Monday, May 31, 2010
It's pretty cool that we have a local team in the World Series, even if it is Junior College.
CSN has a couple of pro prospects on it's team and hopefully they will bring home the national title.
When will NBC fix their sound system? It's embarrassing that a huge network can such issues with the sound. It's not the 1950's.
Obama implied that there was a 30% drop out rate in high school. I looked at several web sites in search of high school drop out rates and could not find a source that shows a U.S. drop out rate of 30%. Now, there are several states that have a dropout rate that is pretty high but overall? If someone can find where the drop out rate is 30%, I'll reconsider.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Last week, both the Sun editorial writers and Jon Ralston both wrote editorials about the dangers of voting early and they wanted voters, especially GOP voters not to voter early.
Now, the Sun has and news/opinion article by journalism school drop outs, Patrick Collican and Michael Mishak who say the following: "The Republican Senate primary is turning out to be a rather sleepy affair.
There’s been plenty of media attention and advertising, but not much on-the-ground activity and fairly low turnout, according to last week’s early voting results. Fewer than 8 percent of Clark County Republicans had voted as of Friday, and 6.7 percent of their Washoe County counterparts had voted...So it’s a bit ominous for Republican candidates that despite plenty of energy from the Tea Party movement, and the usual enthusiasm advantage for the party out of power, Republicans aren’t yet showing up en masse. Perhaps they will June 8.
The slack early voting also illustrates Republicans’ organizational deficiencies."
So, on one hand, the Sun wants voters to take their time in voting and when that happens, the Sun writers criticize the GOP. It must be really nice working at the Sun with all the journalists who may have graduated from the Sesame Street School of Journalism and the Sun editorials who look in the mirror and find a bunch of hate filled liars looking back at them. No wonder they don't sell any newspapers and need the LVRJ to deliver the papers for them. They can't keep their stories straight.
Chip Gnassi had a great day by his car winning the Indy 500 and second at Charlotte.
Kyle Busch came in 3rd. Wisconsin drivers, Paul Menard finished 8th, which is a great day for Menard and Matt Kenesth finished 10. Janesville resident, Travis Kvapil finished 28th, 3 laps down. Necedah native, Johnny Sauter, a start and parker finished 41th.
Not a bad day for Las Vegas and Wisconsin racers.
From Fox News: "Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk is acknowledging that he falsely claimed to have received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award after his opponent's campaign started challenging Kirk's resume.
Kirk, a five-term Republican representative, said his official biography "misidentified" the award."
Misidentified, my butt. You don't confuse the two awards. One is an individual award and one is a group award. This is just as bad as the CT senate candidate, Richard Blumenthal who said he fought in Vietnam when he did not. Is it enough to disqualify Kirk from the race? I don't know, it's a close call. He's a liar but he did not claim he was given a medal he didn't deserve or serve in combat when he did not. So, yes he is scum for making this claim, but it is a matter of degree.
But on the other hand, he also has served in the Navy honorably: Kirk, who is currently a reservist as well as co-chairman of a House Appropriations Committee working group on electronic warfare, has won several honors, including two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, a Navy Unit Commendation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a National Defense Service medal.
But the Democrat candidate, Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, is not a saint either: "Recent polls show Giannoulias closing in on Kirk despite Giannoulias' family bank being seized by federal regulators last month.
Eric Elk, a spokesman for Kirk's campaign, said Giannoulias is in no position to attack Kirk's military record.
"Alexi Giannoulias is a failed mob banker whose reckless lending practices cost the FDIC $394 million when they closed his family bank and he cost Illinois families tens of millions in losses from the state's college savings fund," Elk said in a blog posting on Saturday."
Ahh, only in Illinois.
There were a bunch of 1 car accidents throughout the race, but the final lap brought one of the scariest crashes you will ever see. Indy is lucky it did not have two fatalities.
Two things seem strange though. You had an Australian, Dan Wheldon, driving the U.S. National Guard car. But more of an outrage to me, on the victory lap in a convertible type pace car, on this Memorial Day, Ashley Judge waved a flag of some sort or it could be a family coat of arms. I'm not sure. But she displayed it as a flag as they were going around the track. Would have been too much to ask if they also had the American flag displayed on the car this Memorial Day?
A picture of the victory lap should be on the 11th picture of the below photo gallery from the Indianapolis Star.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
On the very bizarre side, Kendry Morales broke his leg after hitting a game winning grand slam. He was greeted by his teammates at home plate when he jumped up and landed wrong and broke his leg after landing awkwardly. He will have surgery next week. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=300529103
Bet we won't have a day like this in baseball for awhile.
Today, BP announced that the "Top Kill" procedure did not work and they are trying plan "Q".
From Fox News: "BP admitted defeat Saturday in its attempt to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil leak by pumping mud into a busted well, but said it's preparing yet another method to fight the spill after a series of failures.
BP PLC Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the company determined the "top kill" method had failed after after it spent three days pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well 5,000 feet underwater.
"This scares everybody, the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing, the fact that we haven't succeeded so far," Suttles said. "Many of the things we're trying have been done on the surface before, but have never been tried at 5,000 feet.""
Let's hope the next option works or stems the oil flow. Let's hope the oil company and their scientists are able to figure this out. In some ways, this is the new frontier in oil drilling and managing emergencies. And maybe now, the Obama administration will now realize that it is more important to drill on the ground rather in the deep reaches of the oceans and he opens up more areas to drill instead of restricting areas to drill.
h/t capper from cognitivedissidence.blogspot.com
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey took on a teacher who makes $86,000 a year plus benefits and just made her look foolish along with the teacher's union.
As a teacher, I agree with Gov. Christie. I know I would never get rich being a teacher, though if I am making $86,000, I could be very well off.
Gov. Christie is taking on the liberals and he is winning and I can see a presidential run for the man.
Of course, the liberals won't debate him on issues, they'll just say he doesn't look presidential because of his weight.
Some school officials say enough parents and students have told them they plan to leave the state this summer to indicate Hispanic enrollment could drop at some schools. But there's no way to know exactly how many illegal immigrants will depart because schools do not inquire about a student's or a family's legal status. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528arizona-immigration-law-schools.html#ixzz0pIrbTaLS"
An example: Claudia Suriano is sitting with four fellow school volunteers at Brunson-Lee Elementary in Phoenix's Balsz district. She is among three who are leaving the state. Two others say their families are still debating.
Suriano is a Phoenix mother of two whose husband just quit a good job as a roofer after five years.
While he has survived atop Valley houses for five summers, he could not stand the heat of the new immigration law.
"He feels so stressed that he's not a citizen. He feels it's going to catch up to him," said Suriano, 27, who also is undocumented. "He speaks excellent English, but he feels a pressure they're going to find out what his status is here, and it's too great a weight for him."Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528arizona-immigration-law-schools.html#ixzz0pIs8H6yB
Well, it seems like the law is working as designed. Illegals are moving out of Arizona and are either moving to other states or Mexico.
The people complaining are the schools because they are losing money because they are losing students. Boo-hoo. Maybe this is why liberals object to the law. It costs schools money and cost some businesses money. They don't care about security, just money.
Friday, May 28, 2010
For me, it will be a rest up weekend. First, hopefully, my legs will begin to heal and then prepare for a long week at school. On June 3-4, I will be doing an all-nighter at Disneyland for Grad Night. I will be taking one of my Special Ed. students to the park and we leave around 3:00 pm on Thursday and get back around 3:00 on Friday. I don't anticipate getting any sleep for about 36 hours.
So, I'll be watching a lot of racing- Nationwide on Saturday and the Indy 500 and the Nascar race on Sunday. That and going to the doggie park.
Have a safe weekend.
So, how is it going now? Well, Club Gitmo is not close to being closed.
From The Speaker's Lobby and Fox News: "A key Senate committee has dealt another setback to the Obama Administration's efforts to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-MI, told reporters Friday, "The money for a prison in Illinois was struck...a prison available to house detainees from Gitmo. That was a voice vote. A clear majority voted 'AYE.' I and a few others voted against striking those funds."
The White House announced Dec. 15 that it intended to transfer Gitmo detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center in rural, northwestern Illinois and needed $245 million to do so." http://congress.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/28/key-senate-committee-rejects-obama-request-for-alternate-gitmo-prison/?test=latestnews
So, how has this been reported, another failure by the Obama administration, by the media? A lot of snoring by the media who is asleep at the switch and also are busy sucking up to Obama.
Don't be promising things you cannot keep.
For the first time, a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll indicates that Reid could win re-election, even over Lowden, the one-time GOP front-runner whom the Democrat most fears and has most attacked. She is seen as moderate and a stronger general election foe than Angle, a staunch conservative now tied for the GOP primary lead. The poll also reinforces the notion Angle is too far right to attract enough of the independents and crossover Democrats she would need to win. Her campaign rejects that argument, saying she is exactly the type of candidate voters are looking for in 2010 to clean out the incumbent class in Washington."
Well, if I were Harry Reid, I wouldn't be jumping for joy. The GOP candidates have been ripping each other for the past several weeks. Once the primary is over, if the GOP rally around the nominee, no matter who it is, they will beat Reid.
I still think Angle can beat Reid and that is who I support but if Lowden wins, then I will support her and same for Jerry Tarkanian.
But it will be fun to watch.
And in Colorado: ... "former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff has said that Messina offered him an administration job if he dropped out of his primary campaign against Sen. Michael Bennet. One of the alleged offers was at USAID, the foreign aid agency, according to local news reports. But Romanoff announced his candidacy anyway."
Maybe this is how politics is played in Chicago but it should not be played in Washington D.C.
And we are supposed to believe the Obama administration and Obama himself, that this all on the up and up and totally ethical? Yeah, right and I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
Questions: If this was on the up and up, why did the White House decide to deliver the report on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend instead of earlier?
And why was President Clinton involved in this? This seems be beneath a former president and especially Clinton. First, there was no love lost between Obama and Clinton and there was no love lost between Clinton and Arlen Spector because Spector was a Republican when Clinton was president. The job of go between in a Democrat senate primary seems beneath Clinton. I mean, they couldn't have found another Pennsylvania politician to do the dirty work?
This still stinks but I think the MSM is going to drop this and believe Obama and his corrupt cronies.
Obama administration: most corrupt administration ever and this means more corrupt than Nixon.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
From the LVRJ: "Shuffling its format, KXNT-AM, 840 is switching longtime morning talker Alan Stock to 3-6 p.m. weekdays, his sunrise slot turning into a news block while Stock replaces the departed Casey Hendrickson and Heather Kydd. Stock will handle both drive-time shows Friday until the new lineup kicks in Monday. In addition, Mark Levin, who held down the 3-to-5-a.m. show, will move to 9 p.m. to midnight." http://www.lvrj.com/neon/kxnt-adds-morning-news--moves-stock-to-afternoons-95000839.html?ref=839
First off, I will be honest, I am not an Allen Stock fan. Part of it was that the mornings on KXNT were so heavy on commercials, that it was tough for Stock to get going on any subject. He also was loose with the facts and rude to callers who he disagreed with. He also threw softball questions to people he liked. I did listen to him at times, in between the commercials. Maybe in the afternoon, when I listen to him, he will show some sides I have not seen before, like how will he handle a topic more than 5-10 minutes and wil he be more accurate. When I listened to him today and he was interviewing the Mag-Lev people, he was not that impressive.
Stock will be replacing Mark Levin. I like Levin and I will probably listen to him on the Internet instead of staying up and listening to him until midnight. The people who like confrontational national radio will go to Michael Savage instead of Allen Stock.
As far as the morning show, they plan on doing more local news and other news information. Well, we can get that from Heidi Harris and Laura Ingram. Traffic, well the KXNT traffic people suck, just like just about every traffic reporter in the Valley. All they do is get information off the Metro, NHP and fire department web sites. They may also look at cameras. Many, many times, they are inaccurate.
If memory serves me right, KDWN, a couple years ago, tried the all news morning slot experiment and it failed because of the cost and that is how Heidi Harris got her morning gig.
So, will Casey Hendrickson and Heather Kydd show up again in Las Vegas? Probably not as a team. More than likely, depending on the no-compete clause, is more likely to find another job in the Valley, maybe even at 1280, KDOX if they want to do a local show. Kydd, with less experience may have a harder time, but she is smart and hard working and so hopefully she will find a job soon.
So, to me, it looks like KXNT is committing radio sucide and they will lose a lot listeners and I just don't see many new ones coming to KXNT from other radio stations.
But I go on summer vacation in a week and so it will not really matter to me as I don't listen to much radio during the summer. But I think by the Fall, I think there will be a new program director at KXNT and the line up will be adjusted again.
Today, while Skyping on Channel 13, it sounds like Allen stock is out as well. I did not get the whole story, but he was talking about a different venture and working normal hours.
Not sure what is going on and will try and find out more and report on it later.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Obama gets beat up because he refuses to turn over his college records.
Obama gets beat up because of his refusal to release his birth certificate.
Obama gets beat up because of the secrecy of the health care bill.
All of the above are mall potatoes but this next one could be extremely serious.
Obama keeps on stonewalling on the Joe Sestak allege bribe. Sestak was running in a primary when he was offered a job from the Obama administration, or so he says. No other details are known because Sestake has been silent with the exception saying that the job offer was made and Eric Holder and Robert Gibbs try to ignore the subject. Obama refuses to answer the question.
So, is Obama a masochist or just plain incompetent?
From Fox News: " Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla.
McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It's tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.
"Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window," Palin posted on Facebook late Monday, hours after returning from a trip to the Lower 48 and learning of McGinniss' presence.
"We're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?" she wrote." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/26/author-writing-palin-moves-door/
This is shameful conduct by the author and his publisher. This is out and out intimidation by this stalker.
And where is the MSM or liberal women's group on this issue? I guess because it's Sarah Palin, who cares.
Why does Sarah Palin attract all these liberal stalkers. David Letterman, Bill Mahr, Keith Olberman etc? All sick and perverted white males.
But I hope that if McGinniss some how, when he is cooking his ego, and accidentally starts a fire, I hope the Wasilla Fire Dept. takes their time in getting to that house after getting lost three times and see what happens. I would also hope that the Palins have 911 on their speed dial in case that stalker McGinnis gets violent and attacks the Palin's and their kids. He sounds like that kind of guy.
Jon, Jon, Jon. What a delusional mind you have. And I suppose you think of yourself as a moderate.
If you don't think there is a media bias in the media, just look how the media treats President Obama. Look how the health care debate was covered. Look at the free passes they have given him during the BR oil rig crisis. Would they have given GW Bush they same treatment? Of course not. Polls have shown that reporters are largely Democrat. Just look at the rag you write for, they are so bias that in the so called news article they write, they put their own liberal opinions in their articles.
So, John, unless your audience was a group of deaf-blind group of kindergarten students, they didn't believe the whopper of a lie you told.
Now since you brought your daughter into your articles, I think it is safe to say, I hope you teach your daughter values you have instilled in yourself.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
"It's a historic moment for the league," Goodell said.
Saying that New York is a unique market, Goodell added: "It will be a great experience for our fans. It will be a great experience for the NFL."
The league's 32 owners, undaunted by the prospect of a wintry championship game, awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York/New Jersey region after also considering bids from Tampa and South Florida, both traditional sites. South Florida and Tampa have hosted the Super Bowl 10 and four times, respectively." http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5219486
The average temps for that region is the mid 20's to around 30. But since the game will be held in the evening and at night, it will be much cooler. Maybe the NFL is hoping for some global warming by 2014.
So, if the Packers are going win another Super Bowl, shoot for 2014 because if they have to play a team from the South, like Miami, the Pack will be a shoo in for the Lombardi Trophy.
It will be pretty cool to have a blizzard on Super Bowl Sunday. I wonder who the half time presentation will be? Cool and the Gang? I'm pretty sure the Beach Boy's won't get it. My guess it will be Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi.
So, 2014 may be the year of the Packers.
One word describes the show: Wow!
We have seen most of the magic shows on the Strip, from Nathan Burton, Dirk Anderson, Spike and Hammer, Todd Paul, Steve Darci and more. While each performer has their strong points, Open Sesame came across as the best magic show that we have seen.
There are three performers, Losander, who is from Germany, Luna Shimada and Christian Diamond in the show. Christian, who performs as a gypsy, mostly did card tricks. He invited my son before the show to go up to the stage and do a "pick the card out of the deck trick". The trick was performed wonderfully and he got my son his first acting job.
The next performer, Luna, had a wonderful Japanese umbrella trick where she had umbrellas appear out of almost everywhere. Losander is an imposing figure on stage but a wonderful magician. He invited me on stage (which is a shock since I have the face for radio and the body of Jared before the Subway commercials, well, almost). He performed a trick where I held on to a lock and chain and he taped his thumb and index finger taped and he would be able to grab the chain, a purse and other objects between the two fingers. Even though I was right there on stage, I could not figure how he did the trick, though after thinking about it, I think I know how he did it, but cannot prove it. Other magic tricks, I had no clue. He also brought also brought my son on the stage to help levitate a table. Again, have no clue how he did it.
Towards the end of the show, they made a bird appear in one trick and a dog appear in another trick and again, amazing. I mean, how can you hide a dog up your sleeve?
The only problem I had was that Christian needs a bigger palm or smaller hankies as I seen palm two hankies during the show. There were also two men who somehow know the performers who were in the back and hyper exaggerated the ooohs and ahhs and that was kind of irritating.
Again, the show is at the Royal Resort, at 99 Convention Center Dr.. Show times are at 6:30 and has shows on Mon and Wed. at 6:30 and 9:00 and Tuesdays at 6:30 only. A ticket cost $29.95 and if you buy an adult ticket, you get a child ticket for free. It is a kid friendly show but the magicians don't treat the kids as kids- it's not a kids show with kid themes. It's an adult show that kids can see.
The trio's website is: http://opensesametheshow.com/
The show lasts 1 hour and it well worth the cost and time to see this show.
It seems that the right hand of the administration doesn't know what the left hand has been doing. As has happened many times, the EPA has become involved and made matters worse. Now they say they cannot build a berm, a large wall usually made out of sand or other natural material, until an environmental impact study has been done. They also say the oil dissipation chemicals cannot be used because it can cause environmental damage. Like millions of gallons of oil cannot?
In the first days of the disaster, Obama sent lawyers to the scene instead of equipment. People are criticizing BP and rightfully so, but has someone come up with a workable solution to the disaster? Nope.
Would have the media given George Bush the same pass they are giving Obama? Hahahaha, of course not.
The other problem I have with the media and Obama's administration is that 11 people died in this disaster. That has been missing in the media reports and all the government responses. The wildlife that has been damaged and the beaches will come back. these employees will not. Wives lost husband and children have lost fathers and that has been missing in these reports and to me, that is what is the most important.
The media and the government have forgotten what was the worst part of the disaster- 11 men dying on the job and that should also be a main focus on the investigation.
Now comes word that federal employees of the Mineral Management Service, the employees that oversee offshore drilling also had some ethical problems on the job.
From Yahoo News: "Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry. In at least one case, an inspector for the Minerals Management Service admitted using crystal methamphetamine and said he might have been under the influence of the drug the next day at work, according to the report by the acting inspector general of the Interior Department."
I am pretty sure that if you look at other federal agencies, you will find the same kind of behavior.
If Obama does something to clean up these agencies, more power to him. If not, just more crap from the Obama administration. This does not excuse other presidents, they probably did not know but they should have known. But now Obama knows and he and his administration need to do something about these lazy ass and corrupt employees.
If I didn't insist on the new reading, I would have been treated for something I didn't even have.
So, if you ever go to a medical facility, keep a close eye on what they are doing because they may be wrong.
Monday, May 24, 2010
She goes after Angle for trying to raise Angle's state salary. State legislators make a pittance for a part time legislator and the salary never went up.
Lowden also mention Scientology in regards how some inmates can be treated with massages.
This ad is by a desperate person and Lowden is desperate. Angle has not gone after anyone in her ads, including Lowden.
It's time for Lowden to call it a campaign and drop out.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
"You know, like I said, I don't want to meddle," Obama told TNT. "I will say this: [Derrick] Rose, Joakim Noah it's a pretty good core. You know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there." http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5212674
Ok, unemployment is growing, the threat of war in the Mideast and in the Koreas. Major oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Debt Crisis. His campaign picks have gone down in flames. Iran getting nukes. The war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Do we really care what Obama thinks about LeBron going to the Chicago Bulls? Is that the best ESPN can do?
Besides, Obama is wrong. If James wants to win a title, you don't go to Chicago, where they just fired their coach.
Anyways, James can fit pretty good where ever he goes, with the exception of the LA Clippers, where no one ever fits in.
I've been wondering when all the snow will be melted off of Mount Charleston. Normally, it is gone by June 1st, but I bet we will still see snow on the 4th of July, in it's highest peaks that are pretty well shaded.
Global Warming? I don't think so.
In a very bizarre move, Paul Howard, a rookie was in the 500 but on the bubble with about 2 minutes left in qualifying and he pulled his time and tried to qualify in a higher position so he would not be on the bubble. He then went on his qualifying run and he didn't make the qualifying time and so he was out. Paul Tracey did the same with his car and he was stuck in line and could not qualify.
So, a wrecked car being driven by a rookie was on the bubble and he got in.
There is going to be a lot of second guessing going on in the next few hours and days. And some ticked off sponsors.
Have fun watching the reruns.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
After watching some of it, I came away feeling pretty dirty.
Somehow, I don't think they will get much business tomorrow as the high will only be in the only mid 60's.
From Fox News: "State election officials on Friday added chicken suits to the list of banned items after weeks of ridicule directed at Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden.
The millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen recently suggested that people barter with doctors for medical care, like when "our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor."
Democrats responded by setting up a website, "Chickens for Checkups," and by sending volunteers in chicken suits to her campaign events."
Maybe, you two rats from Team Obama should actually read something instead of getting your news from the liberal MSM.
With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is national news, which it should be. But so far, only 1 beach has been closed and it is reported at the top of Drudge's web page. There is a lot of speculation about the damages and long term effects of the oil spill and it also news that BP cannot stop the leak despite all the technology we have. This is news and I get that.
But if we are going to have wall to wall coverage about some oil, why can't we get more coverage when it rains in Milwaukee and you have a bunch of poop logs floating down the river to Lake Michigan and having such nasty effects like closing down many more beaches than in the Gulf? Both are very gross and harmful.
Obama is slated to issue a directive that expands vehicle mileage rules to include big trucks for the first time beginning in model year 2014. The president is expected to offer comments on the announcement later this morning.
The directive will also require continued mileage improvements in cars and light-duty trucks after model year 2016, when the current efficiency and greenhouse gas rules end."
So, instead of going through Congress, Obama just writes into law that gas mileage has to increase by 2014 for the big rigs and 2016 for cars and small trucks.
What this will do is put more truckers out of business. In California, they have stricter emissions from trucks and they succeeded in putting truckers out of business, especially the small trucking companies and independents. Truckers have also moved out of state and into states like NV, to get around California's laws.
It will also cost more to buy a truck. A truck that cost $100,000 in 2001 now will cost about $160,000 because of the "improvements" to the trucks.
And you know that the trucking companies are not eat the cost, they will pass it on to the consumers, making products more expensive.
So, how can anyone not call Obama a dictator after this? Obama and his ilk are destroying America one piece at a time.
This year, the race is going to be help on the Speed Network. In Las Vegas, that means unless you ultra deluxe cable TV or go to a casino or bar, you're not going to watch it. I am sure that will hold true throughout the country as Speed is not a top tier cable network.
Don't get me wrong, I have had the Speed Channel in the past and it is a nice little network and I hope they have success with the race, but NASCAR should have the race on a bigger network. This is like carrying NFL football on the Food Network.
So, I'll wait for the highlights on NASCAR.com or ESPN and wait until next week to watch a race.
A couple of thoughts: Green energy that Harry Reid has bet on has not and will not help the unemployment rate.
There is very little hope that the unemployment rate will not come down significantly any time soon.
Incumbent politicians are in big trouble. This includes little and big Reid, Heller, Titus, Berkely and Gibbons.
There will be more government layoffs. The private sector lays will also continue.
Many illegals will be going back to Mexico or other cities.
Because of so many people unemployed, there will be more foreclosures and more evictions from apartments.
There is nothing the local governments can do to help the unemployment rate. The private sector will hire when they need to. However government can screw things up and that is what is happening now, especially with the Feds. Harry Reid has killed more jobs in Nevada than he has created and with more taxes and regulation on the horizon, hiring just will not happen.
Also, with the extending of unemployment benefits, it decreases the chances a person will look for a job right away.
The minimum wage hikes have something to do with the increase in the unemployment rate. Businesses have made it clear that they cannot afford workers at the new minmum wage and the unemployment rate shows that.
So, how high will the unemployment go to? 15,16 or 17% Who knows but we need politicians and the private sector work together to get some jobs here, but it is not happening, especially with the federal politicians.
Friday, May 21, 2010
10-Day Forecast for Henderson, NV (89012)
High °FLow °F
High Temperatures Low Temperatures Precipitation Wind Speed
Partly Cloudy / Wind
High not valid after 2pm
Sunny / Wind
Personally, we plan on going to the Tropicana and their 5 acre pool.
And if you are interested in only cool weather, go up to Mount Charleston where it is usually 20-30 degrees cooler there than the Strip.
But for the younger crowd, here is some info on the pool scene in and around the Strip. Please remember that most resort pools are not really swimming pools but instead they are wading pools with some pools only 3 feet deep. And also, many pools close around 6:00 in the evening, just when the sun is going down but it is still 110 outside.
Please remember, not every pool is like the TV show "Rehab" and in fact, Rehab at the Hard Rock is on Sundays only and the rest of the week is much quieter.
It's going to be cool and windy this weekend, so you may want to start next week.
Here are some web sites that will give you information. In addition, check out each resort's web site.
If you come, have fun and stay safe and if you drink, find a cure for a hangover as heat and booze don't mix too well.
Today, the officer who shot the thug dead was cleared by the coroner's inquest jury. It only took 30 minutes for them to clear the officers.
From the Sun: "A Metro Police officer was justified for fatally shooting a man March 23 who fired at a fellow officer, a Clark County coroner's jury ruled today.
The coroner's inquest jury began deliberating Friday afternoon over whether there was any criminal wrongdoing in the death of 26-year-old Damon Beal, who was killed by two bullets to the head fired by Metro Police Officer Christopher LeBlanc.
"I had no other choice but to fire those shots," LeBlanc told the jury during testimony in the inquest, which examined the events that led up to the death -- a car chase, a maneuver to get the car to crash and a foot chase over walls and through backyards of a Las Vegas neighborhood where another officer, Michael Madland, was seriously wounded when Beal shot him in the leg."
I just wonder why it took the jury 30 minutes.
Past blog posts: http://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2010/03/injured-officer-update.html
A couple of weeks ago, the Sheriff bypasses the District Attorney's office and has the DA arrested on corruption charges regarding a bad check fund that the DA oversees. Apparently, the DA wrote out checks that benefited his family indirectly by giving to groups the family members belong, like the school cheerleaders. No formal charges have been filed and the sheriff is awaiting a special prosecutor to file the charges.
Now, the DA is pissed and so he requests a special prosecutor to investigate the sheriff's department and the detective who had the DA arrested. The special prosecutor filed 25 charges against the detective and today he had an arrest warrant issued and the detective was booked and released from jail in about 15 minutes. The detective will not be missing any work as the Sheriff will not put him on leave.
The DA and Sheriff are up for election and are facing serious competition.
Tit for tat is what you see in small towns and in the old times. It's like watching a good soap opera in Pahrump.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
From the Commercial Appeal: Two West Memphis Police officers were killed and two other law enforcement officers, including Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby, were shot today after two suspects were pulled over in traffic around noon on Interstate 40 at Airport Road.
Both suspects were later killed in a shootout. West Memphis officers Brandon Paudert, 39, son of West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, was killed, as was officer Bill Evans, after they stopped a white Plymouth Voyager with Ohio license plates. Paudert died on the scene. Evans was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis where he died....After a massive manhunt by officers from multiple agencies put the small city on a virtual lock down, the van was spotted at the Walmart Supercenter in West Memphis shortly after 1 p.m.
While trying to apprehend the suspects in the parking lot, Busby, 71, and Chief W.A. Wren, head of enforcement in the sheriff’s department, were both wounded in a shootout. Wren was airlifted and Busby was taken by ambulance to The Med. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/may/20/west-memphis-police-officer-killed-another-injured/
RIP officers and God Speed. Your tour on earth is finished. May God bless their families and the West Memphis police department.
The Democrats ought to be ashamed of this. It's one thing to have a debate between U.S. citizens and critize each other. It's different when a president of a country that can't even control it's own citizens from murdering each other, comes to Congress and criticizes citizens of the U.S.
President Calderone, when you fix the problems in Juarez, then maybe you can come to a street corner and bitch about the U.S. But in the mean time, stay out of our business.
And to the Democrats, you are a disgrace to the United States and to Congress and to the Presidency.
What is that saying, rats fleeing a sinking ship?
Up until now, I didn't realize that the CCFD actually had a water tanker fully staffed, 24 hours a day by a firefighter/engineer. You talk about a waste of money. How many fires did it respond to last year? 10? Maybe 15? Maybe 5?
There is no doubt that the CCFD needs a tanker truck for grass fires or car fires in out the way places. But to staff it full time is just asinine and to staff it with a higher paid engineer is even more stupid. A tanker truck does 2 things. It brings water to a fire and dumps it in a holding tank or perhaps directly into an engine. Just that and nothing more. A lower paid firefighter could handle this task. This has to be the easiest firefighting job in the CCFD.
Now, about the air supply unit. I have my doubts about this cut. The truck goes out to most working fires and probably many haz mat calls and it replenishes firefighters with air in their SCBA's or air tanks. This truck actually does provide a service at a fire scene. However, between Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas fire departments and CCFD, they could cut the total units from 4 to 2, assuming NLVFD and HFD have air trucks.
I would suggest that the fire chief of the CCFD look for more cuts like the water tanker fiasco and the air unit.
And to the Sun, we realize the Sun is in bed and humping the Reids. We know you love them, but 99.9% of the people realize that Rory Reid did not come up with these ideas or cuts. Stop giving credit where it doesn't belong.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
6 blind mice
See how they run, see how they run
They ran Clark County into the ground
Who caved into the union and ignore the future
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
6 blind mice
Ok, the "poem" sucks, but this is the story about the 6 blind to reality mice that sit on the Clark County board of commissioners.
Instead of dealing with the budget crisis in Clark County, they just steal money from different accounts and hope for a better tomorrow, even though the experts state the budget crisis in the County is going to get worse instead of better.
The LVRJ has a good editorial on this:
"If you've just lost your job, you don't tap your savings to substitute filet mignon for sirloin. You don't use your reserves to upgrade from basic cable to premium channels. And you certainly don't begin making investments in Megabucks as a strategy to regain income.
No, you downgrade to hamburger. You cancel cable TV. And you don't take foolish flyers with your finances -- you stretch your savings as long as possible, knowing you have no way of knowing how long you'll be out of work. But Clark County prefers the former course. After months of talking a good game about finally addressing a root cause of massive revenue shortfalls -- unsustainable growth in county employee compensation -- the County Commission blinked Monday. It punted on third down, approving a 2010-11 budget that, at least for now, bails out public employee unions that insist on collecting generous pay raises, even as local tax collections continue to decline.
The only sane way to deal with a projected budget deficit of more than $120 million is a combination of layoffs and concessions from bargaining groups. Because county unions have shown no interest in having their members get by with what they have now -- let alone less -- commissioners had a responsibility to taxpayers to take a tough bargaining position.
Instead, they swiped $55 million from a capital fund, $47.3 million from their general fund reserves and used $20 million in one-time federal reimbursements to plug the budget's hole.
That's $120 million that won't be available next year. Blowing that money now is akin to the aforementioned Megabucks pull -- it's a prayer that the valley's economy will turn around quickly and provide government with the windfall it needs to avoid making the cuts that should have been authorized Monday." (hope they don't sue me for using part of their editorial)
The Clark County Commission covers the unincorporated areas of the Clark County. Most of the Strip is in Clark County instead the City of Las Vegas, for instance.
The City of Las Vegas, cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas, CCSD, and the State of Nevada have all been responsible by cutting costs and even having layoffs, if they are necessary. Clark County, on the other hand just steals money from other funds and hopes for a better future.
Rory Reid, son of Harry and a candidate for governor is the head of the commission is doing nothing but throwing the County under the bus. This is just another another reason, among many reasons why Rory should not even be considered for governor.
6 blind mice.
Angle has won some impressive endorsements. Radio talk show host, Mark Levin is endorsing her and is going to make a quick visit to Vegas to show his support.
While Lowden and Tarkanian have been fighting amongst themselves, Angle has been getting the endorsements and highlighting her accomplishments and has not attacked anyone.
If she wins the primary in June, she will easily beat Harry Reid, despite his dirty tricks and last minute of bringing home the bacon. Heck, even Reid doesn't even has his base sewn up.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
IN Rep. Mark Souder resigned this morning because he essentially did the same thing as Ensign and this changed my mind. From Fox News: "Eight-term Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced his resignation Tuesday after admitting to an affair with a female aide who worked in his district office.
Souder, a Republican, will will step down on Friday. He said in remarks obtained by Fox News that he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."
"I wish I could have been a better example," he said. "In this poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process. ... We are a committed family but the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility. Not only am I thankful for a loving family but for a loving God"
Souder didn't have to resign. He most likely would have won election because his constituents probably would have forgiven him. Souder acted with class after committing a classless act.
Ensign, on the other hand has tried to ignore his affair and then just pretended it never happened. He didn't commit a crime he just used bad judgement but the coverup was worse.
If Ensign had been a Democrat, this would have been nothing because the politicians who are Democrats are amoral. How else can you explain Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd, Barney Frank, William Jefferson, Bill Clinton, Chris Dodd, Kent Conrad and so many other low lifes. It's just a matter of fact that when comes to morals, Democrat politicians don't have them and GOP politicians do. We are better than the Democrats, morally and that is why Ensign needs to resign and let Jim Gibbons appoint someone to his seat.
Senator Ensign, thank you for your service but it is time for you to go.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Well the family will be going to Phoenix within a few weeks to go to Culvers. Later, we will go to the NASCAR race in Phoenix in the Fall.
We were going to go to San Diego and Los Angeles in the summer to go to it's beaches and visit an old aircraft carrier in San Diego, but because the city governments are boycotting Phoenix, I am going to boycott San Diego and LA.
I don't Phoenix is going to celebrate and and San Diego is going to cry but hey, a buck is a buck.
For U.S. Senate: Sharon Angle. I don't trust Sue Lowden because the way she behaved at a GOP convention and closed it down when it appeared that Ron Paul supporters had gained some support of the delegates. Danny Tarkanian violated Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment of ripping on your fellow GOP opponent. That leaves Sharon Angle and the also rans. I think Sharon has the best chance against Harry Reid and she has not attacked a fellow GOP candidate. I also think that the also rans have a good future in politics, if they want to continue and I wish them the best of luck.
For governor, I choose Brian Sandoval. Again, Jim Gibbons has attacked Sandoval by calling him names in advertisements. I am not terribly impressed by Sandoval but he is much better than Gibbons and he will crush little boy Rory Reid. I do give credit to Gibbons for doing a hell of a job the last year or so but he has a lot of baggage. I also like Mike Montandon but wish he had more money.
So, there are my 2 endorsements, for whatever that is worth and it is not worth very much.
The vehicle had a half tank of gas and the cremated remains of Leslie’s father and grandfather inside, Hilts said." http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20100517/WDH0101/100517086/1975&located=WISINFO
I can imagine the shock when the thug thief finds out what is in the urns. My guess he won't be too happy. I hope the ghosts of the two people haunt the hell out of this guy.
And Governor Christie:
|Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his 'confrontational tone'|
h/t Real Debate and Badger Blogger
and Charlie Sykes
That quote is from Andy Rooney when he opined on 60 minutes.
Well, to answer Mr. Rooney' question: Both are very important to America's economy. Both are high paying jobs that contribute to the economy. And the blackjack dealer does not need a government subsidy like machinists in Detroit.
So, Mr. Rooney, thanks for taking a cheap shot at Vegas. Nice that you can join the company of President Obama.
From the LVRJ: "It avoided tougher cost-cutting measures for now by pulling money from a reserve fund, transferring money from capital projects and getting a surge of federal funding.
Commissioner Steve Sisolak decried what he called budgetary "tricks" and said the county was putting off the tough decisions needed for true financial recovery."
Rory Reid, a Clark County Commissioner along with his cohorts could have made a big dent in the deficit by laying off worker as had been suggested by the Clark County administrator, cut back on overtime, especially with the CCFD but no, he wimped out and delayed the inevitable until later when the deficit is projected to be much worse.
Once again, Rory Reid shows he is lap dog to the unions and is not fit to be a governor where he will actually have to make tough decisions.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The first guy brought in a statue of Pegasus from a famous artist. Rick determined it to be a fake from the first moments. The potential seller, thinking he may get around $6500 was quite angry when he was told it was a fake. He started arguing with Rick and the Old Man, not the smartest thing to do in a pawn shop. The big bodyguard went to assist in handling the small seller, but he was not needed.
The next guy has a glider for sale. It was damaged but fixable. In Las Vegas, gliding is popular as there are a lot of updrafts caused by the mountains and the heat of the summer in which is beginning now. Rick bought the glider for $1500 after a little bartering. It cost $8000 to repair and so he has $9500 in it. Chumlee went for the ride.
The next guy brought in a watch repair kit which was made in the 1920's or so. It sold for $100,
The next guy brought in a Las Vegas Club $5 chip in which there are only 8 of them in existence. The Las Vegas Club still around. There was some bartering around with the Old Man and the guy got $3000 and a trade of some statues of the Rat Pack of Dean, Sammie and Frank.
The next guy brought in a Lou Gerhig team jersey from a high school. Corey brings in his dad. The seller wants $10,000 for the jersey. Corey said that he would like Chumlee to grow a brain for that amount. The jersey and signature real. Corey offered $3000 and the guy really wanted $5000. But it went for $3000.
In the final episode, it was reviewed on 3-29-2010. http://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2010/03/pawn-stars-review-march-29-2010.html
But she may not be the brightest bulb in the past: "During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it's costly.
"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," Fakih said."
I guess getting a vasectomy or a woman getting her tubes tied is a controlled substance.
UPDATE: More evidence that the USA winner is not too bright: "Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih was a contestant in a stripping contest sponsored by a Detroit radio station, MyFOXDC.com is reporting.
Fakih appears in several photos on Mojointhemorning.com, a morning show on Detroit's Channel 955.
Two of the photos are from a strip tease contest held in 2007, and show Fakih performing on a stripper pole in front of an audience of women dressed in their underwear"
My guess conservative Muslims are not going to be too happy. I hope she has good security where ever she goes. She is a good Muslim terrorist target.