Sunday, 30 November 2014

Explaining the Illogical Nature of Climate Science

There are various sciences in the world.  Which of these sciences, is settled and suppose to be without peer review?

acarology, the study of mites
aceology, the study of therapeutics
acology study of medical remedies
acoustics, the science of sound
adenology, the study of glands
aedoeology, the science of generative organs
aerobiology, the study of airborne organisms
aerodonetics, the science or study of gliding
aerodynamics, the study of dynamics of gases
aerolithology, the study of aerolites or meteorites
aerology, the study of the atmosphere
aeronautics, the study of navigation through air or space
aerostatics, the science of air pressure
agriology, the comparative study of primitive peoples
agrobiology, the study of plant nutrition
agrology, the study of agricultural soils
agronomics, the study of productivity of land
agrostology, the science or study of grasses
alethiology, the study of truth
algedonics, the science of pleasure and pain
algology, the study of algae
anaesthesiology, the study of anesthetics
anagraphy, the science of constructing catalogs
anatomy, the study of the structure of the body
andragogy, the science of teaching adults
anemology, the study of winds
angiology, the study of blood flow and lymphatic system
anthropobiology, the study of human biology
anthropology, the study of human cultures
aphnology, the science of wealth
apiology, the study of bees
arachnology, the study of spiders
archaeology, the study of human material remains
archelogy,  the study of first principles
archology, the science of the origins of government
arctophily, the study of teddy bears
areology, the study of Mars
aretaics, the science of virtue
aristology, the science or art of dining
arthrology, the study of joints
astacology, the science of crayfish
astheniology, the study of diseases of weakening and aging
astrogeology, the study of extraterrestrial geology
astrology, the study of influence of stars on people (questionable but apparently a study)
astrometeorology, the study of effect of stars on climate
astronomy, the study of celestial bodies
astrophysics, the study of behavior of interstellar matter
astroseismology, the study of star oscillations
atmology, the science of aqueous vapor
audiology, the study of hearing
autecology, the study of ecology of one species
autology, the scientific study of oneself
auxology, the science of growth
avionics, the science of electronic devices for aircraft
axiology,  the science of the ultimate nature of values
bacteriology, the study of bacteria
balneology,  the science of the therapeutic use of baths
barodynamics, the science of the support and mechanics of bridges
barology, the study of gravitation
batology, the study of brambles
bibliology, the study of books
bibliotics, the study of documents to determine authenticity
bioecology, the study of interaction of life in the environment biology study of life
biometrics, the study of biological measurement
bionomics, the study of organisms interacting in their environments
botany, the study of plants
bromatology, the study of food
brontology, the scientific study of thunder
bryology, the study of mosses and liverworts
cacogenics, the study of racial degeneration
caliology, the study of bird's nests
calorifics, the study of heat
cambistry, the science of international exchange campanology the art of bell ringing
carcinology, the study of crabs and other crustaceans
cardiology, the study of the heart
caricology, the study of sedges
carpology, the study of fruit
cartography, the science of making maps and globes
cartophily the hobby of collecting cigarette cards
castrametation, the art of designing a camp
catacoustics, science of echoes or reflected sounds
catalactics, the science of commercial exchange
catechectics, the study of teaching by question and answer
cetology, the study of whales and dolphins
chalcography, the science of engraving on copper or brass
chalcotriptics, the study of taking rubbings from ornamental brasses
chaology, the study of chaos or chaos theory
characterology, the study of development of character
chemistry, the study of properties of substances
chirocosmetics, the beautifying the hands; art of manicure
chirography, the study of handwriting or penmanship
chirology, the study of the hands chiropody medical science of feet
chorology, the science of the geographic description of anything
chrematistics, the study of wealth; political economy
chronobiology, the study of biological rhythms
chrysology, the study of precious metals
ciselure, the study of chasing metal
climatology, study of climate
clinology, the study of aging or individual decline after maturity
codicology, the study of manuscripts
coleopterology, the study of beetles and weevils
cometology, the study of comets
conchology, the study of shells
coprology, the study of pornography
cosmetology, the study of cosmetics
cosmology, the study of the universe
craniology, the study of the skull
criminology, the study of crime
cryobiology, the study of life under cold conditions
cryptology, the study of codes
cryptozoology, the study of animals for whose existence there is no conclusive proof
ctetology, the study of the inheritance of acquired characteristics
cynology, scientific study of dogs
cytology, the study of living cells
dactyliology, the study of rings
dactylography, the study of fingerprints
dactylology, the study of sign language
deltiology, the collection and study of picture postcards
demology, the study of human behavior
demonology, the study of demons (questionable, but in the book)
dendrochronology, the study of tree rings
dendrology, the study of trees
deontology, the theory or study of moral obligation
dermatoglyphics, the study of skin patterns and fingerprints
dermatology, the study of skin
desmology, the study of ligaments
diabology, the study of devils
diagraphics, the study of making diagrams or drawings
dialectology, the study of dialects
dioptrics, the study of light refraction
diplomatics, the science of deciphering ancient writings and texts
diplomatology, the study of diplomats
docimology, the study of assaying
dosiology,  the study of doses
dramaturgy, the study of producing and staging dramatic works
dysgenics, the study of racial degeneration
dysteleology, the study of purposeless organs
ecclesiology, the study of church affairs
eccrinology, the study of excretion ecology study of environment
economics, the study of material wealth
edaphology, the study of soils
Egyptology, the study of ancient Egypt
ekistics, the study of human settlement
electrochemistry, the study of relations between electricity and chemicals
electrology, the study of electricity
electrostatics, the study of static electricity
embryology, the study of embryos
emetology, the study of vomiting
emmenology, the study of menstruation
endemiology, the study of local diseases
endocrinology, the study of glands
enigmatology, the study of enigmas
entomology, the study of insects
entozoology, the science of parasites that live inside larger organisms
enzymology, the study of enzymes
ephebiatrics, the branch of medicine dealing with adolescence
epidemiology, the study of diseases
epileptology, the study of epilepsy
epistemology, the study of grounds of knowledge
eremology, the study of deserts
ergology, the study of effects of work on humans
ergonomics, the study of people at work
escapology, the study of freeing oneself from constraints
eschatology study of death; final matters
ethnogeny, the study of origins of races or ethnic groups
ethnology, the study of cultures
ethnomethodology, the study of everyday communication
ethnomusicology, the study of comparative musical systems
ethology, the study of natural or biological character
ethonomics, the study of economic and ethical principles of a society
etiology, the science of causes; especially of disease
etymology, the study of origins of words
euthenics, the science concerned with improving living conditions
exobiology, the study of extraterrestrial life
floristry, the study of cultivating and selling flowers
fluviology, the study of watercourses
folkloristics, the study of folklore and fables
futurology, the study of the future (a questionable study)
garbology, the study of garbage
gastroenterology, the study of stomach; intestines
gastronomy, the study of fine dining
gemmology, the study of gems and jewels
genealogy, the study of descent of families
genesiology, the study of reproduction and heredity
genethlialogy, the study of horoscopes (questionable study)
geochemistry, the study of chemistry of the earth's crust
geochronology, the study of measuring geological time
geogeny, the science of the formation of the earth's crust
geogony, the study of formation of the earth
geography, the study of surface of the earth and its inhabitants
geology, the study of earth's crust
geomorphogeny, the study of the origins of land forms
geoponics, the study of agriculture
geotechnics, the study of increasing habitability of the earth
geratology, the study of decadence and decay
gerocomy, the study of old age
gerontology, the study of the elderly
gigantology, the study of giants
glaciology, the study of ice ages and glaciation
glossology, the study of language
glyptography, the study of engraving on gems
glyptology, the study of gem engravings
gnomonics, the art of measuring time using sundials
gnosiology, the study of knowledge; philosophy of knowledge
gnotobiology, the study of life in germ-free conditions
graminology, the study of grasses
grammatology, the study of systems of writing
graphemics, the study of systems of representing speech in writing
graphology, the study of handwriting
gromatics, the science of surveying
gynaecology, the study of women’s physiology
gyrostatics, the study of rotating bodies
haemataulics, the study of movement of blood through blood vessels
hagiology, the study of saints (questionable study)
halieutics study of fishing
hamartiology, the study of sin (questionable study)
harmonics study of musical acoustics
hedonics, the study of ethics or psychology dealing with pleasure
helcology, the study of ulcers
heliology, the science of the sun
helioseismology, the study of sun's interior by observing its surface oscillations
helminthology, the study of worms
hematology, the study of blood
heortology, the study of religious feasts (questionable study)
hepatology, the study of the liver
heraldry, the study of coats of arms
heresiology, the study of heresies
herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians
hierology, the science of sacred matters (questionable science)
hippiatrics study of diseases of horses
hippology, the study of horses
histology, the study of the tissues of organisms
histopathology, the study of changes in tissue due to disease
historiography, the study of writing history
historiology, the study of history
homiletics, the study of preaching (questionable study)
hoplology the study of weapons
horography, the art of constructing sundials or clocks
horology, the science of time measurement
horticulture, the science of gardening
hydrobiology, the study of aquatic organisms
hydrodynamics, the study of movement in liquids
hydrogeology, the study of ground water
hydrography, the study of investigating bodies of water
hydrokinetics, the study of motion of fluids
hydrology, the study of water resources
hydrometeorology, the study of atmospheric moisture
hydropathy, the study of treating diseases with water
hyetology, the science of rainfall
hygiastics, the science of health and hygiene
hygienics, the study of sanitation
hygiology, the study of cleanliness
hygrology, the study of humidity
hygrometry, the science of humidity
hymnography, the study of writing hymns
hymnology,the study of hymns
hypnology, the study of sleep; study of hypnosis
hypsography, the science of measuring heights
iamatology, the study of remedies
iatrology, the study of text on medical topics
ichnography, the art of drawing ground plans; a ground plan
ichnology, the science of fossilized footprints
ichthyology, the study of fish
iconography, the study of drawing symbols
iconology, the study of icons as symbols
ideogeny, the study of origins of ideas
ideology, the science of ideas
idiomology, the study of idiom, jargon or dialect
idiopsychology, the psychology of one's own mind
immunogenetics, the study of genetic characteristics of immunity
immunology, the study of immunity
immunopathology, the study of immunity to disease
insectology, the study of insects
irenology, the study of peace
iridology, the study of the iris; diagnosis of disease based on the iris of the eye
kalology, the study of beauty
karyology, the study of cell nuclei
kidology, the study of kidding kinematics study of motion
kinesics, the study of gestural communication
kinesiology, the study of human movement and posture
kinetics, the study of forces producing or changing motion
koniology, the study of atmospheric pollutants and dust
ktenology, the science of putting people to death
kymatology, the study of wave motion
labeorphily, the collection and study of beer bottle labels
larithmics, the study of population statistics
laryngology, the study of larynx
lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths
leprology, the study of leprosy
lexicology study of words and their meanings
lexigraphy, the study of definition of words
lichenology, the study of lichens
limacology study of slugs
limnobiology, the study of freshwater ecosystems
limnology, the study of bodies of fresh water
linguistics, the study of language
lithology, the study of rocks
liturgiology, the study of liturgical forms and church rituals (questionable study)
loimology, the study of plagues and epidemics
loxodromy, the study of sailing
magirics, the study of cookery
magnanerie, the study of raising silkworms
magnetics, the study of magnetism
malacology, the study of molluscs
malariology, the study of malaria
mammalogy study of mammals
manège, the study of horsemanship
Mariology, the study of the Virgin Mary (questionable science or study)
martyrology, the study of martyrs (questionable science or study)
mastology, the study of mammals
mathematics, the study of magnitude, number, and forms
mammalogy, the study of mammals
mechanics, the study of action of force on bodies
meconology study of or treatise concerning opium
melittology, the study of bees
mereology, the study of part-whole relationships
metallography, the study of the structure and constitution of metals
metallurgy, the study of alloying and treating metals
metaphysics, the study of principles of nature and thought
metapolitics, the study of politics in theory or abstract
metapsychology, the study of nature of the mind
meteoritics, the study of meteors meteorology study of weather
metrics, the study of versification
metrology, the science of weights and measures
microanatomy, the study of microscopic tissues
microbiology, the study of microscopic organisms
microclimatology, the study of local climates
micrology, the study or discussion of trivialities
micropalaeontology, the study of microscopic fossils
microphytology, the study of very small plant life
microscopy, the study of minute objects mineralogy study of minerals
molinology, the study of mills and milling
momilogy, the study of mummies
morphology, the study of forms and the development of structures
muscology,  the study of mosses
museology, the study of museums
musicology, the study of music
mycology, the study of fungus's
myology, the study of muscles
myrmecology, the study of ants
mythology study of myths, tales or fables
naology, the study of church or temple architecture
nasology, the study of the nose
nautics, the art of navigation
nematology, the study of nematodes
neonatology, the study of newborn babies
neossology, the study of nestling birds
nephology, the study of clouds
nephrology, the study of the kidneys
neurobiology, the study of anatomy of the nervous system
neurology, the study of nervous system
neuropsychology, the study of relation between brain and behavior
neurypnology, the study of hypnotism
neutrosophy, the study of the origin and nature of philosophical differences
nidology, the study of nests
nomology, the science of the laws; especially of the mind
noology, the science of the intellect
nosology, the study of diseases
nostology, the study of senility
numerology, the study of numbers
numismatics, the study of coins
nymphology, the study of nymphs (questionable study)
obstetrics, the study of midwifery
oceanography, the study of oceans
odology, the science of the hypothetical mystical force of od
odontology, the study of teeth
oenology, the study of wines
oikology, the science of housekeeping
olfactology, the study of the sense of smell
ombrology, the study of rain
oncology, the study of tumors
oneirology, the study of dreams
onomasiology, the study of nomenclature
onomastics, the study of proper names
ontology, the science of pure being; the nature of things
oology, the study of eggs
ophiology study of snakes
ophthalmology, the study of eye diseases optics study of light
optology, the study of sight
optometry, the science of examining the eyes
orchidology, the study of orchids
ornithology, the study of birds
orology, the study of mountains
orthoepy, the study of correct pronunciation
orthography, the study of spelling
orthopterology, the study of cockroaches
oryctology, the mineralogy or paleontology
osmics, the scientific study of smells
osmology, the study of smells and olfactory processes
osphresiology, the study of the sense of smell
osteology, the study of bones
otology, the study of the ear
otorhinolaryngology, the study of ear, nose and throat
paedology, the study of children
paedotrophy, the art of rearing children
paidonosology study of children's diseases; pediatrics
palaeoanthropology, the study of early humans
palaeobiology, the study of fossil plants and animals
palaeoclimatology, the study of ancient climates
palaeolimnology, the study of ancient fish
palaeolimnology, the study of ancient lakes
palaeontology study of fossils
palaeopedology, the study of early soils
paleobotany, the study of ancient plants
paleo-osteology, the study of ancient bones
palynology, the study of pollen
papyrology, the study of paper
parapsychology, the study of unexplained mental phenomena
parasitology, the study of parasites
paroemiology, the study of proverbs
parthenology, the study of virgins
pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions
pathology, the study of disease
patrology, the study of early Christianity
pedagogics, the study of teaching
pedology, the study of soils
pelology, the study of mud
penology, the study of crime and punishment
periodontics, the study of gums
pestology, the science of pests
petrology, the study of rocks
pharmacognosy, the study of drugs of animal and plant origin
pharmacology, the study of drugs
pharology, the study of lighthouses
pharyngology, the study of the throat
phenology, the study of organisms as affected by climate
phenomenology, the study of phenomena
philematology, the study of kissing (questionable study)
philology study of ancient texts, revolving around historical linguistics
philosophy, the science of knowledge or wisdom
phoniatrics, the study and correction of speech defects
phonology, the study of speech sounds
photobiology, the study of effects of light on organisms
phraseology, the study of phrases
phrenology, the study of bumps on the head
phycology, the study of algae and seaweeds
physicsm the study of properties of matter and energy
physiology, the study of processes of life
phytology, the study of plants; botany
piscatology, the study of fishes
pisteology, the science or study of faith
planetology, the study of planets
plutology, the political economy; study of wealth
pneumatics, the study of mechanics of gases
podiatry, the study and treatment of disorders of the foot
podology, the study of the feet
polemology, the study of war
pomology, the study of fruit-growing
posology, the science of quantity or dosage
potamology, the study of rivers
praxeology, the study of practical or efficient activity
primatology, the study of primates
proctology, the study of the rectum
prosody, the study of versification
protistology, the study of protists
proxemics, the study of man’s need for personal space
psalligraphy, the science of paper-cutting to make pictures
psephology, the study of election results and voting trends
pseudology, the science of lying
pseudoptics, the study of optical illusions
psychobiology, the study of biology of the mind
psychogenetics, the study of mental states
psychognosy, the study of mentality, personality or character
psychology, the study of mind
psychopathology, the study of mental illness
psychophysics, the study of link between mental and physical processes
pteridology, the study of ferns
pterylology, the study of distribution of feathers on birds
pyretology, the study of fevers
pyrgology, the study of towers
pyroballogy, the study of artillery
pyrography, the study of woodburning
quinology, the study of quinine
raciology, the study of racial differences
radiology, the study of X-rays and their medical applications
reflexology, the study of reflexes
rhabdology, the knowledge or learning concerning divining rods (questionable)
rhabdology art of calculating using numbering rods
rheology, the science of the deformation or flow of matter
rheumatology, the study of rheumatism
rhinology, the study of the nose
rhochrematics, the science of inventory management and the movement of products
runology, the study of runes
sarcology, the study of fleshy parts of the body
satanology, the study of the devil (questionable)
scatology, the study of excrement or obscene literature
schematonics, the study of using gesture to express tones
sciagraphy, the art of shading
sedimentology, the study of sediment
seismology, the study of earthquakes
selenodesy, the study of the shape and features of the moon
selenology, the study of the moon semantics study of meaning
semantology, the science of meanings of words
semasiology, the study of meaning; semantics
semiology, the study of signs and signals
semiotics, the study of signs and symbols
serology, the study of serums
sexology study of sexual behavior
siderography, the study of engraving on steel
sigillography, the study of seals
significs, the science of meaning
silvics, the study of tree's life
sindonology, the study of the Shroud of Turin
Sinology study of China
sitology, the study of dietetics
sociobiology, the study of biological basis of human behavior
sociology, the study of society
somatology, the science of the properties of matter
sophiology science of ideas
soteriology, the study of theological salvation
spectrology, the study of ghosts
spectroscopy, the study of spectra
speleology, the study and exploration of caves
spermology, the study of seeds
sphagnology, the study of peat moss
sphragistics, the study of seals and signets
sphygmology, the study of the pulse
splanchnology, the study of the entrails or viscera
spongology, the study of sponges
stasiology, the study of political parties
statics, the study of bodies and forces in equilibrium
stemmatology, the study of relationships between texts
stoichiology, the science of elements of animal tissues
stomatology, the study of the mouth
storiology, the study of folk tales
stratigraphy, the study of geological layers or strata
stratography, the study of leading an army
stylometry, the studying literature by means of statistical analysis
suicidology, the study of suicide
symbology, the study of symbols
symptomatology, the study of symptoms of illness
synecology, the study of ecological communities
synectics, the study of processes of invention
syntax, the study of sentence structure
syphilology, the study of syphilis
systematology, the study of systems
taxidermy, the science of curing and stuffing animals
tectonics, the science of structure of objects, buildings and landforms
tegestology, the study and collecting of beer mats
teleology, the study of final causes
telmatology, the study of swamps
teratology, the study of monsters, freaks, abnormal growths or malformations
teuthology, the study of cephalopods
textology, the study of the production of texts
thalassography, the science of the sea
thanatology, the study of death and its customs
thaumatology, the study of miracles
theology, the study of religion
theriatrics, science of veterinary medicine
theriogenology, the study of animals' reproductive systems
thermodynamics, the study of relation of heat to motion
thermokinematics, the study of motion of heat
thermology, the study of heat
therology, the study of wild mammals
thremmatology, the science of breeding domestic animals and plants
threpsology, the science of nutrition
tidology, the science of tides
timbrology, the study of postage stamps
tocology, the study of obstetrics
tonetics, the study of pronunciation
topology, the study of places and their natural features
toponymics, the study of place-names
toreutics, the study of artistic work in metal
toxicology, the study of poisons
toxophily, the study of archery
traumatology, the study of wounds and their effects
tribology, the study of friction and wear between surfaces
trichology, the study of hair and its disorders
trophology, the study of nutrition
tsiganology, the study of gypsies
turnery, the science of turning in a lathe
typhlology, the study of blindness
typography, the study of printing or using type
typology, the study of types of things
ufology, the science or study of alien spacecraft
uranography, the science of descriptive astronomy and mapping
uranology, the study of the heavens
urbanology, the study of cities
urenology, the study of rust molds
urology, study of urine
venereology, the study of venereal disease
vermeology, the study of worms
vexillology, the study of flags
victimology, the study of victims
vinology, the science of vines and winemaking
virology, the study of viruses
vitrics, the science of glassy materials
vulcanology, the study of volcanoes
xylography, the science of engraving on wood
xylology, the science of wood
zenography, the study of the planet Jupiter
zoiatrics, the study of veterinary surgery
zooarchaeology, the science of animal remains of archaeological sites
zoochemistry, the study of  chemistry of animals
zoogeography, the study of geographic distribution of animals
zoogeology, the study of fossil animal remains
zoology, the study of animals
zoonomy, the science of animal physiology
zoonosology, the study of animal diseases
zoopathology, the science of animal diseases
zoophysics, the study of physics of animal bodies
zoophysiology, the science of physiology of animals
zoophytology, the study of plant-like animals
zoosemiotics, the science of animal communication
zootaxy, the science of classifying animals
zootechnics, the science of breeding animals
zygology, the science of joining and fastening
zymology, the science of fermentation
zymurgy, the science of brewing and distilling


The one science from this entire group that requires no skeptics, no peer review, and no further discussion?  Climatology or Climate Science (global warming, global cooling, climate change).

Don't ask why, because there's no scientific or logical explanation to this concept of skepticalism, no review, and no discussion.  That's the funny thing about this.  Just draw a group of 100 guys studying zymurgy (brewing and distilling) into a room, and watch for four hours as they debate the science and establish dozens of differences among the group.  Strange how climate scientists can reach a level where debate among themselves is forbidden.

Just something to think about.  One single science....different from the other six-hundred others.

(list drawn from Phrondistrary.info, and modified)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Fart Pill

There's a French guy who claims he has a pill which will create a different smell for farts. Yep, he says they work.

Scents so far?  Seaweed, blueberry, charcoal, and plant resin.

Naturally, I'm from Bama, and I have doubts.....but it opens the door for number of variations on scent.

Imagine being out in some hunting 'blind' with a close associate on a cold November day in Bama....and you have issues.  Wouldn't a nice pine-smell be pleasing?  Or perhaps a vanilla-scent?

Maybe you were dating some hot gal from Montgomery and had some Mexican food for lunch.....wouldn't you rather have a pleasing watermelon scent in the air?

This guy says the pills are priced at a decent level....roughly twelve bucks for sixty.

Alternate History: 24 November 2014

This is alternate history.

The jury finally returned a guilty verdict late this afternoon on the young gentleman Michael Brown, with the charge of shooting and murdering policeman Darren Wilson.

The judge noted after the guilty verdict was rendered that a court would meet after Thanksgiving to determine whether he would receive the death sentence or life in prison. Previous shooters in Missouri of policemen have all received the death sentence, and CNN analysts were doubtful if he could avoid the same path.

Various witnesses came forward during the trial and established the fact that.....yes, there was a brief encounter on the roof after the policeman Wilson asked the two gentleman walking the middle of the road to move to the side of the road.  Most witnesses were in agreement (the one gentleman accompanying Brown was not)....that the confrontation went from zero to turbo in a matter of one minute.

No one has yet been able to explain why Brown charged Wilson in the police-car, and what motive was at work here.  Brown, based on his lawyer's advice, refused to comment or take the oath to defend himself.

Family members of Brown came to his defense and noted that he was a troubled young man from a rough neighborhood, and he might have been under the influence of narcotics or drugs.  No test had been rendered up on Brown, and thus this was not factual at the time.  At one point, with a witness to Brown's activities that morning....he alluded to the fact that Brown had smoked some marijuana and it might have clouded his ability to rationalize or grasp reality.

Brown's mother and father also took the stand, saying this was not the normal character of their son, and the rough side of the local area had possessed young Brown's life.

On the other side of the coin, the prosecution provided more than enough proof that Brown had taken the gun from the policeman, and fired three shots into him.  Death occurred within sixty seconds of the last shot.

The news media has been mostly local, with only one CNN correspondent covering the court episode from the national news.

As the CNN correspondent put it.....Brown was living life on the edge and if it hadn't been Brown, it would have been someone else down the road.

The Tenth Supreme Court Judge

In the summer of 1787, a bunch of guys sat around and were arguing....mostly without beer or alcohol.  I know, that part is fairly surprising.

They discussed and argued over things for hours.  A point would be brought up, then it'd be discussed to the ninth degree, and on some occasions.....folks would stand there and come to some mutually accepted decision.

It was a room with lots of static electricity....at least in terms of excitement and brilliance.  There were fantastic and creative things done in this room.

At some point, it was decided that there would be three institutions to counter-balance each other.  So, the Supreme Court was born.  The original make-up of the Court was six individuals....one Chief and five judges.  To mandate anything....you needed four votes.

In 1807, because of additional territory added to the US.....it was decided to expand out to seven judges.  In 1837, they added two more positions....bringing the 'team' up to nine judges.....because of national expansion.  In 1863, they added another position.....going to ten.  But by 1865, they'd decided that ten were too much, and reverted back to nine.

At some point in the early stages of the FDR era, the pressure was upon the conservative court (it was rather packed from the appointments of the 1920s)....that FDR was considering adding more positions (he had the vote in both the House and Senate).....and would just put enough judges on the court to ensure his decisions were continually put down (several of the first top ten programs of the FDR era failed the Supreme Court test and were rescinded).  The judges on the court made the decision to force themselves to allow various FDR programs to ride on.....and not throwing them out.

Over the past week, since the President utilized the executive order....I've come to visualize him now as "the tenth Supreme Court judge".

This executive order business is basically the way that a judge would deal with things he doesn't like.  In this case....the President can't repack the Supreme Court, using FDR's threat.  The news media control of year's past?  That's gone.....a guy can reach a mass of a hundred million Americans in a matter of hours, bypassing the standard control methods that a President would enjoy.

The tenth judge?  Unless the nine guys come out and state that they are the only judges at that level.....that's about the only general way that this game comes to an end.  The sad thing is that no one in the big room of 1789 ever sat there and thought about the extent of executive orders and how it might go.  You needed some abilities to lead the country, and they didn't want to handicap the guy.  It probably made sense not to list out what you could or could not do.....by executive order.

We are where we are today.....simply because people limited their scope of vision in 1789, and tried to be logical.  And in today's world.....we revolve around the illogical.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Simply Observations

Ferguson: I'm sitting and lounging three thousand miles away, viewing the minute-by-minute video clips of action in town, and observing the character/charm of the Ferguson mess.  Based on comments around the decision....it's safe to say that the kid (Brown) probably wasn't in full control of himself that day, did something pretty stupid, and is six feet under the ground because of his inability to grasp the situation.  The burning of the town?  Tomorrow....the sun will rise, and owners will assess what to do with their insurance money....which I believe....most will retreat and leave the area....to restart somewhere else.  The burnt buildings will stay, and reinforce the character/charm of Ferguson upon all who pass through it.  In effect, the Grand Jury episode doesn't really end this....it just moves it along to another stage.

Secretary of Defense Hagel:  The remaining issue I see.....who the heck would replace the guy?  Two years left on this administration.....various hot-topic issues remaining.....a difficult White House staff (beyond the President).....and a new Senate in January.  The four-star possibilities?  None, zero.  Someone suggested a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, but he says he has no interest.  So, it'll be a group of three-star possibilities and someone without any issues for Republicans to quiz in January.  As for Hagel?  I think he'll end up writing a book in 2015, and publish by spring of 2016.....talking about the White House staff as being more of a stumbling block than the President himself.

Bama Beer:  Alabama Biz Journal did a fine article over beer production in Bama.  With rules finally relaxed.....small-time brewing is now fine with the locals and progressing each year.  Birmingham is actually getting one positive comment (against a hundred negative ones).....with small-craft type operations now showing some sustainability and profits.  What the state needs....is one big brew competition and proclaim the King of beer for Bama.

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Car Smell (NCS)

The President delivered a speech yesterday in Henderson, NV.  Like a majority of his speeches over the past two years....it didn't really say much or present some massive appeal.  But he had this one thought.....that people now wanted a "new car smell" when 2016 rolls around.....meaning a different type President.  The hint here....was Hillary Clinton.

I sat and pondered over the expression of "new car smell".  At some point when I was a kid....maybe six or seven....my dad took me to the local Ford dealer in Florence, Alabama as part of the process to deal them down on a particular car he was interested in buying.  The original thought when I sat in the 'dream car' for the first time....was that it had a smell.  It was a pleasant plastic-like smell.  I remarked about this and my dad introduced me to the word "new car smell" (NCS, as I will call it).

NCS, when sniffed.....smells new and exciting.  The truth is, if you had stepped into a brand-new 1976 American Motors Pacer.....made out of Kenosha, WI.....it had NCS and you felt empowered.  Two thousand miles later, the NCS was gone and you found certain things lacking in the Pacer.

The 1971 Ford Pinto had NCS.....and bad fuel tanks.

The old Chevrolet Chevette had great NCS upon delivery, and sixty-thousand miles later....was a piece of crap.

Is NCS oversold?  I've noticed over the past decade a new gimmick sold around Wal-Mart.....NCS spray.  It's a nifty scent that makes you think your six-year old Ford pick-up is just as nice as it was on day one.....with enough spray.  Some guys with a twenty-two year old GMC will spray a whole can of the stuff into the truck....hoping to get that one last good feeling out of the vehicle before they dump it.

I've noticed that NCS is available now for home fragrance options.  You could probably turn your bathroom into a nifty new Ford vehicle....if you could just talk your wife into allowing you to position a NCS device near the toilet.

Would NCS work in politics?  Frankly, no.

We'd basically need NCS, dynamic anti-lock legislative brakes, Republican-grip tires, Democrat-blue-dog fog lights, anti-theft protection working twenty-four hours a day, and less show-room antics (Sunday chatty shows) by the "salesmen".  No, NCS just won't be enough.

I worked around with a guy while living in DC.....who by his late fifties....had come to admit that he'd never owned a new car.  I questioned him about this fact.  He rattled off at least twenty-five different cars....one of which he only had for six weeks.  All were used.  Most were three to six years old when bought, and were used for two years.  He had this philosophy.....to only buy vehicles that were 'broke-in' (as he put it) and had less than fifty thousand miles.  Once they hit one-hundred thousand miles, he traded them in.  I commented to him that he'd missed the NCS moment, and his response was that the scent rated near one-hundred on his list of things about a car that mattered.  To add insult to NCS....he even rated AM/FM radio options on a car at number ninety-nine.  I should add.....he was a building maintenance guy and typically drove more than eighty miles a day on average.

I don't know the crowd that hangs around the President, or the type of talk that occurs at the water-cooler at the White House.  Maybe this past week.....two or three guys got to talking about buying a new car, and someone simply said NCS in the middle of a conversation, and the President picked up on the comment.....thinking it applied to the President's office as well.  I'm humble enough to think it simply occurred like that, and simply got worked into a President's speech.

So, if you do feel you need a NCS moment with a new President....just note....it's roughly 2.1 years away and you might want to think long and hard over whether you want a Republican NCS scent, or a Democratic NCS scent.  For some of you.....it matters.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Watched a Larry King Interview

I sat and watched RT (Russia Today) yesterday.  Over an entire week, I might catch fifteen minutes of the network's news analysis.  It's slanted to some degree, I admit.

Yesterday, they ran a interview piece with Larry King (yeah, he's still around), with Chuck Todd (the new guy over Meet the Press).

It was like watching two guys at a bar.....half-sober, half-drunk....discussing their love and appreciation over President Obama.  Larry kept pushing Chuck along, to explain why the public has screwed up and lost favor with the President.  Both admitted in a thousand-odd words that they are just amazed at the graceful and intellectual nature of the President.  Both would hit at the right point.....how race was a factor and they felt it was unfair how the President was treated.

After fifteen minutes, I flipped to another channel.

Network news media.....even at RT....has become some comical feature to simply fill in empty space.  You can feature an interview with two washed up 1970s TV actors, a feel-good piece over some Bronx folks growing tomatoes on their roof, some witty English literature guy talking over George Canning's contributions, four women talking over Grandmaisms, or two washed-up TV interview guys talking their fascination of President Obama......it's just NOT news.  We've reached the point where we just fill in empty space with second-rate, third-rate, and fourth-rate stuff that marginalizes our perception of the world, and actual events.

CNN woke up in the late 1990s to realize that Larry King wasn't pulling in the big numbers anymore.  But the flip side was that there wasn't any real candidate to fill his shoes.  By 2009....a fair number of Larry's audience had moved on.  And in 2010.....Larry finally retired....to watch Piers Morgan flounder around for about a year.

I suspect after a while.....Larry's interview talents were recognized as sometimes hitting the mark, but mostly just the same stuff you'd see out of some barber in Tulsa asking his customer what they felt about the NCAA bowl picks this year, or if it might rain tomorrow.

As for Chuck Todd?  I got the impression after fifteen minutes of his interview that he's mostly slanted, but does his best to fake you out and make you believe that he's capable of being some plain vanilla journalist.  He does a marginal job, and if he's still there at Meet the Press by the end of 2016.....it'll surprise me.


Simple Observations

Ferguson, Missouri: I noticed the FBI admitted that they have a hundred agents about to arrive, and another hundred on a second wave.  You'd sit and think they will be there as part of the security and arrest apparatus as the Grand Jury moment occurs....but no.  They are there to help create a "intelligence center" where leadership will sit and monitor the ruckus about to be started.....explaining trends and chaos to the locals and to the DC crowd.  I won't say it's a wasted deal, but about six hours into the mess....the locals will consider the FBI's wisdom or advice to be mostly useless.

Computers: The Wall Street Journal wrote up an excellent article on automation.....making us dumb.  In a way, I agree.  If you look at a mechanic today.....he isn't the same guy you went to in 1988.  Today, he plugs in a module to your car, and notes four failing items which need replacement.  Before anything is messed up, it's corrected.  In 1988, you drove the car until one single item broke, and caused some malfunction.  Your gifted mechanic spent three hours testing various theories before he finally settled on one single item as the culprit of your issue.  Today's mechanic?  He doesn't have the skill to find such an issue.....without the computer module.

Bill Cosby: Ten women have now come forward to tell their rape story over the comedian.  If it had stuck to one.....it might have been dismissed.  You can't dismiss ten separate stories.  As many positive things as he might say over his career.....it's basically wiped out at this point.  All of this makes you ask the question.....when women up and disappear after having been at a bar for an evening.....did they get some sort of pill by a guy?

Coffee: Some smart guys have sat down and developed a zero-gravity coffee machine, which naturally the only place requiring such a machine is the International Space Station.  Up until this point, you had a pouch with freeze-dried coffee.....added heated water....and that was it for on the station.  Now, you could sit there and talk up the number of hours involved in such a project and no pay-back for whoever designed this.  But it shows.....man is capable of inventing just about anything.

Friday, 21 November 2014

My Old Neighborhood

From the three years I spent in Arlington.....one of the biggest deals of the community was the coming trolley-car episode.  I lived on the 'pike' and there had been a decade of people coming in....buying property and putting up new apartment/condo buildings.  Everyone was focused from the past decade on this project and how it would revolutionize the pike.

This week, as I noted in the news.....the county council finally admitted that local public pressure was intense against the trolley-car episode. Yeah, so, as shocking as it sounds.....they dumped the idea this week.

There was continued talk.....several hundred million dollars were to be thrown at the project which would have amounted to roughly four miles of a run.....on both sides of the street.  They wouldn't have even started this at the Pentagon (the starting point for pike buses), but in the nearby neighborhood.

The city council and the folks who pushed this theme for the past couple of years?  I'm guessing that the next election is tough, and they might be out of a job.

Why fight the trolley?  What most folks came to suggest was that one single element of Arlington was going to benefit, and oddly enough.....some people had invested millions to get ahead of the game, and win some 'poker-game' on profits in the years to come.

What can generally be said, during this ramp-up period.....millions were spent on the planning process, and was totally wasted.  The DC side of the same argument?  It's gone nowhere.....and there's some doubt if the DC trolley-car will be built.

Simply Observations

First, I watched a clip of the President's immigration executive order deal.  It's a curious piece.  With 2013 data, his order affects only 4.7 million illegals of the 11.5 million who were in the US last year.  Some folks think that up to 500,000 crossed the border this year, in anticipation of amnesty.  So, in effect, he's only helping about half of the folks.  Some get the deal....some don't.  The odd thing is that with the executive order.....he could have done this in 2010....but he simply sat and waited this out.  Court action to stop this?  Guaranteed.  Some Supreme Court hearing?  Timing makes this a question....it'd be fall of 2015 before it would get there, and maybe spring of 2016 before they'd toss the verdict out there.  Some judge could toss a 'halt' to the order for now, and just turn it into a political fight.  End result?  I think he's burnt just about every bridge possible at this point, and there's not much to salvage in 2015.

Second, if you sit and think about it.....eleven million illegals in the US....already working somewhere, for someone, then the system in place isn't working.  These are people who bypass banks, get paid in cash, and rent a house or apartment already without any documentation.  Even as this order gets processed and handed down.....there's at least 100,000 illegals in the beginning of the pipeline somewhere in Latin America, and heading up....expecting to be in America by Christmas.  The 4.5 million saved?  They will be completely replaced by the summer of 2016 (my humble guess).  There is no end or lack of illegals.

Third, I noticed that the Mexican government has finally approved a fee-program for coming into Mexico.  Basically, if you come to cross the border for more than seven days or intend to work in Mexico....you pay a fee of $28 (per visit, not per day).  Course, if you just want to come over for one or two days.....to go fishing or just sit at some cheap bar....no fee.  The odds of the fee escalating?  No one says much, but I'd bet on this progressing quickly up to $50 within a couple of years, and the time frame shrinking down to anyone staying more than a day.

Fourth, there's a CNN report that says the Ferguson cop will resign as soon as the Grand Jury says 'no case'.  No one expected him to return to uniform ever again.....so this was kinda expected.  What he does next in life?  I'd bet on him moving to Idaho and just quietly disappearing.

Fifth, there's a news piece out of Colorado Springs.....a company (Penrose-St. Francis Health Services) has decided that as of 1 January 2015....they won't hire anymore folks who say they smoke.  The folks currently on the payroll?  They can stay, but you can sense that there's going to be some internal disputes and pressure growing over this.  It's a small trend....going to a non-smoker employee base.  The amusing part of the story?  There's a drug test as you get hired, and they will test for nicotine in your system....so even if you had quit and were using the patches....it'd going to come out to be positive on the test.

Sixth and final, former DC mayor and now a council member of DC.....Marion Barry....was brought into the local hospital for observation.  Little is said but he apparently had some suggestion of a flu.  Considering the long life, chaos, and drugs.....Barry has been a pretty lucky guy in making it up to seventy-eight years old so far.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Simply Observations

News folks in Missouri say that the governor has activated the national guard, and will position them this weekend for Ferguson violence expected from the Grand Jury episode.  The general expectation here is that you will see a couple of folks killed by either the authorities, the violent folks, or just innocent bystanders.  So, we repeat the whole Grand Jury process with several more potential murders, and more probes.  Yeah, some kinda of stuck-in-a-time-loop episode like they used to do on Star Trek.

Not that it really matters, but I noticed that C-SP*N has set up a another special call-in number.  There's already one for Republicans, Tea-Party folks, Democrats, Independents, and on some occasions....environmentalists.  The new dedicated number?  For illegals to call in and voice their comments.  You can sit there and imagine some bored college kid in Auburn.....calling in and portraying himself as Juan....an illegal from Honduras....attending Auburn.....and being mostly conservative and against other illegals.  The question is....how long will the idiot from C-SP*N sit there and let the kid play out this game before they wise up to realize it was a bogus illegal guy?

There's a fed case proceeding against a guy who trains folks on how to lie their way through a federally mandated lie-detector interview.  What the feds say....is that the guy has violated mail fraud standards and obstructed justice....by training folks how to make it through a lie-detector.  The guy in this case.....has been around the business for over thirty years and knows every single weakness of the whole gimmick.  It might be curious to see how far the fed's get in this case, and if the judge just stars laughing half-way through it.

Finally, I noticed governor Jerry Brown of California is hinting of running for President yet again.  Brown ran for the presidential primary in 1976, 1980, and 1992.  His youth hurt him in the 1976 run against Jimmy Carter.  The incumbent nature of Carter hurt him in 1980, and he never could overcome Bill Clinton's positive nature in 1992.  As for now....twenty-four years later?  He's seventy-six, and way too old for the job.  A youthful Jerry Brown working in the new internet era?  He'd probably pull sixty-percent of the Democratic vote in the primary easily.  He just came up in the wrong era.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Ferguson

It's expected within the next ten days....that the Grand Jury over the Ferguson, Missouri shooting will announce their results.  Currently, between the various leaks, it's a ninety-nine percent chance that the policeman involved will NOT be charged.

Generally, everyone is now expecting violence out of the results.  It's not even limited to violence in Ferguson anymore.  There's an expectation of violence in St Louis, and across the nation itself.

With the Arctic blast occurring right now and temperatures in the mid-section down at 15-degrees....it might be the best time to let the mess occur.  Most folks won't spend more than two or three hours outside, and the weather might influence the violence to be less.

As various pieces of the story have unfolded now.....I'm prone to say that the kid involved in the episode was not able to mentally function because he was likely doped up.  He was drawn toward intimidation toward the shop owner, as he robbed them of the cigars.  He was drawn toward intimidation as he walked down the middle of the road.  He was even drawn to the cop car and using his intimidation thrills to show his superiority.  He simply wasn't in control of himself that day.

I can review hundreds of papers per day and show you at least 500 Americans (men and women) who were doped up yesterday and did something stupid.  Some threatened their relatives or co-workers.  Some were prepared to kill their neighbors.  Some started fights over nothing.  And some of them are today.....dead.

As the violence starts up in Ferguson.....a few more people might be dead, and thus cause a tidal wave of doped-up threats and violence as their 'relief'.

This kid didn't have to die....but he needed to behave in a certain manner to survive.  And it just wasn't going to happen that way.

My prediction is a dozen business operations in Ferguson will be vandalized, and maybe even be burned out.  Those burned-out?  They won't come back or rebuild....leaving the charred building as a memorial to the community and it's decay.  The public will complain about this as they move ahead in spring of 2015.....but no idiot would dare put down some capital to rebuild when it's just not that safe.

Just another day in America.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Stupid-Enough

Over the last week, I've watched this Jonathon Gruber episode unfold on the Obama health-care episode.  As he kinda admitted on several occasions....seen on video....Americans are "stupid-enough" to be brought into a situation and believe just about anything you tell them.

I've sat and pondered over the term "stupid-enough".

H. L. Mencken once said..."Democracy is the theory that common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."  Yeah, he meant screwed when he said it.

Here's the blunt truth.  America only functions....if enough of us are stupid-enough to just make it work.

When you get all frustrated with taxes from your local county, city and state....try to remember that you were stupid-enough to elect folks into office to give you free stuff, and there is a relationship between the free stuff and taxation.

When you get all frustrated about environmental laws which affect your farm or pasture, you were stupid-enough to allow political folks to screw up the system.

When you travel via airports and get angry over TSA's mess.....you were the one who was stupid-enough to put marginal Presidents into place and allow threats to escalate to the point of 9-11.

When you step into a grocery and question the pricing scheme.....you were the one stupid-enough to allow artificial price controls to fall into place and government guys to gimmick up the mess.

When you get angry over the parking fees at your local NFL football stadium, you were the one stupid-enough to go along with the city or county's inside deal to profit off the team.

When you get perturbed over dead folks voting in your local election, or finding out forty folks voted in your county election who actually reside in the next state over.....you were the one stupid-enough to think elections could be held without a voter-ID.

We hire people for DC jobs each year, to rig up things or build processes to ensure that stupid-enough Americans don't understand the system or the end-result.  We hire news media folks to deliver information in such a way, that stupid-enough Americans never get wise over reality.  We hire foundations to write fake reports over things, so that stupid-enough Americans get fake enthusiasm and support something of a fraud.

Hyped up?  Don't be.  If you want to solve this....don't be stupid-enough.  It's that simple.  Ask questions.  Read different sources.  Ask what the end-result is and how much it costs.  Just because one stupid-enough news reporter says it's a fact, doesn't make it a fact.

In the end, Mencken was right.  Whatever we ask for, we ought to get it good and hard.  And after enough times, we ought to realize the implications of a democracy.

From Latin to English

This week, I noticed that there was a Catholic conference that was conducted up in Baltimore.  A number of topics were going to be brought up at this US conference....but the big deal of the meeting was this talk over taking the exorcism package....currently only in Latin, and converting it to English.

There were some details hyped on the Catholic process for an exorcism.  For example.....it can't just be a priest who finds the situation of a possessed guy and just does the ceremony.  You need to have a bishop (the guy one step down from a Cardinal) who examines all the facts.  Key to the final decision is whether the guy or gal is just a nutcase or really possessed.

What's driving this translation deal to English (it's never gone past Latin, ever)?

I suspect there are fewer people trained in Latin these days.  Few people have interest in the old language, and it's hard to even find a university these days which would offer it.  In the 1700s, almost every single university in existence within the US....mandated at least a basic introduction into Latin.  Today?  There are very few degrees which mandate it, and it's not widely used beyond the medical field.  Herbert Hoover was the last US President who could speak Latin.

The problem I see is that once you get this booklet out there in English.....someone will make a bootleg copy, and then make it widely available.  A week later, ten thousand Americans will be standing on the street or on some front porch.....trying to rid their cousin or neighbor of demonic possession.

Eventually, some TV show will be put up on the Discovery Channel where some fake demonic hunter and his brother travel around the south to rid folks of possession.  Each week will feature a new demon....a new problem.....and always generate mostly idle gossip around the office as folks discuss the demons involved and if it was fake.

If you were asking me....I'd be of the mind to keep the book in Latin and try hard not to turn this into some kind of entertainment gimmick.  We've got enough problems in America today, and throwing some exorcism book into the middle of the mess will push things one notch higher.

Friday, 14 November 2014

When the Cops Show Up at the Door

There's an interesting story out of Buffalo, NY over guns and death.

There is a New York state law, which says that pistols, upon the death of the owner, may be taken by the local police from the family.  Naturally, this leads back to a database which you enter into....as a New York resident and when you purchase a pistol from a legit dealer or store.  This doesn't affect shot-guns or long guns....but it does affect pistols.

To be honest, it's a law which no one in New York state has enforced, while on the books.  It was supposed to be a protective measure....taking pistols off the street.

Well....the Buffalo city cops decided to get into the middle of this, and plan to start looking over death notices, and showing up at the house to take the weapon.

As you can imagine....it's set off a number of folks and made the whole thing into a hostile event.  The cops will attempt to take any and all weapons within the residence....while the law basically limited it to pistols only.  There is a method within the law where the cops must retain the weapon, and allow family members to establish a legal method of re-acquiring the gun.  In essence, more paperwork, and lawyer cost.

What bothers me about the whole thing....is that they are actively pursuing death notices to go after guns....but won't actively pursue dead voters who happen to vote in the last election.  No one has said much over how many dead guys voted in the 2014 election in Buffalo, but I'd be willing to take a guess that we'd find at least a dozen or more.

It used to be....cops were out there to protect the local community and be part of the infrastructure of your safety.  Now?  I think cops are more of the problem than the solution.

Put yourself at the doorway of a house.....having the recent elderly member of the house pass away, and some cop shows up to demand you hand over the five various pistols within the house, and hints that he can take all the weapons there....to include the rifles.  You stand there.....already affected by the recent passing, and just feel a bit hostile over this intrusion.  A smart guy would ask for the court order, signed by the judge.  The cop would feel intimidated and try to talk his way around this.  You would eventually give up.

This all has a bad smell to it.....legal papers used to screw people over and marginal law enforcement of no value.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Bama Attitude

What is Bama attitude? I was reading a commentary about people from Texas, and how they had a different kind of attitude.  So I paused and thought over Bama folks, and realized that they generally have a different kind of attitude.

Bama attitude is where you are going to do the right thing....even though most folks wouldn't do it.

Bama attitude is where you shop for the best price....not necessarily the best product.

Bama attitude is where you really don't care how the front yard looks.

Bama attitude is where you might profess to being a Baptist but you are secretly sipping whiskey on Saturday night and pumping breath-mints on Sunday morning.

Bama attitude is where your dog is awful bad sick and you are rushing him to the vet...while the wife has a broken leg on the old porch that you said you'd fix but haven't.

Bama attitude is where you have three shotguns in the house...at strategic points.

Bama attitude is where the only two door vehicle you ever own...is a pick-up.

Bama attitude is where SEC football rules from September to December.

Bama attitude is where blood kin weigh more on your mind than wife's kin.

Bama attitude is where you'd pay $1000 for a champion beagle but wouldn't spend more than $400 for your wife's new dishwasher.

Bama attitude is where you order the brand new $35k GM "haul-ass" wonder-truck...with satellite radio...but never subscribe to the services.

Bama attitude is where you know the twelve routes to the county line where ice cold alcoholic beverages can be sold and thus avoid the local law when driving back.

Bama attitude is where you don't know anyone who is gay or bi-sexual...nor do you ever want to know one of that variety.

Bama attitude is where Coach Bear walks upon water and you sip only ice cold Coke, lemonade,  or freshly brewed tea. 

Bama attitude is where you tell everyone that you will vote straight democratic ticket, and walk in to vote for straight Republican.

Bama attitude is where you you personally know the fella at the home depot nail department by first name basis and knows where he goes to church.

Bama attitude is where you consider a trip to the Tunica casino as a trip to paradise but never admit you went when friends at the church ask.

Bama attitude is where your neighbor is awful laid up and sick, and you round up six guys to do all his farm work for a month...and never accept a word of thanks or cash payment.

Bama attitude is where some local guy got bad off sick.....has no insurance...and you hold a "singing" where folks drop in $15k in one evening for his hospital costs.

Bama attitude is where you encourage the wife to dress like a tramp in the bedroom but would never want her showing any cleavage shown in public.

Bama attitude is where your septic tank has breached a hole or two, but you know this guy named Larry who does this replacement work real quick and for half the price most folks pay.

Bama attitude is that you really don't need any of that bottled water...just drink straight from the tap.

Finally...Bama attitude is where you are damn happy right where you are and really don't have a hankering to move to Austin or St. Louis.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar

I sat through 2.5 hours of the movie Interstellar yesterday.  Up until the last fifteen minutes of the movie.....it was progressing as a great science fiction piece.  About seventy-percent into the movie, it hit you with two strange twists, and made the script into a terrific piece.

Then, it went weird.

It introduced some 5th-dimension reality (or falseness) and I just sat there shaking my head.  Nothing was explainable from that point on.  The last ninety seconds tied up most of the story, and you kinda appreciated that.....but for fifteen minutes it was a disaster.

So, my advice....it's worth going to.  The minute you get to where the pilot and gal near the end are retaking their ship.....walk out of the theater and be satisfied with the storyline at that point.  Don't stay and start asking "what the hell".

Oh, and I should note....this should help to confuse the global warming alarm, because we can now say that we intend to leave the planet once it's all screwed up and find a new planet.....like those interstellar folks did.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Nuke of a Nuke

I've sat and read over twenty commentaries around the election.  Some dealt with the serious nature of the message.  Some talked up how bad it'd be get the President and the Senate on one page.  Some were negative.  Some were positive.

Something is about to occur, and change will occur.

If not, let me introduce to the nuke of a nuke scenario.

The President decides not to agree with the Republican Senate, does executive orders, and vetoes continually for the next year.  We get into July of 2015 with the Iowa and South Carolina primary episode in full swing, and Democrats showing up to talk their prospective the voters. Reporters ask these guys....do you support the President's executive orders?  Do you support the negative agenda?  Do you support the President himself?

It's a bad position....being Democrat and condemning your guy.  It makes the party look negative and stupid.

Out of the twelve guys running....only one will go ultra-negative on the President and blast him.....getting the first four state primaries, and thus killing off the crowd.  The problem is that the President looks lame and stupid while this guy of his own party is knocking him.

The Senate race in 2016?  A huge number of Republicans, but most all of them in this scenario would win....at best one guy might lose.

The Democrats?  I count four races where a poor two year period of the President would harm their chances, and have Republican replacements (CO, CA, NV, OR).  Toss in 2018's race, and another three might fall to Republicans.  Sixty Republican senators by 2018....if they continue with the President's past strategy.

The party needs to drag the President's team into a room and just say.....it's done.  We want a simple two-topic 2015 period (Immigration and tax reform)....nothing else.  We want limited press coverage of the President for all of 2015.  Act lame, and the Party will limit damage.  It's simple.

So, as bad you think it might be....by 2018, it might be a lot worse, if you were a Democrat.  

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Problem With Legalization

If you read around Colorado,and the states preparing to approve marijuana usage....there's a new problem.  Everyone for twenty-odd years kept talking about how wonderful it'd be if you could finally have legalized marijuana sales.  Then they'd always hype up how you could tax marijuana and the public would benefit from the tax revenue collected.

Well....they've come to admit in the last couple of months that the tax rate that state governments envisioned.....is going to EAT UP most profits on the sales.  In some cases, people are talking up the possibility that legalized marijuana sales will require so much taxation.....that there is marginal profit, and you 'd do just as well to sell it on the illegal market, thus avoiding the taxes and enjoying the profits.

Yeah, the government would screw up the whole thing enough....that you'd be better off illegally selling your weed.

The same thing would occur with alcohol, if it weren't for the fact that there aren't that many people making their own booze and selling it on the side.  If the weed industry had gone the way of booze.....there wouldn't be an underground market and no fall-back position.

An eighth of an ounce on the illegal market typically runs $25.  The same amount in a legal shop....runs anywhere between $35 to $80, depending on profit margin and state taxation.

The illegal $25 gimmick?  You can figure that some grower guy in the region....probably out of a house or old storefront, is making fifty to seventy percent of the $25.  The distribution guy?  Somewhere between twenty-five and fifty percent.  It all depends on the local situation, competition, and how much cop pressure is applied in some region on growers.

So, you sit and compare the legal sales gimmick.  You have a real store, with heat and electricity needed.  You have to hire at least three or four people, although they may be part-time help.  If full-time, you worry about health care and benefits.  Then you have the state tax that gets dumped onto the final line.  Your profit is questionable, unless you were also the guy growing the stuff....but you have to figure all the growing costs will also take a chunk of money.

Will legal weed sales fail?  My humble opinion is that three years into the great expansion.....around a quarter of all weed shops will close down because they just weren't going to make enough to cover their lifestyle and expectations.  Another quarter of the shops will undergo a dramatic change, with lesser hours open and fewer employees.  Somewhere in this mess....some shops will just be sold out to people who got hyped up and think there's some money in Colorado for weed sales, when there isn't any profits.

It's an odd thing.....making something legal and thinking that it'd survive in a free-market economy.  The truth is.....while sold illegally....it was a profitable thing in a capitalist market.  In the contrived market that exists today with various gimmicks?  It can't truly survive, as is.

A Giant in Car Mechanics

For probably two decades....I used to listen to NPR's "Car Talk", with the two brothers (Tom and Ray Magliozzi).  They announced late yesterday.....Tom had finally passed away.

NPR in the 1980s.....had lousy programming.  Between intellectual and fake artsy-type shows, it was the AM/FM network that drew probably one-percent of the national audience.  At some point around 1987.....I can remember reading some newspaper commentary over the weekend show, and thinking I'd listen to it and see what the hype was about.  After one show....I was addicted.

Tom and Ray were natural talkers.....from an Italian family, and graduates of MIT.  They were THAT smart, and you have basic engineering, chemistry, and science explained in various ways that made sense.

The call problems?  After several years, I came to realize that the knowledge they passed down.....had sunk into my head and I could diagnose fifty percent of the problems that came to occur with my vehicles.

Tom was the guy who had stayed in science, and Ray took his vast knowledge and ran a mechanics shop.

Yeah, I was entertained, and educated at the same time.  Generally, they always gave 'safe' advice.....telling you NOT to drive an unsafe car, or when to dump the vehicle.  They would occasionally cross the line and tell what dealers were doing to trick you, or what crappy cars that GM was attempting to sell.

Somewhere in this mix.....I will admit that NPR had one really decent show, that was highly valued and worth listening to.  This guy and his brother made a show that took engineering, science and entertainment.....combining them to draw a vast audience.  And the world is a little bit less today, without the Einstein of car engineering to discuss matters with.

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Art and Death of Political Discussion

I've come to realize.....there's virtually nothing left....that doesn't turn into a political argument now.

Baseball, NCAA football, marriage, Duck Dynasty, lumbermills, religion, lack of religion, medicine, curable diseases, incurable diseases, mythical climate changes, real climate changes, drought, muppets, Coke and sugar content, Coke and fake sweetener, ditches, lakes, fishing, hunting, fast cars, slow cars, violent TV shows, adult humor TV shows, talk shows, gay marriage, early marriage at 16 years old, marrying for money, marrying for citizenship, city water, spring water, public toilets, beer, lack of beer, bingo, lotto, farming, 4th of July celebrations, Christmas, Christmas sales, racism, fake racism, drones, Ten Commandments, Bibles, smoking, campfires, walking on the beach, driving on the beach, traffic speeds, speed zones, neighborhood crime, books at the library, just getting a library, Columbus, Davy Crockett, George Bush, Ebola, drug prices, free birth control, cheap birth control, cheap housing, renovation permits, homeless people, urban yuppies arriving in rural communities, nuke power, solar power, wind power, Common Core, teacher pay, abusive grading, cheap college, college debt, faulty professors in college, wrestling, boxing, baggy pants, short skirts, tube tops, vacations, wilderness access, wilderness protection, roads into the wilderness, denying roads into the wilderness, PBS, NPR, wild critters, daylight savings time, minimum wage, maximum wage, immigration, limits on Americans wanting to leave lock-stock-and-barrel, clean water, sewage plants design, gays in military, military having enough bullets to fire, digital TV, FCC control over Rush Limbaugh, union membership, lack of unions, taxing the dead, taxing the living, dead voters, denying votes, voter ID, Chick-Fil-A, suicide, salt in food, calorie count, super-sized drinks, teenage drinking, adult drinking, Islam, weeds in a yard, green grass versus dead grass, overgrown grass, muffler noise, city park usage, homeless people sleeping under a bridge, aircraft safety, knee space on aircraft, late arrival times at airports, TSA, FBI, NSA, CIA, National Forestry, DC becoming a state, DC staying a district, AMTRAK, public transportation, fake liberals, fake conservatives, NASCAR, NFL, Civil War, WW II, Vietnam, Nazis, Communists, Tea Party, environmentalists, and grease content in food.

I could probably ramble on for 16,000 different political arguments.  Nothing has avoided political identification and attaching to some agenda for someone or some group.

Here in Germany, all was positive with wind power within the environmental groups....up until the last year when debate came for putting windmills on the Taurnus Ridge, north of Wiesbaden by a couple of miles.  These windmills would have be on the peaceful landscape that so many worship as never-ending.  Well....the windmill guys added up the wind-flow and know that the ridge offers some of the best areas around to catch wind and provide cheap and clean power.  So the environmental move split....one group in support, one against.  Who would have predicted that?

Folks now get involved in your food.  That super-sized drink of 99 ounces?  Well.....some folks want to protect you, and some want to keep it on the table.

Some folks argue over the local library and its funding.  Some folks now argue about vehicle engine size and who needs eight-cylinder engines.  Some folks argue against city expansion while some argue for massive expansion.  Some folks argue about flea markets and limiting their vendors.  Some folks argue about the evils of liberalism, while others argue about the fake conservatives.

Forty years ago....you could have engaged five guys sitting under a tree, and at best....they would have thought up forty things to argue about.  Today?  The five guys could easily name a thousand things in one hour.  Nothing is untouchable in terms of attaching to one political agenda or the other.

Which leads me to wonder just how far this can go in the next twenty years?  Could you have one single issue develop within a single church and drive fifty-percent of the members away within six weeks?  Could you make your town so toxic that seventy percent of the voters would just stay home?  Could you have a dozen special interest groups existing in a town of a thousand people....working tirelessly to make everyone hostile to half the town?

Have  we reached a point where society is unable to function but simply argue things to a political end?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Costume Stupidity

Halloween has come and gone  I noticed late yesterday, that Walmart had some costume up for sale, $39.95, for a Afghan Pashtun Papa deal.  Yeah.....a Ossam Bin Laden outfit.

You get a fake bear, some turban, a floppy pair of pants, a vest, and some long t-shirt. Origin?  They don't say, but I'd take a guess it's China.

If you showed up at some party in this....I'd take a guess that most folks would be coming up to make some pointed comments about 69 virgins, your recommendations for cave accommodations, or ask if Bush or Obama knew what they were doing.

Bad taste?  Maybe, but it's all a parody now with costumes.

I've attended one costume party in my life....wearing a Santa outfit.  I felt silly wearing the suit, and put the whole thing away into storage (1978).  Wearing the fake Pashtun outfit?  No.....it's just not for me.