Comey, Golf, and Gal Gadot

I’ve taken a few days off from writing on my website. Now back to the fire…

Comey Testimony

Comey gave his testimony yesterday on the hill. What was gained? We learned that Donald Trump is a strange man. Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House. He said Trump told him he had “hope” that the then-director would “let Flynn go,” and that he took the suggestion as a “direction.” Is that obstruction of justice? Nope. Is it stupid? Yep. If this were litigated it would probably be called ‘Trump vs Competence”. Guess who wins?

What was odd? Usually, after an event like this, you’d have former Attorney Generals and White House aides lined up to defend the President. Not in this case. Well, Donald had Donald Trump Jr. – but former aid to George Bush Jr took care of him well.

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“A guy who kills baby elephants for kicks to be giving James Comey a lesson in character is rich at best, and pathetic at worst,” she said.

First Wednesday Tournament

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Holy Crap! We won.

I’ve played in two of these events where we were just crazy under par. First one was a scramble at Cottonwood. Second – last Wednesday. The format was two – Best Balls of Four. So you just take your lowest two scores in the group and that’s what you post. You wouldn’t know how well we played by some of the videos that I took.

This weekend – the Club Championship.

Wonder Woman

Holding strong at the box office. Huge success. Now the big issue is can they get the director back for the sequel?!?

 

Health Care and a new Thermostat

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House Republicans passed a bill yesterday. Yep! They finally did it. What does it do? Well, it for starters reduces the tax burden that Obamacare put on the top 1% and gives it back to them. Some $833 billion dollars going back to the richest Americans. What’s the effect of that? Some twenty-four million people will lose their insurance. Not something you can brag about Republicans. I haven’t understood this President and this party for some time. How can you claim you’re the party of the religious right and not take care of your brother and the poor? Isn’t that within the very teachings of Jesus and the strongest message in the bible? It’s rhetorical. Of course, it is. Also – I find it deeply disturbing when even the American Medical Association doesn’t stand by it. AMA is doctors and care providers – the largest group in the USA – and they don’t support it.

Read their statement below:

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We still have a long long way to go. A celebration is very early. You still need to have the bill to committee for adjustments in the Senate – voted on – and then back to committee in the House – and voted on again. Some members of the Senate have already said that the bill in its current form – won’t be voted on.

I think what I find most ridiculous to me. They didn’t even wait for it be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Our representatives voted on it without even knowing the numbers of cost and how many will be affected.

Watch the video above and notice all of the constituents behind Trump. Those are people that in a year are going to be running for re-election and they’ll have to answer a very difficult question. Why did you strip my health insurance? Why did you choose not to take care of the weakest amongst us?

Anyone remember when Trump promised “insurance for everyone“? Twenty-four million isn’t everyone. Whoops!

Moving on…

Installed an Ecobee 3 Thermostat Yesterday

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It’s an intelligent thermostat with sensors for monitoring temperatures in rooms. But more importantly – it monitors movement in the rooms and then adjusts based on that. I’m ready for the savings $$. That being said we don’t use our AC but maybe a month a year.

What do I love best? It works with Siri and Alexa and works mobile. So if I’m at the movie theater – nobody at home – I can manually turn up the thermostat to conserve on electricity.

 

Tommy’s Birthday.

My step-son turned 20 years old a few days ago. Originally, we had planned on going to Outback Steakhouse but instead, we wound up going to this German restaurant in Ocean Beach.  Kaiserhof was the name. I’m going to try and stick with the positive. It definitely does have that German vibe, excellent German beer, and does have decent German food. That’s where the positives end. Negatives – highly overpriced. Nearly $300 for six people this is without any appetizers and only three of us ordered any liquor. It was about thirty to forty-five minutes between when we got drinks and the food arrived. Argh!

But, it’s his birthday. If you’re going to do it but once a year – go for it. But maybe do it reasonably priced. Not my style.

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On a slightly funny note. A week ago Tommy was involved in a slight car accident. I use the word slight because he was stopped at a red light and someone ran into the back left side of his bumper. So he has been without a car for about a week while the car is at the body shop. He’s also heading to study abroad for about a month in Oxford, England and to visit some family in Germany for about a week. Good. Now you’re caught up. So this conversation happened on the way to dinner.

Me: So are you missing your car?

Tommy: Yes definitely

Me: Well you’ll be gone a month without it soon.

Tommy: Do you mean my vacation?

(I’m puzzled. Vacation? No, it’s studying abroad. STUDY!)

Me: No it’s studying Tommy.

Tommy: Well it’s kind of a vacation.

 

I’m a Bit Over Comic-Con

 

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Comic-Con has finally exploded into something it was never meant to be. It was supposed to be the nerd/geek culture coming together to share their love for comics and those that produce them. With the movie industry taking notice of SDCC, it’s exploded into something that it wasn’t meant to be. Waiting outside all night for panels that you want to see, walking around in a crowded indoor convention center, and fighting in lines for overpriced comic book items.

This is the first year in probably seven years that we weren’t able to buy tickets. We didn’t get them in the “You went last year so you get first dibs” line and we didn’t get them in the “Buy with everyone else.” Yep – there are really that many people that are attending that we couldn’t get tickets this year from either opportunity.

When I started thinking about the comic book shops in my local area on the drive home today – I thought that I have so many within a fifteen-minute radius that I don’t actually need comic-con.

Addressing the size issue. The major is proposing a tax put in tourists that visit to buy for the expansion on the convention center. San Diego Comic-Con is under contract to stay thru 2018 and I think they’re realizing that attendance is becoming an issue. They literally have to turn people away because they have reached the max for the convention center. My opinion: The city makes money off San Diego Comic-Con. Why aren’t they paying for the expansion?!? Why are they making money off the backs of tourists that are here? Just doesn’t seem right to me.

 

Why My Next Car will have Apple’s CarPlay

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I was having a discussion about this on Twitter with a fellow techie. Apple’s CarPlay. It’s the way we can revolutionize the car. Cars have amazing hardware but the car manufacturers are always terrible at software and interfaces. Enter Apple. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

My wife’s boss bought a new $120k Mercedez. He loves the way that it drives. He loves the sound system. In the top three items that he talks about – always CarPlay. He went out and bought an iPhone specifically for it.

If you’re an Android user, even Google has caught onto this with Android Auto. Google and Apple both know this is the future.

I was one year away from getting it in my current model Honda. My next model and my wife’s will definitely have Apple’s CarPlay.

Below is a list of all of the car’s that currently come with Apple Carplay. Some have even gone as far as to already support the latest CarPlay Wireless. No need to even plug the phone into a cord – it just syncs to the screen.

“IT’S CLEAR THERE’S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL … REVOLUTIONIZE THE CAR EXPERIENCE.” – Tim Cook

Which vehicles offer Apple CarPlay?

As of the time of writing, Apple CarPlay is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles: Further more detailed list can be found here.

 

Audi

2017 A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7, Allroad, and TT models.

Acura

2017 NSX

Bentley

2017 Bentayaga

BMW

2017 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 models. The 2017 5 Series models have promised to be the first vehicle offering a wireless CarPlay experience and should be available first quarter of 2017.

Buick

2017 Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Envision models.

Cadillac

2017 ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models.

Chevrolet

2017 Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe.

Chrysler

2017 300 Sedan (Chrysler promises that CarPlay will be available on the 2018 Pacifica Minivan).

Dodge

2017 Charger and Challenger models.

FIAT

FIAT has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Ford

2017 C-Max, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang.

Genesis

Hyundai’s new luxury brand will offer CarPlay on the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis).

GMC

2017 Canyon, Sierra Yukon, and Acadia models.

Honda

2017 Accord, Civic, Pilot, and Ridgeline models.

Hyundai

Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport.

Infiniti

Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Jeep

Jeep has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Kia

2017 Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, and Sedona models.

Land Rover

Land Rover and Range Rover have not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Lexus

Lexus has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mazda

Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mercedes-Benz

2017 B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GLC-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class models.

MINI

MINI has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mitsubishi

Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models

Nissan

Maxima

Porsche

2017 718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models.

Subaru

Subaru is introducing CarPlay on its new 2017 Impreza model.

Toyota

Toyota has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Volkswagen

2017 Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models.

Volvo

S90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 models.

 

Happy Tuesday

Arnold Palmer Invitational – Bay Hill

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It’s this week and it’s the first week where we get to pay tribute to the man that did so much for golf. I’m surprised that more players haven’t gone out of their way to pay their proper respects. Henrick Stenson, is one of those that has said, he was never going to miss the event and hopes to make the memory of Arnold Palmer proud.

Speaking of Stenson – did you see this video of his daughter running to him on the course?

I even appreciated Blair O’Neal showing she’s a proud member of Arnie’s Army

Trump and Health Care

Anyone remember this?

I’m not sure how we go from everyone covered to 24 million less? This is the best that we can get from the “Grandmaster of the Deal.” “So much winning…” The major problem I have is you’re playing politics with people’s health. Definitely not cool.

Anyone seeing this gif making the rounds?

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Of course, it’s from this video that actually happened…

Trump is a Clown. But a Master Clown

It’s not often where I can say this. But I totally agree with this former CIA operative. We need to see Trump for what he is and what he isn’t. He’s just a very good manipulator and getting people to talk about what he doesn’t want people talking about. He knows the collusion with the Russians is an issue that will dog his entire presidency. So what does he do? Change the subject. Even if there isn’t even a shred of evidence to it – change the subject.