Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wyoming Road Rage

A friend sent me a link to this little gem from Sinks Canyon up above Lander Wyoming.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Perfect Score

For the first time in 24 years of voting in California I feel like I didn't waste my votes yesterday.

Everything I voted for - passed. Everything I voted against - failed.

Oh crap! The one time I go a perfect 6 for 6 and I waste it on a special election ballot instead of a lottery ticket.

Election Results

The voters in California yesterday went to the polls and sent a message to our state lawmakers.


The folks I have talked to have all said pretty much the same thing.

STOP Spending Money on things we don't want or need!

We don't trust you to actually make the tax increased temporary.

We don't trust you to actually attempt to control the spending.

Unfortunately I don't think that our RINO Governator got the message:

Instead of sticking around here in the state during this critical vote, our girly-man governor spent the day hiding out in Washington DC. Apparently he hasn't heard yet that Nancy Pelosi's skirts aren't really a very good place to try and hide behind these days.

But today is a new day here in California. The people have spoken, we don't trust our lawmakers, we want the spending controlled. Now our Governator is talking also, unfortunately all we are hearing from him is the same fear mongering that we heard before the election.

How does Arnold think he is going to save this state?

1. lay off 5,000 of the state's 235,000 workers.
2. slashing education by up to $5 billion
3. selling state properties
4. borrowing $2 billion from local governments
5. release and deport from state prisons up to 19,000 illegal immigrants
6. transfer of up to 23,000 other prisoners to county jails
7. potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs

You will notice that two of those options (4, 6) will attempt to help the state by directly damaging the budgets of the counties in the state.

Also you will notice that not one of those plans becomes even close to addressing where the troubles all came from. There is not one solution there that will effect the billions of dollars this state spends on every liberal mamby pamby give to people who do nothing to earn it "social" program that this state has funded for years. #7 may actually be a step toward denying social services to illegal immigrants. But I wouldn't count on it.

So how about we try a few new ideas, other than just threatening the good honest people of this state.

How about:
1. Cut healthcare, welfare, education for all illegial aliens.
2. Cancel all "green programs" designed to save the planet while bankrupting the state.
3. Cancel all funding for programs that do not directly support the police, fire, education and state infrastructure.

Sure those are probably impractical solutions but according to everyone we are in for some tough times. So maybe it is time we start looking at some tough solutions. Not just the normal "lets threaten to cut things that are important to people so they will let us raise their taxes."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I stole this from the Boston Herald

government car

Boy isn't that the sad truth.

Obama's Fiscal Responsibility

President Obama is putting forth a 2010 budget of


But after a brief bout of fiscal responsibility he has reduced that number to


I don't know about you but I feel much better knowing that this move will probably save my great grandchildren about $1.37 in taxes.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Solar (No So) Powered House

Students from Lawrence Technological University in Troy Michigan built an 800 square foot

"shining example of the green movement -- a completely independent solar-powered house with no gas or electrical hookups"

This technological marvel had only two little problems:

1) it cost over $900,000 dollars
2) it didn't work.

That's right, $900,000 dollars. That is $1,125 per square foot. If I was to build my current home from the same technology at the same price it would cost over 2.8 million dollars. Which is probably a great deal. I would be off the grid, I would never have to pay an electric or gas bill again. Heck I should do this. After all its free energy right? Never mind that it will cost almost 3 million up front. Think about how much I will save in the long run. At the current rate that I pay per month for electrical and gas I will make up that 2.8 million dollars in just 11,250 months. Heck that's just a piddling little 937 years, 6 months. What a deal! Where do I sign up? Just think if I do this right now, without delay, my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren will be able to live here for free.

Oh, wait, I forgot about the second little problem. The system didn't work well enough to produce enough power to keep the heater working during the winter, the pipes froze, flooded that house and now the City of Troy doesn't have the $16,000 dollars they need to repair their new state of the art house. Whoops, I better recalculate my numbers. If I have to add an additional $16,000 per year, plus the cost of living somewhere else while my house is fixed each year, you had better add a whole bunch more greats to that list above.

Now to make matters even worse, the Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Department advertised tours of the house for its Tuesday Oakland County Green Summit.

Yeah, thats the ticket. Lets have a green summit and we will all tour the little house that couldn't. Does anyone think that anyone in the Troy area learned anything from this little exercise in incompetence and stupidity. I wonder, how many scholarships the $900,000 dollars could have provided for deserving students at the Lawrence Technological University to go to a real engineering school where they might learn some real engineering.

Don't get me wrong now. I'm all for sane common sense ideas that will protect our environment. You know things like don't litter, don't polute, turn off the lights when you leave the room, limit the amount of running around town you do, stuff like that. But spending close to a million dollars on an 800 square foot house that doesn't work is insane. Isn't there anyone in the city of Troy, the University, the student body, anywhere around there that said "maybe we could put this money to better use somewhere else?" Even if the goram house did work who in their right mind thinks that building a million dollar closet that is off the grid is a good idea?