Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I have finally found a story that truly horrifies me. It is in the Wall Street Journal this afternoon and can be read here.

For many years – decades –  I have heard all the wonderful things that Swedish socialist society does for its citizens, frequently announced with a 'so there' triumph by friends who have visited the place. I have long thought that there was a great downside to all the societal miracles that were being pulled off in that worker's wonderland of Sweden.


And this is it.

I don't know how you will perceive it, but it gives me the absolute horrors. There is no way to describe the creepy (that word is not strong enough by half) feeling that the thought of a supposedly benign entity – the Swedish government – entrapping and enslaving, not to mention emasculating, the citizens of Sweden. The power of the state, when abetted in the way that the Swedish state has been, is nothing less than total.

It has become all-powerful in a subtle and underhanded way. To hear Swedish citizens and visitors to that land describe the wonders of the government is to hear the tinkling of sleigh bells and windchimes ringing forth.

The reality is more the sound of chains being pulled by Marley's ghost in Dickens "A Christmas Carol."


Monday, August 14, 2017

A great article from Allen West, former South Florida congressman. I had contemplated writing a similar treatise, but his is pretty good. It'll save me a little time. That article is located here.

Alan West is also a product of the University of Tennessee, a few years after me (Was everybody?). He spent his time until he began his political career in the U.S. Army.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

What a week.

We have had threats from Pyongyang, and the hegemony that Google holds over us all is laid bare to reveal the groupthink within.

​But the focus of this column will be differently oriented. We will concentrate on an older, stodgier topic.


Some time ago, I received a bill from Tower Hill Insurance for flood insurance, 2017 – 2018 edition. I thought we had put this issue to bed last year, and that the mere fact that my house finish floor elevation is at 139'-4" is sufficient evidence that my house is not in danger of being washed away. 


The flood elevation is 136.' At this level, the chance of flooding is 1%. This is the FEMA limit. The finished floor elevation of my house is 3'-4" above this 1% level, reducing the amount of flooding possibility further with every inch that the floor elevation of my house exceeds the FEMA limit.


Flood insurance ($400+/annum) is not required for my property.


Two weeks ago, I discovered, to my dismay, that the insurance company was relying upon information that contradicted my findings, and they were requiring flood insurance on my house.

I ordered information from the offending agency (FEMA) so that I might see what the problem is. After conversations with numerous functionaries and with numerous 'authorities,' I found that the flood map – taken from satellite photos – that FEMA is using is grossly in error. It shows the location at which I am currently sitting in front of my computer to be underwater.

My feet are not wet, except for a certain slight sweatiness that is the typical condition of my feet in the summertime.

There is this image which, along with my commentary, explains in no uncertain terms that the Google Maps image is in error.

It will be sometime in the future when FEMA admits it's error. Bureaucracy cannot be hurried, no matter what evidence exists that shows it in error. The urgency that forces a response to emergency conditions is not present in this case.

And I suppose that is correct. It is only one year's insurance premium, after all. No one at FEMA is having to pay that $400+.