Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Many people think of the United Nations in terms of Star Trek episodes where a United Federation of Planets reigns benevolently over all in the galaxy except once in a while when the Klingons act up. In reality, the UN can only be compared to the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie where third world despots living high off the hog on their own people's sweat and blood disparage the United States and Israel - their two favorite targets. Our diplomats sit through ludicrous sessions where the worst murderers, thieves, and human rights violators in the world condemn us for doing exactly what their countries do on a daily basis. This YouTube video highlights a few of these liars and cutthroats at work in the august chamber.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Here’s a great article about the absurdity of leaping onto the alternative energy Titanic without reviewing history or using logic Waste. Britain jumped aboard as many of their politicians and media invested heavily in the scam filled carbon market. They built vast forests of wind turbines to save the earth from dreaded CO2. Here are the facts the poor folks in England have to face now when they need these inefficient windmills of waste to stave off this record cold winter. The thousands of wind turbines crank out practically nothing even on good days. The wind boondoggles have to be heated during this cold streak to turn properly thus using more energy than they produce. They break down constantly and Britain now has forests of earlier save the planet models standing in broken down despair – far too costly to either fix or remove. There are always unintended consequences for feel good measures. As with the incredible carbon footprint and energy waste involved with recycling Hybrid supposedly green machine fuel cells, basing monumental energy decisions when the technology ain’t there taxes the citizens but does nothing for the environment. It’s real warm and fuzzy to hug a Hybrid or Quixote Wind-waster pretending to save the planet; but when people end up freezing to death because of schemes creating carbon market scammer gazillionaires like the Goreacle, the world needs a common sense intervention not this slapstick nonsense.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Here’s a real life hero, Ramon Castillo, who used his Second Amendment right to save his wife and himself from three monsters. Although wounded a half dozen times, Mr. Castillo killed his three attackers who were going to execute him and his wife in their store. I know his actions saved future lives because those three low life thugs were only beginning. Thanks to Mr. Castillo they won’t be reaching their full monstrous potential. This terrifying account of what happened is a true profile in courage. Judgment Day
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This story about extreme kayakers will give you a chill. Two Americans who do extreme kayaking went on an expedition with a South African named Hendri Coetzee to learn from him how to survive kayaking in the Congo. Coetzee didn't survive the lesson. A crocodile around fifteen feet long tore him right out of his kayak and he was never seen again. This is the survivors' account Deadly Lesson.
Monday, December 20, 2010
It was one of those days in the shop. I had someone try to sell me a Target $30 gift card for $20 and another guy tried to sell me the steering wheel off of a Mercedes. The best interlude came when I was doing a computer diagnostic on a 2003 Toyota Corolla and heard my motion detector chime. Looking out toward the front I see some guy fiddling near my electrical outlet just inside the door.
“Hey, what are you doing?” I ask while walking toward the front.
“Plugging in my phone to charge.” He’s still trying to plug into my outlet.
Now I’ve had people want to use my tools, my jacks, my bathroom, etc. but this was the first time anyone traipsed in off the sidewalk and tried to get their cell-phone charged. Not to mention skipping the step about asking my permission. It seems like cell-phones have become an entitlement nowadays and maybe everyone thinks if their battery goes dead it’s their right to recharge. I don’t think so, Sparky.
“So,” I continue my conversation with Recharge Man, “you think it’s okay to come into my shop and simply stick your plug in my wall without asking?”
He straightens up finally from his task with an annoyed expression. “I need a charge, man. I’ll only be doing a quick…”
“You won’t be doing anything in my shop. Gather your cord up and move along. This isn’t a cell-phone charging station.”
Recharge pulls down the scarf he had over his mouth so as to add a sneer to his annoyed look. Yeah, I’m really impressed now. He picks up the charging cord off the floor that he couldn’t get plugged in and points at me. “Best be careful.”
“I’ll make a note.” I’m always careful… and armed. “Get moving.”
Recharge streams a litany of pejorative prose in a rambling mumble as he saunters to the sidewalk. This is more like it, I’m thinking. It’s been way too long since any blog characters stumbled in. After all, this was another first. After over thirty-four years here, anytime something happens for the first time it’s cause for contemplation and dislodges a few cobwebs. :)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I ran across this news item about Chicago allowing coyotes to roam the streets a little while ago Urban Predator. It was so weird I didn’t blog about it even though some very real writing ideas came to mind after reading the article. I’ve since confirmed it’s true and I thought some of you might get a kick out of it. Cook’s County now has sixty coyotes fitted with transmitters and a lot more not fitted. They roam the streets hunting down rodents, especially rats. Naturally my thoughts turned to what a great idea this would be for discouraging loitering in the parks after dark. I can think of more than a few story angles to go along with this true life urban experiment. Unintended consequences come to mind including the fact coyotes run in packs many times when hunting and can attain speeds of forty miles per hour. A new joke in Chicago could be the pair of unwary park strollers faced with a coyote hunting pack where one of the people says ‘What’ll we do? We can’t outrun them’ and is answered with the old saw ‘I don’t have to outrun the coyotes… I just have to outrun you’. :)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
From the ‘Dumber Than A Bag Of Rocks’ category comes the statement by Janet Napolitano that she is “creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations” Dumb and Dumber. This woman should be on 24/7 care where medical personnel monitor her comings and goings – the last place she should be is in charge of Homeland Security. Border Patrol agents being killed by Mexican Drug Cartels and whole sections of United States property being ceded over to Cartel operations doesn’t bother Janet (Barney Fife) Napolitano, but climate change is a major priority for Homeland Security? Huh? The longer President Obama leaves this halfwit in charge of HS, the more her complete idiocy will rub off on his administration. The President needs to fire this looney-tune in a very public decree immediately.