Archive for June, 2009

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This is a good time to use US dating conventions.

June 29, 2009

dali-clock-500x500From Jerry Pournelle’s site:

“For those whose dating conventions are mm/dd/yy, at 5 minutes & 6 seconds after 4 a.m. on July 8th, we’ll have 04:05:06 07/08/09.”

I meant the way we display dates in the US – mm/dd/yy. What did you think I meant?

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Question of the Day

June 29, 2009

Which would you rather have, a flux capacitor..

back-to-the-future-flux-capacitor-replica

or an oscillation overthruster:

overthruster3_s

Assuming they would cost the same, of course…

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For You Science Folks Out There…

June 29, 2009

I was watching an old episode of NCIS on USA tonight and they played bits of “The Element Song.” It’s a Tom Lehrer bit from the 1950s using the tune from the Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Modern Major General.”

Anyone going to write a tag for the newer elements?

So, see how the Cat helps you learn science? Another free service of OGCIE.

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Another Republican To Watch

June 29, 2009
Michele Bachmann, R-MN

Michele Bachmann, R-MN

Michele Bachmann, R-MN, took a clear and eloquent stand against the cap and trade bill on the House Floor Friday night in less than 60 seconds. I had not heard of her before, but a little research shows her to be a Reagan conservative and that the left absolutely hates her, so she would get my vote!

I can’t seem to embed video from RealClearPolitics, so here’s the link.

Yep, she said a choice between “Liberty and Tyranny.” Just like Mark Levin’s book. It’s almost Independence Day – NOT the “Fourth of July” – INDEPENDENCE DAY! So now would be a great time to order Mark’s book. That’s assuming you don’t already have it. you have it, don’t you? Have you read it yet? It’s not a difficult read, you know. Go get it. I don’t make a dime on this…I just think it’s the best way for someone who has not been paying much attention to national politics – and that’s most of us – to see what is really going on, and what needs to be done to make America a better place.

Now, I have have to say “Make America a better place, before it’s too late.” Sorry for that, but it’s true.

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“First, we kill all the lawyers…”

June 29, 2009

E-LawyerSharkOK, it’s a paraphrase from the Bard of Avon. And no, I’m not advocating murder, of one or a class of people. Before I explain, I found this on teh interwebs:

“The first thing we do,” said the character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, is “kill all the lawyers.” Contrary to popular belief, the proposal was not designed to restore sanity to commercial life. Rather, it was intended to eliminate those who might stand in the way of a contemplated revolution — thus underscoring the important role that lawyers can play in society.”

Link

Now let’s look at something like this cap and trade bill, or the Waxman – Markey Bill. 1300 pages at last count. Supposed to protect the environment, force us to “make greener decisions,” stuff like that. Lots ‘o taxes and “incentives,” redistributin’ the wealth. Yours and mine.

I just finished Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. I talked about it in a previous post. Beck’s essential premise is that we need a new revolution, a non-violent, common-sense one in which we turn the bastards out and remake the government in a more reasonable, less controlling image. I found a couple of places where the number 36% was quoted for the number of congresscritters who are lawyers, but those are practicing lawyers, not the number with law degrees. That number, according to this source, is 43%.

To get to the point, one of the ways the Congress makes it more difficult for us to stop them from controlling us is by making bills incredibly complex. The TARP bill, this cap and trade bill – many of the bills passed now by Congress are so long, and so complex, that congresscritters say they can’t read them all the way through. What? It’s your job to read it all the way through!

Maybe this commercial shouldn’t be so far from the truth:

Congressmen were supposed to be representatives of the people. I know the world is a complex place, economics is complex, lots of things are complex. Still, if a bill is too long or too complicated to understand, it’s a bad bill!

My point is that we need to simplify government, and that’s going to take regular people. It will be a new revolution, and lawyers should not stand in the way of it. That’s not “protection,” unless you mean it as in “protection racket.”

Oh, and the cap and trade bill: it’s bad anyway. Go to Heritage.org and find out why.

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Michael Jackson Passed

June 26, 2009
He made white socks fashionable...for the 80s.

He made white socks fashionable...for the 80s.

Just in case this is the only place you go for your news. OK, so you don’t care? If you’re over 20, one word: Thriller. Now it’s in your head, isn’t it?

You don’t have to thank me. It’s just another service we provide at OGCIE.

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New Theme

June 26, 2009

The old theme looked funny on the Toshiba tablet. It has a yellowish cast to the display that I can’t seem to fix. I switched themes, and actually had to find the image again…and ended up using a different one. Similar, though. Hope you like it.