Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Struggling industries want a piece of the bailout action - MarketWatchComments
As the U.S. government struggles to agree on a sweeping bailout plan that would send a lifeline to Wall Street, captains of other foundering industries are hoping their own distress signals will trigger a wider range of rescue efforts.See this here? THIS is the problem with any friggin' bailout plan! The rest of big business now has their grubby hands out scrabbling after a piece of the Taxpayer Pie.
Let 'em BURN!
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Monday, September 29, 2008
...people, that this mess provides ample additional evidence thatComments
Ron Paul Is Right!
Too bad you were so down on him. He could be kicking Pelosi and Reid and Obama's collective hineys all over the map with this.
Update: But at least we can still vote for Sarah Palin, Genuine Conservative Babe!
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...and what to do about it:Comments
Commentary: Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer - CNN.com
A rhetorical question: Why have Republican/"conservative" commentators only just recently "got religion" on the seriousness of this downturn? I have been enduring the happy happy sunshine out the ass rhetoric from my fellow conservatives for the past two years. The facts have not recently changed! Apparently it has gotten bad enough that their willingness to finally, finally face the facts has changed though.
Yes, we know the Bush Administration has been hammering on Congress for years to address the fundamental instability caused by the 1995 Community Reinvestment Act. But the economic fallout that they were concerned about has been materializing in an unmistakable way since August 2006 when the housing price bubble suddenly popped.
I know I know. Gloomy talk only emboldens the opposition. However, now that we all seem to have pulled our collective heads out of our posteriors, can we please stop pretending this storm blew up overnight?!
Of course! You couldn't see it from that nice warm, moist (and sunny!) cave you were hiding in...
Update, swiped from Ace:
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Rachel Lucas has an interesting roundup of articles HERE regarding the roots of this mortgage mess back in the 1990's, and the spin that the architects of this mess are trying to put on it now (and just who these architects are).Comments
It's unavoidable. This isn't about "failure to regulate", or the failure of market forces, but rather the massive failure of a Democrat-led mission to distort normal mortgage market dynamics in a misguided effort at "fairness" and/or "diversity".
Read (and/or rebut if possible).
My take is that this bailout is a colossally bad idea, but then so were the edicts handed down to mortgage lenders during the Clinton years. You cluck with the market--this is the kind of flustercluck you get. One way or the other, we the people are paying for the cynical manipulations of our political leaders.
I keep hearing a lot of yap blaming the people who took out these mortgages. "What were they thinking taking out a mortgage they couldn't afford?", etc. etc. I'm quite fed up with that, now that I know where the root causes lie. WHO was it that forced banks to abandon customary underwriting standards? WHO? By promising federal backing to any and all mortgages that went bad as a result, they flung open the gates. And then they stacked the corporations that were supposed to do the backing (Fannie and Freddie) with their own CRONIES who cooked the books to line their own pockets! And now when all the chickens have come home to roost, they have the AUDACITY to blame Bush for failing to regulate?! THEY stood firmly astride the path to any proper regulation, shouting STOP!!
Oh, and in case there's still any doubt in anyone's mind? No, this bailout won't solve anything. This is just another stair step on our descent into perdition. TEOTWAWKI is at hand. It is a bit surreal for me to be watching this unfold, having been warned by God to begin preparing for it over four years ago.
And I'm not ready.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. - Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (KJV)
Update--more here: Wall Street-Washington Collusion
And more: Corruption
Updated update: Rachel Lucas is doing Yeo(wo)man's work in gathering up articles, data, and information to enlighten those of us who are not financial gurus as to what has transpired since the '90's and recently, INCLUDING a new section detailing where Obama's and ACORN's fingerprints are on this mess.
PLUS, news just in that the House has defeated the bailout measure (for now).
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Well I am no end of ill over this Wall Street bailout that's been taking shape while I've been away. It's a rare recent occurence when Pretty Lady and I are in concurrence. At least on the proposed prescription. I rather suspect we'd be at loggerheads over the causes. (Update: Yup, we are. Dear, you're railing at a symptom while attempting to sweep the cause of the disease under the rug.)Comments
So instead of grousing and mulling on the state of our implosion, I have some progress pics to share.
I never got around to posting the pics from two weeks ago, so these first:
The grass and wildflowers are coming up nicely in the area over the septic system.
In preparation for the grading inspection (which passed the Friday before last), I backfilled the trenches that the chicken wire fence was laid in. (This will be the bottom course for the cat yard fence.)
I replaced the leaking CPVC pipe that the cheap-ass mobile home installers put in, with galvanized pipe.
As soon as the State inspection was done a few weeks back I got the propane tank installed. I'm still to this day working on getting the propane conversion components I need for the furnace and getting a propane water heater.
The pond angel needs a rinse, but the cattails are growing vigorously behind her.
Flowers looking nice.
Tomatoes (foreground) still going strong, peanuts in the two middle beds are coming along nicely.
Spring crops pulled out, soil turned over and a fall crop of Fava beans planted (this weekend they were already up!)
Mom's project for the last few weeks has been putting up this garden shed.
I constructed the form for the concrete pad that I will pour for the hot water heater.
I hoped to get the gas and water connections stubbed out for the water heater, but found myself short a few parts for the water connections. I got a gas stubout installed to the laundry dryer location, but the flex connection pipe was too short and the vent pipe I got was wrong. rats. Put it on the list for next time.
This is the first (end) section of the cat yard fence posts. These are ABS plastic pipe that slip over the steel T-posts that I have previously driven. A polypropylene "deer fence" mesh will attach to these posts and overhang on the angled sections to keep the cats in. The horizontal stub sticking out the other side will hold an electric fence strand to keep coyotes at bay.
Here is a line post for the fence. This is just the start. This was more of a "proof of concept" to make sure it would go together right. Now I need to buy a whole lot more materials for the rest of the fence line.
As for my "fresh air and sunshine" I mentioned last week, I was in Flagstaff and will post some very nice pics from our day hikes as soon as I get a chance.
Update: On that lead-in, and before I forget, I had a dream last night. Someone dropped a thermonuclear bomb into an actively erupting volcano. The resulting explosion wiped out a vast area and threw enough debris into the air to precipitate a global "nuclear winter". In my dream I had a retreat set up on a tropical island somewhere and a flying ship to get me there, but even so my preps were insufficient.
I suspect that's what this bailout is.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage LendingDA CHIKKUNS HAV COME HOME TA ROOST! Time to pay da Reapah!
Thank you ever SO much, Billy Jeff!
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Desert Cat's Paradise will be in reruns for the next four to six days while the proprietor gets a little fresh air and sunshine.Comments
See you next week!
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Just the Facts: The Administration's Unheeded Warnings About the Systemic Risk Posed by the GSEsComments
For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President's repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.
Click the link for much more fine detail, including times, dates, places, who and what. It will not be possible to honestly finger this Administration as being either unaware or complicit in this disaster--at least not without a similarly finely detailed rebuttal.
When combined with the news of who has been pushing back on the side of irresponsibility, well a fairly clear picture emerges. And it is not the one that many people have been led to expect.
It bears repeating: Barack Hussein Obama received more campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than any Senator but the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them!
Spin! Spin! Spin, little spinmeisters! Good luck with that. Your boy and his cronies have their fingerprints all over this mess.
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Do you owe more on your home than it is worth?Comments
Median home prices in Pima County in August hit a 44-month low and posted their largest single-month fall off in more than a decade, according to data compiled by the Tucson Association of Realtors.
So I noticed when I reviewed the listings a couple days ago...
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Oh YES, kids! You will love this. Seems that Democrat members of the financial services committee and ACORN are deeply complicit in this catastrophe. It seems also that Bush and McCain tried to head off this trainwreck just over five years ago but couldn't get past stiff opposition from the Democrats.Comments
Much much more at the link. Read! Read! And be enlightened!
Update: OTOH, the cure seems worse than the disease. Hey Bush Derangement Syndrome aficionados! Here's your (financial) dictatorship.
Update again: A good, informative conversation regarding the specifics of the origins of this mess in this thread (post and comments), together with musings about what to do next.
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Congressional Leaders Stunned by Warnings - NYTimes.comComments
WASHINGTON — It was a room full of people who rarely hold their tongues. But as the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, laid out the potentially devastating ramifications of the financial crisis before congressional leaders on Thursday night, there was a stunned silence at first.
Please, do click and read on. Yes it is that bad. When cats and dogs begin sleeping together within weeks of the election, you know it is that bad.
I hope you're ready.
I don't feel like I am yet.
Update--More here: Read! Read! I *hate* this feeling that I am Cassandra.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
People, do you remember 1992? Do you remember Bill Clinton's promised middle-class tax cut? Yes! It was a centerpiece of his campaign.Comments
Do you remember what happened in 1993 when he was sworn into office? Well! Try as he might, he just couldn't deliver on that promise. Things were just too bad! He haid NO ah-deah they war so baid! "Ah trahd reeal hard!" he said.
Now Obama, a man with a far left voting record wishes for us to believe he is sincerely extending a promise of a new middle class tax cut?
The middle-class tax cut promise worked for Reagan, because he meant it and he delivered on it. Just about every other candidate since then has made the same promise (Clinton, Dole, and now Obama), with arguably much less sincerity.
So you know, when McCain and Palin keep hammering away that Obama will raise taxes and spending, well...is it mendacity? Or is it cutting through the bullshit to the truth?
Sorry 'Bama. It's an old saw, and we know damn well you don't mean it.
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Hebrews 12:25-29 (International Standard Version)Comments
See to it that you do not ignore the one who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they ignored the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the one who is from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven." The expression "once more" signifies the removal of what can be shaken, that is, what he has made, so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him. For our God is an all-consuming fire.
The Shaking has begun...
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
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This site has what appears to be a *very* interesting information course about getting out of an upside-down mortgage situation.Comments
Mortgage Relief Formula
I am wondering if any of you who know a thing or two about this topic (hi k!) might listen to the video presentation at the link and provide opinion/feedback?
Labels: financial ponderings
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I told you so. Yes, I did! But did you believe me? Ooh noo! It's the fundaMENtals you said. You can't blame oil futures speculation--that's a red herring you said. No, oil really has become scarce and demand continues to climb. "Peak Oil! Peak Oil!" you cried, hoping that the soaring cost of oil validated your pet crank theory.Comments
But *I* said, just let Congress get serious about drilling and come along with the President who dropped the Executive moratorium on offshore drilling, and the price of oil would drop fifty bucks in short order.
WELL! WELL! WELL!
After relentless pressure all summer from the Republican grassroots, the Democrat Congress is reluctantly, grudgingly moving to finally do something about the nearly thirty year old ban. And today? Today oil is DOWN FIFTY DOLLARS FROM ITS HIGH!
And yeah, that last article notes that the decline has little to do with the fundamentals (just as it wasn't about fundamentals on the way up). Now it's about the big players scrambling for liquidity to stave off collapse. So now we see who those players were who had a desperate position in commodities, hoping to stay afloat just...a bit...longer...
'Splain this to me Lucy--if these high oil prices really were primarily fundamentals driven, don't you think the interruption of oil pumping caused by hurricane Ike ought to cause a short-term *spike* in oil prices? And yet we see the opposite...
But don't worry about it. I have no reason to expect you'll listen to me next time either.
update: more butt-covering and obfuscation
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Yes, that benign group of Community Organizers is at it again--fraudulent voter registration drives. You know the kind. Standard Chicagoland (home of notable "community organizer" Barack Hussein Obama) tactics. Dead people. Nonexistent people. Duplicate voter registration at multiple addresses. All part of a massive and illegal effort to distort election results.Comments
Read, and weep:
Obama, Ayers, Annenberg, and ACORN: a family affair? � td blog
Bad voter applications found--
Clerks see fraudulent, duplicate forms from group
ACORN: History, Activities, and Agendas
That last link is very revealing. And you wonder why I call Obama a crypto-Marxist. ACORN is basically a socialist/communist front organization, as are many, if not most other "community organizers".
Oh, and for those of you fretting about the alleged "mendacity" of the McCain campaign, you've got a helluva lot of fingers pointing back at you. Not the least of which is your own candidate's misrepresentation of who he truly is.
Update: Ooh! More here from Ace, including the tight relationship between ACORN, Obama and the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mess.
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Monday, September 15, 2008
Another for the "resources" category:Comments
HOMEMADE OUTDOOR GEAR
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Thursday, September 11, 2008Comments
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Why is that now? Funny! Yes, as I've said before, he is "over there" and all that, but it's okay because I can laugh *with* him at his shenanigans. And I have the honor of being probably the only "wingnut" on his blogroll.Comments
Go read. He's been on a tear about Governor Palin. Same stuff as the rest of the foaming moonbats, but with New Improved Flavor: TUBOB
UPDATE: He was just interviewed on CNN's Anderson Cooper show I hear (7:00 PM Pacific, Tuesday). Any of you TIVO that? Can you get me a video captcha of it? I want to see it.
Update again--here it is!
"Lizards of Satan?!!"
"Yes it's true. I did it..."
You naughty man! ;)
BWAHAHA! Go Bob!
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The US housing market has just been socialized. A peep from conservatives?Comments
CNNMoney.com || U.S. seizes Fannie and Freddie
Federal officials on Sunday unveiled an extraordinary takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, putting the government in charge of the twin mortgage giants and the $5 trillion in home loans they back.
Yes, that is what it is. These two together control about 50% of the mortgage market. Now the government owns it. Hillary tried to nationalize 1/7 of the US economy with her ill-advised healthcare plan back in the 1990s, and we went ballistic. Now we shrug?
But it's all "for our own good", of course. To "help" people.
Or so the socialists say...
Oh, and here's something else to cheer you up:
"The game of chicken that foreigners have been playing with their $[US Dollar] reserves will come to an end. Someone will flinch. The world's banking system primarily uses Dollars for its reserves. The other currencies used as reserves, Yen, Pounds, Euros, etc. also use Dollars as reserves. Countries are using each other as reserves in a never ending circle of falsely created values. Think of it this way, it is like two people trying to hold each other up off the ground at the same time without either touching the ground. There is no backing or foundation to any currency nor to any banking system worldwide. The last semblance of support was knocked out from under the system back in August, 1971 when Nixon closed the Gold window. Who will be first to sell Dollars? Who will be next? Who will be the first to flinch in this game of chicken? I have no idea, but when the $[US Dollar] selling starts it will snowball. It will probably destroy the entire worldwide banking in less than two weeks time once it begins. Markets will close for unspecified amounts of time, distribution, trade, travel, will all cease for unspecified amounts of time. Foodstocks will be wiped out in a week or less. This will change the world as we know it." - Bill Holter - Fannie and Freddie in the Lap of the U.S. Treasury
By fire or flood. By EMP or collapsing dollar. We are on the brink in so many ways. I see the dollar collapse as the far more immediate and probable danger. The effect is so similar in any case though that it doesn't matter much.
Those of you working up your hurricane preps? You might want to think about extending your stocks as you are able to afford. And think about some longer term preparations.
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Are you concerned about EMP? You should be. This report, released in April this year, examines the threat and the potential for cascading failures.Comments
A2473-EMP_Commission-7MB.pdf (application/pdf Object)
I'm not ready yet. I need some solar backup capacity, preferably kept in a Faraday cage for the day it is required. I do have an old vehicle that is pretty well EMP-proof, that I purchased specifically to be my G.O.O.D vehicle. Doozey has no electronic control systems, and it would take an unimaginable humdinger of an EMP strike to do in her coil, starter motor and/or alternator. I suppose for "belts and suspenders" I could buy one of each and keep them in a modified ammo case.
Still, at least I have a plan and a place to go to flee the majority of the ensuing chaos.
Read the report for the details. A single low-yield warhead launched high above the US from a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico is capable of tremendous infrastructure damage. The chaos would be monumental.
Let's not forget the simmering confrontation over Iran's nuclear program and Israel's determination to prevent the threat from materializing. This has the very real possibility of boiling over before the end of the year (after the US election and before the next president takes office). And an Iranian Shahab III missile could do the job, if they have access to a warhead from elsewhere. (Putin's Russia? North Korea?)
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Monday, September 08, 2008
Washington Post/ABCNews Poll--After The Conventions (pdf)Comments
White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama's favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift in the margin that's one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences.
Do click and read the rest of that poll. The results are quite astonishing.
Too bad you can't ban reality. ;P
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MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors: "MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign."Comments
Ha ha ha ha!!! Especially Olby! One of the biggest of the "Shills, Mouthpieces and Muckrakers" Brigade! Hoo hoo!
When you go beyond the Pale, there are consequences to be paid.
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Friday, September 05, 2008
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And now, on a *completely* different topic...Comments
Please take a look at this artist's work!
Michael Zancan's paintings
There is stuff very much like this brooding and ruminating in the depths of my untapped artistic side. Me likey likey!
Labels: art appreciation
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With an article on NRO, no less. First step into the big leagues, woo woo! Go read the article. It is excellent as usual, and says so much of what I struggle to say, but with so much more eloquence.Comments
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Thursday, September 04, 2008
It has been a *darn* long time since I did a Progress Pics post. Not that there hasn't been progress--there has. But it has not been particularly photogenic and/or I haven't felt particularly motivated to document it. That is a mistake, because as I discovered with the previous project at the farm, it is very motivating to go back and see the process and the progress as it occurred.Comments
Part of my demotivation is related to the loss of my father during this period. That is enough to put most people off their stride for a time. Then there is the fact that I have taken up political blogging again, and lately in a big way. Those of you who are my longtime readers (or who have perused my archives) know this is not foreign to me, and indeed is an integral part of what I do here. There are seasons, and this season is upon me again. So for those of you who seem to be avoiding my place because of, well, sorry. But I'm not adjusting for your sakes. There is a different set of readers that don't care for my personal musings but do like my political stuff, so there you have it.
Yes, I'm excited about Gov. Sarah Palin. That should be evident. (And for those of you formerly in my daily territory who are busy hating on the Governor, well, you just might be revealing yourself for the spiteful, malicious, moralizing partisan hypocritical scold that you are. I'm dreadfully sorry I broke my self-imposed boycott.)
*Whew*. Now back to the subject at hand:
Since my last update, I dug the trenches I had laid out in those photos, the mobile home installer laid the utility lines, hooked up the home and leveled and set it on stands. I backfilled said trenches, and now am in the final steps of preparing for the grading inspection. This includes setting the T-posts and burying a section of chicken wire along the fenceline of what will be my Katzengarten.
The buried galvanized fence is to discourage burrowing or chewing by rodents or coyotes. Atop the T-posts will go ABS pipe posts that will hold 8' "deer fencing" with an overhang to prevent houdini cats from escaping, and probably an electric fence wire near the top on the outside to discourage intrepid coyotes from going over.
One of the items required for the grading inspection is "revegetation" of the area disturbed by trenching and the septic installation. Well the trenches were largely in driveway and parking areas, but this weekend I seeded and mulched the septic area. This area will also be within the fenced Katzengarten:
View from the house:
As for the house itself, we really haven't done anything to it yet. Below the fold ("read the rest") I have a series of photos that will serve as a useful starting point--the "before" pics.
But first, a sunset thunderstorm:
Leak at the water connection.
Crappy installation method. You never use female PVC threads if you expect a watertight installation. They should have used a galvanized coupling and male threads on the plastic pipe, *if* they had to use plastic at all.
I'm not going to fart around with getting them out here to fix this as a warranty item. I'm getting a length of galvanized pipe and doing it right. Plus, see how the whole length from the riser to the connection is unsupported. I really don't want them out here touching my house again.
They didn't use the electric stub-out I provided (??), but rather cut a new hole in the bottom of the box. Go figga! Because it meant extra trenching that they had to do to get there.
Utility entrances. Nothing wrong here.
This is where the water heater attached to the house before it was moved. I plan to relocate the water heater and close off this hole.
View of master bedroom suite
Master bath: Garden tub, his/hers sinks, separate shower and toilet in its own cubby.
Living room again
East bedroom where we're currently crashing until the master bedroom gets remodeled.
I haven't even mentioned the fact that I've also finished the guesthouse remodeling/redecorating in this time frame, and we're beginning to move our stuff out there. Now, in addition to working on the farm project, I will be splitting my time between that and getting our main house in Tucson ready to rent. There are several projects involved in this also.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Ok, I couldn't help it. I snorked and jiggled (I was at work and couldn't LOL like I desperately needed to).Comments
Language caution--one f-bomb.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
"Everything I know about her, there's no reason not to respect her and believe she's qualified to be the vice president.
Yes, that is Democrat VP nominee Joe Biden.
Oh, and what does the Senator say about his running mate Barack Obama?
Via: Political Radar: Biden Treads Carefully With Palin Comments, via Ace.
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Camille Paglia: "We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling. That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails."Comments
Via Times Online
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Media Blackout: The Armada in the GulfComments
It would appear that we are much closer to a third war than I was aware, thanks to the cooperation of the MSM. No fewer than FIVE carrier groups are assembling in the Persian Gulf. What else could that possibly mean?
Labels: watching the skies
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Or the little man behind the curtain with his buttocks exposed?Comments
I'm pretty sure my longtime readers know my answer.
The Silver Bear Cafe:
Dissatisfaction, the beginning of change, is now occurring. The two political polarities are finally awakening to the fact that both have been callously used by those in power. The US has lurched right then left then right again, but it continues to go in the same disturbing direction, a direction now equally distasteful to those on the left and on the right.
As for the rest of you who cry "tinfoil hats!!11!elevensies!!111!" any time you catch a peek of the little man behind the curtain, I'm going to have to coin a new label to describe you. I'm thinking the Titanium Helmet Brigade, after your relentless efforts to make your brains impervious to any hint of what is really going on.
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The Energy Challenge - Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits - Series - NYTimes.comComments
When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity. But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge has been forced to shut down even with a brisk wind blowing.
I mentioned this a couple weeks ago. Right now, all the "alternative energy" sources in the world are not a viable solution to our energy issues. The real barrier to the adoption of electric cars and alternative energy sources is a woefully inadequate power distribution grid.
And until the NIMBY resistance to new high-tension power transmission lines can be overcome and sources of the necessary funding can be secured, this will remain the chief bottleneck to any widespread adoption of electric-powered transportation.
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