Alt-ObamaCare or RepublicanCare

I've heard the Repeal ACA, or Alt-ObamaCare, called many names, some not very nice. The latest name I've heard on the news is TrumpCare. I dunno, that's not very accurate. Why not just call it what it is: RepublicanCare?

I'm lonesome

I'm feeling a bit lonely, today.

I've considered myself a Conservative since before Goldwater ran for president. I believe in personal and national fiscal responsibility, simple God-given freedoms for every citizen, never fighting a war you can't expect to win, and nurturing and protecting the health and welfare of future American generations at all cost, which includes leaving them a country not depleted of its natural beauty and resources, clean air and clean water.

Conservatives today don't seem to believe in any of that.

In fact, because I'm willing to accept the consensus of 99% of the world's (not just the US) climate and weather scientists that serious Global Warming exists simply because we burn too much fossil fuel. Because I don't believe that the popular news media are all bleeding liberals and socialistic liars. Because I do believe that Fox News, Breitbart, The National Inquirer, and all the Republican talking heads on radio and television don't always tell the truth and on occasion might stretch the truth a bit. Because I'm leery of the temperament, personality, and implied beliefs of their chosen leader, and because I want that leader to realize that the majority of the American voters did not vote for him, still he should strive to represent us all.

Because of all that, I'm considered by many a stupid Nazi-loving, communistic, socialistic, simpleminded liberal Democrat asshole who deserves their anger and venomous spew.

Of course, it is possible that Conservatives today aren't really really Conservatives. They just like using that buzzword, and they spew because they have nothing better to offer.

2016 Voters in Oklahoma

The estimated Oklahoma population is 3,943,066 persons The number of age 18 and older Oklahomans is estimated to be about 2,807,548, living in 1,410,826 households. Based on extrapolated 2010 numbers, an estimated 3% are judged ineligible to vote for a variety of reasons. This yields a potential voter pool of around 2,700,000.

Using the numbers for the voting-age Oklahoma population, this pool contains 49% males and 51% females with self-identified racial origins of: 76.7% White alone, 7.4% Black alone, 7.1% Native American alone, 1.3% Asian alone, 0.1% Pacific Islander alone, 1.3% Other alone, and 6.1% of two or more races. Of the total, 5.1% claim Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

21.8 percent of the potential Oklahoma voters have a Bachelor's Degree or higher education. 13.2 are living in households below the poverty level. 18.7% of the 1,410,826 households have incomes of $100,000 or more.

http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/oklahoma-population/ : 3,943,066

http://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/voting-and-registration/electorate-profiles-2016.html, click on Oklahoma

Eligibility: Who Can Register - You can register to vote if you are a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Oklahoma, and 18 years old or older. Felons - A convicted felon may not register for a period equal to the time of the original sentence. A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register. Persons judged incapacitated by a court may not register to vote. https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Register_to_Vote/

http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000287; 2010 estimate=1.82% ineligible felons of total eligible voting population

Out of 2,157,458 total registered voters in Oklahoma, 1,451,056 voted this year for a presidential candidate. That's a registered voter participation of 67% and a 55% participation of the potential voting pool. Oklahoma voters come in three main flavors: 45.6% are registered as Republican, 39.7% as Democrats, and 14.5% as Independent. The rest, Libertarians and Americans Elect, total less than 1%.


2016 Presidental
  Democratic     Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine     28.9%     419,788
  Republican     Donald Trump/Mike Pence     65.3%     947,934
  Libertarian    Gary Johnson/Bill Weld      5.7%      83,334
The numbers for the House and Senate races reflect those of the presidential election.

http://www.cnn.com/election/results/states/oklahoma/president , est. 99% in

Still Looking for My Great-Granddaddy Cox

I've been on a genealogical hunt for my great grandfather Joseph Cox for fifty years. Not continuously, obviously, but in sprints where I search hard, get fraustrated then put it aside for other pasttimes. The aside intervals sometimes stretched over multiple years.

I've done the Y-DNA test with familytreedna.com and know who Joseph's distant ancestors were, but I've been unable to follow the historical record trail to connect the dots to his father and to the grandfathers that stretch between him and our first US emmigrant ancestor Thomas Cox, vintner, born 1641 in England.

My Joseph Cox first appears in the historical records on the 1850 US Census for Joshua Township, Fulton County, IL. He is listed as a 14 year old in the household of Henry S. Marvial [sic. Marvel]. I've been unable to connect him genetically to the Marvel family or to their spouses' families or to any Cox family listed on the 1850 Census. I've found no probate or land deed records in Fulton or surrounding IL counties that imply a connection to Joseph. The only result of my years of searching is an arguable link to a John Cox found on the 1840 US Census for that township. The argument rests weakly on two facts. The John Cox listing enumerates three males under the age of 5, born about 1836, Joseph could have been one of them. Also, many of the household names that closely bracket the 1840 John Cox listing can be found on the 1850 US Census closely bracketing the Marvel listing.

My study of the Marvel family indicates they arrived in the area circa 1845, living for a while at Rapatee, Knox Couny, IL before moving to Joshua, Fulton County, IL.

There was an additional Cox/Marvel connection found by Cathy Parsons, a Fulton County, IL genealogist. According to a Fulton County Marvel family history, a younger brother of the Henry Marvel mentioned above, Marmaduke Marvel, his wife, and newly born daughter in 1857 "with the brother Francis Marvel and a friend, Nathan Cox, started for the state of Texas." In 1859, Marmaduke and family returned to Fulton County from Alvarado, Johnson County, TX. The 1860 US Census for Alvarado, Johnson County, TX lists a Nathan Cox, age 27, born in IL, a farm laborer living with the Richard Graves household. There are no other Cox listings for that county.

Me . . . again

So I made a New Year's resolution to start lj blogging again, but at the time I didn't realize it would be the middle of February, exactly a year to the day since my last post, when I typed my first sentence. Does it have something to do with St. Valentine's Day? Or the promise of an early spring? The boredom of late winter? I'd like to blame my lack of posts entirely on facebook, but that would be a cop-out. I do think it definitely contributed. That, and life. It's been an eventful couple of years. I haven't been entirely been absent though and have signed on from time to time to enjoy catching up on the posts of my lj friends.

OTA/DVR, Over The Air Digital Video Recording

Kathy and I have never subscribed to cable or satellite TV. We've always got our fill of television watching the OTA channels and, after it became available, Netflix first by mailed DVDs and then by instant play.

The switch to high definition digital created more OTA channels and now we receive twenty-seven different channels, more or less, depending on the reception capability of our television and its location in our house. We used a Netgear Internet box for streaming instant-play Netflix and Vudu until we got a "smart" TV last year. That television is capable of streaming those two as well as a number of others, including Amazon.

We're often faced with the dilemma of two programs that we want to watch occurring at the same time or of being too busy to watch an interesting episode. In the analog television days, we solved that delimma by using a vcr. However, the vcr was a real pain to operate and the resulting picture was not that good and was especially lacking after the switch to high definition 1080 pixel digital. I didn't bother connecting the vcr when I installed the smart TV, and we started looking for a digital replacement.

We found one we liked last summer. Our Tablo has multiple hd tuners capable of receiving four simultaneous programs and recording them on an attached harddrive for playback either while recording or later. The playback video and sound are streamed to wifi for reception by any stream-capable device connected to the router: phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs.

The Internet browser on our television is too lame for streaming. That problem was resolved by connecting through a Google Chromecast dongle. Chromecast is designed to accept video streams from wifi and display them on a hdmi device. It also does commercial streams like netflix, vudu, hulu and amazon. The only downside to using chromcast with the tablo is the stream becomes double-buffered, first by the tablo and then by chromecast. The double-buffering makes skipping commercials problematic.

The tablo folk offer a monthly subscription service, about $6 per month, for a more convenient graphical user interface. We are happy with the simple free one that comes standard with the box. It is similar to, but a step or two above that on the old vcr. Control can be done via any device capable of a web browser (except our "smart" tv) or a tablo app.

Blogging and the Rasberry Pi

I was wide awake by 5 am, a good 2 hours earlier than my usual waking time, but I decided to get up, and here I sit in jeans and a red long sleeve tee shirt doing something I haven't done in a while. LJ blogging. I wear tee shirts now after avoiding them for seventy-odd years. And long sleeves too. I haven't worn long sleeved shirts for many years. I'm wearing red because Kathy asked me too. That's a color I don't often wear at this time of the year. You know, Christmas, red apparel, rotund man with a white beard. Little kids tend to follow me.

Logan and Angelina will be here later today -- a music concert to attend at the venerable Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. I look forward to seeing them this weekend. A virus caused them to miss our Thanksgiving feast. As I write, Kathy is in the kitchen making pies, pecan and pumpkin.

I have a new toy that I brought myself for Christmas, a $50 Raspberry Pi computer kit. The Pi is a small low-cost educational computer developed in England as part of an effort to encourage math, science and technology at an early age. The hardware, about the size of a bandaid box, combines a general purpose processor with an ARM for graphics processing. The Pi is powered by a phone charger supply, interactive input is via a usb wireless keyboard and mouse, and a HDMI port provides display output for a 1080p hdtv. Internet access is done through a wired ethernet connection or through a wifi usb dongle. A SD card provides up to 32 gigabytes of long-lived memory and the pi has 512 megabytes of ephemeral memory on the board. There are also 20 programmable I/O lines for digital experimentation. The favored operating system is a stripped down XDE Debian Linux called Raspian. Out of the box, the Raspberry Pi runs at 700 mhz, but can be overclocked over 1000 mhz. I'm running about 950. Respectable, not speedy, but then the Raspian window system is not a memory and cycle hog like Microsoft Windows.

In addition its use as a beginning computer for school children--the Raspberry Pi supports a full suite of software: web browsers, office, Mathematica, Minecraft, and software development tools--other popular uses for the Pi are streaming Internet media boxes and robotic controllers. One company has used it in a mixed-drink maker product.

My plan is less ambitious. I want to use our tv as a standalone and continuous mp3 player while displaying a slideshow of family pictures. I've tried doing this before with old retired computers with limited success. Retired computers tend to have hardware issues; they were retired for a reason, and don't run long unattended. Also I used a full-blown operating system with provided display and sound software and the result suffered from performance problems. With the pi, I hope to avoid performance problems by using the underlying linux command-driven components without the overhead of the window system.

Kathy's Orchards in Bloom

Kathy has had fun growing orchids ever since I gave her one for Mother's Day several years ago. She was surprised to learn that our unheated sunroom was the perfect environment for the plants. After her success with repeat blooms on the first one, I've bought her several unusual leafy orchids and she bought herself another one. With those and several failed-to-repeat-bloom donations from her friends, orchids now dominate the sunroom plants. I just counted a total of twelve. We've been enjoying the blooms. Here is a photo of Kathy's favorite.
A sampling of this year's blooms can be found here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/7ony/sets/72157644896571098/

Our Sunroom

Our 'unheated' 32'x10' sunroom is one of the things Kathy and I did right when we designed our house thirty-odd years ago. I write this as I sit at the table in the said room and bask in the 80 degree sun-provided heat. This, despite the fact we've been harvesting the heat for the past hour or so and the temperature outside has barely made it to 20 degrees, up from the overnight low of 5 degrees.

The sunroom design allows us to take advantage of sunny days like today to circulate the heat through the house and to avoid cycling our central air system. Inside the house between the living room and the dining room is a rock divider, 200 cubic feet of stone and sand that acts as a massive heat flywheel absorbing energy during a sunny day then radiating it at night to delay the need for our central heat.

When we want the extra space for family gatherings, the sunroom can be heated or cooled from the house system. In the summer, the room is shaded from direct sunlight and any extra heat is vented to the outside.
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I also enjoy the view of Kathy's greenry and flowers all winter