Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nice To Get Compliments

ScopeRoller fiiled an order a while back with an error; wrong sized wheels.  My wife nioticed this note in the bottom of the return box.

Why Does Zoolander Come To Mind?

From the Telegraph:
Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has urged Australians not to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) “death cult” after a 25-year-old male model from Melbourne became the latest foreign recruit to die while fighting with militants in Syria.
Sharky Jama, a former model and keen football player from Melbourne’s Somali community, had been based in Iraq but was shot dead in Syria.
His family said they received a text message and phone call from someone on Monday informing them that he had been killed.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reading Suetonius' Lives of the Cesar's on my plane flight

Concerning Julius Caesar:
He is every woman's man and every man's woman.
This was not a compliment to his open-mindesness .

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I Am Back

I really hate flying.  Why don't these events ever happen in the Western U.S.?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Is This a Consequence of Equal Opportunity?

From April 13, 2015 CBS Dallas:
DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.

It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4.

According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”

Gov. Christie Says Something Sensible

Gets attacked by Democrat for it.  What did Christie suugest:  raising the retirement age to 69 and  eliminating benefits for those making more than $2000,000 per year.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., the only New Jersey representative on the House Ways and Means Committee, on Tuesday criticized Christie's proposals to raise the retirement age to 69 and eliminating benefits for those earning more than $200,000. The current retirement age is 67 for those born in 1960 and later.

"One of the most unpopular governors in the country is unveiling what will soon become one of the most unpopular entitlement reform plans," said Pascrell (D-9th Dist.). "Governor Christie has decided that the only way to rein in entitlement spending is on the backs of seniors. This couldn't be more wrong."
The Democrats spend so much time talking to their billionaire campaign contributors that they don't realize that a person making $2000,000/year doesn't have a very strong argument for government assistance.  Whatever happened to the Democratic talking point of: "From each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs"?

OPEC Complains About North American Oil Production

At the end of a long and turgid defense of why OPEN formed to try and monopolize oil production for their benefit, robber baron style, they complain that:

Fact: OPEC crude output has been stable over the last nine years. Production has averaged 30 million b/d, with zero growth.

Fact: Over the same period, non-OPEC production — led by the US and Canada — has surged by 6.3m b/d. In 2014 alone, growth was measured at over 2m b/d compared with 2013.

In the past, OPEC has often shouldered the burden of ensuring oil market stability alone. In the current situation, which should be of great concern to ALL, is it not time for this burden to be shared?

Don't you fee bad for the poor Ara princelings, reduced to taking commercial flights, instead of flying in their Gulfstream Vs?  You can see why environmentalists do their bidding to reduce oil production in North America.