Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ummm, I'm confused

I thought Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was about robot cars from another planet? It looks like a pretty good movie from this ad.

Some of the ads I see on websites crack me up.

Health Care Overhaul Bill Is 'Hanging by a Thread': Dodd

Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread," and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday.

"Everyone feels, I guess, to some degree who have been for this, that they would have liked something different, and that's not uncommon when you're considering an issue of this magnitude," Dodd said.

Some progressives, for example, are disappointed that the Senate bill, unlike the House version, does not include a public option, he said. Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are two people who voted for the bill in its original form and are now carefully watching what changes are being made.

That's what you get when, under the guise of "doing good", you allow special interests and politics to get in the way of "doing good". I know I don't like the fact they want to tax my benefits to provide benefits to others. I also do not like, and do not believe it will stand up to litigation, that as a worker you are REQUIRED to have medical care, and if you don't we will FINE or TAX you to provide it to you.

I also do not like that they tell us "X number of people in this country have no medical care". When any child taken to a hospital gets medical care no matter what. It's called Medicaid. Should all kids have medical care? Absolutely. I'd even be willing to extend that to age 21. But when you become an adult, you are expected to work and take care of yourself.

This bill sucks. I do not believe for a second this will save A SINGLE DOLLAR. All the numbers they are throwing around about how much this will cost and how much this will save us are bull shit. The Democrats wanted the most expensive entitlement program and they thought we needed to turn the corner to being a socialist democratic state, like Germany, France, Italy and others. And in doing so they have sealed our fate.

The extreme displeasure with this congress and this party's leadership will hopefully be felt in the mid-term elections. Hopefully lots of these guys and gals can go back to being millionaire lawyers.

Steroids? Seriously? No way!

McGwire Issues Statement

"Now that I have become the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, I have the chance to do something that I wish I was able to do five years ago.

I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize.

I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.

That is an apology I can accept. It will not bring me back to baseball as a fan, but it will go a long way to heal the wound I have. Thank you Mark.

Now it's time for Pete to step up to the mic and say something...Pete? Hello Pete? Anyone seen Pete?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Global Warming...Just Say No

ABC all upset at poll showing huge drop in global warming believers

Not to be the master of the obvious here, but it is going to be hard to convince people that the earth is warming . . . when it is not.
The earth’s temperature peaked in 1998. It’s been falling ever since; it dropped dramatically in 2007 and got worse in 2008, when temperatures touched 1980 levels.
But we’ll give ABC credit for reporting the poll numbers. Then they get downright hilarious trying to discredit it eight ways to Sunday. The advocacy is top-notch, it is just too bad that they don’t see it as such.

SO, can we finally put this to bed or do we have to hear about it for another year? This year was a record for cold and snow at DDDN studios. We here are not naive to believe that we might be wrong. But too many scientist disagree. And if we learned anything from the 1970s is that global warming is not going to send us into another ice age. So why do we think global warming is going to melt the ice caps?

Possibly the coolest dad in the universe

One father spends hours creating edible artwork for his son.

I thought writing a serial story on a note and dropping it in my kids lunch was cool. This is a bit cooler.

Not Slaves?

CAIRO – Egypt displayed on Monday newly discovered tombs more than 4,000 years old and said they belonged to people who worked on the Great Pyramids of Giza, putting the discovery forth as more evidence that slaves did not build the ancient monuments.

The series of modest nine-foot-deep shafts held a dozen skeletons of pyramid builders, perfectly preserved by dry desert sand along with jars that once contained beer and bread meant for the workers' afterlife.

Graves of the pyramid builders were first discovered in the area in 1990 when a tourist on horseback stumbled over a wall that later proved to be a tomb. Egypt's archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said that discovery and the latest finds last week show that the workers were paid laborers, rather than the slaves of popular imagination.

Knowing a little of the history of the region, I find it hard to believe there were not slaves involved. And if part of why you have an army is enslaving other populations, why not use those slaves for cheap labor? I WOULD. We'll probably never know absolutely. But I believe it would not be out of the realm of possibility that there were a large number of skilled craftsmen being assisted by slaves. It is interesting to point out that one of the last paragraphs says a great deal about how important religion was.
It took 10,000 workers more than 30 years to build a single pyramid, Hawass said — a tenth of the work force of 100,000 that Herodotus wrote of after visiting Egypt around 450 B.C.
Think about that...1/10th of the labor force was used to make sure the kings went to the other side in style. Religion was very important to these people. Is America missing some lesson of the ancients?