Just for the heck of it I was looking around to see what’s up with John Boehner, the poster child for everything that’s wrong with congress.
Now normally re-election for Johnny-boy would be a slam dunk, but this time around he might have just a wee bit of trouble and there is the definite possibility that a dark horse may have a chance of putting him out of work.
Now none of the candidates running against him in the primary (so far, at least) have much of a chance against him. But there’s a problem. Boehner’s antics during the ineffectual attempt by the TPers to destroy the US economy have not made him many friends. The TP branch of the Reps consider him to be a traitor, someone who caved in and betrayed the cause. Moderate Reps consider him to be completely worthless as a leader, and unable to control the party. Business leaders are scared witless of him because he seemed willing to take the country over the brink into financial chaos because of his desire to placate a handful of right wing extremists. Democrats, when you can pin them down (they’re a slippery bunch, Democrats), well, let’s just say that their opinion of Boehner is usually laced with language that would make a marine blush.
Hints of the TP’s displeasure are turning up even on Rush Limbaugh. While the Fat One himself hasn’t actually come right out and condemned Johnny-boy yet, he’s permitting phone calls openly critical of Boehner and calling for someone, anyone, to run against him in the primary.
So will Johnny end up among the ranks of the unemployed? I doubt if the current crop of opponents have much of a chance against him. Even with TP backing, it would be hard to push him out of office.
Still, it’s going to be interesting to watch.
I was surprised they didn’t mention Wisconsin in this one. The Wisconsin supreme court has turned into one of the more — entertaining shall we say, courts in the country. Between expletive laced shouting matches, feuds, grudges and actual physical assaults, the Wisconsin supremes occasionally look more like a bunch of drunken hooligans than professionals.
We have one justice who received thousands of dollars in free legal aid from a prominent law firm to defend himself against an ethics charge. He routinely hears cases presented by that same law firm. (What happened to the ethics charge, you ask? The investigating committee found probable cause to bring him up on charges, but because the court polices itself and his fellow justices won’t hear the case, nothing has happened.)
We have a justice who was allegedly seen attempting to strangle another justice. He claims he was forced to ‘defend himself’ when the other justice went for him, and his hands ‘just happened’ to go around the throat of the other justice.
Then a political watchdog found out that if you contribute to the supremes’ campaign funds and then bring a case in front of them later, you have a statistically significant chance of winning. Granted, it’s a small percent, and could certainly be a statistical blip, but the blip is there and it doesn’t help a court that already has a bad reputation.
Ah, politics… More fun than watching the Three Stooges
It does sound a bit outrageous at first, especially when we’re talking about $0.05 worth of electricity.
But… It’s still theft. True, it’s only a few cents, but the school isn’t there to provide juice for his car (or his cell phone, laptop or other device). As electric cars become more common, this could become a serious drain on the school’s resources. It needs to be nipped in the bud before people begin to look at schools as a sort of community charging station.
We already struggle to absorb costs from people who think that because the school is tax funded, it’s theirs to do with what they wish. We had a serious trash disposal problem for a while. People in the community were using our dumpsters as a sort of community dump. We’d drive past the school at night or on weekends and literally find people had backed trucks full of debris up to our dumpsters. We found mattresses, tvs, chairs, sofas, construction debris in our dumpsters on almost a daily basis until the police ramped up patrols.
We don’t have the funds to absorb extra costs like that. some schools are so strapped for money that they’ve started to charge teachers who bring in coffee makers, microwaves and mini-fridges for the electricity they use.
Congress, that grand old home for the mentally unstable and ethically challenged, is ramping up for another fight. Two of them, in fact. Both are problems that should have been solved long ago, and a failure to act in either will have wide spread repercussions.
First is the dreaded Farm Bill. Thanks to Congress’s inability to get anything meaningful done, the FB has been languishing for well over a year. Congress has managed to successfully put off doing anything about it by basically punting the problem down the field and hoping it will go away.
Instead, a bill that should have been all wrapped up almost two years ago, has returned to haunt them like that funny, weird uncle who only shows up at Christmas, drinks all your booze, eats all your food, makes racist and homophobic jokes, and spawns an argument between you and your spouse that will linger almost as long as the smell he left in the bathroom.
Meanwhile, there’s the budget…
Ah, thought that was all over, uh? Sorry. It isn’t. They did the same thing with the budget that they did with the FB, punted it down the field.
All the arguing, all the lies, all the screaming and shouting, all the accusations, name calling, filibustering and other BS that came out of Congress accomplished exactly zilch.
Instead, Congress did what it generally does when it turns over a rock and finds a creepy crawly, it screamed like a little girl and ran away.
So now we can look forward to sitting back and watching it happen all over again.
It’s going to be a really interesting holiday season.
The Astroscan telescope
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Oh my, that brings back memories. I had one of these back in 1983 or 84. Really fun little scope. You could put it on the little tripod thing, but I found the easiest way to use it was just hold it on my lap while sitting outside. The advantage of it was it was dirt simple. Nothing to align, nothing to collimate, just point, focus and look. Definitely not a high power scope. Dropping an eyepiece in that would give you more than 50X or so was problematic. But it wasn’t designed for that. It was a fantastic wide-field scope intended for use at 25X to 30X
Sigh… Very few people seem to have given this any serious thought. Sure, this works in a controlled test environment, but out in the real world? No way.
Birds, unexpected downdrafts, wind sheer, rain, EM bursts from lightening… The list of natural phenomena that can bring down a small flying object is ridiculously long.
Add in man-made issues - overhead wires, antennas, radio interference from the millions of electronic devices out there.
Now add in deliberate interference - annoyed people with guns, slingshots, bows, lasers, EM emitting devices designed specifically to disrupt electronics.
Then add in normal system failures. Electronics fail. Rotors fail, bearings seize, GPS systems fail.
Then there’s the lawsuits, the massive, massive lawsuits that will hit the moment one of these things hits a car, a house or even worse, falls out of the sky and kills someone.
This is a legal and technological nightmare.
Just after we bought our place 50 acres up the road sold for $15,000. We kicked ourselves for not finding out it was for sale until after it sold.
That’s on the low end, but it’s not that unusual for land to go that cheap around here. A lot of the farms have gone out of business which leaves quite a bit of land just lying around unused. I live out in the middle of no where, so unless the land has good timber or gas rights, it has little value.
Wow, that’s cheap! Over in Manitowoc County where my farm is, land is averaging around $6,900/acre and peaking at $9,000+ depending on location and quality. But we have a lot of competition for the small amount of acreage that isn’t owned or leased by the mega-farms.
Up in northern Wisconsin land is (if you’ll excuse the expression) dirt cheap.
Commercial properties seem to be extremely cheap too in this area. I can get you an entire lumber yard complete with offices, retail space, tens of thousands of square feet of storage buildings, and 18 acres up in Algoma for $149,000. The old Becker Meat plant in Two Rivers (was sad to see them go, they made some of the best hams around) is up for sale for $49,000.
Was totally worth it, though.
Now I gotta make more.