February 26, 2009
February 25, 2009
February 24, 2009
"I intend to hold these banks fully accountable for the assistance they receive. This time This time CEO's won't be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet. Those days are over."
I guess padded paychecks and fancy jets are just for Congress and the Administration now. Washington D.C. is full of hypocritical, posturing, blowhards. They fly everywhere in the world without a thought to the cost or energy but complain when anyone else does. They pamper themselves to every little thing, feeding at the public trough, and then belittle CEOs their office drapes. They work a few days a week and spend all their free time pandering and writing bribes-for-votes into bills. They clap and smile at each other and then make snide remarks behind their hands. Under penalty of law, they force non-politicians to sit below them so they can brow-beat whoever they want on national television.
The road to recover lies in term limits and cleaning these people out of Washington D.C... but they've turned the nation's capital into a place where normal people can hardly function, where few non-lawyers can see themselves working... so who is out there who can replace them?
Yes, President Obama just said, ""I intend to hold these banks fully accountable for the assistance they receive." and later he told all American's our tax cut "checks on on the way." Well... when you open your check, remember... Washington "intends to hold you fully accountable for the assistance you receive." Washington intends to enter your life and set your priorities and they won't stop until enough people have had enough of Washington "accountability."
Tearful Atlanta Cops Express Remorse for Shooting 92-Year-Old Kathryn Johnston, Leaving Her To Bleed to Death in Her Own Home While They Planted Drugs in Her Basement, Then Threatening an Informant So He Would Lie To Cover It All Up
What a great headline -- you could hardly make it shorter and still get the feel for the dirtiness of these police... and, if you read the article, there's a lot to be said for the futility of the war on drugs.
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
The beneficiaries of taxpayer charity will be highly concentrated in just five states - California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Michigan. That is not because the subsidized homeowners are poor (Californians with $700,000 mortgages are not poor), but because they took on too much debt, often by refinancing in risky ways to "cash out" thousands more than the original loan. Nearly all subprime loans were for refinancing, not buying a home.
Boosting the Obama team's selective mortgage subsidies, Mark Zandi of Moody's Economy.com recently told NBC, "either you can help your neighbor, and help them so they can stay in their home. Or don't help them, and they'll lose their home, and it will cost you money, because . . . your home will have just dropped in value." On the contrary, federal subsidies for over-indebted homeowners will not often involve helping "neighbors" but rather those who live thousands of miles away, mainly in just five states.
I, for one, find paying for some Richie-Rich in California who screwed up his own finances hard to swallow.
February 18, 2009
OK, so I'm not a big fan of the bill... but I'm not a big fan of the digital conversion of TV's and that didn't stop me from taking advantage of two of those credit card thingies the feds gave out for converter boxes. So I'll take advantage of whatever portions of the bill help me out. What else can we do?
February 16, 2009
Kansas has suspended income tax refunds and may not be able to pay employees on time, the state's budget director said Monday.
The state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills, prompting Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to suggest transferring $225 million from other accounts throughout state government. But the move required approval from legislative leaders, and the GOP refused Monday.
Budget Director Duane Goossen said that without the money, he's not sure the state can meet its payroll. State employees are due to be paid again Friday.
Goossen said the state stopped processing income tax refunds last week.
Why is Kansas spending $12 billion a year when they bring in under $6 billion in taxes and how long did they think that could go on? Why is Kansas spending over $5 billion a year on Education? Nearly every state in the union is spending half their budgets on education and what, what are they... what are we getting for it? The Education System of America is out of control, I tell you. We are throwing money down holes and showing nothing in results for it.
Question: What happens to all the old broadcasting gear? I mean, I personally have several little, old televisions that will be useless after this switch. (Why would I hook up a $70 digital converter box to a 2 inch, handheld color TV? Why would I hook up a converter box to a cheapo 6 inch black and white television monitor?) I imagine some future where someone pirates the old broadcast channels and people continue watching on their old, obsolete TVs. The government may feel it can control the electronic spectrum, but how hard is it, really, to broadcast analog on UHF? More realistically, I imagine some small companies or schools could set up small stations on the cheap with all this old gear and broadcast privately for communications and training purposes.
February 15, 2009
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS RECEIVED CALLS THIS EVENING FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING POSSIBLE EXPLOSIONS AND...OR EARTHQUAKES ACROSS THE AREA. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HAS REPORTED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT THESE EVENTS ARE BEING CAUSED BY FALLING SATELLITE DEBRIS. THESE PIECES OF DEBRIS HAVE BEEN CAUSING SONIC BOOMS...RESULTING IN THE VIBRATIONS BEING FELT BY SOME RESIDENTS...AS WELL AS FLASHES OF LIGHT ACROSS THE SKY. THE CLOUD OF DEBRIS IS LIKELY THE RESULT OF THE RECENT IN ORBIT COLLISION OF TWO SATELLITES ON TUESDAY...FEBRUARY 10TH WHEN KOSMOS 2251 CRASHED INTO IRIDIUM 33.
How about that...
See also: Space Debris Falling in Texas
The greatest high school sports dynasty on record, the boys swimming team of Honolulu Punahou (President Barack Obama's high school), whose streak reached 29 years until it fell short in 1986.Congratulations to the Norwell girls who participated in the meet: Logan Brinnk, Brooke Cossairt, Stephanie Bussey and Kelley Brewer.
With No. 23 in the bag -- the team walked around the pool with "Be Like Mike 23'' T-shirts, a reference to Michael Jordan's No. 23 -- Carmel passed the Punahou girls swimming team for the most consecutive titles in a girls sport.
February 14, 2009
February 13, 2009
The Norwell defense did a great job blocking out and going after Peru throughout their semifinal game tonight. Peru averaged 53 points a game this season and the girls held them to just 30 points while the Knights scored 63.. They'll be facing off tomorrow evening for the sectional title against the winner of today's Elmhurst-Wayne game (update: Elmhurst defeated Wayne 70-34). The Knights were expected to defeat Peru, Elmhurst is a tougher ticket -- the only surprise tonight was how few students and fans turned out for the game. The gym at Bellmont had room for three times more people.
Perhaps that's the major difference between the games we used to attend in 1976-77 and today. Oh, sure, some seasons our teams didn't draw too many fans, but when Norwell was ranked and moving through the sectionals and regionals -- the students, parents and fans got out and turned up the volume. Where have they all gone?
February 11, 2009
25. Gran Torino
24. Team America: World Police
23. United 93
21. Heartbreak Ridge
19. We were Soldiers
18. The Edge
17. The Chronicles of Narnia
16. Master and Commander
15. Red Dawn
14. A Simple Plan
12. The Dark Knight
11. The Lord of the Rings
9. Blast from the Past
7. The Pursuit of Happyness
6. Groundhog Day
4. Forrest Gump
2. The Incredibles
1. The Lives of Others
February 10, 2009
The Indiana House approved two massive spending bills Tuesday -- a job-creation proposal that would funnel $1 billion toward local road projects and an education budget that would give schools a 2 percent spending increase....
The funds would come from three sources: $250 million from expected federal stimulus money, $250 million from federal money the state holds in several highway accounts and $500 million from an interest-generating trust fund created from the lease of the Indiana Toll Road in 2006.
Spending our savings, and federal money we don't even have, to improve our roads and schools... I don't understand how this is supposed to get the Hoosier economy rolling. I'm not adverse to working on a road crew, should it ever come to that... it might even do me some good... but any money made working on the roads by baby-booming, fifty-something, middle-managing men and women who have lost their jobs, their 401K's and their medical insurance is certainly not going to be spent on luxury items like RVs or Ford F150's. It'll be spent paying off loans to bankers -- one little monthly payment at a time, even though our representatives have already given those same bankers hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.
The comet makes its closest approach to Earth (0.41 AU) February 24, 2009. Current estimates peg the maximum brightness at 4th or 5th magnitude, which means dark country skies would be required to see it. No one can say for sure, however, because this appears to be Lulin's first visit to the inner solar system and its first exposure to intense sunlight. Surprises are possible.
Lulin's green color comes from the gases that make up its Jupiter-sized atmosphere. Jets spewing from the comet's nucleus contain cyanogen (CN - a poisonous gas found in many comets) and diatomic carbon (C2). Both substances glow green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space.
The comet will rise a few hours before the Sun, maybe 3am, in the southern sky. February 16th and 24th will be the best days, but no one really knows how bright Lulin will be since it's never passed this way before.
February 9, 2009
Lawrence Solomon, the Canadian environmentalist and anti- nuclear campaigner, sought to find well-regarded scientists who disagreed with the AGW (anthropogenic global warming) hysteria promoted by Al Gore and the IPCC. The result was astonishing in that for all of the headline issues of the AGW hypothesis, he found dissenting scientists who were consistently the most accomplished and eminent people in their respective fields of expertise. In fact, the more he searched, the more there seemed to be, complete with data and analysis to support their positions. Chillingly, several of them, despite their substantial expertise and reputations, declined on-record interviews for fear of losing their funding and, in some cases, their jobs.
February 6, 2009
The 2008-09 Norwell girls defeated Adams Central on Wednesday and Southern Wells this evening, ending their regular season with a great 16 game winning streak and going 19-1 on their way to the Sectionals, which start next week at Bellmont.
In the last twelve months Haley Chaney has defied the odds time and time again. She survived an accident that left her on life support and even though the doctors said it wasn't likely, just a couple months later Haley was back on the hardwood doing what she loves. Sadly, Haley took an elbow to the head a couple weeks ago, ending her career as a basketball player. Then, on Wednesday night, a moment Haley will never forget.
Haley's Coach Eric Thornton came up with a plan to get her on the court one more time. Coach Thornton said "I think everyone wanted to see Haley out there on the floor one last time."
It was senior night, a night that would not be complete for the Lady Knights unless Haley was on the floor. She got that moment. One play with no contact, Kylie Dial dribbling up the floor, the pass to Haley, and an outstanding career is complete. Haley's close friend Kylie Dial said that moment was amazing. "Dribbling down the floor and looking for Haley was just unbelievable. And then passing her the ball and her making it and then the crowd cheering, it was an amazing experience."Twelve hours later, another moment that will forever live on in Haley's memory. She was chosen by the National Federation of High Schools as their courage award recipient.
And read also, The last layup, from the Bluffton News-Banner and the Banners article (and pictures) regarding the courage award.
February 4, 2009
February 2, 2009
Game 1 – Maconaquah (0-17) vs. No. 2 Norwell (15-1)
Game 2 – No. 2 Fort Wayne Elmhurst (16-2) vs. Bellmont (10-8)
Game 3 – Peru (10-5) vs. Winner of Game 1.
Game 4 – Fort Wayne Wayne (5-12) vs. Winner of Game 2.
Championship – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4.
Hang tough, girls!