So Long, Lumia 920

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Wow, yesterday was quite a day. I knew my new phone was coming in; and I was going to be saying goodbye to my trusty Nokia Lumia 920. I’ve been using that phone since before my wife and I started dating; it’s almost older than this blog.

I snapped the above picture of the sunrise on my way out to the car to drive to work this morning. I’m commuting to Aurora for a job I love… but it started to snow up there in the morning. And it took me 3 and half hours to get home last night.

But I did get a Microsoft Lumia 950 and it takes pictures in RAW format… Oh the creative possibilities!

Mixed Freight — BNSF 9089

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This EMD SD70ACe, BNSF 9089, leads a line of very mixed freight north. Helping out was BNSF 7827, a GE ES44AC, and BNSF 8036, a GE ES44C4 which I last saw in January when playing in the snow with my daughter. It was the lead locomotive then; but on this day, it was pulling DPU duty.

When it first cleared the signal, I thought it was an unit oil train — but it didn’t take long to see that mixed freight is a perfect term. Center beams, short gondolas and beat up hoppers were among the manifest.

Cal-Exit? See Ya!

A small group of outspoken whiners in California has decided that the Republic of California should secede from the US. Their motto? California is a Nation, not a state.

Now, this probably won’t manage to get on the ballot, but it is happening in California; so it’s entirely possible. I’ve been hearing about this movement ever since Trump won the election; because there’s always talk of states seceding from the union when someone they didn’t like becomes president. Normally reason prevails; but, again: California.

When I first heard of this, my thought was simple: if this comes to a vote, the rest of the country should get to vote on it as well. Such an action would, after all, affect the country as a whole. And they’re a liberal enclave always teaching the whole is more important than the individual. For the record, I would happily vote to let California secede, taking its 55 liberal electoral votes with it. That’d save the rest of the country billions in federal aid as well. With a win-win proposition like that?

Buh-bye, California.

The NFL Needs to Fix its Priorities

This week, some insignificant peon in bully Roger Goodell’s organization threatened Texas over a perfectly legal piece of legislation. Regardless of your stance on so-called Bathroom Bills, the states enacting such legislation are perfectly within their rights to do so. Now I realize I’m attacking the number one religion in America, but the NFL seriously needs to examine its priorities.

Earlier in the year, the NFL denied a request to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a decal honoring some Dallas Police Officers who were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson during a Black Lives Matter protest.

At the same time all of this was going on, the NFL was more than willing to let spoiled brat (and — let’s be honest here — washed up, mediocre football player) Colin Kaepernick “protest” the country that subscribes to the religion he’s a part of by kneeling during the national anthem. No disciplinary action came from that little temper tantrum, though it kept Kaepernick in the news, which is no doubt what he wanted since he’s completely irrelevant otherwise.

Of course, the media ate it all up: The BLM cop-killing terrorists fits neatly in the if it bleeds it leads category, and also fits nicely with the narrative they want to push. Kaepernick’s temper tantrum also fits nicely into their anti-America mentality. I’m no fan of Trump, but he’s not wrong when he recently mentioned the media is the enemy of the people: They’re more than happy to tear into and destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Because the left hates freedom.

Which brings us back to the NFL, one of — if not the — largest media whores ever seen. Despite its religious status in the country, the NFL is merely an entertainment vehicle. It’d do well to remember that and stay in that box. In a state whose love for football is nearly a cliché, governor Greg Abbott told the NFL as much.

“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott told Beck. “We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

I’m no fan of politicians, but this guy gets it. This guy understands that for all its imagined power, the NFL is at the mercy of the people who subscribe to its religion. These people could stand up to the NFL and make it known their place is on the gridiron, not in politics. Will they? I doubt it — religious zealotry doesn’t make sense: an organization can oppose all the values people claim they hold dear, but they’ll still support it. Which is essentially what’s happening here.

I, for one, don’t watch football. I have in the past, but I just can’t be bothered to waste my life caring about organizations that do nothing but take. So if I’m the only one boycotting the NFL, I’m okay with that.

I wrote Greg Abbott’s office an email indicating my appreciation for his actions. We’ll see how it plays out, of course.