December 26, 2010

Really … You Shouldn't Have

I just want to say, "This is not what I wanted for my birthday."


Today:
Snow likely before noon, then snow and widespread blowing snow after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. High near 31. Blustery, with a north wind between 14 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 

Tonight:
Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 24. Windy, with a north wind between 28 and 32 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible. 

The current temperature is 28° so it seems unlikely that I can exchange it for rain. And I can't return it either!

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December 18, 2010

Don't Ask. Don't Care

It looks like Congress is finally acting to end the "Don't ask don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military. Good. I always thought it was a stupid policy.


I hope they put into place something more like "Don't Ask Don't Care."

This policy would basically say it doesn't matter what your sexual preference is. You're a soldier (sailor, marine, airman etc.). You follow orders. You go where we tell you. You wear what we tell you. You eat, sleep and crap where we tell you. You shoot who we tell you. 

The ONLY thing that matters is your performance of your duty.

If you're a good soldier, you'll be treated like good soldier. If you're a lousy soldier you'll be treated accordingly. The policy of the military should be to make any and all decisions baed on military requirements. Who someone boinks on their own time shouldn't be a factor in any way whatsoever.

Don't ask.

Don't care.

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December 11, 2010

Car Talk

There are people for whom what they drive is important. They care about their car and what it says about them. Their car makes a statement about who they are.


Then there are people who don't give a damn. People for whom a car is transportation. A means to get from point A to point B. The only statement a car make from their perspective is "I'm not walking."

I fall solidly into the second group.

In 1998 I bought a 96 VW Jetta that I drove until the cost of keeping it on the road exceeded it's value as transportation. That was in the fall of 2007. Luckily at that time a neighbor was selling his old station car a 94 Toyota Corolla for just about what it would cost to keep the Jetta alive.

I figured the money was better spent on the Toyota. For $2,000 I got three dependable years of transportation until this Thursday when the transmission ate itself for breakfast.

The rough estimate for repairs was "starting at minimum of $2,200." So today I signed the title over for scrap.

Then I hit the interwebs looking for transportation.

I settled on a 2000 Toyota Camry, with 103,000 mile for $4,500. Its in great shape and I should be able to get another 100,000 miles out of it. 

I look at it this way. Most new car buyers, and leasers, tend to trade in their car every three years. If I keep this one for only three years, my purchase cost is only $1,500/year giving me a theoretical payment of  $125 a month. Of course I'm not financing or leasing so I'm not paying interest. If I keep it five years (I'm hoping for much more) my purchase cost amortizes to $75 a month. Giving me the transportation I want at a much much lower cost. And since I am willing to drive the car for 10 years or more if possible, my monthly cost of purchase is peanuts.

I'm looking forward to years of statement free transportation and all the fun of that legendary Toyota Sudden Unexpected Acceleration.

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December 07, 2010

The President is an Idiot

And the media is worse.


At Powerline I read this transcript of The One's press conference about the tax cut deal he made with Congressional Republicans.

QUESTION: You said that again today.  But what you never said was that you opposed the tax cuts, but you'd be willing to go ahead and extend them for a couple of years if the politics of the moment demand it.
 
So what I'm wondering is, when you take a stand like you had, why should the American people believe that you're going to stick with it? Why should the American people believe that you're not going to flip-flop?

OBAMA: Hold on a second. This isn't politics of the moment. This has to do with what can we get done right now?

Read that one more time:

This isn't politics of the moment. This has to do with what can we get done right now?

Note to the Idiot in Chief: "what can we get done right now?" pretty much defines the essence of "The politics of the moment."

If you read the rest of the transcript at Powerline you will see that the reporter asks a follow up but completely ignores The One's self-contadicting B.S.

Some times I fear for the future. This is one of those times.

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