Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Who?

So John McCain has chosen a relative unknown, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Interesting. If her Wikipedia bio is to be believed, she's an interesting pick. Young, fairly attractive, apparently conservative, inexperienced at the national and international levels and not without some personal issues.

This will take some consideration, but I don't see anything there to turn me into a McCain supporter. After all, he's going to be the one calling the shots, not her. Now if the Republicans had ran her....

Edit, 8/29/2008 2100: It seems that those personal issues are more than likely BS, generated by the same good old boy network that she broke up in Alaska. Chalk one up for sour grapes on the part of the GOBs.

Tam notes in the comments that she has vetoed legislation she personally agreed with because it was unconstitutional, and you do have to love that.

I still have trouble, though, warming up to McCain (whom I loving refer to as the most palatable Democrat running for president this year). And given the governor's history, I have to wonder if she would stick it out with him after the election when he inevitably (as I see it) reverts to form and starts acting more like a Democrat. She seems to be a lady of principles, and I doesn't seem to be the type to overly compromise them.

This is going to take further thought.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I love old maps

This one was pointed out to me by an Intertubes correspondent--a 1930 map of radio broadcasting stations in the US. Don't miss the rest of the site, either.

My South

This is the South I grew up in. Believe it or not, if you get away from the big cities (I can remember when Raleigh, NC was a small city, and there was country between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. God, I'm old.) you can still find it.

Who was that at the door?" asked my mother, who had been upstairs getting dressed when the doorbell rang.

"It was Miz Myers, the new lady that moved in next door. She wanted to know if she could borrow a cup of sugar," I replied.

"Well, Page, did you ask her to come in?"

"Nome. All she wanted was a cup of sugar."

At that point I was told to sit down and was given a lengthy lecture on good manners, chiefly centered around the custom of always inviting folks who arrived on your doorstep to come in for a visit.

"I am so embarrassed," Mother mourned. "What must she think of us?"

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Of course it does--the Empire State Building was once struck 8 times in 24 hours. And surprise, surprise, hurricanes can strike twice in the same place as well:

Three years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast, New Orleans residents on Wednesday again confronted the prospect of an evacuation as Tropical Storm Gustav loomed.

It's going to be interesting to see how the citizens react now as opposed to the last time. I can still remember coming home from Camp Freehold and watching the news--hurricane bearing down, buses parked in lots, evacuations routes deserted, and panicked people trying to get into the Superdome to ride out the storm.

Do you suppose they've learned anything? Like "Get the hell out of Dodge!"? At least the governor's caught a clue:

With Tropical Storm Gustav swirling near Cuba and likely to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane this weekend, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said an evacuation could begin as early as Friday -- three years to the day after Katrina inundated New Orleans.

Jindal said he had activated the state's catastrophic action team and could declare a state of emergency as early as Thursday. He also put the Louisiana National Guard on alert.

"We all need to be prepared and ready to respond, from the citizen level and at every level of government," Jindal said.

Of course, those who expected the government to take care of them last time probably will sit around and wait for the government again--they're programmed that way. If they do, I vote for leaving them to their own devices.

And if the place floods again, can we please stop wasting our tax money rebuilding things that are 10' below sea level? Please? Just save the port and the French Quarter and bulldoze the rest.

Monday, August 25, 2008

All things considered

I've been digesting the Messiah's choice of Biden as his running mate. I guess lightweights of a feather cling together, or something of the sort.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

How about a demonstration of British firepower?



Of course, if I were a spectator, I'd feel a lot more comfortable if the reviewing stands were behind the firing line. Accidents happen--ask the French army.

Updates to the blogroll

Due to a pounding headache (I woke up with it and the malevolent thing is still with me) and an overabundance of guns to clean (which are now clean and back in the safe), I just don't feel much like blogging. So I updated the blogroll instead. Much new goodness there, mostly focused around guns (Surprise!) and survival/preparedness (Surprise! again.) A few blogs have fell by the wayside as their content has become less interesting to me. Such is life.