Wednesday, December 30, 2015

El Nino Sucks

When they said we are dangerously entering an irreversible warming trend, I believed them. When they said we have a very strong El Nino, I believed them then, too.  Well, I don't believe them anymore.

I have a foot of snow in my yard, no snow tires, (They said I wouldn't need them) and I doubt I could make it up the hill to get them mounted. In short, I'm stuck until the temperatures get above freezing.

This isn't going to happen any time soon. We are predicted to have single digit temperature and even a possibility of reaching zero.

In the last week or so I have lost power three different nights. Apparently the snow loads on the area trees, of which we abound, are losing limbs which then seek out the nearest power line.

From Athol to Bayview is seven miles. A while back Kootenai Electric installed higher power poles to avoid falling trees. Trees grew more and there are not enough taller poles around to take them higher. We need the co-op to get real and bury the main transmission lines separating the two towns.

In the mean time, I'll snivel a ride to the Mercantile for needed supplies.

Happy New Year, Everyone, but don't believe THEM.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas 2015

As I sit here looking at a white landscape, I realize I should have used a low light setting, but with all that bright white out there, who knew? It is Christmas Eve and there are creatures stirring all over the place. Bald Eagles feasting on spawned out Kokanee, Seagulls and about 20 or so Canadian Greese that don't seem to know which direction south is.

Currently, I am snowed in. There is just too much snow imprisoning my car for an old Fart like me to try to dig out. So I guess I'll wait for Mother Nature to swing the pendulum back to melting temps. This doesn't cause blisters or heart attacks and requires nothing but patience.

I am stocked up with food and other necessities, so I'm just hunkered down waiting for Global Warming to return. Here's a picture of my car and it's coating of snow. Earlier it was hub cap deep but warmer temperatures has shrunk it some.

It is currently snowing ... Again. The temp is about 33 degrees so it won't probably stick but later is another story.

What with the two major wind events plus several days of snow along with two nights in a row that the power went out, I would say we will remember this year for a very long time.

 Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Weather, Whether

Among the dire predictions of being buried in snow today through Christmas, it is calm and too warm for snow in Bayview, Idaho. 36 degrees with light rain at 1:00 pm.

Wildly differing weather guessers swing radically from warm rain to getting buried in heavy snow today. We are though, sliding into a colder pattern which probably will assure a White Christmas this year.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fof those that have no moral compass nor spiritual guide, I wish this for them too. Even though Happy Holidays is the best they can do.

What amazes me though, is how non-believers get agitated over the beliefs of others. Hey, live your own lives, not that of others.

Anyway, drive safely and at a minimum during bad weather.Getting to your destination late is much preferable to not getting there at all.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bayview Storms

One of, if not the most prevenent reason for storms bypassing Bayview, is that we lay directly east of and in the shadow of Mount Spokane. If you are driving west on hwy 54 after dark you are looking directly at the lighted night skiing areas of that mountain.

As I followed the path of the current storm since yesterday pm, there was a split in the storm front on a direct line from Mt. Spokane to and through Bayview with the main thrust going both north and south of us.

This is consistant with most previous weather disturbances. The intial storm front missed us completely, but later in the evening we didn't escape. The reason was the weather was approaching us from the southwest rather than directly west.

We as of this writing have received about five inches of shovelable global warming, with a current condition of ice pellets. Our ever efficient Lakes Highway District was out about an hour ago plowing Lime Kiln Road and other Bayview streets. I haven't ventured out yet and probably won't due to the prediction of freezing rain coating the snow covered venues, but I would guess that the state has already cleared Hwy 54 between Bayview an Athol. Snow is still forecast for Christmas and will probably stick around until December 28.

Stay home if you don't have to drive as there are many slide offs and out of control vehicles out there. Every year we get a significant first snow, we are greeting new move ins and teens that are seeing their first snow from behind the wheel.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

White Christmas?

For the last two weeks Accuweather has been predicting a white Christmas. They show a high of 33 Christmas Eve with snow lasting through December 25 with sub freezing highs through December 28.

While white Christmas' are rare here, this powerful El Nino is proving to be unpredictable, bringing much need moisture to the area, with seasonable temperatures dropping.

Accuweather is predicting 4 to 8 inches of the white stuff for Thursday, which should make commuting interesting. For me, time to hunker down and enjoy the view.

For tomorrow, 12/17 here is a link to Accuweather:

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Television airways are being dominated by two types of commerials. One, Direct TV and the other, Internet Providers. (I think) Today, we are going to deal with 4G LTE, whatever that is. You see, none of the advertising explains that. Either they assume that we are all computer programers, or ... Maybe, just maybe, there is no such thing as 4G LTE.

You know, a secret code like gasoline additives that make one company's gas burn better than the others. That would be cool if it weren't that it all comes out of the same tank. Anyway, I digress.

While I don't have a clue what 4G LTE is, or whether I need it, even. After 77 years of life, I haven't missed it, whatever it is. I doubt it puts meat and potatoes on the table. My phone works a little different than my dial instrument did years ago insofar as it works somehow through Time-Warner. How is another mystery.

Why is it so prevalent that the only person that actually knows whether one, it exists and two, whether it is needed for anything, is on the Coeur d'Alene City Council?

Yet customers are apparently, or they think so, scrambling over each other trying to get more of it. I suspect that when two cans connected with a string were invented, someone claimed they had a better quality string for sale.

In the Bayview people are neighborly category, I had something happen to me that hadn't for many years. My fuel gauge was dead on empty. Not wanting to make it just half way to Athol, the closest gas station which is 8 miles away, Gary MacDonald jumped in his rig and brought me gas. What a guy.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bayview Success Story

Jaime Vig graduated from Timberlake High School in 2000. Moving to Kentucky in 2001 with her Boyfriend Jerry Baker, they shortly thereafter married. They had one child together. Katlee. Jerry was killed in a work related accident.  After several years she married Derric Davenport. Working full time she now has earned a Masters Degree in Nurse Anesthesiology, graduating from Lincoln Memorial University December 12, 2015, which is located in Harrogate,Tennessee.

Her parents, Dave and Beverly Vig are the proud parents of three lovely ladies, Sylvia, Alyssa and of course Jamie, the oldest. One tragic happenstance was that both Jaime and younger sister Alyssa lost their husbands from work related injuries. Alyssa was married to J.R Carey They also had two kids

Kaylee was Jerry and Jaime's together. J.D. was Derric and Jaime's and the two younger ones were Derrick's from a previous relationship.

Dave remarried to Suzy, has a second family of three. The children are Markayla, age 15, Isaiah, age 14 and Ashara, age 9.

Jaime worked her way through first nursing school, the the MS program while taking care of a family. She already has a job lined up at Pikeville Community Hospital in Pikeville, Kentucky. But she isn't through quite yet. She plans on getting her doctorate in another two or three years.

This success story comes from a family that has lived in Bayview at least three generations and is well respected throughout the community.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Congressional Uniforms

Well, this didn't fit the blog, but what a great idea. I just wish they would have included a picture of the Senator from Nevada, the most corrupt of them all, Mr Reid.


DECEMBER 10, 2015, THURSDAY, 6:00 P.M.
A. Case No. ORA15-0001, a request to establish a new land use classification in accordance with Title 9 Zoning Regulations, Section 9-21-7 of the County Code. Specifically, the request would provide for a Resort Lodge, Conference Center, or Guest Ranch, and would be defined as follows. A facility, including a lodge and/or resort cabins, and other supporting ancillary buildings, with or without food service, that serves as a destination point for patrons and that relies on its rural location and the natural environment to provide recreational opportunities and activities such as horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and boating. If customarily incidental to the use, these facilities may also be used for meeting, recreation, education, and wedding and reception facilities. The use is proposed to be allowed by-right in the Commercial zoning district, and by Conditional Use Permit in the Agricultural, Agricultural Suburban, Rural, and Restricted Residential zoning districts. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on October 15, 2015 and deliberated on October 22, 2015, and voted to forward the request to the Board of County Commissioners with no recommendation. (David Callahan-Director)

A widely circulated E-mail opposing this proposed land use ordinance is out there spitting virulent opposition without actually telling us what it says. I have printed out the word for word proposal  for the use of anyone that wishes to know a neutral stance. A hearing is going to be held at the Kootenai County Administration Building 6:00 pm tonight.

Here is the e-mail in opposition:

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Educated Speculation

For starters, I spent 2 years in Morocco during the 1955's I have some, rather outdated knowledge of Moslem customs. First, before you correct me, the term Moslem was then prevalent as well as Mohammedan.  Only in the 1980's and beyond was the term Muslim recognized which became along with American Black Musims, the new term.

In the Arabic world, most marriages are arranged, not chosen by lovers. Not only do they not have a choice, but to make sure they don't get swept off their feet by a future lover, they are surgically emasculated, having their clitoris cut off. Bottom line, Arabic countries still practice these atrocities.

Back to the obvious. Syed Farook takes a trip to Saudi Arabia. Why, we don't know, and here is where my speculation begins. He meets his future wife in 2014, applies for a fiance passport and brings her to the USA.

First, and going back to the arranged marriage concept, I believe he was matched up with Tashfeen Malik by Islamic Terrorists. For a purpose. He infiltrated  his fiance into the community, and had a 6 month old baby all in one year's time.

Suddenly, money begins to arrive. weapons are purchased. Ammunition is stockpiled. A plan is born. All planned back in Saudi Arabia one year ago. Does it makes sense? Perhaps. At least it explains a lot that remains unknown.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Rome Burns

Watching President Obama in denial over Islamic Terrorists, citing global warming as the greatest threat to our country reminds me of the historical burning of Rome while Nero played the fiddle.

I have thought that this man without any training would do poorly as president. What I didn't anticipate was what appears to be a conscious effort to tear this country down in the pursuit of left wing ideals. The global warming, human caused is just a continuation of the Spotted Owl, tree hugging, destroy fossil fuels (without a viable subsitution)

It is simply a reckless attempt to force socialist government on our beloved Capitalistic constitutional system. Government by extremists will kill our great country, whether left wing or right wing. Both are extremely dangerous.

We survived Carter, just barely, after he cut back our military by half. Obama is attempting to do the same. Rather than cutting our military and Navy, we should be doubling them. We cannot sustain our military by deploying them over and over to combat situations. This cries out for rotation. Military families are being torn apart by constant separation.

The cost of Obama Care is careening out of control, with only government subsidies keeping it afloat. The problem here is our budget cannot stand the huge amounts of subsidy being spent. Congress is threatening Social Security and Medicare so they can pound more money down the subsidy rat hole.

We as a country are ignoring Islamic Terrorism that has already shown it can pop up anywhere. Our borders and immigration policies are porous and policies that want to bring more refugees in from Syria would probably work if only the sects like Yadizi and Christians that  are being exterminated are allowed in. The sole principle of the federal government is military protection both from outside our borders and inside as well. The oath that military officers take is that they will protect our country from threats, foreign and domestic.

If we don't wake up, nominate a president that can unite us, rather than go back into extremist havens like we have now.

No Mr President, The Supreme court has already ruled on the 2nd amendment. Those that persist in trying to pretend it is still a hot issue are most likely partaking of banned substances.  Rather than banning guns, why not crack down on mental patients, crackpots and illegal immigrants that have guns. The NRA is not suicidal. Show them a viable solution to ownership by those not able to responsibly use them and they will come around. Threaten them constantly with total bans will continue the argument. One argument from the NRA is not valid. We need to track gun sales both private and public in order to recover stolen weapons. Gun shows are totally unregulated as to stolen guns, sales to those not responsible people. An illegal can traipse into a gun show, buy a military weapon and disappear into the woodwork until something like San Bernardino happens.

End of rant...