Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bosworth Field Redux in Colorado

King Barry I as Richard III:
A teleprompter! a teleprompter! My kingdom for a teleprompter!

Lehrer as Catesby:
Withdraw, my lord; No teleprompter for thee.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

When Pigs Fly

What I received from Virginia when I registered for an absentee ballot.  I'm a bit pissed that the Virginia election commission shares emails of folks who register, but I have a junk mail filter for trash like this:
Thank you for taking time to vote absentee.  Virginia voters like you will be responsible for the future direction of our country.  Turning Virginia blue this year means sending leaders to Washington who put what’s best for our families ahead of their own political agenda, and turning back the Republican effort to undo the progress we’ve made together over the past four years in health care, women’s rights, rebuilding the economy and ending the war.

This election is a choice between two visions for our country.  Democrats want to continue the policies that have served us so well: investing in education, infrastructure and support for the middle class to grow our economy while reducing our debt responsibly.  Republicans offer a different vision, but one we’ve seen before: cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and asking the middle class and the needy to foot the bill through cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education and other priorities that create jobs and opportunity.

Listed below are our Democratic candidates running to make life better for Virginia families.  Before you mark your absentee ballot, please refer to the candidate web sites to read about them.

I urge you to join me in supporting these outstanding Democrats.  For your vote to count, be sure that your absentee ballot reaches the Electoral Board by 7 P.M., Tuesday, November 6.

 As I said . . . when pigs fly.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Biden advises . . .

. . . against the raid on Bin Laden.

In advising the president against the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden, Joe said it wasn't worth the risk. Quoth Joe:
“He knew what was at stake, not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency.”

A SEAL's life, sending Bin Laden to hell and the president keeping his job.  In the cosmic scheme of things, which of those doesn't belong?  Advice like Joe's is exactly why Bin Laden was around to execute 9/11.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Naples Italy . . .

. . . 00:00 a.m. 01 JAN 2012

Buon Anno!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

U. S. 5th Fleet to Iran . . .

. . . Blocking the Straight may not be in your best interests.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Donald Trump . . .

. . . Ross Perot redux?

Sayeth The Donald:
“Around the middle of May I’ll be able to do whatever I want and I could run as an independent,” Trump said in a web video he record. “If the Republicans pick the wrong person I would, in fact, seriously consider running.”

If Trump runs, he will split the independent and conservative votes and guarantee Obama's re-election.  It's dead certain that Trump won't gain a significant number of Obama voters.

I believe in on person,  one vote - not one person deciding the outcome, and that's exactly what a third party candidate always does.  Perot single-handedly elected Clinton. Trump can do the same for Obama.

Trump and Perot have more ego than common sense.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Green . . .

. . . at ANY cost?

The U.S. Navy was just directed to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel instead of standard JP-5.  The bio fuel is made from waste cooking oil and algae.

We're all for green, right?

Yes, to an extent. 

But then there's this:

1.  The bio fuel costs $16.00 per gallon, 4 times the cost of standard jet fuel.  This little purchase will cost 7$7.2 million instead of $1.8 million.

2.  Solazyme, the company that is supplying the biofuel uses a refinery that was subsidized with U.S. "stimulus" funds - to the tune of $22 million.

3.  The "strategic advisor" to Solazyme, T. J. Glauthier was on Barry O's transition team.

4.  Glauthier also worked on the energy-sector portion of the 2009 stimulus bill.

5.  There are plans in place to spend $510 million on this fuel over the next three years.  Simple math tells me that is a waste of $382 million.

I understand that we need to transition from fossil fuels.  However, with the world economy in the tank and the U.S. facing an unsustainable debt load, can we afford to pay four times the price for anything? 

I also understand that development of alternatives requires support - but not EVERYTHING needs to be backed up by Uncle Sam. 

Let me put it another way.  Are YOU willing to start spending $16.00 per gallon for gasoline so that this industry can grow?