I’ve always wanted to learn another language.  I’ve often thought that I could do it if I put my mind to it.  I still think that I’ll be able to get it, but wow it’s tough.  I’ve been in French Translation 1 for about a month now and I really have an appreciation for those folks who know multiple languages.  We have some of them at work.

Three people in my class are not native English speakers. The class is based on English to French, so they really have a tough time of it at times but they seem to be catching on very well.  One person in particular doesn’t have a great grasp of English pronunciation but he’s doing really well on knowing what words mean what.  His native language is Chinese.  I guess if you can learn Chinese, you can learn any language.

When I was in college and working full time it seems to me that it was more hours of work but it was easier to remember.  I do enjoy what I’m learning but I guess programming is a bit more in my DNA than French.  I spend the time studying and I’ve found that flash cards really do help me to remember the words, especially when I use Quizlet and have to type in the translation.  I guess tying it together like that makes a difference.  When I’m learning objects, it seems easier than when I’m learning articles and prepositions.  Objects I can see in my mind like maisons and usines and that makes the link.  Numbers I can remember, but expressions de quantité are kicking my butt.  Work, work, work, I guess.  Wish me luck!


A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list –

There’s an “official” list that’s shared with officials in Washington and shows the VA has been providing timely appointments, which Foote calls a sham list. And then there’s the real list that’s hidden from outsiders, where wait times can last more than a year.

via A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list –


Why The Feds Chickened Out On A Nevada Ranch – Kevin McCullough – Page 1

Finally we were allowed to know the connection between a communist Chinese wind/solar power plant and its connection to that senator named Harry Reid. Evidently a plan had been hatched to use the Bundy property for a solar farm and instead of paying the Bundys, someone, somewhere in the administration believed it was easier to just take what they wanted.

via Why The Feds Chickened Out On A Nevada Ranch – Kevin McCullough – Page 1.

Who is surprised to find out that there was another reason behind this? Anyone?

While I didn’t expect this and I did expect that there would be some bad news coming any day, I’m not surprised that this administration has yet again stepped on its collective wanker, AGAIN.  Power has driven Harry Reid and the Obama’s completely mad. They don’t see how anyone can question their authority.  They seem dumbfounded when they are questioned on obvious foul-ups.  If not for the independent media of bloggers and grassroots efforts to get this story out, it likely would have ended very badly for this poor family.  Why?  All because of power players gone mad and excessive greed.

I’m not against going after money. I’m not bashing the “rich”. I’m talking about when you are willing to do anything, like Reid is doing here for his pals, to make a bigger profit.  There’s money, then there’s blood money.  Would Harry Reid, Eric Holder, or Barack Obama have lost any sleep if the Bundy family had been killed?  I doubt they would notice if not asked by the media and who would have bothered to do that?

I hope that the feds learn something out of this whole mess.  I doubt they will, mind you, but we can hope that they are less bold about wrongly going after someone.  They are, after all, the self appointed most powerful entity in the land.  As long as they can control the publicity, that is.

Florida Gators to enter spring practice without nine players – ESPN

Florida coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday said the Gators will open spring practice March 19 with nine players out due to injury, including three starters.

Florida Gators to enter spring practice without nine players – ESPN.

Muschamp can’t catch a break.  I don’t know what his coaching would be like if he actually had his starters playing.  So far, he hasn’t had a real opportunity to show what he can do.  I suspect that even if it’s not his fault, he may be out after next season if he doesn’t get some good quality wins and a lot of them.

Putin speaks with Merkel, Cameron as Crimea crisis mounts –

In separate phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Putin underlined “steps being taken by Crimea’s legitimate authorities … being based on international law on behalf of the interests of the population there,” according to a Kremlin statement. Putin also said new Ukrainian authorities were doing nothing “to curb ultra-nationalist and radical forces committing outrages” in Kiev and other regions.

Putin speaks with Merkel, Cameron as Crimea crisis mounts –

You know, this sounds awfully familiar for some reason.  That reason would be this.

You are always hearing about how this and that sounds a lot like Hitler.  Well if you know the true history like you can get from this book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich“, you will know that a lot of it isn’t true.  In this case, however, it sounds exactly like Hitler did before and after going into Austria and many other nations  near Germany where he claimed that atrocities toward Germans were happening and had to be stopped.  Hillary Clinton recently was scolded for making this connection but it does show that she knows her history.  In this case at least.

I’m not sure what Putin is up to exactly, other than protecting his own country’s interests in this case.  For years I’ve warned about his attitude being a threat and this is just one more confirmation of that fact.  He is from the old school KGB.  The government is good, everything else is secondary.  Many people still don’t believe that he’s trying to rebuild the Soviet empire, but I’m not so sure.  His military puts on a good show, but they really aren’t as viable as they would have you think.  They have had as many recent failures as successes, but do continue to beat down descent amongst their people at Putin’s orders.

The lack of respect for American power displayed by Putin is a direct result of President Obama wanting to make America seem weak to the world to gain favor.  Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t understand the world very well.  He certainly doesn’t understand the Putins of the world who believe that displays of power that go unchecked further strengthen their position.  Having the natural resources that Russia does also influences their power and wielding this power in their own neighborhood is something that Putin is getting more flagrant about. He knows that many of the eastern block countries that were formerly a part of the Soviet Union can’t make it without oil and gas supplied to them from Russia.  This presents them with much the same problem that we have with the middle east.

If America is to remain relevant and more importantly secure, we have to continue to be a power not to be taken lightly.  When you weaken yourself to make others feel more secure and try to gain their friendship this way, you also look weak to those who are looking to take over your big brother role in the world.  Make no mistake, America can hold her own militarily against anyone. As long as the world knows this, they are less likely to try to really do anything to hurt you directly.  Of course, countries like Iran will blow smoke and yell that they will destroy you, but they are only trying to gain notoriety for taking on the big guy while knowing the truth of their position.  How you react to these types of threats is what really shows the world who you are and unfortunately at present, our president has shown he’s more interested in being popular than doing what’s best for America.

First on CNN–Confidant’s diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’ – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs

First on CNN–Confidant’s diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’ – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs.

As far back as 1994, Hillary was putting together her revenge list of those who she would want to get revenge on.  What kind of person does that?  This woman is very likely going to be our next president and she has a decades long list of people that she wants revenge on. What a mess this country is in…

Coin » Use One Coin for All of Your Cards

Coin » Use One Coin for All of Your Cards.

This looks interesting but if you read the fine print it says that if your information is stolen from Coin somehow then you are solely responsible. If you are using your actual card then the terms will be whatever they are with the card issuer. Since you effectively made a copy of your card and put it into this device, you aren’t covered the same way and might have to pay up if someone gets your information from this device. It looks like a great idea, but until the card issuers catch up and cover this device like your card I wouldn’t use it.