Saturday, October 04, 2008
You'll note that the common thread there is "bastards".
Depending on how you look at it, the sad or good thing about this is that, even at the cost of $700 billion, this is a finger in the dike. I suspect that, whether or not the 263 who voted for this realize it, it is simply meant to buy time and allow the weakest of our financial institutions to fail in a somewhat more orderly manner than would occur without it.
Either way, they will fail. There is simply too much toxic debt, sliced and diced too many ways, for any government or group of governments to be able to buy it all up and magically make things right.
I suspect we are seeing the beginning of the bad times. I also suspect things will get worse, perhaps far worse, before they get better. I believe we are in for an era of hard times--a slow moving recession (if we're lucky) that may take literally decades to do its necessary work.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I find it a bit hard to believe.
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The first is the Yaquina Head Light, Oregon's tallest/second oldest lighthouse. Yes, I climbed to the top.
Next is the coast at the town of Pacific City, OR.
You know, a fellow could get right attached to a place that looks like this. I wonder what's it's like during the height of tourist season?
(Sorry if the formatting is off. I need to figure out how to wrap the text around the pictures better within the blogger interface. Anyone care to give me pointers?)
Edit: OK, I've gotten them to work a little better, but this still looks like, well, crap. Still looking for suggestions.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
So this is probably not as much of a "smoking gun" as some would say, but it still raises the serious question of just exactly how unbiased are our unbiased journalists? This election cycle has seen more overtly biased reporting than ever before, and I think has done more damage to the already beaten and battered public view of journalists as a profession than they can stand. The traditional media is losing eyeballs at a fantastic rate and they seem to be clueless why.
I'm a biased commentator, and I try to make sure people know it. If they restricted their commentary to the editorial pages (heck, create a whole section if that's what's needed), they'd be much better off.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Now we are going to see who was right--Paulson and Company or the free marketeers. Or can Pelosi, perhaps the weakest Speaker of the House in recent memory, rally her troops and pass it along party lines? And which path is the correct path? Economists are all over the place on this.
We truly live in interesting times.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
and occasionally, something that you do. Meet the Superpeeler. We saw the demo and bought one, and right now I wish we had bought several more for gifts. There may be others like it out there, but this is the one we got and I don't feel that I paid too much. Especially when Son peeled the potatoes for tonight's meal, and didn't manage to add any extra protein to them.
The thing is a miracle for the clumsy among us.
Anyone want odds on this story showing up in the major media?
Wolf- Just came from the memorial ceremony here at NORTHCOM. LTC (CH) Robert Leivers led the group in a ceremony here at the headquarters. During the ceremony, he relayed this little-known story from the Pentagon on 9/11:"During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flt 77 hit the Pentagon. The Chaplain told me what happened at a daycare center near where the impact occurred."This daycare had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do; there were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.
"Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, 'well, there we are- on our own.' About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 others in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon.
"Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing- they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children."Wolf: The NORTHCOM chaplain then said- "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there.''
Having parents from the Mountaineer State, I can tell you that if they transfer a bunch of big-city liberals up there, they'd better send a few shrinks as well. True, Martinsburg is one of more liberal areas of West-by-Gawd, but such tags are somewhat relative in the West Virginia hills.