Saturday, April 22, 2017

Somewhere in the crowd...

Are my daughters, I'd like to be with them.

The were not alone, scientists across the globe participated, including a 97 year old Nobel Laureate, Eddie Fischer, 97, 1992 winner of Nobel prize in Medicine, as saying "Damn right I'm in this". 

Somewhere, someday, truth will out. People will stop believing everything that comes out of a demagogue's mouth, and discover critical thinking. We'll stop believing that skin color makes us different, that sex determines anything except who can bear a child. Someday. I won't be there, but some of you younger ones might. Maybe, just maybe. If you work harder and smarter than we did. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

What I'm missing in Butte, episode 2

Been on one of the meds, seems to have some effect, hope springs eternal, eh?

Anyway, the last post......what I'm missing. The photo was taken above slightly the condo area my friend lives, and in the distance you see the burbs, miles upon miles of subdivisions, each increasing in price as one get's closer to the beach.

I actually was being a bit either ironic or sarcastic, not sure which, with the title.

I'll try again.

Here's what I'm missing in Butte:

Depending on the time and the temp, a break from the sometimes bleak midwinter of Butte is great. Here, I hear incessant traffic, there is no hour where everyone is abed, people avoid looking at each other's eyes in the markets.  Dunno, I guess it has it's attractions. 

Anyway, I'll be here a couple more weeks....I may change my mind. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What I'm missing by living in Butte

Saw the EP Cardio guy here, impressed me quite a bit.  He went over the tests and info that Swedish had sent him, kudo's to Swedish for being so thorough. The procedure I thought might be done turned out to not be optimum for me, it's an ablation of a portion of the ventricle where the miscreant beats were originating. Alas, I have more than one area, as I had been led to believe. I have at least three, which renders me not the optimum patient.

He does have some suggestions on a couple meds, one I've started, another I'm going to clear with the Swedish docs who are still in charge, if anyone is, with my care. So it's not a wasted trip at all.

I'm staying with a good friend here, won't go back to Butte for a few weeks.

Here's what I'm missing by living in an area that has snow when others are enjoying warmer climes:

I might pick my home instead, but ask me when it's hitting a minus 40, maybe I'll change my mind. 

Cheers all

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My kind of protest

Might be new to some....

In LA, OC actually, still on my magical mystery tour of cardiology land. Might know more after tomorrow. 

Cheers to all. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Springtime

Sometimes, it doesn't go as planned, weather-wise.  Today....trucks having some issues just west of town..

Heading to LA on Monday, will post from the beach. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Slander, and obvious innocence

The Adorable One, my granddaughter, fixing a cake for University of Washington football fans....wearing her University of Oregon dress. Some people have said she looks suspicious. That's ridiculous. Have you ever seen such innocence?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Unintended Consequences

I've posted several times about my mendacious senator daines (r-mt), remember some months ago when he interrupted Senator Warren, citing a arcane rule. I don't remember if it was him or the equally obnoxious ryan who came up with the statement afterwards, in an attempt to explain.

It's become a symbol, and an excuse to post another picture of my granddaughter, The Adorable One:

As her mother will attest, it applies to her in more ways than one. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

It ain't exactly post hoc, ergo propter hoc, but close...

Remember the shooting at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon a couple years ago?  The President visited around a week later, greeted by confederate flags, signs, many were so vile the newspapers wouldn't print them. Here's a couple:

So today, a headline in the Oregonion is (btw, Roseburg is in Douglas Co.):

Douglas County libraries to close after voters reject funding

Somehow, I think there is a link, a connection.....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Real signs of Spring

A grizzly sow and two cubs out of their winter den, near Anaconda, about 20 miles from here.

Spring has sprung, watch out on your spring walks here, they might be feeling peckish. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The 'Tall Firs' are back

My beloved Oregon Ducks are in  the final four for the first time since they won it all in 1939.  This meme is from the old Oregon Trail video game, one of the oldest eldest played it in the mid-eighties. Oregon beat Kansas, the number one seed, by 14 points.

The weather is gradually warming here, the snow is gone from my lawn, it was 23 this morning and by noon it'll be 50 and people will be frolicking in the streets. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This time of year...

The Big Hole River, flows into the Jefferson, then the Missouri, then on to the Mississippi, ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, after passing New Orleans.

Up here however, it's a different river. A 'blue ribbon' trout stream, great fishing, and less than 30 minutes from my house. It's also a magnet for millionaires and billionaires, from all over, but seems like most from California.

They build these McMansions, thousands of square footage, for the two to six weeks they spend here. They build them near the river, for convenience's sake. Don't want to walk to far to fish.

In the winter the river ices over, sometimes completely, no open water. Large ice sections build up, become dams of a sort, then in the spring, with rising temps, break loose and head downstream. Sometimes these 8,000 sq ft houses wash away.

Oh dear.

Perhaps I'm insensitive. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Less the last, but other.....

Long ago, Christmas '88'd I'g guess

The three of them, Henry, Kate and Emily. Couple years ago.
My 8th grade school, around the time I was there. One room, 1-8 grades
A cute couple, seem made for each other. 
"I love genetics, mix a species here, one there...."
A fishing blog, right? A decent 15" brookie, sacrificed for lunch. 

More, doubtfully any better, another time. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday mean-spiritedness and some errata

for Cranky, the answer to your question of why...

And, just to keep things on an even keel, here's a bit of outright libel, and possibly true....remember the constant 'sniffling' that trump did during a couple of the debates?  Notice that his weirdest tweets come around 4-6am?  I've known a few people who did stuff like that, and often they had on their desk a mirror and rolled up hundred dollar bill...........just here's a headline from the San Francisco Chron:

Hitler kept Nazi soldiers high on crystal meth during WW2

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Road trip and Spring in Montana

My friend L. is visiting from her home in Orange County, I thought I'd take her someplace she'd not seen before: the Ovando area and valley.  I'd not counted on the fact it's early spring here, and sometimes there is this thing called 'weather'. Here's some pictures from the trip:

The town square in Ovando, population maybe 50

Our hotel...we were the only guests. The owners left at 5, we had the hotel to ourselves.

A nearby ranch

The Blackfoot River, the one Norman McLean wrote about in "A River Runs Trough It"

A good trip, except we couldn't see more than a half mile in any direction because of the snow....when we got back to Butte there was 8" new on the sidewalk. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

You can't make this shit up......

In a talk to his new employees at HUD, Carson outdid himself. From the San Francisco Chron:

It's been less than a week since Ben Carson was sworn in as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but he's already making headlines.
Speaking to HUD employees Monday, Carson referred to slaves as immigrants who dreamed of better lives for their children in America.
"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."
Slaves were really immigrants. Who would have thought......

Sunday, March 5, 2017


This was an hour ago, at the moment the sun is shining. March in Montana. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The low bar

In his first month as 'president', trump has managed to lower expectations so far that if he can stand and speak in semi-coherent sentences for an hour, waiting after two sentences for applause, we call that a 'successful', even 'good' speech.

Fucking Christ on a Stick, as an uncle used to say.

Here's our standard for this sorry excuse of a man that 59 fucking million people voted for:

And he barely clears the bar. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Just a few things that caught my eye

Still winter here, 1 degree f. this morning, still a couple feet of snow in my yard.  Perusing the papers this morning, a few pictures caught my eye, and I think stand without comment.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Perhaps a hiccup on the way.......

So, I have an new doctor on my case, a sleep specialist.  Most of the others, FP's, Cardiologist, EP, etc I know or know of..
The Sleep doctor was an unknown to me when I saw him a few weeks ago. He seemed fine, a bit free on metaphor in conversation, but there's a lot of that about.

I had the sleep study, results given to me by him a day later. Severe Sleep Apnea....could or could not be the cause of the cardiac issues. Time, and a CPAP therapy would tell the tale.

So 4 days ago I started. First night rough, second third and last night better, because of changes in pressures etc I made in the device. And orders to the company providing the machine.

Today I get a call from him, telling me that he and he alone would be in charge of my care, etc, etc.

Not the first time I've had a disagreement with a colleague.

And, like the others, we came to an agreement.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

One of the grandkids

I'm back in MT, trying a new treatment (tx) for what seems to be the cure-all be-all of my diagnosis so far: OSA. For the uninitiated, that's Obstructive Sleep Apnea. One stops breathing for some, perhaps many periods during the night, sometimes short periods. in my case up to 67 seconds. No wonder the rest of the body get's pissed, right? The heart is going...."Um, man, had no oxyhemoglobin here in a bit, what's up", the kidneys are transmitting..."Ok, no need to take a leak anymore, right?"

So as of last night I'm on CPAP.....Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.....the theory is as follows:

So I have this device, looks like this:

Fits on with a mask that covers nasal and oral passages, is hard to get used to, but I have little choice. It's 9:30pm, going to bed. Last night I got about 3-4 hours sleep with the device. The mask and accouterments take some getting used to.

In the mean time, I give you Fiona, sledding on a drawer of the RV. 

"So, Grandpa, where's the fun in this?" 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Enough being probed, prodded and generally abused......

I've had it with the medical community, bless their hearts, but we've only gotten a bit further in a month of prods, needles, dyes and general unmentionables. So Thursday I'm flying home for a bit of a rest.

As to our 'government', I'm now waiting for a state of emergency to be declared, martial law imposed, and Trump claims the title of Fuehrer For Life, the Judiciary branch abolished from the chain of governance, and all passports invalid.

In the meantime, here's a picture of my youngest, with the view from Pike Place Market.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Appeals Court makes right choice, what next?

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

No doubt headed for SCOTUS. My question is: How will Roberts vote? 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Supremes

A email today from my less-than-esteemed GOP Senator Daines, edited slightly but not affecting content:

Dear Mike,
One of the most important jobs a U.S. Senator has is providing advice and consent for a Supreme Court nominee. An Associate Justice for the Supreme Court can serve an average of 27 years. That’s why a decision on who to vote for, who to stand behind, and who to stand with is so important – not only to me but to our children and grandchildren.  
I was honored to be at the White House East Wing with President Donald J. Trump while he made the announcement that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be that nominee to take the chair of Antonin Scalia. What an honor to be nominated for that seat in particular.  
Judge Gorsuch’s academic accomplishments are nothing other than stellar. His decision to serve as a Justice in the highest court in the land is truly a testament to his character, his intelligence, his understanding of the law, and his commitment to the Constitution.
Judge Gorsuch was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Tenth Circuit in 2006 and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Of utmost importance in a Justice is the desire and the ability to apply the law as it was intended, not to legislate from the bench. So I was thrilled to hear him say, “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.”

My reply:

Dear Senator Daines (Staffer, Intern, etc)
Regarding the nomination of the present 'president' for the bench. I'm going to take a page from the GOP handbook here: 
1. I think the people should decide who goes on the Supreme Court. 
2. Your party has already established the precedent that only the next elected president can nominate said judge, I propose we table this nomination until the next election is decided, and that president can decide. 
3. If you find that unacceptable, I will abide by your decision if, and only if, you will first consider, the previous nominee, Judge Garland.
Mike Mulligan
Butte Mt

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ironic and Appropriate

Meet the Federal judge who blocked trump's muslim ban.

Judge James Robart, on the Federal bench 12 years. He has been praised by such divergent people as Senator Patty Murray and Senator Orin Hatch. 

The irony?  He's a GOP appointee, put on the bench by Georgie boy Bush, confirmed by unanimous votes. 

One can just imagine the tantrum trump is throwing, flinging himself down on the Oval Office floor, kicking his heels into the carpet and flinging his arms around. 

One can only hope that the still-honorable members of the GOP will grow a pair, or whatever metaphor you like, and support this ban.