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24th-Jan-2010 10:15 pm(no subject)
purple
Worst possible time for an interception. I thought we had the game won.
catbert
This happened on talk radio in Chicago the other day:

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3rd-May-2009 03:27 pm - twins game
voted for kerry
You begin to wonder what is going on with the pitching when you go from a four-run lead in a no-hitter to down one befor the side is out. Frustrating.
27th-Apr-2009 08:00 pm - Twins 2009
voted for kerry
Is it just me, or does it seem that the starting pitching has been severely overhyped? Baker's first start of the season is tonight (down 2-0 after 2), and Liriano has no wins yet, in sharp contrast to what we witnessed in June and July 2006.
voted for kerry
Exhibit 2
Description: NEEDS !!?

THE FORM ASKS: 'LICENSEE/PERMITTEE HAS OTHER NEEDS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED BEFORE IT CAN FULLY CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE ITS POST-TRANSITION FACILITY. (IF CHECKED, EXPLAIN.)'
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1. RELIABILITY AND QUALITY OF USING 1970'S HARRIS TRANSMITTING GEAR IS UNKNOWN.
2. NO EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE TO ACCURATELY MEASURE DTV OR ACLR POWER.
3. THE 8VSB SIGNAL WILL ORIGINATE AT K22HN. RELIABILITY OF RECEPTION OF THE 8VSB SIGNAL IS UNKNOWN, THOUGH IT SEEMS TO WORK IN SPITE OF TWO PATH TERRAIN OBSTACLES.
4. ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES ARE UNRELIABLE AT BOTH SITES; HILLSIDE WHERE K22HN WILL ORIGINATE 8VSB SIGNALS FOR THE REGION, AND EAGLE RIVER WHERE KYES-DT WILL TRANSLATE THOSE SIGNALS. BOTH SITES ARE SUBJECT TO WINDS IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH. SERIAL RETRANSMISSION WILL COMPOUND THE PROBABILITY OF OFF AIR TIME. THE STATION NEEDS BACK UP GENERATORS, BUT HAS NO MONEY FOR ONE, NO LESS TWO. PUBLIC SAFETY WILL BE COMPROMISED AFTER THE ANALOG SIGNAL IS SWITCHED OFF DUE TO LACK OF BACK UP POWER.

FOR EXAMPLE, POWER AT K22HN FAILED LAST NIGHT (OCT 10, 2008) SHORTLY AFTER 4.30 AM. IT IS STILL OFF AS OF THIS TIME, 6 PM. AS A RESULT, KYES HAS HAD NO DTV SIGNAL AT ALL FOR OVER 12 HOURS. THIS WILL NOT BE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. THE ANALOG SIGNAL ORIGINATES FROM A UPS PROTECTED STUDIO. THE 8VSB SIGNAL IS ENCODED AT K22HN.

THE FCC FORM ASKS WHAT IS NEEDED. THE ANSWER? FUNDS FROM THE SPECTRUM AUCTION AS MADE POSSIBLE BY THIS CONVERSION TO DTV, SAID FUNDS TO BE APPLIED TO EQUIPMENT THAT MAY BE NEEDED, ESPECIALLY BY STATIONS IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS. DUMPSTER DIVING MAY RESULT IN AN 8VSB SIGNAL, BUT THE RESULT WILL BE LESS THAN IDEAL.
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THOUSANDS OF STORM VICTIMS STILL WITHOUT POWER

BY MEGAN HOLLAND AND CRAIG MEDRED
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 10TH, 2008 05:18 PM
LAST MODIFIED: OCTOBER 10TH, 2008 05:16 PM

ABOUT 6,000 CUSTOMERS [....]

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10th-Dec-2008 09:42 pm - Editorial: The Blagojevich arrest
voted for kerry
If Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich does not resign immediately, the state’s legislature should impeach him and remove him from office immediately. Time is of the essence.

On December 9, Blagojevich was arrested on charges of official corruption. According to transcripts of phone calls intercepted by the FBI, and very profane ones at that, Blagojevich made it very clear that his decisions are driven by personal financial, legal, and political gain; such considerations were at the heart of his deliberations on how he would fill the Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

According to the reports, he also sought a political contribution of $50,000 as a condition of an allocation of $8 million in state funds to a children’s hospital.

As for the Senate seat, Blagojevich was seeking a post in Obama’s cabinet or to be appointed as an ambassador. Blagojevich’s description of Obama after finding out only appreciation would be forthcoming if Obama’s choice was appointed was profane to say the least, and language that no reasonable elected official would ever dare to use to describe the President of the United States of the same party. In short, Blagojevich intended to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

In addition, in the Tribune Company’s efforts to sell the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, Blagojevich was demanding that certain members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board be fired in exchange for the state providing capital for part of the transaction. This pressure is a direct attack on the freedom of the press and is a direct attack on the underpinnings of democracy itself. Such pressure is most analogous to that applied by the Nixon administration on the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. Such conduct, regardless of the reason, is prima facie evidence that a public official is absolutely and irredeemably unfit to hold public office.
voted for kerry
On November 4, American voters go to the polls to elect a new president. What we have seen leaves me with an obvious choice. My vote is for Barack Obama.

The most important decision that a presidential candidate can make prior to the election is the selection of a running mate.

There was an article in Time back in July, that offered a glimpse into the personalities and potential leadership style of Barack Obama and John McCain, by looking at the forms of gambling they partake in with their own money. Obama, according to the article, is a rather studious and cautious small-stakes poker player. McCain enjoys high-stakes craps.

This is borne out by the candidates’ selections of running mates: Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden and Alaska Gov. Sara Palin are Obama’s and McCain’s respective running mates.

Biden is a 36-year veteran of the Senate who is very well versed in foreign policy, is not afraid to speak his mind, and would be a capable president if it should become necessary.

Palin, on the other hand, has served six years as a small-town mayor and two years as governor; before this election, she had never stood for election to federal office. The last member of a winning presidential ticket who had never previously run for federal office was Spiro Agnew in 1968. (Ronald Reagan was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1976 Republican presidential primaries; Bill Clinton was an unsuccessful candidate for the House of Representatives in 1974; George W. Bush was an unsuccessful candidate for the House of Representatives in 1978.) The fact that Palin has no experience at the federal level suggests a Pandora’s box if she had to assume the presidency, a possibility that is of greater significance given McCain’s age and medical history.

Overall, Obama chose well with Biden. McCain rolled snake-eyes with Palin. If McCain’s goal was to appease the right wing of the Republican Party, there were quite a few other choices available to him from the right wing whose experience at the federal level that would be respected by the left.

That being said, we now look at the primary issue in this election: the economy.

As of this writing, we are witnessing an economic crisis of proportions not seen since the 1930’s. The crisis was precipitated by a housing bubble precipitated by the Federal Reserve’s reduction of the federal funds rate to 1% several years ago compounded by the issuance of mortgage loans to borrowers whose credit histories indicated a much higher propensity than normal to default on the loans. After the top of the bubble had been reached, these loans started souring, and the foreclosures started to flood the market with excess housing inventory, driving down home values, and cascading the problem.

The Federal Reserve responded by reducing the federal-funds rate from 5.25% to, as of October 24, 2008, 1.5%, and reducing the discount rate, at which it lends to commercial banks, from 6.25% to 1.75%.

However, this did not cause mortgage interest rates to go down, which would have helped stop or at least slow down the decline in housing prices.

The resulting losses on subprime mortgages caused a number of large institutions to collapse or be merged out of existence. The casualty list includes, among others, Bear Stearns, IndyMac Bank, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, and National City. Others are expected to follow.

However, the crisis is appearing to have not been a liquidity crisis but a solvency crisis. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal offers a succinct analogy: "Imagine that you are playing poker with 10 people and that you learn that a minority of them is broke and would not pay you if they lose. You don't know, however, who the ones are who won't pay. In this environment, the risk of losing would be too high even if you know that most of the players are perfectly sound financially and would pay up if they lose.

"In this environment, any rational card player would stop making bets until the true solvency position of each player is revealed and the bankrupt ones are expelled from the game. Having insolvent players sitting at the table spoils the game."

Indeed it does. This is a large part of why the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has become decoupled from the federal funds rate. Banks are afraid to lend to one another; they question each other’s solvency.

First, we must get at the crux of the problem by stabilizing housing prices. Once housing prices are at least stable, the mortgage industry will start writing new loans.

Second, we need to rethink our financial regulatory structure. Right now, we have a large number of regulatory fiefdoms that institutions can play off of one another; the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, the state banking regulators, the state insurance regulators the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift Supervision come to mind. Instead, we need a single regulatory apparatus that meets the needs of our economy and our financial institutions, be they commercial banks, investment banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, credit unions, mutual funds, pension funds, and hedge funds.

We must recognize that free-market capitalism, left unregulated or insufficiently regulated, will eventually self-destruct. The key is to regulate in such a manner that free-market capitalism is protected from its own worst enemies.

However, we must realize that the last eight years have seen an administration that has been generally disinclined toward regulation in general.

We must also consider McCain’s history; he got caught up in the 1980’s in the Keating Five scandal. Charles Keating what the CEO of Lincoln Savings, a struggling thrift at the time this happened. His relationship with five senators allowed him to keep regulators at bay, allowing Lincoln’s condition to worsen and increasing the cost to taxpayers for the cleanup. That being said, I have no confidence in McCain’s willingness to provide the necessary regulatory framework.

And now we get to some of the rhetoric we have heard over the last couple weeks. We have Palin’s comments about the “real America” and we have comments from Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who called upon the news media to conduct an investigation of the entire congressional membership to determine who is pro-America and who is anti-America. These comments remind me of Abraham Lincoln’s statement in 1858 that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” It is clear that the polarization of our country is reaching a point where our country will be unable to take such further polarization.

We cannot afford more dividers; we need candidates who will bring unity. We need a regulatory system that protects the system from its worst excesses. A vote for McCain is a vote for more of the same; any claim that McCain and Palin are mavericks is absurd.
dogbert-survey
On Minnesota's general election ballot this year is the following constitutional amendment: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?"

I have several objections to this proposition.

First, there is no reason to believe that, if enacted as a statute, any of the components would be ruled unconstitutional.

Second, an examination of the legislative history of the bill that resulted in this amendment being placed on the ballot reveals that the bill passed with more than a two-thirds majority in the Senate and was just short of a two-thirds vote in the House; overriding a veto could be seen as a reasonable prospect.

Third, the idea of imposing a sales tax by way of a constitutional amendment flies in the face of the very idea of representative democracy. In addition, this proposal will result in a number of other interests showing up at the Capitol seeking funding for their priorities by way of a constitutional amendment rather than by statute. Take a look at what has happened with California's budget; their legislature is hamstrung by a number of voter initiatives, which would result this year in the budget being months late and containing a multi-billion dollar deficit, which they are largely covering by selling revenue-anticipation notes that will come due next spring, hoping that sales tax collections from the holiday shopping season will be sufficient to cover them.

Finally, removing this tax from the constitution will require another constitutional amendment. Constitutional amendments require a majority of all voters voting in a general election to vote in favor for the amendment to be approved; this came about in an effort to stave off enactment of Prohibition at the state level by way of a constitutional referendum.

I am making no judgment about the worthiness of the programs proposed to be funded with this amendment. I am, however, making a judgment about the method by which the supporters of these programs seek to fund them. As a result, I am voting "no" on this measure.
17th-Oct-2008 09:07 pm(no subject)
dogbert-survey
I don't see any humility in this farewell letter from one hedge fund manager. In any event, it makes for interesting reading:




Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.

Recently, on the front page of Section C of the Wall Street Journal, a hedge fund manager who was also closing up shop (a $300 million fund), was quoted as saying, "What I have learned about the hedge fund business is that I hate it." I could not agree more with that statement. I was in this game for the money. The low hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale, and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy, only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America.

There are far too many people for me to sincerely thank for my success. However, I do not want to sound like a Hollywood actor accepting an award. The money was reward enough. Furthermore, the endless list those deserving thanks know who they are.

I will no longer manage money for other people or institutions. I have enough of my own wealth to manage. Some people, who think they have arrived at a reasonable estimate of my net worth, might be surprised that I would call it quits with such a small war chest. That is fine; I am content with my rewards. Moreover, I will let others try to amass nine, ten or eleven figure net worths. Meanwhile, their lives suck. Appointments back to back, booked solid for the next three months, they look forward to their two week vacation in January during which they will likely be glued to their Blackberries or other such devices. What is the point? They will all be forgotten in fifty years anyway. Steve Balmer, Steven Cohen, and Larry Ellison will all be forgotten. I do not understand the legacy thing. Nearly everyone will be forgotten. Give up on leaving your mark. Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life.
So this is it. With all due respect, I am dropping out. Please do not expect any type of reply to emails or voicemails within normal time frames or at all. Andy Springer and his company will be handling the dissolution of the fund. And don't worry about my employees, they were always employed by Mr. Springer's company and only one (who has been well-rewarded) will lose his job.

I have no interest in any deals in which anyone would like me to participate. I truly do not have a strong opinion about any market right now, other than to say that things will continue to get worse for some time, probably years. I am content sitting on the sidelines and waiting. After all, sitting and waiting is how we made money from the subprime debacle. I now have time to repair my health, which was destroyed by the stress I layered onto myself over the past two years, as well as my entire life -- where I had to compete for spaces in universities and graduate schools, jobs and assets under management -- with those who had all the advantages (rich parents) that I did not. May meritocracy be part of a new form of government, which needs to be established.

On the issue of the U.S. Government, I would like to make a modest proposal. First, I point out the obvious flaws, whereby legislation was repeatedly brought forth to Congress over the past eight years, which would have reigned in the predatory lending practices of now mostly defunct institutions. These institutions regularly filled the coffers of both parties in return for voting down all of this legislation designed to protect the common citizen. This is an outrage, yet no one seems to know or care about it. Since Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith passed, I would argue that there has been a dearth of worthy philosophers in this country, at least ones focused on improving government. Capitalism worked for two hundred years, but times change, and systems become corrupt. George Soros, a man of staggering wealth, has stated that he would like to be remembered as a philosopher. My suggestion is that this great man start and sponsor a forum for great minds to come together to create a new system of government that truly represents the common man's interest, while at the same time creating rewards great enough to attract the best and brightest minds to serve in government roles without having to rely on corruption to further their interests or lifestyles. This forum could be similar to the one used to create the operating system, Linux, which competes with Microsoft's near monopoly. I believe there is an answer, but for now the system is clearly broken.

Lastly, while I still have an audience, I would like to bring attention to an alternative food and energy source. You won't see it included in BP's, "Feel good. We are working on sustainable solutions," television commercials, nor is it mentioned in ADM's similar commercials. But hemp has been used for at least 5,000 years for cloth and food, as well as just about everything that is produced from petroleum products. Hemp is not marijuana and vice versa. Hemp is the male plant and it grows like a weed, hence the slang term. The original American flag was made of hemp fiber and our Constitution was printed on paper made of hemp. It was used as recently as World War II by the U.S. Government, and then promptly made illegal after the war was won. At a time when rhetoric is flying about becoming more self-sufficient in terms of energy, why is it illegal to grow this plant in this country? Ah, the female. The evil female plant -- marijuana. It gets you high, it makes you laugh, it does not produce a hangover. Unlike alcohol, it does not result in bar fights or wife beating. So, why is this innocuous plant illegal? Is it a gateway drug? No, that would be alcohol, which is so heavily advertised in this country. My only conclusion as to why it is illegal, is that Corporate America, which owns Congress, would rather sell you Paxil, Zoloft, Xanax and other additive drugs, than allow you to grow a plant in your home without some of the profits going into their coffers. This policy is ludicrous. It has surely contributed to our dependency on foreign energy sources. Our policies have other countries literally laughing at our stupidity, most notably Canada, as well as several European nations (both Eastern and Western). You would not know this by paying attention to U.S. media sources though, as they tend not to elaborate on who is laughing at the United States this week. Please people, let's stop the rhetoric and start thinking about how we can truly become self-sufficient.
With that I say good-bye and good luck.

All the best, - Andrew Lahde




In the meantime, you have those of us out there who are looking for opportunities in the markets, heeding the example described in an op-ed by Warren Buffett that ran in the New York Times today. One example, and one where I bought the stock was Daimler AG, which in the first two quarters this year turned profits of about €1.40 each per share, and where the book value as of the Q2 financial statement was about €35 per share. One thing, though, is that the stock closed in New York today at $35.00 per share, roughly a 25% discount to book value. (The current exchange rate is 1.3414 USD = 1 EUR). This is in sharp contrast to the stock prices that prevailed for Daimler just a few months ago.

There are probably any number of other badly mispriced stocks out there, waiting to be found. Some are the result of massive margin calls, such as the ones that hit the CEO's of Chesapeake Energy and Life Time Fitness, among others. (Disclosure: I do not have any position in either Chesapeake or Life Time, and I make no judgment on the fairness of their stock prices.)
14th-Nov-2007 05:50 am(no subject)
helmet
This [pdf] is worth a read.

Basically, Judith Regan is suing on allegations that she was smeared in order to prevent information about Bernard Kerik, the former New York City Police Commissioner recently indicted on federal tax fraud and corruption charges and previously nominated to be Secretary of Homeland Security, from being disclosed. The lawsuit alleges that this was done to protect the presidential aspirations of Rudy Giuliani.

This is something that everyone in Iowa should read. It will be quite interesting to see what people think.
13th-Nov-2007 07:27 pm - Spotted online....
helmet
This guy, IIRC, sits in section 100 or 101.
5th-Nov-2007 10:50 pm(no subject)
helmet
"Coach Norv Turner said the Chargers 'misjudged' [Adrian] Peterson's speed."

Yeah, right....
5th-Oct-2007 05:46 pm - Wild HD games
voted for kerry
OCTOBER
10 EDM 7:00 FSN
21 COL 5:00 FSN
28 @COL 7:00 FSN
30 PIT 6:00 VS

NOVEMBER
18 COL 5:00 FSN

DECEMBER
31 SJ 6:00 FSN

JANUARY
10 @DET 6:30 FSN
13 PHX 5:00 FSN
30 ANA 6:00 VS

FEBRUARY
19 VAN 7:00 FSN
24 CGY 1:00 KSTP

MARCH
9 SJ 3:00 KSTP
13 NJ 7:00 FSN
17 COL 6:00 VS
30 COL 5:00 FSN

APRIL
6 @COL 2:00 KSTP
30th-Sep-2007 05:06 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
On that play with about 9 minutes to go, the Vikings were the victims of a bad call. It was a completion and a fumble.
8th-Aug-2007 07:29 pm(no subject)
yoda
Just so you are aware, I-94 will be closed between downtown Minneapolis and Highway 280 the weekend of August 18 and 19 to create a fourth lane in each direction. This fram an article on the Strib website.
5th-Aug-2007 09:56 pm(no subject)
yoda
According to the bridge inspection report from 1974, MnDOT apparently knew that there was an issue coming down the pike with corrosion on the 35W bridge. They knew that there was no redundancy, and the memories of the Silver Bridge disaster were still (hopefully) fresh in their minds.

The Silver Bridge disaster involved a bridge that carried US 35 over the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia. In December 1967, the bridge collapsed during rush hour, killing 46 and prompting a long look at the nation's infrastructure.

The Silver Bridge was a poorly-maintained two-lane suspension bridge that uses eye-bar chains. One link broke, and the remaining structure could not hold.
5th-Aug-2007 09:49 pm - Quotable
yoda
"Few transverse members below deck [joints] peeling and rusting."

- Inspection report for I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River, 1974

4th-Aug-2007 08:07 pm(no subject)
yoda
Looking at some of the bridges labeled "structurally deficient" in the report [pdf] MnDOT posted, an examination of the list of bridges in Hennepin County alone yields the following:

The 35W bridge over the Mississippi River is now listed as "closed". However, the Diamond Lake Road overpass over 35W is listed as "open", but this bridge was demolished a couple months ago as part of the Crosstown reconstruction project. Others listed include a railroad bridge over Highway 12 west of Wayzata, the 76th Street and 94th Street overpass over 35W, Highway 7 and Minnetonka Boulevard, both over Highway 100, the railroad bridge over I-394 between Highway 100 and Louisiana Avenue (built in 1988!), the overpass that carried the through lanes of southbound I-35W over the Highway 65 ramp into downtown Minneapolis, the bridge to access Lyndale Avenue and westbound Highway 62 from northbound I-35W (scheduled to be replaced as part of the Crosstown project), the bridge that carries eastbound Highway 62 into the Crosstown Commons, two bridges in the east junction of I35W and Highway 62, both I-35W overpasses over 60th Street. Also on the list is the railroad bridge over Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis.

In Ramsey County, there is also the Lafayette Bridge over the Mississippi River and an overpass just south of that (at Eaton Street). Also, there is the Larpenteur Avenue overpass over Highway 280. Add to that the Cayuga Bridge on I-35E north of downtown St. Paul and the I-35E bridge over Pennsylvania Avenue - less than a mile from the Capitol!
1st-Aug-2007 07:43 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
FYI, I don't go on the 35W bridge to get to and from work.
31st-Jul-2007 07:52 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
Is it just me, or did Cirillo miss the plate in the second inning? (Kansas City did not appeal)
20th-Jul-2007 08:06 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
The way I would score the Guerrero single in the 3rd inning tonight: Single, Figgins overruns the base and returns safely to second on a throwing error by Bartlett, Figgins to third and Guerrero to second on a throwing erro by McDonald. Figgins run is unearned.
16th-Jul-2007 08:42 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
Interesting. Shinder's is gone.
7th-Jul-2007 10:19 am - Quotable
voted for kerry
"I have a new name for those guys. They were piranha, but now they’re sharks. They’re bigger fish now.’’

- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on the Twins' play on July 6, 2007

2nd-Jul-2007 06:41 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
I am outraged that Scooter Libby will not serve the prison time to which he was sentenced.
24th-Jun-2007 06:42 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
Make of this what you will....
20th-Apr-2007 05:13 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
The Defense Department owes the American people a better explanation for the cover-up of the friendly-fire death of Pat Tillman.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2007/04/20/state/n112539D01.DTL
10th-Apr-2007 07:18 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
I hate the New York Yankees.
1st-Apr-2007 12:47 pm(no subject)
purple
Hard to believe that Herb Carneal is gone....
13th-Mar-2007 09:31 pm(no subject)
catbert
Right now I seem to be getting a message on my cable box when I tune to certain channels:

ONE MOMENT PLEASE

This channel should be available shortly.

Any idea what the problem is?
7th-Mar-2007 11:38 am(no subject)
catbert
Where do these people come from?

My answers would be pretty stratightforward: To all the questions: There is no scientifically proven evidence to support a conclusion that any deity exists or ever existed. On the question of the teaching of creationism, it is not taught because (a) evolution has been extensively studied, found to be sound science, and has not been refuted, and (b) the teaching of creationism has been found to violate the Establishment Clause of the U. S. Constitution by various federal courts, including the Supreme Court, even if only to the extent of a disclaimer attached to the theory of evolution.
6th-Mar-2007 08:36 pm(no subject)
catbert
You wonder if the Libby trial is going to be very similar in terms of the aftermath to the McCord trial for the Watergate break-in.
27th-Feb-2007 08:44 pm - Quotable
catbert
"I do wonder what the [intelligent design] and creationist folks will say when ultimately all of the god gaps are filled in the evolutionary theory."

- Pilot22A

19th-Feb-2007 11:34 am(no subject)
catbert
This article should give you cause for concern about what some wnat to do with the schools. What I am left to wonder is how any reasonable person could conclude that teaching of evolution violates the Establishment Clause. In fact, the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" have been held to violate the Establishment Clause. I'll let you make your own judgment about whether Ben Bridges fits your idea of a "reasonable person".

One would also have to look at the archaeoligal evidence that people in Central and South America had developed a taste for domesticated chili peppers some 6,000 years ago.
16th-Feb-2007 11:27 am(no subject)
catbert
I checked my home voicemail over lunch today and found a message relating to a land purchase in Nevada. As it turns out, it was someone from the 651 area trying to call Las Vegas, and my number is 651-702-xxxx. Dial one first, buddy.
14th-Feb-2007 05:41 pm(no subject)
catbert
One of the ads in gmail, in the spam folder: "Spam Fajitas - Serves 8, add extra salsa if desired".
10th-Feb-2007 06:07 pm(no subject)
voted for kerry
Following up on my sister from last weekend, I went over, and found out that the DSL moden she had came with a built-in wireless capability and also was a router. So, I tightened the security on it. Her next question was how to keep her kids off the internet altogether - my advice: disallow access to 255.255.255.255.
5th-Feb-2007 09:23 pm(no subject)
catbert
There is more to what the Star Tribune has to say about Bush's budget that you realize. According to an editorial scheduled to run in the Star Tribune tomorrow, Bush's budget "assumes that funding for the so-called war on terrorism will drop by two-thirds in 2009 and go to zero after that -- as if the international threat will disappear." Read what you will into that.
4th-Feb-2007 07:12 pm(no subject)
dogbert-survey
Through halftime, the Bears' defense is a minus-17 (two touchdowns allowed and a field goal allowed). The Bears' offense is a plus-7 (one touchdown scored), and special teams are eight points in the Bears' favor (the Hester touchdown and the botched extra point). Agree?
3rd-Feb-2007 08:55 pm(no subject)
catbert
So earlier today, I get a call from my siter, wanting to use my computer to finish the electronic filing of her tax return. She explains that even though she just got a new computer 5 weeks ago and a high-speed internet hookup at that time, her computer was already having problems with spyware.

I kid you not.

So, I take care of the rest of it for her (from my place, including printing the return), and go to her place to see if I might be able to help figure out what is going on.

And she found out why I use a Mac.
29th-Jan-2007 11:30 am(no subject)
dogbert-survey
You begin to wonder with the Scooter Libby trial if there will be a much larger story than comes out in the trial. Think back to the reason why Bush wanted to discredit Joseph Wilson after his op-ed inthe New York Times a few years ago. Then take a look at the Nixon-era "plumbers" unit and what they tried to do to Daniel Ellsberg. Past is prologue.
23rd-Jan-2007 08:01 pm(no subject)
dogbert-survey
The State of the Union is in difficult condition.

Our troops are deployed in Iraq in a situation where their persence is creating more problems than they are solving.

Our national treasury has a sea of red ink.

The liberty upon which our nation was founded over 200 years ago, has been frayed considerably over the last several years.

Our nation's environment, indeed, that of our entire planet, is at a crossroads. Our national security is harmed by our dependence on imported crude oil; our environment is harmed by burning it.

It is clear that our nation's policies and priorities need to change.

We need to make changes in order to move our nation forward.

First, this nation needs to be honest with itself: we cannot sustain the course that we have been on. We must develop strategies with a view toward minimizing the use of crude oil to the maximum extent possible.
21st-Jan-2007 05:13 pm(no subject)
dogbert-survey
Some things I have started doing to keep my finances in order:

- Actually sit down and take a look at what my tax return will look like for 2007.
- Buy a flatbed scanner and use it to scan in the documents that I need to keep track of for my finances.
- I now have everything set up in the online bill-payment system at the bank.
- I set up a safe-deposit box, in which my Social Security card, car title, and various documents relating to the purchase of my condo.
- The next things I plan to put in the safe deposit box will be the documents relating to my tax return, along with the clsoing papers I am using to figure taxes.
21st-Jan-2007 08:51 am(no subject)
dogbert-survey
I'm wondering if you see any of the players in the whole Iraq story as a modern-day Robespierre.
16th-Jan-2007 09:01 pm(no subject)
dogbert-survey
10,000 people reduced to 17. One of my co-workers was among the 10,000, but did not sing on TV....
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