I love it!!!

The lefties are upset because the AP reported the following:

“It is, indeed, a last hurrah.

Edward M. Kennedy is taking the stage at the Democratic National Convention Monday night for what likely is his final appearance in a familiar setting.”

Posters on the Daily Kos were completely outraged!!

The Associated Press Should Be Ashamed

…beyond tasteless” posted by BarbinMD

Time for Congress to hold hearings on media” posted by CTony

By far my favorite post was by MrvnMouse

“I know a bunch of young Republicans. So young, they never knew Kennedy in any real fashion. Yet, even they have this massive hate on for the Kennedys.

Did the Kennedys' do something I don't know about short of winning an election against Nixon?"

You have got to be kidding me?!?! Hate for the Kennedy's...you mean for Teddy Kennedy!

Have these people never heard of Chappaquiddick or of Mary Jo Kopechne?

We on the Right are outraged that the democrats continue to idolize a man who by his own admission “repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car” but then did not contact the police until some time the next morning. He is conspired to cover up the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and democrats continue to carry water for him…year after year after year.

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Name that Place

Last week turns out to be harder than I thought but it looks like I can’t fool everyone! Kudos to Jean for coming up with the Racine County Youthful Offenders Facilityover on Memorial Drive!!

Name this place:

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What would you look for?

I have been pondering the selection of Senator Joe Biden for VP and the upcoming selection of McCain’s VP and I began to wonder…What would I look for in a running mate?

For instance would you want to select a VP that would balance out where you are weak, thus making your weakness a front page story?

Would you tend toward a more moderate (or radical – depending on your position) VP to help garner votes from that which you have not swayed?

Do you look for a popular figure or someone that is less known to the masses?

Is the choice purely strategic and it makes no difference if that person balances the ticket, your positions, or if you like them?

If you were McCain what would you do now?

Obama opted for same old tired message by picking a guy that has been in the Senate as along as I’ve been alive and who has had no other experience other than being one of 100 Senators.

Should McCain do the strategic thing and go for a woman or minority regardless of the qualifications? Or should he concern himself with qualifications first and then if they happen to be a minority or female it is just a bonus? Would he be best to pick a person that rounds him out…younger, financially savvy, and has governed?

I see Governor Sarah Palin fitting nearly every one of those requirements to be McCain’s VP…and at this point I would choose her…I think she would make an excellent President.

I have not abandoned Romney as VP; I just think that a McCain-Palin ticket is by far a stronger ticket than a McCain-Romney ticket is to defeat ObamaBiden.

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Friday Funnies

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Sorry…I’ve been busy!!

AP: Barack Obama prepares to name running mate

Lets be honest…does it really matter? This guy is a weakling…He states that Justice Thomas didn’t have enough experience to be on the Supreme Court…has he checked his own resume!?!?! He barely has enough experience to be Senator from IL!!!!

AFP: Lost baby whale euthanised in Australia

I feel bad…but it had to be done else harm could have come to people.

CBSNews: Detroit Mayor Offered Deal In Assault Case

OMG!!! They finally labeled him as a Democrat!!! “Kilpatrick is a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver.”
So is he a Hillary or Obama supporter…just curious!!

USAToday: Today's photo: Zookeeper feeds baby squirrel in Bulgaria

They admit: “Hey, it's a slow news day.”

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Name that Country

Yes, Yes, Yes…I know that this is a Thursday thing! I’ve been a bit busy and forgot to schedule this to run at the regular time…so here it is today.

Once again a big thank you to j. gravelle for this clue:

Bela Lugosi has rouge on his cheeks – Bela rouge…close enough!! Belarus is what it is more commonly called!

Good luck…4 out of 10

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Well, it’s out today!!

I case you don’t feel old Beloit college has put out there 2008 Mindset List…the purpose originally was to help professors understand incoming freshmen in college!! Now it is just a novelty that makes me feel older every year.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list of 60.

2008 Beloit College Mindset List

4. GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
5. Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
6. Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
7. Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
13. Universal Studios has always offered an alternative to Mickey in Orlando.
14. Grandma has always had wheels on her walker.
15. Martha Stewart Living has always been setting the style.
16. Haagen-Dazs ice cream has always come in quarts.
18. WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
22. Clarence Thomas has always sat on the Supreme Court.
28. IBM has never made typewriters.
29. Roseanne Barr has never been invited to sing the National Anthem again.
30. McDonald's and Burger King have always used vegetable oil for cooking french fries.
31. They have never been able to color a tree using a raw umber Crayola.
32. There has always been Pearl Jam.
33. The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.
44. Caller ID has always been available on phones.
46. The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback.
47. They never heard an attendant ask "Want me to check under the hood?"
50. They have never known life without Seinfeld references from a show about "nothing."
51. Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
54. The Hubble Space Telescope has always been eavesdropping on the heavens.
55. 98.6 F or otherwise has always been confirmed in the ear.
57. Offshore oil drilling in the United States has always been prohibited.

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Name that Place

It looks like that was easier than I had expected…angelMt got it…Johnson Park Golf Course.

Name this Place:

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VP choices

Well it is being touted that Obama will pick his VP this week…just prior to the convention…and one side note on that…What was he thinking allowing Hillary to be on the ballot!!! Talk about dumb moves!!

From a strategic side who should Obama pick as his running mate?

From the opposition side who do we want him to pick?

I think that if Obama wants to win he needs to pick a more mature statesman that will help him in the areas that he is weakest (as in being President of the US) and that person would be Bill Richardson.

I hope that he picks someone weak…too bad Edwards is out…maybe Kerry? Or how about Pelosi!!!??

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And you all thought I was full of hot air…

A few months back I ran down the numbers on replacing our coal fired plant with a solar plant (Is Solar a reasonable alternative? Continued) I’m sure there was more than a few of you that thought I was a little out there.

Well in today’s New York Times there is an interesting piece on the 2 new solar plants that will be installed in California. (Two Large Solar Plants Planned in California)

These two plants will have a capacity of 800 MW (remember that is operating at 100% efficiency) but only regularly produce a third of that!

The total area for these two plants…12.5 square miles or around 8,000 acres!!!

Oak Creek Power plant’s capacity is 1,153 MW (and operates at about 70% that capacity) and sits on 400 acres.

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Name that Country

A big THANK YOU goes out to J. Gravelle! This was a great way to guess the country!

Last week’s country was:


5 out of 10 for this week…

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE ANSWER...supply info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!

THANK YOU – gopfolk

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Is this good news?

BBC: Running 'can slow ageing process'

Well for me it is!! I run regularly and I run slow…so does that mean I age even slower? I can hope, can’t I?

I’m sure a few of you hope I die early…but I plan to live forever!!

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Name that Place

Last week’s was pretty easy…the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This week you will know what it is but I’m looking for the name…

So, Name this Place:

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Guess the Number Game


Come on people you are killing me here!!!

Fred made an attempt…my wife said it was not enough information…So I will give a hint…but the hint is nothing but another number!!!


I’m stealing a page from Fred over at RDW…yes I am!

2 = $128,000

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Name that Country

Okay…I though it was a tough one to come up with but you guys seem to prove me wrong each week!! The country was Lesotho!!

This week 5 out of 10.

Good Luck!

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE ANSWER...supply info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!

THANK YOU – gopfolk

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Are you a pretentious snob?

Is your friend one? If you have this “red gem” on your iPhone you probably are!!

'I Am Rich' iPhone Application Retails for $1,000

And the application doesn’t do anything!!!

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And it is over…for now…

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Just cause I’m lazy…

Swiped from Nick (h/t)

Would you rather have:

  1. Cheap Gas
  2. Independence from "foreign oil"
These are mutually exclusive options, both in reality, and in the context of this post. Anyone who attempts to sell you a plan that will give you both can immediately be dismissed as either a liar, a panderer, or a politician (which by definition includes the other two).

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Ah yes the Electoral College is back again.

It seems our ‘friends’ over in the Green Party (let me remind you that their Presidential candidate is Cynthia McKinney – and here and here) want to re-write the constitution, they even go so far as to say that the current format for Congress is incorrect – granted you have to understand how the Electoral College works to say that but that is their insinuation.

So once again how does the Electoral College work?

Each state is given a number of Electors equal to the number of Congressman and Senators that represent the State. Each state has 2 Senators. The number of Congressmen is determined by the population. Therefore states that have a greater population have more Congressmen and therefore are weighted heavier in the Electoral College (i.e. California has 55 Electoral votes and Iowa has 7)

Now how the Electors are divided is up to the state. Currently 48 states do it the old fashioned democratic way -- winner takes all. That means the winner of the popular vote in the state wins all of the electoral votes.

The remaining 2 states, Maine and Nebraska, use a Congressional Method. This means that the winner in each Congressional district wins that Elector and the popular vote getter in the state wins the two Senate Electors. This is both democratic and representative. In my opinion I think this method makes the most sense these days and should be implemented on a more broad scale.

The first candidate to 270 Electoral votes wins!! It is really that simple.

Since the Electoral College is based simply on the Congressional Formula the Green’s claim that the Electoral College was created to “expressly increase the power of the slave states” seems rather asinine!

So what do the Greens want?

Well unlike what the democrats have been calling for – popular elections (meaning that those of us in ‘fly-over’ country would mean nothing and all the focus would be on the large population centers) the Greens are calling for Proportionate Elections.

What are those you ask? Well that would be the warm and fuzzy determination of elections. For example: If Wisconsin split 50:40:10 the Electoral Votes would be divided 5:4:1 for the respective parties.

So what do you want? Should we preserve the republic as it has stood for over 200 years or should we rewrite the Constitution? Or should we chuck it all and move to a more “fair system” that includes other parties across the board?

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Proof that the Media just doesn’t get it…

AP: Fact Check: Properly inflated tires cut gas use

The McCain camp was quick to point out that Obama finally came up with a solution to the oil shortage!!

Obama’s plan…

“Making sure your tires are properly inflated, simple thing, but we could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tuneups," Obama said. "You could actually save just as much."

In response to this just earth shattering news the McCain camp decided to one up Obama and in stead of talking about properly inflated tires they handed out tire gauges so that people could actually verify that their tires are at the proper pressure.

The “story” points out that Obama has other solutions…they are…spend taxpayers money on incentives, spend taxpayers money to do research into technology, and spend taxpayers money to force remodeling of old buildings.

Obama’s plan – More government sending will get us out of this
McCain’s plan – Allow business to do what they are best at

The Media thinks that McCain doesn’t believe that proper air pressure is good….when in reality the Media just doesn’t see how funny it is to have a presidential candidate say that properly inflating your tires will save as much oil as drilling…think about it this way what if President Bush would have had a press conference in the rose garden and said that he opposed the drilling of domestic oil because we could save that much oil by properly inflating our tires and getting a tune-up…They would have said they have proof that Bush was drinking again!!!

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Name that Place

Now that was easy wasn’t it?!? Everyone correctly identified last week’s place as the Modine-Benstead Observatory on Hwy A West of the Interstate!

Can you Name this Place:

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I used to have Math as a regular segment and it has fallen by the way side but I just saw an article on Scientific America that sparked my interest again so here is the math question:

“In the ancient society of Machudo, families wanted no more than three kids. Their eldest son had a chance of becoming king, so they would stop having children after they had their first boy. A family that had three children or had a boy was said to be "complete."

Assume boys and girls had an equal probability of being born. (In reality, boys are slightly more likely, but it's undignified for puzzle masters to deal with slight exceptions to basic rules.)

Warm-up: What fraction of complete families would have a boy?”

If someone can give me the right answer I’ll update this post with the remaining 5 problems!!

Trust me…this is fun!!

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Name that Country

Last week was the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

This week is hard…10 of 10

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE ANSWER...supply info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!

THANK YOU – gopfolk

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As many of you (I know that there are only about 3 of you reading this blog) have noted there has been little activity on this page this week. For that I apologize but I must explain.

You see, while I have a full time career as an auditor, I have a number of other activities that keep me busy and this week with Senator McCain coming to town I was extremely busy so I had little time for posting.

McCain’s visit to Racine was a success and I hope that we will see him back here in Racine at least one more time before winning Wisconsin this fall!

For now I’m back and I think we can get things back on schedule…

Thank you for reading this blog!

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