Friday, April 8, 2011

Updated: Oil heading toward 112$(US) a barrel

Does anyone remember the last time we had oil prices like this?

Does anyone remember the vitriolic news stories about how the president at that time was at fault for the whole thing?

Funny, I don't see the same kind of response from the media this time around.
Here's a good example.
Things that make you go hmmmmmm....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bad at math

The president has said he keeps a check list of promises he made during the campaign in his pocket. Last fall Mr. Obama told "Rolling Stone" he figured his administration had "probably accomplished 70 percent of the things that we said we were going to do."

The watchdog organization Politifact.com* has been keeping track and puts candidate Obama's list of promises at a staggering 506, of those they say the president has kept 122, or 24 percent. Coincidentally, of the 25 selected as the most significant promises, politifact.com says Obama has followed through on six, for a 'promise-kept percentage' of 24 percent.

Did the president pull the list out of his pocket and look at it before he answered this question in the interview?

I know Americans are really bad at math. I would have thought that a president would have a better grasp of math than the average guy. At a minimum he would have someone who would do the math for him. But 70% and 24% are not even close.

Read this the way you want to. But I can't help but think, "what is on the president's list?"

So I put together a list of the things I'd do if I were president and perhaps some of those items are on President Obama's list. So here's the list:
  • Take out the trash.
  • Send wife to Spain.
  • Kick back something to George S my favorite donor.
  • Visit Brazil.
  • Visit all the states that helped get me elected.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Take care of Bob at "the bank".
  • Visit the troops at the front.
  • Meet the Yankees. Tell them you are a Padres fan.
  • Tell Hugo Chavez to shut his pie hole before something bad happens.
  • Meet the remaining Beatles.
  • Give some well deserving soldiers, sailors and Marines some metals of valor.
  • Have the Super Bowl Champions over to the house for some dinner.
  • Visit Elkhart, Indiana.
  • Meet the Queen of England.
  • Drink beer with some guys in the Rose Garden.
  • Take the wife and kids to see the Grand Canyon.
I'm sure you can come up with some to add to your presidential list. These were just the ones I could come up with that I'd do if I were president.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

State Worker Who Took Fridays Off For 17 Years

The former director of the state prison system’s food operations – who cheated state taxpayers out of a half million dollars using falsified travel and attendance documents – pleaded guilty to second degree grand larceny in Oneida County Court. Howard Dean, director of the Department of Corrections’ Food Production Center (DOCS) was paid huge sums for falsified travel reimbursement claims and fraudulently filed attendance records.  He also failed to indicate he took every Friday off for 17 years.

I can't believe they aren't going after him for more money. I also can't believe he isn't serving a day in prison for every Friday he cheated the state out of. That's 884 days at 52 days a year for 17 years. That's 2.4 years in prison. 

Thank you for reinforcing the stereotype of the "typical state worker".

World Dumbest Soccer Player

O.M.G. I'm speechless.
As Calen Carr, formerly of the Chicago Fire and now playing for a lesser team in Houston, said on Twitter, "stay in school kids... AMAZING!!!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Headshot

Manning the top of a compound south of Sangin, Afghanistan, Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III took a sniper round to the head. He landed face down onto the muddy roof with a thud.

Fifteen minutes later, Boothroyd was bandaged, smiling, smoking a cigarette and giving the “thumbs up” as he waited for the medevac helicopter, to which he walked under his own power.

It’s a “you-gotta-be-kidding-me” story that earned Boothroyd, a signals intelligence operator with 2nd Radio Battalion, a new call sign from his team members: Headshot.

That's double tough. Thank you for your service to our Corps and to our Country. Semper Fi! You sir are a bad-ass.