Saturday, October 04, 2008


Rivrdog opines on the failure of our elected representatives. Nicely done, sir.

The Weasel List

Karen De Coster links us to the final vote tally for the House's vote on bailing Wall Street out from it's excesses with the tile "The Heroic 170". I, however, would like for you to note the 263 Congresscreatures who voted to spend your money, your kids money and your grand kids money in order to make somewhat whole a group of wicked and greedy bastards who have taken advantage of a group of foolish and greedy bastards who were encouraged by a group of evil and greedy bastards to finance the out-sized wants of a group of grasping, lazy bastards.

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'm flattered, but

(Found at Call me Ahab)

I find it a bit hard to believe.

Your result for The Classic Leading Man Test...

John Wayne

You, my friend, are a man's man, the original true grit, one tough talking, swaggering son of a bitch. You're not a bad guy, on the contrary, you're the ultimate good guy, but you're one tough character, rough and tumble, ready for anything. You call the shots and go your own way, and if some screwy dame is willing to accept your terms, that's just fine by you. Otherwise, you'll just hit the open trail and stay true to yourself. You stand up for what you believe and can handle any situation, usually by rushing into the thick of the action. You're not polished and you're not overly warm, but you're a straight shooter and a real stand up guy. Co-stars include Lauren Bacall and Maureen O'Hara, tough broads who can take care of themselves.

Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the
Classic Dames Test.

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Wednesday was a good day for pictures

I had Wednesday to myself, before the start of the real reason I'm here in Oregon (work). I decided to go get lost. Taking Hwy 101 north from where I'm staying, I found some awesome views. These were the best, taken in panorama mode and stitched together by the camera.

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

Where's the Freeholder?

Maybe this will give you a clue.

I didn't get a chance to take many decent pictures yesterday (hard to do when you have to drive), but today should be better for such things.

Journalistic objectivity

Questions are being raised about PBS anchor Gwen Ifill's objectivity after news surfaced that she is releasing a new book promoting Barack Obama and other black politicians who have benefited from the civil rights struggle.

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

Blogging may be slow for the next week

Or, it may not. I'm off to Oregon (yes, auspicious timing) for a conference. Connectivity gods willing, I'll be posting from the left coast.

And if you're good, there will be pictures.


The House has rejected the financial stabilization bill (more commonly known as the bailout of Wall Street). Republicans voted 2-to-1 against, but almost 100 Democrats bolstered their numbers in the 205-228 vote.

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

You have to have one of these

Saturday was spent in large part at one of the "fall festivals" that dot our area at this time of year. If you've been to one, you've seen them all. Music, funnel cakes and booths selling all kinds of things that you don't really need...

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.

Obama doesn't want you to see this

But since I'm one of those bitter people who clings to his guns and religion, I want you to see it.

As well as this one...

And this one won't hurt you either:

Get the picture?

Marines rock!

(Originally found at Timebomb 2000; origin tracked to BlackFive)

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:

"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."

Anyone want odds on this story showing up in the major media?

Impending culture shock

GunReports notes that "Effective October 1, 2008, BATFE’s Federal Firearms Licensing Center will begin its permanent transfer of function from Atlanta, Georgia to Martinsburg, West Virginia."

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.