policy manuals.

Submit and pass legislation, to repeal current legislation and codify the new policy.

Reorganize Customs and Border Protection in alignment with the legislation.

Reorganize Executive Office for Immigration Review, in DOJ, in alignment with the legislation, staff at a level that will result in adjudication of cases within 180 days of arraignment.

Some of the things I would like to see in the policy:

  1. First time visa (includes visits from countries with visa waivers) overstay are infractions, with recommendation (judge has some discretion) for expulsion. Bail is always the cost of expulsion, failure to appear is a misdemeanor, with a recommended expulsion.
    1. In lieu of incarceration/bail offenders can accept voluntary expulsion, at government expense, if they don’t have existing return passage..
  2. Subsequent visa overstay is a misdemeanor, with mandatory (judge has no discretion) expulsion.
  3. Habitual (2 or more) visa overstays are felonies, with recommended jail time.
  4. Entry without visa, or documented border crossing in case of visa waiver, is a felony.
  5. A viable seasonal/temporary guest worker program, and a coherent H1 visa program.
  6. A reasonable/consistent policy on asylum and refugees.
  7. Mandatory e-verify for any business with more than five employees, with remedial screening of existing employees over a two year period.
  8. No more anchor babies.

What to do with current illegal aliens (I know term is not PC, but it is codified in IRS regulations).

Create a new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “Nonimmigrant” status, with right to work which is good for 5 years and must be renewed.  Failure to renew would be a felony with mandatory expulsion.  To achieve any other USCIS status would require returning to native country, with loss of current status and applying for new status.  Any felony would result in revocation of status.  Multiple misdemeanors could result in revocation of status.

Current illegal aliens would have one year to register (during that year e-verify would be phase in for all businesses with more than five employees).  Registration would include photograph, fingerprint, DNA collection and criminal background check. Any felony would result in denial of the new status and expulsion. Failure to register would be a misdemeanor with recommended expulsion.

How I Handle Call When I Don’t Recognize The Caller ID

When Do Not Call Fails

I am registered with the Florida Do Not Call program and National Do Not Call program.

First it depends on the time of day:

  • Do not disturb hours – When the wife is asleep.
  • The rest of the day

During the Do Not Disturb Hours I usually pick up, but don’t say anything.  If it is a real person, or some robocalls, there will be a response on the other end.

  1. Robocalls that respond – I usually just hang up, sometimes I will just set the phone down and let it go until I here the dead line signal, tying up their system as long as possible.
  2. Collection calls that ask for someone – I usually use their voice tree to indicate no one by that name here, please remove the number, if available.
  3. Calls that don’t respond, I set the phone down and let it go until their end hangs up.  I might as well tie up their system as long as possible.
  4. Calls that I recognize as repeats – I run my finger over the dial pad sending them the DTFM tones.

The rest of the time I just let it go to voice mail.  Something my generation X children can’t do, they are driven answer the phone.

PS:  A friend (Patricia K) just turned me on to NoMoRobo,  my VOIP line was eligible for free service so I signed up, hope it works.

A Solar Eclipse Is Coming Our Way

On Monday, August 21st 2017 there will be a total eclipse along a line from Murphy, NC. to just north of Charleston, SC (McClellanville).


Map adapted from

A partial eclipse will start in Murphy at 1:05 PM (EST) with the maximum eclipse at 2:35, ending at 4:00 PM.  While in Charleston the time are; start 1:16 PM, total at 2:47, ending at 4:09 PM.

Maybe a road trip to visit my sister-in-law in Murphy or a lunch in Charleston is in the cards.

Hidden, But Pricey, Gem in Nassau County

White Oak Conservation Center

White Oak is 12,000 acres of serene southern forest, with six miles of St. Marys riverfront, and over 100 structures, White Oak is truly a unique property. A former rice and tree plantation, White Oak hosts meeting, conferences, and corporate retreats for groups looking to escape from the busy world into a productive setting. The natural surroundings, nine-hole golf course, and elegant buildings decorated with antiques and artwork from around the world provide an inspirational and relaxing atmosphere for guests.

The conservation center houses 34 imperiled species as part of our conservation breeding programs with the goal of saving some of the world’s most iconic species from extinction. Rhinoceros, okapi, and cheetah form the core of our flagship species approach to conservation- both here in Florida and across the globe. We offer public tours and events that take you behind the scenes of a working conservation center and give you a chance to meet some of our animal residents and their expert caretakers.

White Oak has a special Summer Sunset Safari coming up on August 27, at 5:00 PM.  For $175 per person or $300 per couple, you will get:

a sunset tour of the conservation facilities, where attendees will be updated on new happenings at White Oak and get a glimpse of the animals that call the conservation area home.  After the tour, attendees will be served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and  a gourmet dinner in the Gilman Hall dining area.

The have s a new white rhino calf. The female calf was born June 23, and she is doing well.  There is also another addition, a Grevy’s zebra foal, she was also born in late June also.

Carol and I did one of their special tours a few years ago, it is pricey, but worth the money.

If you can’t make the Safari they have regularly scheduled  2.5 hour tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.  They must be booked in advance.  Cost: $100 per adult, $50 children 3-10 years old, and free for children 2 and under.  Call 904 225 3396 or 904 225 3285, Mon – Fri, to book a tour.

Konna Receives His AKC Canine Good Citizen Title

The title required that Konna pass a ten point test:

    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.
    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
    This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.
    This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.
    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
    This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.
    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.
    This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.
    This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.
    This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

We “rescued” Konna via American Bouvier Rescue League (ABRL), the shelter thought he was a Bouvier des Flandres, but DNA showed him to be 100% Black Russian Terrier.  This was also confirmed by a visit to a BRT breeder.  Konna underwent Intermediate and Advance Obedience Training before taking the CGC test.  Thanks to Amber Treat Hoosur, our training instructor who has provided training for Espy, Gunner, Poppy & Konna.

Konna is now doing therapy visit once a month at the Council on Aging.